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07-25-2016 Politics
Clinton’s turn: Guide to the Democratic National Convention

WASHINGTON — It’s Hillary Clinton’s turn.

The Democratic National Convention opening Monday in Philadelphia is Clinton’s chance to hit reset after a vigorous primary against Bernie Sanders and the unlikely movement that formed behind the Vermont senator.

Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, has endorsed Clinton, but many of his supporters have not. Some of them were dismayed by her choice of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as her running mate.

Last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland exposed deep, lingering reservations about Donald Trump from within his own party. The Democratic gathering is expected to be a more smoothly choreographed display of unity among Clinton, Sanders and Democratic lawmakers and voters.

What to know about the week:

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THE POINT

Both parties use their national conventions to formally nominate candidates for president and vice president. Party leaders showcase their nominees, and the prime-time speeches by the candidates and prominent politicians win some of the largest television audiences of the campaign. That makes the convention a critical opportunity for a party to introduce its candidates to the country.

Democrats also will adopt its platform, which lays out policy principles but has no binding effect.

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THE LOCATION

The Wells Fargo Center, home to the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, is the convention site. The arena has been transformed with stages, platforms, cameras and lights. Democrats are hoping that city’s historical role in the founding of American democracy will serve as a powerful backdrop for the themes they’ll highlight.

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WHO’S GOING

More than 5,000 delegates are among the 50,000 people set to be in Philadelphia. They include alternates, lawmakers, special guests, journalists and protesters. Among the delegates, about 15 percent are superdelegates, mainly members of Congress and members of the Democratic National Committee.

At the GOP convention, a striking number of prominent Republican lawmakers and party leaders were nowhere to be seen, including the party’s previous two presidents and its two most recent presidential nominees. In contrast, bold-name Democrats have been eagerly vying for a chance to speak in Philadelphia. Most Democratic senators and House members are expected to attend.

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THE SCHEDULE

First lady Michelle Obama is set to speak Monday. That’s also when Sanders will give his speech — a closely watched moment for signs of whether his loyal supporters will line up behind Clinton, as he’s asked them to do.



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07-25-2016 Sports
IOC declines to issue blanket ban of Russian athletes

In the face of calls to ban Russia from competing in the upcoming Rio Olympics, the International Olympic Committee on Sunday deferred decisions about the eligibility of the country’s athletes to the international federations that govern each sport.

The decision now moves the heavy lifting of determining whether individual athletes can meet the criteria set out by the IOC to demonstrate sufficient anti-doping records, a challenge for the international federations (IFs) as the IOC has advised reversing the presumption of innocence.

The IOC’s executive board made the decision that will certainly be unpopular in sport and anti-doping communities. The World Anti-Doping Agency, a group of 14 leaders of national anti-doping organizations and athletes worldwide had called for a collective ban.

“This is about doing justice to clean athletes all over the world,” IOC President Thomas Bach said. “In this way, we protect these clean athletes because of the high criteria we set to for all the Russian athletes. This may not please everybody on either side. … The result today is one which is respecting the rules of justice and which is respecting the right of all the clean athletes all over the world.”

The IOC’s decision presumes all Russian athletes entered into the Games are considered to be affected by a system that subverted and manipulated anti-doping rules.

That system was revealed most clearly in a WADA-commissioned report, which was led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren and released Monday, that showed even more widespread doping and government involvement than was previously known.

According to the IOC’s statement, Russian athletes “have to assume the consequences of what amounts to a collective responsibility in order to protect the credibility of the Olympic competitions, and the ‘presumption of innocence’ cannot be applied to them.”

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency was declared non-compliant in November, and more revelations about doping mean IFs cannot trust negative drug test results from that agency. The World Anti-Doping Agency brought in UK Anti-Doping to take over testing in February, but a WADA report in June detailed attempts at obstruction, obfuscation and avoidance of drug testing.

The IOC said it would only accept entries from the Russian Olympic Committee if athletes could meet the following criteria:



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07-25-2016 Cars
Driver of Model X crash in Montana pens open letter to Musk, calls Tesla drivers “lab rats”

Pang, the driver of the Model X that crashed in Montana earlier this month has posted an open letter to Elon Musk and Tesla asking the company to “take responsibility for the mistakes of Tesla products”. He accuses Tesla for allegedly using drivers as “lab rats” for testing of its Autopilot system.

In an email sent to us and also uploaded to the Tesla Motors Club forum, Pang provides a detailed account of what happened the day of the crash. He says he and a friend drove about 600 miles on Interstate 90 on the way to Yellowstone National Park. When he exited the highway to get on Montana route 2, he drove for about a mile, saw conditions were clear, and turned on Autopilot again. Pang describes what happened next as follows:

“After we drove about another mile on state route 2, the car suddenly veered right and crashed into the safety barrier post. It happened so fast, and we did not hear any warning beep. Autopilot did not slow down at all after the crash, but kept going in the original speed setting and continued to crash into more barrier posts in high speed. I managed to step on the break, turn the car left and stopped the car after it crashed 12 barrier posts.

“After we stopped, we heard the car making abnormal loud sound. Afraid that the battery was broken or short circuited, we got out and ran away as fast as we could. After we ran about 50 feet, we found the sound was the engine were still running in high speed. I returned to the car and put it in parking, that is when the loud sound disappeared.”

Pang goes on to explain how his Tesla Model X driving on Autopilot continued to travel on its own even after veering off the road and crashing into a roadside stake. “I was horrified by the fact that the Tesla autopilot did not slow down the car at all after the intial crash. After we crashed on the first barrier post, autopilot continued to drive the car with the speed of 55 to 60 mph, and crashed another 11 posts. Even after I stopped the car, it was still trying to accelerate and spinning the engine in high speed. What if it is not barrier posts on the right side, but a crowd?”

After the accident, Tesla reviewed the driving logs from the Model X and reported that the car was operating for more than two miles with no hands on the steering wheel, despite numerous alarms and warnings issued by the car. Pang says he never heard any audible warnings. Comments on TMC range from the incredulous to the acerbic. Most feel Teslas simply don’t operate the way Pang said his car did. Among other discrepancies, the cars are designed to put themselves in Park if the driver’s door is opened with no one in the driver’s seat.



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07-25-2016 Science&Technology
iPhone 7 And Galaxy Note 7: Top Two Phones Everyone Is Waiting For

As 2016 continues to unfold, those with a particular interest in mobile technology are keenly awaiting the release of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy Note 7. In order to underline the rivalry between these two devices, Samsung has even skipped the Galaxy Note 6 generation, in order to ensure that this will be a 7 numeral shootout.

Power shift

Although Apple undoubtedly remains the biggest player in the mobile marketplace, there has been something of a significant shift towards Samsung in recent months. The Korean manufacturer has managed to deliver improved financial figures of late, while the Apple share price has taken a bit of a kicking on the back of sub-par sales data.

This means that the next major mobile releases from the two companies will be particularly critical in this ongoing battle. Apple has already predicted that it will shift less iPhone units in 2016 than during the previous calendar year, which would be the first time that this has occurred since the first iPhone was released back into 2007. Meanwhile, Samsung must be emboldened by its recent market successes, and this for a long time one-sided battle is about to get interesting.

iPhone 7 latest

The fact that the iPhone 7 features an entirely new number indicates that Apple intends for the smartphone to be viewed as an entirely new generation. However, if iPhone consumers are expecting a revolutionary experience when the iPhone 7 is released, they may ultimately be somewhat disappointed. Market analysts have indicated that Apple is likely to hold back some of the most innovative features in the iPhone range for the iPhone 8, which could retail as early as next year.

But Apple is still keen to deliver something out of the ordinary with the iPhone 7, and whispers regarding this forthcoming handset have been focused on these new features. Firstly, the latest reports suggest that the iPhone 7 will include what is described as professional class waterproofing. This latest suggestion regarding the next generation Apple phone comes from analysts at Deutsche Bank.

New physical features will include a redesigned antenna line for the handset, while Apple is also expected to eliminate the familiar 3.5mm headphone jack in favour of audio provided via the Lightning connector and Bluetooth headphones. While a major redesign of the physical iPhone unit is not generally anticipated, this could also be a slimmer version of the iconic phone, as Apple continues its mania for reducing the physical size of its devices.



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07-25-2016 Science&Technology
iPhone 7 And Galaxy Note 7: Top Two Phones Everyone Is Waiting For

As 2016 continues to unfold, those with a particular interest in mobile technology are keenly awaiting the release of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy Note 7. In order to underline the rivalry between these two devices, Samsung has even skipped the Galaxy Note 6 generation, in order to ensure that this will be a 7 numeral shootout.

Power shift

Although Apple undoubtedly remains the biggest player in the mobile marketplace, there has been something of a significant shift towards Samsung in recent months. The Korean manufacturer has managed to deliver improved financial figures of late, while the Apple share price has taken a bit of a kicking on the back of sub-par sales data.

This means that the next major mobile releases from the two companies will be particularly critical in this ongoing battle. Apple has already predicted that it will shift less iPhone units in 2016 than during the previous calendar year, which would be the first time that this has occurred since the first iPhone was released back into 2007. Meanwhile, Samsung must be emboldened by its recent market successes, and this for a long time one-sided battle is about to get interesting.

iPhone 7 latest

The fact that the iPhone 7 features an entirely new number indicates that Apple intends for the smartphone to be viewed as an entirely new generation. However, if iPhone consumers are expecting a revolutionary experience when the iPhone 7 is released, they may ultimately be somewhat disappointed. Market analysts have indicated that Apple is likely to hold back some of the most innovative features in the iPhone range for the iPhone 8, which could retail as early as next year.

But Apple is still keen to deliver something out of the ordinary with the iPhone 7, and whispers regarding this forthcoming handset have been focused on these new features. Firstly, the latest reports suggest that the iPhone 7 will include what is described as professional class waterproofing. This latest suggestion regarding the next generation Apple phone comes from analysts at Deutsche Bank.

New physical features will include a redesigned antenna line for the handset, while Apple is also expected to eliminate the familiar 3.5mm headphone jack in favour of audio provided via the Lightning connector and Bluetooth headphones. While a major redesign of the physical iPhone unit is not generally anticipated, this could also be a slimmer version of the iconic phone, as Apple continues its mania for reducing the physical size of its devices.



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07-25-2016 Science&Technology
Canadian Teens Cause an International Incident Playing Pokémon Go

"They lost track of where they were"

Two Canadian youngsters distracted by playing Pokémon Go accidentally crossed the border into the U.S. and had to be apprehended in Montana by federal agents, officials said Friday.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said agents found the pair of juveniles illegally entering the U.S. last Thursday by foot. The two were “unaware of their surroundings” while playing the popular game on their cellphones.

“Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokémon Go games that they lost track of where they were,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Rappold said in a statement.

The teenagers were brothers from Alberta, the Toronto Star reports. Officials said they were both later reunited with their mother.

Pokémon Go tasks players with walking around their neighborhoods (and, apparently, border areas) to find and catch Pokemon.

Source: Time

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07-25-2016 Entertainment
Marvel vs. DC: Which Superhero Movies Won Comic-Con?

For all the superhero-on-superhero fights we've watched this year in films like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, there's one comic-book title bout that still takes the cake, and that's Marvel vs. DC.

In one corner, we have the seemingly bulletproof Marvel Studios putting out one hit after another and showing Hollywood how a shared cinematic universe is done, while in the other corner, the fledgling DC unit is leveraging some the most famous comic-book characters ever created for an interconnected franchise that's just getting off the ground. Both superhero juggernauts came to Comic-Con today for the two most anticipated movie panels of the weekend. How did they fare when it comes to the measurements that matter most?

New Trailers

During today's Warner Bros. presentation of DC movies, the studio showed off a pretty great Wonder Woman trailer, as well as a surprisingly full-fledged Justice League teaser, given that Zack Snyder's film is still shooting.

Both clips went heavy on the DC universe's newly prioritized sense of humor, to great effect: Wonder Woman's feminist certainty sets up an endearing culture clash with World War I pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), while it's nice to see that Justice League gives Ben Affleck's Batman more notes to play besides "glowering," especially now that a winning Ezra Miller added to the mix as the wisecracking Flash. Both those trailers are now online, as is a capable but superfluous new teaser from the heavily advertised Suicide Squad.

If you wanted to see Marvel's major clips, though, you had to be at Comic-Con. The studio put its new Doctor Strange trailer online, but in Hall H, they also showed a key sequence from the film where Benedict Cumberbatch's title character meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who judo-chops the arrogant doc's spirit straight out of his body. We also saw early, intriguing teasers for Thor: Ragnarok (where Mark Ruffalo's Hulk dons gladiator armor, Cate Blanchett's villainous Hela wears antler couture, and Chris Hemsworth's Thor gets a radical new shaved-sides haircut) and Spider-Man: Homecoming, which mostly eschewed special-effect sequences to give us an appealing sense of the high-school life of Peter Parker (Tom Holland).

But the trailer that had everybody rolling was Marvel's tease for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which reunites the whole team for a new colorful adventure and even more jokes at each other's expense. My favorite? When Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) takes offense at being called a raccoon, so Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) instead dubs him a "trash panda." (Plus, Baby Groot is back, and somehow the little tree-being is more adorable than ever.)



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07-25-2016 Sports
The Olympics are coming, but Brazil, beset by troubles and gloom, yawns

r a full year before the 2014 World Cup, a fierce debate raged throughout the host nation of Brazil.

Thousands periodically protested the Cup, some predicting chaos or demanding better government services. Others aggressively defended the choice to play host and said Brazil would impress the world with its organization. Sports fans endlessly analyzed the team itself, speculating on Brazil's chances at winning, or painted their neighborhoods yellow and green to support the players.

The opening ceremony for Rio 2016 is now less than two weeks away, but the country hardly feels seized by the Olympic spirit. The Games haven't dominated the national conversation. Ticket sales have been slow. The dominating sentiment seems neither strong support nor dedicated opposition, but rather general indifference.

Even on Copacabana beach, Rio's main tourist neighborhood, signs of the upcoming Games do not jump out at visitors, and life goes on mostly as normal, said Jenoval Ferreria da Lima Neto, 38, who operates one of the many businesses there catering to tourists on the boardwalk. He charges for photos of an enormous sandcastle that says, “Welcome to this marvelous city.”

“We thought about adding something [to the sand sculpture] about Rio 2016, but, nah, why?” he said as construction workers assembled stands behind him for the Olympic beach volleyball events. “For those of us who work with tourists, we're looking forward to making more money, because times are rough, but I don't feel like the nation is united for this.”

He noted the problems locals face in healthcare, security and education. The protests before and during the World Cup called for improvements in those areas, “but they didn't lead to anything better,” he said. “It was just a big ruckus that faded away.”

A recent poll performed by the respected Datafolha agency said that 51% of Brazilians surveyed had “no interest” in the Games, and 33% said they had “a little interest.” Moreover, 63% of Brazilians say the Games will bring “more harm than benefit.” These numbers have worsened since a similar poll in 2013, when only 40% thought harm would outweigh benefit, and only 28% reported having “no interest.”

Local experts and residents have a few explanations for the apparent Olympic apathy, the most obvious is that Brazilians have always preferred soccer. But a lot has also changed for the worse since Rio won the Games in 2009, and they say that many Brazilians are more concerned with other issues, such as a crippling recession and an ongoing political crisis. Months of protests culminated in May with the suspension of elected President Dilma Rousseff, who now faces an upcoming impeachment trial.



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07-23-2016 Science&Technology
Snowden: 'I never thought I'd be saved' after NSA leaks

When Edward Snowden leaked highly classified secrets about government spying, he changed the way the world thinks of cybersecurity.

The undertaking took meticulous coordination: Snowden, a former NSA contractor, chatted with Guardian reporters Glenn Greenwald and documentary maker Laura Poitras over encrypted email exchanges. Their first meeting hinged on code words and a secret signal involving a Rubik's cube. But when the first article revealing hush-hush surveillance programs went live in June 2013 while he was in a Hong Kong hotel room, that's as far as Snowden had thought it out.

"I admit it. I did not have a plan beyond that point, beyond getting the story out there," Snowden said during a question-and-answer session Thursday, appearing at Comic-Con in San Diego over a live internet feed from Russia. "I planned to ask the world for justice and see what happened."

As any reader of spy novels could tell you, danger might have quickly descended on Snowden.

"I never thought I would be saved," he said, adding that he didn't even expect to make it out of Hawaii, where he was living at the time before going to Hong Kong to meet the journalists. "But I thought the stories might be able to still get out there."

It's been three years since Snowden leaked information about NSA programs like Prism, which gave the government access to people's emails, video chats, photos and documents through some of the world's biggest tech companies. The disclosures put pressure on Silicon Valley companies including Apple, Google and Yahoo to step up their efforts in encryption and privacy and galvanized the companies to push back against the government on issues of spying and user data.

Apple, for example, was embroiled in a heated standoff with the FBI earlier this year over information on an iPhone tied to a gunman in the San Bernardino, California, shooting in December. Neither side backed down, and in the end the federal government found a way inside the phone without Apple's help.

But Snowden still managed to take a jab at Silicon Valley on Thursday. "The FBI actually gets a copy of this talk, because we're going through Google Hangouts," he said, to laughs from the crowd. "Anybody basically who asks nicely gets a judge to sign off on it."

The Comic-Con Q&A took place after the first public screening of the biopic "Snowden," in front of a small audience of about a hundred people. The panel also featured director Oliver Stone; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Snowden (and who sported an American flag t-shirt on Thursday); and Shailene Woodley, who plays his longtime girlfriend, Lindsay.



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07-23-2016 Politics
Donald Trump: I wouldn't accept Ted Cruz's endorsement

(CNN)Ted Cruz won't endorse Donald Trump, but the Republican nominee said Friday he wouldn't take the support even if the Texas senator offered.

"If he gives it, I will not accept it," Trump said at a news conference in Cleveland at the close of the Republican National Convention. "I don't want his endorsement," he added. "Just, Ted, stay home, relax, enjoy yourself." Trump, speaking the end of a week dedicated to unifying the party, once again revived the conspiracy theory published in the National Enquirer that linked Cruz's father to John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald -- an accusation that has no evidence behind it. "I don't know his father. I met him once," Trump said. "I think he's a lovely guy, a lovely guy. All I did was point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer, there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast. Now Ted never denied that it was his father." Trump first suggested that Cruz's father was involved in the assassination of Kennedy the morning of the Indiana primary, citing the tabloid story. Cruz allies have since repeatedly pointed to that low blow from Trump as a reason for refusing to support the Republican nominee. And on Thursday, Cruz referenced the incident, as he drew an angry reaction from members of his state's own GOP delegation. "I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father," Cruz said. Trump devoted a significant portion of Friday's event, billed as a thank you to convention staff and organizers, to attacking his former primary rival. Speaking at the RNC on Wednesday, Cruz had declined to endorse Trump, instead urging delegates to vote their "conscience." Cruz said that the Trump campaign had seen the speech beforehand, and that he told Trump personally that he would not make an endorsement. But Trump appeared to dispute that on Friday morning, saying Cruz went off-script at the convention.

"So Ted Cruz took his speech that was done, was on the Teleprompter, said hello, then made a statement that wasn't on the speech, then went back to his speech," Trump said. "See, to me, that's dishonorable." Trump likewise said it was "dishonorable" of Cruz to abandon his pledge to support the Republican nominee. But Trump said that Cruz's camp started it with an ad that ran in Utah showing racy photos of his wife, Melania Trump. The ad was put out by a PAC with no official ties to the Cruz campaign, but Trump said Friday that he doesn't buy that. "Folks, a lot of us are political people," Trump said. "We're not babies. His people are on the PAC." At one point in his remarks, Trump even suggested forming his own PAC to oppose Cruz if the senator runs again in four years.



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07-23-2016 Politics
The Latest: Ex-KKK leader Duke says he will run for Senate

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Latest on former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s announcement that he will run for U.S. Senate (all times local):

11 a.m.

The Republican Party of Louisiana is condemning former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who says he will run for the U.S. Senate.

Chairman Roger Villere says in a statement issued Friday that the party vehemently opposes Duke’s candidacy, calling him “a convicted felon and a hate-filled fraud who does not embody the values of the Republican Party.”

Duke is a registered Republican seeking an open seat being vacated by Republican David Vitter. Nearly two dozen candidates have signed up for the Senate race.

The white supremacist served one term as a state representative representing suburban New Orleans more than two decades ago.

He also is a convicted felon, pleading guilty in 2002 to bilking his supporters and cheating on his taxes. He spent a year in federal prison.

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10:30 a.m.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke says he plans to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana.

Duke’s announcement came Friday on his website.

A registered Republican, he would be seeking an open seat vacated by Republican David Vitter.

Duke’s announcement comes as Louisiana is grappling with deep racial tensions after the shooting death of a black man by white police officers and the killing of three law enforcement officers by a black man.

A white supremacist, Duke served one term as a state representative representing suburban New Orleans more than two decades ago. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1991 against Democrat Edwin Edwards.

Duke is a convicted felon, pleading guilty in 2002 to bilking his supporters and cheating on his taxes. He spent a year in federal prison.

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07-23-2016 Science&Technology
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 gives you gaming power on a budget

After debuting the fastest high-end and mid-range video cards ever seen, the GTX 1080 and 1070, we expected a lot from NVIDIA's new lower-tier entry, the $249 GeForce GTX 1060. And the stakes were raised even higher after AMD launched the Radeon RX 480, a $200 GPU that's fast enough to power VR headsets (and manage some decent 1440p gaming). NVIDIA claims the GTX 1060 is even faster than the GTX 980, its premium video card from 2014. That says quite a bit about how far we've come in the GPU world: You no longer have to break the bank for a decent amount of gaming muscle.

As with the GTX 1080 and 1070, I tested the slightly more expensive ($299) Founders Edition of the GTX 1060. While the previous two cards looked practically identical -- they're both beefy 10.5-inch-long dual-slot GPUs -- the GTX 1060 is a bit shorter at 9.8 inches. They all share the same elaborate metallic case and fan design, though, along with a premium-feeling build quality. On the back, there are three DisplayPort slots, an HDMI port and a DVI connection.

The GeForce GTX 1060 features clock speeds between 1.5GHz and 1.7GHz (in boost mode), just like the GTX 1070, and there's also 6GB of GDDR5 RAM. Because of its slightly shorter frame, and the fact that it only needs a 6-pin power connector, the GTX 1060 might be a useful upgrade for people with tight cases and less capable power supplies. If you're really in that spot, though, maybe just hold out until you can revamp your entire system.

Now on to those benchmarks: The GTX 1060 performed pretty much as I expected on my system (which consists of a 4GHz Core i7-4790K CPU, 16GB of 2400Mz DDR3 RAM and a 512GB Crucial MX100 SSD on an ASUS Z97-A motherboard). It's noticeably slower than the 1070, and slightly faster than the AMD RX 480 with 8GB of RAM. Unfortunately, I didn't have a GTX 980 that I could use to directly test NVIDIA's claims about the 1060 being faster, but 3DMark comparisons against similarly specced systems showed that the cards were about as fast.



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07-19-2016 General
Police tighten security after 3 officers killed in Baton Rouge

(CNN)Officers Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola were killed Sunday after being ambushed and shot by a lone gunman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Their deaths have kept the spotlight on a region where the July 5 shooting death of Alton Sterling at the hands of police began what has been two weeks of national turmoil. "We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement," President Barack Obama said after Sunday's attack. "Attacks on police are an attack on all of us, and the rule of law that makes society possible." Now police across the country are taking precautions. The New York Police Department is doubling up all foot patrols and security posts, according to a memo obtained by CNN. Officers are also being instructed to take all meals and personal breaks in pairs. In Cleveland, the police union is asking Gov. John Kasich to restrict the state's open carry laws temporarily for the Republican National Convention in light of the events in Baton Rouge. To better protect its officers, the Boston Police Department is requiring that two officers be in every patrol unit. Although Baton Rouge is "hundreds of miles away from Boston, the pain and suffering caused by the loss of these officers in the line of duty is felt deeply by the men and women of the BPD," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Sunday. "This all too common trend we are seeing of violence against law enforcement officers who are out there each day serving and protecting neighborhoods across the country is alarming and disheartening." Obama urged a stop to the bloodshed. "Only we can prove, through words and through deeds, that we will not be divided," the President said Sunday. "And we're going to have to keep on doing it again and again and again. That's how this country gets united."

'No talking, just shooting'

The shooting Sunday took place around 8:40 a.m. (9:40 a.m. ET) in the city of about 230,000 people, already tense after the high-profile police shooting of Sterling, an African-American man. On Sunday, police received a call of a "suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle," a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. Killer Gavin Long "ambushed" the officers, said Col. Michael D. Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police. Long's "prey was those police officers," Edmonson said Monday morning on CNN. "He drew them to the scene." After the first set of officers were attacked, more responded to the scene and killed Long, authorities said. He had been carrying an AR-15-style, semi-automatic rifle, law enforcement sources told CNN.

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07-19-2016 Sports
Brennan: Russia must be kicked out of 2016 Rio Olympics

We now know it's not just Russian track and field. It’s not just Russian winter sports.

Russian summer sports are dirty to their core too – “the vast majority of summer and winter Olympic sports” – according to an independent World Anti-Doping Agency report issued this morning by Richard McLaren.

Russia just won the gold medal for doping: systemic, long-term, state-sponsored doping. This is Lance Armstrong times 100. Perhaps 1,000. The McLaren Report says Russia and its athletes are not to be trusted, that instead of promoting clean sport, as Russia signed on to do as a major player in the Olympic world, it has become the new East Germany.

The International Olympic Committee now has to step up and do what it won’t want to do, but must: Russia has to be kicked out of the Rio Olympic Games. Not just the Russian track and field athletes, who, with the exception of two athletes, already are.

Everyone must go, except for any athletes who can prove in quick appeals to their international sports federations that they have undergone thorough, real, non-Russian-style testing in the past year, just as the two track and field athletes have.

Otherwise, to allow them to compete in Rio is to taint the entire Olympic Games. If the IOC and the Olympic Games stand for anything, the Russian flag must not fly in Rio.

How bad is the cheating in Russia? It’s everywhere. It’s weightlifting. It’s the Paralympic sports. It’s wrestling. It’s canoeing. It’s cycling and swimming and soccer and rowing and judo and volleyball and boxing and handball and ...

That’s what McLaren found in his devastating investigation. His report confirms what the international sports world has surmised for months: that Russian government and sports officials, working in concert, diabolically altered and switched urine samples to allow cheating athletes to not test positive for doping but instead win medals, many medals, for the glory of Russia.

McLaren gave this a wonderful name: “The Disappearing Positive Methodology.” It was “the state’s failsafe strategy,” he said. It was bureaucratic, working up and down the Russian chain of command to cover up positive tests.

And then there was Sochi. Athletes’ urine was taken and tested well before their competition, confirmed to be clean and stored in a freezer. Then, at the Olympics, when the time came, the dirty urine sample provided by the cheating athlete at the competition was switched out for the clean one from the freezer.

To make sure that it appeared to be a fresh sample, the Russians even added table salt and distilled water. These are world-class cheaters who do their homework.



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07-18-2016 Politics
Arrest warrant issued for Erdogan's top military aide in crackdown, Turkish media report

The Turkish government on Sunday ratcheted up its crackdown on alleged plotters of the botched coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, issuing an arrest warrant for his top military aide while rounding up as many as 6,000 opponents of the regime, according to government officials.

Turkey's armed forces said they were at the command of the state and Turkish people, national broadcaster NTV reported. It wasn't immediately clear what role, if any, Erdogan's military aide Col. Ali Yazici played in the failed coup that started late Friday.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said in a television interview that "the cleansing (operation) is continuing. Some 6,000 detentions have taken place. The number could surpass 6,000."

Detention orders were filed for 53 more judges and prosecutors while 52 military officers were rounded up for their alleged roles in the plot, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Separately, Gen. Bekir Ercan Van, the commander of Incirlik air base, used by U.S.-led coalition jets fighting the Islamic State, was detained along with 10 other soldiers and a police officer, a Turkish government official told The Associated Press. The Turkish private DHA news agency showed footage of Van handcuffed and pushed into a van outside a courthouse.

Bozdag also said he was confident that the United States would return Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen to Turkey. The Turkish president has blamed Gulen and his followers for the failed military coup on Friday night, but Gulen has denied any involvement in or knowledge about the attempted coup. The U.S. says it will look at any evidence Turkey has to offer against Gulen, and judge accordingly.

Bozdag says "the United States would weaken itself by protecting him, it would harm its reputation. I don't think that at this hour, the United States would protect someone who carried out this act against Turkey."

Erdogan spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the failed coup, Turkish officials told reporters.

Putin said Moscow stood by "Turkey's elected government" and expressed his good wishes to Turkey's people, a Turkish government statement added.

It said the two leaders -- who recently patched up relations following Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane -- also agreed to meet face-to-face next month.

The reports Sunday followed an intense crackdown against the judiciary and the military in the wake of the botched coup Friday night.

The government has also dismissed nearly 3,000 judges and prosecutors from their posts, while investigators were preparing court cases to send the conspirators to trial on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.



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Developer Shows Fantastic Pokemon Go Demo For Microsoft Hololens Mixed Reality Glasses

Take a stroll outside to any just about any area and you're likely to run into people playing Pokemon Go on their smartphones.

It's the hottest thing right now, surpassing Candy Crush as the biggest mobile gaming the U.S. of all time, and iPhone users are spending more time playing Pokemon Go than updating their Twitter statuses or logging into Facebook and Snapchat. It's a remarkable use case scenario for augmented reality and the potential audience that's out there, but could you imagine if Pokemon Go existed for Microsoft's Hololens headset? You don't have to imagine it—a development studio in Amsterdam already did and built a pretty awesome demo.

That studio is Capitola VR, a division of Capitola Digital that's absolutely obsessed with virtual reality. It's stated goal is to create VR experiences for a wide variety of purposes. A team of 20 designers and developers work continuously on VR projects of all shapes and sizes, including campaigns for its clients and generating tools, services, and entertainment solutions. Given Pokemon Go's immense popularity, it was only natural that Capitola VR would be drawn to it. The Pokemon Go demo it cooked up is playable on Hololens. Like the mobile version, Pokemon characters appear, only instead of spotting them in a GPS generated map of your surroundings, you're seeing them in your home office, living room, and other real life locations as you wander about wearing Microsoft's headset.

"We were actually amazed how easy it is to launch an app for this device and create and optimize the mechanics and interaction," David Robustelli, Head of Digital at CapitolaVR, told Upload VR through email. "The build was created in Unity with the HoloLens SDK."

The prototype is a little rough around the edges, but it successfully shows the kind of immersive experience that's possible today. As currently implemented, randomly generated Pokemon appear in a person's surroundings, and to catch them the player makes a pinching gesture with their fingers. Doing so flings a Poke ball at the character with some rudimentary graphics effects. In a finished product, we'd like to see this evolve into actually throwing a virtual Poke ball.

To be clear, Capitola VR isn't planning to work with Niantic to port Pokemon Go over to Hololens. That's not really the point. The bigger picture here is that AR and VR have arrived, there's already an incredibly fun use case scenario in the mobile world, along with tons of untapped potential on hyped hardware like Hololens. Needless to say, the future of gaming in AR, VR, and mixed reality looks bright, folks.

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