Facebook Ditched a Fancy Redesign Because Your Computer Sucks

April 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

Facebook Ditched a Fancy Redesign Because Your Computer Sucks

Last year Facebook debuted a nice redesign that featured big, beautiful pictures, seen above. But Facebook never rolled it out. Why? Because most people have crappy old computers.

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Graham says he’ll block nominations over Benghazi

October 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham is threatening to hold up all nominations for federal government positions until survivors of last year’s deadly attack on the diplomatic post in Libya appear before Congress.

The South Carolina Republican made the threat Monday on his official Twitter account.

The tweet said: “Where are the #Benghazi survivors? I’m going to block every appointment in the US Senate until they are made available to Congress.”

Graham is among lawmakers who are not satisfied with information they’ve received so far on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012.

Prominent nominations awaiting Senate confirmation include Janet Yellen for chair of the Federal Reserve and Jeh Johnson for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Microsoft 1Q profit, sales top views; shares jump

October 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft posted quarterly revenue and earnings Thursday that easily topped Wall Street forecasts, marking a healthy start to a companywide overhaul it announced in July that should help the software giant transform into a devices and services company.

Its stock rose 6 percent in after-hours trading.

“Our devices and services transformation is progressing,” CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement with the company’s fiscal first-quarter results. Ballmer said in August he’ll step down within 12 months and the search is on to find his successor.

Microsoft’s net income in the three months to Sept. 30 grew 17 percent to $5.24 billion, or 62 cents per share, from $4.47 billion, or 53 cents per share, a year ago.

That beat the 54 cents expected by analysts polled by FactSet.

Revenue rose 16 percent to $18.53 billion, also beating the $17.79 billion analysts were expecting.

Microsoft’s revenue from its Surface tablets hit $400 million, representing a gain in revenue and unit sales from the quarter that ended in June, though profitability in the division that houses Surface fell. It’s the first time the company has broken out Surface results.

Revenue from its flagship Windows operating system from manufacturing partners declined, while enterprise software business grew.

Commercial licensing — representing enterprise products like Windows Server and System Center — is now by far Microsoft’s biggest reporting segment. Its revenue rose 7 percent to $9.59 billion. Devices and consumer licensing revenue, containing revenue from Windows and Windows Phone, fell 7 percent to $4.34 billion.

It has been a busy year for Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. Last month, it vowed to acquire Nokia’s smartphone business for $7.2 billion and this month it launched sales of the latest version of its Surface tablets. Next month it will launch its latest game console, Xbox One.

The transformation of Microsoft’s business is crucial as sales of personal computers — once Windows’ mainstay — continued to fall. Research firm IDC said that global shipments of PCs fell 8 percent in the third quarter of the year for the sixth straight decline. Another firm, Gartner, put the decline at almost 9 percent.

Microsoft’s shares rose $1.93 to $35.65 in extended trading following the release of the earnings report.

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This Teenage Mutant Ninja Backpack Holds All of the Pizzas

October 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

This Teenage Mutant Ninja Backpack Holds All of the Pizzas

Who among us hasn’t secretly wished to find themselves suddenly mutated into a crime-fighting chimera, despite the risk of becoming another Dr. Baxter Stockman? Now you can live out your Ninja Turtle fantasies—without having to skinny dip in Ooze—thanks to this radical TMNT backpack.

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Happy Birthday, Copy Machine! Happy Birthday, Copy Machine!

October 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

Audio for this story from Morning Edition will be available at approximately 9:00 a.m. ET.

 

Copy machines can be found in every office, and most of us take them for granted. But 75 years ago, the technology that underpins the modern photocopier was used for the first time in a small apartment in Queens.

Inventor Chester Carlson used static electricity created with a handkerchief, light and dry powder to make the first copy on Oct. 22, 1938.

The copier didn’t get on to the market until 1959, more than 20 years later. When it did, the Xerox machine prompted a dramatic change in the workplace.

The first commercial model, the Xerox 914, was bulky and cumbersome. It weighed nearly 650 pounds. It was the size of about two washing machines and was prone to spontaneous combustion.

But even literally going up in flames wasn’t enough to kill the product. In fact, it was in high demand.

“There was a distinct need for simple copying like this, and it just took off,” says Ray Brewer, historical archivist for Xerox Corp. “We sold thousands of these machines, and the demand was such that we were manufacturing them in large quantities.”

Brewer says the popularity of Xerox technology abroad inspired more clandestine uses for the copier. Some machines actually had miniature cameras built into them during the Cold War for the purpose of spying on other countries.

Back at home, the copier was proving to be a godsend for secretaries. One Xerox commercial features a female secretary saying:

“I make perfect copies of whatever my boss needs by just turning a knob and pushing a button. Anything he can see I can copy in black and white on ordinary paper. I can make seven copies a minute. … Sometimes my boss asks me which is the original, and sometimes, I don’t know.”

Author and historian Lynn Peril says the machines had to have been “fabulously liberating.”

“Oh my god, you didn’t have to work with all the lousy carbon paper,” she says. “You could just take it and put it on this glass surface, and press a button and you’ve got as many copies as you wanted.”

The beauty of the technology, Peril says, was that it saved time for office workers without making their workplace role obsolete.

Angele Boyd is a business analyst at the International Data Corp. She says copier technology created a more democratic information system.

“Until then, you needed to go to a press or you needed to go to a third party external print shop to produce that kind of quality output,” she says.

The core technology in the copier, later transferred to printers and scanners, has remained the same since the 1930s.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2013/10/23/239241106/happy-birthday-copy-machine-happy-birthday-copy-machine?ft=1&f=
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The Best Batteries, The Best NAS, The Best External Hard Drive, Cheap

October 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

The Best Batteries, The Best NAS, The Best External Hard Drive, Cheap

The great deal on the Anker Astro E4 we recently featured is back, and we recommend acting quickly because last time it didn’t last long. It’s Lifehacker’s favorite, our favorite, and Dealzmodo readers loved it the last time we posted it. Use code BDDL6ZN9. [Amazon]

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Watch The Grossest, Goriest Scenes In Film With This Very Bloody Supercut

October 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

From ‘Fargo’ to ‘Cabin in the Woods,’ we’ve compiled the bloodiest of the bloody.

By Kase Wickman

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Victoria Justice: Magnolia Bakery Beauty

October 16, 2013 at 7:54 am • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

Kicking off another day on the job, Victoria Justice reported for duty on location for her new film “Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List” on Tuesday morning (October 15).

Sporting a denim jacket over a “I Love NY” shirt, the Nickelodeon starlet shot scenes outside the iconic Magnolia Bakery in Manhattan’s West Village with a big smile on her face.

In career news, Victoria recently landed the lead role in the forthcoming MTV series “Eye Candy,” based on the RL Stine bestseller.

MTV honcho Susanne Daniels explained, “Victoria Justice is exactly someone we want to be in business with. Not only does she resonate with our audience, she has a huge fan base and is extremely talented. We are very lucky to have her.”

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Transgenders break into Brazil’s modeling sector

December 8, 2012 at 12:32 am • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares poses for portraits during a photo session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil’s small but growing ranks of transgender models _ leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares poses for portraits during a photo session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil’s small but growing ranks of transgender models _ leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

FILE – In this June 1, 2011 file photo, Brazilian model Lea T. wears a creation by Blue Man during the Fashion Rio Summer 2012 collection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Today’s trans-model trend exploded with Lea T., a 5-foot-11-inch stunner who catapulted to international stardom in 2010 as the muse of coveted Paris couture label Givenchy. Lea T. was born a boy to Brazilian soccer-star Leandro Cerezo. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares is photographed by fashion photographer Emerson Muniz during a photo session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil’s small but growing ranks of transgender models _ leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares poses for photos during a photo session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil’s small but growing ranks of transgender models _ leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Brazilian transgender model Felipa Tavares has her makeup applied in preparation for a photo session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil’s small but growing ranks of transgender models _ leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

(AP) ? Walking the catwalk in a Brazilian bikini is a nerve-racking experience for even the most seasoned of models, but for Felipa Tavares it’s nothing short of terrifying.

The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil’s small but growing ranks of transgender models ? leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals.

Though they emerged onto the scene here just around two years ago, Brazil’s so-called trans-models have already added a pinch of exoticism to the country’s showcase modeling sector ? long dominated by blonde women such as Brazilian uber-model Gisele Bundchen. The trans-models’ newfound prominence also points to a seismic shift in Brazilian society, which has seen macho, homophobic attitudes soften in recent years as gays win more legal rights.

“We are in the 21st century and there is just more tolerance in the air. Here in Brazil we now have gay mayors, gay lawmakers,” said Sergio Mattos, director of the Rio-based modeling agency 40 Graus Models. “So why not trans-models? The world has evolved and now discrimination is, thankfully, becoming a thing of the past.”

In the fashion world, gender ambivalence has been a la mode since the 1970s with the emergence of glam rock and its poster child, David Bowie. But today’s trans-model trend exploded with Lea T., a 5-foot-11-inch stunner who catapulted to international stardom in 2010 as the muse of coveted Paris couture label Givenchy. Born a boy to Brazilian soccer-star Leandro Cerezo, the wild-maned brunette model appeared last year on the cover of edgy British fashion magazine Love, where she’s shown locked in a smoldering kiss with supermodel Kate Moss.

Mattos, the eagle-eyed former head of Elite models in Brazil who’s best known for discovering a gangly Bundchen at age 14, and other top models including Ana Beatriz Barros and Isabeli Fontana, said he jumped on the trans-train almost by accident.

Mattos was giving a two-day basics-of-modeling class to Tavares, unaware of her gender history. Impressed by her raven locks and enormous doe eyes, Mattos offered her a spot among the 200 models he represents.

“It wasn’t till I saw her ID with her birth name that I realized she wasn’t born a woman,” said Mattos. “I thought, ‘What the hell, let’s give her a shot.’”

In some ways, the trans-models have a proverbial leg up on their female colleagues, Mattos said. Unlike even the thinnest of women, who often fight cellulite and stretch marks, the trans-models have long, sinewy limbs unscarred by such typically female afflictions. Once they’ve lasered away facial or body hair, they can sometimes look more feminine even than models who were born female.

With her sharp features and lanky silhouette, 26-year-old Tavares said she’d always harbored vague dreams of becoming a model. But growing up a boy in the interior of Minas Gerais state, far from Brazil’s glitzy coastal metropolises of Rio and Sao Paulo, it always felt like something of a pipe dream, said the model.

“As a kid, I remember being so uncomfortable in the boys’ clothes my parents dressed me in. I never played football and I just wanted to hang around with the girls, playing dolls or dress-up,” said Tavares, who goes by the feminized version of her birth name, Felipe. But it wasn’t until her late teens that, thanks to some Internet research, she learned about transsexuality and sought out the hormone treatments that have allowed her to transition into womanhood.

The hormones filled out her hips and gave her small breasts, while laser treatments erased any trace of the light beard she once had. Cascading locks of artfully layered hair mask her sharp Adam’s apple.

“Strangers started approaching me in the street, and every time it happened, I was so scared they were going to chew me out for being a transsexual,” she said. “But actually, they all wanted to tell me I should become a model.”

Tavares is still saving money for the $15,000 sex reassignment surgery that will give her female genitalia. Still, that hasn’t stopped her from donning itsy-bitsy bikinis in ad campaigns for Brazilian swimwear labels. Walking the catwalk in a swimsuit, however, is still a prospect that frightens her.

“The bikinis here are so tiny, the idea of wearing one in a show, with the lights and the cameras and everyone looking at you, it’s super scary,” she said.

Carol Marra, a 25-year-old transgender who is also with Mattos’ modeling agency, became a cause celebre at Rio fashion week last May when she sported swimwear on the runway. The 5-foot-11 brunette model, who has had breast implants and the tip of her nose fixed, said she plans to undergo sex-reassignment surgery next month.

A journalist by training, Marra worked for a local TV station before her trademark androgynous style launched her career as a fashion stylist.

“The photographers I worked with were always saying, ‘You should model, let me take pictures of you.’ But I was really shy and I didn’t want to be in front of the camera,” said Marra, who also hails from Minas Gerais state. Eventually, she agreed to pose for a friend, she said, and those photos led to other photos and to a modeling career that took off about a year and a half ago.

Since then, she’s enjoyed remarkable success, doing a whirlwind of commercial work, as well as her much-hyped appearances at Fashion Rio and Sao Paulo fashion week and a nearly nude cover of men’s magazine Trip.

Still, being a transgender remains a double-edged sword in Brazil, said Marra. She’s been rejected for jobs because clients were worried that she would send the “wrong message” to customers. Scenes she shot for a pharmacy commercial ended up on the editing room floor when the client panicked at the last minute.

The head of a gay, lesbian and transgender advocacy group, Toni Reis, cautioned that success on the runway doesn’t mean transgenders and transsexuals are out of the woods yet.

Despite its international reputation as a haven for transgendered people, 114 trans people have been killed in Brazil this year to date. Brazil and Thailand are reputed to have among the world’s largest trans populations.

“These were people killed in terrible ways, stabbed 40 times, their heads split open with a machete,” said Reis. “They were not victims of the sort of everyday violence we see here in Brazil, like armed robberies and such, but rather the victims of homophobia.

“Within the gay community,” he said, “transsexuals continue to be the most vulnerable group, by far.”

Nonetheless, the gay rights movement has made major headway in Brazil, the world’s largest Catholic country. A 2011 decision by the nation’s high court to recognize same-sex civil unions was hailed as a watershed, although it stopped short of legalizing gay marriage.

In a major coup for transgendered people, nearly all Brazil’s 26 states have so-called “common name” laws on the books, requiring school teachers to call trans students by the names they go by, as opposed to their birth names, activists said.

Transgenders are even entering the mainstream media and culture.

Last year, the top-rated reality show Big Brother Brazil featured its first transgender contestant and a transgender also competed late last month in the second annual Miss Bumbum competition, a beauty contest that focuses exclusively on Brazil’s most obsessed-over part of the female anatomy.

There’s even talk that TV Globo, Brazil’s No. 1 broadcaster, might soon include a transgender character in one of its prime-time soap operas.

Trans-model Marra said she’s been thinking about taking acting classes, just in case the opportunity should arise.

“You know fashion is fickle, what’s in one day is out the next,” said Marra. “I hope trans models are not just a trend, to be dropped like a hot potato next season.”

Associated Press

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Adopted NFL Star's Birth Mom Struggles to Reconnect on Twitter

December 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm • Posted in Uncategorized • No comments yet

Twenty-five years ago, Heidi Russo gave her first-born son up for adoption. Two weeks ago, he became an NFL star.

As Colin Kaepernick emerges as one of the league’s hottest young quarterbacks for the San Francisco 49ers, Russo watches from a distance and wonders what might have been. In interviews with national and Bay Area news outlets, she sounds secure in her decision, but burdened by a painful understanding of his tepid responses to her efforts at reconnecting.

When Russo gave Kaepernick up for adoption back in the late 1980s she was, as Bay Area News Group columnist Monte Poole writes, “a pregnant 18-year-old in Wisconsin carrying a biracial child fathered by a man to whom she was not married.” Kapernick’s rise to stardom since he put on a dazzling show in his first NFL start on Monday Night Football on Nov. 19 has thrust Russo’s story and heartache into the national spotlight. But Russo, who is now a registered nurse and lives in Colorado, also tried to make contact before his newfound fame.

It’s not just prying reporters who are turning the spotlight on her, though; Russo’s own Twitter account offers a powerful window into her simultaneous alienation and longing for connection. Her recent tweets to Kaepernick could pass for those of any fan, but come with an emotional subtext:

Of course, Russo’s tweets have also attracted some sports trolls who have criticized her desire for a deeper relationships with the son she gave up a quarter-century ago. “He is not your boy, your son, your family. He has a real mom and you are not her. #badmoms,” wrote user @Gorilla_Hunter. Others, however, have offered Russo support and shared similar stories of their own.

Sports draw such rapt attention from so many largely thanks to the parallels and insight they offer into other, more serious facets of human existence. And social media has over the past few years offered a much deeper window into the everyday lives of the athletes we follow. Here, we have a poignant intersection of the two.

Russo’s tweets: touching, or too much? Give us your take in the comments.

Image credit: Getty Images/Getty Images Sport/Chris Graythen

Source: http://mashable.com/2012/12/05/nfl-colin-kaepernick-birth-mom-twitter/

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