HyperX’s Alloy Elite mechanical keyboard keeps the Cherry switches and adds media controls

HyperX’s Alloy Elite mechanical keyboard keeps the Cherry switches and adds media controls

HyperX’s Alloy Elite mechanical keyboard keeps the Cherry switches and adds media controls.
HyperX built that keyboard for gamers who want as small a keyboard as possible, and the company’s following this up with the more substantial Alloy Elite.
This is a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches, media controls, and USB 2.0 passthrough.
What you’ll like Extra features without taking up ton of space The Alloy Elite is larger than the Alloy FPS, but it’s not a mammoth keyboard that will take up most of your desk surface.
High-quality look and feel The Alloy Elite also looks premium.
The media buttons are great.
You can rest your wrists on it, but I found that I would notice some slight irritation during long sessions.
And I think as long as you are OK with a hard wrist-rest and need media controls, you’ll have plenty of satisfactory gaming sessions with this keyboard.
If you just need a compact mechanical keyboard with Cherry switches in a full-size layout, go with the HyperX Alloy FPS instead.
You can buy the Alloy Elite now for $110.

Digital Artist Yung Jake Scores With Emoji Portraits

Digital Artist Yung Jake Scores With Emoji Portraits

Digital Artist Yung Jake Scores With Emoji Portraits.
They flow ceaselessly through the text panels on our smartphones, these ubiquitous ideograms used to convey facts or feelings or perhaps nothing at all.
They have come to infiltrate both our memes and our dreams.
They appeared on Nippon Telegraph and Telephone mobile devices in the ’90s, went global when Apple made them standard on iPhones and have become so universal that Sony has turned them into an animated movie.
And now emoji, it seems, are a medium for fine art.
That is how the Los Angeles creator Yung Jake (real name: Jake Patterson) has come to use them, creating a show of appealingly retrograde three-dimensional “Emoji Portraits” that opened at the Tripoli Gallery in Southampton, N.Y., the week during which — tragic but true — hardly anyone celebrated the red-letter nonevent of World Emoji Day (July 17).
Depicting celebrities like Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio, Willow Smith and Kim Kardashian West (with strawberry lips and Magic 8 Ball eyes), Yung Jake’s paintings are sprightly renditions of digital images he began making in 2015 with an application developed by Vince McElvie, a business partner and friend.
“I just happened to be good at it, so I did a bunch of celebrities,” Yung Jake said in a text message, his preferred form of communication.
“I sent a lot to my famous friends knowing they’d post.” Sometime YouTube rapper, sometime art-world darling, sometime digital explorer, Yung Jake was raised, as he claimed, in “Bridgehampton, Bali, Sag Harbor and New Zealand” (“we traveled around a lot growing up cause my family surfed,” he wrote) and educated at, among other places, Bridgehampton High School.
He attended the California Institute of the Arts, from which he graduated in 2012, taking with him the Yung Jake persona he had begun developing in 2011 with music videos like “Unfollow.” In it, wearing pink pants and a bucket hat, he raps in a drowsy monotone about unfollowing an ex on social media.

6 reasons millennial entrepreneurs aren’t flocking to Silicon Valley

6 reasons millennial entrepreneurs aren’t flocking to Silicon Valley

Averaging 27.7 years old when starting their first business, Millennial entrepreneurs have a headcount of about 120 people in their primary business.
The golden question every ecosystem builder needs to address is: “What are your unique community metrics of success, and how do your goals and objectives align to benefit your ecosystem?” It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for rural, urban and underserved communities to benchmark their entrepreneurial ecosystems by the same standards as “the big three.” For this reason, in order for entrepreneurship support organizations (ESOs) to maximize their community impact, it’s critical for them to understand the value their local Millennial demographic plays into this equation – especially since Millennials are starting to strongly favor second-tier cities over startup giants like Silicon Valley.
Tech trends Millennials, and many others, are finding that the cost of living in big cities is no longer necessary because today’s technology makes it easier than ever to work virtually and communicate with coworkers and clients in real-time.
Greater potential impact Having VC’s invest more of their dollars in unexpected places allows for more job growth, thus producing a stronger economy in these regions.
They build awareness and connections quickly to work toward finding solutions.
HSBC Private Bank report reports, “69% of millennial entrepreneurs say that having a positive economic impact was a factor in their decision to go into business, with 59% saying they wanted to have a positive impact in their community.” Many Millennials strive to impact their communities through job growth, small business support and collaboration, all of which are easier and quicker to do in smaller ecosystems.
Local government support There is no question that entrepreneurship generates positive economic growth.
These second-tier, emerging cities are recognizing the impact of entrepreneurship and their local governments are starting to invest more and more in their regional startups.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation reported, “Millennials say that the ability to get a loan or credit is the biggest challenge to starting a business, with almost two-thirds saying that they do not receive enough support from banks.
At InBIA, we want to challenge the notion that entrepreneurial meccas – like Silicon Valley and Boston – are the only regions capable of supporting innovative companies that drive job creation and economic growth.

Don’t try to be the next Silicon Valley

Don’t try to be the next Silicon Valley

Don’t try to be the next Silicon Valley.
If you want to do something about it, experts from Stanford, Harvard, and MIT agree on one thing you should not do — try to become the next Silicon Valley.
To be sure, there is good reason for the rest of the world to envy Silicon Valley and Cambridge.
They host a relatively large number of fast-growing startups — the Kauffman Foundation calls them Gazelles which create wealth much more efficiently than do lifestyle startups that support the founder and some employees.
As she said in a July 5 interview, “First assemble a group of local leaders – people from government, business, research, academia, labor, philanthropy and other key groups and decide what specific outcome they want to achieve.” She continued, “With that outcome in mind, the group should analyze local assets [using local industry-specific employment and other data from the Cluster Mapping Project] and try to figure out which ones are world-class.
A non-political third-party should select the winner of the competition.” Another approach from MIT focuses on cities outside the U.S. As MIT Sloan School professor, Michael Cusumano explained in a July 2 interview, “We created the Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) which admits eight regions annually to participate in a two-year learning engagement with MIT.” REAP is based on a stakeholder and systems approach.
As Sloan School professor Scott Stern explained in a July 13 interview, “REAP uses a series of mechanisms to translate, convene and educate teams of regional leaders through a full 5-stakeholder approach — including entrepreneurs, risk capital, government, big corporations, and universities.
According to a February 2104 New York Times report, “In 2009, a $111 million federal stimulus grant offered the opportunity to expedite construction of a long-planned fiber-optic network, said David Wade, chief operating officer for Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB).
As the Times reported, “Gig created about 1,000 jobs in the last three years, the Department of Labor reported that Chattanooga still had a net loss of 3,000 jobs in that period, mostly in government, construction and finance.” Mayor Andy Berke told the Times, “We don’t need to be the next Silicon Valley.
But we are making our own place in the innovation economy.” Indeed by May 2017 that progress was showing up in Chattanooga’s 3.3% unemployment rate — well-below the Tennessee average, according to Times Free Press which quoted a July 19 Paychex report “that Tennessee led the nation in small business job growth during June 2017 with employment gains of 1.31%.” Neither of these cities is going to become the next Silicon Valley — but with varying levels of success, they have demonstrated that with the right leadership and a shared vision, a city can build off its strengths and recover from the loss of key industries.

Facebook now lets you pinch-to-zoom photos without leaving your News Feed

Facebook now lets you pinch-to-zoom photos without leaving your News Feed

Facebook now lets you pinch-to-zoom photos without leaving your News Feed.
Instagram finally added the ability to zoom in on photos last year, which you activated using a pinch gesture.
Now Facebook appears to be bringing the gesture over to your News Feed.
I was browsing my feed earlier today when I noticed a Facebook animation tell me I could pinch to zoom into a photo.
There are a few stray mentions of the feature on Twitter over the past couple of months, but I couldn’t find any other reporting on it, so I assume it was probably a small test that went under the radar.
Though the feature didn’t work on any iOS device we tried, we were able to replicate it on four separate Android phones, so it seems the company is rolling out the feature more widely now.
In fact, somewhat oddly, pinching to zoom on your News Feed actually lets you expand a photo more than you can when you tap on the image.
Also peculiar, the feature only works on individual images, not photo albums.
We’ve contacted Facebook to see whether this is a test or wide roll out.
We’ll update this post if we hear back.

Facebook’s revenue growth falters even as WhatsApp and Instagram surge

Facebook’s revenue growth falters even as WhatsApp and Instagram surge

Yet Facebook is throttling back its monetization of all that user engagement.
Or rather, it’s being deliberate about how it profits from it on its core Facebook app – by limiting the number of ads in its news feed, and in follow-up acts like Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.
Facebook said its revenue rose 44.8 percent to $9.32 billion in the second quarter on a surge in mobile advertising revenue.
Revenue at the company grew by 49 percent in the first quarter of 2017.
That slower revenue growth from its core service has been offset by revenue from Instagram, and could be helped in coming years by ads on Messenger, which Facebook began introducing this month.
Operating margin was 47 percent last quarter, up from 41 percent in first quarter of 2017 and 42 percent in year-ago quarter.
Facebook’s profit rose 71 percent to $3.9 billion, or $1.32 a share.
Profit growth was helped by a 33 percent rise in operating expenses, well below the pace of revenue growth.
Operating cash flow improved to $5.4 billion from $3.7 billion a year ago.
“The pace of growth [for] the Messenger business, it’s a longer-term thing,” Zuckerberg added.

Why the Chicago Cubs are Named After a Baby Bear and The Long, Weird History of Their Mascot

Why the Chicago Cubs are Named After a Baby Bear and The Long, Weird History of Their Mascot

Why the Chicago Cubs are Named After a Baby Bear and The Long, Weird History of Their Mascot.
Play began in April that year with A.G. Spalding (yes, of ball fame) as player/manager.
Later that year, the White Stockings would become the first National League champions.
Anson continued to manage and play for the Colts during the 1890s, but his numbers dwindled slightly from his insane peak, and his arrogance (like insisting that he play every day despite being 45 and somewhat past his prime) rubbed players the wrong way.
They now called them the “Remnants.” By 1902, they were earning a reputation for filling the holes left by the American League with young players or, as veterans sometime called them, “cubs.” In a Chicago Daily News article published on March 27, 1902 about the upcoming season, the writer referred to the team as the “Chicago Cubs,” with the title of the piece being “Selee Places His Men – Manager of the Cubs is in Doubt Only on Two Positions.” It goes on, “Frank Selee will devote his strongest efforts on the team work of the new Cubs this year…” Now, it was common at this time to call young baseball players “cubs,” but what made this a little different was the choice to capitalize the “C”– making it a proper noun.
However, by 1907, the team was almost universally referred to as the Chicago Cubs.
Despite having won the World Series in 1907 and the year previous in 1906 setting a record of winning 116 games (a mark only matched in baseball history by the 2001 Seattle Mariners), they thought it was necessary to have a good luck charm in the form of a mascot.
However, fans didn’t take to a dog being the mascot of a team commonly called the Cubs.
Fans liked that a lot more, though history wasn’t kind to the photos of the team with the polar bear.
In 1910, the team got a real live cub to be their mascot.

Do shoes make the man?

Do shoes make the man?

People are freaking out that a golfer wore high tops … but Ballers know shoes make the man!
Is there any correlation between footwear and a player’s level of play?
Below are some of the NBA’s best and their sneakers.
Should any of them trade up??
The famous shoes in which Lebron James broke the playoff scoring record (and many others).
Nike KD 9 Kevin Durant’s signature line of shoe, which recently propelled him to his first ring and Finals MVP.
Nike Kyrie 3 The Kyrie 3 White and Gold Christmas edition, look for big things from Kyrie in the upcoming season.
He is out to prove he deserves higher than a 90 overall rating on 2K18.
In this picture, Derrick Rose is showing off the D Rose 7 Christmas edition with Adidas new Xeno colorways.
The popularity of the back-to-back MVP’s signature shoe line has grown over the past few seasons.

Legend Returns, Title Changes Hands, And First-Time-Ever Dream Match Announced On ‘SmackDown Live’

Legend Returns, Title Changes Hands, And First-Time-Ever Dream Match Announced On ‘SmackDown Live’

That’s why fans were treated to a legend returning, a title change, and the set-up of a first-time-ever dream match Starting things off on Tuesday night was AJ Styles looking to get his rematch against Kevin Owens after losing the United States Championship at Battleground.
As Owens was letting Styles know that he was taking the night off, the fans in the arena heard the familiar scream of “Break The Walls Down.” The pop was huge as Chris Jericho had officially returned to SmackDown Live after taking time off to tour with his band, Fozzy, this summer.
Title.
The next episode of Team Blue will have him going one-on-one with AJ Styles for the title they keep flip-flopping.
As if that wasn’t enough for fans to enjoy, there was a lot more coming their way, and it was an announcement by Daniel Bryan that set up a huge match for next week.
After defeating Randy Orton at BattleGround, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal went out to the ring to demand a new opponent for SummerSlam.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. John Cena is indeed a dream match, which is happening for the first-time ever, and it will pit two of WWE’s top superstars against one another.
With that announcement, Chris Jericho‘s return, and AJ Styles winning the U.S.
Title, last night’s episode of SmackDown Live ended up being one of the best in a long time.
[Featured Image by WWE]

World’s Largest Air Purifier Transforms Chinese Smog into Actual Diamonds

World’s Largest Air Purifier Transforms Chinese Smog into Actual Diamonds

The tower is a 23-foot tall metal structure that is capable of filtering 75% of harmful PM2.5 and PM10 particles from the surrounding air, thus producing 30,000 cubic meters of clean air per hour.
Plus, by using ion technology, the tower uses very little electricity – about as much as an electric kettle.
The electricity that it does use, however, comes from wind power.
CHECK OUT: World’s Largest Vertical Farm Near NYC Uses 95% Less Water and No Pesticides The air filter, which was built as a part of Roosegaarde‘s Smog Free Project, sucks up the tiny particles of carbon from the air and turns the substance into diamonds.
The diamonds are then used to make jewelry that is sold to help finance the construction of new towers and filtration products.
The tower was originally installed in Rotterdam, before being transferred to Beijing last year, followed by Tianjin, and then the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China last month.
Soon, Roosegaarde hopes to move the tower to more polluted cities in India.
In addition to the tower, the Smog Free Project has started developing the Smog Free Bicycle: a contraption that circulates the air in front of the user so that they can travel in a relatively smog-free bubble of clean air.
“Together with Chinese and Dutch expertise we will bring back the bicycle as a cultural icon of China and as the next step towards smog free cities.” “True beauty is clean air and it should not be taken for granted,” he continues.
“Smog Free Project is a series of urban innovation to reduce pollution on the city scale, a package deal for Mayors for an immediate impact and lasting effect towards smog free cities.” (WATCH the video below) Clean Up Negativity: Click To Share – OR, (Photo by Smog Free Project)

Who Is Petra Collins? The Director Of Selena Gomez’s “Fetish” Video Knows How To Get People Talking

Who Is Petra Collins? The Director Of Selena Gomez’s “Fetish” Video Knows How To Get People Talking

The Director Of Selena Gomez’s “Fetish” Video Knows How To Get People Talking.
Disney stars can’t spread their wings on their own.
For her latest, eye-catching project, Selena Gomez teamed up with Petra Collins, who served as the director for the music video for “Fetish.”
But before dissecting the video, let’s take a closer look at the woman behind the camera.
Collins is a 24-year-old Canadian who refers to herself as “an artist/curator living and working in New York” on her professional website, and her photographs have sparked controversy and discussions about femininity, body image, and the female gaze.
In 2013, Collins wrote an essay for Oyster magazine after she claimed Instagram deleted her account when she posted a photo of herself wearing a swimsuit that showed her public hair.
Although Collins meant for the photo to be a comment on how “unaltered women are seen as unacceptable” and spur discussion about the issue, the photographer also said that she never expected to have her body regulated on social media: “Through this removal, I really felt how strong of a distrust and hate we have towards female bodies.
Collins’ whimsical, colorful photographs have been shown everywhere from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to Art Basel in Miami.
The New Yorker describes Collins’ aesthetic as “moody, inward moments that emphasize [her subject’s] interiority and hint at a larger narrative.”
Back in June, Gomez posted a photo on Instagram of herself with Collins along with a cryptic caption alluding to the “Fetish” music video.

How to Activate Third Party Game Codes in Steam

How to Activate Third Party Game Codes in Steam

How to Activate Third Party Game Codes in Steam.
Unbeknownst to many people, it’s not a requirement that you purchase a game directly from Valve in order to use it with their Steam gaming platform—and, in fact, it’s often advantageous to purchase your game from a third party retailer.
Why (and Where to) Shop Outside of the Steam Store The click-and-done purchase process on Steam is, obviously, very, very convenient, but it doesn’t always yield the best prices.
In fact, if you buy a game from outside Steam, you can often import the game into your Steam library, and it’ll appear exactly as if you’d bought them through Steam in the first place—complete with play time and progress, Steam achievements, and more.
Note: Not all games can be imported into Steam, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your Steam library interface to manage even those titles.
If you want to comparison shop and/or get alerts when prices fall across Steam and related game sale sites, we’d recommend checking out isthereanydeal.com, which can track discounts and notify you when a game you want is on sale, where, and if it’s compatible with Steam importing.
How to Add a Third Party Game Code to Steam In order to add games purchased through a third party to your Steam account, you’ll need the activation code from the third party retailer as well as the Steam client installed on your computer.
Do note that the name given to the activation codes is rarely “Steam Key” when you’re buying from a different retailer and it may be labeled “Digital Activation Code”, “Product Code”, or some variation there of.
Click finish when you’re done reviewing and/or printing the information on the final screen.
After you exit the activation wizard, you’ll see the game you just activated in your library, like so: Simply click on the “Install” button, like you would any other Steam game, to download the game and get started playing it.

Instead of Punishment, Pizzeria Owner Reaches Out to Family Who Robbed Him

Instead of Punishment, Pizzeria Owner Reaches Out to Family Who Robbed Him

Instead of Punishment, Pizzeria Owner Reaches Out to Family Who Robbed Him.
Damian Penner, the owner of Rocco’s Pizzeria in Steinbach, Manitoba, found security footage of a woman and her four children stealing pizzas from his store on Sunday night.
When the employee became sufficiently flustered, the woman can be seen slipping four pre-made pizzas into her bag from a freezer.
The family eventually left the restaurant only to return a few minutes later so the kids could snag more of the frozen pizzas while the mother talked to the cashier.
Though he was initially upset about the theft of 7 to 8 pizzas, Penner considered that the mother may have just been stealing in order to feed her children.
The pizzeria owner then took to social media with a unique request.
You may feel like there is no other way, but regardless you have to parent, and can’t raise your children as an example like this.
“Again, we don’t know the circumstances, and posting your photo would do nothing more than shame you in a community that is here to help you!
We know of many resources out there, and work closely with many groups that can help lift you out of the circumstances you may be in!” The post has since been shared over 300 times, but Penner says that the woman has not contacted him.
“Putting her picture on social media is just going to [cause] shame.

How to Listen to (and Delete) Every Command You’ve Ever Given to Alexa

How to Listen to (and Delete) Every Command You’ve Ever Given to Alexa

Believe it or not, the Amazon Echo has something similar to what your web browser history is on your computer: Alexa records and logs every single command you’ve ever given.
You might assume that the main screen of the Alexa app shows you past commands that you’ve shouted out.
With that said, here’s how to see and hear every single command that you’ve ever told Alexa on any of your Alexa devices.
Scroll all the way down to the bottom and tap on “History”.
Tapping on a command will bring up more options, like the ability to listen to the recording of the command (by tapping on the play button), sending feedback to Amazon about the command (by tapping “Yes” or “No” as far whether or not Alexa correctly understood you), and deleting the command from the history entirely.
Keep in mind that this section of the Alexa app is the only place where you can delete a specific command completely—deleting just the card on the main screen won’t actually delete the command from the history, as it will still show up here.
From there, click on “Accounts & Lists”.
Directly to the left of an Echo device in the list, click on the ellipses button.
Click on “Manage Voice Recordings”.
Amazon warns that deleting your Alexa command history may degrade the voice recognition experience, since it uses those recordings to improve itself.

What Is launchd, and Why Is It Running on My Mac?

What Is launchd, and Why Is It Running on My Mac?

What Is launchd, and Why Is It Running on My Mac?.
You’re scrolling through Activity Monitor when you notice a process you’re not familiar with: launchd.
Should you be worried?
When you turn on your Mac, launchd is one of the first things launched, after the kernel.
This is why launchd has the Process ID, or PID, of 1, on every Mac system.
After launching, launchd proceeds to to launch all of the other daemons your Mac needs in order to run.
After you Mac starts up, launchd continues running in the background to check that daemons are still running, and to launch any daemons needed later to run your various programs.
For the most part, launchd isn’t anything users need to think about, but it is possible to interface with it directly thanks to launchctl, a Termianl tool for interfacing with launcd.
Type launchctl list and you’ll see a list of every background service currently running on your Mac.
Messing with this much more is not a good idea unless you’re a very advanced user, but anyone interested can type launchctl help for a list of potential subcommands, or reading this advanced launchd tutorial.

YouTube to Start Redirecting Searches for Terrorist Content to Anti-Hate Videos

YouTube to Start Redirecting Searches for Terrorist Content to Anti-Hate Videos

YouTube to Start Redirecting Searches for Terrorist Content to Anti-Hate Videos.
If anyone uses YouTube to look up search terms matching extremism, supremacy, or terrorist recruiting videos, the Redirect feature will automatically send them to a playlist of videos that debunk hateful narratives.
The Redirect feature was originally developed by Jigsaw in partnership with Moonshot CVE.
The enterprise is part of an ongoing alliance between major tech companies – such as Twitter, Microsoft, and Facebook – to address terrorism and extremism online.
Last month, Google announced four other anti-terrorist initiatives it would be implementing.
For starters, the company has honed the classifying abilities of their analytics to better identify and remove extremist videos.
Google has also recruited dozens of NGO experts who will be dedicating their expertise to improving the company’s anti-terrorist initiatives.
For videos that do not directly violate their criteria for extremist content, Google will be penalizing them by removing monetization, commenting, endorsement, and recommendation features.
“Terrorism is an attack on open societies, and addressing the threat posed by violence and hate is a critical challenge for us all,” wrote Google’s general counsel Kent Walker.
“Google and YouTube are committed to being part of the solution.

9 Traits of a Great Leader

9 Traits of a Great Leader

9 Traits of a Great Leader.
A true leader can be defined by many qualities, but nine traits stand out as being especially important.
To help you grow into the leader you are meant to be, here are 9 traits of a great leader you should learn to internalize and adopt.
Creates a Motivating Environment A motivated employee will always work better.
Just make sure to learn the difference between motivating employees and babysitting them.
This way, your employees will always be in-tune with your organization’s goals and vision.
That’s why it’s important to empower and support your subordinates so that they can rise up to challenges whenever necessary.
See Also: What Managers Should Know About Motivating Their Team Focuses on People, Not Tasks Many early marketing theories treated team members like cogs in a large mechanism.
We understand that no two people are the same.
Lead by example, work hard, and dedicate yourself to your team.

Growing a movement: 25 years of Permaculture magazine

Growing a movement: 25 years of Permaculture magazine

Growing a movement: 25 years of Permaculture magazine.
In September 1992, Maddy and Tim Harland published the first issue of Permaculture magazine.
The magazine and movement that’s changing the news for good.
It has become a tool for teaching agriculture and horticulture and training for refugees from Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Permaculture is emerging from the alternative fringe to take its place within a portfolio of holistic design solutions.
What has been most challenging about 25 years in publishing, and of what are you most proud?
We love the emerging vision of the future, a mosaic of many people’s understanding and insights.
The permaculture movement is all about its people.
The London Permaculture Festival is a key event.
The festival is a chance to be with people of like minds, go urban foraging, make new friends, eat excellent food, and breathe in that positive, regenerative future world we all want to create.

How to Catch Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go

How to Catch Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go

How to Catch Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
Since the game went online over a year ago, players of Niantic’s massively popular (and often frustrating) AR monster-catcher have wondered where all the legendary creatures are hiding in Pokémon Go.
But instead of simply trying to capture them by throwing balls and lures, you’re first tasked with defeating them in a gym battle: the monster spawns at a gym for a set amount of time, during which groups of up to twenty Pokémon Go players can team up in groups to take it down.
Once the boss Pokémon is dispatched, you’ll have a chance to catch a weaker version of the rare monster with a conventional ball throw, using the special Premier Balls you earned as a reward for battle.
Step One: Find a Raid Pass You can’t just walk up to a raid boss and pile in—you’ll need a Raid Pass.
You can only get one Raid Pass per day, no matter how many gyms you go to, and you can’t hold on to more than one at a time—that means free players are limited to one raid boss battle per day, and they’ll have to spin the circle at a gym before going to a new raid battle the next day.
Step Two: Find a Legendary Raid Boss Raid bosses appear exclusively at Pokémon Gyms.
Step Three: Team Up and Choose Your Pokémon Once the egg timer reaches zero, you’ll be able to offer up your Raid Pass and join the raid boss battle.
Whether you join a private group of your friends or the default raid group that forms up as players join the gym battle, you can use your Raid Pass over and over until you beat the boss, or until the boss time limit goes out.
Step Four: Catch the Legendary Pokémon Here’s what it’s all come down to: can you catch a legendary Pokémon?

How To Get Funds For Your Mobile App Development Project

How To Get Funds For Your Mobile App Development Project

How To Get Funds For Your Mobile App Development Project.
One major reason why some people cannot turn their great ideas into reality in the app industry is the lack of funds.
Hiring a mobile app developer, testing iterations, and deploying a mobile app is very expensive and so many mobile app developers, especially start-ups, find it difficult to raise the required funds.
As a result, many ideas that would have been turned into apps to better our lives never become reality.
Is it possible to raise funds for your mobile app development project like you can for most business ventures?
Are there platforms that can provide funds for app developers?
If these are the exact same questions on your mind, you need to keep reading.
As a developer, keep in mind that apps under the following categories typically have access to more funds: a. Apps for social networking or communities b.
Big budget games c. Apps that are unique and original.
As to how to fund an app, here are some of the things you can do:

New diesel and petrol cars to be banned from UK roads by 2040

New diesel and petrol cars to be banned from UK roads by 2040

New diesel and petrol cars to be banned from UK roads by 2040.
The sale of petrol and diesel cars will end in the UK in 2040, with a new tax on diesel drivers to be introduced from 2020 The government has confirmed plans to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars in the UK from 2040.
It comes amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health.
The commitment follows a similar pledge made in France.
The news might all seem bad, but good things are happening too.
Ministers are expected to unveil a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions from diesel vehicles, as part of a £3bn package of spending on air quality.
Campaigners have described the measures as promising, but say more detail is needed.
Aston University car industry expert Professor David Bailey has said he believes the timescale is long enough to be taken seriously and could speed up the transition to electric cars.
The industry wants a positive approach which gives consumers incentives to purchase these greener cars The industry trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said an outright ban on diesels would hurt the sector and have urged instead for efforts to persuade people of the benefits of greener vehicles.
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Woman Writes Heartbreaking And Hilarious Obituary To Her Beloved Dog

Woman Writes Heartbreaking And Hilarious Obituary To Her Beloved Dog

Woman Writes Heartbreaking And Hilarious Obituary To Her Beloved Dog.
Lee DiBella of Watertown, Connecticut, lost her beloved rescue dog Brian last week.
It is a touching, and humorous, account of her dog.
One that every pet owner can appreciate.
Brian arrived in our home with the ability to not only sit, but also “give paw.” Being able to destroy any crate, gate, door handle or trim and molding in his way, Brian quickly began building loving relationships with all those who came in contact with him, whether it be a new vet, animal control, or whoever’s house he found his way to for an uninvited romp.
A lover of couches and blankets, Brian had many hobbies.
The quickest way to Brian’s heart was with a quality scratch of his rear, and a rub of his belly.
Brian will be greatly missed by many, but none more so than his mom.
Besides his mother, Brian leaves behind a sister, Dr. Frigo Delilah, grandmother, Jeannette DiBella; predeceased by a grandfather, David; his uncle, Michael and family; god-mother, Jennifer DeWitt; and many amazing friends throughout the years. “We deal with deaths of [humans] all the time, and people reach out, but not from across the country!

What Is a “Fast” Camera Lens?

What Is a “Fast” Camera Lens?

One of the more annoying ones is when lenses are called “fast”.
How can a lens have a speed?
If you drop two lenses, they’ll both hit the ground (and break) at the same time.
If you recall, the two basic things you have control over when you’re taking a photo are the shutter speed your camera uses and the aperture of the lens.
The wider the aperture of the lens is open, the faster the shutter speed needs to be to get a good exposure.
If you took a photo with the aperture set to f/8 and the shutter speed set to 1/30th of a second, to get the same exposure with an aperture of f/2.8, you’d need to set the shutter speed to 1/250th of a second.
This is where the idea of lens speed comes from.
A fast lens, then, was one that required you to use a fast shutter speed, while with a slow lens, you had to use a slower shutter speed.
Now, there are very few fixed aperture lenses on the market outside of smartphone cameras, but the terms are still used interchangeably with wide aperture.
Image Credit: LeonRW.

How to Get Android’s System UI Tuner on Non-Stock Devices

How to Get Android’s System UI Tuner on Non-Stock Devices

How to Get Android’s System UI Tuner on Non-Stock Devices.
One benefit users of stock Android devices have had for the past few iterations of the OS is the System UI Tuner—a hidden menu that allows for extra customization of simple things like which icons are shown in the status bar, powerful notification controls, and more.
Now, thanks to a new app (and a short workaround), you can have this menu on any Android device—not just ones running stock Android.
In the stock Android UI Tuner, you can do a number of simple things, like enable/disable a certain icons in the status bar.
You can also add a battery percentage to status bar, which is often a default option on many manufacturer skins.
Basically, it includes almost all of what the stock UI Tuner can do, along with a few extras.
In fact, this app also works on devices with the stock UI Tuner.
So, to get started, you’ll need to install the app.
If you don’t already have adb set up on your computer, you can find out how to do that here.
It’s been a long time coming, and I’m personally glad to see it make an appearance on other handsets—and just for the record, everything worked perfectly in my testing, which was done on a Galaxy S8.

How much you could earn as a personal trainer?

How much you could earn as a personal trainer?

How much you could earn as a personal trainer?.
The big problem with work is that for most of us, most of the time, it feels exactly like that – work.
Something we do to keep the roof over our heads, to afford us the little luxuries in life which make everything worthwhile and to give us something that means rolling out of bed in the morning isn’t quite as painful as it could be.
Unfortunately, that’s where the positives end for countless people across the world.
The daily grind slowly but surely robs us of the enthusiasm and the optimism that we went into the job with.
It’s never easy to leave your current job, the fear of the unknown makes sure of that, but what if you could do a job that you love?
A job that not only rewards you for your endeavour, but plays into your strengths and grows alongside you?
We speak, of course, about becoming a personal trainer.
Physical fitness isn’t exactly a passing trend, but it’s never been as popular as it is right now.
Social media is awash with a new breed of fitness celebrities and a spate of fitness minded blogs have inspired a new wave of gym going die-hards ready to do what it takes to return to peak physical fitness.

Seven Tips For Buying Cheap Appliances for New Homeowners

Seven Tips For Buying Cheap Appliances for New Homeowners

Know What Features You Need Before Buying Today’s technology can make it easy and tempting to spend money for features you don’t even need.
The hard truth is that the functionality between very expensive and cheap appliances is the same.
When buying appliances, decide which features you truly need and compare them with the ones that are only nice to have.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also great opportunities to save a lot of money.
Refrigerators, however, are the exception as new models roll out in June.
In some cases where discounts aren’t offered, customers can get free delivery and installation.
Buy Pre-owned Appliances Often, when people want to upgrade to more features, they sell their old appliances on Craig’s List and other venues at greatly reduced prices.
See Also: 10 People in Urgent Need of Smart Home Security Systems Do Your Research This is one of the most important things you should do when looking for cheap appliances.
Compare different brands, prices and features when you visit dealers and you’ll be surprised at the price differences same items have.
Hopefully, this article is able to give you some ideas to get the best deals for your money.

Cookie’s Gym – C Is Also For Cardio

Cookie’s Gym – C Is Also For Cardio

Cookie’s Gym – C Is Also For Cardio.
Cookies don’t seem like the kind of food you’d want to eat when you’re trying to get ripped and lose weight, but a monster’s metabolism is quite different than ours.
Some monsters can go hard for a month by eating a single medium sized dog, and others can live for days on a pint or two of human blood, and the one they call Cookie derives his explosive power from those little baked flour discs humans love to gobble up.
And while cookies make humans fat they’re like steroids for the Cookie Monster, complete with the uncontrollable rage side effect!
So make sure you don’t have a cookie in your pocket when Cookie asks you to spot him… Get dressed up to go to the gym and work off those pastry pounds with this Cookie’s Gym t-shirt by Kinda Creative, it’s the funny way to fight the hunger within you that craves fresh baked cookies!
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Microchip Implants for Employees

Microchip Implants for Employees

Microchip Implants for Employees.
Would you allow your employer to implant a microchip in your hand?
Three Square Market in Wisconsin is rolling out a program to do just that.
So far, 50 of the company’s 80 employees have agreed to have a chip embedded between their thumb and forefinger, which will enable them to open doors, play for food in the cafeteria, and other tasks that can use RFID technology.
“In the next five to 10 years, this is going to be something that isn’t scoffed at so much, or is more normal.
So I like to jump on the bandwagon with these kind of things early, just to say that I have it.” Jon Krusell, another software engineer, and Melissa Timmins, the company’s sales director, were more hesitant.
Mr. Krusell, who said he was excited about the technology but leery of an implanted device, might get a ring with a chip instead.
“I’m a little nervous about implanting something into my body.” What could possibly go wrong?
It may eventually become mandatory for employment, there or at other companies.
The list goes on and on.

Why You Need to Know the Difference Between Secured and Unsecured Debts

Why You Need to Know the Difference Between Secured and Unsecured Debts

Why You Need to Know the Difference Between Secured and Unsecured Debts.
In your mind, there might not be any difference between your auto loan, student loan, and credit card bills.
(See also: Pay These Bills First When Money Is Tight) If you stop paying secured debt, you might lose your home, car, or other assets.
Secured vs. unsecured debt Secured debt is tied to an asset.
In a mortgage, the money you borrow is connected to your home, which your lenders consider collateral.
If you stop making payments on this debt, your lender can take possession of your car.
If you fall behind on unsecured debt, your lenders generally have no collateral to take over.
(See also: 5 Simple Ways to Never Make a Late Credit Card Payment) This is a big deal: Lenders rely on your credit score to determine if you qualify for loans and at what interest rate.
You might pay off your secured debts first and then have enough money to pay at least the minimum on your credit cards.
If you fall behind on these payments, the amount you owe can build quickly because of these higher rates.

The Ugly Truth of Workplace Success: Popularity Still Matters

The Ugly Truth of Workplace Success: Popularity Still Matters

Here’s why popularity matters so much at work, and how you should handle it.
People are people, and they won’t want to reward someone they don’t like.
When researchers changed up status rankings by reorganizing the groups of macaques, they found the same results.
Now, while it’s clearly not possible to test this in an office environment, the results do show that the popularity and social standing of each monkey directly correlated to their health and well-being.
If you are popular, you get the stress-busting rewards of social bonding.
For example, you’ll happily go to a team outing, enjoy drinks after work, play on the baseball team, and bring in snacks.
So, how do you become more popular?
Attend a few more social functions, speak up a little more in meetings, show a little more empathy, bring in more treats, and basically be a more improved social version of your current self.
Attend the occasional get together, without making it obvious that you’re trying to fit in.
Is it sad that this matters at work?

The 5 Best Packing Cubes

The 5 Best Packing Cubes

The 5 Best Packing Cubes.
There’s a reason that most frequent travelers highly recommend packing cubes.
By first organizing everything for your trip, you can unpack much more quickly by leaving your belongings inside of the packing cubes.
What is a packing cube?
Packing cubes are zippered fabric bags that can make your items more organized and easier to find.
Top 5 packing cubes eBags Packing Cubes Set The eBags Packing Cubes Set includes three different-sized slim, lightweight, durable cubes.
The set includes three different-sized cubes, each with a quick-grab handle.
These are available in a wide range of colors and are covered by a lifetime warranty.
The four-inch deep design of the space-saving bags will allow you to pack more in a small space.
And those are our recommendations for the best packing cubes.

Best Money Tips: How to Score the Best Flea Market Finds

Best Money Tips: How to Score the Best Flea Market Finds

Best Money Tips: How to Score the Best Flea Market Finds.
Today we found articles on scoring the best flea market finds, the worst jobs for the future, and eco-friendly back-to-school tips.
[Kiplinger] Get Your Green On: 6 Eco-friendly Back-To-School Tips — Freeze your child’s juice box the night before to make a cooler pack that will keep food at a safe temperature until lunchtime.
[The Allstate Blog] Home Renovations To Avoid if You Want to Add Value — When you remove a closet to create more space elsewhere, you aren’t losing just the closet.
You’re actually losing an entire bedroom because rooms without closets cannot be marketed as bedrooms.
[SheBudgets] 13 Money Secrets Nobody Ever Told You — If you want to improve your financial situation, you need to start working on yourself.
[A Mess Free Life] Other Essential Reading What Every Teen Needs to Know About Money — Share these tips with your kids so that they start their financial future on the right foot.
[Living Well Spending Less] Monthly Expenses – Top 4 Money Saving Tips for Essential Bills at Home — Save the water from boiling pasta and vegetables.
[Money Q&A] 8 Retirement Rumors to Ignore If You Actually Want to Retire — Rules of thumb don’t always make sense — each person’s situation is unique!
[Good Financial Cents] Wind, solar do not harm power grid reliability, new study reports — According to a draft US Department of Energy study, significantly higher levels of renewable energy can be integrated without making the electrical grid less reliable.

8 Surprising Ways Confidence Can Hurt Your Investments

8 Surprising Ways Confidence Can Hurt Your Investments

Don’t let your memory of one great decision delude you into thinking you have a special gift as an investor.
If you’re investing money that you need in a year or two, the stock market may not be the best place to put it.
Your portfolio is not properly balanced So you’ve had some great success with some of your investments, and decide to buy more shares of those that have done the best.
The best approach is to build a portfolio that roughly performs in line with the whole stock market, ensuring that you’ll likely make money over time but will avoid catastrophic downturns that wipe out your whole savings.
Don’t get cocky; the stock market has gone up reliably over time, but your investments still need some tending to from time to time.
You trade too often Let’s face it: Buying and selling stocks can be fun.
And when you feel confident in your stock picking abilities, you’ll feel the urge to trade stocks frequently.
You may even feel like you can “time” the market.
First, if your stocks are in a taxable brokerage account, you’ll end up paying tax on any gains when you sell.
Buying a stock just because it’s popular is silly, but so is refusing to buy it for the same reason.

10 Books to Read for a Better Money Mindset

10 Books to Read for a Better Money Mindset

10 Books to Read for a Better Money Mindset.
If you’re looking for a big-picture look at money and the economic systems that have been built around it, make The Worldly Philosophers your next read.
Debt Is Slavery by Michael Mihalik Mihalik’s direct, powerful book on dealing with debt is a great one for bettering your money mindset, because that’s his whole premise.
Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel, Charles C. Mann, and Paul Kennedy It’s easy to fall into a bubble, then forget you’re in it.
Each portrait — of an “average” family and all their worldly possessions — provides a point of vivid comparison: your standard of living next to that of people in many diverse areas of the world.
Some will make you feel absolutely frugal, while others (most, perhaps?)
will make you feel like you live at the height of excess.
If you want to solidify your understanding of investment options and move your mindset from a timid, maybe-investor to a knowledgeable practitioner of value investing, this is the book for you.
Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin Robin’s book is a practical manual on personal financial management.
In Your Money or Your Life, you’ll learn to equate time with money, and to make money decisions with the time-cost in mind.

Soft Ticket Sales at End of Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour Made Canceling Easier

Soft Ticket Sales at End of Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour Made Canceling Easier

Soft Ticket Sales at End of Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour Made Canceling Easier.
Company sources say, overall, the 154-concert tour was very successful, but some of the final dates weren’t selling that well.
After playing sold-out arena dates all over the country, Bieber might have been pushing his luck trying to return and play stadium shows without releasing a new album, sources say.
That made it very difficult to sell any additional tickets, and in many markets there were large sections of the stadium that were unsold.
Sources at AEG said despite the slow sales, they were planning to move forward with the final 14 dates when the singer’s camp informed them he was canceling the rest of the tour. “If the sales were better, we might have pushed a little harder to try and convince him to finish the tour,” our source tells us.
Despite the final cancellations, Bieber’s 154-date, 16-month Purpose tour was a win, according to AEG, with one official telling Billboard, “this tour made so much money.” “He just played 154 shows.
In a statement on his website, Bieber told fans: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts.
He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months.

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