Kid-friendly smart watch tells them when to brush their teeth, so you don’t have to

Getting a small child to brush their teeth can feel like hosting a nightly WWE wrestling match in your bathroom. But the new icon-based Octopus watch for kids ages 3 to 8 aims to help with this and other daily habits. 

The Octopus watch’s Kickstarter campaign has raised more than $ 231,000 in pledges — more than four times its $ 50,000 fundraising goal — which could indicate that at least a few parents are seeking help in the instilling-good-habits department. 

Actually the Octopus, designed by JOY, has three intended functions. It’s a watch, teaching kids to read time using both digital and analog faces. It’s a scheduler that parents can remote-program with pop-up icons to notify kids when it’s time for certain activities: basketball practice, bath time, feeding the cat. And it’s an assistant, providing tips, notes, and reminders for both kids and parents. Read more…

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Awful Australian election made more awful by awful Facebook Live videos

The 2016 Australian election campaign has so far been the political equivalent of chipping off old nail polish. It seems only right it be accompanied by the most banal of content: The badly-shot Facebook Live video.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, leader of the Liberal Party, has been facing off against Bill Shorten, leader of the Labor Party. Their parties may disagree on some points, but they definitely come together on garbage video quality.

If you enjoy your eyeballs being tossed like salad, try this video from the Australian Labor Party. Read more…

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Gary Vee: “I wish I didn’t swear so fucking much”


Gary Vaynerchuk builds businesses: Fresh out of college, he took his family wine business and grew it from a $ 3M to a $ 60M business in just five years. Now, he runs VaynerMedia–one of the world’s hottest social media-first digital agencies. Along the way, Gary became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before co-founding VaynerRSE, a $ 25M investment fund. He also happens to be a damn good public speaker with lots of invaluable advice on entrepreneurship. TNW Europe was one of the very few European events Gary attended this year, and…

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Lady Gaga Collaborator Jonas Akerlund Expects ‘Great’ Things From Her

‘She can probably do anything she wants,’ ‘Paparazzi’ and ‘Telephone’ director tells us at SXSW.
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<P>After the mostly positive reviews of <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/lady_gaga/artist.jhtml”>Lady Gaga</a>’s first music-video directorial effort on <a href=”/news/articles/1675270/lady-gaga-marry-the-night-music-video.jhtml”>”Marry the Night”</a>. It’s fair to assume that we fans can expect more Gaga-directed clips in the near future. </P><P> </P><P>When MTV News caught up with her “Paparazzi” and “Telephone” <a href=”/news/articles/1633818/the-man-behind-lady-gagas-telephone-video-jonas-akerlund.jhtml”>director Jonas &#197;kerlund</a> recently during his SXSW appearance for his new ensemble dark comedy “Small Apartments,” we asked him for his thoughts on Gaga’s future as a director, should she choose to direct all of her videos from here on out. </P><P> </P><P><center><embed src=”http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:748102/cp~id%3D1680857%26vid%3D748102%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A748102″ width=”460″ height=”260″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowFullScreen=”true” allowScriptAccess=”always” base=”.”></embed></center> </P><P> </P><P>”She can probably do anything she wants,” he said. “So that’s probably going to be great.” </P><P> </P><P>And would &#197;kerlund make himself available for advice, should Gaga ever be in need of it? </P><P> </P><P>”Of course. I would never turn her down,” he said, at which point his “Apartments” star and funnyman Matt Lucas (“Bridesmaids”) asked a question of his own. </P><P> </P><P>”Is her real name Lady Gaga?” </P><P> </P><P>”Yes,” &#197;kerlund answered with a smile. </P><P> </P><P>”Wow,” Lucas responded with astonishment. “There’s a fact for you MTV fans.” </P><P> </P><P>Although &#197;kerlund didn’t mention any more work with Gaga at this time, the busy director is still fully in the mix of the world of music videos. </P><P> </P><P>”I may do a couple music videos and I’ve done quite a few since ‘Small Apartments,’ actually. The last one I did was a Duran Duran video, but there’s a few coming up too.” </P><P> </P><P>”Are you going to do the Osmonds video?” Lucas asked cheekily. “That’s what they’re asking.” </P><P> </P><P>”Maybe,” &#197;kerlund responded, playing along with Lucas’ joke. “I’m hoping to.” </P><P> </P><P>For her part, Gaga has said that she’s always been heavily involved in the creative processes behind all her work, including the direction of her music videos. </P><P> </P><P>”I know it’s my directorial debut, but I’ve really created everything I’ve ever done in my career,” she said. “I really didn’t do anything differently on this video that I didn’t do on the ‘Telephone’ video or the ‘Paparazzi’ video or the ‘Bad Romance’ video. I hope my fans will take from this the progression that you have to trust yourself to make mistakes.”</p>

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ContainerX steps into the limelight with a new container platform for enterprises

Enterprises interested in tapping container technology now have a brand-new option for managing it: ContainerX, a multitenant container-as-a-service platform for both Linux and Windows.

Launched into beta last November by a team of engineers from Microsoft, VMware and Citrix, the service became generally available in both free and paid versions on Thursday. Promising an all-in-one platform for orchestration, compute, network, and storage management, it provides a single “pane of glass” for all of an enterprise’s containers, whether they’re running on Linux or Windows, bare metal or virtual machine, public or private cloud.

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