Day: February 1, 2017

GoldenKey raises $1.75M as it works to unbundle the real estate industry

A miniature real estate agent figurine standing next to a FOR SALE sign GoldenKey, which was previously known as SoloPro, wants to change how real estate agents and their clients do business. Typically, as a buyer or seller, you work with one agent, who then gets a 3 percent commission once you buy or sell your home. GoldenKey puts a different spin on this. Instead of a commission, you pay an agent a flat fee for the services you need and get a 3 percent rebate… Read More

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Snapchat celebrates Black History Month with 'Young, Black and Proud' story

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Snapchat is taking new steps to celebrate Black History Month in its app.

The app is rolling out a set special geofilters and launching a new “Our Story” called “Young Black and Proud,” which encourages Snapchat users to share their experiences and what makes them proud, to commemorate Black History Month.

As with other “Our Stories,” the content will be curated by Snapchat’s editorial team and be live in the app for 24 hours. To go with the Our Story, Snapchat has added a set of Black History Month-themed geolfilters meant to encourage users to talk about their backgrounds and what makes them proud. Read more…

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Just watching 'Super Mario Maker' level is pure chaos

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Created by YouTube user Val JP, known for similarly ridiculous Super Mario Maker levels, “Tricky Mario” looks like exactly that: tricky as hell.

You can find and play it for yourself, if you dare, here.

(h/t Reddit

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400M people use Facebook Messenger audio and video calling each month

fb-group-video Facebook’s push for video goes well beyond the News Feed. On today’s earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said 400 million people are making audio and video calls each month, up swiftly from 300 million in just September. That’s partly thanks to the December launch of multi-screen group video chat that looks similar to fast-rising startup Houseparty. Messenger is starting to become… Read More

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Twitter's big tease on abuse updates is extremely disappointing

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Twitter has a big plan to combat abuse. CEO Jack Dorsey and VP of Engineering Ed Ho have been chatting back and forth about it, on Twitter, all week. 

But don’t get too excited just yet — you’ll probably roll your eyes when you hear today’s update. 

Making Twitter a safer place is our primary focus and we are now moving with more urgency than ever.

— Ed Ho (@mrdonut) January 31, 2017

We heard you, we didn’t move fast enough last year; now we’re thinking about progress in days and hours not weeks and months.

— Ed Ho (@mrdonut) January 31, 2017

We’re taking a completely new approach to abuse on Twitter. Including having a more open & real-time dialogue about it every step of the way https://t.co/a1SV7URPEK

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Exxon's former CEO is now our secretary of state. So, there's that.

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Rex Tillerson, the longtime head of ExxonMobil, won Senate confirmation on Wednesday to be secretary of state. In this new role, Tillerson will be in charge of U.S. international climate negotiations as well as international aid efforts on climate-related disasters. 

Yes, you read that correctly: The former head of one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world will now spearhead America’s approach to mitigating the effects of climate change.

The final Senate vote was 56 to 43 in favor, with three Democrats and one independent joining Republicans in voting for him. No Republicans opposed Tillerson’s nomination.  Read more…

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I hate to say it, but Beyonce's pregnancy announcement photo is bad

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I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but let’s talk about Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement photo for just a second. 

Because I really don’t like it.

 

When she announced she was pregnant with Blue Ivy, I thought it was really cute. While singing “Love On Top” (very appropriate for the occasion), she showed off her growing baby bump on stage at the MTV VMAs. She had suffered a miscarriage in the past and her way of announcing her pregnancy to the world was powerful, joyous and full of love. Read more…

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How Facebook plans to evaluate its quest for generalized artificial intelligence

Man With Circuit Board Brain One of the biggest misconceptions about artificial intelligence is the belief that today’s AIs possess generalized intelligence. We are really good at leveraging large datasets to accomplish specific tasks, but fall flat at replicating the breath of human intelligence. If we’re going to move towards generalized intelligence, Facebook wants to make sure we know how to… Read More

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Punk tech versus consumer tech

The interview I recently did for the Working Together Podcast is live.

Here’s a link to the episode with lots of detailed shownotes on Stefan’s Working Together blog.

We talked about my upbringing, the Maker Movement, “punk tech” versus “consumer tech”, the blockchain, and some of the books and mentors who have inspired me over the years.

If you like what you hear, you can subscribe to his show through the usual directories: iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherTuneIn and so on.

The host of the show, Stefan, also encouraged anyone using iTunes to rate and review the podcast as he welcomes your feedback and support, and it helps the show get discovered by more listeners!

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ClearMotion lands $100M to swap software for car shocks and boost self-driving UX

clearmotion-glide ClearMotion, a company that’s building an alternative chassis for vehicle makers that replaces traditional physical shock absorbers with digital, software-driven adaptive actuators, has readied $100 million in a Series C round, led by a group of clients advised by J.P. Morgan’s asset management wing and with participation from NEA, Qualcomm Ventures and more. The company claims to… Read More

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Pre-order a signed first edition of Walkaway, which got a starred review in Booklist today!

Here’s a reminder that you can pre-order a signed first edition hardcover of Walkaway, my first novel for adults since 2009, which William Gibson called “A wonderful novel” and Edward Snowden called “a reminder that the world we choose to build is the one we’ll inhabit” and Kim Stanley Robinson called “a utopia is both more thought-provoking and more fun than a dystopia” and Neal Stephenson called “the Bhagavad Gita of hacker/maker/ burner/open source/git/gnu/wiki/99%/adjunct faculty/Anonymous/shareware/thingiverse/cypherpunk/
LGTBQIA*/squatter/upcycling culture, zipped down into a pretty damned tight techno-thriller with a lot of sex in it.”
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Facebook beats in Q4 with $8.81B revenue, slower growth to 1.86B users

facebook-mau Facebook had another strong quarter in Q4 2016, earning $8.81 billion in revenue and $1.41 EPS. It pulled that from 1.86 billion monthly users, up 3.91% this quarter, or 70 million users, from 1.79 billion, but at a slower pace than its 4.67% growth last quarter. Mobile now makes up 84% of its ad revenue, the same as last quarter, accounting for $7.248 billion, signalling that Facebook has… Read More

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SoFi buys Zenbanx to offer banking and money transfer services to its users

unicorn-money Online lending firm SoFi announced today that it has acquired Zenbanx, a startup that offers up banking, debit, payments and money transfer services to users online and through a mobile app. The combination of the two will allow SoFi to move deeper into the financial lives of its customers. While today it focuses on student loan refinancing, mortgages and personal loans, integrating… Read More

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Your Ability To Fail Without Fear Is A Requirement To Reach Your Goals

What is Failure?

Did you know that you need to fail to live life? Yes, you do.

When we were all born, we never received a “book of life” that had all the rules laid out for us to skim through when we needed to refer to it.

Sure, people always told us what to do and what not to do growing up, but it wasn’t until you lived the events and saw them through your own eyes that you realized what worked or didn’t work, was good or bad, and what was a success or a failure.

Let me show how you can change your thoughts that you may finally reach your goals. But first, let’s dive into why you are being held back in the first place.

Why Getting Past Your Fears Of Failure Will Dramatically Change Your Life

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When I first wanted to start a blog, I faced this uncertainty myself. I asked myself many times, was it worth it? Is anyone even going to read what I have to say? Was this just going to be a lot of wasted time?

The fact is, I didn’t know. And that’s the beauty of it. I could have a winner on my hands and not even know it.

It was a lot of work starting a blog but I felt that I had my unique outlook on things and a lot of great information to share. I kept on with it and said that I have nothing to lose, yet so much reward to gain.

The thing is, we as humans are not psychics. We cannot see into the future. If we don’t even attempt something, then we are not living, we are just observing. We are not living out our own lives; we are bystanders just sitting on the sidelines watching everything pass us by.

It’s until we make that attempt, take that first step, hit that first roadblock, that we know if what we are doing is the right decision or not.

If you keep moving forward, and trying your best, and not giving up, then you haven’t failed yet.

If you are driving down a road, and there is a fork in the road, and you have no map and no idea which way to go, you can choose to go right or left. For you to know which way is the right way to get to your end goal and destination, you may end up having to take that wrong road.

But the point I am trying to get you to understand is that you HAD to go down that wrong road to KNOW that the right road was the right way.

See, it’s not a failure. Its just eliminating the wrong option.

What You Can Do Right Now To Overcome Your Fear

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Here are some great ways to bust through your fears and get on with your life:

Ask Yourself, “What Is The Worst That Can Happen?”

Think worst case scenario here.

If you were to attempt to do what you wanted, what could happen that you feel is the worst case. Once you realize that it may not be all that bad, then trying it out might not be as bad as you first would have thought.

See Also: 3 Questions You Need To Ask To Overcome Your Fears 

Just Take Action

Make that first step, no matter how small. Even a little progress can open up your eyes to realize that things are not all that hard.

What would be harder for you to bear? Is it trying and failing at something, or not even trying at all and then living with the regret for the rest of your life that you didn’t even try?

Focus On The Positives

Don’t focus on what bad things can happen from your attempts. Look at what great positive and rewarding things you can get out of accomplishing your goal.

For some reason, we always want to focus on the negative side of things. But we are so focused on what terrible things that could happen, that we forget the other side of the coin. We need to refocus ourselves on what great things that will come out of actions and our decisions.

Life is the same. Even if you don’t achieve your goal one way, you can certainly achieve it another. And even if that doesn’t work, just keep going. No matter how long it takes you to achieve your goal, keep going until you do.

Don’t Take It Personally

Don’t take things personally, and treat the experience as a learning opportunity.

Just go and have fun with it. Make it into some game where if you don’t pass the level, that’s okay. Just press the reset button and try again. You can never lose.

Try, try and try some more. The more you start to live life and take action, instead of just watching it pass you by, the quicker you will learn to accept the hiccups in the road of life, and you will be able to better manage these unforeseen issues.

You will start to not treat these events as failures but as learning blocks — steps that you needed to take to achieve your goals.

Forget About The Past

Forget about what’s happened in the past. Instead, focus on the goal right now.

Do not let old mistakes hold you back. Again, I hate using the words “mistakes” and “failures” because they are not.

Stop denying your past. Fix what you can and move on.

You cannot let your pride and ego get in the way of your success. When you feel that you have failed at something, don’t get mad at yourself or even others. Find out what went wrong, and fix it as fast as you can. Don’t repeat the same actions and you will be fine.

Final Thoughts

You see, failure is just another word for “I shouldn’t do it that way next time.” It’s as simple as that. Instead of looking at it as a failure, you should look at it as life telling you which path is probably not the one to take any more.

We can’t always play it safe in life. Don’t ever underestimate your worth. You are only limited by what your mind tells you that you are limited to.

Stop listening to the voice in your head, and start living a life without fear to do whatever you want to accomplish.

Just imagine what we could all accomplish if we knew that we couldn’t fail.

See Also: 5 Fears You Might Not Realize Are Holding You Back (And What To Do)

 

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Apple-Cinnamon French Toast Muffins

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Muffins

You’ve got to admit it: they’re cute. These individual bites of not-quite-muffins and not-quite-French-toast are almost too good to be true.

Not only are they scrumptious, but they work on your schedule. Throw them together tonight and bake them tomorrow morning for an easy warm breakfast. They also reheat well, so you can make a batch this weekend and have them for breakfast all week long.

Whatever your breakfast situation, these French toast muffins are up to the challenge.

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Rejoice! Hillary Clinton is writing a book of personal essays

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Hillary Clinton may not be president, but that’s not stopping her from sharing her thoughts with the world in a powerful way.

On Wednesday, Clinton fans had good reason to rejoice after Simon & Schuster announced that the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate is working on a book to be released this fall.

Though the book is currently untitled, Clinton will reportedly be compiling a collection of personal essays inspired by her favorite quotes, which will touch on the historic campaign and her loss to Donald Trump. Read more…

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Rejoice! Hillary Clinton is writing a book of personal essays

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Hillary Clinton may not be president, but that’s not stopping her from sharing her thoughts with the world in a powerful way.

On Wednesday, Clinton fans had good reason to rejoice after Simon & Schuster announced that the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate is working on a book to be released this fall.

Though the book is currently untitled, Clinton will reportedly be compiling a collection of personal essays inspired by her favorite quotes, which will touch on the historic campaign and her loss to Donald Trump. Read more…

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Rejoice! Hillary Clinton is writing a book of personal essays

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Hillary Clinton may not be president, but that’s not stopping her from sharing her thoughts with the world in a powerful way.

On Wednesday, Clinton fans had good reason to rejoice after Simon & Schuster announced that the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate is working on a book to be released this fall.

Though the book is currently untitled, Clinton will reportedly be compiling a collection of personal essays inspired by her favorite quotes, which will touch on the historic campaign and her loss to Donald Trump. Read more…

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You know who else invested in infrastructure? Autobahn spending was key to Hitler's consolidation of power

In Highway to Hitler, Nico Voigtländer (UCLA) and Hans‐Joachim Voth (University of Zurich)’s 2014 paper analyzing the impact of the massive infrastructure investment in creating the Autobahn, the authors conclude that the major spending project was key to Hitler’s consolidation of power.
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Master full-stack web development and be your own boss

These days, websites are much more than collections of HTML pages. Web developers have moved to the forefront of the tech industry, and there has never been a better time to learn to code with this Complete Web Developer Course.

In this intensive course, I was able to quickly learn the fundamentals of web development by building 14 functional websites. It starts with HTML, CSS, and Javascript, which are all great languages for understanding the foundations of any webpage. Once I mastered the basics, I studied tools like jQuery and Bootstrap in order to understand how to get interactive webpages up and running.

I even learned to created complex, updatable sites with WordPress, and to communicate with remote servers using the PHP programming language and MySQL database management. All these skills together are what make you a full-stack developer, i.e. incredibly valuable to any modern company.

Marked down 92% from the usual price of $199, this Complete Web Developer Course is just $14.99 if you purchase today.

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Google Cloud takes aim at Microsoft customers with new Windows VMs

disrupt_sf16_diane_greene-3758 Google announced several new products today aimed at luring IT pros who are using Windows in their data centers to the Google Cloud Platform. With that in mind, Google introduced support for Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise and Windows Server Core on the Cloud Platform. In addition, the company announced support for SQL Server Always-On Availability Group for customers who are concerned about… Read More

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Google Cloud takes aim at Microsoft customers with new Windows VMs

disrupt_sf16_diane_greene-3758 Google announced several new products today aimed at luring IT pros who are using Windows in their data centers to the Google Cloud Platform. With that in mind, Google introduced support for Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise and Windows Server Core on the Cloud Platform. In addition, the company announced support for SQL Server Always-On Availability Group for customers who are concerned about… Read More

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Seth Meyers has a lot of questions about Melania Trump's 'Vanity Fair' cover

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Melania Trump’s cover for the Mexican edition of Vanity Fair, also known as the “diamond noodles heard ’round the world,” features the new First Lady twirling a bite of probably priceless spaghetti. 

Understandably, Seth Meyers has a lot of questions. For example, if one eats jewelry but also has it on, is one effectively wearing a bunch of snacks?

And we’ll add a question of our own: Since we can’t afford spaghetti diamonds, should we start wearing pretzels as earrings?

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Seth Meyers has a lot of questions about Melania Trump's 'Vanity Fair' cover

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Melania Trump’s cover for the Mexican edition of Vanity Fair, also known as the “diamond noodles heard ’round the world,” features the new First Lady twirling a bite of probably priceless spaghetti. 

Understandably, Seth Meyers has a lot of questions. For example, if one eats jewelry but also has it on, is one effectively wearing a bunch of snacks?

And we’ll add a question of our own: Since we can’t afford spaghetti diamonds, should we start wearing pretzels as earrings?

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Seth Meyers has a lot of questions about Melania Trump's 'Vanity Fair' cover

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Melania Trump’s cover for the Mexican edition of Vanity Fair, also known as the “diamond noodles heard ’round the world,” features the new First Lady twirling a bite of probably priceless spaghetti. 

Understandably, Seth Meyers has a lot of questions. For example, if one eats jewelry but also has it on, is one effectively wearing a bunch of snacks?

And we’ll add a question of our own: Since we can’t afford spaghetti diamonds, should we start wearing pretzels as earrings?

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Comic about how we're living in a 1990s cyberpunk dystopia

Andy Warner says:

A comic by Maki Naro that I edited for the Nib just came out which I thought you’d dig. It’s about how we’re actually living in a 1990s cyberpunk dystopia.

Fun fact: the hacker character in this strip is based off the “R.U. a Cyberpunk?” article in Mondo 2000, a publication which I think shared early DNA with Boingboing.

Read the rest at The Nib.

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This sign is the new gold standard for political trolling

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We all know Nigel Farage, prominent Brexiter and Donald Trump’s BFF in Europe the UK.

While praising his American buddy and the controversial travel ban in the European Parliament, a Labour MEP decided to troll him in an epic way. 

Seb Dance, sitting behind Farage, held up a sign on which he’d written “He’s lying to you.” 

It’s all kicking off in the European Parliament pic.twitter.com/w8OWQIIKUL

— Duncan Robinson (@duncanrobinson) February 1, 2017

German newspaper Der Spiegel tweeted “@SebDance trollt Nigel Farage”: 

Gerade im Europaparlament: @SebDance trollt Nigel Faragepic.twitter.com/SNdmFsZrnq

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This sign is the new gold standard for political trolling

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We all know Nigel Farage, prominent Brexiter and Donald Trump’s BFF in Europe the UK.

While praising his American buddy and the controversial travel ban in the European Parliament, a Labour MEP decided to troll him in an epic way. 

Seb Dance, sitting behind Farage, held up a sign on which he’d written “He’s lying to you.” 

It’s all kicking off in the European Parliament pic.twitter.com/w8OWQIIKUL

— Duncan Robinson (@duncanrobinson) February 1, 2017

German newspaper Der Spiegel tweeted “@SebDance trollt Nigel Farage”: 

Gerade im Europaparlament: @SebDance trollt Nigel Faragepic.twitter.com/SNdmFsZrnq

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This sign is the new gold standard for political trolling

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We all know Nigel Farage, prominent Brexiter and Donald Trump’s BFF in Europe the UK.

While praising his American buddy and the controversial travel ban in the European Parliament, a Labour MEP decided to troll him in an epic way. 

Seb Dance, sitting behind Farage, held up a sign on which he’d written “He’s lying to you.” 

It’s all kicking off in the European Parliament pic.twitter.com/w8OWQIIKUL

— Duncan Robinson (@duncanrobinson) February 1, 2017

German newspaper Der Spiegel tweeted “@SebDance trollt Nigel Farage”: 

Gerade im Europaparlament: @SebDance trollt Nigel Faragepic.twitter.com/SNdmFsZrnq

— SPIEGEL Politik (@SPIEGEL_Politik) February 1, 2017 Read more…

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iPhone 7 series Lightning audio + charging adaptor $10

Apple lives to make cables a problem. Here’s the new iPhone 7 series adaptor you need at a price you can tolerate.

I hate spending more energy managing my iPhone’s battery levels than I do enjoying a road trip. This adaptor solves Apple’s latest giant cabling fuck you.

2 in 1 Lightning Adapter and Charger , Lightning to 3.5mm Aux Headphone Jack Audio Adapter for iphone 7 / 7 plus via Amazon

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iPhone 7 sales helped Apple reclaim the top spot in the global smartphone market

iPhone 7 iPhone 7 sales put Apple back on top as the world’s top smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics, which attributed at least some of the growth to Apple’s ability to capitalize on Samsung’s recent missteps. The latter, of course, is referring to the Note 7 battery recall, which had led to exploding devices due to design… Read More

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iPhone 7 sales helped Apple reclaim the top spot in the global smartphone market

iPhone 7 iPhone 7 sales put Apple back on top as the world’s top smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics, which attributed at least some of the growth to Apple’s ability to capitalize on Samsung’s recent missteps. The latter, of course, is referring to the Note 7 battery recall, which had led to exploding devices due to design… Read More

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Things I Miss: My friend Bob trying to convince people to try his Flowbee

A hair trimmer attached to your vacuum cleaner. What could go wrong?

I was sadly disappointed and did not find many Flowbee mishap videos on The YouTubes. Likely, the vacu-trimmer was never that popular in the first place!

I had a friend named Bobby Magee who thought the Flowbee was an amazing thing to break out at a party. Those were weird parties.

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Google wins its latest case against the 'right to be forgotten'

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The “right to be forgotten” isn’t guaranteed worldwide, according to a new court ruling. 

Google on Tuesday won the latest lawsuit over its search results when a court in Japan ruled that the company did not need to remove links to articles written about a man arrested on child pornography charges, the Wall Street Journal reported

The “right to be forgotten” is a term coined by a European Union court in 2014. Europeans can request that information that is “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive” be removed from the search engine. 

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Google wins its latest case against the 'right to be forgotten'

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The “right to be forgotten” isn’t guaranteed worldwide, according to a new court ruling. 

Google on Tuesday won the latest lawsuit over its search results when a court in Japan ruled that the company did not need to remove links to articles written about a man arrested on child pornography charges, the Wall Street Journal reported

The “right to be forgotten” is a term coined by a European Union court in 2014. Europeans can request that information that is “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive” be removed from the search engine. 

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Snapchat filter stops toddler's tears right in their fluffy bunny tracks

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You’d think it was impossible for an adorable baby to get any cuter, but add the bunny Snapchat filter to the mix and your heart might just explode.

This little one has the best reaction to seeing herself transformed. Her mood instantly changes when she notices her own cuteness.

She’s feelin’ herself, just like we all do under the veil of the godsend that is Snapchat filters.

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Snapchat’s next Lenses could identify and add to landscapes as well as faces

snapchat-world-lens Snap, Inc. is working on an updated version of its in-app Snapchat lenses that would be able to recognize landscapes as well as faces, according to The Information, and intelligently overlay augmented reality animations and objects overtop of scenes captured through your camera. This is different from its existing smart Lenses, which can add features like snowfall to scenes, because it can… Read More

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Twitter’s Blackbirds launch bot for Black History Month

twitter blackbirds Twitter’s employee resource group for African-Americans, Blackbirds, is launching a Twitter bot for Black History Month. The group is the first ERG at Twitter to use the tool, which Twitter launched in November. To chat with the bot, all you have to do is direct message @Blackbirds. From there, the bot will tell you one of four things: a today in #BlackHistory fact, a community event… Read More

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What You Need To Know About Wisdom Tooth And Its Extraction

Is the removal of our wisdom teeth really necessary? Some are unaffected by them while others were born with the misfortune of experiencing painful conditions. If you belong to the latter group, then know that sometimes the wise decision is to part from your wisdom teeth. And if you don’t have them removed at the right time, then be ready to face certain complications that include dental infections.

Wisdom teeth, what are they?

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Our wisdom teeth are our third molars, or the grinding teeth, located at the upper and lower back of our mouth.

But then, why do we call our third molars wisdom teeth? Well, the growth of our third molars often happens at an age when a person is said to move from a phase of adolescence to adulthood. It is the general belief that as we age, we also gain wisdom and become more mature human beings. While this is not necessarily the case for every adult on the planet, our wisdom teeth are called such for simply growing at a time when a person is supposedly wiser. But since they are the last teeth to erupt, there is often no longer any room in the mouth to accommodate their growth.

During a dental checkup, your dentist will have you take an orthopantomogram x-ray so he or she can assess if there is a need for you to have a removal. The x-ray will provide your dentist a clear picture of what is going on with and around your wisdom teeth. An examination of your x-ray will also help your dentist determine the kind of extraction he or she has to make for each of your wisdom teeth.

Sometimes you might need a minor surgery to remove your wisdom teeth. If that is the case, it is helpful to take a rest at home and prepare yourself before having the surgery so you can have a speedy recovery.

Why must we remove our wisdom teeth?

Again, not all people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. But most of the time, there is a need for an extraction since the teeth’s growth are in an abnormal position. Typical cases of wisdom teeth removal involve the tooth tilting at an angle, growing sideways, or even moving perpendicular to the tooth next to it. Some wisdom teeth cannot even grow out since they get trapped below the gum line due to lack of space. That is a common problem especially for people with relatively large teeth and a small jaw.

There are also cases when a removal is imperative since an infection developed because of food that got trapped in the uneven spaces between the teeth. Sometimes, the plaque also develops, and rapid bacterial growth occurs; this is known as pericoronitis.

With the growth of their wisdom teeth, other patients undergo a change in their teeth bite and inevitably experience a misalignment of their jaws. Also, with the abnormal growth of wisdom teeth, patients are unable to provide the proper dental hygiene, and that results in tooth decay particularly of those at the back of the mouth which are hard to reach.

If there is a continuous throbbing pain or sometimes a severe ache in your tooth, then that could indicate you have an abscess. Though painful and irritating, it isn’t surprising since wisdom teeth complications can likely lead to sores due to the molars’ location. And when the wisdom teeth are halfway through, it becomes even harder to keep that area clean and clear of any bacteria.

When worse comes to worst, patients will have to undergo a root canal to save their teeth or the next molars before an infection destroys them completely. An antibiotic might also work and help heal any infection. But it is only after an infection has subsided that a tooth extraction can take place. That is why it is best to remove the wisdom tooth after treating an infection to avoid any further complications.

Who will do the extraction and how much will it cost?

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Once you have decided to have a tooth extraction, and if it will require surgery, your dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dentists specializing in dental surgery must often do the extractions because of how sensitive wisdom teeth are positioned. Also, the level of difficulty of an extraction depends on the position of the wisdom tooth to be extracted. That is why it’s good to have a professional do the work.

When it comes to expenses, the removal of a single wisdom tooth may range from $200 to $600 while all four extractions may cost around $1,500. If your wisdom tooth extraction requires major dental care, then the charge could be higher than usual. But you can always check with your local dental insurance provider or even with your dentist to see if there is an affordable dental plan to help you with the expenses.

How to remove wisdom teeth

Before any treatment, your dental surgeon will have to discuss with you the available options and the risks involved in removing your wisdom tooth. That is an opportunity for you to learn about your case and to raise any questions you have that concerns the extraction. In the end, commencing a surgery depends on you, and it is essential that you make an informed decision.

If you push through with the extraction, your oral surgeon will begin an operation with a particular method of sedation, and your dentist will numb the tooth and tissues in the affected area. Once the anesthesia starts to take effect, the area will go numb. To test the anesthesia, the dentist will apply pressure on your gum. There shouldn’t be any sharp pain, but instead, you will only feel a nudge.

The surgeon will then slice or cut through any gum, tissue, or bones covering the tooth using a scalpel. And then he or she will use extraction instruments to loosen the tooth from its socket or any connective tissue. During this time, expect an increased pressure or pushing in the area around the tooth to be extracted. Should you feel any pain, you have to inform your dentist or surgeon right away. And once the tooth becomes loose enough, it can be removed easily using dental forceps.

After pulling your tooth out, your dentist may then have to stitch the surrounding gums or tissues to help speed up the recovery process. You might feel uncomfortable after, but as long as you follow the instructions given to you, you can expect a full recovery in no time.

See Also: 3 Natural Home Remedies to Heal Gum Diseases

 

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