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Life after 1D: Zayn Malik is making solo music with a Sam Smith producer



The story of Zayn Malik’s life is veering into solo territory

After quitting One Direction on Wednesday, the 22-year-old crooner is already embarking on a solo career with Naughty Boy, The Sun learned in a recent interview with Malik. Naughty Boy was a producer on Sam Smith’s mega-successful debut album In the Lonely Hour and, together, they created “La La La.”

A solo career for a departed boy-band member isn’t uncommon (think Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams and Nick Jonas, for example), and Malik’s vocal chops — with his smooth tone, adventurous runs and occasional falsetto — are primed for a one-man musical act Read more…

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Meerkat Strikes Back At Periscope With New Ways To Follow

Meerkat Logo Periscope With Twitter’s much more polished livestreaming app Periscope now on the market, Meerkat needs to strengthen its own social graph to keep users from straying to its new competitor. So today Meerkat for iOS was updated recommendations of people to follow, a way to follow people from inside streams, and ways to discover streams your friends like. It’s also trying to neutralize… Read More

Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

braindrainbahrain writes: Hacker Oscarv wanted a PDP-8 mini computer. But buying a real PDP-8 was horribly expensive and out of the question. So Oscarv did the next best thing: he used a Raspberry Pi as the computing engine and interfaced it to a replica PDP-8 front panel, complete with boatloads of fully functional switches and LEDs.

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One photographer’s journey couchsurfing ’round the world



Websites that let you find places to crash not only provide a free bed (or floor) for travelers to sleep on, but are also gateways into new cultures. Hosts can act simply as landlords or as personal guides in unfamiliar lands. And these networks are rapidly growing; has a membership of more than 10 million globally in 200,000 different cities, according to its website.

Photographer Malte Jäger made several journeys to document various hospitality networks, following individuals and groups of friends in different areas of the world and using different modes of transportation. Read more…

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Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

pride It’s hard to believe, after how far the gay rights movement has come, that we’re still doing this. But here we are. Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that allows private businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian consumers, according to CNN. The “Restoration of Religious Freedom Act” is meant to allow businesses and corporations to… Read More

Illinois town wants cyclists to stop pooping on bike path



Town supervisors in Hampton, Illinois are kindly requesting that local cyclists cut the shit and stop pooping all over the bike path.

After two years of cleaning up feces left on the local bike trail, fed up supervisors have been forced to post two large signs that read, “Stop pooping on bike path.” And while many interpret this as a warning to dog owners, the message is actually meant for humans.

“It’s just pretty nasty to talk about,” Scott McKay, Hampton’s Public Works supervisor, told WQAD 8. As for how he knows that humans are the culprits: “Well animals don’t carry toilet paper and then stuff it on the top.” Read more…

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Police fire tear gas into face of Quebec City student protester



At least one student protester was injured Thursday, after Quebec City police fired tear gas into a crowd protesting austerity measures.

One young woman was hit directly in the face, according to local reports, when police fired tear gas following scuffles between the two groups. One person was reportedly arrested for assaulting an officer

A few hundred protesters gathered outside the National Assembly in Quebec City on Thursday to demonstrate against government-spending cuts, after the province of Quebec released its budget. The budget introduced new cuts to Quebec’s education and healthcare sectors, according to the Montreal Gazette. Read more…

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The Livestream Goes Mainstream

live-streaming-meerkat-periscope In early 2011, Skype bought a mobile video startup called Qik, which had developed an app that let mobile users record and stream videos in real-time which others could be alerted to and then view. If that description sounds similar to the newly hot live-streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope, it’s because the overall concept introduced then is not all that far off from what’s… Read More

Tim Cook will give away his Apple fortune



This is probably not what Steve Jobs would do.

In an interview with Fortune‘s Adam Lashinsky this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that he will give away his Apple fortune — at least $700 million — before he dies. The only direct contribution to his own family will be to ensure that his nephew can comfortably afford college.

For many familiar with Cook’s leadership, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. He comes across as warm in person as he is on stage. I wouldn’t quite call him effusive, but he he seems gregarious — which is probably not how one would have described Jobs. Read more…

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Vote for your Elite 8: Only the strong mascots survive



Who will be crowned King of the Mascots?

With major upsets in the first two rounds, only two number one seeds remain. One thing’s for sure: March Madness has nothing on these mascots.

Will the dynamic duo from Xavier triumph over Arizona’s Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat? Will the lowest ranked North Dakota State continue their upset streak to the final? You decide.

Vote now for your Mascot Madness Elite 8.

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