On Monday it became official: For the first time, WrestleMania, the biggest professional wrestling event in the world, will be main evented by women. Ronda Rousey will defend her Raw Women's Championship in the last match on the show against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.This is good news, but fans of WWE and pro wrestling could be forgiven for reading it with a suspicious eye. WWE is a company obsessed with its public image, and isn't above making on-screen decisions for off-screen press. The company's PR Twitter account has been in overdrive for the past day, for instance, making sure everyone knows how progressive WWE is for making this decision.Rousey, Lynch and Flair headlining WrestleMania would be historic in any circumstance. What makes this truly important, though, is that this really isn't about good PR. The women's match is the most anticipated on the show, features the company's most popular performers and has a chance to be the best match of the night.Why does the main … [Read more...] about Ronda Rousey vs Becky Lynch is the main event of Wrestlemania. That’s a huge deal
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President Donald Trump says Google search results for "Trump News" show only negative coverage about him. The results present "only the viewing/reporting of Fake New (sic) Media," the president tweeted early Tuesday. He said it's a "very serious situation" that "will be addressed!" "In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of … " he wrote in the first of two tweets at 5:24 a.m. ET. " ...results on 'Trump News' are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!" he continued. A few hours later, Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the administration is "taking a look" at whether Google and its search engine should … [Read more...] about Trump accuses Google of rigging search results and ‘taking advantage’ of people
As I'm writing this article, I'm listening to the Clash -- and someone is reading my mind.I'm being tested to see how my concentration changes when I listen to different music. A brainwave scanner is strapped to my forehead and I'm listening to the staccato strains of "This Is Radio Clash". As the song ends, I continue writing while a very different tune begins: It's a piece of ambient music designed to complement the way my brain works. Will this music hack my mind and improve my concentration?This special concentratin' composition comes courtesy of the [email protected] app, which plays music that allows you to enter a state of total focus. As a writer, maintaining focus on the task in front of me is both a necessity and a daily battle. And I'm not the only one struggling to concentrate. The internet, social networks and our phones constantly tease us with more distraction than we've ever known before.A century or so ago, Albert Einstein didn't have to worry about the distraction of … [Read more...] about Einstein vs. The Clash: How I used music to hack my brain
In 1982, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner created a dystopic template for science fiction that still influences films and TV 37 years later. Now that we're living in 2019, when the iconic film was set, let's see how our present measures up to the bleak imagined future of the film and the Philip K. Dick novel that inspired it. Andys and replicantsAt the heart of Blade Runner and Dick's 1968 story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? are bioengineered androids, known as "andys" in the book and "replicants" in the movie. Attempts to come up with lifelike robots have taken us into the uncanny valley to meet the slightly off-putting likes of eerie "robot goddess" Jia Jia or a humanoid bot that looks like Albert Einstein. But even with their malleable skin and carefully programmed facial expressions, they can't fool our instinctive recognition of real faces the way andys and replicants can. The super-advanced androids and replicants of Blade Runner, of course, do have their limits. … [Read more...] about Original Blade Runner vs. today’s tech: Is the film’s 2019 future here?
When it comes to “read it later” services that let you save articles today to read when you have time, you only have two serious options these days: Pocket and Instapaper. Both are great, but they’ve diverged a bit over the years and play to different strengths. Let’s compare them, head-to-head. Features For the uninitiated, a “read it later” service is just a fancy bookmarking app. You create an account, save articles you want to read from any web browser, and the app organizes them and lets you read them in a clean, uncluttered view that ditches most of the ads and focuses on the text. Let’s start by addressing the big similarities between Pocket and Instapaper. Both Pocket and Instapaper are available have bookmarklets for every browser as well as apps on Android and iOS. Both save anything you find online, from articles to videos, for easy access later. Both have a special reading mode that strips out excess ads or images, perfect for … [Read more...] about Read It Later Showdown: Pocket vs. Instapaper