Archive for August, 2013


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With an election one week away in Australia, the incumbent Labor Party’s latest piece of propaganda is a spoof of the opposition’s proposed broadband infrastructure policy — one that replaces the well-underway gigabit National Broadband Network…

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AFP Three HTC Employees Suspected Of Selling Design Secrets To China Business Insider Taiwanese prosecutors are investigating allegations that three employees at leading smartphone maker HTC stole trade secrets to sell to Chinese firms, reports…

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Jonny Haskins has a theory about Apple’s iWatch. It was originally published on his own blog, Pixel Lounge.
Like many people, I enjoy guessing as to what technology is going to bring and what innovations will transform our lives.

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Storify, the service that lets you create stories by collating tweets and other online content, has added two useful features to allow users to add Google+ authorship to their Storify content, and post stories to a Facebook Page.

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Families and their pets have a special bond, but new babies can often throw your pets for a loop. Yahoo Shine tells us the story of how a baby and a dog built a special bond.

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Cigarettes are bad for you. No one—not even the guy smoking on the street corner right now—will argue that. But e-cigarettes are just ridiculous looking.

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The Internet is not that hard. We all know that, right? But some people out there (probably duckface selfie-ing on Facebook right now) just aren’t very good at the Internet. They just don’t get it.

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The Maps Wars are on in earnest—with Apple Maps now finding its feet after a shaky start, and Bing Maps forming an integral part of Windows Phone, Google Maps can’t afford to stand still.

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Lafayette will get a boost to its homecourt advantage this season thanks to a $1.7 million renovation to the Kirby Sports Center. The renovation includes new LED score tables, HD video scoreboards, chairback seating and new bleachers.

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We get it, you’re busy.  You weren’t able to get to every Tech Cocktail post this week.  Fear not, because we’ve curated the week’s top 10(ish) posts as determined by the Tech Cocktail editorial team. To get the Tech Cocktail weekly wrap-up direct…

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Boobs, tatas, naughty pillows, fun bags—we’ve got so many nicknames and objectifications for the human breast that the fact that they’re still attached to people is often ignored.

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Eight is Enough C|Net: A vote for Bill Gates as interim Microsoft CEO BGR: Microsoft, Google team up to sue federal government over NSA spying Reuters: Verizon in talks to buy out Vodafone stake: sources Reuters: Apple rolls out iPhone…

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If you want to see the Jonas Brothers perform in your hometown, theyre placing the power in your hands!

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As the U.S. prepares to launch a restricted military strike against Syria, the 11-year-old son of president Bashar al-Assad allegedly used Facebook to dare America to attack.

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Speak about a lousy (non-)wedding gift: Just days following The Glades scored season-higher ratings with its Season 4 finale, A&ampE has officially cancelled the Florida-based procedural.

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She was all about her cell telephone even though leaving a Manhattan hotel Friday (August 30), but thankfully Lindsay Lohan place it away when she got behind the wheel of her car and drove away.

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Intel has just issued a catalogue of approved NUC chassis, and fanless ones are all over the place. Intel’s interest for passive cooling simply skyrocketed over the last few months. We campaigned for it, so today is a good day.

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You might want to hold off on buying that Moto X. According to the often reliable Evleaks, its price is going to drop to $100 on contract later this year. And apparently it’ll have four new wood-back options too.

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Google has confirmed it acquired WIMM Labs last year, a company that previously made an Android-powered smartwatch before shuttering operations in 2012.

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National design competitions and penguin avatars are helping youth see success in math, coding, and computational thinking. Our partners at ReadWrite share this look at the benefits of gaming.

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We’ve had another great week on POPSUGAR Girls’ Guide! We kicked the week off with an amazing episode of Just Add Sugar where Brandi Milloy showed us how to make One Direction cookies just in time for this weekend’s This is Us premiere.

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Coinchat is a Bitcoin-incentivised browser-based chatroom where you can shoot the breeze with strangers online and earn Bitcoin in the process. Where’s the catch? Well, there isn’t really one.

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It started with an idea: How can we get our drinks more quickly at the bar? Dreamed up at 2 a.m.

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Everybody has an opinion about Miley Cyrus’ raunchy functionality at the MTV Video Music Awards and fellow attendee Harry Designs of One Direction is not afraid to say what he thinks about it.

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Having a infant is no picnic in Alienation, the stark debut function of Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov, though many viewers may possibly feel that creating an engaging arthouse drama apparently isnt a single either right after seeing this Venice…

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Lately, there has been a lot going on with Lamar Odom. After being accused of cheating on his wife, Khloe Kardashian, rumors of a divorce or separation started to arise.

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If you cant see his handsome face, whats the point? Fans of Bradley Cooper will no doubt nonetheless flock to see his new film œGuardians of the Galaxy, even though theyll only hear his voice in the animated flick.

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Trending: Miley’s #twerk cooks up a mind-altering ‘Breaking Bad’ crossover
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Miley Cyrus, not ‘N Sync, was the resounding trend of the week following her twerk-and-foam-finger performance at the VMAs Sunday.

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An official in Anhui is blackmailed with naked photos, blinded boy’s aunt jumps to her death, and Sister Furong is back in the news — it’s all trending in China.

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The Maps Wars are on in earnest—with Apple Maps now finding its feet after a shaky start, and Bing Maps forming an integral part of Windows Phone, Google Maps can’t afford to stand still.

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All summer we’ve been hearing about the crop of incoming freshmen and their potential impact on the 2013-14 season.

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Lafayette will get a boost to its homecourt advantage this season thanks to a $1.7 million renovation to the Kirby Sports Center. The renovation includes new LED score tables, HD video scoreboards, chairback seating and new bleachers.

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Michigan State suffered a blow to their early-season preparations as sophomore shooting guard and reigning Big Ten freshman of the year Gary Harris sustained an ankle injury during a pickup game with teammates and is expected to miss four-to-eight…

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Although Kansas State fans are likely still reeling from last night’s shocking home football loss to North Dakota State, they can at least smile a little bit this morning at their shiny, new Big 12 Championship rings from last season’s improbable…

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With an open scholarship for the 2013-14 season, Iowa and head coach Fran McCaffery decided to reward redshirt junior walk-on Darius Stokes with a one-year scholarship this week according to a story from Hawkeye Insider.

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Ad-blocking software is on the rise. “A recent report from the Web service PageFair said that on average 22.7 percent of visitors to 220 Web sites were using ad-blocking software, which automatically removes most ads from a …

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Alabama vies for a national title while Virginia Tech just wants to be nationally relevant again.

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College Humor’s Tech Commercial Spoof is Hilarious. Joshua M Brown; August 31st, 2013. “A whole lotta bakers” – goddamn they nail this one: CollegeHumor’s Favorite Funny Videos. Source: College Humor · hat tip Kara Swisher.

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Washington (CNN) – Top administration officials arrived at the White House on Saturday as a decision loomed on whether and how the U.S. would strike against Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack that the U.S.

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Google’s Project Loon is sort of insane. Then again, that’s kind of the point. And to make it actually work, the squadrons of balloons are taking a cue from nature.
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Last year, Rick Byrd put together a schedule that gave Belmont some tough tests. According to the Nashville Tennesseean, the Bruins played the No.

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Nina Dobrev is loving getting single proper now right after her break up with Ian Somerhalder, but her boyfriend contenders are endless, and Harry Types already admitted to getting a crush on the actress, but what about Robert Pattinson?

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Pearl Jam spent the week teasing fans with a2-title-a-day tweeted track list reveal for its upcoming album Lightning Bolt, which culminated Friday with the band sharing the complete 12-song list and running order.

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“Correct Blood” season 6 left us all on a cliffhanger, and now new spoilers reveal that we might only have a brief while to see Eric as Alexander Skarsgard and other fan-preferred characters if season 7 is the last, since the storyline will move…

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A charity that helped organize final year’s star-packed Concert for Sandy Relief says millions of dollars in donations have been left on the table due to spotty service from the organization tasked with processing the donations.

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In case you needed further proof that Sony will announce its “lens cameras” soon, Sony Alpha Rumors (SAR) has leaked the rumored accessories yet again.
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Grey Zone – Fashion model Herieth Paul rocks all grey in the September 2013 edition of Fashion Magazine lensed by photographer Chris Nicholls.

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Dakota in Elie Saab – Actress Dakota Fanning looked stunning at the 70th Annual Venice Film Festival held earlier today. The blonde attended the premiere of her new film, “Night Moves”.

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From unlocking your car doors and letting you know how much you’ve been speeding, to monitoring your EV’s charge, a smartwatch catered to your car could be a driver’s best friend.
The post iWatch?

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You might want to hold off on buying that Moto X. According to the often reliable Evleaks, its price is going to drop to $100 on contract later this year. And apparently it’ll have four new wood-back options too.

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We all love our smartphones. Who could ever go back to a time before having an all-knowning internet brick on hand at all times? But there is one trick dumbphones were better at: flipping. I don’t know about you, but I miss it to this day.

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There are a ton of apps currently available that say they’ll help teachers out. We took it upon ourselves to identify the best apps for optimizing teacher workflow.
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It’s believed that last week the Syrian government murdered hundreds of its own civilians with chemical weapons. We don’t know which weapon they used, but we do know it’s one of a handful of chemicals called nerve agents.

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It’s easy to think back on that whole Orson Wells War of the Worlds thing and think to yourself: “That could never happen today, not in a world with internet, and where everybody knows about that one time it happened already.” Well, you’d be wrong.

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The Maps Wars are on in earnest—with Apple Maps now finding its feet after a shaky start, and Bing Maps forming an integral part of Windows Phone, Google Maps can’t afford to stand still.

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Forget secret NSA spying, the National Guard up and dropped an inert practice bomb into a Maryland bar parking lot Thursday night.
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We’ve looked at a ton of Chrome new tab page extensions, but if none of the scratch just the right itch, Knew Tab is another great one to try.
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Venture Labor: How Ambition, Technology And Opportunity Trumped The …

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Looking for ways to integrate just one iPad into your daily routine in class? Here’s a visual guide to the one iPad classroom perfect for teachers.
The post The Teacher’s Guide To The One iPad Classroom appeared first on Edudemic.

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Because books are one of our favorite gifts to give and receive, our houses are lined with some of the best geek reads.

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Google’s Project Loon is sort of insane. Then again, that’s kind of the point. And to make it actually work, the squadrons of balloons are taking a cue from nature.
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Facebook has released two legal documents that have undergone major edits to ensure that people know exactly what the social network can do with user data.
The post Facebook clarifies how ads are using your data appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Entering into an already extremely crowded space for digital rentals and downloads, Target is planning to launch a movie and television rental service that will go head to head with Walmart’s Vudu.

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Plenty of today’s best gadgets and devices are well-known and basically mandatory. A good laptop, a decent smartphone, an HD TV.

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There’s no doubting there are myriad insanely useful iPhone apps, but in the massive sea of available downloads, there are some strange choices. We found a handful of some of the biggest oddballs we found.

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Curious what ISO is and how it affects your photos? Check out this quick and straightforward guide to learn everything you need to know about ISO and read a few expert tips on how to find the right setting.

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Is Mercedes-Benz’s Intelligent Drive the smart choice or is Infiniti’s Safety Shield better equipped to guard you from harm? We compare the features and put them to use on real roadways to find which suite of tech protectors is most effective.

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Debates surrounding the NSA surveillance efforts have primarily focused on the possibility that some spy is listening to your phone calls. But what if what you say is actually less revealing than when, and to whom, you say it?

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GM President says not to laugh at the idea of a hybrid Corvette. As un-American as that might seem, a more powerful hybrid version just might be what the doctor ordered. GM has added electrification virtually across its vehicle lineup.

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Volvo remade its classic Mad Men-era car, the P1800, into a modern marvel, but the new coupe is only a concept – for now.

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PGP email encryption is hard – but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how to do it on a Mac using the Mail app that comes with OS X. Read this, and you’ll be thwarting the NSA (or your snooping mom) in no time.

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Three months after it was banned from the App Store, Bang With Friends returns on iOS with a completely new name: Down. What exactly you’re down for is up to the imagination.

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The Unsound electronic music festival in Poland will ban attendees from taking photos and videos, including professional photographers from the media.

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The era of film photography isn’t dead! Ilford has opened up a California-based lab to offer film processing services to stateside customers … that is, if they can stomach the service fees.

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Archos has given us a sneak peak at the hardware it’s set to release at this year’s IFA tech show in Berlin, which begins next week. The new range includes both tablets and smartphones.

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After temporarily cutting the price of the Surface Pro, Microsoft has made the price cut permanent, slashing $100 off of the Windows-based tablet, now costing only $800 for the entry-level model.

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HTC has announced a pair of accessories for its smartphones, the HTC Mini+ and the HTC Fetch. The Fetch is a gadget to help locate a lost phone, while the Mini+ is a phone accessory for your, um, phone.

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It’s a question old as time. Or… as old as 2004, when Facebook first appeared. Why do we keeps tabs on our Facebook peers with such intensity?

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Windows 8 comes bundled with some pretty cool images for your lock screen and Start screen backgrounds, but they’re stored deep within the bowels of Windows’ system files. Here’s how to get the original images for yourself.

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The NVIDIA Shield is a cool new device that lets you wirelessly play your existing PC games on a handheld device. Linus Tech Tips shows us how to make your own version with an Android phone and an Xbox 360 controller.

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This beautifully bright, light-year-long heap of gas and dust particles was caught by the Hubble telescope hurtling through space on its way to becoming a star some 4,500-odd light years away.

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Since the revelations about NSA spying came to the surface earlier this summer, everybody’s paying a little bit more attention to their privacy online.

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Amazon has been filling the free Android app void for a while now by offering a quality app at no charge each day, and today they’ve chosen ten of their “greatest hits” to remove the barrier to entry to.

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Any day is a good when the government’s most futuristic R&D lab starts cavorting around Twitter with Scientology superstars. And this is one of those days.
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Cloud storage hotshots will give you a few GB to get started, but a Chinese tech company called Tencent is offering an insane 10TB. For free. All you have to do is trust them.
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The grass is always greener… when you treat your finicky lawn right. But beware, the right way isn’t exactly the intuitive way (just letting it grow probably isn’t the smart move).

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The Hubble Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos but the venerable telescope has been orbiting for nearly a quarter century and is quickly nearing the end of its already-extended service life.

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The animated GIF is a medium born of the digital age. But this artist’s mechanized flipbook project is a combination of frame-by-frame animation and kinetic sculpture—an infinite loop for a simpler time.

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This week is Burning Man, when your quiet downstairs neighbor with the amber-lensed glasses takes off for the Nevada desert wearing less clothing than Miley Cyrus at the VMAs (but surrounded by the same ratio of plushies).

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BREAKING: Apple tells @jonfortt that $AAPL’s trade-in program to roll out nationwide today; customer must leave store with new contract. — CNBC (@CNBC) August 30, 2013
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President Obama’s order to the intelligence community is starting to produce results.

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iOS: We rather enjoyed the journaling app Narrato when it was released last month, but at $4 the cost of entry was a bit high to just check it out.

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It’s back to school time and that means school supply shopping. If you don’t want to waste money on a junky pen or flash drive, our friends over at The Wirecutter have put together a guide of all the best back to school gear.

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Did you know that whatever you’re keeping your beer cold with this summer, chances are it’s not a Koozie™? That’s right!

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Amazon has price-matched Best Buy’s $200 discount on all Retina MacBook Pros. If you’re eligible for an education discount (.edu e-mail address), then sign up with Best Buy here to get a full $300 off.

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There are some competitions that you lose by winning.

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Almost 7,000 people entered Red Bull’s third annual Illume sports photography contest this year, making it one of the largest photography competitions ever staged. And finally, at a ceremony in Hong Kong yesterday, the jury announced its winners.

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That girl you grew up with and haven’t seen in four years does not want to like the Facebook page for the Kickstarter to support your band’s very first regional tour. Neither does anyone who isn’t your mother.

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