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Airbnb announced today that it will begin charging San Francisco’s 14 percent hotel tax on reservations in the city, starting this summer. The taxes will be paid by guests. Last week, the company announced a different partnership in Portland, Oregon, where Airbnb itself will pay some city taxes.

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Onboard JetBlue’s first Fly-Fi flight, with the fastest internet in the air

On a flight yesterday from JFK to Austin, JetBlue finally decided to flip the switch on Fly-Fi, giving lucky passengers an early look at the airline’s next-generation in-flight WiFi for the very first time. A flight attendant announced the service — which is free until 30 planes are retrofitted — and passengers seated around me pulled out their laptops, tablets and smartphones and tried to hop online. Unfortunately, a recent update caused unexpected performance issues, and Fly-Fi’s speed and consistency fell far short. When a flight attendant asked the woman seated in front if me if she had enjoyed her experience at the end of the flight, she responded with “not so much.” It wasn’t looking good for JetBlue.

I had booked my return to New York on the same aircraft, and following a 20-minute BBQ pitstop at AUS, I got back on board. The issues we experienced on the first flight — allegedly caused by an incorrect DNS-server listing on the network side — were completely resolved, making our three-hour hop back to Kennedy Airport much more pleasant. The experience was completely different, though we were offline for 30 minutes or so as we passed over Louisiana and Mississippi. Ultimately, Fly-Fi, which utilizes the ViaSat-1 satellite positioned over North America, was in line with the ViaSat service I’ve tried on the ground — when it works, it blows the competition out of the water. It’s as close as you’ll get to the internet you’re used to at home, and it certainly outshines connectivity in pretty much any airline terminal.

JetBlue’s LiveTV subsidiary, which installs and supports the service, quoted speeds of 12 Mbps per passenger during our tour back in September. It’s an ambitious figure, and with 100 passengers streaming Netflix and Hulu, that promise might be a bit of a stretch. On yesterday’s flight from Austin, however, I had no problem loading picture-heavy websites and videos on YouTube after upgrading to Fly-Fi Plus, which currently costs $9 per hour (ouch!), but can be “paused” to maximize usage. I also completed tasks that you’re unlikely to conduct in the air, like transferring files to and from an FTP server and hosting a Google video Hangout with three friends. Audio was inconsistent during the Hangout and the data transfer was sluggish, but with ViaSat optimizing the network for video streaming, that’s to be expected.

Ordinary usage, like text chats with colleagues, loading hundreds of tweets, streaming music on Spotify and sending and receiving emails went off without a hitch, and were possible with the free service. I even sent some photos via email and HipChat, which were received quickly and without the nasty compression we’ve come to expect from current-gen Gogo. During a handful of speed tests, download bandwidth varied from 1 Mbps to 30 Mbps (most often falling around 15 Mbps), while upload bandwidth hovered around 0.5 Mbps.

ViaSat limits the uplink from each plane in order to maximize downloads. That helps to explain why attempted Skype and Google Voice calls failed, and while my friends looked fine in the Hangout, I appeared slightly pixelated on their computers. It’s also important to note that ViaSat-1 hovers some 22,000 miles above Earth, so an ~ 800-millisecond ping is to be expected. Upload speeds are unlikely to improve (so save those large file transfers for the ground), but that 12-megabits-per-seat figure we’ve heard seems reasonable with only a few dozen passengers online (and even fewer streaming HD video). The 30-minute outage we experienced should also be a non-issue by the time Fly-Fi exits beta, sometime within the next few weeks.

Following the hiccups during that first-ever Fly-Fi flight yesterday morning, I was a bit concerned about the program’s future. After taking it for a spin on the trip back, however, it was impossible not to get excited about the service’s potential, and the future of in-flight connectivity in general. LiveTV is currently working to outfit JetBlue’s fleet, and will soon launch the service on select United 737s as well. For now, you’ll only find the service on two of JetBlue’s workhorse A320s, but they’re not assigned to specific flights until a few days before departure, so don’t plan your holiday travel around trying out Fly-Fi. The airline may eventually identify flights in advance, and all A320s should be online by mid-2014. United hasn’t announced rollout plans just yet, but as LiveTV begins to retrofit that airline’s planes as well, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a similar test in the weeks and months to come.

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Multicenter study underscored the need of a uniform approach to the treatment of BCa

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Arnhem, The Netherlands – New study, involving eight Italian research centres, concluded that an aligned approach to the treatment of advanced bladder cancer is much needed, while confirming previously published results on survival estimates of associated salvage therapies.

According to the lead author, Dr. Francesco Atzori, progress in developing new effective drugs in bladder cancer has been stagnant in the last decades.

“In patients who recur or who are refractory to first-line therapy, response rates and outcomes are grim, and to date, no second-line therapy has been clearly established,” he explained.

The authors state that while upfront chemotherapy (CT) confers over 50% response rate, progression free survival and overall survival rates are still dismal. While vinflunine is approved by the EMA for progressive bladder cancer after platinum-based therapy, the US FDA has no approved agents.

In the course of the study, the researchers retrospectively queried all patients receiving 2nd and 3rd line regimens in Italy in the period between 2001 and 2013. The inclusion criteria included failure of one or two prior CT regimens for metastatic disease and no exclusion of specific salvage regiments, including targeted agents. Distribution of treatments and outcome parameters were the primary endpoints.

The authors identified a total of 160 eligible pts across 8 centers nationwide. Median age was 67 years (IQR 39-82), most frequent sites of disease at relapse were: nodes 71% (nodes only 43, 26.9%); lung 30%, bone 26% and liver 20%. Bellmunt Score available in 147 out of 160 patients was 0, 1, 2 and 3 in 63 (43%), 59 (40%), 20 (14%) and 5 (3%) patients respectively.

Regiments used as upfront CT were cisplatin-gemcitabine in 65 patients (41%), carboplatin-G in 50 patients (31%), MVAC in 25 patients (16%), other combination CT in 5 patients (3%) and single-agent CT in 15 patients (9%).

In 2nd line 42 patients (26%) received paclitaxel, 40 (25%) vinflunine, 21 (13%) pazopanib, 10 (6%) MVAC, 47 (29%) other drugs alone or combined.

75 out of 160 patients (47%) received a 3rd line regimen: 19 (25%) paclitaxel, 15 (20%) pazopanib, 11 (15%) MVAC, 30 patients (40%) miscellaneous. Median time-to-relapse to 1st line was 2 months. Overall response rate in 2nd line was 21% (32 out of 160 patients) and 21% in 3rd line (16 out of 75 patients); median progression-free survival was 2,8 and 2 months in 2nd and 3rd line respectively, median overall survival was 16 months and 20 months, in 2nd and 3rd lines respectively. Patients treated with paclitaxel and vinflunine in 2nd line showed a median progression free survival of 2.7 and 3.3 months while overall survival was 13.5 and 13.4 months respectively.

The results of this study will be presented at the European Multidisciplinary Meeting on Urological Cancers, in Marceille, France, on 15-17 November 2013.

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Arnhem, The Netherlands – New study, involving eight Italian research centres, concluded that an aligned approach to the treatment of advanced bladder cancer is much needed, while confirming previously published results on survival estimates of associated salvage therapies.

According to the lead author, Dr. Francesco Atzori, progress in developing new effective drugs in bladder cancer has been stagnant in the last decades.

“In patients who recur or who are refractory to first-line therapy, response rates and outcomes are grim, and to date, no second-line therapy has been clearly established,” he explained.

The authors state that while upfront chemotherapy (CT) confers over 50% response rate, progression free survival and overall survival rates are still dismal. While vinflunine is approved by the EMA for progressive bladder cancer after platinum-based therapy, the US FDA has no approved agents.

In the course of the study, the researchers retrospectively queried all patients receiving 2nd and 3rd line regimens in Italy in the period between 2001 and 2013. The inclusion criteria included failure of one or two prior CT regimens for metastatic disease and no exclusion of specific salvage regiments, including targeted agents. Distribution of treatments and outcome parameters were the primary endpoints.

The authors identified a total of 160 eligible pts across 8 centers nationwide. Median age was 67 years (IQR 39-82), most frequent sites of disease at relapse were: nodes 71% (nodes only 43, 26.9%); lung 30%, bone 26% and liver 20%. Bellmunt Score available in 147 out of 160 patients was 0, 1, 2 and 3 in 63 (43%), 59 (40%), 20 (14%) and 5 (3%) patients respectively.

Regiments used as upfront CT were cisplatin-gemcitabine in 65 patients (41%), carboplatin-G in 50 patients (31%), MVAC in 25 patients (16%), other combination CT in 5 patients (3%) and single-agent CT in 15 patients (9%).

In 2nd line 42 patients (26%) received paclitaxel, 40 (25%) vinflunine, 21 (13%) pazopanib, 10 (6%) MVAC, 47 (29%) other drugs alone or combined.

75 out of 160 patients (47%) received a 3rd line regimen: 19 (25%) paclitaxel, 15 (20%) pazopanib, 11 (15%) MVAC, 30 patients (40%) miscellaneous. Median time-to-relapse to 1st line was 2 months. Overall response rate in 2nd line was 21% (32 out of 160 patients) and 21% in 3rd line (16 out of 75 patients); median progression-free survival was 2,8 and 2 months in 2nd and 3rd line respectively, median overall survival was 16 months and 20 months, in 2nd and 3rd lines respectively. Patients treated with paclitaxel and vinflunine in 2nd line showed a median progression free survival of 2.7 and 3.3 months while overall survival was 13.5 and 13.4 months respectively.

The results of this study will be presented at the European Multidisciplinary Meeting on Urological Cancers, in Marceille, France, on 15-17 November 2013.

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Miley Cyrus Featured in “Styled to Rock” Promo: Watch Here!

Ready to add “judge” to her resume, Miley Cyrus will appear on the next episode of the fashion reality competition “Styled to Rock.”

Created by fellow songstress Rihanna, the show is described as “contestants aim to create a new look to define the celebrity guest’s image, and in turn battle it out in the sewing room.”

Not keeping the fun to herself, Miley brought a helper to the set- her mom Tish, who helped her judge the competition.

“Styled to Rock” airs on Friday at 8/7 central on Bravo. Check out a preview of Miley’s appearance below!

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Yellen stands by Fed’s low interest rate policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen said Thursday that the U.S. economy has regained ground lost to Great Recession but still needs the Federal Reserve’s support because unemployment remains too high at 7.3 percent.

Yellen made those comments in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee, which is considering her nomination to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Her remarks suggest that she plans to stand by the Fed’s extraordinary low interest rate policies begun under current Chairman Ben Bernanke until the economy shows further improvement.

The Fed’s support of the recovery is the “surest path to returning to a more normal approach to monetary policy,” Yellen said during a roughly two-hour hearing that was relatively free of tense moments.

Despite some tough questions from Republicans about the Fed’s policies, Yellen drew praise from members of both parties. Her nomination is expected to be advanced by the committee and confirmed later by the full Senate, making her the first woman to lead the powerful central bank.

“We have the utmost respect for you,” Sen. Joe Machin, a centrist Democrat from West Virginia, told Yellen.

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Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told Yellen that he appreciated her “candor and transparency,” and thanked her for giving him the same answers during the hearing as she had during a meeting with him in his office.

The Fed’s policies, which include three rounds of bond purchases, are credited with helping boost economic growth and lower unemployment. But they have also driven up stock prices and stoked worries about a greater risk of inflation and asset bubbles.

During the hearing, Yellen was pressed by Republicans to specify when the central bank might begin scaling back its $85 billion-per-month in bond purchases.

Yellen didn’t bite. She said Fed policymakers assess the risks and benefits of the bond purchase program each time they meet.

“The committee is looking for … signs of growth that are strong enough to promote continued progress” in the labor market. She said “there is no set time that we will decide to reduce the pace of our purchases.”

Various Republicans expressed their concerns that the Fed’s massive bond purchases, which have pushed the central bank’s balance sheet to a record level of $3.8 trillion, have inflated stock prices and real estate.

“I think the economy has gotten used to the sugar you have put out there and I just worry that we are on a sugar high. That is a very dangerous thing,” said Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb.

Yellen sought to assure the committee that the Fed is aware of those potential threats. But she said the benefits of the program currently outweigh the risks.

She also noted that the economy is still performing far below its potential and inflation is running below the Fed’s 2 percent target.

“If we want to get back to business as usual and a normal monetary policy, we need to do that by getting the economy back to normal and that is what I hope (the Fed’s) policy will accomplish,” Yellen said.

Many economists believe the Fed will keep the purchase level unchanged at its upcoming meeting in December. Many say the Fed may not begin to scale back the program until its March meeting. That would allow the Fed more time to see if the solid job gains reported in the past three months continue.

Yellen’s remarks seemed to confirm those forecasts.

“This is a strong signal that the Fed is not going to reduce its support for the economy any time soon,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at the Martin Smith School of Business at California State University.

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New research finds high tungsten levels double stroke risk

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High levels of tungsten in the body could double the risk of suffering a stroke, a new study published in the open access journal PLOS ONE has found

High levels of tungsten in the body could double the risk of suffering a stroke, a new study published in the open access journal PLOS ONE has found.

Using data from a large US health survey, the study has shown that high concentrations of tungsten as measured in urine samples is strongly linked with an increase in the occurrence of stroke, roughly equal to a doubling of the odds of experiencing the condition.

Conducted by a team from the University of Exeter, the study represents the most comprehensive analysis to date of the potential health effects of the metal.

According to figures from the World Health Organisation, stroke is currently the second leading cause of death in the Western world, ranking only second to heart disease. It is also the leading cause of disability in adults, often resulting in loss of motor control, urinary incontinence, depression and memory loss.

The research used data from the US based National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), analysing information for 8614 participants aged between 18 and 74 over a 12 year period.

Higher tungsten levels were found to be strongly associated with an increase in the prevalence of stroke, independent of typical risk factors. Importantly, the findings show that tungsten could be a significant risk factor for stroke in people under the age of 50.

Whilst our current exposure to tungsten is thought to be very low, recent years have seen a significant increase in the demand and supply of the material – which is commonly used in consumer products such as mobile phones and computers, as well as a number of industrial and military products.

During its production, small amounts of the metal can be deposited in the environment, eventually making their way into water systems and onto agricultural land. With largely unknown health consequences, tungsten has been identified as a toxicant of emerging concern.

Lead author of the research, Dr Jessica Tyrrell, of the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health, said “Whilst currently very low, human exposure to tungsten is set to increase. We’re not yet sure why some members of the population have higher levels of the metal in their make-up, and an important step in understanding and preventing the risks it may pose to health will be to get to the bottom of how it’s ending up in our bodies.”

The tungsten-stroke relationship observed in this research highlights another example of the potentially negative impact new materials can have on health. Recent years have seen an exponential increase in the production of chemicals for commercial exploitation, including the introduction of nanotechnology. In many cases the health effects of these chemicals are largely unknown and there are few controls to prevent their discharge into the environment.

Another of the paper’s authors, Dr Nicholas Osborne, added “The relationship we’re seeing between tungsten and stroke may only be the tip of the iceberg. As numerous new substances make their way into the environment, we’re accumulating a complex ‘chemical cocktail’ in our bodies. Currently we have incredibly limited information on the health effects of individual chemicals and no research has explored how these compounds might interact together to impact human health.”


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High levels of tungsten in the body could double the risk of suffering a stroke, a new study published in the open access journal PLOS ONE has found

High levels of tungsten in the body could double the risk of suffering a stroke, a new study published in the open access journal PLOS ONE has found.

Using data from a large US health survey, the study has shown that high concentrations of tungsten as measured in urine samples is strongly linked with an increase in the occurrence of stroke, roughly equal to a doubling of the odds of experiencing the condition.

Conducted by a team from the University of Exeter, the study represents the most comprehensive analysis to date of the potential health effects of the metal.

According to figures from the World Health Organisation, stroke is currently the second leading cause of death in the Western world, ranking only second to heart disease. It is also the leading cause of disability in adults, often resulting in loss of motor control, urinary incontinence, depression and memory loss.

The research used data from the US based National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), analysing information for 8614 participants aged between 18 and 74 over a 12 year period.

Higher tungsten levels were found to be strongly associated with an increase in the prevalence of stroke, independent of typical risk factors. Importantly, the findings show that tungsten could be a significant risk factor for stroke in people under the age of 50.

Whilst our current exposure to tungsten is thought to be very low, recent years have seen a significant increase in the demand and supply of the material – which is commonly used in consumer products such as mobile phones and computers, as well as a number of industrial and military products.

During its production, small amounts of the metal can be deposited in the environment, eventually making their way into water systems and onto agricultural land. With largely unknown health consequences, tungsten has been identified as a toxicant of emerging concern.

Lead author of the research, Dr Jessica Tyrrell, of the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health, said “Whilst currently very low, human exposure to tungsten is set to increase. We’re not yet sure why some members of the population have higher levels of the metal in their make-up, and an important step in understanding and preventing the risks it may pose to health will be to get to the bottom of how it’s ending up in our bodies.”

The tungsten-stroke relationship observed in this research highlights another example of the potentially negative impact new materials can have on health. Recent years have seen an exponential increase in the production of chemicals for commercial exploitation, including the introduction of nanotechnology. In many cases the health effects of these chemicals are largely unknown and there are few controls to prevent their discharge into the environment.

Another of the paper’s authors, Dr Nicholas Osborne, added “The relationship we’re seeing between tungsten and stroke may only be the tip of the iceberg. As numerous new substances make their way into the environment, we’re accumulating a complex ‘chemical cocktail’ in our bodies. Currently we have incredibly limited information on the health effects of individual chemicals and no research has explored how these compounds might interact together to impact human health.”


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Authorities: Suspect in NJ mall shooting is dead

Officials wearing tactical gear walk outside of Garden State Plaza Mall following reports of a shooter, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Paramus, N.J. Hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on the mall Monday night after witnesses said multiple shots were fired there. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Officials wearing tactical gear walk outside of Garden State Plaza Mall following reports of a shooter, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Paramus, N.J. Hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on the mall Monday night after witnesses said multiple shots were fired there. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Officials wearing tactical gear walk outside of Garden State Plaza Mall following reports of a shooter, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Paramus, N.J. Hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on the mall Monday night after witnesses said multiple shots were fired there. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

A woman, right, is reunited with a man in the parking lot of Garden State Plaza Mall following reports of a shooter, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Paramus, N.J. Hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on the mall Monday night after witnesses said multiple shots were fired there. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

A man and woman leave the Garden State Plaza Mall with officials standing guard behind them following reports of a shooter, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Paramus, N.J. Hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on the mall Monday night after witnesses said multiple shots were fired there. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A 20-year-old gunman intent on dying fired multiple shots inside New Jersey’s largest shopping mall, trapping hundreds of customers and employees for hours as police scoured stores for the shooter, who was found dead early Tuesday of a self-inflicted wound, authorities said. There were no other injuries.

Investigators don’t believe the gunman, identified as 20-year-old Richard Shoop of Teaneck, intended to shoot anyone when he began firing at the ceiling and elsewhere at the Garden State Plaza on Monday night shortly before the mall’s closing time, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said.

“We think he went in with the intent that he was not going to come out alive,” Molinelli said.

He said Shoop was known to authorities and had had a problem with drugs, but he did not elaborate.

The prosecutor said Shoop left an ambiguous note with his family. While Molinelli would not call it a suicide note, he said it did “express that an end is coming. It could have been prison. … It could have been what he did last night. It gave his family reason to reach out to us.”

A phone message left at a Shoop residence in Teaneck was not immediately returned.

Chaos erupted shortly before the mall’s 9:30 p.m. closing time when authorities said a man dressed in black and wearing a motorcycle helmet fired six shots. Molinelli said the gun, which was modified to look like an AK-47 assault rifle, belonged to Shoop’s brother, who owned it legally and did not give his brother permission to take it.

Shoop’s body was discovered around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in a back corridor of the mall, deep within a lower level, in an area that is not accessible to the public, Paramus police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said. Shoop did not work at the mall, he said, and investigators were still trying to determine why he went there.

Witnesses said the sound of gunfire sent customers and employees rushing hysterically for the exits and hiding places at the mall, which will remain closed on Tuesday.

Jessica Stigliano, 21, of Ridgefield, who’d been in the food court, said she had thought, “Not many people run for their life, but that’s what I’m doing right now.”

Bergen County spokeswoman Jeanne Baratta said SWAT teams concentrated their search in the northeast corner of the 2.2 million-square-foot mall, near a Nordstrom store, believing the suspect might still be in the mall.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on the mall, which was put on lockdown. New Jersey State Police landed a helicopter in the parking lot and SWAT teams with K-9 units initially went through the mall and started evacuating people.

Nick Woods was working in the Lego store when a woman ran by shouting that there was a shooting.

Woods said his supervisor locked them in a back room, along with a man and a child who ran into the store. When they finally peeked out two hours later, he said they saw police officers standing outside and Woods called 911 to ask that the officers be told they were coming out.

He said the emergency operator told him she couldn’t contact individual police officers and that he should walk out with his hands in the air.

“I had to go out of the store shouting at the officers with my hands up, and they turned and pointed their guns at me,” Woods said. “It was one of the scariest experiences of my life.”

Joel Castaneda, 18, of Englewood, who was working at the Ann Taylor Loft store, also spent time locked in a back room. He said he heard several loud bangs and thought they were from construction at the mall until he saw people running.

He said people rushed into his store and locked themselves in a back room — employees and customers alike — where they pulled out cellphones to try to get news or reach loved ones.

Carlos Sinde, 36, of New York City, was alerted by fire alarms going off while he was watching previews for the 9:20 p.m. showing of the movie “Gravity” at the mall.

He said he walked into the mall where someone was saying, “I think there was a shooting,” but he didn’t take it seriously. Then, security guards ran up, urging customers to leave. He said one security guard was crying.

“Once the security guards started telling us what was going on, that’s when there was hysteria,” he said.

Early Tuesday, families were being escorted by police to a Chili’s restaurant on the outskirts of the mall area to be reunited with others who had been in the mall for hours.

Najde Waters, who works in customer service at H&M, said when they heard shots his manager and store workers followed an action plan they’d rehearsed for just such a scenario.

“We all prepare, like schools do. We have a plan where we all meet up in the back of the store and if we can exit together out the front we do, but in this case we had to exit out the back,” Waters said.

He said they went to their meeting place near a light pole.

The mall, which has more than 270 stores, is located about 15 miles northwest of Manhattan.

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UFC FN 32: Sicilia is Going “Bonus Hunting”

Although Sam Sicilia is coming off losses to Rony “Jason” and Maximo Blanco, the fighter is still known for his stopping power, thanks to the fact that five of his wins have come via knockout. That doesn’t include TKO wins that are far too often called ‘knockouts’ either. If you look at Sicilia’s record he has five victories via KO, which includes his win over Cristiano Marcello at the TUF 15 Finale last June.

At the end of the day, however, Sicilia has come up short in his last two fights, and while speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently he relayed that he’s been rushing to get a knockout. As a result, he’s looking to take a different approach in his UFC Fight Night 32 bout today with Godofredo “Pepey.”

“I have always been used to getting early KOs,” the 27 year-old said. “I know I generate a lot of power for my size especially in this weight category. So the thing that I can adjust is actually working on getting a KO over a three-round fight, rather than always looking to finish it early in the first round. The reality is when you fight tougher opponents, you have to sometimes be prepared to break them down over a few rounds to eventually get the KO.”

So, considering the power Sicilia possesses, it’s not surprising to here the fighter say he’s gunning for a fight night bonus whenever he fights.

“Lets just say I am always bonus hunting,” Sicilia said.

“I am always looking to cause serious damage (rather) than to win on points. I want to win in a fashion that I can be proud of.”

In “Pepey”, Sicilia will face a fighter who has gone 1-2 to date in the UFC, so it’s a huge bout for the featherweight as well. If you’re curious, the betting lines are somewhat conflicted as to who will win today’s scrap, although several have Sicilia as the favourite.

UFC FN 32 will go down in Goiania, Brazil and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy.com for all your UFC news and coverage.

Source: http://mmafrenzy.com/96001/ufc-fn-32-sicilia-going-bonus-hunting-versus-pepey/
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Xbox One vs PS4 Streaming Apps in One Glorious Megachart

Xbox One vs PS4 Streaming Apps in One Glorious Megachart Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One want to be way more than just your gaming console—they want to be the centerpiece of your home entertainment system. This week, we got our first look at the apps that’ll launch with both consoles. Here’s how they measure up.

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Here’s how much video game graphics have improved over 30 years

The wonderful folks at The Art of the Title specialize in putting together compilation videos of, you guessed it, title sequences. They can be from movies, from specific directors, from film franchises and so on. In this one, they’re tackling the title design of video games. You can see just how much video game graphics have improved since we all first started playing. To look at Donkey Kong and then see some of the stuff today is just incredible.

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