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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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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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When OneLogin Platform Engineer Isis Wenger agreed to participate in the company’s recruiting campaign, she felt pretty apathetic about it. She also didn’t anticipate the backlash that has come from it.

“As a genuine introvert I have never cared much about gaining public attention and I really wasn’t prepared for how much everything blew up,” Wenger told me in an email. “Honestly when I see ads, I don’t think much of them and I certainly don’t try to read deeply into them. It was surprising to me to see that other people did.”

The ad, pictured above, is part of OneLogin’s efforts to recruit more engineers. The recruiting campaign featured several of OneLogin’s engineers along with statements about why they like working at the company. For ultimate visibility, OneLogin put up the ads in both BART and MUNI stations at Embarcadero in San Francisco, OneLogin Director of Design and Brand Experience Chloë Bregman, who was in charge of the campaign, told me in an email. The company also decided to put up additional images of Isis throughout the city in order to positively highlight women in tech.

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If you have been out to YouTube today you will have noticed that the "Watch Later" button is missing. The "Watch Later" button was a button control on the control panel if you wanted to add a video to your watch it later list.

So where did it go?

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Hackers are exploiting a serious zero-day vulnerability in the latest version of Apple's OS X so they can perform drive-by attacks that install malware without requiring victims to enter system passwords, researchers said.

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Our podcast with Kevin Smith is one of my personal favorites. It might seem obvious to some people that you can't look around for affirmation to keep you motivated, and that haters are always going to be around with words of discouragement. Critics will have some valid points, but nobody is perfect -- and you just need to keep trying things until it works (with the exception that if your catchphrase is 'hail Hydra' -- maybe you're going down the wrong path).

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“Live” is everywhere. Snapchat is doing it. Twitter has plans to enhance it. Periscope and Meerkat are built on it.

So it’s not exactly surprising that Facebook is now getting in on live action. The social networking giant began testing a new feature on Friday that brought the annual Chicago music festival Lollapalooza live to users at home. Users could browse Lollapalooza’s “Place Tips,” a Facebook initiative that launched earlier this year, to see updates and photos from their friends at the festival as well as live, trending content from artists.

Fans at the event in Chicago could also use Place Tips in their Facebook app to see the band lineup for the day and figure out how to get to the next show they wanted to see. “Facebook is using location signals like GPS as well as physical Facebook Bluetooth beacons to surface Place Tips to people at the show in high-traffic areas of the festival,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

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The first commercial for Motorola's brand new Moto G is here, and it does a good enough job of pulling off a laugh while showing off the desirability of Moto's new device. Here we see your average, lacrosse-loving party bro trekking across some unnamed desert. Parched and alone, he needs some inspiration, so he turns to his Moto G for support. He finds it, and the moment makes for a solid punchline, giving new meaning to the phrase "The thirst is real."

Does our hero look a bit like a pickup artist, and therefore like a complete buffoon? Absolutely. Is the use of "Ignition (Remix)" by known deviant R. Kelly just a little disconcerting? Of course. Is that just a really sad clone of Tinder? You bet. But all of it combines to a facepalm and a chuckle that can't be denied. The Moto G promises to be a great phone — matter what unfortunate character uses it. And given the phone's broad appeal, that's not a bad thing. Well played, Motorola. Well played.

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An anonymous reader writes: Two years in the making, President Obama formally unveiled his plan to cut power plant emissions today, calling it the "single most important step that America has ever made in the fight against global climate change." The "Clean Power Plan" includes the first ever EPA standards on carbon pollution from power plants. CNN reports: "Under the plan, the administration will require states to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards, based on their individual energy consumption. The plan also includes an incentive program for states to get a head start on meeting standards on early deployment of renewable energy and low-income energy efficiency."
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Three weeks ago Uber rallied 400 drivers to testify in an employee classification lawsuit that they wanted to stay contractors

Now, some of them have changed their minds. After speaking with Lichten & Liss-Riordan, the law firm representing the plaintiffs in the suit, six Uber drivers who originally testified on behalf of Uber have decided to testify against the ride-hailing company. They submitted new court declarations saying they were misled about the difference between contractors and employees.

If Uber loses the driver classification lawsuit, it may have to reclassify its California drivers as employees, which would cost it hundreds of millions in payroll taxes a year, not to mention back pay and penalties. The company’s business model rides on the outcome.

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Microsoft has finally begun rolling out support for syncing shared folders to a user’s computer through its OneDrive cloud storage service.

Now, people browsing a folder shared via OneDrive online or through a mobile app can click a button labeled “Add to my OneDrive” and have the folder added to their account. Changes made to items in that folder will automatically be pushed out to the computers of everyone who it’s shared with, assuming they’re compatible with the feature.

Syncing shared folders was one of the features OneDrive users have requested the most. A thread on a user feedback forum calling for the feature garnered nearly 6,000 votes of support. Until now, users have had to navigate a complicated mess of permissions to share a folder, and then recipients wouldn’t actually get a syncing version of the folder on their computer.

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One way to protest irresponsible environmental practices is through the majesty of rap.

The former Unilever thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, India, disposed of toxic mercury waste at a scrapyard in 2001, and in the time since, 45 people have died — and more than 500 have been affected.

Unilever has denied the allegations on its website. However, the company does not link to outside sources to corroborate its statement.

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There was a time when Mac users didn’t have to worry about malware. Times have changed, though, and today there’s some truly dastardly stuff out there targeting Macs. Now, there’s nasty new a worm that can infect their firmware.

The trio of Xeno Kovah, Chris Kallenberg, and Trammell Hudson created their worm by leveraging several UEFI exploits — exploits that were previously known to affect PCs made by Dell, HP, and others. In 2014, Kovah and a co-worker from Legbacore had discovered that around 80% of PCs they examined were susceptible.

This year, Kovah and Hudson decided to see if Macs were immune. “It turns out almost all of the attacks (5 of 6) we found on PCs are also applicable to Macs,” Kovah told Wired in an interview. A few years ago, that may not have been the case — Macs utilized EFI while PCs were still using BIOS. That changed with the arrival of Windows 8.

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How I Built Better Habits With Calendar Appointments

Old habits die hard. You’ve probably experienced this when you vowed to eat all salads forever, only to crash and burn a few days later. Building new habits takes time. A lot of time. For me, turning my habits into calendar appointments made a huge difference. Here’s how this might work for you.http://lifehacker.com/5926583/why-ha...

In an ideal world, we’d all easily develop habits that set us up to succeed. Of course, reality is a party-pooper, since building new habits takes constant, concerted effort and repetition. Oftentimes, the challenge lies in just remembering to do the damn thing every day.http://lifehacker.com/how-to-debug-y...

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The friendly hitchBOT met a grisly end in Philadelphia. That tells you all you need to know about human-AI interactions.
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A social media experiment to determine whether robots can trust humans ended abruptly on Saturday when hitchBOT was found dismembered.

Two weeks after setting out from Boston in an effort to reach San Francisco through the kindness of strangers, hitchBot met with the contempt of vandals. Over the weekend, the hitchhiking robot had its arms severed in Philadelphia, sometimes referred to as the city of brotherly love.

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You Can Pay $9,300 to Attach an Apple Watch to an Even Fancier Watchxa0;

Here’s an innovation so impractical, uncomfortable, and expensive, that I can’t stop looking at it. Of course the world has produced a luxury Swiss timepiece that has space on its band for an Apple Watch. It’s a goofy two-faced hybrid watch that packs a gloriously unnecessary double-whammy of bling into a single object.

Pinnacle is a line of timepieces launched today by watchmaker Nico Gerard. On one side of your wrist rests a normal watch face; on the other, a 38-millimeter Apple Watch that connects to the Pinnacle’s bracelet. The basic stainless steel Pinnacle with a 41-millimeter case costs $9,300. A a blue-faced version costs $9,500. And for those with really truly too much money to burn, there’s an 18-karat gold model that’ll set you back $112,000. Whew!

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Making geek dreams come true, Star Trek's original Lt. Uhura, Michelle Nichols, announced a few days ago that she's going on a mission for NASA. But don't get your hopes up Nichols getting into space -- she's actually flying on the agency's airborne observatory SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), which studies things like the birth and death of stars, black holes in galactic centers and how new solar systems come together. Due to its unique observation location, it can detect things far out of reach for ground-based telescopes. Nichols says she'll be flying on September 15, and she might even be able to share her experience live on her celebrity philanthropy site, Starpower. This isn't her first time on a NASA mission: She also flew on the first-generation Keiper Airborne Observatory back in the 70s. SOFIA is an upgraded mission which uses a customized Boeing 747 and six instruments for capturing the cosmos, including cameras, a photometer and spectrometers.

Thanks Kristy!

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