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Sure Why Not: Al Roker Debuts Weather-Themed Game for iPhone

Al Roker poses with fellow app creators Katie Linendoll and Steve Lunny. (Facebook)

Because you’re not officially a celeb these days until you’ve slapped your name on some crappy app, TODAY Show host and noted White House pooper Al Roker now has a weather-themed iPhone game.

The cheesy-looking app, called Al’s Weather Rokies, is based on the fateful day in 2013 when Mr. Roker overslept for the first time in his decades-long career, a press release explains. Here’s the premise of the game, which promises to be both “addictive” and occasionally indicative of actual weather conditions. How nifty: Read More

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Mandela Funeral Interpreter Stars In New App Commercial — Exclusive Interview

Mr. Jantjie, pro actor. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Remember Thamsanqa Jantjie, the interpreter who used phony sign language at Nelson Mandela’s funeral? He’s now the star of a new commercial for an Israeli streaming app.

“I want to be a professional actor,” Mr. Jantjie told Betabeat when we spoke with him over the phone this morning. “[Being famous] was my dream since I was a little boy.”

In the commercial, an enthusiastic Mr. Jantjie announces that he’s sorry for what happened at the funeral, and that he’s going to make it up to the world by entertaining everyone with appearances in ad campaigns. He then goes on to introduce Livelens, a new app that lets users stream live video to their friends and followers. Read More

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Marlee Matlin on the FCC’s Feeble Attempts at Online Closed Captioning

Ms. Matlin (Getty)

For some of us, it’s all too easy to get lost in a seven-hour Netflix marathon, but for the deaf and hearing impaired, getting through a single episode of an online TV show can be nearly impossible. Captions on the web are often inaccurate and unreliable — but new regulations going into effect this week will hopefully change things.

Last week, Betabeat met with Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who’s been deaf since she was 18 months old. She told us a frustrating story from three years ago, about the time she’d tried to stream a CNN video about the unveiling of the Hellen Keller statue at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. Read More

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Randi Zuckerberg and AIPAC Celebrate NYC Tech at Gansevoort Hotel

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Ms. Zuckerberg discusses her background as a cantor-in-training. (Photo via AIPAC)

If anyone’s got a busy schedule, it’s Randi Zuckerberg. The 32-year-old just wrapped up a guest-starring run in Broadway’s Rock of Ages; authored a best-selling book, Dot Complicated, and a children’s tome, Dot.; works as founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media; and is mother to a son.

Somehow, she took time off on March 31 to help promote AIPAC’s new technology division, along with Betabeat.

Ms. Zuckerberg got her start in the tech industry thanks to her brother, Mark Zuckerberg, who started Facebook, a social networking company you might have heard of by now. Read More

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Who Would Buy an Ashton Kutcher Themed Lenovo Phone?

This is the profile picture on Mr. Kutcher's Facebook page. Pretty sure he's not using a Lenovo phone. (Facebook)

As part of his fervent, ongoing mission to prove he’s the tech-iest tech person in all the land, Ashton Kutcher will be designing a line of special edition phones for Lenovo.

In case you haven’t been keeping up with Mr. Kutcher’s burgeoning career, the Butterfly Effect actor technological innovator joined Lenovo as a “product engineer” in late 2013, with the goal of making the company’s products “as consumer friendly as possible.” Part of the role evidently has involved designing this new line of phones, which Recode reports will be released later this year.  Read More

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Sheryl Sandberg to Release ‘Lean In For Graduates’ For The Hannah Horvath in Your Life

(Photo: Girls Wikia)

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Succeed sold 1.5 million copies worldwide, and she’s now retooling it for recent college graduates, USA Today reports. The new addition will include a letter from the author and “six new chapters from experts.”

If Ms. Sandberg needs any help coming up with ideas, she should look no further than HBO’s Girls, which provides myriad examples of what not to do right after you’ve graduated, if you’re the type who wants or needs an actual career. Read More

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Blake Lively’s New Lifestyle Site ‘Will Be a Site. But Not Necessarily Lifestyle.’

Does this person look like a lifestyle blogger to you?!?! (Yes. The answer is yes.) (Photo: Getty)

Blake Lively is a celebrity with such a bland persona, this interview from New York Magazine’s The Cut blog starts out, “Blake Lively walks into the room, chewing.”

What could be less exciting? “Blake Lively lies still, breathing.” That’s it. That’s the only less exciting activity.

Still, we are talking about her. This time, it’s because she’s starting a lifestyle website that isn’t a lifestyle website. She announced it in September by saying to Vogue, “The main element of it is that it’s about storytelling and it’s about living a very one-of-a-kind, curated life, and how to achieve that. There’s nothing like it out there – it’s without a genre.” Read More

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Ryan Seacrest Is Investing Millions Into a Keyboard Startup Because He Can’t Type On His iPhone

Ryan and his iPhone. (Photo: Instagram)

Portable television host Ryan Seacrest has the epitome of a “first world problem.” He carries around two phones, with one being not an iPhone because he finds it too difficult to type on the Apple devices. So, as one does, he invested millions in a startup that assembles keyboard accessories for iPhones. The rich problem solve just like us! Read More