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6th September 2017

Why I use Instagram to tell my endometriosis story

Katie documents her life with endometriosis on Instagram – and is cautiously welcoming new guidelines for doctors. – Source

The Walking Dead: March to War is a giant battle over DC – CNET

Zombies are bad in this game, but other people could be the real problem. – Source

Roku Channel delivers more free movies to cord cutters – CNET

The new channel creates a one-stop shop for free, ad-supported content on Roku streaming devices. – Source

Dash Rapid Cold Brew System Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

The Dash cold brewer is built to make pitchers in minutes. – Source

Bowers & Wilkins 707 S2 review – CNET

The Bowers & Wilkins 707 S2 speaker looks stunning and sounds highly detailed, but it’s best as a surround or paired with certain kinds of music. – Source

Score up to 30% in savings on select tech accessories at Amazon today

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Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day today offers a savings of up to 30% on a variety of popular tech accessories. Whether you need a new keyboard, mouse, monitor or something else, you won’t want to pass this up. With popular brands like SanDisk, HP, Corsair and more being included, there is likely something here for just about everyone.

HP Wired USB Keyboard – $6 (Was $9.99)
Kensington Portable Combination Lock Cable – $11.99 (Was $17.75)
SanDisk 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive – $29.50 (Was $37.13)
SanDisk Wireless 256GB Connect Stick – $99.99 (Was $199.99)
Corsair Gaming M65 Pro Mouse – $39.99 (Was $59.99)
ASUS DOCSIS 16×4 Cable Modem – $59.99 (Was $79.99)
ViewSonic 23-inch Frameless 1080p Monitor – $109.99 (Was $149.99)
Thule Crossover 32L Backpack – $84.99 (Was $116.67)

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This is the closest we’ve ever been to Steve Jobs Theater, and it’s magnificent

If anything can compete with the excitement of finally seeing what the iPhone 8 (or X) looks like in person, it’s our first experience inside Steve Jobs Theater at the all new Apple Park Campus.

That’s why this latest drone preview of the still-under-construction Apple Park Campus — less than a mile away from Apple’s original campus on One Infinite Loop — is so stunning.

SEE ALSO: The ‘iPhone 8′ probably isn’t what you think it is

It gets us within a few hundred feet of the 120,000-square-foot theater where Apple will hold its iPhone 8 unveiling. You can even see the people inside the circular, glass enclosure. They’re clustered in the center, likely planning for the big reveal next week. …

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YouTube on iOS can now livestream ReplayKit-supported apps

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino)

YouTube announced some new features for its mobile apps, with one of the biggest being more livestream support. Now you can livestream content from apps on iOS that support ReplayKit, Apple’s screen-casting framework. YouTube Gaming has supported ReplayKit since June, but this update brings the support to the main app and lets users livestream content other than games.

To livestream a ReplayKit app, you’ll need to be running iOS 10.2 or later on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and you need the latest version of the YouTube app. Your account also needs 100 subscribers, which is YouTube’s milestone that unlocks livestreaming for mobile creators. That number has been lowered over the past few months: in February the threshold was 10,000, in April it was lowered to 1,000, and recently it was lowered again to 100.

In a supported app, a “live” icon will appear on the screen while you’re gaming, creating, or otherwise using the app, and you can tap that to bring up your livestreaming options. Choose the YouTube app from the list, give your livestream a title and a thumbnail image, and immediately you’ll start livestreaming. The stream will show what’s happening in the app along with the feed from your front-facing camera, including sound from your device’s mic.

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Two-pilot glider team sets altitude record

The unique Perlan 2 glider reaches over 54,000ft in the skies above Argentina. – Source

Epson’s ultra bright projector can hide in plain sight

While we’re starting to get some crazy mixed reality tech using projectors, it’s good to see companies haven’t forgotten about good old-fashioned home cinema. Over the past year, manufacturers have been lining up to show off their little light emitte… – Source

Space Nation will tap NASA for global astronaut training program

Democratizing access to space is going to take a lot of work, but Space Nation wants to help with the astronaut training bit of that equation. Now, the startup has announced it will have some help from NASA with that endeavor, thanks to a collaboration agreement that will contribute to Space Nation’s Astronaut Experience Program and companion app. Space Nation’s app will provide… Read More

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Historic Hurricane Irma taking a buzzsaw to Caribbean as threat grows for Puerto Rico, Florida

(Note: This post will be updated throughout the day as more forecast information becomes available.)

Hurricane Irma is rewriting weather history for the Atlantic Ocean, setting numerous records for its ferocity on Tuesday into Wednesday. The storm set a milestone for the most powerful hurricane on record in the Atlantic Ocean, outside of the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico.

Only Hurricane Allen in 1980 had higher sustained winds, of 190 miles per hour.

SEE ALSO: Hurricane Irma seen from the International Space Station in new video

The storm struck Barbuda on Tuesday night and has been slamming Anguilla and Antigua as well, among other locations. At one point on Wednesday morning, satellite imagery showed the sickening site of two islands — Anguilla and St. Martin — in the storm’s eye at the same time. …

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London’s V&A museum to put the spotlight on tech and gaming

While the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is home to some of the world’s oldest artworks, the institution also takes time to recognise the impact modern technology has on our culture. It’s already appointed its first-ever Game Designer in Reside… – Source

Huawei leapfrogs Apple to become world’s second largest smartphone vendor

For a very long time, Samsung and Apple have ruled the smartphone industry, not necessarily through innovation, but through the constant high number of smartphones sold each year. However, it looks like other brands are closing in to dethrone the two from their leadership positions.

A new report from Counterpoint Research shows that Huawei is now the second world’s largest smartphone vendor in the world, having surpassed Apple thanks to strong June/July sales.

This is a significant milestone for Huawei, the largest Chinese smartphone brand with a growing … – Source

Nest Learning Thermostat vs. Nest Thermostat E: What’s the difference?

Trying to decide between the Nest Learning Thermostat and the company’s new Nest Thermostat E? Here’s how the two compare!

Nest recently announced the brand new Nest Thermostat E, a less-expensive smart thermostat with many of the same features as its more expensive sibling. The subtle, all-white design and simplified display of the Thermostat E stand in stark contrast to the flashier, heavier look of the Learning Thermostat. But look and feel are only part of the picture. If you’re trying to decide between Nest’s thermostats, this guide will give you an idea of what each brings to the table.


Other than pricing, the design is arguably the biggest difference between the Learning Thermostat and the new Thermostat E. Where the Learning Thermostat is meant to be a bold bit of industrial art for your wall, the Thermostat E is meant to blend in, almost disappearing into its surroundings.

The Nest Learning Thermostat comes in four colors — white, copper, black, and stainless steel — and the adjustment ring around the outside of the device is made of metal. The Thermostat E comes in one color — white — and its adjustment ring is made of polycarbonate, though Nest says it’s made to feel like ceramic.

The Nest Learning Thermostat’s 2.08-inch, 480 x 480 resolution display is sharp (229 pixels per inch) and bright. The Thermostat E’s 1.76-inch, 320 x 320 resolution display is layered under a polarized covering that dulls the display, helping it to fade into the background and blurring the display’s resolution (182 pixels per inch).


You could be forgiven for thinking the Thermostat E doesn’t pack in all of the same “learning” features present in the Nest Learning Thermostat — the new name seems to suggest one “learns” and the other doesn’t. Luckily, that’s not the case!

Both the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Thermostat E pack in all the same functionality, save for one special feature: Farsight. Farsight uses the far-field sensor built into the Nest Learning Thermostat to detect when you walk by, lighting up to display the temperature, time, or weather.

If the Farsight feature is important to you, you’ll want to get the Learning Thermostat. The Thermostat E — like the Learning Thermostat — has temperature, humidity, occupancy, and ambient light sensors, but it doesn’t have those far-field “Farsight” sensors.

As for the rest of the feature set, both thermostats learn as you use them, both can be controlled using the Nest app, both can adjust the temperature based on your location (i.e. turning down when you leave your home), and both offer scheduling.

Compatibility with furnaces

Nest Thermostats work with a whole bunch of heating and cooling systems, but the Thermostat E can’t boast the impressive compatibility rating of its more expensive sibling. Nest says the Learning Thermostat will work with 95% of heating and cooling systems. The Thermostat E, on the other hand, will work with “most” heating and cooling systems. What does that mean, exactly? It means most folks can expect the Thermostat E to work – Source

Axonius wants to help businesses manage all of their devices; raises $4M seed round

Axonius wants to help enterprises manage their fast-growing number of mobile, compute and IoT devices that now use their networks and in the cloud. The idea here is to provide these companies with a single platform that allows them to see which devices are active on their networks and control them. This, in turn, enables enterprises to plug potential security holes. Read More

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Tenka Labs raises another $2M to get its kids’ LEGO engineering kits in retailers

Tenka Labs co-founder John Schuster is no stranger to walking friends through building gadgets using Arduino, an open-source hardware controller — except they might be great software engineers, but not understand the actual circuitry. But Tenka Labs, which builds simple kits that help young students create small gadgets with the use of motors and other bits that connect to legos, is… Read More

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Hackers are actively targeting US and European power grids

We’ve been talking about the potential of hacker strikes on electric grids for years, and now it looks like the threat is imminent. Symantec reports that a group it calls Dragonfly is targeting energy and power sectors in the US and Europe, with the… – Source

The latest update in this ongoing Twitter ghost story is the creepiest yet

Twitter is a forum for memes, witty exchanges, and people getting angry at each other for no reason, but it’s not usually seen as the home of ghost stories.

Until now, that is.

Illustrator Adam Ellis has been live-tweeting one. It started earlier in August, and it’s pretty much been ongoing ever since.

SEE ALSO: This ongoing Twitter ghost story just got a whole lot weirder

Here’s a quick recap so you can get up-to-date:

I made a Storify of all my Dear David threads for easier viewing. I’ll keep it up to date

— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) August 16, 2017

Pretty odd, huh? …

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Atom Visualizer is the first ARCore app, and you can try it now on select devices

Google’s Tango platform has been in development for years, but it relies upon special hardware modules that only two phones have shipped with so far. That’s why Google recently announced ARCore, a way to get augmented reality apps on more Android phones. The first preview app for ARCore is now available, but it won’t work on all phones.

The new app comes from Signal Garden, which is also responsible for the Signal Mapper app for Tango.

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Atom Visualizer is the first ARCore app, and you can try it now on select devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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New ‘The Walking Dead’ AR app tests your zombie battle plan – CNET

The augmented reality app could add a little fright to your day. – Source

Intel antitrust decision sent for review by Europe’s top court

A 2009 European Union antitrust decision that hit Intel with an at-the-time record fined for — as the Commission saw it — abusing its No.1 position in the market for computer chips has been dealt a blow by the region’s top court. Read More

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Never get frustrated by weak signals again with the $440 eero Pro WiFi system

The Thrifter team has a new deal on the eero Pro WiFi system, a great way to make sure your house is covered in the strongest possible Wi-Fi signals!

This eero Pro WiFi system comes with three eeros and is down to $439.99 on Amazon. This is eero’s newest package, having only been released in June and has never dropped below $500 on Amazon in that time. A couple other retailers have matched, or come close to matching, this price including B&H and Newegg.

The eero is a mesh networking system, which seem to be all the rage these days. It’s a great system if you live in a large house, especially when your router is inevitably in the worst possible place and you can’t get coverage everywhere. Just think about all the times you’ve tried to use your Wi-Fi in the garage or the kitchen or the bathroom and shook your phone in frustration. You might need one of these.

This package comes with three of the 2nd generation eeros. Each one connects to an Ethernet port, so you need to have Ethernet wiring throughout your home, or maybe your small business, to use this properly. If you can use these, the benefits are worth it. The 2nd gen eeros have tri-band Wi-Fi, which adds a third 5GHz radio to your system. That makes your Wi-Fi network stronger and faster, and with three devices running throughout your home you’ll probably never moan about your crappy Wi-Fi ever again.

If you don’t have three Ethernet outlets to plug into, you can get this eero package that comes with one Ethernet-powered eero and two eero Beacons for $356. Beacons only need a regular plug outlet, not an Ethernet port, to be powered. They aren’t as strong, of course, but they may be more convenient.

Never set up a mesh networking system like this? Android Central breaks down how easy the eero is to use and what you’ll need to do it.

Once you’ve got your Wi-Fi setup to your satisfaction, it’s time to add a few voice-controlled Echos for just $75 to the network. Use that stronger Wi-Fi to turn your home into a Smart home.

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Hurricane Hunters capture incredible footage flying through historic Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma takes a buzzsaw to islands in the Caribbean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is giving the world an intense aerial view of the Category 5 storm.

SEE ALSO: Flying a plane through Hurricane Irma looks absolutely terrifying

NOAA’s Hurricane Hunters Twitter account shared incredible footage captured from a Tuesday flight, showing the brave team flying into the eye of Irma — which had sustained winds of 185 miles per hour on Tuesday — in an attempt to learn more about the storm.

Video from yesterday’s flight in CAT 5 #Irma on #NOAA42 has the latest advisories. Credit Rob Mitchell/NOAA

— NOAAHurricaneHunters (@NOAA_HurrHunter) …

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Please, please stop sharing spaghetti plots of hurricane models

Enlarge / Hurricane Irma creates enough uncertainty on its own. Don’t add to it by sharing spaghetti plots. (credit: NOAA)

Nate Silver, the statistician and editor of FiveThirtyEight, is unquestionably a smart guy with an exceptionally good grasp of numbers and probability. But he’s not a meteorologist. So when he shared a spaghetti plot of models for Hurricane Irma on Tuesday night, I had to shake my head. Just another social mediarologist.

Still some uncertainty in the Hurricane Irma forecast but more and more projections are converging on Florida.

— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) September 6, 2017

Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not some kind of meteorologist elitist. Honestly, it doesn’t take that much education to have a basic understanding of weather forecasting. And I don’t have any problem with people looking at all of the available forecast data to draw their own conclusions about hurricane forecasts, and make decisions for their families in the face of a natural disaster.

But spaghetti plots are not good decision-making tools. Sorry, they’re just not. To understand why, let’s take a look at the models on Nate Silver’s plot, which he shared with his 2.5 million followers at 7:34pm ET Tuesday:

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Xiaomi MCT3B clears TENAA with 13MP camera, Android 7.1.2 OS

A new Xiaomi smartphone has been spotted on the website of China’s TENAA. Listed as MCT3B, the device is powered by an SoC with quad-core, 1.4GHz processor, and sports a 5-inch HD display.

RAM is 3GB, while internal memory is 32GB. The camera department is handled by a 13MP main unit and a 5MP selfie shooter. Measuring 140.44×70.14×8.35mm and weighing in at 137g, the handset runs Android Nougat (version 7.1.2) and packs in a 3,000mAh battery.

Color options include black, rose gold, gold, white, blue, red, pink, gray, and silver. There’s currently no information on the phone’s…

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Ed Sheeran thinks his character died on ‘Game of Thrones’ which…yeah, probably

Rest at ease, Game of Thrones fans, as the season’s greatest mystery is solved — though it may, in fact, be reopened. HBO director Matt Shakman told Mashable in the middle of the season that Ed Sheeran’s character probably wasn’t at the Loot Train Attack™, and therefore was probably still around singing somewhere, but Sheeran thinks his character met his end anyway.

SEE ALSO: I’m Ed Sheeran and you can all go to hell

“We were all quite young, those soldiers,” Sheeran told MTV. “I doubt I’m going to survive for that long, to be honest, when there are dragons in the world.”

That’s a fair point, especially when you add …

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Williams redesigns the chassis for lighter and stronger EVs

There is frequently a trickle-down from the world of high-end motor racing through to the cars on sale at your local dealership (and refrigerators). Which is why the latest project to emerge from Williams Advanced Engineering is so exciting for the f… – Source

Nissan Leaf electric car ‘won’t cause range anxiety’

The car-maker plays down concern its new vehicle has a smaller range than some electric rivals. – Source

September 2017 Android security patch details revealed

Google has released the details about what is contained in its latest security patch for Android devices. However, as of this writing, the company has yet to release factory images or OTA downloads for its own Pixel and Nexus devices.

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Google does state that its own Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P devices will be able to get the new security patches “as part of the upgrade to Android Oreo.” However, at least one non-Google device can already get an over-the-air update for the September 2017 security bulletin. NokiaPowerUser reports that owners of the Nokia 5 have reported downloading the 142 MB update.

As far as the security update itself, Google notes it has been split in two, with 30 specific issues fixed in the September 1 dated patch, with 51 more bugs resolved in the September 5 patch. The most critical bug was with an issue that could “enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process” on an Android device. Google reports there are no reports of this bug being exploited in the real world before the company fixed it with this update.

We will update this post when Google does release the factory images and OTA downloads for its Pixel and Nexus devices with the September 2017 security update.

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