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Jul

Climate change is pushing clouds up and toward the poles


For the first time, a researchers have found evidence that global warming caused by humans is affecting clouds — and not in a good way. A study by team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows that clouds are being pushed up and out of mid-range latitudes toward the poles. “It’s really the first credible evidence that we have of climate change and clouds in the observed record ,” says Scripps atmospheric scientists Joel Norris. The study shows how difficult it is to predict global warming and the strong need for better ways to measure it.

Getting the data wasn’t easy, as the team had to normalize unreliable data from satellites with degrading sensors, shifted orbits and other problems. Once they figured out how to get rid of the artifacts, researchers found that storms in the middle latitudes both south and north of the equator had shifted toward the poles. In addition, the tops of the highest clouds had also moved upwards. That matches the scariest predictions created by computer climate models.

It’s really the first credible evidence that we have of climate change and clouds in the observed record.

Obviously, that results in less precipitation in mid-latitudes, making arid regions more arid. However, it also reinforces global warming, as the mid-latitude areas that get the highest solar radiation have fewer clouds to reflect it back into space. In addition, the higher cloud tops trap more heat, increasing the size of the planet’s “greenhouse.”

As with any type of new study, there could be flaws. NASA scientist Kate Marvel points out that the cloud shifts could have been caused by two volcanoes that happened in the early ’80s at the beginning of the study period (Mount St. Helens and Mexico’s El Chicon). However, it shows a greater need for improved long-term observations by satellite and ground-based systems. “This study reminds us how poorly prepared we are for detecting signals that might portend more extreme climate changes than are presently anticipated,” researcher Bjorn Stevens tells the Guardian.

Via: The Guardian

Source: Nature

12
Jul

Amazon’s Prime Day sale is causing headaches for customers


If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber who’s having issues making a purchase the retailer’s big sale, you’re not alone. The company tweeted this morning that some customers were having issues checking out. Replies to that post indicate that some customers are having trouble adding products to their cart as well. Amazon said it was “working to resolve this issue quickly,” but the headaches are affecting eager customers during one of the site’s biggest sales of the year. Today the company is holding its annual Prime Day sale, discounting thousands of items for folks who have a Prime subscription. We’ve reached out to Amazon for more information on the matter and we’ll update this post when we hear back.

Some customers are reporting difficulty with checkout. We’re working to resolve this issue quickly.

— Amazon (@amazon) July 12, 2016

Via: Reuters

Source: Amazon (Twitter)

12
Jul

Apple Watch Ranked Highest in Smartwatch Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power


Market research company J.D. Power has published the results of its 2016 Smartwatch Device Satisfaction Report, and Apple ranked highest among smartwatch manufacturers in customer satisfaction. Samsung finished in second place, although it was first in the related fitness band category.

The report measured overall satisfaction among 2,696 customers who purchased a smartwatch within the past year, including these factors listed in order of importance: ease of use, comfort, battery life, phone features, price, strength/durability, display size, styling/appearance, reliability, apps available, and customer service.

Apple earned a satisfaction score of 852 out of 1000, and a five-out-of-five Power Circle rating, compared to runner-up Samsung’s score of 842 and two-out-of-five Power Circle rating. Sony, Fitbit, and LG rounded off the top five smartwatch manufacturers with scores of 840, 839, and 827 respectively.

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In June 2015, research panel Wristly said overall customer satisfaction with the Apple Watch was 97%, a statistic that Apple CEO Tim Cook cited during the company’s subsequent financial earnings call. Apple Watch’s customer satisfaction has dropped slightly since then, but it has remained consistently high overall.

J.D. Power and Associates, a division of McGraw Hill Financial, has conducted highly-regarded customer satisfaction surveys for automakers, airlines, technology brands, and more since 1968. iPhones and iPads have consistently topped J.D. Power’s smartphone and tablet customer satisfaction ratings in past years.

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Jul

Sonos’ flagship NYC store hosts a massive wall of speakers


Sonos may be in the middle of a restructuring phase, but it isn’t wasting any time rolling out its plans for the near future. Today, the company unveiled its first-ever retail store in New York City. The 3,000 square foot space, located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, features seven listening rooms designed to let consumers experience Sonos products firsthand. But the most outstanding decor is what you see above, known as The Wall of Sound. It’s a 17-by-24-foot installation made up of roughly 300 Sonos speakers, of which eight are plugged in and active.

According to Sonos Executive Creative Director, Dmitri Siegel, the store is intended to provide a home feel. For example, each listening room is laid out differently, giving you the sense you’re sitting in a study room, home theater or kitchen as you jam out to a Play:1, Play:3, Play:5 and Playbar. Most importantly, Siegel says, this is an opportunity to introduce new people to the Sonos brand, as well as let others experience these products in a different type of retail environment.

The Sonos store will open its doors to the public next week, on July 19th. Until then, here’s your first look at the

12
Jul

ICYMI: Space foam party and mind reading for horses


ICYMI: Space foam party and mind reading for horses

Today on In Case You Missed It: A new rover concept from Harvard’s SSR Lab shows a rover extruding a fast-drying foam over rocks to keep vehicles from getting stuck on other planets. University of Nottingham researchers are building an algorithm to read the moods and behavior of horses, rather than having behaviorists analyze videos on their own.

You should also see this video of hardware playing a very iconic song, at least check out the hysteria around Pokemon Go, and what’s going on with Mars. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.

12
Jul

Court Ruling Could Lead to Stricter Password-Sharing Laws in the Future


Earlier this month a federal appeals court decided that an employee “acted without authorization” after he used a former co-worker’s password login without their permission, in order to gain access to a collection of their data. Concerning the case The United States of America v. David Nosal, this has led to a decision by the court to rule that password sharing is a federal crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, meaning that sharing your login among friends and family for accounts like Netflix and HBO Go could now be an illegal act (via TechCrunch).

Judge McKeown, who is close to the case and wrote its opinion, admitted that more innocent forms of password sharing “bears little resemblance” to the circumstances presented in the lawsuit that ignited the ruling. McKeown urged future judges and courts to consider how important “facts and context” are to each case, and craft rulings surrounding password-sharing lawsuits and their legality from there.

While the daily sharing of passwords has yet to be designated as a violation of federal law, some do see the new ruling as a slippery slope to a future where giving a friend your HBO Go login could land you in a heap of trouble. Judge Reinhardt took the dissenting opinion on the case, commenting that while David Nosal may have gotten into “criminal or civil” liabilities while logging into his co-worker’s accounts, “he has not violated the CFAA.”

This case is about password sharing. People frequently share their passwords, notwithstanding the fact that websites and employers have policies prohibiting it. In my view, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) does not make the millions of people who engage in this ubiquitous, useful, and generally harmless conduct into unwitting federal criminals. Whatever other liability, criminal or civil, Nosal may have incurred in his improper attempt to compete with his former employer, he has not violated the CFAA. — Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

An act so widely perpetrated is far less likely to incur major legal repercussions, even if it does become enacted on more of a wider scale, but there is still a possibility for the federal appeals court’s decision to let companies decide on their own whether password sharing should be more strictly reprimanded or not. Comments by Netflix earlier this year at CES suggest the company won’t be heading in that direction any time soon, as CEO Reed Hastings saw the expansive sharing of their services as “a positive thing.”

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Jul

‘Pokémon Go Plus’ Wearable Wristband’s Resell Price Rises to Upwards of $250


Given the intense popularity of the new augmented reality game Pokémon Go, a few retailers have begun facing shortages of the game’s $35 wrist-worn accessory, the Pokémon Go Plus, which allows users to receive notifications about nearby Pokémon right on their wrists. Although some players expected the app itself to send push notifications to their phone’s lock screen, as it stands the only way to be notified about a Pokémon’s appearance is to use Battery Saver mode and leave the app open, or invest in Nintendo’s accessory.

That investment will now cost you upwards of hundreds of dollars, unfortunately. At the time of writing, the Pokémon Go Plus is sold out at Amazon, GameStop, and even the official United Kingdom Nintendo Store lists it as “temporarily unavailable.” As discovered by IGN, the wearable is still available on the reseller auction site eBay, but the average price is hitting somewhere between $100 and $250 for the official first-party version, and not a copy cat.

Some of the cheapest guaranteed pre-orders on eBay begin at around $140, while a few bidding auctions are currently in action with prices that will probably reach closer to $200. There are also a few Buy it Now options around that price range, with the absolute highest-tiers coming closer to $250. Low level auctions are starting frequently, but given that their start price is already a steep amount, like $60, it’s likely they’ll also break the $100 barrier.

The Pokémon Go Plus not only vibrates and notifies players of nearby Pokémon via a Bluetooth connection, but it lets them tap a button at the center of the device to throw a Poké Ball, without taking out their smartphone, in attempts to catch the Pokémon lurking nearby. The device was announced alongside the game back in September 2015.

As such, the accessory isn’t necessary to the experience of Pokémon Go, but some players might see its addition to their time with the game as majorly beneficial, and perhaps more inclined to a safer experience given the fact that it lets players check in on the game without taking out their phone, although its new resell value is likely to impede more than a few purchases.

Those who have yet to do so can download Pokémon Go from the iOS App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Jul

Grab SanDisk’s 200GB microSD card for $59


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As part of Amazon’s Prime Day, SanDisk is offering heavy discounts on SSDs, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 flash drives, and microSD cards. You can pick up a 200GB microSD card for $59.99, and a 960GB Ultra II SSD for just $165.

SD cards

  • SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card – $14.99 – down from $19.99
  • SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Card – $32.99 – down from $39.99
  • SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD Card – $59.99 – down from $79.95
  • SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDHC UHS-I/U3 Card – $11.99 – down from $16.49
  • SanDisk Extreme 64GB SDHC UHS-I/U3 Card – $21.49 – down from $28.72
  • SanDisk Extreme 128GB SDHC UHS-I/U3 Card – $41.99 – $down from $54.95
  • SanDisk Extreme 128GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Card – $59.99 – down from $79.99

USB drives

  • SanDisk Cruzer 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive – $11.99 – down from $15.99
  • SanDisk Cruzer 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive – $20.99 – down from $27.99
  • SanDisk Cruzer 256GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive – $39.99 – down from $69.99
  • SanDisk Ultra 128GB Dual Drive USB 3.0 (OTG) – $24.89 – down from $30.62
  • SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive – $12.49 – down from $16.59
  • SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive – $22.99 – down from $29.99

SSDs

  • SanDisk Plus 480GB SSD – $92.99 – down from $149.99
  • SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD – $94.99 – down from $126.08
  • SanDisk Ultra II 960GB SSD – $164.99 – down from $224.57

Be sure to head to Amazon to check out all the deals on offer today.

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12
Jul

Pokémon Go terms to know!


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What are some Pokémon Go terms?

As Pokémon Go takes over your life, be sure you’re talking the lingo with your fellow trainers. Here are the important terms that are used throughout the Pokémon Go universe.

  • Battle
  • Combat Power (CP)
  • Defender Bonus
  • Eggs
  • Evolution
  • Candy
  • Experience Points (XP)
  • Fainted Pokémon
  • Gyms
  • Hit Points
  • Incense
  • Incubator
  • Lure Module
  • Lucky Egg
  • Medals
  • Poké Balls
  • PokéCoins
  • Pokédex
  • PokéStops
  • Potions
  • Power-Up
  • Prestige
  • Razz Berry
  • Stardust
  • Training
  • Trainer
  • Wild Pokémon

Battle

A battle is a fight between your Pokémon and a wild, rival, or friendly Pokémon. In Pokémon Go, you can only battle at Gyms.

When you reach a rival gym, you have the chance to battle other teams’ (blue, yellow, or red) Pokémon for an opportunity to claim the Gym itself.

For every rival Pokémon you defeat in battle, you lower the Gym’s Prestige and once you reduce it to zero, you can capture the Gym for yourself and your team!

Combat Power (CP)

A Pokémon’s Combat Power will determine how strong it is during a battle against another Pokémon. This is how you measure a Pokémon’s attack strength.

Defender Bonus

A Defender Bonus is a daily reward you can get for defending a Gym. You can get rewards like PokéCoins and Stardust. These Defender Bonuses can be claimed at the shop in the game.

Eggs

Eggs are items that you can find throughout the game that will hatch into Pokémon. Pokémon Eggs can be found at PokéStops, and once you walk a certain distance with the egg in an incubator, the egg will hatch into a Pokémon!

Evolution

Evolution is what happens when your Pokémon levels up and becomes a stronger version of itself!

By using Candy, you can evolve and change your Pokémon into a more advanced species of Pokémon.

Candy

Candy is important! It can be used to evolve and strengthen your Pokémon throughout your adventures!

You can get your Candies by transferring Pokémon to Professor Willow, by catching Pokémon, or by hatching Pokémon Eggs.

Experience Points (XP)

Your Experience Points (XP) is how your progress is measured throughout your Poké-venture. By upping your XP, you can advance to higher Trainer levels.

Fainted Pokémon

When a Pokémon is completely depleted of Hit Points (HP), it will faint. You can use Revive or Max Revive to bring your fainted Pokémon back into the game.

Gyms

Gyms are specific locations where you can go and battle the Pokémon of rival teams. You can also go to Gyms owned by your team to train your Pokémon by battling against the Pokémon assigned there by other members of your team.

When you’re playing, you’ll see that Gyms belonging to your team are known as “friendly” Gyms, while Gyms that have been claimed by other teams are known as “rival” Gyms. Gyms that have not been claimed, however, are known as open Gyms – so what are you waiting for? Go claim a Gym!

Hit Points (HP)

Hit Points are how a Pokémon’s health is measured. When a Pokémon has zero HP, it faints and can no longer be used in battle until you revive it with a Revive or Max Revive item.

Incense

Incense will attract wild Pokémon to your location because of its aroma.

At the beginning of your adventure, you are given two. You can also buy one incense in the shop for 80 PokéCoins.

Incubator

Once you get an Egg, you place it into an incubator. This will let it hatch into a Pokémon as you walk.

You can upgrade your incubators as you play, which will decrease the total distance it takes to hatch an egg.

Lure Module

Lure Modules work like a stronger version of Incense by coaxing Pokémon to your location. All players can see a Lure Module, and everyone can take advantage of an active one, even if they aren’t the original person to set it up.

By using a Lure Module, you can attract wild Pokémon to a PokéStop for a limited time. Then all you have to do is catch them!

Lucky Egg

Lucky Eggs can double the amount of XP you earn for all actions for around 30 minutes.

You can either buy Lucky Eggs in the shop, or you can receive them as a reward while you level up. For example, getting to level 9 will earn you a Lucky Egg.

Medals

You get awarded medals as you get gameplay achievements throughout your adventures. There are a few different types you can get, including…

  • Jogger: Walk x kilometers
  • Kanto: Register Pokémon
  • Collector: Capture Pokémon
  • Scientist: Evolve Pokémon
  • Breeder: Hatch Eggs
  • Backpacker: Visit PokéStops
  • Battle Girl: Win Gym Battles
  • Ace Trainer: Train x times
  • Pikachu Fan: Catch Pikachu
  • Fairy Tale Girl: Catch fairy Pokémon
  • Black Belt: Catch fighting Pokémon
  • Punk Girl: Catch poison Pokémon
  • Schoolkid: Catch normal Pokémon
  • Bird Keeper: Catch flying Pokémon
  • Dragon Tamer: Catch dragon Pokémon
  • Hiker: Catch Rock Pokémon
  • Ruin Maniac: Catch ground Pokémon
  • Psychic: Catch psychic Pokémon
  • Hex Maniac: Catch ghost Pokémon
  • Bug Catcher: Catch bug Pokémon
  • Swimmer: Catch water Pokémon
  • Gardener: Catch grass Pokémon
  • Kindler: Catch fire Pokémon

Poké Balls

Poké Balls are what you use to catch wild Pokémon! They can be picked up at the shop or found at PokéStops.

There are different types of Poké Balls throughout the game. Great Balls, Ultra Balls, and Master Balls are high performance Poké Balls with a better chance of catching wild Pokémon.

PokéCoins

PokéCoins are the currency in the Poké-world! Trainers can exchange coins for premium items in the shop. People can also buy PokéCoins in the shop.

Pokédex

The ultimate Pokémon guide! The Pokédex is where you will find information about all the Pokémon you have caught or encountered in your adventures!

PokéStop

PokéStops are specific locations that you can go to gather items like Poké Balls, Eggs, and Potions.

A PokéStop will change its shape when you get close to it. To interact with a PokéStop, simply touch it and spin the Photo Disc to get items.

Potions

Potions are used to heal your Pokémon. When you use a Potion, you restore your Pokémon’s Hit Points (HP) so they can battle again.

Power-Up

By using a Candy and Stardust, Trainers can power up their Pokémon. This will increase their CP and HP.

Prestige

Prestige is how a Gym’s progress is measured as different teams try to claim it. Prestige is earned when Pokémon train at the Gym.

To advance a certain Gym to higher levels, you have to increase a Gym’s Prestige. The higher a Gym’s Prestige, the more Pokémon can be added to defend it.

Razz Berry

While Razz Berry’s cannot be purchased and can only be found at PokéStops, you can feed them to wild Pokémon to make them easier to catch. Razz Berry’s will appear in later levels of the game when more difficult Pokémon begin to appear.

If a wild Pokémon has a high CP level or is rare, the player can use a Razz Berry to increase the chances of the Pokémon actually staying caught in a Poké Ball.

Stardust

You get Stardust by hatching Eggs, catching Pokémon, and earning the daily Defender bonus. It can be used to Power Up your Pokémon.

Training

When you’re at a friendly Gym, A.K.A. a Gym run by your team, Trainers can battle Pokémon that have been assigned there by other members of their team. This will increase the Prestige of the Gym and their Experience Points.

Trainer

Trainers are the people who adventure, explore, play, and battle in the world of Pokémon Go: You!

Wild Pokémon

Pokémon that have not been caught are called wild Pokémon.

How do you play?

How far along are you in Pokémon Go? What’s your favorite part of the game? Sound off in the comments below!

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12
Jul

HTC 10 gets a $100 discount until July 31, now on sale for $599


HTC is knocking $100 off of the price of the HTC 10, with the phone now available for $599 until July 31 when bought directly from the Taiwanese manufacturer’s website. The promotion is valid on both Glacier Silver and Carbon Grey color options of the phone, as well as carrier editions (T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon) and the unlocked model.

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The price includes HTC’s Uh-Oh accidental damage protection, which covers any damage to the screen or other hardware for 12 months from the date of purchase. HTC is also giving a $100 credit toward buying accessories from its website, although you won’t be able to use it to buy any Vive accessories. You can however, pick up an Ice View case, as well as HTC’s Active in-ear headphones as well as a spare USB-C cable for that price.

The promotion is available until July 31. Anyone interested?

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