When the Internet just isn't satisfying your meme needs, there are pumpkins.
The obsession over memes, including, but not limited to Smugshrug and Awkward Moment Seal, continued to flourished this year — so, naturally, we solidified our pumpkins in cultural discourseHalloween, Pumpkins, Memes, Taylor Swift, and Watercooler
"Imagine us doing for eating out at restaurants what Uber did for personal transportation..."
Every week, another startup seems to pitch itself as an Uber for something, tapping into the investor and media hype surrounding the taxi-hailing service. But Reserve, the company that sent the pitch above, has more bonafides than most: It is backed by one of Uber's founders.
Reserve launched an iPhone app on Tuesday that promises to change the experience of dining out by helping users find restaurants, reserve tables and pay for meals (including the tip) in advance with a few taps in the app. It's essentially like OpenTable, but with a sleeker user interface and an Uber-like emphasis on eliminating the need to ever take our your wallet. Read more...More about Apps, Startups, Uber, Business, and Work Play
Paro Airport in Bhutan is located in a deep valley near the Paro Chhu river. The airport is about a mile and a half above sea level, and is difficult — and dangerous — to land at because of the 18,000-foot peaks surrounding it.
As if the surrounding geography didn't make it difficult enough, the runway is also short.
The BBC's Carmen Roberts joined the pilot in the cockpit on a landing to check out firsthand what landing at Paro is like:Bhutan, Us World, World, Travel Leisure, and Paro Airport
Australia won't allow anyone traveling from the three West African countries hit hardest by Ebola — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — to enter, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday.
The ban, which begins immediately, began after an 18-year-old arriving from West Africa was admitted to the hospital with a fever, according to BBC Australia. She was tested, however, and did not have Ebola.
Morrison said Tuesday the temporary ban also applies to anyone who had a temporary visa approved, but who had not yet gone to Australia. Read more...More about Australia, Us World, World, Travel Leisure, and Ebola
Another day, another Chinese hacking group gets publicly shamed.
This time it's group dubbed Axiom, identified by a coalition of international cybersecurity firms in a new report released on Tuesday. The Axiom group has hit at least 43,000 computers around the world, targeting pretty much all kinds of victims such as government and law enforcement agencies, human rights and environmental groups, Fortune 500 companies, software companies, and more, according to the researchers.
Novetta Solutions, the cybersecurity firm that leads the coalition, says the group has ties with the Chinese government, and is more sophisticated than the People's Liberation Army Unit 61398, the infamous hacking group accused of a slew of cyberattacks and unmasked in February of last year. Five Chinese military members, believed to be part of Unit 61398, were charged with hacking crimes in the U.S. in May. Read more...More about China, Hackers, Cybersecurity, Chinese Hackers, and Us World
Facebook will report its third quarter results after the market closes on Tuesday. It is expected to post earnings of $0.40 per share on revenue of $3.12 billion, according to analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. By comparison, Facebook reported earnings of $0.25 per share on revenue of just more than $2 billion in the same quarter a year earlier.Facebook, Stocks, and Business
Brunch is a sacred experience that you slobs are ruining with your Instagrams and tardiness.
Listen, we all make a little overenthusiastic plans on Saturday night. But you could at least have the common decency to follow through with the simplest of tasks the next morning: eating delicious food with your friends.
See also: Charts Explain Why Brunch Is the Worst
We asked Waffles the feline-fluencer to give us his best brunch tips. Considering he's one of the celebri-cat faces of the new Mike's Harder Apple Firebomb Ale, this party cat knows how to navigate a post-debauchery meal.
Learn vicariously through Waffles on how to be a considerate customer and friend. Read more...More about Pics, Lists, Humor, Cats, and Cute Animals
SYDNEY— A month out from what is forecast to be a scorching summer, Australia has experienced its hottest October day on record.
The average high across the country on Saturday reached 36.39 degrees celsius, the highest for the month of October since records began in 1910. It surpassed the previous record of 36.31 degrees set in 1988
A spokesman from the Bureau of Meteorology told the Sydney Morning Herald that it wasn't just the recording of these high temperatures across more than 20 stations that was noteworthy, but also the timing of the weather events Read more...More about Climate Change, Australia, Us World, Climate, and Australia Weather
Turkey's state-run television says a coal mine in southern Turkey has collapsed, trapping 23 workers inside.
TRT television says the tragedy occurred Tuesday in the town of Ermenek, in Karaman province, and that eight other miners were quickly rescued. Private Dogan news agency said rescue teams were trying to pull out the trapped miners.
The mine collapse was likely to raise more concerns about persistent mine safety issues in the country.Turkey, Us World, and World
When making a movie for virtual reality, filmmakers are realizing they have to scrap almost everything they know.
That was one of many conclusions Danfung Dennis reached after finally completing Zero Point, a documentary out Tuesday about virtual reality shot entirely for the Oculus RiftZero Point was first promoted last November as the first film to be created entirely for virtual reality.
Dennis, whose background is photography and documentary filmmaking, and his team at Condition One quickly learned there were a lot of experiences that don't work in virtual reality that are staples of film. These include moving the camera around — especially accelerating from a dead stop — and quick camera changes. Techniques like these are likely to make people sick. Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Film, Virtual Reality, and Zero Point
SAN FRANCISCO — The World Series is a magical spectacle, as this weekend in the City by the Bay made plain for all to see over a Friday-Saturday-Sunday slate of games between the hometown Giants and visiting Kansas City Royals
We saw a gifted young pitcher cement his status as a postseason legend. We saw the majesty of MLB's signature showcase contrasted with unspeakable tragedy. We saw the Giants drop Game 3 at home on Friday night, then surge back to win the following two days, take a 3-2 series lead and move one win away from winning the title. But better yet: The best of this World Series is still to come as it moves back to Kansas City for Game 6 on Tuesday night, followed by Game 7 on Wednesday if necessary Read more...More about Mlb, Entertainment, and Sports
LONDON — Britons are known for talking at great length about the weather—sometimes even obsessing about it—and soon they'll have a lot more to chat about with the advent of more detailed weather forecasts courtesy of a computer equipped with more processing power than 100,000 Playstations combined.
Britain's Met Office has been given the green light to build a £97 million ($156 million) supercomputer that is 13 times more powerful than the current system used, which will help the weather service to provide better hourly forecast updates.Weather, Climate Change, Us World, World, and Climate
Microsoft's search engine Bing announced support for emoji, enabling users to type in the special characters into mobile or desktop search and receive results based on their meaning
Bing says the feature, which will be available in English markets, is a way for users to "search the same way you communicate every day."
The search engine will offer up definitions for some of the more puzzling emoji. It can even combine different emoji, or words and emoji to provide search resultsBing, Tech, Apps Software, and Emoji
A second Dallas nurse who was undergoing treatment for Ebola will be discharged on Tuesday after tests showed she's virus-free.
Twenty-nine-year-old Amber Vinson, who was being treated in Atlanta, was a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola at the hospital on Oct. 8.
Vinson's family announced on Oct. 22 that doctors could no longer detect the virus in her body, a step toward recovery
Vinson was one of two nurses who became infected while caring for Duncan. The other infected nurse, Nina Pham, was released Oct. 24 from a hospital near Washington. Pham was the first person to contract Ebola within the U.S. Read more...More about Atlanta, Us World, Us, and Ebola
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Twitter Q3 Earnings: 284 Million Monthly Active Users, $361 Million Revenue, $0.01 EPS (AllTwitter)
Twitter’s third quarter earnings for 2014 are out, and the all-important monthly active users number is softer than expected, which has sent the stock lower at the time of writing. Twitter reported 284 million MAUs for Q3 2014, up 13 million on Q2’s 271 million, which is a million down on the lower end of analyst expectations of 14 to 17 million new MAUs. USA Today The social network reported revenue of $361 million in the third quarter, beating Wall Street estimates. It came in right on target on earnings per share, recording its first profit of 1 cent. CNBC “This wasn’t a disastrous quarter. It’s just that valuation gets in the way,” said Guy Adami, “Fast Money” trader. “We have an aspirational goal to build the largest daily audience in the world,” said CEO Dick Costolo, adding that this group also includes “hundreds of millions” of users who never log into the platform The Wall Street Journal Shares of Twitter fell 7.6 percent to $44.85 in recent after-hours trading. Through Monday’s close, the stock has fallen 24 percent this year after soaring to a peak of $74.73 in late December from its initial public offering price of $26 nearly a year ago.
Tweet Carefully: A Lawyer’s Guide to Avoiding Twibel (SocialTimes)
In related news, defamation is a legal claim involving injury to someone’s reputation by falsely stating a fact and includes both libel (the written word) and slander (the spoken word). “Twibel,” a libelous tweet, is fast becoming a concern among social media users. Fortunately, there are a few basic precautions that may reduce the risk of Twibel.
Microsoft’s Bing Beats Google to Emoji Search (VentureBeat)
Microsoft Monday added emoji support to Bing, allowing users to search using the characters and get back results based on their semantic meaning. The feature has been added to Bing search in all English markets, both on desktop and mobile.
20 Years of Digital Advertising: From Banner Ads to Sponsored Snapchats (Adweek)
AT&T ran the first banner ad two decades ago via the then-popular Web browser Netscape, which offered a palette of 16 colors — a fraction of what modern digital designers have at their disposal. While the result wasn’t exactly a masterpiece, it spurred a revolution. Digital ads will hit $46 billion this year, according to the IAB.
Facebook Adds Features to Photo Uploading via iPhone, Android Apps (AllFacebook)
Facebook announced improvements to the ways that users upload photos to the social network via its iOS and Android flagship applications, allowing users to choose the exact order in which photos will appear, as well as composing introductions to photo posts and captions for individual photos. The social network detailed the updates, which will be available to iPhone and Android users Monday, in a Newsroom post by product manager Thai Tran.
Moms Stressed Out by Social Media Want to Go Offline (ABC News)
More moms are admitting that social media can be a serious stress factor in their lives, and a new survey suggests that many of them are thinking about pulling the plug. “For new moms it’s a great place to ask for parenting advice, but then on the other side, you get some who are too opinionated and that can get in the way,” said Francisa Morales, a stay-at-home-mom of two from New York.
People Already Hate Lifetime’s Aaliyah Movie (LostRemote)
Lifetime is premiering “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” on Nov. 15, and the hate is already spreading through social media. After the Brittany Murphy biopic flopped, the negative social chatter should be expected.
After Vote, Brazilians Lash Out on Social Media (The Wall Street Journal)
A day after President Dilma Rousseff squeaked out a close electoral victory, Brazilian voters vented their frustrations one way they know best: on social media. Online debates between supporters of the president and her unsuccessful rival Aécio Neves were hostile in a country with one of the world’s deepest penetration of social media use.
Facebook: 22.36 Percent of Social Referrals in September (Pinterest: 5.52 Percent, Twitter: 0.88 Percent) (AllTwitter)
Facebook’s share of social referral traffic fell slightly in the third quarter of 2014, but the platform still accounts for more than one in five of every social website visit, reports Shareaholic. Pinterest maintained second place among social networks with a 5.52 percent share.
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More than 5,000 additional health care workers are needed to fight Ebola in the three most affected countries in West Africa, the president of the World Bank said Tuesday.
Jim Yong Kim said he is worried about where those health care workers can be found given the Ebola fear factor. The World Bank president spoke in Ethiopia alongside U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and African Union chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Ban said the transmission of the virus continues to outpace the international community's response. He appealed for African Union member states not to impose Ebola-related travel restrictions or close their borders. Read more...More about Africa, Us World, World, and Ebola
For most people, Halloween is the time of year to binge on movies and games that induce heart-stopping fear. But not everybody likes to get spooked for fun
For those of us who don’t enjoy being scared, there’s still plenty of great gaming entertainment to help celebrate the season. These eight games will get you in the mood for pumpkins and candy — without raising your heart rate.
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It always starts with the jokes.
Whatever horrifying event is dominating the news in October is always tossed around as an idea for a topical Halloween costume. "But make it sexy!"
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After the initial wave of stale jokes comes the Photoshop hoax
An image of a "Sexy Ebola" costume starting making the rounds on the internet, and people generally agreed that it is a tasteless idea for a costume Read more...More about Halloween Costumes, Costumes, Watercooler, Conversations, and Ebola
Giving constructive feedback is an essential management tool. Hopefully, your employees know this — and when you critique them, understand that it’s because you care enough to want them to do their best.
Unfortunately though, not everyone has perfected the art of taking constructive criticism in stride. Read on for the employees who take it the worst, and how to best reach them.
An employee who cries or huffs and puffs when told that he did something wrong isn’t just an unfortunate stereotype, it really happens. I know I’ve experienced being so invested in a project — an attribute which is usually laudable — that I couldn’t help but let out a few tears when told my work wasn’t up to par. Read more...More about Communication, Business, Jobs, Work Play, and Career Advice
Until now, shooting photos with your gigantic iPad was considered taboo. Not to mention, it looks ridiculous
But now that Apple has armed its latest iPads with powerful cameras, many will begin to rely on the tablet to capture life's most memorable moments. So, how do you whip out your bulky tablet to take photos without being a jerk?
See also: The 15 Best Free iPad Games
Below, we've rounded up five smart tips to consider when you snap photos with your iPad.1. Be prepared for questions when you bring it out in public.
The Emily Post Institute, an etiquette source, advises not to bring out your iPad unless you're ready to play show-and-tell. Get ready for people to stare and ask questions, like, "Can I see it?" and "Can I touch it?" Read more...More about Apple, Photography, Tips, Features, and Ipad