from Engadget https://engt.co/2Ifm1oM
If ever you were in any doubt about Cher’s level of dislike for the current President, you won’t be after watching the video above.
In a classic game of "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts" on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the legendary singer is given two choices: say one nice thing about Donald Trump, or eat a cow tongue.
"There’s nothing nice about him," she says, shortly before taking a hearty chomp from said tongue. "I can’t say one nice thing about him." Read more…
from Mashable! http://bit.ly/2K5cq5o
Following its relaunch earlier this year as a podcast creation platform, Anchor today is bringing its suite of mobile podcasting tools to the iPad. Like its iPhone counterpart, the iPad version of Anchor lets you record, edit, then distribute your podcast anywhere, including iTunes and Google Play Music. The new app is also customized for touch-based editing, and it takes advantage of iPad features like drag-and-drop and multitasking.
The company had originally been focused on short-form audio, but more recently realized it could better serve the growing audience of podcasters with a set of easy-to-use tools available right on their mobile device.
The iPhone version of Anchor lets you press a button to record your audio, record with friends, insert voice messages (like call-ins) into your podcast, and easily add music and transitions. The iPad app now offers a similar set of tools, with a few upgrades and tweaks.
For starters, you can opt use a real microphone by plugging one into your iPad’s lightning port, or by using a lightning-to-USB adapter.
You can also upload or even drag and drop audio files from other apps into Anchor for use in its episode builder. For example, you could pull in music from GarageBand, add a voice memo, or import other audio files saved in a cloud storage site like Dropbox.
The app support multitasking, too, so you can keep your notes open as your record.
And you can directly edit the audio files on the iPad itself using touch-based controls that are easy enough for anyone – even novice or amateur podcasters – to use.
The controls allow you to trim the beginning and end of your podcast, so you can cut out issues like false starts or other chatter. And you can split audio clips in order to insert transitions, voice messages, music, and other audio.
The clips can then be moved around or deleted as you put your podcast together.
Given the popularity of podcasting today, it’s actually fairly remarkable that no one else had yet introduced audio editing tools built with the needs of podcasters in mind.
The Anchor app is also another example of how the iPad can be used for content creation, not just consumption – and specifically, how it can be used as an editing tool for creative projects.
Anchor for iPad, like the iPhone app, is free to use as the company is currently living off its funding. But the longer-term plan is to offer monetization tools to Anchor’s podcasters, where Anchor itself would likely take a cut of revenues.
from TechCrunch https://tcrn.ch/2t9VowK
The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy has seen the separation of thousands of parents and children. Getty Images photographer John Moore documented what this policy looks like in a single photo that quickly became viral. CNN reporter Ana Cabrera interviewed Moore about this gut-wrenching photo of a crying toddler. In this video, he shares the story of what was going on that night and how he documented it.
Moore was in Texas’ Río Grande Valley on a ride-along with Border Patrol, photographing their activities. When the people would come across to the U.S. side of the border, the Border Patrol would gather them all together and take their names and IDs. Moore admits that seeing the children in the crowd was particularly emotional for him, considering that he is a father himself. For the same reason, this photo was especially difficult for him to take.
The photographer had an opportunity to speak to the girl’s mother very briefly. She told him that they had been traveling from Honduras through Mexico for a month. At the point when they reached Mexican border, they had already been through a lot. The mother was among the last people to be body-searched before entering the van that would take her to the processing room. An officer asked her to put the child down, she broke into tears, and this is when Moore took the photo.
He explains that it’s not uncommon for toddlers to experience separation anxiety and start crying when a parent puts him down. But in a situation like this, it gets an entirely different context and gives a new meaning to the little girl’s tears.
Moore told the reporter that he was covering situations like this multiple times. At the time of crossing the border, the parents didn’t know that they would be separated from their children. But seeing these situations before, the photographer knew it. Because of this, he admits that taking these photos was always difficult for him “as a journalist, as a human being, and especially as a father.”
After taking this photo, the mother and her daughter were put into a van and driven away. Moore explains that the separation process happens far from cameras, and this is as close as you can get to this horrible situation as a journalist. He felt overwhelmed with emotions, as he tells the reporter. Sadly, he couldn’t do anything, but the photo remains to testify of the horrible treatment these parents and children go through.
from DIYPhotography.net -Hacking Photography, One Picture At A Time http://bit.ly/2I0LbqR
While most drinking injuries tend to minor bruises or cuts, there are some people out there that use liquid courage to live life on the wild side. I know, crazy, right? Hard to imagine alcohol causing someone to suddenly become a daredevil. Especially considering, on average, Americans consume 1.4 drinks per day, 9.5 drinks per week, and 494 drinks per year.
Anyhoo, with these thoughts in mind, the team over at Injury Claim Coach decided that they wanted to know more, so they asked 1,003 Americans to tell them about the stories of cuts, bruises, and fractures, as well as tales of birthdays, bachelor parties, and other tumbles they’ve taken while drinking. Go figure, but these people had a lot to tell.
A quick look at their findings show…
• Unlike millennials and baby boomers, Gen X women initiate more fights while drinking than men.
• Republicans were the first ones to swing a punch when drinking, followed by Independents and Democrats.
• The average injury occurs after consuming 6.5 drinks for women and 8.5 drinks for men.
• Arms and legs made the top three for most-injured body parts among tipsy folks from both genders.
• Twenty percent of broken bones occurred while celebrating New Year’s Eve.
Beer, America’s favorite booze, was the culprit behind 58 percent of these reported alcohol-related injuries, which, according to the stats, most likely ended up being some kind of bruise obtained at house party.
However, women reported that most of their drinking incidents occured while chugging vodka in their own home.
It also turns out that the riskiest events (outside of just a plain old regular day of drinking), where people actually broke bones, were birthday parties. The most likely culprits? Beer, vodka, and whiskey.
When it comes to drinking-related bruises, 31 percent of women having hurt their leg and 25 percent of men having sustained an arm injury, while 18 percent of women and 19 percent of men hurt their head.
Here’s a shocking statistic: 23 percent of the respondents had initiated a drunken fight at one point or another. And 23 percent of those people said they have since forgotten (or perhaps never knew) why they started the fight in the first place.
Another shocking stat? Alcohol-related injuries peak aggressively at age 22 — the age when binge-drinking is most prevalent (and twice as common among men compared to women).
from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2K1Wgd4
Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, ICOs, Financial Inclusion
1. Introduction and context
The global economy is going through a fast growing and highly disruptive stage. Innovative technologies have fostered the emergence of P2P digital platforms driven by cryptocurrencies, which are shifting the foundations of economics as we have known them to be for the past 100 years.
As corporations, organisations and governments undergo this change, most of them are not ready for the powerful disruptive waves going through the economy and society in general. Part of this revolution is based on the way we look at work and the structures supporting our current systems. Blockchain is so important, that Wired magazine stated in an article written in 2015, that the technology would lead us to the “renaissance of money.”
In this article, we will be looking at how we are swiftly embracing the cryptocurrency economy by reinventing what we see as money through blockchain, AI, and IOT.
What is Blockchain technology?
Blockchain’s inception, tends to be traced to less than a decade ago, with the invention of bitcoin. But actually a kind of proto-blockchain was already in place in the seventies, according to Roger Wattenhofer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, who further explains that its two main ingredients were:
1. Asymmetric cryptography– military grade security to store data that has yet to be hacked or broken into
2. Distributed systems-not reliant on one central computer”
In a nutshell, Blockchain enables us to:
1. Create records and record all transactions that have taken place
2. Transfer value on a peer to peer basis globally
3. Automate records and actions- thus digitising many tasks and jobs
The technology became better known in 2008 as the distributed ledger behind Bitcoin. Fast forward to 2018, cryptocurrencies are now driving the world dynamics. Amongst many others, Bitcoin and Ether, another important cryptocurrency, take the world by storm.
The blockchain revolution will change everything. Presently, it is the second most important technology, second only to artificial intelligence (AI). Whether we like it or not, we will soon be living in a world run by cryptoeconomics.
Bitcoin, Ether, Ripple, they are all examples of blockchain based coins, that are part of the landscape of cryptoeconomics.
Vlad Zamfir, of the Ethereum project, defines cryptoeconomics as follows:
“A formal discipline that studies protocols that govern the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in a decentralized digital economy. Cryptoeconomics is a practical science that focuses on the design and characterization of these protocols.”
As this is happening, we are facing a lot of challenges. Many governments, including big nations such as India, remain non-committal and neutral to bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Others, such as Japan, have embraced them and made them legal, while other governments such as Venezuela have cracked down on cryptocurrencies by rendering them illegal. Is it because governments fear that cryptocurrencies can destabilise a highly regulated financial banking system or their national currencies?
Governments’ reluctance is understandable, as the bitcoin ecosystem has been compromised in the past — the Mt. Gox scandal being a case in point. However, the bitcoin/blockchain protocol in itself has never been compromised. More than bitcoin, it is the underlying technology -blockchain- that is showing promise. Besides companies, governments are warming up to the potential of this technology across sectors.
The sector has been subject to a lot of volatility as the world tries to regulate and understand this technology. But whether we like it or not it is here to stay.
2. How Blockchain is disrupting the venture capital industry: ICOs
Venture capitalists have been investing in innovation and disruption for a very long time, but as an industry, they rarely innovate themselves. But change is in the air. Blockchain promises to disrupt the whole venture capital Industry, and some VCs are now aware of that. In an interview with influential thought leader and VC Brock Pierce he states:
“Venture capitalists have been investing in innovation and disruption for a very long time, but as an industry they rarely innovate themselves. If you’re in the blockchain or bitcoin space, our view is that we’re trying to decentralize the world, we’re trying to democratize the world in a way that creates a level playing field where everyone has equal access. Crowdfunding was the first major leap in the democratization of the world of early-stage finance. I believe the tokenization of it—what we’re doing—is the next, even larger leap. Since I’m a VC, and I believe in the concept of disruption, and of disrupting yourself—you know, someone can come and do it to my business, or I can do it to myself—I hope to put the GP/LP structure out of business. That is my goal over time.”
The democratising of the venture capital industry is certainly an welcomed innovation. What enables it is the convergence of the financial technology, with blockchain, cryptocurrencies and decentralised systems. An example of this disruption is the new trend of ICOs.
ICO stands for Initial Coin Offering. An ICO is an event in which a new blockchain project sells part of its cryptocurrency tokens to the public in exchange for money today. ICOs enable the cryptocurrency project to raise money for its operations. Most ICOs raise money in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. ICOs are more and more frequent as innovators in the industry are
creating liquid venture funds, allowing access to a broader group of investors, investing in the trend of start-ups doing ICOs.
ICOs “investments” are here to stay and will be partly how startups will be financed in the future. Historically venture capital funds have only allowed elite investors in. So one merit of ICOs is they allow small investors from all over the world to participate.The crucial question is then how this will be regulated. And rather than circumventing regulations, innovators and entrepreneurs have to ask themselves: “Is this something that can be done within the rules? Can we do this compliantly?”
A few governments have tackled this question. In 2014, the Monetary Authority of Singapore gave some guidance around how to create tokens, i.e virtual currency, so we can incorporate the entity doing the ICO in Singapore.
2017 saw an explosion of ICOs and cryptocurrencies, and the crypto/blockchain community attracted a lot of attention. Recently, (June 2018) the community was hit by the announcement by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that bitcoin and ether are not securities, whereas many, but not all ICOs are securities and will come under the regulatory control of the SEC and relevant securities laws.
William Hinman, head of the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC, said in a speech at the Yahoo All Markets Summit: Crypto conference in San Francisco:
“Central to determining whether a security is being sold is how it is being sold and the reasonable expectations of purchasers,”
What explains SEC’s decision, is the decentralised character of ether/bitcoin. According to Louise Matsakis, in a recent article for Wired:
“In essence, when a cryptocurrency becomes sufficiently decentralized, as the widely popular bitcoin and ether have, the agency no longer views it as a security. In contrast, smaller initial coin offerings, or ICOs, are almost always securities in the SEC’s eyes. That distinction matters, because securities are subject to the same regulations as normal stocks.”
Ether and bitcoin are considered decentralized by the SEC, because they are the result of hundreds of different developers all over the place that run applications on top of the Ethereum network and/or contribute to the development of its code. The evolution of the software relies on the concerted effort of these developers, and that means that there isn’t a visible third party upon whom investors can rely, which is very different from traditional securities, like Apple or Microsoft stock. Whereas in these companies, investments can be made on a specific company’s efforts to develop products and services and generate income that is not the case of bitcoin and ether.
But most of the smaller ICOs though, will be considered securities.These will have an impact in many industries and will certainly provoke a lot of tsunamis.
3. How an ICO works the Ethereum platform
How does an ICO works on the Ethereum platform? Through a smart contract! The Ethereum smart contract works like this. It says: “I’m investing one bitcoin, ‘let’s say it’s worth $1,000′, and at the end of the crowdsale I get $1,000 worth of that token.” So instead of having, a CFO issuing share certificates, the smart contract sends you tokens that represent the security in that same company.
Ethereum is still a prototype that will evolve, but definitely one of its main applications will be in ICOs. At the inception of Ethereum, at the time of Ethereum’s crowd sale, you had to keep a ledger, a log, to keep track of people’s investment and manually issue them the coins. Nowadays, Ethereum is being used frequently and successfully for doing a crowd sale and getting the tokens in the investors’ hands. Over 80% of the ICOs are happening there today, so it might become the killer platform to finance the startups of the future! 2017 and 2018 saw a lot of evolution in the ICO sector, so now, you can invest in our crowd sale using a combination of bitcoin, Ether or fiat money.
If many feel tempted to invest in ICOs, they are hold back by fear concerning lack of regulation. But contrary to what much people think, the sector is regulated, even if the regulations are changing and improving all the time, due to the speed of change of blockchain technology, which is at its infancy.
What is going on is similar to what happened in the beginning of the Internet. A lot of regulations existed prior to the Internet as well. These were not considered to be great regulations, but evidently, regulation is a living moving concept, that adapts to the needs of the moment and to the organic evolutions happening. So any one working in this sector, needs to be on top of what is new in terms of regulation.
Be innovative, be disruptive, go out there and change the world, but do it the right way. If you’re going to take risks, at least understand what they are.
from Intelligent Head Quarters http://bit.ly/2K3nxvC