Bernie Madoff, the financial manager serving 150 years in prison after the collapse of his $65bn pyramid scheme, is dead at 82. The former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, Madoff operated the world's largest investment fraud, with his 4,800 clients ultimately disclosing some $18bn in losses going back to the 1970s. The scheme collapsed during the 2008 financial crisis; he was turned in by his sons.
San Francisco Zoo reported the death of Cobby, a "much-loved primate" and 1960s TV star who was 63 years old. Cobby was the oldest chimp in the U.S., reportedly. In 2015, an Australian filmmaker making a documentary about Cobby described to the Guardian his short-lived career in 1960s children's TV, trying out human activities in… READ THE REST
John Davis, one of the real voices behind 1980s lip-sync pop act Milli Vanilli, died this week of Covid. He was 66. Davis' daughter, Jasmin Davis, confirmed the performer's death to CNN Thursday. She revealed the news initially in a post shared on his Facebook page this week."Unfortunately my dad passed away this evening through… READ THE REST
Eric Carle's charming and exquisitely illustrated childrens' books—especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar—are warm memories for generations of adults. Carle died yesterday at 91, having published more than 70 books and sold more than 170 million copies. Mr. Carle's career as a children's book author took off in his late 30s, and he made his name… READ THE REST
Digital painting has truly become an art in itself. Even with artists like Andy Warhol creating digital art on a Commodore Amiga back in the mid-80s, digital painting has mostly been a kitschy bit of artistic fun, not stuff to be regarded as a true masterwork. But much has changed over the past decade. Technology… READ THE REST
While it never hurts when your company name becomes a verb, but there's a lot more to Google than a simple web search. Sure, Google's search engine is also the engine that powered the firm into its current position as one of the 10 most valuable companies in America, but the company has spent the… READ THE REST
While smartphones and other devices have reached world-class heights for capturing images and even video at up to stunning 4K quality, they still leave a lot to be desired in the audio department. That's because while companies have engaged in a two-decade arms race to constantly one-up each other for the biggest, best camera available,… READ THE REST