Virginia is replacing some of its electronic voting machines over security concerns

Virginia’s State Election Board decided to replace all of its direct-voting electronic voting machines following a recommendation from the state’s Department of Elections on Friday, according to Politico (via Engadget). The devices will be replaced by machines that “produce a paper trail.”

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines are terminals that allow voters to cast their vote with a touch screen or other electronic interface, which is tallied onto a computer. This doesn’t leave any physical trail that a vote was cast, which has lead to concerns about verifying the final result in an instance where a vote is called into question. Other machines, such as an optical scan voting system, requires voters to fill out a physical…

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Tiny tragedies: an iPhone 7 dongle story

I lost my iPhone 7’s original, pack-in headphone jack adapter in Arizona on a family trip. The main thing I use my iPhone for is listening to podcasts and audiobooks whenever I’m going from point A to point B, so obviously this was devastating.

My first attempt to solve the problem was to reject wires altogether and buy some Bluetooth headphones. But I hate the pairing process, especially when switching between phone and laptop, and I also don’t like the fact that my day is ruined if I forget to charge them. So I switched to the original Lightning headphones that came with my iPhone 7, even though they were conked out in one ear and don’t really fit very well. Life was suffering.

After a month or so I’d…

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George Clooney’s Suburbicon is an indictment of white privilege wrapped in a Coens crime comedy

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the Toronto International Film Festival.

As a director, George Clooney has a track record of making films that are exceptionally crafted, even if they haven’t all ended up being great at the end of the day. Movies like Good Night, and Good Luck and The Ides of March demonstrate his impressive skills as a storyteller, while other efforts like Leatherheads and The Monuments Men have fumbled their attempts at comedy and action. But his latest film, Suburbicon, seems as close as you can get to a sure-fire cinematic success: a script that originated with Joel and Ethan Coen, a cast that includes…

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More revelations from Apple’s GM leak show off Face ID, wireless charging, and more

Apple’s iOS 11 Golden Master — the final version of the software — leaked earlier this weekend, providing an avalanche of revelations about the products that the company is expected to announce on Tuesday, including the name of the next big iPhone, LTE connectivity for the Apple Watch, and animated emoji. There’s been some new revelations about the 3D face scanner, wireless charging, and an interesting fact about the Apple TV.

Face ID

We’ve learned a bit about Face ID — which will allow you to unlock your phone by looking at it — but Brazillian iOS developer Guiherme Rambo found some new details. It appears that you can use Face ID to not only unlock your phone, but also use it to confirm purchases in iTunes and the App Store, as well…

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China is planning to implement a ban on fossil fuel cars

China is preparing to bring an end to the sale and production of fossil fuel vehicles, according to a report in Bloomberg. The country is aiming to use the ban as a way to encourage local automakers into developing electric cars.

Speaking at an auto forum on Saturday, Xin Guobin, the country’s vice minister of industry and information technology said that regulators are working to come up with a timeline for phasing out the sales and production of the vehicles.

China is the world’s largest market for automobiles, with over 28 million vehicles sold in 2016, a number that has continued to rise in recent years. Bloomberg notes that China has worked to encourage the growth of its electric-vehicle market through subsidies as it works to cut…

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