Factitious – A New Quiz to Test Your Knowledge on Fake News

Factitious – A New Quiz to Test Your Knowledge on Fake News

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How savvy are you when it comes to fake news?  It’s easy for us to read something and assume it’s fake, but there is now a way to know for sure.  Well.. there’s a fun online quiz.  You’re not necessarily going to be able to use this quiz to identify it when you’re reading the story.  But it’s a fun way to know if what you’re reading is real or fake.  And with the vast amount of news out there, it’s a good way to know if you’re gullible or not.  Head over to Factitious and take the quiz. What it does is shows you actual news stories that have been published.  Your job is to figure out if they are true or not.

What I really like about this quiz is that it shows you the source information.  Which means if you’re not sure if the news is fake or real, you can check the source.  But then you have to decide whether or not the source is actually reporting on real news.  For example, one of the articles that I got in the quiz had The Onion as the source.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Onion, it is a satirical news site.  So, in that example, the answer was easy.  But some of the other questions weren’t that easy.

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The first news article that I got, suggested that a grandfather married his biological granddaughter.  My initial response was that this was just gross.  … Read the rest

Apple’s Secret Fitness Lab Collects Over 33,000 Hours of Biometric Data

Apple’s Secret Fitness Lab Collects Over 33,000 Hours of Biometric Data

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Apple, who is notorious for keeping their products and development under wraps, have give us a sneak peek into their secret fitness lab.  The purpose of the lab is to get data to be able to create better products.  The predominant focus of the Apple Watch is health and fitness.  This is the big drive for most people, so it’s important for Apple to improve the watch.  There are some drawbacks I’ve noticed myself, but I’m not going to get into that today.

To date, Apple has logged more than 33,000 hours of biometric data using employees as “volunteers”.  I think the term is “volun-told”.  I mean, I can see people coming forward wanting to help with this information, but to call them volunteers is a stretch in my opinion.  Especially since they’re actual employees.  They may be volunteering for the program, but I suspect there is more to it.  Maybe Apple is as cool of a place to work for as it seems, but I would bet that there are some incentives to participate.  But I digress a bit.  This amount of data is actually estimated to be the largest chunk of fitness data in the world.  How they’re measuring that I’m not exactly sure, but it is kind of neat.

Jay Blahnik, Apple’s Director of Fitness has indicated “that the facility employs 13 physicians and exercise specialists, in addition to 29 nurses and medics. It’s also the largest purchaser of 50 metabolic carts, which are used to track the oxygen consumption of Apple engineers, managers, and even security guards as they perform various kinds physical activities– including cycling, swimming in the lab’s endless pool, rowing, running, and yoga.… Read the rest

Music Vine – The Answer to Finding Quality Music for Your Film Project

Music Vine – The Answer to Finding Quality Music for Your Film Project

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Do you find it challenging to find the right music for your video project?  And when you find the right music, are the licensing fees too expensive?  Or is it just a painful task to go through all the options to find what you’re looking for? Well, my friends, you might be in luck.  Music Vine claims to provide you with affordable, high quality, curated music licensing.  How does it work?  And is it too good to be true?  It looks like a great way to easily search for music.  Now, I myself am not in the industry, but songs range from $40-$55.  I guess it depends on how many songs you need for your project, but overall that seems to be reasonable.

I looked at a couple of competitors and here’s what I found.  Audio Jungle seems clunky.  The prices are lower – songs starting at $15.  But the layout doesn’t make it easy to find anything.  Yes, you can browse by category, but it still seems to be all over the place. Marmoset has a nicer layout than Audio Jungle, but the cost for licensing is pretty high.  They also charge you a licensing fee based on what you’re using it for.  For example, if it’s for a podcast, the cost is only $29, but $199 if you’re using it for an independent film.  So the prices, in my opinion are kind of high.

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What I like about Music Vine is the layout.  … Read the rest

FTC Ruling Causes DraftKings and FanDuel to Squash Their Merger

FTC Ruling Causes DraftKings and FanDuel to Squash Their Merger

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DraftKings and FanDuel are no longer merging.  Why?  The FTC was attempting to block the merger, citing that it would be a monopoly.  About a month ago, they released a statement indicating that the combined company would “control more than 90 percent of the U.S. market for paid daily fantasy sports contests.”  Which, for all purposes is, essentially a monopoly.  But the merger stood to be beneficial to both companies, and potentially consumers.  It seems odd, I realize, but they are both doing the same thing.  And in doing so, they are trying to make more money from the consumer.  Why not become one company and benefit from all the profits?  Right now, they are splitting the profits in order to deliver the same product.  It doesn’t make sense.

The government thinks otherwise.  The FTC was concerned that if they merged there would be no clear competition.  Which makes sense, but outside of the two, there is no competition.  The merger would have helped the two companies who are over spending on advertising.  Essentially competing for business.  To back track for a moment.  There are other companies that would like to be in the game, but because of the legal ambiguity have pumped the brakes on getting into the game.  So its not necessarily the merger that would kill the competition, it’s the unknown legal ramifications from a gambling perspective.  So why put that on DraftKings and FanDuel?

With the death of the merger, where do they go from here?  … Read the rest

Do You Need To Find More of a Work/Life Balance?

Do You Need To Find More of a Work/Life Balance?

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I have given some thought to the idea of work/life balance, recently.  I’ve got a ton of projects going on at work right now, and I’m just not into it.  I put in the effort required to finish the project, but I want nothing to do with it, if I’m being honest.  Which begs the question of how many of us actually love what we do?  There is an aspect of my career that I love.  Which is helping people.  I work in an area of the government where I actually get to influence change for the better.  Some people would say that my job is “cool”, and maybe it is, but I’m feeling a bit burned out by it.  I am responding to emails after hours, or thinking about work the night before.  When I really should be thinking about my own life and how to improve it.

Or should I? On the other side of the spectrum, there’s a notion that your career should be driven by passion.  We should want to love what we do so much that it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, we will do it.  But is that a good idea?  To back up a bit, let’s talk about a notion that Henry Ford came up with over a century ago.  He suggested that your work/life balance should be broken into thirds.  1/3 of your life should be spent at work, 1/3 of your life should be spent doing things for yourself and 1/3 of your life should be spent sleeping.  … Read the rest

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

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Emmy statues are seen backstage at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on in Los Angeles
63rd Primetime Emmy Awards – Insider Trophy Table, Los Angeles, USA

On Thursday morning, the nominations for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced at the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre in Los Angeles, California. There are plenty of familiar shows on the list (House of Cards, Modern Family, Black-ish, Veep) but there are several exciting newcomers among the nominees as well (Westworld, Stranger Things, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale).

You can see the complete list of nominees below, and remember to tune in for the 69th Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET on CBS on September 17th.

Drama Series
  • Better Call Saul
  • The Crown
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Stranger Things
  • This Is Us
  • Westworld
  • House of Cards

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
  • Claire Foy (The Crown)
  • Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
  • Keri Russell (The Americans)
  • Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
  • Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
  • Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
  • Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
  • Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
  • Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
  • Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black)
  • Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
  • Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
  • Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
  • Thandie Newton (Westworld)
  • Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
  • David Harbour (Stranger Things)
  • Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
  • Michael Kelly (House Of Cards)
  • John Lithgow (The Crown)
  • Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
  • Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Comedy Series

  • Atlanta
  • Black-ish
  • Master of None
  • Modern Family
  • Silicon Valley
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Veep

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Allison Janney (Mom)
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
  • Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
  • Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
  • Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
  • Zach Galifianakis (Baskets)
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta)
  • William H.
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Audi Unveils the A8 – The First Production Car to Reach Level 3 Autonomy

Audi Unveils the A8 – The First Production Car to Reach Level 3 Autonomy

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I really like the idea of self driving cars.  Don’t get me wrong, I love driving, but I don’t like the mental effort required to drive.  And if you think about it, humans are the worst when it comes to driving.  Always talking on their phone or texting.  So why not take that away from them?  It would definitely make the open road a safer place to be.  And this is exactly what Audi is trying to do.  They have just unveiled the world’s first production car to offer Level 3 autonomy.  What is level 3 exactly?  According to Audi, it means that the driver doesn’t need to supervise anything at all.  So long as the car stays within the guidelines.  And the guidelines, in this case are that the car cannot exceed 37 mph (or 60 km for the rest of the world).  Which is actually moderately fast.

Well… moderately fast if you’re driving in a city.  Obviously not that fast for highway driving, which is where I would personally want to use it. Audi says this will give you an opportunity to do what you want to do when you’re driving.  For example, read the newspaper, or get caught up on those pesky emails.  Whatever it is, you can do it while the car drives for itself.  Have a look at the video below for more information.  It looks pretty cool. Note – the video is not cool, the Audi is.… Read the rest