HIV-Positive Blood Infused With Ink Used To Print Magazine Cover

vangardistNow here is an interesting method of printing a magazine cover. Most of the time, we would think that normal ink would suffice, while there are other companies and organizations out there that would like to go green, and by doing so, they end up with more sustainable ink in use, which would be in the ilk of soy ink. Well, a self-described progressive men’s magazine has come up with a rather provocative cover – simply because it has been printed with ink that contains people’s HIV-positive blood. The reason behind this? To stir up conversations concerning HIV and AIDS.

The Vangardist magazine, which is based in Vienna, touts a readership that amounts up to 100,000 copies each month which comprise of both English and German readers. This special “HIV+” edition intends to draw attention to HIV and AIDS, which is an issue that the editors claim folks have become complacent about.

So far, 3,000 copies of this special edition magazine has been printed, using HIV-positive infused blood. The cover itself proudly proclaims, “This magazine has been printed with the blood of HIV+ people.” Jason Romeyko, the Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Switzerland, did help create the cover, and he shared, “There’s been an 80 percent increase in HIV in the last 10 years — that’s according to the World Health Organization — and that’s pretty shocking. The reason why that’s happening is people just aren’t talking about it anymore.”

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Messenger Sends Final Image Prior To Plunging Into Mercury’s Surface

last-messenger-photoTalk about going out with a bang – literally! The Messenger probe, which is unmanned, has just completed its Mercury mission, and needless to say, it crashed, and obviously burned after that. Mercury probe Messenger’s mission is officially over then, as the spacecraft hit the closest planet to the sun’s surface at a phenomenal speed – that of 8,750 mph (14,082 kph), earlier this afternoon at 3:26 p.m. EDT.

It made good use of the very last bit of its fuel in order to position itself into the gravitational pull of Mercury, and true to itself and its purpose, it continued to snap photos of the planet’s surface valiantly. It is, after all, a machine, and machines do not have feelings, so there was no reason for it to feel sentimental. As for the final image transmitted which was sent back to Earth, it showed the floor of the 58-mile-wide (93 km) Jokai crater.

As for Messenger’s very own impact, it would have ended up by creating a tiny crater of its own, which is touted to be approximately 50 feet in diameter based on scientific calculations. John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, shared, “Going out with a bang as it impacts the surface of Mercury, we are celebrating Messenger as more than a successful mission. The Messenger mission will continue to provide scientists with a bonanza of new results as we begin the next phase of this mission — analysing the exciting data already in the archives, and unravelling the mysteries of Mercury.”

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Grooveshark Shuts Down

grooveshark-discMusic streaming company Grooveshark is no longer working, from what we have gathered from a letter that was displayed on its homepage. The letter mentioned, “We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service. That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.”

While we always hope that all’s well that ends well, this does not seem to be the case for Grooveshark, but considering how they have apologized, I suppose it should be all water under the bridge now. The result of Grooveshark shutting down is because of a settlement with record companies, and do take note that the company itself also has had less than perfect relations with labels in prior interactions.

A handful of music-streaming services which remain legally include the likes of Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Apple’s Beats Music, Rhapsody, and Rdio. It looks like Grooveshark did not manage to last a decade in the industry, having first started off in 2006, where its headquarters was located in Gainesville, Fla. Well, everything has to end one day or another, right?

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Jennifer Lopez Moves Selena Quintanilla Fans With Touching Tribute

Jennifer Lopez gave a touching tribute to the slain Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla at Thursday night’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking the stage in a soft rose bustier that was an homage to Selena’s iconic look.

J.Lo honored Selena, who was killed in 1995, with an extensive medley of hits. With the lights dimmed and a photo montage of Selena’s radiant smile flashing on screen, the band slowly transitioned J.Lo into the first verses of the hit “Como La Flor.” Lopez was joined on stage by Selena’s widower, Chris Perez, her sister and brother, and former members of Selena’s band, Los Dinos.

After “Como La Flor,” Lopez delved into the late singer’s other hits, including “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “I Could Fall In Love,” and “No Me Queda Más.” She made three small wardrobe changes during the performance as the crowd cheered her on.

Lopez attained mainstream notoriety after her portrayal of the Tejano star in the hit 1997 biopic “Selena.” Thursday night’s tribute was the first from Lopez for Selena since the film. Selena was shot to death by a business associate at a motel in Corpus Christi, Texas.

“It’s an honor, a great honor to be able to, 20 years after her death, to do a tribute for Selena,” Lopez told “Al Rojo Vivo” when the tribute was announced this month. “She continues to be someone that inspires. It’s something that excites me very much. And I want to do something special, very special — just like she was — in this tribute.”

Take a look at part of the tribute in the video above and what some fans had to say about the moment in the tweets below:

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How The Internet Of Everything Is Helping 'Unbanked' Citizens Around The World

Unbanked, underbanked, underrepresented, and nearly uncounted are a few adjectives describing three quarters of the world’s population. Many adults are in this state due to poverty, travel distance, and a plethora of paperwork. More than 50% of people living in developing countries don’t have bank accounts, leaving them vulnerable to theft and exploitation. Most of this segment consists of women. Fortunately, with some low-income countries quickly adopting mobile phone use, financial services such as mobile payments and money transfers are becoming accessible for communities that would otherwise be precluded from banking privileges. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest number of adults using banking institutions. But according to Frost & Sullivan, mobile payments in that region could reach $1.3 billion by 2019.

According to Global Payout, a financial company that combines being a program manager for international and domestic prepaid cards with the ability to move money for customers, 90% of the people on the planet have a smartphone. This bodes well for brands looking to grow their financial inclusion initiatives.

MasterCard is expanding its mobile remittance services in Nigeria and Zimbabwe, enabling African citizens living abroad to send funds through mobile money transfers, payment cards, bank accounts, or cash outlets from their homeland. During Mobile World Congress on March 3rd, MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga delivered a keynote address emphasizing the importance of financial inclusion for citizens everywhere.

“In the future with the Internet of Things, where every device will be connected to the Internet, what kind of life will those who are financially excluded have?” said Banga during his speech.

“We’ll have the Internet of Everything but not the Inclusion of Everyone.”

It’s worth noting that developing countries aren’t the ones lacking financial inclusion in some parts. In 2013, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation collected data showing that 20% of U.S. households were underbanked, meaning they had a bank account, but also used alternative financial services.

Global Payout CEO, Jim Hancock, says great strides are being made in financial inclusion. “The ‘non-bank’ industry is starting to find ways to establish transactional history and therefore use that to assist in establishing a credit rating for users, he says. “As a result, companies like ours may become a great kick-starter to eventually getting a traditional bank account, credit card or consumer loan.”

What Role do Telecommunication Operators Play?

WorldRemit, an online service that allows people to send money to people abroad, is aiming to digitize the receive-side of remittances, moving people from cash to mobile money for speed, convenience and security. Iain Mackenzie, Communications Director of WorldRemit says interoperability is helping to drive the adoption of mobile money, as many countries have several different systems and until recently most didn’t work together. Prior to these partnerships, users had to constantly cash-in and cash-out when sending money to friends.

“Tanzania is a great example of the progress being made, with all four operators now cooperating,” says Mackenzie. “Remittances to mobile money are also helping to extend financial inclusion. It is much faster and safer to receive an international transfer on a mobile phone than a cash pickup, and once the money is received it can be used to buy insurance, pay bills and open a savings account.”

Are Apps the Answer?

Of course, apps are part and parcel of the mobile revolution and financial inclusion. WorldRemit’s app allows people to send money to more than 110 countries across six continents. Users of Global Payout’s free mobile payment app receive their own eWallet account, direct deposit capabilities, domestic or international money transfer abilities, automatic currency exchange, and other services. The M-Ledger app enables users to keep a journal of their M-PESA (mobile money scheme) transactions in their phones. Originally created as a mobile microfinance system for Kenyans in 2005, M-PESA evolved into a general mobile money-transfer system, which people pay into by handing cash to an agent of the mobile network operator Safaricom. Money is then credited to a user’s M-PESA account. M-PESA has provided cash flow for a number of startups in Nairobi.

It’s clear that not only is financial inclusion good for financial technology companies, it’s good for local economies, emerging markets, and the world’s prosperity on a macro level.

That being said, there’s still a lot of work to be done.

“For the most part, the greatest obstacle is awareness to the alternatives to banking and the know-how to gain access to these alternatives,’ says Hancock. “Another challenge is the verification process of potential accountholders that are not “well documented”. However, people are beginning to learn that the problem exists, thanks to the good work of the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, and others. But there seems to be more talk about the problem and less about the solutions providers. There just aren’t enough reporters and bloggers covering solutions to this topic. It is a big social issue that doesn’t get the kind of attention it deserves.”

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Overwhelmed, Time-Strapped Mom Of 3 Says She Goes 4 Days Without Showering

Leah, a married mother of three who helps manage her family’s business, says she is overwhelmed, under-appreciated, and desperate to take better care of herself.

“My dream would be just to sit on the couch for five uninterrupted minutes and read a book,” says the 34-year-old from Long Beach, Calif. “Many days, I feel frazzled and overworked. I have no time to take care of myself.”

A typical day starts at 5:30 a.m. with getting breakfast ready for her husband, getting the kids up, feeding them, getting the older ones out the door for school, cleaning up, and then switching gears to focus on the business. “Maybe around lunchtime I finally get around to drinking my cold coffee,” she says.

Leah says her appearance has taken a backseat, because she’s so strapped for time. “Some weeks, I don’t get a chance to shower for, like, four days. I just re-apply deodorant and more makeup on top of the old makeup,” she admits, turning to Dr. Phil and his wife, Robin, for help juggling it all.

Robin, a mom and grandma, tells Leah that trying to be a supermom is a losing battle. “We all start out wanting to be supermom, but trust me, I learned there really is no such thing as supermom,” says Robin. “We women are busy. We have so much on our plates to do, and it’s truly impossible to do it all. You can cook three meals a day, but they’re just going to wake up hungry!”

She tells Leah, who admits she washes her face with shampoo to save time, “I’m just telling you: Take note, you have to take some time for yourself. Make a choice to put yourself first and give yourself some time.”

Leah has not had a vacation away from her children, even for one night, since the kids — ages 8, 4, and 1 — were born. So Dr. Phil and Robin have a big surprise for her on Friday’s episode of Dr. Philcheck local listings here.

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The Trillion Frame-Per-Second Camera That Will Visualize Atoms

The newest high-speed camera on the block won’t be making its way into Michael Bay’s hands anytime soon, but it will be making his ‘splosions look rather poky. See, this camera will be helping scientists watch atoms zoom around at 28,000 miles-per-second.

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Bezos’ Blue Origin completes successful test flight, 307,000 ft high

2015-05-01 2 blue originJess Bezos, founder of Amazon, has a couple of tricks up his sleeve when it comes to his private spaceflight company, Blue Origin. His latest rocket, the New Shepard, just pulled off a full hat trick with its first successful test flight, reaching an apogee of 58 miles high (307,000 ft) with a peak speed of three times the sound … Continue reading

Mozilla: All new web features should require secure HTTP

A number of internet organizations and even the government want websites to use encryption by default in the future, and from the sound of it, Mozilla shares their view. The non-profit has announced that it plans to limit the capabilities of “the non…

Man Receives $24k Dial Up Connection Bill

dialup-bill-shockI know that we have delivered stories of bill shocks in the past, including a French lady who picked up a bill of 11,721,000,000,000,000 Euros, while a Singapore Airlines passenger got hit with a $1,200 bill shock while using inflight Internet. Ronald Dorff is the victim here, as he picked up a bill of over $24,000 from AT&T for his dial-up Internet.

Mr. Dorff is an 83-year-old great grandfather who hails from Woodland Hills, California, where he claims that he first contacted the company in March this year after his monthly bill went from just $51 to $8,596. He claimed that he was informed by AT&T that a technician would be sent to fix the issue, but no one turned up instead.

As for the next bill, it arrived along with the added fees, and eventually it hit a whopping $24,298! This is just insane for dial-up Internet, don’t you think so? That amount is worth more than an entire year’s worth of social-security checks that Mr. Dorff depends on to survive. AT&T has since said that this is a ‘rare occurrence’ which they address on an individual basis, so hopefully all will end up well.

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