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[Premiere] Melleefresh (ft. Alixander III) – My Life (Without You)

DiscoBelle - 4 hours 1 min ago

Canadian singer/songwriter/performer Melleefresh announce her new grinding, techy single “My Life (Without You)”, the single is a collaboration with Alixander III (of Azari & III) and will be released by Play Records on May 5th.

We present you with this exclusive premiere of the warm, techhouse sounding remix from Parisian prodigy producer/dj Bobmo which is set to devastate dancefloors.

Categories: Electronic, Music

How GitHub Could Restore A Woman-Friendly Environment

Read Write Web - 4 hours 1 min ago

GitHub may have thought it cleaned up its recent internal kerfuffle this week when it published the results of its third-party investigation into allegations of gender discrimination—and found no evidence of gender-based discrimination. 

However, the situation is not as neatly resolved as Github would hope. While the company says there was no gender-based discrimination to be found, the language in the statement did not specify other types of discrimination. It’s also unlikely that Julie Ann Horvath, a prominent female developer, left Github for no good reason. 

The investigation did not find any illegal activity, but it did find “evidence of mistakes and errors of judgment”—evidence so severe, apparently, that a co-founder left the company.

In other words, GitHub’s blog post hardly tells us anything.

See also: What Tom Preston-Werner's Departure Means For GitHub

In the latest bit of fallout from the ongoing GitHub saga, The Ada Initiative, a non-profit company that supports women in technology, has just broken off its partnership with GitHub. 

“It is… contrary to our principles to be silent when our existing sponsors and collaborators' actions consistently do not support our mission,” The Ada Initiative announced in a blog post

GitHub is facing the consequences of delivering messy news in a package that was a bit too neat. But did the fallout have to be this bad? Here’s what GitHub could have done to better mitigate this situation. 

More Transparency

The Ada Initiative is not the only voice to question GitHub’s controversial conclusion. Developer spaces all over the Web are buzzing about what really happened at GitHub HQ. Some have even doubted there was even an investigation, though It’s unlikely that GitHub could have legally said there was one if that was actually the case.

Mandy Brown, CEO of Editorially, wrote that GitHub could have done better in this regard. Brown linked to GitHub’s lengthy and almost excessive explanation of a March 2014 service outage following an especially nasty slew of Denial Of Service attacks. 

“They could have responded to this sequence of events [following the departure of Julie Ann Horvath] with the same care and transparency in which they respond to a service outage,” she wrote. 

Ellen Chisa, a product manager at Kickstarter, said GitHub’s response was unsatisfactory because it answered the fewest possible questions about the legality of the incident. 

“It said ‘he messed up enough to need to leave, but it’s not a technical legal claim.’ That’s…  ambiguous," Chisa wrote. "It comes across as ‘something bad happened, but we’re going to pretend it didn’t to protect ourselves legally.’”

Users aren’t dumb. They saw how GitHub was protecting itself, and nothing more. 

Remind Us Of The Good Times

GitHub users won’t soon forget this incident, in which a working environment got so bad it convinced an outstanding female developer to quit, and announced it all as “nothing.” It’s a black mark on GitHub’s relationship with women and minority developers. 

If I were GitHub PR right now, I'd be working overtime to remind users that this is just one awful and individual incident in GitHub’s longstanding history. 

Remember this January, when CEO Chris Wanstrath did away with GitHub's “meritocracy” rug after finding out it was offensive to some employees and community members? The new rug praises a much more equalizing slogan: “In collaboration we trust.”

See also: Why GitHub's CEO Ditched Its Divisive 'Meritocracy' Rug

Remember when some developers posted a misogynist repository on GitHub and Atlassian? GitHub removed it immediately, while Atlassian, at first, defended users’ freedom of speech. GitHub’s Terms of Service allow users to own what they post, but this incident showed how the company doesn’t sit idly back while hate speech takes place. 

Remember how GitHub partnered with 30 different women-in-tech initiatives over 2013? That’s a direct quote from former CEO Tom Preston-Werner, to ReadWrite. Of course, it’s likely that many of those initiatives were drawn to GitHub thanks to Horvath’s Passion Projects

It’s not enough just to reflect on past successes; GitHub needs to continue making them. Now might be a great time for a donation towards women in technology, for example, or to actively seek out new partnerships with women-headed organizations. Maybe GitHub should hire a discrimination consultant to speak to the company about what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behavior at work. 

This is certainly a low point in GitHub’s history, and one users won’t be able to easily forget. But instead of continuing to keep it under wraps—a technique that will continue to magnify the incident—GitHub could start acting in a way that shows us what it has learned over the years by addressing issues like these head-on. 

Octocat logo via GitHub

Categories: Technology

How GitHub Could Restore A Woman-Friendly Environment

Read Write Web - 4 hours 1 min ago

GitHub may have thought it cleaned up its recent internal kerfuffle this week when it published the results of its third-party investigation into allegations of gender discrimination—and found no evidence of gender-based discrimination. 

However, the situation is not as neatly resolved as Github would hope. While the company says there was no gender-based discrimination to be found, the language in the statement did not specify other types of discrimination. It’s also unlikely that Julie Ann Horvath, a prominent female developer, left Github for no good reason. 

The investigation did not find any illegal activity, but it did find “evidence of mistakes and errors of judgment”—evidence so severe, apparently, that a co-founder left the company.

In other words, GitHub’s blog post hardly tells us anything.

See also: What Tom Preston-Werner's Departure Means For GitHub

In the latest bit of fallout from the ongoing GitHub saga, The Ada Initiative, a non-profit company that supports women in technology, has just broken off its partnership with GitHub. 

“It is… contrary to our principles to be silent when our existing sponsors and collaborators' actions consistently do not support our mission,” The Ada Initiative announced in a blog post

GitHub is facing the consequences of delivering messy news in a package that was a bit too neat. But did the fallout have to be this bad? Here’s what GitHub could have done to better mitigate this situation. 

More Transparency

The Ada Initiative is not the only voice to question GitHub’s controversial conclusion. Developer spaces all over the Web are buzzing about what really happened at GitHub HQ. Some have even doubted there was even an investigation, though it’s unlikely that GitHub could have legally said there was one if that was actually the case.

Mandy Brown, CEO of Editorially, wrote that GitHub could have done better in this regard. Brown linked to GitHub’s lengthy and almost excessive explanation of a March 2014 service outage following an especially nasty slew of Denial Of Service attacks. 

“They could have responded to this sequence of events [following the departure of Julie Ann Horvath] with the same care and transparency in which they respond to a service outage,” she wrote. 

Ellen Chisa, a product manager at Kickstarter, said GitHub’s response was unsatisfactory because it answered the fewest possible questions about the legality of the incident. 

“It said ‘he messed up enough to need to leave, but it’s not a technical legal claim.’ That’s…  ambiguous," Chisa wrote. "It comes across as ‘something bad happened, but we’re going to pretend it didn’t to protect ourselves legally.’”

Users aren’t dumb. They saw how GitHub was protecting itself, and nothing more. 

Remind Us Of The Good Times

GitHub users won’t soon forget this incident, in which a working environment got so bad it convinced an outstanding female developer to quit, and announced it all as “nothing.” It’s a black mark on GitHub’s relationship with women and minority developers. 

If I were GitHub PR right now, I'd be working overtime to remind users that this is just one awful and individual incident in GitHub’s longstanding history. 

Remember this January, when CEO Chris Wanstrath did away with GitHub's “meritocracy” rug after finding out it was offensive to some employees and community members? The new rug praises a much more equalizing slogan: “In collaboration we trust.”

See also: Why GitHub's CEO Ditched Its Divisive 'Meritocracy' Rug

Remember when some developers posted a misogynist repository on GitHub and Atlassian? GitHub removed it immediately, while Atlassian, at first, defended users’ freedom of speech. GitHub’s Terms of Service allow users to own what they post, but this incident showed how the company doesn’t sit idly back while hate speech takes place. 

Remember how GitHub partnered with 30 different women-in-tech initiatives over 2013? That’s a direct quote from former CEO Tom Preston-Werner, to ReadWrite. Of course, it’s likely that many of those initiatives were drawn to GitHub thanks to Horvath’s Passion Projects

It’s not enough just to reflect on past successes; GitHub needs to continue making them. Now might be a great time for a donation towards women in technology, for example, or to actively seek out new partnerships with women-headed organizations. Maybe GitHub should hire a discrimination consultant to speak to the company about what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behavior at work. 

This is certainly a low point in GitHub’s history, and one users won’t be able to easily forget. But instead of continuing to keep it under wraps—a technique that will continue to magnify the incident—GitHub could start acting in a way that shows us what it has learned over the years by addressing issues like these head-on. 

Octocat logo via GitHub

Categories: Technology

Virtual Earth Lets Us See The Consequences Of Climate Change Ahead Of Time

eco.psk - 4 hours 2 min ago
New computer model might be smart enough to predict the future.
Categories: Eco Buzz

Virtual Earth Lets Us See The Consequences Of Climate Change Ahead Of Time

PSFK - 4 hours 2 min ago

The complexity of the planet we live on is part of its beauty, but it’s also why scientists have such a hard time predicting what effect various changes in the ecosystem will have. A new computer model, the Madingley Model, can simulate the way in which all types of organisms interact on a global scale – and has even managed to make its first accurate prediction about the future.

Created by Drew Purves and his colleagues at Microsoft’s Computational Science Lab in Cambridge, is unlike traditional models, which collect as much data as possible, before adding it altogether in one simulation.

“We throw small amounts of every type of animal and plant everywhere and off they go,” says Purves. After that, some organisms flourish, while others die out. Some flourish in one environment, others migrate, and some perish. Eventually, things reach an equilibrium that resembles life on Earth – minus the humans.

“Out of everything we put in, something emerges that looks about right,” says Purves. “We get a collection of individuals in each place, and patterns of who eats who, how quickly they’re growing and dying. We have a virtual world and it’s incredibly rich.”

Once humans have been added, the model will help to show the different ways in which we have thrown the environment off balance. We could also see further into the future, and simulate what would happen if top predators like tuna or tigers were hunted to extinction, or all the bees on Earth died out.



The system even managed to teach the scientists a thing or two, who noticed that the virtual oceans contained ten times more fish than expected. Researchers studying fish biomass then confirmed that the best current estimates are usually off by a very long way.

Hopefully the Madingley Model will be able to show us just how catastrophic our actions will be if we continue to go about life the same way. If seeing the world crumble before your own eyes (even if it is virtual) isn’t enough, then there may be very few other ideas that can reveal the seriousness of the problem we face.

Madingley Model

[h/t] NewScientist

Categories: Trends

Leica Unveils the T-System 701

Hyperbeast - 4 hours 2 min ago

After whetting the appetite of its audience with a look at the frame last week, here Leica finally offers a full look at its T 701 camera. How fitting that the German brand would celebrate 100 years of progress and performance with its latest mirorless option, as it looks to the next chapter in consumer-friendly products. The 16.5-megapixel Leica T 701 will boast a touchscreen interface with WiFi connectivity, which can connect seamlessly with mobile devices, printers, and televisions. All these features are housed within a lightweight aluminum body, which is hand-polished for 45 minutes after being milled from a single chunk of the material. It's the small, minimalist details though, that make the T 701 a triumph. Two dials are seamlessly carved to provide on-board context-aware adjustment; the on-off switch doubles as a flash release; even the camera strap has been reinvented to click-lock directly into the body without tying and knotting. With no detail left to chance, the Leica T 701 surely lives up to its family name. Head here for the official word from Leica, and look for the aluminum version of camera to drop on May 26, with an anodized black version following in July.

Click here to view full gallery at Hypebeast.com

Categories: Too cool for skool

20x200 Returns with New Art Today — Design News

Apartment Therapy - 4 hours 3 min ago

When affordable art site 20x200 shuttered last year, it left a frame-sized hole in our hearts. Today its beta site, You Should Buy Art—which returned in the fall selling past prints—is releasing its first new work. The new print will be $10 until 3pm ET. The site will also have twice-weekly new releases from now on.

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Categories: Design, Home Design

Anyone Can Buy Google Glass Now

Gizmodo UK - 4 hours 5 min ago
Anyone with $1500 (£892) can head over to this page and buy Google Glass right now. Though Google has made a formal announcement about a public launch for the augmented reality specs, the shopping page is live. It’s worth noting, that though the page is live, we haven’t actually completed a transaction because, uh, £892. [...]
Categories: Technology

eBay Rolls Out New Mobile Apps Focused On Discovery And Personalized Experiences

Mobile Crunch - 4 hours 6 min ago
 Online marketplace eBay rolled out a series of changes to its mobile experience across both the mobile web and its native applications today, including its apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8. The new apps are now sporting a redesigned look-and-feel, which includes larger images and personalized feeds, while also delivering new features, like the iPad’s in-store pickup option… Read More
Categories: Technology

eBay Rolls Out New Mobile Apps Focused On Discovery And Personalized Experiences

Mobile Crunch - 4 hours 6 min ago
 Online marketplace eBay rolled out a series of changes to its mobile experience across both the mobile web and its native applications today, including its apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8. The new apps are now sporting a redesigned look-and-feel, which includes larger images and personalized feeds, while also delivering new features, like the iPad’s in-store pickup option… Read More
Categories: Technology

eBay Rolls Out New Mobile Apps Focused On Discovery And Personalized Experiences

Tech Crunch - 4 hours 6 min ago
 Online marketplace eBay rolled out a series of changes to its mobile experience across both the mobile web and its native applications today, including its apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8. The new apps are now sporting a redesigned look-and-feel, which includes larger images and personalized feeds, while also delivering new features, like the iPad’s in-store pickup option… Read More
Categories: Technology

eBay Rolls Out New Mobile Apps Focused On Discovery And Personalized Experiences

Tech Crunch - 4 hours 6 min ago
 Online marketplace eBay rolled out a series of changes to its mobile experience across both the mobile web and its native applications today, including its apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8. The new apps are now sporting a redesigned look-and-feel, which includes larger images and personalized feeds, while also delivering new features, like the iPad’s in-store pickup option… Read More
Categories: Technology

YoVille Renamed YoWorld And Officially Acquired From Zynga By Big Viking Games

Tech Crunch - 4 hours 7 min ago
 YoVillians rejoice; your kingdom is saved. Players of the social virtual world game will be excited to hear that their play can continue as YoVille, which was acquired by Zynga a few years ago, will not be shuttered as planned. Instead, it is now the wholly owned property of London, ON-based Big Viking Games, and will be transferred completely (with all game history and profile details intact) to… Read More
Categories: Technology

Lost Andy Warhol Digital Works Found on Floppy Disks

Hyperbeast - 4 hours 8 min ago

Back in 1985, Commodore released one of the most powerful personal computers on the market: the Amiga 1000. Keen to show off the computer's advanced graphics capabilities, the North American manufacturer approached none other than Andy Warhol to complete a series of digital works using a prototype of the Amiga 1000's state-of-the-art software imaging tools ahead of the computer's release to the public. Long thought to be lost forever, the imagery was recently rediscovered in the archives of The Andy Warhol Museum thanks to Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Club.

In all, the group was able to resurrect 28 digital images that Warhol had saved directly to system and application disks and created using the likes of the Amiga's "pattern flood fills," "palletized color," and "copy-paste collage" tools. While some pieces are clearly signature Warhol, others - such as a depiction of Venus - stray heavily from the renowned artist's signature pop art aesthetic.

Look for a short film highlighting the works and Carnegie Mellon's discovery of the pieces - entitled Trapped: Andy Warhol's Amiga Experiments - to premiere at the university's Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Pittsburgh on Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m. before appearing online at nowseethis.org on May 12.

Click here to view full gallery at Hypebeast.com

Categories: Too cool for skool

Brody Dalle streaming solo LP, touring (dates, listen)

Brooklyn Vegan - 4 hours 16 min ago

by Andrew Sacher

Former Distillers singer Brody Dalle releases her first solo album Diploid Love next week (4/29) but you can listen now ahead of its release. It's streaming below (via The Guardian) and also at NPR. As discussed, it features contributions from Garbage's Shirley Manson, plus Warpaint singer Emily Kokal, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, QOTSA basist Michael Shuman and others. It's not exactly a return to the Distillers or anything, but parts of it are definitely sounding punkier than Spinnerette. Check it out.

Brody also has a number of tour dates coming up, including a Brooklyn show happening on May 14 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Her dates also list her as the opener for the Queens of the Stone Age show at Capitol Theatre (7/16) (whose Josh Homme she is married too), but The Cap's site still lists no opener.

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Brody Dalle streaming solo LP, touring (dates, listen)" at brooklynvegan

Categories: Indie, Music

Brody Dalle streaming solo LP, touring (dates, listen)

Brooklyn Vegan - 4 hours 16 min ago

by Andrew Sacher

Former Distillers singer Brody Dalle releases her first solo album Diploid Love next week (4/29) but you can listen now ahead of its release. It's streaming below (via The Guardian) and also at NPR. As discussed, it features contributions from Garbage's Shirley Manson, plus Warpaint singer Emily Kokal, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, QOTSA basist Michael Shuman and others. It's not exactly a return to the Distillers or anything, but parts of it are definitely sounding punkier than Spinnerette. Check it out.

Brody also has a number of tour dates coming up, including a Brooklyn show happening on May 14 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Her dates also list her as the opener for the Queens of the Stone Age show at Capitol Theatre (7/16) (whose Josh Homme she is married too), but The Cap's site still lists no opener.

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Brody Dalle streaming solo LP, touring (dates, listen)" at brooklynvegan

Categories: Indie, Music

Solar Socket Sticks To Any Window For On-The-Go Power

eco.psk - 4 hours 20 min ago
The Port Solar charger harnesses sunlight to charge up devices.
Categories: Eco Buzz

Solar Socket Sticks To Any Window For On-The-Go Power

PSFK - 4 hours 20 min ago

Designed by the folks over at XD Design, the Port Solar Charger is a portable charger with a powerful PVC suction pad that allows it to be attached directly to any window pane so that it can soak up the sun for energy.

The Port Solar Charger harnesses sunlight and stores the energy in a 1000 mAh rechargeable lithium battery. The charger is pocket-sized and lightweight so it’s easy to carry around. It connects easily with phones, tablets, cameras, and other devices via a USB port.

It takes around 20 hours of sunlight or two hours via USB to fully charge the lithium battery. The Port Solar Charger comes in different colors and also has LED indicators to let users know how much charge it has left.

XD Design

[h/t] Inhabitat, The Red Ferret

Images: Firebox

Categories: Trends

Solar Socket Sticks To Any Window For On-The-Go Power

PSFK - 4 hours 20 min ago

Designed by the folks over at XD Design, the Port Solar Charger is a portable charger with a powerful PVC suction pad that allows it to be attached directly to any window pane so that it can soak up the sun for energy.

The Port Solar Charger harnesses sunlight and stores the energy in a 1000 mAh rechargeable lithium battery. The charger is pocket-sized and lightweight so it’s easy to carry around. It connects easily with phones, tablets, cameras, and other devices via a USB port.

It takes around 20 hours of sunlight or two hours via USB to fully charge the lithium battery. The Port Solar Charger comes in different colors and also has LED indicators to let users know how much charge it has left.

XD Design

[h/t] Inhabitat, The Red Ferret

Images: Firebox

Categories: Trends

Early iPhone Software Engineer’s Bonsai Slice Game Pushes The Limits Of Motion On iPad

Tech Crunch - 4 hours 21 min ago
 A large majority of the innovation surrounding the iPhone and iPad has been focused on the touch interface. When the iOS platform was opened up in 2008, a crisp, responsive touch screen was so new and interesting that it’s not surprising it absorbed a large amount of the attention of the developer community. We’ve seen a massive amount of experimentation and cooperative learning around… Read More
Categories: Technology
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