What to Expect at Google I/O

What to Expect at Google I/O

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.


Sunday Big Read: “Cheap Words” explores why to love, hate Amazon

Editor’s note: For all of you who love to lounge in a chair and immerse themselves in an enlightening read, Sunday Big Read is a weekly feature sharing 3,000-plus word stories each Sunday.
Via The New Yorker
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.

Read “Cheap Words: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?” 


Indoor Clouds created by Berndnaut Smilde

Indoor Clouds created by Berndnaut Smilde

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.

Is this Dracula’s (Vlad the Impaler’s) tomb?

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.

Read more at Daily Mail