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08-19-2019 Science&Technology
Apple's New Anti-Tracking Policy On Safari Cracks Down On Web Tracking

Apple is cracking down on tracking websites that are breaking Safari’s privacy rules. Now, Apple will treat those websites like malware to protect customers’ privacy. WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy On Aug. 14, Apple released a new policy that takes a tougher stance on websites that track and share customers’ browsing histories. Even though Safari had started this crackdown on cross-tracking sites two years ago, websites still have a way of tracking browsing histories using fingerprinting and super cookies. In the new policy, Apple will treat these websites basically like malware since they infringe on users’ privacy. Now, if a website tries to bypass Safari’s tracking prevention methods, it will impose punishments on the website without prior notice by adding additional restrictions. No Exceptions There are no exceptions in this crackdown, and even websites that do not intend to actually track user browser history might also be affected. Even if some websites have valid uses for techniques that are also used for tracking, they might still be affected because WebKit is unable to distinguish valid from invalid uses of the technique and does not know how the involved parties will actually do with the data they collect. That said, Apple does not intend to affect these kinds of valid practices and is very well aware that this might be an unintended impact of the new policy, something that the company intends to minimize. Tracking Tracking is the means by which websites collect user data regarding a user’s activities, preferences, or identity. Even if the data collected does not lead the user to be personally identifiable, it is still considered tracking, and often the data collected is given to third parties such as advertisers. For instance, if a user looked at a product online and soon sees ads for it in many websites soon after, then they have been a victim of cross-tracking. There are several known ways that websites track users’ browsing histories, but there might also be other ways that are currently unknown to many. As for Apple’s current Tracking Prevention, it will focus mostly on preventing both known and unknown tracking techniques. “We want to see a healthy web ecosystem, with privacy by design,” Apple notes.

Source: Tech Times

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08-19-2019 Science&Technology
SpaceX Starman Roadster completes its first orbit around the Sun

Starman and his Tesla Roadster are now regular denizens of space. According to data from Where is Roadster, the cosmic driver has completed his first orbit around the Sun, taking 557 days since the first Falcon Heavy launch to circle our home star. Its path has taken it over 762 million miles since then, or enough to exceed its original 36,000-mile warranty over 21,000 times. You aren't about to see Starman drifting through the night sky, unfortunately. Earth is currently on the opposite side of the Sun, and the EV won't get vaguely close to Earth again until November 5th, 2020, when it'll be about 0.346AU (just under 32.2 million miles) away. It'll get much closer to Mars before then at 'just' 0.05AU (about 4.6 million miles) on October 7th of that year. After that, it could get quite lonely for Starman -- estimates suggest he might not get particularly close to home until 2047. Of course, that's also assuming humanity doesn't come out to meet him sooner. SpaceX itself is edging closer to deep space flight, and the US hopes to send people to Mars in 2030 or later. There's a possibility that deep space travel will have become relatively routine by the time Starman pays a visit to his home planet.

Source: Engadget

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08-19-2019 Politics
Trump: US considering possibly buying Greenland, 'essentially it's a large real estate deal'

President Trump spoke out Sunday on reports his administration has been looking into buying Greenland. Trump addressed the rumors with reporters outside Marine One after he'd landed in Morristown, N.J., saying Denmark has been losing money by keeping Greenland under its control. "Essentially it’s a large real estate deal. A lot of things can be done. It’s hurting Denmark very badly because they're losing almost $700 million a year carrying it," he said. "So, they carry it at great loss, and strategically for the United States, it would be nice. And, we're a big ally of Denmark and we help Denmark, and we protect Denmark." Trump said he may be visiting Greenland in the near future, but claimed the issue was not a top priority for the administration. GREENLAND SAYS IT'S 'OPEN FOR BUSINESS, NOT FOR SALE' AFTER TRUMP PURCHASE REPORT "I’m thinking about going there. I’m not necessarily, definitely going there, but I may be going. We're going to Poland and then we may be going to Denmark -- not for this reason at all, but we're looking at it," he said. "It’s not number one on the burner." White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow had confirmed the reports earlier in the day during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" and said it was under consideration. "It’s an interesting story. It's developing. We're looking at it, we don’t know," Kudlow said. "Years ago, [then-President] Harry Truman wanted to buy Greenland. Denmark owns Greenland, Denmark is an ally." The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that President Trump was interested in purchasing Greenland and the White House would seek to capitalize on its "abundant resources and geopolitical importance." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "Greenland is a strategic place up there, and they've got a lot of valuable minerals," Kudlow added. "I don't want to predict an outcome. I’m just saying the president, who knows a thing or two about buying real estate, wants to take a look." ...

Source: Fox News

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08-19-2019 Science&Technology
Sonos’ first portable Bluetooth speaker leaks in more detail

We’re getting a better look at the long-awaited portable bluetooth speaker from Sonos thanks to a slew of new images posted by WinFuture. The German publication that specializes in Microsoft leaks has posted what it says are “official marketing images” of the new speaker, while also giving us a name for product S17: Sonos Move. The images give us a first glimpse at the stationary base station as well as the built-in handle whereby the Sonos Move can be undocked and transformed into an ordinary Bluetooth speaker via a toggle button on the rear. We’re also getting a first look at how the Sonos Move charges, either via the USB-C jack or the two charging contacts near the base of the speaker. It’s a clever design that lets you extend your Sonos whole-home audio network into the backyard or a bathroom, for example, or to places far beyond the reach of your Wi-Fi signal like the beach or a park. The Verge previously revealed additional details based on information provided by a person familiar with the speaker’s capabilities: The speaker is larger than it may look in the photos. It’s both taller and slightly wider than the Sonos One / Play:1. It supports hands-free voice commands from either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. When in Bluetooth mode, the speaker cannot be controlled with the Sonos app. It behaves like any other Bluetooth speaker. You pair it and play. Hands-free voice commands for Alexa and Google Assistant are also (currently) unavailable in Bluetooth mode. In regular Wi-Fi mode, the speaker appears like any other Sonos device in the app — but with a battery indicator. Like other recent Sonos speakers, the portable one will support Apple’s AirPlay 2. It’s the first Sonos speaker to support Auto Trueplay, utilizing the speaker’s built-in microphones to automatically fine tune the audio output. We still don’t know the battery life, waterproof / dustproof rating, ability to pair with other Sonos speaker(s) for stereo or surround sound, or, importantly, the price. As far as dates go, Sonos is hosting a press event that kicks off on August 26th, so it’s a good bet we’ll get all the details then. For more images of the Sonos Move be sure to check out WinFuture.

Source: The Verge

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08-19-2019 General
Epstein’s gal pal gave $1K to hospital that treated alleged sex slave: report

Jeffrey Epstein’s gal pal Ghislaine Maxwell donated $1,000 to New York-Presbyterian Hospital after the two of them allegedly brought one of his accusers there for treatment following a sexual assault, according to a British news report. Maxwell also gave $350 to a New York City charity that aids victims of child sex trafficking at the same time Epstein was negotiating a controversial plea deal in Florida amid allegations he abused underage girls, the Telegraph said. Maxwell’s contributions were made by her Max Foundation TR, which was run by her and one of Epstein’s lawyers, the Telegraph said, citing financial records. Other beneficiaries of Maxwell’s private charity included the Clinton Foundation, which in 2003 received the foundation’s biggest donation ever of $2,500, the Telegraph said. The New York-Presbyterian donation was made on May 2, 2007, about six years after Virginia Giuffre has claimed that Maxwell and Epstein took her to the Upper East Side hospital following abuse inflicted by Epstein, the Telegraph said. The contribution to Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, also known as GEMS, was reportedly made on April 15, 2008, less than two months before Epstein pleaded guilty in Palm Beach to two counts of solicitation of prostitution, one involving a minor. The multimillionaire financier served 13 months in prison, with much of the time on work release, for that conviction. He was awaiting trial on federal child sex-trafficking charges when he hanged himself in a Lower Manhattan lockup on Aug. 10, officials have said. Maxwell hasn’t been charged with any crimes, but has been accused in civil suits of having recruited underage victims for Epstein – and of engaging in three-way sex with him and various girls. US Attorney General William Barr last week warned that an investigation was continuing and that Epstein’s suspected co-conspirators “should not rest easy.” Neither New York-Presbyterian nor GEMS immediately returned requests for comment.

Source: Fox News

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08-19-2019 Science&Technology
Here's what Business Insider readers have to say about the iPhone 11, Apple's next smartphone expect

Apple is expected to announce a new line of smartphones in September. Thanks to months of reports, leaks, renderings, and machine-milled dummy models, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Apple's new iPhone lineup, which may be called "iPhone 11," "iPhone 11 Pro," and "iPhone 11 Pro Max." Based on what we've shared, we asked Business Insider readers to tell us what they think, and if they plan on upgrading to the latest phone. Their responses are highlighted below. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. We're coming up on the end of August, which can only mean one thing: New iPhones are almost here. Apple typically holds in an event in early to mid-September to announce its new iPhones. This year, we're expecting an "iPhone 11," "iPhone 11 Pro," and "iPhone 11 Pro Max." The iPhone 11 is said to be the follow-up to the iPhone XR, which started at $750. The two "Pro" models would be the successors to last year's iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, which started at $1,000 and $1,100, respectively. We've had a pretty good idea of what the 2019 iPhones would look like since January, when prolific gadgets leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer shared the first renderings of the iPhone 11 based on rumors and leaked schematics on Twitter. In July, machine-milled dummy models of what the iPhones will likely look and feel like made the rounds with a handful of prominent tech YouTubers, including Dave Lee, Lewis Hilsenteger from Unbox Therapy, and Marques "MKBHD" Brownlee. Since then, we've asked Business Insider readers to email us telling us what they thought of the new iPhones, and if they planned on buying any of the iPhone 11 models expected to be announced this year. Here's what they said. Ali says he has "no intention" of upgrading to the iPhone 11 from his iPhone 6S Plus. He said his older iPhone is still functioning well, and speed is not yet an issue. He also said he prefers Touch ID to Face ID. He did say, though, that he wishes his phone had an upgraded camera and the ability to have more than one SIM card like the newer iPhone models. Derrick also owns an iPhone 6S Plus, and says he has "no reason to pay any amount for the 11." "Other than replacing the battery about six months ago, the 6S Plus does everything I could need to do and it supports iOS 13," he said. ...

Source: Business Insider

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08-19-2019 Science&Technology
Certified Fact Checkers To Review Reported Instagram Posts

Instagram has launched a new feature that would allow users to easily report deceptive posts at the Facebook-owned social network. 3PFC On Instagram Facebook announced that it is expanding its Third-Party Fact-Checking Program (3PFC) to the photo and video-sharing social network that it purchased seven years ago. The new tool, which was launched on Thursday, Aug. 15, is already rolled out for users in the United States. It is expected to be available to all Instagram users by the end of the month. Facebook spokesperson Stephanie Otway said that the new tool will let Instagram users click on a "report" option on the screen when they see a suspicious post on Instagram. Certified fact-checkers will then review the reported false content to confirm the accuracy of the report. To report suspicious content, users will have to click on the three dots found in the upper right corner of the Instagram post, tap on "it's inappropriate" and then "false information." The posts will then be reviewed by verified signatories of the International Fact-Checking Network's Code of Principles. Otway, however, said that only U.S.-based fact-checkers will be verifying Instagram posts at the moment. The reported posts verified as false by the fact-checkers will not be deleted, but they will no longer be visible on "explore" and "hashtag" pages. "Starting today, people can let us know if they see posts on Instagram they believe may be false," Otway said. "We're investing heavily in limiting the spread of misinformation across our apps, and we plan to share more updates in the coming months." Different From Facebook's Third-Party Fact-Checking Program The feature does have some differences with that of the Third-Party Fact-Checking Program inside Facebook's News Feed. On Instagram, people who reported the content will not be notified of the verification process, not the conclusion of the fact-checker. The University of Wisconsin Journalism and Mass Communication associate professor Lucas Graves said that Instagram has a unique environment with its flavors of fake content. "Almost certainly a lot of fine-tuning (in 3PFC) will be needed down the road," he said. "This is a chance for Facebook to be more transparent than it has been about the implementation and effectiveness of these efforts, and about what role it envisions for its fact-checking partners in the long term."

Source: Tech Times

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08-19-2019 Health
Proteins That Control Sound-Detecting Cells May Restore Hearing In People With Irreversible Deafness

Researchers have identified a pair of proteins that can precisely control when sound-detecting cells known as hair cells develop in the inner ear. How Mammals Hear Mammals hear when sound vibrations travel through the cochlea. Lining inside this snail shell-looking structure are the sound detecting inner and outer hair cells, which transmit sound information to the brain. Causes Of Deafness About 90 percent of genetic hearing loss is caused by hair cell problems or damage to the auditory nerves that connect the hair cells to the brain. Deafness caused by exposure to viral infections or loud noises is caused by damage to hair cells. The problem with human hair cells is they cannot regenerate unlike those of other mammals and birds. This means that once the hair cells are damaged, hearing loss tend to be permanent. Activin A And Follistatin Hair cells first develop at the outermost part of the cochlea, where precursor cells start to transform into hair cells. They undergo a wave of transformation that stops once they reach the inner part of the cochlea. Angelika Doetzlhofer, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and colleagues, observed interesting behaviors of proteins Activin A and follistatin associated with the transformation of hair cells. They observed that the levels of follistatin were low in the area where the precursor cells were starting to transform into hair cells, and high at the innermost part of the cochlea's spiral where the precursor cells had not yet begun their transformation. Follistatin exhibited behavior that is opposite of Activin A's. "The two proteins perform a balancing act on precursor cells to control the orderly formation of hair cells along the cochlear spiral," Doetzlhofer said. The researchers wanted to find out how the two proteins coordinate hair cell development, so they increased the levels of Activin A in the cochleas of normal mice. Precursor cells in the animals transformed the hair cells too early. In mice that overproduced follistatin or not produce any Activin A, researchers found that the hair cells formed late and appeared disorganized. These observations mean that the action of the two proteins are so precisely timed during the development of the hair cells that any disturbance can have a significant impact. Potential Treatment For Irreversible Deafness The discovery, which was reported in eLife on June 12, could pave the way for future treatment that can help restore hearing in people with irreversible deafness. The researchers said that this research in hair cell development may have potential applications in treating deafness caused by damaged hair cells. "We are interested in how hair cells evolved because it's an interesting biological question," she said. "But we also want to use that knowledge to improve or develop new treatment strategies for hearing loss."

Source: Tech Times

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08-18-2019 Science&Technology
Amazon's New Program To Donate Unsold Products To Charity And Nonprofit Organizations

Amazon on Wednesday launched a new program that will donate unwanted Marketplace products instead of dumping the items into the trash. Fulfillment By Amazon Donations The program called Fulfillment by Amazon Donations will have unsold products from third-party Marketplace sellers that store inventory in Amazon warehouses in the United States and the UK go to US nonprofit organizations and charities. Amazon used to trash products left in its warehouses that the sellers were not able to dispose of. These products are often left in warehouses because they were returned, and some have defects. A French TV documentary estimated that the company has destroyed more than 3 million products in France in 2018. Since Amazon generates most of its sales in the United States, the number of destroyed items in U.S. warehouses is believed to be much larger compared with those in other countries. The donations program is aimed at reducing the amount of inventory that needs to be dumped from Amazon warehouses, which can help the environment and put the otherwise wasted items to good use. Starting Sept. 1, the FBA will become the default option for all sellers once they decide to dispose of their unwanted or unstored products in Amazon warehouses in the United States and the UK, but they can opt out of the program if they want. Unwanted Products To Go To Nonprofits And Charities The donations will be distributed to nonprofits in the United States through a group called Good360, which partners with retailers and consumer goods companies to source needed products and distribute them to nonprofits that help support people in need. "Our partnership with Amazon provides hope and helps transform the lives of those who are facing challenging life circumstances, including survivors of disasters," Good360 CEO Matt Connelly said, according to The Verge. In the UK, Amazon will work charities that include Newlife, Salvation Army, and Barnardo's. "We know getting products into the hands of those who need them transforms lives and strengthens local communities," said Alice Shobe, director of Amazon in the Community. "We are delighted to extend this program to sellers who use our fulfillment services."

Source: The Washington Examiner

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08-18-2019 Cars
Total Cost Of Ownership: Tesla Model 3 vs. Toyota Camry & Audi A5

To regular readers of this column, it will be no surprise that Tesla’s Model 3 is cheaper on a total cost of ownership basis than competing luxury sedans from BMW and Mercedes, but a Toyota Camry? Model 3 is a state-of-the-art electric vehicle with a 5-star safety rating and a driving experience that’s gotten rave reviews from every auto mag under the sun. Is it possible that it’s even in the same price class as the entry-level, reliable-but-dull Camry? That’s the surprising conclusion of Loup Ventures, a tech-oriented venture capital firm, which performed a 5-year comparative cost of ownership study. Loup first compared the two vehicles in 2017, and concluded that Model 3, which had a purchase price about 40% higher than that of the Toyota Camry LE, would end up costing 13% more to own and operate over 5 years. Considering that Model 3 includes Autopilot capability, over-the-air updates, and a host of other features that you won’t find on the Camry (or any other Toyota), the Tesla still sounded like a pretty good deal. Now Loup has updated its comparison. Using 2019 figures, the new study reached the astonishing conclusion that, when all relevant factors are taken into account, Model 3, which is indisputably a superior car, is slightly cheaper to own and operate over a 5-year period than Toyota’s mass-market sedan. When it comes to the purchase price (which, unfortunately, is the only number many car buyers will look at), the Camry still wins hands down. In fact, the price gap has widened to 59% since 2017 — the cheapest Model 3 you can order online is $38,990 (a $35,000 version is theoretically available by special order), whereas the Camry LE starts at $24,600. However, when you consider the other costs of ownership, some big differences become apparent. Surprisingly, Loup found typical insurance costs for a Model 3 to be slightly lower than for a Camry — and the gap is expected to widen over the next few years as Tesla’s in-house insurance products become available (the program has already launched in Australia and China, and is expected to come to North America this year). Costs for fuel and maintenance are far lower for any EV, compared to a legacy vehicle — Loup projects that Model 3 owners will save almost six grand on fuel and $2,800 on maintenance over five years, compared to Camry drivers. ...

Source: Clean Technica

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08-18-2019 Media
Study Says That Heavy Social Media Use May Harm Mental Health Of Teens

Another research has linked the excessive use of social media sites, such as Instagram and Twitter, to psychological distress, especially among teenage girls. A team of researchers interviewed over 12,000 young students ages 13 to 16 in England. They were asked about how often during the day they check Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. After three years, the same respondents were asked to evaluate their levels of happiness, how anxious they feel, and if they are satisfied with life. Social Media Linked To Psychological Distress The paper published in the journal The Lancet revealed that teenage boys and girls who admitted to using social media more than three times a day reported poorer mental health and greater psychological distress. The girls, in particular, said that they feel less happy and more anxious. However, the researchers explained that the negative impact of social media use to the female respondents' mental health was due to disrupted sleep, lack of exercise, and exposure to cyberbullying. For boys, these factors were also observed but the impact on their mental health was significantly smaller. Further research is needed to find out what is causing psychological distress among male students who use social media. "Our results suggest that social media itself doesn't cause harm, but that frequent use may disrupt activities that have a positive impact on mental health such as sleeping and exercising, while increasing exposure of young people to harmful content, particularly the negative experience of cyberbullying," explained Russell Viner, co-author of the paper. This is not the first time that a study has linked social media use among teenagers to poor mental health. In July, another study warned that spending too much time browsing social media sites and watching television could impact the severity of depressive symptoms that young people experience. What Parents Can Do The researchers clarified that the study does not mean that social media is inherently evil. In fact, Viner said that social media can have positive impacts on teenagers. Parents, however, should make sure that their children's use of social media is not interfering with activities that are known to improve mental health. "But they should worry about how much physical activity and sleep they're getting, because social media is displacing other things," added Dasha Nicholls, one of the authors of the paper. "It's about getting a balance."

Source: Tech Times

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08-18-2019 Science&Technology
Google's Pixel 4 Beats Samsung Galaxy Note 10 With Two Features

There’s a reason Samsung includes almost every feature known to man in its smartphones. It’s partly to do with hedging bets, it’s also partly to do with not being out-featured by a rival. But the main reason, I suspect, is because Apple and Google offer far superior proprietary services in their respective devices. Bixby can’t really compete with Google’s Assistant, nor does Samsung command the OS control Apple does over its iPhones that deliver a unique experience. So the Korean company substitutes its relative lack of services with the best hardware. But is it enough? Can Samsung’s Note 10 outgun Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 with high specs? Or does Google’s focus on AI matter more? If the Pixel can nail these features, I think it will have the upper hand. Want to play a gripping, narrative-focused detective game based on real investigative journalism, and *be* in the game? This is your last chance. Vast privacy improvements to Assistant At a Google Nest briefing event earlier this year, a Google exec was at pains to point out that the upcoming Nest Hub Max is more privacy focused than previous devices. The privacy features boiled down to; a physical button to shut the camera off, a green LED light to indicate when the camera is in use and a facial recognition feature that processes accurate matches locally. It’s the latter feature I’m hoping Google expands on and makes specific to Pixel devices. I asked, at that briefing event, how much of Google Assistant could be done locally so owners can use it safely without feeling like they’re hemorrhaging valuable data. I was told that it is possible, but that it isn’t part of Google’s plan. Considering how valuable that data is, that's probably not much of a surprise. But, if Google took some baby steps and offered the ability to control smart home features, toggle settings and perform simple map/web searches without having to fully sign up to having your web activity monitored, that would be a big deal. If Google’s Pixel was the only Android phone with some non data collecting Assistant features, it would have a big advantage over Samsung’s Bixby and other Android devices running Assistant. Back to basics I’m struggling to understand why Google’s very impressive budget Pixel 3A - with a few modest improvements - isn’t Google’s flagship smartphone. The selling point of Google’s Pixel devices are the services - Pixel adverts are all centred around what your phone will do when “hey Google” is uttered. With an industry beating rear camera a close second. Considering the Pixel 3A has virtually the same camera (minus the Visual Core Chip, which means slower processing), and the Pixel 3’s performance issues that did little to justify its higher price tag, Google could make its flagship dramatically cheaper than its competition by perhaps stripping back features elsewhere. ...

Source: Forbes

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08-14-2019 Games
Apex Legends community raging over new cosmetic pricing

Respawn Entertainment launched a major update to Apex Legends earlier today, featuring a new event called Iron Crown. The event is running for a limited time, and introduces exclusive cosmetics that players can only unlock while the event is live. Just a few hours after the launch of the event, the Apex Legends community made it clear that they are not happy at all with how these new cosmetics are being doled out. The big issue with players, as expressed on places like the Apex Legends subreddit, seems to be the pricing and availability of the Iron Crown event packs. If you haven’t played Apex Legends in a while, the pricing model can be a little tricky to crack, but the basics are that it’ll run players 700 Apex Coins to open each Iron Crown pack, or about $7 in real money. There are 24 Iron Crown packs in total, two of which can be earned through gameplay, so players looking to unlock everything will have to throw down $140. Ouch. For those that don’t feel like they need every single cosmetic, they’re still at the whims of the RNG of loot boxes, which means they could be $100 in the hole before getting a desired skin, even without duplicates in these boxes. This post on the Apex Legends subreddit from u/HerpMcHerp does a good job summarizing players’ complaints, but it’s one of many posts that have bubbled up to the top of the subreddit since the launch of the Iron Crown event. Given that Apex Legends is a free-to-play game, it’s no surprise that cosmetics would be expensive, but tying a gambling mechanic in the form of loot boxes to time-limited cosmetics seems particularly harsh for players. We’ve reached out to Respawn to see if they have any response regarding the blowback.

Source: Polygon

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08-14-2019 Science&Technology
Parallels 15 will let you use your Apple Pencil with Windows

Popular Mac-to-Windows desktop virtualization software Parallels is adding native support for DirectX 11 as well as upcoming macOS Catalina tentpole features like Sidecar, developer Corel announced on Tuesday. The highlight of Parallels Desktop 15 is cross-platform support for DirectX 11 courtesy of Apple's Metal graphics API. With support for Metal in tow, Corel claims the new version of Parallels delivers 15 percent faster 3D graphics performance, in addition to a smoother, more responsive user interface. For frequent Microsoft Office users, the company says Microsoft's suite of productivity apps will launch 80 percent faster with Parallels 15. Beyond improved performance, expanded graphics support means Parallels 15 will allow Mac owners to use programs and play games they weren't able to in the past. Notable highlights include computer-aided design (CAD) programs like Autodesk 3ds Max 2020, as well as recent games like Fallout 4, Anno 1800 and Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. What's most interesting about this release, however, is that once Apple releases macOS Catalinathis fall, Parallels will allow Mac owners to use features like Sidecar and expanded Apple Pencil support within Windows. With Parallels 15, Sidecar, which will allow iPad owners to use their tablet as a secondary display in macOS Catalina, will also work in Windows. Similarly, Apple Pencil owners will be able to use their stylus in Windows programs like Microsoft Sketch Pad.

Source: Engadget

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08-13-2019 Games
After two years of delays, Minecraft’s visual upgrade has been canceled

After announcing a plan to completely overhaul Minecraft's visual engine in 2017, the game's developers at Mojang have finally come clean: the "Super Duper Graphics Pack" is no longer coming to the hugely popular sandbox game. The update's E3 2017 announcement sent tongues wagging thanks to an incredible trailer, which bathed the game's familiar, blocky environs with a newly dynamic shadow-and-light model, crepuscular rays, screen-space reflections, material-based lighting, and more. Keeping in line with its description as a "pack," the update left the game's raw assets untouched, which made it seem similar to other existing "texture packs" sold within modern Minecraft games. All of this would even run in 4K resolution on supported hardware, Mojang said, and it promised a free launch by "fall 2017." Once that date slipped, Mojang became wholly mum about the pack's existence until Monday. That's when Mojang confirmed the project's cancellation in a brief, official blog post. In it, the company told fans, "Unfortunately, the pack proved too technically demanding to implement as planned." Instead of offering technical details, Mojang went on to blame the update's problems on "how the pack performed across devices." Thanks to this brief statement, we're forced to read between the lines and remember that the Super Duper Graphics Pack was originally announced as a free update for Minecraft on Windows 10 and Xbox as opposed to power-starved platforms such as Nintendo Switch or smartphones. And we learned in December 2018 that Microsoft was officially done supporting the game on Xbox 360 consoles. This may very well have been a crucial brick to lay in moving forward on "Xbox One-only" console support for the pack. So that "across devices" line may very well point to the non-X version of Xbox One as a performance sticking point. But neither Mojang nor Microsoft is saying. Shortly after the pack's 2017 announcement, Microsoft rolled out a Minecraft "beta test" channel via the Xbox One Insider channel. But that test version of the game never included any hints of Super Duper Graphics Pack bonuses or even a jump to 4K resolution. However, that doesn't mean Microsoft is done pushing Minecraft's limits on its existing platforms. The Monday blog post included a tease of some technical upgrade possibly coming: "We're constantly trying to make the most of the technical architecture of each [platform]. We'll be able to share more on that subject very soon." And in good news, some of the Super Duper update's graphical touches appear to have found a home in the promising spin-off game Minecraft Dungeons, slated to launch sometime next year.

Source: Ars Technica

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08-11-2019 Politics
Trump retweets post implying Bill Clinton behind Jeffrey Epstein’s death

President Trump added fuel to the conspiracy theories surrounding multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide on Saturday when he retweeted a post that implied former President Bill Clinton was linked to Epstein's death. The tweet came from self-described comedian Terrence K. Williams who echoed many on social media in suggesting a connection between the Clintons and Epstein, who previously was an acquaintance of the former president. "Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen," the tweet read, alongside a photo of Epstein and one of the Clintons. "#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this! RT if you’re not Surprised." JEFFREY EPSTEIN DEAD FROM APPARENT SUICIDE IN MANHATTAN JAIL CELL; FBI INVESTIGATING Trump's tweet came shortly after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., pushed back on the "immediate rush to spread conspiracy theories about someone" in another political party. Williams' video argued that "for some odd reason, people with information on the Clintons end up dead and they usually die from suicide." "C'mon now," he continued incredulously on the video. The Associated Press reported that Epstein had been placed on suicide watch after an incident last month in which Epstein was found with bruising on his neck, though it has never been made clear whether those injuries were the result of a suicide attempt or an assault by a fellow inmate. However, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman told the New York Post Saturday that Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death and AP reported he had been taken off suicide watch at the end of last month. ...

Source: Fox News

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08-19-2019 |

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One Minute It Was an Afghan Wedding. The Next, a Funeral for 63.

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IMMIGRATION Women Are Fleeing Death at Home. The U.S. Wants to Keep Them Out.

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The Barbaric History of Sugar in America

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08-19-2019 |

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O'Rourke El Paso shooting makes clear the ‘real consequence’ of Trump racism

Politics
'I don't see a recession' Trump and advisers reject talk of economic disaster

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'Essentially a real estate deal' Trump confirms he is considering attempt to buy Greenland Opinion 'Friends, you'll love Greenland. I was there on 9/11'

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08-19-2019 |

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El pulso entre Salvini y Sánchez por el ‘Open Arms’ deja en evidencia a Europa

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Turquía anega 10.000 años de historia

Entertainment
Quentin Tarantino y la fórmula secreta de sus bandas sonoras

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08-19-2019 |

Education
Emocionó a todos. Un profesor encarnó a San Martín y arengó a sus alumnos

Sports
Superliga. Boca le gana a Aldosivi: la Bombonera estalló con el gol de Tevez

Politics
Diálogo con LA NACION. Alberto Fernández: 'No pienso cerrar la economía'

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08-19-2019 |

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PARENTING Kidney stones? Nope. Woman gives birth to triplets

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FBI: Ohio man arrested after shooting threat.

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NATION Woman says cuddle therapy turned sexual

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08-19-2019 |

Politics
Sem perícia, mensagens não têm sido usadas em investigações

Culture
CADERNO B: Luiz Aquila anuncia exposição no Belas Artes, com 'obras inacabadas'

Sports
CSA vence o Fluminense no Maracanã

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08-19-2019 |

General
Prince Andrew caught inside Epstein's New York mansion

Health
Why is one patient charged $2500 and another $17,600 for the same surgery?

Health
How our high-sugar diet is breeding a new, deadly superbug

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08-19-2019 |

General
GTA ‘We’re all just people.’ Hundreds gather at Nathan Phillips Square to draw attention to Kashmir crisis

Politics
Rosie DiManno: Justin Trudeau may not be sorry, but he’s in a sorry state

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GTA Demand is growing for multi-generational housing. This North York condo developer is listening

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Top 100 World Newspapers (*)

No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country
1 The New York Times / United States 2 The Guardian / United Kingdom 3 The Daily Mail / United Kingdom 4 China Daily / China
5 The Washington Post / United States 6 The Telegraph / United Kingdom 7 The Wall Street Journal / United States 8 USA Today / United States
9 The Times of India / India 10 The Independent / United Kingdom 11 Los Angeles Times / United States 12 El País / Spain
13 Financial Times / United Kingdom 14 The People's Daily / China 15 United Daily News / China 16 The Economic Daily / China
17 Le Monde / France 18 Daily Mirror / United Kingdom 19 El Mundo / Spain 20 Daily News / United States
21 La Repubblica / Italy 22 Bild / Germany 23 Le Figaro / France 24 The Sydney Morning Herald / Australia
25 Houston Chronicle / United States 26 Hürriyet / Turkey 27 Chicago Tribune / United States 28 The Examiner / United States
29 New York Post / United States 30 Asahi Shimbun / Japan 31 Corriere della Sera / Italy 32 The Economic Times / India
33 Milliyet Gazetesi / Turkey 34 Marca / Spain 35 Liberty Times / Taiwan 36 Die Welt / Germany
37 The Globe and Mail / Canada 38 Nihon Keizai Shimbun / Japan 39 The Hollywood Reporter / United States 40 Sabah / Turkey
41 The Christian Science Monitor / United States 42 Daily Express / United Kingdom 43 Kompas / Indonesia 44 The Indian Express / India
45 Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan 46 Gazeta Wyborcza / Poland 47 The Hindu / India 48 The Toronto Star / Canada
49 The Sun / United Kingdom 50 The Age / Australia 51 The Boston Globe / United States 52 Philippine Daily Inquirer / Philippines
53 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Germany 54 The Washington Times / United States 55 Clarín / Argentina 56 Chosun Ilbo / Japan
57 Die Zeit / Germany 58 The Onion / United States 59 Metro / United Kingdom 60 ABC / Spain
61 The Seattle Times / United States 62 The Times / United Kingdom 63 La Gazzetta dello Sport / Italy 64 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Germany
65 The Hill / United States 66 Dainik Bhaskar / India 67 The Philadelphia Inquirer / United States 68 The Oregonian / United States
69 The Dong-a Ilbo / Korea 70 La Nación / Argentina 71 The Hindustan Times / India 72 San Jose Mercury News / United States
73 The Dallas Morning News / United States 74 AS / Spain 75 The Australian / Australia 76 Star Tribune / United States
77 Qingdao News / China 78 The Jerusalem Post / Israel 79 The Plain Dealer / United States 80 L'Equipe / France
81 Komsomolskaya Pravda / Russia 82 The Denver Post / United States 83 Mladá fronta Dnes / Czech Republic 84 Libération / France
85 O Globo / Brazil 86 Aftonbladet / Sweden 87 The Japan Times / Japan 88 Business Standard / India
89 Le Nouvel Observateur / France 90 Kommersant / Russia 91 Le Parisien / France 92 The New Zealand Herald / New Zealand
93 Detroit Free Press / United States 94 Newsday / United States 95 The Baltimore Sun / United States 96 National Post / Canada
97 Il Sole 24 Ore / Italy 98 The Miami Herald / United States 99 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / United States 100 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / United States
101 The Irish Independent / Ireland 102 South China Morning Post / Hong Kong SAR 103 The Irish Times / Ireland 104 The Star Online / Malaysia
105 De Telegraaf / Netherlands 106 Dawn / Pakistan 107 Der Standaard / Austria 108 The Sacramento Bee / United States
109 20 Minutos / Spain 110 Mainichi Shimbun / Japan 111 Rossiyskaya Gazeta / Russia 112 Apple Daily / Taiwan
113 DNA - Daily News & Analysis / India 114 La Stampa / Italy 115 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / United States 116 20 Minutes / France
117 La Vanguardia / Spain 118 Evening Standard / United Kingdom 119 China Times / Taiwan 120 The Straits Times / Singapore
121 Orlando Sentinel / United States 122 Der Tagesspiegel / Germany 123 South Florida Sun-Sentinel / United States 124 Verdens Gang / Norway
125 Argumenti i Fakti / Russia 126 Boston Herald / United States 127 Infobae / Argentina 128 Dagbladet / Norway
129 Independent Online / South Africa 130 The New York Observer / United States 131 Yeni Safak / Turkey 132 Seattle Post-Intelligencer / United States
133 The Kansas City Star / United States 134 Al-Ahram / Egypt 135 The Scotsman / United Kingdom 136 Nikkan Sports / Japan
137 Deseret News / United States 138 Herald Sun / Australia 139 The Vancouver Sun / Canada 140 Yang Cheng Wan Bao / China
141 Les Échos / France 142 Gulf News / United Arab Emirates 143 Yedioth Aharonot / Israel 144 Sports Nippon / Japan
145 The Orange County Register / United States 146 Expressen / Sweden 147 St. Louis Post-Dispatch / United States 148 Pravda.ru / Russia
149 Handelsblatt / Germany 150 The Daily Telegraph / Australia

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