About half of Americans don’t think climate change will affect them — here’s why

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More than half of Americans seem to think that climate change won’t affect them personally, a new poll shows. Only 45 percent think that global warming will pose a serious threat in their lifetime, and just 43 percent say they worry a great deal about climate change. But climate change is already affecting us — so why don’t people realize that? The reason has to do with a mixture of politics and psychology.

The poll, conducted by Gallup, shows that many Americans “perceive climate change as a distant problem,” says Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. A lot of people think that we won’t bear the brunt of climate change until 2050 or 2100, and that other parts of the world will be affected,…

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The Typical Hoverboard Injury Happens to Exactly Who You’d Think: 11-Year-Old White Boys

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Hoverboards: Fun. Stupid. Dorky. Or, bazardous social darwinism machines designed to harm those who ride them, and anyone unlucky enough to be in their proximity. And now, there’s a study to back that very idea!

According to a recent study in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers wanted to understand the ways hoverboarders get injured, so they looked at nearly 150,000 emergency room records gathered from hospitals between 2015 and 2016 for children under 18 years of age. Money quote:

“There were 3 burns in the study cohort. Two patients sustained injuries from riding a hoverboard in the kitchen and colliding with a stove of boiling water. The other patient developed a friction burn after his or her finger was run over by a hoverboard.”

And the typical patient they found? Exactly who you think it is: an 11-year-old white boy. Of the nearly 27,000 hoverboard injuries, most of the injuries occurred at home.

“The most common injuries were fractures (40%), contusions (17%), and strains and/or sprains (13%)…The most common body parts injured were the wrist (19%), forearm (14%), and head (14%),” the researchers wrote.

They also compared hoverboard injuries to skateboarding injuries. The stats didn’t look all that different, except that the average skateboarding patient was a bit older (13 years old), and most injuries occurred in the street (where one should skateboard, or, maybe, hoverboard), and not at home.

Caveats: the study included more skateboard injuries (121,398) than hoverboard injuries (26,854), and the researchers don’t know if patients were wearing protective gear when they were injured.

Still, the researchers feel confident in their assessment of hoverboard injuries, and that their research can be used to suggest new policies or mandate protective gear.

“By elucidating the characteristics of hoverboard injuries, preventive measures can be implemented to decrease the incidence of these injuries as well as ED [emergency department] visits,” the researchers write.

One preventative measure already in use: banning them. From pretty much anywhere it’d be fun to take them. For example: subway stations in New York City, public roads, anywhere you need to fly to get to, numerous malls and universities.

Mostly because they occasionally catch on fire. But, as you might’ve noticed above, hoverboarders present a danger to those around them, besides riding around on literal time-bombs.

So yes, your house might be the only place left for you to ride your hoverboard. But hey, here’s a thought: Maybe don’t ride one at all? Or do it, and save actual Darwinism the trouble.

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I think Apple realized the iPhone X is too expensive

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iPhone X 2018 price specs release date

When rumors first emerged last year that the iPhone X was going to cost $ 1,000 at launch, you could virtually taste the skepticism in the air. A phone that expensive would be too pricey to appeal to most consumers, the thinking went, and Apple would be left with a flagship phone that no one could afford.

Nearly five months after the iPhone X’s launch, it’s clear that there is some appetite for phones that cost north of $ 999, and the iPhone X hasn’t been a flop by any measure. But supply-chain reports have suggested that the iPhone X, while successful, hasn’t met pre-launch sales estimates, and it seems like Apple might be rethinking its pricing strategy for 2018.

A new report from RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani sheds some light on what we might see when Apple launches its new iPhones later this year. It’s widely expected to debut three new models, and Daryanani thinks the lineup will include a second-gen iPhone X for $ 899, a $ 100 price cut on the current version. “The refreshed 5.8″ OLED (XI) could be priced at $ 899 ( $ 100 cheaper vs. current iPhone X) and the larger 6.5″ OLED could be priced at $ 999,” Daryanani wrote. “This would effectively lower the average ASP’s but we think will drive a stronger unit growth.”

The report also has some details on what the new devices might look like. “Two OLED devices – 5.8 inch form factor and a larger 6.5 inch form factor; one LCD model 6.1 inch size,” the note says. “The larger device is likely targeted at China, where the form factor has been popular in the past. The LCD device is likely to have aluminium edges vs. premium steel in other two devices. All three phones are expected to have Face ID (no home button) and likely to be more powerful devices vs. past generation.”

Taking Daryanani’s predictions at face value, this could make for the most diversified iPhone lineup we’ve ever seen, and the best range of options for consumers. The flagship would be a $ 999 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, and a smaller but functionally similar iPhone X for $ 899. The step-down version would be the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, which could be around $ 699 or $ 750. That version would lose the OLED screen, and also potentially some high-end features like a simpler rear camera. Further down the line-up, I’d expect to see the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as well as the iPhone SE, live on as cheaper options for consumers.

All this is good news for Apple fans who have become weary of prices creeping ever higher, but it also marks a departure from Apple’s traditional strategy. It really wasn’t a long time ago that Apple only made one iPhone a year, because it figured that one device had the right mix of performance and value for money to appeal to everyone. The launch of the iPhone 6 Plus seemed like a tacit admission that not everyone wanted the same form factor, but the two-device system at least shared most features between both phones. With a lineup that includes three very different phones per year, Apple could be descending into the same kind of fragmented hell that Android has occupied for years.

Still, let’s not lose sight of the important detail here: The normal-sized second-gen iPhone X could well be getting a price cut this year, which is good news for Apple, and even better news for everyone upgrading.

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Amazon asked its customers what they think about TV news. Here’s the survey.

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Why do you think Jeff Bezos wants to know about that?

Amazon will fetch you books, groceries and home security systems.

What about news?

Perhaps Amazon is trying to answer that question. It has commissioned a survey that queries customers about their news consumption habits — specifically, the way they watch TV news.

Amazon recently hired research firm Qualtrics to ask Amazon users how they “experience the news.” A helpful reader sent us screenshots of the survey; we’ll post a selection below.

No comment from Amazon PR. But it’s worth noting that a couple of the questions have to do with customers’ use the company’s Fire TV video hardware, so it’s possible that it’s related to the people who work in that group. Also noted: Like any video platform, Fire TV already supports plenty of news apps. One last note: Amazon spent time trying to build a pay TV service, then backed away from the idea.

And the requisite caveat: Amazon asking customers about something does not equal Amazon doing something. It’s reasonable to assume that Amazon conducts many surveys about many products and services, and in most cases they lead to… not that much.

Still! Aren’t you glad you can get a tiny peek into Amazon’s head, and learn about what they’re interested in learning about? Me, too.

First, Amazon wanted to make sure that survey respondents didn’t work for one of its big competitors. Note who’s on this particular list — Comcast and Verizon, along with some Very Big Tech Companies — and who’s not, including Facebook and Netflix.

Amazon also wanted to make sure that bloggers or “news-casters” weren’t weighing in on this, either.

On to the show: Amazon wanted to know how often users watched the news. That’s “watch,” not “read” or “listen to.

Another newswatching question:

What kind of news — local, national or international — do you care about?

Let’s drill down a bit:

And now, a question about “news sources”: Note that this one mixes TV networks with newspapers with websites with social media (just like everyone else does).

Here are a couple more clues that whoever paid for this survey is spending time thinking about the way you think about Fire TV:

And one last: Another question about the way you think about news, framed in ways that you probably don’t (may not?) think about news.

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Spielberg doesn’t think Netflix should win Oscars

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In an interview, Steven Spielberg stated that content on Netflix should be considered television…and ineligible for Oscars. "Once you commit to a television format, you're a TV movie," he said on while chatting to ITV news during a tour promoting h…
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Your Crypto Hardware Wallet Might Not Be as Secure as You Think

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So, you just bought some crypto. Congrats! (Or: Congrats ?) But now you need a place to store it. But the safest place you’ve been told to store it…may not really be all that safe. Hi. Welcome to the wonderful world of crypto!

You could leave your new crypto on the exchange where you purchased it, but those are worthwhile targets for hackers. You could move it to a software wallet, or maybe a third-party website or an app on your phone. But, again, those are online, so they’re susceptible to hacking. A paper wallet — literally a QR code printed on a piece of paper — is also an option, but they’re such a pain to set up.

A hardware wallet it is, then. These are easy-to-use standalone devices specifically designed to hold crypto. They let you to access your funds without connecting to the internet. Super secure, right? Except: Maybe not.

On March 20, Saleem Rashid, a 15-year-old self-taught programmer, published a blog post detailing multiple ways a hacker could crack the Ledger Nano S, a popular crypto hardware wallet. Apparently, the device isn’t as “tamper-proof” as its makers claimed. In his post, Rashid explained how a hacker could use a vulnerability in the Ledger Nano S to steal any private keys stored on the device. They could do this by tampering with the device either before you bought it (a “supply chain attack”) or after you’d already loaded it up with your private information (an “evil maid attack”).

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Ledger released a patch to address the hardware wallet vulnerability on March 6, and Eric Larchevêque, Ledger’s CEO, told TechCrunch the company hadn’t received any reports of hackers actually accessing the crypto of Nano S users.

So, why wasn’t that the end of it?

Because, apparently, Rashid wasn’t satisfied with the response from Ledger. Which is why he publishing his post two weeks after the release of the patch. He also threw shade directly at Larchevêque, writing:

“I chose to publish this report in lieu of receiving a bounty from Ledger, mainly because Eric Larchevêque, Ledger’s CEO, made some comments on Reddit which were fraught with technical inaccuracy. As a result of this I became concerned that this vulnerability would not be properly explained to customers.”

The same day he released his post, Rashid noted on Twitter that he told Ledger about the vulnerability four months ago and the company had exhibited “pretty poor communication” in the interim.

Ledger and Larchevêque appear far less phased than Rashid by the whole situation. “All systems have vulnerabilities,” Larchevêque told TechCrunch. “That’s part of the life of any security system. It’s a game of cat and mouse.”

That may be true, but it’s also a good reason to think twice before slapping the “tamper-proof” label on any future devices.

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Outline is a secure VPN for news organizations and journalists, from Alphabet think tank Jigsaw

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Yesterday, Google announced the News Initiative, with wide-ranging objectives such as empowering quality journalism in the digital age and fighting the spread of fake news. There are many facets to the initiative, including making it easier for readers to subscribe to news outlets. To make it easier for journalists to do their jobs, there’s Outline. Built by Alphabet incubator Jigsaw (formerly Google Ideas), it aims to provide safer internet access for news organizations and their staff.

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You Can Do A Lot More With Your IPhone Than You Think

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Now that you bought your first iphone you are probably wondering about what this new technology can do for you. The article below offers you many great tips and tricks that will let you in on all the different functions of the iphone that many people are not aware of. Read on and learn some of those tricks.

Take great pictures by using your headphone cord! The volume buttons can be used to take pictures now, so you can hold the cord in your other hand to keep your shots steady and clear. This method can even be used if you are resting your phone on a stand.

Find your phone fast with the brand new, free app called Find My iPhone. It lets you remotely access your phone to provide you with coordinates on a map, turn the volume up so the phone can be heard from under thick cushions, or lock the phone and wipe all data in case of theft.

Make sure that you delete conversations that you are not using in the message’s screen. This is very important because as time goes on, your conversation history will become longer and longer, reducing the amount of space on your phone. You can do this by going to your message’s section and deleting full conversations or part of them with the edit function.

Make your own ringtone. If the ringtones on your iphone do nothing for you, try creating your own. You can send a file from your computer to your iphone. To do this, make sure the file is a compatible mp3. Send it from your computer to your phone using either wifi or a usb cable.

When typing a URL in your iPhone’s Safari browser, you can hold down the “.com” button at the bottom of the keyboard to bring up a list that contains other domain suffixes. To choose one, just glide your finger over them and release when the appropriate suffix is highlighted.

Choose a carrier before choosing an iphone. You might have your eye on a particular iphone. Before you rush out and get it, make sure that it is compatible with the carrier of your choosing. Shop around for a cell phone plan you can live with rather than making the decision over which iphone you like best.

Use your iphone to store files. If you need files on hand but don’t want to lug around a flash drive or your laptop, just store the files on your phone. By sending files over via wifi or usb, you can keep them stored on your phone. You can even purchase extra space to store them, should the need arise.

If you called someone and do not remember their number or when you called them, click the “recents” button in the phone section. This button will not only give you a list of your recent calls and their times, but also allow you to delete these call logs or check your missed calls.

Don’t waste time using suggested words when typing on an iPhone. When typing up something and a suggested word distracts you, simply tap your screen to get rid of the box. You do not have to tap the x on every word.

An important tip for using an iPhone is avoiding the use of too many apps. There are many apps available and prices vary a lot while some apps are completely free. However, some can harvest your information or slap you with hidden charges.

You’re going to need to switch between punctuation keys and the alphabet keys, and you would like to know how to do this much more quickly. Press the ?123 key, but then don’t let up your finger as the actual punctuation layout shows up. Slide your finger over to the comma key, release, and you will see the ABC layout appear automatically.

Minimize the amount of time you spend typing on your iPhone. Go to the settings, select the keyboard and add your own phrases. In doing this, you can preprogram long word combinations or phrases you type a lot or often. Since the phrases are programmed, you won’t need to type them every single time.

Do you need to be able to fast forward or rewind music and video? If you press and hold the skip button, this is a much more effective way of doing so instead of just pressing the skip button. You can get to any frame of the video or part of the song that you need to in no time at all.

There are plenty of game applications to keep you entertained on the iphone. Some of the classic games such as Tetris and Bejewled have found their way to the iphone. If you need something to keep you entertained when you have downtime during work or in between classes then these games could be worthwhile downloads for you.

The iPhone is popular with children and teens. If a parent chooses to purchase one for a child, it can be helpful to learn how to limit content. Simply go to “general” and “restrictions.” After you have done this, enable the restrictions and enter a four-digit code. You can specify what type of content is permissible to keep and view from the phone.

If you are looking to zoom in on an internet page on your iPhone, you can do this by putting both fingers on the screen and moving them in separate directions. This will help a lot when you are on a page that has a font that is too small, and you want to see it more clearly.

The iphone comes with a built in calculator, and stopwatch. These simple applications can help you complete many tasks throughout the day. You can even keep track of how many laps you are doing with the stopwatch. This allows for an easy way to keep track of your progress throughout your running or biking exercises.

Now that you read the above article, you should be up to speed with all the little technological advances of the iphone. The iphone is great little gadget, but it works best when you know all the tips and tricks. After reading the above information you should have some great knowledge about what the iphone is all about.

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Comment: The three reasons I think Apple has created its microLED manufacturing facility

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OLED superseded LCD because it’s brighter, has better color saturation, and is more power-efficient. microLED is expected to replace OLED within the next few years for the same reasons – it improves on all three of those factors.

I don’t believe that Apple’s ‘secret manufacturing facility‘ for microLED screens indicates any desire or plan on Apple’s part to move into large-scale component manufacturing, but I do think it’s a very smart move.

I suspect there are three reasons Apple has established the facility …



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Think tank’s new task force will forecast AI’s challenges

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Alexa's creepy laugh will probably be the least of our artificial intelligence worries. To properly understand the challenges that AI will bring, defense and foreign policy think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS) has established a task f…
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