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Military VR programs are working to train soldiers to deal with pressure

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Black Mirror is way ahead of us again. 

Virtual reality training is being developed as a method to equip troops with resilience training before deployment — something a Black Mirror episode toyed with in season three.

Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, has announced $2.2 million for a University of Newcastle project that aims to develop enhanced resilience training for military personnel using VR and biometrics.

The program, which will work in conjunction with the ADF’s existing Battle SMART stress resilience training program, will see neuroscientists designing simulated environments to replicate real-world combat scenarios in VR. Read more…

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Taylor Swift just dropped a new song and it’s ‘Gorgeous’

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Swifties, we’ve got another one.

Taylor Swift has dropped a brand new track from her highly anticipated sixth album Reputation, dubbed “Gorgeous.”

It’s the third track released from the pop monarch’s upcoming album, following “Look What You Made Me Do,” and “Ready for It,” released earlier this year.

Have a listen:

With a vibe akin to Yazoo’s ’80s classic “Only You,” it’s a track that throws back to more pop-sensitive singles like 1989‘s “Blank Space,” — pretty different from the Peaches-meets-Fergie lead single, and thumper of a follow-up. Read more…

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Celebrity Covers: The Gibbs Sisters and Gabbi Garcia Show Off Their Singing Chops

While celebrities and influencers are becoming YouTube personalities, we also noticed that many of them are showcasing their singing talent. From covering songs to releasing their own tracks and music videos online, they are sharing a different side of them that we don’t see on-screen or social media. We listed some videos below so you […]

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Large-scale sculptures take over the Australian coastline

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Burger bait. A cavalcade of charging horses. A plastic bubble paradise. They’re all sitting on the coastline of Australia.

Every year, the two-kilometre coastal walk from Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Tamarama becomes an open-air gallery for the celebrated Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, with selected artists invited to install sculptural works along the shoreline for three weeks in spring.

Started in 1997 and now featuring 100 works every year, it’s one of Australia’s most popular, free, annual events, attracting half a million visitors in 2016. Read more…

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Sonos One and Alexa is an audio marriage made in heaven

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This sounds amazing.

That’s what I thought when I got all my Sonos speakers playing the late Tom Petty’s Won’t Back Down and the first floor of my home filled with his distinct, Gainesville, Florida, twang. 

I chose that song with my voice and not by speaking to the first-generation Amazon Echo I have in my home, but by speaking directly to the brand new Sonos One smart speaker.

Sonos is just one of an increasing number of third-party partners integrating Amazon’s soon-to-be ubiquitous digital voice assistant Alexa. On the one hand, this seems redundant. Why do I need a Sonos Alexa-enabled speaker when I already have the Amazon Echo to drive what was my two-speaker Sonos system? Read more…

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10 of the best Bruce Springsteen landmarks in New Jersey

As The Boss regales Broadway audiences with his show of songs and stories about growin’ up and life in the spotlight, we pick out New Jersey locations that have played a big part in his life and career

This impressive building on the Asbury Park boardwalk was built in the late 1920s and is largely used for concerts and sporting events. Since 1999, it has also been the location for Bruce’s tour rehearsals. But Bruce hasn’t been its most raucous resident: in 1956, it was famously the scene of a large-scale riot at a Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers show, after which the mayor threatened to impose a ban on rock’n’roll performances.

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Erykah Badu Talks Politics and Letting Go In Her Manila Concert

If you were lucky enough to catch Erykah Badu’s concert last Saturday, you understand how surreal it is to see her perform live. The queen of neo-soul is everything you want her to be and more. She serenaded the audience with songs they love like “Bag Lady,” “Love Of My Life,” and “Appletree” while the […]

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New Zealanders worry about a ‘chipocalypse’ as potato supply drops

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We don’t want to ever live in a world where there is a “chipocalypse.”

No wonder New Zealanders are concerned at the prospect, as 20 percent of potato crops have been lost due to extended periods of wet weather, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Supermarkets have indicated to the newspaper there might be a shortage in potato crisps, as manufacturers have a smaller cut of potato crops in the country. Normal potato supply won’t return until the new year.

When the chips are down, people are going to freak out — a bit — on social media. Read more…

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Larry Flynt offers $10 million if you have information that’ll impeach Trump

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Need some cash and have some dirt on Donald Trump?

You might want to talk to Hustler founder Larry Flynt. The adult magazine mogul is offering $10 million “for information leading to the impeachment and removal from office” of the president.

The full-page ad was published in the Washington Post on Sunday, complete with a toll-free hotline and an email address for readers to send their tips to.

So I decided to do this…let’s see what happenspic.twitter.com/Xpy4qrwHU7

— Larry Flynt (@ImLarryFlynt) October 15, 2017 Read more…

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‘SNL’s’ response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal proves that they probably shouldn’t have bothered

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Saturday Night Live was roundly criticized last week for pulling punches on the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal that has rocked Hollywood, allegedly cutting jokes regarding the producer during dress rehearsal because they “fell flat,” according to the New York Times.

Tonight’s weak effort, featuring a roundtable of actresses including Kate McKinnon’s doddering old Debette Goldry, missed the mark, illustrating exactly why it’s so awkward and problematic for an industry to make light of its own dark secrets.

The sketch co-starred Leslie Jones as Viola Davis – “Happy to be here; well, not happy, but, you know, I’m here” – and Cecily Strong as Marion Cotillard – “I’m tiny, French, and pissed off” – and engendered an uncomfortable chuckle from the audience as soon as roundtable host Aidy Bryant announced the subject of sexual harassment in Hollywood. Read more…

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Striking images reveal wineries devastated by wildfires

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Remarkable photos reveal how badly California’s wineries have been damaged in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres of wine country since Sunday.

Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, California is just one of the dozens of wineries that was ravaged by the massive fires. 

In the midst of the blaze, a large plastic wine container melted, releasing a boiling pool of wine, according to SF Gate.

“I saw a pool of wine, and it was flowing lightly down the hill, and as I got close to it, I noticed that it was bubbling,” photographer Josh Edelson told the news outlet. “At first, I didn’t understand it, but then it dawned on me that the ground was hot, and the wine was boiling with all that stuff smoldering around it.” Read more…

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Razer’s upcoming smartphone’s specs leak, revealing a gaming powerhouse

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Razer’s new smartphone is only expected to launch on Nov. 1, but the leaks have already begun.

According to Phone Radar, a listing has already appeared on GFXBench titled “Razer Phone“, that could just very well be the phone we’re set to see in a little over two weeks.

According to the listing, the phone will have a 5.7 inch screen with a 2650 x 1440 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 64 GB of internal storage — all pretty standard stuff for a smartphone, except for one standout. It’ll also come with 8GB of RAM.

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Beck’s Colors Finds Joy In Its Time

An odd thing happened when Beck’s Morning Phase won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2015: he got Kanye’d. As he was walking up to accept his gramophone trophy from Prince, the outspoken rapper started to follow him onstage, feigning a reprise of his infamous 2009 stage-crashing of Taylor Swift at the MTV…

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Sam Smith pledges thousands of dollars to Australia’s pro-marriage equality campaign

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Now that’s putting money where your mouth is.

UK singer Sam Smith has made a considerable donation to the Australian pro-marriage equality campaign, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. 

The Grammy-winning artist has pledged a third of the expected profits from his January 2018 show at the Sydney Opera House to lobby group Australian Marriage Equality.

Australians are smack bang in the middle of a non-binding, non-compulsory nationwide postal survey asking the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” Read more…

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Four Reasons to Catch Erykah Badu’s Concert

After announcing her tour dates in July, Erykah Badu is finally making her way to the Philippines. Her show in Manila will be the last stop of her Badu vs. Everythang tour. She started with a performance in Birmingham, making her way around the states and also Japan. If you’re still thinking about getting some […]

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Australia, where people pick sharks out of pools

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Australia might have a lot of sharks, but we try not to mess with them.

Not so for Melissa Hatheier from Sydney, Australia, who picked up a one-metre shark from a rock pool and placed it back into the ocean.

The video was posted to the Cronulla Real Estate Facebook page on Tuesday, which is a kind of a weird way to promote houses, but you know what, this is Australia after all.

“Our in house Shark Wrangler Melissa Hatheier wrestling a shark out of Oak Park Rock Pool yesterday morning! Nice work Mel,” reads the Facebook caption. Read more…

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