LGBTQ Africans celebrate identity and community in this powerful photo series

May 21, 2017

… people of color and what to do instead For the past three years, Owunna has photographed 34 LGBTQ African immigrants for the project, most living in North America. The photos are paired with extensive interviews with each participant, exploring themes of homophobia, race, African identity, abuse, and healing. “I focus specifically on the LGBTQ African diaspora because we can be visible in ways that many LGBTQ people currently living on the African continent cannot be,” Owunna writes …

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Can you find the scared government official trying to hide?

May 21, 2017

Image: ambar del moral/mashable composite/getty images Washington in the middle of a crisis of historic proportions, and our brave leaders are responding the best way they know how: by hiding in the bushes. The past few months have produced story after story of elected officials trying to run from the people they’re supposed to have relationships with. Constituents can’t find their senators, senators can’t find other senators, and no one wants to find President Trump. SEE …

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Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

May 19, 2017

(CNN)The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fungus, Candida auris, can cause severe illness with high mortality, especially among high-risk patients, including those in intensive care units, those with a central venous catheter and those who …

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Learn how to ace the new rules of the job application process

May 19, 2017

If you’re a professional in today’s working world, you’ve probably realized that the process of acquiring a new job is rapidly evolving. The traditional, pre-digital method of searching through newspaper ads for positions or even walking into companies to personally drop off your resume are practices of the past. The new reality is that by the time you’re responding to a job posting, you’re probably already behind. Rather, in today’s business world, you …

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In ancient city of Xi’an, China hopes to restart the Silk Road

May 15, 2017

Xi'an, China (CNN)Michael Chang’s love of noodles should make his adopted home a perfect fit. Growing up poor in eastern China, Chang crowded around one of the only two televisions in his village to watch Hong Kong soap operas and TV dramas. “They were all in these fancy offices eating instant noodles,” he said. ” I wanted that to be me.” China’s party ruined by N. Korea missile What is China’s grand plan for the world? In …

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Fyre Festival basically just asked employees to work for free

May 13, 2017

… according to an audio recording leaked to Vice News. Nor would they be receiving a paycheck for the past two weeks of work. SEE ALSO: This Fyre Festival pitch deck is the best thing on the internet today One might assume that such an announcement means those workers are being fired. Not so, says “serial entrepreneur” Billy McFarland, the company’s 25-year-old co-founder. Employees are free to keep doing their jobs for no money, he said on the call, an arrangement that many …

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CNN 10 – May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017

… hold back, to get senior military approval before calling in airstrikes. That process has been sped up, and while a coalition victory appears to be in sight, the cost is hard to count. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Barely able to see through the blinding dust, west Mosul residents trudged to safety. Thousands have fled in the past days. “We’ve escaped from death,” says this man. This three-month-old was carried out by her …

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Instagram rolls out mobile web sharing in its quest for a billion users

May 10, 2017

… even more growth in developing markets with less robust mobile networks, which could be the key to pushing the Instagram past the billion user mark. The service recently rolled out offline functionality for Android users in a similar move. Facebook famously expanded its own massive user base by offering lower-data options for users, like Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite. SEE ALSO: U.S. visa applicants may have to hand over their social media handles The functionality was first reported by …

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Inside Microsoft’s AI ambitions

May 8, 2017

… writing assistants like spell check and grammar, which now go beyond flagging obvious mistakes to suggesting more stylistic changes like using must instead of have to. Gregersen said the these Gold Squiggles (what appears under the flagged prose) are expanding to look for inclusive language and even gender bias in writing. It was hard to do this in the past without large language models and machine learning, he said. Research gets a little easier with AI behind it. Image: Microsoft Of …

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The 5 Best Email Apps That Use Machine Learning, AI

May 7, 2017

… option toautomatically snooze his messages until after work.On mobile, Astrobot lives ina separate tab from the rest of your inbox, so if you’d rather not get help from the app’s AI, you don’t have to. However,you’d be missing out on the app’s biggest strength if you didn’t check infrom time to time. 2) Zero With an AI assistant, several interfaces you can choose from, and a host of other tools, the iOS appZero could make email overload a thing of the past. …

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Here’s what you can do to fight global warming, beyond changing lightbulbs

May 7, 2017

… have to start falling, now, faster than they have risen for the past 160 years.) SEE ALSO: We became scientists to help the world. Now we need to take to the streets. Our theories of change are informed by our understanding of climate science and clean energy, by our journey from scientists to scientist-activists, and, most of all, by the insights of other academics and activists. Leverage our collective power Even a homeless person in America has a carbon footprint of roughly 8.5 tons of …

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Parachute into North Korea with this extraordinary VR experience

May 5, 2017

Image: Marcus Olsson U.S. President Donald Trump has really upped the war of words with North Korea in the past few months, prompting an endless flow of news reports about the hermit regime. What these reports often leave out, though, is the daily life in the North’s capital. SEE ALSO: North Koreans have been spotted playing volleyball at its nuclear test site People commuting, playing, cycling, praying, chatting, moving around the city. What is it like to live in one of the most …

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The State Department wants visa applicants to hand over their social media handles

May 5, 2017

… anyone “determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities.” These applicants would have to list the social media handles they’ve used in the past five years, though the government wouldn’t demand passwords for those handles (even if border agents can and do demand social media passwords from visitors pretty much whenever they like). Applicants would also have to hand over any phone numbers and …

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Tainted love: Bob Thissen finds beauty in derelict Japanese love hotels

May 4, 2017

(CNN)In one photo, a dusty chandelier hangs from the ceiling above a large circular mattress framed by a mirrored headboard. In another, an abandoned suit of armor stands guard over a chariot bed adorned with stained pillows. Signs of decay, from the scattered debris of a collapsing roof to water stained walls, are everywhere. Yet the images — all taken in the rooms of an abandoned Japanese sex hotel by Dutch photographer Bob Thissen — seem oddly serene, like staged monuments …

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Facebook Stories is a total failure

May 4, 2017

… important real estate. SEE ALSO: Facebook is turning into a confusing social nightmare It’s possible this is by design. (Is Facebook intentionally watering down the “Stories” feature to diminish Snapchat’s relevance? Perhaps!) But it’s not a good look for the social network, which has struggled with its image in the past year after a series of high-profile missteps. Think of it this way: At a time when Facebook is particularly invested in making sure users want to …

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This 6-year-old created a brilliant book to celebrate black Indigenous cultures. Casual.

May 2, 2017

… cultures around the globe. The book officially launched March 31, and has increasingly gained popularity over the past month. SEE ALSO: Barbershop Books is using barbershops to inspire young black boys to read The coloring book features an illustrated version of Vanae as a princess, who travels the world to learn more about Indigenous cultures in Africa and the Americas. The cover of “The Indigenous Adventures of Princess Vanae.” Image: PrincessVanae.com Vanae, who is …

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FIFA Official Sheikh Ahmad Resigning Amid Bribery Claims

May 2, 2017

… influence and help recruit other Asian soccer officials prepared to take bribes, Lai said in court. After the allegations emerged, the FIFA Review Committee, which rules on the integrity of people seeking senior positions, was studying the sheikh's candidacy. The FIFA ethics committee is making a separate assessment which could provisionally suspend the sheikh, a past president of Kuwait's soccer federation who also briefly coached the national team. Resigning from his soccer positions …

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Turkish authorities block Wikipedia from the entire country

April 30, 2017

… Saturday. In the past, Turkey has blocked Facebook and Twitter following protests or terror attacks. The monitoring group Turkey Blocks found that Wikipedia could not be reached in Turkey starting at 8 a.m. local time. The group noted that the kind of administrative measure used here often precedes a full court order to block a site in the coming days. #Wikipedia is blocked in #Turkey as a provisional administrative measure. I guess it is to protect people from… knowledge? #facepalm …

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So, Fyre isn’t just a music festival. Meet Ja Rule’s company

April 30, 2017

… tickets, let alone make a big offer to French Montana). According to the website, the artist takes 100 percent of the offer and then Fyre takes 100 percent of the booking fee. That sounds quite fair and transparent. How about that Fyre Festival? Anyway, the experience was pretty slick, and it’d be pretty awesome if French Montana agreed to play on my birthday. In the past, I would have had no idea how to even ask that question / make that offer. Once upon a time, I had a band play at my …

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These Texas students are on a mission to raise money for their classmates with cancer

April 26, 2017

… first diagnosed with Thyroid cancer in the 6th grade and had surgery to combat the disease. In remission for two years, the straight-A student and choir member recently learned that the cancer is back. Shell undergo radiation therapy and will have more surgery. Theyre all really supportive and now Ive found a way to connect with the other three kids who have cancer, Robles says. Support and community are words the girls have used a lot in these past 10 weeks as theyve observed how their …

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5 ways inclusive marketing can benefit your business feat. Nigel Barker

April 22, 2017

… the other side of the coin, not all brands utilize inclusive marketing correctly. There have been a handful of brands over the past several months who have tried to take a stab at inclusive marketing, but to their dismay, their message was not received by the masses in the way they had hoped (looking at you, Pepsi). However, when executed correctly, inclusive marketing has the potential to make serious impacts for any business of any size. Nigel Barker, internationally renowned photographer whos …

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T-Mobile lashes out for hours at ‘VerHIGHzon’ about weed

April 21, 2017

Image: t-mobile T-Mobile isnt letting 420 mellow its fierce marketing war with Verizon. In an effort led by famously outspoken CEO John Legere, the carrier poked fun at its larger rival for choosing to release its earnings report on the holiest of high days. This is the same company thats made questionable decisions one after the other for the past four years and now finds itself losing customers to T-Mobile on a regular basis, a company spokesperson wrote. Theres really only one explanation …

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This Is What The New National Teacher Of The Year Wants To Tell Trump

April 21, 2017

… president, she led her students in discussion about what role they can play in shaping the future. When she teaches topics like apartheid in South Africa, she encourages students to make connections with present-day movements, like Black Lives Matter. Chaffee is the first National Teacher of the Year to work at a charter school, a feat celebrated by charter school advocates. The past year has been contentious for Massachusetts charter schools after voters rejected a proposalthat would have …

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Bill O’Reilly’s Replacement, Tucker Carlson, Has Unenlightened Views On Women

April 20, 2017

… such as Hot Women Eating Cereal. But I also believe that beauty is important, and were not embarrassed to put things that are beautiful not necessarily sexual or debased, Carlson said to the woman, according to Raw Story.(To be fair, some HuffPost readers became accustomed to attentive side boob coverage on this site.) Despite Carlsons past pronouncements, Kelly vouched for him in an interview with The Washington Post. …

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Inside the car design lab crafting pianos, bicycles and helicopters

April 20, 2017

(CNN)We’re all used to the familiar front grilles and badges of car brands like Audi, Porsche and BMW. But have you ever considered a Peugeot piano? Or an Aston Martin yacht? Perhaps a Bentley handbag? These days, ever-increasing numbers of car manufacturers are offering their design expertise as a resource to outside clients — either extending their own brand to something without four wheels and an engine, or consulting on projects that will ultimately exist in their own …

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Trespassing on UK railways hits record high – BBC News

April 13, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Munn lost his leg crossing a train track when he was 22 More than 8,000 people trespassed on railways across the UK in 2016 – the highest number since records began. Network Rail and British Transport Police figures show an 11% rise in incidents to 8,265, compared with 2015. Some 115 people have been killed on rail tracks over the past five years, with almost half of them aged under 25. Network Rail and the police said …

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