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Windows Phone users -- put down those cheeseburgers and pick up a Fitbit
Being a tech enthusiast is usually synonymous with being out of shape. Thinking back to the movie Revenge of the Nerds, it was clear that computer users were weaklings. As time marched on from the 80's, tech nerds went from simply being weak, to being fat too. Yes, we tech nerds like to sit in chairs and eat bad food. Of course, I'm generalizing; I am positive there are physically fit computer nerds. With that said, I have not encountered many. Thanks to the smartphone, technology has become more and more mainstream and simple to use. An iPhone or Android device is in… [Continue Reading]

Queen of the selfie (and the unibrow)
60 years after her death, why do women draw unibrows on their faces to look like Frida Kahlo?

Flares, explosions, gunfire in Gaza
Israel and Palestinians traded blame after a blast at refugee camp that Gaza officials said killed 10. A hospital also was hit. Five Israeli soldiers died Monday.

What did in the dinosaurs? That giant asteroid (or comet) had accomplices. - Christian Science Monitor

What did in the dinosaurs? That giant asteroid (or comet) had accomplices.

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Climate change, changing sea levels, and volcanic activity severely undermined the environment for dinosaurs, even before a large impactor smashed into Earth, scientists say. By Pete Spotts, Staff writer July 28, 2014. close. This artist's depicts a major ...
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Shouldn't that second one be "xyr", not "xyrs"?
Practice with Pronouns is a site that lets you practise subject, object, possessive, and reflexive forms of English third person pronouns. It comes with a few of the most common options, but you can also fill in whatever pronouns you like. Useful for both English learners and people wanting to practise using nonbinary pronouns.
As if it couldn't get any more delightful, it often uses quotes from Welcome to Night Vale in the practice sentences, which is definitely far more entertaining than See Spot Run. The feedback sentences are also very cute.

(Hm, I'm pretty sure the second blank in that screenshot should have said "xyr", in retrospect.)
via All Things Linguistic

Useful resources for participating in discussion of nonbinary identity and pronouns: Ohio U's Trans 101* : Primer and Vocabulary guide; GLAAD's Transgender Media and Education Program guide.

Pronouns, previously: Yo is a pronoun, yo.; Why is gender ever a thing?; Growing up without gendered pronouns

The Traveling Photographer's Fully Loaded Bags

What people carry around with them every day is great, but sometimes it's nice to see what people need for more extended stays. Case in point, photographer Romain shares his loadout for a two week photography trip with Everyday Carry.


A year of pop culture chaos
We had joy. We had fun. We had loathing.

What's on your HDTV: 'Sharknado 2', 'Twin Peaks' Blu-ray, TLoU and NFL

Syfy is going to try to capture social media lightning in a bottle one more time, with the sequel to last summer's bad-but-popular Sharknado. We're not exactly sure what Sharknado 2: The Second One is about but suspect has some combination of sharks...

Family sues in Georgia gym death
The family of Kendrick Johnson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against school officials claiming their lack of action led to his death at the hands of another student.

Judge OKs sale of NBA's Clippers
A deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for an NBA record price may move forward, a California probate judge ruled Monday.

Why Was Comic-Con So Stingy With Movie News? Here's the Deal

At Comic-Con, no news is not good news.

Before this year's nerd prom I predicted a flurry of major movie announcements would come out of Hall H: new titles from Marvel and DC/Warner Bros., some splashy casting announcements, and the inevitable jaw-dropping, out-of-nowhere surprise. I have never been more wrong — we got none of that — and the reasons do not bode well for Comic-Con's future as the major marketing moment for genre films.

SEE ALSO: A Big, Bold Prediction for Marvel's 'Expanding' Cinematic Universe Plans

As a pure fan event, Comic-Con 2014 was a classic parade of cool first-looks, including the Batman v Superman tease, Avengers: Age of Ultron footage, an extended reel for Interstellar and that Mad Max: Fury Road sizzle reel that has the fanboy press, myself included, trying to out-hyperbolize each other. But it was also the most news-free event I can remember. Read more...

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Hotels experiment with 'honesty rates'
When your city has an unenviable reputation for insulting tourists and fleecing them for every cent, inviting hotel guests to pay what they want could be a risky move.

9 of the world's most beautiful piers
It's a good summer for piers.

Yelp for iPhone now lets you add 12-second videos to your reviews, Android to follow soon (Paul Sawers/The Next Web)

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The Next Web:
Yelp for iPhone now lets you add 12-second videos to your reviews, Android to follow soon  —  While the move isn't exactly surprising, Yelp has announced that it is now opening its mobile apps to user-generated videos to help create more engaging, visual reviews.

2 charged in deadly carjacking
Philadelphia police said Monday they've apprehended two suspects in a Friday carjacking that left three children dead and their mother in critical condition.

Dive Into Fates Forever, Startup Battlefield’s First MOBA Game
 When Jason Citron launched Fates Forever in the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield, it was impressive but many would say they weren’t surprised. Gamers have undoubtably heard of Jason’s previous success, OpenFeint, one of the first and most significant social platforms for mobile games on iOS and Android. Basically the Xbox live for the iPhone. Not bad for a 24-year-old. Read More

Terror group put heads on poles
In some of the most gruesome images yet to emerge from the latest mass violence in Syria, videos show militants raising their victims' decapitated heads on poles.

Molestation suspect killed during standoff
A man recently featured on CNN's "The Hunt with John Walsh" was killed in Manhattan while police were attempting to arrest him, two sources said.

Corruption trial begins for former Va. governor, wife

ADDS NAME OF LAWYER - Former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell, center, with his attorney Henry W. Asbill, left, arrive at the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., Monday, July 28, 2014, on the first day of jury selection in the corruption trial of McDonnell and his wife in Richmond, Va. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - A jury was selected on Monday to hear the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, with the couple charged with selling political favors for a loan, gifts and vacations. McDonnell, 60, a Republican once mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, and the former Virginia first lady face a 14-count indictment alleging they accepted about $165,000 from a Virginia businessman in exchange for helping his dietary supplement company. The McDonnells deny the charges, contending in court filings there is no evidence they agreed to use their power to aid the executive, Jonnie Williams, founder of dietary supplement company Star Scientific Inc, which last month changed its name to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. With the jury selection complete, opening arguments in the trial at U.S. District Court in Richmond were expected to begin on Tuesday.

Multiple reports say Google and Motorola are planning a Nexus phablet (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Multiple reports say Google and Motorola are planning a Nexus phablet  —  The Nexus line is definitely not dead.  Over the weekend, a report from Android Police claimed Google and the soon-to-be Lenovo-owned Motorola are working together on a 5.9-inch Nexus phone., Tencent take early Xbox preorders in China - MarketWatch
07/28/2014, Tencent take early Xbox preorders in China

BEIJING--Internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd. will use its alliance with Inc. to offer early advance sales of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox One consoles in China, as the online retailer ramps up efforts to compete with electronic-commerce major ...

Unexpected Microsoft Probe Highlights China's Distrust of US Tech
China Probes Microsoft, Shows Up at Offices Unannounced PC Magazine
Microsoft targeted by 'antitrust officials' in China
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Now that it’s almost officially legal, here’s how to unlock your phone on all four U.S. carriers
Looking to unlock your phone and take it to another carrier? Consider this post your cheat sheet.

Now that it’s almost officially legal, here’s how to unlock your phone on all four U.S. carriers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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BMW's fast electric car charger rolls out to the US
Many direct current fast chargers aren't exactly practical, even for stores that expect a lot of traffic; they're frequently massive, power-hungry and expensive. BMW knows that's a problem, which is why it just brought its i DC Fast Charger to North...

NASA prepares Mars orbiters for comet close encounter

Comet C/2013 A1 will pass Mars ten times closer than any observed comet has passed the Ear...

In October, Mars will encounter comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, which will come closer to the Red Planet than any recorded comet has passed to Earth. This spectacular event isn't just an astronomical curiosity, it’s also a potential hazard to NASA’s armada of orbiting explorers, so the space agency is taking steps to protect them from damage by the cosmic visitor... Continue Reading NASA prepares Mars orbiters for comet close encounter

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LG launches new Android tablet/netbook hybrid with 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and an Intel Core i5 (Quentyn Kennemer/Phandroid)

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LG launches new Android tablet/netbook hybrid with 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and an Intel Core i5  —  Add one more to the list of ridiculous Android tablets.  LG has revealed a variant of their Tab Book, a netbook/tablet hybrid that folds down into a tablet while you're on the go and slides …

Islamic State Jihadist Group Opens Marriage Matchmaking Office

The Islamic State, the extremist group that has taken control of large swaths of Syria and Iraq in the last few weeks, has reportedly opened a matchmaking office to help women marry its fighters

The group, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and long designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. Department of State, has launched an office for "single women and widows who would like to marry [Islamic State] fighters" in al-Bab, northern Syria, according to news reports

See also: U.S. Intelligence Officials Want ISIL Fighters to Keep Tweeting

The news comes from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group with a network of sources on the ground. Citing residents of al-Bab as sources, the group said on Monday that interested woman who provide their names and addresses will be contacted by Islamic State (IS) militants. Read more...

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Goat Gets Stuck in a Hole, Friends Definitely Make It Worse

This is one baaad situation.

An adorable goat, perhaps after too much roughhousing, got stuck in a hole at his home in Champaign, Illinois. To make matters worse, the poor little guy's confused bleats for help went unheeded — save for one other goat, who attempted to save him by repeatedly ramming him in the face. Dude, you're making it worse.

See also: Baby Goat Stampede Will Brighten Even the Bleakest Monday

It's possible that this goat's frenemy was just trying to lend a helping hoof. But talk about kicking — or in this case, head-butting — a guy when he's down.

Thankfully, the goat's handler swooped in and saved him in a second video. According to the YouTube video's owner, Janet Gradl, the holes are there to put in lamps to keep baby goats warm. Read more...

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Housing data offset by merger mania
Summary: Wall Street was little changed as investor sentiment bounced between housing concerns and jubilation over the combinations of Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, as well as Zillow and Trulia; Court orders Russia to pay $50 billion for Yukos siege; Lloyds agrees to LIBOR fine. Conway G. Gittens reports.

Basic Home Security Systems are Not as Safe as You Might Think

Many of us feel completely safe in a home protected by an automated security system, but security researchers Logan Lamb and Silvio Cesare found some easily replicated ways to get past some of the most popular security system brands.


It's Finally Over: Donald Sterling Loses Bid to Block Clippers Sale

Finally, after months of noise and nonsense, the saga of disgraced Donald Sterling and his Los Angeles Clippers appears to have reached its end.

Judge Michael Levanas ruled Monday against Sterling's bid to block the sale of the Clippers by his estranged wife Shelly, clearing the way for the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. That deal, a record for a pro sports team, was originally agreed to in May after the 80-year-old billionaire Sterling was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks that were caught on tape.

See also: How Much Longer Will Donald Sterling Disgrace the NBA? Read more...

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Sixth Mass Extinction of Earth Coming Soon? - Viral Global News

Sixth Mass Extinction of Earth Coming Soon?

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Spain's lower house approves tax on online news aggregators; requires paying for news snippets (Julio Alonso/Medium)

Julio Alonso / Medium:
Spain's lower house approves tax on online news aggregators; requires paying for news snippets  —  The Story of Spain's Google Tax  —  As has happened elsewhere, France, Belgium and Germany come quickly to mind, Spanish newspaper editors have been arguing for long that Google is taking unfair advantage of them.

Weight-Loss Supplement Linked to Liver Failure Case
A healthy 35-year-old woman who took a weight-loss supplement developed liver failure, and needed a liver transplant, according to a new report of her case.

Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

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Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat  —  Over the next few days, Facebook will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app.  Facebook first started forcing users …

Thousands rally in New York to support Israel
Thousands of people gather in New York City to show their support for Israel and its fight against Hamas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Drink Less Alcohol to Help Keep Mosquitoes Away

They buzz in your ear, give you relentlessly itchy bites, and they are the world's biggest killer . Mosquitoes may go down in history as the worst pest of all time, and a recent study suggests that having a cold one could draw them to you.


Facebook to soon require standalone Messenger app for mobile chats
Facebook on Monday announced it will be drawing down support for messages sent through its flagship mobile app, meaning users around the world will be forced to download the standalone Messenger app if they want to take their chats on the road.

American accused of bribes extradited from Iraq

In this Sunday, July 27, 2014, photo provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Metin Atilan, 54, is shown. Atilan, who has been a federal fugitive since 2008, is charged with bribing U.S. military contracting officials for work in Iraq. (AP Photo/Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)

A federal fugitive accused of bribing U.S. military contracting officials in Iraq has been returned to the U.S. in what prosecutors say was the first extradition under a 1936 treaty between the two countries.

Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

A Palestinian carries the body of a child at the morgue in Gaza City's Shifa hospital, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. An explosion killed 10 people, 9 of them children, at a park at Shati refugee camp, in northern Gaza Strip. Israeli and Palestinian authorities traded blame over the attack and fighting in the war raged on despite a major Muslim holiday. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians — including nine children playing on a swing — in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict.

Review: Backtracker radar system for bikes

The Backtracker handlebar unit indicates the position of the cyclist (green LED at top) an...

Earlier this month, we first heard about a radar system for cyclists, known as the Backtracker. In a nutshell, it emits radar pulses to the rear of the bike, then warns the rider when it detects vehicles approaching from behind. Although it's not yet commercially available, I recently had the chance to try out a pre-production review unit. It definitely shows promise, but could perhaps use one tweak... Continue Reading Review: Backtracker radar system for bikes

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LiquidM takes $3.7M for white-label mobile advertising platform

NOTE: GrowthBeat -- VentureBeat's provocative new marketing-tech event -- is a week away! We've gathered the best and brightest to explore the data, apps, and science of successful marketing. Get the full scoop here, and grab your tickets while they last. Mobile advertising is hot, and lots of startups are trying to get a piece […]

OKCupid treats your love life like a lab rat
Facebook is perhaps the most prominent example, but the internet, whether we want to accept it or not, is a gigantic data-mining operation where every thing about us is monitored, measured and experimented with -- even our love life, should we...

Virtru launches killer NSA-grade encryption for enterprise

Virtru was launched by two brother's with extensive experience in the NSA and protecting White House communications.

AT&T, Verizon offer HBO with basic cable and internet for $40-50; still no cable-free option (Peter Kafka/Re/code)

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AT&T, Verizon offer HBO with basic cable and internet for $40-50; still no cable-free option  —  Why HBO and Pay TV Still Aren't Getting Divorced  —  Reminder: You still can't get HBO without paying for other TV channels, too.  —  But you can still get a cheapish package that includes HBO …

Hortonworks gains ground as its Hadoop management tool gets adoption at Pivotal

Hortonworks just got some more acknowledgment in the Hadoop businses as Pivotal comes around to the open-source Ambari management tool

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Fitbit narrowly misses becoming the first activity tracker for Windows Phone

With Fitbit’s release of a native Windows Phone app on Monday, Microsoft has taken the first steps of its marathon to catch up to Android and iOS in wearables

What many don’t realize is that Microsoft has already released its own fitness tracker, of a sort.

More and more, apps written by third-party developers have helped Microsoft fill in the “app gap” between Windows Phone and the other two rival platforms. Then companies like Fitbit, Foursquare, Netflix, and others have stepped in with their own first-party apps.

The difference between the new Fitbit app (which will be released later today in the Windows Store) and apps like Fitbit Tracker are the lack of certain capabilities. Fitbit Tracker doesn’t wirelessly sync directly from the phone to the band, for instance, while the native app does. (A third-party app for the Nike Fuelband, Fuelboard, also doesn’t perform wireless syncing.)

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Qualcomm planting seeds for 4K video, silicon brains in mobile devices

Smarter contextual awareness, 4K video and augmented reality are just some of the new technologies that will be offered by smartphones and tablets over the next year or so, according to Qualcomm’s product blueprints.

Qualcomm is planting the seeds for these technologies in mobile devices by loading its chips with new wireless connectivity, computing, sensory and graphics features, said Keith Kressin, vice president of product management at the company.

The company’s goal is to make mobile devices intelligent, aided by chips that behave like silicon brains to provide better awareness of and perspective on location and surroundings.

Qualcomm’s ambitious mobile plans are best highlighted in the high-end Snapdragon 810 64-bit chipset, which is the company’s fastest mobile processor.

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(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Israel warns of long Gaza war, as militants storm Israel
An unofficial truce ends on Eid al-Fitr with continued bloodshed, as a grim-faced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns of a protracted offensive in Gaza. Jillian Kitchener reports.

"He alone was real."
Philby's boss was Sir Stewart Menzies, who, we are told, "rode to hounds, mixed with royalty, never missed a day at Ascot, drank a great deal, and kept his secrets buttoned up behind a small, fierce mustache. He preferred women to men and horses to both." Menzies was an amateur at a time when his adversaries were professionals. Philby's fellow Soviet spy Donald Maclean was a mess. But since he was a mess with the right accent and background he easily found a home in the British spy service. At one point, Macintyre says, Maclean "got drunk, smashed up the Cairo flat of two secretaries at the U.S. embassy, ripped up their underwear, and hurled a large mirror off the wall, breaking a large bath in two. He was sent home, placed under the care of a Harley Street psychiatrist, and then, amazingly, after a short period of treatment, promoted to head the American desk at the Foreign Office."
Kim Philby, the Soviet spy who infiltrated MI6, is the subject of a Malcolm Gladwell article in The New Yorker. Gladwell argues that Philby's story is not about spying but "the hazards of mistrust." He is interviewed on a New Yorker podcast about his article. Gladwell's article is also a review of Ben Macintyre's book on Philby, A Spy Among Friends. Gladwell reviewed Macintyre's previous book, Operation Mincemeat and argued that spy agencies might be more trouble than they're worth.

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