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6 Powerful Commencement Speeches by Famous Women

Commencements are among the most valued memories in a student’s life. It marks an end of a period in their life and is a symbol of their achievements. However, some are luckier than most as they are graced with the presence of famous icons who would impart their inspirational message and knowledge to them. Of all these commencement speeches, however, there are truly those that stand out among the rest, and a number of these are made by the most distinguished and highly-acclaimed women in the world. Let us walk you through some of the most inspirational commencement speeches by these ladies from which you can learn a thing or two. Commencement Speeches by Famous Women: JK Rowling in Harvard University, 2008 On unpopular career choices or jobs that seem to be not on demand: “I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels. However, my parents, both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage, or secure a pension. I know that the irony strikes with the force

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Here are the first photographer-shot iPhone 8 pictures

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It’s barely past the morning of the Apple iPhone 8 launch, and pro photographers have already posted some sweet shots taken with the new handset.

As it’s done with the iPhones before this, Apple has continually tweaked and improved its cameras.

The iPhone 8 and larger 8 Plus lenses are the same as their predecessors, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, respectively. But it’s put the upgrade in a new A11 Bionic image processor — an improvement over the iPhone 7’s A10 Fusion.

With the A11, the phones are touted to find focus more quickly, and are able to record video at higher quality; they’re now able to do 4K video at 60 fps, and slow-motion mode doubles the frame rate to 240 fps at 1080p. Read more…

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New York City, September 20, 2017

★★ The warmth came on faster even than the brightness. Loitering clouds and a breeze set the change back only briefly, and midday belonged to the sun. The donuts from the Greenmarket were warm in the greenhouse of their plastic bag. The afternoon clouds over Fifth Avenue had organized into a more or less solid […]

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Facebook is sending Jewish New Year messages to people who aren’t Jewish

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As much as Facebook ostensibly wants to be your friend, it mostly just wants to be a growing, massive data cache of your life, filled with loads of information about you—some true, some false. 

The latest comic evidence: some Facebook users were greeted with a “Happy New Year” message on the top of their News Feeds Wednesday and Thursday in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the New Year. 

It wasn’t available to everyone, though, and some of the users saw it shared on Twitter that, nope, they weren’t Jewish. Others said, at the very least, they never self-identified to Facebook that they were Jewish (which they would’ve done by listing it as their chosen religion on their Facebook profiles).  Read more…

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Significant Digits For Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 2 holdouts With Nicaragua reportedly set to join the Paris climate accords — they held out in 2015 because the nation believed the deal didn’t go far enough — there are now only two holdouts from the landmark deal: Syria and […]

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The Backhanded Comments on Isabelle Daza’s Pregnancy Is a New Level of Mom-Shaming

When Isabelle Daza found out she was pregnant with her first child, she said she was both surprised and happy. Any mom would be. Fans of the actress were equally excited and sent their congratulations to the expectant parents. Meanwhile, I couldn’t help but notice a few harsh comments made toward Isabelle. There were tweets […]

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Don’t Let It Bring You Down: How To Change Your Negative Thoughts On Money

Living in a society where money is usually either worshipped or loathed, it cannot be helped that we have thoughts about money that we are not fully conscious about. What we may not recognize is how much such beliefs shape our attitudes and actions towards money. This includes the positive thoughts and of course, the negative thoughts as well. No need to be too hard on yourself; there are actually ways for you to turn such views around to new ones that will work to your advantage. Check out our list of negative thoughts on money; one of them might be the holding you back from achieving your financial goals. Provided as well are better alternatives to such beliefs.   “Money is the root of many problems.” Why it’s holding you back: Those who come from the middle class to lower class or non-entrepreneurial families are made to believe that this is the case, mainly to discourage them from going for the money. However, while it is true that money cannot buy us happiness, what it definitely does it make our lives easier, more comfortable, and more fun. Change this thinking to: “Money solves problems.” The more you think negatively

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Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ and the psychological horror of women’s domesticity

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Warning: Spoilers for mother! ahead.

mother! isn’t just the name of the most WTF movie in theaters right now — it’s also what critics are cursing under their breath (followed by a modifier rhyming with “trucker”) trying to understand what the hell Darren Aronofsky’s even saying with his latest film.

The most popular theories suggest:

– It’s actually just a biblical allegory

– It’s just a meditation on the relationship between artist and muse! 

– It’s actually a cautionary tale against climate change! 

– It’s actually just a shitty movie! 

– It’s actually just pop culture’s most intense Rorschach test! Read more…

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New York City, September 19, 2017

★★ The humid breeze was a huge improvement over the humid and crowded elevator, but it didn’t offer much to appreciate on its own merits. Strangely filtered sun came glimmering in and as quickly faded back out. The breeze grew wild and rattly, jumping around up under the shirttails, a reminder that this was the […]

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Apple admits Apple Watch LTE glitch, but is there really a problem?

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PSA: Anyone can record and save your snaps forever on iOS 11

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Creepers will have a field day with iOS 11, the just-launched update for iPhone and iPad that includes a brand new “screen recording” feature.

Yeah, that means exactly what you think it does. Pop that recorder open, and you can easily save a video of any “disappearing” Snapchat or Instagram Story. (Not that you’d be so devious, of course.) It’s a reminder that, online, everything’s written in Sharpie, even if a service markets itself otherwise.

How it works

The screen recording feature comes packaged with the free iOS 11 update, though you need to tweak something in your Settings if you want it to appear in your Control Center. Read more…

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Devastating footage shows Puerto Rico getting slammed by Hurricane Maria

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Hurricane Maria — the intense Category 4 storm that’s reached peak winds of 175 miles — made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

As the storm makes its way across the island, dramatic videos and photographs show the destruction Maria is leaving in its path.

From surge flooding to vicious waves and fierce winds, here’s a look at the hurricane slamming the grounds of Puerto Rico.

This is what it looks like in San Juan as Maria makes landfall near southeast coastal town of Yabucoa at 6:15 am EST with winds of 155mph pic.twitter.com/yxqmuagK9J

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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 8.1 percent A storied Boston-area financial institution announced “disappointing” profit numbers for the latest fiscal year, with the $37.1 billion fund pulling in only an 8.1 percent return. (For perspective, the S&P 500 posted about a 13 percent return for the […]

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10 Years and Counting, What Reality TV’s Favorite Family Has Achieved So Far

How do you #KeepItKardashian? The tenth season of the (insert your chosen adjective here: controversial, mundane, life-changing, aggravating) Keeping Up with the Kardashians is coming this weekend. The teaser dropped today and it’s as extra as your check-out cart at Sephora. Deny it, love it, hate it, sing songs about it, the entertainment world has […]

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Alicia Vikander’s neck looks just fine in the first ‘Tomb Raider’ trailer

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Lara Croft is back — and hey, her neck seems pretty normal!

In this first trailer for the upcoming Tomb Raider film, Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) takes on the video game heroine’s role as she explores her father’s disappearance on a sinister island. (And, this being a Hollywood action-adventure blockbuster, of course “the fate of humanity something-something” is a part of it.

This is the first on-screen Tomb Raider adventure since 2003’s The Cradle of Life, sequel to the 2001 Tomb Raider film starring Angelina Jolie. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug with a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Toby Gard. Read more…

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