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Japanese Girl Shreds Guitar, Gender Stereotypes, With Face-Melting Metal Solo

Just because she's nearly the same size as her instrument doesn't mean this Japanese girl's metal solo won't melt your face clean off.<p>Known on YouTube only as Li-sa-x, the 8-year-old shared this video last December in which she covers "Scarified" by Racer X. Despite her diminutive stature, she …

Sources: Coin Is Raising More Cash

Coin, a YC-backed company looking to thin down your wallet, is currently in the process of raising around $15 million in Series A funding, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.<p>Led by Kanishk Parashar and K9 investor/board member Manu Kumar, Coin offers a replacement for every …

Xbox One Playoff Face Off lets you predict NFL games for prizes

The National Football League added a new feature to its Xbox One app today, allowing users to predict the results of matches in the season for the chance to win prizes.<p>The Xbox One Playoff Face Off app allows users to answer up to 10 questions that predict upcoming player performances. The …

4 Tips On Staying Creative From Noma Star Chef Rene Redzepi

Rene Redzepi of Noma reinvented how we eat. Now, with a new book out, he speaks with Co.Design about staying creative, developing intuition, and finding inspiration.<p>At just 35, Rene Redzepi is the master chef of Noma, a two Michelin Star restaurant in Copenhagen that serves fanatical foodies “new …

Helpful Infographic Perfectly Pairs Wine with Food

Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or not, you could probably use this infographic to learn a thing or two about the liquid of the gods. How many calories does a typical glass of white wine versus red wine have and, more importantly, which wine should you pair with tonight's dinner? …

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9 Tips to Keep Your Camera Safe While Traveling

For those of us who find ourselves traveling frequently with our photography gear, we are always looking for easier and better ways to keep our …

Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The message was clear:<p>Apple is getting its clock cleaned by Samsung, which is now by far the dominant smartphone maker in the world. (Samsung had 32% of the global market in Q3, the same share as a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, had only 12% of the market, down from 14% a year ago.)<p>Yes, both companies …

These Big-Eyed Fish Are Vacuuming Up Our Plastic Pollution At Night

We can’t find as much plastic in the ocean as there should be. It’s still in the ocean–it’s just hiding in the guts of the lanternfish.<p>Much of the plastic we produce on land ends up contaminating the sea. But when researchers went searching for a global picture of all the plastics stuck swirling …

Samsung’s growth rate more than 100x Apple’s as tablet sales up almost 40%

Global tablet sales grew 37 percent to 47.6 million units in the third quarter. But the big story is that Apple grew only .6 percent, year over year, while Samsung more than doubled its Q3 unit sales from 4.3 million in 2012 to 9.7 million in 2013, for a 123% growth rate.<p>And that assorted other …

How to Outsmart the Airlines and Beat the Shrinking Airplane Seat

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> recently posted a brilliant article about the supposed ‘Shrinking’ airline seat, where airlines have become savvy about …

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The Entire NBA in 16-Bit Form Helps You Imagine a Modern Day 'NBA Jam'

Link to Media<p>If you were a basketball fan in the 1990s, chances are you played an extensive amount of <i>NBA Jam.</i><p>The graphics have evolved a lot since then (you can see just how much in this full history of basketball video games), but artist Joe Gottli has allowed us to get an idea of what every …

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Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Xbox One dashboard video highlights voice commands, app switching

A new video released by Microsoft highlights the Xbox One's dashboard, voice navigation capabilities and how users can switch between apps and games.<p>The video demonstrates how a user can turn the console on, run applications, record gameplay and call up menus using voice commands. It also offers a …

The next food trends predicted by travel writers

Climb aboard the food trend train: what’s cool today will be passé tomorrow. New food trends arrive on the scene every year, whether you’re ready for them or not. Some will be local foods cast into the spotlight by changing tastes, novel techniques or a hefty dose of whimsy, but most will be …

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …

German Hacker Group Says It's Broken The iPhone's TouchID Fingerprint Reader

For a few German hackers, breaking Apple’s much-hyped fingerprint reader seems to have been little more than a one-weekend project.<p>On Sunday, the Berlin-based hacker group known as the Chaos Computer Club–and more specifically a member of the group who goes by the name Starbug–announced that …

Report: U. of Ala. sororities barred blacks

A report alleges sororities on campus would not invite black women to pledge.<p>A sorority at the University of Alabama says it is investigating allegations in a student publication that it was among Panhellenic organizations on the campus that allegedly blocked two black women from pledging, and a …

Depth of Field Simplified

Depth of field (DOF) is probably one of the least understood principles of photography. Most photographers seem aware of its existence, but few seem …

Landscape Photography

Rick Barry maintains Ray Allen traveled on Game-6-tying 3

Rick Barry adamantly says Ray Allen traveled on the game-tying three-pointer in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.<p>In an interview with Hot Hot Hoops, NBA …

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Burning Man 2013: The People

24<p>Suliman Nawid, a New York-based costume designer, in sugar skull regalia inspired by Dia De Los Muertos.<p>Next Slide<p>Trending<p>Ranked on a scale from 1 …

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How to Buy Bib Shorts

Bib shorts can improve your ride, but only if you buy the right pair<p>Once they get past the bike-shorts-­with-suspenders look, most cyclists embrace bibs. The shoulder straps are not only more comfortable than a waistband, they also do a better job of keeping your chamois­ in the right spot, …

How to do Off-Camera Flash Photography with Canon Speedlites

Being faced with the prospect of using off-camera flash sends many new photographers running for the hills. Learning to use flash effectively can be …

Project Spark devs stream nearly 50 minutes of raw gameplay

<i>Project Spark</i> developer Team Dakota has released an extended look at the world-building tools in its upcoming build-an-adventure title.<p>The <i>Project Spark</i> dev team streamed nearly 50 minutes of gameplay of the game running on Windows 8. Starting with a complete blank slate of a world, the devs created …

Microsoft 'committed' to original Xbox One plans, reveals new 'Home Gold' sharing features

Microsoft had originally planned to let Xbox One users share any games digitally, but a backlash over the used games policies and online check forced the company to reverse most of its promising plans. Although disc-based games can no longer be converted into digitally shareable copies, Microsoft …

When wearable tech makes you smarter -- by zapping your brain

A slew of controversial, DIY methods of brain stimulation have culminated in the Focus headset. But take note: It's not yet known whether augmenting the mind is truly safe.<p>"I am concerned about the safety of allowing brain stimulation devices loose on the public, without prior efficacy or safety …

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