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As outlined earlier, Apple’s full-fledged foray into an automotive multimedia interface is finally here, and it’s called CarPlay.

What’s it like to operate Apple’s CarPlay, and is it everything we’ve come to expect from the Cupertino-based company? We spent some one-on-one time at the Geneva Motor Show with a CarPlay-equipped 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class to find out.

Geneva 2014: Hands On With Apple CarPlay and the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

It's been a good week for Hannah Hart videos:

2 June - Hero Worship: Interview with Hannah Hart (x)

3 June - #TUNESDAY ft. SprinkleofGlitter (x)

3 June - “Just The Tip” with Hannah Hart! | Sprinkle of Glitter (x)

3 June - In Bed With Joan - Episode 60: Hannah Hart (x)

5 June - The Hemmingway Challenge ft. JOHN GREEN! (x)

6 June - HAPPY NATIONAL DONUT DAY! (x)

6 June - A Brief History Of Hannah Hart (x)

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Beyonce: Less of a Come Back and More of a Snap-Back

Not to be outdone by Rihanna, Beyonce has made GQ’s ‘Sexiest Women of the 21st Century’ list.

B has featured in and topped many sexiest women polls, I mean she coined the term “Bootylicious” for goodness sake! (at least thats what the Oxford Dictionary credits her with). But this particular photoshoot is a little risque compared to the singers usal taste.

Luckily for her, this new mum is in the best shape of her life only months after giving birth to Ivy-Blue. And whilst she did take a relatively short break from the music industry, it seems like she’s back! and with a strong message; that she will not easily be upstaged.

Whilst i’m not a fan per say, I have a lot of respect for Beyonce as a singer and a performer, so welcome her ‘back’ to the scene.  She may have let Rihanna wear the crown for a while, but it seems the Queen is back. Dare I say she might help inject some much needed class back into music?

One of the simplest stories for a reporter to tell is “An important idiot did something stupid”. This can take the form of “Senator is caught taking bribes”, “Movie star gets arrested driving drunk” or even “religious leader says something offensive to people of other religions.”

1000 years from now, assuming we are still around, we’ll still have these same headlines, just with different people.

Since there will always be important idiots in our population, these stories, as a collective, are not news. They do not express a new trend in idiot behavior, nor do they offer any context for how our view of the world should change simply because this particular important idiot did something stupid.

It is non-news masquerading as news. Unless it’s news that this person is capable of doing stupid things, it’s the telling of a story we already know…

Whenever you read the news, or watch Fox or MSNBC, please keep the idiot theory in mind. If the arguing is all about what some idiot did, and how much of an idiot they were or were not, engage your better half and move along.
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Scott Berkun, The Idiot Theory of News.

Bonus: See Jihii’s recent post on slow news and hyped scandal.

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Today Apple announced that it will debut its new CarPlay operating system at the Geneva Motor Show later this week. CarPlay is the official name for Apple’s “iOS in the Car” operating system that the company announced at its iOS 7 press conference last year. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo will be the first carmakers to show off the Apple integration in Geneva, but a slew of other carmakers are also on board, and the first versions of the system are coming in select vehicles this year. Here’s everything you need to know about CarPlay and what it means for your dash.

Apple’s CarPlay: 6 Things You Need To Know

Danity Kane are back and bigger than ever. The girl group put together by Diddy on the show "Making the Band" in 2005 appeared together for the first time in years on the 2013 Video Music Awards red carpet.

"We’re baaaack!" the women collectively announced Sunday night (August 25). The group, whose roster now consists of Aubrey, Aundrea, Dawn and Shannon, looked gorgeous on the red carpet and teased that their new song will be called "Rage." They said they’re "on their own this time," without Diddy.

VH1 Must-Read: Danity Kane Reunite and It Feels So Good!

Recently, the group’s firecracker leader Aubrey O’Day posted a photo of the reunited crew on her Instagram. The fifth member, D. Woods, will not be a part of the reunion.

"Much love to the ladies of DK!! They have decided to reunite and I, like our amazing fans, will be cheering them on," Woods told Us Weekly.

Danity Kane burst onto the scene on MTV’s “TRL” in 2006. The group’s debut single, “Show Stopper,” featured fellow Bad Boy artist Yung Joc. Danity’s sultry vocals took their first, self-titled album and the 2008 follow-up, Welcome to the Dollhouse, to the top of the charts.

In 2009, Danity Kane broke up amid group tensions, caused especially by members O’Day and Woods, who decided to defect. “You’ll see me and Drea [Aundrea Fimbres] try and pick up the pieces on our own [on this season’s show] — pieces that we didn’t even make,” Dawn Richards said at the time. “We didn’t even break it and we’re trying to sweep it up ourselves. Puff invited all the girls to come back on this season and they chose not to. Only two of us showed up. That’s fine if that’s the choice.”

The screens in our cars can be frustrating—slow, confusing, hard to read, impossible to sync with our phone. Infotainment systems definitely have plenty of room for improvement, but as any software engineer will happily reminder you, they are unbelievably complex. From controlling the car’s many functions to smartphone compatibility and ensuring all of the various applications can run concurrently, the displays in our dash are much more complicated than the phones in our pockets.

The Anatomy of Your Car’s Infotainment System

Seth Colter Walls describes Threepenny Opera:

“The play has a double nature,” Brecht said during a Stockholm lecture in 1939, adding: “Instruction and entertainment conflict openly.”

Brecht’s honesty about nonfiction art being “instruction” is refreshing. The instinct to advance a version of the truth is an academic impulse—a preacher’s impulse. And, as Brecht says, the emotions come from the friction between the world we’d like to inhabit and the one we do.

Walls also includes a short guide to the best Threepenny recordings.

The events in Boston last week drew the world’s attention and sympathy, not because they were any more tragic or gruesome than the drone strikes that killed women and children in Pakistan and Yemen or the two hundred plus people killed by an Earthquake in China, but because US Hollywood Infotainment Inc. has much high production values for reporting on when Bad Things Happen To White America.  Those values implicitly carry a weighting system that can be seen in most movies - white people characters are nuanced (men much more than women) have emotions and can empathise. We are encouraged to identify with them, to admire them, to value them. They are worth saving. They. Are. Worth. More.  People of colour, in comparison, are most often either objects of the White Saviour Complex, pitied / dis-empowered / emasculated victims of injustice, or they are villains who threaten white civilization. So it is that a relatively small disturbance in the fabric of White American Suburban Life can garner such attention, and time / web + print space spent on coverage,  whilst other much larger, systemic and institutionalised disturbances in American and foreign lives are relegated to Shit Happened To Other People Worth Less.

Walter Mosley: The Older You Are, The More You Live In The Past

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Walter Mosley is the author of more than 34 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring the character Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 21 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel.

"A lot of people get upset at young people," says Novelist Walter Mosley, "They say, ‘Young people aren’t living up to their potential. Young people are interested in things which are shallow, which are meaningless, which are unimportant. But the truth is, is that the older you are, the more you’re thinking is historical, and the more historical things become—especially in our world today, where things change so quickly because of technology, the more they’re invalid.”

Aspiring writers shouldn’t measure their success in dollars and cents or fame, says Mosley, but rather in their ability to entertain people with their writing. “Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, you know, Victor Hugo. I mean all of these people, they’re popular writers. They’re writing to the broadest range of people,” explains Mosley. “Yeah, it’s great literature, but it was popular literature when it was written.  And that’s the case with almost all of the literature that survives starting from Homer. You know? It’s the adventure; it’s the story; it’s the fight; it’s people falling in love; it’s people with deep, you know, personality disorders who succeed anyway; you know, beyond themselves. That’s what great literature is.”  

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