TIME Media

This Is the Craziest New Feature YouTube Has Added in Years

Gangnam Style Psy Breaks YouTube Counter
Kim Jae-Hwan—AFP/Getty Images South Korean singer Park Jae-Sang, also known as Psy, speaks during a press conference after returning from a US trip, in Seoul on September 25, 2012.

A totally new way to watch stuff may be on its way

Online video is about to become a lot more immersive. YouTube has plans to add 360-degree videos in the coming weeks, according to Gizmodo. The Google-owned video site isn’t yet divulging details on how the videos will work, but 360-degree videos on other sites operate similarly to panoramic photographs, allowing the user to click and drag across an image to pivot the camera angle as the video plays.

No word yet on whether this new feature will be compatible with the growing number of virtual reality devices headed to market. Google has its own low-tech VR device called Google Cardboard that could help YouTube’s 360-degree videos spring to life.

[Gizmodo]

TIME Currency

Hackers Steal $5 Million From Bitcoin Exchange

Breach follows massive hack of Mt. Gox in 2014

A European Bitcoin exchange had about $5 million worth of the cryptocurrency stolen by hackers over the weekend.

The Slovenia-based Bitstamp announced the breach on its website Monday and shut down services temporarily Tuesday in order to investigate the hack. The theft totaled about 19,000 Bitcoin, but hackers were only able to access a small portion of the exchange’s total assets. While some Bitcoins are stored online, many more are kept on local hard drives in what Bitcoin users call “cold storage.”

Bitstamp wrote on its website that it would ensure users’ account balances were “honored in full” despite the breach.

The hack comes less than a year after the collapse of Mt. Gox, the once-massive Bitcoin exchange that lost more than $450 million worth of Bitcoin and then filed for bankruptcy. Bitcoin lost half of its value after Mt. Gox imploded. So far, though, the Bitstamp breach doesn’t seem to have negatively influenced the price of the currency.

TIME Turkey

Suicide Bomber Attacks Istanbul Police Station

Police officers stand guard at the scene of a bomb blast in Istanbul
Osman Orsal—Reuters Police officers stand guard at the scene of a bomb blast in Istanbul, Turkey on Jan. 6, 2015.

She injured two police officers

A female suicide bomber injured two police officers when she detonated herself inside a police station in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday.

The woman walked into the station in a tourist-friendly area of the city, told officers she had misplaced her wallet, then blew herself up, the BBC reports. She died following the explosion. One officer is in the hospital in critical condition while the other sustained only mild injuries.

So far officials have not identified any group as being responsible for the attack. It was the second attack against police within a week in the city. On New Year’s Day, a man lobbed grenades at officers in an attack near the prime minister’s office.

[BBC]

TIME Dieting

DASH Diet Named Best Diet of the Year

Diet eschews gimmicks for straightforward healthy eating

The well-balanced DASH Diet was named the best overall diet for the fifth straight year by U.S. News & World Report. The DASH Diet focuses on a healthy mixture of whole grains and vegetables and is more focused on improving nutrition and heart health than losing weight (through strict adherence should still help dieters shed some pounds). While a lot of gimmicky diets have come and gone, the rules of the DASH diet are pretty intuitive: eat from the healthy food groups, avoid red meat and sweets, and cut back on salt.

For dieters more speciifcally focused on weight loss, U.S. News & World Report selected Weight Watchers as the best diet. IT was also picked as the easiest diet to follow. Meanwhile, the DASH diet received accolades as the best diet for people with diabetes and the best diet for healthy eating.

[U.S. News & World Report]

TIME Media

CNBC Drops Nielsen Ratings for Daytime Shows

Business network will survey investors and financial advisers instead

Business network CNBC is dropping the use of Nielsen ratings for its daytime programming, eliminating the long-held standard for measuring the popularity of television shows in the U.S. The channel will instead use a research firm called Cogent Reports at Market Strategies International, which will survey more than 1,000 investors and financial advisers once a week to determine CNBC’s ratings.

The move is emblematic of a growing frustration among network operators that Nielsen, which focuses on tracking viewing at home on traditional TV sets, does not properly capture their full audience. CNBC says it also wants to tally viewers who watch its shows at the office or at airports, the Wall Street Journal reports. Meanwhile, Viacom’s CEO criticized Nielsen in November for failing to comprehensively track the viewing of shows on mobile devices and gaming consoles. Nielsen has pledged to deliver comprehensive measurement metrics as consumers’ viewing habits rapidly change.

Nielsen will continue to track evening programming on CNBC.

[WSJ]

TIME New Mexico

$500,000 Winning Lottery Ticket Deemed a ‘Misprint’

It's a classic rags-to-riches story. Only without the riches

A New Mexico resident believes he is owed $500,000 for what appears to be a winning lottery ticket. However, the New Mexico Lottery says the ticket was a misprint so it doesn’t have to be honored.

John Wines purchased the scratch-off ticket in Roswell, New Mexico in December. The ticket showed two winning numbers for $250,000 each, even though the maximum prize for a single scratch-off card is supposed to be $250,000. Some of the winning numbers are also obscured on the ticket. When Wines returned to the gas station where he bought the ticket, to claim his prize, he was told that the card was a misprint. New Mexico Lottery also refused to validate the ticket when he contacted them by email.

Wines believes dismissing the ticket as a misprint is unfair. “It’s like I told them, I didn’t misprint it,” he told KFOR. “I bought the ticket in good faith thinking if I won I was going to get my money.”

As a consolation prize, New Mexico Lottery offered Wines $100—in free lottery tickets.

[KFOR]

TIME Media

Local Councilman Threatens Newspaper for Using His Name

City leader promises legal action if newspaper uses his name "unauthorized" again

A councilman in Frederick County, Maryland has threatened legal action against a local newspaper for including his name in an article.

Councilman Kirby Delauter complained in a Facebook post Saturday that a reporter for the Frederick News-Post used his name in an “unauthorized form” in a story about councilmen’s parking spaces.

“Do not contact me and do not use my name or reference me in an unauthorized form in the future,” Delauter wrote on Facebook, according to the Frederick News-Post.

A reporter for the newspaper, Bethany Rodgers, shot back at Delauter on Facebook, pointing out that she didn’t need to get authorization to include a person’s name in a story. “It is not just our right but our responsibility to report on people like you, who occupy positions of trust in our government, and I make no apologies for doing that,” Rodgers wrote.

Still, Delauter said Rodgers would be “paying for an Attorney” if she tried to use his name again in an unauthorized way. No word yet on whether the councilman has followed through on his threat.

[Frederick News-Post]

TIME movies

X-Men Spinoff Gambit Finally Has a Release Date

Fox also unveiled release date for Fantastic Four 2, even though the first movie hasn't come out yet

Gambit, the action movie about the card-wielding member of the X-Men, will debut next fall, Fox announced Monday.

The upcoming film, which will star Channing Tatum as the titular Cajun and is the latest in a very long line of X-Men movies by 20th Century Fox, will premiere Oct. 7, 2016, Vulture reports.

In addition to Gambit, the movie studio revealed the release dates for some other highly anticipating projects, including Fantastic Four 2 — we already knew the first movie was being released on Aug.7 this year —an untitled followup to Planet of the Apes, and a movie based on the video game franchise Assassin’s Creed. Here’s the full list of dates:

  • Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates: July 29, 2016
  • Gambit: October 7, 2016
  • Assassin’s Creed: December 21, 2016
  • The Greatest Showman on Earth: December 25, 2016
  • The Mountain Between Us: February 10, 2017
  • Fantastic Four 2: June 2, 2017
  • Planet of the Apes sequel: July 14, 2017

[Vulture]

TIME ces 2015

Your Favorite Google Feature Is About to Get Way Better

GAO Report Data Usage
Bloomberg via Getty Images An iPhone 5 streaming video from Netflix during a demonstration of the new Google ChromeCast at an event in July 2013.

Listening to music is about to get a lot easier

Google seemingly struck gold with Chromecast, the simple streaming dongle that lets users fling video content from their phones to TV screens. Now the company is adapting the same technology to audio with Google Cast, a new initiative announced Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show.

With Google Cast, users will be able to control the audio of compatible speakers using their smartphones, tablets or via the Web. This is not quite the same as simply hooking your phone up to regular wireless speakers via Bluetooth, though. The Google Cast speakers will stream music from the cloud—the phone, computer or tablet acts more like a remote control through which users can pick songs or playlists. Even if you turn your phone off or boot up a different app, tunes will keep playing.

The Google Cast speakers will work with music services such as Google Play Music, Deezer and Pandora. Speaker manufacturers Sony, LG and HEOS by Denon will launch the initial compatible devices in the spring.

Music isn’t the only entertainment sector where Google is expanding. The company also announced that Sony, Sharp and Phillips will launch new smart TVs powered by Android this spring. Video game company Razer is also launching a new gaming console powered by Android that will let users stream PC games onto their television sets.

TIME Pets

Petco Won’t Sell Chinese Dog and Cat Treats Any More

FDA is investigating whether treats led to canine deaths

Petco has announced it will remove dog and cat treats made in China from its stores, amid a U.S. investigation of the safety of animal snacks created in the country.

The Food and Drug Administration has received 4,800 complaints about pet illnesses related to jerky treats, including 1,000 complaints involving canine deaths, since 2007. Most of the complaints involve snacks made in China. The investigation is ongoing.

Petco becomes the first pet speciality retailer in the U.S. to pull the Chinese treats from its shelves. Its competitor PetSmart has said it will remove such treats from its stores by March, according to the Associated Press.

In lieu of China-made treats, Petco will continue to source treats from the U.S. and begin including new items from New Zealand, Australia and South America.

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