Acer’s Predator Triton 700 is a VR-ready gaming laptop that doesn’t scrimp

April 28, 2017

… 5.7-pound weight is also a little on the heavy side if you’re used to sub-3-pound Ultrabooks, but this ain’t no laptop for weaklings. The 15.6-inch full HD resolution IPS matte screen is lovely and supports Nvidia G-Sync for connecting to an external gaming monitor. Full-sized mechanical keyboard and number pad is a must for gamers. Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE I can confirm the mechanical keyboard is very clicky and satisfying; gamers definitely love the keyboard, despite its …

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Games for Change highlights impactful VR projects with its new summit

April 28, 2017

… in the same way that we have in the games community,” Pollack said. “There are a number of VR events being produced around the world right now a lot of summits and expos and demos but none with a specific focus about how VR can be applied to social change across different sectors.” SEE ALSO: How virtual reality is helping patients alleviate their pain Erik Martin, former policy adviser at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Obama Administration, …

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An unusually large number of humpback whales died last year

April 28, 2017

(CNN)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched an investigation Thursday into a large number of humpback whale deaths from Maine to North Carolina. The agency declared the deaths an unusual mortality event, the first one observed in humpback whales in nearly a decade. An unusual mortality event (UME) is defined under the Marine Mammal Protection Act as “a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine mammal population; and demands …

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A writers’ strike may delay the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’

April 27, 2017

… Access’ Star Trek: Discovery. The second and third seasons of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story are also in the process of being written, along with the Prince Charles and Princess Diana-themed second season of Feud. Likewise, the final season of The Mindy Project is expected to begin production in May, unless a strike delays it. While a number of scripts on these shows have likely been completed ahead of shooting, a strike could certainly derail the back half of their seasons, and …

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Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds – BBC News

April 25, 2017

Brain boost Physical activity has long been known to reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including type-2 diabetes and some cancers, and it is thought to play a role in warding off the brain’s natural decline as we enter middle age. The theory is that through exercise the brain receives a greater supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients that boost its health as well as a growth hormone that helps the formation of new neurons and connections. In this analysis of previous studies, …

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Ilie Nastase: Romanian suspended from tennis after Fed Cup outbursts

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Ilie Nastase may have retired from tennis 32 years ago, but he appears to be still more than living up to his old nickname: “Nasty.” The 70-year-old Romanian, a two-time grand slam winner and former world No. 1, was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation, or ITF, on Sunday from all its events for his behavior at a Fed Cup match. Follow @cnnsport Nastase hurled abuse at the chair umpire and the opposition during Romania’s World Group II playoff …

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Psst: You’re probably using all the wrong photos on dating apps.

April 22, 2017

… love.” Image: hinge So how does that translate in practical terms? Well, for one thing you’re going to want to skip sunglasses and Snapchat filters or really anything that obscures your face or eyes. Also, Abramowitz said a shocking number of pictures featured other people who could easily be mistaken for a significant other and that was a big turn off. So skip that photo of you with your brother, no matter how great you look. Interestingly, posing on a beach also made a photo …

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Celebs warned by FTC to label their sponsored Instagram posts

April 20, 2017

… Instagram post from Kevin Durant was one of many included in Public Citizen’s complaint. Image: public citizen As a growing number of marketers tap celebrities to plug brands to their massive social media audiences, the FTC has been cracking down on promotions it sees as deceptive. The agency said last summer that certain common abbreviated markers #ad, #sp, and #sponsored are no longer considered a clear enough indication. Regulators typically put the onus of adhering to these rules …

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This couple met through a dating app for marijuana users

April 20, 2017

… had given up on dating apps,” Lebbate said. “I couldn’t find anyone who also smoked weed. It’s something that’s part of me. I use medical marijuana for health ailments, and a lot of people aren’t cool with that.” Will recreational marijuana soon be legal nationwide? A large number of High There users are between the ages of 22 and 40. “We have a significant amount of members who are older, whether they are veterans (battling …

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Here’s what happens to us when we have an epiphany

April 19, 2017

… against an unseen opponent. Beneath the screen, a camera monitored where the player was looking on the computer and tracked their pupil dilation. The screen showed 11 numbers (0 to 10) arranged in a circle like a rotary phone. In the game, each participant picked a number. The researchers then took the average of those two numbers and multiplied that by 0.9. Participants had to guess what the resulting number might be, and one opponent was deemed the winner. If that gives you brain cramps, …

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70-year-old woman finishes Boston Marathon, and there’s way more to her story

April 19, 2017

… official entrant. Her bib number, 261, remains famous. SEE ALSO: NASA’s Peggy Whitson breaks another space record because this is just what she does On Monday, Switzer, 70, revisited that rebellious, trail-blazing moment by crossing the finish line again. This time she didn’t have to dodge an angry course director, but was instead accompanied by 261 supporters who ran alongside her. Switzer’s run became one of the feel-good stories of the marathon, with celebrities like …

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Deported to Mexico: Who is the US kicking out?

April 18, 2017

Mexico City (CNN)Maria Perez hasn’t seen her grandson since he was a little boy. On her cell phone she keeps a video of that day. It shows 8-year-old Eduardo Hernandez hugging her goodbye. Now Hernandez is 21 and walking through the frosted glass doors at Mexico City’s international airport. …

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

April 17, 2017

… the office today and this little corner always inspires me… A Staghorn fern, one of my favorite quotes by Lou Holtz, kid’s artwork, skinnylap, and Chip’s favorite number. #letyourofficeinspireyou A post shared by Joanna Stevens Gaines (@joannagaines) on Mar 1, 2017 at 11:18am PST They’ve turned their families into empires In addition to Fixer Upper, Jo will have her own design-focused spinoff soon. KUWTK spawned Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, Kourtney & Kim Take …

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The Switch is Nintendo’s fastest selling console ever

April 14, 2017

… November. Both consoles have been criticized for their launch lineups either for the lackluster number of games offered on the Switch or the lack of a first-party system seller on the Wii U but the Switch certainly benefitted from one monster game. The brand-new Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold a total of 1.3 million units more than 925,000 of which were specific to the Switch console, leaving 460,000 Wii U versions. “That means that Nintendo sold more of this game for Nintendo Switch than …

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

April 12, 2017

A diver surveys bleached coral for a new crowdsourced science initiative.Image: wildlife conservation society A search party is underway across the world’s coral reefs. As warming waters turn more coral into bone-white deserts, scientists are looking for the species and regions with the best chances of resisting global warming. To find these “hope spots,” divers are using creative methods to gather a greater number of observations from a wider range of reefs. Their bigger …

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9 of the greatest rivalries from breakfast to best Australian city

April 10, 2017

… throughout the land,” portends an imminent battle. Let the (yet-unformed) Continental Breakfast Society or at least every budget hotel lobby armed with a toaster and aging fruit basket be warned. World’s 50 best foods Mountain rivalry Everest vs. K2 The number of climbers who’ve reached the top of the world’s highest peak, rival city. Usually they’re within easy driving distance and share the same highways, currency, soap operas, chain restaurants, hated domestic …

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Masters 2017: Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia lead into final round at Augusta

April 9, 2017

… the likes of 1992 champion Fred Couples, 57, who faded to one over, and three-time champion Phil Mickelson, who struggled to a two-over 74 Saturday and lies in a group eight back. Mickelson, who will be 47 in June, is bidding to eclipse Jack Nicklaus as the oldest winner after his 1986 triumph at 46 and two months. That year, Nicklaus’ caddie — his son — wore the number 89. Visit CNN.com/golf for more news and videos That number this year? Garcia’s man. …

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‘Clash Royale’ won an esports award last night and people are rightfully pissed

April 9, 2017

… Overwatch. It also had one nominee that seemed pretty out of place: Clash Royale. While Clash Royale is a popular mobile game with some competitive tournaments, the size of its competitive following and number of pro-level events pales in comparison to the other nominated games, some of which regularly sell out arenas around the world and have even broken Twitch streaming records. Clash Royale‘s biggest tournament to date, the King’s Cup, took place in an airplane hanger in Los …

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The Surface Pro 5 could be yet another boring refresh

April 8, 2017

… could be the first details for the Surface Pro 5. SEE ALSO: Woah, Microsoft just beat Apple in tablet satisfaction Citing an insider source who’s reportedly seen the Surface Pro 5, Thurrott says the the new device might not be a major revamp and could be more like a “Surface Pro 4.5”. That could mean any number of things, from a design that looks the same (or very similar) to the Surface Pro 4, to minor upgrades in performance. Sounds like Surface Pro 4.5. Paul Thurrott …

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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… plants and trees, covering or filling in ponds and using sound cannons, airports have a number of methods to keep birds away. Last spring, we reported on a border collie named Piper who literally chase the birds from a small airport in Michigan. Some airports utilize trained falcons to do this. Some are using “robirds”, fake remote controlled falcons to keep the skies clear of any birds that don’t carry people. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) NICO NIJENHUIS, CLEAR FLIGHT SOLUTIONS CEO: The …

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Marvels The Defenders teaser had a big fat Easter egg did you find it?

April 5, 2017

… are a number of items that might be of interest to Marvel fans. So lets go through some of the most intriguing references and reveals. Is someone looking for Kun-Lun? Image: netflix Across the bottom of the Bulletin page are a selection of covers for five previous issues, with one each corresponding to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. The Defenders cover references the construction of the new Midland Circle building you know, the shadowy corporation behind …

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This Tipsy Critter Ate One Too Many Crab Apples And The Footage Is So Relatable

April 3, 2017

Walking home from the bar after a heavy night of drinking should be an Olympic sport. Perhaps one of the greatest perks of going to college in a small town was that there were plenty of bars just a stone’s throw from campus. Not only did it help cut down on the number of drunk drivers, but it also helped eliminate long parades of drunks wandering around the dimly-lit streets for too long. If you’ve never been tasked with serving as a drunken shepherd, guiding a flock of tipsy …

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Homeless families rehoused out of London ‘up five-fold’ – BBC News

April 3, 2017

‘No choice’ Kate Webb, head of policy at housing charity Shelter, explained high London property prices mean “councils are finding it much harder to find landlords that will work with them”. Councils are struggling to secure long term leases on properties to use for temporary accommodation, so are forced into per-night rental agreements, or to look beyond the capital, she said. The number of nights rented under these arrangements has more than tripled from 540,000 to …

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Snapchat now lets you search a million different Stories

April 1, 2017

… events and locations, such as Election Night and the Battle of Mosul. The motivation for this update, per Snapchat, was to do something with all the snaps they received but couldn’t previously put into a singular narrative, according to a Snap Inc. spokesperson. “Over time, the number of Snaps that were created by our community and added to Our Story simply overwhelmed our curation team and inspired us to create something new,” Snap wrote in a blog post. More From this …

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Hotels, restaurants and tourism may face staff shortages – BBC News

March 31, 2017

… which has been sent to number 10 – says that 75% of waiting staff in the UK, 37% of house-keeping staff and a quarter of all chefs are from the EU. Last month the sandwich and coffee chain Pret a Manger revealed that only one in fifty of its applicants was British and 65% of its workforce were EU nationals. Image copyright Getty Images “They just don’t have the information,” one executive in the hospitality sector told me. number 10 and the Treasury are well aware …

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The future of VR is here and Oculus Rift is one year old. So why isn’t it mainstream?

March 30, 2017

… someone use Gear VR in a public, non-tech event setting. Image: Samsung, Oculus But despite the strong numbers, it’s still not common at all to see someone at an airport or caf using the mobile VR device. Sure, this past holiday season saw a number of videos uploaded to social media showing users enjoying their Rifts and Gear VR devices. But in general, adoption of VR headsets appears to be slow among non-gamer mainstream consumers. Part of the problem stems from Oculus’ …

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