DiCaprio Sends The Best Texts, Just Ask J.Lo!

The one and only Jennifer Lopez, aka J.Lo aka Jenny from the Block, drove around singing karaoke on James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” special Tuesday, and dare we say the singing wasn’t even the best part?

The best part would have to be when Corden asked J.Lo to name the most famous person whose digits she has in her phone. Lopez listed off a few of her contacts (Demi Lovato, Chris Brown, Bradley Cooper, Cristiano Ronaldo, The Rock, Fergie and Iggy Azalea) before “The Late Late Show” host grabbed the phone and asked if he could send one person a text.

Naturally, Corden picked recent Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio — because, obviously — and he had a lot of fun with it.

How Many Questions Of Google’s Banned Interview Can You Answer ?

Google has a fabled history of asking some ridiculously out-the-box questions and brain teasers at their interviews. In fact, as reported back in 2011, some of the questions were so tough that they were banned by the company.
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Lewis Lin, a career consultant who specializes in interview techniques, compiled a list containing 140 questions some of his clients were asked by Google.
The posts they applied for included positions such as product managers, software engineers, and marketing managers. Most of these questions don’t strictly have an answer, but instead are designed to test your creativity and assess how you tackle the question.

Get your polished shoes and sweaty palms at the ready, here are some of their most obscure and trickiest questions:

1. How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?

2. Why are manhole covers round?

3. You need to check that your friend Bob has your correct phone number, but you cannot ask him directly. You must write the question on a card and give it to Eve who will take the card to Bob and return the answer to you. What must you write on the card, besides the question, to ensure that Bob can encode the message so that Eve cannot read your phone number?

4. How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?

5. Every man in a village of 100 married couples has cheated on his wife. Every wife in the village instantly knows when a man other than her husband has cheated but does not know when her own husband has. The village has a law that does not allow for adultery. Any wife who can prove that her husband is unfaithful must kill him that very day. The women of the village would never disobey this law. One day, the queen of the village visits and announces that at least one husband has been unfaithful. What happens?

6. A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?

7. How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?

8. How many vacuums are made per year in the USA?

9. Explain the significance of “dead beef.”

10. If a person dials a sequence of numbers on the telephone, what possible words/strings can be formed from the letters associated with those numbers?

11. You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?

12. How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?

13. Explain a database in three sentences to your 8-year-old nephew.

14. You have to get from point A to point B. You don’t know if you can get there. What would you do?

15. You are at a party with a friend and 10 people are present (including you and the friend). Your friend makes you a wager that for every person you find who has the same birthday as you, you get $1; for every person he finds who does not have the same birthday as you, he gets $2. Would you accept the wager?

Sony About To Bring PlayStation Games To iPhone And Android

Recently Sony set up “ForwardWorks”, a division that’s going to handle mobile gaming. This will be Sony’s second stab in the mobile industry, with the first being PlayStationMobile. (But we all know how that turned out) Irony is naming your handheld device PS Vita and having it die quicker than I can type this sentence. (Vita means “Life” in Latin)
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The PS Vita was one out of very few devices that used PlayStationMobile.

The Independent reported that this new company will “deploy new services towards the ever-expanding smart device market.”

Sony Computer Entertainment (Which will be known as Sony Interactive Entertainment from April 1st onwards) announced that ForwardWorks will use Playstation’s Intellectual property in its mobile games.

It was stated that ForwardWorks’ first titles would be aimed at users in Asia mainly as the main headquarters is based in Tokyo, Japan. If the results prove to be satisfactory Sony will then expand the concept to the rest of the world.
ForwardWorks will be led by Atsushi Morita, SCE’s president in Japan and Asia.Hopefully ForwardWorks will have the desired adoption PlayStationMobile failed to realize.

Pakistan Explosion : Many dead at Lahore park

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At least 69 people have been killed and scores injured in an explosion at a public park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say.
The park was crowded with families, some celebrating Easter. Many victims are said to be women and children.
Police told the BBC it appeared to be a suicide bomb. A Pakistan Taliban faction said it carried out the attack.
Pakistan’s president has condemned the blast and the regional government has announced three days of mourning.
All the major hospitals in the area were put on an emergency footing after the blast in the early evening local time.
The explosion appears to have been at the main gate to the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in an area where cars are usually left – and a short distance from the children’s swings.
One eyewitness said there was chaos, with a stampede breaking out and children separated from their parents in the rush to escape.
Another man told Pakistan’s Geo TV station he was heading towards a fairground ride with his wife and two children when he heard a huge bang and all four of them were thrown to the floor.
Hasan Imran, 30, a local resident who had gone to the park for a walk told Reuters: “When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air.”
The agency also reported that the army was called in to control crowds outside the park.
According to Lahore’s deputy commissioner, Mohammad Usman, the number of injured was 193.
Facebook has activated its feature for people in Lahore to mark themselves as safe, after news of the blast.
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Lahore is the capital of Punjab, Pakistan’s largest and wealthiest province and the political powerbase of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistan Taliban splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar told local and Western media it was behind the attack.
“We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter,” spokesperson Ehansullah Ehsan told Pakistan’s Express Tribune.
Pakistan has suffered regular incidents of Taliban-related violence, sectarian strife and criminal gang activity.
Meanwhile in the capital, Islamabad, police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who marched in support of Islamist gunman Mumtaz Qadri, who they see as a religious hero.
Qadri was hanged last month for the murder of Punjab governor Salman Taseer five years ago.
Mr Taseer had defended a Christian woman jailed on blasphemy charges.

Inspirational kids who had a faultless upbringing

It’s often hard for parents to tell whether they did everything right when they were bringing up their child. But in cases like these, it’s absolutely clear that they did something right — very right indeed!

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This boy saved money for a year, and eventually came up with the perfect idea for how to spend it. He bought a tonne of food items with the $120 he had saved and made lunches for homeless people with his mom.

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Christian grew his hair for two years — something which he got bullied for at school. But he did it, without complaint, in order to donate his hair to other kids suffering from cancer.
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Nine-year-old Ken created an animal shelter for homeless dogs in his garage.

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Whereas this little fella decided he ought to help the bunny climb up the wall!

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When Ariana met a girl with cancer, she asked her mom why she didn’t have any hair. Her mum explained her that she was sick and the medicine made her hair fall out. It was then that Ariana decided to share her hair with the girl. She was just three years old at the time!

The Most Healthiest People In The World Eat Lots Of Carbs

Japanese people are, as a whole, very healthy: They have the second-highest life expectancies compared to any other country in the world (the U.S. comes in at number 43) and have an obesity rate of just 3.5 percent, which is one-tenth of America’s 35 percent obesity rate.
The reason for Japan’s superior health? Their grain-heavy, high-carb diet.

According to a new study by researchers at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo, people who strongly adhere to Japan’s recommended dietary guidelines are 15 percent less likely to die of any cause — such as cardiovascular disease and stroke — compared to those who don’t adhere well.

Japan’s nutrition guidelines reflect the country’s traditional diet, which is high in grains, fish and soybean products, but low in fat. In the U.S., where the tide appears to be turning against grains and toward larger intakes of fat, Japan’s contrasting food guidelines are a good reminder that there’s no “correct” way to eat nutritious food — just different styles that suit different people and cultures best.

Why Japanese people can eat so many grains (and not get fat)

For the study, 80,000 participants answered detailed lifestyle and food questionnaires that determined how well they followed the guidelines, and then researchers tracked their health for 15 years. The top quarter of people who followed the guidelines best had a decreased risk of death from any cause. The researchers controlled for factors like age, sex, BMI, smoking status, total physical activity and history of hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia. People with a history of cancer, stroke, heart disease or chronic liver disease were also excluded.

James DiNicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist at St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, is a passionate defender of the theory that sugar and carbs are the true cause of obesity and metabolic disease. He also encourages people who want to lose weight to eat more high-fat, high-calorie foods to make them feel more full.

We can learn a lot about how to be healthy from the Japanese, and it really comes down to ‘eat real food’ and ‘exercise.’

But even he notes that the high-carb Japanese diet works, and it’s because of the quality of the food they eat, how little fat they eat, and their activity levels, he explained to HuffPost. DiNicolantonio, who was not involved in the study, says that it’s a uniquely Japanese combination of macronutrients that may be saving them from obesity and metabolic disease.

“Combining a high intake of carbohydrates and fat is the perfect storm for obesity,” he said. “The Japanese tend to eat high carb (both rice and vegetables) but a low intake of fat.”

DiNicolantonio also noted that Japanese people tend to eat lots of seafood, which is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and they don’t eat as many processed foods.
What’s more is that the average Japanese person walks over 7,000 steps a day, while Americans walk an average of about 5,000 steps per day. Also of note: The health trend to walk 10,000 steps per day actually started in Japan.
Given their diet of whole, unprocessed foods, as well as their active lifestyle, it’s no wonder that Japanese people can tolerate more grains than the average American, said DiNicolantonio.

“I think the best takeaway for Americans, when looking at the Japanese, is that if we restrict our intake of refined sugar, industrial seed oils, and increase [our] intake of marine omega-3s, then we might be able to tolerate eating more rice,” he said. “We can learn a lot about how to be healthy from the Japanese, and it really comes down to ‘eat real food’ and ‘exercise.’”

Japan’s nutrition guidelines are easy to follow

Japan’s 2005 food guidelines represent this culinary history. While Americans enjoyed a pyramid before being presented with a plate, Japan’s guidelines are illustrated as a spinning top. Kayo Kuratani, a researcher at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine and one of the study’s authors, notes that the graphic is easy to understand and follow. The spinning top is “dish-based,” while U.S. guidelines talk mostly about raw ingredients.

“The dish-based method is not only easily understood by those who prepare meals but also by those who eat them,” Kuratani told HuffPost. “It is expressed in terms of actual dishes eaten at the table rather than the foods selected or used in meal preparation. This makes it readily understandable even for those who rarely cook.”

A figure running around the top represents the need for physical activity. The top’s handle is made of a glass of water and tea, and no serving size is recommended for snacks, candy and other beverages (meaning, sugary ones).

The largest section of the top is made up of grain dishes like rice, bread, noodles, and rice cakes, recommended for five to seven servings a day. That’s followed by five to six servings of vegetable dishes, then the spinning top narrows further to three to five servings of protein including meat, fish, egg and soy bean dishes.

The final section is split in two: two servings per day each of fruit and milk or dairy products.

What Americans can learn from Japan

Dr. Lydia Bazzano, a nutrition and diabetes researcher at Tulane University, points out that the spinning top guide may be potentially deceptive for Americans. She notes that accompanying written guidelines point out the top is variable according to age, sex and activity level. Highly active young men, for example, can eat more grains than a sedentary women in her old age.

“Among people who are very physically active, low fat diets with higher grain intake do not necessarily contribute to poor health outcomes and conditions like obesity,” Bazzano said. “However, among persons who are less physically active, higher grain intake, especially refined grain intakes, may contribute to poorer health outcomes and/or obesity.”

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare did make one major update to the most recent guidelines: Because Japanese people mostly eat white rice as their main grain, and white rice is linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases, the 2010 guidelines recommend that only 50 to 65 percent of a person’s diet should be carbs, and that people should begin to explore whole grains like brown rice, explained Kuratani.

Still, the ideal Japanese diet is a powerful reminder that there’s no one way to achieve a healthy weight and avoid chronic disease. So the next time anyone gives you flack about (gasp!) eating grains for lunch, just let them know that you’re on the Japanese spinning top plan.

The study was published in the journal BMJ.

Month Of Meteor Showers : Earth Is About To Pass Through The Tail Of Halley’s Comet

Crane your neck up and get the coffee on; beginning in April, the early mornings and late nights are going to be splashed with meteors.
photo credit: Composite of the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower on May 13, 2013. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
The Eta Aquarids will start around April 20 and will continue right up until May 21. The best time to view them will be in the small hours between May 5 and 7, when the sky will be the darkest during the new Moon.

The specks and flecks you’ll be seeing are tiny pieces of debris from Halley’s Comet hitting Earth’s atmosphere and burning up. They’re called the Eta Aquarids as they appear to emerge from the constellation of Aquarius.

The shower will be more visible in the southern hemisphere. However, those in the northern hemisphere should be able to catch the odd one, especially if you’re near the equator. At their peak time, those in the southern hemisphere can expect to see up to 30 meteors every hour. If weather conditions are favorable, even those north of the equator can still see up to 10 every hour.

As ever with viewing meteor showers, it’s always best to go outside for half an hour before the shower starts so your eyes become acclimatized to seeing in low light. Additionally, the meteors will be more clearly visible the further you are from the light pollution of city lights and street lamps.

Microsoft going to allow Xbox gamers to play against PS4 & PC players

Microsoft is announcing a big new feature for Xbox owners today: cross-network play. It’s something the software giant has hinted at for years, and now it seems the reality of PS4, Xbox One, and PC players playing the same game together might finally happen. Developers building games for Xbox One and Windows 10 will be able to support the feature, but it will require Sony and others to “participate” in order for games to be played across Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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Rocket League will be one of the first titles to support the new cross-network play, and Microsoft notes there is an “open invitation for other networks to participate as well,” strongly hinting that Sony or other console manufacturers could enable gamers to play their friends regardless of what device they’re using.

If developers and console makers get behind Microsoft’s support of cross-network play then it will change the shape of games in the future. Currently, console gamers are restricted to playing titles on the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, and many pick an Xbox One or PS4 based on what their friends purchased. Opening up online multiplayer gaming across different platforms will remove a big restriction in console gaming, but it will also create a conversation around which titles should allow PC gamers to play against consoles. A mouse and keyboard can still have many advantages over a gamepad for first-person shooters, so it’s a new challenge that game developers will have to balance for cross-network play.

Google is working with Facebook on a new piece of open source hardware

HALF A DECADE ago, Jonathan Heiliger compared the world of Internet data centers to Fight Club.

It was the spring of 2011, and the giants of the Internet—including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft—were erecting a new kind of data center. Their online empires had grown so large that they could no longer rely on typical hardware from the likes of Dell, HP, and IBM. They needed hardware that was cheaper, more streamlined, and more malleable. So, behind the scenes, they designed this hardware from scratch and had it manufactured through little-known companies in Asia.

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This shadow hardware market was rarely discussed in public. Companies like Google saw their latest data center hardware as a competitive advantage best kept secret from rivals. But then Facebook tore off the veil. It open sourced its latest server and data center designs, freely sharing them with the world under the aegis of a new organization called the Open Compute Project. “It’s time to stop treating data center design like Fight Club and demystify the way these things are built,” said Heiliger, then the vice president of technical operations at Facebook.
With the Open Compute Project, Facebook aimed to create a whole community of companies that would freely share their data center designs, hoping to accelerate the evolution of Internet hardware and, thanks to the economies of scale, drive down the cost of this hardware. That, among other things, boosts the Facebook bottom line. It worked—in a very big way. Microsoft soon shared its designs too. Companies like HP and Quanta began selling this new breed of streamlined gear. And businesses as diverse as Rackspace and Goldman Sachs used this hardware to expand their own massive online operations. Even Apple—that bastion of secrecy—eventually joined the project.

Two big holdouts remained: Google and Amazon. But today, that number dropped to one. At the annual Open Compute Summit in San Jose, California, Google announced that it too has joined the project. And it’s already working with Facebook on a new piece of open source hardware.

The announcement reaffirms the power of Facebook’s big idea. Google was the first company to rethink data center design for the modern age. For years, its technology was well ahead of anyone else. And when Heiliger complained of that Fight Club mentality, Google was surely top of mind. But through the Open Compute Project, Facebook has pushed the rest of the industry forward. And market forces have pushed Google to share its secrets in new ways. “The community and Google have inched closer and closer together,” says Jason Taylor, Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure.

But Google’s move also points to other changes inside the big Internet players. That joint open source project from Google and Facebook relates to the rise of deep learning, an artificial intelligence technology that is rapidly reinventing so many parts of the modern world. Both companies see AI as a key part of their future, and both believe they’ll get there faster if they share and collaborate on some of the core technologies that drive these neural networks.
Happy to Share

Google’s Urs Hölzle—one of the company’s first employees and the engineer most responsible for what is probably the world’s largest and most advanced computer network—doesn’t see today’s announcement as a big change. He points out that Google has openly discussed its internal hardware designs in the past.

“I know that historically in the press, there has been a tendency to position it as Open Compute Project versus Google. But it has never been like that,” he says. “Over the past ten years, we have shared many, many things with the industry. This is the latest one.”
Indeed, Google revealed some of its server designs in 2009. And last year, it lifted the curtain on its seminal approach to computer networking hardware. But typically, Google reveals its designs only after it has moved on to something else. And it doesn’t open source its gear a la Facebook. But now Google and Facebook are actively working together on hardware they intend to open source, which highlights the ever evolving priorities of both companies.
More Power to You
Together, Google and Facebook are developing a new data center server rack—an enclosure for massive numbers of computer servers. This new rack can deliver about four times more electrical power to all those machines, jumping from 12 volts to 48. As Hölzle points out, as we pack more and more hardware into smaller and smaller spaces, data center racks require more and more power, and this need has only increased with the rise of graphics processing units, or GPUs, inside the data center—a rise occasioned by the increasing importance of deep neural networks.
GPUs were originally designed as a way of rendering images for games and other graphics-intensive applications. But as it turns out, they’re also well suited to running deep neural nets, the AI technology that now helps companies like Google identify images, recognize commands spoken into smartphones, target ads, generate search results, and so much more. “Power density is going up,” Hölzle says. “GPUs are something that accelerates this—or amplifies it.”

Today, at the Open Compute Summit, Facebook is also open sourcing the designs for the GPU-based system that drives its neural networks. Hölzle indicates that the new rack standard that Facebook and Google are working on could help drive this kind of system.

It’s not news that deep neural nets have become a crucial part of our largest Internet services. Like Google and Facebook, so many others are moving toward an infrastructure in which AI plays a central role. What’s interesting is that so many of these companies believe that the best path toward improving their AI includes openly sharing their tech with the larger world instead of keeping it secret. This past fall, Google also open sourced TensorFlow, the software engine that drives its neural networks.

2 Glasses of Wine Before Bed Can Help You Lose Some Weight

Good news for anyone that prefers Cabernet over cardio. Drinking two glasses of wine before bed could actually be the magic pill that helps you lose weight, according to two recent studies from Washington State University and Harvard Medical School.
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Here’s why: Apparently, there’s a polyphenol called resveratrol in red wine that transforms “white fat” into “beige fat” (aka a version that’s much easier to burn off), says researchers at WSU. Even crazier, the Harvard study, which looked at 20,000 women over the course of 13 years, determined that those who drank two glasses of wine daily were 70 percent less likely to be overweight. Whoa.

OK, so what’s the significance of night wine, you ask? Yet another study found that resveratrol also helps suppress your appetite, which means that after a glass or two of red, you’re much less likely to raid the fridge for a late-night snack. (We’re assuming you’ll also sleep like a baby.)

Not inclined to keep a bottle of Merlot on your nightstand? Other major sources of resveratrol include blueberries, strawberries and (obviously) grapes. Cheers to that.

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