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Florida Police Officer on Leave After Firing Stun Gun at 62-Year-Old Woman

34 min 42 sec ago

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation after he fired a stun gun at a 62-year-old woman's back during an arrest in a Tallahassee neighborhood.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo called a news conference early Wednesday morning to announce the investigation after authorities obtained a video capturing the Tuesday afternoon incident that was shot by someone on a nearby porch.

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"Based on the video, I have enough concerns to call for an internal investigation," DeLeo said. "We will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident. We want to be transparent with the community by sharing what we can at this point, including the video." Read more...

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Home Design Site Houzz Raises $165 Million to Expand Globally

39 min 16 sec ago

Houzz is about to do some renovation of its own.

The home-design and remodeling website announced on Wednesday that it raised $165 million in a Series D round of funding led by Sequoia to accelerate its global expansion, and further invest in technology.

See also: Houzz Helps You Make Your House a Home

Houzz launched in the United States in 2009 with the goal of providing home-design inspiration, as well as connecting homeowners with professionals and products that can help transform their houses. The service recently expanded to Australia, and now has 25 million visitors per month. It also offers the services of more than 500,000 home-remodeling professionals Read more...

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Listen to Jason Aldean's Album a Week Before It Goes on Sale

48 min 51 sec ago

From the sound of Jason Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt album, which you can hear below ahead of its Oct. 7 release, the "Burnin' It Down" singer is gunning to win Male Vocalist of the Year again at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2015.

The album stream — available on Mashable first as well as CMT.com and the CMT Artists app — features 15 new tracks, including the steamy ballad "Burnin' It Down," which has peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

See also: Are These the Top 5 Country Albums and Music Videos of the Year?

Old Boots, New Dirt is Aldean's sixth studio album. His fifth effort, Night Train, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 in 2012. Three of his albums before that cracked the top four spots on the same chart, while his debut album in 2005 peaked at No. 37. Read more...

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Booth and Brennan Cope With Heartbreak in 'Bones' Sneak Peek

53 min 6 sec ago

Is your heart still ripped to shreds after last week's episode of Bones? Well, just wait until you see what's in store this week

In this exclusive clip from Thursday's episode, we see that Bones and Booth are having trouble putting the pieces back together in the the aftermath of Sweets' death. Booth is particularly shouldering the blame because, as he sees it, he should have been the one to serve the warrant that ultimately led to Sweets' fatal attack

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Brennan is quick to comfort him, but this is going to be a long road, folks

Oh, and there's one more person they have to break the news to, as you'll see in the sneak peek. But we won't spoil that gut-punching moment Read more...

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Microsoft's Big Day: See Exactly How Windows 10 Works

1 hour 4 sec ago

Microsoft introduced Windows 10, the followup to the unsuccessful Windows 8, at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday.

There was no live stream of the presentation at the time, but now you can watch the entire demo in the video above

See also: Hands On With the Windows 10 Preview

Some wondered why Microsoft skipped Windows 9 and went straight to 10, but perhaps this was an attempt to distance itself from Windows 8, which was largely ignored by businesses.

Many praised the return of the Start menu, better multitasking capabilities and upgrades to the Command Prompt. The Start menu was strangely absent from Windows 8, a move that drew vocal criticism from users and critics. Windows 8 aimed to combine the touchscreen sensibilities of tablets with a traditional desktop experience. Read more...

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The Weather Channel Releases 2014-15 Winter Storm Names, And They're Terrible

1 hour 8 min ago

The Weather Channel is continuing its practice of unilaterally naming winter storms, which it began doing two winters ago. The list of storm names for the upcoming winter came out on Wednesday, and they're awful

Naming any type of storm without the endorsement of the National Weather Service — which does not name anything other than tropical storms and hurricanes — is controversial within the meteorological community

See also: 11 Photos of Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano Erupting That Are Just Unreal

The Weather Channel (TWC) clearly made the decision to do this in order to harness the power of social media and dominate the Twitter hashtag wars — and judging by last winter, it worked. Tom Niziol, the network's winter-storm expert, has said that the naming practice was started to help people focus on the threats these storms pose, given evidence showing that when they have names, people prepare for them more Read more...

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Derek Jeter Is Tired of Boring Athlete Comments, So He's Starting a Blog

1 hour 17 min ago

Derek Jeter, the former shortstop and surefire Hall of Fame inductee, spent years as the face of not only the New York Yankees, but also much of baseball. Despite one of the highest profiles in baseball, Jeter admits that he was never quite comfortable talking to the press.

Enter The Players' Tribune, a media website from the former captain that will attempt to sidestep the existing sports media industry and connect athletes with fans

See also: Derek Jeter's Hollywood Ending: His Final Yankee Stadium Moments

"I realize I’ve been guarded. I learned early on in New York, the toughest media environment in sports, that just because a reporter asks you a question doesn’t mean you have to answer." Jeter wrote in a statement on his new website venture. "I attribute much of my success in New York to my ability to understand and avoid unnecessary distractions." Read more...

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'Twilight' Lives On, as Short Films on Facebook

1 hour 48 min ago

It seems that vampires really are immortal.

Lionsgate is planning to revive Twilight as a series of short films on Facebook, according to a new report in the New York Times.

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The studio is planning five films, each of which focuses on Twilight characters, to debut exclusively on Facebook in 2015. A panel of judges, including actress Kristen Stewart and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, will select five female directors to head the films.

Fans will have a chance to vote (on Facebook, of course) for their favorite film. Just don’t expect Edward or Bella to make an appearance; original cast members probably won’t be involved in the new films. Read more...

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Boston Herald Cartoon About Obama Draws Fire for 'Watermelon' Reference

1 hour 49 min ago

An incendiary political cartoon in Wednesday's Boston Herald depicting a White House intruder asking President Obama if he has tried the new watermelon toothpaste is drawing fire for employing an offensive racial stereotype.

The cartoon below appears to reference an incident last week, when an Army veteran named Omar Gonzalez allegedly scaled the White House fence, overpowered a Secret Service agent to get into the White House, and made it all the way to the East Room before an (off-duty) guard tackled him. Some questioned the cartoonist Jerry Holbert's choice of words.

See also: 6 Embarrassing Times the Secret Service Screwed Up Read more...

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Tyler Perry Is Oddly Talented at Drone Racing

1 hour 51 min ago

Add drone racing to the list of several things (acting, directing, screenwriting) Tyler Perry can do

Using iPad-controlled drones, Perry raced Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday's Tonight Show. And as it turns out, the one thing Fallon is not good at is drones — he should've stayed in 2013

Perry is also set to be a father soon, so hopefully this is a skill set that proves handy then.

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PopKey GIF Keyboard Proves Sometimes a GIF Can Say It All

2 hours 3 min ago

Ladies and gentleman of the Internet, animated GIF keyboards for iOS have arrived.

PopKey, the emoji-style keyboard for animated GIFs, rolled out to Apple's App Store Wednesday, and it's pretty much everything you hoped for.

See also: 21 Weird GIFs You Can't Unsee

The app is a bit like a super-charged emoji keyboard, but one that allows you to use GIFs, rather than emoji.

The setup process works the same way as other third-party keyboard apps. Install the PopKey app from the App Store, and then add it to your keyboards in your iPhone's main settings: Settings - General - Keyboard - Keyboards and select PopKey, Read more...

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New York Times to Cut 100 Jobs, Shuts Down NYT Opinion App

2 hours 10 min ago

The New York Times announced Wednesday that it plans to cut around 100 newsroom jobs, roughly 7.5% of the staff.

The Times will offer buyouts to staffers, with extra incentives for those who have been there longer, before resorting to layoffs to reach the target for reductions

See also: The Full New York Times Innovation Report

"While there are promising signs in digital advertising and digital subscriptions, the print business remains under pressure. And our new products are not achieving the business success we expected, even though they are journalistic sensations," Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, wrote in a memo to staff obtained by Poynter. "So, regrettably, we are going to have to reduce costs in the newsroom." Read more...

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Hong Kong Protesters: We'll Occupy Buildings If Demands Not Met

2 hours 27 min ago

HONG KONG — As the crowd searched for direction, the two groups behind Hong Kong's massive pro-democracy demonstrations — Occupy Central and Scholarism — spoke up on Wednesday afternoon.

Reiterating previous demands, both groups requested the immediate resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying

See also: Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution: A Protest Like No Other

The student leaders behind Scholarism took things one step further, warning if their demands were not met, they would step up their actions on Thursday and begin occupying several important government buildings

The high-pressure tactic on the government comes after four official days of protesting with only silence from CY Leung. The streets of Central, Admiralty, Causeway and Mong Kok have been taken over by tens of thousands of people protesting silently for a change to the 2017 election procedure. They are against Beijing's selection of chief executive candidates, saying it defies their democratic right as a society. Read more...

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How Developers Should Adapt to Apple Watch

2 hours 48 min ago

In our latest Ask a Dev video, iOS architect Kevin Harwood discusses what the Apple Watch means for developers

Apple finally unveiled in early September that its long-rumored wearable will be available in 2015. They also confirmed it will run on its own custom operating system, Watch OS. While there are still a lot of unanswered questions for developers out there, we have a decent understanding of what the device is and how people will interact with it

See also: 5 Types of Games We'd Love to See on an Apple Watch

The digital crown, for example, provides a new way to interact through levels of content; there's now even support for new types of gestures that measure force. Read more...

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The 25 Most Romantic Cities in the World

3 hours 2 min ago

Searching for Mr. or Ms. Right? Head over to Paris, Sydney or Venice.

These three lucky destinations are the most romantic cities in the world, according to a new report by WeLoveDates.com. Although these hot spots may be obvious choices, the global dating site uncovered various cities that may be a little closer to home. You might be able to whisk away your sweetheart in Charleston, South Carolina or San Diego, California, too.

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In searching for the best cities to fall in love, WeLoveDates.com looked at hundreds of locations across the globe and narrowed it down based on the most breathtaking views, first date venues, rich romantic history, marriage rate and popular romantic holiday destinations for couples. The list features insider tips from locals and tourists, as well as unique love facts for each city Read more...

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Apple to Add Gold to iPad Lineup, Report Says

3 hours 7 min ago

Apple's love affair with gold is about to extend to the iPad, as the company is planning to introduce the color as a new option in an effort to boost lagging tablet sales.

Gold-colored backings for 9.7-inch iPads are set to be released sometime in October, according to Bloomberg. A gold iPad would join other products that have sported the metal (or at least the color), including the iPhone 5S and the new Apple Watch, which will be available in actual 18-karat gold.

See also: iOS 8.1 Beta Reveals Apple Pay, Touch ID Settings for iPad

For an idea of what a gold iPad might look like, Stuart Hughes, a luxury gadget designer, made a solid gold and diamond-encrusted iPad back in 2010. Read more...

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Microsoft Adds to Office Line With Sway Storytelling App

3 hours 13 min ago

Before Windows Phone and the Windows Store, some of the software most associated with Microsoft was Office. But though the Office portfolio has undergone several updates and refreshes over the years, the lineup itself has remained relatively unchanged — until now

Microsoft rolled out a preview version of Sway, its new storytelling app, which will be added to the Microsoft Office family.

See also: Hands On With the Windows 10 Preview

Like other apps in the Office line, Sway is about creation. It essentially turns any browser into a "digital canvas" that can be filled with text, images and videos. But unlike Word, Excel or Powerpoint, Sway is not limited to a single file type or format. Read more...

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Jony Ive Talks Apple Watch, Design Process in October Vogue

3 hours 30 min ago

The October issue of Vogue, hitting newsstands now, features an extensive interview with Jony Ive.

The interview also includes a few new details on the Apple Watch, which author Robert Sullivan was able to get his hands on a few weeks before the product was unveiled to the press at the Sept. 9 iPhone 6 event.

See also: The Apple Watch Is on Display in Paris, for One Day Only

Sullivan writes of the experience,

When Ive shows it to me — weeks before the product's exhaustive launch, hosted by new CEO Tim Cook — in a situation room that has us surrounded by guards, it feels like a matter of national security. Yet despite all the pressure, he really just wants you to touch it, to feel it, to experience it as a thing. And if you comment on, say, the weight of it, he nods. "Because it's real materials," he says proudly Read more...

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7 Ways to Preserve Your Battery Life on iOS 8

4 hours 7 min ago

Those of you running the latest iOS 8 software on your iPhone or iPad might notice your battery life dwindling faster than usual

That's because the handful of shiny new features added to the mobile operating system are working harder to make your mobile experience more productive. Of course, ironically, that productivity lasts for less time than before.

See also: The 15 Best Features of iOS 8

Users with iOS 8 running on a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are less likely to feel the effects of this, thanks to a stronger (and newer) battery that lasts longer than previous models. But regardless of the model you have, there are quick and easy ways to preserve battery life and add extra hours to its daily longevity. Read more...

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The 10 Tech Terms You're Mixing Up

4 hours 30 min ago

Do you ever find yourself trying to hide your confusion at work meetings while the tech team is tossing around terms like UI and UX? Or maybe you’re all about downloading the latest apps, but you’re not totally sure what “app” actually means.

Well, it’s time to stop faking it and start learning some of today’s most important tech vocabulary. We’re here to define 10 tech terms that you hear on the daily, and we’re using plain English (as in, even your Gramps would understand). No more excuses—here’s your chance to get in on the conversation, and earn a little tech street cred, too. Read more...

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