Friday, September 12, 2014

Inside the Apple Watch: the Tech Behind Apple's New Wearable...

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Apple finally took the wraps off its much-rumored Apple Watch on Tuesday, showing off features and functions on the wrist-mounted device, which is poised to shake up the growing wearables industry.
Although the Apple Watch won't be available until early 2015, and there were limited opportunities for even those at the event to touch the device, the technology contained in the Apple Watch is, at first blush, pretty impressive. Let's take a look at what we know so far.

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The Digital Crown on the Apple Watch is something of a throwback as it's a return to the physical rotation mobile controller we saw on the original iPod. In that respect, it almost seems like the Digital Crown is a first-generation curio, destined to be replaced in future iterations.

Ex-FBI Director to Review NFL's Handling of Ray Rice Case?

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NEW YORK — The NFL says former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement Wednesday that the investigation will be overseen by NFL owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Goodell said that Mueller will have access to all NFL records.
The NFL's announcement came after a law enforcement official told the AP on condition of anonymity that he sent a tape of Rice striking his then-fiancee at a casino to an NFL executive in April. Goodell has maintained that no one at the league had seen the tape prior to Monday, when it went viral online.

(Video) Ellen Degeneres Twerking With Nicki Minaj?

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

R.I.P: Joan Rivers Dies at 81

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Joan Rivers, a raucous and often-ubiquitous comedic presence on TV and nightclubs since the 1960s, has died. She was 81. 

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," daughter Melissa said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. 

"She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated." 

"My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon." 

Rivers stopped breathing during a surgical procedure last week on her vocal cords and had to be rushed from the clinic to Mount Sinai Hospital. 

Her daughter, Melissa immediately flew from Los Angeles to the Manhattan medical facility, where Joan reportedly had been placed in a medically induced coma

Signs You’re In An Abusive Relationship...


Love Lesson: Love Does Not Equal Violence

I receive enough letters from women in abusive relationships that I will be hosting a healing workshop this fall in Philadelphia. Most of these letters ask for advice and next steps. Increasingly, I have also been receiving letters from women who are seeking advice on whether they are being abused or not. This makes sense as partner violence can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, and verbal abuse. We are clear that if someone has physically hit us that we are being abused but there are more insidious ways that abusers strike.
In a past column we had Reverend Kia Granberry share her experience with an abusive relationship. So is it possible to be a woman with seemingly healthy self-esteem to be in an abusive relationship? Absolutely. The reasons why this may happen range from you genuinely wanting to help someone to being so caught up in the positives about a person that you overlook the glaring negatives. However, it is not possible to stay in such a relationship and maintain healthy self-esteem.
This abuse has also been called domestic violence, intimate partner violence, spousal abuse, teen dating violence or family violence. No matter the name or the situation, this is extremely serious.
Please note: I am using the pronoun he to refer to the abuser but abusers can be any gender in relationships of any orientation.

Racism Still Alive: White Girl In Blackface, On Twitter...


We’re not sure if we’re the only site to receive an email from “Sara”, the white girl who was chased off of Twitter after posing in blackface, but we know we weren’t the only site to post about the fiasco.
In an attempt to clear her name, “Sara” or someone with “Sara’s” best interests in mind, is now requesting to have her photo removed from the site because, well, just read her email below:
The photo you are using for your post is illegal under Section 512 of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, considering it is an unsolicited photo of myself posted without my consent or even my parents consent considering I am a minor. I would like it removed immediately, before I have to get my attorney involved. I am issuing a takedown notice under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. I would also like to present that I did not understand the cultural significance of “blackface” and I had innocent intentions. I don’t think it is worth ruining my chances of going to college someday.
Thank you!

Tumblr Users React Below:

"I hope black Twitter continues exposing racists"
"white girls seem to be a hive mind when it comes to shit like this. do racist thing for laughs+dont get as many laughs as they like= defend racist action and demand people feel bad for them"
"Fuck this puta. I hope her ass doesn’t even get into clown college."

"A White Person Can Do Any Terrible Crime And Still Have A TV/Movie Fanbase That Loves Them." ?

"Take a facet of crime, and then look at television shows/movies that feature those criminals as protagonists."

White mobs.
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White pirates.

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White serial killers.
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"I mostly want to talk about this as a TV phenomenon, but pick a crime, any crime, and Western media has probably made a movie/TV series/play/etc. with a white person that romanticizes the criminal activity. No matter what, a white person can do whatever terrible crimes and still have a TV/movie fanbase that loves them.
When you see black or brown people committing crimes on screen, you are to see them thugs and criminal masterminds and people to be beat down.
When you see white people committing crimes on screen, you see a three-dimensional portrait of why someone might commit that crime, how criminals are people too, and how you should even love them for the crimes that they commit because they’re just providing for their families or they’ve wronged or they’re just people and not perfect. This is particularly a luxury given to white male characters, since there few white female criminals as protagonists.
If and of the above shows were about black or brown folks, there would be a backlash of (white) people claiming that TV and movies are romanticizing criminals and are treating them too much like heroes and that it will affect viewers and encourage violence and “thuggish” behavior. And yet fictional white criminals get to have a deep fanbase who loves these white criminals, receive accolades and awards, get called amazing television that portray the complexities of human nature. Viewers of these characters see past the atrocious crimes and into their humanity, a luxury that white characters always have while characters of color rarely do. The closest that mainstream TV has come to showing black criminals as main characters is probably The Wire, and even then, the criminals share equal screen time and equal status as main characters as the police trying to stop them.
The idea that crime can be so heavily romanticized and glorified to such a degree is undoubtedly a privilege given to white characters. The next time you hear someone talk about Dexter Morgan or Walter White in a positive way, it may be an opportunity to rethink how white people can always able to be seen as people no matter what they do, while everyone else can be boiled down to nothing but a criminal.
I always felt extremely uncomfortable with this trope because, not only is it racist, but it tends to feed into the already too common propensity society has to humanize, romanticize and exonerate irrevocably terrible white men. Like if you’re a white man and you commit awful crimes, you will likely go down in history as a legendary celebrity and historical figure."


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Little Rascals Have Recreated Their Classic Movie Cover Twenty Years Later?!


Everyone's favorite gang from 1994 redid their original movie poster, and it's pretty much perfect. The Little Rascals ain't so little anymore. 


Just as a reminder, here's all The Little Rascals Then and Now:


Monday, September 1, 2014

Ferguson Police Slammed With $40 Million Lawsuit?

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Several people filed a $40 million federal lawsuit against Ferguson police, St. Louis County Police and a slew of other defendants on Thursday, alleging that their civil rights were violated during police assaults and arrests that took place during the unrest that shook the St. Louis, Missouri, suburb after a white officer killed an unarmed black teenager.
According to news reports, the lawsuit, submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, claims that law enforcement responding to public dissent over the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown, 18, treated protesters as if they were war combatants.
The militaristic response to protests, which included tanks and tear gas, was met with even more protests. Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol was put in charge. The Missouri National Guard and law enforcement from surrounding areas descended on the city of about 21,000, as protests raged on West Florissant Avenue.
Each of the plaintiffs, including a 17-year-old, experienced police misconduct between Aug. 11 to 13, according to Reuters. The lawsuit was filed against Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, Ferguson police officer Justin Cosma, the city of Ferguson and St. Louis County. Several unnamed officers have also been sued.
Plaintiff Tracey White said she and her son, a high-school junior, were waiting for a ride from her husband at a West Florissant Avenue McDonald's after attending an Aug. 13 "peace and love" rally at a Ferguson church, when several rifle-carrying officers told her she was being arrested because she would not "shut up."
Police detained White and her son for five hours at a county jail for failing to disperse.
"It was so horrifying," she said. "We did nothing wrong."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

iWatch to Launch With New iPhone in September?

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In the weeks leading up to the Apple event, reportedly scheduled for Sept. 9, most speculation has revolved around the debut of a new iPhone. But a new report adds to long-standing rumors that we will finally see an iWatch at the event, too.
Re/code claims that Apple will unveil a wearable device alongside two new versions of the iPhone.
With no leaked images of the device (now a common occurrence with new iPhone models), some observers had begun to believe rumors of a delay in the roll out of the device, and that 2014 would see no Apple wearable.
While no details have leaked out about the wearable's looks, the report also goes on to claim that the device will be integrated with HealthKit and HomeKit.
Apple itself still hasn't confirmed that it will produce a wearable. But the company's CEO, Tim Cook, has hinted in recent earnings calls that the company would be breaking into new categories this year.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF: The F Word (Fuck)


It's "one of the most graphic, explicit and vulgar words in the English language," U.S. Solicitor General Gregory Garre proclaimed last fall, when the Supreme Court launched hearings on Federal Communications Commission v. Fox. If TV networks have their way, Garre argued in his opening statement on behalf of the FCC, it won't be long before Americans hear "Big Bird dropping the F-bomb on Sesame Street."
Looks like Garre needn't worry about puppet profanity. On April 28, the Supreme Court upheld the FCC policy of fining "fleeting expletives" like the one used by U2 front man Bono during his acceptance speech at the 2003 Golden Globes ("This is really, really bleeping brilliant"), to which the agency will no longer turn a blind eye — or deaf ear. Henceforth, stations both big and small can be fined as much as $325,000 for airing a single accidental (or deliberate) slip of the tongue during live prime-time broadcasts.
The court's 5-4 ruling, however, did not address whether the FCC's "safe haven" crackdown violates First Amendment rights. The Justices — who heard arguments for several months without ever uttering the controversial expression — instead referred that question to a New York federal appeals court. Seems the F word was too powerful, even for them.
First printed in a Scottish poem in 1503, the ancient and awesomely powerful F-bomb continues to mystify lexicographers. Rumors persist that legal acronyms spawned the obscenity in question ("Fornication Under Consent of the King" or the Irish police-blotter inscription "booked For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge"), though the modern-day phrase has been traced to a number of etymological origins: Middle Dutch (fokken), Germanic (ficken), English (firk), Scottish (fukkit). Even the Latin terms futuerre ("to copulate") and pungo ("to prick") bear a striking resemblance to the four-letter word. Of course, its original definition linking sex with violence and pleasure with pain has broadened considerably in the past 500 years.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Short Film: "About Last Night #Ferguson"


Sprint vs. T-Mobile? New Mobile Price War...

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Just weeks after talk of a merger between the two carriers fell through, the price battle betweenSprint and T-Mobile is heating up again.
On Thursday, Sprint rolled out its $60-per-month unlimited data plan. The same day, T-Mobile released its Simple Choice plan, which gives a year's worth of unlimited data to both current customers who reel in new subscribers from other carriers and the new subscribers themselves. T-Mobile's unlimited data plan is priced at $80 per month.
In addition to the new data plan, Sprint also officially launched Sprint Spark. The 4G service — first announced in June — is intended to increase download and streaming speeds.
John Legere, T-Mobile's notoriously outspoken CEO, unleashed a barrage of tweets Thursday condemning Sprint's data deal:

Video: G-Unit Takes A Stand Against Police Brutality?! #AhhhShit

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Donate: Feed the Students of Ferguson!?!


It has been amazing to see the work being done in the Ferguson community to make sure that kids and families that are in need of food assistance are getting the help they need.  
At the Foodbank, we have been concentrating our efforts on providing food assistance to the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Community Resource Drop-In Center at the Dellwood  Recreation Center (10266 W. Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63136).  To date, we have delivered more than 14,000 pounds of food to be distributed to kids and families affected by the unrest in Ferguson.
On Saturday, August 23 and into the early part of the next week, we are using our Foodbank trucks to pick up donations of food, personal care items, school supplies and cleaning supplies from area businesses that will be delivered directly to the Community Resource Drop-In Center. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Petition: Suspend the Weapons Transfer Program that is Militarizing Police!

Suspend the Weapons Transfer Program that is Militarizing Police

Our police officers are not our military. Yet military weapons meant for battlefields like the ones I served on as an Army Officer in the Gulf War are being transferred to local police departments around the country. Put simply, these weapons are not intended for local policing and often result in escalating - not solving - situations. We’re seeing this right now in Ferguson, Missouri.
Many of the weapons being sent to small police departments are coming directly from the Pentagon through the 1033 Weapons Transfer Program. Since its creation, at least $4 billion worth of equipment has been distributed to local police departments through this program.
Thankfully, the Senate Armed Services Committee is reviewing the Weapons Transfer Program to evaluate how these weapons are being used. However, there’s no reason to continue sending weapons through the program while it's under review. So I’m calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to temporarily suspend the 1033 Weapons Transfer Program - something he has the power to do
When local police departments have access to armored personnel carriers, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, M-4 rifles, assault rifles, rubber bullets and pepper spray rounds - we’re clearly seeing the militarization of local law enforcement. But police officers are not at war with American citizens - they are here to serve and protect us. But it only makes sense that if we arm them like soldiers going into battle, they will act like soldiers.
As a veteran and executive director of Veterans For Peace, I don't want to see our police militarized here at home. And I know many other troops and veterans agree. 
The program has been suspended before in 2012, when some states actually lost track of military equipment. You read that correctly, these battlefield weapons have actually gone missing before. Yet the program was quietly restarted in 2013. It’s clearly time for a moratorium on the 1033 program while it is under review.

JEEZY ARRESTED; HELD ON $1 MILLION BAIL?

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Jeezy was arrested over the weekend following the backstage murder at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco. When a search warrant was executed on his tour bus at the next tour stop in Irvine, CA, authorities found an assault rifle. According to TMZ he’s currently in custody on $1 million bail.

Monday, August 18, 2014

(Audio) 50 Cent & G-Unit Address The Mike Brown Situation On Their New Song?!

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You Will Soon Be Able to Text 911 for Help?!

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In a move that brings emergency services into the 21st century, you'll soon be able to text 911 for urgent assistance.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a ruling that requires all cellular service providers to make texting 911 a possibility for its customers. The requirement will not only help save lives — especially in situations where a voice call might not be possible — it will also give those who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities a better way to get immediate assistance.
The rules apply to wireless carries (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) as well as "interconnected" text messaging providers that allow users to send texts to and from U.S. phone numbers. However, it doesn't apply to messaging apps that only support "communications among users of games or social media."

Ferguson Officer/Mike Brown Killer 'Darren Wilson' Left Town ‘Days Ago’ ?!



While police, armed and armored to the hilt, staged a paramilitary operation in Ferguson, Missouri this week, the officer who started it all had already left town. Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran who shot and killed Michael Brown on Saturday, was nowhere to be found when USA Today reporters visited his home in Crestwood, Missouri today. A police officer stationed in front of Wilson’s home told the paper that “Wilson and his family left days ago,” USA Today reported.
Yamiche Alcindor, Marisol Bello and Aamer Madhani reported for USA Today:
A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said that Wilson had moved into the neighborhood less than a year ago. She described him as ” tall and slim” and that she would see him walking his dog in the neighborhood of mostly single-story brick homes. She said she didn’t know he was the cop until this morning when Crestwood police informed residents that he was involved and the neighborhood would be getting attention.
Another neighbor, Ron Gorski, said he hopes Wilson gets a fair break.
“He’s a young guy,” Gorski said of Wilson. “Things happen and it’s a complicated situation. I feel for the family and the entire country.”
Complicated, sure. If police response thus far has been any indication, Wilson’s neighbors ought to be more concerned about the “fair break” Brown and his family and community will get.

Need A Job?! 200+ Job Openings in Digital Marketing, Video, Ads and More...


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Company: MTV
Location: New York, New York

MTV is seeking a digital site producer to support an upcoming live music event. This position would start immediately and continue through the end of October, 2014.
Company: Vitamix
Location: Cleveland, Ohio

The International Digital Marketing Manager is responsible for developing and implementing digital go-to-market strategies that build awareness and preference for the brand while achieving core business objectives through the online channel (e.g. websites, websites, social media, digital media, etc.) for our international markets.
Company: Bloomberg Media
Location: New York, New York

Bloomberg Media is seeking an experienced video producer to work on short-form editorial packages that will run across the Bloomberg digital network as well as Bloomberg Television. In this position, the Digital Producer will work as a "preditor"—pitching, booking, shooting, writing and editing stories both in the field and with existing video.
Company: Platfora
Location: San Mateo, California

You will play a key role in supporting our customers’ objectives through accelerating the adoption and deployment of Platfora as we enable them to answer their most challenging Big Data questions. Your goal will be to increase user adoption, enhance and develop new use cases and increase Platfora usage across the enterprise.
Position: Sales Manager
Company: Daily Mail 
Location: New York, New York

The Daily Mail, the world’s biggest English language newspaper website, is looking to add exceptional digital sales professionals to its U.S. teams in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Responsibilities of the Sales Manager is to Significantly growing sales revenue for Daily Mail, establish strong relationships with clients and agency teams, and build new business.
Company: Time Inc.
Location: New York, New York

Working in the two hottest areas in digital media, you will enhance and implement the latest native and social media advertising opportunities across Time Inc.’s iconic titles. You will marry art with science, leveraging Time Inc. content and data capabilities with the latest technology improvements as well as media optimization technologies to deliver multi-platform advertising solutions that engage audiences and drive measurable results for our clients.
Company: The Rockefeller Foundation
Location: New York, New York

The Digital Assets Manager position is a temporary, full-time role (six month fixed term) that will work with the digital team and others across the Foundation to assist with the Rockefeller Foundation’s ambitious digital overhaul. The Digital Assets Manager will create the infrastructure of the Foundation’s new digital assets management (DAM) platform and lead efforts in migrating and organizing media to meet the standards of the system.
Company: The 88
Location: New York, New York

We are seeking a social media manager, ideally with 1-2 year's experience in a relevant field. Must be extremely organized, detail-oriented, creative (copyediting and a good visual eye are essential), and able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
Company: DermStore Beauty Group
Location: El Segundo, California

As a Technology Support Specialist you will play a critical role in the resolution of DermStore technology related issues and work closely with key partners at DermStore and Target TTS to achieve this. With a strong understanding of the DermStore business you will be able relate problems to business impacts and be a liaison for solving various technology issues, including those related to integration with Target.
Company: The Ad Council 
Location: New York, New York

We are searching for a Manager of Digital Insights in our New York office to help us analyze social media and web data, providing strategic recommendations to extend the impact of our campaigns. We are looking for someone who can not only collect and analyze data, but who can communicate insights and recommendations in a compelling way to non-experts.

Check out more career opportunities on the Mashable Job Board. New positions are posted daily, ranging from entry-level to C-suite positions.

Kanye West and Paul McCartney Come Together for Possible Album?

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Who's the walrus now?
The New York Post's Page Six reports that Kanye West has secretly been recording tracks with Paul McCartney "that could develop into an album," and if anything ever comes of it, we'd love to be a fly on the wall for the moment when they decide who gets top billing.
West showed up for Sir Paul's show in Los Angeles last week, and Page Six says the Beatle has said he wants to work with a rapper. So it must be true!
Making it not seem so true: Page Six says one track that's coming along nicely is called “Piss on My Grave.” Still time to change that one, fellas.
There's a Wikipedia page's worth of precedent for McCartney working with fellow megastar musicians in duets and collaborations. "Ebony and Ivory" was just one of two songs McCartney did with Stevie Wonder on the 1982 release "Tug of War," and people tend to forget that Sir Paul was on Michael Jackson's Thriller with "The Girl is Mine."
He's also done duets with Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, George Michael, Brian Wilson and others.
But we're not saying he's a gold-digger.