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09-24-2016 Science&Technology
Edward Snowden Warns Against Google Surveillance: 'Don't Use Allo'

Famous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is firmly against the new Google Allo chat app, arguing that it spies on absolutely everything people say.

Google Allo recently launched as a smart messaging app powered by artificial intelligence, potentially changing the way people communicate with each other. The app has plenty of neat features and tricks up its sleeve, but it also raises some serious privacy concerns.

While Google Allo may seem harmless at first glance, it actually monitors everything users say and stores the data for later analysis, purportedly using it to improve the app.

However, having all of those chats indefinitely stored on Google's servers may not be the best way to ensure user privacy. Google said at one point that it would only store user chats temporarily, retaining a certain degree of privacy for users, but it seems that's no longer the case. The company will keep all data indefinitely, which means that a copy of your conversations will be in Google's pocket for keepsake.

Snowden went on a Twitter spree on Wednesday, expressing his concerns regarding Google Allo and his stance against the intrusive application. In one tweet, the former NSA contractor links to a recent report by the Verge, signaling Google's change in stored message logs policy.

Google said it will use the data it collects to improve the app in certain areas, such as smart replies. Allo would basically read all of your conversations and attempt to figure out how you talk so it can suggest what you might want to say next.

So far, that's not much different from various predictive apps that study the conversations you give them access to in order to improve their predictions. SwiftKey does it, for instance, but only if the user expressly agrees to share data from whichever accounts they choose to link — Gmail, Facebook or the like.

Google, instead, could presumably be able to use the data it collects to target ads. The problem is that some personal chats may include sensitive data users might not want to share with Google.

At the same time, tracking and storing all conversations that occur on Allo would also mean that law enforcement could serve warrants to request access to that data.

"What is #Allo? A Google app that records every message you ever send and makes it available to police upon request," Snowden notes in one tweet.

"Free for download today: Google Mail, Google Maps, and Google Surveillance. That's #Allo. Don't use Allo," he warns in another tweet.



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Source: Tech Times

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09-24-2016 Science&Technology
Facebook inflating its video-view count is bad — but not as bad as it seems

Facebook exaggerated a key metric advertisers use to assess the performance of their videos on the platform by potentially as much as 80% for more than two years, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

It's an embarrassing screwup, and the report suggests one ad buyer, Publicis Media, was "upset" by the error, but while it certainly looks bad, there are a few reasons it probably won't be as bad for Facebook as it seems.

The company acknowledged in a post on its Advertiser Help Center website that its metric for average video viewing time had been inflated because it didn't include video views lasting under three seconds. Facebook added that it was introducing a fix to provide a more accurate metric to include all views: "Average Watch Time."

A Facebook representative told Business Insider: "We recently discovered an error in the way we calculate one of our video metrics. This error has been fixed, it did not impact billing, and we have notified our partners both through our product dashboards and via sales and publisher outreach. We also renamed the metric to make it clearer what we measure. This metric is one of many our partners use to assess their video campaigns." Why this isn't as bad as it looks Average video view time is just one metric Facebook offers advertisers to assess the impact of their videos. Many marketers look at total views or the view completion rate to determine whether their videos were a success.

Crucially, average video view time isn't what Facebook calls a "billable event." Facebook doesn't charge for any video ads that were viewed for less than three seconds. You can't bid on "average view time."

So many marketers may have simply assumed — as advertising executives including Anheuser-Busch InBev senior director of digital connections Azania Andrews and Laundry Service CEO Jason Stein have pointed out on Twitter — that people who watched a video for less than three seconds (therefore users they didn't pay to reach) were not included in the average view time metric anyway.

Why it's still pretty bad Regardless, it's still not a good look for Facebook. It continues the narrative that Facebook is a black box that doesn't expose its inner workings to the people who fund its very existence.

Sir Martin Sorrell, the CEO of the world's biggest advertising group, WPP, which spent $1 billion of its clients' marketing budgets on Facebook last year, has called Facebook out on this before. He has previously said Facebook's three-second video viewability threshold was "ludicrous" and on several occasions has called for Facebook to offer better independent measurement tools.



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09-24-2016 Science&Technology
Elon Musk to unveil solar roof on October 28

Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity boss Elon Musk is set to unveil a solar roof at the end of October.

The billionaire tweeted the new energy efficient rooftop would be publicly seen for the first time in the San Fransisco Bay area on October 28.

The roof – which is said to be made entirely out of solar cells – will also look to integrate products from his electric car company. It will come with an "integrated" home battery (Powerwall 2.0) and also a Tesla charger.

The chairman of the energy-focused company, previously Musk announced his firm would be developing the new roofs during SolarCity’s latest earning call in August. Instead of installing a new roof and solar panels – or modules – separately, the whole roof would have solar power capabilities, it was said.

Buyers will get to customise the design in order to fit with their specific housing design. It could potentially open a whole new market for the company, making solar power a key component for new and existing houses. The new venture will work alongside SolarCity’s current installations of solar panels on existing roofs.

However, the supposed $2.6 billion (£1.97bn) merger of Tesla and SolarCity may not be as clear-cut as previously thought. On August 1, Musk said Tesla would buy SolarCity to "create the “world’s only vertically integrated sustainable energy company”.

Four shareholders have since filed complaints about the proposed merger, which seek to obtain an injunction to stop it from happening. Yahoo Finance reports the lawsuits were based on an "alleged breach of fiduciary duty by Tesla or SolarCity board members". Tesla says the lawsuits lack merit.

One of the reasons for the proposed deal is to help SolarCity become profitable. In February, it was reported that the company’s fourth-quarter revenue had increased but an increase in operating expenses led to “worse-than-expected” losses.

The International Renewable Energy Agency produced a report earlier this year that predicted up to 13 per cent of the electricity generated around the world could be done by 2030 through solar power. Countries such as Brazil, Chile and South Africa are some of the most attractive markets at the moment for solar power.

Source: Wired

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09-24-2016 Society
Peaceful protests continue as Charlotte's curfew passes

CHARLOTTE — After a second night of violent protests over a police-involved shooting, police chief Kerr Putney allowed the victim's family to view video of the incident but said he would not release footage to the public.

The city announced it would impose a city-wide curfew from midnight to 6 a.m. "The curfew will be in effect each day until the end of the State of Emergency is declared or until the official proclamation is revoked," the city's Twitter feed reported.

Putney told reporters the video "does not give me absolute definitive visual evidence that would confirm that a person is pointing a gun" but that the evidence "taken in totality" supports the police version of events that led to the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. The family viewed the video Thursday afternoon but had not yet made a statement about their reaction to it.

Police, who were serving a warrant at a nearby apartment complex at the time, said Scott was armed and refused direct orders from officers to drop the weapon.

Several local residents said the 43-year-old father of seven regularly waited in his car and read until his son arrived back from school. They claimed he was carrying a book, not a gun, when he stepped from the car after police approached.

“He got out of his car, he walked back to comply, and all his compliance did was get him murdered,” said Taheshia Williams, whose balcony overlooks the shady parking spot where Scott was Tuesday afternoon, the Associated Press reported.

Anger over the incident erupted into violence Tuesday night and continued Wednesday night, prompting Gov. Pat McCrory to declare a state of emergency. The declaration enabled assistance from the National Guard and the state Highway Patrol.

Putney said two officers and nine civilians were injured and 44 people arrested late Wednesday in several hours of violence that broke out following peaceful protests. One person was shot, apparently by another civilian. The victim, identified as Justin Carr, 26, died of his injuries, Charlotte police confirmed Thursday.

With police in riot gear patrolling downtown streets, protesters shouted "hands up, don't shoot," banged against a police van and broke a window of the City Smoke barbecue restaurant and bar. Police set off smoke bombs, which are sometimes used to disperse crowds.

"The events we saw last night are not the Charlotte I know and love, or the deep-seated tradition we have of collaboration," Mayor Jennifer Roberts said at the news conference.



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09-24-2016 Politics
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Take Different Approaches to First Debate Prep by MONICA ALBA and A

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are preparing for their highly anticipated Monday night debate showdown in ways that appear to be as different as their candidacies. One looks to be hunkering down with homework, research and rehearsals, while the other seems to be taking an on-the-fly casual approach to what could be the most important 90 minutes of the presidential election.

The first presidential debate could easily become one of the most watched events ever, and it will be nearly impossible to avoid seeing at least some parts of it on a television screen, cell phone, tablet or laptop or social media.

Here's what we know about how they are preparing:

Hillary Clinton Between her 2000 Senate run and two presidential bids, Clinton has appeared on the debate stage nearly 40 times. Still, she has never prepared for an opponent quite as unpredictable as Trump.

PlayThe first debate Facebook Twitter Google Plus Embed The first debate 3:56 Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are preparing for their highly anticipated Monday night debate showdown in ways that appear to be as different as their candidacies. One looks to be hunkering down with homework, research and rehearsals, while the other seems to be taking an on-the-fly casual approach to what could be the most important 90 minutes of the presidential election.

The first presidential debate could easily become one of the most watched events ever, and it will be nearly impossible to avoid seeing at least some parts of it on a television screen, cell phone, tablet or laptop or social media.

Here's what we know about how they are preparing:

Hillary Clinton Between her 2000 Senate run and two presidential bids, Clinton has appeared on the debate stage nearly 40 times. Still, she has never prepared for an opponent quite as unpredictable as Trump.

PlayCampaign: Clinton ready to fact-check Trump Facebook Twitter Google Plus Embed Campaign: Clinton ready to fact-check Trump 3:07 In an email to supporters this week, Clinton touted her debate experience but acknowledged Monday's matchup is "the most important" yet.

This month, Clinton has hunkered down with top aides to study from the comfort of her own home. The bulk of Clinton's prep has been done in and around her house in Chappaqua, New York, partly due to her recent bout with pneumonia.

Following the disclosure of her illness, Clinton took three full days off the trail to recover and read up on briefing books. And while the campaign is very tight-lipped on specifics, aides say they are preparing for the night to go in several directions.



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09-24-2016 Science&Technology
How Samsung will force you to exchange your exploding Galaxy Note 7

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall is going as planned — if you can really ever plan for such a mess. The company has brought in half a million replacement units to the US, and other markets are also receiving the safe Galaxy Note 7 versions as we speak. But Samsung won’t stop until all the damaged devices are replaced. If you’re still oblivious to the problem, Samsung won’t let you sit idly by with a fire hazard in your pocket.

Samsung’s replacement operation is reportedly going smoothly in Canada, where many buyers have already brought in their defective units. According to Samsung Canada COO and Executive Vice President Paul Brannen, some 70% of the almost 22,000 devices sold in the region before the recall have been returned. That leaves plenty of faulty units in the wild, but Samsung wants to replace every single one of them.

“The goal is to have 100% of the affected devices replaced and these steps are the way to ensure that happens,” Brennan told Android Central. The exec referred to a few additional security steps Samsung is taking to ensure that customers can easily recognize safe Galaxy Note 7 units and that all owners of faulty phones return theirs.

Samsung and its carrier partners will push a software update to all Galaxy Note 7 units that will make it clear which devices are safe to use. A green battery indicator in the notifications shade and a green battery icon in the phone’s power menu are telling signs that you’re using a safe new Note.

The update is supposed to roll out simultaneously to all carriers and will not be optional. Users will be reminded to install it every three hours. After that, an unsafe Galaxy Note 7 that’s still in operation would show owners warnings and prompts to return the device every time the phone starts up or shuts down

Furthermore, Android and Me reports that Samsung Australia confirmed that the batteries of the faulty Galaxy Note 7 units that are still in use would be “throttled” to a maximum charge of 60%. That would limit the battery capacity to 2,100 mAh and, hopefully, reduce fire hazard.

The replacements will, however, not have the black square on the box to indicate a device is safe, as previously reported.

Source: BGR

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09-24-2016 Science&Technology
UPS launches U.S. drone test flights for urgent medical deliveries

United Parcel Service Inc said it began testing the use of drones for emergency deliveries of medical supplies this week with a flight in rural Massachusetts, which the company hopes will eventually lead to federal approval of drones as a regular delivery option.

The test flight on Thursday was handled by CyPhy, a Danvers, Massachusetts-based drone maker in which UPS, the world's largest package delivery company, owns a stake.

The drone delivered a small package from Beverly, located about 25 miles northeast of Boston, to Children's Island, a summer camp for children three miles off the Atlantic coast.

The drone, painted brown and with a UPS logo on the front, made the journey in about 8 minutes.

"This demonstrates a drone is the best and most efficient way to deliver a package in a medical emergency in a remote location," Helen Greiner, chief technology officer and founder of CyPhy, told Reuters.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month published rules that restrict the use of drones to within the line of sight of the operator.

Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering, said the company hopes to persuade the FAA to allow UPS to expand on its tests and eventually offer emergency deliveries by drone as part of its services.

Earlier this year UPS announced it was backing a start-up using drones in Rwanda to transport life-saving blood supplies and vaccines.

Drones are seen as having great potential to deliver packages, once FAA concerns over safety have been addressed.

Online retailer Amazon.com Inc has been testing drones in the United Kingdom, Canada and Denmark, while Wal-Mart Stores has been using them to manage inventory at warehouses.

(Reporting by Nick Carey; Editing by Leslie Adler)

Source: Reuters

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09-24-2016 Politics
Brexit forever? Britain keeps the world waiting for EU divorce papers

If investors hoped for one thing after Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union, it was clarity. But there is little.

Britain has so far been clear about what will not happen: Prime Minister Theresa May has repeated that the formal divorce notification will not be sent before the end of the year and that Britain will not get a bad deal.

"We will be getting the right deal for the United Kingdom and that is the right deal in terms of trade in goods," May told the chiefs of Wall Street and major U.S. companies such as Citigroup and Amazon in New York this week.

During her trip, May said the EU divorce filing would take a few months of preparation, was clear that Brexit would happen and sought to reassure the world that Britain was not turning away from the world.

Investors ranging from London-based banks and Wall Street to Japanese carmakers and small British businesses have repeatedly asked for reassurances from the British government over what Brexit will mean for them and when.

But aside from perturbed investors, Britain's new leader must balance an abundance of views on Brexit: German and French leaders facing elections in 2017, a divided electorate that will vote again in 2020 and a strong pro-Brexit wing in her party and government.

May has made clear she will not give a running commentary on Brexit or lay out all her negotiating cards in public, though some aides have suggested her plan is to invoke Article 50 early in 2017.

"PROSECCO SPEED" BREXIT?

Boris Johnson, the most prominent leader of the Brexit campaign and now May's foreign minister, said Britain would trigger divorce by invoking Article 50 of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty in a letter early next year.

"What we're doing is talking to our European friends and partners now in the expectation that, by the early part of next year, you will see an Article 50 letter, we will invoke that, and in that letter I'm sure we will be setting out some parameters for how we propose to take this forward," Johnson told Sky News television in New York.

When asked about Johnson's comment, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Government's position has not changed – we will not trigger Article 50 before the end of 2016 and we are using this time to prepare for the negotiations."

Article 50, a the 256-word provision drafted by a former British ambassador to the EU, has never been used so there is no legal precedent for how it works though it gives a two-year period to work out the divorce.



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09-23-2016 General
Charlotte police chief: Shooting video won't be made public

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN)After violent protests raged for the second night in Charlotte over the police shooting of a black man, the city's police chief told reporters Thursday he has no intention of releasing dashcam video of Keith Lamont Scott's shooting "to the masses."

Asked if there was a time at which the public could expect to see it, Chief Kerr Putney said there should be no such expectation. "Transparency's in the eye of the beholder," he said. "If you think we should display a victim's worst day for public consumption, that is not the transparency I'm speaking of." Keep up to date with CNN's live blog Scott's family has asked to see the video, and Putney said he hopes to accommodate that request. He warned, however, that the video will not provide "definitive visual evidence" that Scott pointed a gun at police officers. But other evidence and witness accounts support the police narrative that officers opened fire only after Scott refused to drop his weapon, he said. Reinforcements coming Putney also used the news conference to send a message to those who would continue looting and destroying property in the city, which resulted in 44 arrests and injuries to nine civilians and five police officers: "We're not going to tolerate the behavior." Two of the officers suffered minor eye injuries, while three others had heat-related ailments.

Wednesday's protests began peacefully, the chief said, but around 8 p.m., demonstrators began jumping on cars and damaging property at EpiCentre, an entertainment hub uptown. Police were forced to deploy tear gas, he said, and as the night went on, protesters shut down Interstate 277 and the city's light rail was halted just before midnight due to the demonstrations, Putney said. The violence and vandalism carried on until roughly 3 a.m., he said. The arrests ran the gamut from failing to disperse to assault to breaking and entering, and more arrests may come as authorities review video footage of the protests, he said.

Those looking to repeat the tumult will do so under an increased police presence Thursday night. There will be officers on foot and bike patrol as well as dirt bikes. Helicopters will patrol the streets from above, and police will have more than 1,000 cameras to help monitor the city, Putney said.

The National Guard and state police will protect buildings and infrastructure so the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police can "focus on the people who are committing crimes, who are damaging property and assaulting our people," he said. Troops were seen arriving early Thursday afternoon in Charlotte, and the state was in the process of activating 316 troops for security and crowd control.



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09-23-2016 Cars
Forget LCD displays, the Lexus UX concept has hologram orbs

Two weeks ago, Lexus revealed the UX concept for the Paris Motor Show. The company only showed one photo of the exterior, but did give a generic description of the interior, saying it would have "imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience." Now we know what that means: holograms!

Yes, Lexus has done about the only thing that can impress in this world of high-resolution automotive displays – it brought instruments and infotainment into the third dimension. In the process it has somewhat reimagined the way occupants interact with the car as well. We're guessing the name UX, which stands for user experience in the tech world, was intentional.

The large crystal-shaped box in the center console stands out immediately. The company says the box will display climate control and infotainment options in full 3D for the driver and passenger. The instrument cluster gets the hologram treatment as well with an orb floating in the middle and the ability to display both analog and digital information. No word on whether a small, blue Princess Leia will appear in the console asking for help.

The UX's interior has a few other nifty surprises. The windows are electrochromic, so they can be darkened as needed (similar tech is already in use on some car roofs). The passenger side of the dashboard has a large, finned sound bar that can be removed. We're not entirely sure the thinking behind that feature, but we suppose it would be nice as a stereo for a picnic or a day at the beach. To cap things off, Lexus included the concept car staples of touch-sensitive buttons and side-view mirror cameras.

As for when you'll see hologram displays in future Lexus models, we have no idea but wouldn't count on them coming anytime soon. We have a more optimistic view of the Lexus UX concept itself. With crossovers as popular as ever, we expect to see an attractive production model with these bulging fenders and a steeply raked windshield in a year or so.

Source: Auto Blog

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09-23-2016 General
MH370 Latest Theories: Debris Found In Madagascar Could Rule Out Plane Fire Rumors

More than two years have passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014, and investigators are still arguing over what happened. The latest development in the case came Thursday, when authorities debunked rumors that a recently discovered piece of wreckage had been charred by a fire on board the Boeing 777.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is leading the hunt for the missing plane, issued a statement about a piece of debris found by amateur searcher Blaine Gibson. Gibson gave investigators last week five items found on a beach in Madagascar, including at least two panels that appeared to have been burned — a discovery that suggested a blaze may have damaged, or crashed, MH370.

But the bureau said that the wreckage wasn't blackened by heat.

The discoloration was "related exclusively to a translucent resin that had been applied to those surfaces," it wrote. The debris' burnt smell was likely caused by something more recent than the MH370 crash, given that "burning odors would generally dissipate after an extended period of environmental exposure, including salt water immersion."

"At this stage it is not possible to determine whether the debris is from MH370 or indeed even a Boeing 777," it added.

Ever since MH370 and the 239 people it was carrying vanished, vessels have been scanning 120,000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean for any sign of the aircraft. But, after a series of delays, the formal sweep for debris is winding down. The hunt is expected to wrap up by December, and without new evidence, it will be suspended.

Only two pieces of wreckage have been conclusively connected to the aircraft, according to the bureau: A flaperon found near Reunion Island last year, and a wing part located near Tanzania. Both were found by civilians — not authorities involved with the costly search for plane debris.

Source: International Business Time

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09-23-2016 General
Study: Native Australians may be oldest living civilization outside of Africa

Humanity was born in Africa. But at some point, many of our ancestors left. The question of when and how they bid farewell to the continent remains a subject of some debate: A mass exodus occurred roughly 60,000 years ago, according to DNA and fossil evidence, but signs point to some back-and-forth migration much earlier than then.

In a trio of studies published Wednesday in Nature, researchers attempt to trace the origin of our species by looking to neglected DNA - populations that haven't been studied as extensively as large European and Asian ethnic groups. Together, the studies present 787 high-quality genomes from people around the world.

One of the studies, led by Eske Willerslev of Cambridge University, provides the most in-depth genomic analysis of native Australians ever published. The data backs up something the indigenous peoples already knew: Aboriginal people appear to be the oldest living civilization on the planet outside of Africa. After an exodus some 72,000 years ago, they split away from the larger genetic group (along with their future neighbors in Papua New Guinea) 58,000 years ago and arrived on the Australian continent around 8,000 years later. They've been there ever since, giving them the longest known ties of any culture to a single place.

"This story has been missing for a long time in science," Willerslev told the Guardian. "Now we know their relatives are the guys who were the first real human explorers. Our ancestors were sitting being kind of scared of the world while they set out on this exceptional journey across Asia and across the sea."

There's other genetic evidence for Aboriginal people's long relationship with their homeland: Since reaching the continent 50,000 years ago, the group has continued to divide into distinct ethnic lineages. Willerslev and his colleagues found that individual Aboriginals from different parts of Australia could be as genetically distinct from one another as Europeans are from East Asians. This points to a long, long period of separation - tens of thousands of years living on opposite sides of massive deserts.

"The genetic diversity among Aboriginal Australians is amazing," lead author Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas of the University of Copenhagen said in a statement. "Perhaps because the continent has been inhabited for such a long time we find that groups from southwestern desert Australia are more genetically different from groups of northeastern Australia than are, for example, Native Americans and Siberians, and this is within a single continent."



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09-14-2016 Politics
Obama, at Rally, Says Hillary Clinton Is 'Steady' and 'True'

After a bruising weekend for Democrats, President Barack Obama on Tuesday mounted a vigorous defense of Hillary Clinton, her campaign's transparency and her fitness for the presidency, and blasted Republicans as fanning "anger and hate."

Obama painted a stark picture of the stakes in the face-off between Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump, and tried to persuade Democrats that he's all-in behind his former secretary of state's bid for the White House.

"Hillary Clinton is steady and she is true," Obama told a group of cheering Democrats at an outdoor rally. "I need you to work as hard for Hillary as you did for me."

Obama aggressively stepped into a void left by Clinton, who is taking time off from campaigning after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

Obama is seeking to generate momentum for Clinton in a race that has become uncomfortably close for many Democratic supporters. The latest poll by Quinnipiac University found her with a 5 percentage-point edge over Republican Donald Trump in Pennsylvania.

Obama's campaign appearance at an outdoor plaza in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art was his third for Clinton, including his speech at the Democratic National Convention. The president, who remains broadly popular among the Democratic base, is viewed as a key asset in pushing die-hard Democrats to the polls.

But the president's day job has kept him from being a fixture. Obama recently returned from 10 days abroad in Asia and will attend a United Nations meeting next week, leaving him just six weeks of full-throttle campaigning for Clinton.

Trump's campaign, meanwhile, responded to Obama's appearance with a statement suggesting he was shirking his duties.

"Shouldn't you be at work?" it read. "President Obama would rather campaign for Hillary Clinton than solve major problems facing the country."

At the rally, Obama made both the case for Clinton and for his own presidency. He claimed successes on diplomacy, health care, winding down the war in Afghanistan and reviving economy, which showed new strength Tuesday in a Census report documenting a jump in household incomes in 2015.

"Republicans don't like to hear good news right now but it's important to understand this is a big deal," Obama said of the new report, later joking: "Thanks, Obama."

The candidate whom Obama hopes will succeed him left a 9/11 ceremony after about 90 minutes Sunday and struggled to stay on her feet while she was helped into a van. Clinton's campaign said she had "overheated," but later revealed that she had been diagnosed Friday with pneumonia. The episode played into Trump's efforts in recent weeks to raise doubts about Clinton's stamina.



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09-13-2016 Society
America Remembers September 11 Terrorist Attacks

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — People across the country paused today to remember the nearly 3,000 people killed in the worst terror attack in our nation’s history.

There were moments of silence during the reading of the names at the 9/11 memorial in New York City on Sunday. The 2,977 people killed in the September 11th attacks, were remembered one by one.

At a ceremony remembering those lost at the Pentagon, President Obama hailed the sacrifice of the fallen and the resilience of those left behind.

And outside Shanksville, Pa., where Flight 93 crashed, an honor guard placed a wreath at the memorial, paying tribute to the 40 passengers and crew who lost their lives that day.

Here in Minnesota, hundreds of people gathered at the Lake Harriet Band Shell on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 for a night of music and remembrance. Choirs and bands performed in tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. Most people found it hard to believe 15 years have passed since that day no American will ever forget.

Choirs and bands performed in tribute to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Some people recalled where they were when they first heard of the attacks.

“We watched it all morning and nobody got any work done and people went home early,” one man recalled.

Even children who were not yet born on that day learned more about what happened and how it altered the course of the country.

South Minneapolis parent Shawna Dhariwal explained how important it is to her to teach her three children under the age of 10 about that tragic day.

“I think we try to keep it pretty straight forward without too many details while still showing importance of remembering many peoples’ lives were lost while trying to help save people,” Dhariwal said.

On a night when a beautiful sunny sky could not have drawn a sharper contrast, everyone remembered a dark day in history.

“I think it’s just a way to acknowledge it happened and it’s obviously not a celebration but there were many people impacted by it,” spectator Rich Scarlato said.

In a presidential election year, when it can be easy to focus on division, most in the audience agreed it was a night for unity.

“It puts it on hold for a day but reminds us we have a lot of figuring out to do,” spectator Ned Hancock said.

Source: CBS Minnesota

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09-13-2016 Cars
Elon Musk Says Tesla's New Autopilot Likely Would Have Prevented Death

The new Autopilot will be available within a week or two through an “over-the-air” software update.

Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Sunday the automaker was updating its semi-autonomous driving system Autopilot with new limits on hands-off driving and other improvements that likely would have prevented a fatality in May.

Musk said the update, which will be available within a week or two through an “over-the-air” software update, would rely foremost on radar to give Tesla’s electric luxury cars a better sense of what is around them and when to brake.

New restrictions of Autopilot 8.0 are a nod to widespread concerns that the system lulled users into a false sense of security through its “hands-off” driving capability. The updated system now will temporarily prevent drivers from using the system if they do not respond to audible warnings to take back control of the car.

“We’re making much more effective use of radar,” Musk told journalists on a phone call. “It will be a dramatic improvement in the safety of the system done entirely through software.”

Tesla’s Autopilot, introduced in October, has been the focus of intense scrutiny since it was revealed in July that a Tesla Model S driver, Joshua Brown, was killed while using the technology in a May 7 collision with a truck in Florida.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating Tesla’s Autopilot system since June because of the fatal accident. The agency had been briefed on the changes by Tesla TSLA -1.46% and would review them, spokesman Bryan Thomas said. He declined to offer an update on the Tesla investigation.

Musk said it was “very likely” the improved Autopilot would have prevented the death of Brown, whose car sped into the trailer of a truck crossing a highway, but he cautioned that the update “doesn’t mean perfect safety.”

“Probability of Safety”

“Perfect safety is really an impossible goal,” Musk said. “It’s about improving the probability of safety. There won’t ever be zero fatalities, there won’t ever be zero injuries.”

One of the main challenges of using cameras and radars for a braking system is how to prevent so-called false positives, in which a car might think an overhead highway sign, for example, was an obstacle to be avoided.

Using radar and fleet learning, rather than relying primarily on cameras, would solve that problem, Musk said.

“Anything metallic or dense, the radar system we’re confident will be able to detect that and initiate a braking event,” he said.



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The iPhone 7 is a huge gift to accessory makers

With every new iPhone comes a series of separate, smaller purchases. Perhaps a phone case or a portable charger, or maybe a new adapter for your car. This year, with the iPhone 7 and its lack of headphone jack, we can expect that even the most avid of tech hardware collectors won’t have all the necessary accessories on day one.

Sure, Apple is bundling a 3.5mm dongle and a pair of Lightning EarPods in the box, but that won’t be enough. And no one knows this better than third-party accessory makers. These are the companies that wait patiently each year to analyze and understand a problem created by a new piece of tech and set out to solve it, slapping a modest double-digit price tag on the solution when all is said and done.

For accessory companies, the iPhone 7 is poised to be one of the biggest drivers of business in a long time. More so than any other smartphone in recent years, the iPhone 7 — and Apple’s controversial audio port decision — creates a complex set of problems for consumers. And with more problems to solve come more solutions in the form of products we’ll buy, even when we don’t necessarily want to.

The loss of the headphone jack is a short-term issue, Apple says. "We do understand that this might be a difficult transition for some people who love their wired headphones," marketing chief Phil Schiller told BuzzFeed News. "But the transition is inevitable. You’ve got to do it at some point."

While the world plays catch up, consumers will have to rely on all sorts of dongles, adapters, and specialized charging solutions to make sure the iPhone 7 doesn’t disrupt any of the ways we’ve become accustomed to using and powering our gadgets. It’s not just cables. Despite the new iPhone models being the same size as last year’s, iPhone 7 owners will need to purchase new cases due to the camera changes on both models. (The iPhone 7 Plus now has a dual-lens camera, while the standard 7 comes with a slightly different camera.)

The makers of iPhone accessories have a golden opportunity to capitalize on this moment. Apple executives even told The Verge on Wednesday that they expect third-party accessory makers to fill these kinds of gaps quickly. Some brands, like Belkin and Anker, have already started.

A new Belkin accessory, retailing for $40 starting in early October, will let you charge your iPhone 7 and listen to wired headphones at the same time. The adapter contains two Lightning ports, so it’s designed for the new EarPods, but it’s also compatible with Apple’s 3.5mm dongle, allowing you to plug the two adapters into one another to listen to music with standard headphones. It’s a gnarly scenario, but at least it’s possible.



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