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You don’t need skinny jeans and elaborate facial hair to appreciate vinyl records. But if you want your LPs to really shine, cue up the right gear.

1. Pro-Ject RPM 1 Carbon Turntable | $499

A cool Benjamin can get you something that’ll spin your records at 33 1/3 rpm, but why cheap out on a key part of your stack? The stylish RPM 1 Carbon gives you audiophile-grade features like a rumble-resistant platter and a vibration-damping carbon-and-aluminum tone arm for a decidedly non-audiophile price.

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All of these articles about CS lately confuse correlation with cause.

The simple fact of the matter is that kids who enjoy the "challenge" of programming are more likely to be logical, analytical thinkers than their peers, and are therefore likely to do better at all subjects that require those skills. Taking a CS course is not "causing" them to be better at those other subjects -- their ability is innate.

Forcing someone to take a class they neither enjoy nor are good at is not going to magically make

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China’s control over the Internet is set to expand. In a bid to better police local websites, the country’s security forces are establishing offices at the biggest online firms in the country.

The country’s Ministry of Public Security announced the new measures on Tuesday, at a time when authorities have been increasingly concerned also about cyberthreats.

Websites based in China already have to abide by strict provisions for online censorship, and will often delete any content deemed offensive by government censors.

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A sheriff’s deputy in California pulled a man from his car on Monday in Sunnyvale, moments before an oncoming train slammed into it as it lay crashed on the tracks.

Two San Mateo County deputies Lance Whitted and Erik Rueppel said they heard the car crash into the crossing guard before rushing to the driver’s rescue, according to NBC's reports.

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Kara Swisher talks with Roh Habibi of the Bravo reality TV show “Million Dollar Listing San Francisco” about Bay Area real estate, Lauren Goode discusses Snapchat and special guest Aminatou Sow dishes about diversity in tech.

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Parrot Isn't Actually Going to Sell Its Fantastic Dual-Mode Dash System

Parrot’s RNB6 promised an in-dash system that would work with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It promised a Utopia of car tech that would make any smartphone compatible with basically any car. And it still promises all those things, but only if you buy a new vehicle. http://gizmodo.com/parrots-new-in...

The RBN6 debuted at CES this year, with some pretty killer specs: support for Andriod Auto and CarPlay, a built-in dashcam, and even diagnostics for any vehicle. That all fit in a standard-sized package that would slot into most modern cars, regardless of what entertainment system came fitted by the manufacturer.

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Razer's Deathstalker Chroma keyboard

Razer has been decking out seemingly every gaming peripheral it makes with many-colored Chroma lighting, and there's no signs of that trend letting up any time soon. The company has rolled out Chroma versions of both its slim, laptop-like DeathStalker keyboard and its Orbweaver keypad, giving you even more ways to put on a light show while you play. Both let you pick from 16.8 million shades, including in multiple zones on the keyboard. As before, you can even sync colors and light patterns between other Chroma devices -- handy if you want to change the mood between games, or just show off at your next tournament. Just be prepared to pay for the pretty. Both Chroma devices are shipping very shortly, but you'll shell out $100 for the DeathStalker and $130 for its Orbweaver sibling.

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Netflix employees now have the option of taking unlimited time off during their first year as new parents. CNET

Netflix announced Tuesday it will begin offering "unlimited" paid time off to employees during their first year as new parents, one of the most generous parental leave packages offered in the competitive tech industry.

The video-streaming company now allows mothers and fathers to take as much time off as they desire during the first year after their child's birth or adoption, while earning their normal salary. The updated policy is intended to help the company retain valuable employees, according to Tawni Cranz, Netflix's chief talent officer.

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It’s a tale as old as time. Internet video creator/vlogger garners support after accusing $260 billion social media giant of using unethical practices and earns a seemingly official reply comment on his blog post from a mid-level employee at said company. Ah yes.

Wait, no. What? Well here’s what happened:

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I did make this.

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Nikon unveiled three new FX-format DSLR lenses on August 4, aimed at pros and enthusiasts. These include the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR ($2,400), AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR ($1,400), and AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED ($800).

The 24-70mm lens, with its f/2.8 constant aperture, is a second-generation variant of a popular model among pro photographers, released in 2007. The new lens has Vibration Reduction image stabilization (IS) built in, with up to four stops of IS — perfect for wedding or news photographers who are moving around and handholding their cameras. The lens also has automatic tripod detection, making it a flexible lens for action shots, portraits, or landscapes.

The lens also has an electronic aperture control that “allows for consistent exposures during high-speed bursts of shooting,” Nikon says. It also has a new optical construction that includes an Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion element — paired with traditional lens elements (total of 20 elements in 16 groups, with a nine-blade diaphragm for enhanced bokeh) — for “beautiful balance of sharpness and subtle blur effects, virtually free of flare, ghosting, coma and chromatic aberration throughout the frame.” As with most Nikon lenses, there’s Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghosting and flaring.

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A recently activated Apple Music Connect feature called Beats 1: Replay allows fans to replay taped Internet broadcasts of their favorite shows, including those hosted by DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga and Ebro Darden.

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Spotted by MacStories on Tuesday, the new feature grants Apple Music users access to on-demand replays of live shows put on by Apple's star DJs, the first being those from Lowe, Adenuge and Darden. Currently, replays are live for Tuesday's shows.Currently, Beats 1: Replay is limited to Connect, Apple Music's answer to social networking. Available shows are searchable in Apple Music under "Beats 1: Replay," but the best way to get updates on newly available content is to follow a DJ on Connect.As noted in the report, replay recordings lack song information and other metadata that normally piggybacks on a live broadcast's stream. This is likely a licensing issue relating to streaming versus on-demand music, which carry different terms and fees. As it stands, Beats 1: Replay segments are limited to continuous, non-stop playback, though the format does allow for scrubbing. Also unavailable is per-song favoriting.It is unknown at this point if Apple also plans to make special segments from celebrity DJs like Dr. Dre, Elton John, Pharrell Williams and Drake available for streaming under the Beats: 1 Replay banner.
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We've previously pointed out how some charities might need some changes to improve their reputation, public image and effectiveness. Some charities have been vilified for million-dollar CEO salaries or inefficient operations, but in the end, everyone wants to see more net good come from their donations than would have happened by doing nothing, right? Here are just a few examples of charitable organizations getting some good results -- even if their methods may still be debated. Last year, the Ice Bucket Challenge raised about $115 million (in the US alone) from 2.5 million people, raising awareness about ALS -- and wasting a bit of water. According to the ALS Association, the Ice Bucket money for ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's disease) will be spent thusly: 67% on research, 20% on patient and community services, 9% on education, 2% on fundraising and 2% on external processing fees. The Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the largest charitable events (outside of disaster or emergency), and it may be difficult to repeat this kind of viral phenomenon. Still, the ALS Association wants August to become a traditional month for ALS awareness... and a couple million bucks will be spent to try to get more than a few million back in donations. [url] The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) funded a biotech company with $75 million to research a cure for over more than a decade. A treatment from Vertex Pharmaceuticals appears to be successful for some patients, and further research could improve the results for more people who suffer with cystic fibrosis. [url] Instead of money, Toyota donated its engineers to the Food Bank for New York City. Armed with a philosophy of 'continuous improvement' (aka kaizen), higher productivity at the charity meant more people were fed more efficiently. Elsewhere, Toyota's efficiency methods are also being used at more and more hospitals. [url] After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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The Cityscape Workspace

If you love your city (or one you’ve traveled to), an aerial view of it might be the best backdrop for your workstation. Today’s featured workspace showcases awe-inspiring night and day city views.

Both the print with the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower and the dual-monitor desktop wallpaper make this workspace, which belongs to Flickr user Jayson S, feel larger and more expansive than the room’s actual size. The desk is set up simply and symmetrically so those city photos really stand out.

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An anonymous reader writes: Tech Crunch reports that Amazon quietly rolled out changes to how their Prime subscriptions can be shared. The good news is that existing members aren't immediately losing their current sharing setups. It used to be that Amazon would let Prime subscribers share free shipping and a few other benefits with up to four other "household" members, with little restriction on what counted as a "household." The bad news: as of last weekend, Amazon now limits sharing to one other adult and four "child" profiles. The adults will need to authorize each other to use credit/debit cards associated with the account. Amazon didn't make any announcement about this, so it's unknown how long existing Prime shares will stay in effect. They could disappear when the subscription is up for renewal, or earlier if Amazon decides to crack down on it.
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The International, the annual tournament for Valve's Dota 2, featuring dozens of players and millions in prize money, was put on hold today when a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack slammed the game's servers. Unlike the games of the past, played over local area networks (LAN), Dota 2 requires a connection to the internet, making it susceptible to these sorts of online attacks.

According to VentureBeat, "Valve's on-stage commentators confirmed to the assembled crowd of thousands that the DDoS was the reason they were pausing the action."

A good day for LAN lovers

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Million dollars

Would you give someone $10 to help them become a millionaire in 90 days? That’s what one anonymous person on the internet is banking on. In what might just be the craziest crowdsourcing social experiment since the potato salad campaign, a completely unknown person (or company, we really don’t know) has set up a website that is asking the internet at large to donate money for their cause. And by cause, we mean, wanting to be a millionaire.

In a week, they’ve already raked in just under $12,000 and counting. It could be an innocent social experiment, or the next Nigerian Prince scam. A quick WHOIS search of the domain brought up nothing; whoever is running this knows enough to pay for domain privacy.

Reddit users tried something similar last year. In the /r/millionairemakers subreddit, they had the idea that if everyone on Reddit donated $1 to the cause, they could make someone a millionaire — and it took off, sort of. While it doesn’t seem anyone has reached the elusive million mile club, a couple of Reddit users have been able to pay their tuition or put some money down towards a jet ski.

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Why do you need a sweater in the office in the summer? Because we're cooling it based on a formula that dates back to when the Beatles were still together.

Every office has at least a few people who huddle under a sweater in the middle of summer. I'll wager most of those people are women. Not because I think women are weak and men are strong. But because of a sexist assumption made more than 50 years ago. According to a paper appearing in Nature, we've built office climate controls to favor the metabolism of men.

We've set "room temperature" in our minds as 72 degrees Fahrenheit, because a study done in the 1960s showed the average office worker was a 40-year-old man weighing 154 lbs. In other words, we've been cooling our offices like an episode of Mad Men.

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Notice something about that picture? Well, for one, men wore suits and ties in the office. They were a tad warmer than business casual today. In real life, working women of the era probably did not wear the miniskirts and low-cut shirts we see on TV. Instead, they wore business attire that had more layers and was made of heavier materials than we're accustomed to today.

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