September is here, summer is drawing to a close, but not to worry – it’s going to be a bloody good month to go to the cinema.

Check out some of the films we’re looking forward to seeing here:

Sausage Party (02/09)

Whats it about?Food items are horrified to discover what actually happens after humans take them home from the supermarket.

Whos in it?Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, James Franco, Michael Cera and Salma Hayek.

Is it good?It’s probably the weirdest film you’ll see all year, but it’s hilarious.

Don’t Breathe (09/09)

Whats it about? A group of friends attempt to rob a wealthy blind man, but they quickly find out that he’s a lot more capable (and violent) than they’d thought…

Whos in it? Stephen Lang, Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette

Is it good?Reviews have been very positive, and people are already suggesting that this could be the best horror of the year…

Blair Witch (15/09)

Whats it about?After James finds a video that he believes shows his (missing) sister in the notorious Blair Witch woods, he and a group of friends head there themselves, hoping to find her.

Whos in it?Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson and Valorie Curry.

Is it good?We haven’t seen it yet, but director Adam Wingard (V/H/S, You’re Next) claims it’s his scariest movie yet.

Cafe Society (02/09)

Whats it about? A young New Yorker moves to 1930s Los Angeles, and promptly falls in love with his uncle’sbeautiful young secretary.

Whos in it?Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell and Blake Lively

Is it good?Reviews have been largely positive, with loyal fans of Woody Allen sure to enjoy his most recent effort.

Bridget Jones’ Baby (16/09)

Whats it about?Bridget Jones, now divorced from Mark Darcy, gets pregnant, but has no idea who the father is. Is it her ex-husband, or her handsome rebound, the American Jack Qwant?

Whos in it?Rene Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey and Emma Thompson

Is it good? Watch this space…

The Girl with all the Gifts (23/09)

Whats it about?Based on the best-selling horror novel, this looks at a scientist and a teacher living alongside some very special children in a post-zombie-apocalypse hell.

Whos in it?Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine

Is it good?Reviews have been mixed, but fans of the zombie genre should be delighted.

Imperium (16/09)

Whats it about?An FBI agent goes undercover to take down a radical neo-Nazi group.

Whos in it?Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette and Sam Trammell.

Is it good?Yes – Imperium has attracted some high praise (apparently it’s tense and terrifying) with Radcliffe’s performance in particular seriously making some waves.

The Magnificent Seven (23/09)

Whats it about?Seven “magnificent” men come together to help a village defend themselves from thieves in this remake of the 1960 Western classic.

Whos in it? Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.

Is it good? Watch this space…

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (30/09)

Whats it about?Investigating his grandfather’s death, Jacob stumbles across a strange home filled with “peculiar children”.

Whos in it?Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson and Asa Butterfield

Is it good?We’ve yet to see it, but if Tim Burton’s other work(and the book that this film is based on)is anything to go by, we should be very excited…

Swiss Army Man (30/09)

Whats it about?A man stranded on a desert island gets some company in the shape of a (still farting) corpse that washes up on the beach.

Whos in it?Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe.

Is it good?This film polarised audiences when it first screened – some walked out in disgust, others gave it a standing ovation. You’ll have to judge for yourself whose side you’re on.

Read more: http://www.hellou.co.uk/2016/08/what-movies-are-coming-out-in-september-102996/

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Wow, is the week over already? It seems like only yesterday we were upgrading our iPhone software to iOS 6.

Perhaps you skipped the update altogether, and decided to camp out and get yourself a shiny new iPhone 5. Or maybe you just spent the week playing video games in your underwear, and watching reruns of Lost. Don’t worry, we’re not here to judge.

What we are here to do is keep you updated on all the resources around the Internet you may have missed. Much of the content this week focused on updates, both to Apple’s mobile software and Twitter profile layouts.

There were also some tips for you movers and shakers in the business world. We had advice on how to avoid job scams, how to get a good job and how to maximize your performance once you get that job.

Gadgets galore, apps aplenty and advice that’s nice — There’s all of this and more in this week’s features roundup.

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A new report published by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), a UK educational charity, has received extensive coverage in the media as clear evidence that video games are “bad” for children. The findings are less apocalyptic than what you might have read so far.

The study’s aimwas to examine how young peoples use of computers and access to the Internet might impactfinal grades achieved in their GCSEs, a qualification that British students obtain at 16. The study was conducted in Northern Ireland on 611 students, as well as 41 parents and 18 teachers of the pupils. Possible confounding factors such as socio-economic background of the students and their educational needs were also taken into account.

Students benefit from having a computer and being familiar with the software, the study confirms. It highlights how students that have access to word processing and presentation programs are significantly more likely to achieve higher grades than the students that did not. They also found that the highest achieving pupils were the ones who spent a moderate to high amount of time on a computer (1-3hours a day), regardless of what they were actually doing on the computer.

The report goes on to analyze different aspects of information and communication technology.In general, teachers and parents were found to believe that usage of mobile phones, social media and gaming play a part in pupils’ poor academic achievements. Contrary to this idea, the study didnt find any relationship between time spent on social media or mobile phone usage and poor performance in school.

What the study did find, however, was that among those gamerswho used a portable gaming console more than twice a day, only a smallproportion (41%)achieved the highest grades.This has been reported elsewhereas the “smoking gun” of the damaging effect of video games, but the NCB study also failed to find any significant difference betweenthe grades of those classed as regular gamers (gaming oncea day) to occasional gamers.

In fact, recent studiesin the United Statesand in Englandhave highlighted how low levels of regular gaming (less than anhour per day) can actually have a positive impact on a student academic achievement. The report advises caution in the interpretation of these results and suggests a need for more detailed studies to understand the potential underlying cause, in addition to intensive gaming, which could possibly lead to poor academic performances.

In general, though, the study shows an overwhelmingly positive impact of ICT literacy on the pupils’ achievements in school, and the study recommends investment in young people’s access to ICT.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/impact-technology-and-gaming-children-s-academic-achievements

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With the help of a laser-range finder, a laptop and a Microsoft Kinect, researchers at MIT have created a wearable piece of equipment that can map out a building in real time.

The prototype, called SLAM (short for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), was announced today.

Essentially, SLAM operates as a second pair of eyes by generating a virtual map of the user’s location (think: real-time strategy video games.) Creators of the device say they hope firefighters and emergency personnel will use the device to help them more easily navigate through thick smoke during fire emergencies.

Watch the video above to learn more. How else can real-time mapping be used? Let us know your thoughts below.

Image courtesy of Flickr, GEEK ASiA

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/09/26/mit-microsoft-kinect-mapping/

Lefties unite.

1. Walking into a classroom full of these:

Walking into a classroom full of these:

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And having an endless search until you find the HOLY GRAIL:

And having an endless search until you find the HOLY GRAIL:

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2. These medieval torture devices:

These medieval torture devices:

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3. Mugs don’t care about you.

Mugs don't care about you.

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And even when they do no one can read your funny message to them.

And even when they do no one can read your funny message to them.

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4. Banks don’t care about you.

Banks don't care about you.

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5. Ice cream doesn’t care about you.

Ice cream doesn't care about you.

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6. Can openers exist to cause you pain:

Can openers exist to cause you pain:

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7. Video games are unplayable.

Video games are unplayable.

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SONY

8. Upside-down measuring tape.

Upside-down measuring tape.

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EVERYTHING IS UPSIDE-DOWN.

9. Spiral notebooks, oooooh spiral notebooks.

Spiral notebooks, oooooh spiral notebooks.

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Hope you like circle imprints!

10. Having to answer the question “Are you left-handed?” literally every time you use your left hand.

Having to answer the question "Are you left-handed?" literally every time you use your left hand.

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Every. Single. Time.

Every. Single. Time.

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11. Crossword puzzles will never be readable.

Crossword puzzles will never be readable.

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12. Upside-down decals.

Upside-down decals.

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13. Binder. BINDERS.

Binder. BINDERS.

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14. Writing with a pen and having the pen cap slowly unscrew.

Writing with a pen and having the pen cap slowly unscrew.

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15. If you ever have to fire a weapon, WATCH OUT:

23 Soul-Crushing Problems Only Left-Handed People Understand

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16. Cards.

Cards.

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17. Credit card swiping.

Credit card swiping.

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18. The zipper conspiracy.

The zipper conspiracy.

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WHY IS IT THE WAY IT IS? WHAT ARE ZIPPERS HIDING?

19. Having to find a baseball mitt in gym class.

Having to find a baseball mitt in gym class.

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20. Spending your entire life bumping elbows with righties.

Spending your entire life bumping elbows with righties.

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21. Getting unnaturally excited when you see a celebrity is a lefty:

Getting unnaturally excited when you see a celebrity is a lefty:

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YOU ARE OURS, SCARJO.

Or when you see a cartoon is a lefty:

Or when you see a cartoon is a lefty:

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THANK YOU, BASED ANNA.

22. Being so much smarter than righties.

23 Soul-Crushing Problems Only Left-Handed People Understand

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Shhhhh. Let’s just have something.

23. And, of course:

And, of course:

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SILVER SURFER HAND.

SILVER SURFER HAND.

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THE STRUGGLE IS REAL.

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1. Joe Hill

Twitter Handle: @joe_hill

Twitter Bio: “Author of NOS4A2, HORNS, and HEART-SHAPED BOX. Co-collaborator, with @GR_Comics, on LOCKE & KEY, an ongoing comic. Tumblr: http://joehillsthrills.tumblr.com.”

Why? This follow makes sense, not only because Hill himself is a wildly successful horror writer (do not miss his aforementioned comic book series with artist Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke and Key) but also because he is Stephen King’s son. When in doubt, follow family.

2. Owen King

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Twitter Handle: @OwenKingwriter

Twitter Bio: “Author of the novel Double Feature and other popular favorites. Stories in One Story, Prairie Schooner, etc.”

Why? Owen King, like Joe Hill, is also a writer… and a son of Stephen King. Owen is the youngest of the King progeny, and his debut novel, Double Feature, was released this year (you can listen to him discuss it on NPR here). Second son, second follow.

3. Neil Gaiman

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Twitter Handle: @neilhimself

Twitter Bio: “will eventually grow up and get a real job. Until then, will keep making things up and writing them down.”

Why? Neil Gaiman, like Stephen King, is a masterful writer. He is also a master of something which Stephen is not: Twitter. Perhaps King is looking for some tips… or maybe they’re just friends (in which case I would like a co-written book à la Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens right away, please and thank you).

4. The New Yorker

Twitter Handle: @NewYorker

Twitter Bio: “The New Yorker is a weekly magazine with a mix of reporting of politics and culture, humor and cartoons, fiction and poetry, and reviews and criticism.”

Why? It’s The New Yorker and he’s Stephen King. They know each
other.

5. Goodreads

Twitter Handle: @goodreads

Twitter Bio: “The largest site for readers and book recommendations. Find new books, recommend books, track your reading, join book clubs, win advanced copies, and much more!”

Why? Stephen King has always been good about interacting with his fans (check out his humorous yet helpful FAQ page on his author website, for example), so it would make sense that he’d start following one of the best (and largest) online books communities around.

6. Kelly Braffet

Twitter Handle: @KellyBraffet

Twitter Bio: “Author of the novel SAVE YOURSELF (available now from Crown Publishing) and constant battler against the chaos.”

Why? Kelly Braffet is a writer, and is married to the aforementioned youngest of the King clan, Owen. You can read Publishers Weekly’s starred review of her recent novel, Save Yourself, here.

7. Laura Miller

Twitter Handle: @magiciansbook

Twitter Bio: “Writer for Salon + NY Times, author of Magician’s Book: Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia”

Why? Laura Miller, author of The Magician’s Book and queen of all things reading at Salon, kicked up a lil’ controversy earlier this year by defending Stephen King’s well-documented dislike of Stanley Kubrick’s film version of The Shining. Two days later she published a rave review of King’s latest (and sequel to The Shining) Doctor Sleep, rating it “among King’s best books.” A good ally to have, should King find himself in a twitter spat.

8. Margaret Atwood

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Twitter Handle: @MargaretAtwood

Twitter Bio: “author”

Why? She’s Margaret fucking Atwood. Another master of writing, who is also a master of Twitter. She’s also gotten Stephen King’s sweetest tweet yet:

9. Kurt Sutter

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Twitter Handle: @sutterink

Twitter Bio: “Writer, Director of television and film. Creator/EP, Sons of Anarchy.”

Why? Stephen King made a guest appearance in episode three, season three of Sons of Anarchy. His character’s name was “Bachman,” an allusion to King’s pen name, Richard Bachman (more on that here). King wrote a bit about the experience on his site, and obviously had a blast (even if the motorcycle they put him on was, as King put it, “a little tricked-out for my taste.”)

10. Linwood Barclay

Twitter Handle: @linwood_barclay

Twitter Bio: “Crime novelist, ex-columnist, former trailer park operator”

Why? Because Stephen King is a fan. “Where has Linwood Barclay been all my life?” he once wrote in his column for Entertainment Weekly. King would later say, “My idea of a sweet ride is three days of rain, a fridge filled with snacks, and a new Linwood Barclay.” The Twitter bromance between these two could be epic.

11. Mary Karr

Twitter Handle: @marykarrlit

Twitter Bio: “Mary Karr’s memoirs are The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit; her four books of poetry include Sinners Welcome and Viper Rum.”

Why? “I was stunned by Mary Karr’s memoir, The Liars’ Club. Not just by its ferocity, its beauty, and by her delightful grasp of the vernacular — but by its totality — she is a woman who remembers everything about her early years.” That’s a line from the early pages in Stephen King’s incredible book, On Writing. If you’re a writer or aspiring writer and have not yet read On Writing please stop reading this post and go do so now.

12. Reverend Naomi King

Twitter Handle: @revnaomi

Twitter Bio: “Unitarian Universalist teacher, knitter, reader, coffee drinker, lover of life!”

Why? Yes, Reverend Naomi King is Stephen King’s middle child, but she is also a kick ass minister who uses social media to help get out her message of kindness and generosity. A good follow should King find himself balking at the crueler sides of Twitter.

13. Sons of Anarchy

Twitter Handle: @SonsofAnarchy

Twitter Bio: “The official twitter account for SONS OF ANARCHY ON FX.”

Why? As mentioned above, Stephen King has had a guest appearance on the show, but one has to wonder, does this mean “Bachman” might be returning to Charming, CA?

14. Kim Coates

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Twitter Handle: @KimFCoates

Twitter Bio: “I can’t tell you how to succeed… but I can tell you how to fail, by trying to please everyone.”

Why? Kim Coates’ love-to-hate character on Sons of Anarchy, “Tig,” shared the screen with “Bachman” when Stephen King made his guest appearance on the show. The only other actor in the scene was…

15. Katey Sagal

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Twitter Handle: @KateySagal

Twitter Bio: “Actress, wife, mother. Currently playing Gemma on FX’s Sons of Anarchy”

Why? Katy Sagal, along with Kim Coates, shared the screen with Stphen King when he made his cameo on Sons of Anarchy. King wrote that the two actors “treated me like a professional, which I most assuredly am not.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/isaacfitzgerald/the-first-people-stephen-king-followed-on-twitter

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Ed Sheeran and Macklemore perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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LAS VEGAS — What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

Videocameras descended upon Sin City for the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which was pre-taped over the weekend for its Sept. 29 and 30 broadcast on The CW.

Once televised, the festival will treat viewers with exhilarating performances from radio stalwarts like One Direction, Lorde, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris and Usher.

Among the most memorable moments: Ed Sheeran teamed up with Macklemore on LGBT anthem “Same Love;” Taylor Swift teased her upcoming album with “Shake It Off;” Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea brought rap flavor to the otherwise pop- and rock-heavy event; and Coldplay and Train reminded us why we’re Generation Selfie.

Mashable attended the festival to bring you a sneak peek at what you’ll see. So set your calendars because these are 15 moments you won’t want to miss on TV.

1. Ed Sheeran Duets With Macklemore on ‘Same Love’

Ed Sheeran kept his set simple filling the stage with just himself and his guitar to show off songs from his recent chart-topping sophomore album, X. But unexpectedly, the British crooner brought out Macklemore to tag-team on “Same Love,” the “Thrift Shop” rapper’s LGBT anthem that’s typically performed by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert.

2. Coldplay and Train Infuse Their Sets With Seflies

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What do you do when your audience begs you for a selfie while you’re performing onstage? Well, if you’re Chris Martin of Coldplay or Pat Monahan of Train you grab their phones, grant their wishes and show them how a celebrity selfie is really done.

3. Paramore Lets Young Fan Sing ‘Misery Business’

Hayley Williams of Paramore invited a fan to belt “Misery Business” (see 4:00 mark in the video, above) She gave the fan, Mariah, some solo time to shine before joining her for the head-banging chorus.

4. Taylor Swift Reminds All of Us About ‘1989’

Can you guess what year Taylor Swift was born by just watching that Instagram? Ding, ding, ding. 1989 is correct and it’s also the title of her upcoming pop album. Swift, who opened the entire festival with an impressive medley of hits as “1989” flashed in the background, closed her set with the album’s lead single, “Shake It Off.” Swift also performed a slowed-down, dramatic remix of “Love Story.”

5. Pete Wentz ‘Crowd Surfs’ on Inflatable Raft

Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy surfed amid the crowd inside an inflatable boat, high-fiving fans on his way back to the stage during Steve Aoki’s set.

6. Usher Lights Shoes on Fire With Chris Brown

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One way to heat up a dance-off against surprise guest Chris Brown is to light your shoes on fire. That’s what Usher did during their duet of “New Flame.”

7. Nicki Minaj: ‘They Deserve to Be Shitted On’

“Anaconda” rapper Nicki Minaj paused her booty-shaking routing to deliver some words of wisdom: “If you’ve got somebody in your life that don’t want to see you shine, put your number twos in the air ’cause they deserve to be shitted on.”

8. Zac Brown Band Covers ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

The Zac Brown Band incited one of the biggest sing-a-longs of the weekend with an intriguing cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

9. Steve Aoki Throws Bakery Cake at Fans

Like clockwork, electronic house musician Steve Aoki once again hurled a bakery-style cake at some rowdy fans. No champagne showers this time, though.

10. Alicia Keys Puts Baby Bump on Display

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Usher plays with Alicia Keys’ baby bump at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

When he wasn’t lighting his shoes on fire, Usher was spotted backstage playing with 8-months pregnant Alicia Keys’ baby bump, which graced the stage during her inspiring performance of “We Are Here.”

11. Ariana Grande and Childish Gambino Join Forces

Childish Gambino hopped onstage during Ariana Grande’s set to perform “Break Your Heart Right Back,” their duet that samples Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” and Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out.”

12. Weezer Jams Out With 4-Man Drum Segment

Representing the alternative rock genre, Weezer closed their set with the 1994 classic “Buddy Holly” and a 4-person drum session.

13. Lorde’s Hair Flips Out

Are you OK, Lorde? Just kidding. We know you give it your all with your vocals and free-spirited, manic moves — but apparently your hair has a life of its own, too.

14. Jennifer Lawrence Supports Chris Martin

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Jennifer Lawrence walks backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Image: Mark Davis/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

With dating rumors between Coldplay’s Chris Martin and actress Jennifer Lawrence already aflame, J-Law added some gasoline to the fiery rumors by being spotted backstage the same night night Coldplay performed. Consciously coupled. That’s still unofficial.

15. Ed Sheeran Takes Us Back With ‘No Diggity’

In a soulful mashup, Ed Sheeran smoothly blended his new single “Don’t” with Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” and Chris Brown’s “Loyal.”

BONUS: 24 Musical Tattoos That Strike the Right Chord

Zander Mahaffey scheduled his suicide note to be published via his Tumblr account. Now users are creating posts with #hisnamewaszander to honor his memory.

1. Trans teen Zander Mahaffey, a freshman at South Cobb High School in Austell, GA, died after posting a suicide note on his Tumblr on Sunday, Feb. 15.

2. The note read: “I am a boy, even if the [world] doesn’t see me as one. But I know in my heart I am a boy. I’m 15 years old, I love the internet, I’m an anime weeb, I love video games too.”

In his writing he discussed problems with his mother, experiences with sexual assault, and emotional bullying. The note concludes, “I know there’s going to be people hurt and devastated by this. And I’m so, so, sorry about that. I don’t know what else to say. I’m just so tired, I’m so tired and I just want to go to sleep.”

3. The funeral proceedings and obituary used only Zander’s birth name and female pronouns, prompting a massive response on Tumblr and other social media outlets with people using #hisnamewaszander:

4. Artwork and messages of support are being shared on a memorial blog with the statement: “Rest In Power.”

7. Many messages connect Zander’s death with the recent, and widely publicized, suicide of trans teen Leelah Alcorn.

8. Tumblr users are also reblogging posts from Zander’s original Tumblr blog on which he stated: “My name’s zander. I’m trans and here to win.”

9. The hashtag has been used over 8,000 times on Twitter as well:

If u aren’t prepared to accept your child unconditionally, you don’t deserve that child #HisNameWasZander

— metaIpuppy (@røbin)

#HisNameWasZander another young person lost to transphobia, another person with the wrong name on their headstone. rest in peace.

— cinefck (@audrey)

reading Zander’s suicide note is heartbreaking, i’m trying not to give up on the world, transphobia NEEDS to be recognised #HisNameWasZander

— trashboyjeanbo (@im gay)

how often does transgender suicide has to happen before people acknowledge how bad and big this problem is #HisNameWasZander

— williamspizza (@nick)

Another trans teen suicide. Rest In Power, brother #HisNameWasZander

— J_Manasa (@Josh Lee)

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression there are resources for help:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Transgender Lifeline (USA): +187 756 588 60

Samaritans (UK): 08457 90 90 90

Suicide Prevention (Aus): 13 11 14

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/tumblr-users-honor-the-memory-of-transgender-teen-who-commit

There are a number of weird things about this video, in a which a guy with a thick Appalachian accent proclaims, “This is why you don’t buy an iPad from Wal-Mart.” He and another guy then toss what looks like an iPad box back and forth inside of a stockroom before dropping one on the floor, with a resounding clack. It’s the sole video uploaded by this anonymous account; it almost seems fake. But when I called the Wal-Mart in Pikeville, Kentucky (population 6,903 as of 2010), where the video was allegedly shot, and asked about it, a woman on the other end of the phone simply said, “That’s already been taken care of,” and promptly hung up before I could reply. (One of the commenters on the video, xreturnwthhonorx, said, at approximately 12:05 p.m., “All 3 men have been fired, and must pay for all damaged products.”)

Here’s the thing: Your iPad, your cell phone, your Xbox — your anything — has been treated almost this exact way, no matter where you bought it. Whether it was the UPS guy, or a reckless stockroom employee, your precious has probably been shaken, rattled, rolled, punted, slammed, or all of the above. And it’s fine. That’s precisely what the packaging has been designed to withstand.

For all of the increasingly precise manufacturing that goes into our electronics and the sophistication of the supply chain that delivers them in precise, targeted quantities to Best Buys and Wal-Marts and Amazon, humans are still a fundamental part of getting them into your hands. They get tired and drop things. Or careless, and throw things. That hasn’t changed — and it won’t — and the people designing the carefully molded plastic and recycled paper coffins for your iPad know that. It’s built into the design. It’s why your device is suspended in the middle of a box, comfortably cradled in a plastic tray. Which makes the shrinking packages over the last few years all the more remarkable achievements of engineering and design.

Amazon is perhaps the most functionally brilliant packaging designer around — no surprise, since it’s in the shipping business, and broken wares could cost it a ton of money (given that it just lost money for the quarter, that would be bad). The new Kindle Paperwhite box is a testament to just how good Amazon’s gotten at packaging. When this slim, black geometric shape arrives in the mail, there is no separate box inside, just your new Kindle. Amazon’s built a single box that holds the Kindle and withstands all the brutalities of the postal system.

So throw your iPad box down when you get it. Hurl it at your wall. Play the drums on it. Your iPad is fine, no matter where you bought it.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/mattbuchanan/guys-throwing-ipads-in-the-back-of-a-walmart