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Flash deals: 2018 iPads from $285; up to $130 off 2017 iPads w/ cellular; $150 off upgraded Mac mini

Apple Insider - 2 hours 17 min ago

For one day only, Woot is knocking up to $130 off 2017 iPads (Wi-Fi + Cellular) or up to $54 off 2018 models (Wi-Fi Only) with Apple Pencil support. The Amazon company also has an upgraded Mac mini on sale for $549.99 ($150 off) while supplies last.
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Europe Edition: Saudi Arabia, Brexit, Meghan Markle: Your Tuesday Briefing

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 23:15
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
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News Analysis: As Voters on Left and Right Rebel, Glimpse of a Post-Merkel Germany

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:56
An election in Bavaria was expected to turn on a populist backlash against migrants, but voters went their own way. The results may worry Angela Merkel, but analysts say they signal a healthy democracy.
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Democrats Surge Ahead of Republicans in Fund-Raising for Key Races

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:56
Democrats outraised their Republican opponents in 32 of the closest 45 House races, $154 million to $108 million, according to Federal Election Commission reports.
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'Hyperalarming' Study Shows Massive Insect Loss

Slashdot - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations. A new report suggests that the problem is more widespread than scientists realized. Huge numbers of bugs have been lost in a pristine national forest in Puerto Rico (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source), the study found, and the forest's insect-eating animals have gone missing, too. The latest report, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that this startling loss of insect abundance extends to the Americas. The study's authors implicate climate change in the loss of tropical invertebrates. Bradford Lister, a biologist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, has been studying rain forest insects in Puerto Rico since the 1970s. "We went down in '76, '77 expressly to measure the resources: the insects and the insectivores in the rain forest, the birds, the frogs, the lizards," Lister said. He came back nearly 40 years later, with his colleague Andrés García, an ecologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. What the scientists did not see on their return troubled them. "Boy, it was immediately obvious when we went into that forest," Lister said. Fewer birds flitted overhead. The butterflies, once abundant, had all but vanished. García and Lister once again measured the forest's insects and other invertebrates, a group called arthropods that includes spiders and centipedes. The researchers trapped arthropods on the ground in plates covered in a sticky glue, and raised several more plates about three feet into the canopy. The researchers also swept nets over the brush hundreds of times, collecting the critters that crawled through the vegetation. Each technique revealed the biomass (the dry weight of all the captured invertebrates) had significantly decreased from 1976 to the present day. The sweep sample biomass decreased to a fourth or an eighth of what it had been. Between January 1977 and January 2013, the catch rate in the sticky ground traps fell 60-fold. The study also found a 30-percent drop in anole lizards, which eat arthropods. Some anole species have disappeared entirely from the interior forest. Another research team captured insect-eating frogs and birds in 1990 and 2005, and found a 50 percent decrease in the number of captures. The authors attribute this decline to the changing climate.

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Showdown in Georgia Governor’s Race Reflects a Larger Fight Over Voting Rights

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:03
The uproar over voting seems almost an inevitable development in the race, which pits two candidates on opposite sides of the nation’s voting wars.
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Blackouts Criticized as Utilities’ Self-Protection When California Fire Risk Is High

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:43
Citing safety concerns, power companies are cutting off electricity when and where the hazard is greatest. Consumer advocates see a strong-arm strategy to change liability law.
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Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Resigns Amid Criticism Over African Hunting Photos

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:08
The commissioner, Blake Fischer, drew ire after he sent a mass email about his hunting trip in Namibia. The email included photos of game he killed.
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Did Minnesota’s Eighth District Really Swing by Almost 20 Points?

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:14
An apparent drastic shift toward the Republican candidate highlights the challenges of polling generally, and of polling in certain states particularly.
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As the Internet Splinters, the World Suffers

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:11
A breakup of the web grants privacy, security and freedom to some, and not so much to others.
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The Full Photoshop CC Is Coming To the iPad In 2019

Slashdot - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:00
The "real version" of Photoshop is coming to the iPad next year, complete with a user interface similar to the desktop application and all the main tools. Ars Technica reports: Photoshop for iPad has a user interface structured similarly to the desktop application. It is immediately familiar to users of the application but tuned for touch screens, with larger targets and adaptations for the tablet as well as gestures to streamline workflows. Both touch and pencil input are supported. The interface is somewhat simpler than the desktop version, and although the same Photoshop code is running under the hood to ensure there's no loss of fidelity, not every feature will be available in the mobile version. The first release will contain the main tools while Adobe plans to add more in the future. Cloud syncing is a key element of Photoshop on iPad. Edits made on the iPad will be synchronized transparently with the desktop -- no conversions or import/export process to go through. Using a feature not available in the iPad version should then be as simple as hitting save and then opening the file on the desktop, picking up where you left off. Adobe is also reportedly building a tablet painting app called Project Gemini, which "simulates real brushes, paints, and materials as well as the interactions between them," reports Ars. "It combines raster graphics, vector drawing, and the Photoshop engine into a single application designed for artwork and illustration."

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Paul Allen, Microsoft’s Co-Founder, Is Dead at 65

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:41
Mr. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, said this month that he had restarted treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
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Harvard Admissions Dean Testifies as Affirmative Action Trial Begins

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:37
A lawsuit accusing the university of discriminating against Asian-American applicants promised to reveal how the highly selective institution shapes its incoming classes.
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Printer Makers Are Crippling Cheap Ink Cartridges Via Bogus 'Security Updates'

Slashdot - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:20
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Printer maker Epson is under fire this month from activist groups after a software update prevented customers from using cheaper, third party ink cartridges. It's just the latest salvo in a decades-long effort by printer manufacturers to block consumer choice, often by disguising printer downgrades as essential product improvements. For several decades now printer manufacturers have lured consumers into an arguably-terrible deal: shell out a modest sum for a mediocre printer, then pay an arm and a leg for replacement printer cartridges that cost relatively-little to actually produce. The Electronic Frontier Foundation now says that Epson has been engaged in the same behavior. The group says it recently learned that in late 2016 or early 2017, Epson issued a "poison pill" software update that effectively downgraded user printers to block third party cartridges, but disguised the software update as a meaningful improvement. The EFF has subsequently sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, arguing that Epson's lack of transparency can easily be seen as "misleading and deceptive" under Texas consumer protection laws. "When restricted to Epson's own cartridges, customers must pay Epson's higher prices, while losing the added convenience of third party alternatives, such as refillable cartridges and continuous ink supply systems," the complaint notes. "This artificial restriction of third party ink options also suppresses a competitive ink market and has reportedly caused some manufacturers of refillable cartridges and continuous ink supply systems to exit the market."

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Apple Insider - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:12

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, entrepreneur and philanthropist, died on Monday after a long bout with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 65.
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Stormy Daniels’s Defamation Suit Against Trump Is Dismissed

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:10
A federal judge ruled that the president had not defamed the pornographic film actress on Twitter last spring and ordered her to pay his legal fees.
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N.J. Governor Orders Inquiry Into Hiring of Top Official Accused of Sexual Assault

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:58
The investigation comes after Katie Brennan, the woman accusing the official, spoke out in her first public comments.
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One Way to Stay Cool

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:48
The Trump administration can decrease global warming by improving refrigerators and air-conditioners.
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New York Stories: A ‘Sugar Date’ Gone Sour

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:47
In the fuzzy space between jobs and relationships, there’s a lot that can go wrong.
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Held Hostage by Health Insurance

New York Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:45
Every career choice I made was determined by my epilepsy. If the Affordable Care Act is killed, I’ll be back in the same trap.
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