Apple is secretly funding a legal battle against a rival


Suits, countersuits, and everything in between. When Apple and billions of dollars are involved, you know things are going to get messy. 

Well, messy and interesting. Because, in what can only be read as a “don’t mess with us” play from Apple CEO Tim Cook, it turns out that the Cupertino-based behemoth is financially backing the legal defense of four iPhone manufacturers in their battle with Qualcomm — a company that just so happens to own the chip technology that allows iPhones to connect to cell data networks. 

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You know you want to see an airbag explode out of a microwave… in slow motion


The inventor of the industrious, modern microwave probably didn’t have heating up airbags in mind when they were thinking about uses for it, yet here we are.

The Slow Mo Guys are throwing back to those old-school YouTube videos where people would throw stuff in microwaves just to see what would happen. But now, we get to see what happens in complete slow motion. 

Oh, and you might wanna turn down the volume during the explosion because it’s gonna be one loud pop. Read more…

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Should You Merge Your Finances After Marriage?

Merge Your Finances: Financial Pros and Cons Of Combining Your Accounts  If you’ve always been a financially independent woman, one of the biggest adjustments to married life may be all about money. While some married couples continue to lead separate successful financial lives, it is a good idea to investigate merging yours and your partner’s finances. A merge will allow you both more options to implement a strategic money management plan. However, you and your partner may have opposing ideas about how a merge should look. This discussion can be a surprising relationship minefield! You can minimise some frustration by heeding some of the following advice as you consider how and if to combine finances. Decide on the right time to merge your finances The timing of a financial merge may largely depend on where you are in your relationship. If you are just seriously dating but not yet ready to take it further, you may only want to familiarise yourselves with each other’s financial habits. This is probably not the right time to rush into a merge, but you could start opening up about the basics of your finances. If you are planning to get married, this is definitely the time […]

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How KC Concepcion Still Enjoys Coffee and Cake While Staying Fit

If you need some tips or a little more motivation for your fitness and wellness routine, you might want to click on #TheKCFitnessDiary on Instagram. KC Concepcion shares her story to a better version of herself and how it’s all about self-love and not giving in to standards other than those you impose on yourself. […]

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At least somebody liked Ed Sheeran’s ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo


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Apple is working on a way to let you covertly call 911 in an emergency


Calls to emergency services could become just a fingerprint away, thanks to Apple’s latest innovation.

A patent application from Apple published Tuesday, according to CNBC, described technology that would trigger a 911 call in a way that is designed to hide your actions from attackers. 

This “panic command,” when activated, would provide your location to first responders. It could also livestream audio or video from the phone.

The current means of phoning 911 are “readily apparent to someone watching,” explains the author of the patent application. With this new technology, a user could appear to comply with an attacker’s request to unlock his or her phone, but actually covertly call 911. Read more…

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Snap Inc. is now selling Spectacles on Amazon


Snapchat Spectacles: They changed the snapping game and can be seen on the faces of every trendy hipster at this summer’s major music festivals.

Now, Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc. is making it even easier for you to get your hands on these shades by selling them on Amazon.

Before today, you could only buy Spectacles in a few different places. When they first came out, your only option was to live in a city with an interactive vending machine that only sold Spectacles, called a Snapbot. The only issue was that these Snapbots disappeared after being in a location for a day, so you had to be quick if you really wanted a pair.  Read more…

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A security researcher just revealed a huge Myspace security flaw. (And yes you should care.)


Tom, u up? MySpace — you know that game-changing social media platform that you created and sold — appears to have some serious security issues, dude. 

Security researcher Leigh-Anne Galloway shared a blog post on Monday detailing a huge security flaw she spotted on Myspace’s account recovery page back in April. 

“In April this year whilst roaming the plains of the wild world web, I stumbled across an old Myspace account of mine,” Galloway explains in the post. “Attempting to gain access and delete the account I discovered a business process so flawed it deserves its own place in history.” Read more…

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We all have the potential to be newsmakers, so tweet accordingly


This past weekend on a beautiful Saturday morning, I sat on my couch for the better part of an hour I had planned to spend outside enjoying the sunshine glued to my phone, sniggering by myself.   

I had fallen into a particularly entertaining Twitter thread, and I had no intentions of crawling out. I was enjoying myself too damn much — and from the seemingly endless number of replies that were piling up, I wasn’t the only one.     

It all started with a simple request from political and comedy writer Maura Quint: Tell me about the worst date you’ve ever had in 140 characters or less.

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How To Start Buying Hong Kong Equities

4 Steps to Investing in the Hong Kong Stock Market This is the best time to buy Hong Kong stocks. According to an article published on Bloomberg.com, the stocks in HK are at the lowest valuation compared to the past decade. According to experts, it is caused by the clumping currency of city, which is the Hong Kong dollar. Apparently, the Hang Seng Index is at its lowest in the past three years – even lower than trading during the time of the outbreak of SARs (severe acute respiratory syndrome). While the slump may seem like a threat to your finances, it is actually a very good time to buy equities in Hong Kong. When the value of the stocks are low, that means you can buy more with the money that you have. Once the market starts improving, the value of the stocks that you bought will also increase – bringing a growth to your investment. The question is, how do you start buying stocks in Hong Kong?   How to buy equities in Hong Kong Buying stocks is a form of equity investment. It refers to buying a share of a company. When the company profits rise, your […]

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Why that ‘Game of Thrones’ cold open was worse than ‘Scooby Doo’


Game of Thrones‘ season opening episodes are almost never regarded as the best of their ilk. From the “Winter is Coming” pilot onwards, they’ve all suffered the same problem: too much scene-setting and checking in with characters is required for much of interest to actually happen. 

This is not necessarily a problem — we’ve had some excellent, top-ten worthy Episode 2s spring from the solid foundation of that scene-setting. But you can also see why the showrunners — and their bosses at HBO — would be interested in making sure there’s as much oomph to a season premiere as possible.

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R. Kelly Is Allegedly Holding Women Against Their Will in a ‘Sex Cult’

I always thought R. Kelly was a sketchy man when I heard about him having sex with a minor back in 2002. Not to mention that he also peed in her mouth. (Ugh.) While he was never jailed for his crimes, it doesn’t mean he’s stopped his predatory ways. Last night, reports found that R. […]

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Ed Sheeran deletes his Twitter within 24 hours of that ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo


Singer-turned-actor Ed Sheeran had assured us earlier this month that he was just reading a lot of Harry Potter and taking a break from the Twitter hate, not quitting the platform completely as reported. 

But on Monday afternoon — less than a full day after he appeared in the highly anticipated Game of Thrones season premiere — his Twitter account @edsheeran was deleted. Gone. Poof. Apparently opting for some Hogwarts counter-programming wasn’t enough as we’re now at the “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist” level of seriousness.

Sheeran’s been an active Twitter user for years and has had the occasional break, but the timing here is a bit suspicious.  Read more…

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