Brain-controlled VR lightshows could lull you to sleep

Brain-controlled VR lightshows could lull you to sleep

By most accounts, technology wreaks havoc on our sleep. Even tools meant to help us sleep better can make insomnia worse. But sleep and tech don't have to be mutually exclusive. Artists and researchers from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University have created a virtual reality tool to induce sleep. The device, Inter-Dream, combines ambient music controlled by artists with kaleidoscopic visuals controlled by the user's brainwaves, via EEG.



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Why this ESPN analyst thinks Warriors could be ‘terrifying’ next year

The Warriors will enter the 2019-20 NBA season in unfamiliar territory. For one, they won't enter the season as title favorites for the first time since lifting the Larry O'Brien Trophy in 2015 after significant roster turnover headlined by Kevin Durant's departure in free agency. "I'm not a betting man, but if I were, I'd be all over this bet," Goldsberry wrote in a Friday column, referring to the Warriors opening the season as +1,400 championship favorites according to Caesar's Palace. "Why?

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Being Rhude Could Get You Anywhere

LOS ANGELES — Rhuigi Villaseñor strutted into his new downtown Los Angeles office slinging what looked like an oversize leather hobo bag with “Rhude” in white letters.
He can’t talk about it, but it’s a big hint at where his men’s brand Rhude, started in 2013 and best known for its traxedo (that would be the track pant 2.0 with front pleating and side taping on the legs) is headed. That would be in a lot of directions, by the way: footwear, accessories, denim, eyewear, women’s ready-to-wear and women’s footwear.
He’s already checked a few things off that list more recently with the launch of the first Rhude shoe, in addition to a footwear collaboration with Puma. Then there’s the more recent tie-up with Thierry Lasry on eyewear. This all follows last July’s pop-in at Maxfield, which Villaseñor viewed as a turning point for the brand.
“I actually coined that as the beginning of this shift in our business,” he said. “Maxfield’s amplified our message. Doing a pop-up and executing the right way and it being a successful pop-up, our colleagues and competitors took us seriously and it became a new tone to the business. We had run under the radar for a little

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Priyanka Chopra Launches YouTube-Funded Inspirational Special ‘If I Could Tell You Just One Thing’

YouTube’s latest original is a half-hour special featuring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who interviews Awkwafina, Simone Biles and Diane Von Furstenberg — to ask them for one actionable piece of advice, as Chopra embarks on the next phase of her life. “If I Could Tell You Just One Thing” launched Wednesday (March 27) exclusively on Chopra’s […]

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Kristin Cavallari, Very Cavallari 204Moving on is hard to do, especially after losing a loved one.
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N.J. Couple Accused of Spending Homeless Man’s GoFundMe Donations Could Be Indicted, Lawyer Says

An attorney for a New Jersey couple accused of spending thousands of a homeless man’s GoFundMe donations could be indicted, according to their lawyer, who has has filed a motion saying he and his firm may no longer be able to continue representation, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

What began as a feel-good story has turned into a criminal investigation after Johnny Bobbitt, a 35-year-old homeless veteran living in Philadelphia, accused Kate McClure, 28, and her 39-year-old boyfriend Mark D’Amico of spending the more than $ 400,000 they raised for him on GoFundMe on lavish vacations and a new BMW.

Now, the couple’s lawyer has told a Burlington County judge that he and his law firm could possibly step down from representing the pair, holding that either McClure, D’Amico, or both will likely be indicted in the headline-making case.

“Since it is expected that one or both of the Defendants will likely be indicted, my firm and I will no longer be able to continue our representation of them in this matter,” the couple’s attorney, Ernest Badway, wrote in a motion filed Friday in Burlington County Superior Court. “(However, we are not seeking that relief at this time, we merely wanted to make the Court aware of the potential future development.)”

Badway declined to comment on the motion, but indicates to PEOPLE that he is currently representing McClure and D’Amico.

He noted in the motion that D’Amico and McClure are “unable to defend themselves or respond in any meaningful way” to requests to know where the remaining funds went because their financial and business records have been seized by prosecutors.

The motion came to light in a deposition on Monday, but was dated Thursday, according to CBS News — the same day the Florence Police Department raided McClure and D’Amico’s home, and seized their BMW in what Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina declared a “criminal investigation.”

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Officials with the prosecutors office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE. However, no charges have been filed against the couple, according to CBS.

Burlington County Superior Court Judge Paula Dow on Monday granted Badway’s request to stay the civil suit, halting legal proceedings through Dec. 7 due to the criminal investigation.

Bobbitt, originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, first met McClure last October, when her car ran out of gas on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. Bobbitt famously spent his last $ 20 to buy gas for McClure. Moved by his kindness, she and D’Amico set up a GoFundMe page to help Bobbitt get back on his feet. More than 14,000 donated a total of $ 402,706 to the man.

The motion follows a string of twists in the case. Just days before police searched McClure and D’Amico’s home, an attorney for the couple told Dow that the remainder of Bobbitt’s massive sum is gone.

“It is safe to say that we were shocked and concerned when their lawyer told us Tuesday that there was no money left,” Bobbitt’s attorney, Jacqueline Promislo, previously told PEOPLE. “We are now doing some discovery on an emergency basis to try to figure out where the money went but at this time we have no further information.”

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The couple had been ordered to hand the money over to Bobbitt’s attorneys, but never did. In a complaint filed by his attorney and obtained by PEOPLE, Bobbitt accused the couple of fraud and conspiracy, alleging that the couple spent most of the funds on vacations to Las Vegas, Florida, and California, along with a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and a new BMW for McClure.

McClure and D’Amico have denied the allegations and spoke about the incident last week on Megyn Kelly Today, claiming that they went above and beyond to track down the man’s birth certificate and get him identification.

“He was our family. He is our family. I still think, to this day, that he is our family,” McClure told Kelly. McClure spoke through tears as she claimed the couple’s been receiving death threats.

GoFundMe officials are working with authorities in the matter, and have set up an account with $ 20,000 with Bobbitt’s lawyers, according to Good Morning America. Officials with the fundraising site announced that Bobbitt will receive a portion of the donations as a result of their GoFundMe Guarantee program, a policy that ensures recipients receive their money, or those who have donated receive refunds in the event of “campaign misuse.”


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Microsoft argues facial-recognition tech could violate your rights

Microsoft argues facial-recognition tech could violate your rightsMicrosoft president Brad Smith says facial-recognition technology needs to be regulated. On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union provided a good reason for us to think carefully about the evolution of facial-recognition technology. In a study, the group used Amazon’s (AMZN) Rekognition service to compare portraits of members of Congress to 25,000 arrest mugshots.



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This Lightsaber Could Be Worth $240,000

Update 8/4: Check out all the collectibles from Profiles in History that we spotted at SDCC this year.

This year’s Comic-Con has been packed with amazing, geeky collectibles from a variety of companies. But how many collectibles can be said to be truly one of a kind? That’s pretty much where Profiles in History comes in. This company specializes in selling authentic, screen-used props and movie memorabilia. Their Comic-Con booth is a treasure trove of Hollywood artifacts, from Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine claws to a vintage Star Wars lightsaber hilt potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Since most of us will probably never have the chance to own props like these, we’ll have to settle for gazing longingly from afar. Check out our slideshow below to see the pricey gems on display at the show.

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This Lightsaber Could Be Worth $240,000

This year’s Comic-Con has been packed with amazing, geeky collectibles from a variety of companies. But how many collectibles can be said to be truly one of a kind? That’s pretty much where Profiles in History comes in. This company specializes in selling authentic, screen-used props and movie memorabilia. Their Comic-Con booth is a treasure trove of Hollywood artifacts, from Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine claws to a vintage Star Wars lightsaber hilt potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Since most of us will probably never have the chance to own props like these, we’ll have to settle for gazing longingly from afar. Check out our slideshow below to see the pricey gems on display at the show.

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How Europe’s proposed copyright laws could ruin your search engines

How Europe’s proposed copyright laws could ruin your search enginesA month after imposing tough regulations to defend online privacy, the European Union is now contemplating whether to put its weight behind a different cause: copyright regulation. You may have applauded the General Data Protection Regulation, which went into effect May 25 across the EU and gave the people often described merely as “users” significant new privacy rights online.



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Twin Peaks Creator David Lynch Says Trump Could Be ‘One of the Greatest Presidents in History’

David Lynch thinks Donald Trump‘s presidency has disrupted the America’s political system in a good way.

The Twin Peaks creator and director spoke to The Guardian about his political leanings, revealing that he voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary and thinks he voted Libertarian in the election. But although he didn’t support Trump, he now feels the real estate mogul’s administration could change the country for the better.

“He could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history because he has disrupted the thing so much,” Lynch said. “No one is able to counter this guy in an intelligent way.”

While Lynch says he supports an outsider changing things, he doesn’t think Trump is doing a good job himself. He just hopes his win opens the door to more options to serve as president.

“Our so-called leaders can’t take the country forward, can’t get anything done,” Lynch said. “Like children, they are. Trump has shown all this.


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TV’s Most Interesting Ads Could Be Served by CBS, Hulu – and Samantha Bee

TV is heading for a commercial breakdown. TV networks are set to broadcast many of the same old ads viewers have grown accustomed to seeing for dozens of years. And yet, executives hope they can make those spots more interesting, more timely and harder to ignore by finding new ways to distribute them and measure […]

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Could a Felicity Revival Be Taking Shape After the ATX TV Festival Reunion? Keri Russell Says…

Keri Russell, Watch What Happens LiveThe cast of Felicity is getting back together for a special 20th anniversary reunion panel at the 2018 ATX TV Festival…but is something else afoot? Keri Russell stopped by Watch What Happens…

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Lucy Hale’s Grandmother Has a Sweet Message for Her on Hollywood Medium: ”We Wish She Could Be Here to See What I’ve Done”

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Getty Family Goes After FX’s Trust: Could This Be the Beginning of the End for TV’s True Crime Wave?

Donald Sutherland, TrustBringing a true story to life on the small screen is hard work.
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