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  1. "Naur" is everywhere, but a recent tweet claimed it had reached a particularly notable echelon of ubiquity. "Gen Z will not like hearing me say this...but 'naurrrr' and 'saurrr good' is just the new 'ermahgerd,''' it said, referring to the 2012 internet meme. Sure, there are definite similarities. Both "r," with "ermahgerd" stretching your mouth horizontally and "naur" stretching it vertically. And in the same way you can "speak" in ermahgerd ("Twitter is a hellhole," would be "Twerter is a herrhoe" for example), you can speak in "naur"... it's called speaking with an Australian accent. Online, Americans have come up with new spellings of words to indicate they're being said in the accent, changing a phrase like "koalas are so cute" to "koalarrs ah saurr cute." But while ermahgerd was born out of the joyous early internet as a way to express nerdy excitement, "naur" has much more complicated roots and uses. We break them down below with the help of Australian voice and dialect coach Amy Hume, who teaches Voice at the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne. What does "naur" mean and how do you use it?"Naur" is "no" spelled in an Australian accent. More accurately, it’s "no" spelled in what an Australian accent sounds like to Americans. "When you tell an Australian that there's an 'r' in the way we pronounce 'no' they're like 'Mmm… no, there's not,'" says Hume. That's because the Australian accent is non-rhotic, so an "r" isn't pronounced unless it comes before a vowel. The American accent is rhotic, so when a word is spelt with an "r," a "hard r" sound is used. When Americans apply their pronunciation to the Australian "no," it results in the phonetic spelling of "naur." (To an Australian, "naur" looks like it would be pronounced "naw.") "Naur" has varied and flexible use that changes with capitalization and a, u, and r additions. It can be a softer, more playful "no": Sam: My day was going so well, but I just spilled hot tea all over myself on the subway :( Alex: Omg naurrr It can be used in place of "wait" or "hold on": @Sam on Twitter: naur because zendaya and tom holland are so cute "Naur" exists because "no," "nope," and "nah" no longer cut it. In just the past four years, we've witnessed the breakdown of American politics, global warming disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic. There are only so many times you can express fear or disapproval with "no" before it loses its meaning. In a post-no society, "naur" is the next iteration of that feeling. Sam: So there's a new COVID-19 variant, and it's spreading super quickly in large cities. Alex: Naur Sam: I also just heard they’re making a fourth 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' movie Alex: Naur Sam: And J.K. Rowling is directing Alex: NAAAURRRR Like "no," "naur" has an almost infinite number of meanings when spoken aloud. It can be chewed through quickly or pulled out into a drawl, expanding to include up to four vowels and three consonants in a single syllable, depending on the pronunciation. The meaning of "Naur" shifts with context, which means it can mean anything you want it to. How do you pronounce "naur?"Hume says that, to learn an accent, you've got to master that accent's "oral posture" — the setting of muscles as they’ve toned to an accent." "A typical Australian speaker’s setting is likely to be kind of pursed lip corners and the lips don't really move that much," she says, "There's not that much activity in the cheeks either, and the tongue is pretty low in the mouth. In a general American setting, there's a little bit more lift in the cheeks, more movement in the top lip, and the tongue sits higher in the mouth." To pronounce "naur," Hume says take it easy. "Your tongue has to relax, lowering back. Imagine putting your tongue on like a deck chair beside a really nice pool. Your tongue is just so chill-axed. And then you have to sort of close your lips. [In Australia] we say 'don't let the flies in.'" The Australian pronunciation of the end of "no" ends in a sound more akin to a "w" than an "r," like "na-oooo-wuh." All that muscularity make it much harder for Americans to adopt convincing Australian accents than for Australians to do an American one, says Hume. "The Australian tongue is so relaxed that once you start exercising it, you can lift it and [achieve] various American accents. Whereas for Americans, it's harder to drop the tongue." Just last week, Aussie actor Felix Mallard of Netflix's Ginny and Georgia addressed his approach to switching between his native and American accent, including tongue placement and difficulty of hitting the "r" in every word just right. Plus, Aussie mimicry skills maybe be sharper because of life-long exposure to American culture. In Australia, "you can't go an hour without hearing some sort of American accent because of a TV show or some ad online or whatever," explains Hume, "whereas as an American can pinpoint those key events [when they've] heard Australian accents." Not quite mastering it? Don't worry, it takes some time to get used to a whole new sound, says Hume, "and you're creating a whole new neural pathway to make that sound." Where did "naur" come from?Though Know Your Meme pegs 2021 as the beginning of the "naur" revolution, it likely started earlier, around 2018. In September of that year, a tweet reading "Australians be like.....naur" gained more than 17,000 likes. That same year, the global growth in K-pop coincided with the debut of Australian idols in major groups, most notably Bang Chan and Felix of Stray Kids and later Jake of ENHYPEN, who joined Blackpink's Rosé as part of the industry's "Aussie line." Fan-made YouTube compilations of the line's English-speaking moments interviews and live streams have garnered millions of views, but Bang Chan and Felix's have proved to be their country's most vocal evangelists. They regularly exchange "g'day mates," extol the virtues of Vegemite, and revel in their unique pronunciation. When fans edited videos of "Aussie line" moments, they spelled out each syllable on screen as the idol as they heard the idol pronounce it, elongating "nice" to "noice," for example, and "no" to "naur." Fans began using "naur" on stan Twitter. In 2019, clips from the Australian television show H2O: Just Add Water featuring the characters saying "Cleo, no!" in rich Australian accents grew popular on TikTok, as did imitations of those lines. A quick Google search shows the phrase really taking off in May 2021, when mainstream Twitter got ahold of it and users imagined phrases in which "no" was replaced by "naur" and other Aussie-fied words like "saur" (for "so"). It's become so prevalent that brands have jumped into the fray, with Netflix posting a TikTok ranking of the best "naurs" from H2O: Just Add Water in November 2022. Why do we like saying "naur?"Hume knows how much non-Aussies love to imitate Aussie accents. "I have a lot of American friends and whenever I say 'no,' they repeat it. So it's a sound that has always stood out to their ears. As human beings, we’re wired to connect [and mimicry] is almost instinctive." It's also a way of processing the world around us. That's why kids across the U.S. have picked up Peppa Pig's British accent and talk about eating "brekky" after watching Australian children's cartoon Bluey on Disney Plus. Mimicking an accent is also a huge factor in fitting in, especially for children. "If someone moves [to another] country while they're a child, it's pretty likely that their accent would change [unconsciously]. Linguistic research shows that after the age of 11, it's more of a conscious choice." Of course, "naur" also just feels good to say. "There are oral postures that we can take on for fun," Hume says. For example, "ermahgerd." When you say it out loud, she explains, "you're pulling your lips sideways a little bit, holding your tongue in a certain position, and making a face. It feels like a live action emoji, really, doesn't it? It's like 'I’ve got a face and I got words to put to it. So it does feel quite satisfying" and naur, in all of its many forms, is just as delicious. What do Australians think of "naur?"A friend who recently travelled to Canada and Cincinnati told Hume how prevalent "naur" has become, and she says she’s done about 20 radio interviews in the past four weeks about the global interest in the word. "What's become apparent to me is how little Australians know about how we speak," Hume says, noting that the most common reaction to the "naur" phenomenon is "tell us more about our accent!" [Editor's note: Can confirm. I don't know what's funnier or more fascinating: watching Americans nail our accent perfectly, or watching them attempt it and hearing an absolute dog's brekky of mangled Cockney vowels come tumbling out. The latter is like a child drawing a picture of their family — it's funny because they're bad at it, it's nice because it's affectionate, and it can also be mortifying because of what features they choose to emphasize. — Caitlin Welsh, Australia Editor] Overall, Hume says, "There’s an overwhelming group consciousness that's coming to the pronunciation of the word." Australian entertainers have adopted a standardized Australian accent in the same way that American celebrities and newscasters adopted the transatlantic accent in the first half of the 20th century. That has led to some shame. "We've got this thing in Australia called the cultural cringe; we cringe at how we sound or how we look," Hume explains. "There's discomfort with our own culture which, to me, goes back to colonization. It's about aspirations to Britain... If I go to the theater, or I see an Australian film, and people are speaking [in a standardized Australian accent], then I cringe at myself because I don't speak like that." And Hume says it's still normal for Australian actors to be asked to get rid of their accents entirely. "There's an expectation that if [an American production is] filming [in Australia], you have to go in to the audition sounding American, so I do a lot of work coaching Australian actors in American accents." But the vowel-laden, non-standardized "no" has never truly gone away. "Australians have been talking like that since the country was colonized. It's been there for 200 years," says Hume. Now it's thriving because TikTok has given a platform to everyday people, unaffected by standardization. "Someone from some remote part of Australia records their voice, and they haven't had any kind of manipulation of their accent." Take H2O: Just Add Water, an origin point of the "naur" meme: "That was a kids' TV show where you had young people who hadn't been to drama school, so their natural voices are on screen. It’s a suburban show, and it was just put on locally.” After watching the recent rise of "naur," Hume has changed the topic of her master’s research to focus to how the Australian accent has been portrayed on stage. "My hypothesis is that the standardization of accents has been a contributing factor to why [Australians] don't know about their accent," she says. "Naur" may be a phenomenon in the U.S. and online, but its biggest impact could be on Australians themselves. "Your accent is a part of your identity," says Hume, and gnawing on "naur" can help Aussies learn more about their own. View the full article
  2. Freddie Chipres couldn't shake the melancholy that lurked at the edges of his otherwise "blessed" life. He occasionally felt lonely, particularly when working from home. The married 31-year-old mortgage broker wondered if something was wrong: Could he be depressed? Chipres knew friends who'd had positive experiences seeing a therapist. He was more open to the idea than ever before, but it would also mean finding someone and scheduling an appointment. Really, he just wanted a little feedback about his mental health. That's when Chipres turned to ChatGPT, a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence that responds in a surprisingly conversational manner. After the latest iteration of the chatbot launched in December, he watched a few YouTube videos suggesting that ChatGPT could be useful not just for things like writing professional letters and researching various subjects, but also for working through mental health concerns. ChatGPT wasn't designed for this purpose, which raises questions about what happens when people turn it into an ad hoc therapist. While the chatbot is knowledgeable about mental health, and may respond with empathy, it can't diagnose users with a specific mental health condition, nor can it reliably and accurately provide treatment details. Indeed, some mental health experts are concerned that people seeking help from ChatGPT may be disappointed or misled, or may compromise their privacy by confiding in the chatbot. SEE ALSO: 6 scary things ChatGPT has been used for already OpenAI, the company that hosts ChatGPT, declined to respond to specific questions from Mashable about these concerns. A spokesperson noted that ChatGPT has been trained to refuse inappropriate requests and block certain types of unsafe and sensitive content. In Chipres' experience, the chatbot never offered unseemly responses to his messages. Instead, he found ChatGPT to be refreshingly helpful. To start, Chipres googled different styles of therapy and decided he'd benefit most from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which typically focuses on identifying and reframing negative thought patterns. He prompted ChatGPT to respond to his queries like a CBT therapist would. The chatbot obliged, though with a reminder to seek professional help. Chipres was stunned by how swiftly the chatbot offered what he described as good and practical advice, like taking a walk to boost his mood, practicing gratitude, doing an activity he enjoyed, and finding calm through meditation and slow, deep breathing. The advice amounted to reminders of things he'd let fall by the wayside; ChatGPT helped Chipres restart his dormant meditation practice. He appreciated that ChatGPT didn't bombard him with ads and affiliate links, like many of the mental health webpages he encountered. Chipres also liked that it was convenient, and that it simulated talking to another human being, which set it notably apart from perusing the internet for mental health advice. "It's like if I'm having a conversation with someone. We're going back and forth," he says, momentarily and inadvertently calling ChatGPT a person. "This thing is listening, it's paying attention to what I'm saying...and giving me answers based off of that." Chipres' experience may sound appealing to people who can't or don't want to access professional counseling or therapy, but mental health experts say they should consult ChatGPT with caution. Here are three things you should know before attempting to use the chatbot to discuss mental health. 1. ChatGPT wasn't designed to function as a therapist and can't diagnose you.While ChatGPT can produce a lot of text, it doesn't yet approximate the art of engaging with a therapist. Dr. Adam S. Miner, a clinical psychologist and epidemiologist who studies conversational artificial intelligence, says therapists may frequently acknowledge when they don't know the answer to a client's question, in contrast to a seemingly all-knowing chatbot. This therapeutic practice is meant to help the client reflect on their circumstances to develop their own insights. A chatbot that's not designed for therapy, however, won't necessarily have this capacity, says Miner, a clinical assistant professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Importantly, Miner notes that while therapists are prohibited by law from sharing client information, people who use ChatGPT as a sounding board do not have the same privacy protections. "We kind of have to be realistic in our expectations where these are amazingly powerful and impressive language machines, but they're still software programs that are imperfect, and trained on data that is not going to be appropriate for every situation," he says. "That's especially true for sensitive conversations around mental health or experiences of distress." Dr. Elena Mikalsen, chief of pediatric psychology at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, recently tried querying ChatGPT with the same questions she receives from patients each week. Each time Mikalsen tried to elicit a diagnosis from the chatbot, it rebuffed her and recommended professional care instead. This is, arguably, good news. After all, a diagnosis ideally comes from an expert who can make that call based on a person's specific medical history and experiences. At the same time, Mikalsen says people hoping for a diagnosis may not realize that numerous clinically-validated screening tools are available online. For example, a Google mobile search for "clinical depression" immediately points to a screener known as the PHQ-9, which can help determine a person's level of depression. A healthcare professional can review those results and help the person decide what to do next. ChatGPT will provide contact information for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and Crisis Text Line when suicidal thinking is referenced directly, language that the chatbot says may violate its content policy. 2. ChatGPT may be knowledgeable about mental health, but it's not always comprehensive or right. When Mikalsen used ChatGPT, she was struck by how the chatbot sometimes supplied inaccurate information. (Others have criticized ChatGPT's responses as presented with disarming confidence.) It focused on medication when Mikalsen asked about treating childhood obsessive compulsive disorder, but clinical guidelines clearly state that a type of cognitive behavioral therapy is the gold standard. Mikalsen also noticed that a response about postpartum depression didn't reference more severe forms of the condition, like postpartum anxiety and psychosis. By comparison, a MayoClinic explainer on the subject included that information and gave links to mental health hotlines. It's unclear whether ChatGPT has been trained on clinical information and official treatment guidelines, but Mikalsen likened much of its conversation as similar to browsing Wikipedia. The generic, brief paragraphs of information left Mikalsen feeling like it shouldn't be a trusted source for mental health information. "That's overall my criticism," she says. "It provides even less information than Google." 3. There are alternatives to using ChatGPT for mental health help.Dr. Elizabeth A. Carpenter-Song, a medical anthropologist who studies mental health, said in an email that it's completely understandable why people are turning to a technology like ChatGPT. Her research has found that people are especially interested in the constant availability of digital mental health tools, which they feel is akin to having a therapist in their pocket. "Technology, including things like ChatGPT, appears to offer a low-barrier way to access answers and potentially support for mental health." wrote Carpenter-Song, a research associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. "But we must remain cautious about any approach to complex issues that seems to be a 'silver bullet.'" "We must remain cautious about any approach to complex issues that seems to be a 'silver bullet.'" - Dr. Elizabeth A. Carpenter-Song, research associate professor, Dartmouth College Carpenter-Song noted that research suggests digital mental health tools are best used as part of a "spectrum of care." Those seeking more digital support, in a conversational context similar to ChatGPT, might consider chatbots designed specifically for mental health, like Woebot and Wysa, which offer AI-guided therapy for a fee. Digital peer support services also are available to people looking for encouragement online, connecting them with listeners who are ideally prepared to offer that sensitively and without judgment. Some, like Wisdo and Circles, require a fee, while others, like TalkLife and Koko, are free. However, these apps and platforms range widely and also aren't meant to treat mental health conditions. In general, Carpenter-Song believes that digital tools should be coupled with other forms of support, like mental healthcare, housing, and employment, "to ensure that people have opportunities for meaningful recovery." "We need to understand more about how these tools can be useful, under what circumstances, for whom, and to remain vigilant in surfacing their limitations and potential harms," wrote Carpenter-Song. If you're feeling suicidal or experiencing a mental health crisis, please talk to somebody. You can reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988; the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860; or the Trevor Project at 866-488-7386. Text "START" to Crisis Text Line at 741-741. Contact the NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET, or email [email protected] If you don't like the phone, consider using the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Chat at crisischat.org. Here is a list of international resources. View the full article
  3. TL;DR: Through Feb. 5, you can get the 2 Million Dollar Puzzle from MSCHF for just $19.99 instead of $30 — that's a limited-time discount of 34%. When it comes to fitness, one thing you have to keep in mind is it's not always just physical. The big hunk of muscle inside your head, a.k.a your brain, needs exercising, too. In fact, it needs regular exercise to work well. In between your nightly doom-scrolling, Netflix binges, and other brain-rotting activities, you should make an effort to keep your mental faculties in check. Playing Wordle every day is a great start, but a more exciting way to challenge your mind is through completing puzzles. In time for National Puzzle Day, you can score the 2 Million Dollar Puzzle on sale, which not only exercises the brain, but gives you a chance to become an overnight millionaire, too. You can get it for less than Amazon pricing at just $19.99 now through February 5. The premise of the 2 Million Dollar Puzzle is simple. You receive a jigsaw puzzle composed of 500 pieces, which you can complete on your own or with your friends (you may have to split the prize money with this option, though). The finished puzzle is a technicolored QR code, which you then scan to find out whether you're an instant millionaire or not. Two puzzles containing the $1 million grand prize are in circulation, hence the name, but if you don't end up winning it, you're still considered a winner. Why? Each puzzle contains a prize between $1 and $1 million. One puzzle has a $500,000 prize, two have $250,000, five have $100,000, 20 have $10,000, 50 have $2,500, 200 have $1,000, 2000 have $100, and the rest have a dollar. You either win, or you win. Normally, the 2 Million Dollar Puzzle retails for $30, but for a limited time, you can get it on sale for only $19.99. Our celebration of National Puzzle Day ends on February 5, so act fast. Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: MSCHF The 2 Million Dollar Puzzle (opens in a new tab) $19.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  4. TL;DR: As of Jan. 29, you can get the Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle for only $299.99 rather than the full price of $469 — that's a savings of 36%. Toys aren't just for the kiddos anymore. Especially in 2023, when Kidults are on the rise. This new consumer group is comprised of adults who enjoy toys as well, and they're on to something. We could also use a little more fun in our lives, and reconnecting with our inner child with some good old-fashioned playtime works wonders. Thanks to technology, you can now just print the toys of your dreams at home with 3D printers. The Toybox 3D Printer, featured on Shark Tank, currently offers a Deluxe Bundle that's on sale for $299.99, 36% off the usual $469 price tag now through January 30, and there's no coupon code required. Make the toys of your childhood dreams right in the comfort of your home with the Toybox 3D Printer. This game-changing invention is easy-to-use and geared toward kids and adults alike. There are two ways to make toys — the first option is to use the companion app and select from a continuously expanding toy catalog. That catalog includes toys from DC Comics, Cartoon Network, Looney Tunes, shows like Friends, Seinfeld, and more. The second option for toy-making is designing your very own toy. All you have to do is tap into your imagination, create and upload a design, which means the possibilities are endless. Simple one-touch functionality makes toy creation a breeze, and there's no knife required to remove prints like in other 3D printers. This bundle also includes eight different colors of non-toxic, biodegradable printer food that can be used to make anywhere from 100 to 300 toys. Become your very own toy maker with the Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle. It's on sale for $299.99, $170 off the usual price through January 30. Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: Toybox Labs Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle (opens in a new tab) $299.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  5. TL;DR: As of Jan. 29, you can get a lifetime subscription to Stone River eLearning — which gives you access to more than 800 online courses — for just $89. The recent bout of layoffs at tech companies has rattled a lot of us. Even the biggest companies that seem untouchable, like Google, Microsoft, Netflix, and Spotify, have had to cut jobs after their hiring sprees at the beginning of the pandemic. Per Layoffs.fyi, there were roughly 154,000 layoffs from over 1,000 tech companies last year, and at the start of 2023, more than 55,000 layoffs have been documented. No company is safe, apparently, if even the big guns are doing some shedding on their employees. Instead of cowering in fear, the best thing you can do for now is to make yourself indispensable at your job, while learning new qualifications and knowledge that could help with your next one, and the easiest way you can do that is by acquiring new skills. A subscription to Stone River can help you with that, and for a limited time, you can get it for just $89. Learning should never stop, even if you're way past the schooling age. Through an unlimited lifetime subscription to Stone River, you get full and immediate access to more than 800 courses and 4,800 hours of online learning, all of which cover today's most in-demand skills, including iOS mobile development, web and mobile programming, web design, game app creation, 3D animation, graphic design, and more On top of classes, you also get to enjoy VIP perks, including unlimited e-books, personal guidance on what to learn depending on what industry you belong to, and for an added fee, you even get to receive certification exams on the courses you've taken. A lifetime subscription to Stone River empowers you to beef up your skill set and advance in your career without breaking the bank. Take advantage of this sale and get it for only $89 for a limited time. Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: Stone River eLearning Stone River eLearning: Lifetime Membership (opens in a new tab) $89 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  6. TL;DR: As of Jan. 29, the WonderCube Pro All-in-One Mobile Keyring is on sale for $39.95 — that's a 42% discount from its usual $70 MSRP. The person who said that good things come in small packages has a point. A piece of chocolate, a snowflake, your tiny baby kitten. All these things are the epitome of cuteness and goodness, that's why we learn to grow fond of them. Apparently, the human brain was designed to recognize tiny things as objects that bring happiness. Another happiness-inducing thing? The WonderCube Pro. This tiny but mighty device may look like a futuristic piece of dice, but it's actually a smart all-in-one solution that performs eight separate functions. For a limited time, you can get it on sale for 42% off. The WonderCube Pro ends your perpetual dilemma of having to carry dongles and other mobile accessories when you're out and about. Sure, it's small, but it features a one-inch foldout flexible USB cord that extends to three inches, as well as a built-in gold-plated connector that delivers a quick charge. Compatible with all Android and Apple devices, it can pretty much charge any smartphone. With a micro-suction cup, you can attach or detach it on the phone's back panel for the best viewing angle, so you can also use it as a stand. It also comes with a built-in microSD card reader that supports up to 128GB of memory. But wait, there's more. The Wondercube Pro packs an LED torch, so it doubles as a backup flashlight in case your phone's light runs kaput. Run out of battery? Simply grab a 9V battery to deliver a significant boost to your phone and enjoy up to 2 to 3 hours of talk time. Good things come in small packages, indeed. The WonderCube Pro All-in-One Mobile Keyring normally retails for $70, but for a limited time, you can grab this nifty device for only $39.95. Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: WonderCube WonderCube Pro All-in-One Mobile Keyring (opens in a new tab) $39.95 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  7. 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?Two words have twice-occurring letters. Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?No. What do today’s Quordle words start with?E, S, W, and T. 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: ERODE STATE WACKY TASTY View the full article
  8. TL;DR: The 2023 Complete Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables Expert Bundle is on sale for £32.50, saving you 96% on list price. Excel is an enigma. This Microsoft Office staple is a necessary evil both at work and at home, serving so many functions, while also being notoriously difficult to navigate. And if you never figured out the former Microsoft Excel, you're not going to want to hear this news: there's a brand-new version to try and understand. If you'd like to go into 2023 job interviews being able to proudly share that you're proficient in Excel (instead of just lying about it every time), you might want to check out the 2023 Complete Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables Expert Bundle. This info-packed grouping of online courses is brand new and ready to school you on all the up-to-date info on Excel's latest version, and you can get it all for just £32.50. Packed with 15 courses, this bundle is ready to make you an Excel expert. Stream Skill serves as your instructor, and they're qualified to teach with over 14 years of experience. They've created over 90 software training courses and 5,000 video tutorials, helping thousands of students master Microsoft programs. There are three courses dedicated to Microsoft Excel 2021/365, a beginner level, an intermediate level, and an advanced level, making these courses perfect even for those with no prior Excel experience. These courses focus on this stand-alone release from Microsoft, helping you determine what's new and work efficiently within the app, before moving on to more advanced tasks like analysing data with advanced PivotTable and PivotChart hacks. Conquer Microsoft Excel once and for all with the 2023 Complete Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables Expert Bundle. It's available now for just £32.50 for a limited time. Opens in a new tab Credit: Microsoft The 2023 Complete Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables Expert Bundle (opens in a new tab) £32.50 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  9. This content originally appeared on Mashable for a US audience and has been adapted for the UK audience. The bisexual community has an inside joke that describes what it's like to date as a bi person: People think it means double the options or double the fun, but it really just means double the rejection. Self-deprecating jokes like this one are at the core of the Single People Club regardless of sexuality, but bisexual people do face extra roadblocks in the dating world. Yes, online dating sucks for everyone. Horny jerks disguise themselves as relationship seekers, your DMs are constantly filled with bad pickup lines and overly persistent creeps, and many times, the site's algorithm ignores the filters that you've set. But the fact that there are no dating sites that cater specifically to bi people means that they're frequently swiping on people who don't take bisexuality seriously. The "B" in LGBTQ+ makes up 50 percent of the queer community, but it's one of the least-acknowledged letters in the acronym. There are dating sites for lesbians and dating sites for gay men, but nothing specifically for those who identify as bisexual. What makes the bi dating landscape — especially the online one — so tricky to manoeuvre? What is unicorn hunting?One of the most antiquated stereotypes about bisexual people is that they're always down to get physical and down for polyamory. "Unicorn" is a term used to describe a bisexual person (usually a woman) who sleeps with heterosexual couples. In online dating, unicorn hunting is when a straight, taken female user toggles that she's "looking for women" — not genuinely looking for a girl to get to know romantically, but rather for a girl interested in a threesome with her and her boyfriend or husband or whoever. Of course, they don't mention this until later. No one is saying that threesomes are bad. Reddit users who have experienced this mention that they don't have a problem with "ethical non-monogamy." They have a problem with being tricked into it. Are bisexuals welcome on heteronormative apps?Another frequent bisexual experience is one that all women face online, now heightened by the mere mention of "bi" in a dating app bio: men being creepy. Too many straight men have yet to grasp the concept that bisexuality is not a green light to ask a stranger how many girls they've been with or if she likes men or women better. Catfishing is also an issue. Some men have such a rabid obsession with queer women that they'll sign up for a dating site as a woman just to see an all-women swiping field. It's a total privacy breach at the least, and certainly doesn't boost your willingness to meet up with someone in real life. Many dating sites are working to increase transparency about first name and age by requiring Facebook verification during sign-up. Are queer dating apps inviting to bisexual users?Does "gold star lesbian" ring a bell? The delineation is given to lesbians who have never slept with a man. Countless bisexual women have reported being ghosted after disclosing that they have been with a guy before, and profiles with "gold stars only" in the bio have popped up, too. This crowd of Reddit users explain the ways they've experienced biphobia on gay or lesbian dating sites. They've been told that they're not "actually bisexual" if they haven't been with anyone of the same gender before or that they're "basically straight" if their most recent relationship was a heterosexual one. Summed up: if you're not monosexually gay, it's a cop-out. Invalidating someone's sexual experiences is the opposite of the supportive sex-positivity that you'd expect from inside the queer community, and it contributes to many bisexual folks' struggles of not feeling queer enough. Should you put "bi" in your dating app bio?Adding those two simple letters to your bio will draw some unwanted attention, and it's going to be a pain in the ass. But in the long run, it'll also act like a filter to weed out people who try to put sexual orientation into a box. The idea that being bisexual is just a pit stop to being "fully-blown gay" — or that it means that you're attracted to everyone you see — probably aren't thoughts you'd prefer a partner to have. They're especially not opinions you'd like to hear about months down the road from someone you thought you knew well. The easiest way to ensure that you won't be left heartbroken over someone not accepting your sexuality? Let them know from the jump. "Coming out" over and over again is unfair. But doing so right off the bat also acts as an early screening for people who identify as bi but say they wouldn't date another bi person — something that a lot of bi men experience from bi women. Can you actually find a relationship online?Do bisexual people get dealt a tough hand on dating apps? Yes. Does that mean meeting someone special online is impossible? Absolutely not. A 2017 study cited in the MIT Technology Review found that people who meet online are more likely to be compatible and have a higher chance of a healthy marriage if they decide to get hitched. Further, a 2019 study done at Stanford found that nearly two-thirds of modern same-sex couples meet online. It sucks that there's no legit dating app specifically devoted to bi individuals and other singles who respect what it means to be bi — yet. However, this also means that a good portion of other single bi folks are probably on those popular dating apps that you've considered. At least you know the user base is there. What is the best dating app for bisexual people?There are a lot of dating apps out there, each offering a different set of features that will suit some daters better than others. To help you find something that suits you and your lifestyle, we have lined up a selection of standout options that should suit just about everyone. These are the best dating apps for bisexual people in 2023. View the full article
  10. You made it! It's Sunday, it's Wordle time, and that means we're here to help, as always. The bottom of this article features January 29's Wordle solution. If that's not why you're here, scroll down and see what's on offer here, from clues, to strategies. You'll find what you need. 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 January 28. What's the best Wordle starting word?The goal of Wordle is to have fun, and there's no right way to have fun. Just choose whatever starting word feels right to you, and don't let anyone shame you for it. However, if you want to take a more strategic approach, we have a few ideas to help you pick a word that will spark joy. 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 Wordles used to be available for anyone to play in glorious days gone by. 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 may feel as though Wordle is getting harder, but we can assure you it isn't. Conversely, if you're finding it too easy, you can turn on Wordle's Hard Mode. Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?Occasionally the Wordle gods will accept two different answers on a single day, defying the accepted norm of one correct solution per day. This anomaly 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. SEE ALSO: Wordle-obsessed? These are the best word games to play IRL. Here's a subtle hint for today's Wordle answer:Something's...not quite right. Does today's Wordle answer have a double letter?Not today. Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that ends with...Today's Wordle ends with the letter Y. Featured Video For You Wordle 101: The best starting words to use and why What's the answer to Wordle today?If you want to guess today's Wordle yourself, now's the time to do so! Is your answer locked in? The solution to Wordle #589 is... FISHY. Don't be sad if you didn't get it this time — we still have many more Wordle puzzles ahead of us. Come back tomorrow for more helpful clues and hints! View the full article
  11. The legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist also collaborated with David Bowie, Patti Smith, and Sonic YouthView the full article
  12. As the video of the brutal police beating of Tyre Nichols by Memphis police continues to circulate online, many are feeling a range of emotions, from anger and sadness to frustration and fear. The tragic incident has sparked widespread outrage and calls for justice, with protests breaking out in major cities across America in the aftermath of bodycam and surveillance footage being released to the public by the Memphis Police Department. While it is important to stay informed, and engage with issues of police brutality and racial injustice, it is also crucial to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the emotional stress that can come from consuming too much news and social media. Nichols, 29, was brutally beaten by five Memphis police officers during a traffic stop on Jan. 7, just minutes away from his home where he stayed with his mother and step-father. Nichols would pass away three days later after succumbing to his injuries. The officers responsible for Nichols' death have been fired and indicted on charges that include second-degree murder, kidnapping, and assault. SEE ALSO: Why everyone should understand 'racial trauma' right now Video from the bodycam footage taken by Memphis police on Jan. 29 may seem unavoidable online, and the surrounding discussion both justifying and condemning the actions of the police officers may be ubiquitous as well. While some may feel duty-bound to be updated about the protests and discourse online revolving around Nichols' death, psychologists say that the best approach for one's mental health might involve setting limits and possibly just...not watching the video at all. Social media limitsTo be quite honest, the discussion about Nichols' death is enough to make one physically sick. Whether due to gut-wrenching testimonials by those closest to Nichols, a loving father of a 4-year-old boy, or hot takes from conservative news pundits victim-blaming a dead man for his own murder, this story is making Twitter and other social media apps really toxic right now. In an article for Healthline, E. Alison Holman, a professor at the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing at the University of California, Irvine, says that "being too wrapped up in bad news can be problematic because it’s associated with a greater chance of reporting acute stress symptoms." To keep balance in one's social media scrolling, Holman recommends limiting news consumption to once or twice a day from reputable sources or turning off the news altogether. Consider setting a specific time each day to check for updates, rather than constantly scrolling through your feeds. Sites like Twitter and Instagram allow users to mute or unfollow accounts that are causing them stress. Better yet, you can mute posts by keywords so nothing can slip past the filter. Tonya C. Hansel, a doctorate of social work program director at Tulane University agrees with Holman in the Healthline article, suggesting that one should avoid consuming news before bed as it can cause anxiety, thus giving rise to sleep problems that will make your stress and anxiety even worse. Hansel also recommends avoiding news with sensational headlines and being diligent with headlines to find news that's important to read rather than just consuming any and everything you can find. Avoiding racial traumaFor Black Americans, the killing of Nichols is a tragic reminder of a systemic police brutality problem in the country. As the footage continues to circulate online, experts urge Black Americans to take care of their emotional well-being in the wake of the tragedy and the ongoing protests around the nation. More specifically that it's OK to not watch the video at all. Dr. Monnica Williams, a clinical psychologist and expert on racial trauma, law enforcement, and community trauma, spoke with CNN stating that the Black community is outraged enough without having to sear graphic images into their minds. SEE ALSO: 7 coping skills to deal with anger you might be feeling right now “We can read a description of the events. We live in a violent culture, and serving around these clips as entertainment only really makes us more violent," Williams told CNN. “You have to think about the toll that this takes on your humanity. I really discourage it, because I don’t think that this really gives dignity to the person who is deceased.” Yolo Akili Robinson, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective, spoke with Mashable in 2021 in the aftermath of the Daunte Wright police killing, of the restless nights and anger he observed in his friends and colleagues. "Police killings create a culture of shame, trauma and anxiety," Robinson said. He added that "murals and memorials dedicated to those victims become an everyday reminder that those deaths 'were never deemed worthy of justice.'" The American Psychological Association states that the "experiences of racism against people of color build on each other and over time, can chip away at one’s emotional, physical, and spiritual resources." As Mashable's Rebecca Ruiz writes, "The concept of racial trauma, or race-based stress, is decades old but has emerged as a mainstream idea [...] since George Floyd's death." Symptoms are similar to post-traumatic stress disorder, causing many to suffer from hyper-vigilance, increased heart rate, higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, disrupted sleep, and irritable bowel syndrome. It's important to note, that Black Americans (myself included) have the right to feel the full range of emotions in response to racial trauma and police brutality, and you should not be made to feel guilty or ashamed for feeling the way you do. "To learn about and name racial trauma at this moment in American history is to understand that countless people of color have long been denied their basic dignity and human rights and have paid, at the very least, with their mental health," Ruiz writes. And while the solution to combatting racial trauma is a complex and arduous task, there are things we can do in the here and now, to protect ourselves as we deal with the fallout of the death of another innocent Black man. It can start in small ways in your own personal life by limiting social media and news consumption as stated earlier or by reaching out for support from a loved one or a licensed professional. It's important that we take the time to process our emotions, support our own emotional health, and come together as a community to support each other. The family of Tyre Nichols has created a GoFundMe to raise funds for his memorial services. Additionally, the funds provide mental health assistance to the Nichols family as they deal with the aftermath of losing their loved one. As of this writing, the fundraiser has surpassed its original $500,000 goal, and donations continue to pour in. If you're feeling suicidal or experiencing a mental health crisis, please talk to somebody. You can reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988; the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860; or the Trevor Project at 866-488-7386. Text "START" to Crisis Text Line at 741-741. Contact the NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET, or email [email protected] If you don't like the phone, consider using the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Chat at crisischat.org. Here is a list of international resources. View the full article
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  14. Just a few years after awarding Best Picture to the wrong movie, we might see a surprise nomination get revoked before the Oscars air on March 12. When the Academy Awards nominations were announced last week, one of the more shocking revelations was that Andrea Riseborough had been nominated for her role in To Leslie. If you haven't heard of To Leslie, don't worry; the film garnered less than $30,000 at the box office. It's a small independent production about a single mother who wins the lottery, and many big Hollywood names like Edward Norton and Kate Winslet publicly endorsed the film in a grassroots campaign during the Oscars voting period. SEE ALSO: First-time acting nominees dominate the 2023 Oscars nominations That's all well and good, right? After all, box office success has nothing to do with the quality of a film or the performances therein. However, according to the Academy, something might be awry about the whole situation. Per Deadline, the organization released a statement announcing a review of the nomination process on Friday. It didn't name Riseborough or To Leslie directly, but everyone seems to agree that's what the statement is about: It is the Academy’s goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner, and we are committed to ensuring an inclusive awards process. We are conducting a review of the campaign procedures around this year’s nominees, to ensure that no guidelines were violated, and to inform us whether changes to the guidelines may be needed in a new era of social media and digital communication. We have confidence in the integrity of our nomination and voting procedures, and support genuine grassroots campaigns for outstanding performances. It's unclear what, if any, rules have been broken here. The Academy has a long list of guidelines for the nomination process, but that doesn't provide a smoking gun. Per Vanity Fair, some Academy voters were contacted with the suggestion that they watch the movie and support it online, which could theoretically breach the Academy's lobbying rules. For reference, Academy Awards nominations can be revoked, but it's rare. The handful of times it's happened have usually involved something like the film premiering on TV before it was in theaters, or a film coming out in the wrong year. Most relevant to To Leslie's case is that a Best Original Song nomination was revoked in 2014 because songwriter Bruce Broughton had emailed Academy members during the voting period. The Academy will meet on Tuesday, but Vanity Fair also reported that a rescinded nomination is unlikely. Aside from the surprising nature by which To Leslie found its way into Oscars history, there are other angles to the controversy. As pointed out in the Vanity Fair report, Riseborough (who is white) got nominated while Black actresses in higher-profile roles like Viola Davis in The Woman King or Danielle Deadwyler in Till were left out. For an institution with a notable history of snubbing Black women in particular, it's easy to see why some would not be happy about Riseborough's nomination from that perspective. Some people could also feel that To Leslie is being unfairly punished for the crime of not being mainstream enough. It's receiving a level of scrutiny that bigger films haven't had to worry about, even though there's a long, well-reported history of movie studios engaging in backroom politicking during awards season. Regardless of where you land on To Leslie's nomination, at least those who care more about Oscars drama than the actual awards have something to care about again this year. View the full article
  15. Well, that's one way to do things. According to a report from The Information, Apple's upcoming mixed reality headset could have a truly funky method for designing user-created apps. Put simply, users may be able to speak animated AR objects (like animals) and other elements into existence using Siri. This apparently might also include the ability to scan 3D objects using an iPhone to turn them into AR models. SEE ALSO: Apple wants to take over your home with new iPad-like device, report claims The Information also reported that users may be able to upload their created apps to the App Store. This would, obviously, negate or at least substantially reduce the need for someone to know how to code in order to make something for Apple's long-rumored headset. It'd be a pretty significant leap forward for XR development, in theory, but its actual implementation could end up being simplistic or restrictive compared to real coding. That said, it'd give people who buy the headset (said to be priced at around $3,000) something to do with it. The device, which has been dubbed "Reality Pro" in previous reporting, may be aimed more at developers than the common consumer. Apple is said to be working on a second, cheaper headset for a later release, but that one could still ring up a $1,500 price tag whenever it comes out. Regardless, it may be fun to ask Siri to generate a giant dog or something, if this ever comes to pass. View the full article
  16. The MPA and strongly-affiliated Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment are the sworn enemies of illegal streaming sites, IPTV services, and torrent portals. Still, when everything boils down, the hunter and the hunted ultimately find themselves on the same digital battlefield, equipped with broadly similar tools, underpinned by mostly the same technical rules. Tradition seems to allow pirates to break and make up rules as they go along, while Hollywood is free to amend legislation to take up the slack. There’s no one-size-fits-all scenario in the piracy wars, but in general, pirates need their services to stay visible at all times while staying invisible themselves. The challenge for MPA/ACE investigators is almost exactly the opposite. Find a chink in the armor, obtain information, and then exploit every possible resource to remove anonymity. Victory in the endgame – rendering once-visible sites permanently invisible via a binding legal agreement – relies on meticulous evidence. The MPA wants to add two more people to its Global Content Protection team to help harvest that from the internet. Internet Investigator (OSINT) On a basic level, most internet users have dabbled in the world of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). A Google search will return information retrieved from the open internet, but that’s just one tool out of the hundreds available to OSINT investigators, including those working in the anti-piracy niche. “The Internet Investigator (OSINT) is primarily responsible for conducting detailed investigations of key players and other global targets involved in copyright infringement, including the investigation of individuals and organizations,” the MPA’s job listing reads. The position demands someone with skills in OSINT and attribution methods. In a nutshell, this means leveraging openly available information to identify an individual and/or a group/organization and then being able to link those targets to illegal activity, direct or secondary infringement, for example. Social media research is unsurprisingly cited by the MPA as an area of interest. Many pirate service operators use platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to attract customers and service existing ones. On the plus side for investigators, the volume of data that can be extracted from these platforms and their users is extraordinary. Key Responsibilities Gathering information on pirate services and those who run them can be relatively easy, but that’s only part of the job. Any specific intelligence collected may also be utilized more broadly, requiring the candidate to produce “forensically sound and actionable investigative reports.” After obtaining intelligence on a target, a decision must be taken on how to proceed. Is civil action appropriate or is behavior more suited to a criminal investigation? The candidate will offer recommendations based on the intelligence at hand. As pirate services disappear or get taken down, new ones tend to appear. The successful candidate will be required to proactively hunt for potential future targets and analyze them, which sounds easy but almost certainly isn’t. The skill here is to identify a new site’s potential for growth, based on factors available today. An approach that treats all new entrants equally risks the misallocation of resources to dozens of low-key threats. That doesn’t mean MPA/ACE won’t happily take them down but priority targets are called that for a reason. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20 and some initially innocuous players will inevitably slip through the gaps. Datasets that indicate disproportionate interest on social media may help to reduce that – in tandem with dozens…and dozens of other sources. Investigations Manager A second managerial position will see the successful candidate “assist the Global Content Protection team in shaping, contributing to, and executing the team’s enforcement strategy.” Other responsibilities include the following: – Supervise a team of investigators working on detailed investigations of key players and other global targets involved in copyright infringement, including the investigation of individuals, organizations, and technical infrastructures – Assist in identifying cases suitable for escalated actions, civil and criminal – Collaborate with MPA member studios, industry partners, law enforcement, vendors, attorneys, and various internal departments to work towards the resolution of cases – Supervise the proactive identification of new potential targets. Monitor, analyze, and report on emerging trends and technologies in online piracy For anyone interested in OSINT and/or piracy, the above sounds like exciting work. Of course, the MPA will know everything about most potential candidates before they’re invited for an interview, largely thanks to the trails almost everyone leaves behind. Enjoy. The MPA job listings can be found here (1,2) From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  17. Our solar system is teeming with space rocks. Fortunately, NASA and other agencies closely track asteroids passing through Earth's cosmic neighborhood, discover hundreds more each year, and haven't found any that might potentially threaten our planet in the next 100 years or so. On Jan. 26, a small asteroid ("about the size of a box truck," NASA said) passed just 2,200 miles from Earth. Because it's so small, the rock, dubbed "2023 BU," was only found by an amateur astronomer on Jan. 21, when it journeyed nearby. It was never a threat. Even if it hit Earth, it would "largely disintegrate harmlessly in the atmosphere," NASA explained. SEE ALSO: The mega-comet hurtling through our solar system is 85, yes 85, miles wide Here's what you need to know about Asteroid 2023 BU (which passed over the southern tip of South America) and other near-Earth asteroids: 1. NASA did not issue a warning about Asteroid 2023 BUNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which runs the agency's Center for Near Earth Object Studies, keeps track of the asteroids that pass relatively close to Earth, though many of these rocks pass millions of miles away, because space is vast. Technically, a near-Earth object (NEO) is one that passes within some 30 million miles of our planet's orbit around the sun. 2023 BU, then, easily qualifies as a near-Earth object. But because it wasn't ever a threat — it had no chance of hitting Earth and was too small to be a danger — NASA and other U.S. agencies didn't issue a warning about it. You may have read sensational headlines claiming "NASA warns asteroid will pass close to Earth," but that's simply wrong. A warning would be a serious escalation, implying a threat. "We have never actually issued a warning," NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer, Lindley Johnson, told Mashable in 2021. If it turns out a rock larger than 30 feet wide has greater than a one percent chance of hitting Earth, NASA will give an official warning to the White House and other government leaders, who will then assess the situation and inform the public about any potential strike. In this case, NASA released some brief information on 2023 BE and how it was detected. Indeed, it's an interesting little event. "In fact, this is one of the closest approaches by a known near-Earth object ever recorded," NASA engineer Davide Farnocchia said in a statement. 2. Asteroids aren't often a threat to EarthGenerally, the bigger the asteroid, the larger the threat it poses to Earth. The rock that likely wiped out the dinosaurs is in the biggest class of asteroids, meaning over 0.6 miles wide. The dino rock was a roughly six-mile-wide behemoth. But these are exceedingly rare visitors. As Mashable reported last year: No known asteroid over 460 feet across will threaten Earth in the next century or so (a rock some 460 feet across is an asteroid big enough to cause substantial devastation). Impacts by objects around 460 feet in diameter occur every 10,000 to 20,000 years. "Dinosaur-killing" impacts from rocks perhaps a half-mile across or larger happen on 100-million-year timescales. Importantly, asteroids smaller than 460 feet can still be a huge threat. Even an asteroid some 100 to 170 feet across could destroy a place like Kansas City, home to half a million people. So the surveys for rocks large and "small" are vital. A NASA graphic showing known asteroids (blue dots) in our solar system. Credit: NASA 3. Astronomers watch for potentially dangerous asteroidsLarge, specialized telescopes are devoted to finding new near-Earth asteroids. Taxpayer money is involved in this: NASA has a congressionally-directed mandate to find 90 percent of all space rocks 460 feet wide or larger. Pan-STARRS: The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System atop Maui is comprised of two telescopes peering up at the sky and looking for unusual movement. With its keen eyesight, Pan-STARRS found 253 of the 456 near-Earth asteroids larger than 460 feet wide discovered in 2021, and has been a leader in these detections for the past decade. Catalina Sky Survey: This survey's three telescopes are located in Arizona's Santa Catalina Mountains. While Pan-STARRS tends to find more NEOs larger than 460 feet wide (or 140 meters), Catalina tends to find a bit more NEOs overall. That's good, because something under 140 meters is still quite capable of devastation. ATLAS: The Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System acts like a huge floodlight looking closely around Earth. It's comprised of three telescopes: one in Hawaii, one in Chile, and one in South Africa that can scan the entire sky each night. They can spot something around 65 feet across a few days out. So far, astronomers have found about 40 percent of the rocks 460 feet across or bigger, with hundreds more being found each year. Meanwhile, they've identified an estimated 95 percent of the largest "planet-killer" asteroids. A chart showing how many near-Earth asteroids have been discovered, so far. Credit: NASA Importantly, some smaller asteroids will inevitably slip through the survey cracks. That's why other astronomical sleuths are so valuable. The amateur astronomer Gennadiy Borisov found 2023 BU, informed other astronomers, and it was reported to an international organization that tracks such objects, called the Minor Planet Center. A few days later, NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies confirmed the asteroid and its trajectory. So when you hear about an asteroid "heading towards Earth," remember that it's likely not a threat (asteroids regularly come within millions of miles of Earth), experts are vigilantly watching the skies, and if something big should actually threaten Earth, space agencies like NASA will be around to provide coherent information about where it's going (likely the expansive ocean) and what you need to do (usually nothing). Enjoy the skies. Yes, have a healthy respect for the big space rocks orbiting the sun. But if you see a warning on the internet about an incoming asteroid, carry a strong dose of skepticism. This story has been updated with addition information about Asteroid 2023 BU. View the full article
  18. Dance music icon Paul van Dyk presents his latest release “VENTURE X,” a collaboration with Beatport progressive house chart-topping Weekend Heroes and Forced to Mode frontman Christian Schottstaedt. It’s the lyrics ‘come with me to where we’ve never been before’ that hint at van Dyk’s new venture in the live experience, VENTURE X. This new live show, will see the veteran DJ curate, and edit trance and progressive anthems in real time. VENTURE X is an exciting new concept where the master DJ and curator sources from the finest trance, progressive house, and techno music and brings it all together during one incredible evening. “VENTURE X allows me to explore the width of what electronic music means to me, not just what people expect me to play. It allows me the space to play what I think people should really know, feel, and be exposed to. People know me for trance but there is so much more. VENTURE X allows me to do this as a musical concept because I won’t play 130 BPM straight through but rather a wider musical experience. With most DJ sets I find you either have techno but missing the progressive sequence that takes you on a journey or you have a progressive sound that’s missing the punch. For me, that’s what it’s about, the drive, the push, the pull, and the memories that you create,” van Dyk says. VENTURE X launches February 17, 2023, in Toronto, Canada at Toybox and will be presented additional cities including New York City, Montreal, Pontiac, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, and Austin. Tickets and more info can be found here. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Paul van Dyk announces and releases “VENTURE X” with Weekend Heroes View the full article
  19. With millions of monthly users, USTVGO was one of the most visited live TV streaming portals on the Internet. As its name suggests, the portal focused on US channels, making it a popular site for cord-cutting Americans or those living abroad. Last week, USTVGO came to an abrupt end. Instead of the usual list of links to over a hundred channels including ABC, CBS, NBC, and Nickelodeon, visitors were welcomed by a brief statement suggesting that it had shut down; “Sorry, we are closed”. USTVGO In recent days the message disappeared, and the USTVGO.tv domain name became completely unreachable. The same applied to several other domains reportedly operated by the same owner, including ustv247.tv and watchnewslive.tv. ACE Takes Credit No immediate explanation for the shutdown was made available, but in these types of cases, the most likely culprit is some type of legal pressure. Today, we can confirm that is indeed the case. Jan van Voorn, Chief of Global Content Protection for the MPA and head of the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), informs TorrentFreak that USTVGO’s shutdown is the result of ACE enforcement efforts. The anti-piracy coalition, which is backed by several major video entertainment companies, took action after it tracked down and contacted the site’s owner in Hanoi, Vietnam. At the time of writing ACE has yet to seize control of the site’s domain names, which were registered through the privacy service Njalla. However, Van Voorn informs us that the domains should be signed over to the anti-piracy alliance in due course. “We are in the process of taking all the domains and hope to conclude this case soon,” Van Voorn notes. The USTVGO shutdown is another major victory for ACE but the next threat is never far away. Many disgruntled users of the streaming site are already flocking to alternatives; for as long as they last. Coming Soon… From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  20. The “Never Gonna Give You Up” singer claims that Yung Gravy and his collaborators “have literally stolen [Astley’s] voice” for the hit song “Betty (Get Money)”View the full article
  21. NYC DJ/producer Mike Nasty is back with “Jazz Club NY” featuring Omari Clarke out now via Nasty Tracks. Off the back of his debut EP release “Deep Into the Sun,” and sold out parties coast to coast from NY to LA, “Jazz Club NY” sets the aesthetic for the expectations of Mike’s sophomore project. The title alone sets the vibe, and the single cover really takes it there, visually. From Omari Clarke’s MCing, and the build up of instruments guided by the keys, layered with a deep house groove, this is the club you want to be in. Native to Memphis, Mike Nasty’s music is not just the music he likes, it’s who he is. It’s the reflection of his own journey. “I wanted to tap into deeper sonics of house music with influences of Jazz, Soul, Acid house, and Hip Hop. The project represents my musical journey which all began in Memphis. The Blues and Gospel influence from the city has helped shape my music style into what it is today. This EP pays homage to the place I love the most. I’ll always represent the South with every accomplishment I achieve.” Stream “Jazz Club NY” below, and look out for the ‘Journey from Memphis’ EP out March 23 This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Mike Nasty Presents “Jazz Club NY” off of ‘Journey from Memphis’ EP View the full article
  22. Ultra isn’t messing around when it comes to their inaugural Abu Dhabi festival, inviting an assortment of headliners that rivals its flagship festival in Miami. Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Amelie Lens, Calvin Harris, ILLENIUM, KSHMR, NGHTMRE, Sasha | John Digweed, and Skrillex have been announced as Phase 1 headliners for the first-year, two-day festival in the Middle East. The largest open-air venue in the region, Etihad Park, located on Yas Island, one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations and a pinnacle of luxury in the United Arab Emirates, will serve as the setting for this incredible lineup. As is typical for Ultra events, ULTRA Abu Dhabi will offer a Premium General Experience pass that allows access holders to dedicated entrance gates, toilets, F&B offerings as well as their own lounge area where they can experience the most amazing night of their lives. In addition, it will also offer bespoke VVIP Experiences at both stages, packed with bottle service, mind-blowing theatrics, and the very best view in the house. Details on table sales will be announced shortly on ULTRA Abu Dhabi’s social media channels and website. Check out the full phase 1 lineup below, with more still to come. Tickets for ULTRA Abu Dhabi can now be purchased online here. Photo via Rukes.com This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Skrillex, Calvin Harris, ILLENIUM, & more will headline debut Ultra Abu Dhabi View the full article
  23. Last year, Hardwell returned after a years-long hiatus to drop his sophomore studio album, REBELS NEVER DIE, while embarking on a world tour. As we fall headfirst into the new year, he’s back with Maddix to reimagine a dance floor classic, but not necessarily from the club floor… “Take Me Away” by 4 Strings became a classic on Dance Dance Revolution, though it holds its own on streaming services, as well, with over 27m Spotify streams alone to its name. With a seal of approval from 4 Strings, who described the rework as “a dancefloor banger,” Hardwell and Maddix now reunite for their fifth collaboration, a beloved trance rework that does the unprecedented exhilaration of the original justice. “Take Me Away Again” retains the same elusive euphoria while ramping up a signature modern dance floor sound that relies on prolific drops and underground basslines to slot perfectly into their own live sets. “Following a wild run of REBELS NEVER DIE return shows, it felt like a good time to officially release this special rework of a classic as 2023 gets underway,” said Hardwell. “We wanted to give the dramatic, atmospheric feel of the original a heavier, harder-edged energy. Bringing it up to date with the sound that fits each of our shows.” Listen below! Photo via Rukes.com This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Hardwell & Maddix reimagine Dance Dance Revolution classic ‘Take Me Away’ by 4 Strings View the full article
  24. In 2009, anti-piracy group BREIN took News-Service Europe (NSE) – one of Europe’s largest Usenet providers at the time – to court. Representing the movie and music industries, BREIN argued that NSE must delete all infringing content from its servers, and in 2011 the Court of Amsterdam sided with the anti-piracy group. In its initial verdict, the Court concluded that NSE willingly facilitated online piracy through its services. As a result, the company was ordered to remove all copyrighted content and filter future posts for possible copyright infringements. Shutdown and Appeal According to the Usenet provider, this filtering requirement would be too costly to achieve. It shut down its service but appealed the case. After several more years of litigation, the Amsterdam appeals court ruled that NSE wasn’t liable for pirating users after all, but NSE was required to offer a responsive and effective notice and takedown procedure, possibly with additional measures. Unhappy with the outcome, BREIN decided to take the matter to the Dutch Supreme Court. While NSE was no longer a threat, the case could prove crucial for many other Usenet providers. BREIN has been very critical of some commercial Usenet companies, describing them as a refuge for pirates of all ilks, with uploaders, site owners and resellers working in tandem to facilitate and profit from widespread copyright infringement. NSE clearly disagreed and positioned itself as a content-neutral intermediary that simply hosts and transfers bytes. As such, it should fall into the same category as other services, including YouTube and file-hosting platforms. Supreme Court Decides Since the Dutch Supreme Court initially struggled with key questions on the liability side, it planned to seek input from the European Court of Justice (ECJ). However, after a related YouTube/Uploaded liability verdict was delivered by Europe’s highest court, that was no longer deemed necessary. Instead, both NSE and BREIN were asked to share their stance on that verdict, which essentially held that online platforms are not liable for pirating users, provided they have a proper takedown procedure and are not aware of any specific infringements. In its decision published today, the Dutch Supreme Court states the appeals court ruled correctly when it found that NSE shouldn’t be held liable. The fact that NSE had a decent takedown procedure and no apparent knowledge of infringement, weighed in its favor. The court also confirmed that NSE didn’t curate any content, nor did it specifically promote copyright infringement. The finer details are discussed in the full verdict which also orders BREIN to pay €65,000 in legal fees. Aside from the financial aspect, it is mostly a moral victory for the former Usenet provider, as it shut down its service many years ago. Bittersweet Victory Patrick Schreurs, the former technical director of NSE, describes the Supreme Court verdict as a bitterwseet victory. “This confirms that in 2011, NSE had to cease its activities on the basis of an incorrect judgment of the Amsterdam District Court. Unfortunately, BREIN Foundation was unwilling at the time to wait for the appeal to conclude. With this final judgment, that appears to have been a gross judgment error,” Schreurs says. NSE’s former Financial Director Wierd Bonthuis adds that the 14-year battle with BREIN left its mark. It had significant personal, financial, and business consequences. BREIN director Tim Kuik, meanwhile, is unhappy with the outcome. He also highlights the length of the legal battle, albeit for a different reason, noting that Usenet has changed significantly since 2009. “Of course, we are disappointed that, following the Court’s somewhat unclear fact-finding, the Supreme Court ruled that this usenet provider was not infringing at the time. It doesn’t matter much, however, because that would be different today,” Kuik tells us. “As the Court also ruled, an effective notice and takedown policy are needed that can keep track of the number and frequency of new uploads, and additional measures are also available. Since the CJEU’s YouTube/Cyando ruling, it is clear that, if you don’t have those, then you are infringing.” BREIN was the party that ultimately took this matter to the Supreme Court, or course, so this wasn’t exactly a trivial matter. The anti-piracy group hoped that the highest court would hold NSE liable but, as we learned today, that’s not the case. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  25. We've rounded up the best deals we could find on Jan. 27 — here are some of our top picks: BEST TECH DEAL: Samsung 85-inch QN800B Neo QLED 8K TV — $2,999.99 $4,699.99 (save $1,700) BEST HOME DEAL: Dyson Supersonic hair dryer — $343.99 $429.99 (save $86 as a My Best Buy member) BEST TAX SOFTWARE DEAL: H&R Block Deluxe tax software + state 2022 — $22.50 $44.99 (save $22.49) + 2.75% Amazon bonus It's the weekend — time to kick back and relax. You shouldn't have to sort through retailer's sites just to find the deal you're looking for. That's where we come in. You can simply scroll and click when you see something you like. Standouts on today's menu include an 85-inch 8K TV from Samsung, the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, the beloved SolaWave facial wand, tax software discounts, plenty of Ninja appliances, and more. Keep scrolling to check out our top picks for the best deals of the day on Jan. 27 and head into the weekend with more money in your pocket. Best tech deal Opens in a new tab Credit: Samsung Our pick: Samsung 85-inch QN800B Neo QLED 8K TV (opens in a new tab) $2,999.99 at Samsung (save $1,700) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) Why we like itGet ready for the big game with a shiny new 85-inch Neo QLED 8K TV from Samsung. During the brand's Super Sunday Sales Event, you can save on big screens and soundbars to deck out your home theater. One of our top picks is the Samsung 85-inch QN800B Neo QLED 8K TV, which features a brilliant QLED screen with mini LED backlighting, stunning 8K resolution, crisp brightness, and reduced glare. Whether you're in it for the betting, the Rihanna halftime show, or because your team is playing, this splurge will make the game more immersive. Not to mention, all your favorite shows will look better as well. It's usually $4,699.99, but the Super Sunday Sales Event knocked the price down to a more affordable $2,999.99. 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