Dog Tribute Video Denali

Tribute video that a lovable dog made for its owner will leave you in tears

By on June 11, 2015 at 4:42 PM.

Tribute video that a lovable dog made for its owner will leave you in tears

“There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest times.”

So reads the tagline for a wonderfully touching film about a man and his loyal dog, Denali. Put together by photographer Ben Moon, the film has already won a few film festival awards and was an official selection at the Telluride Mountainfilm festival.

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Belgium Coins

Belgium just punked France in the most hilarious way

By on June 10, 2015 at 10:41 AM.

Belgium just punked France in the most hilarious way

This past March, France took offense when it learned of Belgium’s plans to release a 2 euro coin to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the French defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. France vigorously protested the coin’s release, arguing that it would create conflict within the European Union. France also penned a letter arguing that the coins would elicit an “unfavorable” reaction from French citizens.

When the dust settled, Belgium’s hand was forced, resulting in them scrapping over 180,000 commemorative coins that they already minted.

But as it turns out, Belgium had a bit of a trick up its sleeve.

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World Trade Center New York Final Tower Design

Revealed: Here’s what the final World Trade Center tower will look like

By on June 9, 2015 at 4:58 PM.

Revealed: Here’s what the final World Trade Center tower will look like

It’s been a long time coming, but we now know what the final tower will look like when it’s built at the site of the old World Trade Center in New York. Wired has an exclusive report about the design of Two World Trade Center, which will be next to One World Trade Center and will be a massive tower in its own right that measures in at 1,340 feet tall. This still isn’t as tall as One World Trade Center, which is a gigantic 1,368 feet from the ground to its roof and 1,792 feet when you account for its spire.

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China Drones

How China is using drones to stop cheating on University entrance exams

By on June 9, 2015 at 11:21 AM.

How China is using drones to stop cheating on University entrance exams

Beginning this week, over 9 million high school students in China will sit down for a test called the Gaokao, an exam similar in nature to the SAT. As China’s University entrance exam, the Gaokao, otherwise known as the Higher Education Exam, is both high stakes and high pressure as it helps determine which tier of University each student can attend. As CNN points out, “failure means no degree, poorer job prospects and possibly a life of regret.”

With so much on the line, some students over the years have increasingly turned to high-tech cheating in order to improve their scores.

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Suicide Bombers Kill Themselves Fight

Suicide bombers detonate themselves after heated argument turns into fight

By on June 8, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Suicide bombers detonate themselves after heated argument turns into fight

Remember the selfie-taking terrorist that got his headquarters blown up by the Air Force last week in a swift attack? It turns out there are even more outlandish stories out there, with new reports revealing that at least one suicide bomber in Sargodha, Pakistan, may have died after accidentally triggering a suicide vest during an argument with a second individual who was also potentially a suicide bomber. More →

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ISIS Terrorist Selfie

‘Moron’ terrorist takes a selfie in front of ISIS headquarters, Air Force bombs it 22 hours later

By on June 5, 2015 at 6:45 AM.

‘Moron’ terrorist takes a selfie in front of ISIS headquarters, Air Force bombs it 22 hours later

Apparently, looks can kill. In a very real story that we assure you did not originate from The Onion, a terrorist from ISIS recently took a selfie of himself and posted it online.

Shortly thereafter, U.S. Intelligence, which heavily monitors social media accounts from ISIS members and supporters, managed to pinpoint an ISIS headquarters building in Syria by using the selfie photo as a reference point.

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Tesla Elon Musk

Elon Musk meets with Google CEO Larry Page in a secret apartment to talk about crazy futuristic ideas

By on May 13, 2015 at 1:38 PM.

Elon Musk meets with Google CEO Larry Page in a secret apartment to talk about crazy futuristic ideas

Fascinating excerpts from an upcoming book about Tesla CEO Elon Musk are slowly but surely starting to trickle in.  Earlier in the week we highlighted a few choice quotes allegedly delivered by Musk, including one instance where, it is claimed, he tore into an employee for missing a company event so that he could witness the birth of his child. Notably, Musk has since come out and denied that any such exchange took place.

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MLB Baseball Food

The best foods to eat at every Major League Baseball stadium

By on April 9, 2015 at 5:25 PM.

The best foods to eat at every Major League Baseball stadium

It’s early April, a time of year which, for many people, is synonymous with only one thing: Major League Baseball.

In a number of ways, the baseball viewing experience has changed dramatically over the past few years. With HDTVs providing such an enjoyable viewing experience at home, teams across all sports leagues have done quite a bit to up the ante in terms of the live viewing experience. No where is that more apparent than in the food options available.

For anyone who grew up in the 80s and early 90s, going to the ballpark was a rather simple affair, food wise. You had your popcorn, some peanuts or crackerjacks, and of course, the tried and true hot dog. But today’s fan demands a more sophisticated menu, which is why many ballparks now offer a range of food items — such as steak and sushi — that may seem sacrilege to old school baseball fans.

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Apple Facts Trivia

6 fascinating facts about Apple that you never knew

By on April 1, 2015 at 1:44 PM.

6 fascinating facts about Apple that you never knew

Today marks the 39th anniversary of Apple’s founding. While most tech companies that old have either come and gone or have settled into a comfortable position of mediocrity, Apple is more successful today than ever.

In light of Apple’s birthday, so to speak, below are a few facts about Apple you likely weren’t aware of.

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Apple Streaming Video

Apple’s newest hire could be a real difference maker for Beats Music

By on March 31, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Apple’s newest hire could be a real difference maker for Beats Music

With Apple rumored to be getting into the TV streaming business later this fall, the company recently made an extremely interesting executive hire. First spotted by Mark Gurman over at 9to5Mac, Apple last month was able to lure Mike Rockwell away from Dolby, where he most recently served as the company’s Executive Vice President of Products and Technology.

The Rockwell hire is particularly interesting given that his top two listed skills on his LinkedIn profile are “streaming media” and “digital video,” two areas Apple has a keen interest in. Of course, Apple’s Beats Music revamp is slated to launch with iOS 9 while the company’s rumored TV streaming service may launch as soon as this October.

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Windows Software Update

How a slow Windows software update punished a German basketball team

By on March 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

How a slow Windows software update punished a German basketball team

There’s a hilarious story coming out of Germany which relays how a slow Windows software update ended up relegating a German basketball team to a lower tiered league.

A quick backdrop: It’s common across some European sports leagues to move under-performing teams to lower tiered divisions. As a quick analogy, it’d be akin to the New York Knicks being demoted to the NBA D-league for having the worst record in the NBA.

That said, here’s what recently went down in the German ProB basketball league.

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Jony Ive Steve Jobs Firing

Why Jony Ive once thought Steve Jobs was going to fire him

By on March 20, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

Why Jony Ive once thought Steve Jobs was going to fire him

Scheduled to drop on March 24th, the upcoming Steve Jobs book called Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader, promises to deliver a number of incredible stories about Jobs and Apple’s incredible turn around from the brink of bankruptcy.

Ahead of the book’s release, a number of excerpts have already leaked, including an astonishing story about how Apple CEO Tim Cook once offered Steve Jobs part of his own liver. Now comes an additional story courtesy of Fast Company which relays that Jony Ive thought his time at Apple was over once Jobs returned to the company in 1997.

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Steve Jobs Tim Cook Liver

Tim Cook once offered an ill Steve Jobs his liver, new book reveals

By on March 12, 2015 at 4:08 PM.

Tim Cook once offered an ill Steve Jobs his liver, new book reveals

Last week we detailed how an upcoming book about Steve Jobs promised to deliver “sensational” stories about the Apple co-founder. Cult of Mac has since obtained a few excerpts from the book and, as promised, there are quite a few bombshells already.

Titled, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader, the book is slated for release on March 24 but is already available for pre-order on Amazon for $21.78.

The most fascinating tidbit Cult of Mac unearthed details how current Apple CEO Tim Cook once offered part of his liver to Jobs when then Apple co-founder was going through a bout of health struggles.

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