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  1. How far would you go in an attempt to track down a loved one who's gone missing? That's the question at the heart of Netflix's new trailer for Travis Taute and Daryne Joshua's TV drama/thriller Unseen, which follows a cleaner, Zenzi Mwale (Gail Mabalane), who goes to pick up her husband on the day of his release from prison — only to find he's already been released earlier in the day and is now nowhere to be seen. What follows looks like a tense cat-and-mouse game where Zenzi must navigate a criminal underworld while also evading the police, after she first bends and then breaks the law in an attempt to get to the bottom of what's happened. Unseen is available to stream on Netflix from March 29. View the full article
  2. According to the recent moon phase trend on TikTok, you can figure out whether you and your partner are MFEO if your birth moons form a "perfect" full moon. Well, astrologers say that's not the whole story. "This isn't really valid," said astrologer and author Lisa Stardust, who created a Love Deck of cards. "It has more to do with the zodiac sign of the moon and the whole chart together. It's not [as] simple as just the lunar phase." "I'm not sure if I agree with that TikTok trend," agreed astrologer Alice Bell, author of the upcoming Trust Your Timing, a book about relationship astrology. We asked the experts to break down the symbolism of the moon phases — and what really determines moon compatibility. What do the moon phases mean?"As the moon grows from new to full it brings us enlightenment and growth," Stardust said. "The moon's phases help us evolve as people and understand our individual needs and the needs of the collective." SEE ALSO: What does 'casual dating' mean these days? Additionally, cultural and symbolic associations have developed over time in terms of how the moon may impact sexual behavior, said psychologist, tarot card reader, and astrologer Matthias Dettmann. Here are the phases of the moon, what they can mean generally and in sex and relationships, according to Dettmann: New Moon "This is a time of new beginnings, fresh starts, and setting intentions. It is a time to plant seeds and make plans for the future." As such, the New Moon is often associated with the start of a new relationship — or the start of a new chapter in an existing one. Waxing Crescent "This phase is associated with growth, expansion, and taking action on the intentions set during the New Moon." In terms of relationships, this can be a good time to focus on personal growth and self-development, which in turn impacts your relationship with yourself and others. First Quarter"This one represents a time of challenge and decision-making. It is a time to take action and overcome obstacles that may arise." Ergo, make decisions in terms of your sex life and connections during the First Quarter moon. Want more sex and dating stories in your inbox? Sign up for Mashable's new weekly After Dark newsletter. Waxing Gibbous"This phase is associated with refinement, focus, and attention to detail. It is a time to fine-tune plans and make adjustments as needed." Waxing Gibbous also represents strength and empowerment — focus on sexual confidence and assertiveness now. Full Moon"This is a time of completion, manifestation, and illumination. It is a time to celebrate achievements and release anything that no longer serves." There may be increased energy and heightened emotions around the Full Moon, which can increase sexual desire. Waning Gibbous"This one is associated with gratitude, reflection, and preparation for release. It is a time to express gratitude for what has been achieved and prepare for what's to come." Given that we reflect during this time, now is a good time to think about your sexual experiences and desires. Third Quarter "This phase represents a time of release, letting go, and surrendering. It is a time to release what no longer serves and make space for new beginnings." Let go of your limiting beliefs about sex and relationships during this phase! Waning Crescent "This phase is associated with rest, renewal, and introspection. It is a time to reflect on the past lunar cycle and prepare for the next one." Focus on self-care (and maybe self-love, too). Moon compatibility in astrologyA pattern Bell often notices with long-term couples is that one is born closer to a new moon (when the moon isn't visible with the naked eye), and another is born closer to a full moon. When looking at secondary progressions — a method of predictive astrology that "progresses" one's birth chart — having that pattern is great, Bell said. One partner may be in their progressed new moon stage, meaning they're in a quieter, more self-reflective period, while the other is in their progressed full moon phase, symbolizing a period of being more public and outward-facing. The current periods of their life balance each other out. "In terms of astrology, the phase of the moon at the time of someone's birth can also be important in determining their emotional nature and inner world," Dettmann said. The birth moon phase can also offer insight into someone's emotional needs and patterns. As both Bell and Stardust assert, signs and elements (water, fire, air, and earth) of you and your partner's moons are important too. "If you have the same moon sign or a moon sign of the same element as your partner (both having water sign moons for example) it's easier to understand each other's emotions and intuit what each other is feeling," Bell said. Living together could come more naturally too as you understand each other's idiosyncrasies. Bell often sees couples that have moons in signs that are opposite to one another (meaning opposite on the birth chart wheel), i.e. one partner having a Cancer moon and the other a Capricorn moon. "It's like they subconsciously seek out qualities in the other person that they feel they may lack," she explained. SEE ALSO: How to have the 'define the relationship' (DTR) chat Then there's the house placements of the couple's moons. Everyone's birth chart contains 12 houses, each symbolizing a different aspect of your life and those around you. Bell said house placement is important, but you don't have to have your moon in the same house as your partner — you may be attracted to someone with other planetary placements there, though. "For instance, if you have your moon in the 12th house, you may naturally be attracted to someone who has other planets (doesn't have to be the moon) in the 12th house in their own chart," Bell said. Something else to consider is house overlays in a synastry chart (a combination of you and your partner's birth charts to determine compatibility). Bell most often sees that one partner's moon fall into the first, fourth, seventh, or tenth house of the other person's chart, or close to important angles like the ascendant (aka your rising sign), descendant (opposite of the ascendant), Midheaven (the highest point of the chart), and Imum Coeli (opposite of the Midheaven). "With someone's moon activating these parts of your chart, moon related themes like emotions, home life, and intimacy become more prominent in the relationship, and you may feel more comfortable sharing emotions with each other," Bell explained. For example, the fourth house symbolizes home and family. When your partner's moon falls in your fourth house, or vice versa, then transits to that sign (aka planets moving in that sign) will activate big changes in home or family for both of you at the same time, Bell said. "Home life and innermost emotions are associated with both the fourth house and the moon," she added. Ultimately, know that there's a lot more to compatibility than the moon phase — and don't use TikTok to determine whether you and your boo are soulmates. View the full article
  3. Nearly every automaker under the sun is working on electrification right now. But Volkswagen is going bigger than most. On Tuesday, the company said it plans to invest 180 billion euros ($193 billion) into the "most attractive profit pools," with 68 percent out of that going into digitization and electrification, up from the 56 percent figure Volkswagen outlined in its previous five-year plan. More precisely, the company plans to invest in battery production and software development, as well as growing its presence in North America. SEE ALSO: Volkswagen's latest EV is covered in... QR codes? Volkswagen says it expects every fifth vehicle sold worldwide to be an electric one by 2025. In 2022, battery electric vehicles comprised 7 percent of the company's total deliveries, with the best-selling models being Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5, followed by Volkswagen ID.3 and Škoda Enyaq iV. "Our strong financial base puts us in a position to continue investing in the electrification and digitalization of our company, even in a challenging economic environment," Arno Antlitz, Volkswagen Group CFO and COO, said in a statement. As far as electrification goes, Volkswagen is doing well when compared to its European competitors, but in North America it's lagging behind. The company made a massive pivot towards electrification following the gas emissions scandal, which cost it more than $33 billion. Featured Video For You Everything I Learned Driving a Tesla 1,000 Miles in a Week Volkswagen recently announced that its subsidiary PowerCo will build an electric vehicle battery plant in Canada; in March, it was revealed that Volkswagen subsidiary Scout will build a $2 billion manufacturing plant in South Carolina where it plans to build trucks and SUVs. The company also plans to expand its presence in China, where it partners with Horizon Robotics to develop driver assistance systems. View the full article
  4. These dust clouds — intense plumes of citron, blush, and magenta — are not signs of blooming as they tend to be on Earth but the final sputters of a dying star in this new deep space image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope. At the center of this blossom-like structure is a blue-white star, born 30 times more massive than the sun. Because it is old and close to collapsing into a black hole, it burns hotter and generates powerful gas winds. It's called Wolf-Rayet 124, a star in the midst of a rare and brief phase before going supernova. Scientists released the new snapshot during the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals on Tuesday in Austin, Texas. The event included a NASA and European Space Agency expert panel to discuss the telescope’s latest scientific discoveries. "This is Carl Sagan's stardust concept, the fact that iron in your blood and the calcium in your bones were literally forged inside of a star that exploded billions of years ago," said NASA astrophysicist Amber Straughn at the conference. "That's what we're seeing in this new image — that dust is spreading out into the cosmos and will eventually create planets, and this is how we got here." SEE ALSO: Webb telescope just saw more galaxies in a snapshot than Hubble's deepest look Webb, the preeminent observatory in the sky, was built to see an early period of the universe, using a large primary mirror that can detect invisible light at infrared wavelengths. A lot of dust and gas in space obscures the view to extremely distant and inherently dim light sources, but infrared waves can penetrate through the clouds. Want more science and tech news delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for Mashable's Top Stories newsletter today. The star showcased in the new image is located some 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius. It is wrapped in a cocoon of gas and dust — shedded layers of the star commingled with complicated elements found deep inside a star like carbon. So far, it has sloughed off 10 sun's-worth of material, according to researchers. "Iron in your blood and the calcium in your bones were literally forged inside of a star that exploded billions of years ago." A previous Webb study makes a strong case that Wolf-Rayet stars produce carbon-rich dust molecules, the same chemical that largely makes up humans and other life on Earth. Astronomers study these rare Wolf-Rayet stars for insight into how cosmic dust spreads through the universe, seeding new galaxies and stars, said Macarena Garcia Marin, an ESA scientist on the panel. With Webb, scientists will try to better understand dust-making factories like this special star. "We know that when the stars are this big, they live fast. They go through different stages in very quick time," said Marin. "And only some of them end up being in this Wolf-Rayet (phase) to later on become a supernova." View the full article
  5. Brazil’s crackdown against pirate sites, IPTV services, infringing apps, and other mechanisms delivering illegal content to the masses, continues to press ahead. In the wake of similar operations in previous years, including action reported in August 2022, a new phase of Brazil’s ‘Operation 404’ anti-piracy initiative was announced on Tuesday. Operation 404.5 – Phase 5 The launch of the 5th phase of Operation 404 is described by Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP) as an “international mobilization” coordinated by the MJSP, through the National Secretariat for Public Security (Senasp), with support from police in eight states. “The objective is the removal of audio and video content, such as games and music, blocking and suspension of illegal streaming websites and applications, de-indexing of content in search engines and removal of profiles and pages on social networks,” an MJSP announcement reads. “In this 5th phase, eleven people were arrested: four in São Paulo, two in Paraná, one in Bahia and four in Minas Gerais,” the government ministry reports. Search and seizure warrants to locate computer equipment were executed in the states of Pernambuco, São Paulo, Paraná, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul, Bahia, Ceará and Rio de Janeiro. “199 illegal streaming and gaming sites and 63 music apps were also removed, in addition to blocking 128 domains,” the ministry says. A total of six “messaging app channels” with more than 4,000 subscribers were also blocked, reportedly for distributing music that had not been officially released. International Cooperation The local operation received significant international support. Authorities say they collaborated with the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and the British Embassy, Peruvian intellectual property protection agency INDECOPI, MPA Latin American, anti-piracy group Alianza, and US-based videogame industry group Entertainment Software Alliance (ESA). TorrentFreak obtained what appears to be a notice directed toward visitors to seized sites and domains. In addition to the groups listed above, it reveals the participation of the UK’s Intellectual Property Office, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, Brazil-based music industry group APDIF, and global music industry group IFPI. According to the latest figures, Operation 404 has led to the blocking of 1,974 websites and 783 apps since it began in 2019. The names of the sites and apps are never mentioned in material released to the public. During a Ministry of Justice press conference Tuesday, there was a clear effort to associate pirate sites with malware and a “certainty” that people downloading music or watching pirate streams would have their private information exposed. That led to a moment of unexpected dark humor (and concerned faces) when a journalist suddenly mentioned a Globo report containing claims that Brazil operated a secret system capable of monitoring the locations of up to 10,000 people by simply entering their phone numbers. Focus on Pirate TV Services A key focus area for Brazilian authorities is the illegal TV market, encompassing pirate IPTV services, illegal streaming websites, and the flood of set-top boxes that have saturated the local market. In a late December 2022 announcement, Brazil’s National Film Agency (ANCINE) revealed a “reformulation” of its anti-piracy operations. Citing overlapping activities that risked straying into areas where the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) has authority, ANCINE said that it would “move away” from actions targeting the TV piracy market. Moving forward, ANCINE said that its focus would be on the protection of locally produced audiovisual works. As a result, technical cooperation with the Motion Picture Association in Latin America would come to an end. The involvement of the MPA in the 5th phase of Operation 404 suggests that overall cooperation continued. Earlier this year, ANATEL said that its work to disrupt the pirate TV market would continue using various means. Increased pressure on the sale of non-certified, non-approved set-top boxes, for example, and actions against illegal pay TV services that distribute content via the internet or otherwise rely on it. Following our report last summer that Brazil planned to visit Portugal and Spain to learn more about their ISP blocking programs, we can confirm those visits went ahead and that Brazil views widespread blocking as a key weapon in the fight against piracy. ANCINE and ANATEL Announce New Partnership After announcing the signing of a ‘Technical Cooperation Agreement’ last week, it appears that ANCINE and ANATEL will now work together to combat pirate TV services. The agreement covers an initial period of 24 months and will see ANCINE tracking and monitoring pirate services. Based on ANCINE’s complaints, ANATEL is expected to issue instructions to ISPs for the services to be blocked. “With this exchange of information, ANCINE will signal the content that is being transmitted illegally and ANATEL may request the blocking of the channel or the pirated site”, says ANATEL’s Moisés Moreira. “The idea of ​​this exchange of information is to have speed, because in a case involving a sports match, for example, you have to be quick. It’s a different scenario from a website or channel that is, for example, airing a TV series.” Last month ANATEL said it had already begun blocking IP addresses in an effort to disrupt ‘gatonets‘, a mishmash of subscription piracy TV services accessed via set-top decoders, IPTV devices, and various software applications. In a move designed to protect Japanese animation content, last month Brazilian authorities said they had shut down two of the largest dedicated anime piracy sites in the region. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  6. It feels like it's been a long time since we had a new Carpool Karaoke, but Bad Bunny is here to finally scratch that itch. In the 16-minute video above the rapper joins James Corden for a drive around LA, talking about everything from the name Bad Bunny to a massive impromptu gas station concert in Puerto Rico. The pair also take a break from singing to draw sketches of each other ("You look like Donald Trump," Bad Bunny admits about his own sketch) and step into the ring for a spot of wrestling training — culminating in a (very short) match between WWE wrestler Rey Mysterio and Corden himself. View the full article
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  10. In February 2021, Spotify announced Spotify HiFi, a premium tier service that was supposed to offer music in higher quality than Spotify's maximum of 320kbit/s. Then, the company did...nothing. Aside for some vague confirmations that Spotify HiFi is still coming, Spotify mostly kept silent on the matter, while literally all of its competitors started or continued to offer music in lossless (or better) audio quality. Spotify's most recent update includes a TikTok-like redesign that angered a part of its userbase, with no mention of upgraded audio quality. Two years later, the company finally broke the silence on Spotify HiFi. In an interview with The Verge, Spotify co-president Gustav Söderström confirmed that the company still plans to "do it," while being astonishingly vague about what "doing it" actually means. SEE ALSO: The internet isn't happy with Spotify's new design "We announced it, but then the industry changed for a bunch of reasons. We are going to do it, but we’re going to do it in a way where it makes sense for us and for our listeners. The industry changed and we had to adapt," he said, adding that it'll be something that is "our own and unique." While lossless audio quality surely isn't a priority for all Spotify users, there's likely a good chunk of them who'd like to see Spotify at least catch up with the competition, which includes Tidal, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited. And with Apple and Sonos recently launching speakers that support Spatial Audio, Spotify again stands out as one of the popular services that doesn't support it. Featured Video For You AI musicians are coming soon to your Spotify playlists Söderström declined to comment on whether Spotify HiFi will include spatial audio, and he wouldn't even confirm that it would be a "lossless-type experience." "Something is coming at some point," he said. View the full article
  11. Kal Penn sat down at the Daily Show desk on Tuesday, using his turn to host to call out President Joe Biden. Specifically, Penn roasted Biden for authorising an oil drilling project on federal land in Alaska after he'd spent his election campaign promising no more drilling on federal lands. "But hey, when you're that age, that's the only kind of drilling you can do," quipped Penn. "I'm kidding. This guy fucks." SEE ALSO: Kal Penn tells hilariously unnerving story about not getting paid for a movie Penn also explained that the drilling project will involve the use of a thermosiphon, which "keeps the permafrost solid enough for drilling while it simultaneously melts due to global warming." "Keeping the permafrost alive so they can kill it slowly? That's like some Silence of the Lambs serial killer shit," said Penn, proceeding to rub his nipples. "'Would you fuck the planet? I'd fuck the planet.' I worked at the White House." View the full article
  12. Canada’s music scene has been a hotbed for cutting-edge electronic dance music producers and DJs. Mike Hoang, better known as Hoang, is a Canadian music producer/DJ who has established himself in the global electronic music community. Born and raised in Vancouver, Hoang has been steadily making waves in the music industry, accumulating over 80 million streams and 800,000 monthly listeners on Spotify in just three years. While in the sixth grade, Hoang was moved to download FL Studio after hearing some early electronic music. With a unique sound that blends crossover genres, Hoang has signed records with top labels such as Monstercat, Lost in Dreams, and 88RISING. Recently, he and another electronic music giant, ELEPHANTE, embarked on a 15-city tour across the United States, with support from the highly regarded record label 88RISING. First, Hoang comes up with a simple melody idea, which he then connects with a chord progression on the piano. From there, he experiments with different elements to create his signature sound. Hoang has learned to ignore periods of writer’s block and instead focus on the joy that may be found in the creative process. Hoang’s dedication to the local community sets him distinct from other electronic dance music performers. He is pleased by the fact that even on bad days, his music can lift listeners up and give them hope. He has amassed a devoted fan base of upbeat, optimistic people who find peace in his music. Hoang’s greatest success to date can be attributed to the influence he has had on his neighborhood. There are plenty of other Canadian DJs that are building a name for themselves in the electronic dance music industry, not just Hoang. In addition to the aforementioned, Canada is also producing a plethora of other great artists with fresh and original styles and points of view. The Canadian music scene is an excellent breeding ground for fresh talent, and Hoang is one of the many artists at the forefront of this wave. For anyone looking to get into the music industry, Hoang has some sage advice. He recommends not overthinking things and avoiding regrets. He encourages young artists to have fun and make a positive impact with their art while being open to advice and improvement from peers. In conclusion, Hoang’s success story is an inspiring one that showcases the vibrancy and potential of the Canadian EDM scene. With a community-first attitude, a unique sound, and an unwavering commitment to his art, Hoang is one of the many talented Canadian DJs making waves in the international music scene. Instagram This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: The Rise of Canadian producer Hoang and his Impact on the melodic bass scene. View the full article
  13. TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Prism Drive Secure Cloud Storage (10TB) is on sale for £74.46, saving you 96% on list price. For those who have grown up with our smartphones, the delicate juggling act of storage balancing can be a struggle. We have important memories we like to keep close, from precious family photos to hilarious videos, and there's also music and vital files we need to have on hand. That usually pushes us to sign up for expensive cloud storage solutions that carry hefty monthly fees...locking us into a lifetime of bills to keep our content safe. If you're tired of paying the big bucks to Apple, Dropbox, Google, or another expensive cloud storage company month after month, there's good news — you have options! Prism Drive Secure Cloud Storage is one of them, offering you a lifetime subscription with an ample 10TB of storage for one low price. Yep, you can pay once and enjoy a lifetime of safe and secure cloud storage with this handy service, available for life for just £74.46. Prism Drive Secure Cloud Storage can help you free up precious space on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, while keeping your important files safe and secure in one spot. You'll enjoy zero-knowledge encryption, which is known for being the safest type of cloud storage available and fully compliant with privacy laws. And the 10TB of storage will keep a massive amount of data safe, offering a file size upload limit of 10GB. Upload any file to the cloud, from XLS to PPT to JPEG, and then enjoy the ease that Prism Drive Secure Cloud Storage offers. You can access them from anywhere, be it your tablet, phone, or computer, and then share them easily with friends and family via shareable links. A file preview lets you peek before you download, and a natural drag-and-drop feature makes uploading, selecting, and moving files and folders a breeze. There's also trash recovery for 30 days, in case you delete something by mistake. Take advantage of this limited-time deal, 10TB of Prism Drive Secure Cloud Storage, for the one-time price of £74.46. Opens in a new tab Credit: Prism Drive Prism Drive Secure Cloud Storage: 10TB (Lifetime Subscription) (opens in a new tab) £74.46 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
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  15. TL;DR: Access the best free online courses from the University of California, Berkeley, including lessons on cryptocurrency, mindfulness, and content creation. We're virtually visiting the biggest educational institutions in the world, with only one thing in mind. No, we're not checking out the facilities and partying all night. We're seeking out the best online courses that you can take for free. The latest stop on this massive tour is the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining edX in 2012, UC Berkeley has offered over 100 classes to 4 million learners located all around the world. You can join these students by taking lessons on cryptocurrency, mindfulness, content creation, and much more on edX. We have checked out everything on offer from Berkeley and lined up a selection of the best free courses as of March 15: Academic and Business Writing Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Blockchain Technology Empathy and Emotional Intelligence at Work How to Write an Essay Introduction to Agile Software Development Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress at Work The Foundations of Happiness at Work The Science of Happiness Video for Content Creators You can recieve a verified certificate of completion if you pay a small fee, but there's no pressure to pay anything at all. So what's stopping you? Pursue your passion with the best free online courses from the University of California, Berkeley. Opens in a new tab Credit: Berkeley Online University of California Courses (opens in a new tab) Free at edX Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  16. If Quordle is a little too challenging today, you've come to the right place for hints. There aren't just hints here, but the whole Quordle solution. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Either way, scroll down, and you'll get what you need. What is Quordle?Quordle is a five-letter word guessing game similar to Wordle, except each guess applies letters to four words at the same time. You get nine guesses instead of six to correctly guess all four words. It looks like playing four Wordle games at the same time, and that is essentially what it is. But it's not nearly as intimidating as it sounds. Is Quordle harder than Wordle?Yes, though not diabolically so. Where did Quordle come from?Amid the Wordle boom of late 2021 and early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free, in-browser, once-a-day word guessing games, creator Freddie Meyer says he took inspiration from one of the first big Wordle variations, Dordle — the one where you essentially play two Wordles at once. He took things up a notch, and released Quordle on January 30. Meyer's creation was covered in The Guardian six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it attracts millions of daily users. Today, Meyer earns modest revenue from Patreon, where dedicated Quordle fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running. How is Quordle pronounced?“Kwordle.” It should rhyme with “Wordle,” and definitely should not be pronounced exactly like "curdle.” Is Quordle strategy different from Wordle?Yes and no. Your starting strategy should be the same as with Wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite Wordle opening word, there’s no reason to change that here. We suggest something rich in vowels, featuring common letters like C, R, and N. But you do you. After your first guess, however, you’ll notice things getting out of control if you play Quordle exactly like Wordle. What should I do in Quordle that I don’t do in Wordle?Solving a Wordle puzzle can famously come down to a series of single letter-change variations. If you’ve narrowed it down to “-IGHT,” you could guess “MIGHT” “NIGHT” “LIGHT” and “SIGHT” and one of those will probably be the solution — though this is also a famous way to end up losing in Wordle, particularly if you play on “hard mode.” In Quordle, however, this sort of single-letter winnowing is a deadly trap, and it hints at the important strategic difference between Wordle and Quordle: In Quordle, you can't afford to waste guesses unless you're eliminating as many letters as possible at all times. Guessing a completely random word that you already know isn't the solution, just to eliminate three or four possible letters you haven’t tried yet, is thought of as a desperate, latch-ditch move in Wordle. In Quordle, however, it's a normal part of the player's strategic toolset. Is there a way to get the answer faster?In my experience Quordle can be a slow game, sometimes dragging out longer than it would take to play Wordle four times. But a sort of blunt-force guessing approach can speed things up. The following strategy also works with Wordle if you only want the solution, and don’t care about having the fewest possible guesses: Try starting with a series of words that puts all the vowels (including Y) on the board, along with some other common letters. We've had good luck with the three words: “NOTES,” “ACRID,” and “LUMPY.” YouTuber DougMansLand suggests four words: “CANOE,” “SKIRT,” “PLUMB,” and “FUDGY.” Most of the alphabet is now eliminated, and you’ll only have the ability to make one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases you’ll have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without any wrong guesses. If strategy isn't helping, and you're still stumped, here are some hints: Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?One word has a twice-occurring letter. Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?No. What do today’s Quordle words start with?S, U, R, and S. What are the answers for today’s Quordle?Are you sure you want to know? There’s still time to turn back. OK, you asked for it. The answers are: SINCE USURP RADIO SWORN View the full article
  17. It's Wednesday, which means there's a new Wordle puzzle to help you through the middle of your week. And as always, we're back with our daily hints and tips to help you figure out the answer. If you prefer to just be told the solution, you can scroll to the end of this article for March 15's Wordle solution revealed. But if you'd rather work through it yourself, keep reading for some clues, tips, and strategies to assist you. Where did Wordle come from?Originally created by engineer Josh Wardle as a gift for his partner, Wordle rapidly spread to become an international phenomenon, with thousands of people around the globe playing every day. Alternate Wordle versions created by fans have even sprung up, including battle royale Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once. Wordle eventually became so popular that it was purchased by the New York Times, and TikTok creators even livestream themselves playing. Not the day you're after? Here's the Wordle answer for March 14. What's the best Wordle starting word?The best Wordle starting word is the one that brings joy to your heart. But if what brings you joy is strategy, we have a few ideas to help you pick a word that might help you find the solution faster. One tip is to select a word that includes at least two different vowels, plus some common consonants like S, T, R, or N. What happened to the Wordle archive?The entire archive of past Wordle puzzles used to be available for anyone to enjoy whenever they felt like it. Unfortunately it has since been taken down, with the website's creator stating it was done at the request of the New York Times. Is Wordle getting harder?It might feel like Wordle is getting harder, but it actually isn't any more difficult than when it first began. You can turn on Wordle's Hard Mode if you're after more of a challenge, though. Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?Though usually Wordle will only accept one correct solution per day, occasionally it will rebel against the norm and deem two different answers acceptable. This is due to changes the New York Times made to Wordle after it acquired the puzzle game. The Times has since added its own updated word list, so this should happen even less frequently than before. To avoid any confusion, it's a good idea to refresh your browser before getting stuck into a new puzzle. Here's a subtle hint for today's Wordle answer:It's time to clean up! Does today's Wordle answer have a double letter?Yep, today's one of those rare days where there is a double letter, so be mindful of that! Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with...Today's Wordle starts with the letter S, as in "Secret Secret" by Stray Kids. SEE ALSO: Wordle-obsessed? These are the best word games to play IRL. What's the answer to Wordle today?We're finally about to reveal the answer to today's Wordle, so get your guesses in now! Are you ready? The solution to Wordle #634 is... SWEEP. Don't feel discouraged if you didn't get it this time. The beauty of Wordle is that there's always a new one to try the next day, and we'll be here again with more helpful clues and hints. View the full article
  18. The celebrated midwest festival North Coast just unveiled a whopping phase two lineup to join the already star studded cast ft. Marshmello, Flume, DJ Snake, Alison Wonderland and so many more. Recently announced are Chris Lorenzo, Elderbrook, and Gordo, along with solo sets from Big Gigantic and NGHTMRE. Also making their North Coast debuts will be electro-soul producer Daily Bread, cutting-edge psychedelic bass artist A Hundred Drums, and twin brother electronic hip-hop duo MZG. There’s truly something for everyone this year at North Coast and is sure to leave fans buzzing wth memories to last a lifetime. Tickets are moving fast, so your best bet is getting tickets now for Labor Day Weekend, Sept 1-3. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: North Coast Music Festival Unveils Phase 2 lineup ft. Chris Lorenzo, Elderbrook, Gordo + more View the full article
  19. Los Angeles native and genre-defying music producer Marc Antonix has been garnering attention from around the world with his breathtaking soundscapes, rhythmic tones, experimental basslines, and cinematic drops. Coming off his hit “Let You Go,” Marc has gained significant support from headliners such as Don Diablo, The Chainsmokers and Afrojack. Marc’s versatility shines strong in his latest EP ‘Nocturnal – Outerspace’, which is a thundering two track collection that might be his best work yet. Each encompass unique eerie yet thrilling bass house vibes that seemingly appear to take the listener into spacial realms from the minute they press play. Both tracks clearly support the artist’s vision to explore the realms of house music while keeping elements of mystery and surprises along the way as Marc Antonix does what he does best. Listen below! This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Marc Antonix Drops Thundering ‘Nocturnal – Outerspace’ EP View the full article
  20. Born and raised in Chicago, COFRESI continues to push the boundaries of production and live electronic performance with all that he does. Whether it’s his creative approach to rhythms and percussion or his energetic live sets, COFRESI never ceases to impress and captivate his audience. Since making his official release debut in 2017, he has gone on to perform his unique live/electronic hybrid set at a myriad of globally-renowned festivals, including Electric Forest, North Coast, EDC Mexico, SXSW, to name a few. His music, has found a home on a string of labels such as Gravitas and TooFuture, and even garnered support from a diverse list of leading figures in electronic music, including the likes of Autograf, Polo & Pan, Mr. Carmack, So Down, Disco Biscits, and NGHTMRE. Now, he’s back with a compelling new single “I’M NOT” off of his forthcoming EP ‘Agenda’ which is due out April 6. He introduces the song through tranquil ambiance, seamlessly building into a hypnotic rhythm that instantly whisks you away. COFRESI shares, “the initial idea for “I’M NOT came together the day after I saw Polo & Pan perform at Radius in Chicago. I was getting deeper into the city’s music scene then and exploring more dance-focused artists. Polo & Pan’s approach to their live show and music struck a chord in me, and this tune was essentially an application of that inspiration.” Check it out below! This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: COFRESI Shares Compelling Single “I’M NOT” Off Forthcoming EP ‘Agenda’ View the full article
  21. UPDATE: Mar. 15, 2023, 2:24 p.m. AEDT Reddit is back up as of 8:41 p.m. ET according to Redditstatus.com, so you can finally get back to scrolling through r/AmItheAsshole. Original story follows. Yes, Reddit is down. You've probably already noticed Reddit.com won't load. But if your first instinct was to check Reddit to confirm that Reddit was down, you're not alone. But the answer to your question is yes. The link-sharing giant is experiencing an "internal systems issue," according to Redditstatus.com. Reddit started investigating an outage a little after 3 p.m. ET, according to that same site, and now they say they're working to "determine a fix." Reddit had signaled that it was making plans for an IPO later this year. One little outage shouldn't throw that plan off track, however, particularly with one of its main competitors, Twitter, experiencing headline-grabbing turmoil — including outages — that seems to grow more extreme every day. View the full article
  22. Operating a mixtape site is not without risk. By definition, mixes include multiple sound recordings that are often protected by copyright. Popular hip-hop mixtape site and app Spinrilla, which has millions of users, is well aware of these risks. In 2017, the company was sued by several record labels, backed by the RIAA, which accused the company of massive copyright infringement. “Spinrilla specializes in ripping off music creators by offering thousands of unlicensed sound recordings for free,” the RIAA commented at the time. Spinrilla Fought Piracy Accusations The hip-hop site countered the allegations by pointing out that it had installed an RIAA-approved anti-piracy filter and actively worked with major record labels to promote their tracks. In addition, Spinrilla stressed that the DMCA’s safe harbor provision protects the company. As the case progressed, both parties filed motions for summary judgment. The music companies requested rulings to establish, before trial, that Spinrilla is liable for direct copyright infringement and that the DMCA safe harbor doesn’t apply. Spinrilla countered with cross-motions, filed under seal, in which they argued the opposite. Judge Amy Totenberg eventually sided with the record labels in 2020, concluding that the mixtape site is indeed liable. Millions in Potential Damages In her ruling, Judge Totenberg concluded that 4,082 copyrighted sound recordings were streamed, at least once, through Sprinrilla’s website or app. The scale of the damages will be decided at trial and after several delays, the jury is currently set to gather in a few weeks. With thousands of copyrights at stake, damages could potentially exceed $600 million if the jury finds that the infringement was willful. With the stakes this high, both sides will do their best to present their most favorable arguments. That also means efforts to prevent witnesses, evidence, and even specific words being presented to the court. These requests come in the form of ‘motions in limine’ where the parties ask the court to keep certain information from the jury. Several of these motions were submitted to court over the past few days. Piracy and Theft According to recent filings, Spinrilla is particularly concerned over potential piracy stigma. The company notes that the music industry has spent years painting a picture of being under siege by “pirates,” “thieves” and “trespassers”. This type of rhetoric might make the jury more likely to see Spinrilla’s activities as willful, which could increase the damages award. This should be prevented by banning these disparaging terms at trial, the platform says. “Defendants anticipate that Plaintiffs will continue to refer to piracy and pirates so that the jury will be predisposed to find the Defendants acted willfully,” Spinrilla writes. “These terms are not evidentiary, have no probative value, and are highly inflammatory such that they will create undue prejudice. Accordingly, the Court should bar Plaintiffs from referring to Defendants as ‘pirates’ or having engaged in ‘piracy’ or ‘theft’ other similarly disparaging words.” ‘Piracy History is Irrelevant’ In a separate motion, Spinrilla asks the court to bar the music companies from discussing the history of online piracy. Piracy may have hurt the music industry’s revenues over the years but that shouldn’t impact an appropriate award for damages, the mixtape service says. “Spinrilla is not liable for the entirety of online piracy that started with Napster. Nor can Spinrilla be required to pay statutory damages that are calculated based on the injury to record labels by companies that operated years before Spinrilla was formed.” According to Spinrilla, the music companies want to discuss historical piracy issues because that would increase the chances of a higher award for damages. “The evidence is not tethered to the facts of this case. Rather, it is designed to brand into the brains of the jurors, that Defendants should be punished for the cumulative effects of infringement that Defendants had no hand in creating,” Spinrilla argues. Record Labels Want Financials Excluded The above is just a selection of the motions submitted by Spinrilla. At the same time, the music companies are fighting equally hard for the court to keep specific information from the jury. According to one of the filings, Spinrilla included over 2,000 pages of consolidated financial reports for Universal Music Group, Sony Corporation, and Warner Music Group, the plaintiffs’ parent corporations. These financial documents are misleading, according to the music companies, as they also include revenue from entirely unrelated businesses such as semiconductors, batteries, and film revenues. The plaintiffs believe that this information could be used to create a misleading and prejudicial impression of their financial resources, which has no relevance to the damages calculation. “Overwhelming the jury with voluminous combined financial statements of Plaintiffs’ parent corporations would confuse the jury, who would be left to wonder about the relevance of this information in calculating the amount of statutory damages they should award. “The simple and undeniable fact is that this information has absolutely no relevance to that calculation,” the music companies add. All in all, it is clear that both sides are trying to establish the best possible base before presenting their arguments to the jury. At the time of writing the court has yet to rule on these motions ahead of a trial scheduled to start next month. — Spinrilla’s cited motions in limine are available here (1,2 pdf) and the music companyies’ motion can be found here (pdf) From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  23. A long-rumored Google Pixel device may be just a few months away. According to reports (based on retail listings) from both 9to5Google and WinFuture, Google will launch a pair of new devices in June: The Google Pixel 7a and the Pixel Fold. That would mean the devices would be in stores roughly a month after Google's annual I/O conference, set to begin on May 10. I/O has traditionally been software-focused, but last year saw the announcements of multiple devices, like the Pixel 6a and Pixel Watch. SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 might fix the most annoying thing about foldable phones Curiously, launching the Pixel 7a in June would put Google a month ahead of schedule compared to previous years. The Pixel 6a hit store shelves in July last year. Those retail listings didn't stop with a launch date, though. We also got a few other juicy bits of info. For starters, the leaks suggest the Pixel Fold will come in at least a 256GB storage variant, with carbon and porcelain as the color options. The 7a, meanwhile, might only come in a 128GB model with carbon, cotton, and Arctic blue as the color choices. Sadly, we didn't get exact price figures for either device. And aside from colors and storage, there's still not a lot of firm info to go on about either device. Previous reporting about the Pixel Fold indicated it would unfold into a large, notepad-like display, similar to a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold device. As for the 7a, we wouldn't be surprised if it's basically a Pixel 7 with some minor improvements and minor compromises to keep the price down. That would follow in the footsteps of every other Pixel A-series phone. Google I/O can't get here soon enough for Pixel-heads. View the full article
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  25. Check out “Tenere Den” from Amatssou, the Tuareg group’s forthcoming LP with production by Daniel LanoisView the full article
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