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Divers use custom Snapchat Spectacles to explore deep underwater

With the exception of professional deep-sea divers and filmmakers, underwater scenery has largely remained unexplored territory on social media. But that could change with an unusual invention from Royal Caribbean, which plans to strap waterproof cameras on cruisegoers’ faces to help them get enviable vacation pics.

This week, the company is debuting a scuba mask with built-in Snapchat Spectacles, which could soon enable everyday divers to swim and shoot videos and photos of marine wildlife in places like Belize and Mexico. The “SeaSeekers” goggles were built by Sexton, an Oregon-based firm that specializes in custom underwater housing. (The concept was developed by Boston ad agency MullenLowe.)

To promote its #SeekDeeper campaign, Royal Caribbean equipped three well-known divers with their own SeaSeekers, which they wore while exploring water that tours often visit. The company dispatched marine wildlife photographer and conservationist Roberto Ochoa to Cozumel, Mexico, to provide a new look into the migration of whale sharks. It sent marine biologist Gabriela Nava to examine a coral reef restoration project. And in Belize, free diver Ashleigh Baird wore a pair while visiting the Great Blue Hole, one of the largest underwater sinkholes of its kind.

According to Royal Caribbean chief marketing officer Jim Berra, the goal is to receive a patent for the product and then equip ships with the goggles so guests can rent them by this fall. He said one purpose of the campaign is to remind people of the biological diversity of the Caribbean.

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“You can get off the beaten path and have these types of water-based adventures and then capture it in a really fun and unique way,” Berra said.

Royal Caribbean only made 10 prototypes of the product, but it gave Adweek an early preview. And while doing a demo in the Caribbean would have been ideal, the next best thing was a luxury hotel pool a little closer to home in New York.

During an early-morning swim on Thursday at the Marmara Park Avenue Hotel, I got a chance to try the SeaSeekers. To the untrained eye, it might look like a colorful scuba mask. However, to anyone who’s seen a pair of Spectacles in action, there’s no mistaking the yellow-ringed circular cameras on the polarized lenses, fastened safely behind the waterproof plastic. (This week Snap Inc. won three Cannes Lions for designing Spectacles, which one judged described as both “functional” and “beautiful.”)

While I’m a proficient swimmer, I’m far less proficient as a scuba diver, so the goggles felt foreign at first. And while the overall design was fairly comfortable, the nose had no padding (a minor inconvenience but one that proved a little painful over time). There was just one other problem: The suction around the eyes and nose was not 100 percent waterproof, which made it tough to stay underwater for too long without getting water in my eyes and nose. However, that in no way seemed to affect the function of the glasses themselves, which worked underwater perfectly.

Compared with the Caribbean there’s not a lot to document in terms of wildlife in a Manhattan pool. But I brought a friend along, who helped keep things interesting while we documented an improvised form of spontaneous synchronized swimming—underwater handstands and torpedoing through the blue like whatever fish might be floating off the coast of Belize. And the Specs worked each and every time, syncing to my water hazard of an iPhone 6 sitting safely on the side.

Viewing the underwater snaps afterward felt more immersive than a lot of other content, and it makes a lot of sense why a cruise line would want to have a way to show people on land what they’re missing. And, to be honest, the SeaSeekers were actually pretty fun to use—they even made me wish I could actually go out in the deep blue sea. (All that organic content cruisegoers will generate onboard could make for good social marketing just in time for the winter travel months.)

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http://www.adweek.com/digital/royal-caribbean-built-waterproof-snapchat-spectacles-for-underwater-exploring-and-we-tried-them-out/

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Couple beats restaurant owner, her teen daughter over fast food order

Shocking surveillance video shows the moment a Georgia couple brutally beat a restaurant employee and her teenage daughter — all because they weren’t satisfied with their order.

The couple, identified by police as Nathaniel Eric and Latasha Smith, were at the Quik Chick takeout stand next to U.S. Highway 1 in Baxley around 3 p.m. Thursday when they complained to owner Jeanette Norris that their chicken was too cold and that they didn’t get enough fries, WTOC reported.

Norris checked the food, spoke with the couple for a few seconds and even refunded their money — before Latasha attacked her, slapping and punching her in the face.

“She went berserk,” Norris told the station. “They both lost it, him and her both; started cussing and beating on the window.”

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Then the owner’s 15-year-old daughter walked out of a truck parked in front of the eatery — only to be immediately socked in the face by Nathaniel, knocking her off her feet, the video shows.

“One of my employees yelled, ‘He’s got her,’ and that’s when I realized he had hit her,” Norris said. “Who does that? Who punches a child like she’s a grown man standing there? He needs putting under the jail.”

When two other customers arrived, the couple drove off in a silver Cadillac Escalade.

Norris was left with a broken nose after the attack — and her daughter suffered bruises and a concussion, the station reported.

Police told the station that the attack was completely unprovoked.

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http://nypost.com/2017/06/25/couple-viciously-beats-restaurant-owner-her-teen-daughter-over-fast-food-order/amp/

 

Floyd Mayweather’s trainer worried Conor McGregor might go crazy, do something stupid to get disqualified on Aug. 26

There’s a major UFC event this weekend, roughly 24 hours after Bellator MMA fires off one of the best fight cards in its entire history. Unfortunately, nobody is clicking on those posts, so I’m forced to revert back to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor hype.

 

You have no one to blame but yourselves.

This latest angle comes from Mayweather’s assistant trainer Nate Jones, who is convinced “Money” will defeat the “Notorious” interloper when they collide this August, assuming McGregor doesn’t go crazy and do something stupid.

From his conversation with Submission Radio:

“One way I can see the fight ending is Floyd outboxing him, beating the crap out of him. Another way I’m gonna be concerned about is when Floyd gets to a point where he frustrates him too much, McGregor’s gonna do something crazy. That’s the only thing I’m worried about. He’s 40 years old, McGregor has crazy weird power and he’s got weird shots from weird angles. I’m worried about that. But for my prediction in the fight, is Floyd either confusing him and frustrating him and stopping him in the later rounds or Floyd outboxing him or he doing something stupid and losing the fight. That’s my prediction.”

Blame Joe Rogan for planting that seed.

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McGregor, one of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters on the planet, is contractually obligated to keep this bout strictly boxing. That means elbow, knees in the clinch, and other punishing moves from his world of cage fighting are barred.

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https://www.mmamania.com/2017/6/23/15863368/floyd-mayweather-conor-mcgregor-might-go-crazy-do-something-stupid-get-disqualified-aug-26

Former Texas Nurse Genene Jones Accused Of Killing Infants, Charged Again

SAN ANTONIO – A former Texas nurse who prosecutors say may be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 young children has been indicted on a murder charge for the second time in recent weeks.

Genene Jones was sentenced to 99 years after infant killings. Authorities began investigating Jones anew, saying dozens of children had died in her care. Jones was indicted on a charge of murder in the December 12, 1981, death of 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer. If convicted, she could spend the rest of her life in prison.

Prosecutors in San Antonio said in a statement that 66-year-old Genene Jones was indicted Wednesday in the 1981 death of 2-year-old Rosemary Vega.

She was charged with a separate count of murder last month in the death of an 11-month-old boy.

Jones is serving a lengthy prison sentence for the 1982 killing of another toddler. But she was scheduled to be released in March under a mandatory release law in place when she was convicted.

Authorities have linked her to many more deaths of children who died under unusual circumstances during or shortly after her shifts.

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Ex-Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of young children charged with murder again

Facebook Changes Its Mission With Announcement About Groups

For anyone still wondering if Mark Zuckerberg plans to run for president, today should dispel that myth. It appears that his tour of America — which many speculated is an effort to score political points — was designed to give the 33-year-old CEO a chance to learn about human behavior, in the physical and digital worlds, in order for him to build a better product. He wants to turn Facebook into a place where users form popular groups and hang out together, a lot.

Zuckerberg chose a peculiar — and telling — location to announce to the world that, after much research and reflection, he is changing the mission of his company. He wasn’t at his Silicon Valley campus, nestled between ping pong tables and bean bags (standard tech iconography).

Today, the CEO explained, Facebook’s mission will change to focus on the activity levels of users, and to support the most active so that they can keep building the digital spaces that draw in the masses. In official language, the new mission is to “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

The company is releasing new tools that allow people who build Facebook groups to see a bit of the treasure trove of data that the social media platform historically has hoarded — like the times of day that group members are most engaged. Users will be able to schedule a post in advance — an announcement that garnered thunderous applause.

Zuckerberg wants to get 1 billion Facebook users to join “meaningful communities.” For the last six months, his team has been running an experiment to have algorithms reorganize users’ digital lives by suggesting groups that may be of interest — perhaps one for nature lovers or for Christians, groups that three or four friends just joined. He explained “most people don’t seek out communities in the physical world or online. Either your friends invite you or on Facebook we suggest them for you.”

He posits that through these algorithm-driven groups, Facebook is helping TO save us from the social isolation of the physical world: “If we can do this, it will not only turn around the whole decline in community membership we’ve seen for decades, it will start to strengthen our social fabric and bring the world closer together.”

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http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/06/22/534018001/facebook-changes-its-mission-with-groups-announcement

This 10-Year-Old Is Creating A Device To Prevent Infants From Dying In Hot Cars

After Bishop Curry heard his neighbor’s 6-month-old infant died from being in an overheated car, he decided to create a life-saving device to prevent incidents like this from reoccurring ― as any responsible 10-year-old would.

 

“It kind of came in my head,” Bishop told HuffPost of his device, the Oasis. 

 

The Oasis would respond to rising temperatures by emitting cool air and use an antenna to signal parents and authorities. At the moment, Bishop only has a 3-D clay model of the device, but his father, Bishop Curry IV, began a GoFundMe campaign for the Oasis in January.

 

“I got lots of help from my parents,” Bishop said. 

 

Attorneys advised the family that the minimum amount they’d need for prototyping and manufacturing fees, as well as a patent for the device, is $20,000. 

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The GoFundMe campaign has already exceeded that $20,000 goal and, as of Monday, has raised over $23,700. Bishop, who will begin sixth grade in the fall, told Fox News last week that in addition to his parents, his classmates and friends are fully behind him on his projects. 

 

“They want to work for me,” he said. 

Last June, CNN reported that the number of hot-car deaths had nearly tripled compared to the same time in 2015, which had 24 hot-car deaths in total.

When Curry grows up, he wants to center his career around inventions, including a time machine. 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/10-year-old-invents-device-to-prevent-hot-car-deaths_us_5948065de4b07499199d9e96

The Fidget Spinner Is Google’s Latest Easter Egg Distraction

I wasn’t above squeezing an occasional round of Doom in between study sessions in college, and am certainly not shy about catching some Pokémon if any are lurking in my office (that’s a no).

But if I have a particularly busy workday and want to kill 30 seconds before entering a meeting, or want to keep my attention focused during a meeting, Google’s got my back with some sweet search engine Easter eggs. They just added a new one. It rhymes with “digit sinner.”

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The latest edition to Google’s list of Easter eggs is the iconic fidget spinner, now digitized for your perpetually spinning pleasure. Searching for “spinner” and clicking the toy makes it spin in your browser window; you can spin it with your finger on your smartphone, too. There’s also the option to change the fidget spinner to a numerical spinning wheel if you need a random number from one to twenty. You can’t modify any colors, but then again if it were any more interactive you’d probably waste even more time.

Tic-Tac-Toe

Enter “tic tac toe” for Google’s take on the two-person board game. You can futz with the three difficulty settings and, if you’re sitting next to an equally unproductive coworker, compete against them on the same machine in two-player mode.

Pac-man

Appearing as a Google doodle in 2010, searching for “Pac-man” will bring up a playable version of the game in your browser. Instead of the traditional layout of pac-man games past, the field of play spells out, of course, Google.

Solitaire

I’m not exactly sure how Microsoft doesn’t have a patent on every implementation of the classic card game solitaire, but Google’s version (search for “solitaire,” of course) offers two difficulty settings as well as a timer, score, and number of moves made.

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http://lifehacker.com/the-fidget-spinner-is-googles-latest-easter-egg-distrac-1796298110

Iggy Azalea goes commando as she flashes her sensational curves in VERY daring laced-up dress at star-studded Toronto’s Much Music Awards

She’s famous for her unreal curves and bubblegum flavored rap.

And Iggy Azalea’s world-class curves took center stage at Sunday’s Much Music Awards in Toronto. 

The Fancy songstress showed some skin in a blush pink dress which laced up the side to reveal the Aussie starlet’s naked thigh, bare flank, and curving chest while expertly hugging her prominent posterior.

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The Work singer’s dress featured a thigh high slit which transitioned into a series of crisscrossing silver strands which snaked up her torso to show off her bountiful bust. 

Iggy’s flashes of flesh were at her chest and hips seemed to suggest the starlet opted not to wear underwear with the provocative piece.

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Walt Disney World honors Lane Graves, boy killed by alligator

Wednesday will mark one year since an alligator at the Grand Floridian, at Walt Disney World, snatched a boy playing along the shore of the lake and killed him.

Disney will soon have a way to honor Lane Graves.

A sculpture of a lighthouse will soon stand on Disney property to remember the 2-year-old. The lighthouse is a symbol used by the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was set up by the Graves family following his death.

Graves and his family were vacationing from Nebraska in June 2016 when he was killed. He was scooping sand on the beach area when the alligator appeared out of Seven Seas Lagoon.

Lane’s father tried to grab his son and fight off the alligator, but it was too late.

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The Lane Thomas organization supports families of children in need of life saving organ transplants.

The lighthouse will be installed sometime this summer, in an undisclosed location.

Read Disney’s full statement below:

The Lane Thomas Foundation was created to give honor and light to Lane’s life. The foundation is dedicated to supporting families of children needing life-saving organ transplants. To provide continued awareness of the foundation and its mission, we’ve commissioned an original sculpture of the lighthouse the foundation uses as a symbol of love and hope, to be installed on our property this summer.” – George A. Kalogridis, President, Walt Disney World Resort

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http://www.wftv.com/news/local/walt-disney-world-honors-lane-graves-boy-killed-by-alligator/533161519

Facebook’s AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish

Any technology that only works in English neglects 75% of the world. That problem is especially severe for Facebook with its global userbase. Yet most languages are being left out by the advances in artificial intelligence centered around natural language processing led by researchers in the U.S. and China.

But today marks a milestone for AI accessibility. Facebook Messenger’s artificial intelligence assistant “M” can now make recommendations in Spanish of Messenger features to use if it detects that that’s the language someone writes in. M Suggests rolled them out in English two months ago.

The feature scans the words and intent of your messages, then pops up optional suggestions from Messenger’s many features. Say “Te debo $20” and M suggests the payments feature. Write “Besos!” and it will surface lovey-dovey stickers you can send. Ask “¿Dónde estás?” and M pulls up the location sharing feature.

 

M Suggestions are now available to all Facebook users with their language set to Spanish in the US, and the feature is rolling out in Mexico.

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Last year Facebook added a multilingual sharing button so Pages can post in one language and have it appear to people in their native tongues. And now well over 800 million users see translated News Feed posts each month after Facebook dropped Bing to focus on strengthening the AI behind its own translation technology.

Hopefully the next step for Messenger will be real-time translation for conversation partners across languages, that way we can connect, cooperate, and commiserate with people from different cultures. We fear what we don’t understand. But if Facebook’s translation tech can show us just how similar we are to people from other countries, it could promote tolerance between all humans.

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Facebook’s AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish