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Beach

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Let's go to the beach, beach, let's go get away.

We're right in the middle of summer and it's the perfect time to hit the beach.

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OnePlus 2 Hands-On: So Good, It Makes Me Want To Leave Verizon

One year ago, the OnePlus One became the best off-contract smartphone you could buy. An unheard of Chinese company managed to deliver a high-quality Android handset for a crazy-low $300 price. Now, it looks like that awesomeness wasn’t a fluke. Behold: the OnePlus 2.

OnePlus 2 Hands-On: So Good, It Makes Me Want To Leave Verizon

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Impossible Foods' plant-based cheeseburger

Google has explored at least a few fields that have precious little to do with internet searches, but sources for The Information claim that it nearly went in a very unusual direction: the fast food business. The folks in Mountain View reportedly tried to buy Impossible Foods, a startup developing plant-based alternatives to meat and cheese, for between $200 million to $300 million. The young firm's crowning achievement so far is a veggie cheeseburger (you're looking at it above) that should taste like the real deal when it arrives later this year. If the rumor is accurate, Google only balked because Impossible wanted a higher sale price.

Just why Google would branch out to edibles isn't clear, although the company has explored food in the past. Co-founder Sergey Brin helped fund a burger made solely from stem cells, for example. However, the most logical explanation is that this reflects Google's recent fondness for projects that help humanity as a whole. If Impossible's technology takes off, it'll get people on to healthier diets, reduce the footprints of farms and feed people in areas where animals are impractical. It's not certain that Google is still shopping around for an alternative, but don't be shocked if the company's next acquisition has more to do with cooking than code.

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ShenZhen, China-based startup OnePlus shook the high-end smartphone market last year when it produced a well-designed smartphone with the same (or better) specs than premium models -- such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S6 -- and sold it for half the price. Now, version 2 is hitting the market with a new Android OS.
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ShenZhen, China-based startup OnePlus unveiled its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 2, today. The device, available for purchase by invitation only, will begin shipping to the US, Europe, and India on August 11 for $329-$389 depending on model. The device will ship to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore during Q4 2015.

OnePlus shook the high-end smartphone market last year when it produced a well-designed smartphone with the same (or better) specs than premium models -- such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S6 -- and sold it for half the price. With its slogan "Never Settle," OnePlus has been praised by some industry observers for delivering a superb smartphone and selling it directly to its fan base without any retail partners.

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Earlier today I wrote an article about a few NDE's (Near Death Experiences) that I have personally experienced titled How To Survive An NDE (Near Death Experience) And Talk About It.  Now I know through research that the spiritual, religious, and scientific community all have their own opinions about why these occur but just hear me out since one day we are all going to experience whatever it is we believe in when it comes to our time to depart this world.

Now I don't know why these NDE's happened and I cannot explain them except for what happened when I went through them but all I ask is that you have an open mind and realize that we all live in a big and beautiful Universe.

So I found this cool infographic that may shed some light on NDE's.

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Neighbors 2 may have been pushed back a week, but the follow-up to last summer’s surprise comedy hit is gaining momentum. Just days after Chloe Moretz confirmed on Twitter that she has signed on to star in the sequel, Universal Pictures has pushed back the flick’s May 2016 release. Deadline reports that the raunchy comedy’s opening weekend has been delayed a week from the intended May 13, 2016.

Related: Ed Sheeran to try his hand at acting in FX’s The Bastard Executioner

Although the title has yet to be confirmed by Universal Pictures, Production Weekly reports that the sequel will be called Neighbors: Sorority Rising. With the first flick having centered on the battle between a couple (played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) and the fraternity next door (led by Zac Efron), it looks like a sorority may take over the house vacated by the frat. Assuming that the script goes that direction,  Moretz will likely be the sorority equivalent of Efron’s character and take the lead in another neighborhood war.

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Medium announces new rules to curb abusive behavior. Nicole Cozma/CNET

Blog publishing platform Medium has updated its rules to prohibit activity intended to harass other users, the latest Internet community to crack down on abusive behavior.

The social publishing site announced new rules Monday that prohibit public shaming, the posting of revenge porn, or publishing private or confidential information intended to harass other users. The new rules are intended to foster an environment where users feel comfortable expressing themselves online without fear of being intimidated by other users, the publishing platform explained in an unsigned blog post.

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The Geologist's Field Bag

No matter what you’re occupation, working out in the field always requires a different set of tools. Over on Everyday Carry, Geologist J.G. shares his bag, which is packed with all kinds of interesting stuff.

The bag is a Rocktrail Backpack. Here’s what’s inside:

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Apple on Monday issued the fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this fall.

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Today's El Capitan beta version comes less than one week after Apple seeded its last round of prerelease software for developer assessment, a round that included iOS 9 and watchOS 2 builds. As release notes for today's beta 5 have yet to be published, it is currently unknown what changes Apple applied to the next-generation Mac operating system. The last OS X 10.11 beta version fixed minor bugs, but noted known problems with Photos, Apple ID and Language settingsDevelopers can access the latest OS X 10.11 El Capitan build by updating through the Mac App Store or downloading from Apple's developer website.
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Millions of Americans gathered around small black and white television sets in the hot July of 1969, to watch Neil Armstrong step off the Apollo 11 spacecraft and set his left boot onto untouched moon dust. Armstrong would go down in history as the first man to ever walk on the moon.

Armstrong’s suit is now much older and in bad need of repair. So the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the half a million dollars it would take to preserve the suit and get it ready for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 2019.

Federal appropriations usually cover funding for the Smithsonian but don’t cover preservation projects like this one. That’s why private donations, which make up about 30 percent of funding for the Smithsonian, are key. This is the first time the Smithsonian gave the crowdfunding platform a try.

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Shreddies

Shreddies may be the most expensive underwear you’ll ever consider purchasing, but when you take into consideration their ability to absorb farts, it may well be worth the price.

Yes, a company has finally designed a pair of underwear smart enough to absorb farts. This latest innovation in the under garment department may help relieve the anxiety of letting one rip in a confined space. The sound will remain, but the foul odor won’t escape your pants.

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The rise of live-streaming apps this year has proven a boon to journalists, media organizations, and everyday people who find themselves standing at the center of a news event — and those who want to watch them unfold. But their drop-everything-and-look nature can be addictive, and frequent broadcasters wind up spamming the notifications of the people who follow them. It's been my biggest complaint about Periscope, Twitter's live-streaming app, from day one. Today the company took an important step to fix it.

An update to Periscope's iOS app lets you mute users on a per-account basis. So if most of the accounts you follow Periscope only rarely, but one person Periscopes multiple times a day, you can now stop that person from sending you a push notification every time they go live. To mute someone, open their profile and tap the button next to the "following" icon. Their broadcasts will still appear in your feed when you open the app, but they will no longer interrupt you. It's an important step toward reducing the thirst of the trigger-happiest users.

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Last week, we wrote about the fact that the State of Georgia is suing Carl Malamud for posting PDFs of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, and sending them around. I've been discussing this with a number of lawyers and other experts over the weekend and have to say that I made a significant error in the original post, which I apologize for. I said that courts frequently rely on the annotations of the law, thus effectively making them a part of the law. This was wrong and it was poor reporting on my part based on incomplete understanding of the situation. Having discussed this with multiple people and checked into it further myself, I really regret the error and will be adding a link to this story as soon as it is published. I was told otherwise originally, but that's no excuse. I should have checked it out and I did not.

The situation is, admittedly, more complicated. I still believe that the State of Georgia is incorrect both legally and morally in deciding to go down this path, but it is at least slightly more nuanced than the original article suggested, so let's dig in and explore the thinking. The state of Georgia hired LexisNexis to create these annotations, and LexisNexis then assigns the copyright that it receives on those annotations over to the state of Georgia. Part of the deal between Georgia and LexisNexis is that LexisNexis does the work and the state gets the copyright, but then LexisNexis gets to host the "official" copies of the laws of the state, while selling that annotated version (in both digital and paper versions). The state argues that this arrangement is actually more beneficial to consumers, because rather than relying on taxpayer funds to do this, LexisNexis gets to recoup the costs in the form of customer fees.

The annotations include things such as the names and a brief paragraph summary of relevant caselaw concerning the specific law being annotated. So, the first question is can this be covered by copyright? Most likely the answer is yes, if a limited kind of copyright. There is some creative choice in selecting what to cover and how to cover it, though significant parts of it are factual (names of cases and whatnot). As some pointed out, LexisNexis competitor WestLaw also offers its own annotated code of the state and sells it itself, and pretty much everyone is comfortable with the copyright there.

So, what's different here? Well, for one, part of the deal with LexisNexis is that after writing the work, the company transfers the copyright to the state itself. Some have pointed to the fact that under federal copyright law the federal government cannot get copyright on works of its own creation, but that does not really apply here in two separate ways. First, there's some dispute over whether or not those same rules apply to state governments as well -- with many arguing that without it being explicit, states can copyright their own creative works. The second issue, though, is that even under federal copyright law, if a third party/contractor creates the work and then assigns the copyright to the government, then even the federal government can keep and use that copyright. And, that's clearly the situation here.

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If Bond 24 really is to be Sam Mendes’ final dance with 007 he seems to be going for absolute broke. The interiors, the exteriors, the wide shots, the tight ones—every frame of this new Spectre trailer is rich and beautiful and art directed within an inch of its ever-loving life. Ben Whishaw looks like he was born to play a young Q. Naomie Harris, even in just the tiniest serving here, is deliciously Moneypenny. Daniel Craig is of course all the James Bond he can be, and he’s joined by perhaps two of the most exciting Bond Women (we’ll leave the term “girls” out of this) ever put on screen: Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux, playing Lucia Sciarra and Madeline Swann, respectively. Those names! Bellucci is simply one of the most captivating women in cinema, full stop, and Seydoux has demonstrated her capacity to kick ass and emote hard in roles from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol to Blue Is the Warmest Color. Only through the combined power of these women can the wounds of our dear, lost Vesper Lynd (played to perfection by the perfect Eva Green) finally begin to heal. And then, of course, there’s the villain. Christoph Waltz’s mustache-twisting capabilities will be put fully to the test as Franz Oberhauser, who doesn’t seem a far cry from the most enduring of Bond foes, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Blofeld tormented James for years, first appearing in 1963’s From Russia With Love and last seen in Never Say Never Again from 1983. He was the head of SPECTRE (the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), and in case the title of this movie didn’t tip you off, SPECTRE is pretty central to the plot this time around. Mendes looks like he’s made his best Bond yet if this trailer is any indication, and we are so ready to find out.
Pause at: 0:37. So is this, like, a supercar showdown or something? Welcome to the party at 1:01, Lea! Dave Bautista sighting at 1:04. Notes of the Casino Royale train scene at 1:57. Not normal at 2:03.
Song: “James Bond Theme”
Essential Quote: “It was me, James, the author of all your pain.”—Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz)

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An anonymous reader writes: After years of plugging Google+ into all of its services, today Google announced that your Google+ profile will no longer be your identity in all its products. The company says it will take a few months for all the changes to happen, but the first product to be uncoupled will be YouTube. Bradley Horowitz, Google's vice president of streams, photos, and sharing, says the changes are a response to user feedback: "We've also heard that it doesn't make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use."
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Facebook plans to scale up its service to offer free basic Internet on mobile phones, an executive said, after introducing the application in 17 developing countries over the past year.

In a blog post released to mark the first year of the initiative, Facebook said it will open a portal allowing any mobile operator to offer the service under its Internet.org platform. Facebook currently partners with specific operators to launch the service in different countries.

Internet.org has brought over nine million people online over the past year, Chris Daniels, vice president of product for Internet.org, told Reuters on Monday. Facebook developed the platform with six technology partners to bring an estimated 4.5 billion unconnected people online, mainly in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

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Christie1New Jersey governor Chris Christie. The state is being sued for billions of dollars for reducing its contributions to retiree pension funds.

Image: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

2015-07-27 17:23:22 UTC

Three public workers' pension funds are suing New Jersey for billions in damages, claiming the state government breached contracts when it contributed less than planned.

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No need to envy your iPhone-using friends when they fire up Fallout Shelter. Bethesda Game Studios announced via Twitter the game will launch in the Play Store on August 13. A big content update is on the way too, so there will be a lot to check out when it lands. Very excited for Android users to begin playing #FalloutShelter on August 13th. pic.twitter.com/FYXvyIzaAj — BethesdaGameStudios (@BethesdaStudios) July 24, 2015 With Fallout Shelter you’re in charge of a post-apocalyptic base and must manage numerous resources. Game maker Bethesda Game Studios is known for its popular Elder Scrolls and Fallout series for PC and gaming consoles. Our friends at Macworld were rather lukewarm in their impressions of the game, with their cheif complaints being repetitive gameplay and a slow pace. Perhaps a flood of new content will help alleviate those problems. Fortunately, you’ll get to draw your own conclusions soon.  img 5068Why this matters: A lot of the benchmark games and apps still launch first on iOS. However, this rather quick turnaround indicates that Bethesda knows that Android is just too big to ignore. It’s a pattern we’re seeing with more apps that in the past would have stayed in Cupertino’s garden. Monument Valley and iA Writer are two examples of titles of well-designed and built apps that also came over to Android.

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