Lady Gaga Enlists Oprah Winfrey For Foundation Launch

Born This Way Foundation’s kickoff February 29 at Harvard University will be filmed for ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter.’
By Jocelyn Vena

<P>When <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/lady_gaga/artist.jhtml”>Lady Gaga</a> officially launches her <a href=”/news/articles/1677562/lady-gaga-born-this-way-foundation.jhtml”>Born This Way Foundation</a> on February 29, she’ll be joined by the one-time queen of daytime TV, Oprah Winfrey. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class=”player-placeholder right” title=”If Gaga Were President For A Day…” id=”vid:683376.id:1669247″ width=”240″ height=”211″></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>The singer and former talk-show host will be joined by Mother Monster’s own mother, Cynthia Germanotta, at the Harvard University event to kick off the foundation, which aims to inspire young people. The affair will be captured for a future episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on her OWN network. </P><P> </P><P>”My mother and I have initiated a passion project. We call it the <a href=”/news/articles/1673633/lady-gaga-born-this-way-foundation.jhtml”>Born This Way Foundation</a>,” Gaga said in a statement last November about the foundation, which takes its name from her hit single and album. “Together we hope to establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment.” </P><P> </P><P>The foundation will work with a number of partners, including the John D. &amp; Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the California Endowment and the Berkman Center for Internet &amp; Society at Harvard University. According to the statement, the foundation will focus on “youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change.” </P><P> </P><P>”My daughter’s foundation was born out of her passion to create a better world where people are kinder and nicer to one another and are accepted for who they are, regardless of how different they may be,” Mama Germanotta said. “She has experienced many of the struggles that our youth encounter today, and identifies with the lasting effects they can have without proper support. Together, we look forward to creating a new movement that will engage and empower youth and accept them as valuable members of our society.”</p>

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In pictures: Apple faithful already forming lines in front of Friday’s iPhone 6s launch

Marcus Barsum waits outside the Apple store in central Sydney Thursday. Reuters/David Gray

Yes, it’s that time again, when the Apple faithful/crazy line up way early to buy the next version of the iPhone, this time the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

This year, people are standing out in the elements — and sleeping there overnight — to buy a phone that looks identical to the one they already have, but with, um, an updated camera and a new kind of screen press.

Here are the lines, in cities around the world.

New York

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Above: Waiting in line in NYC (Eli Blumenthal ‏@eliblumenthal)

Apple fans line up at the "Church of Apple" in New York to buy an iPhone 6s Friday.

Above: Apple fans line up at the “Church of Apple” in New York to buy an iPhone 6s.

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San Francisco

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Periscoper Justin Harris reported that around 16 people were already camped out at the downtown San Francisco Apple Store Thursday night. Check it out here.

Boston

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Above: (Image: MacRumors)

Hamburg, Germany

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Above: “Oh man wie arm ist das denn. Wegen einem Telefon?” (Daniel Knott ‏@dnlkntt )

Sydney, Australia

Marcus Barsum waits outside the Apple store in central Sydney Thursday. Reuters/David Gray

Above: Marcus Barsum waits outside the Apple store in central Sydney Thursday. (Reuters/David Gray)

This buyer, a media exec in Australia, sent a robot proxy to wait in the line. (photo: Mashable)

Above: This buyer, a media exec in Australia, sent a robot proxy to wait in the line. (photo: Mashable)


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24 hours of the new iPhone 6S launch: Follow live

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For Apple fans, nothing is bigger than iPhone launch day.

Every year, lining up at stores for the new iPhone is a major event for the Apple faithful. And this year’s release of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus is no exception.

But the mold has changed. While people still line up, an iPhone launch in 2015 looks a lot different than it did in 2007. Mashable will be reporting ’round the clock from Sydney, Singapore, London, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles to capture the glorious anticipation. Read more…

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Amazon will reportedly launch a $50 tablet later this year

Amazon's 6" Fire HD tablet

Amazon is reportedly looking to launch a $ 50 tablet. The device will feature a 6-inch screen and go on sale in time for the holiday shopping season, according to “people familiar with the matter” cited by The Wall Street Journal.

It’s not a huge stretch to see Amazon slashing the price of its tablets even lower than they already are: After all, the online retail giant has always played a margins game. Amazon’s 6-inch tablets currently start at just $ 79 for the Kindle and $ 99 for the Fire HD.

The $ 99 price tag includes advertisements, though consumers can opt to pay $ 114 for a version without ads. It’s not clear if the $ 50 version will include ads, but it’s certainly possible.

Amazon clearly wants to attract buyers looking for the best bang for their buck, but that’s a dangerous game to play. Most tablets are already quite affordable, but a $ 50 option would mean taking even more shortcuts in terms of screen quality, durability, and battery life.

Indeed, rumor has it the $ 50 tablet will have a mono speaker, rather than stereo. As for the screen, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apparently has tried this before:

Mr. Bezos had set an internal goal of the $ 50 price tag for versions of both the Fire tablet and Kindle e-reader, viewing the rock-bottom prices as a crucial lure for a more cost-conscious group of buyers, the people said. But the e-reader screen technology from its vendors ultimately proved too expensive to drop the retail price, the people said.

To lower costs, Amazon has reportedly outsourced much of the development of the 6-inch tablet. Two firms were named: Shanghai Huaqin Telecom Technology and Taiwan’s Compal Communications.

The $ 50 device will not be Amazon’s only unveil. As always, the company will refresh its tablet line later this year. In addition to 6-inch devices, there will also reportedly be 8-inch (not new) and 10-inch tablets (this would be new).

Last month, we heard whispers that Amazon was looking to give up on making smartphones. Tablets though, are still very much on the agenda.

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