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The company on Tuesday introduced the new version of its Xbox video game console. The Xbox has been one of Microsoft’s few undeniable consumer hits of the last decade, a product that was not just a credible entry into the games business but also a sign of the innovation possible at a company that is rarely seen as an inventive thinker.
“I think of Xbox as the accidental success out of Microsoft,” said James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research, who added that the connection Microsoft has formed with the players of its current Xbox is “much deeper than any relationship Microsoft has ever achieved before.”
The new console, the Xbox One, will enter a market very different from the one its predecessor, the Xbox 360, entered nearly eight years ago, when there was no iPad, smartphones had keyboards and mobile gaming devices were primitive at best.
When a massive natural disaster happens, the toll it takes on the lives of those affected is immeasurable.
The response teams that rocket towards the scene of the devastation is amazing. Big corporations such as Tide and Duracell provide the simple services we take for granted such as getting clean laundry or charging a phone. Church groups drive in from far away to create 'rolling BBQ's' that distribute food and water to anyone that needs it. The Red Cross will roam neighborhoods in food trucks distributing meals. Animal rescue organizations rush in to help save displaced/injured animals and get them back to their owners. Neighbors will pitch in by offering rooms to stay in, helping sort through debris, lend tools, and help with simple necessities such as baby cribs or diapers.
Eventually, the cameras will leave, the volunteers return to their lives and the town will spend years rebuilding.
The single biggest thing YOU can do to help is donate money to help them in both the short and long term recovery and rebuilding.
Here are several ways you can donate:
The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund:
The Red Cross is on the scene to focus on meeting storm victim's immediate needs, such as food, shelter, health/emotional health assistance. They also feed emergency workers and volunteers as well as handling blood donations and distribution.
To Donate directly to Disaster Relief: Click Here to donate any amount, or Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to automatically donate $10.
The Salvation Army Disaster Response Unit:
The Salvation Army will be providing thousands of free meals a day to Tornado affected areas as well as assisting with other needs of storm victims.
To Donate directly to Disaster Relief: Click Here to donate any amount, or Text "STORM" to 80888 to automatically donate $10
This local organization says donations will "go straight to help those in need providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters."
To Donate directly to Disaster Relief: Click Here
New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that more pools are contaminated with poop. Researchers say they found the genetic material from E. coli bacteria in 58-percent of public pools they tested during the summer of 2012. Researchers say the fecal material in pools comes from swimmers not showering before getting into the water, and from incidents of defecation in pools. Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDCs Healthy Swimming Program says, "Chlorine and other disinfectants don't kill germs instantly. It's important that swimmers shower before getting in a pool, not swallow the water they swim in, and avoid swimming if they have diarrhea." (Fox News)
A new study finds that the color of your bedroom matters when it comes to sleep quality. The research was done by Travelodge, and found that those who sleep in rooms colored yellow, blue, or green get the best night's sleep. The hotel chain investigated two-thousand homes across the UK to find out which colors were equated with great sleep. Those who slept in bedrooms colored purple were found to sleep the worst. Study authors say this may happens because purple is a very mentally stimulating color. Other bad-sleep colors included gray and brown. One sleep expert says, "This is an amazing result, as there are specialized receptors called ganglion cells in the retina part of our eyes, which are more sensitive to the color blue." He explains the ganglion cells feed information to the brain in the area that controls our internal clocks and affects how we perform and feel during the da
Disney gave their newest princess a makeover, and many thought they went too far. Merida, the tough, spunky heroine of Disney/Pixar’s Brave, was crowned as an Official Disney Princess on May 11, and it seems Disney thought she needed a new look for the occasion. Her figure filled out, her lips grew plumper, and her wild red hair, while still big and curly, looked more maturely styled.
Many criticized Merida’s sexy new look, including Brenda Chapman, the writer and former director of Brave. “I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida,” she wrote in an email to the Independent Journal. “When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘come hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible! Merida was created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.”
After news of the Merida redesign went viral, attracting widespread criticism, Disney restored the original Merida artwork to the character’s profile on their official princess website. It is unclear exactly which Disney products will feature the new Merida down the line.
A Disney spokesperson responded to the controversy in a statement to Yahoo! Shine, saying: “Merida exemplifies what it means to be a Disney Princess through being brave, passionate, and confident and she remains the same strong and determined Merida from the movie whose inner qualities have inspired moms and daughters around the world.”
WOMEN'S PURSES CONTAIN MORE BACTERIA THAN THE AVERAGE TOILET!!!
A new study finds that a woman may be carrying around a lot more in her purse than just lipstick. To find this, researchers from UK company Initial Washroom Hygiene swabbed women's handbags. They found that one in five purses had sufficient bacteria to pose a risk to human health, and that the dirtiest item found inside the average purse were bottles of hand moisturizer. The hand cream containers were found to house more bacteria than an average toilet seat. Lipstick and mascara containers were also found to contain high levels of bacteria. One expert says, "Handbags come into regular contact with our hands and a variety of surfaces, so the risk of transferring different germs onto them is very high, especially as bags are rarely cleaned." Researchers suggest wiping down purses with antibacterial wipes or gel to prevent cross-contamination
Disney World attractions are notorious for having long lines, but some clever and wealthy people have figured out a way to beat the lines while showing everyone else just how despicable and shameful people can be.
The New York Post reports that some parents visiting Disney World with their kids have been hiring disabled people to pose as their family members. The parks allow for people with disabilities to skip the lines and let them bring up to six people with them. These parents are paying a group called Dream Tours Florida around $130 an hour for their disabled tour guide. One of these parents tells the Post, "My daughter waited one minute to get on 'It's a Small World.' The other kids had to wait two-and-a-half hours." She adds, "You can't go to Disney without a tour concierge. This is how the one-percent does Disney."