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  • Why podcasts make sense

    Columbia Journalism Review
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Two-thousand fourteen was a very good year for the podcast. It saw the creation of five podcast networks; an estimated 15 percent of Americans listened to podcasts each month (up from 9 percent in 2008); and Serial, the most popular podcast ever, debuted in October and drew over a million listeners per episode; that same month, Ira Glass went...
  • Army Restores Full Benefits for Captains Being Forced Out

    NYT > Home Page
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:23 pm
    A change in the Army’s drawdown policy will allow 120 captains who rose from the enlisted ranks to retain their officers’ benefits in involuntary retirement.
  • Children dead in Australian home

    BBC News - Home
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Eight children found dead at a house in a suburb of Australian city of Cairns, police say
  • Borger: Obama sheds Clark Kent duds - Top Stories
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:42 pm
    President Obama has been using his executive powers aggressively, despite midterm losses, says Gloria Borger
  • Ally Gets Subpoena Related to Subprime Automotive Finance What's News US
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Ally Financial has received a subpoena from the U.S. Justice Department asking for information related to the bank’s subprime automotive finance lending practices, the bank said.
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  • Borger: Obama sheds Clark Kent duds

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:42 pm
    President Obama has been using his executive powers aggressively, despite midterm losses, says Gloria Borger
  • Family: Meatloaf dinner killed parents

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:39 pm
    The children of an elderly West Virginia couple who passed away months apart in late 2012 and early 2013 are blaming their deaths on a restaurant chain's meatloaf.
  • Mystery spy in Cuban swap ID'd

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:31 pm
    U.S. officials have refused to release the spy's name, but sources inside the government and out tell CNN his name is Rolando Sarraff Trujillo.
  • Ebola nurse's aide: Why kill my dog?

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    It's a long road to recovery for Spanish nurse's assistant Teresa Romero Ramos.
  • Why Castro asked FDR for $10

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:21 pm
    President Barack Obama jolted the long, tumultuous relationship between the United States and Cuba with his decision to normalize relations with a country that has fascinated and vexed Americans since the days of Theodore Roosevelt.
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  • Ally Gets Subpoena Related to Subprime Automotive Finance

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Ally Financial has received a subpoena from the U.S. Justice Department asking for information related to the bank’s subprime automotive finance lending practices, the bank said.
  • MetLife Considers Challenging 'Systemically Important' Label

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    The nation’s biggest life insurer by assets is weighing a legal showdown with the U.S. after a panel of regulators concluded it poses significant risks to the financial system and warrants tougher oversight.
  • Asian Shares Rise on Fed Stance

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Stocks in Japan and Australia made gains for a second day on Friday, as investor confidence continued to be bolstered by expectations the U.S. is in no rush to raise interest rates.
  • Nigeria Restricts Forex Trading

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Nigeria’s central bank set new foreign exchange controls to stop its currency from falling, as tumbling crude prices and strikes cripple Africa’s top economy.
  • Signs of Russian Export Cut Lift Wheat

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:37 pm
    U.S. wheat prices surged to a fresh seven-month high, buoyed by signs Russia is curbing exports of the grain to temper domestic food inflation.
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  • Ho-ho-hair: The 12 beards of Christmas

    Max Knoblauch
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:36 pm
    'Tis the season for facial hair. In her photo series, "The Twelve Beards of Christmas," Stephanie Jarstad gives a bunch of bearded dudes some festive additions to their impressive facial hair. Available on her Etsy shop, the posters are perfect for any hair-themed holiday party. See also: The Best Type of Beard for Your Face The series does a great job at revealing just how much crap you can stick and/or lose in a beard. Also, all of the men give off a cheery "young Santa" vibe. Better still, sales help to support a Gofundme page for a man fighting acute myeloid leukemia. Take a look at…
  • Women's big-wave surfing makes a splash with WickrX Super Sessions

    Sam Laird
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:33 pm
    PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA, California — The conditions weren't epic, at least by the standards of what is perhaps big-wave surfing's most legendary break. The spectators were few on Wednesday just off the coast of this hamlet about 20 miles south of San Francisco. But the event? The event was a resounding success Twelve of the world's top female big-wave surfers — many of them meeting for the first time — descended on the break known as Mavericks on Wednesday for several hours of charging. But it wasn't just a one-day contest. It was the culmination of a six-week, first-of-its…
  • Bay Area public defenders rally behind 'Black Lives Matter' movement

    Patrick Kulp
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Public defenders across the San Francisco Bay Area added their voice to protests that have swept the country in the wake of a string of police killings of unarmed black men on Thursday with several simultaneous rallies at local court houses. Members of the Public Defenders Offices of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Solano counties spent their lunch breaks protesting on the steps of judicial buildings in each county as a show of solidarity with the marches and demonstrations that have drawn thousands in the Bay Area in past weeks See also: Medical students hold "White…
  • Massive downtown LA inferno labeled arson

    Brittany Levine
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    LOS ANGELES — The massive inferno that ripped through an apartment complex under construction in downtown, melted signs on an adjacent freeway and blew out the windows of nearby buildings has been classified as arson by local and federal investigators. The Dec. 8 blaze at the seven-story Da Vinci apartment complex caused between $20 million and $30 million in damage, Erik Scott, a public information officer with the Los Angeles Fire Department, said on Twitter See also: Massive fire breaks out in downtown LA, closes freeway Investigators from @LAFD & #ATF determine the massive Dec.
  • Congress blocks feds from meddling with medical marijuana

    Andy Fixmer
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    In Congress, it's rare for a spending bill to move forward without a deluge of last-minute additions for politicians' pet projects. This year's $1.1 trillion spending bill, signed yesterday by President Obama, is no different. See also: 5 Ways Congress' Proposed Budget Could Affect You But while an amendment to water down banking regulations is drawing scrutiny, two congressmen from California quietly inserted wording that removes funding for the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration to interfere with states where medical marijuana is legal. It's the first legislation…
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  • Mobile Commerce Consolidation As Mozido Takes Majority Stake In CorFire

    Ingrid Lunden
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:48 pm
     Just days after Dutch digital commerce provider Adyen announced a $250 million round of funding, another heavily capitalised player in the space has made an acquisition to up its game. Mozido, a mobile commerce specialist that raised $185 million in October 2014 after raising $103 million in May, has taken a majority stake in CorFire, another mobile commerce startup that focuses on… Read More
  • Neurence’s Cloud Platform Gives Wearables Eyes That Can See And Ears That Can Hear

    Natasha Lomas
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:21 pm
     U.K. startup Neurence, which has previously released two proof-of-concept apps showcasing its augmented reality tech, called Taggar and Tag Me, has now launched its long term platform play: a machine learning cloud platform for object recognition which it’s hoping will underpin the next wave of search queries as computing becomes increasingly immersed in the physical world — thanks… Read More
  • Ending The Invisibility Of Homelessness

    Kevin F. Adler
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
     The lack of affordable, safe, and supportive housing is a scourge on society. It costs $90K to maintain a human being on the streets for a year, compared to $18K to provide supportive housing to a previously homeless person. Over the last 10 years, an influx of 75,000 people have moved to San Francisco, while only 17,000 new housing units have been built. We can end chronic homelessness by 2020… Read More
  • Google Rips MPAA For Allegedly Leveraging Local Government To Revive SOPA

    Alex Wilhelm
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Corruption in the American Hollywood style is something to behold. Today, Google published a short blog post alleging that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), alongside a number of film studios, funded what was essentially opposition research about the company. The resulting material was later fed to state attorneys general. Read More
  • Are SaaS Companies Just Misunderstood?

    Ron Miller,Alex Wilhelm
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
     Depending on whom you ask, companies that sell their products on a subscription basis are either companies that are veritable giants of growth, or firms that hide their business models’ inherent weakness in the form of short-term losses that are dismissed under the guise of investment. Read More
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  • La parodie qui ridiculise Hitler et a rendu Goebbels fou de rage [VIDÉO]

    Rebecca Onion
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Danse très populaire aux Etats-Unis et au Royaume-Uni à la fin des années 1930, la «Lambeth Walk» était tirée de la comédie musicale Me and My Girl, et faisait référence à une rue située dans le quartier de Cockney à Londres. Les danseurs avançaient et reculaient en ponctuant cette «marche» de mouvements de jambes et de grands gestes des bras. Voci à quoi ressemble la Lambeth Walk dans le film où elle apparaît pour la première fois (à partir de 2 minutes): Et voici une version contemporaine, réalisée dans les années 1980, de la scène: En 1940, un…
  • Marisol Touraine ne veut pas que l'on vapote du chanvre, même si ce n'est pas du cannabis

    Jean-Yves Nau
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    «Le cannabis décidément ne rend pas intelligent, ni ceux qui en fument trop (et trop tôt), ni ceux qui n'en fument pas mais en parlent, droits dans leurs petites bottes.» La formule est du Dr William Lowenstein, interniste et addictologue, président de SOS Addictions, interrogé par Slate après la décision de Marisol Touraine de demander l'interdiction de la commercialisation de Kanavape, une cigarette électronique au chanvre. Certains, en France, avaient pu croire, que le «tabou brisé» en janvier, comme l'écrivait Le Monde, concernant l'usage thérapeuthique du…
  • Les talibans, soldats de l'ignorance

    David Rothkopf
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Les djihadistes mènent l'une des guerres les plus vaines qui soient. Ce qui permet, sans doute, d'expliquer quel désespoir se cache derrière leur brutalité. Ils ne combattent pas l'Amérique, l'Occident, ni même les régimes qui entendent mettre fin à leur violence. Non, leur véritable ennemi est l'avenir. Voilà pourquoi nous venons, une nouvelle fois, d'assister à la démonstration de leur ignominie, qui se sera déchaînée mardi contre des écoliers du Pakistan et du Yémen. A Peshawar, dans l'enceinte de l'«Army Public School and Degree College», plus de 130 garçons et filles…
  • Retrouver 14-18 : cent ans de cinéma vus par Laurent Véray

    Pierre-Henri Ortiz
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    L’époque de la Grande Guerre a été l’occasion de la mise en place d’un modèle du «film de guerre», d’un dispositif cinématographique pérenne qu’on retrouve jusque dans la production contemporaine. Sur le fond aussi, 14-18 constitue un objet cinématographique récurrent, souvent retravaillé, notamment dans les deux dernières décennies. Au-delà de ces continuités, quelles vous semblent être les grandes ruptures de cette histoire des films «sur» 14-18, après les films «de» 14-18? Laurent Véray – Sur le temps long, on observe effectivement un grand écart entre…
  • Les livres préférés de Slate en 2014
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    Vous n'avez probablement pas eu beaucoup de temps pour lire cette année –pas assez, comme tout le monde. Peut-être que vous vous rattraperez à Noël, devant votre dernier feu de cheminée légal de Parisien, ou sous un plaid en pilou, quelque part en Bretagne. Pour vous aider à trouver le livre que vous ouvrirez alors –ou celui que vous glisserez sous le sapin sans l'avoir ouvert, nous faisant une confiance aveugle–, voici nos conseils, par ordre alphabétique du nom des collaborateurs de Slate.    Romans: Réparer les vivants, de Maylis de…
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  • Who is Chris Brogan

    Chris Brogan
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    You know, sometimes I take it for granted that you know who I am. I thought I’d share. Continue ReadingThe post Who is Chris Brogan appeared first on
  • Shine Your Own Bat Signal

    Chris Brogan
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    It’s our job to be storytellers of what we do for the world, and who we seek, and how we’ll help them. If you’re not taking your opportunity to help, to connect, to build the storyline that will guide people to understand what you have that can help them, you’re missing your chance. Shine Your Own Bat Signal Think of the immense opportunity. We used to have to beg or buy our way into the newspaper. Can you imagine doing that these days? And yet, when you’re given the chance to address the world, to tell an interesting story, to do anything that will build some…
  • Best Apps and Software of 2014

    Chris Brogan
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    If you know me, you know that this list won’t be your typical. I don’t care which software most people use. But I do have some thoughts on the matter as it applies to doing business. See, that’s always been the angle. I’m not into the tech. I’m into what the tech helps us DO. And to that end, I do have some opinions on what you should fire up on your phone and tablet and laptop and use more often. Continue ReadingThe post Best Apps and Software of 2014 appeared first on
  • Become a Bigger You

    Chris Brogan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I found myself observing many people who were dressed for their nights on the town as if they were starring in a movie or TV show about Vegas. They wore shiny faux-gold sunglasses at night (pretty sure they don’t do this at home). They left three or so buttons undone on their shirts (can you imagine that kind of look at your office?). They wore little black dresses and super high heels and they carried purses that glittered like warfare. As judgmental as I like to be, I am enamored with the idea because in all cases, people were allowing themselves to play, to…
  • Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade Mourning My Childhood’s Holiday Rituals

    Chris Brogan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s the strangest thing: I’m sitting on a plane bound for Las Vegas where I’ll attend the premiere of a documentary that I participated in, and I am doing what I do mostly: observing people and their decisions. An older woman in the seat in front of me is on her iPad and using the in-flight wifi, a marvel of technology that allows us nearly unfettered access to the universe while at 30,000 feet! And here’s what she’s doing. She’s typed “brown fur sweater” into the search bar at . Continue ReadingThe post Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade…
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    The Bloggess

  • UPDATED: If you need help, or if you want to help…

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:21 pm
    UPDATE! I’ve lost track of where we are but we’d Donated over $10,000 of toys in the first 24 hours & it’s been snowballing since then. My blog only shows 700 comments per page before making you click “newer comments”. sHortcut: click here for comments 700-1400 and click here for comments after 1400. SEE More SUPER IMPORTANT UPDATES AT END… Remember in 2010 when I gave out gift cards in the name of James Garfield (the taxidermied boar) to the first twenty people who told me they didn’t know how they were going to afford toys for their kids…
  • Number one, I’m gonna need you to be honest here…

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    It’s been awhile since we’ve had a good poll so I thought I’d get your opinion on a question I often ask during uncomfortable silences: Take Our Poll By the way, one of these answers is mine.  10 points to Gryffindor if you guess which. And now, the weekly wrap-up of awesomeness: Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.): Holiday sweaters are too itchy so I made you this. Shit-I-didn’t-come-up-with-but-wish-I-did-because-it’s-awesome: Kick-ass stuff I pinned. Aw.
  • I’m a murderer. Sort of.

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Remember a few weeks ago when I confessed that I can’t keep a houseplant alive, but then somehow managed to accidentally grow a plant in my pantry when a sweet potato went rogue?  And then I gave it googley eyes and a name? Sam I. Yam in happier times. Naturally smiley and high in vitamin C. Well it turns out I can’t even keep a yam alive because – in spite of my care – Sam turned gaunt and withered and started to decompose.  Sam was blossoming just fine when he was lost in the back of the pantry but when I rescued him he started dying immediately.  It’s…
  • Lovely ~ UPDATED

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    My niece Gabi is 15 years old and is sort of my hero. That sounds weird and I can’t really explain myself without telling stories that aren’t mine to tell, but I can tell you that she’s so much like me it’s a bit eerie.  The difference is that instead of retreating from the world, Gabi reshapes the world to work for her. While I was writing dark, angsty poetry at her age, Gabi has skipped forward to look for the light.  I sang in my bathroom so much that it drove my family nuts.  Gabi taught herself the ukulele and performs original songs for strangers in…
  • Zazzle thinks I’m some sort of serial killer.

    7 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    me: I wanted to make something new for my shop but all I’ve come up with is a shirt that says “This is where I keep my nipples.” Victor:  Hmm. How about “My meemaw can kick your meemaw’s ass.” me:  Maybe. Victor: What about a shirt that says “My other shirt has diarrhea on it”? me:  Ooh! And then you get your partner to wear a second shirt and that other shirt just says “Diarrhea.” Victor:  Um…I think you’ve gone too far. me: No, it’s like having matching outfits, but less lame. And with more diarrhea. Victor:  That’s too much diarrhea. me:…
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    Boing Boing » Gadgets

  • Laser-cut record clocks

    Cory Doctorow
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Vinyl Record Eaters is Greg Durt's Etsy store for laser-cut record-clocks (made from unplayable, scratched records) that sport clever silhouettes from pop culture: Daryl from Walking Dead, Walking Dead execution, Lightsaber battle, Hobbit march, Godzilla eats New York and cities of the world! Vinyl Record Eaters
  • Engadget co-founder Ryan Block's favorite gadgets

    Mark Frauenfelder
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Our guest this week on the Cool Tools Show podcast is Ryan Block. He’s the co-founder of gdgt, and the co-founder and former editor of Engadget. These days he is VP of Product at Aol, and is co-host of MVP, a show about technology products. He recommends Amazon Prime, the Bruer cold brew coffee maker, the KitchenAid Stand Mixer, and an iOS calculator called Tydlig.
  • Giant underwater plug

    Cory Doctorow
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This humongous power-plug is a MacArtney Wet Mate Connector that allows undersea cables for floating windmills to be connected below the water's surface. But mostly I like it because it is has those outsized, Tonka-toy yellow rugged good looks. MacArtney’s wet mate connector shortens the time needed for connection and makes it possible to operate in waters with limited time windows. This is particularly important for renewable energy devices where changing tides or wave action are often associated with marine renewable deployments. The MacArtney 11kV wet mate connector provides safe and…
  • Booze shoes

    Cory Doctorow
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    High-end shoemaker Oliver Sweeney offers a pair of shoes with a compartment in the sole that holds a Johnnie Walker miniature (or you could put better booze in there), and features a clear panel that reveals the bottle when you shoe someone your soles. The limited edition Johnnie Walker Oliver Sweeney Brogue is a footwear first that brings together style, design and flair. The iconic Oxford Style Brogue features a reworked crank to accommodate a Johnnie Walker Red Label miniature in the heel, custom-embroidery, a striding man tattoo, red suede lining in the heel compartment and a transparent…
  • Shiny shiny booze-flask

    Cory Doctorow
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Areaware's Liquid Body Flask is a polished, stainless steel flask (6.5" x 3.4" x 0.8") that looks like it's formed from mylar. (via Canopy)
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  • Secret Revamps Itself in Escalating Battle Between Anonymity Apps

    Davey Alba
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Secret 2.0, available on iOS and Android, has added several tools to facilitate more frequent anonymous connections among its users. The post Secret Revamps Itself in Escalating Battle Between Anonymity Apps appeared first on WIRED.
  • Satellite Map Shows Evidence of a Dangerous Arctic Warming Feedback Loop

    Nick Stockton
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    New research from NASA shows that the Arctic Ocean has been steadily getting more energy from the sun over the past fifteen years. The post Satellite Map Shows Evidence of a Dangerous Arctic Warming Feedback Loop appeared first on WIRED.
  • Gadget Lab Podcast: We Say Goodbye to a Good Friend and Traitor

    Gadget Lab Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    It’s our last show of 2014, and also Mat Honan’s last show as co-host. He’s starting a new job at Buzzfeed, so what better way to see him off than with a Buzzfeed-style quiz? The post Gadget Lab Podcast: We Say Goodbye to a Good Friend and Traitor appeared first on WIRED.
  • Big Data, Smaller Wage Gap?

    Pam Wickham, Raytheon
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    I have a niece. Several, actually, but I’m thinking about one in particular. I helped deliver her at the hospital, and over the past 18 years I’ve watched her grow into a woman I admire. My niece is smart and conscientious. She knows politics and wants to fight the world’s injustices. She reads. She sings. […] The post Big Data, Smaller Wage Gap? appeared first on WIRED.
  • Amazon Launches One-Hour Delivery Service in NYC

    Davey Alba
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Amazon on Thursday introduced a new service called Prime Now, which lets Prime members in New York City get a range of more than 25,000 “daily essentials” delivered to them within an hour for $7.99. The post Amazon Launches One-Hour Delivery Service in NYC appeared first on WIRED.
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    Columbia Journalism Review

  • Why podcasts make sense

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Two-thousand fourteen was a very good year for the podcast. It saw the creation of five podcast networks; an estimated 15 percent of Americans listened to podcasts each month (up from 9 percent in 2008); and Serial, the most popular podcast ever, debuted in October and drew over a million listeners per episode; that same month, Ira Glass went...
  • What the Sony hacks reveal about the news industry

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Along with employee salaries, Channing Tatum’s penchant for all-caps, and executives’ racially charged jokes about President Obama, the Sony email hacks reveal the media ecosystem in illuminating detail. The communications, stolen by an anonymous individual or group, have been dissected everywhere from online tabloids to the most respected newspapers in the country, all of them ravenous actors in the...
  • An old media scoop on pro-ISIS tweeter Shami Witness leads to a new media dox

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    While the UK’s Channel 4 didn’t release the full name of Shami Witness, one of the most prolific tweeters of ISIS propaganda, when they reported on his identity last Thursday, they might as well have. “He says exposure will endanger his life and we have no way of knowing how true that may be,” said correspondent Simon Israel in the...
  • Why sportswriters are questioning football

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Photo credit: Associated Press A few days before Thanksgiving, Grantland's Bill Barnwell wrote a column that, at first glance, looks like an ode to America's favorite sport. The piece, entitled "Together, We Appreciate Football," primarily consists of Barnwell fawning over a magnificent catch by Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. However, the opening paragraph includes the line, "If you're a...
  • Billionaire's support for Pittsburgh paper is at issue in court case

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    A conservative billionaire, heir to one of the country’s great fortunes. His wealthy children, with whom he had sometimesstrained relationships. And the newspapers he loved. All have roles in a court case now playing out in Pittsburgh, which pits the grown children of Richard Mellon Scaife against the trustees who worked with Scaife as he poured money into the Pittsburgh...
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  • Darren Sharper -- Federal Charges for Distributing Drugs to Rape

    TMZ Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Former New Orleans Saints star Darren Sharper now faces federal charges for distributing prescription meds -- on top of the slew of charges he's already been hit with in multiple states.Sharper was indicted by a federal grand jury for…
  • President Obama -- Cuban Cigar Crisis ... La Foto Es Verdad

    TMZ Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Move over Monica ... there's a new controversial cigar in the White House -- a Cuban fingered by President Obama in a photo many thought was fake, but we've learned it's the real deal. The original pic shows Obama Wednesday night ... sampling…
  • It Pays to Be a Nerd -- Gamer Beats Out Beyonce, Jay Z for Epic L.A. House

    TMZ Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:06 pm
    A 35-year-old Swedish video game programmer just got the prized house that Jay Z and Beyonce also wanted ... TMZ has learned.Our real estate sources tell us ... Markus Persson plunked down $70 million cash for a 23,000 square foot palace in Bev…
  • CM Punk -- Laughs Off Green Ranger Challenge ... For UFC Debut

    TMZ Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    CM Punk could choose ANY opponent for his UFC debut ... but it almost certainly won't be the Green Power Ranger -- not based on CM's reaction to the guy's name, anyway.The former WWE champ was in NYC Thursday when he told our photog how training is…
  • Rev. Al Sharpton Meet With Sony's Amy Pascal ... All Talk ... Let's See Some Action

    TMZ Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Al Sharpton is willing to give Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal a chance to prove she'll do the right thing for African Americans, but he says, "The proof is in the pudding and you don't know until you eat it."Sharpton tells TMZ he met with Pascal for…
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  • Holiday Party With 13 Rescue Dogs And One Cat Is Something We All Should Watch! Gather Around The Table!

    Perez Hilton
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Aww! We LOVE this! Freshpet has delivered a new take on the holiday dinner we've all experienced usually once in our lives. The pet food company made a video featuring 13 dogs and one cat at a holiday dinner party where they are all dressed for the occasion! And all of the archetypes of holiday dinners were there, as well! Including the obnoxious teenager doggie with the cellphone, the too tipsy grandpa dog, and almost all of them had on some adorably ugly sweaters! The animals in the video were apparently all rescue animals from the Humane Society of Utah. And the pet food company will even…
  • Bombshell, The Musical From Smash, Is Coming To The Stage For One-Night-Only! But Wait… There's More!!

    Perez Hilton
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Smash is coming back!! ...sort of! The beloved NBC series is coming back, not to TV, but in the form of a one-night-only benefit concert for The Actors Fund! They'll be putting on Bombshell, the play within the show, based on Marilyn Monroe! What a fantastic idea!! The cast and venue haven't been announced yet but the show's producers (Craig Zadan and Neil Meron) are the same folks who brought us Peter Pan Live! and The Sound of Music Live! So you know it's gonna be FAB!! [ Related: Katharine McPhee Moves On From Ex-Hubby To This HOTTIE! ] Tickets are going on sale early 2015 and the whole…
  • Angelina Jolie Reveals That Her Directing Brad Pitt In By the Sea Is Basically A Therapist's Dream Because…

    Perez Hilton
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:28 pm
    DAMN! Well at least Angelina Jolie knows that this whole situation is kind of weird! LOL! The brilliant beauty who just premiered Unbroken, only her second adventure into directing, has opened up about what it was like to instruct Brad Pitt. Angie admitted that she can see how effed up it was that the film they chose to work on together for the first time in 10 years is one about a couple in a troubled marriage. [ Related: Angelina Jolie Lets Everyone Know Why She's Missing Screenings! ] Brangelina filmed the movie By The Sea, which was written and directed by Mz. Jolie, RIGHT after they got…
  • These People Spent Thousands Of Dollars To Look Like Their Favorite Star!

    Perez Hilton
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Everyone is beautiful inside and out in their own unique way!! But we guess sometimes people would just rather see their favorite celeb staring back at them in the mirror. Looking like a celebrity isn't cheap, but these people thought it was worth it to try and look more like their favorite stars!! Some are pretty similar, while others... well, others... Take Jordan James Parke -- some people might think he took things a bit too far... LOLz! CLICK HERE to view the gallery "These People Spent Thousands Of Dollars To Look Like Their Favorite Star!" CLICK HERE to view the gallery "These People…
  • Sony Shuts Its Doors To The Public Following Hacker Threat!

    Perez Hilton
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:07 pm
    It looks like movies aren't the only thing Sony is canceling. In the wake of terrorist threats from hackers, the movie studio is shutting its doors to the public. According to sources inside the studio, the behind-the-scenes tour has been on hiatus ever since the initial news of the cyber attack. [ Photos: Seth Rogen Has Hired A Bodyguard Amidst North Korean Terrorist Threats! ] Apparently Sony is worried about the possibility of someone wandering off from the group. It seems like making beds in a burning house to us, especially since the attacks reportedly came from North Korea. But we're…
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  • You're losing fat without even knowing it

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:37 pm
    You're losing fat without even knowing itGettyAbout 84 percent of burned fat escapes your body by performing this simple act ... constantly.'Exercise' you are doing right nowMore to seePregnancy affects mental healthTop 5 hangover cures
  • Man suddenly started feeling very different ...

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Man suddenly started feeling very different ...Everyday HealthAfter beating cancer, Nelson Rosa felt some major differences in his sexual drive and performance.Odd effect that was particularly difficult for his wifeMore from Everyday HealthUnderstanding silent refluxHeart health after surgery
  • Meet the new pooches vying for best in show

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Meet the new pooches vying for best in showGettyThe American Kennel Club said it will now allow more dogs to compete in its prestigious national canine competition.4 breeds officially being recognizedMore to seeIn-flight entertainment makeoverHelp Santa with these digital apps
  • Sinister truth about man's 'heart attack'

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Sinister truth about man's 'heart attack'WESHIn a Florida Wal-Mart, Genard fell to the floor, but the local deputies say it was all planned.Act happening behind-the-scenesTake a lookChild nearly abducted in Fla.Veteran's stolen pup returned
  • Brad Pitt swiftly kicked off jury duty

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Brad Pitt swiftly kicked off jury duty GettyBrad Pitt was prepared to do his civic duty, but the judge decided he wasn't a good fit. Why he was immediately dismissedMore to seeCompany charged for water poisonOlympian's new start-up venture
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  • Dr. Web: German Medical Start-Ups Aim to Digitalize Healthcare

    Saskia De Rothschild
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    From Der Spiegel Magazine A new cluster of start-ups in Germany is seeking to exploit the digital revolution that is gripping the medical sector. In the future, we are likely to use apps that can measure our heartbeat or analyze potential skin conditions to augment normal healthcare. With recent advances in technology, visits by patients to Germany’s well provisioned physical therapy centers may soon become a thing of the past. Instead, they may find themselves completing their therapy at home — in front of their televisions. The respected Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin has…
  • China’s Guide to Democracy

    Saskia De Rothschild
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    From BBC News- Quiz question: What has been the top trending story on China’s social media this week? Wrong answer: Hong Kong. Correct answer: People named “Guoqing,” which in Chinese means “national celebration.” On Tuesday, Oct. 7, China winds up a weeklong public holiday to mark National Day, the anniversary of the 1949 Revolution when the Communist Party came to power. Since then, the Party has imposed tight control over the media, and at times of crisis the room for nuanced reporting shrinks to zero. In the early days of last week, the state propaganda machine met the Hong…
  • The Survivors of the Malta Refugee Shipwreck

    Saskia De Rothschild
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    From Der Spiegel Magazine Earlier this month, 500 people, mostly refugees from the Gaza Strip, drowned when their ship sank in the Mediterranean. It was the worst such tragedy in a summer full of them. SPIEGEL traveled to Gaza and Crete to find out what happened. DER SPIEGELShukri al-Assouli was among the survivors of an incident that saw 500 refugees killed after the ship carrying them was deliberately rammed by smugglers earlier this month. It is believed that Assouli lost his wife and their two children. On his third day at sea near the coast of Malta, Shukri al-Assouli began to…
  • China’s Education Gap

    Saskia De Rothschild
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    From the New York Times Every September, the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities, often called the Harvard and MIT of China, brim with eager new students, the winners of China’s cutthroat education system. These young men and women possess the outlook of cosmopolitan youth worldwide: sporting designer clothes and wielding high-end smartphones, they share experiences of foreign travel and bond over common fondness for Western television shows like “The Big Bang Theory” and “Sherlock.” They are destined for bright futures: In a few decades, they will fill high-powered…
  • Franco-German Decoupling

    Saskia De Rothschild
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    From the International New York Times-  PARIS – There is something misleading about the current political excitement on both sides of the Seine. The ouster of three rebel ministers by a surprisingly firm president, a government reshuffle, a standing ovation delivered at Medef, the employers’ union, for the Socialist prime minister who dared to proclaim, “I love business!”: All the action was set in Paris. Yet one could fantasize that, some 900 kilometers away, Berlin’s invisible hand was quietly at play. Germany determines so much of France’s economic life these days that it…
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  • Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:21 am
    Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony Moli (Laysan albatross) eggs ready to board the plane yesterday. Photo: Eric VanderWerf, Pacific Rim Conservation.Yesterday, several dozen birds flew across the Kauai Channel before they hatched. Forty-three moli (Laysan albatross) eggs made the trip from Kauai to Oahu, packed in soft layers and tucked inside heated “coolers,” aboard a regularly scheduled Navy plane. The relocated albatross are part of a new jo...
  • HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Vietnamese Food

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Vietnamese Food Rare beef pho from Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine. Photo by David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine.HAWAII Magazine’s 2014 Food Issue is on sale now. Inside the issue you’ll find “75 Places to Eat Like a Local,” our now annual guide to the Hawaii places you’ll find residents like us heading to eat when we're famished. This year&rs...
  • Flight Risk: Saving Kauai's endangered Newell's shearwaters

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:18 am
    Flight Risk: Saving Kauai's endangered Newell's shearwaters An adult Newell's shearwater spreads its three-foot wingspan. Photo by Elyse Butler Mallams.Sitting at the fingertip-shaped end of a narrow mountain ridge in camouflage pants and rubber boots, Dr. André Raine plucks a white-splattered leaf from an old ohia tree and holds it to his nose. It’s a rare sunny day here, in the mountains high above the town of Ka...
  • Robert Cazimero: 5 Things I Love About Creating Music for Hula

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:40 am
    Robert Cazimero: 5 Things I Love About Creating Music for Hula Photo by Rae Huo for HAWAII Magazine.Keeping Hawaiian music and hula dynamic in a way that honors the stories and traditions of the past is the life-work of Robert Cazimero.“My grandfather said to me many years ago, it would be our generation that wants to keep it alive, the next generation who wouldn’t want it, and the one following who would,” says Cazimero, of the two cultural art forms.“It’s a constant...
  • 125 years of Hawaii history featured in new Bishop Museum exhibit

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    125 years of Hawaii history featured in new Bishop Museum exhibit Members of a sewing club dressed in "flapper" fashions. Honolulu, ca. 1927. Photo: Bishop Museum.It will be a blast from the past when the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum opens today in Honolulu. Its Long Gallery has been transformed to house a new temporary exhibit chronicling Hawaii’s changes since the museum’s founding in 1889.The retrospective “Change: 125 Years Through the Eyes of the Bishop Museum” is the culmination of the museum’s 125th anniversary year, and runs from
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  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 Business Day for 16 and 64GB Models

    Juli Clover
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    As the Christmas holiday approaches, Apple Store shipping estimates for both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus from all carriers in all colors and in 16 and 64GB capacities have now improved to just 1 business day in the United States, bringing the company close to reaching a supply/demand balance on those devices. The larger-capacity 128GB devices remain somewhat more constrained than the lower-capacity models, and ship in 3 to 5 business days. Shipping estimates are similarly improved in many other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Thailand,…
  • BBC Documentary Claims Apple Fails to Protect Chinese Factory Workers

    Juli Clover
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    Earlier this week, BBC One announced plans to air a documentary called Apple's Broken Promises, detailing the factory conditions of the overseas workers who are creating components and assembling the company's iPhones. Apple's Broken Promises is set to air tonight, but ahead of the documentary's launch, BBC News has published a story outlining what they discovered when they visited Pegatron factories in China and mines in Indonesia. During the visit, the BBC found that workers at Pegatron factories were forced to put in long hours assembling Apple devices, and that there were violations with…
  • Apple Seeds Third iOS 8.2 Beta to Developers

    Juli Clover
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 8.2 to developers, just over a week after seeding the second beta and one month after releasing the first iOS 8.2 beta. The beta, Build 12D5452a, is available immediately to registered developers as an over-the-air update and it can also be downloaded from the iOS Developer Center. Today's update also includes Xcode 6.2 beta 3 with WatchKit. According to the release notes, iOS 8 beta 3 fixes several bugs including an issue that caused opening Messages conversations to take a long time and a missing emoji button in iOS Simulator. It also includes two…
  • Duet Display Offers Tethered Solution to Turn an iPad into an Extra Display for Mac [Updated]

    Juli Clover
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    While there are several apps designed to turn the iPad or iPhone into a secondary display for a Mac, the most popular options use Wi-Fi, which can render them all but unusable at times due to unavoidable lag. A new app from developer and former Apple Engineer Rahul Dewan aims to solve these lag problems with a tethered solution that turns an iOS device into a more reliable secondary display. Duet Display, which is launching today, is the one of the first apps that transforms the iPad and the iPhone into an extra display for the Mac using a Lightning or 30-pin cable. By sending data over a…
  • Hyundai Bringing New 'Display Audio' In-Dash System With Apple CarPlay to 2016 Models

    Kelly Hodgkins
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    Hyundai today confirmed that it will showcase its new CarPlay-enabled Display Audio system next month at CES 2015. Display Audio is a dash-installed color touchscreen display that supports the latest in-car handsfree technology. Hyundai's Display Audio forgoes built-in navigation and CD player features, instead including support for Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto to allow drivers to make phone calls, listen to music, send messages, and get directions using the car's in-dash display. The system also integrates with the voice command button on the steering wheel, providing drivers with an…
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    The Martha Stewart Blog

  • Journey to the Galápagos

    Martha Stewart
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Recently Neil Golub, the Operations Manager for Martha Stewart Radio, traveled to the extraordinary Galápagos Islands, an archipelago of volcanic islands about 600 miles west of Ecuador in the [&hellip...
  • A Party for My Staff at Bedford

    Martha Stewart
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Last weekend I held a party for all the staff at my Bedford property. My employees work so hard all year caring for my farm and helping me prepare [&hellip...
  • An Old-fashioned Wood Turner

    Martha Stewart
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    After 20 years of owning my home on Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton, I felt it was time for some enhancements, including a renovation of the garden and a [&hellip...
  • Preparing My Home for Christmas

    Martha Stewart
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    At my Bedford home and farm, we are preparing for the Christmas holidays in a variety of ways, indoors and out. It brings me great pleasure to see my [&hellip...
  • An Appearance with Steve Harvey

    Martha Stewart
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    This afternoon I will appear on "Steve Harvey Show" - hosted by the multi-talented comedian, bestselling author, and television and radio show host. This will be the second [&hellip...
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  • Rolls-Royce's Ghost Series II offers a new benchmark for the grand luxury saloon

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Even the best car in the world needs a little help as it gets older. The original Ghost glided off the Goodwood production line in 2010, transforming Rolls-Royce's fortunes at a stroke. Expensively revived by BMW, the company was never going to get rich simply by building Phantoms, even if it was catering to the absolute upper levels of the customer stratosphere. The (slightly) smaller Ghost was a hit, boosting the company's sales and providing a new benchmark for the grand luxury saloon (although talk of margin and profit feels faintly crass in the world of Rolls-Royce). The Ghost is…
  • Israel Revealed: the remarkable rise of Israeli design

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
  • Steven Meisel role-plays for a new exhibition in London

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    Twenty-five large-scale fashion images, shot by Steven Meisel, line the walls in Phillips' Berkeley Square space, each one of them testimony to the photographer's narrative strength. They are stories in both the fashion editorial sense of the word and in the conceptual sense - its subjects are characters who represent a zeitgeist; play their part in a specific moment.  Aptly titled 'Role Play', these photographs are the focus of a travelling selling exhibition, now on view in London after a first stop in Paris, before moving on to New York in January. 'Role Play'…
  • Dauphin is reshaping fine jewellery's modern mould with sculptural silhouettes and ink blue gold

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    As the only granddaughter of the French advertising pioneer Jacques Dauphin, Charlotte Dauphin de La Rochefoucauld has design in her blood. At just 27, she is already in the process of creating a legacy of her own, with her contemporary fine jewellery label Dauphin. Since its debut in January, Dauphin has left a lasting impression with its modern visual language and fine craftsmanship. Abstract and sculptural, yet elegantly put together, Dauphin's pieces exude an intellectual individuality that's refined to boot. The jewellery house's inaugural collection features geometric,…
  • Olafur Eliasson conjures an otherworldly realm at Fondation Louis Vuitton

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    If the title of Olafur Eliasson's solo show at the Fondation Louis Vuitton allows for limitless representative and contemplative interpretations, it also begins by fulfilling a basic human desire: to touch the things that arouse our curiosity. 'Contact', his first Paris exhibition since a retrospective at the Musée d'Art Moderne in 2002, immediately establishes a break with traditional museum protocol by inviting people to feel the craggy surface of a meteorite fragment mounted to a wall. 'Normally, you are not supposed to touch the artwork,' explained the artist,…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • How to Get Kids to Listen Without Yelling

    Zen Mommy
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    If you are parenting a strong-willed child, it’s likely that each and every time you attempt to exert your authority, your child responds with some sort of resistance. Ignoring you. Defying you. Engaging you with back talk and banter.
  • My child won’t stop crying!

    Zen Mommy
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    The next time your little one is losing it over something you think is silly (like maybe they asked you for a banana but not a PEELED banana, and, well, you peeled it! Who knew this could cause such pain and upset, right?!? but they are kids - not mini adults, and believe it or not, it DOES...) and you're tempted to stay "Stop crying" or "Don't cry", take a deep breath and as you offer them the peeled banana anyway, say instead... (read more)
  • Helping Kids Make “Good” Decisions

    Zen Mommy
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Like learning to balance, learning to make "good" decisions takes practice and encouragement. It takes allowing our children to listen and follow their intuition, not simply our rules and directions.
  • Am I Raising An Entitled Kid?

    Zen Mommy
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    As parents, we hear much these days about entitlement. We talk about it, think about it and read articles/books/posts about it because lets face it, NO ONE wants to raise an entitled kid. Quotes like the following leave us quaking in our boots lest we end up the parent of the sniveling brat who will never learn to take out the trash, tie his shoes or appreciate the world around him: "A lack of discipline is apparent these days in just about every aspect of American society. Why this should be is a much larger question, one to ponder as we take out the garbage and tie our kids’ shoes." -…
  • Could Spanking Be the Answer?

    Zen Mommy
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you spank your kids as a form of discipline or you believe in spanking, let me say this to you before you go any further:
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  • 3 examples of why Twitter’s struggles with vision are a learning moment

    Michael Skok
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm
    GUEST:Here’s the challenge: On the one hand, entrepreneurs and leaders are expected to be very crisp about what problem they are solving and execute on the value they deliver “here and now.” On the other hand, investors, potential employees, and other stakeholders want to hear the vision of how that can lead to building a substantial company they can bet on for the future. Think about it from a potential investor or employee’s viewpoint. Why would they invest their dollars or, more importantly, their life in something that either doesn’t deliver value now or…
  • Microsoft releases Power BI apps for iPad, previews integrations with GitHub & Salesforce

    Jordan Novet
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Microsoft is adding substantially to its Power BI business-intelligence software, with new mobile apps for devices running operating systems other than Windows, along with standard integrations with widely used cloud software tools. A new iPad app is now featured inside Apple’s App Store, “with other platforms following in the coming months,” according to a blog post today from Microsoft’s Power BI Team. The announcement shows Microsoft following through on plans first expressed in an email to customers a few weeks ago. Microsoft is also previewing new integrations…
  • Google is pissed at the MPAA for secretly trying to revive SOPA and going after the search giant

    Kia Kokalitcheva
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) might not quite be dead, according to recent Sony email leaks, and Google is concerned about that. “We are deeply concerned about recent reports that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) led a secret, coordinated campaign to revive the failed SOPA legislation through other means, and helped manufacture legal arguments in connection with an investigation by Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood,” wrote Google senior vice president and general counsel Kent Walker in a blog post today. The recent Sony email leaks have revealed…
  • Vainglory brings its mobile multiplayer arena battler to Japan and Korea

    Dean Takahashi
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Super Evil Megacorp took the idea of the hardcore PC multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) and translated it to a touchscreen experience on a tablet. Now, the company’s Vainglory game will debut in markets that have millions of hardcore mobile gamers: Japan and South Korea. Vainglory, a game like League of Legends where three players play against three others simultaneously, debuts in the Apple App Store in South Korea and Japan in January. Super Evil Megacorp is localizing Vainglory for both countries. “Both Japan and Korea are extremely important for us,” the company…
  • Minecraft creator Notch moves on up — into the $70M megamansion that Jay-Z and Beyonce wanted

    Jeff Grubb
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    When you sell your life’s work for billions of dollars to Microsoft, you can only really celebrate one way: by getting in a bidding war for a huge mansion with music-industry royalty. Markus “Notch” Persson, who made his fortune by creating block-building blockbuster Minecraft, is paying $70 million for a new home in Beverly Hills, Calif., according to realty website Curbed. The mansion features eight bedrooms (each with a $5,000 toilet), a movie theater, apartment-sized closets, and … a candy room (no word on whether Persson will hire Oompa Loompas to maintain his new…
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  • Nepal: Independence Critical for Justice Panels

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Nepal government should ensure more victim participation and improve transparency when selecting candidates for two independent commissions on the country’s decade-long conflict, eight local and international human rights organizations and conflict-era victims groups said in an open letter to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. The groups, reiterating concerns about the act, said Koirala should narrow the scope of the amnesty powers vested in the commissions and bring them in line with international standards. (New York) – The Nepal government should…
  • Uzbekistan: Probe Prison Death

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The Uzbek government should free everyone imprisoned on politically motivated charges under its Constitution Day amnesty. The authorities should also carry out an effective investigation into the September 2014 death in custody of Nilufar Rahimjonova, a 37-year-old woman imprisoned on politically motivated charges. (Paris) – The Uzbek government should free everyone imprisoned on politically motivated charges under its Constitution Day amnesty, Human Rights Watch and the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia said more
  • World Bank: Heed UN Experts’ Advice

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email The World Bank should heed the call of 28 United Nations experts to respect and promote human rights. (Washington, DC) – The World Bank should heed the call of 28 United Nations experts to respect and promote human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. read more
  • US/Cuba: Obama’s New Approach to Cuba

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email President Barack Obama’s historic decision to overhaul US policy toward Cuba is a crucial step toward removing a major obstacle to progress on human rights on the island. (New York) – President Barack Obama’s historic decision to overhaul US policy toward Cuba is a crucial step toward removing a major obstacle to progress on human rights on the island, Human Rights Watch said today. read more
  • Egypt: Surge of Military Trials

    Human Rights Watch
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Tweet Widget Facebook Like Email Egyptian authorities have referred hundreds of civilians to military courts based on an October 2014 decree by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. At least 820 civilians have been referred to military prosecutors in the past six weeks based on the unprecedented extension of military court authority, according to news reports compiled by Human Rights Watch. (New York) – Egyptian authorities have referred hundreds of civilians to military courts based on an October 2014 decree by President Abdel Fattah more
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    UNICEF News

  • “We left everything behind”: A young girl in Chad recalls the night she fled

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    GORE, Chad, 19 December 2014 – Ten-year-old Assia Issa has delicate facial features and intelligent, bright eyes, and she speaks with a confident voice that would make anyone pay attention. Her voice is a melody in itself, leaving an indelible impression, along with her words.
  • In South Sudan, breaking down barriers to girls' education

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    KAPOETA SOUTH COUNTRY, South Sudan, 15 December 2014 – It’s 7 a.m. on a cool and calm morning, and a young, shy-looking Natabo Gabriel is at the Kapoeta Youth Vocational Training Centre, in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria State. The day has barely begun, but she is certain it is her day and no one can take away her joy.
  • An invisible emergency in Ukraine

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:44 pm
    KHARKIV, Ukraine, 12 December 2014 – The streets of Kharkiv seem more crowded recently, as the influx of people from eastern Ukraine steadily carries on. Since the conflict began in March this year, more than a million people have fled their homes.
  • Well prepared, children and families weather the storm in Quezon City, Philippines

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    QUEZON CITY, Philippines, 9 December 2014 – Typhoon Hagupit, known locally as Ruby, passed south of Manila overnight on Monday 8 December. The eye of the storm missed the city, but there was plenty of rain and wind, carrying with it flood risks, in particular for communities living on flood plains near the river. 
  • A teacher’s turf: Community outreach in the fight against Ebola

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    PAYNESVILLE, Liberia, 5 December 2014 – Alphonso Kanboh and four other men walk through a maze of narrow paths that wind through a community in Paynesville, just outside Monrovia, the Liberian capital. They approach a small house painted a bright canary yellow, with an awning covered in fabric that provides some shade from the sun.
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    Babies Online The Blog

  • $20 Off Exergen Temporal Thermometer!

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Share A Thermometer That Helps Moms Whether you are becoming a first time mother or adding another sibling to your family, preparing for a new baby can be stressful. As you approach your due date and check off essential baby items from your registry, don’t forget to consider a top-quality thermometer that you can trust for your new baby, and can trust for your whole family for many years. In addition, you can have more cash even before your baby is born by filling out the $20 Moms’ Special Rebate.     Exergen TemporalScanner The Exergen TemporalScanner makes life easier…
  • How to stop a baby from crying by Katy Perry Dark Horse

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
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  • Four Tips for the “Fourth Trimester”

    Kassy Benoit
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    We know about the first trimester and, of course, the second trimester; can’t forget about the all-too-long third trimester. Did you know there is also a fourth? Yup, the fourth trimester is the concept that for the first three months, you and your newborn are just getting used to life outside the womb. When we think about it, our babies really didn’t experience hunger or the new and the strange; they were put gently to sleep by us in the dark womb and constantly nourished through their physical connection with us. With that in mind, it seems pretty difficult for them to just adjust to…
  • Conquering the 3 Woes of the Terrible Twos

    Denise Robinson
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Whether you’re a new mom or a mom for the second or third time, when those notorious terrible twos creep around the corner, it can bring along a case of the mommy-blues. You may not know what to expect even after reading all the parenting books and taking all the wonderful advice your mother can offer. Each toddler is different. For the first year or so of your child’s life, you have coddled and groomed that baby. Now your little bundle of joy has transformed into a little bundle of personality! Here are a few tips and advice on conquering the 3 woes of the Terrible Twos: 1 – Potty…
  • Top 10 Must-Haves for your Hospital Bag

    Lauren Ballew
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:22 pm
    It’s a question that all first time moms ask themselves: “What do I actually need to bring with me when I have my baby?” Well ladies, I can tell you that it’s probably not as much as you think. Packing your hospital bag is an extremely exciting, calming, and personal experience. During my pregnancies, I spent a lot of time focusing my attention on preparing my hospital bag. Deciding what to bring with you on the day that you will meet your child is a huge thrill. So take your time. Pack and re-pack as often as you like, check off those checklists, and buy yourself the…
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  • The Easiest Way to Come to Terms with the Past

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the Daily Thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on How to Make Ornaments With Stuff You Have in Your House 11 Insanely Pretty Christmas Cupcakes 7 Ingenious Hacks to Make Hot Chocolate Even BetterFiled under: Daily Thought
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    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
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    16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
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    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are You Sitting Too Much? Is sitting too much killing you? The Solution To Sitting: Get Your Free Audiobook: ---Links to follow us below--- Get the AsapSCIENCE book! Instagram and Twitter: @whalewatchmeplz and @mitchellmoffit Clickable: and Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Vine: Search "AsapSCIENCE" on vine! Created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter…
  • Orphan Black Season 3 Teaser: This Is War - April 18, 2015 on BBC America

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Orphan Black Season 3 Teaser: This Is War - April 18, 2015 on BBC America Don't trust a doubled face. The clones of Orphan Black return to BBC AMERICA for a third season on ***Saturday, April 18, 2015.*** Subscribe now: Subscribe now for exclusive ORPHAN BLACK videos & more: Watch more ORPHAN BLACK videos now: Follow more ORPHAN BLACK Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr:…
  • Why Do We Eat Spoiled Food?

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Why Do We Eat Spoiled Food? Sponsored by Tab for a Cause:  MinuteEarth is also now on Patreon! Please support us at: And subscribe! - Thanks to: - Subbable supporter Martin Dinov - Patreon patrons: - @AntoineCoeur - salar tel - @TodayIFoundOut1 - @82abhilash ________________________ Created by Henry Reich Production and Writing Team: Alex Reich, Peter Reich, Emily Elert, Ever Salazar, Kate Yoshida, and Henry Reich Music by…
  • Minecraft Xbox - Title Update 19 - A Lovely Surprise

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Minecraft Xbox - Title Update 19 - A Lovely Surprise Welcome to a special video on the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft. In this video I explore a lovely surprise that was added in the new tutorial world. See all the additions here - Twitter - @stampylongnose Facebook - UK Shop - US Shop - From: stampylonghead Views: 317041 10128 ratings Time: 10:49…
  • Amazon Prime Now - One Hour Delivery

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:35 am
    Amazon Prime Now - One Hour Delivery You have better things to do than go to the store. Skip the trip and shop for tens of thousands of daily essentials and gift items through the Amazon Prime Now app. Choose free two-hour delivery or get one-hour delivery for just $7.99. Prime Now is available from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week in select areas of Manhattan. Visit to learn more. From: amazon Views: 53482 493 ratings Time: 01:06 More in Science & Technology
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    Reuters Video: Most Popular

  • Fighting rages around military airport in Syria (graphic images)

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Amateur video, which Reuters cannot independently verify, purports to show Islamic State fighters targeting Syrian regime sites around Deir al-Zor military airport. Vanessa Johnston reports.
  • Stars express anger over "The Interview" film cancellation on Twitter

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    A host of Hollywood names including U.S. actors Steve Carell and Ben Stiller among those criticizing Sony's decision to cancel release of controversial comedy "The Interview" on Twitter. Kathi Urban reports.
  • Putin presser fails to impress

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Amid increasing speculation the rouble's collapse could shake Vladimir Putin's grip on power, the man himself addresses his critics at his annual news conference - and admits it could take two years for Russia to emerge from its present crisis. Ciara Lee reports.
  • Inside the U.S.-Cuba backchannel

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Reuters Diplomatic Editor Warren Strobel breaks down the secret evolution of U.S.-Cuba ties under the Obama administration culminating in Wednesday's prisoner swap and the potential for opening relations after more than fifty years.
  • Cubans, and cigar-lovers, cheer prisoner swap

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    Reuters Chief Cuba Correspondent Daniel Trotta reports that crowds of Cubans have taken to the streets of Havana to celebrate the return of three men jailed in the U.S., which cigar and rum aficionados can look forward to soon enjoying Cuban liquor and tobacco.
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Click vs. Clip

    Maeve Maddox
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:57 pm
    The following comment appeared in my Facebook news feed: You have to clip on the picture to see [the complete image]. The context surely called for click, not clip. Curious, I cruised the Web to see if I might find other instances of clip used in a context calling for click. I was surprised by how common the error seems to be. Here are just a few examples that I found: To see a full side-by-side visual comparison of my standard vs responsive design home page as seen on my Android smartphone, clip on the image below. If you would like to utilize the pictures I used in this activity, clip on…
  • Pronoun Mistakes #2: Reflexive and Intensive Forms

    Maeve Maddox
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    A pronoun that ends in -self or -selves is either reflexive or intensive. Reflexive pronouns function as objects, either the direct object of a verb or the object of a preposition: The cat covered itself with the blanket. (direct object of covered) Cat is the referent. The greedy child kept all the cookies for himself. (object of the preposition of) Child is the referent. Intensive pronouns intensify or emphasize a noun or another pronoun: The owner himself washed the front steps. I will deliver the message to Garcia myself. Both reflexive and intensive pronouns refer to a noun or pronoun…
  • Dozen: Singular or Plural?

    Maeve Maddox
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Referring to a recent post, a reader wants to know why I wrote, “Here are a dozen common subordinating conjunctions” and not, “Here is a dozen common subordinating conjunctions.” Because I was referring to what I regard as twelve distinct conjunctions with different uses, I treated dozen as a plural. Dozen is a collective noun, like committee. Collective nouns name groups of people or items. If the group is seen as identical or as acting in unison, the noun is treated as singular. If individuals in the group do not act in unison, the collective noun is treated as plural. For example:…
  • Verb Review #7: Noun Clauses

    Maeve Maddox
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Clauses function as one of three parts of speech: adverb, adjective, or noun. This review is about noun clauses. Note: If you need to review the definition of a clause, go here. I have found that students have more difficulty in identifying noun clauses than either of the other two kinds because a noun clause functions as an integral part of another clause. Adverb clauses add meaning to another clause and can usually be identified by the conjunction that introduces them. Taking away the adverb clause removes information, but still leaves a complete thought: The child wept when her balloon…
  • Fathom vs. Phantom

    Maeve Maddox
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:33 pm
    A recent letter to the editor begins this way: The most recent short-term fathom around the United States is the so-called outbreak of Ebola. The writer wishes to point out that the reported Ebola threat to the United States was not only short-lived, but also insubstantial, a “short-term phantom.” Here are the most common definitions of phantom as the word is used in modern English: phantom [FAN-tm] (noun): 1. A thing (usually with human form) that appears to the sight or other sense but has no material substance; an apparition, a specter, a ghost. 2. Something merely imagined; an image…
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  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: General Tips

    Stacey Roberts
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    This week we’ve covered the five most popular posts in the areas of monetization, content, social media, and writing tips. Today we bring you the top 5 general tips that readers found most useful. I hope they do to you too! Read it now, or pin for later. 1. 5 Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing – Plus Free Downloadable Cheat Sheet A super-handy overview of apostrophes, when to use that/which/who, when to use “everyday” vs. “every day”, commas, and capitalization. The cheat sheet is perfect for printing out and leaving it in your workspace so…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Writing Tips

    Stacey Roberts
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    So useful content is king, and we need to provide it consistently. But how? And what if writing isn’t our strong suit? I always find that writing tips, guides, and productivity hacks score high in the interest scale of ProBlogger readers. These were the five most-read posts this year. 1. 6 Lessons in Writing Irresistibly Magnetic Blog Post Headlines We all know headlines are what can make or break your post: if your headline sucks, people just won’t read. This post has six ways to nail it, every time. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson 2. 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Social Media

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Social media and how to navigate it was, again, a big issue in 2014. Which platform is best? How do we use it effectively? Are we still using Google Plus? Where did everyone on Twitter go? These are the answers we found…   1. 5 Ways to Promote Your Blog Without Relying on Google Traffic As Darren has said before, putting all your eggs in the Google basket can be risky (and devastating – he almost lost his business). We learned how to boost our traffic without relying on the Google fallback. 2. How to Socialize Your Posts for Maximum Effect What’s the point of promoting…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Creating Content

    Stacey Roberts
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    Content is King, as they say (or is it?!) so it’s no wonder that this topic was one of the most popular this year. Write great, useful content and promote it well – it’s the baseline for a successful blog. Which of these top five posts resonates with you? 1. How to Consistently Come up with Great Post Ideas for Your Blog Part of our Creating Content Theme Week, a behemoth post of advice that will mean you will never be stuck for a post idea again. 2. How to Promote Your Blog with Content that Will Grow Your Traffic, Links, and Shares It’s everything you want in one…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Monetization

    Stacey Roberts
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    We’ve covered so much ground here on ProBlogger this year, and much of it about monetization – here are the top five posts this year in that category. Have you made the changes you read about in these posts? Which ones did you miss? Take this chance now to catch up – or pin it for future reference. Image via Flickr user Susy Morris 1. Making the Impossible Possible: How I Created a Full-Time Blogging Income with No Qualifications It seems like Stacey Corrin’s story of turning her passion into profit in just three months was a hit with you guys. And who can blame it…
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  • 5 Steps to Revising Your Content Marketing Strategy to Attract and Retain Future Customers

    Joe Pulizzi
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is not a how-to post; this is a how-to-think post. What troubles me about the majority of current content creation activities from companies is the sheer lack of strategy and purpose. I see a lot of activities — tweets, posts, articles, infographics, and more — that don’t support a real business goal. Content Marketing Institute’s latest research even found that only 38 percent of all marketers believe they are effective at content marketing. Your business goal that drives your particular content creation strategy should be to build an audience. With a loyal…
  • How to Create Simple Drawings to Clarify Your Ideas and Captivate Your Audience

    Mike Davenport and Henneke
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Struggling to find a stock image for your next blog post? You browse Flickr for ages. You settle on a picture that’s okay. You’d love to hire a professional illustrator, but you don’t have the budget. Not yet. Sometimes you wonder if a better source of images exists. What if you could create your own images to clarify your ideas? What if your custom images could make readers smile and draw them closer to you? Images that make you stand out online? Sound far-fetched? Read on and we’ll show you how anyone — even you — can draw images. No art school required.
  • Seth Godin on Stepping Up and Making it Happen

    Brian Clark
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Seth Godin is the author of 17 bestselling books. He’s the founder of email marketing pioneer Yoyodyne, and the charity-driven publishing platform Squidoo. And he’s the selfless dispenser of daily wisdom via the most popular marketing blog on the planet. But if you had to sum Seth up in one word, it might well be impresario. The classical definition of that word refers to a promoter, manager, or conductor of an opera or concert company. The modern definition, set forth by Seth himself when he’s teaching others about the prime entrepreneurial role of the connection economy,…
  • Adaptive Content: A Trend to Pay Attention to in 2015

    Jerod Morris
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Each new year seems to bring with it a new buzz term or two describing a concept that will change how we reach an audience, or how we build and grow a business. Some of these buzz terms pan out and become legitimate, long-term parts of the lexicon because they work and prove important. Others flash then fade like the pet rock. So the question now as we look ahead to 2015 is what buzz concept should you be paying attention to? Because if there is a concept that is starting to pick up steam, and will prove worthy, you’re going to want to get in on it at the ground floor. Well guess what?
  • Take Your Content Marketing to the Next Level at Authority Rainmaker (And Save)

    Brian Clark
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The “what” and “why” phases of the content marketing revolution are over. To effectively gain and maintain your competitive advantage, you need a clear and concise strategy with the exact tactics to effectively execute. More than that, you need the best talent you can get. You’re tasked with finding and assessing the right strategic partners, content production pros, and technical resources to optimize the audience experience that builds your business. Enter Authority Rainmaker. Happening again this year in Denver, Colorado, it’s live content marketing training and networking…
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    Cute Overload

  • Mom Taxi XXXVI: Pair O’ Prosh Polars

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Mom’s hauling her little one through the Wapusk National Park, Canada by photographer David Jenkins. From Arne as seen on The Telly.Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Mom Taxi, Polar Bears
  • Very Small But Standing Tall

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Nate E. gives us the word on this little Booda Belleh. “Her name is Boudica (BOO-di-KUH), aka Booda, Boo, Boodie. If you tell her to ‘pose,’ she does this Meerkat thing and will stay there indefinitely. Below, a close up on her mustache; she’s a bit uncertain as she had never met the photographer.” “When especially unsure, she retreats halfway up the stairs and puts herself ‘in jail.'” Photos by David M.Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: MUST. SNORGLE. BELLEH., puppeh, The Wilford Brimley Effect
  • BUB In The Tub

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Lil’ BUB isn’t a fan of taking a bath. Gotta do what ya gotta do there, BUBster. Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Bub
  • The Return Of Nuts The Sqwerl!

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Flashback to May of 2013- Charlie B. sent us a video of Nuts The Sqwerl, from his college campus in the UK. But wait, as they say on TV- there’s more! “You may remember my old baby squirrel shoulder video which you used a while back – well I had a good long hunt for the original SD card used and finally it showed up – I was able to find the other clips of the baby critter and put them up in a new vid! It’s my friend Jimmy (who filmed me last time) with Nuts at the start, and other people round campus holding him after. I thought I’d come to you with the…
  • Meet The Dibblers

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Before I saw this on ZooBorns, I thought that perhaps “Quokka” was the funniest animal name. But that was before.. The Dibbler. Or, in the case of this first photo, a Stack O’ Dibblers. ZB says The Dibbler is “an endangered carnivorous marsupial.” The Perth Zoo bred some Dibblers and then “released them to a fenced area at Whiteman Park, giving them a chance to establish in the absence of foxes and cats, which have likely contributed to their decline in the wild.” Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Unusual Animals
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    MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - iOS Blog

  • Photo Editing App 'Brushstroke' Named App of the Week, Available for Free

    Juli Clover
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Popular photo editing app Brushstroke has been named Apple's App of the Week, and as a result, it is available to download for free for the first time since its March 2014 launch. Normally, the app is priced at $2.99, prior to today, it's lowest price was $0.99. Brushstroke, as the name implies, is designed to transform photographs into paintings using a variety of photo filters. There are dozens of different brush options that produce different paint effects, and each brush option can be customized using on-screen touch gestures to enhance the effect. There are also various color…
  • Bank of America Promoting Apple Pay in New Shopping-Focused TV Commercial

    Kelly Hodgkins
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Bank of America this week released a new advertisement promoting Apple Pay, joining a growing number of financial institutions including Chase and Wells Fargo that are advertising Apple's recently launched mobile payments service. The thirty-second video follows a businesswoman as she shops for her family and herself, buying a shirt, a dog bone, and some lipstick all with her iPhone. She then is seen leaving the store via an elevator, winking as the camera fades away. Similar to previous commercials, the Bank of America ad focuses on the convenience of using Apple Pay to make payments with a…
  • Apple Researching Enhanced Touch ID Security Using Finger Motion Tracking

    Mitchel Broussard
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    In a newly published Apple patent application credited to Dale Setlak, co-founder of AuthenTec, the company reveals its interest in enhanced security capabilities for the iPhone home button and Touch ID. The patent application describes how the Touch ID sensor could be paired with an on-screen combination lock or other secondary security feature, requiring the user to move his or her finger in certain directions to fully unlock a device. As noted by Patently Apple, the June 2013 application shows off a few possibilities for the new technology, including a traditional combination lock-style…
  • Jimmy Fallon Gives Each 'The Tonight Show' Audience Member a Free iPad Air 2

    Mitchel Broussard
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    Audience members at the taping of Wednesday night's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon episode were treated to an early Christmas present in the form of a free iPad Air 2 for each person. "I'm in the spirit of giving," Fallon remarked before revealing the giveaway in last night's version of the "Tonight Show Stocking Stuffers" segment Fallon has been running all week. On Monday, Fallon gave away Bose Soundlink Mini-Bluetooth Speakers, and Tuesday saw the gifting of a Vitamix S30 personal blender. Fallon is known to be an avid fan of tech and gaming and Apple in particular, repeatedly…
  • Apple Reminds Developers About February 64-Bit Support Deadline for Newly Submitted iOS Apps

    Juli Clover
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Apple today began sending out emails to developers, reminding them that as of February 1, 2015, all apps submitted to the App Store need to be built with the iOS 8 software development kit and include 64-bit support. Developers were first informed of the upcoming rules back in October, after the release of iOS 8 and the iPhone 6/6 Plus. The email also states that as of June 1, 2015, all app updates submitted to the App Store will need to adhere to the same requirements, giving the company a way to make sure all current apps take advantage of 64-bit support and are iOS 8 compliant. The shift…
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  • The Week in iOS Apps: The latest from Google, MSN, and more

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The latest from Google, MSN, and moreSome of the biggest names in the computer industry have new or fresh iOS apps available this week. Read on!Email+This $3 app is supposed to make email on your iOS device a frictionless experience—if you don’t sign in, the app will automatically use your iOS email address for sending and receiving. It integrates with other apps, letting you send information from Maps and Safari, and even lets you attach GIFs with a built-in Giphy search. It bundles together with the new Group Text+ app for just $4.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,…
  • No fitness for Christmas: Jawbone delays UP3 until 2015

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    If you were planning to star the new year on a healthy note with Jawbone's UP3 fitness band, you'll have to put that resolution on hold.Jawbone's website now lists an 8-week to 9-week shipping window for its high-end fitness band, and the company told Wareable that even the earliest pre-orders won't arrive until early next year. Jawbone had previously said the UP3 would be available this year.The good news is that Jawbone's site shows no delays on the new UP Move tracker, which costs $50, and the company continues to sell its UP24 fitness band for $100. The UP3 adds advanced activity and…
  • Family Sharing is convenient, but comes with its own risks

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    No Mac is an island, and every iPad is part of the main. But Apple has, for many years, had trouble with letting a group of allied people—let’s call them a “family”—make best used of shared devices and shared digital purchases. Family Sharing is the latest attempt by Apple to facilitate families’ sharing (if not caring). It comes with a hidden curse, though: Families that share together can have all their devices wiped together and all track each other’s locations, regardless of one’s age. One could argue these are good things when you’ve chosen to opt into Family Sharing…
  • Apple's holiday push for AIDS-fighting nonprofit (RED) raised $20 million

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    Apple’s past Black Friday deals were never anything major—usually small discounts that covered sales tax and not much else. For last year’s annual shopping holiday, the company moved to free gift cards with purchase, and this year was more of the same. But this past Black Friday, your purchases also raised money for the AIDS-fighting nonprofit (RED) and The Global Fund—more than $20 million in total.In an email to Apple employees first reported by Re/code, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company has raised more than $100 million for (RED) since first partnering with the Bono-led nonprofit…
  • Review: Duet Display brings fast response to the iPad-as-external-monitor game

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    Laptop users who occasionally need more screen real estate can benefit from an additional display. And there are quite a few iOS apps (with companion Mac apps) that let you use an iOS device as that display. But, up to this point, what they lack is speed due to the slow Wi-Fi signal that allows the two devices to communicate. A team of ex-Apple employees address this issue with Duet Display, an iOS app that works in conjunction with a Mac app and a wired connection between your Mac and iPad. Just how bad is using a Wi-Fi connection? Try to play a web video on the iOS screen, for instance, and…
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  • Gorilla 16,800 mAh Battery Pack w/LED Screen

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    MAKE MUG COZYMortimer's Craft Corner! Last minute questionable gift ideas! All this week on Woot!
  • Klipsch S4i Rugged In-Ear Headphones

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    MAKE COUCH CUSHIONSMortimer's Craft Corner! Last minute questionable gift ideas! All this week on Woot!
  • EarthEasy LifeStraw Family 1.0

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:02 pm
    MAKE PENCIL HOLDERMortimer's Craft Corner! Last minute questionable gift ideas! All this week on Woot!
  • The Debunker: Does the Gulf Stream Keep Britain Warm?

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you're an anglophile, a lover of all things British, then this time of year must be like Christmas for you. Well, it's real Christmastime as well, but you know what I mean, right? If you have a soft spot for Dickensian carolers, candlelit mince pies, snow-covered country villages, special episodes of inexplicably popular TV shows like Downton Abbey and Doctor Who... well, in December, we all become a tiny bit British, don't we? But not everything we think we know about life across the pond is strictly "pukka." We've enlisted Sir Kenneth Jennings, VC, GBE, DJO (Distinguished Jeopardy!
  • Music Monday: Happy Hanukkah!

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Happy Music Monday! Even though Jewish songwriters are responsible for nearly every major breakthrough in modern pop music, there's only like five to seven Hanukkah songs out there! So let's make a deal, readers: if you know a Hanukkah song that Scott couldn't find, put it in the comments. Eyal Bitton - Rock Me Maccabeus   I don't normally let singing YouTubers qualify for Music Mondays, but I gotta make a small exception here. This Falco parody covers the history of the Maccabees and that's pretty important to this time of year, I think. Plus if I gave the top spot to Adam Sandler again…
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    Drudge Retort

  • Vermont Abandons Plan for Single Payer in 2017

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Vermont is abandoning its plan to establish a single-payer health care system under the Affordable Care Act, its governor announced Wednesday, a blow to reformers who hoped the state could set a national example. Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) said that he was nixing the plan because it would require large tax increases to fund. The state had been working for years on a plan to institute a single-payer system in 2017, when Obamacare allows states to propose alternative reforms to extend health coverage and control costs.
  • Dog Shoots Man

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Sheriff Steve Kozisek identifies the man who suffered a gun shot wound on Monday morning as 46-year-old Richard L. Fipps. The Sheridan County (Wyoming) resident was on Murphy Gulch Road accompanied by Murphy and another employee when they stepped out of the truck to remove the snow chains from the vehicle. Fipps had a dog in the vehicle which he had ordered to move from the front seat into the back. While the dog was roaming around the back seat of the truck, it stepped on a loaded 300 Winchester Magnum which caused the gun to discharge. According to Kozisek, Fipps was outside of the truck…
  • Theaters Can't Show 'Team America' Either

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    After Sony decided to abort the release of The Interview in light of terrorist threats, apparently from North Korean cyber bullies, a Dallas-area movie theater tried to offer a patriotic response: A free screening of Team America: World Police instead. But Paramount Pictures, which owns the rights to the movie, has told independent theaters that they cannot screen it.
  • Putin Under Pressure, Says Don't Poke the Bear

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:32 pm
    In a year-end news conference before Russian and foreign media, President Vladimir Putin predicted Thursday a recovery in two years despite a looming recession, crashing ruble and growing fears about the financial instability. "Rates of growth may be slowing down, but the economy will still grow and our economy will overcome the current situation," Putin said. "I believe about two years is the worst-case scenario. After that, I believe growth is imminent." He said the West is demanding too many concessions from Russia. "They are trying to chain the bear. And when they manage to chain the…
  • Obama Sets Aside Caution, Tackles His Agenda

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Michael D. Shear, New York Times: President Obama's decision on Wednesday to radically shift United States policy toward Cuba is the latest and most striking example of a president unleashed from the hesitancy that characterized much of his first six years in office. The announcement, made in a speech to the nation from the Cabinet Room of the White House, follows similar decisions by Obama in recent weeks to defy Republicans on immigration, climate change policy, the regulation of the Internet and negotiations with Iran.
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  • It's official: Celtics ship Rondo to Mavericks news services
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:50 pm
    The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, the teams announced.
  • Sources: Kemp-to-Padres deal clears hurdles news services
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:45 pm
    The blockbuster deal between the San Diego Padres and Dodgers involving outfielder Matt Kemp has been agreed upon, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
  • Royals reportedly ink Volquez; Medlen signed news services
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with right-hander Edinson Volquez, according to multiple reports.
  • Jets' Richardson: I'm on same level as Watt

    Rich Cimini
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    One year after being named the NFL's top defensive rookie, New York Jets standout Sheldon Richardson believes he's just as good as any defensive lineman in the league, including J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans.
  • Carmelo sits, has been advised to rest more

    Nick Friedell
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is out for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bulls because of left knee soreness and admitted before Thursday's shootaround that people close to him are trying to get him to shut things down for a few weeks.
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    WIRED » Science

  • Satellite Map Shows Evidence of a Dangerous Arctic Warming Feedback Loop

    Nick Stockton
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    New research from NASA shows that the Arctic Ocean has been steadily getting more energy from the sun over the past fifteen years. The post Satellite Map Shows Evidence of a Dangerous Arctic Warming Feedback Loop appeared first on WIRED.
  • Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Map Seaside Terrain at Titan’s North Pole

    Adam Mann
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Saturn’s moon Titan is a wet world, the only other place in the solar system that we know has flowing liquid on its surface. The colorful geomorphic map (above left) combines radar and topographic data of Titan’s north pole to show different features around a large sea called Ligeia Mare. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Map Seaside Terrain at Titan’s North Pole appeared first on WIRED.
  • Map Shows How Alcatraz Escapees Could Have Survived

    Nick Stockton
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Using a model of the tides and currents in the San Francisco Bay, a trio of Dutch programmers recreated the night that three prisoners escaped from Alcatraz. The post Map Shows How Alcatraz Escapees Could Have Survived appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Weird and Wonderful Critters That Basically Rule Earth

    Matt Simon
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    While beetles alone make up one in four animal species on Earth, the group they belong to, the invertebrates (animals lacking backbones), comprise 96 percent of all species. The post The Weird and Wonderful Critters That Basically Rule Earth appeared first on WIRED.
  • New Photos Released From Rosetta Comet Landing Mission

    Marcus Woo
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has released more images of the comet, including the first picture snapped by the Philae lander after its first bounce. The team discussed the images today, here at the American Geophysical Union meeting. The post New Photos Released From Rosetta Comet Landing Mission appeared first on WIRED.
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    Life On My Mobile

  • New Ford Sync 3 System Ditches Microsoft For BlackBerry’s QNX Platform

    David Boyd
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Something that is becoming more and more standard in most vehicles is an infotainment system of some kind. A few years ago, I was at an event where Ford was demonstrating a few of their vehicles with the Mircosoft Sync system. I was very impressed with what it had to offer and the way the interface appeared to work. So much so, that I purchased two new Ford vehicles within the next year. After a few years now, I am not as impressed with the system. The are constant lags, and there never seem to be any updates for the system software. I know I have complained on more than one occasion that the…
  • Best Buy Offering Discounted iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

    David Boyd
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I don’t know how long this will last, but if you have been thinking of getting that special someone a new Apple iPad for Christmas, then get your rear in gear and get to your local Best Buy or visit The retail giant currently has all iPad Air 2′s on sale for $50 off, and all iPad Mini 3′s on sale for $100 off. That’s a great deal in and of itself, but if you happen to be a Best Buy Reward Zone member, you could also get a deeper discount by using any reward certificates you have saved up. I don’t know when this sale will be ending, so act fast if you…
  • Apple App Store Changes Download Buttons For Free Apps

    Brent Dupre
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    You may or may not have noticed a small change when you open up your App store on Wednesday. “Free” apps now display a button that says “Get”, instead of “Free”. If you browse around the app store you are sure to find one that is now labeled with a “Get” button. “Freemium” apps are often misleading, allowing users to download the app for free, but then requiring money to be spent in the app. This change appears on both the iOS app store and the desktop App Store.
  • Quick Review: Amped Wireless REC10 Range Extender

    Brent Dupre
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Amped Wireless specializes in providing long range wireless products for your home and office. Whatever your specific needs are, Amped Wireless most likely has a product that is going to suit your situation. In my home my router is located in the front corner of my house, making the signal poor in the opposite side. I also wanted to see if a range extender could boost my wifi signal so that I could use my tablet on my back patio. Amped Wireless sent me a REC10 High Power Compact Wi-Fi Range Extender. The REC10 plugs directly into your wall socket and is easy to set up. The directions provided…
  • iOS 8.1.1 Is Now Available For Download

    David Boyd
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    When iOS 8 was released, many users with older devices such as the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, and maybe some iPad 4 users found that the new software made their devices sluggish. Apple has been working hard at correcting this and has now released iOS 8.1.1. I use an iPhone 4S from time to time, and I did notice how sluggish the device became when I downloaded iOS 8. When I learned that this new software was released, I quickly downloaded it and I can confirm that it has helped. I haven’t had it installed long enough to know if all issues have been fixed, but it does definitely seem to…
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  • What Sony Data Hack Teaches Everyone

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
    Summary It is quite natural to assume that Sony Pictures Entertainment was hit by a revenge-seeking hacking ring from North Korea, considering the history between the two States. But the truth is all companies are just as vulnerable as Sony. Is North Korea Really Involved? For many, the idea that the North Korean government is […] The post What Sony Data Hack Teaches Everyone appeared first on Instant SSL Certificate Blog | Get Latest Updates about SSL.
  • Sony Hacked- Escalation of Cyber War?

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:42 am
    Summary Sony cannot breathe relief, regardless of how hard the firm tries. Just three years back, in 2011, the company’s PlayStation Network was massively hacked. Recently, Sony Pictures business has also fallen victim to cyber criminals. Hackers not only accessed a host of internal information, but also provided DVD-quality copies of some Sony’s upcoming movies […] The post Sony Hacked- Escalation of Cyber War? appeared first on Instant SSL Certificate Blog | Get Latest Updates about SSL.
  • Cybersecurity will Remain a Challenge for Law Enforcement and Judiciary

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Summary Encryption does carry the same meaning everywhere, but it is how it is interpreted that matters the most. Google’s plan to rank HTTPS-encrypted sites higher in its search page results created an uproar among online retailers, with some not happy with the decision. Likewise, users worldwide were happy with Apple and Google’s decision to […] The post Cybersecurity will Remain a Challenge for Law Enforcement and Judiciary appeared first on Instant SSL Certificate Blog | Get Latest Updates about SSL.
  • How to Safeguard Your Smartphone from Hackers

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Summary As important as computer security is, so is smartphone security. Given the increase in the number of cyberattacks, it is high time to start talking about smartphone security. Your smartphone is loaded with personal and professional data that cyber criminals would love to lay their hands-on. Mobile banking and other smartphone-based financial services have […] The post How to Safeguard Your Smartphone from Hackers appeared first on Instant SSL Certificate Blog | Get Latest Updates about SSL.
  • SEO Advantages of Switching to HTTPS

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:26 am
    Summary Probably it was rare ten years that Google reveals any of its ranking factors, hence the big surprise when the tech giant announced it would reward websites using HTTPS. Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is not like other ranking factors. Enforcing it requires costs, complexity, and risks. Websites balance this via advantages including increased […] The post SEO Advantages of Switching to HTTPS appeared first on Instant SSL Certificate Blog | Get Latest Updates about SSL.
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