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Ashley Tisdale And Vanessa Hudgens Get Their Fitness On

BFF’s Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale both got in a good workout today – just not together. Vanessa was in a good mood as she left her yoga class in Studio City with a friend, while Ashley was seen over in West Hollywood leaving her gym. I’m checking out Ashley’s studded phone cover! It’s not […]


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Hacking group purportedly hacked NSA-linked Equation Group, auctioning cyber weapons

You don’t see this every day…a hacking group claims to have hacked a U.S. intelligence agency-linked hacking group and has put the ‘best’ cyber weapons up for auction.

When Kaspersky Lab released a report on the cyberespionage “Equation Group,” researchers said the threat actor “surpasses anything known in terms of complexity and sophistication of techniques.” The group’s toolset resembled what is used by U.S. intelligence agencies and included an attack that could reprogram your hard drive firmware. Kaspersky didn’t go so far as to accuse the NSA of being linked to the Equation Group, but many news outlets and security researchers did.

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Justin Bieber ‘Boyfriend’ Photo Contest: And The Winner Is …

‘This is OUR ALBUM,’ the singer tweets about Believe after fans choose art that will appear on single’s cover.
By Jocelyn Vena

<P><a href=””>Justin Bieber</a> invited his fans to get involved in helping him pick the artwork for his first <a href=”/news/articles/1681200/justin-bieber-boyfriend-album-cover.jhtml”><i>Believe</i> single, “Boyfriend,”</a> and the time has come to reveal which photo fans chose. And the pop singer is giving his fans a lot of bang for their buck for taking the time to vote in the cover-art contest. </P><P> </P><P>After fans voted on Twitter for their favorite of two photos, the shot of Bieber tousling his hair (also known as #JBboyfriend1) won as the single’s cover. But that doesn’t mean that other shots won’t also be used in one form or another. </P><P> </P><P><center><embed src=”” width=”460″ height=”260″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowFullScreen=”true” allowScriptAccess=”always” base=”.” flashVars=””></embed></center> </P><P> </P><P>”But it was so close that …” Bieber <a href=”!/justinbieber” target=”_blank”>tweeted</a>. “We are still going to use #JBboyfriend2 for press and even took one of the FAN MADE submissions and have decided that … we are going to sell an exclusive #BOYFRIEND fan single package in WALMART and the cover will be the one U the fans made! </P><P> </P><P>”So here it is … the cover of the Walmart #BOYFRIEND SINGLE COVER … made by U the fans! thank u! This is OUR ALBUM!” he tweeted before revealing the photo, which blends #JBboyfriend1 and #JBboyfriend2, the latter of which is just a shot of him looking off into the distance. </P><P> </P><P>”Boyfriend” officially drops on March 26. <a href=”/news/articles/1680373/justin-bieber-believe-album.jhtml”><i>Believe</i></a> will drop later this year. Produced by Mike Posner, the track features a bit of <a href=”/news/articles/1681320/justin-bieber-complex-magazine.jhtml”>Bieber rapping</a> lines like “Tell me what you like, dear/ Tell me what you don’t/ I could be your Buzz Lightyear/ Fly across the globe/ You don’t even need to fight, dear/ You already know/ I can make you shine bright/ Like you’re laying in the snow, brrr.”</p>

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Here’s why Azure Stack will only run on certain hardware

Microsoft made a divisive announcement last month when it revealed that Azure Stack will be delayed until the middle of next year and that the private cloud software will only run on a set of integrated hardware systems rather than a wide variety of hardware. 

Now, the company is trying to explain that change to customers. On Thursday, Microsoft Principal Group Program Manager Vijay Tewari makes the case for shipping Azure Stack on a small variety of hardware in a video interview. His main point is this: constraining the software to a small set of hardware leads to a better product that’s more useful right out of the gate.

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Online gaming may boost school scores. Social media? Not so much.


If you or your kids are avid gamers, here’s some good news: All that strategising may have a beneficial impact on school results. Whether regular Facebook use is a drag on one’s English test scores — that’s another question.

A study conducted by Alberto Posso, a professor at Australia’s RMIT University, found that teenagers who played online video games regularly were often able to improve their school scores. 

Students who were daily social media users, however, tended to under perform in maths, reading and science. “The results suggest that a student who uses online social networks on a daily basis will also obtain a grade in math that is 20 points lower than a student who never uses this type of social media,” Posso said in the report. Read more…

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World’s thinnest, lightest VR headset looks just like a pair of sunglasses


I had my doubts when China’s Dlodlo (pronounced “dwaw dwaw”) announced the V One, the world’s thinnest and lightest VR headset back in April.

It sounded too good to be true. At a press event in New York on Monday, I got a chance to try the V One headset on and I have to say it’s impressive. Magical, even.

Looking more like an odd pair of shades, the V One is an ultra-light headset when you compare it to the distinctively bulky shape that’s become the norm for VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR. It’s a standalone headset, meaning you don’t need a separate device — a PC or a phone — to use it (the “brains” of the gadget are in an accompanying “processing unit” that’s about the size of an iPod touch). Read more…

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Data-fusion companies are making files on everyone — even you


Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. 

For more than a decade, professional snoops have been able to search troves of public and nonpublic records — known addresses, DMV records, photographs of a person’s car — and condense them into comprehensive reports costing as little as $ 10. Now they can combine that information with the kinds of things marketers know about you, such as which politicians you donate to, what you spend on groceries, and whether it’s weird that you ate in last night, to create a portrait of your life and predict your behavior. Read more…

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‘Pokémon Go’ launches in Singapore but cheaters are ruining it for everyone


Pokémon Go‘s only been in Singapore for half a day, but cheaters are already ruining the experience for everyone.

The record-breaking mobile game finally hit the city state on Saturday after players waited a month since the game’s debut in North America and Australia.

But tap on any of the gyms and you’ll see them occupied by powerful Pokémon of around 2000 CP, and trainers at level 30 or more.

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Given that the game’s only been here since early morning, it’s a pretty safe bet that many of these players have been levelling up over the past month by employing a number of workarounds. One of those is GPS spoofing, which feeds a different GPS location to the software, so it thinks you’re in another country. Read more…

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Amazon now has its own Prime Air cargo planes for quicker delivery

Amazon is leasing 40 cargo planes to shuttle its own shipments through the air, with a view to improve its delivery times. And today, it’s launching its first branded aircraft, the Amazon One at the SeaFair Air Show in Seattle, where the company has its headquarters. The branded Boeing 767-300 has a prime number as its tail number (get it?) and will join 10 other planes that have initially been designated as exclusive cargo carriers for the company. More planes will be added to the fleet over time. In addition to speeding up deliveries, the introduction of these planes also…

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Now you can live in a ‘Tesla town’; for the right price


You too can live in a suburb from the future. A new development in Australia is offering home owners a solar panel setup including Tesla’s home battery, the Powerwall as something a little extra.

The YarraBend development is currently in the works for Melbourne, Australia. The 16.5 hectare (40.8 acre) site will become a new suburb to the northeast of the city centre, developed by Glenvill and Alpha Partners.

On its site, it bills itself as the world’s first “Tesla suburb.”

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According to Fairfax Media, 60 homes in the development will have a standard inclusion of the Tesla Powerwall, inverters and solar panels. The green package won’t come cheap, however. Homes will likely go for between A$ 1.48 million ($ 11.2 million) and A$ 2.1 million ($ 1.6 million). Read more…

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Apple releases its new TV Remote app for iPhone


You can put down that awkward Siri remote. Apple just launched a new way to navigate around Apple TV.

Flagged at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the Apple TV Remote app is one of a suite of recent products designed to improve the user experience of Apple TV. Released Monday, the app, which does everything the Siri remote can do, lets you select programs and play games from your iPhone.

Simplifying text entry, the Apple TV Remote app helpfully allows you to enter show names, usernames and passwords with your phone’s keyboard. It also employs game mode to make use of the smartphone’s accelerometer and gyroscope, and lets you ask Siri to help you track down new TV shows. Read more…

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Instagram for Windows 95 is everything I wanted it to be

Windows 95 is something of a cultural phenomenon. You can run it in your browser, endlessly stare at its screensavers or even check out its weird, arty cousin. Thanks to Russian graphic designer Misha Petrick we can now even run Instagram on it — kind of. Instagram for Win95 is a small art project that showcases what the popular app would look like with those mid-90s aesthetics. It’s remarkably well done, and shows different parts of the interface. Everything, including the filters, are very low-tech and breathe the spirit of the long lost operating system. Just don’t be surprised if you hear a familiar…

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A Data Scientist Crunched the Numbers to Find the Most Heavy Metal Word in the English Language

The primary purpose of speaking and writing is to sound as cool as possible at all times, and now a data scientist has given us the specific keywords we need to impress our peers, no matter where we are. In a post on Degenerate State, the scientist took the lyrics off,“the largest metal lyrics archive on the web,” from a database of 222,623 songs by 7,634 bands to analyze the most and least metal words. Comparing the DarkLyrics data with the Brown Corpus—a 1961 collection of English-language documents (no song lyrics) that is “the first of the modern, computer readable, general corpora”—the data scientist found the top 20 most and least metal words. Here’s a sampling:

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AWS posts 60% boost as it creeps towards $10bn revenues

amazon awsAWS has continued its promising progress towards breaking the $ 10 billion barrier, after reporting revenues of $ 5.4 billion for the first six months of 2016, a boost of 60% from the same period last year, reports

Speaking during its Q1 earnings call in April, Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky highlighted there was a very realistic chance the AWS business would exceed $ 10 billion in annual revenues, becoming the first cloud infrastructure company to do so. After another quarter of healthy growth, revenues were up 58% to roughly $ 2.9 billion, the team are well on track to exceed the ambitious target. Progress has been healthy over the last few quarters, but the team are looking to push the accelerator harder.

“We actually see nine availability zones in four regions coming out in the next – in the coming year,” said Olsavsky. “The impact on short-term is pretty much indistinguishable from the growth that we’re seeing in our expansion of our base customers in our existing regions, so we don’t see a large step-up from the addition of new regions relative to the large and rapid growth in the business itself.”

With new data centres popping up all over the world to meet the demand of the burgeoning cloud computing sector, AWS is keeping trend, opening up in Mumbai last month, as planning nine new availability zones within the next 12 months. The impact of these new assets are unlikely to be felt during the next quarter, though long-term there the current cloud leader could reinforce its position at the top of the leader board.

“Again, we like our position, our industry leading position in the cloud space, and we’re working on things that would incent more and more customers to accelerate their cloud conversion,” said Olsavsky. “The lower prices and services that we offer, and as I said, we’ll work on things that will make it easier and easier for customers to work with us with their hybrid data centers or transfer their volume to us.”

One area of growth which could have a more short-term impact is the new FedRAMP High compliance certification, which will allow government agencies the ability to use the AWS Cloud for highly sensitive applications and workloads like patient records, financial data, and law enforcement data. Government contracts represent lucrative wins in the technology sector, which could underpin the company’s surge towards $ 10 billion. The accreditation also creates a useful precedent for the business if/and the team look to expand its footprint with government organizations in the international markets.