A University of Pittsburgh researcher accidentally infected herself with the Zika virus. While conducting a lab experiment with the virus on May 23, the researcher pricked herself with a needle. Nine days later, she started experiencing symptoms, including a fever. She later tested positive for Zika, CNN reports. Since then, her symptoms have resolved, the…
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Light pollution prevents a third of the world’s population from seeing the Milky Way from their homes, according to new research. Researchers behind the study, published in the journal Science Advances, found that 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans cannot see the Milky Way. Light pollution, most common in densely populated urban…
Climate change contributed significantly to the likelihood of the flooding that inundated Paris and other European cities at the end of last month, according to a new analysis. The research, conducted by scientists in the World Weather Attribution (WWA) partnership, found that the likelihood of a three-day extreme rainfall event had increased by 90% along…
When it comes to exercise, for most people the question isn’t whether you should do it, but how much activity you need to improve your health. In the latest study published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers take a closer look at how jobs…
Singer Christina Grimmie—who was fatally shot after a Florida performance on Friday—got her start as a YouTube star, but she became most famous as a contestant on The Voice in 2014. In her audition for the show, Grimmie sang a rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” earning the attention of each of the show’s celebrity…
When Office 365 Home, Personal, and University were introduced, you had to always be online to install your office desktop apps. Once they were installed, however, you could go offline and still use those apps. But always relying on an online installer can be difficult for places with slow or unreliable internet connection. But now, Microsoft offers you the ability to install your Office apps offline. Offline installers help users with poor internet connection get going quickly. It is also useful for those who want to quickly set up their Office applications on multiple PCs in batch, over a network for instance. Here’s how to grab an offline copy of Microsoft Office 2016 if you are an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscriber.
(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Orlando Police say they are responding to a shooting at a nightclub in southern Florida. A post on the department’s official Twitter account early Sunday morning says “multiple injuries” have been reported following the incident at the Pulse Orlando nightclub near Orange and Kaley avenue. The department also advises people to “stay…
1) Schedule things that make you happy
You often schedule things that are “important”, but what about the things that make you happy? Activities on your calendar are more likely to be the things you do. So be as good about scheduling the personal as the professional.
From my interview with Stanford happiness researcher Jennifer Aaker:
…people who spend more time on projects that energize them and with people who energize them tend to be happier. However, what is interesting is that there is often a gap between where people say they want to spend their time and how they actually spend their time. For example, if you ask people to list the projects that energize (vs. deplete) them, and what people energize (vs. deplete them), and then monitor how they actually spend their time, you find a large percentage know what projects and people energize them, but do not…
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In the television business, there’s a lot of focus on the individualization of the media landscape. Nielsen recently noted “today, content is delivered and consumed through competing delivery platforms, networks and screens. Never before have we seen this level of fragmentation.” Amid this talk of fragmentation, there’s the undercurrent of individualism: everyone wants to experience media in their own way, on their own time. But is this individualism really what will drive media consumption in the future? I think not.
What will drive media consumption in 2015 and beyond is the opportunity media offers to be a part of a larger community.
Human beings are social animals. From the time our earliest ancestors walked the earth, they gathered together and told stories around the fire. More recently, we’ve gathered around the television to share our collective experience. For more than a half century, the box in the living room has…
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Many of us who have used this time of year to turn our bodies around have fallen into the same cycle of failure: We’re frustrated with our size or weight, we vow that this is the year of skinny jeans, and we promise to skip the daily fataccinos.
On January 1, we’re all in. I’m going to do it! A month, a week, or a day later, we’ve backed out. Helloooo double-decker corned beef! To avoid the same fate in ’15, use these tactics while creating your diet and exercise declarations.
- Nowadays, the word “resolution” almost comes with the understanding that you’re going to fizzle out by February. Better to re-frame the process and call it a goal. Or give it a life of its own with a name, like Operation Less-Jiggle, or The 2015 Strategic Body Re-Engineering Implementation Strategy, or Fred.
- Vague platitudes (“lose some weight”) are less effective…
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Oil prices jumped as markets opened on Monday morning, after falling during two consecutive sessions, after ongoing hostilities between militants and government forces stoked concerns about crude supplies from the North African nation.
Fighting in Sidra late last week was responsible for causing a fire at one of the country’s main export terminals, resulting in the destruction of 800,000 barrels of crude, according to Reuters.
Over the weekend, the central government struck back at militant fighters in retaliation, launching air raids over the city of Misrata, where one of the country’s strongest rebel groups is based, reported the BBC.
Libya has been in a state of perennial instability since the overthrow and murder of former strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Rescue helicopters continued to pluck passengers off a burning Italian ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea on Monday after the craft burst into flames more than 24 hours previously.
At least 251 passengers were safely removed from the Norman Atlantic ferry as of Monday morning, but another 227 are still onboard according to CNN. One person was killed after he fell or jumped overboard. Another two people have been injured.
Poor weather conditions and choppy seas have reportedly slowed rescue efforts being carried out by Italian and Greek authorities.
“It will be a very difficult night. A night in which we hope we will be able to rescue all on board,” said Greek Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, according to the Associated Press.
Medical personnel have been dropped on to the ferry to treat passengers who are believed to be suffering from hypothermia as they wait for rescuers to…
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Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys just received the greatest gift: a baby!
Son Genesis Ali Dean was born at 1:52 a.m., weighing 6 lbs., 5 oz.
“The joy of joy is joy!! It’s a boy,” Keys, 33, and Beatz, 36, wrote simultaneously. “We are so grateful!! #blessings!!”
“I think he’s super excited because he’s not going to be the youngest anymore,” Keys told PEOPLE in October. “He’s always kissing my belly.”
The mom-to-be and fashion designer Beatz — who is also dad to daughter Nicole and sons Prince Nasir and Kasseem from previous relationships — announced in July that they were
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New Year’s is a time for resolutions. But resolving requires introspection, something—despite reams of studies, reports and commissions—the U.S. national-security complex seems incapable of doing.
Too often, that’s because partisanship comes into play. As a rule, Republicans want a muscular national-security strategy, with the robust and more costly military that requires. Democrats tend to want the opposite. Those in charge routinely confirm the status quo as if on auto-pilot.
Given that this debate has teeter-tottered since the end of the Cold War, a quarter-century ago, without resolution, perhaps it’s time to ask a different question: is the U.S. military spending its money on the right stuff?
For the sake of argument, let’s pretend spending something around 4% of the nation’s gross domestic product makes sense (the CIA pegs it at 4.35% for 2012; many calculations exclude costs like nuclear warheads and veterans). We can debate the top line another day.
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A San Francisco Bay-area high school has banned another high school from sending teams to its basketball tournament over fears that players would wear shirts emblazoned with the phrase “I Can’t Breathe.”
“I Can’t Breathe,” the last words of Staten Island man Eric Garner, who died in an apparent police chokehold, has become the cry of a movement protesting the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of the police. Professional athletes, including basketball star LeBron James, have worn “I Can’t Breathe” shirts in protest.
The boys basketball team from Mendocino High School was later allowed to rejoin the competition at Fort Bragg High School after players agreed not to wear the shirts, according to the Associated Press. The girls basketball team at Mendocino High School refused to agree to the terms.
The principal of Fort Bragg, Rebecca Walker, told the AP that shirts had been banned for…
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Over 2 million people have purchased or rented The Interview since it started streaming on December 24th, according to an announcement from Sony Pictures Entertainment (via Business Insider.)
The Interview raked in $15 million in online sales through Saturday night, which is five times larger than the $2.8 million weekend box office generated by the film’s limited release in 331 independent theaters.
The slapstick farce about North Korea starring James Franco and Seth Rogen is available from YouTube, Google Play, Xbox Video, and Sony’s own website. It costs $14.99 to buy and $5.99 to rent.
Apple also started selling The Interview on the iTunes store on Sunday. Its newfound availability on iTunes will make it easier for people with an Apple TV to watch the movie — previously, users had to purchase the movie on a computer or phone before watching it on their [company]Apple[/company] TV.
For a dumb comedy, The Interview has certainly had…
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The Interview will be available for download on iTunes, Apple announced Sunday. The platform joins Google Play, YouTube and XBox in offering the previously-cancelled movie.
“We’re pleased to offer ‘The Interview’ for rental or purchase on the iTunes Store,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told Reuters in a statement.
Though the film has largely been panned by critics, the movie’s stars remain upbeat about it on Twitter and elsewhere. The lead actors, James Franco and Seth Rogen, prepared to live tweet a viewing of the movie at 5 p.m. EST time.
The Interview, which had its release cancelled amid threats to attack theaters that…
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Hackers said Friday that they leaked data associated with 13,000 accounts on Amazon, XBox Live and other sites. The hackers, who claim an affiliation with the group Anonymous, reportedly uploaded a now-removed document with credit card numbers, passwords and other data to the site GhostBin.
There’s little information about how the hackers actually obtained the personal data. The small scale of the hack, 13,000 accounts compared with millions in other recent databreaches, suggests that it may have targeted Internet users directly rather than through the companies where they had accounts. Additionally, Amazon and Microsoft, the maker of XBox Live, both denied that at a hack occurred on their end in a statement to The Wrap.
Regardless, even if the 13,000 figure pales in comparison to the hundreds of millions of people who use these sites, the news should underscore how important it is to change your passwords
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2014 was the year in which both Microsoft and Google got serious about their public cloud options and taking on Amazon Web Services directly with their own Infrastructure as a Service and associated services.
That both of these companies have extremely deep pockets is not lost on the market leader AWS which continues to roll out new, and higher-level services frequently. If you’re a cloud deployer or would-be cloud deployer, AWS Re:Invent is a must-attend event.
Long story short: [company]Google[/company] and [company]Microsoft[/company] have made huge strides, but AWS, with its 8-year head start, remains the cloud to beat. It’s a good time to be a cloud customer provided you can track the dueling product releases and price cuts and can manage to keep yourself out of the vendor lock-in that afflicted many IT shops in the past few decades.
Cybersecurity fears grow
The counterpoint to all of the above is that 2014 was…
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Flooding in Malaysia and Thailand has killed 24 people and left nearly 160,000 homeless since mid-December, in the deadliest regional flood season in a decade, according to recent reports.
Malaysian authorities said the rain is expected to last at least another week, Reuters reported.
The death total includes 10 in Malaysia and 14 in Southern Thailand.
The news comes as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visited sites of the flooding following his return from Hawaii on Friday. Razak had been criticized for playing golf with U.S. President Barack Obama during the floods.
The 90-minute program on the Oprah Winfrey Network, which also included a one-on-one with Sam and Winfrey, was the the former St. Louis Rams draft pick’s first TV appearance since being cut by the Dallas Cowboys from their practice squad in October. Sam signed with Dallas after he was part of the Rams’ final round of training camp cuts.
Sam said that while he knew coming out was the right decision, his preference was to tell the team that drafted him before the news became public.
“It didn’t need to be public,” Sam said, according to the Associated Press. “Why do gay people have to do it?”
The documentary also discusses what Sam called “the infamous kiss” TV cameras captured between he and…
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For most organizations, building a modern-day cloud application that rivals something as clean and fast as Uber or Facebook is, obviously, not an easy-to-do task. The art of crafting a responsive app that’s able to load up and transmit data in real time demands a developer team that’s skilled in multiple web frameworks and languages like Angular.js, Node.js and PHP.
“It’s a fresh design to how to build modern architecture out…
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Astronaut Alexander Gerst’s stunning images from space have been joined together to form a practically seamless timelapse video.
The 12,5000 images Gerst captured while traveling aboard the International Space Station were turned into this stunning video that offers a birds-eye view of massive storms, auroras, and the world a-glow after dark. Gerst was aboard the ISS from May to November 2014.
In November, when Dutchman Martin Wisjeimer became the first man to inject Bitcoin keys inside his hands, he captured the spirit of payments in 2015. Will others be crazy enough to try this? Maybe not, but many are going to try out new ways to pay. 2015 will be the “experimenting in college” years for shoppers.
Merchants will hit shoppers with options they never had before, and shoppers are going to try it all out because … why not? Waving your iPhone 6 in front of a NFC sensor to pay for stuff is entertaining and it makes good conversation during the holidays. If your sister-in-law bought you a bottle of wine with [company]Apple[/company] Pay, I promise you’re going to hear all about it. Personally, I arrived late to a meeting the day Apple Pay launched because I was eager to test it out. When I use Apple Pay at [company]Whole Foods[/company], [company]McDonald’s[/company] and [company]Walgreens[/company], other people in line are…
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So far, Facebook has directly apologized to at least one person for whom the Year-in-Review post brought back painful memories from 2014.
Years can be full of ups and downs, but the algorithm Facebook used to highlight accounts’ most-liked photos didn’t allow users to choose which photos they want to highlight–eliminating the chance to leave out pictures people may not have wanted to be reminded were there.
Writer and web design consultant Eric Meyer wrote in a blog post that because he lost his six-year-old daughter to brain cancer in 2014, his year hadn’t been “great,” as the uniform Facebook post declared.
“For those of us who lived through the death of loved ones, or spent extended time in the hospital, or were hit by divorce or losing a job or any one of a hundred crises, we might not want another look at this past year,” Meyer wrote…
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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released a reflective new song this week, titled “You Won’t Like Me When I’m Angry,” that’s available at a price of pay-what-you-want.
The song follows Yorke’s LP being made available via Bandcamp months after its September Bit Torrent-only release.
Saturday morning, Yorke tweeted lyrics to the sleepy song which borrows its title from the Incredible Hulk’s tagline.
h/t Rolling Stone
Bad news if there was an Xbox or Playstation under the tree this Christmas Day: You won’t likely get to use either console online for a bit. Why? Both system networks are experiencing issues, reportedly due to a denial of service attack, says Neowin.
[company]Sony[/company] indicated on Twitter that it is aware of an issue that’s impacting its network:
A search on Twitter for “Playstation network” shows that at time of writing, there are many people impacted and complaining. The same can be said for [company]Microsoft[/company]’s Xbox Live service; here’s one example I found on Twitter:
I also checked
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