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Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo is holding its Back to School Savings event this week, with $100 discounts on some current-generation iPads and 11- & 13-inch MacBooks, as well as $200 discounts on several current 15" MacBook Pro configurations.

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In addition to the Apple highlights — which we've rounded up below — B&H is also discounting a wide selection of cameras, photography equipment, storage devices, video cameras, headphones, TVs, and drones as part of the sale. All ship free with no sales tax collected on out of state orders.

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iPad mini 3
16GB Gold WiFi + Cellular $529.00 for $429.00+ ($100 discount)
128GB Silver WiFi Only $599.00 for $499.00+ ($100 discount)
128GB Silver WiFi + Cellular $729.00 for $639.00+ ($90 discount)
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iPad Airs
128GB Gray WiFi + Sprint Unlocked $929.00 for $449.00+ ($480 discount)
128GB White WiFi + Sprint Unlocked $929.00 for $499.00+ ($430 discount)
128GB White WiFi + AT&T $929.00 for $509.00+ ($420 discount)
128GB Gray WiFi + AT&T $929.00 for $519.00+ ($410 discount)
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Early-2015 MacBook Airs
11" Air (1.60GHz/4GB/128GB) $899.00 for $799.99+ ($100 discount)
13" Air (1.60GHz/4GB/128GB) $999.00 for $899.99+ ($100 discount)
13" Air (1.60GHz/4GB/256GB) $1,099.00 for $1,099.00+ ($100 discount)
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Early-2015 13" MacBook Pros
13" 2.7GHz i5/8GB/128GB $1,299.00 for $1,199.00+ ($100 discount)
13" 2.7GHz i5/8GB/256GB $1,499.00 for $1,399.99+ ($100 discount)
13" 2.9GHz i5/8GB/512GB $1,799.00 for $1,699.99+ ($100 discount)
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Mid-2014 13" MacBook Pros
13" 2.8GHz i5/8GB/512GB $1,799.00 for $1,449.00+ ($350 discount)
13" 3.0GHz i5/8GB/512GB $1,999.00 for $1,549.00+ ($450 discount)
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Mid-2015 15" MacBook Pros
15" 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB $2,049.00 for $1,849.00+ ($200 discount)
15" 2.5GHz/16GB/256GB $2,099.00 for $1,899.00+ ($200 discount)
15" 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB/M370X $2,499.00 for $2,349.00+ ($150 discount)
15" 2.5GHz/16GB/1TB/M370X $2,999.00 for $2,799.00+ ($200 discount)
15" 2.8GHz/16GB/512GB $2,599.00 for $2,399.00+ ($200 discount)
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Mid-2014 15" MacBook Pros
15" 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB/750M $2,499.00 for $1,999.00+ ($500 discount)
15" 2.8GHz/16GB/1TB/750M $3,199.00 for $2,899.00+ ($300 discount)

The deals above are just a few of the many ongoing exclusive offers on Macs and iPads. Check out deals.appleinsider.com and prices.appleinsider.com to see if there's an ongoing offer that will save you hundreds on your next Apple purchase.

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studio23.jpgStage 2 at YouTube Space LA fills about 2,500 square feet. Kevin Mills/Google

LOS ANGELES -- Want to be a star? Aspiring entertainers still find themselves, suitcase in hand, heading to Hollywood.

But the quest is no longer for that breakthrough audition in front of a big-name director. These fame-seekers are making bee-lines to studios tucked away in lesser known pockets of the Los Angeles area. Digital microstudios -- spaces that boast advanced cameras and industry-grade lighting so the next generation of talent can shoot clips for their YouTube or Vine channels -- are hidden in a former garment factory downtown or sprawled through aviator Howard Hughes' old helicopter facility.

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You probably remember flipping through Highlights magazine as a child, while in the waiting room of your doctor’s office, perhaps. But now, this longest-running children’s magazine of 69 years is attempting to make an impact on mobile. The company has partnered with San Francisco-based startup Fingerprint to help transition the brand – and the activities that were once found within its printed pages – to mobile devices.

This would not be the first time Highlights has tried to make an app work. The company previously introduced several games on the App Store, starting in 2010, but never became established as a well-known mobile brand. If anything, the partnership with Fingerprint is an attempt to change that.

It’s not surprising that today’s kids may not know of Highlights. These days, they’re spending less time reading magazines, and instead spending much of their time playing games on tablet computers, streaming Netflix, or engrossing themselves in virtual worlds like Minecraft. The idea that they’d somehow be interested in a paper magazine filled with hidden picture puzzles and stories feels kind of quaint.

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INTEL IS ADDING MORE FINANCIAL WEIGHT TO its drive to employ more ladies and ethnicities, and will reward employees who bring in suitable applicants with a bonus payment.

Like the rest of the industry Intel has a problem with attracting or employing ladies, it is not clear which, and, like the rest of the chaps, Intel wants to do something about it.

The firm has already announced a fund to drive technology industry minorities towards its offices, revealing a $300m investment and a five-year plan.

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Phoenix 850se

Today, HP is selling the ENVY Phoenix 850se gaming PC for a whopping 30% off the retail price. With six CPU cores, loads of RAM, and a solid-state drive, this beefy desktop is a steal at less than a thousand bucks.

Phoenix 850se Inside, the Phoenix 850se features a fourth generation hexa-core 3.3GHz Intel Core i7-5820K CPU, a discrete Nvidia GTX 745 graphics card (with 4GB of memory), 12GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, a DVD burner, Bluetooth, and 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support. And since this configuration ships with a DVI-D port, an HDMI port, and a VGA port, you can easily connect to nigh-on any HDTV or PC monitor.

The hexa-core CPU, fast DDR4 RAM, and 500W power supply are superb, but the default graphics card is relatively weak. It will run plenty of games on lower settings, but you’ll probably want to upgrade to a better graphics card during checkout, or somewhere down the line. If that 256GB SSD is too small for you, it has room for two additional 3.5-inch drives to boot. And if you want more RAM, you can easily bump it up to a full 32GB.

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We've written a few times about the ridiculousness of so-called ag-gag laws, that prohibit photographing or videotaping farms (sometimes even from public land). These laws were pushed for heavily by large industrial farmers who were sick of animal rights advocates getting images and videos of the conditions in farms and slaughterhouses that were questionable. Whatever you might think of the practices of those advocates, banning taking photographs or videos seemed like a really questionable move -- which would have a chilling effect on whistleblowers of all kinds. It seemed like it had to be unconstitutional -- and a court in Idaho agrees, declaring that state's law unconstitutional.

The court does not mince words, noting that under this law, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle would likely have been illegal:

The story of Upton Sinclair provides a clear illustration of how the First Amendment is implicated by the statute. Sinclair, in order to gather material for his novel, The Jungle, misrepresented his identity so he could get a job at a meat-packing plant in Chicago. William A. Bloodworth, Jr., UPTON SINCLAIR 45–48 (1977). Sinclair’s novel, a devastating expose of the meat-packing industry that revealed the intolerable labor conditions and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards in the early 20th century, “sparked an uproar” and led to the passage of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, as well as the Pure Food and Drug Act.... Today, however, Upton Sinclair’s conduct would expose him to criminal prosecution under § 18-7042.

The State responds that § 18-7042 is not designed to suppress speech critical of certain agricultural operations but instead is intended to protect private property and the privacy of agricultural facility owners. But, as the story of Upton Sinclair illustrates, an agricultural facility’s operations that affect food and worker safety are not exclusively a private matter. Food and worker safety are matters of public concern. Moreover, laws against trespass, fraud, theft, and defamation already exist. These types of laws serve the property and privacy interests the State professes to protect through the passage of § 18- 7042, but without infringing on free speech rights.

With this background and context, the Court finds that § 18-7042 violates the First Amendment right to free speech. In addition, the Court finds that § 18-7042 violates the Equal Protection Clause because it was motivated in substantial part by animus towards animal welfare groups, and because it impinges on free speech, a fundamental right.

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Microsoft had plenty to show at E3—including the likes of Halo 5: GuardiansMinecraft on HoloLens, and a brand new game by Rare. But in an unusual move, the company decided to save the rest of its Xbox One and PC lineup for this year's Gamescom, promising "as much new content" as at E3. Ars UK will be on the scene to see if that promise holds true.

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Maybe you’ve already seen the video where a human reporter pretends his hand is a smartphone at the close of his televised segment. Yes, he's tapping and swiping on his palm, not his Palm — there is no device. My first reaction was to laugh and point a derisive finger at the BBC's Chris Mitchell in that WTF way the internet has conditioned me to respond. But having slept on it, I realize Mitchell isn’t terribly different from me or anyone else.

Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report made headlines a few years ago when she revealed that cellphone users reach for their phones about 150 times per day. That’s almost once every 6 minutes assuming 8 hours of sleep. While some of those experiences are rewarded with need-to-know information or a smile, more often than not, checking a phone is just a mechanical compulsion done when faced with being alone.

People reach for their phones 150 times per day

The great American sociologist Louis CK once observed that people use smartphones so that we never have to feel that loneliness. "You never feel completely sad or completely happy, you just feel kind of satisfied with your product and then you die."

As an experiment, yesterday I muted and kept my phone pocketed while seated alone at a cafe for 15 minutes. It was uncomfortable. I pull out my phone at traffic lights, while standing in line at the cash machine, or waiting to pay at the market. I do it without thinking, on impulse, as a diversion — just as soon as life begins to idle.

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There’s a reason Woody Allen once dubbed pigeons the rats of the sky. They’re filthy. They poop on everything, and that stuff can carry disease. And they pester you mercilessly, especially when you’re just trying to eat a sandwich. Everyone knows they’re gross.

Well, almost everyone. Photographer Mårten Lange loves them, and says pigeons aren’t the problem, cities are. “Pigeons are dirty because cities are dirty,” says Lange, whose book, Citizen, features striking black-and-white portraits of Columba livia domestica. “So if you find them disgusting, look around you.”

The Swedish photographer, who has made similarly stunning portraits of crows in Tokyo, started photographing pigeons while living in London last year. He was drawn to how they struggle, much like humans, to overcome the challenges of a hostile cityscape. Each day presents a number of dangers: flying into a window, being eaten by a cat, losing a toe to those bits of string that always seem to wind around their feet. “These birds are very often quite beat up, dirty, crippled and just sad, but they never give up,” he says.

Citizen, Études Books, 2015.Citizen, Études Books, 2015. Mårten LangeThough pigeons typically gather in flocks, Lange shot them individually using a long lens to blur the background and an on-camera flash to make the birds look like cut-outs. Given that pigeons are essentially fearless, getting close was no problem. “The flash would make them twitch sometimes, but they were quite indifferent to being photographed,” Lange says. The whimsical portraits look like they were made in a studio. Each bird appears surprisingly unique and regal, its eyes and gestures communicating emotions like fear, anger, playfulness, and contentment. You almost expect them to talk. “They are individuals,” Lange says, “just like us.” Maybe he’s right. Pigeons are pretty smart, after all. And they’re industrious, capable of finding their way home across great distances—a trait that made them particularly useful for communication during the First and Second World Wars. Charles Darwin and Nikola Tesla both loved them. And they can actually be quite beautiful, as Lange’s photographs show. But the photographer isn’t trying to make anyone love pigeons, only appreciate them as something more than flying rats. “I’m just pointing to a correlation between our lives and theirs,” he says. “Our habitat is their habitat.” Go Back to Top. Skip To: Start of Article.
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Since TFS doesn't say, the old model says 21C is the best, while the "new" model says 24C is the best. The problem is, of course, that one can wear a sweater in colder temperatures, but it's difficult (or inappropriate) to cope with higher temperature.

As a young fat (by European standards, not American) male in a job with no format attire requirement, I usually wear a t-shirt and shorts in the summer, so there's not much left to take off. I'm still more comfortable at lower temperatures (22-23). I actually like wearing a hoodie, but I never do at the office because it's too hot there.

And no, opening a window (as suggested in TFA) is not a solution when there's 30 degrees outside.

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Swift

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With just two words Tay Tay has saved Australian theatre.

A bunch of Australian acting royalty have convinced the Devine Being Taylor Swift to give them permission to "Shake It Off."

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Tech giant Samsung Electronics said on Monday it will create a 100 billion won ($85.8 million) fund to compensate cancer-stricken workers and their families and for efforts to prevent such diseases at its chip and display factories.

Samsung said in a statement the fund will make payments to workers or families of those who became sick while working at its plants, including contractors. The fund would also pay for research, development of experts and other methods to improve worker safety.

South Korean activist group Sharps, which represents many of the cancer-stricken workers, said on Monday it was aware of around 200 workers who had fallen ill after working at a Samsung plant. About 70 of them have died, according to the organization, which declined comment on Samsung’s fund plan.

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Cold in the Office? Blame the Equation Used to Set the Thermostat

If you work in an office, chances are you or the person sitting next to you has grumbled about it being too hot or cold. No one likes rugging up on a summer’s day to contend with the air-conditioning. Or having to shed one too many layers in winter to compensate for stifling heat indoors.

According to a paper published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, this scenario is more likely if you’re a woman. Climate control systems in office buildings are often set according to an old formula based on men’s thermal comfort. This gender bias, the authors argue, is wasting energy.

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started planning to build the largest plane in the world in 2011, along with several partners like Elon Musk. Now, that plane called Stratolaunch is already under construction at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California and is even expected to undergo testing as soon as 2016. Allen's company, Stratolaunch Systems, isn't building an oversized aircraft just so it can get in the Guinness Book of World Records, though: its primary goal is to perform air launches of satellite-carrying rockets.

Air launches make it possible for rockets to take off despite inclement weather and could save fuel because they don't have to blast off and start moving from 0 mph. The plane can be used again and again for multiple launches and engineers and scientists can choose the best location to drop a rocket. That ensures the spacecraft can easily insert satellites into their planned orbits, though the amount of payload it can carry will be limited due to weight constraints.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned about the privacy implications of a cybersecurity bill that is intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats with the government.

The DHS has also warned that the information sharing system proposed by the new bill could slow down responses in the face of a cyberthreat, if companies are allowed to share information directly with various government agencies, instead of routing it through the department.

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which would give businesses immunity from customer lawsuits when they share cyberthreat data with the government, is under consideration of the Senate.

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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

crane5.jpgOne section of the crane began to topple first. Webak1/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Sometimes, feats of engineering go wrong.

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Australian cellular operator Telstra on Monday announced a new incentive plan that gives iPhone 6 and 6 Plus customers a one-year Apple Music subscription for free when they sign up for post paid Go Mobile services.

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According to an advertisement on Telstra's website, the free Apple Music offer applies to new 12- or 24-month Go Mobile plans for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company notes data charges apply, meaning the offer covers only Apple fees, not contract bandwidth.As noted by Gizmodo, it appears Telstra is instituting carrier billing for its Apple Music offer, as the terms and conditions specify customers will be charged once the trial period ends:If you sign up and agree to T&Cs to put Apple Music on your Telstra account this will roll on to a paying subscription at the end of the trial / free period unless you cancel it. You will receive an SMS 3 days prior to rolling over to a paid subscription.
Since Apple Music launched in June, a number of carriers have adopted the streaming music service to incentivize their respective mobile plans. Last week, U.S. telco T-Mobile announced it would add Apple Music to its Music Freedom perk, which lets users stream content from various music services without it counting against their data allotments. Alongside Apple Music, Music Freedom supports Beatport, Pandora, Rdio, Spotify, Google Play Music, SoundCloud and SiriusXM.
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MyCanon

Back in the day when my dreams were bigger than my wallet, I went to a photography school in NYC and achieved my degree in professional photography so I could become a fashion and/or product photographer. But my career path changed and I ended up working in information technology and now I write blogs. Photography is still a passion of mine and when I read that Canon was releasing this beautiful camera my mind started racing with following my old dreams again.

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Transparent, the Amazon’s Golden Globe winning series about a family adapting to their transgender father, got a debut date for its second season today at the Television Critics Association event. The series second season will premiere on December 4, according to Variety. Also notable from today’s Amazon Studios’ TCA panel: the untitled Woody Allen series will launch in the second half of 2016.

Related: Amazon orders up a third season of critical darling Transparent

During the panel, Transparent creator Jill Soloway explained the genesis of the series. “It was very personal. The show was kind of writing itself in my mind, almost immediately after my parent came out,” said Soloway according to Variety. “I’ve been a TV writer for 10 or 15 years, writing pilots every year and kind of just dreaming about having a show that mattered. I used to go to on pitch meetings and say, ‘I want to write something that’s never been written before and write something that’s going to change the world.'”

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