If you tried to fly anywhere in the U.S. the day before Thanksgiving, it might have seemed like everyone in human existence was queued up ahead of you at the airport.
Roughly 3.6 million people took to the air Wednesday, the day before the Thanksgiving holiday — traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year
To underscore just how crowded the skies are, Google's data editor Simon Rogers made a digital visualization of every flight that originated from American soil on November 25 2015. The flights are color coded by airline
This hypnotic illustration really puts into perspective just how many people resorted to air travel for the holiday weekend. Moreover, it's a timely reminder that you don't necessarily need to think domestically about your Thanksgiving travel plans next year. Read more...
It was only a matter of time before the fad for rose gold cellphones spread from the Apple store to the Android marketplace
Chinese maker Oppo claims its R7S is the first rose gold Android on the market — although more will likely follow, given the media buzz that followed Apple debuting the color on its iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models.
Samsung sort of beat everyone to the punch with its Galaxy Note 3 — but that only had the merest bronze-pink trim that Samsung called rose gold. For the most part, it was a black and white leather-encased phone that had a pink borderRead more...
Details are still sketchy on the mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado where five police officers and 11 civilians have been injured. The suspected shooter has now been arrested after a five-hour standoff
As the gunman remained at large in its building, before the full details of the tragic incident were known, Planned Parenthood labeled the attack an act of "domestic terrorism."
The local branch of the organization, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain, said in a statement that "extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country." Read more...
In this age of modern air travel, it is relatively easy for anyone with the means to book a flight to almost any corner of the Earth
Unless that corner is Antarctica, a place where you cannot simply pave a runway and start landing planes
In Antarctic locations such as Union Glacier, the runway is blue ice: dense, intensely blue glacier ice formed when snow falls onto glaciers, gets compacted and recrystallizes. This is generally a place for cargo and military jets, such as the Russian Ilyushin.
But commercial jets are making progress — and the Icelandic airline Loftleidir landed the first Boeing 757 on the blue ice runway at Union Glacier on Thursday. Read more...
In a speech at the United Nation's African headquarters, he highlighted how rapidly growing cities like Nairobi must factor in the needs and views of its most vulnerable and marginalized people. Read more...
Rupert Murdoch is a multi-billionaire media mogul whose influence is known to swing elections. But it seems like what he really wants to be is a regular old media reporter.
Murdoch on Friday tweeted out, for unknown reasons, that he had heard the embattled Tribune Publishing Company could be bought by a "big Wall St firm" and that the Los Angeles Times, one of the numerous papers owned by Tribune, could be bought by a philanthropist.
Strong word Tribune newspaper group to be bought by big Wall St firm, LA Times to go to philanthropist Eli Broad and local group.
The plan allows users to upload an unlimited number of files to the service, including photos, which are stored at full resolution. While some services, like Google Photos, allow you to store photos for free, they do so at a slightly reduced resolution.
Residents have been protesting the shooting of Laquan McDonald by a police officer. Just days ago, video from the dashboard camera of an officer at the scene showed McDonald being gunned down while walking away from officers
The protest began around 12 P.M. EST, with a sizable police presence also in the area, according to social media posts. Read more...
Lieutenant Catherine Buckley of Colorado Springs Police Department has confirmed two civilians and one University of Colorado Colorado Springs security officer have died as a result of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic Friday afternoon.
Officers are currently clearing the building and working with law enforcement explosives teams to determine if the "items" the shooting suspect brought into the clinic with him pose any further risk.
According to Lt. Catherine Buckley, officers are also searching for any additional injured individuals who have not yet been transported to nearby hospitals. Read more...
Instagram may finally be adding support for multiple accounts.
The photo sharing app is testing support for multiple accounts for Android users. The feature appears to be limited to some Android users who are part of Instagram's beta testing program, at least for now.
First spotted by Twitter users @fro_rogue — who reports the test has been live for some time — the feature allows users to add multiple accounts from the app's main settings menu. Once added, you can browse and post from different feeds within the app Read more...
Sia's newest song dropped early on YouTube, an unexpected treat for fans of the smoky-voiced platinum-blonde singer
The new song, titled "One Million Bullets," is part of a preview of her new album, This is Acting, and is the third track she's dropped recently. She also released "Alive" — "you took it all, but I'm still breathing," she croons — and "Bird Set Free,” both of which will be on the album expected January 29, 2016.
The words to the song are a tribute to undying love: "I pick the wrong kind, time after time I drank from the poisoned wine....I know that I'd take one million bullets babe, how many would you take?" They also recall the words, if not the theme, of Sia's singing on David Guetta's "Titanium," in which she sings, "you shoot me down, but all your bullets ricochet." Read more...
People love to travel, but it's not always the easiest thing to do. Luckily, there's a lot of technology — from cutting edge apps to old favourites (we love you GPS) – to make every phase of your trip better.
These are, in our opinion, the best technologies to ensure your holiday is a smooth-sailing, stress-free adventure.
There's a remarkable number of navigation apps out there, and they are are truly the light of our traveling lives. How we ever managed to travel without them is anyone's guess. Apps such as CoPilot GPS and BackCountry Navigator help you find the quickest route from A to B by using real-time social updates. All we had before handy map apps were obnoxious, unwieldy tourist maps. Not particularly practical. Read more...
Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times says he has met Trump repeatedly, interviewing him in his office and talking to him at news conferences, when he worked for the New York Daily News in the late 1980s
"Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years," he said in a Times story about the Republican presidential candidate's behavior at a rally in South Carolina last week.
I dispute Trump's claims in today's NYT. Donald Trump Says His Mocking of New York Times Reporter Was Misread https://t.co/XHqkhfAyns
Relationships can be messy. Whether you're madly in love, just broken up or perhaps lying somewhere in the "No Man's Land" of romantic endeavors, there's an Adele song that you can keep on repeat that perfectly sums up how your heart is feeling.
Belgium has charged a man arrested in Brussels with "terrorist attacks," the most recent in a string of cases brought by the government against people that may have aided the Paris attackers or been plotting further terrorist operations.
The Associated Press reported the arrest, although no other details were immediately available
BREAKING: Belgian prosecutors office says man arrested in Brussels, charged with "terrorist attacks"
Belgium police arrested 16 people last week during a massive sweep across Brussels in search of accomplices of the terrorist attacks in Paris, one of whom has been charged with participating in a terrorist group or an attack. The country's prime minister had warned that another attack could be "imminent." Read more...
Long-time One Direction producer and songwriter Julian Bunetta has shared an inside video from the jam sessions for Made In The A.M. Titled 'The Lost Jams: Ep 1' (there's going to be more?), the video sees Liam Payne, Bunetta and their pal Jamie Scott pulling together a previously unheard track that sounds like it could be called "Hideaway."
From what we can tell, "Hideaway" (as it will now be known) goes like this: "Ooh, something in the way she walks, something in the way she talks, just another hideaway."
There's also a cheeky cameo from Louis Tomlinson towards the end, so what's not to love? Read more...
While many retailers wait until the early morning hours of the Friday after Thanksgiving to open their doors, many started welcoming bargain seekers early on Thanksgiving Day, while some, most notably outdoor recreation retailer REI, have decided to sit out Black Friday entirely, encouraging its workers and customers to enjoy the outdoors.
Check out the photos below to see those brave enough to face the crowds and early hours in search of a deal. Read more...
Peter Van der Veen - a.k.a. former Mr. Europe, a.k.a former bodyguard to Lady Gaga, a.k.a. the Internet's next boo - has taken up the position of Adele's protector, a.k.a. bodyguard
Following her increased celebrity and public appearances that came with the release of 25 last week (Nov. 20), the people in charge have enlisted the help of Van der Veen to ensure any crazy superfans are kept at arm's length, and it's safe to say people are pretty pleased with this decision Read more...
As a Black Friday shopping virgin, the event wasn't what I expected
At the stores I visited in New York City Friday morning, there was no frantic rush, no stampede or shoving. Instead, people seemed calm, quiet and respectful as they went about their business Read more...
Protests have broken out in Turkey following the arrest of two opposition journalists, the most recent part of a widespread media crackdown by the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan.
Turks are not letting the media crackdown go unnoticed, with thousands of people flooding the streets of Istanbul and Ankara to keep alive a debate about democracy in the country
Protesters gathered in Istanbul and Ankara, with the latter encountering riot police that reportedly used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Reuters reported that the number of protesters was around 2,000, with some chanting "Murderer Erdogan." Read more...
Award-winning Indian music composer AR Rahman has paid a moving tribute to the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008. The two-time Oscar and Grammy winner posted his rendition of the popular Hindi song "Hum Ko Man Ki Shakti Dena" on his Facebook page yesterday, dedicating it to the "victims of hate"
The song was originally penned by film lyricist and poet Gulzar for the 1971 film Guddi, and set to music by Vasant Desai. A prayer asking for mental strength, it is still sung in schools across India Read more...
M.I.A. has premiered her latest self-directed music video for the single "Borders" on Apple Music, and like most of the work by the British artist of Sri Lankan descent, it seeks to make a political statement.
Refugees run in lines, climb fences and ride on boats in the background as the she sings, "What’s up with that?" about politics, identities, police shots and privilege.
Filmed in Chennai, the video is the second part of her multipart series Matahdatah, which will eventually be a full-length album and film. "Both are part of a truly global and characteristically DIY M.I.A. project," her label said in a release. Read more...
LONDON — Love ‘em or hate ‘em, brussels sprouts are a firm fixture of British Christmas fare. This year, the highly controversial brassica has been super sized, and it’s all thanks to the mild weather we’ve been enjoying.
UK supermarket Morrisons says they'll be welcoming "monster" sprouts, which are larger than golf balls, this week.
The oversized sprouts measure approximately 40 mm wide and 45 mm long (1.6 inches and 1.8 inches) and weigh 35g each.
No one knows this better than Irishman Ivor Noyek. Last Sunday, Noyek changed his Facebook picture to a shot of himself strolling down the side of the wooded road in New York. In the picture he's rocking a beard, a pair of shades and a striped t-shirt. He's mid-stride. There's a bit of a hipster, indie-movie vibe to the whole thing.
Movember is coming to a close. Some men can't wait to grab a razor and give their chin a trim
If you're thinking about cleaning your beard up, why not do so in a fun and ridiculous manner?
Whether you've grown a full on beard or have a little rough scruff, we've listed the 10 zaniest ways to shear your whiskers. Just click on the infographic to see which level is for you, whether it's the Fu Manchu (level: Easy!), the Monkey Tail (medium difficulty), or for the most adventurous, the Seneca Crane
"When we have only love, to talk to guns, and just a song to convince a drum."
"So, having nothing, but the strength to love, we will have in our hands, my friend, the whole world."
Those are the words made famous by iconic French singer Jacques Brel in his song "Quand on n'a que l'amour," or "When we have only love," which was given a devastating new relevance at a memorial service for the victims of the Friday, November 13 terrorists attacks on Paris. The usually impassive face of President Francois Hollande, sitting on a single chair in the courtyard, reflected a struggle with emotions Read more...
LONDON — Last month, Daniel Radcliffe told Playboy that he had a good grip on his wand from a "very early" age, which was severely misconstrued by many as "I masturbated on the Harry Potter set every single day."
He didn't, of course, and in an interview with NME, Radcliffe has dispelled any rumors that may suggest otherwise
“It’s frustrating when you tell a story and say, ‘Yes, I wanked a lot when I was a teenager,’ but clearly I didn’t mean on set. Can you make this clear for me: I was not wanking during the filming of Potter – I managed to restrain myself until I got home.” Read more...