Thursday, April 28, 2016

Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Relaunches Jelly As A Human-Powered Search Engine

Via Tech Crunch:

Calling it an “un-pivot”, Biz Stone is bringing back Jelly, the Q&A app he created in 2013. Launching today, the new and improved Jelly remains close to its roots, but with an added twist. This time, everything is anonymous so you can ask what you really want to know.

Referring to the new Jelly an “on-demand search engine,” Stone said that one lesson he learned from the original Jelly was that people didn’t necessarily want to ask questions to their social network. “Would you want your Googles to be your tweets?”

Some might draw similarities to Quora or Yahoo Answers, but Stone is hoping that this Jelly will be an alternative to Google.

“We think the future of search engines is just ask a question, get the answer”, he added. It’s “ten or 15 minutes you didn’t have to spend looking around on links”.

Users can sign up to answer questions on Jelly. People can rate whether responses were helpful. If someone receives a lot of positive feedback on a certain topic, they are more likely to be selected to answer future similar questions.

The new Jelly is optimized for mobile, but will also be available for desktop searches.

Jelly was founded by both Biz Stone and Ben Finkel in 2013. Backers included Spark Capital, Greylock, Jack Dorsey and Bono.

Says Stone of the change of plans. “We made a rookie mistake. We got talked into pivoting”. So the Jelly co-founders decided to go back to “our original dream, our original vision”.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

ISIS Fighters In Sweden To attack "Civilian Targets" In Stockholm - Reports

Via RT:

Swedish security services are on high alert in connection with a potential terror threat, officials said. Reports in Swedish media say several Islamic State fighters have arrived in Sweden to carry out attacks on civilian targets in the capital Stockholm.

“Right now we're gathering information and intelligence and coordinating with our national and international partners”, security police (Säpo) press spokesman Simon Bynert told the TT news agency.

He added that Säpo is also cooperating with the national police service.

“That means we're sharing this information with them to see if they can implement measures that fall under their remit”.

The Swedish Expressen newspaper reported that the country's security service received information from their Iraqi colleagues about an imminent terror threat in the country.

About seven to eight Islamic State terrorists arrived in Sweden to carry out attacks in Stockholm, Expressen sources claimed.

Speculation has appeared in local media claiming that Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday on April 30 could be a possible target for extremists, AP reported. Such events usually bring together Sweden’s royal family, government officials and EU royal visitors.

At least 300 Swedish nationals have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) according to research conducted by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), published on April 1.

In March, Europol said that between 3.000 and 5.000 so-called ‘foreign fighters’ – EU citizens trained in IS terror camps - have returned to Europe and pose a “completely new challenge”.

An April report in the Swedish media said Islamists have successfully infiltrated Sweden’s Green Party. According Lars Nicander from the Swedish National Defense University, there is “a very similar effect today in which people close to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist party, are apparently gaining large footholds in the Green Party”.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 Successfully Crossed The Pacific Ocean To Land In California

Via Gizmodo:

After taking off from Hawaii at 6:30am, pilot Bertrand Piccard reported that he felt great after a day of travel, and after a total 62 hours of flight time, he successfully landed at Moffett Airfield, California.

The solar-powered aircraft is working on circumnavigating the planet, and was grounded 9 months ago after its record breaking trip from Japan to Hawaii.

Now, pilot Andre Borschberg, will take over for the next leg of the journey, from California to New York. From there, there’ll figure out the next destination, based on weather and what they’ve learned about the aircraft, as they continue on their trip to Abu Dabi, where they first took off in March 2015.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Russia Issues Chilling Warning To America Over Provocative Naval Incident

Via Before It's News:

Russia has accused the United States of intimidation by sailing a U.S. naval destroyer close to Russia’s border in the Baltics and warned that the Russian military would respond with “all necessary measures” to any future incidents.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Survivors Say Hundreds Drowned In Migrant Shipwreck Off Libya

Via Gawker:

On Wednesday, the UN Refugee Agency announced that it had spoken to survivors of a maritime disaster reported earlier this week, in which as many as 500 refugees and migrants are rumored to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, somewhere between Libya and Italy.

The 41 survivors (37 men, three women, and a three-year-old child) include 23 Somalis, 11 Ethiopians, 6 Egyptians, and a Sudanese. They were taken on April 16 to a stadium in the Greek coastal city of Kalamata, where a UNHCR team interviewed them:

The survivors told us that they had been part of a group of between 100 and 200 people who departed last week from a locality near Tobruk in Libya on a 30-metre-long boat.

After sailing for several hours, the smugglers on charge of the boat attempted to transfer the passengers to a larger ship carrying hundreds of people in terribly overcrowded conditions. At one point during the transfer, the larger boat capsized and sank.

The 41 survivors include people who had not yet boarded the larger vessel, as well as some who managed to swim back to the smaller boat. They drifted at sea possibly for three days before being spotted and rescued on 16 April.

If confirmed, this would be the worst loss of life at sea in the past year. Per the terms of a new agreement between Turkey and the EU and because the EU has no returns agreement with war-torn Libya, the Guardian reports that the survivors are not likely to be deported.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Apple Car Is Reportedly Being Developed In A Secret Berlin Lab

Via Business Insider:

Apple could be developing the Apple Car in a secret Berlin lab, according to a report from Frankfurter Allgemeine.

The German publication said on Monday that it had "learned from informed sources that Apple is running a secret laboratory for the development of an automobile — and this in the middle of Berlin". The laboratory is reportedly home to 15-20 staff with backgrounds in engineering, software, hardware, and sales.

Apple could also be looking at building the vehicle — widely referred to as either the Apple Car or the iCar — in Vienna, Austria, according to Frankfurter Allgemeine. In order to build the car in Vienna, Apple will reportedly team up with vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing firm Magna.

Apple has never admitted that it is working on an electric car but the company has recruited dozens of automotive experts from companies like Ford and Mercedes-Benz, according to The Financial Times.

The Apple Car, which may or may not be self-driving, is being developed under the code name "Titan", according to The Wall Street Journal. There may be hundreds of of people working on the project. At one point, former Ford engineer Steve Zadesky, who helped build the iPhone, and Johann Jungwirth, who was Mercedes Benz's R&D chief, were both working for Apple.

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited BMW's German headquarters in 2014, according to a Reuters report in January, which also stated that senior Apple executives went on a tour of BMW's Leipzig factory to learn how it manufactures the i3 electric car.

Apple is hoping to start shipping the Apple car in 2019, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal in September 2015.

Silicon Valley heavyweights like Google and Uber are carrying out their own research into autonomous cars, as are many of the traditional car manufacturers, including BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Scientist Warns Of Imminent 10+ Magnitude Earthquake To Split California In Half

Via Before It's News:

Scientist from Iran Dr. Mehran Tavakoli (M.T.) Keshe predicting major earthquake(s) 10+ to split California (Just like the Gulf of California) and some other surrounding areas. He says it could be on land or if its in the water there will be a massive tsunami.

Also he says the North and South American continents will separate with an earthquake perhaps even larger than the one in California. "Its so big it will separate two continents. Japan was the pin that started it, but there's two other pin's yet to release; when one goes it releases the second one. A series of movements will happen at the same time to different plates, the continents are locked into each other. It's the natural process of the planet".

Based off of his plasma/field forces model with the earth's inner core, the plates and the sun. He refuses to give a date, but he has one in mind. He makes it sound like its happening very soon. He said the probability of it happening in the autumn/fall is more likely than the summer, or winter (based off of the field forces of the sun/plates/earth's inner core) and he says if it doesn't happen this year, it will happen next.

"Two weeks ago (Sept 3) while watching Knowledge Seekers Workshop #77, M.T. Keshe warned of multiple 10+ earthquakes for the West Coast of the USA... That video was deleted shortly after that same day. He clarifies further about what he thinks is shortly about to happen... which will also effect other countries".

His biography: http://www.keshefoundation.org/introduction/mehran-tavakoli-keshe/68-mehran-tavakoli-keshe-en

Also one video I found interesting from another person comparing the different months of the year to show that Summer has less 8.0+ earthquakes since 1900 than most other months of the year and that Fall and Spring have some of the highest in numbers (Except October). (From 45 seconds to 2:45 in the video below):