Condemning attack Annan calls on Palestinian Government to reject terrorism

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned that civilians continue to be killed by violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman said in a formal statement.“He calls on all parties to abide by their obligations under international law, and to refrain from actions that further escalate the situation and put civilians at grave risk,” the spokesman added. Mr. Annan noted that President Mahmoud Abbas has taken a clear stand against terrorism voiced regret that the new Government has not, the spokesman said. Since the January elections and the installation of a new Hamas-led Palestinian Government in March, the UN, along with its partners in the Middle East diplomatic Quartet – the United States, European Union and Russia – has called for the new Government commit itself to non-violence, recognition of Israel and previous Middle East agreements. read more

US trade deficit widens slightly in August to 388 billion as exports

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit widened only slightly in August, dragged lower by a modest decline in exports. U.S. farmers sold fewer agricultural products overseas, offsetting the best month of sales for American-made cars on record.The trade deficit grew 0.4 per cent in August to $38.8 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. That’s up from $38.6 billion in July.U.S. exports dipped 0.1 per cent to $189.2 billion. Sales of wheat, soybeans and other farm products fell, while exports of autos and other manufactured goods rose. U.S. auto exports climbed to a record $13.1 billion, up 5.5 per cent from the July level.Imports were mostly unchanged at $228 billion. Americans bought more foreign computers and machinery, while imports of oil and foreign-made cars declined.This year’s trade deficit is running 10.8 per cent below last year’s, a positive sign for economic growth. A smaller trade deficit acts as a boost to economic growth when it shows American companies earning more in their foreign sales.The monthly deficit hit a four-year low in June. It has risen only slightly in the past two months.The trade report was released three weeks late because of the 16-day partial government shutdown in early October. Many economists estimate the shutdown cut about $25 billion from the economy. Several have lowered their forecasts for growth in the October-December quarter by a half-point to an annual rate of 2 per cent or less.The deficit with China dipped 0.6 per cent in August to $29.8 billion after hitting a monthly record of $30.1 billion in July. So far this year, the deficit with China is up 2.3 per cent from its record pace in 2012. That could increase pressure on the Obama administration to take a harder line on trade issues with China. American manufacturers contend China manipulates its currency and engages in other unfair practices to gain trade advantages over U.S. companies.The International Monetary Fund trimmed its global economic forecast earlier this month in part because of slower growth in China, India, Brazil and other developing countries. These nations are big markets for U.S. goods so slower growth in the developing world could hurt American exports.Europe’s weak economy is also weighing on U.S. exports. The deficit with the 28-nation European Union fell 29.9 per cent in August to $9.8 billion after surging to a record high in July. U.S. exports to the region rose 2.2 per cent in August. But they are down 3.9 per cent for the year, reflecting in part sub-par economic activity as many European countries are still struggling to overcome a prolonged debt crisis.U.S. factories could also be affected by the government shutdown, which is expected to depress consumer spending and therefore reduce domestic demand. Before the shutdown occurred in early October, the outlook for manufacturing had been improving.Factory activity had expanded at the fastest pace in 2 1/2 years in September, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Managers.The Federal Reserve is watching economic data to determine whether it should reduce its monthly bond purchases. Those purchases have been intended to give the economy a boost by keeping long-term borrowing costs low.Hiring has slowed from the start of the year. Employers created just 148,000 jobs in September, down from 193,000 in August. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 7:46 am MDT US trade deficit widens slightly in August to $38.8 billion as exports slip for second month read more

Dakota Access pipeline law officers had close relationship

by Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2017 5:44 pm MDT Last Updated May 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BISMARCK, N.D. – A private security firm hired by the developer of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline conducted an aggressive, multifaceted operation against protesters that included a close working relationship with public law enforcement, documents obtained by an online magazine indicate.Native American groups that opposed the pipeline say the report from The Intercept lends credence to their belief that law enforcement favoured private industry in the monthslong dispute. But law enforcement and Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners say their concern was everyone’s safety.The Dakota Access pipeline will move North Dakota oil to a distribution point in Illinois. ETP plans to begin commercial operations Thursday. The company says the pipeline is safe, but opponents fear environmental harm.Thousands of protesters last year descended on a camp set up in North Dakota near a section of the pipeline that runs under a Missouri River reservoir upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Pipeline opponents frequently clashed with police, and 761 arrests happened between August and February.The documents show that ETP hired security firm TigerSwan, which was founded by retired military special forces members. The Intercept posted some of the documents it obtained online. It said it received more than 100 documents from a TigerSwan contractor and more than 1,000 through public records requests.TigerSwan used military-style counter-terrorism measures against what it considered “an ideologically driven insurgency,” the documents show. Its tactics included protest camp flyovers, video surveillance, social media monitoring, public relations — described in one document as “pro-DAPL propaganda” — and interactions with law enforcement. That included placing a liaison in the law enforcement operations centre.“Excellent comments from lead LEOs (Law Enforcement Officers) today regarding planning and communication from our personnel,” says a TigerSwan report from Sept. 14.The relationship was heavily criticized Tuesday by the Lakota People’s Law Office.“Rather than one-sidedly protecting the private interests of oil corporations, these state and federal law enforcement agencies should have been also protecting the constitutional rights of those who were being criminally conspired against, disrupted, and physically attacked by the oil company’s private mercenary army of Middle East-based anti-terrorist specialists,” Chief Counsel Daniel Sheehan said in a statement.Indigenous Environmental Network organizer Dallas Goldtooth said in a statement that “police and security were essentially given permission to carry out war-like tactics” on protesters.One particularly violent clash happened in late November, when protesters trying to push past a blocked highway bridge were turned back by authorities using tear gas, rubber bullets and water sprays. Police said protesters were throwing rocks, asphalt and water bottles at officers.The Morton County Sheriff’s Office, which spearheaded the response to the protests, said its communications with TigerSwan security weren’t unusual and “gave law enforcement situational awareness in order to monitor and respond to illegal protest activity.”ETP said in a statement that “the safety of our employees and the communities in which we live and work is our top priority. In order to ensure that we do have security plans in place, we do communicate with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.”___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter at: Dakota Access pipeline, law officers had close relationship FILE – In this Nov. 21, 2016, file photo, protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline stand on a burned-out truck near Cannon Ball, N.D., on a long-closed bridge a day earlier on a state highway near their camp. A private security firm hired by the developer of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline conducted an aggressive, multifaceted operation against protesters that included a close working relationship with public law enforcement, documents obtained by an online magazine indicate. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File) read more

UN rights chief calls opening of office to monitor issues in DPR

“It is rare that the opening of a small office is such big news,” the High Commissioner told a press conference in Seoul, as he wrapped up a three-day visit. “While none of us expects a new UN human rights office will dramatically alter that situation overnight, we do all feel, I think, that it is a significant step.”The new office was set up in line with a recommendation made last year by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK, whose report the UN human rights chief called “powerful, devastating and extremely influential.” “The population of the DPRK has been suffering appalling human rights violations and deprivation for decades, and much of the outside world was barely aware of what was going on there and focussed only on the nuclear issue,” he noted, adding that the gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.“The victims now have faces and they have voices,” he went on to say. Some of the report’s most important recommendations – such as a referral by the Security Council of the situation in the DPRK to the International Criminal Court – have not yet been acted on, but still could be, he stated.But for him, the fact that this UN human rights office in Seoul is now a reality, and will start fully operating in a month or so, is a sign that the Commission’s work is starting to “bear fruit.”Not only will the office monitor, report and criticize, it will also engage with civil society, refugees and defectors and with governments of the region, while keeping the UN’s channels open to the authorities in the DPRK itself. The High Commissioner also pointed out that the Republic of Korea has undergone a highly successful transformation since becoming a democracy just over 30 years ago, rising to become the 13th largest economy in the world. “Its performance on the human rights front has also improved significantly in parallel with its economic growth. In general, the country’s recent history makes it one of the world’s most dramatic success stories – an excellent model for countries in transition to try to emulate.” Like even the most established democracies elsewhere in the world, the country nevertheless still faces challenges, he added. One of the most prevalent concerns is the limitations imposed on freedom of expression and freedom of assembly by the 1948 National Security Act (NSA) which is considered by many to be long overdue for reform, he pointed out.The vague language of Article 7 of the NSA, which refers to “anti-Government organizations” without defining what this means exactly, has in the past led to unjust and inappropriate convictions of human rights defenders and non-threatening groups – sometimes simply for comments made on social media – and is likely to continue to do so until it is amended, he explained. “The Republic of Korea lives under constant threat from its heavily armed neighbour, and has an obligation to protect its citizens. Finding the balance between honouring the human rights of its citizens and minimizing threats to their security is difficult, but not impossible, and amending the NSA is an essential part of that process.” read more

India needs global support to help it develop clean coal technology

first_imgSpeaking at a conference in New Delhi yesterday, World Coal Association Chief Executive Benjamin Sporton said the critical role of coal in driving economic development in India meant the international community should support advanced coal technologies in the country. “India has made it very clear that coal will be critical to delivering its economic development and energy access objectives. India is working hard to reduce emissions from coal, but it would benefit from greater international support to build modern coal technology,” Sporton said.Speaking at the 6th World PetroCoal Congress, a gathering of leaders from across the fossil fuel industry in India, Sporton highlighted that power generation capacity from coal will more than double between now and 2040. “Coal will help fuel the economic development of India’s economy as it urbanises and industrialises over the decades to come. With 300 million people currently living without access to electricity and many more – including businesses that can help drive growth – suffering from intermittent supply, coal will do much of the heaving lifting in powering up India’s economy,” Sporton said.Reflecting on the WCA’s recent report, India’s Energy Trilemma, Sporton noted that modern high efficiency low emission coal technologies will be essential to providing affordable electricity while reducing emissions to meet climate objectives. “Our research shows that while renewable technologies such as solar PV in India could result in high emission abatement, they do not provide the scale of generation growth required to meet electrification targets. Modern high efficiency coal plants can actually abate carbon emissions at a much lower cost compared to solar PV and provide almost four times as much increase in power generation. All forms of electricity will have a role to play in India, indeed non-hydro renewables are forecast to grow almost exponentially – but our analysis shows the huge co-benefits of building modern coal plants. It’s for that reason that the World Coal Association believes there must be more international support for high efficiency low emission coal technology.”Noting recent developments in international coal financing policy, particularly with more restrictive positions from the World Bank and OECD, Sporton said: “The international community needs to be taking an approach that helps deploy the most efficient coal in place of the least efficient coal technology, rather than just ignoring the reality that coal will play a very significant role in industrialising and urbanising economies like India.”last_img read more

18yearold charged over fatal Co Waterford crash

first_imgAN 18-YEAR-OLD man has been charged in connection with a fatal traffic collision in Ardmore, Co Waterford yesterday evening.A woman in her 50s was killed when the car she was travelling as a passenger in was involved in a three-car collision at Kiely’s Cross.The two other occupants of that car were taken to hospital with minor injuries, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two occupants of a second car were uninjured, and the 18-year-old man driving the other vehicle was arrested at the scene.He will appear before the district court in Cashel, Co Tipperary at midday tomorrow.last_img

Archos Adds Two Android Tablets to Lineup

first_imgLook out, here come more tablets: Archos is debuting the Archos 101 and the Archos 70. The Archos 101 has a 10.1-inch screen and is less than half an inch thick. If that’s too big, the Archos 70 has a 7.0-inch screen. Both tablets allow Web surfing similar to that on a desktop or notebook computer. Also, both tablets play all the music, video, and photo formats as you’d get on your regular computer.The Archos 70 comes with 8GB or 250GB of storage, while the Archos 101 comes with 8GB or 16GB. Archos isn’t saying why the larger screen model doesn’t have a large hard drive option. Both tablets can be used for mobile phone tethering by using a Bluetooth connection or a USB cable. You can get the Archos 101 starting at $299.99, or the Archos 70 starting at $275.99. The Archos 70 (8GB) is available now through the Archos online store; the Archos 101 will be available the week of November 18.last_img read more

NASA les navettes finiront dans quatre musées des EtatsUnis

first_imgNASA : les navettes finiront dans quatre musées des Etats-UnisHier, la NASA a révélé le nom des musées où ses navettes spatiales prendront prochainement leur retraite. Les quatre sont situés dans différentes villes des États-Unis.Ce n’est plus un secret : les navettes spatiales de la NASA vont prochainement intégrer la collection de plusieurs musées américains. Hier, le patron de l’agence spatiale Charles Bolden a révélé en détail les noms des institutions qui accueilleront Discovery, Endeavour, Enterprise et Atlantis dans les prochains mois.Au total, près de 21 musées étaient candidats mais seuls quatre ont été retenus pour héberger une des navettes. Les autres recevront probablement des pièces des orbiteurs et d’autres reliques du programme. Ainsi, comme prévu c’est le musée national de l’Air et de l’Espace de Washington qui accueillera Discovery, la plus ancienne des navettes qui a effectué son ultime voyage en février dernier. Plus précisément, elle sera installée dans l’annexe du musée le Steven Udvar-Hazy Center situé près de l’aéroport international de Dulles où trônait déjà l’engin Enterprise. N’ayant jamais volé en orbite mais seulement dans l’atmosphère, ce véhicule expérimental sera donc prochainement transféré à l’Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum de New York pour laisser place à la navette.En ce qui concerne Atlantis, dernière navette à voler fin juin, celle-ci rejoindra le Centre des visiteurs du Centre spatial Kennedy en Floride tandis que Endeavour dont le vol ultime vers l’ISS est prévu fin avril, se retrouvera au California Science Center à Los Angeles en Californie, comme le rapporte l’AFP. “Ce fut une décision difficile. Ces institutions ont été retenues en raison de leurs capacités à préserver les objets spatiaux et d’offrir un accès exceptionnel aux visiteurs américains et internationaux” a indiqué Charles Bolden lors d’une cérémonie au Centre spatial Kennedy près de Cap Canaveral.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAUne fois toutes les navettes à la retraite, la NASA dépendra totalement des vaisseaux Soyouz russes pour acheminer ses astronautes vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Du moins, jusqu’à ce qu’un autre engin spatial américain ne prenne la relève, probablement pas avant 2015 selon l’AFP.    Le 13 avril 2011 à 10:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Exposition découvrez le Grand Paris sur écrans

first_imgExposition : découvrez le Grand Paris sur écrans !Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal, à Paris, renouvelle son exposition permanente. Désormais, celle-ci s’élargit et englobe 180 communes et collectivités d’Ile-de-France.La nouvelle exposition ouverte au public, depuis le 14 décembre 2011 au Pavillon de l’Arsenal, à Paris, donne à voir, au sol, une maquette numérique de 37 m2 constituée de l’assemblage de 48 écrans Google Earth synchronisés. Une première mondiale à cette échelle ! Développée en partenariat avec Google et JC Decaux, ce dispositif permet d’associer aux photos satellites et aériennes de la ville des images de projets urbains. Ainsi, à partir de quatre pupitres de commande tactiles, le visiteur peut naviguer sur l’écran (plat et à plat) géant et visualiser Paris et son agglomération en haute définition (la visualisation est possible jusqu’au Havre) non seulement tels qu’ils existent aujourd’hui mais aussi et surtout tels qu’ils apparaitront dans le futur. Sur cette carte numérique géante, 1.300 projets du Paris de 2020 ont déjà été intégrés, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Qu’il s’agisse de nouveaux secteurs en cours de construction, de lignes de transports publics ou de bâtiments à venir. Certains projets emblématiques ont même été modélisés en 3D et le visiteur peut zoomer dessus, dézoomer, tourner autour et en avoir ainsi une idée plus concrète. C’est par exemple le cas de La Canopée, le fameux projet de rénovation du Forum des Halles, de la Philarmonie, dans le parc de La Villette (tous deux en 2014), ou encore de la Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création Triangle, à la Porte de Versailles (2017). La maquette numérique sera évolutive et s’enrichira au fil du temps de nouveaux éléments. Il est actuellement possible, sans se déplacer, de la consulter via Internet (parismetropole2020).À lire aussiQuand l’archéologie s’invite dans le métro parisienLe Pavillon de l’Arsenal, 21, boulevard Morland à Paris (IVème), propose des visites guidées et gratuites le dimanche à 15 heures. Il est ouvert du mardi au samedi, de 10h30 à 18h30, et le dimanche de 11h à 19h et l’entrée gratuite. Pour toute information : www.pavillon-arsenal.comLe 19 décembre 2011 à 13:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WeChat shuts down 50000 accounts for World Cup betting

first_img Solaire targets Chinese visitors with addition of WeChat and Alipay Police crack China’s first cryptocurrency gambling ring China’s Tencent invests US$100 million into Indian fantasy sports platform Dream11 Chinese messaging and online payment app WeChat has deleted 50,000 accounts and another 8,000 group chats discussing gambling since the current football World Cup kicked off in Russia last month.WeChat developer Tencent issued a statement on Monday detailing its anti-gambling measures and urging users not to engage in any World Cup betting activities via its hugely popular app, which is estimated to have almost one billion users worldwide. RelatedPosts Load More “During the World Cup, World Cup gambling websites have been shut down by the government, causing some betting activities to migrate to social platforms,” WeChat said. “We appeal to the majority of users to watch the World Cup rationally, to appreciate the competitive nature of football and respect the spirit of the game, and keep away from gambling.”While most forms of gambling remain illegal in China, World Cup betting is allowed via the China Sports Lottery Management Centre. Only last week the China Sports Lottery Management Centre released figures showing that Chinese gamblers had wagered a massive 28.6 billion yuan (US$4.3 billion) in the three weeks to 1 July 2018 – almost six times more than the roughly 5 billion yuan wagered in the previous three weeks.The three-week period to 1 July included more than two weeks of World Cup action after the world’s biggest sporting event kicked off on 15 June.The figure, which doesn’t include the huge numbers gambled illegally, was already more than twice the 11.5 billion yuan wagered through official channels during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.last_img read more

Tales From Google and Glam The New Rules of Engagement

first_img“Advercasting” means that anyone can now broadcast his or her own content across multiple digital channels, that means an opportunity for advertisers to create content that tell compelling brand stories, which can then be shared and broadcasted. In other words, engagement is doing the heavy lifting for advertisers. The key is creating the right content and making sure the right audience sees it.Still, digital advertising has a host of challenges, and Alegre says one problem is a preconceived notion that it requires a “leap of faith.”However, the reality is that video ad revenue is growing. And Alegre credits user engagement as the catalyst. Because of that, Google has been testing engagement-based sales and is finding it to be successful.Another big strategy for Google is creating programmatic customized experiences. Programmatic advertising has grown 30X since 2010, and Alegre is a firm believer that it is a big piece of the puzzle for the future of digital advertising. Alegre says the value proposition for programmatic is multi-fold—it makes ad content relevant to a specific consumer; it extends the reach of advertising; and it can be leveraged to capitalize on unique and fleeting moments in real time. Glam Media: Focusing on Quality and CurationGlam Media was launched during New York’s Fashion Week in the fall of 2005. It quickly became the number-one online source for fashion and beauty.In the intervening years it has sold more than 79 billion ads to 90 of the top 100 advertisers in the world. It reaches more than 400 million users globally and is number 7 on the list of the world’s busiest websites.There are reasons for that success, said Glam Media CEO Samir Arora in the day’s second keynote presentation at MediaNext Tuesday afternoon.To start with, it was one of the first to try to supply information on beauty. Arora pointed out Facebook did not yet exist when Glam went into business. “In Internet years, that was a long time ago,” Arora said.Second, Glam itself produces no content on its own, using what he described as a “TV network” model, making arrangements with others to produce the content that it then distributes.“We’ve become partners of anyone who creates content,” he said.In recent years, Glam has also become what Arora describes as a multi-vertical operation, branching out into sites that provide information and content on health, food, families and travel.And, he said, there will be more. “It’s getting easier for us to launch verticals,” Arora said.Glam also focuses on premium brands, both in terms of content and advertising partners, by making sure every piece of content is thoughtfully curated.Although, he pointed out, Glam does not create any of its own content, “We have editors, editors-in-chief, curators, curators-in-chief and TV programmers.”Likewise with advertising. While, Arora says, the average website page has six or seven ads, Glam’s average is 1.3 ads per page.“We are ‘social,’” he says, “but we require quality and curation.” New York—Google is radically changing its approach to advertising and publishers should be paying attention. That was one of Daniel Alegre’s important takeaways at his morning keynote address at FOLIO:’s MediaNext conference today. The bottom line is this: Your audience is consuming media with multiple screens, so there are more ways to reach people then ever before. And with 90 percent of all media interactions being screen based, and the average person spending around 12.5 hours a day with media, the concept of being offline is no longer accurate, Alegre suggests. “Everybody’s ‘advercasting,’” he says. “We’re always on and always interacting.” last_img read more

At The Week Live Magazine Content Comes to Life

first_img As such, there is no dedicated events staff. The Week Live was organized under Nikki Ettore, integrated marketing director at The Week, and the events were curated by editorial leadership at the magazine, including Frumin. It’s the live embodiment of a print magazine: recipes, restaurant reviews, and interviews with theater and Hollywood stars — brought away from the privileged world of the journalist, and made tangible for the magazine’s audience. “We wanted to really stretch our legs,” Ben Frumin, editor-in-chief of, tells Folio:. The Week has a rate base of 550,000, with 7.2 million monthly uniques on It’s a drop in the bucket when compared to a magazine like The New Yorker, with a rate base of 1,025,000, and its own competing events series, The New Yorker Festival, on October 7-9. While the team intends to make such events a fixture, Tara Mitchell, VP of marketing, says the current revenues will not significantly impact the company’s bottom line. And despite industry trends to the contrary, Frumin says the events are an addition to the magazine, not a supplement. “We always want to think about our audience first,” Frumin says. “We have this tremendous magazine. It’s a little weird. It’s idiosyncratic. That’s why it’s so successful, the fact that it is different. So we really wanted it to be an experience where our audience was involved.” Nonetheless, it’s the quality of The Week’s readers which may just make The Week Live a successful endeavor. The Week is getting a taste of live events. Sunday, the small, punchy news digest launched its three-part event series, The Week Live, with a high-brow live cooking class and meal at the Michelin star restaurant Bâtard. “Still to this day, I’ll tell people where I work, and seven or eight out of ten will say, ‘What’s that?’ And the other two or three will say, ‘The Week is the best!” Frumin tells Folio:. “Our readers are straight up evangelical about the magazine, so we also want to serve these people who already love The Week.” “We are a scrappy and relatively small company and we all work on a lot of things. We take pride in that,” Frumin says. “We’re smaller than our competitors and we punch above our weight class.” “We are never going to be an events-first business,” Frumin says. “But we do hope that going forward this will be a great business opportunity.” Tonight, attendees will visit Broadway to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, followed by a Q&A hosted by The Week’s managing editor, Carolyn O’Hara. On Thursday, guests will see a special screening of My Blind Brother along with a Q&A by Frumin himself.   With only 400 spots, and a cost of $425 for an all-access pass, The Week Live isn’t built for market saturation. Instead, it’s the wave of a hand to advertisers and potential readers who don’t yet see the brand as a place to go for curated, tasteful cultural news.last_img read more

Best Oscars 2019 memes GagaCooper chemistry Waynes World reunion

first_img Today in the Gemma Chan majestic train chronicles… AND IT HAS POCKETS #Oscar2019— jen yamato (@jenyamato) February 25, 2019 At least Gemma Chan got pockets on her dress, makes it slightly less hideous.— Hayley MJ (@haymaymj) February 24, 2019 Get a room.— Anthony Atamanuik (@TonyAtamanuik) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans escorting Oscar-winner Regina King onto the stage so she doesn’t trip. Love.— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) February 25, 2019 Can they just retroactively give all of Bohemian Rhapsody’s awards tonight to the first Wayne’s World film?— Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) February 25, 2019 “To all of you wondering whether the Oscars stage really does resemble Trump’s hair, you’re not alone. i can’t unsee this!” tweeted Elena Nicolaou. lady gaga and bradley cooper singing the shallows somehow got me pregnant— ziwe (@ziwe) February 25, 2019 Queen, crowned  Aquaman star Jason Momoa also turned heads as he appeared with wife Lisa Bonet and, for some reason, a hair scrunchie as a bracelet. Something major just happened. After “Shallow” perf, @ladygaga & Bradley Cooper exited stage for commercial break. During break, they came back to their seats from stage then audience gave them another standing o. I’ve never seen that happen for any performers. Cue embrace#Oscars— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 25, 2019 Did the Academy Awards stage look a little familiar? Maybe a bit presidential? The swooping gold elements outlining the stage reminded some social media users of President Donald Trump’s hairstyle. I’m sorry, but Emma Stone’s dress looks like an order of waffles with butter and syrup. #oscars @IHOP— Brian Centrone (@BrianCentrone) February 25, 2019 Turns out the pair got more than one standing ovation.  Wowwwwww, wait a second, are they in love? They’re so totally in love, OMG— Rebecca Makkai (@rebeccamakkai) February 25, 2019 Adam Lambert and Queen kick off the #Oscars, ensuring the Glenn Close is sufficiently rocked— Asha Kodithuwakku (@AshaKodi) February 25, 2019 “Keenan just Trump’d his Umbrella,” joked Harry Knowles. The president also nudged back into Oscar memes when Keegan-Michael Key flew down from the ceiling like Mary Poppins, then tossed his prop umbrella aside because it couldn’t be closed. The scene reminded some of the president leaving an open umbrella outside Air Force One last fall. Women often complain about how their dresses don’t offer pockets, but Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan even had pockets in her amazing fuchsia gown, and fashion fans had opinions. Some loved it, but one Twitter user noted, “At least Gemma Chan got pockets on her dress, makes it slightly less hideous.” Trump, and his hair  Wayne’s World! Wayne’s World! Party time! Excellent! The Academy featured a flashback to 1992 when Mike Myers and Dana Carvey took the stage and delivered some classic catchphrases from that comedy hit. The tie-in, of course, was the Wayne’s World scene where they headbang to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody while riding around in a car.  Billy Porter dressed for the 3019 Oscars. Idk what 2019 folk gonna do.😆🖤✨— 🆃🆁🆄🅳🆈 (@thetrudz) February 24, 2019 Porter wore a Christian Siriano black velvet outfit styled like a tuxedo on the top half and a wide-skirted gown on the bottom half. “Billy Porter dressed for the 3019 Oscars,” cracked one Twitter user.  I can’t be the only one that thinks the Oscars stage looks like @realDonaldTrump hair? @TheAcademy #Oscars2019— Evan Golden (@Golden_TV) February 25, 2019 Billy Porter’s look for the #Oscars2019 just gets more iconic the more you look at it. Stab me in the eyes because honestly I never need to see a single red carpet look again after this. Complete and total perfection.— Harry Clayton-Wright (@HClaytonWright) February 24, 2019 Looks like a nun from Gone With the Wind— JenniferAnn (@Jennife52397195) February 24, 2019 “I want to find someone that looks at me the way Lady Gaga looks at Bradley Cooper,” wrote one Twitter user. Tuxedos and gowns are common attire at the Academy Awards, but actor and singer Billy Porter managed to combine both.  The look definitely had a Gone with the Wind vibe, with hints of both Scarlett O’Hara and her love Rhett Butler. Courteous Captain  Mirror mirror on J Lo, who’s the fairest of them all? #Oscars— Camach-a-fella (@Camachafella) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans can’t resist acting like ever-courteous Captain America, even at the Academy Awards. Regina King won the Oscar for best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk on Sunday night, and also won the arm of Cap helping her safely onto the stage. Some fans swooned. Life seemed to imitate film at Sunday’s Academy Awards when Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who played a romantic duo in A Star is Born, steamed up the stage while singing Shallow, the song from that film that won the best-song Oscar.  Keegan descending with that umbrella…#Oscars— Annelisa J. Purdie 🐏 📜 🌾 (@RosyShepherdess) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans escorting the queen, Regina King, up the stairs was exactly what we needed to start the #Oscars !— Lorraine Cink 🌈 (@lorrainecink) February 25, 2019 I want to find somone that looks at me the way Lady Gaga looks at Bradley Cooper— Doña Mónica🇲🇽🌹 (@MoniCurlsCastro) February 25, 2019 I can’t be the only one saying this, but the red Oscars in the background look like Melania’s Christmas trees and the stage looks like Trump’s hair. #Oscar— Tom Piechura (@tompiechura) February 25, 2019 Fashion police, on duty  Return of Wayne and Garth   “Wayne’s World” is ten times the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” is.— Brian Schmid (@SchmanthonyP) February 25, 2019 It’s 27 years overdue but Wayne’s World should’ve been nominated for an oscar— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 25, 2019 Post a comment to all of you wondering whether the oscar’s stage really does resemble trump’s hair, you’re not alone. i can’t unsee this!— Elena Nicolaou (@elenawonders) February 25, 2019 Share your voice Billy Porter: Rhett, where will I go? What shall I do?Also Billy Porter *switching sides*: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.— Lukas (@Ginger4TheDucks) February 24, 2019 A coordinated pink velvet scrunchie.— KirstennotKristen (@LettersK) February 25, 2019 Seeing Wayne and Garth back together delighted nostalgic fans — many of whom aren’t fans of the Oscar-nominated Queen biopic. Wrote critic Alan Sepinwall, “Can they just retroactively give all of Bohemian Rhapsody’s awards tonight to the first Wayne’s World film?” While Emma Stone’s gown reminded some of waffles and butter, and some of a meatier meal. And Jennifer Lopez’s gown did it with mirrors. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre Sunday.  Getty Images 0 Keenan just Trump’d his Umbrella— Harry Knowles (@headgeek666) February 25, 2019 Me going to my prom, my wedding and my funeral at the same time. #Oscars #BillyPorter #Oscar2019— cosita (@GheraldTaylor) February 24, 2019 Regina King wins an Oscar AND gets helped to the stage by a velvet-jacketed Chris Evans?! WHAT A NIGHT! – J #oscars— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) February 25, 2019 After all the controversy about the show not having a host, turns out they maybe don’t need one. Instead the awards show started off with Queen and Adam Lambert, and fans rocked out. Adam Lambert and Queen just did one of the best openers for the #Oscars I’ve seen in a long time.— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 25, 2019 Who wore it better? #Oscars #EmmaStone— Madison (@mgilmore8) February 25, 2019 me with my Duane Reade umbrella that won’t close when i get on the subway #Oscars— Meg Lewis (@_meglew) February 25, 2019 The best part is Momoa is totally wearing a scrunchie on his wrist. #oscars— Ani Bundel (@anibundel) February 25, 2019 wait they cut away just as they were about to make out #oscars— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) February 25, 2019 Tags TV and Movieslast_img read more

Apex Legends is jumping to mobile

first_img Turo Now playing: Watch this: How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) It’s basically EA’s answer to Epic’s Fortnite: Battle Royale, which had 200 million players in late 2018 after coming out the previous year and hit mobile last summer.We’ll likely see more at its EA Play fan event next month.First published at 4:35 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:05 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 7 Read Google Home Hub review $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See it HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) EA revealed its plan to bring Apex Legends to mobile devices. Jason Parker / CNET Apex Legends gathered 50 million players in its first month, and publisher EA apparently wants to keep that momentum going by bringing it to mobile.EA COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen said during a Tuesday earnings call that it’s “in advanced negotiations” to bring the free-to-play battle royale game to mobile devices and China. It’ll also release the game in South Korea.The call revealed that Apex Legends — which you can currently play on PS4, Xbox One and PC — became the EA’s fastest-growing new game ever after its February release and that 30% of its players are new to the company. It was developed by Respawn, the studio behind Titanfall and the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Sarah Tew/CNET 2:42 $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Electronic Arts (EA),I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best Buy Sprint Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It The Cheapskate DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview $210 at Best Buy $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Angela Lang/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Commentcenter_img Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review Boost Mobile Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags Mobile Video Games DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the Rylo camera preview Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $59 at eBay $60 at Best Buy Comments Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $299 at Amazon Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 1 Share your voice See It Chris Monroe/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Amazon $520 at HP Apple iPhone XS Tags Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See at Turo See It Rylolast_img read more

Dawson serves as marathon racing test for Yukon mushers

first_imgPaige Drobny runs her team out of Pelly Crossing Monday Feb 6th. (Photo: Molly Rettig / KUAC)The race is tight between top Yukon Quest mushers, headed toward the race‘s halfway point at Dawson City, Yukon. 2015 Quest champion Brent Sass, defending champion Hugh Neff, veterans Ed Hopkins, and Matt Hall, two-time past winner Allen Moore, and top rookie Katherine Keith, are within about 20 miles of one another along a 105-mile stretch of trail into Dawson. The long remote portion of the race route is a test for mushers beginning to feel the effects of marathon racing.Listen nowMatt Hall put foot warmers in his boots at the Pelly Crossing rec center on Monday morning.“I’m really tired,” Hall said.The 26-year-old musher had slept about 30 minutes in the past day. When he finished eating a homemade egg scramble, he went back outside to wake up his team. It was about 30 below zero when Hall took off, fourth out of the checkpoint. In the past 48 hours, he had spent maybe six of them inside.Pelly Crossing is a Selkirk First Nation Village on the Klondike Highway, about a third of the way through the 1,000 mile race. On Monday mushers started showing up to camp in the parking lot. They laid out straw, cooked up steaming pots of meat and kibble, and laid blankets over their dogs. The dogs were fast asleep by the time mushers came inside, ate some chili, and tried to rest for an hour or two in a shared bunk.At this point of the race, while humans are struggling to stay awake, dogs are just kicking into high gear.“We’re 250 miles into a race now and I try to stop them and they’re screaming and hitting the line. And it’s like wow if you guys had a week off and we hooked you up, you wouldn’t be this excited to go,” Hall said.For mushers, trying to stay awake will only get harder as they embark on the longest distance of the race. Dawson City is separated from Pelly by 200 miles of hilly, desolate country. Though Hall is one of the top contenders this year, he said he wasn’t racing to Dawson, where the first musher in wins four ounces of Klondike gold.“We’ll try to bank a little bit and save for after Dawson I think,” Hall said. “So we’ll let somebody else go for the Dawson gold.”Paige Drobny rubbed herbal oil onto her dogs’ paws next to the baseball diamond in Pelly. Her team was quietly huddled under colorful blankets and sleeping bags. She said her dogs were also hitting their stride. But she still wanted to give them six hours of rest before the run to Dawson.“I’m gonna give them a longer rest here, they probably don’t need it, but with a 200 mile section ahead going to Dawson is just a little more than checkpoint to checkpoint,” Drobny said. “I want to make sure they’re more rested and are able to do what I want them to do when I go out there.”One of Drobny’s young dogs, Chavelle, was helping keep everyone’s spirits up on the trail.“She squeals,” Drobny said. “She was in lead and there was a big hill that was straight up and we had a little lag there when my sled caught up, she started squealing and everyone barreled down and just drug me up the hill.”After Pelly, mushers face the Black Hills, a series of steep climbs culminating in 4,000 foot King Solomon’s Dome, the first big summit of the race. They also have really heavy sleds, packed with 200 miles worth of dog food.Yukon musher Ed Hopkins said it’s important to know your team really well at this point of the race, because you can’t afford to carry your dogs through the next section, if they’re not pulling their own weight.“Well you better make sure you’ve evaluated your team properly between Carmacks and here before you blow through here right?” Hopkins said. “This is your last spot you can actually see vets and have a chance to look over your team and stuff.”Hopkins was still recovering from the last run, when he got thrown off his sled by a chunk of jumble ice on the Yukon River. He didn’t even see it coming.“Maybe I just went over a big chunk of ice, it just offset me, it threw me for a loop, bounced me right out of there, like literally like popcorn,” Hopkins said.Mushers are required to take a 36-hour layover when they get to Dawson. For the first time, they’re allowed to receive outside help from their handlers, and they can finally get some sleep.last_img read more

515 Bangladeshis held in Malaysia

first_imgA total of 1,035 illegal immigrants, including 515 Bangladeshis, were detained in Malaysia in the first day of a nationwide operation to crack down on illegal foreign workers following the passing of the E-Card registration deadline, reported Malaysia based daily The Star on Sunday.Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said, enforcement officers inspected 155 premises across Malaysia, screening 3,393 people, it added.Of those rounded up, he said the majority were from Bangladesh at 515, followed by Indonesia (135), Myanmar (102), the Philippines (50), Thailand (five) and Vietnam (two).The rest were from other countries, he said, adding that those detained included 101 women and three children.“The 16 employers were held for hiring and harbouring illegal foreigners,” he said, adding that Johor had the highest number of those caught, followed by Kelantan.last_img read more

Apple Announces Gaming Subscription Service Apple Arcade

first_imgApple’s subscription service comes as an increasing number of major companies expand or bolster their offering with either monthly subscription services for downloadable games, or services that stream gameplay directly to a variety of devices. While Microsoft and EA have both discussed streaming game services, Google last week beat both to the punch with news of its Stadia gaming service, which it said would be going live this year.The App Store has earned $120 billion for developers worldwide, according to Apple.RELATED CONTENT: ×Steven Spielberg Backs Apple TV+Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpYoung Thug and Lizzo Top the RS Charts | RS Charts News 9/29/1900:58 twitter facebook reddit Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0005:0305:03More Videos00:58Young Thug and Lizzo Top the RS Charts | RS Charts News 9/29/1902:55Emmys: Why Your Favorite Shows Aren’t Nominated02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses04:09Hollywood Celebrities Who Died in 201900:49Wyclef Jean on the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title01:08Naughty by Nature on Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award TitleClose Apple detailed its long-rumored gaming subscription service during a special event it held in Cupertino, California Monday.Apple Arcade is the world’s first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and living room, the company said. With a single subscription, you get access to more than 100 new and exclusive games. The games won’t be on any other mobile platform, according to Apple. The subscription will let you download and play as many of the Apple Arcade games as you want. They all feature cross-play between Apple devices, support family support — so everyone in a family shares the games for one fee — and all of them will be playable offline.Apple Arcade, which hits this fall in 150 countries from a new tab on the App Store across iOS, macOS and tvOS, will be curated by the same Apple team that curates the store. Pricing and further details will be announced later this year. Apple Arcade will launch in fall 2019 in more than 150 countriescenter_img Apple said it will also be contributing to the development costs and working closely with creators to bring the games to life. The service will feature games from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and dozens more.Apple also announced a handful of games coming to the service Monday including “Beyond a Steel Sky,” “Where Cards Fall,” “FANTASIAN,” “Lifelike,” “Overland”, “Little Orpheus,” “The Artful Escape,” “The Pathless,” “ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree,” “LEGO Brawls,” “Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm,” “Sonic Racing,”“Box Project,” “Frogger in Toy Town,” “Projection: First Light,” “Mr. Turtle,” “Enter The Construct,” “Sayonara Wild Hearts,” and “Hot Lava.”“The App Store is the world’s biggest and most successful game platform. Now we are going to take games even further with Apple Arcade, the first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We are working with some of the most innovative game developers in the world to create over 100 new and exclusive games to play across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Apple Arcade games will be great for families, respect user privacy and will not have ads or require any additional purchases. We think players of all ages are going to love Apple Arcade.”Developers interested in being considered for Apple Arcade should visit of the Apple gaming subscription service first hit in January, when Cheddar reported on the premium service. Rumors had it that subscribers would get access to a bundle of paid games from various developers for a set monthly fee.Developers will then receive a cut of the revenue generated from these monthly subscriptions based on how much play time users spent playing their title, a source told Bloomberg. The service will exclude free to play titles that offer in-app purchases, according to the source.Apple is also gearing up to reveal details of its video, TV, and news subscription services, so the addition of a gaming service seems a natural addition.last_img read more

Alien Sex Fetish Speaks to Desire for Novelty

first_img I am not embarrassed to admit I had no idea alien porn is a thing.Alas, “alien porn is a lot of things,” according to Motherboard, which described the fetish as “sometimes … tentacle-based,” while other times “it’s about an abduction fantasy.”“Of course, probing lends itself nicely to the category,” Samantha Cole quipped.AdChoices广告Sex with aliens, I’ve just learned, falls under the exophilia category: the love of extraterrestrial, robotic, supernatural, or otherwise non-human lifeforms. Basically, it’s a sexual form of neophilia (characterized by a strong affinity for novelty).Introduced into the lexicon of sexual pathologies in the 1990s via the book “Extraterrestrial Sex Fetish,” exophilia “tapped into something we didn’t know was there,” author and erotic theorist Supervert said.And that no-longer-hidden desire doesn’t appear to have waned in the decades since: There is no shortage of alien-related pornography—ranging from consensual E.T. sex and abduction fantasies to tentacles, ovipositing, and a whole subgenre of face-huggers.Aliens, it seems, serve as what Cole called “an X factor,” something new and original humans can turn to once all other species have been exhausted.“At its most basic form, alien porn is simply about getting it on with an alien,” she explained, citing a (very NSFW) video in which a costumed actor (wearing massive plastic hand-gloves and an even bigger mask) has their way with a bound-and-gagged naked woman.This isn’t exactly news: In 2015, Vice reported on the emerging (and utterly rank) craze of laying alien eggs inside yourself. Using a dildo that “lays goopy eggs molded from gelatin in the body cavity of your choice,” enthusiasts can replicate the act of being impregnated by something otherworldly.Gross.You don’t even need to type the word “porn” to get your fix of X-rated extraterrestrials. A quick YouTube search reveals scenes like Kim Basinger learning “what is sex” from a sentient purse in My Stepmother is an Alien or the distressing contamination of Brenda by parasite-infected Grant in James Gunn’s debut sci-fi comedy horror film Slither.“What could be less attainable than aliens? To lust after them is to adopt a strange attitude,” Supervert told Motherboard. “Instead of projecting his desire onto an individual, who could cause frustration and pain, the exophile projects it onto a being he knows does not exist.”Sound familiar?“He acknowledges the lack at desire’s heart but simultaneously gives it a face or a dozen arms like a Hindu deity,” Supervert continued. “If it sounds dream-like, with its contradictory levels of awareness and fantastic distortions of form, then we know exactly what Freud would have said about it. Wish fulfillment.”Non-human erotica is all the rage: A sex robot just made its adult film debut as camgirl Cardi-Bot twerks for tips. Also, check out our list of the horniest aliens in the universe, and read more about aliens here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix UniverseThe History of Sexbots in Movies last_img read more

We Are More Envious of Things That Havent Happened Yet

first_imgDo people show the same pattern of responses in relation to real-world events? To find out, O’Brien and coauthors assessed people’s feelings of envy for a peer’s Valentine’s Day date every day during the month of February 2017. In line with the first study, envy grew as February 14 approached, but dropped on February 15 and stayed relatively low the rest of the month. The researchers replicated these patterns in February 2018 with a new group of participants, tracking envy over the course of three key dates: Envy rose from February 13 to February 14 but then dropped on February 15. “There is something of a paradox in our reactions to people whoget to have what we want: It stings less if they already have it,” O’Brien andcolleagues conclude. Previous research has shown that we generally tend to haveheightened emotions about future events than past ones — a party seems moreexciting and an exam feels more stressful if they’re happening tomorrow than ifthey happened yesterday. All data and materials have been made publicly available via the Open Science Framework. This article has received the badges for Open Data, Open Materials, and Preregistration. O’Brien and coauthors Alexander Kristal and Eugene Caruso wantedto know whether the same phenomenon would apply to envy. Envy is an interestingemotion because it can motivate negative outcomes, such as self-dislike, and alsopositive outcomes, such as feeling inspired. Would timing make a difference inhow people experience envy? Interestingly, benign and malicious envy seem to have differenttemporal dynamics. Participants who imagined how they would feel in the daysand weeks after an enviable event reported less malicious envy — including lessfrustration, dislike, and ill will — than did those who imagined their feelingsin the days and weeks leading up to the event. But participants imaginedfeeling similar, or even greater, levels of benign envy — including inspiration,motivation, and liking — when they thought about the event as having passed. “Enviable events lose some power over us once those events are inour past,” says psychological scientist Ed O’Brien of the University of ChicagoBooth School of Business. “This occurs even when people are left to their owndevices — in our studies, we didn’t instruct participants to engage in anyparticular distraction task or coping strategy, yet they still felt better aslong as some time passed.” “More than 500 million people interact daily on social media suchas Facebook, where they disproportionately encounter other people’s bestmoments, promoting a fear of missing out and undermining viewers’ well-being,”the researchers write. We are more envious of someone else’s covetable experience before it happens than after it has passed, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.center_img The results showed that timing, even when thinking abouthypothetical scenarios, mattered. Participants rated the experiences, whichwere otherwise identical, as less enviable after they happened than before theyhappened. It’s possible that knowing this could help us regulate our ownemotions. Findings from a final study showed that imagining looking back on anenvy-inducing event had the strongest effects on people’s well-being, lowering theirfeelings of envy and stress and increasing their positive mood. In the first study, 620 participants — including university students,adults from the local area, and online participants — imagined a close friend gettingto have experiences that the participants desired themselves, such as taking adream vacation, being promoted to a dream job, and buying a dream car. Someimagined how they would feel about the various scenarios in the days and weeksbefore they happened; others imagined how they would feel in the days and weeksafter the events occurred. This is important given that our increasing use of social mediafacilitates social comparison, even with people we will never meet. The researchers hope to extend this research to real-worldcontexts, including social media, and to further explore the differencesbetween benign and malicious envy. Ultimately, the findings reveal that thegreen-eyed monster may diminish with hindsight. “There may be subtle power in the timing of information sharing,”they add. “A status update of ‘All packed for Maui!’ may have more influencethan ‘Back home from Maui!’” “Previous research uniformly suggests that events in the futurewill prompt more extreme reactions because it’s more relevant to pay attentionto things that might still happen to us,” O’Brien says. “But these findingssuggest that the passing of time may be particularly linked with reducing theintensity of negative experiences, rather than reducing the intensity of allexperiences.”last_img read more

21 artists inspired by local cultures

first_imgArt Spice, the luxurious art gallery at a five star deluxe hotel, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa presented the inauguration ceremony of a beguiling group exhibition “Songs of India”. Over some of the finest wines and hors d’oeuvres, the incandescent event at the capital was attended by high profile personalities and dignitaries from various fields including designer Anupamaa Dayal, Jatin Kochhar, artist Neeraj Gupta and Ruchi Chadha, Gudmun Dur Eiriksson, Executive Director, Jindal Global Law School, amongst others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf “Songs of India” a group exhibition by 21 Indian artists brings to you vivid artworks of India’s heritage which is changing the face of society. As Indian art goes truly global, Indian artists have tried to explore recent trends that delve deeply into symbols and expressions embedded in local culture. The illustrious artists participating include Seema Kohli, Shyamal Mukherjee, P Gnana, Bhaskar Rao, Sanjay Soni, D.V.S. Krishna, K Ravi, Manu Parekh, Pramod MV, Sreekanth Kuruva, Ramesh Gorjala, Dharmendra Rathore and many more. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Speaking on the occasion, Babita Gupta, Director, Art Spice Gallery said, “We live in a diverse land, with different cultures and various ideologies. The multiplicity of existence is what makes the world distinctive and beautiful. Indian artists have traditionally taken inspiration from the philosophical thought that the absolute cannot be created nor destroyed but it can only be felt and understood. Bringing all these elements together through a show is my main idea.”The exhibition is on view till May 13.last_img read more