Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) On The Rolling Stone

Nicki Minaj


Minaj reveals things on The Pinkprint that she’d never dared share with fans before.

“One of my goals was to give people a glimpse into my personal life, because it’s something I’ve kept very private,” she tells us. By now, fans are well aware that the rapper’s 11-year relationship with Safaree Samuels has come to an end, but Minaj admits she toned down the wild voices and costumes on the new LP to focus her songwriting on what was happening in her personal life, which was extremely painful. “I had to learn to do something as simple as sleep alone,” she says. “I struggled with ‘Do I express these feelings?’ And I decided there’s no reason for me to hide. I’m a vulnerable woman, and I’m proud of that.”

Nicki alludes to a pregnancy that ended in abortion on The Pinkprint.

Minaj’s first love was an older guy from Queens she dated while attending the prestigious Manhattan performing-arts high school LaGuardia. When she discovered she was pregnant, “I thought I was going to die,” she admits. “I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through.” She ended up having an abortion, a decision she says has “haunted me all my life,” though it was the right choice for her at the time. “It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.” She first rapped about the experience on a mixtape track called “Autobiography” she says she “didn’t expect anyone to hear.” Now the world is listening to every word she says very carefully: “Millions of people are gonna hear it. And you gotta watch everything you say — people find an issue with every fucking thing.”

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Microsoft retiring original Kinect for Windows sensor in 2015

With Microsoft’s October release of the second version of its Kinect for Windows sensor, it is getting ready to put the original version out to pasture.

In a blog post this morning, Microsoft said that it plans to retire the original sensor “in 2015.” It was not more specific, but said it would only sell existing stock from here on out.

The Kinect is Microsoft’s $199 hands-free motion sensor system. It allows users to interact with many different kinds of apps — from games to productivity tools — with gestures or voice without touching a mouse, a joystick, or any other kind of physical controller.

“The move to [version 2] marks the next stage in our journey toward more natural human computing,” Microsoft wrote in the post. “The new sensor provides a host of new and improved features, including enhanced body tracking, greater depth fidelity, full 1080p high-definition video, new active infrared capabilities, and an expanded field of view.”

The current version of the Kinect for Windows.Above: The current version of the Kinect for Windows.

Image Credit: Microsoft

The second version of the Kinect for Windows software development kit also provided the ability for developers to build Kinect-enabled apps for the Windows Store. In addition, Microsoft also said in October that its Kinect Adapter for Windows would allow developers to design Kinect for Windows apps with an Xbox One version of the sensor.

Still, even though Microsoft is sunsetting the original Windows version of the Kinect sensor, it’s hard to deny the product’s impact. It’s not entirely clear how many units Microsoft sold, but it had moved 24 million by February, 2013.

“The original Kinect for Windows sensor was a milestone achievement in the world of natural human computing,” Microsoft boasted in its blog post today. “It allowed developers to create solutions that broke through the old barriers of mouse and keyboard interactions, opening up entirely new commercial experiences in multiple industries, including retail, education, healthcare, education, and manufacturing.”

Of course, the Kinect isn’t the only hands-free controller on the market. Others include the Leap from Leap Motion. Another company in the industry, PrimeSense, was purchased in late 2013 by Apple.

In the meantime, Microsoft said it will not manufacture any more of the first version of the Kinect for Windows sensor, and that it hopes “everyone will embrace the latest Kinect technology as soon as possible.” The company added that customers who still want the original version should get in touch as soon as possible, and it try to fulfill their orders. But once the current stock is sold out, that’s it.

New Orleans Is The Most Expensive US Destination To Ring In New Years


If you, like many revelers, are hoping to usher in 2015 in one of the most festive, carnivalesque cities in the US, be prepared to shell out some cash as NoLa has emerged the most expensive US destination for celebrating the New Years.

After collecting the minimum room rates for hotels on December 31 across 30 major destinations across the US, deduced that New Orleans is the priciest city for lodging, clocking in at $359 for the most affordable double room.

That’s 300 percent higher than off-peak rates.

Only hotels with at least three stars were considered for the ranking.

Not far behind is Atlantic City, which recorded the biggest price jump — a whopping +586 percent — over the holidays, at $350 for New Year’s Eve.

At the other end, Los Angeles emerged one of the most affordable destinations, with the minimum hotel rate of $209.

Here are the most expensive destinations for overnight stays booked on December 31, according to The second number reflects the percentage difference for the least expensive rate for the following week.

1. New Orleans $359 (+ 302%)
2. Atlantic City $350 (+ 586%)
3. New York City $345 (+287%)
4. Miami Beach $313 (+ 144%)
5. Honolulu $284 (+ 162%)
6. Nashville $284 (+ 167%)
7. Denver $269 (+ 108%)
8. Las Vegas $249 (+ 117%)
9. Savannah $223 (+ 153%)
10. Los Angeles $209 (+ 36%)

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