TIME viral

The Best News Bloopers of June

Your monthly dose of schadenfreude

From Erykah Badu’s attempt to kiss a reporter to a meteorologist’s battle with hiccups, take a look back at June’s funniest on-air TV news bloopers.

TIME Gadgets

Video: As the iPhone Turns 7, Some Fun Facts About the Original

Looking for another reason to feel old? The iPhone has been around for about seven years.

TIME animals

Adorable Baby Goats Use a Very Patient Horse as Their Playground

Your daily dose of cuteness

When these remarkably resourceful goat kids wanted to play but couldn’t find a jungle gym, they were like, Oh, no worries, we’ll just use this horse instead. Nobody will know the difference.

Um, we totally noticed the difference. Watch as the cute little creatures climb on the horse for a solid minute and a half before adorably jumping off and prancing away.

After watching this video, we’d like to nominate this horse for World’s Most Patient Animal.

(h/t Laughing Squid)

TIME FindTheBest

12 World Cup Teams and Their Tech Company Equivalents

In national soccer, as in the world of tech, everybody has a distinct reputation. There are the powerhouses (Brazil, Argentina; Apple, Amazon), the up-and-comers (Colombia; Uber), and of course, the eternally doomed (England; Blockbuster).

At FindTheBest, we looked at company balance sheets, World Cup histories, team rosters, and chief executives to find the tech company equivalents for 12 national soccer teams. Here’s what we found:

1. Brazil = Apple

They’ve each had more tangible success than just about anyone, with Brazil’s five World Cup titles and Apple’s series of blockbuster products (the original Macintosh, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad). Unfortunately, expectations are now so high that a single slip-up (ex: Croatia’s first goal, Apple Maps) causes the entire world to lose its mind. Year after year, analysts predict the two will shatter records for goals and iPhone sales, respectively, then pile on mercilessly when they fail to meet such lofty expectations.

2. Argentina = Amazon

They’ve been serious contenders ever since 2006, consistently among the top five or six teams/tech companies in the world. While their rivals tend to have up and down years, these two ooze reliability, bringing talent, refined strategy, and strong execution year after year. Most of all, however, each depends upon the brilliance of one man (Lionel Messi, Jeff Bezos) to keep things from falling apart.

3. U.S.A. = Beats by Dre

Flashy and just a little cocky, each has had a recent bout of success, drawing unexpected attention from older, wiser rivals. Experts insist the good fortune is more sizzle than steak, but fans of the respective teams are just pleased to be doing this well. Meanwhile, better, more technically-sound rivals (Spain, England; Shure, Grado) curse their luck, producing a product 10 times better but with quarterly results 10 times worse.

4. England = Microsoft

They’ve each had one enduring success (England’s 1966 World Cup, Microsoft Windows), and a series of promising, but ultimately disappointing years. You wouldn’t say they’re finished, but then again, you certainly wouldn’t bet on either of them. They recently appointed new leaders (Satya Nadella, Roy Hodgson), ushering in a flood of new enthusiasm, and inevitably, a following tide of despondency. At times, it’s gotten so bad that even fans of their most bitter rivals (France, Apple) have quietly wished to see a little more fight.

5. Spain = Groupon

In 2010, they were the most promising enterprises in the world, each reeling off headlines and wins faster than you can say “tiki-taka.” A series of copycat rivals then replicated their success (Japan’s national women’s team, LivingSocial), further convincing the world that soccer strategy/online deals had changed forever. It wasn’t until a few years later when Spain’s and Groupon’s unstable high-wire acts came crashing down, proving that slow, steady, and consistent (ex: Germany, Amazon) still tends to beat quick and frenetic over time.

6. Colombia = Uber

Young, hip, and just plain smart, each has surprised the world with clever strategy and impressive results, week after week. They’re the darlings of their respective industries, and a favorite value bet for sports gamblers and tech investors. As with any success story, there’s been a little backlash—or at least tempering of expectations—but regardless of what happens, each seems poised for a decade of success.

7. Germany = Intel

Next to all the handsome stars, exciting play styles, and Cinderella performances, Germany and Intel are easy to forget, consistent but boring, efficient but not much to look at. They’ve been astonishingly successful over the years, with teams consistently in the quarters, semis, and finals/chips in MacBooks, ThinkPads, and Inspirons. They’re one big tournament win/acquisition away from grabbing back headlines, but for now, they’ll have to accept brief mentions on newspapers’ back pages and product boxes’ fine print.

8. The Netherlands = IBM

Solid, successful, and respected by their industries, the Netherdlands and IBM are nonetheless tainted by shady dealings, whether it’s fouls (as of June 25th, the Netherlands has committed the most fouls per game in the 2014 World Cup) or patent lawsuits (IBM helped cripple new legislation that would have made it easier to dismiss low-quality software patents).

9. Mexico = T-Mobile

They’ve got the most charismatic leaders in the business (Miguel Herrera, John Legere). Each man is likely insane, but that’s also part of their charm. Both organizations are lovable and easy to root for, but if you’re honest, you’re not convinced either has enough money or resources to truly break through. At one point, you even thought about jumping ship to root for them over their richer, more popular rival (USA, Verizon), but you ultimately stuck to your guns, worried about what sort of reception your public change of allegiance would produce.

10. France = Yahoo

They were both world class in 1998, dominating all rivals and seemingly set for decades of dominance. Regrettably, each encountered turbulence over the next decade, losing to craftier, more agile opponents, and eventually becoming the brunt of many industry/league jokes. Fed up with mediocrity, they hired new leaders in 2012 (Didier Deschamps, Marissa Mayer), each with a résumé of accomplishments as long as a soccer pitch. Some argue that the glory days are officially past, but a string of recent successes seems to say otherwise.

11. Portugal = Snapchat

After being irrelevant (or nonexistent) for years, each grabbed international attention under the leadership of a tall, attractive, frat boy (Cristiano Ronaldo, Evan Spiegel). Fan loyalty and company fortune alike seem to hang on the ups and downs of these men, whether it’s a leaked series of offensive emails or an absurd haircut that may or may not have been a tribute to a child who underwent brain surgery. At times, commentators have proposed that the respective groups would be better off under a more stable, low-drama leader, but most agree that the benefit of occasional brilliance outweighs the constant stream of TMZ stories.

12. Greece = Zynga

Over the last several years, both watched their once-promising operations fall apart overnight, calamities only made worse by toxic economic environments back home. They’ve each been on the brink of elimination, only to be rescued by a bit of suspicious maneuvering (the stoppage time penalty against Ivory Coast, the Zynga equity “giveback”). Supporters and investors remain on edge, waiting for stronger, more permanent signs of improvement.

This article was written for TIME by Ben Taylor of FindTheBest.

TIME video

VIDEO: Here’s What’s Next for Google (in Two Minutes)

Wherein we smoosh Google's 2014 developer conference keynote from 2.5+ hours down to just under two minutes.

TIME Out There

Losing Neverland: An Unusual Portrait of Michael Jackson

On the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, TIME looks at Henry Leutwyler's photographs of some of the pop singer's most iconic memorabilia.

At the height of his career Michael Jackson could go no higher. A cultural phenomenon, he changed the course of popular music and for 40 years thrilled and entertained us as he did so. His private life, in contrast, became a catalogue of eccentric behavior and radically changing physical appearance. And then came the fall: A string of accusations and indictment on child molestation charges from which he never truly recovered. With his career and income in free fall, his excesses continued. Five years ago, Jackson was said to be half a billion dollars in debt.

In 2008, Jackson had narrowly avoided foreclosure on Neverland, his 2,700 acre property northwest of Los Angeles. And in an effort to raise capital he contracted Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills to put 2,000 of his worldly possessions under the gavel.

Early in 2009, hearing of the auction, photographer Henry Leutwyler pitched to Portfolio magazine, the idea of photographing Jackson’s famous crystal white glove as an illustration of the financial failure of one of world’s biggest celebrities.

An inventory that had taken 90 days, and 30 men to catalogue and move from Neverland’s main house, theme park, game room and grounds, would provide a straight forward assignment for the accomplished photographer—he only needed to photograph a single iconic object.

In February 2009, Leutwyler and two assistants flew to Los Angeles and in a warehouse full of crates containing Jackson’s artifacts, made the photograph. With the job completed Leutwyler continued to shoot for three days. “It was like being in the chocolate factory,” he tells TIME. “Day one was frantic excitement, there were more gloves, then a jacket, then a trinket. By day two, I started to think about things. I was shooting this man’s life, he was still alive and these things were being taken from him.” By the time Leutwyler completed his work he had photographed 100 objects, including a poignant metaphor for Jackson’s life—his copy of Peter Pan.

Then, as Jackson announced a series of 50 comeback shows at London’s O2 Arena commencing that summer—which would partially alleviate his financial plight—Julien’s Auctions communicated the sale of Jackson memorabilia had been cancelled.

It was, says Julien’s director Darren Julien, “the greatest auction that never happened”

A settlement between Jackson and the auction house resolved that he would keep his possessions, while an exhibition — that recreated Neverland in the disused former Robinsons-May department store and grounds in Beverly Hills, originally planned by Julien’s to promote the sale – would go ahead.

The extensive and elaborate exhibition, of garden statuary, furniture and decorative arts, antiques, amusement arcade games, Disneyana, and memorabilia from the life and career of Michael Jackson ran for two weeks. And then the items were returned to Jackson’s possession, a reinventory taken and everything put back into storage.

Eight weeks later, Jackson was dead from cardiac arrest after an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, administered by his doctor (who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.)

The series of photographs that Leutwyler made ran in Portfolio magazine (before it was shuttered by Conde Nast, a victim of the recession) and the following year were published by Steidl in Neverland Lost.

Jackson’s possessions (the subject of a recent 60 Minutes report) remain housed in five secret California warehouses, awaiting his children to come of age. Until then we have Leutwyler’s wonderful book of photographs. “I realize now what I didn’t realize at the time of publishing the book that I managed to keep the family of objects together.”

Henry Leutwyler is a New York based still life, portrait and celebrity photography represented by Foley Gallery

Phil Bicker is a senior photo editor at TIME

TIME fitness

4 Great Sports Headphones for Under $50

Getting active is always more fun with music, especially when you exercise solo. Normal headphones aren’t often up to the challenge, though, breaking when they’re covered in sweat and falling out when you move from a walk to a jog. So it’s important to use a pair of headphones made for sports.

Key features in sports headphones to look for include a stabilizer, like ear hooks, sweat resistance and different size eartips for you to choose from to get the perfect fit. Below are four top rated sports headphones that not only deliver a superior auditory experience, but also won’t break the bank.


1. Philips ActionFit Sports SHQ4200 ($35 on Amazon)

The flexible neckband auto-adjusts to your head for a perfect fit and you can choose from three eartip sizes for the best fit.


2. Sony MDR-AS200 ($16 on Amazon)

The Sony MDR-AS200 is built to stay in, with a loop hanger for stable fitting and angled earbuds that stay put.


3. Koss KSC 32 FitClips ($18 on Amazon)

Amazon reviewers rave about the fit as well as the sound quality of the FitClips earbuds. They come in five colors designed to appeal to women, including coral, purple and lime.


4. Philips ActionFit Sports SHQ1200 ($20 on Amazon)

Smaller and lighter than the SHQ4200 earbuds, these are coated in an anti-slip rubber to keep them in your ears while you run and sweat, even in the rain.

This article was written by Dan O’Halloran and originally appeared on Techlicious.

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