How to Get High AF in Alaska
On VICE’s weed travel show ‘BLUNT REVIEWS,’ we trek to places where weed is legal to review things a cannabis-consuming tourist can do while they’re stoned. On this episode, VICE’s Trey Smith visited Alaska, where he stayed at Cecelia’s B&B, a weed-friendly bed and breakfast in Anchorage, and sampled a…
The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people’s data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge.
In recent years, data companies have harnessed new technology to immediately identify what people are watching on internet-connected TVs, then using that information to send targeted advertisements to other devices in their homes. Marketers, forever hungry to get their products in front of the people most likely to buy them, have eagerly embraced such practices. But the companies watching what people watch have also faced scrutiny from regulators and privacy advocates over how transparent they are being with users.
Samba TV is one of the bigger companies that track viewer information to make personalized show recommendations. The company said it collected viewing data from 13.5 million smart TVs in the United States, and it has raised $40 million in venture funding from investors including Time Warner , the cable operator Liberty Global and the billionaire Mark Cuban.
Samba TV has struck deals with roughly a dozen TV brands — including Sony, Sharp, TCL and Philips — to place its software on certain sets. When people set up their TVs, a screen urges them to enable a service called Samba Interactive TV, saying it recommends shows and provides special offers “by cleverly recognizing onscreen content.” But the screen, which contains the enable button, does not detail how much information Samba TV collects to make those recommendations.
Looks like Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau isn’t the only hookup making us dream of an alternate reality. This perfect matchmaking exercise comes courtesy of 19-year-old producer Amorphous, who has masterminded a collaboration 20 years in the making: a duet featuring Aaliyah and Beyoncé. “Remixed Beyoncé’s ‘All Night’ with Aaliyah’s ‘One In A Million,'” the Orlando teen tweeted of his decade-spanning mash-up. “Two friends who I really wish had the chance to work together.” Don’t we all.
It’s not impossible that Baby Girl and Queen Bey would have collided on their own accord at some point. On the 15th anniversary of Aaliyah’s tragic death in 2001, Beyoncé posted a throwback tribute to the R&B icon — a video of her pre-Jay self interviewing Aaliyah (and gushing about D’Angelo) at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards. Bey has also thanked Aaliyah for being an early supporter of Destiny’s Child. Amorphous, meanwhile, wasn’t born when “One in a Million” was released in 1996, but that’s just testament to the Missy Elliott and Timberland-assisted slow jam being well ahead of its time. Happy #TBT.
A cool, calm, and collected Cam’Ron returned to Washington D.C. Saturday (April 19) evening for the second annual Broccoli City Festival. Cam was humble, and far less flashier than when he last visited the city — five years ago. No fur coats, no Lamborghini, and no cape. Instead, he arrived in orange reflective shades, a single gold diamond encrusted Jesus chain, and a bullet proof vest beneath his t-shirt.
He performed a medley of hits from his extensive catalog, inciting attendees with his verses from “Hey Ma,” “Oh Boy,” and the crowd-pleasing “Touch it or Not.” After DJing an energetic set before Cam hit the stage, Just Blaze joined his pal to perform their most successful record, “I Really Mean It.”
The hybrid festival, in its second year of existence, managed to round up a few thousand people in south east D.C. for a day filled with fitness, fun, food, and live music. City officials hope the newly renovated Gateway Pavilion will attract visitors to an area previously known for its high crime. Additional highlights from the day included D.C. natives Reesa Renee and Kelela crooning for the crowd, Karreuche Tran and Teyana Taylor sightings and the Zumba taking place on the lawn across from the stage.
In two weeks, (May 3) Broccoli City will trek across the country to host its second festival in L.A. Cop your tickets now. You won’t want to miss it.