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Not long ago, the Food Network posted to Facebook a video featuring a food and parenting blogger named Bev Weidner, of the Web site Bev Cooks, demonstrating what was advertised as “the brilliant peanut butter hack you never knew you needed.” In the video, Weidner, chipper and chatty, lobs a few big spoonfuls of smooth peanut butter onto a piece of wax paper, folds it, then runs over its surface with a rolling pin to spread the peanut butter thin.The method is useful for saving time, she explains, while making sandwiches for her kids—and, she adds, to avoid any possibility of tearing the bread while applying peanut butter the normal way, with a knife.On Facebook, commenters, eighteen thousand of them, were not buying it.since having kids I had to quit my job due to the amount of time I needed to spread peanut butter each day,” one woman wrote.Having said that, I have a confession to make: I’m a glutton for kitchen tricks, kitchen gadgets—kitchen hacks, if you must call them that—whose appeal is older than humans themselves.As for Homo sapiens, both Charles Darwin and the Harvard biologist Richard Wrangham have argued that the human ability to make fire and use it to cook is one of our fundamental attributes.
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Popular social music app Musical.ly has been bought by Beijing ByteDance Technology Co. for a reported $800 million, according to Bloomberg.Bytedance, a company valued at $20 billion and which produces the Toutiao news aggregation app, announced the news on Friday morning but did not announce the financial terms, according to Bloomberg.Musical.ly lets users lip-sync along to short music clips or sing and dance a capella and upload it to the site.Users can share, like and comment on the clips, which run between 15 seconds and a minute in length.Musical.ly was founded in Shanghai by Louis Yang and Alex Zhu in 2014, and reached 90 million downloads within two years.Musical.ly isn't the first social app to attract high bids after Yahoo!
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Well, this isn't good - after squashing a few software bugs, admitting that performance isn't great in cold weather, and warning users that some burn-in is to be expected on the new iPhone X, the latest issue Apple has to deal with is a bright green line appearing down the side of some users' handsets.All par for the course for a company launching a premium smartphone these days it would seem - the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have had their fair share of problems too - but at least this particular issue seems to be limited in terms of the number of people affected.9to5Mac reports that complaints about the mysterious green line first surfaced last weekend and there are currently a total of 35 people (and rising) who've logged the issue with Apple - not a huge number in terms of the millions of handsets Apple is shifting, but it's not what you want from your brand new flagship phone.My new iPhoneX appears a green line on the screen , and the faceID can’t recognize me when I with glasses.@Apple @AppleSupport pic.twitter.com/Fgj5fg9v2xNovember 6, 2017Looking at the photos posted to Twitter, this does seem like a genuine issue, albeit one that most users haven't come across.
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Female BBC employees around the world are using Equal Pay Day to demand that bosses end the gender pay gap, months after the broadcaster revealed just a third of its top earners are women.Presenters, reporters and editors in locations as far-flung as Cairo and the Syrian border took to social media in solidarity against the pay gap, and called on male colleagues to support the cause.Radio 4 Today presenters Sarah Montague and Mishal Husain were among those who posted photos of themselves wearing equality T-shirts, with Montague adding the hashtag ” bbcwomen”.When the BBC published a list of its top earners in July, it was forced to reveal that its highest-paid male presenters collectively pocketed almost four times the total amount of the top four female presenters.A serious pay disparity was also exposed on the Today programme.While the document showed that John Humphrys earned between £600,000 and £649,999 in the year up to April 2017, Husain took home between £200,000 and £249,999 and Montague earned less than £150,000.
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The former CEO of Kabam sold his company — which made titles like The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth and Marvel Contest of Champions — for nearly a billion dollars.And he took some of that payout and — along with other Kabam and industry executives — acquired a franchise for an official regional Overwatch esports team in Seoul, South Korea, for an estimated $20 million.Time will tell if that was a good decision.We saw our revenues go from $3 million to $300,000 in four months.We sold one to Netmarble for $800 million, we sold our Facebook gaming business to a Chinese company, and we sold our R studio to Fox Networks.That’s what we’re focused on building at KSV.
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NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Philippines and saw the thirtieth tropical cyclone of the northwestern Pacific Ocean typhoon season form.On Nov. 9 at 0454 UTC (Nov. 8 at 11:54 p.m. EST) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of Tropical Depression Haikui over the central Philippines.The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite showed the center of the storm over the Philippine Sea and the western quadrant of the storm stretched over the central Philippines.Animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery showed a consolidating low-level circulation center with bands of thunderstorms wrapping into the center.At 10 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) Tropical Depression Haikui was located near 14.1 degrees north latitude and 120.7 degrees east longitude.That places the center of circulation about 51 nautical miles south-southeast of Manila.
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It took less than two hours for Las Vegas’s brand new self-driving shuttle to end up in a crash on Wednesday – thanks to a human.The autonomous bus made its debut on public roads around the so called Innovation District in downtown Las Vegas in front of cameras and celebrities, dubbed America’s first self-driving shuttle pilot project geared toward the public.Jenny Wong, a passenger on the shuttle at the time of the crash, told local news station KSNV: “The shuttle just stayed still.And we were like, it’s going to hit us, it’s going to hit us.“The shuttle didn’t have the ability to move back.The shuttle just stayed still.”
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Better cancel any plans you've made for the year 2617 -- renowned physicist Stephen Hawking thinks we Earthlings could all be toast by then.Hawking made a video appearance at the 2017 Tencent WE Summit in Beijing on Sunday, and warned that overcrowding and increased energy consumption could bring a fiery end to our world.The end would come in a "ball of fire," USA Today quotes Hawking as saying.To save itself, mankind must take a cue from Star Trek and "boldly go where no one has gone before," he said in the appearance.Hawking sees an answer in Breakthrough Starshot, the $100 million research and engineering program announced in 2016.Hawking and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg sit on the project's board.
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There’s a market out there for people who want to live in this touchscreen-heavy world whilst still slamming their hand on the top of a giant alarm clock.For those people, there’s the Kurrent.This alarm clock works with an extremely simple user interface, a handful of physical buttons, ports for wired charging, and a Qi wireless charging pad.The last bit is optional – and quite obviously made to arrive just in time for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the rest.Of course, this device having been created and photographed well before the iPhone X was revealed in full, here it uses the Galaxy S8.This Galaxy S8 as well as the Galaxy Note 8 – and a bunch of other Samsung smartphones – work with wireless charging just as well as Apple’s newest iPhone.
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The Origins model of ancient Egypt is so real, it even includes features that weren't yet discovered during development.The recent discovery of a massive chamber hidden deep in Egypt’s Great Pyramid in Giza has made headlines around the world.The first significant pyramid discovery since the 19th century, it was virtually unearthed by scientists using cosmic-ray imaging with subatomic particles called muons, which can penetrate deep into the rocks of the structure.So, does Assassin’s Creed Origins, the sprawling new adventure set in a historically accurate ancient Egypt, now need an update or patch to reflect the new discovery?Nope, says Assassin’s Creed historian Maxime Durand.“We have long believed that Jean-Pierre Houdin’s theories about the inner ramps and royal circuit with two antechambers inside the Great Pyramid are probably the most credible, which is why we decided to use them in the game,” she explained to Kotaku.
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Bradley Tusk, a former political operative who helps companies launch political-style campaigns, runs several businesses.One of them, Tusk Ventures, has been working with startups for a couple of years and until recently, accepted its payment in equity only.That changed in early 2016 when the outfit began raising money from outside investors looking to get into the some of those deals.Now, says the firm, it has officially closed that debut fund with $36 million, from 22 individual and institutional investors.According to Jordan Nof, a former Blackstone director who joined Tusk in 2015 and largely oversees the fund’s day-to-day operations, the new fund already has stakes in seven companies, and the team plans to fund up to 25.Some of its current holdings include positions in the daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel (which called off a merger with competitor DraftKings back in July); the insurance company Lemonade; Nexar, a company whose app aims to keep cars from colliding; and a startup that sends out personalized daily vitamin packs on a monthly basis, called Care/of.
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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—After a memorable Monday, in which the special counsel announced criminal charges against three men associated with Donald Trump’s campaign, millions of Americans were sort of hoping that Robert Mueller would arrest someone new every day, a new poll indicates.According to the poll, Monday’s news that Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos had been charged may have unfairly raised Americans’ expectations that Mueller would be generating new arrests at the rate of at least three a day.“Monday was one of the happiest days of my life,” one poll respondent said.“It started out great with Manafort and Gates, and then, bam, out of nowhere, Papadopoulos.I guess I started hoping all days would be like that.”Although Jared Kushner and Donald Trump, Jr., continue to be Americans’ most popular picks for the person Mueller arrests next, the poll suggests that, at this point, the indictment-starved public would be willing to settle for a lesser-known figure.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook has waded into the controversy surrounding a batch of incendiary Russian-sponsored Facebook ads, recently paraded by irate politicians on Capitol Hill, by warning that the scourge of ‘fake news’ poses a far graver long-term threat.Speaking to NBC Cook voiced his opinion that false and misleading articles propagated on social media has the potential to cause far greater harm for the US owing to its potential to spread like wildfire, exacerbating existing political divisions in the process.Cook said: "I don't believe that the big issue are ads from foreign governments.I believe that's like 0.1 percent of the issue.The bigger issue is that some of these tools are used to divide people, to manipulate people, to get fake news to people in broad numbers, and so to influence their thinking."Cook’s comments follow the release of a small selection of around 3,000 adverts purchased by accounts which were later traced back to Russia which sought to incite community tensions in the US around the 2016 presidential election.
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Aren’t they all spec-heavy beasts of incredible processing burden?These are the questions Razer will have to answer as it introduces its first ever smartphone, appropriately titled the Razer Phone.I’d say the Razer Phone was designed to appeal to spec lovers, but having handled the device extensively ahead of today’s launch, I struggle to believe that it was designed at all.I mean, just look at its characterless black-slab aluminum exterior.Razer prides itself on selling products made “for gamers, by gamers,” and it believes the above combination of desirable internal components will offset the blandness of the Razer Phone’s looks, the bigness of its speaker-housing bezels, and the absence of its headphone jack.It’s that last element that strikes me as a major contradiction: Razer’s supposedly gamer-friendly device is lacking easy connectivity to a gamer’s most essential peripheral after the controller.
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Nu kommer en ny lansering på området: en samling hårdvaruprodukter som går under namnet Hangouts Meet, och som syftar till att företag i alla storlekar ska kunna hålla videomöten i HD.När Computer Sweden förra året intervjuade Europachefen för de här produkterna, Mark Grady, pratade han om att enkelheten ska vara företagets vapen i den tuffa konkurrensen.Tidigare var det Cisco och Tandberg med avancerade produkter, highend.Men om man kollar på den marknaden så växer den bara med enstaka procent.Det är där vi kommer in, vi möter det behovet, med enklare system som också är billigare.Den nya hårdvaran består av en styrenhet för pekskärmar, en mikrofon- och högtalarenhet, en 4K Ultra HD-kamera och en Asus Chromebox.
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An airplane's lifespan isn't something most passengers think about until something annoying or unnerving happens—maybe an air vent starts dripping, or the bathroom door won't lock, or a loud noise makes everyone sit up straighter in their seats.Mike Kelley captures the full arc in Life Cycles, a stunning series of aerial photographs shot from above factories, airports and boneyards.A 747 can handle this for two to three decades—about 35,000 flights—before the threat of the fuselage breaking apart becomes real.The airline discards it at a boneyard, where it’s dismantled for scrap.Kelley got turned onto aviation as a kid in Boston; his dad used to take him to Logan Airport, where they’d lay on the roof of the car watching planes fly overhead.Hundreds of retired Boeings and Airbuses sat lined up in the red sand, creaking in the wind.
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As car companies work to satisfy America's almost insatiable appetite for crossover SUVs, Volkswagen has been all but left behind.For example, VW sold just 43,638 compact Tiguan crossovers in 2016.Fortunately for VW's brand loyalists, the German auto giant has been working to revamp its entire SUV lineup in a bid to turnaround the company's less than desirable performance in the marketplace.For 2018, a new near-full-size Atlas SUV has been added to the roster, while the pricey Touareg has been axed.(Oddly enough, the first gen Tiguan will remain on sale in the US as an entry-level model called the Tiguan Limited.)To find out, Business Insider borrowed a new 2018 Tiguan SEL Premium 4Motion in Premium Gray Metallic from Volkswagen.
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Just when we thought it was safe to eat the nice types of fish in the chip shop again instead of the flabby soggy ones Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says are acceptable, our lovely cod is back on the danger list.This time, however, the threat isn't from super-trawlers vacuuming them all out of the sea for our pleasure.It's the possibility of warmer seas resulting from global warming that could threaten fish stocks, with experts from the Scottish Association for Marine Science warning that cod, herring and haddock could eventually migrate away from the west coast of Scotland.The good news -- for us, not the fish or our grandchildren -- is that this won't happen until the years 2100, by which time the popular and commercially valuable catch may have migrated away to colder waters further north.Meaning it'll be all catfish and octopus and those weird things off Blue Planet II and chips for the poor people of the future.
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Paris Games Week kicked off with Sony’s PlayStation conference on Monday evening, where the tech giant announced a host of new titles for PlayStation 4 players.During the two-hour event, the company revealed new trailers for upcoming titles including a sequel to a popular 2D platformer and a story expansion for one of this year’s most critically acclaimed games.A sequel to the popular, yet challenging, Spelunky side-scrolling 2D adventure game was announced in Paris.The game, which doesn’t yet have a release date, features “a new hero” and, potentially, a new setting, reports Digital Trends.A longer, story-focused trailer for Detroit: Become Human was revealed that appears to explore themes such as domestic violence and the relationship between humans and robots.Developed by Quantic Dream, the studio behind titles including Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, Become Human follows the story of a robot maid who is placed in a home with what appears to be a single father and his daughter.
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The White House Press Secretary has been accused of “lying” in response to reporters’ questions about the role of former foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, in Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.The information came to light on Monday in the indictments against Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort and his associate, Rick Gates.Speaking of Papadopoulos’s role, she said: “It was extremely limited, it was a volunteer position.“He reached out and nothing happened beyond that which I think shows one, his level of importance in the campaign, and two, what little role with coordinating anything official for the campaign.”Sanders’s assertion is at odds with the indictment issued by the Special Counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which states Papadopoulos was encouraged to meet with Russian officials by campaign officials.Sanders was then asked by a reporter: “So his activities were entirely of his invention, no one asked him to do any of these things - is that what you’re telling the American public?”
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