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  1. I can get them if I have the magnet links and I will PM you High speed download links
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  4. How to make GIFs with Photoshop (or these free alternatives) Love sharing GIFs with your friends and peers, but wish you could make your own? Here's how to do so in Photoshop, or using a few other methods that don't require you to shell out a premium fee with each calendar year. If a picture says a thousand words, then an animated GIF probably says 10,000. Or maybe 50,000? A million? Okay, don't overanalyze the metaphor! The point is, GIFs are amazing. They're like the flip books of the internet — great for conveying thoughts and emotions that words can't describe, showcasing the antics of your adorable household pets, making abstract art, or just giving you a good chuckle. GIFs are also modest, generally rendered in low resolution and limited framerate, yet the format has become a darling of the internet. It served as an early example of something you could do online that you couldn't do in print, and has survived mostly unchanged since its inception in the late 1980s, remaining popular today despite the dramatic rise of high-quality web video formats. This, of course, only makes the humble GIF even more impressive. We're probably preaching to the choir. After all, if you're reading this, you already know how awesome animated GIFs are. Maybe you've used a GIF keyboard on your phone to send a funny animation to a friend, or have seen them pop up in comments on Facebook. But have you ever made your own? We all have ideas for the grandest of GIFs, miniature masterpieces just waiting for a chance at life — but maybe you just don't know how to make that dream a reality. No need to worry: This simple tutorial should guide you through the process of making top-notch GIFs, even if we can't definitively tell you how to pronounce it. How to make an animated GIF from a video (Photoshop) Before we jump right into the tutorial, we should address the elephant in the room. Adobe Photoshop is probably the best software available for making GIFs (or editing images in general). If you don't have Photoshop, there are programs that can give you some of the same functionality, such as GIMP, but if you want to get serious about making GIFs, Photoshop is the way to go. Step 1 — Find a good video sequence on the web that you want to turn into a GIF. This can be practically anything, but try to opt for a clip that is not too long, as brevity is the soul of the GIF. Step 2 — Save the video to your computer. Check out our guide on how to download YouTube videos if you need guidance on ripping footage from the Web. Trim the footage down to only the length you want the GIF to play. Two or three seconds is great, five is pushing it, and 10 or more is possible with the right chopping, but the file will be large and hard to work with. The general rule of thumb is to convey your idea in as few frames as possible. Step 3 — Open the video with Photoshop. To do this, just navigate to File > Import > Video Frames to Layers. Select the video file you want and Photoshop will open it as a series of still frames. You can choose to import the entire video from beginning to end, or use sliders to select a smaller portion of the clip. You can limit the import to every other (or every third, fourth, etc.) frame to make the file smaller, but this will also make the video choppier. Step 4 — Mess with the settings. You can adjust color balance and whatnot with Photoshop at this point if you'd like. When you have everything looking perfect, head to File > Save for Web. You'll then be met with a window that looks something like this: All of these settings can be tweaked to make your GIF smaller. Ideally, you'll want to make it no larger than 1MB so that it won't take ages to load on webpages. Play with all of these until you find a sweet spot. Colors: This limits the number of colors used to create the image, so the higher the better (GIFs are limited to a maximum of 256 colors). Only drop down to 128 or lower if you must, or if your GIF doesn't have much color to begin with Dither: Dithering scatters different colored pixels in an image to make it appear as though there are intermediate colors in images with a limited color palette. Higher settings will yield better looking images, but will also make the file larger Lossy: Use this setting to apply an intentional drop in quality. A lower setting is better, but some loss of quality might be necessary to make your file small enough Size: Changing the dimensions of your GIF can have a huge impact on the size of the file Step 5 — Save and share! Hit the save button to finalize your creation. Once that is done, you can upload it to a free image hosting site like Imgur to share it with your friends and embed it into blogs and websites. How to make an animated GIF using still images (Photoshop) You can also create animated GIFs in Photoshop by stringing together still images. This process consists of layering each frame from the bottom up and then sequencing the layers using Photoshop's animation/timeline tool. Step 1 — Collect the still images that you want to sequence for your GIF and put them in a single folder. Then, in Photoshop, click File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack. From there, click Browse and select the images on your desktop that you want to string together into a GIF. Select “OK” and a new composition should open with these stills now rendered as individual layers in a single image. Arrange them accordingly; your first frame should occupy the very bottom layer and so forth. You can also create each layer individually in Photoshop itself, rather than simply batch uploading your stills as layers. Run Photoshop and create a new image by clicking File > New and then selecting “OK.” Then, unlock the background layer by double-clicking the lock icon, create a new layer by opening Layer > New… > Layer and design each frame accordingly. Again, string your animation from the bottom up. (This process works if you are using an older version of Photoshop that does not feature a “Load Files into Stack” option.) Simply load your stills into Photoshop, drag them into your new project, and resize the newly created layers accordingly using Photoshop's transform tool (Edit > Free transform or Ctrl + T, then drag the corners to resize the object). You want your end result to look like this, with each frame of the animation separated as a layer and arranged chronologically from the bottom up: Step 2 — Now that you've arranged your layers accordingly, you can began sequencing your layers. Again, this process will vary depending on what version of Photoshop you are using. If you're still running CS5 or lower (hey, we won't judge), access the animation window by opening Window + Animation. Likewise, click Window + Timeline in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC to access the Timeline window. For Photoshop CC, click the drop-down menu in the middle of the Timeline window and select “Create Frame Animation.” Once you've opened Photoshop's sequencing tool, click on small, right-facing arrow in the upper-right hand corner, and then select Make Frames From Layers. You can also click on the right-facing arrow to create a new frame manually (or you can simply use the hot-key command Ctrl>Shift>Alt>F). From there, use the eye icon next to each layer to hide the layers you don't want to appear in the frame you've created. From here, use the menu underneath each frame to toggle its duration. The menu in the bottom left-hand corner dictates how many times your GIF will replay — set it to Forever if you want it to loop endlessly. Step 3 — Congratulations! You've created an animated GIF using still images and now all you have to do is export it out of Photoshop using the process outlined above. For a quick recap: Head for File > Save for Web. Remember to keep your GIF no larger than 1MB. If necessary, tweak the color, dither, loss, and size settings until your GIF has been resized accordingly. Once you're happy, save your newly minted GIF. How to make an animated GIF using still images (for free) If you don't have access to Photoshop, there are free methods to make a GIF, although the quality of the final product may not be as high. There are various free programs (such as GIMP or Pixlr) that offer the basic functions of Photoshop, thus allowing you to create still images and play them in sequence, as well as websites that allow you to cut GIFs from video. Neither of these processes will be as effective as Photoshop, however they are cheaper and fairly straightforward. https://www.gimp.org https://pixlr.com/ Using still images There are several in-browser apps that allow you to make GIFs out of a series of still images. As an example, we'll use Ezgif. This site allows you to upload a series of images, arrange them, and turn them into an animated GIF. Of course, to do so will require a set of images that work in sequence. To do this, we'll need a free Photoshop substitute. We'll use Pixlr in this example. http://ezgif.com/ https://pixlr.com/ Step 1 — The first thing to do is create a new image. Choose the canvas size, but keep in mind that the larger the file size of a GIF, the more slowly it will load, so try to cut down on the amount of stuff you will be fitting on the canvas. Simpler and smaller is often better. Step 2 — Once you have a canvas, make the first frame of your GIF. For this example, we'll use the shape tool to create a person out of a circle, rectangles, and lines, saving this image to create the first frame. Animation consists of playing a series of images with slight changes to give the illusion of movement, so to make a GIF, you will need to make multiple images, each with a slight variation from the last one. For the sake of simplicity, this gif will only have a few frames, so it will not be pretty, but it should illustrate the concept. Step 3 — For the next frame, we'll make the figure raise his arms by erasing them and drawing new arms raised upward. Save the image to create the second frame. Step 3 — Next, we'll use the Type tool to make text appear, and save this image as the third frame. Step 4 — Then, we'll add some more text and save it as the fourth frame. Step 5 — With our frames ready, we will upload them to Ezgif. Select the tab labeled GIF Maker and click the Choose files button. Select all the image files associate with your GIF. Step 6 — Next, click the button labeled Upload. When the image files are done loading, make sure they are in the correct order. You can also set the delay time, which is the time between frames, and choose how many times (if at all) you want the GIF to loop. Step 7 — Once done, click the button labeled Animate it! Your GIF should then appear, along with buttons to edit it or save it to your computer. How to make an animated GIF from a video (for free) If you want to use a particular snippet of a video for a GIF, there are numerous sites that can help you make them with very little input on your part. Ezgif, Giphy, ImgFlip, Gfycat, and many other online services allow you to make GIFs without the aid of credit card, although the convenience comes with a sacrifice in the level of control you have. Step 1 — Using one of these online tools is incredibly straightforward. As an example, we will use Giphy. This site allows you to either paste the URL for a particular video, or upload a video file from your computer. Enter the URL or upload your video and continue to Step 2. Step 2 — Once you have done that, you will be able to choose the point in the video where the GIF will begin, and choose how long the GIF will run. You can also enter a caption, if you wish. Step 3 — Once you have decided on those elements, simply hit the Create GIF button and allow the site to take care of the rest. The process is more or less the same for other sites, including ImgFlip. If you want more control over the resulting quality of your GIF, however, you should probably stick with Photoshop. That said, for basic video-to-GIF functionality, sites like Giphy should work just fine. And that's it! You are now a GIF guru (or a GIF Jedi, if you prefer the soft g pronunciation), and your social media feeds are about to become infinitely more exciting. Although, we should probably caution you: With great power comes great responsibility, so choose your moments wisely and don't flood your friends with an overwhelming onslaught of low-grade cat GIFs, no matter how cute they may be. There is a time and place, and quality always trumps quantity. The GIF may be modest, but it is also legend; it deserves your respect. Study it, practice it, master it.
  5. Have a fun weekend skiing after watching this Spring skiing in the Northeast is a particularly wonderful time of year. There's enough snow accumulation by this point to cover the worst of the rocks, temperatures are slowly creeping above freezing, and it doesn't get dark at 3.30. But I doubt anyone will want to hit the slopes this weekend after watching this video of an uncontrolled rollback accident on a ski lift in Gudauri, Georgia. According to two videos of the incident and a news report, ten people were injured and two are in critical condition after a ski lift failed in the most catastrophic way possible. What you can see happening in the video is called a “weighted rollback,” and it's about the worst thing that could possibly happen to a ski lift. It occurs when passengers are loaded onto the uphill side of the lift, creating a weight imbalance. Normally, the lift's engine and braking systems prevent the chairs from rolling back, but it appears that in this case, all the safety mechanisms failed. The result is that the chairs speed back towards the bottom at increasingly high speeds. When the chairs try and go around the wheel at the bottom, the high speeds create such a force that the chairs and occupants are flung off to the side, creating the chaos you can see. Luckily, most of the passengers had the right idea and bailed off the chair before reaching the bottom, trading a grisly encounter with a pile of twisted metal for a small fall into a pile of snow.
  6. iOS might have a backdoor that can be used to hack into any iPhone, even the iPhone X Apple has been advertising its focus on user data security and privacy for years now. Encryption ensures data security as long as you protect your devices with a password, pin, fingerprint, or face. Nobody should be able to access the contents of your iPhone without access to your password, and that's why the FBI tried to force Apple in early 2016 to create a backdoor into an iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooters. Ultimately, the FBI backed down because it discovered it could use a third-party's services to access the password-protected iPhone. In other words, someone found a backdoor into Apple's 2016 software and was able to use it to access the contents of encrypted iPhones. Fast forward to 2018, and it looks like a similar backdoor still exists and can unlock encrypted any device, including the iPhone X. The device in the following image looks like an Apple TV, but it is, in fact, a gadget that can decrypt iPhones. It's called GrayKey, first detailed in a blog post on Malwarebytes, and features two Lightning cables. Two phones can be connected for about two minutes. After that, they're disconnected, and the cracking begins. It all happens on the phone, as some sort of software is loaded on it using the GrayKey box. The software, which seems to jailbreak the phone, brute-forces its way into the password. After a period of time, the iPhone will show a black screen that contains the password needed to decrypt the phone. The company that makes these boxes is called Grayshift and claims that even disabled phones can be unlocked. Once the password is obtained, the full contents of the phone are downloaded to the GrayKey device. That includes the entire unencrypted contents of the keychain. The following image shows that no iPhone is safe. An iPhone X running iOS 11.2.5 was hacked using the same hardware. Malwarebytes explains that GrayKey comes in two flavors, including a $15,000 option that requires an internet connection and is geofenced to a single location. The $30,000 model will let you use the GrayKey without an internet connection, and you can move the device anywhere you want. It's unclear whether the iOS vulnerabilities used to crack the San Bernardino iPhone are what make possible these GrayKey hacks. Grayshift was founded in 2016, and it sells the device to law enforcement agencies. But if this report is accurate and the gadget can break into Apple's latest iOS release, it doesn't even matter. The fact remains that someone out there found a way to bypass Apple's encryption, a backdoor that can be exploited for as long as it takes for Apple to patch it. As long as only law enforcement uses these devices, you should not worry too much about it. But if obtained by malicious individuals, GrayKey may be used to spy on people — physical access to the device is still needed. And you can imagine how happy totalitarian regimes out there would be to find out they can spy on encrypted iPhones. What's worse, the device could help iPhone thieves reset stolen iPhones that are locked with a password and then sell them. It goes without saying that it's very unlikely that Apple built this backdoor into iOS. And if it did, we'd never know that such a backdoor officially exists. That's the point of backdoors. But the fact that someone not connected to Apple was able to unearth this vulnerability proves, once again, why backdoors should not be built into encrypted devices. Eventually, someone out there will dig them up.
  7. Microsoft Just Made a Terrible Decision to Force Edge on Users Microsoft looks set to skate into some serious negative feedback, with the decision to force its Edge browser as the only way to view links in email. The change was previewed in the most recent Windows 10 Insider Preview, with Microsoft saying that it's hoping to get feedback as to how well the system works. According to the software company, it has reasons other than just wanting people to actually open its Microsoft Edge browser beyond using it to download Chrome or Firefox. The new feature overrides what browser default is currently set on a Windows 10 PC. When you click a link in Windows Mail, if you're on the Skip Ahead ring of the new Windows 10 Windows Insider build, no matter what browser you commonly use, the link will open in Edge. Edge “provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across your devices,” Microsoft insists, as justification for its decision. It also points to the browser's power efficiency, not to mention its integration with Cortana and cloud storage services like OneDrive, and its note-taking support. Still, unsurprisingly, the initial feedback hasn't been great. Indeed the general consensus on Twitter and elsewhere so far is that Microsoft has made a big mistake. Happily, part of the reason for the Windows Insider process is to get feedback on new and potential changes to the regular version of Windows 10. With luck, enough negative comments will be filed to persuade the company that some forced Edge runtime isn't enough to offset user ire. Elsewhere in this new build, though, there are some improvements actually worth having. For example, there's now Windows 10 support for HEIF, or High Efficiency Image File Format, images. They're the default image type on the iPhone X and other 2017 iPhone line-up, and while Apple's smartphones are meant to automatically convert them if they're being shared to a device that lacks native HEIF support, that process doesn't always happen. Unfortunately Windows 10 still can't be used to natively edit HEIF, but opening them at least is a good start. There's also a new, safer way to remove external GPUs that are connected by Thunderbolt 3. Now, as has been the case for some years with USB drives and other accessories, there's now an entry for Thunderbolt 3 GPUs under the “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media” icon in the toolbar. Windows 10 will also now give a warning if, when that's selected, the GPU is still being used.
  8. One Hot Zombie

    I must have been on Pluto to long But I think this is one Hot Zombie
  9. This may be the last year for those candy hearts you people love Candy hearts — hate 'em or like 'em for some apparent reason — they're part of the fabric of American life. That chapter of our candy history may soon be coming to a close, according to The Boston Globe. Necco, the company that produces the candies, formally called Sweethearts, is reportedly in financial trouble and may have to fire up to 395 employees if they don't find a buyer soon. Those employees make up the vast majority of Necco's workforce. Even if you don't like candy hearts, Necco, it should be noted, produces more than the chalky candy. They're also responsible for some of the weirdest candy found in your Trick-Or-Treat bags, including Mary Janes, Candy Buttons, Mighty Malts, Necco Wafers, and Banana Split chews. Hot Tamales have a bad rep they just don't deserve The company will effectively close their Revere, Massachusetts plant by May 6 unless a buyer steps up. Candy heart lovers of the world, now is your time to step up. Valentine's Day would not be the same without these chalky, dusty candies we all love to complain about.
  10. Yummy and Happy St. Patrick's Day
  11. Scrabble Keyboard is Truly Real

    Scrabble Keyboard is Truly Real The folks at Massdrop announced that they'd be coming correct, officially, with a Hasbro collaboration to make a Scrabble Keyboard. This keyboard is mechanical, which is neat, but it's mostly made because the keys look slick. This Scrabble-themed keyboard doesn't just make its user appear smart, it makes its user feel like they know all sorts of words and such, too. In addition to the full standard keycap set, users have the option to roll with several alternate keys. One is the Enter/Return key which can be replaced with a Scrabble brand keycap. Also in the mix are Double Word Score and Triple Word Score keycaps. The standard Escape key is replaced by the star graphic from the Scrabble game board. The keyboard they're using is a standard “entry-level tenkeyless keyboard from WASD with Cherry MX Brown switches. There's a keycap puller in the box, as well as a detachable USB cable – And other bits and pieces listed below. Included: • WASD Code tenkeyless keyboard • Massdrop x Hasbro XDA Scrabble Custom Keycaps (Base Alphas, Modifiers, and Novelty kits) • USB cable • Keycap puller • PS/2 adapter Specs: • WASD Keyboards • Case material: ABS • Keycaps: Scrabble XDA keycaps • Keycap material: dye-sublimated PBT • Switches: Cherry MX Brown switches • Rubber feet • 5-way cable routing • Onboard support for multiple keyboard layouts including QWERTY, Dvorak, and Colemak • LED indicators • Interface: USB / PS/2 • Compatibility: Windows, Mac, Linux • Cable: 70.8 in (180 cm) micro USB to USB with cable tie • Dimensions: 14.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 in (36.3 x 14.2 x 3 cm) Weight: 2 lbs (907 g) “I'm a huge board-game fan, and I've been playing Scrabble with my family for as long as I can remember. Because my dreams are very literal, I once woke up from a dream where I had a keyboard that looked like a game of Scrabble, and I quickly mocked it up at like 2 in the morning,” said community designer Cassidy Williams. “When I woke up again and realized that it wasn't just a sleepy experience, but a potentially good idea, I started cold-calling as many people I could over at Hasbro to see if I could get it licensed. And here we are!” The keyboard will be available on March 15th at 6AM PT (so this morning.) It's released through Massdrop, which isn't like your average for-sale sort of place – so you'll have to take a peek and see if you want to take the time to sign up. There's a variety of custom keycap set options, and they're all out there right this minute. Estimated ship date for this piece of hardware is September 4th, 2018. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-hasbro-scrabble-mechanical-keyboard
  12. No new security updates for Windows 7 users without up-to-date antivirus Microsoft's new Spectre and Meltdown patches won't install unless you have the right third-party security software. Earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out new patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in Windows 7 and 8.1. It was good news for fans of the older operating systems, but only those running compatible security software. Anyone without the right antivirus won't receive the update – or any future security patches, for that matter – and they might not be aware of it. Microsoft began releasing patches for Spectre and Meltdown via Windows Update in January, but the updates weren't compatible with all antivirus apps and sometimes caused users' systems to crash. To get around the problem, Microsoft suspended the updates and told antivirus vendors they must update their products to alter a registry key on users' PCs to signal that their software is compatible. No updated key, no security update. Microsoft has now lifted this limitation for Windows 10 users (Windows Defender changes the key for you), but if you're running Windows 7 or 8.1 without up-to-date antivirus then you're doubly at risk. Not only are you not adequately protected from malicious software, you won't receive Windows security updates either. Using a PC connected to any network without current security software is undoubtedly a bad idea, but How-To Geek has published a guide explaining how to update the key manually so you can keep receiving Windows updates anyway.
  13. New Simple and Beauty Design

    Nice Dang now if I can find a Apple to Android Convert
  14. Ocean in Summer and I think you know why Car/Truck or Motorcycle??
  15. Watch Navy jet lock scope on UFO A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet encountered this apparent UFO off the East Coast of the United States in 2015.
  16. These are the 25 most powerful militaries in the world — and there's a clear winner US Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit fire an M777 Howitzer during a fire mission in northern Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, March 24, 2017. Photo By: Lance Cpl. Zachery Laning President Donald Trump has emphasized military might during his first year in office, but the US is not the only country seeking to expand its battlefield capacities. Between 2012 and 2016, more weapons were delivered than during any five-year period since 1990. Arms sales indicate who is beefing up their armed forces, but head-to-head military comparisons are harder to come by. Global Firepower's 2017 Military Strength Ranking tries to fill that void by drawing on more than 50 factors to assign a Power Index score to 133 countries. The ranking assesses the diversity of weapons held by each country and pays particular attention to the manpower available. The geography, logistical capacity, available natural resources, and the status of local industry are also taken into account. Russian sailors at a farewell ceremony for nuclear-powered cruiser Peter the Great heading to military exercises at sea, in Severomorsk, Russia, March 30, 2010. Lev Fedoseyev/Reuters While recognized nuclear powers receive a bonus, the nuclear stockpiles are not factored into the score. Moreover, countries that are landlocked are not docked points for lacking a navy, though they are penalized for not having a merchant marine force. Countries with navies are penalized if there is a lack of diversity in their naval assets. NATO countries get a slight bonus because the alliance would theoretically share resources, but in general, a country's current political and military leadership was not considered. "Balance is the key — a large, strong fighting force across land, sea and air backed by a resilient economy and defensible territory along with an efficient infrastructure — such qualities are those used to round out a particular nation's total fighting strength on paper," the ranking states. Below, you can see the 25 most powerful militaries in the world: 25. Algeria Algerian soldiers at the Tiguentourine Gas Plant in In Amenas, 994 miles southeast of Algiers, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi Power Index rating: 0.4366 Total population: 40,263,711 Total military personnel: 792,350 Total aircraft strength: 502 Fighter aircraft: 89 Combat tanks: 2,405 Total naval assets: 85 Defense budget: $10.6 billion 24. Saudi Arabia Saudi troops stand attention at their base in Yemen's southern port city of Aden September 28, 2015. Reuters Power Index rating: 0.4302 Total population: 28,160,273 Total military personnel: 256,000 Total aircraft strength: 790 Fighter aircraft: 177 Combat tanks: 1,142 Total naval assets: 55 Defense budget: $56.7 billion 23. North Korea REUTERS/KCNA Power Index rating: 0.4218 Total population: 25,115,311 Total military personnel: 6,445,000 Total aircraft strength: 944 Fighter aircraft: 458 Combat tanks: 5,025 Total naval assets: 967 Defense budget: $7.5 billion 22. Australia An Australian soldier with 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment makes his way up the beach after landing in amphibious assault vehicle from the USS Peleliu during an assault exercise at Marine Corps Base Hawaii as part of multinational military exercise RIMPAC, in Kaneohe, Hawaii, July 29, 2014 Hugh Gentry/REUTERS Power Index rating: 0.4072 Total population: 22,992,654 Total military personnel: 81,000 Total aircraft strength: 465 Fighter aircraft: 78 Combat tanks: 59 Total naval assets: 47 (two aircraft carriers) Defense budget: $24.1 billion 21. Iran A soldier aboard Iranian Navy destroyer Shahid Naqdi at Port Sudan at the Red Sea State, October 31, 2012. Reuters Power Index rating: 0.3933 Total population: 82,801,633 Total military personnel: 934,000 Total aircraft strength: 477 Fighter aircraft: 137 Combat tanks: 1,616 Total naval assets: 398 Defense budget: $6.3 billion 20. Thailand Thai marines participate in an amphibious assault exercise as part of the Cobra Gold 2017 joint military exercise with the US at a military base in Chonburi province, Thailand, February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Power Index rating: 0.3892 Total population: 68,200,824 Total military personnel: 627,425 Total aircraft strength: 555 Fighter aircraft: 76 Combat tanks: 737 Total naval assets: 81 (one aircraft carrier) Defense budget: $5.4 billion 19. Poland Members of Poland's 1st Mechanized Battalion of the 7th Coastal Defense Brigade take part in a military exercise with the US 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division near Drawsko-Pomorskie, November 13, 2014. Kacper Pempel/Reuters Power Index rating: 0.3831 Total population: 38,523,261 Total military personnel: 184,650 Total aircraft strength: 465 Fighter aircraft: 99 Combat tanks: 1,065 Total naval assets: 83 Defense budget: $9.4 billion 18. Taiwan Taiwanese submarines at a navy base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, March 21, 2017. Reuters Power Index rating: 0.3765 Total population: 23,464,787 Total military personnel: 1,932,500 Total aircraft strength: 850 Fighter aircraft: 286 Combat tanks: 2,005 Total naval assets: 87 Defense budget: $10.7 billion 17. Brazil Brazilian navy personnel patrol in an armored vehicle during an operation against drug dealers in Mangueira slum in Rio de Janeiro, June 19, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes Power Index rating: 0.3654 Total population: 205,823,665 Total military personnel: 1,987,000 Total aircraft strength: 697 Fighter aircraft: 43 Combat tanks: 469 Total naval assets: 110 Defense budget: $24.5 billion 16. Vietnam Vietnamese soldiers march in a parade marking the 70th National Day at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, Vietnam, September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Kham Power Index rating: 0.3587 Total population: 95,261,021 Total military personnel: 5,488,500 Total aircraft strength: 278 Fighter aircraft: 76 Combat: 1,545 Total naval assets: 65 Defense budget: $3.4 billion 15. Israel Israeli soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon border, January 28, 2015. Ariel Schalit/AP Power Index rating: 0.3476 Total population: 8,174,527 Total military personnel: 718,250 Total aircraft strength: 652 Fighter aircraft: 243 Combat tanks: 2,620 Total naval assets: 65 Defense budget: $15.5 billion 14. Indonesia Indonesian soldiers arrive at Talang Betutu airport in Palembang to reinforce firefighter teams in south Sumatra province, September 10, 2015 Beawiharta Beawiharta/REUTERS Power Index rating: 0.3347 Total population: 258,316,051 Total military personnel: 975,750 Total aircraft strength: 441 Fighter aircraft: 39 Combat tanks: 418 Total naval assets: 221 Defense budget: $6.9 billion 13. Pakistan A Pakistani Ranger gestures during a daily parade at the Pakistan-India joint checkpoint at Wagah border, on the outskirts of Lahore, October 23, 2011. Mohsin Raza/Reuters Power Index rating: 0.3287 Total population: 201,995,540 Total military personnel: 919,000 Total aircraft strength: 951 Fighter aircraft: 301 Combat tanks: 2,924 Total naval assets: 197 Defense budget: $7 billion 12. South Korea A South Korean army K1A1 battle tank fires during South Korea-US joint military live-fire drills at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, August 28, 2015. AP Power Index rating: 0.2741 Total population: 50,924,172 Total military personnel: 5,829,750 Total aircraft strength: 1,477 Fighter aircraft: 406 Combat tanks: 2,654 Total naval assets: 166 (one aircraft carrier) Defense budget: $43.8 billion 11. Italy An Italian soldier, part the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFL), patrols the Lebanese coast from a helicopter as the Italian aircraft-carrying cruiser Garibaldi patrols near Beirut, Lebanon, October 1, 2006. REUTERS/Fadi Ghalioum Power Index rating: 0.2694 Total population: 62,007,540 Total military personnel: 267,500 Total aircraft strength: 822 Fighter aircraft: 79 Combat tanks: 200 Total naval assets: 143 (two aircraft carriers) Defense budget: $34 billion 10. Egypt Egyptian military police stand guard at the Almaza military airport where the bodies of soldiers who died in attacks in north Sinai were being turned over to relatives for burial, in Cairo, Egypt, January 30, 2015. Associated Press Power Index rating: 0.2676 Total population: 94,666,993 Total military personnel: 1,329,250 Total aircraft strength: 1,132 Fighter aircraft: 337 Combat tanks: 4,110 Total naval assets: 319 (two aircraft carriers) Defense budget: $4.4 billion 9. Germany German Bundeswehr soldiers fire mortars during the Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise 2014 at an army training area in Bergen, May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch Power Index rating: 0.2609 Total population: 80,722,792 Total military personnel: 210,000 Total aircraft strength: 698 Fighter aircraft: 92 Combat tanks: 543 Total naval assets: 81 Defense budget: $39.2 billion 8. Turkey Turkish army tanks and military personal are stationed in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 25, 2016 Umit Bektas/Reuters Power Index rating: 0.2491 Total population: 80,274,604 Total military personnel: 743,415 Total aircraft strength: 1,018 Fighter aircraft: 207 Combat tanks: 2,445 Total naval assets: 194 Defense budget: $8.2 billion 7. Japan Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force tanks fire during an annual training session near Mount Fuji at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, west of Tokyo, August 19, 2014. Yuya Shino/REUTERS Power Index rating: 0.2137 Total population: 126,702,133 Total military personnel: 311,875 Total aircraft strength: 1,594 Fighter aircraft: 288 Combat tanks: 700 Total naval assets: 131 (four aircraft carriers) Defense budget: $43.8 billion 6. United Kingdom A British Parachute Regiment soldier prepares to load a helicopter during a simulated medical evacuation in an exercise at the Hohenfels Training Area, in Hohenfels, Germany, June 17, 2016. Sgt. Seth Plagenza/US Army Power Index rating: 0.2131 Total population: 64,430,428 Total military personnel: 232,675 Total aircraft strength: 856 Fighter aircraft: 88 Combat tanks: 249 Total naval assets: 76 (two aircraft carriers) Defense budget: $45.7 billion 5. France Tanks drive down the Champs Elysees avenue during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017. Associated Press Power Index rating: 0.1914 Total population: 66,836,154 Total military personnel: 387,635 Total aicraft strength: 1,305 Fighter aircraft: 296 Combat tanks: 406 Total naval assets: 118 (four aircraft carriers) Defense budget: $35 billion 4. India Indian soldiers, followed by Bhishma tank, the locally assembled version of the T-90 S tank, and vehicle-mounted Brahmos missiles in a Republic Day parade in front of the presidential palace in New Delhi, India, January 23, 2009. AP Power Index rating: 0.1593 Total population: 1,266,883,598 Total military personnel: 4,207,250 Total aircraft strength: 2,102 Fighter aircraft: 676 Combat tanks: 4,426 Total naval assets: 295 (three aircraft carriers) Defense budget: $51 billion 3. China Soldiers from a special unit of the People's Armed Police in Xinjiang at a training session in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China. Reuters/Stringer Power Index rating: 0.0945 Total population: 1,373,541,278 Total military personnel: 3,712,500 Total aircraft strength: 2,955 Fighter aircraft: 1,271 Combat tanks: 6,457 Total naval assets: 714 (one aircraft carrier) Defense budget: $161.7 billion 2. Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects the Vice-Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine-warfare ship in Novorossiysk, September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin Power Index rating: 0.0929 Total population: 142,355,415 Total military personnel: 3,371,027 Total aircraft strength: 3,794 Fighter aircraft: 806 Combat tanks: 20,216 Total naval assets: 352 (one aircraft carrier) Defense budget: $44.6 billion 1. United States US Marines with Combat Logistics Detachment 1, Combat Logistics Battalion 13, 1st Marine Logistics Group, practice "combat gliding" during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15 at Camp Wilson on Twentynine Palms, California, January 31, 2015. US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kathryn Howard/Released Power Index rating: 0.0857 Total population: 323,995,528 Total military personnel: 2,363,675 Total aircraft: 13,762 Fighter aircraft: 2,296 Combat tanks: 5,884 Total naval assets: 415 (19 aircraft carriers) Defense budget: $587.8 billion
  17. iOS App Design

    Sweet Glass Master I have an Android though
  18. Well since I'm a Rocker and half deaf - Loud Music, Rock of course What's you favorite type of Dog or Cat??
  19. Pacific Ocean, but up north for King Crab Legs Summer or Winter??
  20. Crankshaft turns a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen into an Android Auto head unit Android Auto-compatible head units aren't too difficult to find these days, but they cost a pretty penny and usually won't fit properly in older cars. A developer created a solution called Crankshaft to address both of those issues, and all you need to make it a reality is a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen. Crankshaft is a free "turnkey" GNU/Linux distribution with a simple proposition: Buy a Raspberry Pi 3 and a 7-inch touchscreen (and a case, if you'd like) Connect the Pi to the touchscreen Download and unzip the Crankshaft image, and write it to an SD card Assemble the makeshift Android Auto head unit in your car Drive The developer, Huan Truong, said the project began when he couldn't find an affordable Android Auto Head unit that fit in his 1998 car, which has a single DIN slot. He saw an open source Android Auto head unit emulator called OpenAuto but wanted to create a simpler solution. Crankshaft is the result, and it seems pretty awesome. A demo of how the Crankshaft setup works The Raspberry Pi 3, touchscreen, and case will run you about $110, which sure beats what you'd have to spend on a manufactured single-DIN Android Auto head unit. Huan makes it clear that Crankshaft should be seen as alpha-level software that shouldn't be relied upon for everyday use. The Crankshaft setup lacks a microphone, so there's no "Ok Google" functionality. While Bluetooth functionality is on the radar, Huan doesn't consider it a high priority at the moment. Neither of those limitations takes away from the cool and fun factors here. A demo of Crankshaft features Huan shares more about the project in a reddit post, wherein he links to the touchscreen and case he uses and offers his take on why anyone would want to go through all this when there's an Android Auto app you can use on your phone. There's also a Google Photos group set up for Crankshaft users to share pictures of their homemade setups. Huan shares a more personal backstory to why he made Crankshaft on his blog. His candor makes it well worth a read. If you're interested in giving this a go, head to the Crankshaft website to get started. Huan isn't accepting donations (he asks people to support f1xpl, the developer behind OpenAuto), but he welcomes emails and photos from Crankshaft users. Huan reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/81tr4o/hi_randroid_i_made_crankshaft_a_turnkey_free/ Crankshaft Website: http://getcrankshaft.com/
  21. 'Saturday Night Live' says screw it, let's give awards directly to the sexual predators Warning Before you View On the eve of the 90th annual Academy Awards celebration, Saturday Night Live offered up an awards show of its own: The Grabbies.
  22. Hilarious Amazon Alexa Mishaps

    Hey, I didn't order this dollhouse! Hilarious Alexa Mishaps There are quite a few hilarious stories about owners being surprised when an unexpected Amazon delivery randomly arrives on their doorstep. Blame the kids. Or the parrot. Amazon Alexa is great at shopping. You can ask the popular voice assistant to add items to your shopping list or even order stuff for you. But what happens when others are doing the shopping on your dime – without your knowledge? There are quite a few hilarious stories about owners being surprised when an unexpected delivery arrives on their doorstep, courtesy of Amazon. We've rounded up some of the funniest cases of accidental Alexa orders. If nothing else, these stories show that using voice assistants isn't a perfect process, especially when kids, pets, or the TV is involved. Mommy, my cookies arrived! If Mom doesn't let you have cookies before dinner, maybe Alexa can help. At least, that might have been what went through a six-year-old Dallas girl's head when she started talking to her family's new Echo Dot about cookies and a dollhouse. According to GeekWire, Alexa reportedly “misunderstood” the conversation and proceeded to order seven pounds of cookies and a $170 dollhouse. Megan Neitzel, the girl's mother, was more than a little surprised when she received a confirmation email from Amazon informing her that her order would be shipped soon. After the incident, Neitzel activated a parental control feature that requires a four-digit code before making a purchase. As for the cookies, the family enjoyed them, while the dollhouse was reportedly donated to a local charity. Everyone gets a dollhouse Speaking of kids going rogue, it turns out that the story above sparked the ordering of several other dollhouses just a couple days later. Shortly after the girl's dollhouse order made its way around the Internet, California television channel CW-6 broadcasted a news segment on the topic. According to Quartz Media, during the broadcast, TV anchor Jim Patton said, “I love the little girl saying, 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse.'” Many Amazon Echo devices in the homes of those who were watching the segment mistook the statement as a request to order a dollhouse. Several Echo owners then rushed to cancel orders placed on their devices. Amazon responded to the incident by saying that even if the news segment may have caused many Echo devices to wake up, it is almost impossible to accidentally make a purchase on Alexa, as users must ask Alexa to order a product and then follow up with a “yes” confirmation. Regardless, it's a reminder that Alexa is always listening, even to the TV. Alexa, I'm low on cat food The day the machines take over is the day the apocalypse begins…right? Well, the apocalypse might be coming sooner than expected. Yahoo! UK reported that a television advertisement caused an Echo Dot speaker to place an order for cat food. The commercial, which aired on October 5, 2017, showed various people using the device, including one man saying, “Alexa, re-order Purina cat food.” According to Amazon, these ads are “marked” to prevent exactly this scenario from happening, but in the case of at least one Echo Dot, the cat food was ordered anyway. The owner cancelled the order, but sent a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). After an investigation, the ASA deemed that Amazon had made sufficient effort to ensure users don't experience accidental shopping from their television ads. Polly want a…gift box? While you are doing some voice shopping with your Amazon Echo device, your pet parrot might be learning how to do the exact same thing. According to The Sun, London resident Corienne Pretorius, who owns an African grey parrot named Buddy, was shocked when she discovered that the five-year-old bird ordered a set of gift boxes. Pretorius says she laughed out loud when she realized that Buddy was the one who had mimicked her voice, woke the Echo device with the wake word “Alexa,” and ordered the item. “I couldn't believe it when I realized that Buddy had made an Amazon order,” Pretorius told The Sun. The moral of the story is to be careful what you say in front of those parrots. There's a reason why the word “parrot” is a verb as well as a noun! Excuse me, where's the girlfriends aisle? As most Amazon Echo owners know, users can tell Alexa to add items to their shopping lists, and Alexa can read the list back to them right before their trip to the grocery store. It's just one of the many brilliant functions of Amazon's line of Echo devices. But what happens when your sneaky children get the hang of these features, too, and decide to play a joke on you? According to Quartz Media, in the case of Heath Johnson (@heathbarj on Twitter), his children got pretty creative with his grocery list, secretly adding items like “big fart,” “poo,” and “girlfriend.” Johnson posted a video of Alexa reading these items back that got quite a few views on Twitter. Hopefully, Johnson didn't have his shopping list read to him out loud while he was at the store. Cartman strikes again: South Park shenanigans Imagine getting trolled by your favorite TV show. Well, that's what happened to South Park viewers during the Season 21 premiere last fall. South Park writers Matt Stone and Trey Parker integrated Alexa into the episode, resulting in some strange items getting added to viewers' shopping lists. In the episode, South Park character Eric Cartman gets an Amazon Echo speaker and tells Alexa to set an alarm for 7 a.m. But the requests soon take a turn for the inappropriate, with Cartman telling Alexa to add “scrotum bags” and “hairy balls” to his shopping list. Viewers of the episode were in for a surprise when Cartman's voice caused their own Alexa-enabled Echo devices at home to also add those same items to their own lists. Luckily, South Park fans have a sense of humor, and viewers seemed amused. Twitter user @scottbarto took to the social media platform to comment on the shenanigans. “@SouthPark nailed it tonight. In other news I have an erroneous alarm set for 7am and a set of hairy balls on my shopping list. #alexa,” wrote @scottbarto. No word on whether any of the viewers actually received anything that resembled hairy balls in the mail.
  23. California to introduce "Right to Repair" legislation California will be the 18th state to propose a "Right to Repair" bill for electronics. It would require hardware manufacturers to make repair information, alongside equipment and service parts, available to product owners and independent repair shops. California assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman detailed the legislation that aims to give more users control over their gadgets. Instead of paying a high price to a manufacturer to fix an electronic, Eggman says some people are forced to prematurely upgrade when they should have other repair options. "The Right to Repair Act will provide consumers with the freedom to have their electronic products and appliances fixed by a repair shop or service provider of their choice, a practice that was taken for granted a generation ago but is now becoming increasingly rare in a world of planned obsolescence," Eggman said in a statement. Tech giants like Apple and Microsoft have pushed back at Right to Repair legislation, claiming they lock down device hardware and software to protect against IP theft. As EFF explains: "Consumers are now being forced to go back to the manufacturer for even simple repairs or refurbishing, or to throw out the device and buy a new one," Maureen Mahoney, policy analyst for Consumers Union, said in a statement. "We look forward to working with Assemblymember Eggman to secure this important ownership right for consumers." Other states that have introduced similar legislation (known as the Fair Repair Act in some states) include: Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia.