You Might Suffer Whiplash Watching The Furious Gameplay Trailer For Forza Motorsport 7

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Microsoft unveiled the latest chapter of their highly successful racing enthusiast video game at E3 2017. Just in time for the Xbox One X, Forza Motorsport 7 boasts beautiful 4K resolution and rock solid 60FPS, perfect for lightning quick supercars speeding around the various tracks and environments. The Xbox One X wasn’t even put to the test with the mind-blowing graphics since Forza 7’s native 4K 60FPS performance uses 70% of Xbox One X’s highly customized Polaris-based 6TFLOP GPU. The performance is amazing and images are ridiculously sharp.

Forza 7 will also feature “living” dynamic weather conditions that change every time you race and even puddles that will hamper your need for speed. Depending on the track and the weather, it will affect how fast your tires wear. The game is so detail-oriented that there will even be “rattling and vibrating car parts.” Forza’s developer Turn 10 boasts that the game is the most “technical and comprehensive racing game ever made.”

You may notice that in the gameplay trailer that it features Porsche’s all-new 911 GT 2 RS. That is because Forza agreed to a new six-year deal with Porsche, moving away from its previous partnership with Lamborghini. Speaking of cars, Forza Motorsport 7 will allow you to drive over 700 vehicles. Which is flat-out insane. Forza Motorsport 7 will be released on October 3.

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Say goodbye to those fake likes: Huge click farm discovered in Thailand

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Say goodbye to those fake likes: Huge click farm discovered in Thailand

Click farms are used to generate fake hype on social media and other online platforms.Click farms are used to generate fake hype on social media and other online platforms.

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Click farms — where low-paid workers are paid to spend their days clicking on content — have become a problem across the globe. Sometimes these farms manifest as rooms with hundreds if not thousands of phones, all at the ready for when a company pays for traffic.

Click farms are very adaptable. Companies can use them for everything from acquiring LinkedIn connections to make themselves look better on the job market to influencing record labels on SoundCloud to simple web traffic. And they make millions doing so.

Motherboard reports a gigantic click farm in Thailand is latest to be caught. The click farm had over 500 cell phones and 350,000 SIM cards. The setup also included nine computers and 21 SIM card readers. 

Three Chinese workers were arrested at the rented Thailand house for working without a permit. 

According to the Bangkok Post, a Chinese company gave the men 150,000 baht ($4,403) along with the phones to pull off the operation for a month. The men told the police they were operating to boost engagement for Chinese products sold in Thailand because of the low mobile phone fees. They were generating “fake” page views, likes, and shares through the social media app WeChat

The men are probably going to be deported back to China, rather than facing any time behind bars, according to one of the police officers involved, the Nigerian newspaper The Nation reported.

This isn’t the first IRL click farm to be busted. Just last month, a massive click farm with over 10,000 phones was discovered in China. And in today’s online-driven world, it almost certainly won’t be the last. Just remember where the online popularity might be coming from next time you’re checking out companies and products online. 

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49-Year-Old Actor Josh Brolin Shares Video Of How Ripped He’s Getting For ‘Deadpool 2’

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“If I was paid to workout all day and if I had a team of personal trainers I would look like that too.” -All the haters.

It’s true that actors and actresses seem to be able to get in insane shape in no time flat. And sure, a lot of that has to do with the resources they have and the ability to hire the smartest fitness and nutrition minds in the world. But that doesn’t mean their transformations, like the one Josh Brolin is currently going through to prepare for Deadpool 2, aren’t as impressive as fuck. It still takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice.

Josh Brolin is quick to admit that his impressive transformation (as seen in the video below) takes at village.

“Quietly, the “Team” is killing it. It takes a small village: @justindlovato at @iambuilt, Jonathon Phillips @hbmaxmuscle, @goldsgym and some discipline. Just saw @davebautista at the gym and he said: “What the f*ck happened to you?!” Haha. Best compliment ever. Totally clean: no sugar, no breads, no pastas, no drugs, none of it. Fish, rice, eggs, veggies, water, one @bulletproof or @cavemancoffeeco in the morning. I’m almost 50. It’s a different time: our access along with some big picture discipline results in always surprising milestones. Get on the train. #wedontfuckaround. #itaintthathard #startslowandlight@weprevail #ryanreynoldsismybitch

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It’s nice that Brolin acknowledged all of the people who help him along the way, but I would have been a glory boy and just took all the credit. I DID THIS. NOT YOU. ME.

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Save $10 On The Trimmer Designed Specifically For Self-Haircuts

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If you’re enough of a daredevil to give yourself a haircut, Remington’s Shortcut Pro makes the process as simple as possible.

For $44 (after a $10 off $50 promotion Amazon’s running), the Shortcut Pro can run for 40 minutes on its built-in lithium-ion battery, and includes nine different length combs to customize your look. And unlike most electric trimmers, it’s shaped like a puck, rather than a wand, which makes it much easier to maneuver around the back of your own head. Just note that you won’t see the $10 discount until checkout.

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E-Cigarettes Might Be as Bad as the Real Thing

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I hate that I have to do this. But here goes.

Aside from bringing us vape tricks and vape cloud championships, e-cigarettes were supposed to be a good thing. You know, they weren’t supposed to kill us as much as real cigarettes.

Not-so-fast, says a new study. You might be screwed either way. But the study was performed on a piece of resin, not a human, so it’s probably not time to worry just yet.

The University of Connecticut researchers built a crazy, thumb-sized 3D-printed device that can test certain chemicals’ abilities to interact and potentially break your DNA. This damage can lead to mutations, and worse, cancer. The device is honestly pretty cool—it’s a clear piece of resin printed with three teeny chambers that costs .80 cents a piece to build. These link up to an analysis portion where the carcinogen and DNA interact in wells, glowing under a chemical reaction in the presence of a special polymer.

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Itching to test out their new device, they collected filtered and unfiltered cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapor with a fake lung, using a 15 to 30 vape puffs to one cigarette conversion ratio, based on past research. When the sick clouds passed through the chamber, they found e-cigarettes seemed to have the same DNA-damaging effects as regular cigarettes. Even non-nicotine vapes seemed to have the same amount of DNA reactivity as filtered cigarettes, according to the study recently published in ACS Sensors. Bummer.

But there’s obviously a huge caveat, which is that your lungs are not a 3D printed lab-on-a-chip, so don’t go telling your vaping friends they’re killing themselves. There has been past research showing some potential for negative cardiovascular effects associated with e-cigarette use. That research, too, has been looked at with some skepticism by others researchers. And the Royal College of Physicians didn’t expect the hazards of long-term vaping to be more than five percent worse than the harm from smoking tobacco, according to a report from last year.

I don’t want to be the one to tell you to stop vaping. In fact, I’m not going to tell you to stop. I’m just going to say that it’s worth being cautious, because you’re still inhaling potentially DNA-breaking chemicals into your lungs.

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[ACS Sensors]

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Can strangers fall in love after asking each other these 36 specific questions?

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Mitch and Greg from AsapSCIENCE sat down with Tech Insider to explain their experiment with the 36 questions. A study had found that these questions could create a bond between stranger strong enough, it could make them fall in love, and AsapSCIENCE put it to the test. 

Here’s the full list of 36 questions are below, and here are AsapSCIENCE videos on their YouTube channel.

Set I

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Set II

13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

16. What do you value most in a friendship?

17. What is your most treasured memory?

18. What is your most terrible memory?

19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

20. What does friendship mean to you?

21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?

22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?

Set III

25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, "We are both in this room feeling …"

26. Complete this sentence: "I wish I had someone with whom I could share …"

27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.

29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.

30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.

32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?

34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?

36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.

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Report: The Golden State Warriors Have Unanimously Decided That They Will Not Visit Donald Trump At The White House

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During the NBA season several members of the Golden State Warriors were vocal in their about Donald Trump’s presidency including coach Steve Kerr who blasted the President and called him “a blowhard, who couldn’t be more ill-suited to become President”.

According to several reports online the Warriors have unanimously decided to not visit Donald Trump’s White House after winning the NBA championship.

The Warriors were asked about the report and they declined to comment.

Amid reports that the Warriors were skipping the White House, congresswoman Nancy Pelosi invited the Warriors to the U.S. Capitol.

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How Silicon Valley found its favorite team: the NBA champion Golden State Warriors

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It’s a good time to be a Golden State Warriors fan.

The Stephen Curry- and Kevin Durant-led professional basketball team just won the NBA Championship, after a 16-1 playoff run, beating the rival Cleveland Cavaliers, who the Warriors have faced in the finals for three straight years. 

The Warriors broke the NBA’s regular-season wins record last year, winning 73 games and losing only nine. The previous record holder was the 1995-1996 Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls. 

The Warriors have won two NBA championships over the past three seasons. Their dominant run over the past three years has been a source of great pride for its famously loyal and raucous fans. But it’s also created a lot of new fans among the Silicon Valley techie crowd. 

What many of the bandwagon fans might not know is that the Warriors used to be the league’s laughingstock for years and years.

Here’s a look back at the Warriors’ tortured past:

Eugene Kim contributed to a previous version of this article. 

SEE ALSO: Derek Jeter’s site where athletes write about themselves is the most disruptive publisher on the internet

The Warriors have been on a good run over the past three seasons. They just won the championship and went 16-1 in the playoffs.

That’s turned a lot of people into Warriors fans. It’s not hard to spot someone wearing a Warriors jersey in downtown San Francisco these days. But it was a rare sight just a couple of years ago.

The Warriors’ home arena has seen a flood of celebrities and tech bigwigs show up on courtside too. Here’s Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — the fifth-richest man in the world — in a suit.

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What Do You Drink When You’re Not Drinking?

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Hello, and welcome back to to What’s Cooking?, the weekly open thread where you get to share all of your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things edible. This week I want to focus on something sippable, specifically the things you sip when you’re abstaining from booze.

People choose not to drink for a variety of reasons, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get to enjoy a fun and exciting beverage. Options for non-imbibers can sometimes seem like an afterthought and, even if you’re just trying to cut back on you alcohol intake, you may feel like you’re missing out on more than the ethanol. (Beyond the actual booze, I often find I miss the routine of mixing a cocktail just so, or opening a bottle of nice wine at the end of a long day.) So what I want to know is what non-alcoholic beverages you sip when you need a liquid treat that’s lacking in ABV.

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  • Do you have a favorite brand or flavor of seltzer? I’m currently very into tangerine La Croix, but I’m warming to Polar seltzer, particularly their black cherry and cherry limeade.
  • What are you favorite ways to infuse water? Cucumber is always nice, but strawberry tops make a surprisingly flavorful add-in.
  • What’s your go-to mocktail? I enjoy plain seltzer with fresh lemon juice and IKEA’s elderflower syrup. It’s sweet, tart, and (very) vaguely reminiscent of a French 75.
  • Have you ever encountered a non-alcoholic beer or wine that is actually worth drinking? I have not.
  • Do you ever add traditional cocktail garnishes to non-cocktail beverages? I love lemon zest in a Diet Coke, or Luxardo cherries in ginger ale. (If I really want to treat myself, I’ll reach for a fancy ginger beer over a mere ale.)
  • What drink details matter to you? Good ice and a nice glass can elevate any beverage, alcoholic or not. It’s particularly fun to drink juice out of whiskey glasses.

Also, don’t underestimate the comfort of childhood favorites. Chocolate milk knows no age, and always feels very special. I’ve also been known to reach for Welch’s grape juice when I’m in need of comfort.

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Thai Click-Fraud Farm Busted Using Wall of iPhones

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Three Chinese citizens were arrested in Thailand Sunday after a police raid uncovered a massive click-fraud operation of roughly 500 smartphones, mostly iPhones, and an estimated 350,000 SIM cards. The men reportedly admitted to using the phones to inflate the number of clicks on ads in WeChat, China’s largest messaging app.

Responding to reports of illegal migrants, Thai police raided the home where the three men reportedly disclosed their role in the massive fraud case. Bangkok Post reports that although Thailand doesn’t have specific anti-click-fraud laws on the books, China has long outlawed the practice, where it’s increasingly common. The trio will likely be deported back to China.

WeChat has a reported 800 million followers across the nation of China and bots and fraud operations are a documented problem for the app.

In 2015, the managing director of a Shanghai ad agency told AdAge, “The only purpose of using fake WeChat fans is for unscrupulous agencies to dupe their clients, as in, ‘the campaign is working, look at all these fans you got.’” These inflated clickthrough rates trick vendors into believing their ads are over-performing. A 2015 study estimated that in the US, legitimate publishers lost $6 billion in revenue to bots.

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Although the men have been apprehended, many questions remain. Both Thailand and China require ID when purchasing and registering SIM cards in bulk, and it remains unclear how the men acquired so many. Third parties can’t assess how widespread the WeChat click-fraud problem is since the company doesn’t disclose the metrics that would make it possible for outsiders to determine the balance of bots and real users.

[Motherboard via Bangkok Post]

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