Google has a lot to do. Since its last developer conference, wearables have taken off, web-driven home automation became a real thing, in-car apps are taking shape, tablets have changed, and a full-on price war for cloud services has begun.
The company has certainly made some moves in these areas, but it’s saved plenty of big announcements for Google I/O, which kicks off at 9 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday with the conference keynote in San Francisco. Mashable will be there, reporting from the conference live.
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The New Yorker writer George Packer’s story on Amazon takes an far-encompassing look at company, whose CEO, Jeff Bezos built the world’s largest online bookstore to capture an audience of consumers.
Whether you consider it sculpture, installation, performance or photography, if you see the art of Berndnaut Smilde in person, don’t blink – his artwork only exists for a moment. In a relatively normal room or hallway a small cloud seems to materialize from nothing. As quickly as it emerges, though, the cloud dissipates and is gone.
The Daily Mail reports a newly uncovered headstone in Naples’ Piazza Santa Maria La Nova could be the final resting place of Vlad the Impaler, better known to most as Dracula.
While the discovery of Dracula’s grave may read like science fiction to many, medieval history scholar Raffaello Glinni, the source of the Daily Mail story makes some interesting points.
Glinni focus on the fact that Dracula’s supposed grave is located in the same graveyard where Vlad’s daughter and son-in-law could have been laid to rest.
In 1476 Dracula disappeared in battle. While some sources have claimed that he died, the researchers claim he was in fact imprisoned by the Turks, who hauled him away in chains.
His daughter Maria was meanwhile brought to the Neapolitan court, whose ruling family was allied with her own family, where she was adopted and eventually married to a Neapolitan nobleman.
Documents show that Maria in fact paid a ransom to the Turks for her father, who was then brought to Naples, the historians say.
Student Erika Stella, investigating the cloister of Santa Maria Nova in Naples for her thesis, discovered the incongruous grave and returned with historians who undertook months of research.