BEIJING — A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could backfire by radicalizing minorities, scholars and analysts said.
A court found economics professor Ilham Tohti, an ethnic Uighur Muslim, guilty of separatism and sentenced him to life in prison. It was the most severe penalty in a decade for illegal political speech in China and eclipsed the 11-year jail sentence given Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo on subversion charges.
"Brother Kendrick Lamar! He's not a rapper, he's a writer, he's an author! And if you read between the lines, we'll learn how to love one another," yells a preaching voice at the beginning of Kendrick Lamar's uplifting new single "i."
But to love one another, we first have to love ourselves. That's the message the 27-year-old rapper, whose 2012's Good Kid, M.A.A.D City album garnered critical acclaim and an Album of the Year nomination at this year's Grammys, is pushing on this uptempo song.
It's 2014, and we're approaching fall and the holiday season — you no longer have an excuse to make poor fashion decisions. With the Internet and a plethora of apps at our fingertips, there are tools to help you sharpen your sartorial skills and become the stylish man you're meant to be.
Heading to a Hamptons wedding and you want to try out a brightly-colored, trendy bow tie? Jesse Tyler Ferguson has a YouTube video that will have you strutting into that ceremony with confidence and panache. Or, have you simply never mastered the classic Windsor knot? Either way, if you're looking to step up your style game, look no further than the Internet. We've rounded up 8 video tutorials to ensure you're one of the best-dressed people at your next event or business meeting. Read more...
Pink Floyd's two-decade absence from releasing new music will end on Nov. 10, when the remaining members of the English rock band — minus Roger Waters, of course — will release The Endless River.
The new album, the group's first since 1994, will primarily include instrumental tracks, though one song ("Louder Than Words") will feature lyrics from Polly Samson, who is guitarist David Gilmour's wife. Samson notably spilled the beans about the album in a tweet in July.
"There comes a time in each and every one of our lives when we must choose to continue to spectate or stand up for what's right," Greene says in the video above.
Greene is the president and CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club, which seemed to conflict with her job at KTVA. She reported on many stories involving marijuana legislation during her time there, even going so far as using her own organization as a source. It's not exactly unbiased reporting when you're essentially quoting yourself. Read more...
It's knowing that when you’re sitting in your cubicle at work, crammed in the middle seat of an airplane, being entranced at a concert or working up a sweat at the gym that what you’re experiencing is real. It’s not a dream or trick, and reality’s realness is something we just take for granted.
Presence is also the term most thrown around this weekend Oculus Connect, because it’s the concept so important to making virtual reality successful.
"We went from trying to convince ourselves we’re there, to trying to convince ourselves we’re not there,” said Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe during his keynote address to a room of a thousand or so people, mostly developers currently working on virtual reality software of their own. Read more...
Less than 24 hours after U.S. and Arab forces launched airstrikes against several targets across Syria, the Pentagon released footage of some of those strikes on YouTube
The videos show footage taken from the aircrafts' on board cameras. The Pentagon released them following a press conference by Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, the director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Speaking with reporters, Mayville explained some details of the operations aimed at both the Islamic State and the Khorasan group, an al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group operating in Syria, and showed pictures of the facilites targeted by U.S. and allied strikes. Read more...
To absolutely no one's surprise, Fox's Batman prequel Gotham opened strong for the network Monday night, drawing 8 million viewers, according to early ratings figures.
The freshman drama, which follows the adventures of Det. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) also performed strong in the coveted 18-49 demo, earning a 3.2 rating (meaning 3.2% of the show's viewers in that age group tuned in).
The number is considered a big win for Fox, as it improves on Bones' performance in the timeslot last year — a 39% increase among 18-49ers, in fact — and it was up against ratings juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. Read more...
William Shatner's signature, spoken-word musical stylings are back in an ad for Thomson, a British travel company. The commercial follows a raggedy teddy bear on a family vacation as the former Star Trek captain beautifully talk-sings his way through a version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".
One of the greatest songs in rock history just got even better.
Whether it's for art, technology or film, Kickstarter has become the go-to place for entrepreneurs and creatives to turn their dreams into reality
Since its launch in 2009, the crowdfunding platform has seen 70,226 successfully funded projects. But along the way, there have been 100,760 unsuccessful campaigns. This raises a question: Do certain Kickstarter categories perform better than others?
To help answer this question, the folks at Panabee analyzed the 50 most-funded projects per category that completed funding in 2013. According to their research, campaigns in the design, technology and games categories were significantly overfunded, while journalism, theater and dance projects just barely met funding goals. Read more...
IHS found the costs range from $200 to $247 for iPhone 6 models that sell for $649 and $849 without a contract. The more expensive models sport 128 GB of storage space, netting Apple a slightly higher margin. Read more...
On the surface, Apple's new mobile operating system iOS 8 looks strikingly similar to iOS 7, but beneath the surface, it's brimming with new features to vastly improve the mobile experience (iOS 8 is hardly perfect, though; as with any new software, there are certainly kinks).
iOS 8 users now have way more control over videos. What typically can cost thousands of dollars in camera equipment to speed up or slow down footage is now available for free within the Camera app, giving you the opportunity to get creative with your clips. Read more...
Cycling with headphones is a bad idea. That's why riders who want to get their groove on sometimes carry along a small speaker, but that speaker needs to play loudly and be able to take a beating
So, you know, something like the Sol Republic Punk, a rugged and lightweight Bluetooth speaker, which can belt out tunes at 5.7 watts. In the same style as last year's Deck speaker, the Punk is smaller and lighter "micro-portable" design, which makes it easier to lug around. A quarter-inch threaded mount on the bottom helps in that department, too.
I had a little ears-on time with the Punk, and it did a good job of filling a medium-sized conference room with sound. Even at maximum volume, which was plenty loud, there was very little distortion. There's a mini-jack for connecting a non-wireless player or daisy-chaining multiple speakers. Read more...
Bill McKibben, environmentalist, founder of 350.org and the man behind the massive People's Climate March on Sept. 21, doesn't think much is going to come of the U.N. Climate Summit on Tuesday.
Rather, he thinks it's part of testing how much pressure we can put on the systems in place, like Sunday's march and Monday's #FloodWallStreet protests, which called for action against corporate and economic institutions' roles in climate change.
"These guys [national government leaders] have had 25 years to respond, and they've essentially not responded," McKibben said at the 2014 Social Good Summit on Monday. "The thought that they're going to start doing so now in some significant way seems fairly slim to me." Read more...
Jon Stewart can't believe he has to explain melting ice to Congress.
The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology interrogated Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren last week about climate change. Naturally, the Daily Show host had a few choice words for certain Congressional members present at the meeting.
But it was one comment from Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman that pushed Stewart over the edge
"I mean think about it, if your ice cube melts in your glass, it doesn't overflow, it's displacement. This is the thing, some of the things they're talking about, mathematically and scientifically don't make sense," Stockman said, which you can see in the YouTube video below Read more...
Hollywood is trying to destroy the world, or at least make its future seem like a dangerous, waterless, political freakshow run by fearsome regimes and featuring (usually) a bunch of teens just trying to survive it all, man.
So as supercuts go, here's one that probably could've been a longer than 2 minutes and 49 seconds. A lot longer.
"Close to Chaos" barely scratches the surface of the "dystopian" genre, with cuts from Divergent, The Hunger Games, I am Legend, Cloud Atlas, Nine, The Matrix, Elysium, Total Recall, V for Vendetta, Snowpiercer, Terminator, Dredd, Looper, Lucy and at least a few more we couldn't place. Read more...
Microsoft's solution is different from Chromecast, though, in that it's much simpler. It's a straight-up mirroring device, simply projecting whatever is on your computer to the TV screen. That means it's entirely dependent on your PC — it's not taking ownership of the stream like Chromecast does — but it's also dirt-simple, and doesn't need its own Wi-Fi connection. Read more...
The United States and its allies from five Arab nations launched airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Monday, expanding the war against ISIS beyond the borders of Iraq — but ISIS was not the only target.
The U.S. blasts also hit training camps, weapons production facilities and other buildings that belonged to a shadowy group known as the Khorasan.
The decision to attack the Khorasan along with ISIS reportedly came at the last minute as a result of intelligence that this al-Qaeda affiliate may have been close to completing a plan to attack the United States. Read more...
While the newly released iOS 8 boasts several impressive features, including app extensions and improved keyboard options, the software upgrade does not — we repeat, does not — let it be wirelessly recharged in the microwave, contrary to a 4chan hoax.
The fake "Wave" ads, which have been circulating on Twitter and Reddit since the iOS update debuted last Wednesday, are simply untrue, trolling Apple users into ruining their phones by microwaving them for 60 to 70 seconds.
The United States will not tolerate "safe havens" for terrorists "anywhere," regardless of their location — whether it be in Syria, Iraq or elsewhere, President Barack Obama said in a speech in front of the White House on Tuesday morning
Obama spoke less than 24 hours after the United States and its Arab allies struck Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Syria. The strikes targeted ISIS "fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles," according to the Pentagon
JERUSALEM — The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning — the first such downing in decades, heightening tensions in the volatile plateau.
Last year, UPS announced plans to bring 3D printing to several UPS locations, but now, the company will expand the program to nearly 100 stores across the United States.
The service, which began as a trial in stores in the San Diego area, was marketed toward “startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners.” UPS announced it would use a high-accuracy 3D printer from Stratasys
Some bike for exercise, others for transportation, but Felix Starck hopped on his bicycle to travel the world.
What started off as a joke between friends and an inspiration to break away from the everyday life turned into a 365-day, 11,200-mile journey through 22 countries. Starck wanted to meet new people and explore different cultures, but a standard backpacking trip wouldn't suffice.
Starck credits his bike as being "the most environmental and economic way to travel." So instead of driving through cities and watching the world pass by at 50 miles-per-hour, Starck was able to experience moments with locals. Read more...
Apple has given its first glimpse, though a bit vague, into iOS 8 adoption.
According to data on the Apple Developer Support Page, nearly half (46%) of Apple mobile devices that accessed the App Store on Sept. 21 were using iOS 8. That was four days after iOS 8 rolled out and two days after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially went on sale.
While that may sound like a shockingly high adoption rate, it's important to keep in mind that the 46% figure does not represent the percentage of total Apple users with iOS 8 installed, but rather the percentage of users who accessed Apple's App Store on one particular day. Read more...
For a company whose CEO once claimed any smartphone over 4 inches is too big, Apple is quite proud about the size of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Case in point: the latest two ads for the new iPhones, narrated by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.
"This is the new iPhone 6, and this is the new iPhone 6 Plus. They're the biggest iPhones ever made," the famous duo proclaim in one of the ads. Throughout the ad, Fallon lists some of the device's features, while Timberlake simply repeats the word "huge."
The ad echoes the first iPhone ad, launched at the Sept. 9 event, that also starred Fallon and Timberlake — well, their voices, at least. The two sing the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey over footage of the new iPhones. The ad ends with Apple's new tagline: "Bigger than bigger." Read more...
The two officers pulled over a vehicle near the Endeavour Hills police station in southeast Melbourne at 7.40 p.m. AEDT Tuesday when the occupant of the car attacked them, sources told News Corporation. Following this, it has been reported a police officer shot the attacker. Read more...