Man Booker Prize For Fiction Goes To ‘Milkman’ By Anna Burns

Man Booker Prize For Fiction Goes To ‘Milkman’ By Anna Burns

For the first time, a writer from Northern Ireland has won the prestigious Man Booker Award.
The story is told through the eyes of an 18-year-old girl who is trying to avoid the dangerous attentions of a paramilitary figure known as the Milkman.
Instead she becomes the target of rumor and gossip.
Kwame Anthony Appiah, chair of the judging panel said, “None of us has ever read anything like this before.”
He called it “a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humor.”
The judges read 170 novels before settling on a short list of 6 nominees that also included: Daisy Johnson, U.K., Everything Under Esi Edugyan, Canada, Washington Black Rachel Kushner, U.S., The Mars Room Richard Powers, U.S., The Overstory Robin Robertson, U.K., The Long Take All the finalists, Appiah said, “take you so far from your comfort zone that you never entirely return.”
The rules for the Man Booker Prize changed in 2014 when American authors were allowed to compete for the award.
Last year’s winner was American novelist George Saunders.
Publisher, Graywolf Press, has announced the book will go on sale in this country on December 11, instead of next year.
The winner also gets an award of £50,000 which is equivalent to more than $65,000.

We Know They Can Adopt Dogs, but Can Royals Adopt Children?

We Know They Can Adopt Dogs, but Can Royals Adopt Children?

Totally acceptable (and totally adorable).
But what about royals adopting children?
Before the news of Meghan Markle’s pregnancy made headlines, there were rumors that Meghan and Prince Harry might consider adopting, given Meghan’s age and the couple’s philanthropic interests.
Though no one in the British royal family is adopted or has ever adopted a child, would Meghan and Harry have been allowed to do so?
It may go against the traditions of the British monarchy, but there is no law against a royal family member adopting a child.
Adopted children are not given succession rights, because in order to occupy the throne, you must be a Protestant descendant of the Electress Sophia, the mother of King George I and cousin of Queen Anne, who took over the throne after Anne’s death in 1714.
Rules can change — royals can now marry Roman Catholics and female heirs are no longer overtaken by younger brothers — but for now, adopted children do not have claim to the throne.
Prince William (who is second in line for the throne) and Kate Middleton could adopt, but technically speaking, their adopted child wouldn’t have a claim to the throne.
However, as Harry dropped to sixth in line for the throne after all of William’s children, it is looking pretty unlikely that he (or his progeny) will ever occupy the position.
Image Source: Getty / Chris Jackson

Hillary Clinton Hits Keep Coming … Secret Service Van Crashes in Garage

Hillary Clinton Hits Keep Coming … Secret Service Van Crashes in Garage

Hillary Clinton hit a snag on her way to a fundraiser … well, to be exact, the SUV she was riding in smacked into a cement pole, and came to a screeching halt.
Hillary, reportedly accompanied by her trusted aide, Huma Abedin, was in a Secret Service van Monday night in New Jersey headed to an event for Sen. Bob Menendez.
As the van pulled into a parking garage — with camera rolling — it looks like her driver just cut the turn way too tight, and … DOH!
LIVE LOOK at @HillaryClinton trying to save @SenatorMenendez.
(Spoiler alert: she crashes.)
#NJSen pic.twitter.com/7poUpIYxl6 — The Senate Majority (@NRSC) October 16, 2018 Moments later, Hillary seemed unharmed as she stepped out of the van.
The Secret Service tells us there were no injuries reported, and Jersey City cops are investigating the crash.
Should be a pretty quick investigation.
It’s been a tough few days for the former First Lady.
She’s also been taking heat for saying Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky wasn’t an abuse of power.

Remember Fire Chief Who Was Fired For Expressing Christian View Of Marriage? He Just Got $1.2 Million

Remember Fire Chief Who Was Fired For Expressing Christian View Of Marriage? He Just Got $1.2 Million

How is this uplifting?
There was nothing wrong with this guy writing a book expressing his views and beliefs up until the point where he distributed said book to his subordinates.
It was not a book about the fire service.
It was religious in nature, and it was fully inappropriate for him to give it to the people who worked below him.
He exercised extremely poor judgement.
He was fired appropriately, and it is only the stupidity of the city that allowed him to receive this settlement.
Anyone who is being honest with themselves for even a moment would not tolerate an atheist fire chief who wrote an anti-christian book and then distributed it to his members.
Or, less confrontational, a pro-LGBT book which was then distributed.
To call this a win is to engage in hypocrisy.
And we know how the Bible feels about hypocrites…

Vision

Vision

One of the most exquisite of telephone hoaxes known to me was one contrived by Dr Carl Bosch when he was a research student in Germany.
He happened to work in a laboratory situated several floors up, where from his window he found that he could survey a block of flats across the road.
Having discovered that the occupant of one of the flats was a newspaper correspondent, Bosch telephoned him pretending to be his own professor.
Excitedly he explained to the correspondent that he had just invented a marvellous system of television (the date was 1933) which you could clip on to an ordinary telephone set, look into it and see the man that you were speaking to at the other end.
Of course, the newspaper man was incredulous.
The ‘professor’ then offered to demonstrate the system to him, inviting him to point the telephone towards the middle of his room, then stand in front of it and do anything that he liked, such as standing on one leg, after which the ‘professor’ would tell him what he had done.
The result was a rave article in the local newspaper, an embarrassed newspaperman, and an astonished ‘professor’.
— Robert L. Pfaltzgraff et al., Intelligence Policy and National Security, 1981

A Deep Dive Into Uranus Jokes

A Deep Dive Into Uranus Jokes

Science jokes are part of the landscape now, but you have to feel for early scientists, who had to appear oh-so-serious to be taken seriously.
In 1851, when the name of the planet Uranus was first published, the convergence of an astronomy term with an anatomy term opened the door to puns that are still with us.
But who made the first one?
The research must be limited to available printed sources, and the evidence leads to a screenshot from an 1881 issue of Puck magazine.
Is it Uranus Joke Zero, though?
The attribution indicates that the joke was reprinted from the Virginia Enterprise of Nevada, attesting to a longer-lived frontier tradition.
(Intriguingly, Samuel Clemens first used the pen name “Mark Twain” when writing for the very same Enterprise in 1863, though no mention of the planet occurs in his writing for that publication.)
Unless the punchline is actually “Those will be the principal occurrences,” which I wager it is not.
That could indicate that the spoken pun was already well known.
(via Metafilter)

GitHub launches Suggested Changes to make it easier to collaborate within pull requests

GitHub launches Suggested Changes to make it easier to collaborate within pull requests

GitHub today announced Suggested Changes: a new feature that promises to make it easier to implement and action changes in pull requests.
Here’s how it works.
Suppose you’re collaborating on a repository with an active pull request.
A reviewer can look at that pull request, and if they see room for improvement, suggest a change to the code by leaving a comment.
The author can then accept the suggestion with a single click.
GitHub is adding Suggested Changes – A way for the reviewer to propose changes that can be applied with a single click.https://t.co/A3IEpdEoki pic.twitter.com/2VBn8XmJVL — Philipp Spiess (@PhilippSpiess) October 16, 2018 Comments within pull requests aren’t new.
What is new is the ability to write a code snippet reflecting the desired change within the pull request itself, and for it to be implemented without the use of any external tools, or the need to copy and paste.
GitHub formally unveiled Suggested Changes at its Github Universe developer conference, which is taking place at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.
The feature is currently in beta, and is available to users of GitHub’s Developer, Team, and Business Cloud plans.

The Results of Your Genetic Test Are Reassuring. But That Can Change.

The Results of Your Genetic Test Are Reassuring. But That Can Change.

But there is no good way to get the new information to doctors and patients.
The lab issued new reports for nearly 60,000 of them, meaning the old results had been superseded by new data.
There is no systematic way, she said, to tell patients and doctors that a mutation once thought harmless has been shown to be a health hazard or one thought dangerous is actually benign.
But another lab does it like this: c.101T>C, p.Met34Thr, GJB2.
When one big lab “reports a reclassification and the other labs do not, and you have family members who get tested at different labs, we have different interpretations of the same patient data,” Dr. Ross said.
What do we tell our patients?” Labs like Myriad often notify a doctor who ordered a genetic test when the results were reclassified.
Dr. Jason Park, clinical director of the advanced diagnostics laboratory at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, said he has told parents of children with severe epilepsy that a genetic mutation thought to be the cause of the disease actually is a benign change.
But since his was not a mutation definitely linked to Lynch syndrome, his family members — he has five children — were not tested to see if they had inherited it.
Mr. Garrison’s mutation was no longer of “unknown significance.” Research in other patients had shown it to be linked to Lynch syndrome.
He will change his plans to retire next year because he worries about the cost of health insurance for someone with Lynch syndrome.

Discord’s in-app Store enters open beta with a selection of indies and classics

Discord’s in-app Store enters open beta with a selection of indies and classics

Discord, the gaming chat app, today opened its fledgling game store and library to beta, meaning anyone can purchase games, launch games they already own, or play games granted to them by the premium subscription option.
The store itself is modest, especially compared with the likes of Steam, Origin, or Uplay.
If you’re in the mood for some older favorites, it’s also got the likes of Metro: Last Light, Psychonauts, and System Shock 2.
But the platform has become a staple of gaming life in much the same way gaming stores like Steam already are, so it’s not that much of a stretch.
So why not have Discord throw its hat into the ring?
The most interesting update to come with the store’s opening, other than the store itself, is the Universal Library.
As the name implies, the conceit is that you import your games to a library baked into the Discord app, and from there you can start all of your games that would otherwise require you to open three or four different launchers.
It’s a cool idea, but I found the execution a little wanting.
For example, when I imported my games, it only pulled in games from Steam and Origin, and not the Battle.net launcher where I keep Overwatch, Destiny 2, and Black Ops 4.
It was able to pull accurate details about the Last Played date of my Steam games, but not my Origin games — it even had “never played” for Battlefield One, a game I was literally playing hours ago.

Google to Charge Phone Makers for Android Apps in Europe

Google to Charge Phone Makers for Android Apps in Europe

LONDON — Google has always made its Android mobile operating system available free as a way of getting its search engine, web browser and other applications on as many devices as possible to collect data about users and to sell advertising.
But on Tuesday, in response to a European antitrust ruling this year, the company said it would for the first time begin charging handset manufacturers to install Gmail, Google Maps and other popular applications for Android in the European Union.
The new arrangement is the latest sign that global technology companies are adjusting their business practices in Europe to account for stiffer regulations there.
Google faced a deadline for making changes to Android after European regulators fined the company a record 4.34 billion euros, or about $5 billion, in July for unfairly bundling free Android services to maintain its dominance of the online search and advertising market.
By obligating handset makers to load the free apps along with the Android operating system, regulators said, Google had boxed out competitors.
Another license will be available for companies that want to pre-install Google Search and the Chrome browser, allowing handset makers to team up with rival services.
Using Android has allowed companies like Samsung to compete against Apple’s iPhone without having to make their own software.
In providing Android free to any device maker to use and modify, Google helped make the software available everywhere — in phones, tablets, cars and refrigerators.
“They will also be able to license Google Play separately from Search and Chrome, with full freedom to install rival apps as before.” Google declined to say what the financial impact of the changes would be, and it said the license fees were needed to make up for any lost ad revenue.
But the company could make money from handset makers that choose to use its applications, and it will collect the licensing fees and the advertising revenue when its services are used.

Paul G. Allen, Microsoft’s Co-Founder, Is Dead at 65

Paul G. Allen, Microsoft’s Co-Founder, Is Dead at 65

Paul G. Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft who helped usher in the personal computing revolution and then channeled his enormous fortune into transforming Seattle into a cultural destination, died on Monday in Seattle.
The machine lacked software, and Mr. Allen and Mr. Gates, showing up at the MITS offices, promised that they could supply it.
[Read more about the first personal computer.]
Personal computing would not have existed without him.” As Microsoft became the dominant personal computer software company, Mr. Allen, as well as Mr. Gates, who was the face of the company, became immensely wealthy.
He took those real estate holdings and, through his company, Vulcan, developed South Lake Union into the home of Amazon.
He often flew to games from Seattle and sat courtside with his mother.
commissioner, called Mr. Allen “the ultimate trail blazer — in business, philanthropy and in sports.” Mr. Silver said Mr. Allen, one of the longest-tenured owners in the league, was particularly interested in the league’s growth internationally and its embrace of new technologies.
In the mid-1990s, the owner of Mr. Allen’s hometown Seahawks, Ken Behring, was considering moving the team to Los Angeles because he was unable to get public funding for a new stadium in Seattle.
Mr. Allen was urged to step in to keep the team in Seattle.
The Seahawks alone are worth an estimated $2.58 billion.

Circuit Bending A TV For Better Input

Circuit Bending A TV For Better Input

If you haven’t noticed, CRTs are getting hard to find.
You can’t find them on the curb set out for the trash man, because they won’t pick them up.
That’s a shame, because the best way to enjoy old retrocomputers and game systems is with a CRT with RGB input.
If you don’t already have one, the best you can hope for is an old CRT with a composite input.
[The 8-Bit Guy] just opened up late 90s CRT TV and modded it to accept RGB input.
That’s a monitor for your Apple, your Commodore, and a much better display for your Sega Genesis.
Every (color) CRT has three electron guns, one each for red, green, and blue.
These require high voltage, and in CRTs with RGB inputs you’re looking at a circuit path that takes those inputs, amplifies them, and sends them to the gun.
If the TV only has a composite input, there’s a bit of circuitry that takes that composite signal apart and sends it to the guns.
By simply tapping into those inputs, you can add RGB inputs with fancy-schmancy RCA jacks on the back.

5 Things to Know About Lady Gaga’s Fiancé Christian Carino

5 Things to Know About Lady Gaga’s Fiancé Christian Carino

Lady Gaga has won the love game!
PEOPLE exclusively confirmed the “Alejandro” singer, 32, and the talent agent, 49, were dating in February 2017 after the pair were spotted getting affectionate at a Kings of Leon concert that year.
Earlier this month, it was widely believed in industry circles that the couple was engaged, though they had never previously commented.
An insider told PEOPLE of the romance, “Christian is a good, grounding force and understands her career.
Lady Gaga is not the first celebrity he’s dated.
He previously dated The Walking Dead actress Lauren Cohan, and was spotted linking arms with Amber Heard on their way to a romantic dinner in 2013.
Carino was also previously married to Brooke Baldwin from 1997 until their split in 2013.
They co-parent two beautiful daughters, Isabella and Lola.
RELATED: Lady Gaga Says She’s ‘in Love’ with Boyfriend Christian Carino a Year After Split from Taylor Kinney 4.
He’s philanthropic and appreciates the act of giving.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Break Royal Protocol to Snap a Picture With Meghan’s Mini-Me

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Break Royal Protocol to Snap a Picture With Meghan’s Mini-Me

Some rules are just meant to be broken.
On Tuesday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took a slight detour on the path of royal regulations after Prince Harry encountered a young girl who bore a striking resemblance to his wife.
While shaking hands and smiling at onlookers, the Duke of Sussex struck up a conversation with a young girl who wore a white shirt that said “Girls Can Do Anything” on it.
Prince Harry then said, “Can I take a photo of the two of you?”
Royal rule breaker #1.
The two of them also stopped down the line to visit with Prince Harry’s 98-year-old friend, Daphne Dunne, who he had met during two of his previous trips to Australia.
It’s rather common occurrence for Prince Harry to call his wife over to come meet a fan who he thinks would impress her.
She recalled meeting the Duchess as a “dream come true.”
While at Admiralty House, Sir Cosgrove gifted the parents-to-be with a stuffed animal kangaroo and its joey (the baby).
While in Australia, the Duke and Duchess will partake in honoring the 2018 Invictus Games, which are occurring in Sydney Oct. 20-28.

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews Welcome First Child

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews Welcome First Child

“The Duke and Duchess are thrilled for Pippa and James,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.
Pippa Middleton is officially a mom.
Sister Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Middleton’s brother-in-law Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, sent their congratulations to the new mom. “The Duke and Duchess are thrilled for Pippa and James,” Kensington Palace said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.
The news arrives a day after the Daily Mail captured photos of Matthews carrying duffle bags and walking into the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London.
In June, Middleton confirmed she was pregnant in a column she wrote for the U.K. supermarket monthly Waitrose Kitchen, revealing she did not suffer from morning sickness: “I was lucky to pass the 12-week scan without suffering from morning sickness.
That meant I was able to carry on as normal,” she wrote.
The couple’s most recent public appearance came over the weekend as guests at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding at Windsor Castle.
The new parents tied the knot on May 20, 2017, at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire, after becoming engaged in July 2016.
The child’s name has yet to be revealed.

How to Clean Rubber on Shoes

How to Clean Rubber on Shoes

If you leave too much mud on the shoe, it will take a lot longer to get them clean.
2 Use a dry brush to remove loose dirt.
Before you begin scrubbing away at the rubber parts of your shoes, start by brushing or even scraping off any loose dirt that’s stuck to it.
Use your brush to apply the combination of baking soda and laundry detergent to the rubber portion of your shoes, then scrub it in.
You can make a separate mixture of just detergent and water to clean cloth portions of your shoes.
Once you’ve adequately scrubbed the cleaning combination into the rubber soles of your shoes, take another clean cloth or sponge and soak it in clean water.
Once you have rinsed all of the soap off of the shoe, use a clean towel to dry the rubber before you wear the shoes again.
Leave the rubber portion of your shoe submerged in water and allow it to soak for a few minutes.
This should allow it time to break up any stuck on dirt and grime and make it easier to scrub what’s left off of the rubber.
After the rubber has soaked for a while, remove the shoes and use the soapy water to scrub away any remaining bits of dirt and grime that are still stick to the shoe’s rubber.

How Can We Make Design Better for the Color-Blind?

How Can We Make Design Better for the Color-Blind?

“I don’t want my colleagues to second-guess every design decision I make,” asserts Stan*, a graphic designer of 15 years.
Color blindness is an inherited condition that limits a person’s ability to distinguish between color shades, most commonly reds and greens.
Our ability or inability to recognize color is dependent on cells in our eyes called cones.
The most common is red/green color blindness, protanopia, where subjects have difficulty viewing red light and often confuse blues with purples.
“Many designers aren’t aware of this disability, and even the ones who do don’t see it as important enough to consider adapting their design processes,” explains Matej Latin, a UX designer living in London.
If anything, he believes color-blind designers tend to do a better job of designing with users in mind, since “they can experience these issues themselves.” His advice has been to stay quiet if you’re afraid of losing your job but has discovered it’s rarely an issue.
“In the case of designing for color blindness, websites aren’t just meant to look good – they’re meant to be easy-to-use for everyone, including the color-blind.” Usabilla’s site contains easy-to-follow instructions and tips on designing for the color-blind, including directions for using both colors and symbols, limiting the color palette, utilizing different textures and contrasting patterns rather than multiple colors (especially for graphs and charts), and avoiding problematic color combos like green and black or blue and purple.
While the glasses can filter out particular wavelengths of light and change the intensity of colors, they don’t permit you to see a new range of colors.
“Some have tried on the glasses and say they like the way the world looks better,” he laughs, “but are they making people’s color vision better?
But I’ve learned you can ask someone who has color vision to help.” Unable to use art supplies without the colors listed, for much of his career he kept his color blindness a secret.

A mysterious polio-like disease has sickened as many as 127 people in the U.S.

A mysterious polio-like disease has sickened as many as 127 people in the U.S.

U.S. health officials are investigating an outbreak of a mysterious, polio-like disease that causes weakness in one or more limbs.
The rare disease — acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM — has sickened 62 people, mostly children, in 22 states so far this year and is suspected in 65 more cases, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced October 16.
Starting with an outbreak of 120 cases that brought the disease to national attention in 2014, close to 400 cases have been confirmed in the United States.
Even so, the CDC recommends that patients who develop sudden weakness in their arms or legs seek immediate medical care.
Children with AFM often start with a fever and respiratory illness before suddenly losing the ability to move one or more of their limbs.
The paralysis can worsen quickly, which is why doctors recommend getting medical care at the first sign of unusual limb weakness.
However, testing has shown that the U.S. cases since 2014 have not been caused by poliovirus.
Doctors will try to relieve symptoms and may recommend physical or occupational therapy for muscle weakness.
That still isn’t known.
Some patients who develop AFM recover; but many others have continued weakness and need ongoing medical care.

800 hiring managers reveal their job search tips

800 hiring managers reveal their job search tips

You got the interview.
NetQuote decided to ask 800 hiring managers what, to them, makes for a successful interview.
About your resume If you’ve got an interview already, you may be past the resume phase, at least for this job.
Getting your resume’s image right According to NetQuotes’ respondents, when racing through a bunch of resumes, your story’s visual presentation can prove to be an instant turn-on, or -off.
Is a long resume impressive or a problem?
Different strengths matter to different industries, and this shows the three most important strengths in each type of operation.
Who’d guess that the industry that most values creativity is the legal industry?
The importance, or not, of follow-up Hiring managers also have feeling about your actions after the interview.
Forewarned is forearmed Whether you’re heading into the hot seat in the near future, or just hoping to be asked to interviews, you now have some insight as to what the interview process looks like to hiring managers.
Now go and get that job!

A cartography of consciousness – researchers map where subjective feelings are located in the body

A cartography of consciousness – researchers map where subjective feelings are located in the body

“How do you feel?”
In 2014, Nummenmaa and his colleagues published bodily maps of emotions showing the distinct bodily sensations associated with six basic emotions, such as anger, fear, happiness and sadness, and seven complex emotional states, such as anxiety, love, pride, and shame.
Building on this earlier work, for their new research they recruited 1,026 participants and asked them to complete an online survey designed to assess how they perceive 100 “core” subjective feelings, compiled from the American Psychological Association’s Dictionary of Psychology, ranging from homeostatic states such as hunger and thirst, to emotional states such as anger and pleasure, and cognitive functions such as imagining and remembering.
In another online experiment, Nummenmaa and his colleagues asked the participants to indicate exactly where in the body they felt each state, by colouring in a blank body shape, allowing them to map the bodily sensations associated with the each of the 100 core feelings.
The maps showed that, despite the similarities, each core feeling was associated with a unique set of bodily sensations.
That both anger and fear were associated with intense bodily sensations in the head and chest adds to past work showing that both these emotions involve remarkably similar physiological changes to the body, and further explains why we usually have to depend on context to help us interpret the emotional meaning of our sensations.
The new results provide yet more evidence for the emerging idea that the body plays a crucial role in cognitive and emotional processes – something which has, until very recently, been overlooked. “In other words,” says study co-author Riita Hari, “the human mind is strongly embodied.”
Mo trained as a developmental neurobiologist and now works as a freelance writer specialising in neuroscience.
This article was originally published on BPS Research Digest.

Stephen Hawking: “There is no God. No one directs the universe.”

Stephen Hawking: “There is no God. No one directs the universe.”

Hawking’s final book is geared toward a popular audience.
Each of the book’s 10 chapters is posed as a question, such as “How did it all begin?”
Hawking claims there is no God, time travel could be possible and intelligent aliens exist.
The final book from Stephen Hawking, the late theoretical physicist and cosmologist, was released Tuesday under the title Brief Answers to the Big Questions.
Brief Answers to the Big Questions is divided into 10 chapters, each of which is posed as a question: “What is inside a black hole?
and “Is there a God?”
Hawking’s answer to the God question is a resounding “no.” “There is no God.
Hawking touched upon the existence of alien life.
In essence, this book – especially the final chapter “How do we shape the future?”

How to Install Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) in Chrome

How to Install Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) in Chrome

Chrome 70, available now, lets you install “Progressive Web Apps,” or PWAs, on Windows.
When you visit a website with a PWA, like Twitter or Spotify, you can now “install” it to make it behave more like a normal desktop application.
Progressive Web Apps are web apps that behave more like native apps.
You can “install” them to give them a dedicated window and shortcut on your PC.
To install a PWA, you’ll first need to visit a website that offers one.
Currently, very few websites offer PWAs.
When you’re on a website that offers a PWA, you can click menu > Install [App Name] to install it.
If you don’t see this option, the website you’re visiting doesn’t offer a PWA.
To uninstall the PWA, click the menu button at the top of the app’s window and click “Uninstall [App Name].” By the way, this Twitter app is the same PWA that’s offered when you install Twitter through the Store on Windows 10.
If you’re a Mac or Linux user, you can test this feature today by enabling the #enable-desktop-pwas flag.

Ultra-Light Gloves Let Users ‘Touch’ Objects in Virtual Reality – and We May Soon Have Entire Suit

Ultra-Light Gloves Let Users ‘Touch’ Objects in Virtual Reality – and We May Soon Have Entire Suit

Engineers and software developers around the world are seeking to create technology that lets users touch, grasp and manipulate virtual objects, while feeling like they are actually touching something in the real world.
Researchers have just made a major step toward this goal with a new glove, which is not only lightweight – under 8 grams (0.3 ounces) per finger – but also provides feedback that is extremely realistic.
It also has the potential to run on a very small battery.
That, together with the glove’s low form factor (only 2 mm thick), translates into an unprecedented level of precision and freedom of movement.
The strips are separated by a thin insulator.
When the user’s fingers come into contact with a virtual object, the controller applies a voltage difference between the metal strips causing them to stick together via electrostatic attraction – this produces a braking force that blocks the finger’s or thumb’s movement.
For now, the glove is powered by a very thin electrical cable, but thanks to the low voltage and power required, a very small battery could eventually be used instead.
LOOK: Depressed by Cable News Playing in Public Everywhere, He Designed Glasses That Black Out Screens “The system’s low power requirement is due to the fact that it doesn’t create a movement, but blocks one,” explains Shea.
The next step will be to scale up the device and apply it to other parts of the body using conductive fabric so that the researchers could eventually design an entire suit as well.
The technology could also be applied in augmented reality,” says Shea.

10 Quotes from R.L. Stine to Celebrate His 75th Birthday

10 Quotes from R.L. Stine to Celebrate His 75th Birthday

I’d have to park my bike in the garage after dark, and I always thought something would be lurking in the garage.
It helped me out later, because now, when I write these scary books for kids, I can think back to that feeling of panic.
Most authors get an idea for a story and they start to write it, and then later they think of a title.
So before I start to write, I know everything that’s going to happen in the book.
Meeting a hero “A few years ago I got to meet Ray Bradbury for the first time, and it’s so hard to meet your heroes!
We shook hands and he said, ‘Well, you’re a hero to a lot of other people!’ It was such a nice thing to say.
You can tell I don’t like cats—because I’ve written so many books with evil cats.
When I write for kids it has to be kind of believable, but they also have to know it’s a fantasy.
I actually had to do research on things like vegetation on the Outer Banks.” Keep up the great work, Mr. Stine!
You keep writing them, we’ll keep reading them!

6 Fan Theories About ‘Friends’ That Will Make You Stop and Think

6 Fan Theories About ‘Friends’ That Will Make You Stop and Think

Whether in first run or re-runs on TBS, generations of television viewers have watched and loved (or hated) Friends.
We discuss it, we reference it in pop culture, and whether you enjoyed it or not – or thought you did until you realized Ross is the worst kind of man – there’s no way to escape the long-reaching arm of Friends in one way or another.
In fact, plenty of people have spent their spare time thinking a little too hard about everyone’s favorite New Yorkers, and have come up with these 6 theories that just might change the way you think about everything.
Mr. Heckles was murdered.
Well, according to one Redditor, Mr. Heckles was killed by his “dinner party” guest and his mysterious claim about his birds being disturbed by their noise was a last-second plea for help.
There’s a photo on the front of the Season 4 DVD box where the entire cast is asleep – except for Rachel who is wide awake right in the middle.
It ignited discussion, much of which centered on the idea that Rachel might have dreamed the entire show.
Here’s the reason they always got “their” table at Central Perk.
Any new theories come to mind for you after reading through these?
I’m all ears!

Long Pepper

Long Pepper

Today, a shaker of black pepper is found on table settings all across the world.
But for thousands of years, there was another contender for adding spice to food.
As opposed to the small spheres of black pepper, the long pepper is, aptly, long and conical, with tightly-clustered peppercorns.
These peppercorns are sun-dried and then either used whole, crushed with a mortar and pestle, or broken up and used in a spice grinder.
Their flavor is similar to black pepper but with more complexity.
The long pepper hails from India.
In fact, its Sanskrit name, pippali, is the predecessor to the word pepper.
Long pepper was a popular spice in ancient Greece and Rome, and later spread to greater Europe, where it was used in cooking and to make the mulled medicinal wine hippocras until the 1500s.
Due to the challenge of growing the plant outside its native home, and the subsequent higher price, long pepper gradually became less popular than black pepper.
The more affordable and easier-to-grow Indonesian variety of long pepper (Piper retrofractum) is often sold as Indian long pepper.

Necropolis of Son Real

Necropolis of Son Real

Located just steps from the Mediterranean Sea on the northern coast of Majorca, the Necropolis of Son Real (Necròpoli de Son Real) is a sprawling prehistoric burial ground used from the Iron Age up through the Roman era.
The oldest tombs in this ancient necropolis—which stretches over 8,600 square feet on the Punta des Fenicis, a small headland in the Bay of Alcudia—date back to the 7th century, to the time of the Talaiotic culture on the Balearic Islands.
More than 130 tombs have been found in the cemetery so far, containing the human remains of over 300 bodies.
Many of the later tombs—those from around the 5th century BCE—are unusually shaped, resembling small ships or horseshoes.
The burial ground was abandoned and deteriorating for centuries, battered by coastal storms and the salty waves of the Mediterranean.
It was rediscovered in the middle of the 20th century, and excavations and renovation began.
Among the usual archaeological objects found at the site, like weapons, bones, and pottery, evidence of a variety of burial rites was also discovered, suggesting the necropolis was used by several different cultures over the years, with different funerary traditions.
Remains of musical instruments, armaments, jewelry, shells, and food have been found in the tombs.
Many of the items are on display in the Museu monogràfic de Poŀlèntia in Alcudia.

Makers Designing, Fabricating Their Own Tool Bags

Makers Designing, Fabricating Their Own Tool Bags

I love the idea of making your own everyday carry (EDC) bag.
Years ago, Adam Savage designed and made his own bag, the EDC One.
This year, he improved upon that design, did a One Day Build to construct his EDC Two, and even released plans for sale for others to make their own versions of these bags.
Other YouTubers accepted the challenge.
Here are two versions of the bags, from YT makers Ellen, of Crafts with Ellen, and Miles, from Making with Miles.
You can get the plans for Adam’s bags here.
You can also buy bags from him if you don’t feel like making one yourself.
He’s documenting his design and testing process and looking for input from other cooks and makers.
If you’ve made your own EDC/tool bag, we’d love to see it.
Please post an image in the comments below.

How to Stop Chrome From Automatically Signing You Into the Browser

How to Stop Chrome From Automatically Signing You Into the Browser

With Chrome 69, Google began automatically signing you into the Chrome browser whenever you signed into a Google website like Gmail.
We don’t think most Chrome users will care about this.
But, if you do care, Google now gives you a choice.
And that’s good news.
To find this new option, click menu > Settings in Chrome.
Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings page and click “Advanced.” Toggle the “Allow Chrome Sign-in” option here off.
If you don’t see the option here, you’re probably not using Chrome 70 yet.
You can now sign in to your Google account on the web.
Chrome won’t automatically sign you into the Chrome browser—just the Google website.
If you’ve previously been signed into Chrome and you want to sign out, head to menu > Settings and click the “Sign Out” button at the top of the Settings screen to sign out.

CTL’s New CBX1 Chromebox is a Powerhouse at a Great Price

CTL’s New CBX1 Chromebox is a Powerhouse at a Great Price

Chromeboxes are really great desktops for users who have moved their workflow into a web browser, especially at lower prices.
Its new Chromebox—the CBX1—has all the high-end parts you could want, at a comparatively low price.
3 USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 1 USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 with data transfer and video-out 1 HDMI-out Bluetooth 4.2 Kensington Lock VESA mount support Out of the gate this badboy has 32GB of storage, which should be enough for most Chrome OS uses, but it’s rumored the storage will be upgradable.
As for price, CTL is letting this one go for $599.
In this case, six-hundred bucks nets you one beast of a box.
Chrome devices are great because they don’t need a lot of power to run well, so why buy one with an i7 processor?
Getting a consistent video stream takes a lot of work, and if you don’t want users to waste time trying to get back into a video meeting, it’s worth spending more money upfront for a more powerful system.
The CBX1 will also let users install Linux apps out of the box.
Users can also install any Linux distribution instead of using Chrome OS, and the extra guts will come in handy there.
Even though you don’t need the extra power, it’s nice to have.

An Illustrated Field Guide to the Art, Science, and Joy of Tea

An Illustrated Field Guide to the Art, Science, and Joy of Tea

“The first sip is joy, the second is gladness, the third is serenity, the fourth is madness, the fifth is ecstasy,” Jack Kerouac wrote of tea in his 1958 novel The Dharma Bums.
Late one night that year, he walked five miles with an enormous tape recorder strapped to his back to keep the woman he loved from taking her own life.
Lois Beckwith didn’t die that night.
Eventually, he introduced her to the man who would become her husband.
Their son would go on to devote his life to tea.
In Pursuit of Tea founder Sebastian Beckwith fell in love with tea while working as a trekking guide in Bhutan and northern India in the 1980s, and has spent the years since procuring and advocating for the planet’s finest, most sustainably grown and ethically harvested teas.
Now, Beckwith harvests the wisdom of his life’s work in A Little Tea Book: All the Essentials from Leaf to Cup (public library) — part practical field guide to choosing, preparing, and enjoying tea, part love letter, co-written with his childhood friend, former firefighter, and Gutsy Girl author Caroline Paul, and splendidly illustrated by Caroline’s wife and my dear friend Wendy MacNaughton.
Take, for instance, the story of the tea bag: Tea bags were invented in the late 1800s but became wildly popular only after a New York tea purveyor named Thomas Sullivan sent samples of tea in silk bags.
There are also invaluable antidotes to various oft-repeated myths, misconceptions, and half-truths — from the elemental fact that the six basic types of tea (white, green, yellow, oolong, black, and dark) all come from a single plant, Camellia sinensis, to the complex matter of caffeine.
You may even have heard that Camellia sinensis contains more caffeine than coffee beans.

How to Fall Asleep in 2 Minutes or Less, According to the U.S. Navy

How to Fall Asleep in 2 Minutes or Less, According to the U.S. Navy

Sleep deprivation is a common complaint in our current culture because of things like excessive stress, poor diets, emotional or mental health issues, and a whole host of other complicated factors.
In fact, statistics show that up to 70 million people in the United States suffer from sleeping disorders.
But there exists a technique that’s said to help you fall asleep fast, one that was originally developed by army chiefs concerned about their soldiers’ performances; exhaustion and sleep deprivation can lead to mistakes, and those can be deadly when dealing with soldiers on a battlefield.
You can read about it in a book called Relax and Win: Championship Performance, that was published back in 1981.
The method, detailed below, has been proven to be successful 96% of the time after 6 weeks of implementing it.
You should ideally spend 1.5 minutes on each step, and then it should take you only 120 more seconds to fall asleep!
Supposedly.
With a little practice, this method is supposed to drastically reduce problems falling asleep.
And since not getting enough sleep is linked with issues like a weakened immune system, memory trouble, high blood pressure, weight gain, and others, giving it a try is worth a shot!

Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet

Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet

It was the 1960s and the German collector Siegfried Wendel had amassed a collection of well over 100 grandfather and wall clocks.
Then one fateful day, a young couple in a beat-up Volkswagen appeared on Wendel’s doorstep to see if he might just be interested in what they had in their backseat.
Wendel was smitten, and a love affair (or obsession, some might say) with mechanical musical instruments was born.
Eventually, it became clear a museum was needed to share this magical collection with the public.
Wendel was invited to bring his musical instruments to Chancellor Helmut Schmidt’s Garden Party the same year, and to participate in the International Tourism Fair in Berlin.
He and the Salon were quickly becoming known around the country and it wasn’t long before another town came courting and invited him to move his museum there.
Rüdesheim got wind of this and was not about to let Wendel decamp with his wonderful instruments, so it offered him the stunning medieval Brömserhof building, where his collection—again rechristened, this time as Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet—resides to this day.
And wow, what a collection it is.
Wendel collected an astounding array of contraptions, from orchestrions the size of a Mercedes Sprinter van to a snuff box with a singing bird that can fit in the palm of your hand.
There are hand-cranked harmonipans; a musical chair that’s activated when sat upon; a player grand piano; a pistol with a singing automaton bird; gramophones; orchestrions that play xylophones, mandolins, bells, bass, and snare drums; and the absolutely astounding 1909 Hupfeld Violina Phonoliszt, which features not only a player piano but player violins.

How to Hide an Object Before Animation in PowerPoint

How to Hide an Object Before Animation in PowerPoint

Part of PowerPoint’s charm is its ability to show tables, charts, SmartArt, and shapes in motion.
When you’re putting together a PowerPoint with a lot of animation, you might want to keep your screen clean by hiding an object before it starts to follow its defined animation track.
Hiding the hospital pins before revealing the hotel pins can make the screen less confusing for your viewers.
Venn diagrams are another excellent example of an object that often needs to appear piece-by-piece in a logical order with no sneak-peeks.
Hiding Objects Before Animation Fortunately, hiding an object before animation in PowerPoint is pretty simple.
Make sure you’ve selected the objects you want to use and know the animation track you plan to follow before you start creating the presentation.
From the menu of slides on the left of the PowerPoint window, select the slide in which you plan to work.
Click on the object you want to hide before its animation.
In this example, we’ll make each location pin appear when we left-click with our mouse, but you can also choose “With Previous” or “After Previous” depending on how you’d like to arrange the animations to match the timing of your speech.
Just choose an entrance animation as the first animation on an object’s animation track to make sure an object isn’t displayed during the presentation until its animation calls for it.

Google Maps Will Soon Show Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Google Maps Will Soon Show Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

If you’re out on the road in the future and find your electric vehicle is in dire need of a charge, you’ll soon be able to look to Google Maps for help finding a charging station.
Starting today, if you need to search for an EV charging station to get all juiced up, Google Maps app will include support for keywords that’ll point you in the right direction.
Simply search for keywords like “ev charging” or “EV charging stations” from the Google Maps app and the nearest supported stations will pop up.
Google Maps will also include a rundown of helpful information about the charging stations, including where it is, what types of ports are available, their charging speeds, and how many of them there are.
When applicable, photos, reviews, ratings, and questions will be displayed as well, just like when you search for restaurants or businesses.
Speaking of businesses, any that also have charging stations will include a link to more information about each charger when you search.
The new feature will support various charging stations around the world, including Tesla and Chargepoint globally.
The US’s SemaConnect, EVgo, and Blink are supported, while the UK’s Chargemaster and Pod Point will be available for overseas users.
Meanwhile, AU and NZ’s Chargefox will also be featured in the app.
The feature is rolling out both iOS and Android apps starting today, with desktop support launching “in the coming weeks.”

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