Cummings shared topless photo after smoking marijuana: ‘It was my own fault’

Whitney Cummings is discussing the time she accidentally shared her nipple on Instgram.

The comedian addressed the incident in an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” this week, revealing that she was smoking pot when she posted the raunchy snippet.

“It was actually my own fault. I was doing Instagram Stories one night and weed is now legal in California, which is not a good mix. I had done [a Story] and it kind of slipped a little bit,” Cummings said.

The comment comes just after Cummings issued a statement via her Twitter account, saying:

“1) In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple. Once I realized, I deleted. The people who took screen grabs are trying to get money from me, some said they have offers to sell them, some are asking for money to not post the photo.”

Attaching the topless photo, she continued, “2) They all must think I’m way more famous than I am, but they also must think I’m way more easily intimidated than I am. If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me. So here it all is, you foolish dorks.”

Cummings told Clarkson she would seek in the coming days to take back control of her Twitter account, saying she did not want people to focus on the mistake.

“I just took the bargaining chip off the table. It was the only thing I knew how to do,” Cummings told Clarkson. “It’s a boob!”


Running just once a week may help you outpace an early death

Running a marathon may save your life, according to a new study.

A new study finds that people running as rarely as once a week have a lower risk of early death compared with people who don’t run at all.

A study published November 4 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds running was associated with a 27 percent lower risk of premature death.

“This is good news for the many adults who find it hard to find time for exercise,” says Elaine Murtagh, an exercise physiologist at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland, who was not involved in the study. “Any amount of running is better than none.”

While this conclusion might seem obvious to runners, the science has been fairly mixed, says public health researcher Željko Pedišić of Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. “Some studies found a significant benefit of running, but others did not,” he says.

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Standing desks a feature now for all Apple employees

According to Fox Business, Apple CEO Tim Cook has for years professed that sitting is the “new cancer.” Each employee at Apple now has a standing desk at the company’s headquarters in California.  In an interview with Bloomberg, Cook stated that he wanted all of his employees to have a standing desk, and that the health benefits are overwhelming.

According to Cook, “If you can stand for a while, then sit, and so on and so forth, it’s much better for your lifestyle.” Although Cook hasn’t disclosed the model of the desks, they are able to switch between sitting and standing with the touch of the button, and the use of the desk in standing position is not compulsory.

Cook is passionate about getting people moving, and reminds people that they should stand and move throughout the day. The Apple watches have been designed to instruct users and employees to stand or walk every hour for this reason, implemented three years ago.

Dr. Robert Glatter told of Lenox Hill Hospital told Fox Business that sitting too long allows toxins to accumulate throughout your body. He recommends that people who sit a lot should practice good posture, and get up five to six times every hour, at a minimum.

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Uber tests cheaper fares for those willing to wait

Uber is reportedly testing a new option for it’s ride sharing platform, giving users the choice to wait a few more minutes for a cheaper fare. This information was discovered by Quartz, found in a since deleted tweet from an Uber employee.

In a statement released to Quartz, an Uber representative confirmed that it was indeed being tested internally, stating that that “Affordability is a top reason riders choose shared rides, and we’re internally experimenting with a way to save money in exchange for a later pickup.” Currently Uber offers some other ways to save on fares, including Uber Pool and Uber Express Pool, the latter in which users walk a bit further in exchange for a lower rate.

Uber’s changing fares based on time and demand is nothing new, as noted by The Verge. The best example perhaps being the company’s now infamous “surge pricing”, which issues higher prices during busy or high volume times, such as New Year’s Eve. More recently, Uber has disguised those price hikes from users by displaying the cost upfront.

This most recent development seems in line with what the company already offers, though it is unknown if and when it will be offered to all users. Based on past data, it seems that the chance to save money in exchange for a longer wait will appeal to enough users to make it worth the trouble.

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Google Hire to use AI to speed up common tasks

Since it’s launch last year, Google Hire has been trying to make it easier for hiring managers to oversee the data and tasks associated with the hiring process, according to Tech Crunch. Google is now offering some AI improvements to help hasten the manual processes. The improvements may be modest, but could amount to a lot of time saved.

According to Google Hire’s product manager Berit Hoffman, “ Hire now reduces repetitive, time-consuming tasks, like scheduling interviews into one-click interactions. This means hiring teams can spend less time with logistics and more time connecting with people.”

Google Hire AI now automatically suggests potential time slots for interviews, reducing the amount of time spent on interview scheduling to a few clicks. The AI is also capable of skimming a resume for keywords, or relevant words including synonyms and acronyms. This should save hiring managers time while reviewing the portfolios of applicants. 

Another useful feature is the ability to streamline phone calls. Google Hire has a new click-to-call function, allowing users to click the phone number, which then registers the call into a log for easy recall and auditing. While none of the features seem groundbreaking, the end result is intended to save time and ultimately, money. 


Facebook AI has a solution for closed eyes in photos

Facebook developers have created a new tool to edit photos and change your eyes from open to closed, according to TNW. The tool uses artificial intelligence to retouch the eyes in a similar vein to adobe files. This is achieved through the “content-aware fill tool”, which takes an educated guess at an items surrounds and fills in the blanks.

Facebook’s tool operates on a similar principle, but uses a generative adversarial network, or GAN, that teaches two separate machine learning systems. One system is trained to recognize whether images of open eyes are real, and the other tries to confuse it, as explained by the TNW report. It seems that the latter system is attempting to build the most convincing images possible, in efforts to confuse the other system.

According to tech crunch, the results have been quite convincing in testing. The results have fooled testers more often than not into believed the computer generated eyes are real, and at the very least, they often admit they are not sure.

They are still working on perfecting the tool, however, as there are still some struggles. One such difficulty is the color matching required to blend skin tones in certain photos. The eyelid alone contains hundreds or thousands of colors deepening on the person’s skin tone, the placement of the light, and plenty of other factors. It is not yet known when this tool will be available to the public, and Facebook has not yet responded to TNW’s inquiry.


YouTube Music launches in US and 16 other countries

YouTube Music and YouTube launched today in 17 countries, available thus far in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, according to Verge. YouTube Music began a “soft” rollout last month, but the service is now available for anyone to try.

YouTube Music is a streaming service, which comes with a “reimagined mobile app”, as well as a new desktop interface specifically designed for music. The service features an intelligent search powered by machine learning, which is not featured on competitors such as Spotify or Apple Music.

There are original album versions of songs, as well live versions, as well as remixes and covers from other artists. There are also tracks from unsigned artists, and there is an emphasis on music discovery, with recommendations based on your “listening history location, and activity.”

YouTube Music is priced at $9.99 a month, with a free ad-supported version available. YouTube Premium will cost $11.99 a month, which features all the same content as well as some YouTube “Originals” such as movies as and other content you can only find there. YouTube says the original content will be expanding in the future, with shows from the UK, France, Mexico, and other countries coming.

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Microsoft ends forum support for Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft will no longer help or participate in technical support forums for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.1 RT, beginning next month. There are numerous other products getting the axe as well, as they are focusing their efforts on more recent products.

With regards to software, Microsoft will no longer provide assistance or support for Microsoft Security Essentials, Internet Explorer 10, Office 2010, and Office 2013, as of July as well. Some hardware is also affected, including Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface RT, Surface 2, Microsoft Band, and Zune. Not only is Microsoft dropping support, but it is also locking some forums so that other users will no longer be able to help or participate, although many will remain active.

It has not been reported as to when exactly in July this will take effect, but some have speculated it will begin on the first of the month. Although some forums will be locked, most will remain active, just without the participation of Microsoft itself.

Some forums that are being locked include Microsoft Band and Zune. Microsoft is encouraging its customers to instead look to Microsoft Band 2 forums. Microsoft has said that it will continue to monitor existing forums to make sure that it remains “safe and positive”.

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Use your iPhone to unlock your car

Car Connectivity Consortium has developed a new digital key standard that will allow users to unlock their cars via smartphone, according to 9to5Mac. The standard is backed by Apple, Samsung, LG, and Qualcomm, as well as several car manufacturers.

The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), is an organization focused on enabling seamless mobile device-to-device connectivity, as stated by the company’s charter. The digital key is available to all CCC member companies, and the first standardized key allows drivers to download the digital key to their smart devices. to use with any vehicle.

The current version requires car dealers to transfer the digital key to your smart device, but the following release, 2.0, is thought to allow users to implement the technology themselves.

2.0 is slated for a first quarter release in 2019, and should provide a “standardized authentication protocol between the vehicle and smart device.” Audi is one dealer that already offers the digital key service, and VW will be implementing it soon.

Although some individual companies such as Tesla and Viper already offer their own smart device based locking systems, this is the first standardized digital key available. The standard is also backed by the NFC Forum. It is expected that many more car manufacturers will utilize the system in the near future.

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Microsoft reneges on its VR promise

It seems there are no current plans for Virtual Reality to come to Microsoft’s gaming consoles, reports tech crunch. Microsoft had made the promise back in 2016, but for now there is no timeline for any such implementation. At the E3 convention last week, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer for gaming Mike Nichols told that there are no such plans in the pipeline.

“We don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality,” Nichols said. It was just two years ago that Xbox chief Phil Spencer told the verge that the Xbox One (then known as Xbox Scorpio) would support “[the kind of] high-end virtual reality that you see happening in the PC space.”

The Xbox One was released in August 2016, with no further news at the time of VR integration. Microsoft did, however, make strides toward VR and mixed reality technology for PC gaming with the launch of the Windows Mixed Reality headsets for Windows 10.

It seems that Microsoft may be sticking to PC gaming for the time being, according to Nichols. “PC is probably the best platform for more immersive VR and MR…. but as it relates to Xbox, no.” So at least for now, customers will have to look to the PC if they want a Microsoft VR experience.