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Published: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:12:09 +0000

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Airbus wants to get rid of cabin classes and make planes totally customizable

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:08:19 +0000

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In 2011, Airbus revealed its vision for the future of flight, as seen from the passengers' perspective. It imagined a plane body that's self-healing and transparent, with zones replacing cabin classes. 

Recently, Airbus refined its vision and opted for a much more modular and interchangeable plane body.  Read more...

More about Plane, Economy Flights, Transparent Flight, Flight Of The Future, and Innovation

The tricky art of marketing women's empowerment in the era of Trump

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000


Just six months ago, millions of Americans thought they were on the brink of electing the country's first female president. Marketing so-called empowerment to women had already become fashionable; a historic victory by Hillary Clinton would've made the strategy a no-brainer. 

Then President Donald Trump happened. 

With his surprising majority of white female voters, you could envision a future in which brands thought it wiser to be more subtle or even go retro, placing more emphasis on Father Knows Best.

But that wasn't the end of the story. The day after Trump's inauguration, millions of defiant women flooded the streets, offering a staggering glimpse of their political and economic power. The Super Bowl came next with politically confrontational ads, including one about equal pay from carmaker Audi. On International Women's Day, brands like Stacy's Pita Chips and Western Union clamored to position themselves as front row cheerleaders in the fight for gender equality. Read more...

More about Ads, Gender Equality, Gender, Business, and Advertising

Seth Meyers doubts Trump's deal-making skills after failed health care bill

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:51:51 +0000


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The GOP failed to put their replacement for Obamacare into action, even with backing from Donald Trump and his "deal-making skills."

Late Night host Seth Meyers of course served us with a deep dive into why Trump's supposed skills failed him and how the GOP's confidence crumbled to the White House floor.

To Trump's suggestion that in order to make great deals, you have to "get people in, grab 'em, hug 'em, kiss 'em," Meyer's responded, "Of course, knowing where Trump likes to grab people, that might've been part of the problem."

Watch Meyers help us all figure this health care mess out in his segment "A Closer Look".  Read more...

More about Gop, Bill, Health Care, Donald Trump, and Seth Meyers

Sony, Samsung and LG sweeten TV prices in India amid attack from local competition

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:21:03 +0000


Call it a déjà vu moment for foreign brands. 

Some of the biggest TV manufacturers in India are cutting the prices of their TV lineup in the nation to better compete with local players. 

Various TV models from Sony, LG and Samsung, the three global giants that assume over 80 percent of the LED TV market in India, are being sold at up to 40 percent below their sticker price on e-commerce sites in the nation. 

Even at brick and mortar stores, the television models are being sold below 15 percent of the retail price, reports the Economic Times

The publication said that for giant manufacturers this is the biggest price drop for the Indian market, adding that the move comes as the companies see aggressive offerings from local players as well as Chinese and Japanese brands.  Read more...

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Softbank reportedly wants to merge India's top online retailers to take on Amazon

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:01:56 +0000


Japanese telecom giant and startup investor, Softbank, wants India's top two online retailers to join forces to fight Amazon in the country.

Softbank is reportedly "orchestrating" a merger between Flipkart, India's biggest online retailer, and rival Snapdeal, and could possibly have a deal by the end of next  month. 

Interestingly, Softbank is the largest investor in Snapdeal with a 30 percent share. 

Snapdeal though is struggling to survive in the face of stiff domestic competition, especially after the aggressive expansion of Amazon which is now the second-biggest online retailer in the country.  Read more...

More about Investing, Startups, Online Retail, Ecommerce, and Flipkart

Morning food for thought: 5 trending March topics to jumpstart your day

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0000


Raise your hand if you're the kind of person who is hardly able to see colors in the morning before you have a cup of coffee.

We thought so.

We know mornings can be rough, which is why we're providing a little pick-me-up in the form of re-caps of some of the most viral, heartwarming and just plain hilarious internet hits of every month — plus a video detailing a few morning hacks to boost your a.m. routine. 

Below are a few tidbits of content from March to make your morning that much better.

"BBC dad"’s on-air blooper inspires laughs (and parodies) 

The internet collectively lost its mind over this video clip of a man's two kids adorably video-bombing his on-air appearance. In the midst of a (very serious) interview on the topic of the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the interviewee's two kids come comically marching in the room — followed shortly by a distressed woman who quickly removes the children (but not without a bit of a struggle). BBC dad handles the interruption like a champ, somehow managing to keep a (mostly) straight face throughout the whole thing. Read more...

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The creators of the world's most hated font still love it

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:33:45 +0000


The creators of the most hated font on the web have spoken out with words of love. 

In an interview with the Guardian, former Microsoft font designer Vincent Connare said he's proud of Comic Sans MS, a sans-serif casual script typeface that has divided the internet since its release in 1994.

"It was for novice computer users and it succeeded with that market. People use it inappropriately: if they don’t understand how type works, it won’t have any power or meaning to them," he said. 

"I once heard a guy at a Rothko show say: “I could have done that.” He clearly doesn’t know anything about art. He’ll probably use Comic Sans without realising it’s wrong in certain circumstances." Read more...

More about Typeface, Microsoft, Comic Sans, and Tech

J.K. Rowling perfectly explains why the Trumps wouldn't be in Slytherin

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:53:34 +0000


Another day, another classic example of J.K. Rowling shutting down the Trump administration through the sweet medium of Harry Potter.

On Monday, journalist Oliver Willis shared the following tweet about "Slytherin Alumni".

Slytherin Alumni go far! CUT TO MONTAGE of Jared Kushner, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr

— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 27, 2017

It only took 10 minutes for Rowling's response to come through.

You've got to get the letter before you put on the hat, Oliver

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 27, 2017

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This awful Daily Mail front page is getting dragged all over town for its mindblowing sexism

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:37:49 +0000


"Newspaper of the year" the Daily Mail is getting dragged after publishing a headline declaring "Forget about Brexit, who won Legs-it!" alongside a photograph of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister Theresa May on its front page. 

The front page was first published on Twitter on Monday night, instantly prompting a stream of criticism from politicians, journalists and members of the public.

Alas, the sexist commentary didn't stop at the front page. Inside the paper, a headline above a column by Sarah Vine read: "Finest weapons at their command? Those pins!"  Read more...

More about Twitter, Watercooler, Conversations, Lifestyle, and Media

Tinder scammers fool 30 men into sending money over

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:13:10 +0000


Swiping right on the wrong person could be costly.

A scam cooked up by two men on Tinder has netted at least 30 victims, who transferred "millions of baht" to the two between 2014 and 2016, authorities told the Bangkok Post.

One of the victims transferred 15,000 baht ($435.92) to a woman he matched with on Tinder, that struck up a regular conversation with him.

She claimed to be a Thai Airways stewardess, explaining why she was never available to meet up in person.

But when she said she lost her credit card, and reached out for a loan, he transferred the money to her. Then she ghosted. Read more...

More about Thailand, Dating Apps, Tinder, Scams, and Social Media

This author's 1975 letter shutting down a fan is so hilariously blunt

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:07:13 +0000


In the age of Twitter, authors like J.K. Rowling shut people down pretty much every day.

It's not a new thing, though.

Back in 1975, British novelist Kingsley Amis was shutting people down with the best of them. The only difference was the medium.

On Monday, the Twitter account @LettersOfNote shared a response Amis sent to a fan who had requested a signed photo.

He really didn't mince his words.

Be off with

— Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) March 27, 2017

What a total badass.

WATCH: J.K. Rowling weighs in hard on the Donald Trump/Meryl Streep feud

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Truecaller gets payment support and Duo integration as it trickles to feature phones

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:30:43 +0000


For Truecaller, an app that offers real-time caller ID and spam protection, the past two years have been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. 

On one hand, the eight-year-old service continues to grow strongly in developing markets, and has also chalked out plans to attract people globally.

On the other hand, several features that made Truecaller so popular are now shipping out of the box with iPhone and Android smartphones. 

So what does the Swedish company doing to survive in the market? Partnerships, mostly, it said today at an event in New Delhi.  Read more...

More about Apple, Android, Ios, Spam Protection, and India

Amazon's Kindle is currently a bargain for Prime members

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:26:55 +0000

Kindle has never been cheaper.  Nearly all models in Amazon's lineup of e-readers are currently on a special discount for Prime members, and the deals are as good or better than the ones Amazon had offered last Black Friday.  SEE ALSO: Amazon's Alexa has mad skills. 10,000 of them, to be exact. The cheapest, regular Kindle has had its price slashed by $30, from $79.99 to $49.99.  Kindle Paperwhite's price has been reduced from $119.99 to $89.99, and Kindle Voyage is a full $50 cheaper, its price being slashed from $199.99 to $149.99.  The Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle, which includes a leather cover and a power adapter, now costs $129.97 for Prime members.  Read more...More about Discount, Deal, Amazon Kindle, Kindle, and Amazon[...]

The personal data of all of Hong Kong's 3.7 million registered voters have been stolen

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:13:03 +0000


Two laptops containing personal information of Hong Kong's 3.7 million registered voters have been stolen.

The laptops were reported missing by Hong Kong's electoral office, in what could be the city's largest data breach.

They were reportedly stolen from a locked room on Lantau Island, off the main Hong Kong island. The room was a designated backup venue for the chief executive elections held over the weekend.

The stolen data included names, addresses and identity card numbers of voters, the office said in a statement. Read more...

More about Hong Kong, Data Breach, Security, and World

Reporter learns why you shouldn't let random Aussies speak on live TV

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:04:33 +0000


Natural disasters and live rolling television coverage. What could go wrong?

Parts of the coast in Queensland, Australia were lashed by the powerful Cyclone Debbie on Tuesday, with residents hunkering down indoors.

It's a tad boring to sit around and play cards all day, so one resident from the town of Bowen decided to have a little fun with Channel 7 reporter, Paul Burt.

And we will warn you, things get a little explicit from here.

In case you missed it: "I've finally met Debbie. I've heard about Debbie doing other things, but now she's giving Bowen a blowjob," the man said, before turning away with a smirk, obviously referencing the 1978 porn film, Debbie Does Dallas. Read more...

More about Tv, Tv Reporter, Cyclone Debbie, Australia, and Watercooler

Ikea wants to put your whole house online. But for goodness' sake why?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:44:23 +0000


If a botnet comprised of Ikea smart home devices ever knocks out the internet, at least you'll know it's been done with Swedish efficiency.

On Tuesday, the homewares company announced it would be continuing the trend of connecting inanimate objects to the internet as part of its Ikea Home Smart project. 

But must we? Humans don't have the best track record in this area. Just this week, The Register reported that even an internet-enabled commercial dishwasher had a potential security bug.

Admittedly, these are some good looking objects to have around the home. The Smart Lighting package consists of bulbs and light panels, as well as motion sensor and dimming kits.  Read more...

More about Internet Of Things, Ikea, Australia, Smart Lighting, and Tech

Lorde impersonator fools partygoers into thinking she's the real thing

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:39:43 +0000


Lorde is from New Zealand, so the prospect of the singer dropping into a local party for an impromptu performance is unlikely, but not impossible.

Some attendees at the weekly "No Lights, No Lycra" party, which takes place at Auckland's Grey Lynn Library, were convinced she was there performing Monday night. 

After all, the event had promoted a very special guest: "This week we have a bit of a surprise and you will NOT want to miss it," read the event's description on Facebook.

"No Lights, No Lycra" is an event where people can dance wildly in pitch black darkness without the anxiety of being looked at, as opposed to a nightclub.  Read more...

More about Lorde, New Zealand, Australia, Entertainment, and Australia