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Ex-GOP staffer who racially assaulted black woman and wrote for white supremacist sites now writes for WSJ, Forbes, The Hill
Meet Marcus Epstein, aka Mark Epstein. Marcus Epstein is a former GOP operative, a former Richard Spencer associate, and once wrote for white nationalist site VDare. He also pled guilty to assaulting a Black woman and calling her the n-word. But as white nationalism goes mainstream, so has Epstein. Lately, he's been rehabbed as an opinion contributor to mainstream publications including Wall Street Journal, the Hill, and Forbes, under the pseudonym “Mark Epstein.” As Ryan Mac and Joseph Bernstein at BuzzFeed News write, this is only the latest example of the Trump-aligned racists “becoming part of the mainstream conservative movement over the last decade.” The Wall Street Journal just ran an Epstein piece titled “Antitrust, Free Speech and Google” earlier in June, but wouldn't tell Buzzfeed if Epstein's history was examined before the piece was published. Marcus Epstein, who worked for former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo and founded a nativist political club with white nationalist Richard Spencer, has written more than a dozen opinion pieces for the Journal, the Hill, Forbes, US News and World Report, and the National Review over the past two years. His pieces, which mainly focus on the regulation of the technology industry, were published under the byline “Mark Epstein.” In six different pieces for the Journal, Epstein is identified as an “antitrust attorney and freelance writer” and addresses topics including the supposed threat to conservative speech posed by Google and Facebook, and the ways regulation and antitrust might be used to ensure “viewpoint neutrality” and consumer protection, respectively. Read the rest
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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will launch on Friday
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the new AR game from Pokémon Go developers Niantic, will start rolling out around the world on Friday, according to an official tweet. The game previously launched in beta in Australia and New Zealand. It’s unclear how long it’ll take to reach a more global audience. The wording of Niantic’s tweet simply says the worldwide launch will begin on June 21st and says to watch for more information “as the game goes live in your region soon.” Pokémon Go took an unusually long time to launch in certain countries like Japan, for example, so you shouldn’t necessarily cancel your Friday plans just yet. From what we’ve seen, Wizards Unite is similar to Pokémon Go but with more mechanical complexity, which might not prove as broadly mainstream a hook as “catch all the pokémon” proved to be in that heady summer of 2016. It’s all but guaranteed to have a ton of players on day one, however, and will be a major competitor in a year that’s turning out to have more heavyweight AR games than ever — from Dragon Quest to Minecraft.
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During World War II, a 56-year-old British noblewoman stood up to Nazi occupiers on the tiny island of Sark
In June 1940, German forces took the Channel Islands, a small British dependency off the coast of France. They expected the occupation to go easily, but they hadn't reckoned on the island of Sark, ruled by an iron-willed noblewoman with a disdain for Nazis. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll tell the story of Sibyl Hathaway and her indomitable stand against the Germans. We'll also overtake an earthquake and puzzle over an inscrutable water pipe. Show notes Please support us on Patreon!   Read the rest
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'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' worldwide launch begins on June 21st
You'll be able to save Muggles from rogue magical creatures and misbehaving objects very soon: Niantic will finally start rolling out Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on June 21st. The company has announced the much-awaited mobile game's launch date outsi...
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Meet Nuro, the pint-sized robot that could one day deliver your pizza
Robotics company Nuro will soon unleash its self-driving vehicles on the streets of Houston. This isn’t a ride-sharing partnership, or a new Tesla competitor, but a trial run at the future we’re all waiting for. Starting this fall, Domino’s plans to employ a fleet of Nuro vehicles, each electric and self-driving, to deliver piping-hot pizza directly from its ovens to your doors. Each of the electric autos has a top speed of around 25 miles-per-hour, and they’ll soon share the roads with human-driven cars. These vehicles, however, aren’t built for humans. Each is about half the height and width of… This story continues at The Next Web
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'Keep America Great' is apparently Trump's new campaign slogan
Here we go again. Donald Trump held a rally in Orlando, Florida tonight, and brought out all the great 2016 campaign trail hits -- 'lock her up,' 'acid washed,' 'deplorables', plus he trashed the Mueller report. Trump also made it official: The 2020 Trump re-election campaign slogan is KAG, Keep America Great. As Hunter Schwartz wrote last week, this is not a new tagline. Donald Trump trademarked the reelection slogan "Keep America Great" before he even became president. Excerpt: Trump’s been polling supporters about the “Keep America Great” at recent events, and the reaction isn’t particularly decisive. Even Trump waffled on whether or not he likes it. “KAG. I don’t know if I like that as much,” he said. At another fundraiser in April, he suggested the campaign could also keep “Make America Great Again” and use both. The trademark for “Keep America Great” was filed for Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. on January 18, 2017, two days before he was sworn into office and subsequently filed for reelection, and 882 days before his scheduled 2020 kickoff rally in Orlando, Florida. Trump is known for thinking ahead when it comes to political branding; he trademarked “Make America Great Again” on November 19, 2012. "My only special interest is you," @POTUS tells #MAGA crowd. pic.twitter.com/5wvdAcYOyV — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) June 19, 2019 Read the rest
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Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 review
Dell’s Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is the world’s smallest 360-degree convertible with a 14-inch display. It’s made for business users, but consumers with fat wallets will like its features and battery life.
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Apple offers big discounts on refurbished iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro 10.5-inch
Apple is clearing out some of its stock of refurbished iPads, offering discounts of up to $180 off various models. You can buy these with confidence: they include a new battery, outer shell, and the same one-year warranty as a brand-new iPad.
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Trump calls Mueller report “an illegal attempt to overturn the election”
'Lock Her Up' and 'acid washed' also made a comeback in Trump's rally-rant.
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India's 6th largest city just ran out of water
Chennai's 4 main reservoirs are completely dry.
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Apple drops price cuts on refurbished MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones
Apple's online storefront has some decent discounts if you know where to look. Assuming you're okay with buying refurbished, Apple has some pretty solid savings on iPads, MacBooks, Mac Minis, iPhones, Apple Watches, and more.
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What the Google-Genius Copyright Dispute Is Really About
Genius says it caught Google red-handed. Then the evidence disappeared. The real story is even more complicated.
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 reportedly launching on August 7th
Google might be content to just tweet out photos of its upcoming phones, but Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 looks to be following a more traditional script. The latest: Shara Tibken at CNET is reporting that “people familiar” say it will launch on August 7th in New York City. The first week of August certainly is the right timeframe for a Note launch. The Note is traditionally Samsung’s premier platform for showing off new phone technology (setting aside the Galaxy Fold for a moment, anyway). This year, rumors point to the company creating two different sizes, one of which will be 5G, and neither of which will have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Most recently, we have the above-pictured, leaked render from @Onleaks and Pricebaba which shows Samsung getting closer to eliminating the top and bottom bezels altogether. It also moves Samsung’s hole punch selfie camera to the middle, instead of off to the side as it is on the Galaxy S10. Rumors point to the larger Note having a massive 6.75-inch screen while the smaller should be 6.3 inches diagonally. It appears there will be three cameras on the back, aligned vertically instead of horizontally. With Huawei on the rocks, can the Note 10 swoop in? CNET says that Samsung will once again use the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to host attendees, and that the Unpacked event will be “flashy.” Neither of those details are a surprise — though here’s the part where we stop setting aside the Galaxy Fold and just ask: what the heck is going on with Samsung’s foldable phone? Will Samsung announce a new release date? Will it cancel it altogether? Current rumors suggest it won’t ship until after the Note 10. Samsung certainly needs to do or say something before (or maybe even during) this “flashy” Note 10 unveiling. Otherwise the Fold will hang over the whole event like a cloud. One thing is for sure: expect more leaks in the run-up to the Note 10’s official announcement. The stakes are higher than usual, too, because Samsung needs to show that it can handily fill up the space that’s suddenly been made by the bans on Huawei’s phones. The Note 10 will be big — will it be big enough?
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Trump's Fourth Of July 'Salute to America' now includes Air Force One flyover of Mall
It's not supposed to be a political campaign ad. But it will be.
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Spider Eating a Pygmy Possum Is Obviously Australian
That’s a photo of a huntsman spider eating a pygmy possum. Yikes!Read more...
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Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 launch reportedly planned for August 7th
While we're waiting for news on the foldable Galaxy phone, Samsung is still planning its usual big event to launch the next Galaxy Note. According to CNET, we should expect the company's annual Unpacked event to take place on August 7th at the Barcla...
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Report: Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7 in New York
According to a new report, Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 10 at an event on August 7 in New York City. The news lines up with last year's event, which took place on August 9, and was also in New York.
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How to download new apps to your Fitbit watch
Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Fitbit‘s smartwatches, the Ionic and Versa, come with a number of apps pre-installed. These apps — which include three music apps, a weather tracker, and a timer — might offer all you need, and you’d never think to try putting more on there. But if that’s the case you’re missing out, because both watches have a number of great apps. Sure, neither of them have a whole App Store at their disposal, but the number… This story continues at The Next Web
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NASA accused of misrepresenting costs in new GAO report, Trump's moon mission now threatened
Trump’s moon mission threatened
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Tesla hasn’t made a pickup, so YouTuber Simone Giertz made one out of a Model 3
There’s a new Tesla model in town (sort of). Sick of waiting for Tesla to release an electric pickup truck, YouTuber Simone Giertz decided to make her own — post a fake commercial for it on YouTube.
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House chairwoman wants Facebook to pause work on its cryptocurrency
You knew Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency would come under scrutiny as soon as it became official, and the US government isn't wasting any time. House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters has issued a statement calling on Facebook to...
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Daniel Rozen Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements
Walk up to one of Daniel Rozin's "mechanical mirrors" and see yourself reflected back at you in rippling waves of light and shadow.
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WIRED
Nvidia rumored to be working on Google Stadia support for the Shield
A new version of the Nvidia Shield is in development but a specific report has surfaced claiming that a new version will be launching later in the year alongside and with support for Google Stadia.
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Robotic dishwasher saves restaurants from drudgery
Restaurants and other eateries are facing a shortage of dishwashers, and for understandable reasons -- it's inglamorous work with low pay. Dishcraft, at least, thinks robots can fill that gap. It just revealed a robotic dishwasher intended to clean...
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New iOS 13 feature helps you purge unwanted app subscriptions
A new iOS 13 feature could address one of the most annoying aspects of the App Store: unwanted subscriptions.  The iPhone maker is once again trying to tame overly aggressive subscriptions with a new feature that will make it far easier to unsubscribe from subscriptions. The feature was spotted in the iOS 13 developer beta, so it won't be widely available until iOS 13 officially launches later this year. With the update, which was noticed by MacStories editor Federico Vitcci, deleting an app that you've previously purchased a subscription for will remind you of your subscription and allow you to cancel it. Read more...More about Tech, Apple, App Store, Ios 13, and Tech
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Update Your Firefox Browser Right Now to Fix a Serious Security Bug
On the heels of the Firefox 67.0 release, Mozilla has rolled out Firefox 67.0.3, which fixes a major security bug. According to the Mozilla Security board, hackers have reportedly been using the bug to take over PCs running unpatched versions of Firefox 67.0. All Firefox users should update to the latest version…Read more...
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PCI Express 6 spec promises massive headroom for AI and storage
PCI Express 5.0 has barely been finalized, but that isn't stopping its creators from dreaming about what comes next. The PCI Special Interest Group has unveiled a PCI Express 6.0 specification that should deliver up to a blistering 256GB per second...
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Congress already wants to block rollout of Facebook’s cryptocurrency
It only took a few hours after Facebook provided details of its Libra cryptocurrency on Tuesday for lawmakers in Congress to tell the social media giant to pump the breaks. Facebook was asked to stop development until Congress weighs in.
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Hands on the wheel with Tesla's new in-car racing video game
Why not play a game while sitting and waiting for your electric vehicle to charge up? No, not on your phone. That'd be too easy. Instead, you can now use the very car you're sitting in — well, if it's a Tesla. Tesla's Easter egg drawer full of video games housed in the main touchscreen is bursting with new additions, including a kart racing game from Vector Unit made just for Tesla. A new bottom menu on the main screen now includes an Arcade button for direct access to the games menuBeach Buggy Racing 2's Tesla Edition takes drivers on 22 beach-themed tracks. The new game is rolling out to Tesla Model S, X, and 3 owners this week. Read more...More about Tesla, Video Games, Tech, Gaming, and Transportation
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Mashable
Complete instructions for making a replica of the Minivac 601 educational computer kit
Michael Gardi built a nice replica of the Minivac 601 computer kit, and made the plans available on Instructables. Created by information theory pioneer Claude Shannon as an educational toy for teaching digital circuits, the Minivac 601 Digital Computer Kit was billed as an electromechanical digital computer system. Produced by Scientific Development Corporation in the early 1960s it sold for $85 (about $720 today). Minivac 601 used electromechanical relays as logic switches as well as for very basic storage. Simple DPDT switches and SPDT push buttons made up the binary inputs, with lights to represent the outputs. A large motorized dial allowed the user to enter decimal or hexadecimal numbers, and to output numbers, or to act as a clock signal generator. For more information about the Minivac 601 here are some additional references: Wikipedia Center for Computing History Time-Line Computer Archive The Instructable presented here is for a full size replica of that Minivac 601 from 1961. I have tried to remain as true to the original as possible given the technologies and resources available to me. I don't have a "vintage" unit so this replica has been constructed based on photos and from the original manuals that were available online. I have included these manuals in PDF format as part of this project. I brought these files to a local copy center and had them printed as the spiral bound booklets you can see [below]. I'm really happy with the results. Read the rest
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