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HP releases its education Chromebook to the public

Back in March, Google announced a new Chromebook for schools built by HP called the Chromebook x360 11 G1 Education Edition. Now it’s making that Chromebook available to the public, with a shorter name to boot: the HP Chromebook x360.

The x360 is a rugged laptop just like its education counterpart. It features a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage. The 11.6-inch HD Gorilla Glass touchscreen display should hold up to wear and tear, and there is a pair of USB-C ports and USB 3.0 ports, as well as a microSD card reader.

HP says the laptop should last over 11 hours on a single charge. It will come in smoke grey and snow white. The HP Chromebook x360 is available today for $299 from…

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Apple Pay Cash and iCloud message sync won’t arrive with iOS 11 launch

Apple is launching iOS 11 today, but some features won’t make it onto the new operating system until later, as noted by MacRumors. These include Apple Pay Cash and Messages in iCloud. Messages in iCloud, which allows iMessages to be removed from your device and stored in iCloud to save space, was removed from iOS 11 beta 5 in August, though Apple has said the feature will be re-released in a future update.

Apple Pay is also due out later this fall with an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4. The feature includes Apple Pay Cash, a kind of digital debit card that allows users to send and receive money via iMessage. That money is received onto the Apple Pay Cash card in Apple Wallet, and users have access to that money instantly. It’s…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16332802/apple-ios-11-missing-apple-pay-cash-icloud-message

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Study shows mainstream press condemns Nazis and anti-racist activists at comparable rates

FAIR surveyed the discussion of Nazi protesters in the month since the Charlottesville demonstration in America’s six top broadsheet newspapers (“Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, LA Times, San Jose Mercury News and Washington Post”) and found “virtually equal amounts of condemnation of fascists and anti-fascist protesters.”
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from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2017/09/19/alt-left-delusions.html

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Some apps won’t work on iOS 11 — here’s how to check which ones

iOS 11 is almost here, and it’ll bring a host of new features to your iPhone or iPad. Also coming in the new update is the final switch for Apple from 32-bit apps to 64-bit apps, meaning that if an app you’ve been using hasn’t been updated for the more modern software architecture, it won’t work at all on iOS 11.

Apple has built a handy tool into iOS 11 that can show you all the apps on your device that won’t work with the coming update. To do that, navigate to Settings -> General -> About -> Applications on your iPhone, and you’ll get a list of the apps currently installed on your phone that haven’t been updated for iOS 11. (You can also access this on iOS 11, but at that point it will be too late.)

Fortunately, Apple’s…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16332562/ios-11-32-64-bit-apps-update-wont-work-apple-iphone

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A NASA spacecraft is about to slingshot around Earth to meet up with an asteroid

On Friday, a spacecraft the size of an SUV will slingshot around Earth’s South Pole, altering its trajectory through space. The probe is NASA’s OSIRIS-REx, and its upcoming maneuver around our planet is known as a gravity assist — a way to harness Earth’s gravity to alter its orbit. The move is critical, since it will put OSIRIS-REx on course to meet up with an asteroid in the fall of 2018.

OSIRIS-REx launched last year with a relatively straightforward purpose: grab a sample of rocks from an asteroid and bring them back to Earth. If all goes well, the vehicle should retrieve the largest sample ever collected from an asteroid, and give scientists the chance to study the space rock components in more detail than ever before. But first,…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16327876/nasa-osiris-rex-asteroid-bennu-gravity-assist

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A night at a dystopian dinner party, eating like it’s the end of food

In the front room of the restaurant called only “egg,” a mother and daughter suck on ice cubes made of algae. “Delicious,” they say. A man in the corner spots his friend across the room, and covers his mouth as he chews a snack shaped like a monster’s fingernail. A graying couple in matching neck scarves request the nonalcoholic drink. It’s brown and fizzy, served out of a jug. “Like kombucha,” the bartender says. The couple nods warily. They’ll drink it, they guess.

The people are here to eat, but, with little insight into the meal they’re about to consume, they’re in no rush. The lighting is bright, and the cocktails are, if not plentiful, at least available. Later in the evening, they’ll move into the back room, trying to scope out…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16326666/the-next-menu-dystopian-dinner-party-alexandra-kleeman-jen-monroe

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iOS 11’s new Control Center will freak you out, but give it a chance

Apple is making iOS 11 available to the world today, and there’s a change that will generate an inevitable surprise reaction from most iPhone users. While the vast majority of UI changes are on the iPad side in iOS 11, the Control Center has been overhauled and is very different. At first glance it looks rather ugly, but there’s some good and bad changes hidden within.

Good improvements

Let’s start with the good things. You can now customize what quick shortcuts you’ll see in the Control Center. You can add things like alarms, low power mode, Wallet, and various accessibility controls. It makes the Control Center a lot more useful than before, even if you can’t add all of the things you might want to see there. It’s also far easier to…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16332214/apple-ios-11-control-center

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New evidence raises doubts about executives’ handling of the Equifax breach

New evidence calls into question Equifax’s handling of the breach reported last week, which compromised 143 million user details including Social Security numbers, birthdates, and addresses.

Equifax discovered a breach of its computer systems in March, months earlier than it previously admitted to, reports Bloomberg, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. The relationship between the two breaches is unclear, but one source Bloomberg spoke to said the breaches involve the same intruders. Both hacks appear to have exploited the same vulnerability in Apache software that Equifax didn’t fully patch until it was too late.

Two sources also told the newswire that Equifax had hired Mandiant — a firm that helps companies respond to…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16332096/new-evidence-raises-doubts-about-executives-handling-equifax-breach

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Racist mass-murderer Dylann Roof doesn’t want to die after all

Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine black worshipers at a church in Charleston, made a show of defiance at his trial and waltzed into the hoped-for martyrdom of a death sentence. But his bravado has run out, reports The Post and Courier.

Given the ethnicity of his court-appointed federal public defenders, Alexandra Yates and Sapna Mirchandani, it is “literally impossible that they and I could have the same interests related to my case,” Roof wrote.

Yates and Mirchandani were appointed after Roof was sentenced to death in January. During the trial, he often feuded with Bruck, who wanted to present evidence of mental illness and possible autism in an effort to garner Roof a life sentence.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2017/09/19/racist-mass-murderer-dylann-ro.html

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Sex doll rental service suspended

A sex doll rental service in China has shut its doors, at least for the time being, after the novel offering proved controversial. People who want to have sex with a lifeless rubbery replica of a schoolgirl, Wonder Woman, maid, nurse or athlete will have to buy their own.

“We prepared ten dolls for the trial operation,” a company spokesperson said via email, adding that they received very positive feedback from users.

“But it’s really hard in China,” the firm wrote, saying there had been a lot of controversy with the police over the issue.

Emphasis mine.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2017/09/19/sex-doll-rental-service-suspen.html

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Amazon updates the Fire HD 10 tablet with a 1080p display and a much lower price

Amazon’s flagship Fire tablet is getting the display fans have been calling for next month — and a much lower price. The company said today that its new Fire HD 10 tablet will come with a 10.1-inch, 1080p display, making it the first Amazon tablet to have a display of that caliber since the Fire HDX in 2013. Pricing for the tablet starts at $150, or $80 less than the previous entry-level price of $230. The new Fire HD 10 starts shipping the week of Oct. 11th.

The new Fire HD 10 has received improved components across the board. The tablet will run on a quad-core processor for the first time, improving the tablet’s speed by 30 percent, Amazon says. Average battery life has improved from eight hours to 10. Dual speakers have Dolby Atmos…

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Tiller is a little puck that tracks where your time has gone

Do you ever wonder how long you spend reading emails or doing research? A little device named Tiller may be able to get you an answer.

Tiller is a small puck that plugs into your computer to help track your tasks. Tap it, and it’ll start timing you. Tap again, and it’ll stop. Spin the wheel on top, and a minimal interface will pop up on screen, letting you scroll from one task (say “emails”) to the next (maybe “writing” or “coffee”).

It’s all really simple, and it’ll definitely appeal to anyone obsessed with tracking data on their own habits. The fact that Tiller is a stylish accessory might make it appeal to a certain nerdy crowd, too.

Tiller comes from a small Australian design firm named Joan. This is Joan’s first hardware product,…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/19/16307282/tiller-time-tracking-puck-kickstarter

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Adobe’s free visual storytelling tool Spark adds premium features

Since its launch last year, Adobe Spark has been an alternative, mobile-friendly solution to using Adobe’s powerful editing and creation software for free — without resorting to piracy. While Spark remains free to use, today Adobe is adding a new paid feature to help small businesses create branded media content.

The feature, called Branded Stories, lets you make graphics, web pages, and video stories. You can set one consistent template or theme to be present across every piece of media. Adobe lets you easily lets you change a font or color throughout all of your creations and templates at once, while notifying you of how many places are being changed. Adobe Spark only offers a small selection of fonts, like Calluna, Raleway, and the…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16262720/adobe-spark-freemium-branded-stories-paid-new-feature