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12 Drool-Worthy Photos from the Westminster Dog Show

February 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The final leg of the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show took place at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. Four-legged contestants come from all over the world for a chance to be named “Best in Show.” Over 2,800 dogs of 190 different breeds were expected to compete at Westminster, according to The New York Times . See also: Corgi Catches Treat in Slow Motion, Tastes Victory This year, a wire fox terrier named Sky won Best in Show for 2014 THE WIRE FOX TERRIER IS THE 138TH #BESTINSHOW WINNER AT THE #WKCDOGSHOW — Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 12, 2014 Congrats to @Skywirefox #BestinShow winner and Pro Plan fed dog! #WKCDogShow #NutritionThatPerforms pic.twitter.com/xqhNaivLOm — Pro Plan (@ProPlan) February 12, 2014 Read more… More about New York , Dogs , Us World , Us , and Westminster Dog Show

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Sony Alpha 6000 Camera Has the ‘World’s Fastest Autofocus’

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Sony may be getting out of the PC and TV businesses, but it’s doubling down on cameras by strengthening its mirrorless offerings with a new model that the company claims has the world’s fastest autofocus. The Sony Alpha 6000 has a hybrid autofocus system that combines 179 points of phase detection with 25 points of contrast detection. I had a brief hands-on with the camera, and found it to be a pretty fast draw. Whether I pointed at targets that were bright, dark, close or distant, the camera locked on almost instantaneously. See also: 12 Most Cliché Photos on Instagram The Alpha 6000 is the successor to the NEX-6, but it’s more compact — another priority of Sony’s (at CES, the company debuted the “world’s smallest” mirrorless camera with Wi-Fi). Its body weight is just 12 ounces, and without a lens, it’s 1.8 inches thick.

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Samsung Hints at New TouchWiz Interface With ‘Unpacked 5’ Invite

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We know Samsung will be hosting a media event on Feb. 24 during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and judging from its name — Unpacked 5 — we know there’s a good chance that the company will unveil the Galaxy S5 Samsung dropped another hint about the event Tuesday, thanks to new invitations that show off what appear to be updated icons for its TouchWiz interface Samsung’s new invite for its Unpacked 5 event shows what seem to be updated icons for the company’s TouchWiz UI Image: Samsung Each of the nine icons, which are flat and rounded (as opposed to rectangular in TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 on the Galaxy S4), include a word underneath that’s “raised” to the power of 5. They are: Speed, Outdoor, Curiosity, Fun, Social, Style, Privacy, Fitness and Life Read more… More about Samsung , Mwc , Mobile World Congress , Tech , and Gadgets

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Little Girl Sends Olympian Jamie Anderson Adorable Fan Mail

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Do you remember writing letters to Santa Claus, athletes or the president when you were in elementary school? Well, today we learned that some of those letters do make it to their intended destination Leanne, a second-grade student at Baker Elementary School in San Jose, Calif., composed an adorable letter (pictured below) to slopestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson. She even used the spaces between each word to draw small stars. See also: Shaun White’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day In the note, Leanne expresses her shared interest in biking, and offers the Olympian some luck via a penny attached to the letter. The token seemed to do the trick, as Anderson took home a gold medal, becoming the first-ever women’s slopestyle Olympic champion Read more… More about Watercooler , Pics , and Conversations

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DARPA Is Developing ‘Transformers’-Style Flying Drones

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It’s official: The U.S. military is getting into the business of building Transformer -style robots. Of course, they won’t exactly be like the ones you’ve seen in Michael Bay ‘s films, but in terms of purpose and functionality, the early versions won’t be far off DARPA , or the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, revealed on Tuesday concept images of its plan to outfit the U.S. military with modular flying drones , which can “transform” to meet various mission needs See also: Apple’s Jony Ive Designs Special Edition Red Mac Pro Called ARES (Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System), the drone will serve as an unmanned flying vehicle capable of setting troops down in hazardous environments, and as a resupply vehicle for military deployments. ARES will also be able to facilitate the evacuation of injured soldiers, a key feature for missions unassisted by combat-ready helicopters Read more… More about Military , Robots , Robotics , Darpa , and Tech

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Is There an Olympian From Your Hometown in Sochi Right Now?

February 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Before you sink into your couch this weekend to live through the Winter Olympics vicariously , get a little more familiar with the athletes who will represent the United States in Sochi, Russia See also: 15 Winter Olympians to Follow on Instagram In the map below, explore the birthplaces of the 230 men and women on Team USA at the Winter Games. Simply click the numbered tabs to explore the geographic distribution of athletes by sport the blue dots represent male athletes and red dots represent female athletes. You can also find fun facts on the left sidebar. Did you know that athletes from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association comprise nearly half of the athletes on Team USA? The team includes two foreign-born athletes, one in Canada and one in England. Click around and explore above. Read more…

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How Sochi Stacks Up to Past Olympics Host Cities

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As the Sochi Winter Olympics begins, people are making comparisons between the Russian venue and the host cities that have come before it. This year’s games in Sochi disprove any notion that the Winter Olympics lacks the pomp of the Summer Olympics. Medal counts aside, each successive host city works to make its games bigger, its torch relays longer and its total cost greater than the games before. Well, maybe not the latter so much, but Sochi’s estimated $51 billion price tag sure makes it seem that way. See also: 12 Sochi Photos That Russia Probably Doesn’t Want You to See When compared, the facts and figures of the Winter Olympics certainly show signs of trending more and larger . Back in 1998, 72 events comprised the Nagano Games. That number has increased to 98 in just 16 years. Another drastic increase is in the hours of coverage CBS covered 123.8 hours of the Nagano Games, while NBC plans to cover 539 hours of Sochi competition.

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Rosanne Cash Talks Songwriting, Twitter and How Streaming Hurts Musicians

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Rosanne Cash has been writing songs for 35 years and creating hit records for almost as many, but few have achieved the popular and critical success of her most recent release, “The River and the Thread.” The album debuted in mid-January at No. 11 on the Billboard album chart and quickly rose to No. 1 on Amazon’s music best sellers’ list. The Los Angeles Times recently predicted that the album would earn its place among “the most powerful works of 2014.” See also: 13 Must-Follow Musicians on Instagram ” The River and the Thread ” traces a reunion of sorts that Cash experienced with her family’s roots in the Deep South, weaving together bits of history of the region and glimpses of the world her father, Johnny Cash, grew up in. Read more… More about Music , Marketing , Social Media , and Entertainment

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Stake in Facebook Reduced to Less Than 20%

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Mark Zuckerberg’s stake in Facebook has been reduced to just under 20%, according to an SEC filing on Friday. Zuckerberg, the company’s cofounder and CEO, now owns 478.9 million shares of Facebook, or 19.6% of all shares. One year ago, Zuckerberg’s stake in the company was nearly 30% See also: Is Facebook Too Big to Fail? In December, Zuckerberg sold $2.3 billion worth of Facebook, largely to pay his tax bills for options that he exercised Zuckerberg famously pledged in September 2012 not to sell any shares of Facebook for at least a year, a move that was intended to show his confidence in the stock at a time when it had hit a new low. A few months later, he actually increased his stake in the company to 29.3% from 28.2% on the day of the IPO. Read more… More about Facebook , Mark Zuckerberg , Stocks , and Business

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It’s Not Just Sochi: Centuries of Olympic Scandals in 1 Map

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Scandal has surrounded every aspect of the Winter Games in Sochi. From anti-gay remarks to stray dog slaughtering to environmental concerns to shoddy construction to yogurt wars to — well, you get the point. But the Sochi Games is far from the first time Olympic festivities have been marred by scandal involving both the competitions and the social conditions surrounding the event at a whole. See also: The Athletes Arrive: 15 Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Sochi During the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis, a marathon runner who finished in first place was later disqualified for driving a car throughout most of the race. In 1936, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime oversaw the games in Berlin.

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