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Bitcoin bond launch brings digital currency step closer to ‘world of high finance’ – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

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ScreenDrive: Volvo’s take on the touchscreen actually makes sense – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cars have become expensive rolling gadgets, full of screens, speakers, and sensors — but are they actually good gadgets? In our new series, ScreenDrive, we’ll review cars just like any other device, starting with the basics of what they’re like to use. If you know anything about Volvo, you know this: it makes safe cars. The company has spent decades working on that goal and making sure you know about…

Why Apple’s iPhone 7 Headphones Don’t Work on the Latest MacBook – Lifehacker

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Image credit: Stephen Lam/Getty Recently, a new staff member started at Lifehacker. She booted up her brand-new, company-issued MacBook Pro, and went to plug in her EarPods to listen to some tunes while she worked. She was met with the same baffling conundrum as other Apple die-hards who rush to procure the latest release: Why the hell can’t you use the iPhone 7’s Lightning connector headphones with the new MacBook…

Apple Now Selling Refurbished 2017 27-Inch iMac Models – Mac Rumors

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Apple today updated its online store for refurbished products to add the new 27-inch iMac models that were first released in June of 2017. This is the first time those particular machines have been available through the refurbished store since their introduction at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. The iMacs feature Kaby Lake processors, faster SSDs, and AMD discrete graphics. Apple has a dozen refurbished iMac models available at the…

An old friend shows its age – CNET

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Apple‘s MacBook Air is as close to iconic as a piece of consumer technology gets. It’s the single laptop model you’re most likely to see everywhere, from college campuses to airports to coffee shops and even offices. And it’s been that way for a very long time. That’s the problem. Not counting an incremental spec bump in mid-2017, this is still internally almost the same MacBook Air as the last…

2017 MacBook Deals: High-end 15" for $2549 ($250 off); 512GB 13" Touch Bar for $1824 ($175 off); 12" MacBook for … – AppleInsider (press release) (blog)

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shoppers looking for deals on Apple’s latest Mid 2017 models can take advantage of bonus coupon savings in addition to already reduced pricing this week. Pick up the high-end 15″ MacBook Pro with Radeon 560 graphics for $2,549 or the 512GB 13″ Touch Bar for $1,824 ($175 off). The 12″ MacBook is also $100 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. High-end 2017 15″ MacBook Pro for $2,549 15″…

Van Hits Pedestrians in Deadly Barcelona Terror Attack – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

In the past year, the Islamic State has devoted resources to translating their channels and messages into Spanish. Although countries like France and Britain have repeatedly been named in Islamic State propaganda urging followers to plan and stage attacks, Spain has been less in the cross hairs. The country has, however, been a transit point for recruits of the militant group, both for those going to Syria and those returning….

Trump ‘Sad’ Over Removal of ‘Our Beautiful Statues’ – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Many people who do not identify as white supremacists support keeping the monuments as a connection to their history and heritage. A NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll on Monday and Tuesday of 1,125 adults showed 86 percent of the Republicans surveyed thought Confederate statues should remain in place as a symbol of history. Mr. Trump’s tweets came the morning after his personal lawyer forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and…

Bob Corker just went there on Trump’s ‘competence’ – CNN

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

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OkCupid kicks out white supremacist Chris Cantwell: ‘There is no room for hate’ – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was on OkCupid. Within 10 minutes we banned him for life. — OkCupid (@okcupid) August 17, 2017 After a Vice documentary about last weekend’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville featured white supremacist Chris Cantwell, he was banned from Facebook. And on Thursday, he was kicked off OkCupid as well. The online dating site announced the decision via Twitter and followed up by…

Top two officers and other sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald to be disciplined following deadly collision at sea – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Damage to the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald is seen as the vessel is berthed at its mother port in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, on June 18, 2017. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images) The top two officers and the top enlisted sailor who were aboard the destroyer USS Fitzgerald are among about a dozen sailors who will face discipline following an early-morning collision June 17 that killed seven crew members, a senior…

Microsoft: Here’s When You Can Find Out About Xbox One X Pre-Orders – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Credit: Microsoft Xbox One X Console and Controller. In a video game world where the Internet is prone to break over teasers of trailers of betas of games, it isn’t surprising that today’s convoluted announcement from Microsoft does, in fact, count as important news. Despite having been revealed a few months ago at E3 and coming out in November, the Xbox One X still hasn’t been made available for pre-order,…

Report: Trump’s lawyer circulates email with secessionist rhetoric – CBS News

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

The man leading President Trump’s legal team forwarded an email to conservative government officials and journalists that praised Confederate General Robert R. Lee and was written by someone who runs several websites alleging conspiracy theories, according to The New York Times. John Dowd, one of the president’s attorneys, forwarded an email with the subject line, “The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville” whose substance was reminiscent of secessionist Civil…

Keep the Internet’s Backbone Free From Censorship – Bloomberg

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

It was inevitable that the fallout from violent protests in Virginia organized by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups would extend to the virtual world of the web. The internet is our modern commons. But the past few days have shown how fast we can glide down the slippery slope to web censorship. Facebook and Twitter were perfectly within their rights, legally and ethically, when they banned accounts of certain hate…

Microsoft forced to Photoshop penis out of Bing homepage – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bing.com, Microsoft’s search engine, always features an image on its homepage. It changes every day. Today, Bing is displaying the gorgeous beach on Brač Island in Croatia. Seriously, this beach is dreamy: Bing Right? So nice. But developer Andrew Lyle noticed an odd shape carved into the white pebble sand. Say what? Let’s take a closer look. Bing Bing Bing Bing Bing Bing Yeah, that’s definitely a penis. I’d like…

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on Free Speech, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet Addiction. – WIRED

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

I sat down with Kevin Systrom, the CEO of Instagram, in June to interview him for my feature story, “Instagram’s CEO Wants to Clean Up the Internet,” and for “Is Instagram Going Too Far to Protect Our Feelings,” a special that ran on CBS this week. It was a long conversation, but here is a 20-minute overview in which Systrom talks about the artificial intelligence Instagram has been developing to…

ScreenDrive: Volvo’s take on the touchscreen actually makes sense – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cars have become expensive rolling gadgets, full of screens, speakers, and sensors — but are they actually good gadgets? In our new series, ScreenDrive, we’ll review cars just like any other device, starting with the basics of what they’re like to use. If you know anything about Volvo, you know this: it makes safe cars. The company has spent decades working on that goal and making sure you know about…

Steve Jurvetson on why the digital divide needs to be addressed now – TechCrunch

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Steve Jurvetson took possession of the fifth Model 3 to roll off the assembly line at the end of July. That kind of pull isn’t surprising. The powerful cofounder of DFJ was among the first investors in Tesla Motors. And SpaceX. And more billion-dollar bets than nearly any other venture capitalist working today. In fact, most in Silicon Valley would agree that Jurvetson, who graduated from Stanford at the top…

Bronx men charged with cell phone larceny in Stamford – The Advocate

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

STAMFORD-Two Bronx men were charged with trying to purchase two expensive cell phones by charging them to an account they had no right using, police said. Sgt. Simon Blanc said police were called to the Sprint Store in the Bulls Head Shopping Center at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the report of someone impersonating an account holder while trying to purchase two cell phones. Police arrived at the store and…

Trump mourns loss of ‘beautiful statues and monuments’ in wake of Charlottesville rally over Robert E. Lee statue – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

President Trump on Thursday mourned the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville during a white supremacist demonstration protesting the planned removal of a statue depicting Confederate military commander Robert E. Lee. Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August…