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Obama accuses EU of attacking American tech companies because it ‘can’t compete’

Barack Obama has angered officials in Europe after suggesting that investigations by the European Union into companies like Google and Facebook were “commercially driven.” In an interview with Recode, the president claimed that European “service providers who … can’t compete with ours, are essentially trying to set up some roadblocks for our companies to operate effectively there.” The truth, however, is more nuanced than this.

“our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it.”

Obama says: “We have owned the internet. Our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it in ways that they can’t compete. And oftentimes what is portrayed as high-minded positions on issues sometimes is just designed to carve out some of their…

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Penguins love eating fish but probably can’t taste them

You’d think that penguins would love the meaty taste of fish, but it turns out that they may not be able to taste their food much at all. A new genetic study out of the University of Michigan finds that penguins appear to have long ago lost the ability to taste sweet and bitter flavors, as well as the savory, meaty flavor known as umami. Together, sweet, bitter, and umami make up three of the five basic tastes. The other two, sour and salty, may still be present in penguins. The findings are being published today in Current Biology.

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I can’t decide if these swinging office chairs are amazing or terrible

One complaint I have with The Verge‘s office set-up is, it doesn’t feel enough like a playground. But these King Arthur Round Swing Tables, designed by Duffy London, could change that. The eight and 12-person tables are equipped with swinging chairs suspended from a steel canopy, which is perfect if your “inner child” has $ 16,000 to spare.

“As soon as people sit in it, they instantly open up, their posture changes and they start smiling,” designer Christopher Duffy told Fast Company. “There’s a different feeling when you’re hanging from something than when you’re sitting and you’re supported from underneath.”

That true, there is a different feeling. It’s a feeling usually associated with stomach-plunging roller coasters and bouncy…

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Why can’t Blackhat (or any film) make sitting at a computer look exciting?

Hollywood has become adroit at making the everyday feel spectacular and entertaining. 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was the most fun I’ve had watching humans and apes repair a dam, while Interstellar somehow kept us rapt through history’s longest long-distance flight. But there’s one task we humans do every day that even the best directors struggle to film without sending the audience into a trance: computing.

Last month I had a chance to see an early screening of Blackhat, the upcoming Michael Mann thriller about a hacker released from prison under a bold promise: find the cyber criminal fomenting global chaos and earn your freedom. The good guy hacker played by Chris Hemsworth, also known as Thor, dwarfs every laptop in the…

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I can’t get enough of these 90s internet videos

Stop me if this sounds familiar: a popular theory posits that, about every 20 years, pop culture warps, folding in on itself, and nostalgia for two decades prior suddenly becomes hip, as evidenced by, say, a recent spike in the ranks of Pearl Jam cover bands.

Willing as I am to sign up for a study that straps thousands of millennials into electrodes, this isn’t yet a scientifically validated theory. But here’s a personal anecdote: I have an affection for this project from technologist Andy Baio that borders on the defensive. A couple months ago, Baio dumped a collection of videos about the pre-1996 web onto the internet. The videos, culled from VHS tapes, are an exercise in answering a simple question: How did people view the internet…

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When it comes to chips, Apple just can’t quit its Samsung habit

Korea’s Electronic Times reports today that Samsung has begun manufacturing Apple’s A9 system-on-chip, the successor to the A8 currently powering the iPhone 6 and latest iPads. Using Samsung’s newest 14nm production process, the new chip is said to have entered production yesterday, December 11th, at Samsung’s facility in Austin, Texas. There’s been varying speculation about who will be building the next generation of Apple’s processor after the A8 saw Apple shifting most of its manufacturing orders to Taiwan’s TSMC. Now it appears that Samsung has reclaimed the lion’s share of Apple’s production needs, which is something the Korean company foretold in comments made to the press in October. Dr. Kinam Kim, the president and general…

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Amazon bought so you can’t

Someone at Amazon’s legal department has the best job: dreaming up anti-Amazon URLs and then buying them before anyone else can. Alex Shephard showed the fruits of this unknown worker’s labor on Twitter today.

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You can’t read Margaret Atwood’s next book until 2114

Margaret Atwood is writing a new book, but you won’t be able to read it this century. The author, whose works include speculative fiction classics The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake, will be storing her next novel for 100 years in a library in Norway as part of a project organized by Scottish artist Katie Paterson.

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Detroit makes millions from parking meters, but it can’t afford to power them

Sometimes you need to spend money to make money, but that’s easier said than done when there isn’t much money to spend in the first place. Detroit, which last year became the largest American city to declare bankruptcy, is missing out on potentially millions in revenue because just about half of its 3,404 parking meters are out of service, according to city officials. It’s estimated that the city could get an extra $ 6 million in revenue just by getting the rest of the meters in working condition.

Fortunately, it shouldn’t be too difficult to fix the broken meters. The Detroit News reports that most of the meter issues come from small cutbacks in maintenance costs that are ultimately counterproductive. As part of efforts to reduce city…

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6 Basic Yet Significant WordPress Hacks for Your Blogs You Can’t Miss!

You may often find some really captivating WordPress blogs enriched with features, and just start thinking of how to get those features in your WP powered blog as well. This is something that most of the bloggers apparently would have experienced.

6 Basic Yet Significant WordPress Hacks for Your Blogs You Can’t Miss!

The web sphere is filled with plenty of tricks and hacks that help to improve the features and functionality of WordPress site/blogs.

Wondering why?

Generic WordPress blog themes can’t be a lot boring and bland. And thus, you may need to customize them to make them work in sync with your requisites. For this purpose, it becomes essential to have knowledge of certain WordPress hacks. To help you out in this guest post I’ll be discussing about my favorite top 6 commonly used yet effective WP hacks that you’ll surely find useful.

1. How to Use a Custom WordPress Page as Your Homepage

This has become one of the most preferred hacks among people. If you don’t want to display your recent blog entries as main entries in the blog page, just customize it! Here you’ll first have to understand – as how to create a custom WP page that fits your homepage. Follow the below mentioned steps to create a new custom page that’ll serve as your homepage in the WordPress site.

  1. Login to your WP admin panel, and from the WP dashboard select the ‘Pages’ tab.
  2. Now, click on Add New (a new page will open up).
  3. Give the page a title say “Home”.
  4. Create your homepage content just like you do when adding content in a blog post.
  5. Click the Publish button.

Custom WordPress Page as Your Homepage

Once you’ve created a custom page, next construct another page using the same steps as mentioned above except you’ll not need to publish your content when creating second page. Now, you’ll have to set the newly built page as your homepage. For this purpose, follow the following steps:

  1. Click on Settings section on the left navigation.
  2. Click on the Readings from the ‘Settings’ section.
  3. Click on the Static Page option, and select one of your page (Front Page) as Home, and another page (Posts Page) as your blog page named as OvoControl Blog.
  4. Click on Save Changes button and you’re done.

Custom WordPress Page as Your Homepage

Following the above steps you’ll now have a custom page set as your Front page and a second page which is set as blog page, as shown in the image above.

2. How to Showcase Random Header Images in WordPress Site

You may have come across several blogs having large header images and that too static. Using the same header picture will make your blog design dull, which eventually lessens your user’s interests towards your posts. However, you can display random header images that rotates when a visitor visits your WordPress website. This hack helps to make the blog posts more interactive and lively. Plus you can select as many images as you would like to add in the header. First you’ll have to give name to the images you want to add in the header section in the following format: headerimg_1.gif, headerimg_2.gif, headerimg_3.gif, headerimg_4.gif, headerimg_5.gif.

Showcase Random Header Images in WordPress

Once you named all the images, you’ll need to paste the code as mentioned below in your WP header.php file – wherein you want to display the images.

<img src=http://path_to_images/headerimg_<?php echo(rand(1,5)); ?>.gif width="image_width" height="image_height" alt="image_alt_text" />
3. How To Add Author Bio To Your WordPress Posts

If you’re running a WP blog, then certainly you’ll be yearning for displaying your bio information within your website profile – at the bottom of your posts. Bear in mind that this may not be a feasible exercise for WP blogs having single users, but is definitely a worthwhile option for multi-authored blogs. Well, in many cases often when readers find a post enticing they seemingly show interest to know more about the author of that particular post. But most of them don’t wish to be redirected to another page when it comes to exploring more info about the author. Thus, in multi-authored blogs adding author bio info at the end of the respective blog posts let readers recognize the author of the post and obtain his/her information without having to refer to another page.

Now you don’t need any plugin to embed bio info of the author, as in WP admin panel there’s an option that allows users to add a bio to their profiles. In order to use this hack, you are required to copy-and-paste the code as shown below – wherever you need to show the bio in your single.php file.

<div id="author-bio">
<h3>About <?php the_author(); ?></h3>
<?php echo get_avatar( get_the_author_email(), '70' ); ?>
<?php the_author_description(); ?>                       

Want to style up your bio a little? You can do so by using the following css code:

#author-bio { border-top: 1px dotted #cccccc; padding: 15px 0; }
#author-bio h3 { font-size: 16px; margin: 0 0 5px 0; }
#author-bio img { float: left; padding: 2px; border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin: 5px 15px 0 0; }

In the above code you’ll observe that there is a certain code added in the style.css to get a gravatar. Make sure unless you don’t wish to have the default WordPress gravator shown, get your email registered that you used for your blog post with Gravatar. Lastly, upload some avatar you want to be shown in your bio. Besides, changing your default gravatar help you promote your blog in a more effective manner.

4. How to Set the Expiration Date of Your Blog Posts

This hack can prove to be quite useful in case you constantly organizes a contest or want to keep your blog posts updated. How? By setting up the expiration date of your posts you no longer need to manually remove the posts or any other piece of information shown in the blog, rather you can make it expire automatically. For instance, let’s suppose you just posted an offer on your blog, but don’t want the offer to be shown after a determined time period, you can automatically remove the offer using the following code. But you’ll have to substitute your WP loop with this code:

if (have_posts()) :
while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
$  expirationtime = get_post_custom_values('expiration');
if (is_array($  expirationtime)) {
$  expirestring = implode($  expirationtime);

$  secondsbetween = strtotime($  expirestring)-time();
if ( $  secondsbetween > 0 ) {
// For example...


After using the above mentioned code, make sure to use custom fields at the time of writing a blog post, so as to set an expiration date. For doing so, you’ll need to choose the key “expiration” and make use of the date format – mm/dd/yyyy 00:00:00

Note that using this hack you can’t remove the entire post or whatever information you wish to hide. You can’t even unpublish it, instead the hack will help you exclude the posts or other info from getting displayed until the loop terminates.

5. How to Highlight Author Comments in WordPress Blog

Highlight Author Comments in WordPress Blog

Did you just came across a blog wherein author’s comments appear to be more highlighted than the other comments? Then, by using this hack you can give a distinguishing look to the comments posted by the author. For doing so, you will need to access the style.css file in your template folder and then embed the following code:

.authorstyle { background-color: #B3FFCC !important; }

In the next step you are required to open comments.php file placed in your WordPress site’s themes folder. Find the code similar to the one given below:

<li <?php echo $  oddcomment; ?>id="comment-<?php comment_ID() ?>"></li>

Once you’ve found the code, replace it with the following code:

<li class="<?php if ($  comment->user_id == 1) $  oddcomment = "authorstyle"; echo $  oddcomment; ?>"></li>

Make sure to change 1 to author’s user id. Doing this, will make your blog comments have a disparate background just for the author’s comment section.

6. How to Allow Multiple Authors Associated With a Single WordPress Post

Allow Multiple Authors Associated With a Single WordPress Post

Have you seen a WP blog that is run by multiple authors? It’s possible that you may also want to embed the similar functionality in your blog. WordPress show only a single author by default, so in order to give credits to multiple author of your WP posts and pages, you can use the Co-Authors Plus plugin. This plugin helps to assign multiple bylines to your articles with help of a “search-as-you-type” option box.

Below are few steps you need to follow to understand how to install and configure the Co-Authors plugin:

  1. Download and install the plugin. After installation click on Activate button.
  2. Go to Users panel in WP dashboard, click on Guest Authors option.
  3. Click on Add New and fill all the details.

If you’re a blog owner and want to save yourself from creating new user accounts for people who will post guest content only once, using Co-Authors Plus plugin will enable you to add new guest authors (willing to post contribute content for your WordPress blogs) without the need to create their accounts.

Let’s Wrap Up!

Even though after choosing a premium WordPress blog theme you may want to customize it, to add enhanced functionality. So, if you want to improve your WordPress blog and bring in new changes to it, then by reading the aforementioned top 7 WordPress hacks you’ll definitely be able to make some significant improvements to your blogs. Hope you find this post to be useful!

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