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Ke$ha Celebrates National Coming Out Day

‘We R Who We R’ T-shirts support the Human Rights Campaign.
By Jocelyn Vena

<P><a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/kesha_/artist.jhtml”>Kesha</a> has joined forces with the Human Rights Campaign to help celebrate National Coming Out Day on Tuesday (October 11). </P><P> </P><P>The pop singer created a special message T-shirt, featuring a purple zebra, that <a href=”/news/articles/1653432/kehas-we-r-who-we-r-video-is-hot-and-dangerous.jhtml”>proclaims “We R Who We R,”</a> the title of her hit anthem about individuality. The shirts sell for $ 35, with all proceeds supporting the HRC’s work to achieve equality for the LGBT community. </P><P> </P><P>According to the <a href=”http://www.hrc.org/press-releases/entry/human-rights-campaign-unveils-t-shirt-collaboration-with-kesha” </P><P>target=”_blank”>HRC website</a>, only 1,000 shirts will be produced. </P><P> </P><P>Others are also using the day to bring awareness to LGBT issues. Several notable celebrities will be honored by the Equality Forum, which is hosting an event and profiling notable LGBT members in pop culture. </P><P> </P><P>As <a href=”http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2011/10/lgbt-history-month-honors-ricky-martin-wanda-sykes-ryan-murphy-pedro-zamora-27-other-icons.html#ixzz1aTgr8yl4″ target=”_blank”>LGBT History Month</a> rolls on throughout October, Ricky Martin, Wanda Sykes, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy and Pedro Zamora, a former “The Real World” castmember turned AIDS activist, all will be profiled by the organization. </P><P> </P><P>”We’re the only minority worldwide that’s not taught history at home, in school or religious institutions,” said Malcolm Lazin, Equality Forum’s founder and executive director. “Like every group that’s been marginalized, it really helps to make the case why we should take real pride in ourselves and our community.” </P><P> </P><P>Since launching the program five years ago, over 200 icons have been profiled, including Jane Lynch, Lady Gaga and Neil Patrick Harris. Lazin called LGBT month “empowering and life affirming.” </P><P> </P><P>The message comes amid increased awareness about young people being bullied, including MTV’s <a href=”http://www.athinline.org”>A Thin Line</a> campaign. The MTV film <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/shows/disconnected/series.jhtml”>”DISconnected,”</a> which premiered Monday night, focuses on issues in a world where technology controls personal lives. </P><P> </P><P>”I see the viciousness of people every day,” said <a href=”/news/articles/1672289/jersey-shore-vinny-disconnected-fight-negativity.jhtml”><P>id=”1672289″>”Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino</a> on the “DISconnected” after show. “I kind of want to be a soldier in the field, so to speak, and try to combat the negativity with a positive message. I want to help open people’s eyes up, like this movie does, to the negativity.” </P><P> </P><P><b>Check out the <a </P><P>href=”http://www.facebook.com/MTVDisCONNECTED”>Facebook</a> page for <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/shows/disconnected/series.jhtml”>”DISconnected.”</a></b></p>

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Pokémon Go is coming to the Apple Watch

At Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote today, Niantic CEO John Hanke announced that the company’s popular AR game Pokémon Go is coming to the Apple Watch. The app will allow players to engage with the location-based game without having to open the app on their phone to detect nearby Pokémon, gyms and other locations. It’ll notifiy wearers when they’re close to a Pokémon, and also display walking and running stats like distance and calories burned. But bear in mind, when you’re close to a Pokémon, you’ll have to whip out your phone to try and catch it. The company noted that…

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Craig Wright Claims He Will Move Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin ‘In the Coming Days’

Yesterday, Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright announced that he was the elusive creator of Bitcoin. His proclamation was immediately met with an avalanche of suspicion , with one prominent cryptography expert describing it as “flimflam and hokum.” Now, through a spokesman, Wright has promised that further proof for his claims is coming.

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Network woes? The cloud is coming to the rescue

Cloud computing is changing the game for one of the hardest problems in IT: running a network.

Users are counting on fast, secure access more than ever, even as networks get more complex and threats more dangerous. Often, there’s a lot of data available about the state of a network and its performance, but more data by itself can’t solve a problem. So startups are turning to the growing power of the cloud for answers.

Nyansa, based in Silicon Valley, emerged from stealth mode on Monday with Voyance, a cloud-based SaaS (software-as-a-service) offering that analyzes inputs from wired and wireless LANs to gauge users’ actual experiences on a network.

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Microsoft knows you hate Universal Windows Platform’s framerate lock and a fix is coming

Gears of War is one of the games a framerate lock, and that's something a lot of gamers aren't happy with.

Microsoft is a huge corporation, but it is also one that has learned how to remain nimble in order to pivot when it does something people don’t like.

The company told developers at the Game Developers conference last week that its mantra of “we’re listening to feedback”  applies to developers as well as gamers — and specifically, it wants to hear more about what you hate about the Universal Windows Platform. The first wave of UWP-enabled games on Windows 10 have a problem where you cannot turn off an option that locks the framerate to the refresh rate of your monitor. For example, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for PC — which is available now as a UWP-enabled game on the Windows 10 Store — has stuttering problems with its 30 frames-per-second cap that players cannot fix because the game doesn’t have standard options to turn off v-sync. For PC gamers, this is a sign that the UWP program — which is Microsoft’s effort to bring Windows together with its mobile and gaming division — is about eliminating choices.

Gaming is a $ 99.3 billion industry worldwide. Microsoft is positioning Xbox and the overarching UWP business as a way that developers can easily access the various segments of that market. The company says it is still committed to Xbox One, but it wants to also find ways to serve people who game on PC and mobile devices as well as upcoming platforms like the HoloLens augmented reality headset that combines digital imagery with the real world.

But UWP is giving off a rough first impression with the framerate issues and other problems, and Xbox product manager Jason Ronald acknowledged this issue during a presentation at GDC last week. During his talk, Ronald noted that the company is already working on a fix for many of these annoying features.

“Some of the early feedback we’ve gotten from the first wave of UWP-enabled games is that people don’t like that v-sync is locked to the refresh rate of the monitor or that there’s a lack of support for Gsync and Freesync [options that intelligently output rendered images onto a monitor at the same rate as that graphics card,” he said. “We’ve taken that feedback, and we’re actively working on fixes that we’re testing with some of our first-party studios. We’ll be shipping these later this year.”

Microsoft is frustrating a lot of people with UWP. That includes gamers, but industry luminaries like Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney — who helped turn that company into a software-tool powerhouse with the Unreal game-creation engine — have also detailed some intense criticism of this initiative.

Ronald didn’t directly address those comments, but he reiterated that they’re hearing them.

“We’re listening to feedback,” he said. “We say that all the time to the public and the gamer audience, but it’s true of developers as well. Feedback from developers and gamers is critical to our success. It directly affects our priorities and our roadmap.”

Microsoft also promised that it will have more to share about UWP updates that address other concerns they’ve heard from developers. You can expect those to hit before the end of the year.

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Microsoft launches meeting app Invite for iPhone, coming soon to Android and Windows Phone

One of the meeting rooms at Communitech, a startup mecca in Waterloo, Ontario. Google also has 200 employees here.

Microsoft today launched a new standalone app for scheduling meetings called Invite. Available only for iPhone users in the U.S. and Canada for now, you can download Invite now directly from Apple’s App Store.

Here is how it works. First you suggest times that work for you, and then invite attendees to vote. You can send invites to anyone with an email address — even if they are outside your organization. The recipients select all the times they can attend from the app itself or from a browser, once votes are in, you pick the time that works best.


The best part is that anyone invited can see what options work best for other attendees, and suggest their own times as well. The sender chooses a final date and time whenever they’re ready, hitting Send Calendar Invites to get it on everyone’s calendars.

Here is how Microsoft explains its thinking behind the app:

Invite is designed to overcome the biggest obstacle when scheduling meetings — not being able to see the calendars of attendees outside your organization. As a result, your proposed meeting can be repeatedly declined until you find a time that works.

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Certain events and meetings can be moved if something more important comes up, but only each person knows best where they are flexible. By letting attendees pick times that work for them, even when it means moving one of their own meetings, can stop that meeting from being scheduled on a Friday evening.

Invite is mainly designed for users with Office 365 business and school accounts. That said, the app also works with any email account, including Outlook.com, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail.

The app’s launch and limitations are very similar to Microsoft’s Send, a lightweight email app that debuted in July. Like Send, Invite is starting out as iPhone-only, available only in two countries, and with the promise of “coming soon” to Android and Windows Phone.

Invite is the latest in a long line of apps to emerge from Microsoft Garage, the software giant’s lab for experimental tinkering. At this rate, Microsoft will soon have more experimental apps than “final” apps.

And that’s okay, as long as some of them are eventually released or integrated into existing products.

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Google’s New Chromecast Reportedly Coming This Month, Spotify Support Also Likely


Google’s second-generation Chromecast has been a while in the making, but now there appears to be some fresh leaks on what we can expect to see from it — and when.

The new Chromecast, which almost looks like a party balloon with a USB stick poking out based on newly leaked images, is expected to include the option to pull feeds into the home screen (that could mean social media feeds, for example, but not confirmed), better WiFi (perhaps 802.11ac), a new “Fast Play” feature, and more, according to 9to5Google.

The blog also said in a separate report Thursday that we can expect to see Chromcast support for Spotify’s mobile app.

Google is hosting an event later this month on September 29 where it’s due to unveil two new Nexus devices. If this Chromecast report is true, we can expect to see that there, too.


Above: Image credit: 9to5Google

Image Credit: 9to5Google

With the original Chromecast, users still experienced a delay when hitting the cast button from a connected smartphone or tablet, so the report predicts that the new Fast Play feature could be around making that experience more seamless — it also ties into the faster WiFi.

Finally, Google is expected to also launch something called Chromecast Audio, according to the leaked documentation obtained by 9to5Google.

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“It appears that this could allow your Chromecast to plug directly into any speaker by way of auxiliary cord, providing Chromecast support to any speaker or audio system in your home,” the blog wrote. “This feature will, according to the documents, have multi-room support, the ability to mirror your Chrome or Android audio, and brings ‘high-quality’ audio.”

While Google has continued to push out firmware updates for the original 2013 device, the hardware itself is overdue for an refresh. For fans of the first Chromecast that have been patiently waiting, it looks like your time has finally come.


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Image Credit: 9to5Google

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