Jul 31

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Wanna Play Smash?

Author: orenda
POSTED AT 01:07 PM

LoL

Move over NBA and NFL—there’s a new business in town. Today, the eSports industry is on the rise to billions, with an expected growing rate of 30% over the next five years and waves of investors jumping on the bandwagon. Rapidly evolving, eSports generally refer to professional gaming and are quickly becoming “one of the most watched and passionately followed global sports categories amongst younger audiences,” according to international entertainment company MTG’s CEO Madsen Lindemmans. The business has $612 million in global revenue today, with approximately 134 million viewers worldwide. ESports are slowly becoming accepted as a legitimate sport, with MTG acquiring the Electronic Sports League, the largest eSports organization in the world. According to Skillz CEO Andrew Paradise, “ESports are well on their way not just to legitimacy, but to true sports legitimacy.”

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Jul 31

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Meerkat vs. Periscope: Which team are you playing for?

Author: orenda
POSTED AT 10:07 AM

MeerkatVsPeriscope

Watching the sunrise over Twin Peaks in San Francisco or enjoying the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence has never been easier. Today, popular livestreaming video apps Meerkat and Periscope allow us to be part of another city, country, or even continent—without actually physically being there. With both apps giving users the ability to connect with events around the world, the question of “which app is better?” is unavoidable. So, which app is better? We’ve outlined the pros and cons of both below.

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Jul 17

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Halfway Through 2015: Some Tunes to Look Forward To

Author: orenda
POSTED AT 01:07 PM

MusicReleases

‘Tis the season for unforeseen music releases, and the waiting lines have never been longer. Over the course of the year, artists ranging from the iconic hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar to the indie rock sensation Florence and the Machine have been dropping hits like rapid-fire, bringing audiences to their feet, craving for more and more. We’re halfway through 2015, but the year has just gotten started on bringing us timeless pieces, like Wiz Khalifas tribute to Paul Walker “See You Again” and Mark Ronson’s dangerously catchy “Uptown Funk.” Personally, Years & Years’ Communion and Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s Surf albums set the electrifying tone for the rest of my year, making me eager for anything and everything about to come. Some forthcoming albums to look forward to include…

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Jul 17

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Currents

Author: ashley
POSTED AT 09:07 AM

Everyone’s favorite Australian psychedelic rock group returns with the much anticipated release of their third album Currents—albeit with a new musical style and a re-defined Tame Impala itself. Kevin Parker emerges as the lone mastermind of Tame Impala, revealing that the presentation of the band has merely been a facade, and Parker writes, records, and produces all of the music by himself in his cloistered home studio.

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Jul 16

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A New Era of Paleontology

Author: jacobmeier
POSTED AT 03:07 PM

Oni

After Jurassic World’s recent and incredibly successful premier, our imaginations were once again captivated by the idea of massive dinosaurs roaming around the Earth millions of years ago. Memories of our childhood obsessions with the prehistoric predators came rushing back and suddenly we remembered all of the books, toys, and posters we used to spend hours playing with. At least, that was the case for me when I saw the film. For years we have had this notion that the land was once covered in giant, dragon like, scaly monsters. However, a new find shows that Chris Pratt’s obedient velociraptors may have, at one point, looked more like terrifying turkeys than giant lizards.

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Jul 14

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Everyone’s Favorite Rejected Planet

Author: beverly
POSTED AT 10:07 AM

Oni

NASA’s New Horizons mission probe will finally be going past Pluto today and all the information that daring little robot collects will reach Earth by 9 p.m ET.  It has taken nine years, five months, and 24 days for the probe to travel the three billion miles separating Earth and Pluto.

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Jul 09

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Come onnn, Comic-Con!

Author: beverly
POSTED AT 12:07 PM

Oni

If you like being entertained, rejoice! Today marks the beginning of four days of comics and more galore at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Over 130,000 super-fans will be heading down to the San Diego Convention center to catch glimpses of, and even experience firsthand, the biggest upcoming movies (and TV shows and games and science fictions). Every form of art and popular media entertainment ranging from 12 foot statues of World of Warcraft characters to sneak peeks of highly anticipated films such as Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice and the next Star Wars will be there. To name drop a few more, the cast and crew of the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones will also be swarmed by eager fans.

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Jul 08

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Apple

Apple entered the music streaming marketplace with the launch of Apple Music, debuting worldwide on June 30th. The app and streaming service aims to consolidate all of your favorite features in online music and foster greater engagement between fans and artists. The release quickly produced animated debate in the tech and music communities; namely, how does Apple Music compare with existing services, such as Spotify and Tidal? Does Apple Music offer any new features that will tangibly enhance music consumption?

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Jul 06

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USWNT

Red, white, and blue-painted faces cheered with excitement across the BC Place stadium in Vancouver, Canada. This past Sunday, the United States Women’s National Team took the title of Women’s World Cup championships, with an outstanding 5-2 lead over Japan. It was monumental moment for the team, as the last championship was seized 16 years ago, during the Women’s World Cup of 1999.

USA midfielder Carli Lloyd paved the way for a victory over Japan, scoring two goals in just five minutes into the opening of the game. Awarded the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s top player, Lloyd scored the fastest hat trick (according to wisegeek.org, a hat trick occurs when a player scores three goals in one game) in Women’s World Cup history, within a mere 16 minutes into the game. At a score of 4-0, it was almost a solid defeat for Japan. “I am speechless. I am so proud of this team. This doesn’t feel real, it hasn’t sunk in,” Lloyd remarked. “We just made history.” Players Tobi Heath and Lauren holiday scored the two other goals for team USA.

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Jul 06

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All American Everything

Author: beverly
POSTED AT 01:07 PM

Oni

This year marks the 239th anniversary of the United States of America’s independence from the British Empire and our American citizens once again went full force this July fourth to celebrate all across this great nation. Everyone was given more time to prepare after Friday was declared federal holiday, creating an extra relaxing, patriotic three day weekend. This past July 4th in beautiful Santa Barbara was full of excitement in downtown and at Stearns Wharf with festivities starting at 3 pm until 9 pm. Despite the recently gloomy weather, the skies were clear for the spectacular end of the night fireworks display. It may be Monday now, but the happy haze of a sunny day in palm tree lined yards with friends, barbeque, and sugary drinks still lingers.

 

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