The 3-in-1 Smart Box is a pocket sized speaker

The 3-in-1 Smart Box has been designed as lightweight, easy-to-carry and importantly for an object this small, difficult-to-lose.

Fox sets 'Wayward Pines' premiere date

FOX announced on Tuesday (December 9) morning that the 10-episode thriller will premiere on Thursday, May 14 at 9 p.m. ET. And "Wayward Pines" won't just be rolling out in the United States.

Mockingjay dominates the slowest box office weekend of the year

With only one new release this weekend, The Pyramid, and everything else falling, the overall domestic box office generated a little below $80 million, resulting in the slowest selling weekend of the year.

The Devastating Impact of the Halifax Explosion

On a cold December 6, in 1917, it seemed as though the doors of hell had burst asunder in Halifax, Nova Scotia. French munitions ship the SS Mont-Blanc collided with Norwegian supply ship the Imo at 8:40 in the morning.

7 Incredible Roller Coasters Based on Movies

Providing a great day out for kids and the young at heart alike, theme parks are loved the world over. And as long you enjoy heart-stopping excitement, who can resist a roller coaster, with its twists and turns, plunging drops, inversions, and eye-popping G-forces?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Grammys Hall of Fame Adds Recordings by Nirvana, Prince, David Bowie, Among 22 Others


There will be 25 recordings added to the Grammy Hall of Fame as part of their Class of 2017. Some of these recording include: Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, David Bowie's Changes, Losing My Religion by R.E.M, the famous Elvis hit Jailhouse Rock and Prince's Sign 'O' the Times.


Besides TV themes (Lalo Schifrin's "Mission Impossible), country (Merle Haggard's Okie From Muskogee, Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make Your Love Me") and early Sixties pop (Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me," Dion's "The Wanderer"), N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton, the Beach Boys' I Get Around, Jackson 5's ABC and Sly & The Family Stone's Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) are also in this colorful group of great tunes.

The Billboard reported that the criteria for the Grammy Hall of Fame eligibility is based on the rule that the recording has to be over two decades old—25 years old, to be exact. The two tracks that celebrated their 25th anniversary in the year of 2016 are Smells Like Teen Spirit and Losing My Religion. The Hall of Fame's number of inductees would rise to 1,038 with the 25 new additions.

"The Grammy Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned," The Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. "Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog and are an integral part of our musical, social and cultural history.

Have a look at the Grammy Hall of Fame inductees below:

Arlo Guthrie - "The City of New Orleans"
The Beach Boys - "I Get Around"
Billie Holiday - Lady Sings the Blues
Blind Willie McTell - "Statesboro Blues"
Bonnie Raitt - "I Can't Make Your Love Me"
Cab Calloway And His Orchestra - "(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' Jive"
David Bowie - "Changes"
Deep Purple - "Smoke of the Water"
Dion - "The Wanderer"
Elvis Presley - "Jailhouse Rock"
The Everly Brothers - "Wake Up Little Susie"
Jackson 5 - "ABC"
Lalo Schifrin - "Mission Impossible"
Lesley Gore - "You Don't Own Me"
Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra - "When the Saints Go Marching In"
Merle Haggard - Okie From Muskogee
Mills Brothers - "You Always Hurt the One You Love"
Mississippi John Hurt - "Stack O'Lee Blues"
N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton
Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Prince - Sign 'O' the Times
R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"
Rod Stewart - "Maggie May"
Sly & The Family Stone - "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"
Sonny & Cher - "I Got You Babe"

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Most Incredible College Libraries Around The World

There’s nothing that consoles a book lover more than the library – the haven of all knowledge, the treasury of stories. The idea that you can borrow any book you like that hundreds of people have read before you is probably one of the better inventions of mankind. That being said, not all libraries fill us with awe, and thousands of best library lists and Pinterest entries prove that the beauty of a library is a very subjective matter. We have decided to focus on college libraries, and what freshmen may find in them as they embark on the new stage of their life’s journey.

These 9 university libraries are probably the holy sanctuary of all students attending:


Koerner Library at The University of British Columbia


If you like modern conceptual architecture, you will be hard-pressed to focus on the books at the Koerner Library on the University of British Columbia campus. It looks like an open book, and wherever you go inside, you will have full view of the glorious mountain landscape.


Sofia University Library


In Europe, our first stop would be the Sofia University Library. Its arching walls are vaguely reminiscent of the Oval office and its stacks of books are awe-inspiring, but it probably wouldn’t distract an eager student from obtaining knowledge.


Suzzallo Library at The University of Washington


If you like your libraries a bit more serious and you’re more of a fan of Wes Anderson flicks, you will find some very carefully dosed whimsy balanced out by grandeur at the Suzzallo Library at The University of Washington. Just remember – no talking while others are studying!


Library and Learning Centre at The University of Economics Vienna


For futurists and lovers of great architecture out there, the library on the campus of The University of Economics in Vienna is surely the most beautiful. Zaha Hadid’s vision was marvelously executed here – after seeing this, the idea of studying economics in Austria doesn’t sound so monotonous anymore!


Stauffer Library at Queen's University


If you, however, aren’t a student in Chicago but somewhere in Kingston, Ontario, and still want to study in a fantasy-world-ready library, you will find everything that inspires you in Stuaffer Library at Queen's University. Its façade vaguely resembles that of the Capital City in The Hunger Games, but it’s beautiful and isn’t housing a dystopian nightmare – just lots of books.


Widener Library at Harvard University


If your vision of an ideal library is more old world and decorative, you would surely love the Widener Library at Harvard University. Its renaissance painting-decorated halls complete with grandiose chandeliers (no swinging, though!) remind us of times long past.


Humboldt University Library


If you would like your libraries more modern, but not soulless, and with one foot firmly in the past times, you would love studying at the Humboldt University Library in Berlin, Germany. It was carefully renovated to bring out the best of all eras.


Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University


Sci-fi and comic book fans going to Yale this fall will probably worship imagine the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library on the Yale University campus. Its position and construction are vaguely reminiscent of Superman's Fortress of Solitude, so looking for books here will have a whole new sense of mystery and exploration.


Harper Memorial Library at The University of Chicago


If you want to feel like you’re attending Hogwarts and practicing magic instead of just brushing up on design or engineering at ye olde Uni, the Harper Memorial Library at The University of Chicago is the place for you. You won’t need to answer a riddle to get in, but every true Ravenclaw will enjoy studying in these halls.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Dogfighting in Battlefield 1 might be the game’s best feature


There’s one feature in Battlefield 1 that stands out from the rest: aerial dogfights. They are jaw-droppingly realistic-looking and have lifelike physics.

This video features dogfighting in the mission Friends in High Places: Fall From Grace. You can control a biplane that seats a pilot and a gunner – the first, obviously, maneuvers the plane, while the other shoots using a machine gun that can be swiveled 360 degrees.


The missile locking technology did not exist yet, so you can’t lock the missiles. Aiming is not easy, and the best way to shoot is to use barrages.

Any damage you take during flight can be repaired while still in the air by using a single hex wrench.



One of the most remarkable things is that you can feel the drag and heft of the biplane as you fly it. The technology was limited at the time of the game setting so at times you can feel the plane working to keep you in the air, as they were not that powerful back in the day.

The immersion level of the aerial combat experience is so great that you can get dizzy when you look away from the monitor – there hasn’t been an experience quite like this in video gaming.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

How These Famous Bands Got Their Names

Being in a band is not always what it is cracked up to be. It requires total commitment in creating music and continuously improving your artistic nature. The music business is a unique industry in its own right as well. There have been several artists who made billions of dollars by a single song and on the other hand, there are also several singers and bands who have made multiple albums but still failed to earn even a single dime.


The difference does not lie in luck. It is the sheer talent and connecting with the fans that determines success. Leaving that aside, let’s take a look at the very first step of forming a band: coming up with a name that will forever signify the representation of the musical contents. The following list chronicles 16 famous music bands and how they get their names:

16. The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones
The English blues rock band is one of the most critically acclaimed music acts on an international level. Formed in 1962 with only vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards and drummer Charlie Watts serving as the original members today, the band has released twenty-four albums.

Considering the fact that three out of four of its members have crossed the age of seventy, it is amazing to see Rolling Stones continuing to make their presence known in the music industry.
Coming up with a name for the band was an act of quick decision making without a methodical thought. When original member, guitarist Brian Jones was asked for his band’s name during a phone call with Jazz News, he saw a Muddy Waters LP on the floor and quickly noticed the song Rollin’ Stone written in the track list. The name was adapted since both shared a fondness for blues but later modified it to The Rolling Stones.

15. Mötley Crüe

MotleyCrue
Calling the glam metal band Mötley Crüe a group of normal musicians would certainly be an understatement to say the very least. The band is not a stranger to creating controversies as the band’s notorious image has been subjected to numerous run ins with the law, several arrests, heavy alcohol consumption, countless escapades with women, cocaine and heroin addiction. Despite all that, the band is one of the best-selling artists of all time and have kept the spirit of glam metal alive since 1981.

While thinking of a name that suits their hedonistic lifestyles, guitarist Mick Mars recalled an incident that occurred while he was part of the band White Horse.
One of the band members called them “a motley looking crew”. Narrating the moment, the band gave a thought and decided upon Mottley Cru but later modified it to MötleyCrüe. The addition of the two metal umlauts was inspired by the German beer Löwenbräu, which the members were drinking during that time.

14. System of a Down

System of a Down
Formed in 1994 and consisting of four Armenian-Americans musicians who dared to dream, System of a Down have contributed a lot in alternative metal and progressive rock music. Selling more than 40 million albums worldwide, the band is iconic for their unconventional vocalist SerjTankian due to his uncanny delivery of immensely large vocal range in live performances.

The band took their name for a poem written by guitarist Daron Malakian titled “Victims of a Down”. Under the suggestion of bassist ShavoOdajian, the word ‘victims’ was replaced with ‘system’ as an attempt to charm a much larger audience and as an alphabetical homage to their musical icons, thrash metal band Slayer.

13. Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd brand
If you are not familiar with the band, you surely will have a hard time pronouncing the name for the first time. Believe it or not, the band is very well aware of that and in order to avoid confusion, named its debut album as (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd).

Best known for their songs “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird”, the band was at the peak of their success when three of their members tragically died in an airplane crash in 1977. Even after a ten year hiatus and recruitment of new members, the band was never able to achieve the glory it once had.

Coming to the origins of its name, vocalist Ronnie Van Zant and guitarists Gary Rossington and Allen Collins were students at Robert E. Lee High School where the gym teacher by the name of Leonard Skinner strongly backed the policy against long hair for boys.

Van Zant came up with the mocking tribute name Leonard Skinnerd which was soon changed to LynyrdSkynyrd. Rossington even dropped out of school after continuously told by Skinner to cut his hair short. However, the relations between the strict gym teacher and the three members became better once the band became a success and even invited him to one of their concerts in Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum.

12. KoRn

KoRn
Winning two Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards is just another day for the nu metal band comprising of vocalist Johnathan Davis, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, drummer Ray Luzier and guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch.

Often associated with creepy music videos, extreme vulgarity in lyrics and disturbing songs, it is amazing that the band still manages to make an impact with their huge fan following.
While thinking of a band name, the word “corn” came in mind along with a variety of suggestions but was met with rejection. Shaffer, still having faith in the name, wrote the word as if a young child would by replacing the “C” with “K” and a backward capital “R”.

The name was accepted and Davis designed the official logo. Original drummer David Silvera explains, “The music makes the name, because Korn’s a dumb name. But once we get established, it makes the name cool.”

11. Green Day

Green Day
The punk rock band Green Day was not always the famed group it is now a days. While much is known about their breakthrough success by their 1994 hit album Dookie, it is a surprising fact that the band was around since 1986 with original members vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Drint.

Even after the stabilization of Tré Cool in 1990, the band desperately struggled to make it big. Now, Green Day is one of the most loved musical acts in the world.

Known as Sweet Children in their first year, the band was irregularly doing small performances in front of limited audiences. While recording an extended play from Lookout! Records, the band had to change the name in order to avoid confusion with the local band Sweet Baby. While thinking of a new name, Armstrong recalled writing a song called “Green Day” – a slang for marijuana – when he first had the drug and decided to take it as the band’s name.

 10. Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd
Even in their formation year of 1965, Pink Floyd was destined for greatness and continued to do so for the next twenty-nine years until its breakup. With fifteen albums, their contribution in progressive rock music is considered legendary and an incredible masterpiece in music and are one of the most commercially successful music bands of all time; selling more than 250 million albums worldwide.

Initially called “Tea Set”, the band thought about other names when they were booked on a bill with another band having the same name. Vocalist and song-writer SydBarret came up with the name The Pink Floyd Sound as an homage to the blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. “Sound” was soon dropped as the band began to gain success and the name The Pink Floyd – and sometimes just Pink Floyd – was

9. AC/DC

Brother Angus
Formed by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young in 1973, the band is significantly and undoubtedly one of the most recognizable and greatest music groups in the history of hard rock music. With over forty years, the brothers still continue to rock with their stabilized lineup and has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. Not only that, their sixth studio album Back in Black is the fifth most selling album of all time.

When their sister Margaret Young saw the initials AC/DC – a symbol for alternating current/direct current – written on a sewing machine, the brothers thought that it was the perfect name for the band as it perfectly represented their energy driven performances. The name stuck and the slash symbol was replaced by a lightning bolt in the middle of “AC” and “DC” as the band’s official logo.

8. Megadeth

megadeth band
There was a time in America when thrash metal was not at all mainstream. That soon changed when guitarist and vocalist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, after a series of changes in lead guitarists and drummers, formed the band Megadeth. With six of its fourteen albums earning platinum certifications and selling more than 50 million albums worldwide, the band is a pioneer of thrash metal music.

After being fired from Metallica due to his violent behavior before recording sessions and excessive drug and alcohol usage, Mustaine was riding a bus home and writing lyrics at the back of a handbill on which was quoted “The arsenal of megadeath can’t be rid no matter what the peace treaties come to.” Mustaine later formed his own band with the name but soon dropped an ‘a’ once he found out that “The Megadeaths” was one of the initial names for Pink Floyd.

7. Limp Bizkit

Limp Bizkit
The American nu metal band is one of the most controversial acts in the music industry. Consisting of rapper Fred Durst, guitarist Wes Borland, bass guitarist Sam Rivers and drummer John Otto, Limp Bizkit has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide despite being immensely criticized by the media of their country. Now, even though the lineup has not changed, their level of success has as the band is just a shadow of its former self.

As far as the name of the band was concerned, Durst came up with the insanely peculiar name as he stated, “The name is there to turn people’s heads away. A lot of people pick up the disc and go, ‘Limp Bizkit. Oh, they must suck.’ Those are the people that we don’t even want listening to our music.”
Durst was dead serious about that because before the name was finalized, he had come up with some of the most ridiculous names imaginable such as Split Dickslit, Gimp Disco and Bitch Piglet.

6. Nirvana

Nirvana
With hardly six years of activeness and three albums, Nirvana established itself as the greatest grunge rock band of all time. With distorted guitaring, bombastic drumming and grunt vocals which were difficult to understand, the band was bound to doom as per the predictions of many critics but proved everyone wrong by selling over 75 million albums worldwide and even being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the very first year of its eligibility.

For a loud grunge rock band, Nirvana has a very decent name but that was not always the case as among the names initially considered were Ted Ed Fred and Pen Cap Chew. Things could have been different but lead vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain settled on the name Nirvana since “I wanted a name that was kind of beautiful or nice and pretty instead of a mean, raunchy punk name like the Angry Samoans“.

5. KISS

kiss
KISS might be the most unique rock and roll band of all time. Each member has his own larger-than-life persona and that has played extremely well for the band when it comes to grabbing the attention of their audience. The involvement of fire breathing, guitar showmanship, blood spitting, smoking guitars, levitating drum kits, theatrics and pyrotechnics have often been the main reason behind their successful live performances.

When the original members were driving in New York and were just another group aiming to make a name for themselves, they had to come up with a name for the band first.
While suggesting different names, guitarist Paul Stanley remembered that he was previously in a band called LIPS so he blurted out, “How about Kiss?” The name stuck as Stanley thought that the name “just sounded dangerous and sexy at the same time.” Often stylized as KISS, the name has been accused of standing for Knights in Satan’s Service but that has been denied time and again by the members.

4. Nickelback

Nickelback
The greatness of Nickelback as a music group can be determined by the fact that they are the second best-selling foreign act in the United States of America of 2000s behind none other than the Beatles. Having sold more than 50 million albums across the globe, Nickelback is one of the most impactful Canadian musicians of their time along with Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber.

The brother of lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Kroeger used to work in Starbucks and sold coffee for $1.95. Being a frequent customer, whenever Kroeger bought a cup, he gave $2 and every single time he paid for it, he would receive a nickel back. It struck him like a bolt of lightning and the name Nickelback was allotted to his band.

3. Linkin Park

Linkin Park
The band was formed in 1996 and is one of the very few group of musicians who have never lost a single step when it comes to excelling in music. In fact, United Kingdom based magazine Kerrang!claimed them as the Biggest Rock Band in the World Right Now. Originally known as Xero and Hybrid Theory, the band has released six albums and topped billboard charts on numerous occasions.

When their lead vocalist Chester Bennington drove past Santa Monica’s Lincoln Park after a practice session, he suggested the name as the band’s new name but due to copyright issues, the internet domain “lincolnpark.com” proved to be really expensive for their budget. After much reconsideration, the band thought about changing the spelling to Linkin and the name became permanent.

2. Guns N’ Roses

Guns N Roses
The original lineup of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler pioneered hard rock music and their image as a band was the absolute embodiment of their music.

Drug use, alcohol consumption and frequent adult activities was a part of their music as well as their lifestyles and despite all the negativity, the mentioned lineup of Guns N’ Roses successfully sold their albums worldwide and outperformed every other major band at that time; dubbing them as the world’s most dangerous band.

When Hollywood Rose members Axl and Izzy decided to team up with L.A. Guns members Tracii Guns, Ole Beich and Rob Gardner, the name Guns N’ Roses was coined by combining both the bands’ names. However, the members of L.A. Guns were soon replaced by Slash, McKagan and Adler following few disputes regarding rehearsals and live shows.

1. Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin music brand
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If there is one band that defines the very essence of the art of rock and roll, it is undoubtedly Led Zeppelin. Consisting of vocalist Robert Plant, lead guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham, the group was the most dominant band in 1970s and is the most influential English rock band of all time.

By revolutionizing the genre of blues rock and hard rock, the status of the band still remains as one of the best even after more than thirty years after the breakup.
Back when Page and fellow guitarist Jeff Back wanted to form a band of their own, members of rock band The Who Keith Moon and John Entwistle joked that if they did, their group will go down like a “lead balloon” – a British idiom for catastrophic results.

Page recalled the incident and decided to adapt the name but replaced the word ‘baloon’ with ‘zeppelin’ and dropped the ‘a’ in ‘lead’ as per the suggestion of their manager Peter Grant so the people unfamiliar with the idiom would not pronounce it as ‘leed’.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

New Star Citizen Gameplay Footage Is Very Impressive


A new demo of planetary gameplay was presented to a live audience. Even though one could make notice of a few glitches during the show, the presentation was a great success. Feel free to it check it out below.

Due to minor mishaps, the stream has been parsed into 4 parts (which can be found on the playlist). The 4th part, which is actually the bonus part, is presented in the development environments, taking the viewer from one planet to the next one.  

A particularly mesmerizing aspect is the spherical environment. The horizons are seemingly as natural as they can get, allowing the audience to enjoy the vastness as they would in reality. Additionally, there is no distance fog to limit draw distance. In my opinion, this spectacle deserves an anecdote on its own to describe all the beauty it entails.