What The Pokémon GO Mania Says About Modern Society

The world is currently in the grips of an obsession with Naintic Inc’s Pokémon GO, the world’s most successful augmented reality game. It has taken over your social media feeds and your friendly neighborhood park. Police in Australia are issuing statements reminding people to look up from their phones when they are playing and crossing the street, people are being mugged and one man was already fired from his job over it. The game has been blamed on a lot of things, prompting  E! Online, of all outlets, to call it dangerous.

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Lady Gaga Opens Up About Sometimes Feeling ‘Worthless’

Singer discusses being bullied as a child and her plan not to speak to the media ‘for a very long time’ on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter.’
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<P><a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/lady_gaga/artist.jhtml”>Lady Gaga</a> confessed she wants to have enough children to form a <a href=”/news/articles/1681179/lady-gaga-oprah-winfreys-next-chapter-own.jhtml”>”soccer team”</a> when she sat down with talk show maven Oprah Winfrey for “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” In the intimate chat, which took place at Gaga’s childhood home in New York City, the never-press-shy Gaga made another big announcement. </P><P> </P><P><embed src=”http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:749701/cp~vid%3D749701%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A749701″ width=”460″ height=”260″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowFullScreen=”true” allowScriptAccess=”always” base=”.”></embed> </P><P> </P><P>”Other than this interview, Oprah, I don’t intend to speak to anyone for a very long time. I have to shut out the noise,” Mother Monster told Winfrey, according to <a href=”http://www.gossipcop.com/oprah-lady-gaga-interview-2012-bullying-childhood-oprahs-next-chapter-recap-highlights-video/” target=”_blank”>Gossip Cop</a>. “The latest thing I do is I don’t read a damn thing. No press, no television. If my mom calls and says, ‘Did you hear about?’ I don’t want to know nothing about anything that is going on … I shut it all off.” </P><P> </P><P>Gaga’s mother was on hand for parts of the interview, sharing that in Gaga’s early days, her father thought she had a “screw loose” while she was performing at downtown New York nightclubs in her bra while lighting hairspray on fire. The superstar added that there’s one thing about her current act that her mother isn’t a big fan of. </P><P> </P><P>”She doesn’t like when I swear,” Gaga said, with her mother adding, “You’re effective without it.” </P><P> </P><P>Another part of the candid chat also focused on Gaga’s youth, during which she said she was frequently bullied. “There really is no difference between the bully and the victim,” she said. “I would like to do a psychological autopsy on as many bullies and victims as possible … How do we understand what breeds hatred, what breeds anger?” </P><P>She added that despite all “all the praise you receive, something inside of you is scarred by those experiences. … Sometimes I feel worthless.” </P><P>Parts of the special were also filmed at Harvard University last month. </P><P> </P><P>The singer and the talk show host were on hand at the prestigious college to launch Gaga’s <a href=”/news/articles/1680176/lady-gaga-launches-born-this-way-foundation-harvard.jhtml”><i>Born This Way</i> Foundation</a>. </P><P> </P><P>”I just have one thing to say before we get started: We got Oprah! … Thank you from all of us — from my entire team, from my mother, from the bottom of the hearts of so many people who believe in what we’re doing today,” Gaga said at the launch. She explained that the foundation seeks to empower the youth of America, adding, “How can we inspire young people to know they have the power to be brave?”</p>

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5 things you should know about blockchains

Talk of blockchain technology is everywhere, it seems — but what is it, and what does it do?

1. Don’t call it “the” blockchain

The first thing to know about the blockchain is, there isn’t one: there are many. Blockchains are distributed, tamper-proof public ledgers of transactions. The most well-known is the record of bitcoin transactions, but in addition to tracking cryptocurrencies, blockchains are being used to record loans, stock transfers, contracts, healthcare data, and even votes.

2. Security, transparency: the network’s run by us

There’s no central authority in a blockchain system: Participating computers exchange transactions for inclusion in the ledger they share over a peer-to-peer network. Each node in the chain keeps a copy of the ledger, and can trust others’ copies of it because of the way they are signed. Periodically, they wrap up the latest transactions in a new block of data to be added to the chain. Alongside the transaction data, each block contains a computational “hash” of itself and of the previous block in the chain.

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What Nest’s product shutdown says about the Internet of Things

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Nest is dropping support for one of its products on May 15. More than just dropping support, the product will cease to work entirely.

The product isn’t one of Nest’s branded lines – it’s not the thermostat, the smoke alarm or the Nest Cam. Instead it’s the Revolv smart home hub.

Nest acquired Revolv in 2014 and stopped selling the product – which was one of the early home automation hubs – almost immediately.

But the service – which was tapped into the Internet of Things with an iOS app that allowed users to control things like lights, locks and smart speaker systems – continued to work. Read more…

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The iPhone 6s outperforms the 2015 MacBook in some tests, which says a lot about the iPad Pro

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Although the iPhone’s ‘s’ models aren’t normally as hype-worthy as the full version upgrades, one thing you can always expect out of them is top notch performance. This year’s iPhone 6s, however, has the special honor of being as powerful as one of Apple’s newest laptops, the 2015 MacBook. John Gruber from Daring Fireball benchmarked the iPhone 6S using Geerkbench 3, a multi-platform testing tool designed to measure overall computer performance. Needless to say, the results are impressive. The phone’s A9 chip can outperform or beat the $ 1300 1.1 Ghz MacBook, and nearly go head to head with the 1.3Ghz model: Test iPhone 6s…

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IDG Contributor Network: 5 myths about data encryption

It’s a heartache, nothing but a heartache. Hits you when it’s too late, hits you when you’re down. It’s a fools’ game, nothing but a fool’s game. Standing in the cold rain, feeling like a clown.

When singer Bonnie Tyler recorded in her distinctive raspy voice “It’s A Heartache” in 1978, you’d think she was an oracle of sorts, predicting the rocky road that encryption would have to travel.

Just a year earlier in 1977 the Encryption Standard (DES) became the federal standard for block symmetric encryption (FIPS 46). But, oh, what a disappointment encryption DES would become. In less than 20 years since its inception, DES would be declared DOA (dead on arrival), impenetrable NOT.

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