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The Eyes have it: Bosch adds new camera to smart home lineup

Bosch reaffirmed its commitment to the smart home at IFA 2016 in Berlin, where it announced three new devices and integration with IFTTT.

Consumers' group wants Uber to publicize self-driving tests

Nonprofit public interest group Consumer Watchdog has called on ride-hailing giant Uber to publicize self-driving tests in Pittsburgh.

Got a hot body? Now you can charge your device

A new research project from North Carolina State University has shown a possible way to charge wearables without having to take them off everyday.

Download Google's Smart Messaging App Allo Now

Allo learns over time to make conversations more expressive and productive.

Joss Whedon launches 'Save the Day' voting initiative with celebrity superfriends

The Avengers director is back on Twitter with an important message to voters.

SpaceX zeroes in on cause of spectacular rocket explosion

Elon Musk's space company posts preliminary results of its investigation into an "anomaly" that led to the loss of a Falcon 9 rocket and Amos-6 satellite.

Watch the Adventure Time Couch Gag for The Simpsons

The 28th season of the long-running Fox comedy debuts on Sunday, with Pendleton Ward returning to sing a special version of his show's theme song.

World's second biggest wearables maker debuts new smartwatch

Chinese wearables maker Huami, producer of the popular Xiaomi fitness tracker, recently launched it's latest product, the Amazfit smartwatch

Cantina Talk: Rejoice! Another Star Wars Standalone Movie Will Land in 2020

Disney CEO Bob Iger didn't reveal what the movie would be about, but he says a third Star Wars anthology flick is in the works for 2020.

Mini Unveils Customizable Autonomous Car For Ride-Sharing Future

Mini, one of the most influential British car brands (now owned by BMW), has unveiled its own autonomous car and ride-sharing vision for the future.

Alexa gets more skilled every week and looks toward Europe

Amazon voice recognition platform, Alexa, has reached 3,000 skills. The e-commerce giant plans to bring the products, including the Echo, to Europe.

iPhone 7 launches in 30 more countries today, Apple Watch Series 2 arrives in 20+, Hermès models now available

Following preorders going live on September 9 and an initial launch in 28 countries on September 16, Apple’s new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus today launch in an additional 30 countries around the world. App…

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Disconnect is one of the best anti-tracking solutions on the market, and for the next seven days it's totally free for iOS and Samsung users.

'Pepper' robot uses trial-and-error learning to master a child's game

Robots, much like children, are now using simple games to learn important skills. Pepper, SoftBank’s adorable humanoid robot, recently learned to play ball-in-a-cup (also called ring and pin) in an effort to better understand optimal trajectory. In the beginning, SoftBank’s team demonstrated the game to the robot by guiding its arm. By the end of the …

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Mark Zuckerberg's new $3 billion goal: Cure, prevent and manage all disease

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan have set a new ambitious goal: curing disease. The two announced that their Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will invest at least $3 billion over the next 10 years in an effort to achieve this goal.

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Uber drivers will snap selfies to signal they're legit - Roadshow

A pop-up message appears from time to time on the driver's app stating that the driver's identity needs to be verified before they can accept more rides. The message then initiates the device's front-facing camera to take a selfie. Uber then uses Microsoft's Cognitive Services to compare the photo with the driver's photo on file. If the photos match, the driver can continue picking up passengers. If not, Uber places a temporary ban on the driver's account.

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Outdated thinking on wireless could cripple UK smart cities

The former head of U.K. mobile telecoms giant O2 warns an antiquated “analog” mindset among government could stunt the development of smart cities.

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The Verge founding member Chris Ziegler worked at Apple for two months before leaving website

In a strange case of tech journalism intrigue, former deputy editor and founding member of The Verge Chris Ziegler recently left the publication after it was discovered that he was — and might still be — moonlighting at Apple, a potential conflict of interest for both companies.

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UPS tests time-sensitive deliveries by drone

The company has teamed with drone maker CyPhy Works to explore making quick deliveries in places that are difficult to access.

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How cities can to tap into $37B in private funds for innovation

With public infrastructure funding in the U.S. nearly tapped out, a new study says smart city projects could tap into billions in private funds, according to a report by Siemens Financial Services into funding for smart cities.

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12 of the Best Android Apps You Can Beta Test Today

Google has recently been rolling out improvements to the Play Store that make it easier to find and manage beta apps, so if you’re eager to try out some cutting edge features and are prepared to put up with a few additional bugs, there’s never been a better time to get started. Here are 12 apps worth checking out.

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey dates a GamerGater IRL

One particularly intriguing product incorporates a step-tracking sensor into a pair of glasses. The device, known as Level, also includes a cool feature called "Find Your Glasses," which I'm told is extremely popular. The idea behind the connected glasses is that it's easy enough to forget to wear a smartwatch, but those who need glasses won't leave the house without them. The downside is that it's not ideal for those who don't wear glasses, or wear glasses and contact lenses intermittently (myself included). The glasses are the brainchild of the innovation lab of VSP, a vision care health insurance company.

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Man Claims Uber Laughed at Him When He Tried to Report Sexual Assault

A New York man says he was laughed at by an operator at Uber’s emergency hotline after reporting that he was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver this month. The operator later hung up after refusing to refer the man to her manager. The driver has since been banned from the platform.

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Report: Twitter Suitors Include Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Verizon

Twitter's board of directors appears to be amenable to a sale, as does the market: the company's stock was up more than 20 percent following today's rumors, according to CNBC, whose sources reported that formal bids may be delivered "shortly."

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Apple Watch Series 2 review: A tick closer to perfection | Cult of Mac

With the Apple Watch Series 2, a lot of the compromises of Apple’s first-gen smartwatch have finally been fixed. You can get GPS without carrying your iPhone. The new Apple Watch is water-friendly. And it’s built for speed. But with the new, less-expensive Apple Watch Series 1 getting some of the same features, is the Series 2 seriously worth the upgrade?

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Would Apple really buy supercar maker McLaren?

A McLaren acquisition would seem odd at first blush. This is a company focused almost exclusively on high-end cars and the automotive tech to match, such as Formula 1. An 'entry level' ride like the 570GT you see above starts at $201,450, which doesn't really dovetail with Apple's premium-mass-market strategy. However, it makes sense for a tech company looking for a partner with extensive technical know-how. McLaren is one of the pioneers of advanced material uses in cars (the F1 was the first road car to use a carbon fiber monocoque chassis), and it embraces everything from touchscreen controls to hybrid electric powertrains (like that in the P1). Even if Apple doesn't make a complete car, McLaren could help it nail the fundamentals of in-car tech.

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Apple In Talks To Buy McLaren: Report [UPDATE: McLaren Says No]

For the uninitiated, the small but scrappy Woking, England-based company has been making expensive, high-performance supercars and Formula One race cars for decades. Responsible for a car that was the fastest in the world for many years, the McLaren F1, it now positions itself as a tech company that happens to make cars and specializes in things like hybrid powertrains, lightweight materials and aerodynamic advancements.

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Why Apple didn't ditch the headphone jack just to help sell wireless Beats

But if Apple wanted to boost sales of Beats, the company could have simply just removed all other headphones from Apple stores. Two years after the Beats acquisition, Apple continues to sell third-party headphones. In fact, this year, Apple gave Jaybird the A-OK to sell wireless earphones in Rose Gold and Space Gray.

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AT&T’s AirGig uses power lines for multi-gigabit, wireless broadband

But AT&T said its system provides the flexibility of being able to deliver Internet service using any part of the radio spectrum. While millimeter waves travel along the power lines from one antenna to the next, a signal going from an antenna to a mobile device or home Internet connection would use a different frequency. The signals can be converted to use 4G LTE spectrum or any other licensed or unlicensed spectrum that AT&T has in its arsenal, the company said.

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REVEALED: Leaked video shows Snapchat's new glasses

The leaked footage is the first time there has been public evidence of the project beyond photos taken of Evan Spiegel wearing an early prototype on the beach. The video ends with a title screen that says "Spectacles" by "Snap Inc." — a company name that Snapchat could be using as they expand beyond the app and into sunglasses.

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey secretly funds pro-Trump 'meme magic'

Dubbed Nimble America, it's a pro-Trump organization spreading anti-Hillary Clinton memes, calling the Democratic candidate "corrupt, a warmonger, a freedom-stripper," claiming that people will only be offended because they hate Trump and can't stand to see successful people. Luckey's liaison with the organization is apparently none other than Milo Yiannopoulos. He's the individual last seen being banned from Twitter after the spate of racist harassment that targeted actress Leslie Jones, and facing accusations that his charity to send white men to college had not actually distributed any of the funds donated to it.

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Google Rumored to Launch $129 Home Wi-Fi Router Called 'Google WiFi' on October 4

According to a report from Android Police , Google is planning on introducing another device at the event as well. If the report pans out, Google will introduce “Google Wi-Fi,” which is an in-home Wi-Fi router that will cost $129. The information was gathered from an unnamed, but “reliable source,” and says that Google will also be introducing the Pixel phones, Google Home, and the “Chromecast Ultra” 4K-capable streaming device.

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Pissing Man Discovers Major Apple AirPod Design Flaw

While people mourn the loss of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, they ignore the real danger of Apple’s AirPods : If you wear them while you use the bathroom, you run the risk them falling from your ear into the toilet. Be careful out there, AirPod users.

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SpaceX Figured Out Why Its Expensive Rocket Exploded

Earlier this month, we watched a SpaceX rocket —fully loaded with its satellite—explode suddenly and inexplicably. At the time, the cause remained a mystery, but now SpaceX’s engineers have traced the flaw to its source.

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Uber Drivers Are Now Selling Solar Panels During Rides

I hope you like talking to your Uber driver, because things could be getting a lot chattier during rides soon. Geostellar, an online marketplace for solar panels, is testing an unusual sales tactic by enlisting Uber and Lyft drivers to sell panels to riders.

23 Hackaday SuperConference 2016

SuperCon 2016 will take place November 5th and 6th (2016) in Pasadena, CA. Talks and workshops will cover hardware, engineering, creativity in technical design, product design, prototyping (and more) and will be set against a backdrop of a new creative space, the Supplyframe DesignLab. We will also be utilizing the Los Angeles College of Music, right next door!

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America Loves Guns--And Now We Know Which Americans Love Guns The Most

Fear not, gun owners, no government agency nor SWAT team will be kicking down your door to take your guns. In 2008, the Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that the Second Amendment protects your right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia. And also to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, "such as self-defense within the home." But it’s important that we have the data to help us understand exactly what it means to live in a society with so many firearms. Another study, for instance, found that 25% of gun owners keep their firearm loaded in the home, and too often within reach of children. And, tragically, 62% of firearm deaths in the U.S. are suicides .

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Recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7s can be charged to 80 percent (updated)

SamMobile reports that if you choose to toggle off the battery-limiting feature, you can charge the faulty phones to 80 percent. Samsung has confirmed to Engadget that like the previous update, this one won't be available in the US, so you should just go ahead and swap yours for a new one.

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iPhone 7 Review: Ready or Not, This Is the Future

At a glance, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might be confused for their predecessors, the 6s and 6s Plus. It’s deceptive. The iPhone 7 is perhaps the most drastic revision of the phone since it was first released nearly a decade ago. It’s not just the missing headphone jack. There are several other big ideas, including a new dual camera system (on the 7 Plus), a new touch sensor home button, and mercifully, newly added water resistance. These are substantial changes, and they hint at what we can expect from the future of Apple phones.

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Retailers Big And Small Want A Piece Of The Thriving Korean Beauty Business

The hyper-competitive Korean makeup business pushes brands to innovate at a rapid rate, which accounts for the high number of products released each season—and the need for sites to review them. Many of these brands are trying to do more than just sell products: They're promoting a whole cosmetics culture, an attitude toward skincare that is all about indulging oneself and enjoying the ritual of doing so. And of course they hope to instill the idea that these practices should become a permanent part of the American beauty routine.

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Pluto's Liquid Water Ocean Might Be Insanely Deep

In recent months, there’s been growing evidence that Pluto is hiding a liquid water ocean beneath its frozen surface. New models by researchers at Brown University support this hypothesis, and take it one mind-boggling step further: Pluto’s ocean may be more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) deep.

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Apple to debut 'Spoken Editions' iTunes category, turn written news into audio podcasts

According to a report on Friday, Apple is preparing to launch a new iTunes category which features audio podcast content transformed from articles, stories and other written word content from major publications. Spotted by TechCrunch , a number of podcasts labeled "Spoken Edition" recently popped up in iTunes' Podcasts section. The upcoming format might best be described as audiobooks for news, as the short segments for the most part appear to be easily digestible audio versions of recently published content. Scouring through podcasts offerings from big-name publications revealed Spoken Edition content from Wired , TIME , Forbes , .Mic , Bustle , Playboy , OZY and TechCrunch , the report said. Links to the respective episodes have since been pulled, suggesting the feature is on the verge of release. Helping bring at least some Spoken Editions content to iTunes is SpokenLayer , a specialist in transforming text into monetizable streaming audio and podcast content. Though the company's name showed up in multiple Spoken Edition podcast descriptions, SpokenLayer is most likely working with individual publishers on the project, not as an official Apple partner.

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Google's Home might cost $50 less than Amazon's Echo

The Home is more or less Google’s version of the Amazon Echo, which has been a surprise hit for the ecommerce giant since launching in late 2014. It utilizes the company’s new Google Assistant digital assistant, which recently arrived alongside the Allo chat app .

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New Two-Lensed Camera Shows What It's Like to Ride on the Back of Whale

Researchers from Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station have developed a two-lensed camera that sticks to the backs of filter-feeding whales with suction cups. The new device has been used to capture unprecedented footage of whales in action, and it’s offering new insights into the feeding and swimming behaviors of these aquatic beasts.

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SpaceX, owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, was fueling a Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad in Florida on Sept. 1 in preparation for a routine test-firing when a bright fireball suddenly emerged around the rocket's upper stage. "At this stage of the investigation, preliminary review of the data and debris suggests that a large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank took place," SpaceX said in a statement posted on its website. No one was hurt in the explosion, which could be heard 30 miles (48 km) away from SpaceX's launch pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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Spotlight on the Little Guys at Photokina

Now, it's not the latest and greatest tech—the screen is fairly low-resolution, and the image quality isn't going to match what you'll get from a flagship phone. But at $179 it's a solid choice for folks who want to snap and print a few pictures at a party or wedding, and Bluetooth connectivity means that you can also print images stored on your smartphone. Printing is done via a thermal method, so there's no ink or ribbons to change. As long as you have the 2-by-3-inch paper loaded, you're good to shoot and print. You can print borderless, or have the camera add a Polaroid-style white border around images. Paper costs about $0.50 a shot, assuming you buy in decent bulk, and has an adhesive back so you can give it the sticker treatment.

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Astronomers Solve Mystery of Enormous Space Blob

To test that hypothesis, Geach and has collaborators turned to the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), a radio telescope with unparalleled ability to resolve sub millimeter emissions, a form of long wavelength radiation used to study cool gases in faraway corners of space. Previously, other telescopes had detected sub millimeter emissions coming from the center of LAB-1, but with ALMA’s greater seeing power, Geach was finally able to resolve the source. It turned out to be two.

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How Women Won a Leading Role in China's Venture Capital Industry

The largest venture capital fund ever raised by a woman isn’t in Silicon Valley or even the U.S. It's in Beijing and is run by a former librarian who keeps such a low profile that she’s a mystery in her native China. Chen Xiaohong rarely attends industry conferences or events. She hadn’t given a media interview in more than a decade until agreeing to break her silence this summer. “I don’t like being part of a club,” said Chen during a four-hour discussion at her firm's headquarters. “I believe in staying independent, making your own decisions.”

36 https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/16/09/23/199252/google-to-introduce-google-wifi-google-home-and-4k-chromecast-ultra-devices-on-october-4th?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter

Google Home was announced at Google I/O in May . Our sources also confirmed that the personalized base covers Google showed at I/O will be a feature of the final device. $129 also undercuts Amazon's Echo by a full $40, and though matches the price of the portable Amazon Tap, it's clear Google has Amazon's flagship smart home product in its sights with Home. Chromecast Ultra, which we are now all but certain is the name of Google's upcoming 4K version of Chromecast, will come in at $69 retail. As for what it brings beyond 4K, one of our sources claims that HDR is indeed on the list of bullet points.

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Top 12 macOS Sierra Features

If you’ve got an Apple Watch running watchOS 3, using your Mac (at work), just got a lot less annoying. Auto Unlock feature automatically unlocks your Mac when you’re near it and are wearing the Apple Watch. As long as you’re nearer than 3 meters and have the feature enabled from Settings, you’ll see an “authenticating with Apple Watch” text instead of the password field when you open your Mac. And in a second you’ll be logged in. Now, don’t worry about your security. Apple has taken measures to make sure someone can’t spoof the Apple Watch’s location and disable the password even when you aren’t there.

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Yahoo’s Data Breach: What to Do If Your Account Was Hacked

This is a good opportunity for Yahoo users to turn on login verification, which will implement a text-message alert or phone call when someone tries to access your account from an unrecognized computer. This is a wonderful feature that all major internet companies now offer. If you want to go the extra mile, call your cell-phone provider and add a verbal password to your account there; that will prevent hackers who are seriously dedicated to hijacking your e-mail account from tricking your cell-phone service provider into routing the alerts or calls to phones under their control.

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Report: Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo inches closer to reality | ZDNet

If Siri is going to end up being the centerpiece of our living room, Apple needs to vastly improve upon the digital assistant. Despite iOS 10 adding the ability for developers to integrate with Siri, it's still far too limited. For example, Siri is unable to set a timer on a Mac, asking me to create a reminder instead.

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This Drone Can Fly Forever Without a Battery

Want a drone to fly longer and farther? Give it a bigger battery. But that adds weight, which in turn reduces the drone’s flight time. It’s quite a conundrum. It seems like an unresolvable catch-twenty-two, except that someone has finally found a way to use wireless power to keep a drone flying .

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The Next Web 📱💻🌍 on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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MIT Technology Review Events - EmTech

Yael Maguire is an engineering director for the Facebook Connectivity Lab. He is cofounder of Plum Labs, an early-stage mobile innovation lab, and cofounder and former CTO of ThingMagic, a market leader in bringing long-range RFID readers to the global market. In his work at ThingMagic, acquired by Trimble Navigation, he co-developed a new technology to let computers and machines “see” the world in a completely new way, which now find uses in Ford trucks and Lexmark printers. Maguire completed his PhD at the MIT Media Laboratory in the area of near-field electromagnetic measurement, inventing a new type of NMR geometry for molecular detection using NMR. He also holds a master’s in media arts and sciences from MIT for his work towards scaling NMR quantum computing to table-top systems, and an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University, Canada, in engineering physics. While still a graduate student, he cofounded Design that Matters (DtM), a course at MIT that was designed to bring together engineering students to work on technical challenges posed by NGOs and governments in order to improve the quality of life for people in underserved communities.

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Xbox controller support is coming to Samsung's Gear VR headset

While the Gear VR version of Minecraft is already available , an update next month will flip the switch on the controller compatibility. You'll also need to make sure you have the latest update for the Xbox accessory as well, which is already available. When the game update arrives in October, all you'll need to do is download it and connect the controller via Bluetooth to start playing. Microsoft says it's working to bring Xbox controller support to both existing and future Gear VR games and promises more details "in the coming months."

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No-headphone-jack trend continues with rumored HTC Bolt

A frequent tipster posted a rendering of a phone rumored to be the HTC Bolt shows the phone going the way of the iPhone 7 and Motorola Moto Z.

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Clinton’s App Is Trouncing Trump’s in Pretty Much Every Way

Of course, apps are just one tool in a campaign’s arsenal. They’re not meant for broadcasting to huge audiences or persuading people to vote. If you’ve downloaded the app, you’re already a pretty passionate supporter. The app is merely another way of ensuring that not a single ounce of supporters’ passion goes to waste. “These people want to get to work,” Reed says. “Maybe the only thing they have is a phone. So how do they do that?” Apps, which encourage users to donate, commit to vote, and RSVP to events, give them an outlet.

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Little girl's pep talk gives us serious confidence goals

We found our new spirit animal, and she's a little girl from Michigan.

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8-bit game plays homage to a running joke about Tom Cruise running

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Would Apple really buy supercar maker McLaren?

A McLaren acquisition would seem odd at first blush. This is a company focused almost exclusively on high-end cars and the automotive tech to match, such as Formula 1. An 'entry level' ride like the 570GT you see above starts at $201,450, which doesn't really dovetail with Apple's premium-mass-market strategy. However, it makes sense for a tech company looking for a partner with extensive technical know-how. McLaren is one of the pioneers of advanced material uses in cars (the F1 was the first road car to use a carbon fiber monocoque chassis), and it embraces everything from touchscreen controls to hybrid electric powertrains (like that in the P1). Even if Apple doesn't make a complete car, McLaren could help it nail the fundamentals of in-car tech.

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Gary Johnson: WIRED Should Have Endorsed Me for President

Look, I get it: You’re afraid of Donald Trump. He represents a perverse strain of America’s protectionist, nativist past. But for political analysis, this year WIRED is only half right: Hillary Clinton is everything that Silicon Valley has been fighting against since Al Gore invented the Internet.

51 Battle.net’s name is changing—just in time for its 20th anniversary
52 Meet the new C-level executives born of smart cities
53 Oculus' Touch controllers priced at £190 in the UK
54 AT&T's New San Francisco Flagship Is Rather Grandiose For A Phone Store
55 Teva using wearables to monitor Huntington's disease
56 Amazon and Google are admitting that Microsoft may be right about one thing
57 On Today's Stream — Naomi Plays World of Warcraft: Legion - IGN
58 Twitter will livestream all three presidential debates, thanks to a new deal with Bloomberg
59 Lenovo laptops refuse to run Linux due to storage woes, not Microsoft evildoing
60 Who is Palmer Luckey, and why is he funding pro-Trump trolls?
61 Uber to use driver selfies to enhance security
62 http://www.androidguys.com/2016/09/23/google-play-store-now-available-on-certain-chromebooks/
63 UPS is testing out its own delivery drones
64 Tony Hawk, Rob Dyrdek tell us why skateboarders make good startup investors
65 Facebook apologizes for overstating key ad metric
66 Marian Prokop on Twitter
67 This adorable dog reviews Casper’s new mattress
68 Mashable on Twitter
69 iPhone 7 sales are boom and bust, and so are Apple shares
70 iHeartRadio will launch two paid, on-demand music services
71 Adam Savage on Twitter
72 Yahoo hack hits 500 million users, but who are the suspects?
73 Judge skewers Oracle attorney for revealing Google, Apple trade secrets
74 An Era in Hong Kong Is Ending, Thanks to China’s Tight Embrace
75 Digital Trends on Twitter
76 Salesforce Considers Takeover of Twitter
77 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta hits PS4 a week early on October
78 CNET on Twitter
79 Amazon is Killing Off its $12/Year Plan for Unlimited Photo Storage
80 Fix your headphone dongles with iOS 10.0.2
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