Games for Change highlights impactful VR projects with its new summit

April 28, 2017

… reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality projects. The Games for Change Festival is happening July 31 to Aug. 2 at the New School in New York City. Susanna Pollack, president of Games for Change, said that while the organization has included some VR games in the past, the recent development of VR and its potential for positive social change led Games for Change to take a deeper look at VR this year. “We feel that Games for Change is very well-positioned to help develop this community …

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Amazon wants to rate your outfit, and that should worry you

April 27, 2017

… every angle with the companion app,” explains Amazon’s ad copy. “Get a second opinion on which outfit looks best with Style Check, a new service that combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists.” That’s right, Amazon wants to judge your outfit (and sell you a new one in the process). Importantly, this analysis isn’t just a public service meant to assist the chronically mismatched. Rather, the Look is intended to “[help] you …

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Facebook and GIPHY are now good friends

April 25, 2017

… F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference. Their grand plan to takeover connect the world included social VR, internet-beaming drones, and typing with your brain, as well as sharing and creating more GIFs with the help of GIPHY. During the keynote presentation, GIPHY was mentioned and displayed repeatedly: GIPHY Live, for Facebook Live have animated lenses and gifs appear in a live streaming video on Facebook …

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‘What were not doing is putting a newspaper on Snapchat’ — New York Times joins Snapchat Discover

April 25, 2017

Image: the new york times Remember this date in history: April 24, 2017, The New York Times launched on Snapchat Discover. All the news thats fit to print will be transformed into an edition on Snapchat, going live at 6 a.m. every weekday starting Monday. Its a dramatic moment for one of the worlds oldest and most respected newspapers and news brands to dedicate resources to a young app. SEE ALSO: Facebook to developers: help us destroy Snapchat For Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, its …

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What Sheryl Sandberg can teach you about loss, grief, and resilience

April 25, 2017

… the biggest one every review of Option B has to face: Why should you take advice on life’s worst experiences from a billionaire tech executive? Sandberg has created the Option B community to help people find connections amidst loss and trauma. Image: optionb.org Sandberg doesn’t have the soulfulness of Oprah Winfrey, who uses her brand to nudge followers along the path of spiritual enlightenment. Nor is she from Momastery founder Glennon Doyle Melton’s school of being …

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Billy Monger crash: Online campaign hits 600,000 – BBC News

April 21, 2017

… hashtag, #billywhizz, has been widely shared on social media. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Billy’s plight has prompted support from the global motorsport community F1 ace Jenson Button appealed on his Instagram account to people to help the boy following news of his injuries. And Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who has 4.32 million followers on Twitter, tweeted: “Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, @BillyMonger”. Billy was competing in the …

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Football favorite Rob Gronkowski crashes White House press briefing

April 21, 2017

“Need some help?” may be the most accurate thing anyone could ask Press Secretary Sean Spicer right now. We didn’t expect the question to come from New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowskibut surprises are what life’s about, aren’t they? The Patriots are in Washington, D.C., today celebrating their Super Bowl win by visiting the White House and meeting President Trump (sans Tom Brady). During Spicer’s live press briefing, the 27-year-old athlete strolled …

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Coding Autism wants to diversify the tech industry with autistic talent

April 20, 2017

A new school called Coding Autism is coming to Los Angeles to help get autistic people into tech fields.Image: Coding Autism People on the autism spectrum are getting the support and skills they need to break into the tech industry. And it’s all thanks to a new program for autistic people, by autistic people. A new startup called Coding Autism, which launched earlier this month, is developing a school in Los Angeles to teach autistic people coding, web development, and software …

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’13 Reasons Why’ proves that we still don’t know how to portray suicide

April 20, 2017

… problems.” “The genie is out of the bottle. Now it really is about containing it.” Klein is worried that only the behind-the-scenes episode prompts viewers to reach out for help by pointing them to a website with crisis information. She believes each installment should begin and end with that message. Better yet, she says, Netflix could update the series with cast member-led conversations about its themes, and include practical information about how to reach out for help and …

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Britain’s ‘big bang’ in Heligoland, 70 years on – BBC News

April 18, 2017

… would be shattering. “Even in Hamburg, which is more than 150 km (93 miles) from the island,” he told me, “a schoolteacher kept a document which said the British had warned everyone to leave doors and windows open to help the buildings withstand the blast.” Olaf’s father was among the pessimists who believed that Britain’s real intention was to blow up the island behind a literal smokescreen created by the destruction of the captured ammunition. He still …

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Malala Yousafzai’s mother: Out of the shadows – BBC News

April 18, 2017

… busy looking after her. Then she wrote a book and we were busy with that too, so that’s why I wasn’t in the public eye. “But now I’m trying to help other people get an education, so from now on I want to be more involved in these kinds of things. But if these interviews were in my own language it would be easier!” And it is clear that Toor Pekai has her own compelling story to tell about the events that brought Malala across the world. She still gets visibly upset …

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How ‘Fixer Upper’ star Joanna Gaines is keeping up with Kim Kardashian

April 17, 2017

Image: mashable composite. hgtv. kimkardashian/instagram. When Joanna Gaines wore a choker on Fixer Upper, I knew the transformation was complete. You can buy a mug on Etsy for $15 imploring you, “In a world full of Kardashians, be a Joanna Gaines.” But Kim and Jo’s lives in Calabasas and Waco, respectively, have plenty of parallels. They’ve built empires. And if you’re so inclined, you can buy a similar wrap-around necklace from Magnolia Market to help you steal …

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9 really weird things that are still canon in the ‘Star Wars’ universe

April 15, 2017

… wish to rewatch the original Star Wars trilogy, it’s important to remember that all those stormtroopers, for all we know, might very well be clones of Boba Fett’s dad. Who knows? They don’t say. Oh, and Boba Fett is also a clone of his dad, too, but like a different kind of clone that ages normally or something. Whatever. 7. Baby Darth Vader built C-3PO to help his mom around the house. The bumbling, accident-prone stooge we all know and love as C-3PO was originally built by …

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Atlanta Braves begin new ballpark chapter at SunTrust Park

April 15, 2017

… Chop House bar was packed full of patrons, some holding beers that were aged with baseball bat wood. In the hands of many were their phones, which could help locate the nearest concession stand or bathroom. Just another day at the ballpark in the year 2017. “It’s just amazing what they did with this ballpark,” Inciarte said. “It’s beautiful.” From downtown to the suburbs No longer in downtown Atlanta, the Braves (who technically still have an Atlanta …

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There’s a new Chrome extension to help you boycott United Airlines

April 15, 2017

… Airlines legging mess The company issued a series of statements following the incident, which didn’t exactly come off as apologetic, and the internet, again, roasted them for it. United then released a full apology, but two days later after the company’s stock tanked. If that apology wasn’t enough and you’re still pissed at United, someone created a chrome extension, called Drop United, that’ll help you continue to boycott the airline. Adding the chrome extension …

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Kim Kardashian is endorsing that morning sickness drug again with a weird #tbt

April 14, 2017

… inhibitors, as these medicines can intensify & prolong the adverse CNS effects of Diclegis. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or other activities that need your full attention unless your healthcare provider says that you may do so. Do not drink alcohol or take other central nervous system depressants such as cough & cold medicines, certain pain medicines & medicines that help you sleep while you take Diclegis. Severe drowsiness can happen or become worse causing falls or …

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The Switch is Nintendo’s fastest selling console ever

April 14, 2017

Image: mashable The Switch is the fastest selling Nintendo system ever. At least according to Nintendo and NPD Group sales numbers, which show the hybrid handheld-home console sold over 906,000 units in its first month. SEE ALSO: This isn’t a Nintendo Switch review, but it’ll help you decide about buying one The Wii U sold roughly 400,000 in its first week and close to 890,000 units in its first six weeks, even though its 2012 launch landed in the more holiday-friendly month of …

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How to be a persuasive leader (hint: it’s about the ‘moment before’)

April 13, 2017

… I always thought motivational posters and slogans in business offices were laughable, but then I came across a Canadian research study. The experimenters gave call-center volunteers information to help them communicate the value of the cause they were soliciting donations for. Half the volunteers were given the information on plain sheets of paper, and the other half were given the same information on paper with an image of a runner winning a race in the background. At the end of their shifts, …

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As coral bleaching worsens, scientists find creative ways to study reefs

April 12, 2017

… mission is to help steer conservation efforts toward the species that, with some extra protection, may be able to survive a warmer, more acidic ocean. SEE ALSO: There’s only one way to save the Great Barrier Reef: Fight climate change “There’s incredible value in having eyes on the reefs all over the world,” said Emily Darling, an associate conservation scientist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York. Darling is leading a new initiative to crowdsource …

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Ryan Phillippe’s tweets are a bittersweet symphony

April 12, 2017

… March 17, 2017 this is your doctor speaking Dr. Philz (@RyanPhillippe) March 17, 2017 2 dr. philz together at last… pic.twitter.com/t0M5QkOkXy Dr. Philz (@RyanPhillippe) January 13, 2017 On the off chance I’m wrong and Ryan Phillippe doesn’t have all the answers, at least I know he’s not afraid to ask for help. …

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StubHub doesn’t want you to go to concert alone anymore

April 12, 2017

Image: Klaus Vedfelt/getty images  StubHub the land of never-ending tickets, such as a seat to LCD Soundsystem in Brooklyn Monday night for $375 (original price: $60) is becoming more social. SEE ALSO: Microsoft CEO says artificial intelligence is the ‘ultimate breakthrough’ The eBay-owned online ticket exchange is making it easier to buy a ticket and to do so with your friends. StubHub is now showing you which one of your friends would want to go with you and will help you …

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This woman wants to open the world’s first Vagina Museum

April 11, 2017

… doctors about their health as they aren’t comfortable talking about it, not seeking help when the victims of abuse, and issues like consent and contraception,” says Schechter. Schechter is hosting events in an effort to raise funds as part of the initial stage of the museum’s development. The museum’s first event the Vagina Museum’s feminist comedy night will take place on 19 May and will feature comedy about vaginas, “the people who have them [and] “the …

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Why Trump’s Syria Strike Will Not End Well

April 9, 2017

… correct. But when that something can only mean military measures, the U.S. makes itself part of the problem rather than the solution. helping ensure that children and civilians arent trapped in Syria should be the first and most obvious thing the U.S. can do to help. Second, a far more robust dedication toward finding a diplomatic solution is needed, although such a solution is now more difficult to achieve. Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry should be commended for his efforts to …

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Dolphins have developed a complex strategy for hunting octopus, and it’s cray

April 4, 2017

… dolphins, which don’t have hands to help them keep control of this clingy, eight-armed prey. SEE ALSO: Terrifying video shows a pod of killer whales chasing a fishing boat Our new research highlights the development of complex behaviours that allow dolphins to eat octopus, thereby improving their ability to survive and reproduce. It’s another example of a strategy that helps to drive the success of dolphins in coastal environments around Australia. Dangers of eating octopus In …

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Why developers struggle to make video game cameras that don’t annoy you

April 4, 2017

… natural, even for people who arent used to doing so in a game that leaves it entirely up to the player. To help accomplish that they made Kat, the games lovable protagonist, the cameras focal point at all times she never leaves the center of the screen. Motion controls are another factor. By default, players can make fine camera adjustments by rotating the PS4s DualShock controller, which Tsuchikura said provides players with a feeling of true motion and a floating sensation. Free swirling with …

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