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Zuckerberg blasts Trump’s ban on trans people serving in the military

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A USC fertility clinic now uses VR to aid men with “extraction”

VR is taking men away from a cold, sterile clinic and into a world that makes the grand finale a little easier.

From the minute we saw our first VR headset, we knew porn production companies would be in love with the idea. Here’s a case where one such company is doing it for the greater good.

Motherboard (probably not safe for work) tells us that VR Bangers (age restricted and definitely NSFW) aims to provide standalone VR headsets chock-full o’ porn to fertility clinics so that men can feel more comfortable while they do the deed. The first clinic to use these headsets is USC Fertility(this one is safe for work), part of the Los Angeles-based University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

The clinic was provided with AuraVisor standalone headsets
stocked with 12 “premium” adult videos, and new videos can be added at any time by copying them directly to an SD card.

VR Bangers is said to be talking with other fertility centers and sperm banks to expand the program.

We’re behind any idea that can ease stress and help couples who are having difficulty becoming pregnant, but our first thought echoes one brought up by Motherboard: How will you see the cup?

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Yeast could hold the key to custom-built DNA

Scientists have been playing with DNA for a long time, but now researchers are taking things a step further by building DNA from scratch in a bid to conquer life’s blueprint. An international team of 11 labs from four continents are working together… – Source

Waze on Android Auto: Invaluable feedback and alerts with sub-par maps and routing

Would it kill anyone to give us real-time reporting in Google Maps instead?

One of the best ways to take advantage of Android Auto is with navigation. No more messing with your phone to figure out where you’re going and how long it’ll take to get there. Just tell it where you want to go, maybe tap once or twice, and that’s it.

And Google Maps has been brilliant for this. Missing, however, has been Waze. Until now.

Some 14 months after first being announced at the Google I/O developer conference — and after a few months of semi-private beta testing — Waze is now available for Android Auto in public release.

As with anything Android and Google, there always are a few things you need to know, however. And these are they:

How to get Waze for Android Auto

Two apps you need: the Android Auto app, of course (because how else will Waze connect to Android Auto in your car, right?), and the Waze app itself.

There’s one caveat here, though. While Android Auto will run without a connected head unit — there’s a nice little car mode that you definitely should check out if you haven’t already — Waze requires the full-on Android Auto experience. If you don’t plug your phone into your car to use Android Auto, you’ll just need to keep using the same old Waze app you’ve been using.

Why Waze on Android Auto? The feedback

Why would you want Waze when there’s a perfectly good Google Maps app already installed? (Longtime Wazers already know the answer to this.)

User feedback. As in real-time notifications if you’re coming up on a construction area or an accident. Or if there’s a speed trap ahead. Or some other obstacle in the road.

When you’re using Waze, you’re able to report when you see issues other drivers might want to know about. And other drivers then see that information in real time, as a little icon on the screen, as well as through an audible alert. You can contribute to the cause, or not, but everyone gets to take advantage of it.

I’ve been using Google Maps on Android Auto for a couple years now, and it’s been great. And I’ll probably continue using it when I’m driving somewhere new. (More on that in a second.) But in town, where I’m less concerned about figuring out how to get where I want to go and more concerned about what’s on the road on the way? That’s where Waze is perfect.

Waze on Android Auto — the good, the bad, the ugly, and the “ads”

If you have Waze installed on your phone and are connected to Android Auto, you’re good to go. Just hit the map icon again on the screen, choose Waze, and you’re there. You can just let it run and see what things are like near your car at any given time, or you can set a – Source

3 ways to add Bluetooth to any car video – CNET

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Documentary about the fall of Kanye and Jay Z’s friendship will break your heart

Get ready to weep, Watch The Throne lovers.

An upcoming documentary from U.K.’s Channel 4 examines how the brotherhood, mentorship, and what seemed like a life-long friendship between two of the most iconic rappers in the world — Jay Z and Kanye West — came crashing down.

Dramatically titled Public Enemies: Jay-Z and Kanye, the documentary will reportedly feature unseen footage and unheard testimonies relating to the rappers’ friendship, business partnership, and personal feuds.

The above trailer was released less than a month after Jay Z addressed Kanye in …

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Airbnb and NAACP partner to boost minority-hosted rentals

Airbnb is doing everything it can to repair its image after a racist host cancelled a reservation earlier this month. The next step of that is to help people of color rent out their homes or spare rooms. “Under the new partnership, Airbnb and the NAA… – Source

Dude attempts to smuggle 3 king cobra snakes into U.S. via potato chip cans

A California man could face jail time for smuggling dangerous snakes into the U.S. via some dinky little potato chip canisters.

Per a statement from the Department of Justice, Rodrigo Franco of Monterey Park was taken into custody Tuesday morning for attempting to illegally bring three king cobras into the United States from Hong Kong.

SEE ALSO: Uninvited rattlesnake tries to hitch ride on a passing boat, causes panic

The United States Customs and Border Protection officials intercepted the package on March 2 and seized the venomous animals shortly thereafter. Each snake was about two feet in length, though king cobras can grow to measure …

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The OOOI Analog is the best of both horological worlds

Butler Watch is run by pilot Corey Butler. It is a labor of love for Butler and his watches are aimed directly at pilots and pilots-to-be. Take the OOOI Analog, for example. This new crowdfunded watch features a digital readout with quartz analog movement. The piece costs $459 for early birds. The movement, an ETA 988.333, has a pair of analog hands for the hour and minutes as well as two… Read More

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James McAvoy is ‘a weird, feral dude’ in ‘Atomic Blonde’ – CNET

The “X-Men” actor tells us how a broken hand didn’t stop him from taking on Charlize Theron in the ice-cool espionage thriller. – Source

Audi, BMW and Mercedes cars will share live traffic jam data

It’s not too hard to find real-time traffic data, but it’s usually specific to one car make. Wouldn’t it be great if cars of all brands could regularly coordinate? They’re not quite there yet, but they’re getting closer. Here has unveiled a Real-Time… – Source

The first made-for-iPhone cochlear implant will help even more people FaceTime and listen to music

Apple does pretty well when it comes to accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The tech giant offers more than 50 models of hearing devices that, when linked to an iPhone, introduce a host of useful settings not available to the basic iPhone user.

But not everyone in the Deaf community uses a hearing aid. Many people rely on cochlear, or inner ear implants, which directly stimulate the hearing nerve and use an external sound processor to help people hear.

Cochlear implants and hearing aids are both essential to many in the Deaf community. That’s why it’s significant that the company Cochlear just introduced the first made-for-iPhone cochlear implant, which joins the hearing aids that could already be linked to the iPhone. …

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Is the US Supreme Court decision regarding uniforms worth cheering for?

Imagine a Warhol painting. It’s an original work of art, protected by copyright. Now, imagine the painting printed on a shirt. Is it still a copyrightable work? Absolutely. Now, imagine the shirt came first. If you could magically remove the design to a canvas, would you still have a functional shirt? Of course. Read More

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9GAG CEO Ray Chan: ‘Building a healthy community is a never-ending battle’

If you enjoy getting lost in memes and social media, you’ve undoubtedly stumbled across 9GAG at some point. 9GAG is a Hong Kong-based site that hosts and distributes funny pictures, videos and memes. Read More

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Do you wish Netflix had more of what you want? That’s where #NetflixNeeds comes in.

Look, we all spend wayyyy too much time on Netflix, and we all get wayyyy bored sometimes on what’s on it.

That’s basically the reason #NetflixNeeds exploded out of the internet on Wednesday, pleading with to ask the streaming service for just a few more to TV shows to binge watch.

The hashtag ran around Twitter as trending topic and had users asking for the shows and movies that would make up their dream Netflix queues.

Hey, begging Neflix for something has worked in the past. After it cancelled the original series Sense8, fans rallied and demanded that the show come back. Netflix (sort of) complied, and will offer a …

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Trump says Apple has promised to build ‘big, big, big’ plants in the US (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 93) – CNET

Adobe Flash is dead. We dive into the long history between Apple and Flash. Plus, the latest iPhone 8 rumors. – Source

Galaxy Note8 to land in Australia on August 25, a Samsung document suggests

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is set to be unveiled on August 23 and will likely go on pre-order immediately (though sales will likely start in September). According to a Samsung document, the flagship will reach Australia soon after the US/EU reveal – August 25.

The document details the “Screen Assure Offer”, TL;DR: you get one free screen replacement in the first 12 months after buying the phone. This deal kicks off on Friday, August 25, making it the likley start of the pre-order campaign.

The salient details of the document

The document also helpfully lists the participating…

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Gamma-ray burst captured in unprecedented detail

Gamma-ray bursts are among the most energetic and explosive events in the universe. They are also short-lived, lasting from a few milliseconds to about a minute. This has made it tough for astronomers to observe a gamma-ray burst in detail. Using a wide array of ground- and space-based telescope observations, astronomers constructed one of the most detailed descriptions of a gamma-ray burst to date. – Source

Sam’s Club has great deals on the Galaxy S8/S8+ and iPhone 7/7 Plus for its August 5th sales event

Walmart’s membership warehouse club, Sam’s, is offering a deal on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ for its one-day Fall Preview Event taking place on August 5th. Buy either handset in-club from Sam’s, and you’ll receive a $350 gift card. Sam’s says that this is the highest valued gift card ever offered for the Galaxy S8. And if you made it to school on the day they taught subtraction, you should be able to figure out that this makes the deal one of the best non-BOGO offers for the flagship device. The activation fee will be waived with the purchase of either model.

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Xiaomi Mi 5X announced with 5.5″ 1080p screen and dual camera setup, along with Mi AI Speaker

Xiaomi’s phones are traditionally great value for money, and with the unveiling of the company’s latest smartphone, there don’t seem to be any plans to change that. The Mi 5X, despite its very iPhone-inspired looks, packs some impressive hardware inside for its 1499 RMB price. Xiaomi also announced the new Mi AI speaker, which takes aim at products like Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

Aside from the Mi 5X’s resemblance to a certain fruit-named company’s current flagship, it’s pretty well-built, with a 7.3mm thick metal body and antenna lines on the top and bottom.

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5 trending topics to get you through the a.m. slump

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‘Overwatch’ League pros guaranteed at least $50,000 a year plus benefits

Looks like professional Overwatch players in Blizzard’s ambitious, upcoming Overwatch League won’t have to worry about securing outside income.

Blizzard revealed a handful of details around its premiere Overwatch esports league today, including player compensation and contracts, team roster limits, and when we can expect team rosters to be finalized before the start of the first season later this year.

SEE ALSO: ‘Overwatch’ will have in-game items so you can support your favorite League teams

The Overwatch League will have regular seasons and playoffs and be one of the first esports leagues to tie teams to specific cities, similar to traditional sports leagues like the NBA or MLB. The …

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Brain cells found to control aging

Scientists have found that stem cells in the brain’s hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body. The finding, made in mice, could lead to new strategies for warding off age-related diseases and extending lifespan. – Source

Bitcoin grows up and gets its first federally regulated exchange

Bitcoin is set to be given the same financial safeguards as traditional assets. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has granted LedgerX, a cryptocurrency trading platform operator, approval to become the first federally regulated digital curr… – Source

How to buy Bitcoin and Ethereum

If you’ve seen the incredible upward momentum of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, you’ve maybe also considered getting in on the action. Now, you’re gonna learn how.

But first, a disclaimer: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and so many of the other cryptocurrencies out there can be a way to pay for stuff online, sure. And they can also be (if they aren’t already more popular as) investments. And investments, you might know, can go up and down. You can gain money on them, or lose it. And those values can fluctuate wildly, as you might’ve also seen lately.

To put it simply: proceed with extreme caution. We’re not here to tell you whether or not you should buy it, just to show you how you can pull it off. …

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Trump says Apple has promised to build ‘big, big, big’ plants in the US (AB Extra Crunchy, Ep. 93) video – CNET

Adobe Flash is dead. We dive into the long history between Apple and Flash. Plus, the latest iPhone 8 rumors. – Source

Essential Accessories For Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Perfect partners for your Pixel.

So you’ve just dropped a chunk of cash on a shiny new Pixel or Pixel XL — or maybe you’re a longtime Pixel user who’s been enjoying the phone since launch. In either case, a complete loadout of accessories is important.

Google has a wide range of first-party accessories for its first own-branded handset, and we’ve also rounded up some top essentials from elsewhere. Take a look!

Daydream View
Google Live Cases
Anker PowerLine USB-C cable
Anker PowerCore+ USB-PD power bank
Google 22.5W Dual Charger
Anker USB-C to Micro-USB adapters

Daydream View

OK, OK. This is a good deal larger (and a bit more expensive) than your traditional smartphone accessory. Nevertheless, Google’s Daydream View headset is something you should definitely consider buying alongside your new Pixel. Google’s new phones are the first to be fully Daydream-certified, and ready for use with Google’s new VR platform. Here’s what Russell Holly had to say in his review:

This headset has the potential to be the best mobile VR headset you can buy, and maintain that title for quite some time. Google’s efforts in implementing motion controls, controlling the software to an extent, and making sure the headset is comfortable enough to want to use for longer periods of time are great. The price is great as well, $79 is within striking distance of many higher end Google Cardboard headsets and undercuts Samsung’s Gear VR by $20 on the shelf.

Daydream View doesn’t have a huge number of apps or games right now, but the situation will only get better, and quickly.

See at Google Store

Google Live Cases

Google sells a range of traditional silicone cases for the Pixel and Pixel XL, but for just a little extra you can grab a Live Case. These are made of the same materials, but are customizable with your favorite photos, places (through stylized maps) or artworks. A tool on the Google Store website allows you to customize your Live Case to your liking.

The concept has been around for a while through Google’s Nexus program. And Live Cases are a great way to make your Pixel or Pixel XL unique to you.

See at Google Store

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Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C cable

Most USB-C phones charge over a USB-A to USB-C cable. Google’s phones are a bit different — like the Nexus 5X and 6P, the Pixel’s boxed charger is a USB-C brick, so you need a USB-C to USB-C cable like the one boxed with the phone.

These are still relatively hard to come by, so you might want to pick up a couple of spares. Anker’s PowerLine C-to-C cable is a good cheap option for a reasonable long (3 foot) backup. And it also comes in black or white, so you can match the color – Source

Strange electrons break the crystal symmetry of high-temperature superconductors

Scientists have found surprising electron behavior that may help unravel the ever-elusive mechanism behind high-temperature superconductivity — a phenomenon in which electrical current flows freely without resistance through a material at unusually high temperatures relative to those of conventional superconductors. – Source

Donald Trump proved his ‘support’ for LGBTQ rights is meaningless in just 3 tweets

The world should by now know that President Donald Trump is very willing to say one thing and do another.

SEE ALSO: Trump’s Tech Week did not make America great

This was put on display on Wednesday morning, when the president tweeted that transgender people would no longer be allowed in the military.

After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017

….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) …

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Apple must pay $506M for infringing university’s patent

Enlarge / Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation will be able to collect more than $500 million in royalties on Apple products that used the A7, A8, and A8X chips. That includes the iPad Air, pictured here in 2013. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A judge has ordered Apple to pay $506 million to the research arm of the University of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, or WARF, sued Apple in 2014, accusing its A7, A8, and A8X chips of infringing US Patent No. 5,781,752, which claims a type of “table based data speculation circuit.” The following year after a trial, a Wisconsin jury found (PDF) that Apple had infringed the ‘752 patent and that it should pay $234 million in damages.

Yesterday’s order (PDF), signed by US District Judge William Conley, more than doubles that amount. Conley awarded WARF $1.61 per unit for many of the iPad and iPhone devices that use the accused chips, up until the entry of judgment in October 2015. He also tacked on $2.74 per unit as a royalty payment covering the period from the date of judgment through December 26, 2016, which is when the ‘752 patent expired.

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