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Seattle School Shooting Gunman Was Homecoming Royalty

Friday Oct 24th 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.

Students said the gunman was staring at students as he shot them inside the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The shootings set off a chaotic scene as students ran from the cafeteria and building in a frantic dash to safety while others were told to stay put inside classrooms at the school, 30 miles north of Seattle. Read more...

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Jack-o'-Lanterns: They're Just Like Us

Friday Oct 24th 2014

Not even your average Halloween pumpkin can deny the allure of social media or online dating. It's hard out there for a gourd. Read more...

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The 9 Most Absurd Political Ads of the 2014 Election Season

Friday Oct 24th 2014

With midterm elections less than two weeks away, the number of campaign ads being played on national television is heating up

Spending on advertising is set to surpass $1 billion for this election cycle, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, with interest groups accounting for an all-time high of senate airings

See also: The Midterm Elections Are Worth Your Attention. Here's Why

As candidates enter crunch time for the races, let's take a look at some of the bizarre, controversial and ridiculous advertising that has popped up this election season

1. Bob Quast, Iowa

An ad from Bob Quast, who is running as a third party candidate for one of Iowa's U.S. Senate seats, became an early contender for most bizarre when it ran in April Read more...

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Google Exec Breaks Space Jump Record With Nearly 26-Mile Free Fall

Friday Oct 24th 2014

Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, broke Felix Baumgartner's two-year-old world record for highest altitude free-fall jump on Friday morning when he parachuted from a balloon near the top of the stratosphere, free-falling from a height of nearly 26 miles and breaking the sound barrier in the process.

The New York Times reported that Eustace, 57, ascended to the edge of space in a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium from an airport in Roswell, New Mexico. He then cut loose using a small explosive device and plummeted towards Earth at speeds of up to 822 miles per hour. Fifteen minutes later, he landed safely on the ground. Read more...

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Benedict Cumberbatch Trying to Walk Like Beyonce Is the Best Thing You'll See Today

Friday Oct 24th 2014

Prepare to have your love for Benedict Cumberbatch grow ten folds

Because what is a REAL man, if not one who attempts to walk like Beyoncé on a television show?

See also: Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Hamlet' Sells 100,000 Tickets in Mere Minutes

Yes, that's exactly what happened on an episode of The Graham Norton Show after comedian Miranda Hart began giving the panelists — Cumberbatch included — a lesson in walking, from the awkward course correction to the pop star walk. While showing off the latter of those, Hart, our new hero, prompted Cumberbatch to join in

This is what happened.

The best. Read more...

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John Constantine's LinkedIn Profile Touts His Demonology Expertise Ahead of Premiere

Friday Oct 24th 2014

Looking to hire a demonologist with a rock background? Look no further than John Constantine.

The self-proclaimed "master of the dark arts" has taken a page from the post-college guide to employment and set up a LinkedIn page, in which he touts his, ahem, points of expertise. This, of course, is a move by NBC to publicize the Friday premiere of Constantine, based off the Hellblazer comics.

See also: CBS Harnesses Star Power for Instagram 'Takeover'

Despite his obvious skills in fighting the underworld, however, Constantine could actually use a little help from a career counselor

A screenshot of John Constantine's LinkedIn profile. Read more...

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What We Now Know About New York's First Ebola Case

Friday Oct 24th 2014

New York City reported its first case of the deadly Ebola virus on Thursday, when a health care worker who volunteered in Guinea fell ill upon returning home in the U.S.

Dr. Craig Spencer, 32, is now in isolation at Bellevue Hospital.

See also: Ebola Arrives in New York. How Prepared Is the City to Handle It?

Spencer had traveled to Guinea with Doctors Without Borders, before returning to New York on Oct. 17. He went about his normal life in the city, even riding the subway, taking an Uber car and going bowling in the days before symptoms emerged

On Friday, health officials in New York revealed additional details on Spencer's activities, including a detailed account of his movement around the city on Oct. 21 and 22 Read more...

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No Switching for You! AT&T Locks the Apple SIM to Its Network

Friday Oct 24th 2014

If you use your LTE iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with AT&T, you'd better be prepared to stay with the network. AT&T will lock the Apple SIM card in the device, even though the card is intended to allow users to switch networks at will.

See also: Don't Try Bending the iPad Air 2 at Home

Users began reporting the SIM lockdown as the iPads went on sale Friday, MacRumors first reported. When a user first activates the iPad on AT&T, a message will appear warning them that once they connect to the network they won't be able to switch to another. To switch networks — even while traveling — a user will need to purchase a new Apple SIM. Read more...

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What Developers Should Know About Apple Pay

Friday Oct 24th 2014

In our latest Ask a Dev video, iOS Architect Kevin Harwood explains how developers can start integrating Apple Pay into their apps.

For now, he says, developers should focus on making use of In-App Purchase. More information is available on Apple's guidelines

See also: Why Apple Pay Is the Most Secure Payment Platform on the Planet

Subscribe to our Ask a Dev YouTube channel to catch more videos like this.

BONUS: Testing Out Apple Pay In The Big Apple

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First Feature Film for Oculus Rift Is a Fright Fest

Friday Oct 24th 2014

Oculus Rift owners can now watch a feature-length horror film adapted for virtual reality — a first for the platform.

Banshee Chapter, which originally debuted on VOD, was adapted to be compatible with the head-mounted display. Produced by Star Trek's Zachary Quinto, the 2013 film was released for free on the platform Friday.

See also: PlayStation TV: Tiny Package But Gaming Power Needs Some Tweaks

Banshee Chapter follows a journalist investigating the disappearance of her college friend, as well as a mysterious experimental drug that ties the mystery together. Loosely based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, it stars Sleepy Hollow's Katia Winter, Silence of the Lambs' Ted Levine and True Blood's Michael McMillian. Read more...

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Fallen Canadian Soldier's Dogs Will Reportedly Be Cared for by His Mother

Friday Oct 24th 2014

TORONTO — The two dogs reportedly owned by Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the Canadian soldier who was killed Wednesday at Ottawa's National War Memorial, will now be cared for by his mother.

Kathy Cirillo will look after the German Shepherd mixes, according to CBC News. Nathan's 6-year-old son Marcus, who just started senior kindergarten, will also be under Kathy's care

See also: Canada Laments 'Loss of Innocence,' Even After a Decade of War

A photo of the dogs poking their heads under a fence at Cirillo's family home in Hamilton, Ontario, went viral after it was published Thursday

Cirillo's dogs. Such a sad sightpic.twitter.com/LTnPxOMlT6

— molly hayes (@MollyatTheSpec) October 23, 2014 Read more...

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Read This Before You Buy a Plane Ticket on Sunday

Friday Oct 24th 2014

A recent report from the Airlines Reporting Corporation shows how the average price of tickets varies day by day throughout the week. According to the study, the average price of tickets sold is lowest on Sunday, at $432, and highest on Monday, at $503.

This has led more than one media outlet to report that Sunday is the best day for getting the lowest price on a flight.

It's a tempting conclusion — but it's wrong.

See also: Know Before You Go: All the Airline Fees by Carrier

The report looks at tickets sold to travel agents, which are more often used by business travelers. It is also looking at sale prices, not available fares, meaning that the immediate need of a flight may have been more important to the purchaser than the best deal. Read more...

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Rapping Family Returns With Snoop Dogg-Inspired Halloween Jam

Friday Oct 24th 2014

Another holiday, another treat from the Holderness family

You may remember this peppy family from their now-famous video Christmas card that went viral last year, racking up more than 14 million views since its debut in December. Since then, the family has been remaking other popular songs into cheesy yet adorable family-oriented videos

This time, it's a parody to Snoop Dogg's 1994 hit "Gin and Juice," because nothing captures the essence of family fun trick-or-treating like a song about smoking weed, drinking gin and having sex with strangers

Although a middle-aged family man rapping to Snoop Dogg may seem cringeworthy, "Kin and Moose" is kind of adorable. Read more...

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These Dothraki Pickup Lines Will Woo Your Fine Khaleesi

Friday Oct 24th 2014

Pickup lines can sometimes work, but when you combine them with Game of Thrones, you’re guaranteed to win over a khaleesi

Itali-what? This is the true language of love

See also: 15 'Game of Thrones' Pickup Lines to Score a Date With a Westerosi

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BONUS: 5 Emoji Meanings That Might Surprise You

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33 Musical Earworms You Can't Escape

Friday Oct 24th 2014

You know the routine: Select a song, finish listening to that song, immediately replay that song. Rinse and repeat for the rest of the day.

We've all experienced earworms — you know, those infectious jams that you just can't get out of your head. But there is more to earworms than just their repeatability. Composer and producer Joel Beckerman claims that the purpose of an earworm is to liven up your day.

See also: 36 Songs Full of 'La La's, 'Na Na's, and Other Nonsense Syllables

"Earworms are your brain's way of putting an enjoyable score behind mundane daily tasks," Beckerman writes in his new book THE SONIC BOOM: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy. Read more...

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The 10 Countries Most Affected by Hunger

Friday Oct 24th 2014

Time is dwindling to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations' blueprint to tackle an array of large-scale global problems by a target date of 2015. One of those goals, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, has seen progress, but there's still work to be done.

According to the International Food Policy Research Institute's 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), released last week, hunger in developing countries has decreased by 39% since 1990. However, the global state of hunger remains in the "serious" category — the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that 805 million people continue to go hungry around the world. Read more...

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Roku Plans to Go Public, Report Says

Friday Oct 24th 2014

Roku is planning to go public, and raise as much as $150 million, according to a report.

The TV streaming service has been in talks with Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup about the move, according to Marketwatch. The report didn't outline what sort of valuation Roku would have, or when the IPO would take place

See also: HBO, ESPN and CBS: Why the Sudden Influx of Online Subscription Services?

Founded in 2008, Roku reported last month that it sold 10 million of its set-top boxes to date. In comparison, Apple has sold at least 20 million Apple TVs

So far, Roku has secured $140 million in funding Read more...

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Doctors Returning to NY-Area Airports From West Africa Will Be Quarantined

Friday Oct 24th 2014

This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. ET to reflect the updated screening and quarantine protocols.

As word spread Thursday night that a New York doctor who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa was now infected with the disease, many began to wonder why he wasn't quarantined upon his return to a densely populated city of 8 million people.

See also: Everywhere the NYC Ebola Patient Went During His 'Self-Isolation'

Those concerns only grew as it was revealed that the doctor, 32-year-old Craig Spencer, rode the subway, visited a public park, ate at a restaurant and went bowling in New York over the two days before he began showing symptoms. Read more...

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8 Apps to Help You Get More Done in Less Time

Friday Oct 24th 2014

We've all heard of the illusory work/life balance that books, blogs and the busiest of professionals tell us is attainable — but actually achieving it doesn't feel so simple. It all seems like a classic catch-22: In order to achieve a manageable work/life balance, you have to find time in your already packed schedule to read up on how to achieve it — but you probably don't have the time to dedicate to researching in the first place, because you're too slammed with workLe sigh.

See also: 7 Daily Tasks You Can Put on Autopilot

Fret no longer — we've done the research for you; we've rounded up eight apps that will help with anything from managing administrative tasks, making shipping a non-pain and even streamlining your social media reporting. So take a deep breath and know you're one step closer to getting the most out of each and every day, with more time to dedicate to what matters most to you Read more...

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Here's a Weird Song About Shia LaBeouf Being a Cannibal

Friday Oct 24th 2014

In real life, Shia LaBeouf is not a cannibal. However, in Rob Cantor's song entitled "Shia LaBeouf," he is.

The song, performed by Cantor himself, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir and the Argus Quartet, puts the listener in a horrific scenario in which they are being pursued by a murderous, human-eating LaBeouf. It's something we didn't know we were afraid of until we saw it.

See also: 5 Taylor Swift Songs That Are Actually About Sandwiches

Between an extremely talented chorus of singers, interpretive dancers wearing 3D Shia heads and lyrics like "He's following you about 30 feet back, he gets down on all fours and breaks into a sprint," the piece is bizarrely well-executed. In an email, Cantor told Mashable that the inspiration for the song came from a friend of his who was dramatically and repeatedly whispering "Shia LaBeouf" one day Read more...

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