Insane bike trick seems to murder the laws of physics

Insane bike trick seems to murder the laws of physics

We no longer live on Earth, my friends. We’re in some weird world where people can do the impossible. Do you want to fly? You should try. Do you want to spin in the air in both directions? I think you can. Because this insane Superman double backflip bicycle trick destroys everything that should be humanly possible. The rider does a full back flip while fully extended in a Superman pose, somehow re-gathers himself onto the bike and then does another full back flip. All in one jump. Sweet.

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Tim Cook: It all comes down to human dignity

Accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award from his alma mater, Auburn University, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about witnessing discrimination first-hand as a youth to frame his – and Apple’s focus on human rights, according to AllThingsD.

Cook focused much of his speech to advocate for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community and for immigration reform.

As a child growing up in Alabama, Tim Cook witnessed cross-burning at the home a family near his. Cook said that image “permanently imprinted” on him as a “symbol of ignorance, of hatred, and a fear of anyone different than the majority.”

Cook turned to explain how an emphasis on human dignity guides day to day business at Apple. He described a recent email he received from a mother of a non-verbal autistic child who, for the first time in his life, “found his voice” thanks to the iPad.

“We design our products so they surprise and delight everyone who uses them,” said Cook. “And we never, never ever analyze the return on investment. We do it because it is just and right. And that is what human dignity requires, and it is a part of Apple that I am especially proud of.”

That philosophy carries forth to how Apple works with its suppliers, and has also guided Apple to support pending legislation – currently stalled in the United States Congress – called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of of sexual orientation or gender identity – a long-standy policy of Apple already which Cook would like to see made part of federal law.

“It all comes down to human dignity,” said Cook.

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Castle of Illusion: Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats to help Mickey defeat Mizrabel!

Castle of Illusion: Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats to help Mickey defeat Mizrabel!

The definitive Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Guide: How to beat bosses, work your way through all the acts faster, and find Minnie Mouse!

In Castle of Illusion, Mizrabel has kidnapped Minnie Mouse and it’s Mickey’s job to find her. From enchanted forests to lands filled with milkshakes and library books, Castle of Illusion is full of levels to tackle and obstacles to overcome. Along the way, Mizrabel throws all kinds of challenges and bosses to defeat your way. That’s where iMore comes in! Here are our top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats to clearing stages and defeating Mizrabel!

1. Know your enemies

Castle of Illusion tips, tricks, and cheats: Know your enemies

You come in contact with lots of different enemies and bosses in Castle of Illusion. Knowing what their weaknesses are works greatly to your advantage as you work your way through the game. For example, there are many kinds of ghosts and they all act differently. Red ghosts you can never jump on while blue ghosts can carry you around. The green ones let you jump high off their heads onto something else.

The same thing holds true in The Castle act with the suits of armor. Some throw things while others eyes light up and their swords can drop down and injure you. Some suits don’t do anything. As you approach them, give them time to try and attack before jumping.

2. Defeating bosses at the end of each Act

Castle of Illusion tips, tricks, and cheats: Defeating bosses at the end of each Act

Whenever defeating a boss, make sure you check out the environment around you and watch how each boss at the end of each act behaves. Each of them needs to be defeated differently but the end result is that you need to jump on their heads when they’re dizzy in order to knock down their health. Only jump when they’re dizzy otherwise you’ll injure yourself.

3. Watch your shadow

Castle of Illusion tips, tricks, and cheats: Watch your shadow

Sometimes jumping from object to another can prove to be a little tricky for Mickey. A way to make sure your aim is spot on is to watch your shadow. This serves to be especially useful in acts like The Library where you’re inside the milkshake bottle. When jumping from one cake to the next, make sure that you see your shadow on the next cake or adjust Mickey’s landing so you do. If you let your shadow be your guide, you’ll never have to worry about falling short or teetering off an edge.

When facing certain bosses like the jack in the box, watching your shadow to gauge your landing when trying to dodge the boxing gloves is extremely helpful. This also proves very useful when facing Mizrabel herself.

4. Be strategic about when you throw instead of jump

Castle of Illusion tips, tricks, and cheats: Be strategic about when you throw instead of jump

Aside from picking up diamonds, each level also contains objects that you can collect to throw at enemies. In some cases, items to throw are pretty sparse. Make sure that you’re only using them when you need to. For example, The Castle stages, save all your candles and throw them at suits when your headspace is low and you can’t jump over them. If you use them too prematurely you’ll run out and get stuck in a sticky situation.

5. Replay levels to collect more diamonds

Castle of Illusion tips, tricks, and cheats: Replay levels to collect more diamonds

If you find yourself stuck in the Castle of Illusion not able to advance to the next act due to a lack of diamonds to unlock the next world, repeat a level! Go back to an easy one such as the Forest or Storm acts. They’re super easy to beat and can rack up quite a few diamonds. You really only need a little over 300 to complete the game but there’s 800 total hidden in all the stages.

6. Collect the free life upstairs in the Castle of Illusion

Castle of Illusion tips, tricks, and cheats: Collect the free life upstairs in the Castle of Illusion

Upstairs on the writing desk there is a free life for the taking. It appears every so often so if your’e running low on lives, go back to the Castle and check to see if there’s another free life waiting for you before continuing on. I’m not sure how often it replenishes but it always seems to be there whenever I return to the Castle from one of the acts.

7. Defeating Mizrabel: Alternating platforms

Castle of Illusion tips, tricks, and cheats: Defeating Mizrabel: Alternating platforms

You’ll need to hit Mizrabel a total of 6 times in order to defeat her. In order to hit her you have to jump on top of a platform and bounce off her head. Each time you get past one of her spells a platform will appear. That platform will alternate sides after each spell so remembering which side it appeared last could save you some time and help you make sure you hit her before it disappears on you.

8. Defeating Mizrabel: Attacks after each spell

Castle of Illusion tips, tricks, and cheats: Defeating Mizrabel: Attacks after each spell

Mizrabel will try and send her ghosts after you after each failed attempt to kill you with a spell. She typically shouts out words like “Attack!” or “End him now!” and these words should be your cue to jump as high as you can to avoid the resulting blow. After she does this, a platform appears for you to counter-attack.

9. Defeating Mizrabel: Short and low jumps are best, most of the time

Castle of Illusion tips, tricks, and cheats: Defeating Mizrabel: Short and low jumps are best, most of the time

MIzrabel throws all kinds of spells at you and some of them involve hopping over her ghost army so they don’t hit you. On these kinds of spells, use short taps on the screen. This only makes Mickey jump slightly from the ground. The longer you hold down, the higher he jumps and the harder it becomes to gauge where he is going to land.

Short jumps are enough to get you over the ghosts while leaving you enough time to process what she’s throwing at you next. This is especially useful in the third attack where the ghosts circle the room and you have to hop over them extremely quickly.

10. Defeating Mizrabel: Target practice

Castle of Illusion tips, tricks, and cheats: Defeating Mizrabel: Target practice

The fourth spell Mizrabel casts will create a green target around you in which she then throws ghosts at you. This is actually the easiest spell to avoid and walk away from without a scratch. Simply run in small circles right in front of her. The ghosts will never hit you and then you can counter-attack easily.

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If you’ve been working your way through Castle of Illusion and have some tips or tricks that we’ve missed, make sure to let us know below! Have you worked your way completely through the game yet? Are you stuck? Let us know that too!


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Nokia Lumia 1520 reaches the UK on December 6th, starting at £80 on a £38 per month plan

Nokia Lumia 1520

Brits who’ve been yearning for the Nokia Lumia 1520 will soon get their chance. The supersized Windows Phone is now due to reach the UK on December 6th, when it will be available through O2 at retail and Vodafone through the web. Third-party retailers like Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u will also stock the 6-inch flagship. While the exact pricing will vary, Vodafone will sell the phone for £80 when it’s attached to a £38 per month plan and a 2-year contract; it will be available for free if you subscribe to a beefy £47 plan. The 1520 will undoubtedly be one of the more expensive handsets in the country, then, but it may be worthwhile for those who want one of Nokia’s most powerful devices.

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Carnegie Mellon computer learns common sense through pictures, shows what it’s thinking

Never Ending Image Learner

Humans have a knack for making visual associations, but computers don’t have it so easy; we often have to tell them what they see. Carnegie Mellon’s recently launched Never Ending Image Learner (NEIL) supercomputer bucks that trend by forming those connections itself. Building on the university’s earlier NELL research, the 200-core cluster scours the internet for images and defines objects based on the common attributes that it finds. It knows that buildings are frequently tall, for example, and that ducks look like geese. While NEIL is occasionally prone to making mistakes, it’s also transparent — a public page lets you see what it’s learning, and you can suggest queries if you think there’s a gap in the system’s logic. The project could eventually lead to computers and robots with a much better understanding of the world around them, even if they never quite gain human-like perception.

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Mass burial held in Philippine city hit by typhoon

Workers arrange body bags at a mass burial site at the Basper public cemetery in Tacloban, Leyte province, central Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into 6 central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Workers arrange body bags at a mass burial site at the Basper public cemetery in Tacloban, Leyte province, central Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into 6 central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A typhoon survivor sits inside the Tacloban City Convention Center known as the Astrodome Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, where hundreds of displaced typhoon survivors have set up makeshift living quarters throughout the complex’s once bustling shops and popular basketball court. For the thousands of people jamming the Tacloban City Astrodome, the great halls with a solid roof was a heaven-sent refuge when Typhoon Haiyan rammed eastern Philippines on Friday. Evacuated from their homes along the coast in time, they had a place to hide from the furious winds and gigantic water surge. But along with shelter, their constant companion now is misery and hunger. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Typhoon survivors line up to get fuel from an abandoned filling station Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines. Aid has been slow to reach the half-million people displaced by the storm that tore across several islands in eastern Philippines last Friday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Workers start to arrange body bags at a mass burial site at the Basper public cemetery in Tacloban, Leyte province, central Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country’s eastern seaboard on Friday, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A woman cries as she pleads with military to let her husband through to the front of the queue as they wait for evacuation by C-130 military aircraft Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into 6 central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

(AP) — The air was thick with the stench of decay as sweating workers lowered the plastic coffins one by one into a grave the size of an Olympic swimming pool.

Scores of unidentified bodies were interred together Thursday in a hillside cemetery without any ritual — the first mass burial in this city shattered by last week’s Typhoon Haiyan.

Six days after the disaster, some progress was being made in providing food, water and medical aid to the half-million people displaced in the Philippines. Massive bottlenecks blocking the distribution of international assistance have begun to clear.

Soldiers on trucks gave out rice and water, and chainsaw-wielding teams cut debris from blocked roads to clear the way for relief trucks in Tacloban, the capital of the hardest-hit Leyte province.

Thousands of people continued to swarm Tacloban’s damaged airport, desperate to leave or to get treatment at a makeshift medical center.

“We know the gravity of our countrymen’s suffering, and we know that, now more than ever, all of us are called on to do whatever we can to help alleviate our countrymen’s suffering,” President Benigno S. Aquino III said in a statement.

Authorities say 2,357 people have been confirmed dead, a figure that is expected to rise, perhaps significantly, when information is collected from other areas of the disaster zone.

With sweat rolling down their faces, John Cajipe, 31, and three teenage boys who work at the Tacloban cemetery placed the first body in the grave’s right-hand corner.

The second body followed two minutes later, carefully placed alongside the first. And so on, until scores of coffins filled the 6-foot (2-meter) deep grave. A ritual to sprinkle holy water on the site is expected to be held Friday, one week after the typhoon struck.

A portion of the femur was removed from each corpse by the National Bureau of Investigation. Technicians will extract DNA from each bit of bone to try to identify the dead, said Joseph David, crime photographer for the bureau.

“I hope this is the last time I see something like this,” said Mayor Alfred Romualdez. “When I look at this, it just reminds me of what has happened from the day the storm hit until today.”

The massive flow of international aid was bolstered by Thursday’s arrival of the USS George Washington in the Philippine Sea near the Gulf of Leyte. The aircraft carrier will set up a position off the coast of Samar Island to assess the damage and provide medical and water supplies, the 7th Fleet said in a statement.

The carrier and its strike group together bring 21 helicopters to the area, which can help reach the most inaccessible parts of the disaster zone.

The United Kingdom also is sending an aircraft carrier, the HMS Illustrious, with seven helicopters and facilities to produce fresh water, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said. It said the ship is expected to reach the area around Nov. 25.

The U.S. already has a half-dozen other ships — including a destroyer and two huge supply vessels — in the area, along with two P-3 aircraft that are being used to survey the damage so that planners can assess where aid is most needed, the 7th Fleet said.

“We are operating 24-7,” said Capt. Cassandra Gesecki, a spokeswoman for the Marines, who have set up an operations hub near Manila’s international airport. “We are inundated with flights.”

Valerie Amos, the U.N. humanitarian chief who toured Tacloban on Wednesday, said about 11.5 million people have been affected by the typhoon, which includes those who lost loved ones, were injured, or suffered damage to their homes or livelihoods.

“The situation is dismal. … Tens of thousands of people are living in the open … exposed to rain and wind,” she told reporters in Manila.

She said the immediate priority for humanitarian agencies in the next few days is to transport and distribute high-energy biscuits and other food, tarpaulins, tents, drinking water and basic sanitation services.

“I think we are all extremely distressed that this is Day 6 and we have not managed to reach everyone,” she said.

Amos said because of a lack of fuel in Tacloban, trucks are unable to move the aid material from the airport to the city. The weather also remains a challenge, with frequent downpours. The good news is that the road to the airport has been cleared of debris, she said.

On Wednesday, the U.N.’s World Food Program distributed rice and other items to nearly 50,000 people in the Tacloban area. Nearly 10 tons of high-energy biscuits were also delivered to the city on Wednesday, with another 25 tons on the way.

But for thousands of people who have squatted in Tacloban’s sports arena, known as the Astrodome, no aid has arrived since the typhoon struck. A volunteer from the village council handed out only stamps for food that is yet to be seen.

The first nighttime flights — of C-130 transport planes — finally landed since the typhoon struck, suggesting air control systems are now in place for an around-the-clock operation, a prerequisite for the massive relief operation needed.

Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said 70 percent of the city’s 220,000 people are in need of emergency assistance, and that only 70 of the city’s 2,700 employees have been showing up for work.

He also stuck to an earlier estimate that 10,000 people had died in Tacloban even though Aquino has said the final death toll would top 2,500.

Philippine Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said it may take six weeks before the first typhoon-hit towns get their electricity back. In Tacloban, order needed to be restored “because if there’s no peace and order, it’s hard to reinstall the power posts,” he said.


AP writers Todd Pitman in Tacloban and Chris Brummitt, Vijay Joshi and Teresa Cerojano in Manila contributed to this report.

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Justin Bieber’s ‘Believe’ Trailer: Get Inside The 5 Most Personal Moments

MTV News gets ‘Believe’ trailer commentary from Bieber’s director, Jon Chu.

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Paula Deen Is Not Splitting With Husband, Affair Story “Absolutely” False

It’s been a tough year for Paula Deen, whose career and public reputation imploded earlier this year thanks to a high-profile lawsuit filed by a former employee. Now a report has come out from the National Enquirer saying the celebrity chef, 66, kicked out her husband, Michael Groover, for having a secret mistress. 

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A source close to the family vehemently denies these claims, telling Us Weekly, “This story is absolutely not true. They have never been closer. Michael adores her and Paula adores him. They are completely fine.”

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The tabloid claimed that Groover, 57, had been seeing a “sexy middle-age brunette” who has known the family for years. This isn’t the first time The Enquirer has claimed the Southern couple was splitting. In July 2013, the tabloid reported they were heading for a $17 million divorce battle. The claims were unfounded and Deen and Groover never filed for divorce.

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Deen, who was dropped by the Food Network and lost most of her endorsement deals after admitting to using the N-word multiples times in this summer’s lawsuit, has yet to officially comment on the latest report on her personal life. The couple lives together in Savannah, Georgia. 

U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. dismissed the racial discrimination lawsuit in August 2013, saying that the former employee who filed the suit could not be the “victim” of Deen’s use of the N-word because she was white.

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