New trailers: ‘The Pyramid,’ ‘Winter Sleep,’ ‘Rosewater,’ ‘Harmontown,’ and ‘The Connection’

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Each week’s new trailers are starting to look more and more different as we head out of the summer. Forget Michael Bay’s explosions — we’re stepping toward October’s horror films and this winter’s award contenders. We’ve got a bit of all that below, along with some other fun films that are coming up ahead.

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Trademarking charity: ALS Association wants to own ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

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No one could’ve predicted what a sensation the Ice Bucket Challenge would become. It’s everywhere. It’s unavoidable. And now that it’s earned the ALS Association over $94 million in charity, the organization has filed for a trademark seeking ownership of the phrase “ice bucket challenge.” The August 22nd filings also request a trademark covering “ALS ice bucket challenge,” a slightly-more-specific description that’s proven equally popular across Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other social media. The ALS Association wants complete control over “ice bucket challenge” whenever the three words are being used for charitable fundraising purposes.

The move is raising some eyebrows, but it’s not hard to understand where the ALS Association…

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Algorithms will start hunting down extra-loud TV commercials next year

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Some TV commercials are about to get even quieter. Back in 2011, Congress passed a law requiring that commercials aren’t broadcast any louder than the TV shows airing around them, and now the FCC is making some minor adjustments that’ll help to better enforce that. Since the beginning of the rule’s enforcement in late 2012, a commercials’ loudness has been determined by its average volume — but beginning next June, that’ll change. A new algorithm will ignore silent or particularly quiet parts of a commercial that might be used to balance out particularly loud parts elsewhere.

“[The new algorithm] is intended to more accurately reflect consumer perceptions in situations in which the commercial contains both very loud and very quiet…

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Facebook Search Now Lets Some Mobile Users Look Up Friends’ Old Posts By Keyword

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facebook-app Facebook is testing an expansion of its search product, introduced last year as “Graph Search,” on mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. The change, which is currently only visible to a smaller subset of Facebook users, allows users to retrieve friends’ old posts via keyword, as well as content from pages they followed. This feature was previously introduced… Read More

XKCD vs hand-wringing about what texting does to kids’ literacy

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It’s great, and the tooltip’s even better: “I’d like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (eg handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)–and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. Read the rest

Smartphones are about to get awesome again

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Smartphones. They’re all just a bunch of undifferentiated rectangles, right? You’d be forgiven for feeling a little jaded about the rate of innovation in smartphones over the past couple of years. A 4-inch iPhone still dominates the consumer landscape, HTC is still designing beautiful but flawed masterpieces, and Samsung is still the world’s foremost purveyor of cheap plastic.

It’s as if we’ve been stuck in a long winter hibernation, waiting for the next wave of real excitement to awaken us…

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Nintendo introduces new 3DS and 3DS XL handhelds

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Nintendo is finally adding a second analog stick to its handhelds as part of a major refresh to the 3DS line. The company already sells the Circle Pad Pro add-on to allow for dual analog control of games like Monster Hunter, but until now has not offered an all-in-one option for gamers.

The new designs, introduced during a Japanese Nintendo Direct video event today, have tiny analog pads just above the action buttons. Nintendo likens the pad to the GameCube controller’s infamous “C-stick” secondary analog. There are also a pair of new shoulder buttons, labeled ZL and ZR, which are situated next to the existing buttons. The 3DS’ shape has also been rounded to better mirror the 3DS XL.

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Unfiltered America: one Instagram account is documenting the Everyday USA

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David Guttenfelder returned to the US last month after spending the previous 20 years working as a photojournalist overseas. His career with the Associated Press had taken him to far flung places across the globe — Nairobi, Tokyo, North Korea — so his return should have marked a homecoming for the Iowa native. But it didn’t quite feel like that.

“The United States kind of feels like a foreign country to me,” Guttenfelder says. “I’ve never worked here as a photographer before. I’ve never had…

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Samsung navigates away from Google with Here maps for Galaxy phones

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Google Maps may be one of the undeniable strengths of the Android platform, however Samsung has decided to offer an alternative in the form of Nokia’s Here maps. A beta version of Here for Android will be made available exclusively for Samsung Galaxy devices when the newly announced Gear S smartwatch arrives in stores. The Gear S will include Here turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation and will be able to sync its routes with compatible handsets. The partnership bringing Here to Samsung’s Android smartphones is just an extension of the same licensing agreement that provides the mapping functionality on the Korean company’s Tizen-powered smartwatch.

Google and Samsung’s relationship has been growing increasingly fractious in recent times….

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Nokia’s Here Maps Its Future With Samsung With Its First Android And Tizen Apps

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here android Opera may have taken some of the wind out of the Nokia brand with the news that its browser will be replacing Nokia’s on the now-Microsoft-owned, winding down, feature handset business. But today the Finnish company that has remained post the Microsoft handset sale had some interesting news of its own: it’s tying up with Samsung for two new versions of its here mapping product,… Read More

Superman vs. Batman: The Agile Version

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I used to be Superman.

I could do anything I wanted, and no one would tell me I was wrong. For good reason: I usually wasn’t wrong.

I wasn’t born Superman. I worked hard at it. I learned a lot. I was leading by example. And when I was the smartest guy around, who actually accomplished things, I became Superman.

Let me tell you, it feels great.
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Using AJAX In WordPress

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In the following tutorial we are going to learn how you can use AJAX in WordPress to run your own functions. The way this works in WordPress is by allowing you to attach your own actions that you can access from an AJAX request to change the content on the page.
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