Warning: if your going to see the Sex and the City revival and just like that, avert your eyes on this intro – spoilers are coming. Peloton probably wished it all did just that.
Yes, the ubiquitous, expensive exercise bike featured in an important plot in the first episode of the new series isn’t particularly shocking itself. The shock came when Carrie’s husband, Mr. Big, died of a heart attack after completing a 45-minute peloton class on the company’s bike (with real-life instructor Jess King in a fictional role as … a peloton instructor ).
The act hit Peloton’s stock price over the weekend – something the company has seen last year when a lot of people return to their gyms or maybe, like me, just don’t want to stay home to exercise.
Peloton was caught by surprise too – the company knew that HBO would subsequently show a peloton and that King would be portraying an instructor, but “confidentiality reasons” kept it from knowing it was going to kill a character.
It released a statement saying Big’s death was likely due to his “flamboyant lifestyle” – the guy was smoking a cigar at the beginning of the episode and had previously suffered a heart attack.
I doubt the outcome of Peloton’s appearance on the show will be a net negative – it’s arguably the most talked-about twist since the premiere of a highly anticipated TV show. It is definitely a test of the adage: is advertising good advertising?
– Mat Smith
It sucks fluid out of astronauts’ heads and at their feet.
More than half of NASA astronauts who have flown to the International Space Station (ISS) for more than six months have developed vision problems. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a sleeping bag that could prevent or reduce these problems.
Liquids collect in your head when you sleep, but on Earth, gravity pulls it back into your body when you stand up. However, in the low gravity of space, this fluid collects and puts pressure on the eyeball, causing visual impairment. The researchers have developed a sleeping bag that effectively sucks fluids out of astronauts’ heads.
It’s the latest attempt to hijack a great politician’s social media profile.
A burglar temporarily took control of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Twitter account over the weekend. The attacker tweeted a claim that India had adopted Bitcoin as legal tender and pointed users to a (broken) scam website. To followers of Modi’s account – or anyone familiar with their stance on cryptocurrency – it was obvious that something had gone wrong.
The company also promised an easier way to track bugs in the future.
Amazon explained the web services outage that took parts of the internet offline last week. As reported by CNBC, Amazon unveiled an automated capacity scaling feature that resulted in “unexpected behavior” from internal network clients. Devices connecting this internal network to AWS were overloaded and blocked communication. The AWS department has temporarily turned off scaling that created the problem and will not turn it back on until solutions are in place. A solution to the glitch will come within two weeks, Amazon said.
And it still works.
The technology word of 2021 is definitely “metavers” and was pushed into the collective consciousness when Mark Zuckerberg revealed Facebook’s new name, Meta.
Metaworld founder Dedric Reid has been selling his interpretation of the Metaverse for five years. His vision is a decentralized space, a “10,000 square mile community owned and community run simulation,” Reid said.
But the story of Metaworld is one of incomplete crowdfunding, silence in communication, fake advertising material and some understandably angry donors. Read Senior Editor Jessica Conditt’s full review on The Matrix to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes.
It should harmonize with high-quality furniture and works of art.
I mean, I like the look, but I prefer the Bang and Olufsen Set with wings…