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Voice-over actors are talking up the apps that help them get work

Beau Stephenson gets gigs as a voice-over actor in much the same way people order a car on Uber or find a date on Tinder.<p>The 27-year-old Pasadena resident flips on his computer and logs on to an online marketplace that connects voice actors to clients who need them. Profiles are searchable, have …

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9 Crazy Body Hacks That Give You Superhuman Powers

But don't try these at home. Seriously.<p>Gamers often perform repetitive tasks to improve their character’s skill set, gain rewards, and advance to new levels. The process is known as grinding: Now, an underground movement has taken up that expression, calling themselves grinders, and they’re trying …

Hemp Homes Could Hit New High As Growing Cannabis Gets Legal

Times are changing for the cannabis cousins. States are legalizing marijuana, and the U.S. is easing its ban on growing hemp. Will a hemp boom follow?<p>The Declaration of Independence was drafted on paper made from it. Henry Ford built car parts with it. George Washington grew it. Now, as more …

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Robot mother builds and improves its own children

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have built a mother robot that independently builds its own children and then tests their performance to inform the design of the next generation. By analyzing the data it collects from observing the child, the mother robot ensures that preferential …

Taylor Swift Is Coming for Kim Kardashian

How will this affect #KanTay2020?<p>A few weeks ago, we reported Beyoncé's surprising (but, really, not all that surprising) dethroning as queen of Instagram by Kim Kardashian. This morning, a similar phenomenon nearly shook us to our core: Taylor Swift surpassed Kimmy as the most followed person on …

F.B.I. considered taking Apple to court over encryption fears

The F.B.I. and Department of Justice are so concerned about Apple’s pro-privacy iOS encryption that senior officials advocated taking Apple to court over the issue, according to a new report.<p>The clash with Cupertino was reportedly sparked by an investigation this summer — “involving guns and drugs” …

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Initial jobless claims fall more than expected

Claims for unemployment insurance totaled 271,000, down from the consensus forecast of 274,000.<p>For the previous week, claims climbed by 277,000, above expectations of 271,000.<p>The four-week moving average was 272,500, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's un-revised average of 271,500.<p>The …

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