The College Football Playoffs Edition of Mean Tweets

This is a special College Football Playoff Championship Edition of Mean Tweets as seen on ESPN before the Ohio State vs. Oregon game featuring Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, Mark May, Lou Holtz, Mark Helfrich, Heather Cox, Brady Hoke, Tim Tebow, Brian Kelly, Jesse Palmer, Jimbo Fisher, Chris Fowler, Scott Van Pelt, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit.

APPSINSIDER Shazam will now use beacon technology to recommend songs based on your location

Just as the company teased last week during CES 2015Shazam has officially announced it is adding context awareness SDK Gimbal to its software to provide location-based recommendations.

Using beacon technology to locate the user’s proximity, the app will provide a more contextual recommendation based on when and where the user is at any given time.

The move is on par with what Shazam CEO Rich Riley told us last week in the company’s effort to link Shazam closer to users in real life. Instead of being just a search-based app to figure out who sings what song, it wants to deliver content in a personalized manner.

Now that its recent updates include beacons, Spotify and Rdio integration and a news feed based on songs users have Shazam-ed, it might not be long before the company unveils its wearable app.

’60 Minutes’ Explore the Legalized Marijuana Business in Colorado

It’s been a year since Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana – joined in subsequent months by Washington and Oregon. In total, twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. 60 Minutes recently aired an exploration of the burgeoning business associated with the industry in Colorado who in 2014 did $295 million USD in sales and $51 million USD in tax revenue. Touching on issues of availability as well as the need to be a “cash only” business because banks refuse to accept money deemed illegal on the federal level, the segment unearths a bevy on information, and expands on  just how quickly the industry could be shut down.

XON Snow-1 Bindings


To help you figure out what you could improve on and what you’re doing wrong while up on the mountain comes the XON Snow-1 Bindings and app that will analyze your snowboarding.

Visualize Your Riding

Snow-1 bindings

You’ll be able to visualize your load balance of each foot thanks to the four load sensors at the bottom of each of the foot bindings. You’ll also be able to see a bending level of your snowboard via two flex sensors. And learning new tricks (like Ollies and Nollies) will be easier thanks to the  bend sensors that are placed on both the head and the tail of a snowboard. The system will even help you perfect your takeoff on jumps so that you’re on point. It’s not only a great tool for beginners, but even advanced snowboarders who could really benefit from this type of feedback.

Analyze Data

Snow-1 bindings

The XON device easily connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 and its app and will track in real-time all sorts of useful data while you’re boarding. The data is then visualized on the app and you’ll get tips on how to improve your riding as you’re out practicing. And its Video Overlay function will record your snowboarding data like GPS, acceleration of your movement, load balance and flex so after each ride, you can easily and quickly check your snowboarding style while riding on a ski lift.

Strobe Lights

Snow-1 bindings

The bindings have 4 built-in LED strobe lights in the heels and toes that you can program to light up when you jump or turn. They also come in handy when you’re riding at dusk so that you could see a bit better.

The Snow-1 bindings are scheduled to come out later this year, with pricing TBD (somewhere around the $400-$600 range).

Nigerian bishop hopes for solidarity, as thousands already killed in the new year

Jos, Nigeria, Jan 12, 2015 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Boko Haram having killed as many as 2,000 in an attack on the town of Baga last week, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos hopes that Nigeria will see demonstrations of solidarity and unity in the face of such violence.

“I am thinking about the big demonstration which took place in Paris against the killings in France,” Archbishop Kaigama told Fides Jan. 12. “I hope even here a great demonstration of national unity will take place, to say no to violence and find a solution to the problems plaguing Nigeria.”

He also told the BBC the same day that the international community must show Nigeria the same spirit and resolve as it had following the attacks in France, charging that the West has ignored Boko Haram’s threat to Nigeria.

“We need that spirit to be spread around. Not just when (an attack) happens in Europe, but when it happens in Nigeria, in Niger, in Cameroon.”

The radical Islamist group Boko Haram launched an attack on Baga, an isolated town on the shore of Lake Chad in Borno, Nigeria’s northeasternmost state, on Jan. 3. The following day, multinational troops abandoned a military base there, and thousands of residents fled for Chad.

Boko Haram launched a second assault on Baga Jan. 7, burning down nearly the entire town and raiding nearby villages.

Musa Alhaji Bukar, a senior government official in Borno, suggested that some 2,000 were killed in the attacks, while other reports estimated deaths in the hundreds.

“Baga … was the last town in the Borno North area under government control,” according to the BBC. Boko Haram control an estimated 70 percent of Borno state.

In Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, three female suicide bombers killed around 20 on Jan. 10. One of the bombers was reputed to be 10 years old. The following day, two female suicide bombers killed four and injured 40 in Potiskum.

Over the weekend, Boko Haram attacks on a Cameroonian military base and on Damaturu, capital of Nigeria’s Yobe state, were repelled.

Baga had been attacked by Boko Haram in August, 2014, at which time 26 were killed, and 50 kidnapped. It was also the scene of an April, 2013 massacre in which some 200 villagers were killed and 2,000 homes and businesses destroyed. Villagers claimed that the massacre was carried out by the Nigerian military, while the Nigerian military in turn blamed Boko Haram.

Baga’s multinational military base formerly hosted troops from Niger and Chad, as well as Nigeria. Niger withdrew its force in October, after a nearby town was captured by Boko Haram.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful,” launched an uprising in 2009 and hopes to impose sharia law on Nigeria. It has targeted security forces, politicians, Christian minorities, and moderate Muslims in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north.

Boko Haram’s attacks have killed thousands since 2009, and displaced more than 1.5 million from their homes.

The U.S. recognized Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization in November 2013, after a lengthy advocacy effort from human rights and Christian groups.

On Jan. 1, days before the assault on Baga, the Diocese of Maiduguri – of which Baga is a part – posted this message on its Facebook page: “Despite the violence, despite the hatred, in spite of the blood, sweat, and tears shed last year, we are still standing. Whatever this new year may bring: good or bad, our faith will stand. We will survive everything the devil and his minions throw at us as a diocese, for the battle is not ours it is the Lord’s.”

“May he take control of our destiny, may he wipe our tears, may he give us relief from oppression, may he make the seeds -planted by the blood of so many- grow. This year, May God arise and let his enemies be scattered! May he establish his reign of peace and justice. We pray for this with all our hearts. We pray for patience to carry on, keeping in mind that it always seems darkest shortly before dawn. May this year bring about a turning point in our good fortunes.”

“On this world day of peace, that elusive quality and great good that we all need, may our blessed mother, the Queen of Peace intercede for us and our beloved diocese. Happy New year to you all.”

A Fabolous Night of Roc Nation Throne Boxing

Roc Nation Sports presents it’s first annual Throne Boxing Event in Madison Square Garden January 9th, 2015.Jay Z, Rihanna, CC Sabathia and Jake Gyllenhaal all showed up ringside, with DJ Mustard and Fabolous performing in front of 4,253.

In the main event, Washington’s Dusty Hernandez-Harrison stayed undefeated with a unanimous decision over local favorite Tommy Rainone from Plainview, L.I. Hernandez-Harrison improved to 25-0 and claimed the WBC Continental Americas welterweight championship.

Video By Gerard Victor

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