Prince Harry was always bound to be über attractive. As the son of Princess Diana, he was born with good looks and a royal tailor at his beck and call. Often seen in fitted suits, crisp button-downs, or other dapper formal attire, Harry dresses well for the cameras, but wears his prince-wear with a bit more swagger than his brother. Though he's gotten himself into some rather large scrapes, it's the royal's bad-boy attitude and roguish red hair that make him that much more appealing. Click through our look book to see Prince Harry in everything from a military uniform and polo gear to mirrored sunglasses and his first school uniform.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Amazon Studios is hell-bent on developing movies and TV series, and on top of script submissions, it's now asking filmmakers to send in 2-15 minute long shorts to pitch their feature-length film ideas. Those would serve as a foundation for your project and "express an idea that's begging to be seen on the big-screen, in full-length, full-budget form," according to the division's Hollywonk blog. Amazon Studios will spend 45 days evaluating each submission, and those added to the development slate will receive $10,000. After that, you'll get put into the development pipeline, which could get you paid writing and directing opportunities, guidance and feedback from partners like Warner Bros., and up to $400,000 if your baby hits theaters. Private submissions are welcome, but if you're feeling brave, you can also post it for the world to see -- hit the source or More Coverage link for more info.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
Netflix Renews Original Series "Orange is the New Black" For Second Season
Comedic Drama from Jenji Kohan to Return with All New Episodes in 2014
Season 1 Premieres Thursday, July 11th on Netflix
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Netflix Original Series, "Orange is the New Black," the comedic drama set in a women's prison from creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan ("Weeds") will return with a second season on Netflix in 2014.
Produced by Lionsgate Television, the hour-long series starring Taylor Schilling, and based on the popular memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, is set to debut its first 13-episode season on Thursday, July 11 at 12:01 AM PDT in all territories where Netflix is available – U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics.
"Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal series and we're eager to get a second season to our viewers," said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.
"I am thrilled that Netflix has extended my sentence," said series creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan.
"We're enormously proud of the brilliant work of Jenji, the cast and the entire production team," said Kevin Beggs, president, Lionsgate Television Group, "and we're delighted about this early second season renewal. Netflix has been a great partner on this series and we look forward to our continuing collaboration."
"Orange is the New Black" follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and 15-month long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiance Larry (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes and form unexpected new alliances with a group of eccentric and outspoken inmates. The series' diverse ensemble also includes Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox and Taryn Manning.
The second season of "Orange is the New Black" is set to begin production later this summer.
"Orange is the New Black" is executive produced by Kohan. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television for Netflix.
About Netflix, Inc.
Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with more than 36 million members in 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. Learn more about how Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is pioneering Internet television at www.netflix.com or follow Netflix on Facebook and Twitter. Netflix's original series include the political drama "House of Cards," which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright; "Hemlock Grove," Eli Roth's murder mystery series based on Brian McGreevy's gripping novel of the same name; the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed comedy "Arrested Development;" Ricky Gervais's bittersweet 30-minute comedy drama, "Derek," about a group of outsiders living on society's margins; the second season of "Lilyhammer," which stars Steven Van Zandt; and "Sense8" the upcoming global tale of minds linked and souls hunted from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski.
Firefox is an ever evolving beast, and that includes both its friendly orange fox logo, and its Beta channel browser. Today Mozilla unveiled the fourth Firefox logo, a (slightly) less textured and glossy icon for its favored web browser. Meanwhile, the latest update for for Firefox Beta brings access to the company's Social API and, consequently, Share buttons to the platform -- so Facebook fanatics can have one-click sharing of images, articles, videos and links from the Firefox toolbar. The new Beta is also getting a Mixed Content Blocker that prevents HTTP (read: nonsecure) content from loading on HTTPS websites. Plus, there's a new Network Monitor feature to let devs see how quickly individual page components load and optimizations for OS X 10.7 that enable its scrollbar style and and the scroll bounce behavior Apple fans love.
Oh, and for you mobile fans, the Android Beta was updated today, too. Now, it's got an auto-hide Awesome Bar, a URL autocomplete function and an updated RSS feed reader that allows you to add feeds to with a long press on the aforementioned Awesome Bar. Pretty awesome, gents, now let's get these Beta features into a full release, and it'll be really awesome.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
The philanderers over at cheating site Ashley Madison recently polled more than 50,000 women to determine which brands and wardrobe staples they prefer for an extramarital tryst. Good question! Sort of like shopping advice for a very specific woman. And now, labels like Banana Republic, J.Crew, and Chico's are getting a racy-by-association makeover.
Anyone expecting a wardrobe of Kiki de Montparnasse and Agent Provocateur might be disappointed, as it seems adulteresses head straight to business-casual stalwarts to "spice" up their wardrobes: Banana Republic topped the list. According to CEO Noel Biderman, "If your spouse suddenly seems more consumed with style and putting outfits together after spending years in sweatpants, that is a telltale sign she could be two timing." In addition to brands, the survey points out "maxi dresses, colored skinny jeans, and pencil skirts with slits"— secretary fantasy, duh — as key trends in this growing sector. Accessories were also tabulated: If a friend starts wearing Aldo pumps or Ray-Ban aviators, perhaps it’s time to ask her how her marriage is going.
The (admittedly dubious) survey also revealed that 12.4 percent of cheaters admit to returning items worn during a rendezvous. Consider that a PSA to launder every item you buy at the mall.
Planet Labs Reveals First Images from Space; Announces Plans to Launch Fleet of Satellites to Understand the Changing Planet
CA, 26th June 2013
Planet Labs, a space and analytics company, announced plans to launch the world's largest fleet of Earth imaging satellites to image the changing planet and provide open access to that information. Today, they revealed the first images from their first two satellites.
Planet Labs' goal is to provide universal access to information about the changing planet. The company plans to achieve this by launching a fleet of Earth imaging satellites, called 'Doves', that when acting together can provide a new image of the planet at an unprecedented combination of resolution and frequency. To best enable this mission, the company has selected a low orbit for its constellation and an optical resolution of three to five meters – a scale that allows measurement of a tree canopy, but does not compromise individual privacy. This will enable monitoring of deforestation, help improve agricultural yields, track natural disasters and many other applications.
"Planet Labs will create an entirely new data set, with both humanitarian and commercial value," said Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. "We've become used to having imagery of the entire Earth. What we haven't yet understood is how transformative it will be when that imagery is regularly and frequently updated." Everyone from ecologists to citizen journalists will be able to track frequent changes to any place on the planet -- a frequency and coverage greater than ever seen before.
"We're seeing unprecedented innovation in the space industry, starting with SpaceX lowering the cost of access, and now with Planet Labs revolutionizing the satellite segment," said Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and member of the company's Board of Directors. "As Planet Labs' first outside investor, we are delighted to help the company execute on their unique vision to make the big data landscape of the planet more accessible."
A selection of images from the company's first two demonstration satellites, "Dove 1" and "Dove 2," launched in April 2013, are available on www.planet-labs.com. These demonstration missions extended the company's lab into space, and successfully validated key technologies and operations to enable future systems. Data from the upcoming fleet of satellites are scheduled to be available early next year. The company is engaging with select partners and customers to ensure the data service can easily be utilized for both humanitarian and commercial purposes.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Unity Announces Strategic Collaboration with Microsoft to Extend Free Platform Support for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8; Unveils Xbox One Support for Microsoft Studios' Development Partners
San Francisco, CA – June 27, 2013 – Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity multi-platform game engine and development tools, has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to collaborate on development tools for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox One. This collaboration will make it even easier for developers to bring popular games, entertainment and apps to Microsoft platforms.
Unveiled this morning during Microsoft's annual Build Conference in San Francisco, Unity will deliver the commercial version for its "Windows Store Add-on", now included in Unity 4.2 Release Candidate 1, with a commitment to ongoing support and innovation for Microsoft platforms. Under agreement with Microsoft, Unity Pro 4 licensed developers will receive a free license for the "Windows Store Add-on" once available this summer, a $1,500 value. The "Windows Store Add-on" includes support for both Windows Store apps and Windows Phone 8 apps.
In addition, Unity will develop tools for the Xbox One entertainment system, including support for many next-generation features such as enhanced Kinect gestures and recognition, multiplayer matchmaking, SmartGlass and the unlimited power of the cloud. Developers who build games published by Microsoft Studios will have access to Unity tools for Xbox 360 and Xbox One free of charge.
Unity offers a combination of power, efficiency and affordability that has made it one of the most popular game engines and development platforms in the world. The continued collaboration between Unity and Microsoft will make Microsoft's gaming ecosystem more accessible to nearly 2 million passionate developers in the Unity community.
"Our vision is to democratize game development and provide opportunity for all developers, from individuals to massive teams," said David Helgason, CEO, Unity Technologies. "Our collaboration will help further these goals by empowering our community to create games across Microsoft's powerful platforms. Their vision to provide the best outlet for games to be enjoyed parallels our own vision to build the best platform for games to be developed and we're excited to work with them to shape the future of the industry."
"Unity has established itself not only as an incredible development toolset and engine, but as a significant force for creative freedom and innovation in the games development community," said Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist of Microsoft's Developer & Platform Evangelism organization. "With Unity's commitment to support Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Xbox One and Xbox 360, Microsoft's gaming ecosystem will benefit from the wealth of ideas and imagination flowing from the Unity games development community."
Valve's Half-Life 2 along with Episodes One and Two are out of beta and available for download on Steam for Linux, the company announced today. While we welcome any Half-Life news, it's hard to not get disappointed when the number three isn't involved. Gordon Freeman's last known appearance uses the new SteamPipe content delivery system and "numerous" community bug fixes have been implemented.
That's not all! Oculus Rift (and other virtual reality device) support has been added as well. We aren't aware of any other VR units besides the Rift, but in March Valve told us it's pursuing hardware itself. Speculating about other VR systems isn't far from speculating about Half-Life 3's existence -- we don't know anything at this point. However, Linux gaming site Phoronix says to expect more good Valve Linux news in July. We reached out to Valve for more info and will update if we hear anything back.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 28, 2013) - Research In Motion Limited (doing business as BlackBerry(R)) (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported first quarter results for the three months ended June 1, 2013 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).
-- Revenue $3.1 billion, up 15% sequentially from the previous quarter
-- North America revenue grows sequentially 30%, APAC revenue grows 35%,
EMEA revenue grows 9%
-- LATAM revenue declines 6% as Venezuela foreign currency restrictions
negatively impact $72 million of service revenue recognition in the first
quarter; company gross margins negatively impacted by 2%
-- Shipments of 6.8 million smartphones, up 13% sequentially from the
-- GAAP loss from continuing operations of $84 million, or $0.16 per share
-- Adjusted loss from continuing operations of $67 million, or $0.13 per
-- Venezuela foreign currency restrictions impact reported GAAP earnings and
adjusted earnings by approximately $0.10 per share; excluding such impact,
adjusted earnings in-line with previously provided outlook of approaching
breakeven financial results
-- Cash flow from operations of $630 million
-- Cash and investments balance of $3.1 billion
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was $3.1 billion, up 15% from $2.7 billion in the previous quarter and up 9% from $2.8 billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2013. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 71% for hardware, 26% for service and 3% for software and other revenue. During the quarter, the Company shipped 6.8 million BlackBerry smartphones and approximately 100,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.
GAAP loss from continuing operations for the quarter was $84 million, or $0.16 per share diluted, compared with a GAAP income from continuing operations of $94 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.18, in the prior quarter and GAAP loss from continuing operations of $510 million, or $0.97 per share diluted, in the same quarter last year.
Adjusted loss from continuing operations for the first quarter was $67 million, or $0.13 per share diluted. Adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share exclude the impact of pre-tax charges of $26 million ($17 million on an after tax basis) related to the Cost Optimization and Resource Efficiency ("CORE") program. This impact on GAAP loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations are summarized in the table below.
The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $3.1 billion as of June 1, 2013, compared to $2.9 billion at the end of the previous quarter, an increase of approximately $200 million from the prior quarter. Cash flow from operations in the first quarter was approximately $630 million. Uses of cash included intangible asset additions of approximately $335 million and capital expenditures of approximately $83 million.
"During the first quarter, we continued to focus our efforts on the global roll out of the BlackBerry 10 platform," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. "We are still in the early stages of this launch, but already, the BlackBerry 10 platform and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 are proving themselves to customers to be very secure, flexible and dynamic mobile computing solutions. Over the next three quarters, we will be increasing our investments to support the roll out of new products and services, and to demonstrate that BlackBerry has established itself as a leading and vibrant player in next generation mobile computing solutions for both consumer and enterprise customers."
The smartphone market remains highly competitive, making it difficult to estimate units, revenue and levels of profitability. Throughout the remainder of fiscal 2014, the Company will invest in BlackBerry 10 smartphone launches, and the roll out of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, to continue to establish the new BlackBerry 10 platform in the marketplace. The Company will also invest resources to evolve BlackBerry Messenger into a leading cross platform mobile social messaging application, and launch other revenue initiatives associated with new services and emerging mobile computing opportunities. Based on the competitive market dynamics and these investments, the company anticipates it will generate an operating loss in the second quarter. The company will also continue to implement the cost savings and process-improving initiatives it started last year, in order to drive greater efficiency throughout the company, and redirect capital from these savings to areas of investment that will drive future revenue growth.
Reconciliation of GAAP loss from continuing operations before income taxes, loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations to adjusted loss from continuing operations before income taxes, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations:
(United States dollars, in millions except per share data)
For the three months ended
As Reported: GAAP Charges(1) Adjusted
------------ ------------ --------
Loss from continuing operations
before income taxes $ (164) $ 26 $ (138)
Loss from continuing operations (84) 17 (67)
Diluted loss per share from
continuing operations $ (0.16) $ 0.03 $ (0.13)
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-- Adjusted loss from continuing operations and diluted
loss per share from continuing operations include
the $72 million (approximately $50 million after tax
or $0.10 per share) impact on service revenue recognition
of the Venezuela foreign currency restrictions noted
Note: Adjusted loss from continuing operations before tax, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that the presentation of adjusted loss from continuing operations before taxes, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations enables the Company and its shareholders to better assess the Company's operating results relative to its operating results in prior periods and improves the comparability of the information presented. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in the context of the Company's GAAP results.
(1) As part of the Company's ongoing effort to streamline its operations and increase efficiency, the Company commenced the CORE program in March 2012. During the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company incurred approximately $26 million in total pre-tax charges related to the CORE program. Substantially all of the pre-tax charges are related to one-time employee termination benefits and facilities costs. During the first quarter of fiscal 2014, charges of approximately $10 million were included in research and development and charges of approximately $16 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.
FCC MOVES TO ENABLE USE OF 10 MHZ OF SPECTRUM FOR MOBILE BROADBAND
New service, licensing, and technical rules will enable flexible use services in the H Block
Washington, D.C. Today the Commission adopted a Report and Order that will increase the Nation's supply of spectrum for flexible use services, including mobile broadband, by opening 10 megahertz of spectrum in the bands 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz (H Block) for commercial licensing.
By enabling 10 megahertz of spectrum to be used for mobile broadband, the Report and Order furthers the Commission's efforts to ensure that the Nation's wireless networks have the capacity, speed and ubiquity to keep pace with consumers' expectations and ever rising demand for mobile services. It is also a step towards meeting its obligation under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Spectrum Act) to license 65 megahertz, including the 10 megahertz in the H Block, by February 2015.
The Report and Order pairs the two bands that comprise the H Block, and establishes that the paired bands will be licensed on an Economic Area basis and auctioned through a system of competitive bidding. In addition, the Report and Order sets technical rules to help ensure that operations in the H Block do not cause harmful interference to PCS downlink operations, consistent with a requirement in the Spectrum Act. Finally, the Report and Order adopts flexible use regulatory, licensing, and operating rules for H Block licensees.
Action by the Commission June 27, 2013, by Report and Order (FCC 13-88). Acting Chairwoman
Clyburn, Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai with Acting Chairwoman Clyburn, Commissioners
Rosenworcel and Pai issuing statements.
Docket No.: WT Docket No. 12-357.
Nearly six months after a plane carrying Vittorio Missoni and his family disappeared somewhere off the coast of Venezuela, the wreckage has finally been found north of the Los Roques archipelago. According to a press release from the brand, the plane was identified by an American ship called the Deep Sea, but they haven't looked inside it yet, so they're not sure if the bodies are in there. Authorities plan to investigate the remains to find out what caused the crash.
Following Kate Upton's momentous American Vogue cover debut, the magazine's Brazilian edition decided to give Gisele the month off for once and tapped Upton for July. In a white crop top, no less! Other observations:
1. Her other Vogue covers (Italian, British, and American, in that order) have styled her hair to look fluffy and Marilyn Monroe–esque, but this one has her hair slicked back and wet-looking. You can barely tell it's blonde. When will someone throw a brunette wig on her and "shock" everybody?
2. Her matching pencil skirt, coat, and crop top are from Miu Miu's spring collection, and it's a new look for her — normally magazines don't put her in voluminous silhouettes. Obviously it's falling off her shoulder a bit, because her clothes just can't ... stay ... on.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Yesterday in Beverly Hills, the actress attended Vanity Fair and CH Carolina Herrera's celebration of a new boutique opening on Rodeo Drive. She opted for a casual, chic look for the event, wearing a short-sleeved navy shift dress covered in white speckles and pointy nude ankle-strap kitten heels. She carried a simple black clutch and let her wavy ombré locks down. But her main accessory of the evening were her adorably giant specs; don't forget, Jones went to Harvard.
Now that Linux Mint 15 is available, it's only fair that we get a new MintBox to match. The CompuLab and Linux Mint teams won't disappoint us on that front: they've just previewed the MintBox 2, a big upgrade to their open source mini PC. The new version drops AMD processors in favor of an Intel Core i5 that's reportedly four times faster than the AMD T56 in the MintBox Pro. The refresh also doubles the storage to 500GB while adding a second gigabit Ethernet jack for server duties. CompuLab and Linux Mint haven't said how soon they expect the MintBox 2 to ship, but they're expecting a $599 price at Amazon.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
The couture shows are next week! And kicking them off will be Christian Lacroix, king of all things tulle and puffy and bow-covered, who returns to the schedule for the first time after his label's sad implosion in 2009. He's in charge of reviving the long-dormant House of Schiaparelli, which is currently owned by Tod's president Diego Della Valle, who bought the trademark seven years ago. The 18-piece collection, presented on mannequins in Les Arts Decoratifs, is a one-off for Lacroix; he'll then step aside to make way for a permanent creative director, rumored to be Rochas's Marco Zanini.
Since closing his bankrupt business (the photo above is from his last couture show), Lacroix has busied himself with a myriad of design projects, including luxury hotel decorations and knickknacks for the Louvre's gift shops. This collection will reflect his flair for theatrics and historical appropriation. He tells WWD, "It’s as if it was a musical about Schiaparelli, and I’m in charge of the costumes," adding that he shares many tastes with the late designer, whose name recognition got a boost from last year's Schiaparelli-and-Prada-themed Met Gala:
Fun! Although it is a little sad that he's not using live models. Let's not forget this is the man who used to put Carla Bruni in outfits like this:
Anyway, expect the unexpected! WWD adds that the collection won't be sold, which means it's purely for spectacle's sake — the best kind of couture presentation, in other words.
Xbox 360 strikes live TV deal with Time Warner Cable, promises 'up to 300 of the most popular channels' later this summer
In a landmark deal announcement for Xbox 360 and Time Warner Cable customers, we're excited to share a new partnership that will deliver up to 300 of the most popular live TV channels to Xbox 360 for Xbox Live Gold members. This deal, which will bring more live channels than any other experience on Xbox 360, will offer Time Warner Cable subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold membership the ability to watch their favorite shows from right from their Xbox 360 - including favorites like AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV and more. And unlike any other platform, you'll be able to control your entertainment using your voice via Kinect for Xbox 360.
"TWC TV is a significant addition to Xbox 360, bringing our customers their favorite entertainment in one place-enhanced TV experience, games, movies, music, sports and entertainment apps," said Blair Westlake, corporate vice president, Media & Entertainment Group at Microsoft. "Our partnership with TWC enhances all that is available on Xbox 360 today, which will we continue expand. We're thrilled to offer TWC TV to U.S. Xbox Live members and Time Warner Cable subscribers."
When the TWC TV app launches later this summer, you'll be able to download it right from the Xbox Live Marketplace, log-in with your Time Warner Cable credentials and start watching your favorite channels and programs instantly.
Mike Angus, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Video for Time Warner Cable said, "We look forward to introducing TWC TV to Xbox 360 and providing customers with this new viewing experience within the home. We are very excited about Microsoft's vision for entertainment and the vast possibilities Xbox offers."
At Xbox our vision has always been to provide all the entertainment people want in one place. With Xbox 360 we have a growing entertainment app portfolio of more than 120 voice-controlled apps, and we are happy to expand with the addition of TWC TV. We are equally excited to deliver new entertainment experiences with Xbox One launching later this year, which will allow you to instantly switch from watching live TV to playing a game with the sound of your voice. We will have more details to share about Xbox One entertainment in the coming months.when.eng("eng.pr.init")when.eng("eng.perm.init")
Summertime calls for relaxing dips in the ocean, tearful weddings, and unfortunately, sweaty morning commutes. Choosing a mascara for the hottest months of the year means opting for a waterproof formula. Finding the perfect one, however, can be difficult. Not only does it have to lengthen, separate, and add volume to your lashes, it also has to hold up throughout a full day's activities and be easy to remove at the end of the night.
As an Asian woman, I prefer waterproof mascaras because our lashes tend to be very straight, and angle downward. As time goes on, any curl will slowly weaken and the hair will droop, resulting in telltale smudges under the eye. In the past 12 days, I tried 11 different types. I looked carefully at the quality of the brushes and how well each formula was able to deliver on its promises, especially those that touted the look of fake lashes. For the brands that had indistinguishable effects on my eyes, packaging was the tie-breaker, because design matters.
Following one child's birthday party, a long night at the office, several outdoor runs, and a wedding during one of the most hot and humid days of the year, some fared better than others. Which deserved a repeat, and which left me mourning the loss of a few lashes? Click ahead to find out.
"North West, it sounds cool!" Fair enough.Sorry, I could not read the content fromt this page.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Google Search field trial adds Gmail contact info to your search results, promises Google+ profile support soon
If you've already signed up to Google's experimental field trials, you might have started to notice people you know appearing within search queries. Expanding on shipping and flight results offered previously, Google's pulling that information from your Gmail account, meaning that you'll be able to poll for contact numbers, addresses (and more) through the search box. Of course, only you will be able to see the results and the beta feature can even link up to voice search. It currently supports all of your Gmail contacts, while Google+ connections are in the pipeline for future field tests. You can sign up to the trials at the second link below.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
Jonathan Adler, the interior designer behind those collectible ceramic animals and cheeky needlepoint pillowcases, is now invading your bathroom with his pop-art-inspired bath and body collection. The hand wash and lotions are sold separately (for mixing and matching) or in sets of two. They're available in vibrant, summery scents of grapefruit, fig, and tomato. Buy them for yourself, or bring them to brighten up your weekend host's powder room.
Jonathan Adler Pop Bath & Body Collection, $22 each or $38 per set
Kate Moss and her fur-clad, nipply body double were photographed on a fashion set by the paparazzi in London a few days ago, and the resulting ads, for shoe label Stuart Weitzman, are already out. (Interesting side note: WWD reports that the paparazzi very kindly refrained from taking pictures of Moss during her smoke breaks, per her request.) This is Moss's second season with the brand.
But here's the real question: Why was it necessary to get Moss a body double for this? In addition to these print ads, Weitzman will roll out a video commercial later this summer, so chances are Moss got a (much younger) stand-in for some of the footage, which can't be airbrushed to death the same way that photographs can. Still, it says a lot that even Moss needs (well, "needs") these tricks.
See all of the photos, plus Lauren Hutton's Lucky Brand campaign and more, in our ever-expanding fall 2013 ads slideshow.
Kate Middleton's baby is almost here — her due date is in July — and now that she's holed up at her parents' house for the remainder of her pregnancy, the media has nothing to do but concoct rumors about her impending motherhood. We've rounded up all the information floating around the Internet, both factual and speculative, to quench your royal baby thirst. Read on for Kate's nursery color scheme, the name rumors, her birth plan, and all the other stuff you desperately need to know.
1. The Nursery
Kate is preparing two nurseries: one at her and Will's newly renovated apartment at Kensington Palace, and one at her parents' house in Bucklebury, where she'll reportedly stay for a few months after she gives birth (after his two weeks of paternity leave, William will return to his RAF duties). Her color scheme of choice apparently revolves around "herringbone brown," according to ABC News, which could be convenient for diaper accidents. She has supposedly purchased a $450 Moses basket as well as a Bugaboo Cameleon3 special edition stroller in jewel blue with black and white stripes. (Fun fact: Kate Hudson and Sienna Miller have the same stroller in different colors.) Last week, she was seen shopping for antiques near her parents house.
2. The Birth
There are conflicting reports about the due date, which is said to fall sometime between July 11 and 14. According to a detailed press release from St. James Palace, Kate intends to give birth naturally in a private wing of St. Mary's Hospital. She'll be attended to by her two gynecologists, and William will be present. Once the baby is born and all "senior" members of the royal family have been notified, the palace will announce the birth by putting a piece of paper on an easel out front that states the baby's gender, weight, and time of birth. They'll also tweet the news.
3. The Name
Kate and Will have chosen not to learn the baby's gender before its birth, and they've actually done a pretty good job of keeping it a secret. However, bookies have been taking bets on prospective names, and the current front-runner is Alexandra, one of the queen's several middle names, and also the name of William's godmother. The top boy name is George, which was the name of the Queen's dad as well as six previous British kings. Others in the running: Charlotte, which is Pippa's middle name (and the best name EVER, obviously), Philip, which is William's grandfather's name, and Elizabeth.
4. The Gifts
The Prime Minister of Australia knit the baby a little kangaroo stuffed animal, while Kate's uncle, Gary Goldsmith, told the Sun he plans to get the baby a tiny Chelsea football uniform.
5. Her Frame of Mind
Kate is "really enjoying her final weeks of pregnancy" and "finds pregnancy fascinating," according Us Weekly's unnamed source.
6. Other Random Tidbits
It's unclear whether Kate plans to breastfeed, but one woman wrote an impassioned op-ed for the Telegraph begging her to do so for "the good of the nation." The Duchess has also been taking cooking classes from the royal housekeeper, Antonella Fresolone.
Last night, a bunch of pretty people showed up in the middle of London's Kensington Gardens to attend the Serpentine Gallery's annual Summer Party. Typically a fashion designer plays host, and this year's shindig was placed under the tasteful watch of L'Wren Scott. Boyfriend Mick Jagger was in attendance; so was Sarah Jessica Parker. Also, a bevvy of tall, leggy models — and they all wore their hair down. Was there a pre-party model memo? A group text?
More likely just practical planning: London's cooler, less humid weather (when it's not raining) is probably more conducive to these kinds of 'dos. Because when frizz is a major factor, hair tends to get the shellac treatment. Let's break down the variations Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Georgia May Jagger and Karen Elson took on loose, shoulder-skimming hair.Like an angel.
Naomi Campbell: Shiny Bangs
Her hair is so shiny, it looks like she has a halo around her head. Can you see it? This is probably due to the model's inner wonderfulness. You can achieve a similar look with Oribe's Shine Spray.
Eva Herzigova: Disco Curls
All she's missing is a spectacular sequined jump suit and Donna Summers playing in the background. Mimic the look with the help of some hot rollers and volumizing mousse.
Kate Moss: Kate Moss
This is the model's signature. There's just enough height at the roots, touchable texture, and overall shine to suggest that this isn't a slept-in look from last night. Chances are her stylist worked in some of that new texture spray from Kerastase (she's the collection's spokesperson, after all).
Georgia May Jagger: I-Don't-Care Hair
The 21-year-old possesses the kind of easy, British glamour that usually calls for a blown-out look and painted red lip. Looks like someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Perhaps all she had time for was an oil-absorbing, hair-refreshing spritz of dry shampoo.
Karen Elson: Vintage Bob
Doesn't she always look like she's just stepped out of an old-timey movie? Her carefully styled earmuff curls seem to have benefitted from the heat of a curling iron and lots of hair spray.
Jacquetta Wheeler: Bring Back the Pixie
The model used to have a cropped cut that accentuated her delicate features. This shoulder length hair that's tousled (thanks to some texture spray) walks the Brooklyn Decker line.
The woman who stood in for Kate Moss in a few scenes from her forthcoming Stuart Weitzman commercial (the print ads came out yesterday) has been identified by British Vogue as Natalie Morris, an L.A.-based model-slash-actress who has also appeared in W as well as TV shows like Smallville and Portlandia. She was photographed by bored paparazzi on set this week while Kate was off smoking; at five foot eight, she's about Kate's height, and their proportions are similar. Some cursory Facebook stalking reveals that she hails from Oregon, enjoys Persian food, and spends evenings hanging out with her mom and poodle Shaboo.
Based on how much press she's gotten this week, being Kate Moss has been a big break for Morris. It's too early to call her the Keira Knightley of the modeling world (Knightley, as you may recall, got her start as Natalie Portman's double in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace), but she's well on her way to minor fame — perhaps more of the caliber of Kate Clark, Angelina Jolie's body double in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, or Zoe Bell, who was Uma Thurman's double in Kill Bill and did so well that Quentin Tarantino cast her as her own character in his next movie, Death Proof. Anyway, congrats, Morris! Perhaps more model body doubles of the world — who knew they even existed? — will come forth after this.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Yesterday was the day Microsoft made Windows 8.1 available as a public download; today's the day we ask "what's next?" Here at the company's annual Build developer conference, we sat down with Ted Dworkin, the man who oversees the Windows Store, to do a deeper dive on the store's latest redesign. In particular, we were curious about that new Bing-powered recommendation engine, and how it might become smarter over time. What ensued was a Pandora's box of a brainstorming session. Naturally, Dworkin wouldn't make any promises about what we'll see in future updates, but he did offer some compelling ideas about how Microsoft could take people's usage patterns into account when recommending apps. For instance, while Windows already knows which applications you've downloaded, a future version of the store might also be aware of which apps you use most frequently, which ones you've uninstalled, which ones you've shared, which ones you've pinned, which ones you've unpinned, et cetera. On a privacy note, the recommendation engine is already optional, so there's no reason why you couldn't disable this kind of data collection too.
For starters, this an interesting idea for the developers attending Build this week -- there are definitely people out there who download apps because they're testing them (or reviewing them) and not because they plan on using them every day. Even more broadly, though, who among us hasn't gone on a downloading spree, just to see what they liked? With usage patterns taken into account, you might get more useful picks, ones that ignore that random Twitter client or Angry Birds game you installed. Again, Dworkin wouldn't say for sure if Microsoft plans on implementing any of this, but our vote would be "yes" if it leads to more recommendations we'd actually use.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
FCC ACTS TO PROTECT PRIVATE CONSUMER INFORMATION ON WIRELESS DEVICES
Washington, D.C. – The Commission today took action to protect the privacy of consumers of wireless services by clarifying its customer proprietary network information (CPNI) policies in response to changes in technology and market practices in recent years. Today's Declaratory Ruling rests on a simple and fundamentally fair principle: when a telecommunications carrier collects CPNI using its control of its customers' mobile devices, and the carrier or its designee has access to or control over the information, the carrier is responsible for safeguarding that information.
Specifically, the Declaratory Ruling makes clear that when mobile carriers use their control of customers' devices to collect information about customers' use of the network, including using preinstalled apps, and the carrier or its designee has access to or control over the information, carriers are required to protect that information in the same way they are required to protect CPNI on the network. This sensitive information can include phone numbers that a customer has called and received calls from, the durations of calls, and the phone's location at the beginning and end of each call.
Carriers are allowed to collect this information and to use it to improve their networks and for customer support. Carriers' collection of this information can benefit consumers by enabling a carrier to detect a weak signal, a dropped call, or trouble with particular phone models. But if carriers collect CPNI in this manner, today's ruling makes clear that they must protect it.
The Declaratory Ruling does not impose any requirements on non-carrier, third-party developers of applications that consumers may install on their own. The ruling also does not adopt or propose any new rules regarding how carriers may use CPNI or how they must protect it.
The Commission can take enforcement action in the event that a failure to take reasonable precautions causes a compromise of CPNI on a device. This clarification avoids what would otherwise be an important gap in privacy protections for consumers.
Today's action is the latest by the FCC to protect consumer privacy as part of the agency's mission to serve the public interest. By taking action in this area, the Commission reaffirms that it is looking out for consumers in the telecommunications market.
Action by the Commission June 27, 2013, by Declaratory Ruling (FCC 13-89). Acting Chairwoman Clyburn and Commissioner Rosenworcel with Commissioner Pai approving in part/concurring in part. Acting Chairwoman Clyburn, Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai issuing statements.