Engadget Daily: Samsung’s all-metal phone, a Wii U eulogy and more!

A lot can happen between the time and the sun rises and sets — especially in the future we live in. So, what’s new ’round these parts? Well, Samsung debuted super thin, all-metal smartphones; our Joseph Volpe penned a eulogy for Nintendo’s Wii U and…

VIDEO: ‘Crowds demand general steps down’

Protesters in Burkina Faso are demanding that President Compaore’s replacement Gen Traore step down, reports Laeila Adjovi from Ougadougou.

Contextly Expands Its Content Recommendation Platform To Include Videos And For-Sale Products, Too

contextly With the latest expansion of its content recommendation tools, startup Contextly isn’t just pointing visitors to relevant articles, but videos and products, too.
Co-founder and CEO Ryan Singel (a former editor at Wired) told me that this is “doubling down” on the company’s current strategy. Read More

Music Review: Bobby Shmurda, Young Jeezy and T.I. at Powerhouse

Power 105’s Powerhouse concert on Thursday in Brooklyn presented a lineup of rising talent, and bigger stars like Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy and T.I.



Aasif Mandvi Backs Michael Che After Insensitive Instagram Post

Michael Che made headlines earlier in the week after comparing, in an Instagram post, women being catcalled to him being recognized as a celebrity in public. Che understandably received some backlash and offered a sarcastic apology Wednesday.

In a HuffPost Live interview Friday, comedian and fellow “Daily Show” colleague Aasif Mandvi backed Che, saying that sometimes being edgy goes a little far and Che meant no harm.

“I know Michael, he’s a good guy,” Mandvi told host Marc Lamont Hill. “I think he’s probably just pushing the envelope of comedy.”

Mandvi is set to return to the “Daily Show” soon, while Che just left his post there to become a co-anchor on “Weekend Update.”

“When you’re a standup comic, you get up and you try stuff, and you’re always kind of seeing how far you can push things. And I think he did say something where he said, ‘I was making fun of things that … other people might consider sacred in some way,’ or words to that effect, which then gave me an insight into what he was, I think, attempting to do, which was be a comic and talk about things in a way maybe the culture at large is uncomfortable with,” Mandvi continued. “You do want to talk about things people are uncomfortable talking about, or it’s too sacred or religion or whatever, and you want to push that envelope, so maybe he was doing that and his audience gave him the response that he got.”

Watch the rest of the clip above, and catch the full HuffPost Live conversation here.

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Ryan Murphy Confirms All ‘American Horror Story’ Seasons Are Connected

Following months of speculation, Ryan Murphy has confirmed that all seasons of “American Horror Story” are connected. Murphy revealed the news during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, published on Friday:

They’re all connected. We’re just beginning to tell you how they’re connected. They’re all very separate but there’s clues every season that we’re now telling you how the different worlds are intertwined.

Murphy’s words are music to the ears of fans who have speculated for months about ties between the show’s four seasons. Back in July, it was revealed that Naomi Grossman’s Pepper, from Season 2’s “Asylum,” would return for the current season, “Freak Show.” In keeping with the Season 2 theme, Lily Rabe will reappear on the anthology series as her “Asylum” character, Sister Mary Eunice, for an upcoming “Freak Show” episode. Sites such as Vulture found many other connections between the four seasons, as did Reddit users. (One fan theory is that Season 5 could be about Area 51 and aliens, which would tie that forthcoming run to “Asylum” as well.)

“Part of the fun of the show is the Rubik’s cube design of it, but, yes, there are purposeful connections, character connections, and similarities and things that connect that we’ll continue to connect moving forward,” Murphy told EW.com.

One of these clues is the scene where the character Maggie (Emma Roberts) is handed a coffee cup and there is a close up on a top hat, which the show creator confirmed is actually a clue for Season 5. Start your guessing now …

For the full interview with Murphy, head to EW.com.

“AHS: Freak Show” airs Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX.

CrunchWeek: Google Hunts For Cancer, Microsoft’s Fitness Band, And Kim Kardashian Goes To A Tech Conference

crunchweek Alex Wilhelm, Kyle Russell and I discuss Google[x]‘s new nanoparticle project to hunt down cancerous cells, Alex shows off his shiny new fitness tracker from Microsoft, and the scary comments we received after Kim Kardashian showed up at a tech conference.
Also, Happy Halloween! We all put on cat ears just for you. Read More