The Overwatch League keeps having to punish players for toxic behavior

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Two months into its existence, Blizzard’s ambitious Overwatch League has seen a lot of positives. Viewership numbers are strong, Blizzard has managed to court big-name sponsors like Toyota, and last month the Shanghai Dragons made Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon the league’s first female player. But there’s one issue that keeps popping up: players exhibiting toxic behavior. Today, the league made its biggest statement about such behavior so far, doling out punishments to four individual players.

Dallas Fuel player Timo “Taimou” Kettunen is being fined $ 1,000 for using “anti-gay slurs on his personal stream,” while the Houston Outlaws’ Tae-yeong “TaiRong” Kim has received a formal warning for posting a meme about the bombings of Hiroshima and…

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Best Buy is having a 3-day sale on MacBooks, iPads, and Beats headphones

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Best Buy tax sale: MacBooks, iPads, BeatsX

The most wonderful time of the year isn’t necessarily the holiday season. The days are finally getting longer again, we’re past the worst of the winter snow, and oh yeah, it’s tax refund time.

Best Buy is celebrating the latter with a three-day sale on some of its most popular items, including a 9.7-inch iPad for $ 249, MacBook Airs for as little as $ 799, and BeatsX wireless headphones for $ 80.

The MacBook Air sale is perhaps the most significant, as three MacBook Air models are $ 200 off during the sale. The entry-level model, which has a 13-inch screen, Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM, is down to $ 799, with an additional $ 50 off for students. The mid-range model with an expanded 256GB of flash storage is $ 999, and the top-tier model with a Core i7 and 512GB of storage is $ 1,349.

The 9.7-inch iPad (not to be confused with the iPad Pro) is $ 80 off during this sale, although the promo will continue running afterwards. That brings the price of the cheapest 32GB Wi-Fi model down to $ 249 from $ 329, and the more expensive 128GB model is $ 349 during the promo. The 4th-generation Apple TV is also on sale, with $ 40 knocked off the usual $ 199 asking price to bring it down to $ 159.

The sale on the BeatsX headphones is particularly interesting, since they don’t see a ton of deals. If you’re in the market for good workout headphones that sync up perfectly with your iPhone and have a bunch of battery life, there’s no need to look any further. The sale notionally takes $ 65 off the asking price, but the headphones are more commonly listed at $ 110 than $ 149, so it’s more like a $ 25 saving. Nonetheless, is’t an unusually good deal.

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How to restore brand credibility after having fucked up publicly

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Social media is a place for brands to amplify their stories, humanize themselves, and connect with the people that make them what they are. More recently, it’s also become a stage for consumers to take brands to task for their missteps. As a social strategist and creative on the agency side for the better part of a decade, I’ve seen my share of digital crises and the aftermath. Social has ignited the rise of a culture where bad actors are called out and negative experiences are no longer discussed behind closed doors. Given the nature of social as such an…

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Consumer Reports pegs Apple’s iPhone X & 8 Plus as having best smartphone cameras

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In a piece published this week, Consumer Reports rated the dual-lens iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus as having the best smartphone cameras, with the single-lens iPhone 8 sitting just behind them.
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Fitbit preparing second foray into smart watches with new model having more ‘mass appeal’

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Just a few months after the release of the Fitbit Ionic, the company is preparing another smart watch, to further compete with the Apple Watch.
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Ride-Hailing Services Aimed at Cutting Traffic Are Having the Opposite Effect

Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft were supposed to make our streets less congested, but studies suggest that they’re having the opposite effect.

A report published by the UCDavis Institute of Transportation Studies in October 2017, which surveyed over 4,000 adults in seven U.S. cities, found that after rolling out one of the two services public transport usage dropped by six percent. More worryingly, the study found that between 49 and 61 percent of journeys made using the likes of Uber and Lyft would have been made on foot, on a bike, on public transport, or not made at all, if those services weren’t available.

This observation was echoed by a new study carried out by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, which surveyed 944 ride-hailing passengers in the Boston metro area. Here, 12 percent said that if ride-hailing services weren’t available, they would have walked or cycled, and 42 percent said they would have used public transport.

This stands in stark contrast to comments made by Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick in 2015, when he said “we envision a world where there’s no more traffic in Boston in five years.”  According to a report from the Boston Business Journal, he reiterated his point saying that if every car in the city was an Uber, the road network would be way more efficient. The company’s big plan for the future revolves around a self-driving fleet, which they claim could potentially prevent traffic jams.

If once there were hopes that ride-hailing services would work alongside public transport, they seem to have been quashed. “Ride sharing is pulling from and not complementing public transportation,” said Alison Felix, an author of the MAPC report, in an interview with AP News.

But this development doesn’t come as a surprise, not for everyone. Over a year ago, in an article for The Guardian, a senior fellow at the New Cities Foundation Greg Lindsay wrote that Uber was looking to “disrupt the bus.”  If ride-hailing services are going to continue to play a major role in our travel plans, public transport might pay the price.

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The importance of having a socially conscious business

Everybody wants to make a difference, and if no one tried, the world would be a lot worse for the wear. Luckily, most people make an effort to exact change on whatever level they can and work toward making the world a better place. Individuals aren’t the only ones working towards change, of course. Businesses as a whole are beginning to implement programs through which they give back to their community, donate to those in need, work on preserving the environment, and so much more. What’s fueling this movement toward more socially conscious business? There are a lot of reasons…

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If you’re having problems with iOS 11.2.6 and your AirPods, disconnect them, then re-link to your iPhone

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Reports are circulating that some users are experiencing odd behavior from connected AirPods following the iOS 11.2.6 update — but there’s an easy fix and it will only take a few minutes.
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Having the Flu Increases Your Chance of Having a Heart Attack

Heart Attack Risk

The flu vaccine could also double as a heart attack deterrent according to a recent study published to The New England Journal of Medicine.

According to the study, people are more susceptible to a heart attack, or acute myocardial infarction, when they’re suffering from the effects of the influenza virus. The researchers analyzed 20,000 cases in Ontario, Canada involving adults diagnosed with influenza between 2009 and 2014. Surprisingly, they discovered 332 patients had been hospitalized for a heart attack in the year before or after their influenza diagnosis.

You’re 6.3 times more likely to have a heart attack in the three days following a flu diagnosis. Credit: Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

“We found that you’re six times more likely to have a heart attack during the week after being diagnosed with influenza, compared to the year before or after the infection,” Dr. Jeff Kwong, lead author on the study and a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto, told NPR. Kwong elaborated that when someone has the flu: “There’s inflammation going on, and your body is under a lot of stress.” Dropping oxygen levels and bloods pressure increase the risk of clots forming in bloods vessels serving the heart.

According to the LA Times, Kwong and his team observed that the risk of a heart attack was 6.3 times greater during the first three days following a flu diagnosis, and 5.8 times greater during the four days after that.

Deadly Flu Season

While everyone is potentially at risk of having a heart attack when afflicted with the flu, Kwong told NPR that it’s very unlikely that it would happen to a younger person. The risk may be higher for adults 65 and older.

“People at risk of heart disease should take precautions to prevent respiratory infections, and especially influenza, through measures including vaccinations and handwashing,” said Kwong in a post on ICES. The increased risk is also not specific to people with the flu, but rather anyone affected by a virus that impacts the respiratory system.

Further clarification on the link between influenza and heart attacks comes at an apt time, as the 2017-2018 flu season is the most widespread on record. According to The Washington Post, the virus has already spread across the entire continental U.S. and caused more child deaths than expected for this time of year.

“I think the simplest way to describe it is that flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” said Daniel Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a press release. Jernigan’s team has been keeping tabs on the flu for 13 years, and this is the first year they’ve observed widespread activity in all of the continental U.S.

The rapid spread of influenza this early in the year could see more doctors pushing the idea of community immunity. Community immunity, also called herd immunity, suggests that when enough people are vaccinated against a disease, the harder it will be for the germs to spread. This protects the people who cannot, or will not, receive vaccinations from getting sick.

Eventually the disease could become rarer, or be wiped out entirely, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Reaching the threshold for herd immunity against the flu could mitigate the severity of next year’s flu season.

But for now, doctors are continuing to recommend that everyone get a flu shot — not only for the collective good of achieving herd immunity, but for the personal benefit of decreasing one’s heart attack risk.

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American history podcasts are having a moment

With podcasts enjoying a surge in revenue and VC investment and collectively surpassing 65 million monthly listeners for the first time, VentureBeat’s Paul Sawers makes a good case for why 2017 was the year of the podcast. A closer look at the shows unveiled in the past few months reveals a trend in podcasts that are the stuff of a history nerd’s dreams.

Shows like Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History and Stuff You Missed in History Class have been popular among podcast listeners for some time now, but in recent weeks names like American History Tellers and Atlanta Monster have debuted and shot to the top of the charts on Apple’s Podcast app — used by the majority of podcasts listeners — as well as popular apps like TuneIn and Google Play Music.

These newcomers aren’t alone, as others like More Perfect (about the U.S. Supreme Court), Uncivil (about the Civil War), and Revisionist History from author Malcolm Gladwell, also launched history-themed podcasts in recent months.

Regardless whether you’re a podcast fan — one of those people quick to ask “What are you listening to?” — a sharp dive into past events reveals some fantastic, timely storytelling. Many of the recent batch of podcasts come from some of the best podcast networks around, including Radiolab, Panoply Media, WNYC, Gimlet Media, and How Stuff Works.

Atlanta Monster

The true crime genre of podcasts is not only wed to the travails of tragedy and human relationships. To put you in the time and place, to understand the context, these podcasts often include a heavy dose of history too. That’s what you get with Atlanta Monster, a podcast that made its debut on January 5. The show is only two episodes in and is already ranked No. 1 in both Apple’s podcast app and TuneIn.

Atlanta Monster tells the story of missing and murdered children in Atlanta. Virtually all of the children featured were poor African-American boys. As the killings terrorized a community, the events would draw the attention of national press, the FBI, and public figures like Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra.

In its first two episodes, Atlanta Monster examines the cases of missing children alongside the story of an evolving city roughly a decade after the height of the Civil Rights movement.

Interviews with investigators, community members, and people who were kids at the time and remember being afraid give the podcast an air of oral history.

The Atlanta Monster story is told by host Payne Lindsey and is produced by the How Stuff Works crew based in Atlanta. How Stuff Works is also host of the podcasts Revisionist History and Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Slow Burn

Slow Burn is a Slate podcast about the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The purpose of the show, host Leon Neyfakh said, isn’t to draw parallels between the Watergate investigation in the 1970s and the Mueller investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign today. Rather, Neyfakh interviews lawmakers, journalists, and others involved in the scandal to talk about what it was like to live through a scandal that took down a president.

The show is a blend of the major events and little-known details about the Watergate scandal.

I’m a self-proclaimed history nerd, but I’m 32, so there’s a whole lot I don’t know about that period of time. I was unaware of the stories of people like Martha Mitchell, wife of Nixon re-election committee chair John Mitchell. She would tell reporters she was tranquilized, held against her will, and lambasted by Nixon loyalists to prevent her revealing details about the break-in at the Watergate hotel.

I also didn’t know that Bob Woodward and Leslie Stahl from 60 Minutes used to date back in the day, and I had forgotten that before Woodward and Bernstein were enshrined as legends in the history of American journalism, Nixon got re-elected in one of the most lopsided Electoral College landslides ever.

Slow Burn is currently ranked fifth among TuneIn’s Top 25 Podcasts and 14th in the Top Charts section of the iTunes Podcast app.

American History Tellers

American History Tellers made its debut January 3 with the release of the first three episodes in a six-part series about the Cold War. The show attempts to combine commentary from researchers with reenactments that capture what living through specific moments in U.S. history was like for everyday people.

For example, the first episode walks you through what a meeting with someone from the FBI may have been like if they’d come over to ask you a few questions about a neighbor with alleged Communist ties.

At the time of publishing, American History Tellers was #2 in the Top 25 podcasts on TuneIn and #3 in the Top Charts portion of the iTunes Podcast app.

American History Tellers is made by Wonderly, creator of the Tides of History podcast.


From Gimlet Media, Uncivil debuted in the fall of 2017 with stories about the Civil War. It often digs into misconceptions and mistruths told about that period, and it looks at ways the impact of the war is still felt today. Like many of the shows here, Uncivil tells a lot of little-known stories.

The first episode details the liberation of plantations by the 2nd South Carolina infantry in Combahee, South Carolina, aided by intelligence from Harriet Tubman.

The banter between hosts Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika helps infuse a certain amount of levity into a dense, sometimes complicated, sometimes painful subject.


As host Lillian Cunningham points out in season one, there have been more than 10,000 attempts to amend the U.S. Constitution, and fewer than 30 have actually received the requisite approval from three-fourths of all states.

From the Washington Post, Constitutional tells stories about the U.S. Constitution. The focus of the second season — the exploration of the 27 amendments to the Constitution — was suggested by a listener who had heard Cunningham’s Presidential podcast, recorded in 2016 about U.S. presidents.

I really enjoyed the hour-long look at the road traveled to reach consensus across the nation for a collection of the laws that have made the most fundamental shifts in U.S. history — like the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote or the right to a fair trial enshrined in the 6th amendment.

The latest episode looks at privacy protections in the Constitution and how the Supreme Court has grappled with the definition of privacy as new technologies like cameras and cell phones have emerged.

Revisionist History

This podcast comes from author Malcolm Gladwell. In each episode, Gladwell argues that a key moment in history has been misinterpreted or misunderstood. Episode subjects are as broad as golf courses in Los Angeles, McDonald’s french fries, or Winston Churchill’s friendship with a physicist.

A large portion of season two of Revisionist History focuses on the Civil Rights movement.

In these episodes, the show takes a closer look at an iconic photograph of a child being bitten by a police dog, and explores how the Brown vs. Board of Education decision led to the decimation of the ranks of African-American teachers in the United States.

I listened to the first season, but I found the second season much more engaging and personal because alongside the history it offers glimpses of Gladwell’s own story. I didn’t know he’s Canadian or part of his family is originally from the West Indies. His father passed away during the recording of one episode and that tragedy indirectly shaped how the story was told. Overall, I felt like I got to know Gladwell better, not just as the author of popular books like Tipping Point, but as someone with an interesting story of his own.

More Perfect

More Perfect examines issues and major cases that have been argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Season two, which wrapped up last month, explored issues such as recent Second Amendment challenges and the theft of Justice Felix Frankfurter’s papers, one of the largest thefts in the history of the Library of Congress. There’s a lot more laughter in this episode than you might imagine.

My favorite recent episode was an analysis of the way legal counsels address female Supreme Court justices.

Women have only been on the U.S. Supreme Court since Sandra Day O’Conner was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Of the four women who have ever served, three are on the bench today, and the episode reveals that they are interrupted more frequently than their male counterparts in the highest court in the land.

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