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At a meeting in Exxon Corporation's headquarters, a senior company scientist named James F. Black addressed an audience of powerful oilmen. Speaking without a text as he flipped through detailed slides, Black delivered a sobering message: carbon dioxide from the world's use of fossil fuels would warm the planet and could eventually endanger humanity.

Pizza rat tries to take a slice home from the subway

Pizza rat tries to carry a slice down a set of subway steps.

The selfie spoon is weird enough to use every morning

Scoop and snap, scoop and snap.

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Beware harming your 'personal brand' on social media

Because of the higher level of visibility social media brings to our lives, it’s important to apply the golden rules of etiquette, manners and respect to your online life just as you do in real life, helping ensure you build and maintain your personal and professional brand now and into the future.

Samsung to launch its own lease program for smartphones to counter Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program

Apple had revealed the ‘iPhone Upgrade Program’ at its ‘Hey Siri’ event earlier this month. Under this program, Apple will be directly leasing the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers through its retail stores in the United States. The lease prices will start from $32 per month for up to 24 months. The Upgrade Program also entitles users  to Apple Care for their iPhone and an upgrade to the new iPhone that Apple will unveil next year.

3 AutoResponder 3: Jailbreak tweak automatically responds to any iMessage or SMS

AutoResponder might come in handy in situations when you don’t have access to your phone or you can’t use it such as while driving. One of the options that I’d like the developer to add to the tweak is to enable or disable the tweak via an Activator gesture rather than using the preferences pane.

As containers take off, so do security concerns

But this is changing, with 65 percent saying that they plan to use containers in production in the next 12 months, and cited security as their biggest worry. According to the survey, just over 60 percent said that security was either a major or a moderate barrier to adoption.

Samsung reportedly planning its own Apple-style smartphone leasing

Apple calls its upgrade program “the best way to own [an] iPhone,” and says “it gives you an easier way to get a new [unlocked] iPhone every year, and the security and protection of AppleCare+. You’re even free to choose the carrier and rate plan that work for you.”

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Weekly Roundup: 10 new and noteworthy Jailbreak tweaks of the week (Sep 20)

The newly released  tweaks  range from bringing 3D Touch functionality to iOS 8 and older devices to enabling your device to automatically respond to iMessage and SMS messages.

Report: Apple’s electric car to hit the road in 2019 but it won't be driverless

The impact on you : Should you start saving your money for an electric iCar? Perhaps not. Despite Apple hitting the gas pedal on building a car, many internal sources are skeptical about the 2019 ship date. It’s an ambitious project, especially for a company with zero car-making experience besides the CarPlay infotainment software. Even if Apple gets a prototype fully designed and operable, it could still take time for it to pass certain road and safety regulations. The WSJ notes that it wouldn’t be unheard-of for this project to miss its 2019 ship date.

Mad Men Series Finale Recap: The Real Thing

What’s more, an uncomfortable overlap between his current self and his ad-man past would in no way wipe out the losses and gains he experiences here. Don’s grief over Betty’s diagnosis and his subsequent realization that his absence from his children’s life is, to them, “normal life” is real. So is his litany of unforgivable sins, recited in the sardonic lilt that should be familiar to anyone who’s taken a similar vebal inventory of their failings and found the results to be a crippling psychological wound: “I broke all my vows. I scandalized my child. I took another man’s name and made nothing of it.” Don once told Peggy that despite seemingly having it all, he’s still gripped with a terrible worry: “That I’ve never did anything, and I don’t have anyone.” Crumpled by the payphone at the retreat, he’s realized his worry has come true. I envy anyone who doesn’t find this story, this show, completely devastating.

Bring Your Best Designs to Life with these Designer Deals [Deals Hub]

Even the best designers need to get their inspiration from somewhere. To kickstart your ideas or jump into your next career, check out the offers on design tools available now in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub.

The rate of Chinese hacking attempts is slowing down

Why the noticeable dip? It's not completely clear, but the findings come just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to visit the US . While this could be a coincidence, it also wouldn't be surprising if China wanted to reduce the volume of state-backed breaches ahead of an important meeting where digital security is on the table. With that said, it's doubtful that the problem will go away even if the Chinese government is putting on the brakes. There are still plenty of privately launched hacks originating in the country, and officials can only do so much to stop thieves, scammers and others focused on pure profit .

IAB CEO Randall Rothenberg on Ad Blocking, Viewability, Fraud

Mr. Rothenberg: There is a fair amount of shared responsibility here. We have definitely, definitely over time gummed up the advertising experience and Web pages with all kinds of analytics and pixels and tags and all kinds of things. The more we are able to do with advertising on the Web, the more it contributes to the problem. So this is absolutely something the industry can address and should address.

Texan pleads guilty to running bitcoin Ponzi scheme

Prosecutors said Shavers, who turned 33 on Monday, raised at least 764,000 bitcoins worth more than $4.5 million based on the average price of bitcoin during the period of the scheme from investors from September 2011 to September 2012. He promised interest rates of 7 percent per week or 3,641 percent a year.

Kickstarter is legally obliged to give back to society

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is reincorporating as a "public benefit corporation" (PBC). What does that mean? Well, it's a confusing term, and one that's defined differently depending on which state you're in. Loosely speaking, it's supposed to mean that a company operates both for profit and for the betterment of society. As part of the change, the company will be registered in Delaware -- which added PBCs into state law two years ago today -- rather than its native New York. Kickstarter has been a voluntary B-corp (benefit corporation) since last year, but by becoming a Delaware PBC it's turning an optional pledge into company law. With the switch comes a new charter, and it's in there that we see exactly how Kickstarter acts in our best interests.

Skype is the latest in a series of high-profile web outages (updated)

The last 24 hours have served as a reminder of just how precarious the strands that connect us to the internet can be. Skype is reporting that some its services have fallen over after a bug was found that's preventing users from being seen as visible, rendering them incapable of making any voice or video calls. The news comes just a few short hours after The Next Web reported that an Amazon Web Services location in Virginia broke down, forcing some of the world's most popular services, including Netflix , AirBnB and Viber, offline. The Amazon outage has been mostly fixed by now, and Skype is pledging to get its own issues shorted post-haste, but if any rival video call providers wanted to take advantage of the situation, now would be the time.

Sprint will begin selling the Apple Watch on September 25

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch day deliveries in NYC and Philadelphia could get delayed due to Pope Francis' visit

UPS offers personal pickup option, so you should still be able to get your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus on launch day. FedEx and other courier companies haven’t announced their plans on how they plan to handle the deliveries when Pope Francis visits these cities.

12 ways to get more battery life from your iOS device running iOS 9

This tip is a no-brainer and applies to any device with a backlit screen. The reality is you don't need the screen brightness set to 100%. It's bad for your iOS device's battery and really bad for your eyes. You can lower the brightness by sliding the Control Center up on any screen with a swipe up from the bottom. Or, you can visit Settings > Display & Brightness and adjust the brightness control.

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom appears in court to fight U.S. extradition

Auckland (By Nigel Marple) — Flamboyant German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom appeared in a New Zealand court on Monday, after nearly four years of legal wrangling, at a hearing to determine whether he will face copyright infringement and other charges in the United States.

Using Google Street View to Illustrate Around the World in 80 Days

The postcards have a colorful, almost mid-century feel, which is a smart way of making them feel more connected to the world Verne wrote about in 1873. Kovacs says he draws the lines with pencil on paper, then scans that into his computer. He he adds color and texture in Photoshop. “Usually my illustrations are just a bit more detailed, with more shadows and textures,” he says. “But these sketches are not intended to be a finished work, more like an impression of the place.” The postcards are so  lovely  it’s almost like being there. Almost.

SOMA review: Ghostly machines beneath the sea, exploring humanity's depths

SOMA is not the horror game I expected from Frictional, but it's an excellent piece of science fiction that feels of a piece with stories by Harlan Ellison and Philip K. Dick as much as Frictional's previous work.

Volkswagen Stock Plummets As CEO Apologizes For Emissions Cheat

"I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public," says Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, days after the EPA said the German carmaker had purposefully rigged its diesel cars to pass emissions tests.

‘Mom, let’s meet in the future’: Chinese sci-fi writer cryogenically freezes her brain in Arizona lab

‘Mom, let’s meet in the future’: Chinese sci-fi writer cryogenically freezes her brain in Arizona lab

The Making Of FiftyThree's Beloved Paper App For The iPhone

When we're not making note of things by snapping photos with our phones, we're launching an app like Apple's virtual notepad or Evernote to tap them out the old fashioned way: with words. To account for this, the FiftyThree team decided to incorporate text into its new app in a prominent way. The only question—a huge one—was how. They wanted to let users format text, for instance, without turning Paper into a full-blown word processor littered with buttons and drop-down menus. The coders on the team pushed for Markdown, the text formatting schema popular with many developers and bloggers. But was that too geeky? Designers played with different layout options and type treatments. Paper's approach to text input and formatting soon became a topic of internal debate.

Skype status problem preventing some users from making calls

Skype, Microsoft Corp's ( MSFT.O ) online telephone and video service, said it identified the glitch that prevented some users from making calls, and is working to resolve the issue.

Windows 10 begins to eat into Windows 7's usage share

Although it initially tempted Windows 8.1 users, Windows 10 has increasingly grown its usage share at the expense of the much more widely used Windows 7, an encouraging sign for Microsoft's efforts to convince the old guard to switch.

Emmys 2015: Viola Davis breaks new ground with win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Viola Davis just won the Emmy for lead actress in a drama on How To Get Away With Murder , and it wasn't just a sign of the incredible success creator Shonda Rhimes continues to have — it was also the first win for an African-American woman in the category in the history of the Emmys. It followed  Uzo Aduba's win for best supporting actress earlier in the evening.

ZERODIUM announces 'Million Dollar iOS 9 bug bounty' program

In total, the company will be paying out 3 million U.S. dollars for all iOS related exploits and jailbreaks found by developers and researchers. The zero-day bounty program is open until 6:00 p.m. EDT on October 31 or until Zerodium ends up paying the total promised prize money to developers and researchers.

Mandatory South Korean parental control app is a security nightmare

Back in April, South Korea required that wireless carriers install parental control apps on kids' phones to prevent young ones from seeing naughty content. It sounded wise to officials at the time, but it now looks like that cure is worse than the disease. Researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab have discovered 26 security holes in Smart Sheriff, the most popular of these mandatory parental apps. The software has weak authentication, sends a lot of data without encryption and relies on servers using outdated, vulnerable code. It wouldn't be hard for an intruder to hijack the parent's account, intercept communications or even scoop up the kids' personal details. The worst part? Some of these vulnerabilities apply on a large scale, so a particularly sinister attacker could compromise hundreds of thousands of phones at once.

How to enable 'Nightstand Mode' on your Apple Watch - CNET

After a slight delay, Apple released Watch OS 2 for the Apple Watch. The update introduces native apps from third-party developers which are supposed to be faster and more reliable than previous apps. Additionally you can now set custom watch faces using your own photos, draw with multiple colors using Digital Touch and use your Apple Watch as an alarm clock with a new Nightstand Mode .

This might be the real reason 'Game of Thrones' beat 'Mad Men'

Will next year be an HBO sweep? Will broadcast TV have an even harder time breaking through? And, most importantly, could efforts to make the Emmys more exciting transform the event into one that hands out awards based on popularity rather than pure merit?

How ‘joint employer’ ruling impacts IT outsourcing customers

However, the decision could also have an impact on IT outsourcing relationships where there is no union involvement at all. The NLRB enforces the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to ensure employees do not endure unfair labor practices and retain their right to organize either with a labor union or amongst themselves. The NLRA applies to most private sector employees, regardless of their affiliation with a labor union, Van Hoose points out. “If, for instance, an employee of a staffing company, where there is no union files an unfair labor charge against its employer, it may also choose to file that charge against the outsourcer as a ‘joint employer’ under this decision,” says Van Hoose.

How Zuck’s Old TA Helped Facebook Master Mobile Ads

Bosworth wasn’t that interested. He didn’t just need a break. He knew almost nothing about the ad business, whether the ads showed up on smartphones or anywhere else. But as Bosworth explains it, in his typically offhanded way, Zuckerberg is rather persuasive. “He was like: ‘There are at least four billion-dollar opportunities on mobile in the next six months. You can unlock one or two. And then you can go on your vacation.’ That’s an insane thing to say. But I was like: ‘Why not?'” Bosworth remembers. “He says a thing that you think must be crazy. But you end up leaving the conversation thinking it’s possible.”

Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom to offer in-flight broadband in Europe

Deutsche Telekom said it would build a network of 300 high-capacity 4G base stations across Europe using dedicated spectrum that would connect to aircraft, with coverage switching to an Inmarsat satellite when the flight was over the sea.

Internet growth slows; most people still offline: U.N.

By the end of this year, 3.2 billion people will have some form of regular access to the Internet, up from 2.9 billion in 2014. That is 43.4 percent of the world’s population, still far short of a U.N. target of 60 percent by 2020.

WatchOS 2 first look: New software, same Apple Watch

This delay, however minor, is noteworthy not just because it's unusual for Apple to suddenly pull back on a new release because of a "bug." There's a lot more at stake for watchOS 2 than there is for iOS 9. The two software releases were aligned for a reason — an Apple Watch wearer has to install iOS 9 on iPhone in order to download watchOS 2 — but iOS 9 powers an already best-selling iPhone, while watchOS 2 is supposed to bring significant improvements to a gadget that many consumers still aren’t convinced they need.

Why Having Friends At Work Is So Important

Grant cites a study that indicates 40% of startups are formed through founders' friendships. But other studies show that not only are we less likely to forge friendships in the office, we tend to eschew the niceties of interaction in favor of productivity. That’s due to a few factors, including shortened job tenures (these people will be out of my life in less than four years), the rise of social media (I can Skype and message all my high school and college BFFs!), and the increasing blur between work and personal life (I need to keep some time to myself).

The 21 Bitcoin Computer

But the technology is ultimately just a tool. Our long­ term goal is to return economic power to the individual. Specifically, we want to make it possible for you to turn your bright idea into passive income by selling Bitcoin­-payable goods, games, and services over the Internet through a 21 Bitcoin Computer. And we want to use the success of the 21 Bitcoin Computer to help make Bitcoin the next fundamental system resource, available by default on every new computer. That journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you are a developer or entrepreneur, and you want to help us reach that destination, please go ahead and get a 21 Bitcoin Computer now .

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Apple Created a New Emoji But Nobody Knows Why

The practice of joining emoji characters is hardly novel. It uses a Unicode character call the Zero Width Joiner (ZWJ) to join the two emoji into a new one, though the ZWJ shows up as an invisible character. This is how Apple already creates some emoji, like the various family characters. Those emoji are actually just combinations of the individual man, woman, boy, and girl emoji characters. It’s actually very common, and Unicode even has a guide to how it works .

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Tale Of The 1989 Tape: How Ryan Adams' Covers Compare To Taylor Swift's Originals

Swift herself was elated by the announcement—she swore that she’d celebrate the day she learned of it as a holiday for years to come, and tweeted a countdown late last week until the release, declaring the notion of hearing it "surreal and dreamlike." But the question remained, how seriously would Adams take the project? More to the point, how much connection would a 40-year-old Americana artist feel to a 25-year-old’s synth-heavy record that shattered sales records at a time when nobody buys music anymore? We listened to every song on Adams’s 1989 to compare it to the original, and ranked each one on the Swift-o-Meter in order to determine how much it kept, how much it deviated, and whether we believed that Adams was taking this seriously.

Kim Dotcom US extradition hearing begins - BBC News

The long-awaited extradition hearing for internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has begun in Auckland, New Zealand.

46 attracts millennials

In spite of this early triumph, there are still a lot of consumers who are unaware that even exists, particularly outside of the millennial age group. The same survey from Prosper Insights & Analytics revealed that 81% of consumers have never heard of the marketplace, and a further 11% have heard of the site but have not visited it. It is still early days for Jet so there is plenty of room to grow and expand its promotional efforts.

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The benefits of good posture - Murat Dalkilinç

Has anyone ever told you, “Stand up straight!” or scolded you for slouching at a family dinner? Comments like that might be annoying—but they’re not wrong. Your posture is the foundation for every movement your body makes and can determine how well your body adapts to the stresses on it. Murat Dalkilinç gives the pros of good posture.

Experts are hailing this exotic fruit that tastes like pulled pork as 'miracle' crop, which could save millions from starvation

But don't be fooled: The fruit, known as a jackfruit, is being hailed as a "miracle" crop that could save millions from starvation. And the unique fruit inside of it is just the beginning of the jackfruit's many wonders.

Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names

[…] John Graham-Cumming wrote an article today complaining about how a computer system he was working with described his last name as having invalid characters. It of course does not, because anything someone tells you is their name is — by definition — an appropriate identifier for them. John was understandably vexed about this situation, and he has every right to be, because names are central to our identities, virtually by definition. I have lived in Japan for several years, programming in a professional capacity, and I have broken many systems by the simple expedient of being introduced into them. Original post […]

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