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After Microsoft replaced Hotmail six months ago with its new webmail service, Outlook.com, the tech giant is now integrating Skype into its product portfolio by delivering it to users’ inboxes.
Microsoft’s rolling out browser-integrated Skype calling to allow its webmail users to make audio and video calls using Outlook.com.
“Some moments are just right for Skype. Now it’s in your Outlook.com inbox.”
Assuming you’ve set up an account with Skype and with Microsoft’s email service, the next step is installing a browser plugin that connects Skype and Outlook.com. Skype says the plugin will be available for most versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox.
That’s when you’ll have more options for how you want to reach out to friends. Engadget points out Microsoft’s competitors have already connected video calling to a messaging service.
“Gmail’s added easy access to hangouts and even Facebook has integrated Skype-connected video into its messaging so we suppose it’s necessary for feature parity, with the added bonus of Skype’s large install base.”
The update doesn’t actually come as much of a surprise. Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion back in October 2011.
Additionally, The Verge reports Microsoft promised Skype video calling from the web when it unveiled Outlook.com webmail in July, but “While Outlook.com has seen a number of updates over the months, including a calendar UI refresh, Skype integration has been missing in action.”
Gizmodo says the software is actually a preview. “…depending on feedback, it’ll be redesigned and improved. Microsoft doesn’t use the word beta but… uh, that’s what it means.”
Microsoft says it will start the roll out in the U.K. today, in the U.S. and Germany in the coming weeks, and the rest of the world will have a peek by the summer.
Have you ever thought about where we would be without the World Wide Web? It’s hard, isn’t it? Well its creators are celebrating the web’s 20 year anniversary by re-launching the first website ever created.
This not-so-glamorous-looking site is for the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It was created by CERN. It also operates the world’s largest particle physics lab. The site was meant to teach people about the World Wide Web project back in 1992.
The web actually dates back to 1989 thanks to CERN physicist Tim Berners-Lee. He created it to provide a networked system that “allowed CERN physicists to read and publish documents, and to create links between and within them.” (Via PC Mag)
But that initial vision has clearly changed to what we now think of as the Internet. In 1993, CERN made the World Wide Web technology available to the public for free. (Via BBC)
Yes, the Internet was free for some time after its birth. One of the collaborators on the project says making the technology free to the rest of the world wasn’t exactly a no-brainer.
“What we had was not a patentable, slick ‘App’, … The arguments were complex, the models untried, and it was not clear what would happen to [the World Wide Web] in either case.” (Via CERN)
That phrase “not patentable” also may be a thing of the past, as restrictions around digital rights management (or limits on what people can do with content like music or movies) continue to rise.
But while the web may not be the free knowledge collection Berners-Lee had hoped for, a writer for CNET explains some of CERN’s initial vision is still showing up on today’s web.
“The barriers for building Web sites and services are generally very low. That’s what’s made it possible for countless businesses to set up shop on the Internet, building a remarkably connected, global network of information.”
“A remarkably connected, global network of information” sounds an awful lot like Berners-Lee’s initial vision of CERN physicists having access to each others’ work. That being said, his vision formed long before anyone even thought of things like the Harlem Shake, or those cat videos.
One man stands out as a hero for risking his life for victims surrounding the events Boston Marathon bombings that rocked both the US and the world.
His name is Carlos Arredondo and he is noted during both the confusion and danger of the aftermath of what happened in Boston for sprinted into the chaos after the first bomb detonated. He was identified for personally removing debris and fencing from the wounded to clear a path for emergency personnel. His cowboy hat and long, dark hair make easy to stand out in many of the videos and photos taken at the scenes of carnage and chaos. (via The Boston Globe)
He grabbed someone’s sweater and used it to create a makeshift tourniquet for a young man who had lost his legs and was bleeding profusely; and as the second bomb exploded, Arredondo held the man’s artery closed with his bare hands and ran alongside the wheelchair after paramedics arrived to rush him to safety. (via The Daily Beast)
“Thank God I have the heart to go across and help the people. … I was putting on tourniquets with their own clothes. … I volunteer with the Red Cross. It was the right time to use what I know to help out.” (via YouTube / Joan Livingston)
Arredondo was at the marathon supporting a runner who was running in honor his sons. One had died while serving in the Marines, the other had committed suicide. He is a peace activist who displays makeshift memorials for his sons and other fallen soldiers.
According to the Daily Mail, Arredondo immigrated to the U.S. from Costa Rica and became a citizen in 2006. He was at the marathon with his wife, Melinda, who says she’s not surprised her husband rushed in to help but that the chaos was overwhelming.
“I know my husband, and he would go right in. They opened all the barricades that were keeping the public away. There were shards and people cut and injured. I couldn’t even get a text to him. Then I saw him, covered in blood.”
Although, Arredondo is not the only hero of the 2013 Boston Marathon explosion, but he is one of the first to be identified and honored for his actions during the devastation.
Google offered a $3 million donation to help setup a global anti-human trafficking hotline up and running.
“The global human trafficking network will work to share data and to develop a better response for victims. It joins together organizations in the US, southeast Asia and also Europe.” (Via CNN)
Google is hoping the money donated will help gather statistics from local, national and international helplines to create a data-driven network. This network envisages an improvement in efficiency in the fight against human trafficking. Google launched a commercial on Tuesday discussing its efforts.
“We think of trafficking as being similar to modern-day slavery. Trafficking is incredibly diverse. It’s extremely fluid. Traffickers are often moving quicker than the response is moving.”
SlashGear reports two other organizations have also joined the effort. One will donate data integration and an analytics platform and another will help scale call tracking to an international level.
Google has given more than $14 million to stop human trafficking since 2011. Analysts are calling this donation Google’s next step to end human trafficking all together with the wealth of information that will be available through this new international campaign.
The Microsoft Research team is constructing an epic map of the universe that they have called The WorldWide Telescope. It is being pieced together using data and photographs collected from the many telescopes around the world, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope allowing people to go boldly (if from the safety of our computers) to places where we have never ventured before.
It has been estimated that there are approximately 300 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, and about the same number of galaxies in our universe (although not all are solar systems). With the WorldWide Telescope, scientists and developers have graphed together a detailed 3D view of the universe that lets users view any planet, star or galaxy known to man. You can even view the entire universe in a single frame, that can make you come away feeling quiet insignificant in terms of all living space and matter.
Far from being a tool for agronomists and geeks Program Director Dan Fay hopes NASA that students from the primary school to graduate levels can use it as an educational resource. The Microsoft Research team have simplified The WorldWide Telescope to access and process data on a touch surface or desktop. With the touch of a couple of buttons and selection to zoom, you’re off and whizzing through the universe. The team plans to bring this magic soon to mobile devices such as IPAD’s and the like.
Microsoft has also released an API to allow programmers to adapt the technology so that they could construct custom tours and lessons.
Terry Orlick, Ph.D., has launched a new international school to teach positive living skills to people all over the world. His work has already influenced millions of people in the realm of focusing for excellence in high performance pursuits. Terry believes that this new school will address an unmet need in the education system. He was recently quoted as saying, “We teach people to read and write and do math and many other knowledge based pursuits, but there’s no teaching about how to be fully focused, happier, more fulfilled, compassionate human beings. We leave this to chance, and chance is not working well for the vast majority of people in our world.”
The school will be running their first workshop at Carleton University’s new River Building conference room, which overlooks the Rideau River, on Saturday, September 15. More details are available at http://www.plslearningsolutions.com
Terry Orlick has been a professor at the University of Ottawa in the school of human kinetics for over 35 years. He is one of the leading performance and life enhancement coaches in the world and has served as a consultant for many Canadian Olympic Teams, professional athletes, astronauts, surgeons, classical musicians and thousands of others engaged in challenging high performance pursuits. Terry was first introduced to many these skills when, at a young age, he performed as an acrobat with his family. He went on to lead the fields of high level performance excellence and focus training for positive living which has become his life’s mission.
Terry Orlick is the author of over 200 articles, 24 books and 8 audio CDs which have sold millions of copies worldwide. His highly acclaimed books include In Pursuit of Excellence, Positive Living Skills, Embracing Your Potential, Feeling Great, Nice On My Feelings and Cooperative Games and Sports.
His innovative audio CDs include the Zone of Excellence CD series for Performance Excellence and his Positive Living Skills audio CD Program for enhancing the lives of children, teenagers and adults in every corner of the world.
“Around the world, athletes, coaches, teachers, and performers know Terry Orlick as “the best” in his field. He has led the applied fields of mental training excellence and quality living for the past thirty-five years. Terry has more experience working directly one-on-one with great performers on enhancing the consistency of their performance and the quality of their lives than anyone in the world.” – Amazon.com
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No, she’s not.
From your friends at ICU Online.
The sun drenched city circuit of Valencia had perfect weather conditions and beautiful scenery for the second Spanish Grand Prix. Giant super yachts, palm trees and sea views surrounded the winding circuit, giving an almost tropical look to the whole race.
Sebastian Vettel got off to a fantastic start, though Lewis Hamilton struggled to fend off the Ferrari’s and ended up in fifth, with his team mate Jenson Button lying in seventh. An incredible overtake on lap 6 by Jenson Button over the Mercedes puts the Brit into fifth place, and gave him the space to advance he was looking for. Ten laps in, and already the leader Sebastian Vettel had pulled out a twenty one second lead on the former world champion Michael Schumacher. And continued to pull away throughout the whole race.
Lewis Hamilton rocketed past Michael Schumacher in lap 14 to secure 6th place on new tires. But Schumacher showed some of his old form as he overtook the force India with a broken front wing! The incident, which happened as he was exiting the pit lane, ended up dropping him far back in the field as he had to pit again to fix the damage.
Nick Heidfeld overtook Perez on the outside of a corner on lap 18 putting him up to 11th, then flew past Rubins Barechello straight after to take tenth.
Fernando Alonso stormed past Mark Webber to get himself into second place in true Ferrari style.
The Strategies in the Pits were fascinating as Ferrari came out and then went back, hoping to cause Red Bull to come in early and give them an edge. The speed and skill of the mechanics in each team was awesome to watch, as they raced each other for pit times, and gave their drivers their best possible opportunity.
Jenson Button had a difficult race, “boring” in his own words, as after his first few overtakes, he spent most of the rest of the race without seeing another car. His balance was out, and half way through his CURS failed, dropping him back even further.
Hamiltons frustration was self evident as his team radio clearly indicated. When told he needed to go faster, his answer was a curt,” I cant get any more out of it!”, and when informed that his tyres were too hot, he was emphatic that he couldn’t go any slower!
Vettel dominated the entire race right from the beginning, maintaining a vast lead throughout, and showing that he clearly aims to win his second world championship! Hamilton pitted on lap 43 for the third time, coming up on a battle between Button and Massa, thought the newer tyres proved their worth as he sailed past later on to gain fourth place.
The real interest lay in the best of the rest, with Buemi, Kobayashi, Diresta, and Petrov having an amazing battle from lap 47 onwards, with each driver no more than a cars length behind the other. They fought all the way to the end, tooth and nail, giving us a little more excitement than the rest of the race was providing.
Petrov and Kobayashi, fought for position, constantly overtaking and re-overtaking one another to give the fans a few heart stopping moments in an otherwise fairly tame race. Sebastian Vettel breezed through to win yet another Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso in Second,and Mark Webber in third. Lewis Hamilton was runner up in fourth, with Massa in fifth,and Button in sixth.
Were all intrigued to find out what the new changes, starting in Silverstone, will do to the cars on the track. Lets hope the changes make for a more exciting race to watch for the fans.
When the Royal Family says no funny business, they mean no funny business. The famous household forced the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to cancel a comedy group’s satirical commentary of the Royal Wedding. ABC’s Lateline sat down with one of the members.
Licciardello: “As far as I’m concerned the BBC had very different terms to some of the other feeds. And some of the other feeds that we were examining did not have the comedy restrictions that they are speaking about a couple of days ago… now all of a sudden they seem to have those comedy restrictions.”
Reporter: “No one can use this wedding for any purpose other than very serious reporting. I mean it’s very hard to believe that nobody around the world is going to use this footage for a little bit of comedy, little bit of satire, poke a little bit of fun at it.”
A writer for The Columbia Journalism Review has a bone to pick with the Queen — saying her royal highness is overreacting.
“Is it even possible to take this wedding seriously? A satirical feed, Chaser-style, seems a much more appropriate treatment than the kind of resource-wasting blanket coverage most networks are going with… What trouble can they really cause from a studio some twenty hours by plane away from Westminster Abbey?”
But Christoper Pearson of The Australian disagrees, and is appalled by people’s immature reactions to the the ban.
“She has intellectual property rights and powers over what happens in Westminster Abbey…
Like the Pope, she is sworn to uphold the Church of England and the dignity of its solemnities.”
ABC’s News Breakfast kept things light despite the serious-to-some subject matter with Chaser member Julian Murrow– who proved that ban or no ban, the Chasers won’t let royal pain make them lose their sense of humor.
Murrow: “No I think it’s fine, I’m sure this will blow over.”
Reporter: “So what do you have next, what’s in the offer for you guys?”
Murrow: “We’ve got two or three new series which we’re hoping to get canceled by various networks over the next six months, and we’re pretty confident at this rate, so… not sure at this point.”
Reporter: “Ya, I’ll look forward to those cancelations.”
Imagine waking up in the morning, going to work–and undressing. No, you’re not a stripper, but rather…a web coder? The Sydney Morning Herald explains the job would pay about $38,000 a year.
“The ad has been placed on craigslist, a classifieds website. Headed ‘Nude Web Coders Wanted’, it offers part-time or full-time positions and customers ‘who never meet you and will not know you are nude’.”
Of course there have been a few ‘cheeky’ responses. Animated news-makers for Taiwanese-run NMA TV certainly went all the way with this video:
ANCHOR READ OVER: “Boss Chris Taylor said Nude House is hoping to attract more females to ‘balance the numbers’. With seven applicants so far, Taylor said they are working hard to weed out the undesirables.”
Nude House founder Chris Taylor says his company is the only one in the world, as far he knows, to offer naturists proper work. But at least one writer in the blogosphere just doesn’t get it.
“I totally don’t understand the purpose of this, what does having clothes got to do with Coding?”
But Taylor insists he is just trying to provide a comfortable work environment for those looking to free themselves from the confines of clothes. All Headline News quotes the Nude House boss.
“‘Sex does not play a part in naturism – yes one is aware of differences in sex and size and shape and age of everyone, but the concern is on sales and technical ability, not availability.”
Taylor is looking to hire 16-17 workers–and interviews will be held in the nude as well.
BY JONATHAN KETZ
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN
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[Obaidi screaming to reporters]
Just days after Libyan woman Iman al-Obaidi ran into a hotel claiming 15 of Gaddafi’s military men had raped her– the accused sue her for slander.
Obaidi ran into a hotel full of journalists to tell her story- and Gaddafi loyalists forced her outside the hotel and into a car… where officials took her to prison- arrested for protesting in an anti-government movement. (Video from CNN and Al Jazeera)
The New Jersey Star Ledger writes, “Undeniably, she is brave… If his forces are willing to clamp down on dissent this way in full view of the world, imagine what they do when no one is watching.”
The Washington Post reports the government first insisted Obaidi was either drunk or mentally ill when she reported the rapes. CNN’s Reza Sayah points out the government even claimed Obaidi was a prostitute.
Reza: “In what is clearly an attempt by the Gaddafi regime to discredit Iman al-Obaidi even before all the facts are out, some regime officials have suggested she’s a promiscuous woman, leading a lifestyle they say, that’s not in keeping with Islam.”
Sky News’ Rhiannon Mills went to a press conference where officials claimed Obaidi’s back with her family now, a complete 180 from what the government had said before.
Spokesperson: “Ms. Iman has been released because of course she hasn’t committed any particular major offense. She just entered a place she wasn’t supposed to enter. She made claims about being kidnapped and raped.”
But Obaidi’s family says they still haven’t seen her- and that the regime is lying about where she is. Since the capture, Obaidi has become a hero among women in the country. Al Jazeera says women protesting in the city is a good sign for the rebel movement.
Anita: “The family’s defiance would have been unheard of two months ago, but the cracks are starting to show in Libya’s formerly coward population.”
But Obaidi may have to pay for her courage. Al Arabiya quotes her cousin — who says there are only one of two possible outcomes here.
“…the first that Obaidi will be killed and the second is that she will be declared insane, especially that the latter was already alleged by the authorities. … ‘Next time we might see [her sister] on Libyan TV confessing under gunpoint that Eman is insane or emotionally disturbed.’”
Obaidi had bruises on her face, legs and even blood on her inner thigh when reporters saw her. In a recent interview – Obaidi’s mother told CNN she’d – quote – “strangle” Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi if she saw him.
You’re watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy.
BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER
ANCHOR SALEM SOLOMAN
You’re watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy
“A new day and a nightmare for quake victims in Japan.” (Video Source: CNN)
“…has some Japanese calling this Japan’s Chernobyl.” (Video Source: CBS)
JOHN LARGE: “…and we know about 170,000 people have now been evacuated, so clearly they are preparing for the worst case.” (Video Source: ITN)
From earthquakes, to tsunamis, to nuclear meltdowns, it’s hard to imagine things getting much worse for Japan–but where there’s a media, there’s a way.
One theme dominating the coverage is “can it get any worse?” Media outlets take a look at the worst case scenarios. (Video Source: RT)
“There are now three power plants in Japan where there are fears about radiation.” (Video Source: Sky News)
“…could overheat and meltdown, releasing radioactivity into the environment.” (Video Source: MSN)
“Japan has declared an emergency alert at another nuclear power plant in the Northeast of the country. Radiation levels of about 700 times higher than normal have reportedly been detected.” (Video Source: RT)
One YouTube user was compelled enough to warn Americans of impending radioactive doom.
“The wind was blowing to the east of Japan, and the picture you’re looking at suggests where it’s gonna go. With the current… situation, wind current and so on and so forth, so I don’t know what more to say to you, I don’t have the knowledge to advise you anymore… “
Fox News interviewed nuclear power expert Joe Cirincione, who says the likelihood of America having a similar fate is very, very possible.
“[A] trifecta of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in the U.S. remains a possibility…Diablo Canyon in California is ‘a classic case of a very large nuclear reactor in an area that’s seismically active…’”
…and the disaster anxiety has indeed spread overseas. A writer for Canada Free Press imagines a monster volcano exploding in the U.S.
“If the Yellowstone Park caldera, the largest potential volcano in the U.S. should explode, it would have a comparable affect and there isn’t a damn thing that can be done about it.”
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In Bahrain, thousands of people have returned to Pearl Roundabout, the centre of anti-regime protests and the scene of two separate attacks by security forces. But police and soldiers have now left the area and the government says talks with opposition groups are under way.
- In the above video Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports from Manama where many protesters say they won’t be attending.
This time last year Bahrain was being heralded as one of the best places in the world to visit, the Formula one circuit began in Bahrain last year and praised the citizens for their grace and hospitality. This year however Bahrain faces its most embarrassing media coverage to date, having massacred its own people, needing to cancel the F1 opening and now facing the backlash of its citizens how will the Bahrain leadership ever regain the trust of its people.
Around the world there seems to be a revolt against oppressive regimes who lead with an iron fist and brute force, it seems people have realized there is strength in numbers, leadership is usually made up of 1% of the country with 99% being dictated to.
We seem to be learning from the middle east that 99% is actually a greater force than the 1% and that there must now be a more mature and reasonable way of communication between government and citizens. To use extreme violence, murder and death as a means to control people has been the way of dictators of the past, will there be a time when these actions will be confined to history books instead of breaking news?
Let’s learn something, not necessarily their method but their mentality.
The calmness of the area is respected, something I also have much respect for.