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Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 02:49:46 AM mt

Apple criticizes Trumps reversal of transgender rights in public schools



Apple has criticized President Donald Trumps decision to roll back protections for transgender students in public schools, aligning itself with protestors and civil rights advocates who say the move will open the door for broader discrimination.

"Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination," Apple said in a statement to Axioslate Wednesday. "We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections."

The guidelines, issued last year by the...

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Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 02:49:45 AM mt

Uber tells users deleting their accounts that its deeply hurting after sexism allegations



Testimony from a former Uber employee that the company has ignored systemic problems of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination continue to reverberate. The latest reaction from Uber is to try to reassure users who are deleting their accounts in protest that the Silicon Valley firm is responding to these problems.

As reported by Mashable, a number of Uber users in the process of deleting their accounts have been shown a message saying the company is deeply hurting after reading allegations by former employee Susan Fowler. The statement, which does not apologize or accept responsibility for the toxic culture brought to light by Fowler and others, says Uber believes in creating a workplace where a deep sense of justice underpins...

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Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 12:10:12 AM mt

Watch the four-minute prologue for Alien: Covenant



Has enough time passed since the disappointing Prometheus for us to be excited about a new Alien movie again? Thats questionable, but this new clip of Alien: Covenant suggests that the movie is making the welcome decision to lean on the 1979 horror/sci-fi classic for inspiration. Titled The Last Supper, the four-minute video serves as a prologue to the events of the movie, introducing the colonist characters who have joined the Covenant mission to find a new world.

The Last Supper in question appears to be a nod to the iconic dinner scene in the original Alien. Just like that scene, jovial proceedings on board the ship give way to panic when one guest has some digestive distress, but Alien: Covenant doesnt give the game away that...

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 @ 10:04:51 PM mt

Samsungs Galaxy S8 will reportedly have a monstrous 6.2-inch display



Samsungs Galaxy S8 is slated to arrive in late March, but details continue to leak in a steady stream in the lead up to the event. The latest dump of new info comes courtesy of VentureBeats Evan Blass, who posted the S8\+ spec sheet on Twitter this afternoon. The thing that should pop out is the monstrous 6.2-inch display size.

Due to the S8s rumored design, which drops physical buttons in favor of drastically reduced bezels, the phone may not be much larger than the Galaxy Note 7, which packed a 5.7-inch display into a 6.04-inch-tall device. Prior leaks containing photos of the device back up the idea that the S8 will pack an edge-to-edge display that allows for a drastic increase in screen real estate while retaining a relatively...

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 @ 10:04:50 PM mt

Heres Arianna Huffingtons memo to Uber employees about the investigation shes helping lead



Uber is still reeling after the explosive allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic work culture that surfaced over the weekend. The company and its CEO Travis Kalanick are simultaneously in damage control and investigation modes, holding an emotional all-hands meeting and putting together a group to review the problems at Uber, led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder and board member Arianna Huffington.

If that wasnt enough, The New York Times tonight published yet more evidence of problems at Uber, detailing harassment at a debauched Las Vegas party and a manager who threatened to beat an underperforming employees head in with a baseball bat.

In an email that was sent to Uber employees and obtained by The Verge,...

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 @ 04:46:14 PM mt

Sony just announced the worlds fastest SD card



Sonys latest SD cards are the fastest ever created, according to the company. The SF-G UHS-II SD card features read / write speeds of 300MB/s and 299 MB/s, respectively, making it the fastest SD card announced to date.

The SF-G cards are shock proof, waterproof, temperature resistant, and X-ray proof, according to Sony, and will be available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB variations. Sony hasnt released any pricing information on the SD cards, but says the SF-G cards will be available sometime in March from the usual lineup of retailers.

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 @ 04:46:14 PM mt

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is getting a digital release on March 24th



With Rogue One: A Star Wars Storys run in theaters soon coming to an end,Disney announced that the film will soon be available as a home release. The film will first be released in Digital HD on March 24th, with the DVD, Blu-ray, and on-demand options following on April 4th.

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The home releases will include a variety of special features. Theres several character featurettes, the films actors talking about Jyn, Cassian, K-2SO, Baze & Chirrut, and Bodhi & Saw. There are also several behind-the-scenes features that look at the creation of Rogue One, the future of the franchise, and how the film connects to the larger Star Wars universe. What doesnt appear to be included is deleted scenes (of which there...

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 @ 04:46:14 PM mt

T-Mobile customers can now buy the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for up to 419 off



T-Mobile is having a major phone sale today that includes the LG V20, the LG Aristo, and Samsungs flagship S7 devices. Both the S7 and S7 Edge now cost $360, from an initial price of $673 and $779, respectively. Ill go ahead and state the obvious here: thats a huge savings. The LG V20 is also majorly marked down with a sale price of $360; it usually costs $769.

Im trying to figure out the specifics of the sale, which was first spotted by Droid-Life, but it seems the only requisite is being a T-Mobile subscriber. Some plans might not be accepted, so just try to add the devices to your cart to see if you qualify.

Maybe this sale is in anticipation of Mobile World Congress next week? Samsung is going to reveal the S8 on March 29th, so...

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 @ 04:46:13 PM mt

Tesla is planning at least three more Gigafactory locations



Tesla is planning to finalize the locations for three more Gigafactories later this year, the company revealed in its shareholder letter for the fourth quarter of 2016. The company has two Gigafactories currently, the enormous one in Nevada that we visited last year, and a facility in Buffalo where Tesla and Panasonic are building solar panels.

In the letter, Tesla said that it expects to finalize locations for Gigafactories 3, 4, and possibly 5. Gigafactory 1 is currently focused on production of Teslas Powerwall and Powerpack energy storage products, and 2170 battery cells for use in those storage systems as well as the upcoming Model 3.

Tesla received 49 percent more global net orders for vehicles in the December quarter than it...

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 @ 04:46:13 PM mt

Memes are an art and love is the main reason for existing



All day long, the same lovely, bizarre triptych of photos has been circulating on Twitter and the blogosphere. The photos depict a sad couple in grungy, unflattering clothes. The visual style calls to mind everyones favorite portrayal of the Pacific Northwest: the 2008 film Twilight, directed by Catherine Hardwicke.

According to the accompanying text on the original tweet (which several viral rip-off tweets have loosely mimicked), these are break-up photos. As in, a spinoff from the familiar, joyful genres of Wedding Photos, Engagement Photos, Baby Announcement Photos, and Alright, Now Youre Just Being a Dick, We Get It Already, Youre Happy Photos.

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