Category Archives: Technology

Verizon Sells Tumblr To WordPress For $3 Million

The microblogging and social networking website Tumblr has officially been put on the market by Verizon and sold to WordPress owner Automattic Inc. While the sale was for an undisclosed amount, Automattic reportedly purchased Tumblr for less than $3 million.

Verizon initially acquired Tumblr in 2017 after purchasing Yahoo, which paid $1.1 billion for Tumblr in 2013. The website sold for approximately 2% of what it was originally worth.

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What to Expect From Nintendo at E3

With Nintendo supplying some of the most highly anticipated games throughout the last year, fans are eager to see what the company will bring to the table at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, colloquially called E3. But while Google gets more than 57,000 searches per second, fans don’t need to look far to get some of the best information around.

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Apple Self-Driving Car Rear Ended On Expressway During Road Testing

Another accident involving a self-driving vehicle occurred on Friday, August 24. According to Reuters, an Apple self-driving vehicle was rear-ended while merging onto an expressway in Silicon Valley.

The report on the California Department of Motor Vehicles website, posted on Friday, August 31, reported that one of Apple’s Lexus RX 450h self-driving test vehicles was hit by a 2016 Nissan Leaf on the Lawrence Expressway in Sunnyvale, California.

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Overwatch League Grand Finals Showcasing Esports’ Popularity

Overwatch is one of the most popular video games in the world right now. In fact, more than 22,000 people paid their way into the Barclays Center last month to watch people play the game. In addition to those 22,000 video game fans, another 300,000 people were watching online and even on ESPN.

The Overwatch League Grand Finals, a two-day event that culminated in two teams competing for a $1 million grand prize. The event proved that the Esports era is officially here — and millions of people are ready to participate, especially when it comes to Overwatch.

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‘Suicide Machine’ a Big Draw at ‘Funeral Show’ in Amsterdam

*Admit it. Your first thought was probably some people are crazy as hell. I’m not being totally transparent because “some people” wasn’t my actual thought. But hey, who am I? On with the story.

Sarco, a machine that allows people to kill themselves with the press of a button drew quite a crowd at the funeral show in Amsterdam last April. I can only hope it was just because people were curious to see how something like this works…just for curiosity sake.

I’m still grappling with the fact that Funeral Shows happen. Are they a thing? I really don’t know. But we’re talking about Amsterdam; where they are a thing.

But Sarco, short for the sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink, is controversial — even in Amsterdam. The machine comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister.

Nitschke, who was dubbed “Dr. Death” due to his efforts to legalize euthanasia, speaks about it as if it just another gadget.

?The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die,? Nitschke explained to the Associated Foreign Press.

“The Sarco,” he continues, “is a device to provide people with a death when they wish to die.” 

With the growing rate of teen suicides today, all I can say is I pray this machine doesn’t make it to America. Continue reading

DOE Proposes New Plan to Ensure Low-Score Students Get Support, White Parents Go Ballistic (Video)

*According to a UCLA?s Civil Rights Project report, as of 2014 schools in New York City remain the most segregated schools of all. And here we were thinking such schools were in the south. Silly us. Anyway, the Department of Education is making moves to change that. They want to close the gap, lessen the divide, ensure that students who are on the low end of the education spectrum get the support they need to improve their chances at success. So they plan to ?give students who score below grade level priority access to 25 percent of seats at each of the district?s 18 middle schools starting with next year?s application process. 

Sounds great right?

Not to the parents of children who have been enjoying a lifetime of privilege. Think: No melanin included. Not to say these same children are not worthy just because they have been provided the resources to make their lives easier. Not even to assume they are not busting their butts to keep those grades up. Just to acknowledge that their parents are making it clear they don’t want that privilege to be, how shall we say, “compromised” in any way.

At a meeting on the proposed DOE plan, these no-melanin parents didn’t hold back. They were mad as hell; throwing hypothesis and analogies around like birdseed.  Continue reading

Data Breach: Your Data May Have Been Compromised If You Did Business With Any of These 14 Establishments

*Data breach. If you’re anything like me, those are two words that stop you in your tracks. All of a sudden you start thinking about quitting any online shopping, social media, and everything else.

But we’ve got to face it, data breaches are on the rise. I don’t know if retailers are just getting sloppier, or if scammers are becoming smarter. Either way, its us, the consumers, that end up on the losing end.

Business Insider Intelligence says data breaches in both retail and other business has gone up. And while they also say the retailer suffers just as much as the consumer, they acknowledge that if… or when… a consumer loses trust in a business, that’s a doubly bad thing.

According to Business Insider Intelllegence, 19% of consumers actually stop shopping at a particular retailer following a data breach. Sounds like a low number right? Well, BII also adds that 33% of consumers take a lengthy break from shopping anywhere a data breach has occurred.

OK, these reports are speaking to someone who used to love Chipotle beyond all other, but a few years back, when people started getting sick after eating at the Mexican Grill (which I have since heard is owned by McDonalds), I cut all eating ties with the establishment…and haven’t been back since.

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Rideshare Drivers Beware: There’s a New Phone Scam in Town! (A Personal Story)

*The other evening while I was on the road, a dear friend called to warn me about something. We both drive ride share, and he said a friend of his — another ride share driver — had just been scammed.

When he described what happened I honestly thought to myself, “and he fell for that?”

But hey, I’m not here to judge. He was in driver mode and the voice at the other end of the line must’ve “sounded authentic.”

After all was said and done, the scammer had stolen his entire week’s wages — upwards of $1200 — from his bank account.

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