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22 Subtly Sexy Lingerie Brands to Put On Your Radar

Elles Fashion News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:10

Perfect your under-the-dress look whether it's Valentine's Day or not.

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Entrepreneur: The Power of Positivity: 4 Social Media Marketing Tips to Improve Your Online Presence

Business Now Mag - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:00
Just ask basketball fan Eliot Robinson. He found a way to get people like Lebron James and Russell Westbrook to follow his Instagram page.
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How The Outer Worlds Lets You Play Your Way

Game Informer News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:00

Publisher: Private Division Developer: Obsidian Entertainment Release: 2019 Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

The Outer Worlds is full of different possibilities, and depending on the choices players make, their experiences with the story and gameplay could vary greatly. That’s a foundational element of the game’s design; co-directors Leonard Boyarsky and Tim Cain have been iterating on how to accommodate player choice since their days working together on the original Fallout. We talked to the duo about why this concept is so important in The Outer Worlds, and the kinds of decisions players can expect during the journey.

Broadly speaking, Obsidian wants you to play The Outer Worlds your own way, including everything from the narrative to the gameplay. “I don’t remember how we came to this formula back when we started working on Fallout, but we just looked at a bunch of games that were out at the time, and it didn’t seem you were given a lot of options in terms of playing however you wanted to play,” Boyarsky says. “There was some player choice, but it was ‘You can be the good guy this way, or you can be the good guy that way.’”

While the story does have choices and characters at different places along the good/evil spectrum, The Outer Worlds isn’t necessarily about picking a moral alignment and sticking to it. ‘It’s not “here’s the good choice, here’s the bad one,’” Cain says. “Instead, it’s like, ‘You could this or this. This will cause X, this will cause Y. You decide what you care about.’”

“But it’s not always extreme gray areas,” Boyarsky clarifies.

“What if the more evil choice has an obviously better outcome?” Cain says. “What if more people are saved by the evil choice? But it’s evil! But the result is better! Is it a worse choice? I don’t know if you can solve morality with arithmetic, but there are some things in the game where you’re like, ‘I am not sure if this is bad.’”

It all boils down to giving players options that allow them to form an entertaining and consistent vision of their character. If you want to be noble and avoid working with bad people, that’s an option. If you want to kill everybody (well, almost), you can do that too. You can say things that are nice or mean, smart or dumb. The game will track many different variables regarding your actions, so you never know how you might see your choices reflected in a given scenario.

However, don’t expect your choices in The Outer Worlds to send your character down completely divergent paths. While the context surrounding major beats may change, the game is ultimately telling a cohesive story, which means all players must eventually confront the same scenarios. For example, in the first part of the game, you need to find a power regulator for your ship. All players need to do that to progress…but they don’t need to do it the same way.

“Our story structures look like footballs, where there are all these points that everybody will pass through,” Cain says. “With the power regulator for your ship: Did you work with people? Did you buy it? There’s more than one of them out there, so which one did you take? How did you handle the people who were using it? We try to arrange our story by thinking about the points all players are going to pass through, but then we try to remember what the context was so that things in the setting change to reflect the choice you made.”

This may seem familiar to fans of choice-driven experiences, but Obsidian’s path through the choke points is one taken less often. In other titles, those events often serve as a way to reset the action – a way for the game to make something uniform happen for all players regardless of their choices to drive the story forward. “We don’t demand that those dramatic points play out in any specific way,” Boyarsky says. "This is an impactful moment, but is it impactful because you did this, or this, or this? We try to take a neutral approach to that.”

All of this is in addition to the multiple choices you are making on the gameplay front. Which skills do you invest in? How do you prefer to take out your enemies – assuming you even want to take them out at all? “We went into this thinking about hybrids,” Cain says. “There’s a stealth path, but there’s also a stealth/combat path. But what about the stealth/talker hybrid? The person who tries to talk and sneak through situations? That would be the ultimate pacifist playthrough.”

Apart from mixing the standard combat/stealth/persuasion archetypes, players can also elect to pursue a leadership-focused playstyle. This means that your individual abilities may lean more general, but you invest in skills that allow you to leverage your companions’ talents more effectively. You might do one encounter stealthily, and then by changing who you have with you, bypass the next potential encounter with persuasion. This allows you maximum flexibility – though you also lose out on the benefits that may come from maximizing a particular approach. That’s okay! There’s no optimal way to play The Outer Worlds. To play it correctly, you just need to figure out what is interesting and fun to you, and then invest in that.

“Back even before I was working in games, when I first started considering what a computer game could be, playing text games – it just felt like there was this rich world where you could do anything,” Boyarsky says. “From back when I was young, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s what a video game should be.’ So I guess I’ve never lost that crazy idea.”

 

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All the Flight Attendants on This Valentine's Day Flight Were Couples

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:49
<p>Passengers aboard British Airways’ Valentine’s Day flight to <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/buenos-aires" target="_blank">Buenos Aires</a> will, quite literally, see love in the air.</p><p>The airline has staffed Thursday’s flight BA245 with five cabin-crew couples.</p><p>Three of the couples, according to British Airways, found “love at first flight” when they met while working.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-travel-february" target="_blank">The Best Places to Travel in February</a></p><p>One couple, Carl and Nathan, have been together 13 years and have worked for the airline for the past four. They were married last <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fall-vacations/best-places-travel-november" target="_blank">November</a>. As a couple, they have traveled all over the world together: <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>, Caribbean, Turkey, Spain, and Florida while working for the airline.</p><p>“We work well together in every aspect of our lives, so working as colleagues on board is no different,” Carl said in a statement. “We’re over the (honey)moon to be showing our customers some British Airways love on this very special flight.”</p><p>Another couple, Aimee and Christopher, have worked 17 British Airways flights together. They announced their engagement last December. They said they have made their relationship work by enforcing a “no plane talk” rule at home. They advise other traveling couples to stay in “contact as much as possible over FaceTime, stay in the same time zone if possible and remember to make time for each other on your days off.”</p><p>All the couples who worked the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/romantic-hotels" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day</a> fl<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uOb9JvvCSU" target="_blank">ight will be able to enjoy a romantic getaway in Buenos Aires when they clock out.</a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uOb9JvvCSU" target="_blank">In addition to the couples’ flight, British </a>Airways surprised 100 people with free upgrades from economy to first class. Passengers who got the surprise upgrade were traveling for romantic purposes, like celebrating wedding anniversaries or visiting loved ones.</p>
Categories: Travel

This Is the Most Romantic Restaurant in the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:34
<p>In case you forgot, let us remind you that today is a very important day for lovers. Yes, my forgetful friends, it’s Valentine’s Day, which means you better hustle out to the store to grab whatever remaining flowers they have, some chocolates, and a card ASAP. But, if you’re really looking to impress your partner, you could always try to get a last-minute reservation at the most romantic restaurant in the country: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/charleston/restaurants/charleston-grill" target="_blank">The Charleston Grill</a>.</p><p>This isn’t us picking our favorites either. The Charleston Grill was named the most romantic spot by TripAdvisor, who named it as such based on millions of reviews and opinions from its users. The ranking also took into account the quality and quantity of recent reviews combined with the degree to which the property is considered romantic.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/local-experts/charleston/most-romantic-restaurants-charleston" target="_blank">Most Romantic Restaurants in Charleston</a></p><p>"As Valentine's Day is the biggest date night of the year, we have surfaced a list of TripAdvisor diners' favorite romantic restaurants in America," Bertrand Jelensperger, senior vice president for TripAdvisor Restaurants, said in a statement. </p><p>So, what makes The Charleston Grill so special? According to one diner who posted on TripAdvisor, it’s this: "From the moment you walk through the door, you feel so special. The highly trained staff is amazing and willing to meet your every need. Such a classy place with classy food. This will stay on our list of top restaurants we've been to in the U.S.!"</p><p>According to TripAdvisor, if you decide to go you simply must order the crab cake, foie gras, or the rack of lamb.</p><p>If you can’t make it to Charleston on such short notice, don’t worry, TripAdvisor’s list includes 24 more romantic restaurants around the country. Those spots include <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g31350-d1005734-Reviews-Cafe_Monarch-Scottsdale_Arizona.html" target="_blank">Café Monarch</a> in Scottsdale, Arizona; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60956-d437290-Reviews-Bohanan_s_Prime_Steak_and_Seafood-San_Antonio_Texas.html" target="_blank">Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood</a> in San Antonio, Texas; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g32847-d378387-Reviews-Le_Vallauris-Palm_Springs_Greater_Palm_Springs_California.html" target="_blank">Le Vallauris</a> in Palm Springs, California; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60811-d439092-Reviews-Charleston_Restaurant-Baltimore_Maryland.html" target="_blank">Charleston Restaurant</a> in Baltimore, Maryland; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g35394-d1315203-Reviews-Chandlers_Steakhouse-Boise_Idaho.html" target="_blank">Chandlers Steakhouse</a> in Boise, Idaho; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34439-d431886-Reviews-The_Forge_Restaurant_Steakhouse-Miami_Beach_Florida.html" target="_blank">The Forge</a> in Miami Beach, Florida; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60864-d426328-Reviews-Restaurant_August-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html" target="_blank">August</a> in New Orleans, Louisiana; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34636-d13831204-Reviews-Summer_House_Steak_Seafood-Siesta_Key_Florida.html" target="_blank">Summer House Steak &amp; Seafood</a> in Siesta Key, Florida; and <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60763-d457808-Reviews-Daniel-New_York_City_New_York.html" target="_blank">Daniel</a> in New York City. Check out the full list of the <a href="https://tripadvisor.mediaroom.com/2019-01-31-TripAdvisor-Unveils-the-Most-Romantic-Restaurants-in-America-for-Valentines-Day-2019" target="_blank">most romantic spots here</a>.</p><p>If you’re really, really, looking to take things over the top you could always book a first-class flight for you and your honey to the Southern <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/italian-ghosttown-airbnb-rentals" target="_blank">Italian town</a> of Polignano a Mare, where you’ll find what might just be the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/italian-cave-restaurant-Grotta-Palazzese" target="_blank">most romantic restaurant in the world</a>. Because you’ll do just about anything for love, right?</p>
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Entrepreneur: 15 Businesses You Can Start for $10,000 or Less

Business Now Mag - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:25
Review these best business ideas for entrepreneurs on a budget.
Categories: Business

Entrepreneur: 10 Ways to Make Money While You Sleep

Business Now Mag - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:24
This is much, much better than staying awake worried how you'll make a buck.
Categories: Business

Samsung Quits 4K Blu-ray Player Market

Forbes News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:13
And so ends a pretty bad week for the 4K Blu-ray format
Categories: Business

Experimental Gastronomy Arrives in NYC

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:00
Four chefs and 15 artists will collaborate during two experimental dinners with a 9-course vegan tasting menu and out of this world tableware. Book a spot!
Categories: Restaurants

Here's One Sentence That Will Dramatically Increase Your Career Success

Forbes News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:20
I’d like to share the unbelievably simple thing to say to get what you want in your career: just ask for it! Yes, it's that simple.
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Ciara Shares Steamy Pics, Enjoys Dreamy Vacation With Russell Wilson on Valentine's Day

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:00
The couple is treated to the view of 'dancing' whales while aboard a yacht on a romantic trip, after the NFL player shows off their new Mercedes SUVs.
Categories: Celebrity

America's Test Kitchen offers Proof of Food Podcast Success

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:00
After just nine episodes, America's Test Kitchen's podcast Proof's success shows the appetite for food-related audio content and podcasts continues to grow.
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2019 BMW i8 Formula E safety car looks awesome

Auto Blog News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:50

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Amazon leads $700 million investment in Rivian

Auto Express News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:40
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Sales giant Amazon invest in electric start-up Rivian, which plans to release pick-up and seven-seat SUV by late 2020

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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock fights for pickup truck buyers on a budget

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:35
With its 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock, Ram revives an historic name for a special edition of its last-generation pickup truck. While there's a redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck in dealers, the Warlock package is exclusively available on the old model that was renamed Ram 1500 Classic for the 2019 model year. The 1500 Classic Warlock that was...
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Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages Cruises Are Officially Open for Booking — and You Need to See the Beach Club

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:30
<p>If anyone knows how to pump us up for cruising, it’s Richard Branson.</p><p>The serial entrepreneur has been busy over the last few months teasing out the launch of his latest venture, Virgin Voyages. Over that time we learned a bit about the cruise itself (it’s adults-only, high-end, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/virgin-voyages-cruise-ships-new-sleek-design" target="_blank">pure luxury</a>), the rooms (hello, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/virgin-voyages-luxury-rockstar-suites" target="_blank">suites</a>!), and the food on board (passengers will truly get a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/virgin-voyages-dining-options" target="_blank">taste of the world over</a>).</p><p>And now, the time has finally come. Today, Feb. 14, marks the first day cruisers — known as “sailors” on Virgin Voyages — can book a getaway on its first ship, the Scarlet Lady, which sets sail on April 1. Travelers can also book cruises through October 25, 2020.</p><p>“I’ve dreamed of starting my own cruise line since I was in my 20s, and now the launch is finally getting close,” Branson said in a statement. “We have taken the time to think about every detail and craft an experience that brings the Virgin brand to life and disrupts the travel industry.”</p><img alt="Virgin Voyages - Beach Club Bimini "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550088055/the-manor-virgin-voyages-VIRGVOY0219.jpg?itok=1K6EyoAN"><p>While the booking announcement is certainly exciting, Branson took it a step further by announcing several more stellar updates including the fact that all Virgin Voyages will feature The Beach Club, a Virgin Voyages experience in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/bimini-bahamas-things-to-do" target="_blank">Bimini, Bahamas</a>. At the club, sailors can enjoy one perfect beach day, or explore the island instead.</p><img alt="Virgin Voyages - Beach Club Bimini "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550088055/beach-club-bimini-VIRGVOY0219.jpg?itok=6KCt_XQ5"><p>On board the vessel, the company announced, sailors will also get access to completely original events developed by some of the world’s most talented creators.</p><p>“From modern takes on classic stories to interactive dance parties and off-the-wall participatory acts, the experiences will break down the fourth wall and push the boundaries of traditional stage performances,” Virgin reps shared in a statement. “Virgin Voyages’ entertainment that goes beyond Broadway with first run, experiences that have never been seen before on land or at sea.”</p><img alt="Virgin Voyages - Beach Club Bimini "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550088055/beach-bimini-virgin-voyages-VIRGVOY0219.jpg?itok=qIzsLwLs"><p>But, perhaps best of all, the company announced sailors could have the opportunity to travel with Branson himself for his epic birthday bash. Guests are invited to book a four-night journey on its Havana After Dark voyage departing July 15, 2020.</p><p>What are you doing still reading this? Go <a href="http://www.virginvoyages.com/" target="_blank">book your Virgin Voyages getaway now</a>.</p>
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