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Microsoft’s New Website Tries to Guess Your Age

Don't worry if it's a bit off

If you’ve ever wondered how old you look in pictures, Microsoft has just developed an addictive new website that offers the answer. The site, how-old.net, takes data from an uploaded image to determine the subject’s age and gender.

According to Microsoft’s Machine Learning blog, the project started as a simple experiment among Microsoft engineers. They were “playing around” with new face detection software and decided to ask a couple hundred people to try it out and tell them what they thought. Within hours, the experiment had reached 30,000 people curious about whether a simple Internet site could accurately read their face.

Using existing Microsoft APIs, or application program interfaces, the engineers combined a program that detects information about faces in a photograph with tools that embed search results and location data.

Don’t sweat it if the site gets your age wrong—different pictures elicit different results, so you can always try again.

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President Obama to Nominate Gayle E. Smith as USAID Chief

Gayle Smith, special assistant to President Obama and senior director at the National Security Council, speaks during the Society for International Development (SID) World Congress in Washington, DC
Jewel Samad—AFP/Getty Images Gayle Smith, special assistant to President Obama and senior director at the National Security Council, speaks during the Society for International Development (SID) World Congress in Washington, DC, on July 29, 2011.

Currently serves as a senior director on the National Security Council

President Obama announced Thursday he would nominate Gayle E. Smith to head up the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. Smith currently serves as the senior director for development and democracy on the President’s National Security Council.

In a statement, President Obama said he has “no doubt” Smith can use the experience she’s had leading international development and humanitarian crisis response missions at NSC in a role as the USAID Administrator.

“Gayle’s energy and passion have been instrumental in guiding America’s international development policy, responding to a record number of humanitarian crises worldwide, and ensuring that development remains at the forefront of the national security agenda at a time when USAID is more indispensable than ever,” Obama said, urging the Senate to “act quickly” on her nomination to succeed current USAID chief Rajiv Shah.

The announcement comes just as the work of USAID is being put to much needed use. The department’s disaster and recovery team landed in Nepal on Wednesday, where they’re joining in the global effort to help survivors of Saturday’s massive earthquake.

If confirmed, Smith will have to face crisis such as the Nepal earthquake as well as the impact of infectious diseases like Ebola. USAID is leading the U.S. government response to outbreak of the deadly virus in West Africa where efforts have shifted to controlling spread to getting new infections down to zero.

That’s not to say USAID hasn’t had its misses—the organization was blasted for leading an effort to convince young Cubans to lead an uprising against their leader Raul Castro. The effort proved largely unsuccessful.

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Watch This 6th Grader Cut Off President Obama for Talking Too Much

Somebody get this kid a talk show.

“Mr. President, let’s move on to the next question,” is not something you hear that often in Washington, especially not on friendly panel discussions. But Osman Yahya is not your typical presidential interviewer; he’s a sixth-grader.

President Obama sat down with a group of students Thursday to talk about a new initiative to get more kids to read, but the Maryland middle schooler stole the show with a brisk demeanor and pointed questions. His decision to cut off one of Obama’s characteristically long-winded answers won plaudits on social media.

When a student asked Obama to explain how he gets writer’s block, Yahya asked him to first explain what writer’s block is. When a second-grade class asked the president whether he enjoyed reading, Yahya pointed out that the president had already answered that question and moved along to the next question. When the president began to wax poetic about his love for reading, Osman stopped him. “I think you’ve sort of covered everything about that question,” said Yahya, a student at Bennett Middle School in Salisbury, Md.

The interview was the highlight of a “virtual field trip” hosted by Discovery Education as a part of their “Of The People” series which gets kids across the country an inside look at how leaders in Washington work and make decisions. The focus of Thursday’s discussion was a White House effort to get more kids access to libraries.

But even Washington reporters had to admit, it was Yahya’s show all the way.

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President Obama Says There Is ‘No Excuse’ for Violence in Baltimore

Barack Obama
Jacquelyn Martin—AP President Barack Obama speaks about recent unrest in Baltimore during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 28, 2015, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

“They’re not protesting. They’re not making a statement"

President Obama condemned Monday night’s violent riots in Baltimore on Tuesday, saying there was “no excuse” for the looting and attacks on police, while also calling for the country to focus on addressing the larger issues of race and policing.

Obama began by expressing condolences to the family of Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal injury he sustained while in police custody earlier this month, and offering prayers for the police officers who were injured during Monday afternoon’s demonstrations. Following Gray’s funeral on Monday, rioters set more than 100 cars and 15 buildings on fire, at least 20 police officers were hurt and nearly 200 people were arrested.

“There is no excuse for that kind of violence,” Obama said during an unrelated press conference on the White House’s South Lawn with the Japanese Prime Minister. “It’s counterproductive.”

“They’re not protesting. They’re not making a statement,” Obama said of the looters who ravaged businesses and started fires. “They’re stealing…they’re committing arson.”

The President also called out the news media for focusing on the violent actions of Monday, rather than the days of peaceful protests on the streets of Baltimore that followed Gray’s death. Obama called the violence a “distraction” from the important conversations that should follow Gray’s death. Obama also praised community leaders and clergy members who returned to the streets on Tuesday to clean up and offer food to kids who were out of school.

“They deserve credit for that,” Obama said.

Tuesday’s statement was the latest in a series of moments where the nation’s first black president has been called to address violence and distrust between communities of color and law-enforcement. Civil rights leaders told Politico that the nation is in a state of “crisis” and that Washington too often ignores the lack of trust and anger that permeates many parts of the country on these issues.

Gray’s death followed others that involved police and attracted widespread attention, including Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and most recently, Walter Scott. The President has at times been criticized for his administration’s response to the deaths, which has generally focused on asking local communities and police forces to work harder to find common ground.

On Tuesday, Obama said he can’t “federalize every police force” in the country, but his administration is working with local police to build better relationships. Late last year, the President enlisted a task force to address policing. He sent former Attorney General Eric Holder to communities and police departments, and has promoted the work of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address wider issues involving young men of color. But on Tuesday, he also called on the nation as a whole do some “soul searching.”

“This is not new. This has been going on for decades,” he said, noting that cycles of poverty and violence persist in urban communities. The President hopes to improve the situation with early education, job training and criminal justice reform, but added that he is “under no illusion that out of this Congress we’re going to get massive investments in urban communities.”

“If our society really wanted to solve the problem,we could. It’s just that it would require everybody saying this is important. This is significant. And that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns,” Obama said.

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Here’s Everything You Want to Know About Tuesday’s State Dinner

Barack Obama, Shinzo Abe
Jacquelyn Martin—AP President Barack Obama hosts a state arrival ceremony for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, April 28, 2015, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

From what they'll eat to what they'll eat it on to who's singing after dinner

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host their eighth state dinner on Tuesday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie.

Following a day of press conferences and pomp, the Obama’s will hold the dinner to “mirror the celebration of springtime in Washington, D.C..” The dinner itself is designed to show Japanese-American fusion, with guest chef Masharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame, who was formally trained in Japan but grew to prominence at Nobu in New York.

It’ll be quite the affair, to say the least. And here’s everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about it.

The décor

The windows of 1600 Pennsylvania will be decorated with crystal curtains meant to embody both springtime rain and the fleeting beauty of the area’s cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms have been sprucing up the National Mall at the beginning of spring since Japan gifted two trees to the United States in 1912. The more than 300 guests to Tuesday’s dinner will be served on new china outfitted with a band of “Kailua Blue,” chosen by the First Lady as a nod to the cool Pacific waters of Hawaii. The 11-piece setting also includes a recreation of decoration that appears on china purchased by President James Madison. The china will be used for the first time on Tuesday.

The meal

The Obamas will toast their guests with a round of Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo sake, a renowned brew of the rice-based alcohol. The first course is a “Toro Tartare and Caesar Sashimi Salad” that the White House says will come “wrapped in a clear acetate and tied with a Mizuhuki cord emulating a gift to be opened.” They’ll follow it up with a “Vegetable Consomme En Croute and Shikai Maki” and a Main Course of “American Wagyu Beef Tenderloin” served with spring vegetables and a 2010 Morlet Pinot Noir. For dessert, silken tofu and soymilk custard cake served with fresh fruit and syrup made from honey from the south grounds. They’ll end the meal with a “sip of tea,” a petit four formation styled in honor of Japanese tea and cherry blossoms.

The entertainment

The Obama’s will end Tuesday’s dinner party with a performance by the singers and stars of the Broadway hit-turned-film Jersey Boys. The film’s stars including Erich Bergen and Vincent Piazza will join John Lloyd Young, Michael Lomenda, and Tommy Faragher of stage productions in song.

The guests

TBD! The White House has not yet released the official guest list.

TIME celebrities

Alice Eve Says Bruce Jenner Is ‘Playing at Being a Woman’

EE BAFTAs 2015 Official After Party
LIA TOBY/N&S SYNDICATION—AP Alice Eve at The EE British Academy Film Awards in London, England on February 8, 2015.

The comments were quickly denounced as bigoted and she walked them back

Star Trek actress Alice Eve apologized in a statement to Entertainment Weekly for saying former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner is “playing at being a woman.” The actress made the comment in a now-deleted Instagram post about the newly-out transgender woman that she later deleted.

“I deeply apologize for offending anyone. I support equal rights and equal dignity for all. I have deep compassion and support for Bruce Jenner,” Eve said in a statement to EW. “My intention was not to offend. My intention was simply to express that, with the overdue and welcome acceptance of us all living on a gender spectrum, we must encourage equality for all.”

In an interview last week, Jenner revealed that he had been struggling with his gender identity throughout his entire life and now considers himself a woman.

But Eve wasn’t as supportive as many other celebrities have been.

“If you were a woman no on would have heard of you because women can’t compete in the decathlon,” she wrote in a deleted Instagram post, the BBC reports.

“Until women are paid the same as men, then playing at being a ‘woman’ while retaining the benefits of being a man is unfair,” she added.

Eve’s followers quickly denounced the comments as bigoted, and she deleted the post.

“I do agree that the struggle for transgenders is unique and horrific,” she said in follow-up posts.“However, I do want to also support a cause I strongly believe in, the right for women to have equal rights to men.”

She later tried to clarify further: “I’m not saying by identifying they are negatively impacting feminism, I am saying we have to refine the language on this topic so all men, women, and transgenders are accurately represented in their process of self-identification. … Maybe this needs a little thought.”

She then posted the following images.

#EqualPay #EqualRights

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A photo posted by Alice Eve (@aliceseve) on


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Rob Dyrdek Proposes to His Girlfriend in True Fairytale Fashion

The happy couple got engaged at the happiest place on earth

There was nothing “ridiculous” about MTV host Rob Dyrdek’s epic fairytale proposal over the weekend.

The Ridiculousness host whisked his girlfriend onstage at a live performance of Aladdin at Disneyland, which just happens to be her favorite show. After inconspicuously slipping away from the performance, Dyrdek reappeared riding a prop elephant. The show’s gracious genie granted the stage crasher three wishes—the last of which was to make Bryiana Noelle Flores his wife.

She said yes!

The whole ordeal is on display on Dyrdek’s social media accounts, which also shows the happy couple soaking up the sun in the Caribbean.

TIME Food & Drink

How to Get Free 12 Krispy Kreme Donuts Today

A box of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. doughnuts is arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C.
Andrew Harrer—Bloomberg/Getty Images A box of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. doughnuts is arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., June 17, 2013.

It's all for 'National Superhero Day'

In the mood for a dozen donuts on Tuesday? Well, you’re in luck because in honor of National Superhero Day, Krispy Kreme is giving away a dozen glazed with any purchase of a dozen donuts.

What’s more, if you take a photo with your “hero” at any Krispy Kreme shop or with a donut, you can enter to win free donuts for life.

TIME Food & Drink

Just When You Thought This Starbucks Treat Couldn’t Get Any Better Now It’s Got a Cookie Straw


S'mores Frappuccino, meet your tasty new straw

The Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino debuts on Tuesday, and the blended treat is getting an even sweeter addition: Now you can stick a “cookie straw” in your blended beverage to really round out your sugar high.

The rolled wafer, lined with chocolate, will be available for $0.95, with limited numbers being given away free with the new frap.

The new Frappuccino comes layered with marshmallow infused whipped cream, milk chocolate sauce, coffee, milk and ice, and a graham cracker crumble.

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Michelle Keegan Named ‘Sexiest Woman’ in the World by FHM

Michelle Keegan Previews Her Lipsy Love Summer Collection - Photocall
Tim P. Whitby—Getty Images Michelle Keegan attends a photocall to launch her Lipsy Loves Summer collection at Ham Yard Hotel on February 10, 2015 in London.

The men's magazine releases its annual list

Men’s magazine FHM released its list of the 100 “Sexiest Women in the World” on Monday and actress Michelle Keegan tops the list.

The English actress got her start in the soap opera Coronation and most recently appeared on the BBC drama Ordinary Lies.

Other women on the list include model and reality television star Kendall Jenner, actor Jennifer Lawrence, and model Kate Upton.

See the entire list at FHM

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