Members of the dissident Russian punk group Pussy Riot who spent months in jail say freedom is a big responsibility and they’re obligated to use it…
The best utility apps are designed to make your hectic life a little bit easier, and maybe even more enjoyable.
From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it’s going to rain, there’s something for every lifestyle.
We’ve collected the best of the best in this unique mix, and we tossed in a few lesser-known surprises to show what modern apps can do.
Dark Sky tells you exactly when it’s about to rain (or snow).
Dark Sky does one thing very well: It tells you exactly when inclement weather, like rain or snow, is going to happen. The app is beautifully designed and features a precipitation timeline that lets you know minute-by-minute predictions for when you can expect rain.
Price: $3.99 (iOS)
Level Money helps you budget your spending in an easy and elegant way.
Level Money links to your bank account to help you know how much you can spend today, meaning you never have to manually input your purchases. It takes into account your income, monthly spending habits, and how much you’re trying to save. If you spend more than you should on a given day, the app will adjust and tell you to spend less the following day.
FlyCleaners lets you choose when to have your laundry picked up and dropped off.
FlyCleaners is great for when you’re just too busy to find time to do your laundry. The app lets you choose when to have you laundry picked up, and your first time they provide free bags. Your laundry is then whisked away, and you can set a time on the app to have it dropped off when it’s finished.
British R&B singer Jay Sean has decided to part ways with Cash Money Records after six years on the label. Sean dropped three albums while on CMR but appears to be looking for a change of scenery. The label has had its share of controversy recently with both Tyga and Lil Twist expressing their disdain. But, according to the singer, his split was amicable. “I had and still maintain a great relationship with Slim and Baby,” he told Billboard. “They believed in me and my talent and our partnership obviously garnered a lot of pop success.”
Sean looks to be taking his career in a different direction. “It got to the point where I was chasing pop success and ‘the smash’ when really my heart wasn’t in it anymore,” he said. “That’s not why I got into this game.” The uber popular UK artist will be putting on a new mixtape titled, Mistress II, in November. Check out the latest release from the project, “Tears In The Ocean,” below.
While the folks at Flickr would seem to have their work cut out for them — having just released a brand new iPad app chief among them — that doesn’t mean there’s no time for fun. Fun, for the Flickr team, appears to be rolling some image recognition technologies into a new Web app. Aptly named Flickr Park or Bird, and inspired by the Web comic xkcd, the app simply tells you whether the image you shot was taken within the geographical confines of the US National Park System and whether that photo pictures a winged creature. The easy part is the GPS location…
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Cairo (AFP) – Egypt imposed a state of emergency Saturday across parts of the Sinai Peninsula as the military pounded suspected jihadists after a suicide car bombing there killed 30 soldiers.
Friday’s bombing was the deadliest attack on security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, to the fury of his supporters.
The state of emergency in the north and centre of the Sinai will remain in place for three months, the president’s office said.
A curfew is in force from 5:00 pm to 7:00 am.
Egypt also announced it would close the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip, the only entry to the Palestinian territory not controlled by Israel.
Witnesses told AFP that new security checkpoints were erected in Rafah and the north Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid.
“The army and police will take all necessary measures to tackle the dangers of terrorism and its financing, to preserve the security of the region… and protect the lives of citizens,” a presidential decree said.
Despite killing or arresting many militants, the army has so far been unable to eradicate them in a massive operation involving attack helicopters and tanks.
The military launched fresh air strikes Saturday in northern Sinai, killing eight suspected militants, security officials said.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief who toppled Morsi and was later elected head of state, chaired a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Saturday.
“A committee comprising senior army officials was formed to examine the latest terrorist attacks in Sinai… in order to reinforce the struggle against terrorism,” a statement said.
And the government announced a bill that would bring under the jurisdiction of military tribunals “matters of terrorism… linked to attacks on army and police installations and personnel, as well as vandalism and the blocking of roads.”
After the meeting, Sisi said Friday’s attack was carried out with “external support” in order to “break the will of the Egyptian people and army.”
Security officials said the soldiers were killed when a suspected jihadist rammed his explosives-packed vehicle into a checkpoint in El-Arish, the main town in north Sinai.
Medics said 29 others, including a senior army officer and five others, were also wounded.
On Saturday, the body of a soldier who disappeared after Friday’s attack was found riddled with bullets, security officials said.
Gunmen also shot dead an officer and wounded two soldiers Friday at another checkpoint south of El-Arish, security officials said.
- Tourism hit -
Jihadists in the peninsula have killed scores of policemen and soldiers since Morsi’s overthrow to avenge a bloody police crackdown on his supporters.
The violence has dealt a further blow to a tourism industry already reeling since a 2011 uprising that overthrew long-time president Hosni Mubarak.
While south Sinai is dotted with tourist resorts on the Red Sea — a popular destination for scuba divers — the lawless north is a base for militants who have launched a wave of attacks, mostly targeting security forces.
The peninsula’s southern coastline has been largely spared the violence rocking the country since 2011, partly thanks to security checkpoints in the region.
But it has not been completely untouched by the militants.
In February, a suicide bomber killed three South Korean tourists in an attack on a bus in the south Sinai resort of Taba that was claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the most active militant group in Egypt.
After Friday’s attack, Sisi announced three days of national mourning.
- International condemnation -
The European Union and United States both denounced the latest incident, with the State Department saying “a prosperous and dynamic Egypt requires an environment of security and stability.”
It was the latest in a string of bloody attacks against security forces in Egypt.
In August 2013, just weeks after Morsi’s overthrow, gunmen opened fire on two buses transporting police, killing 25 of them.
In July this year, 22 border guards were killed in the western desert near the Libyan border, and attacks have also extended to Cairo and other parts of Egypt.
Many have been claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which tried last year to assassinate the interior minister in Cairo.
The group has expressed support for Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in Iraq and Syria, although it has not formally pledged its allegiance.
The latest bombing came after an Egyptian military court sentenced to death seven members of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis Tuesday for deadly attacks on the army.
Since Morsi’s ouster, more than 1,400 of his supporters have been killed in a crackdown by the authorities. More than 15,000 others have been jailed, including Morsi, and over 200 sentenced to death.
The second McCARREN LOVES ART! party titled “Spotlit Shadows” by Mikel Glass took place in the hotel’s rooftop lounge, Sheltering Sky, on Thursday, October 23.
Mikel Glass’ interest in natural human beauty and fluid movement is highly evident in his work. In the projections on view the focus was on human beauty and subtle humor. The projections featured a stark black background and dancers moving slowly and with a curious accuracy. Some dancers wore fancy outfits, donnings masks or a patent red mini-skirt. It never felt tacky. In fact, as the party DJ’d by Rob Sperte progressed, the dancing projections became even more profound and curious. Unlike the current moment, which naturally ebbed and flowed from a very crowded dance floor to a nearly empty one, the projections were always there to fill the void, always dancing, never concerned with the naturally social nature of humans. Despite the projections being at true 1:1 human scale, they become otherworldly: who are these dancers with an impossible wellspring of energy? Why won’t they stop? In this way, Glass entered a new level of human beauty: being so dead-set on a passion for something, in this case, dancing.
Beyond this, a model in a projection over the bar stared admirably and positioned herself carefully and suggestively, resetting herself every few minutes. With her projection above everyone’s eye level, it seemed as if this was her party since her projection was above the rest, and from anywhere in the room one could see her rolling around, posing, smiling, occasionally giving a wink, all at a pace of her own. In a way, if she were to speak, with each change of position, she might ask, “how’s this?”, “Are you enjoying this?” Or, “Is this sexy?”
The pieces of performance art were particularly fantastic as well, being a well choreographed work, it was a commentary of sorts, nearly addressing it directly rather than sitting about, waiting for the world to end.
After boldly announcing that he’s leaving Cash Money Records, Jay Sean drops a new song and music video.
Jay Sean premiered “Tears in the Ocean” yesterday on Billboard.com, a track from his upcoming independent mixtape “The Mistress II” dropping in November. Jay Sean has a history of leaving labels; some of you might recall he was briefly signed to Virgin Records in the early 2000s. However, Sean says he ended things with Cash Money amicably and is still on good terms with CEOs Slim and Baby. Sean said, “They believed in me and my talent and our partnership obviously garnered a lot of pop success,” but that he lost sight of his musical goal. Sean said, “It got to the point where I was chasing pop success and ‘the smash’ when really my heart wasn’t in it anymore.” This realization prompted Sean to return to his R&B roots and remember why he got into the game. ”Tears in the Ocean” was a collaborative effort co-written by Jared Cotter, filmed by his brother and co-produced by his wife. Checkout the video below.
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