Slightly Jealous: Microsoft to Give a White Xbox One to Employees

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Reddit recently announced that Microsoft will be freely handing out white variant of the upcoming of the XBOX One to employees working in Microsoft’s IEB (Internet Entertainment Business) division, the one responsible for Xbox. The white variant will be exclusive to those employees (at least for now).

The XBOX One that comes out this November will be available in all black. There are no word if it will ever become available in white, however I tend to believe it will be at some point. It seems like every gaming system has come out in another color at some point. Its natural for a black system to have a white alternate and vice-verse.

I personally am a huge fan of white accents throughout a room. Gloss white is actually the accent in my bedroom so I am a huge fan of this system. I currently have the PS4 preordered yet I have been thinking about the XBOX One. This would have been so clutch for me. However I would liked to see the Kinect in white also.

Additionally, an “I MADE THIS” engraving will be embossed on the white Xbox One giving  its owners some serious bragging rights. In addition, owners will get one year of Xbox Live subscription and a bunch of free games.

Any Thoughts – Please Comment.

Interesting News: Twerk and Selfie Added to Dictionary

The Oxford dictionaries has picked

Oxford Dictionaries Online has recently decided to add several popular culture slang words to its database. The word “twerk” has been added along with Popular tech- and social-media words, including selfie, digital detox, Bitcoin, BYOD, emoji, FOMO, geek chic, hackerspace, phablet, srsly and TL;DR, have also been added.

Listed as a verb, twerk joins other pop cultural words that Oxford has introduced to its print or online editions in recent years, such as lolz, totes, OMG, LOL, mankini, jeggings and sexting.

The dictionary’s official definition of twerk is: “Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

As example sentences, Oxford Dictionaries lists “Just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song” and “Twerk it girl, work it girl.” The term originated in the 1990s, according to the new entry.

“There are many theories about the origin of this word, and since it arose in oral use, we may never know the answer for sure,” Oxford Dictionaries’ Katherine Connor Martin told the AP. “We think the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to ‘work it.’ The ‘t’ could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch.”

Here are definitions of other words, acronyms and phrases added to Oxford Dictionaries Online — not to be confused with the elder, more official publication, the Oxford English Dictionary:

  • Selfie: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”
  • Digital detox: “A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.”
  • Bitcoin: “A digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.”
  • BYOD: “Abbreviation of ‘bring your own device’: the practice of allowing the employees of an organization to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes.”
  • Emoji: “A small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.”
  • FOMO: “Fear of missing out: Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.”
  • Click and collect: “A shopping facility whereby a customer can buy or order goods from a store’s website and collect them from a local branch.”
  • Geek chic: “The dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable.”
  • Hackerspace: “A place in which people with an interest in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.”
  • Internet of things: “A proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.”
  • MOOC: “A course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people.”
  • Phablet: “A smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.”
  • Srsly: “Short for ‘seriously.’”
  • TL;DR: “‘Too long didn’t read’: Used as a dismissive response to a lengthy online post, or to introduce a summary of a lengthy post.”

6 Beats Headphones Alternatives

Repost from Mashable

1. Sennheiser Momentum

Sennheiser’s Momentum headphones may be more on the pricier side (on sale now for $299), but they offer a more balanced sound and sleeker design than Beats do. While they don’t have as much pumped-up bass as Beats do, these headphones have a more nuanced, balanced sound that is more appropriate for audiophiles who prefer more of a range of sounds rather than just heavy bass.

Additionally, Sennheiser’s model has a sleeker design so your headphones look more like headphones and less like a white, plastic helmet. The fit is also more adjustable, right down to the audio jack, which can rotate to whatever angle you want for ease and portability. The headphones also come with a remote, which only works with iOS.

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2. Bose QuietComfort 15

A bit pricier than Beats’ current average price, Bose’s QuietComfort 15 is a suiting alternative if you want more bang for your buck (currently priced at $269.95). Bose claims that the superior noise-canceling headphones are its quietest yet with mics that sense the sound around you to offer suitable noise-canceling technology.

QuietComfort 15 also have a more snug and comfortable fit than Beats. However, if you prioritize the heavy bass of Beats, Bose’s QuietComfort 15 may not be optimal because sounds tend to be brighter than normal (and overtly so on some tracks).

Nevertheless, if portability is important to you, these Bose headphones are lighter than Beats, fold flat for easy storage, and have an in-line volume control and mic. They also come in an array of colors so choosing one that fits your style won’t be hard.

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3. Audio-Technica ATH-M50

While these Audio-Technica headphones may have the same sticker price as Beats, you can more easily find them for cheaper than asking price. Among the top-performing headphones for under $200, the ATH-M50 has crisp, balanced sound that is clear and not overbearing.

The ATH-M50 is very durable with a sturdy, padded headband as well as an extended telephone-cord for extra tug. They also offer a more snug fit that’s adjustable and fold flat for portability. They do, however, weigh more than Beats.

Unfortunately, the ATH-M50 does not have noise-canceling technology, but the cups are snug and padded enough that they already passively block out a lot of sound without sacrificing audio quality. There’s also a 1/4-inch adapter included in the package for your home audio system.

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4. Logitech UE6000

Logitech’s UE6000s are the same price as Beats’ current price and offer sound quality that rivals Beats’. The noise-canceling, around-the-ear headphones have clear sound with amped-up bass that isn’t overtly skewed. The UE6000s aren’t the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market (and some songs might actually sound better without noise-cancellation on) but at the price, it does the trick.

It might be worth it to invest in a pair of UE6000s if you prefer a more low-key color scheme, albeit one that still dons some obvious branding. UE6000s are also foldable, have a convenient mic and on-cord controls, and come with a splitter for easy sharing.

One negative is that they are on the heavier end, even more so than the cumbersome Beats.

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5. Panasonic RP-HTX7

Possibly the best deal on over-the-ear headphones you’ll find for under $50, the Panasonic RP-HTX7 have been around for a while and still manage to be a great deal for their bargain price. While these headphones may not be comparable to a $300 model, they definitely offer fair quality if you’re on a budget.

The plush cups offer some semblance of passive noise-cancellation, and these headphones definitely reach all frequencies to deliver a fair amount of bass while not compromising the treble range, even if it’s a little bright.

While the fit may not be preferable for some people, if you’re looking for a $30 to $40 pair, there’s really no cause for complaint. The retro design may be somewhat stylish, though it is a clunky design that doesn’t fold flat for portability. Nevertheless, these Panasonic headphones offer great sound for what you’re paying, and you can find them for much less than manufacturer retail price since they’ve been out for a long time.

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6. Skullcandy Crusher

If you’re really into the bass-enhancement of the Beats headphones, then the Skullcandy Crusher may be your best bet at about half the price. It’s important to note that the Crusher emphasizes vibration over actual amplification of bass. You’ll need to add some battery power to the headphones for the bass amplification to work, otherwise these headphones are just tinny and bright, making a solid song sound like they’re playing from a low-amped radio stereo.

These headphones aren’t noise-canceling, however, and the seal isn’t as tight as some of the other models. Upsides include its portability: The Crusher is foldable and has a detachable cable as well as an inline remote. They also come in an array of colors for personalization.

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Repost – “25 Apps You’ll Need to Survive College”

ollege isn’t all fun and games (unless you want it to be.) Don’t sweat it, though. Take a look at these 25 apps — they’ll give you a smoother college experience by helping you study smarter, connect with new people and wake up in time for your early lectures.

Your university probably has its own app, too — download it. It will provide you with a more tailored breakdown than a national application.

Any helpful ones we missed? Let us know in the comments!

1. BenchPrep

 

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BenchPrep is an interactive course library with all the graduate and professional exam study material you can handle. It includes hundreds of practice questions, flashcards, in-app purchases and almost 600 study lessons. Go ahead and pick your poison: LSAT, MCAT, GMAT.

Available for free on iOS and Android devices.

2. iStudiez Pro

 

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iStudiezPro keeps track of your deadlines, grades and more across all Mac devices — all you need to do is plug your class schedule into the app. It comes with both Cloud syncing and iCal integration.

Available for $2.99 for iOS. The free iStudiez Lite version limits the number of classes you manage, but it’s useful nonetheless.

3. Evernote

You’ve probably heard a lot about Evernote, and yes, you should try it. What have you got to lose … your homework? The app syncs all your stuff — text, audio, photo, video — to an online account, so you’re always connected with resources to study.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by Evernote’s many features, check out this comprehensive beginner’s guide.

Available for broke college students (read: free) for iOS and Android devices. The premium version is even more useful, at $5 a month or $45 a year.

4. StudyBlue Flashcards

Flashcards are an effective way to memorize information, but making them is a headache. With StudyBlue, use text, pictures and audio to create the perfect stack of (digital) flashcards; or, search the massive database to borrow someone else’s.

Available for iOS and Android devices.

5. RealCalc Scientific Calculator

Did your little brother steal your calculator once you finished AP physics? Use RealCalc for serious computing — it’s a perfect alternative for the calculator-less.

Available for free for Android. If you need a heavy-duty upgrade, try RealCalc Plus for $3.49.

6. Engineering Professional

More than 650 chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, hydrology and mechanical formulas are updated in Engineering Pro — so don’t worry about buying multiple formula apps. Save or Favorite the formulas you need most often.

Available for $11.99 for iOS.

7. EasyBib

 

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EasyBib generates citations in MLA, APA and Chicago style wherever you are — just scan the book’s bar code or enter the title. The app also lets you easily email and export the bibliographies to yourself. Using this, you have no excuses for putting off that term paper.

Available for free for iOS and Android devices.

8. Notella

 

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Some professors drop the most important bombs when you least expect it (“Have a good spring break, everyone. Oh! One more thing: We’re having an exam worth 60% of your final grade the day you get back. See ya!”).

Don’t miss a thing with Notesdeck. This super-fast note-taking app opens to a new note by default, lets you create custom hotkeys and syncs notes from other apps — iCloud, Evernote, Simplenote and Dropbox. You can even search within those other apps from one search bar.

Available for $2.99 for iOS.

9. Wolfram Alpha

From thermodynamics to baseball, the Wolfram Alpha reference app uses its supercomputing Cloud to quickly generate answers — across thousands of domains — to all your research questions.

Available for $2.99 for iOS and Android devices.

10. Dictionary.com Mobile

With more than two million definitions, synonyms and antonyms, Dictionary.com’s fast and user-friendly mobile app will decode that confusing media law textbook in no time.

Available for free for iOS and Android devices.

11. Babylon

Whether you’re a Spanish lit major or just looking to finish your general education requirements, Babylon provides comprehensive dictionary results and translations for dozens of languages. With pasteboard integration and access to more than 1,500 glossaries in 75 languages, you’ll never struggle to find an accurate definition for your foreign language presentation again.

iBabylon is available for free for iOS; Babylon Translator is available for free for Android.

12. Jumpcut

You have better things to do than copy and paste all day. Make light work of data entry assignments with Jumpcut: copy as much text as you want, one after another, and paste using simple keystrokes.

Available for Macs only.

13. Dragon Dictation

Ever wish you could type faster? Dragon Dictation uses accurate voice recognition software to let you speak and instantly see your words in text. Dictate statuses to your social networks or pretend you’re talking to someone if you’re trying to write a speech — even send statuses straight to your social networks. Try this if you’re in a time crunch and really need to churn out an essay; or, if you’re just someone who prefers speaking over writing.

Available for free for iOS.

14. SelfControl

 

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It’s finals week. You have a huge essay to finish … but then there’s Reddit, emitting its bewitching siren call. Every. Damn. Time.

SelfControl lets you set a period of time to block certain websites or mail servers by adding them to a “blacklist.” It’s too bad if you finish your work early — restarting your computer or deleting the application won’t negate the timer.

Available for free for Mac OS X.

15. Studious

Avoid interrupting class and getting on your professor’s bad side with Studious. Once you input your class schedule, Studious will silence your phone during those hours.

Available for free for Android. Upgrade to Studious+ for $1.99 to bypass the ads.

16. Circle of 6

Ever feel uncomfortable when it’s dark and you’re in a new part of a city — or even campus? Circle of 6 won the White House’s Apps Against Abuse challenge. It helps you stay safe by connecting you to six trusted contacts, whenever and wherever. Use the pre-programmed “come and get me” message with your GPS location, or easily call national and local emergency hotlines in critical situations. It’s a fast and discreet way to put your safety first.

Available for free for iOS and Android devices.

Addendum: You don’t actually need six people if you want to double up on contacts.

17. Skype

 

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Video interviews are not going away any time soon — so you might as well get a heads up now. Microsoft’s Skype is a reliable way to connect with faraway family and friends via text, voice and — of course — video.

Available for free for iOS and Android devices.

18. LinkedIn

LinkedIn and all its nifty mobile features makes connections a breeze — for better or worse, college is a time of both personal and professional connections.

Available on the web, of course, but also for free for iOS and Android devices.

19. Twitter

Don’t be the only person in class who isn’t up-to-date with world events. Use Twitter to keep yourself in the loop in both the academic and social aspects of your life. In today’s contemporary classrooms, you may even be asked to participate in class discussions via Twitter.

Available for free for iOS and Android devices.

20. Sworkit

There are a lot of things to do in college. Exercising isn’t always one of them; especially when there’s socializing and studying to be had. Sworkit’s greatest asset is its ability to let you choose your exercise time allotment in five-minute increments — starting at, yes, the very low threshold of five minutes. Doable, right?

It also boasts an extensive list of work out routines.

Available for free for iOS and Android devices. Sworkit Pro comes with advanced features and costs $0.99 for iOS and Android.

21. Mint

Club fees. Books. Tuition. Food. College adds up — quickly. Mint is a web and mobile app that helps you keep track of your spending. Plus, it’s never too early to start cultivating good credit.

Available for free for iOS and Android devices.

22. Sleep If U Can Alarm

Come on, you lazy bum — you’re paying for these early classes, remember? Nicknamed the “world’s most annoying alarm,” Sleep If U Can gives you two options to silent the alarm: 1) Shake your phone; or 2) Physically go the place shown on your screen (see: the bathroom sink in the video) and take a picture.

Available for $1.99 for iOS and free for Android.

23. Pocket First Aid & CPR

 

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While it’s not the sexiest app to have at your disposable, you never know when it might come in handy. Along with clear and concise CPR instructions, Pocket First Aid and CPR contains 34 videos and 46 high-resolution illustrations.

Available for $1.99 for iOS and Android devices.

24. Between

Attempting the long-distance relationship course? Kudos — that’s no small task. Relationship app Between can help ease the separation anxiety by letting you send messages, voicemails, memos and photos. A private timeline makes it easy to reminisce about the good old days with your significant other(s).

Available for free for iOS and Android devices.

25. TED

 

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In an environment often congested with bad influences, a heavy dose of genius goes a long way. TED Talks give you instant access to the biggest thought leaders of our time.

Available for free for iOS and Android devices.

Repost – “High-Tech Sleeve Is a Basketball Coach on Your Arm”

 

Perfecting a basketball shot takes constant practice and analysis — and a coach telling you what you are doing wrong.

Soon, your sleeve could do that for you.

California-based Vibrado has developed a sleeve with accelerometers on the bicep, forearm and hand. These sensors work together to track your arm movements and compare it to the ideal arm movements for various shots.

The sleeve provides instant feedback through built-in lights and sound and also records the performance on a computer that can be reviewed later. The team is currently working on an app to go with it.

The system also calculates things like the arc of a shot, which will help with free throws and movements that require more technical finesse.