• 13 Plane Confessions From the People Running Your Flight



    Those who feel relatively at ease flying at 30,000 feet might reconsider after learning that their pilots might be sleeping on the job.

    For these airline pilots and attendants, sleeping in the cockpit, getting busy in the bathroom and hating your guts are all in a day’s work

    Whisper shared a few confessions from its high-flying userbase about what airline staff are really up to behind those kitchen curtains. But don’t worry— it’s not all bad.

    Parents told me being a flight attendant wasn't a real job. While they sit at home with their real jobs, I get views like this at my " fake" one.

    I'm a young male flight attendant. I fooled around with one of my passengers during the flight. When I walked him back to his seat his wife asked me for another refill ... Ops

    I take pictures of people asleep on airplanes... Hopefully with their mouths open... I'm a flight attendant.

    I fucking hate all of the passengers on the plane. XoXo your Flight Attendant.

    I'm a pilot but I'm afraid of heights.

    I'm a flight attendant. I love meeting sexy pilots and sexy business men. Never gets old!

    I'm a pilot and I get "ground sick" if I stay on ground for too long

    I'm a flight attendant, and I've had quickies with passengers in the plane's lavatory before.

    I'm a pilot and I've fallen asleep while flying before.

    I don't turn off my phone during take off and landing... I'm a pilot.

    I'm a pilot. The whole cell phones will interfere with the plane's system and correspondence is bullshit.

    I dumped and left my ex stranded in another city at an airport after I found out he was cheating on me. He thought we were going on a surprise trip. Surprise: Never mess with a flight attendant!

    I'm a flight attendant and if we ever   had an emergency I would get off the plane first. Everyone else is on their own. Hope they watched the safety demo. ;)

    For more confessions from airline workers, check out Whisper.

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  • Government and Students Hold Talks as Hong Kong Protesters Watch On



    HONG KONG — On one side of a conference room in Hong Kong on Tuesday night sat five people in their 20s, dressed in jeans and black T-shirts bearing the words “Freedom Now.”

    On the other side were representatives from the government, besuited and decades older than their counterparts.

    These were the first talks between students who have spearheaded street protests in Hong Kong for more than three weeks now, and representatives of the government that is trying to convince them to go home.

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    Student protesters face the government representatives. Read more…

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  • Makeup Artist Uses Face as Canvas to Transform Into Celebrities

    Some people use makeup to hide blemishes or enhance their appearance. Others use it to completely transform themselves.
    Freelance makeup artist Lucia Pittalis defies gender and age to completely transform her appearance into musicians, film character…

  • Prepare For More Devastating Bushfires, Australian Climate Council Warns



    SYDNEY — Australians are being warned to prepare for another devastating bushfire season this year, particularly in New South Wales.

    A new report by the Climate Council, which was abolished by the Abbott government and is now funded by public donations, warned the length and severity of the bushfire season is increasing year on year.

    “Record-breaking heat and hotter weather over the long term in NSW has worsened fire weather and contributed to an increase in the frequency and severity of bushfires,” the report said.

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  • Staples is the latest company to announce a credit card data breach

    Probably not the last retailer to suffer a massive breach of credit card data this year, office supply chain Staples is looking into the loss of consumer payment information and significant fraudulent activity. The post Staples is the latest company to…

  • The Three Performances That Rocked the Final Week of Battles on ‘The Voice’



    Battle Rounds are complete

    But in a week filled with fierce competition, there were no doubt some KO’s

    So which duos were at the top of The Voice mountain of talent? These are the three best performances of the week:

    Beth Spangler and Mia Pfirrman

    (Team Adam)

    This mega-battle of powerhouses could have been a trainwreck, honestly. Whenever a coach chooses a belty, stylized song for a duo, I get worried. Those types of songs are incredibly hard for the performers to make their own and you run the risk of having a battle that sounds like a band of aggressively mating banshees.

    But, instead, Beth and Mia rocked Christina Aguilera’s “I Turn To You” — arguably one of the blander Xtina ballads. Read more…

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  • Teddy the Dog Desperately Tries to Retrieve Ball From Evil Chair



    Poor Teddy. At least you can still get by on your looks.

    Teddy — who is “not the brightest dog in the world,” according to his owner — tries to retrieve his precious ball from between the spokes on the back of a kitchen chair. For a gleaming moment, he barely figures out how to go around to the front, but he sadly still ends up defeated by his wooden foe.

    It’s okay, pup. You’ll get it one day.

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  • It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Alan Hess!

    Photo by Nadra Farina-Hess My name is Alan Hess and I love being a photographer. I am really lucky that I get to photograph things for a living. As the house photographer for a large indoor arena in San Diego I get to capture some of the biggest names in music like Cher, The Who,Continue…

  • Picturing the Blizzard That Caused Nepal’s Worst-Ever Mountaineering Disaster

    The deadliest mountaineering disaster in Nepal’s history occurred last week, when the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Hudhud pushed moist air up against the tall peaks of the Himalayas. The result, as the air climbed the rocky mountainsides while coolin…

  • Vine Updates iOS App With Enhanced Discovery and Sharing Tools

    Vine just made it easier for its users to discover and share new videos.
    The iOS version of the app was updated Tuesday with new discovery features that allow users to find new videos, regardless of how many users they follow.
    See also: 11 Vines for …

  • This Harry Potter Rap Is For Muggles Wishing Quidditch Was a Real Sport



    “Just because you’re flying on the ground doesn’t mean it isn’t fun at all, doesn’t mean it isn’t fun at all. No, and foreheads ain’t the only place you can get scars that make you special,” Sebastian Milla raps at the end of his Harry Potter-themed song

    His “Snitches and Seekers” rap, featured in the just-released Mudbloods documentary, is about the fictional international sporting event called Quidditch, which students on campuses everywhere have turned into a real-life club sport with brooms.

    Milla, a 2013 graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, penned the rap when he was a member — a chaser to be exact — of UCLA’s Quidditch teamMudbloods, released Oct. 14 on demand, follows UCLA’s team as they compete for glory in the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup. Read more…

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  • Google and Others Sink $542 Million Into Mystery Virtual Reality Venture

    Search giant Google, along with several other interests, just invested more than half a billion dollars in a mysterious venture called Magic Leap, a company that, based on various reports, is working on technology focused on the virtual reality and a…

  • First iPad Air 2 Reviews: ‘Ridiculously Fast’, ‘Vibrant Display’, Thinner Profile Comes at the Cost of Battery Life

    Following Apple’s October 16 event that saw the debut of the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, Apple provided multiple publications with review units. The embargo has now lifted on review posts, so we’ve gathered some of the relevant excerpts from each site in order to highlight general release reactions to the new tablet.

    Apple’s iPad Air 2 is an entire millimeter thinner than the original iPad Air, and Apple has billed it as the thinnest tablet in the world. It offers a new A8X processor, Touch ID fingerprint support, an anti-reflective screen coating, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and an improved 8-megapixel rear camera.

    Walt Mossberg, Re/code:

    So when Apple brought out new iPads last week, and I had a chance to test them over the past four days, you might think I’d be pretty excited about them — but I’m not. They are, in most respects, the best iPads ever made. But for average users, they represent only a modest evolutionary improvement over last year’s models, not the kind of big change that the first iPad Air or the Retina display iPad mini did last year. [...]

    The Air 2 didn’t allow me to hold or carry the tablet longer and more comfortably than the Air. Its weight of 0.96 pounds isn’t discernibly lighter than the Air’s weight of one pound. And its thickness of 0.24 inches is a barely noticeable reduction from the Air’s 0.29 inches.

    Nilay Patel, The Verge:

    The Air 2 has a vibrant, sharp display that looks almost painted on. Apple says the new antireflective coating on the Air 2 reduces glare by 56 percent, but I didn’t really notice it making a huge difference; you definitely can’t use it in bright sunlight. [...]

    Inside the iPad Air 2 lies Apple’s new A8X chip, which is a variant of the A8 found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with additional graphics capabilities. It’s ridiculously fast — noticeably faster to load web pages and launch apps than my iPad Air, and it has so much graphics headroom that I’m eager to see how game developers take advantage of it.

    Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch:

    The 6.1 mm chassis just makes all the difference when it comes to the Air feeling like something that you could comfortably hold for long periods of time, and even for all-day computing, should you need it (and it’s easy to imagine an event coordinator, for instance, needing exactly that).

    Our review unit came in Apple’s gold finish, and let me just say that on the iPad, that means there’s a lot of gold going on. Apple’s take on this particular metal color is better than most, but this definitely isn’t my favourite finish. The Air 2 in either space grey or silver still looks fantastic however, and the gold is definitely going to stand out in a crowd, especially if you’re also using the iPad as a camera.

    Brad Molen, Engadget:

    A thinner profile comes at the expense of battery size. The new Air’s is 5.1Whr smaller than the old one, but Apple still promises that you’ll get the same 10-hour battery life because the A8X is more power-efficient. Real-life use shows that the original Air still rules the roost; after a day of heavy use, I typically went to bed with around 20 percent left in the tank. If you’re only using it moderately — say, for casual content creation or consumption — you should get a little over two days. In our video test, in which an HD movie plays through the life of the battery, the Air 2 squeezed out 11 hours and 15 minutes, significantly lower than last year’s Air and about an hour short of the Samsung Tab S. [...]

    The Air 2 also doesn’t have a mute switch, which I didn’t think would be a huge loss until I actually found myself trying to use it and becoming frustrated more frequently than I expected. Your new options are to press and hold the volume down button or go into the Control Center and press the mute key; if you used the switch to lock screen orientation, you’ll need to do that in the Control Center as well. A microphone now sits where the mute switch once was; there’s another one right next to the camera.

    Joanna Stern, The Wall Street Journal:

    That anti-reflective screen also makes a great, though admittedly ginormous, viewfinder for snapping nature shots with the revamped 8-megapixel camera. It takes much crisper shots than before, and in many cases, ones as good as those I can take with my iPhone 6. But I won’t bring my iPad to some mountain peak, as some Apple promo shots suggest.

    Besides, when I set the iPad Air 2 down for a second on a bench, it slid off and hit concrete, shattering the screen. Sure, I’m to blame, but if Apple wants me to climb every mountain armed with nothing but an iPad, ruggedness should be as important as anti-reflectivity.

    Harry McCracken, Fast Company:

    The weirdest fact about the iPad Air 2 is that Apple isn’t publicizing (or even acknowledging) one of its best new features. The tablet now has 2GB of RAM, up from the rather cramped 1GB allotment in the original iPad Air. (Some competitors, like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, have even more.)

    Doubling the RAM means that the iPad can keep more apps and browser tabs in memory without having to reload anything. That results in a speed boost which which is very apparent as you hop between apps and load new web pages.

    Lance Ulanoff, Mashable

    To get an anecdotal sense of the performance, I installed a pair of console-level games: Asphalt 8 Airborne and Modern Combat 5: Blackout. Each of these games is notable for rich imagery and physics including smoke, water, rain, and reflections. The games looked and worked great on the original iPad Air and worked just as well — if not better — on the iPad Air 2.

    However, Apple isn’t just blowing smoke when it says the A8X is more powerful. I ran Geekbench 3 on both Airs and found that that Apple’s A8X has 3 cores (the A7 had 2) and that the multicore score for the iPad Air 2 is nearly double that of the original Air. The singlecore score for the iPad Air 2 is only slightly better than that of the iPad Air.

    Other Reviews:

    Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times
    Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian
    David Pogue, Yahoo Tech
    Chris Davies, Slashgear
    Matt Warman, The Telegraph

    The iPad Air 2 is currently available for pre-order from Apple’s online store, with prices starting at $499. Apple has not yet revealed when the new tablets will be available in stores, but the first pre-orders will be arriving to customers this week.

  • ‘Internet Trolls’ Musical Gives Upbeat Tune to World’s Worst People



    “Internet Trolls – The Halloween Musical” is the anthem of our online generation.

    In their latest video, AVByte takes a break from their bread and butter Disney princess feminism ballads to address the subject of nasty Internet trolls.

    The New York-based comedy group tells Mashable it wasn’t a singular event that led to their targeting of trolls, but rather Internet culture in general.

    “We were looking at ‘The Fappening,’ and how trolling and sites like 4chan were involved,” says AVByte co-founder Antonius Nazareth. “At the same time, we’ve been on the receiving end of some really intense, but fun and lighthearted, trolling and we just finally wanted to address it in a video.” Read more…

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  • Apple iPad Mini 3: Still Great, But Not as Good a Deal



    What can I say about the iPad mini 3 that hasn’t already been said? No, seriously, what can I say? Apple’s latest mini is essentially the same product as the first iPad Mini With Retina display with exactly four upgrades, only three of which are significant.

    Apple’s iPad Mini 3 is exactly the same size and shape as the last model: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.29 inches. It still features a 2,048 x 1,536 Retina resolution screen, but did not get new screen technology so it’s not as thin as the iPad Air 2.

    Its four new features are the Touch ID home button, secure element for Apple Pay, iOS 8.1 and a gold finish option. Read more…

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  • Hollywood’s Love Affair With Oscar de la Renta

    Gowns by Oscar de la Renta, the iconic designer who died Monday, have been practically obligatory for Hollywood’s most fashionable for decades. From the Academy Awards to Cannes Film Festival to the Golden Globes, there was scarcely a red carpet in t…

  • 14 Things Thicker Than the iPad Air 2

    Apple’s done it again
    The mammoth tech company unveiled the new iPad Air 2 on Oct. 16. At just 6.1 millimeters, or 0.24 of an inch, it’s the thinnest tablet yet.
    Want to put that size in perspective? In Apple’s demonstration, they laser-cut a pencil…

  • Apple iPad Air 2: Thin, Beautiful and Powerful



    Holding the original iPad in one hand and Apple’s new iPad Air 2 in the other, one can only marvel at the tablet progress Apple has made in a little more than four years.

    The first iPad was a sturdily built, half-inch-thick, 1.5-pound device. In 2010, I thought it was remarkable. Today’s flagship iPad, the iPad Air 2, is smaller, lighter and much more powerful.

    Apple’s tablet has been shedding weight and packing in components and features for years, and much of what Apple added in this update was expected: The new Touch ID fingerprint sensor in place of the traditional home button, a more powerful, 8-megapixel iSight camera and a new 64-bit A8X processor, which is slightly different and more powerful than the A8 chip in Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones. Read more…

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  • How to Plant Ideas in Someone’s Mind

    If you’ve ever been convinced by a salesperson that you truly wanted a product, done something too instinctively, or made choices that seemed entirely out of character, then you’ve had an idea planted in your mind. Here’s how it’s done.Read more…

  • Watergate Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93



    WASHINGTON — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.

    The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal.

    Bradlee died at home Tuesday of natural causes, the Post reported. He was 93.

    Ever the newsman and ever one to challenge conventional wisdom, Bradlee imagined his own obituary years earlier and found something within it to quibble over. Read more…

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  • Woman Fools Titillated Redditors With Picture of Her Husband’s Butt

    Be warned: There’s going to be a picture of a butt in this story.
    On Monday, Redditor poshpink330 submitted an image to the r/GoneWild subreddit, a community in which users “exchange their nude bodies for karma; showing it off in a comfortable enviro…

  • The Foggy Lake Desktop

    The Foggy Lake Desktop

    Sometimes customized widgets are the way to go, and sometimes minimal is the best approach—and we’ve definitely seen a trend in the minimal direction. Flickr user Imminient Fate submitted this good-looking desktop a while back, but it still caught our eye. Here’s how you can set it up too.

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  • The Roost smart battery adds smartphone connectivity to your oldschool smoke alarm

    Despite the fact that it looks like a regular 9-volt battery from the outside, the Roost smart battery let you connect your smoke alarm to your Wi-Fi network The post The Roost smart battery adds smartphone connectivity to your oldschool smoke alarm ap…

  • Watch Australian Politicians Cut Awkwardly Into Movies and TV Shows



    MELBOURNE — Australia’s politicians have sure made some memorable public appearances of late.

    We’ve had Senator Jacqui Lambie make a case for a ban on the burqa by stumbling through an explanation of sharia law on live television, federal MP and resident dinosaur enthusiast Clive Palmer’s diatribe on Chinese business relations and of course, Prime Minister Tony Abbott vowing to get all up in the face of President Putin

    And what better way to archive the missteps of the nation’s leaders than superimposing their faces into some of film and television’s most iconic scenes?

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