Katy Perry may be the best boss ever.

According to a report in the Daily Star, the singer dropped over half a million dollars on new cars for her five assistants. (Apparently, international superstardom requires a lot of planning and errands.)

Reportedly, the 29–year–old invested in five Fisker Karmas, each with a price tag of over $100,000. The sporty four–door sedans will help the star implement a greener lifestyle.

"They are completely electric and top of the range in car luxury but she hates the smog in the air in LA. In total she spent over half a million dollars on the cars and now her conscience is clean," a friend of Perry reportedly told the Daily Star.

The Huffington Post has reached out to Katy Perry's rep for a statement regarding the purchase.

Is technology good or bad? If we look at case law, such as Sony Corporation of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984) or, more recently, MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913 (2005), the courts have consistently deci...
Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Take a break from consuming all the beer you can handle, and watch this cool video created by the Trade of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs to honor Ireland's national day.

The video showcases some of the incredible accomplishments that have come out of the nation.

In addition to being the birthplace of 14 Oscar winners, 24 Olympic medalists and nine Nobel laureates, Ireland is also home to Europe's most charitable people, according to the World Giving Index 2013.

To learn more about Ireland's achievements, watch the video above and share it with the hashtag, #IrelandInspires.

h/t The Grand Island Independent
In today's world, holiday celebration is usually juxtaposed with whatever else is going on at the time. So it was with my celebration of Purim this year, as I was traveling into the holiday from the SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin and the Nonprof...
Fiction is one step closer to reality.

A team from the Swiss technical school Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (aka EPFL) has teamed up with French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen to develop an in-car emotion detector.

Yes, like KITT from "Knight Rider" or Herbie from "The Love Bug," cars may soon be aware of humankind's fragile emotional states.

As seen in the video above, the emotion detector uses an infrared camera located behind the car’s steering wheel to determine what emotions a driver is displaying. The system can then determine the driver's "stress level."

In particular, the system looks to see if a driver is experiencing anger or disgust -- emotions, as a news story on EPFL's website notes, that are associated with aggression. If the system is able to detect a driver displaying one or both of these emotions, it can then work “to limit a vehicle's speed, or flash and sound a warning...to calm down,” Gizmodo writes.

Of course, not everyone expresses anger and disgust in the same way. Since the emotion detector currently pieces together a driver’s emotional state from a database of images and videos depicting individuals expressing these emotions, the system’s accuracy is still in need of perfection. The EPFL news story notes the school will continue research on the device.

The Huffington Post reached out to EPFL to find out more information about the system's future but did not receive an immediate response.
If Apple devices are tallied together — Macs, iPads, iPhones and so on — the combined sales surpass those of Windows PCs for the first time. Apple’s Mac desktops and laptops may still count for a fraction of the global market for PCs, but when you tally up all the...
Romanian newspaper ZF.ro cites a report from a market research firm GfK, which says that Windows Phone now holds 10% market share in Romania. While that may not sound a lot, it's enough to outsell iOS and become the second largest platform in the EU country. Microsoft and carriers...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Street racers couldn't catch a time-traveling dog and his son at the multiplex this weekend. Though Disney's "Need for Speed" was expected to take the No. 1 position at the box office, DreamWorks' "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" took the lead, with the action film in third...
Rapper Tyler, the Creator, of the hip-hop collective Odd Future was arrested this weekend at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for a misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot earlier in the week during a South by Southwest concert. The Austin Police Department took the 23-year-old artist, born Tyler Gregory Okonma, into custody Saturday and...

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