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In the past, Apple has done things like make the 10 percent student discount available to all shoppers, and offer gift cards, like a $150 credit for a Mac purchase. But iPhones usually aren’t part of the deal.
Apple could go in an entirely new direction for 2018. At a minimum, the gift-card-with-a-purchase promotion might extend through Cyber Monday. Still, third-party retailers like BestBuy, Amazon.com, Target, B&H Photo, and eBay are your best bets for good deals.
It would be surprising if Apple gave substantial direct discounts. Either way, don’t expect a discount on the new MacBook Air or even the iPad Pros.
LinkedIn is testing its own Stories feature with some of its student users in the United States, the company has confirmed. The feature puts short video clips at the top of users’ feeds in the main app to show students about the activities of their classmates as well as those at nearby schools.
Like Snapchat or Instagram Stories, the videos are tappable and will only appear for a limited amount of time (seven days, according to a LinkedIn spokesperson). Unlike Instagram or Snapchat, though, each individual video can be up to 45 seconds — significant longer than the usual 10-second time limit.
The feature has been launching slowly over the past month, but will be available to all college students in the U.S. soon, according to the company. It’s not clear if LinkedIn has plans to expand it beyond university students or to bring it to schools in other countries.
But it appears to be aimed at getting more younger users engaged with the professional networking site. LinkedIn may not be as alluring to college students, who may not be ready to start their professional careers yet.
And while adding Stories to the service is unlikely to make it as popular as Snapchat or LinkedIn, it could help students relate to the service better. Google gave a similar explanation earlier this year as its reasoning behind adopting the Stories format in search.
It’s also not the first time LinkedIn has experimented with features that look more like those of Facebook or Snapchat. The company has also experimented with Snapchat-style location filters for people to use at live events. The service also recently added a new events feature for its members to organize IRL meet-ups.
Incels.me, the toxic misogynistic community of self-proclaimed involuntary celibates, is no more — at least at that web address.
On Tuesday, the .ME registry, which controls the entire .ME domain database, explaining that they — and not a domain registrar like GoDaddy — had suspended the domain. The registry says the domain was suspended over anti-abuse policy infractions based on the promotion of acts of violence and hate speech on the website. Incels.me has been inaccessible since Oct. 15.
Incels.me acted as the main online hub for involuntary celibates, or “incels” for short, who congregated in its forums. The incel community is known for its toxic misogynistic views, identifying themselves as “single without choosing to be so,” and blaming women as well as men in relationships for their own sexual failures.
“The decision to suspend the domain was made after the .ME Registry exhausted all other possibilities that could assure us that the registrant of incels.me domain and the owner of incels.me forum was able to remove the subject content and prevent the same or similar content from appearing on the forum again,” said the post.
The domain registry says it was monitoring incels.me since May after being notified about the website’s possible connection to a domestic terror attack.
Earlier this year, the forum received national media attention after a man attacked a crowd with , killing 10. The driver, Alek Minassian, identified himself as an incel in online posts. In one Facebook post right before the attack, he wrote “the Incel Rebellion has already begun!” The forum praised Minassian as a This sentiment was not out of the ordinary for the incel community, which , a misogynist mass shooter who murdered six people in Isla Vista, California in 2015, as a hero. The incels.me forum, specifically, has been host to pedophilic, pro-rape sentiment and calls for more incel-inspired violence. Reddit subreddit community over similar content in November 2017.
The .ME registry claims that it reached out to the registrant of the incels.me domain through the domain registrar — the company which the domain was actually registered through.
In this notice sent by the .ME registry in September, it informed the owner of incels.me of a possible suspension due to infractions of the registry’s anti-abuse policies. The registry also explained in this notice how to avoid this suspension by removing the offending content from the site and taking steps to avoid similar content from being posted in the future.
“Upon inspecting incels.me forum for policy violations on October 15th, the .ME Registry determined that the content that encouraged acts of violence and hate speech still appeared on the forum,” said the .ME registry in its post. “Having witnessed this disregard of not only .ME Registry’s policies and suspension warnings, but also of incels.me forum’s policies the domain registrant formulated themselves, the .ME Registry suspended the domain and decided that it would remain suspended.”
The registrants said in a press release that they were not given notice before .ME Registry took the site down.
The suspension may sound a bit reminiscent of Gab.com being over content promoting violence and hate speech last month after a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. In actuality, the two cases are a lot different.
GoDaddy, as a domain registrar, simply manages the domains registered on its platform. When GoDaddy informed Gab that they no longer wanted to be its domain registrar, its domain to a different domain name company.
With incels.me, the domain was suspended by a registry, specifically in this case the .ME registry, which runs and maintains the database of all the top-level domains under its management. Incels.me being suspended by the registry means they can no longer use the domain in any capacity, regardless of where the domain was registered.
Easy setup • Adds good bass to music • Relatively light
Can’t produce deep bass (<30Hz) notes • Won't work with external sources
There are more powerful and versatile subwoofers out there, but the Amazon Echo Sub is the fastest, easiest way to give Alexa-powered music some oomph.
If you regularly listen to music on an Amazon Echo device — specifically the Echo, new Echo Dot, or Echo Plus — then I can’t recommend the Echo Sub enough. With minimal setup, it greatly improves the musical experience, delivering bass notes that you’ll otherwise miss out on.
There’s one big caveat to that recommendation, however, and that’s only if you have adequate floor space. Like any subwoofer, the Echo Sub needs a permanent place on the floor, roughly 3 square feet, and it shouldn’t be hidden away in a cabinet. For many, that will automatically nix the Sub from the primary home for an Amazon Echo: the kitchen.
I’d also add that for anyone looking for the absolute best sound, the Echo Sub will disappoint. Yes, it’s great at adding oomph to music, but it can’t reach down deep and deliver serious, earth-shaking bass. And that’s OK – if you’re searching for audiophile-quality sound, you’re not turning to the Amazon Echo anyway.
But an Echo setup with the Echo Sub will get you about 90 percent of the way there, which is miles ahead of just listening with the Echo alone. For the masses of people who have developed the habit of listening to music on the Echo simply because of the dirt-simple convenience of asking Alexa to play something, the Echo Sub is a serious level up. And adding it to your system is seamless.
To be completely clear, the Amazon Echo Sub, which costs $129.99, is a complementary device, meaning you can’t use it if you don’t already have an Echo. And it’s not compatible with every kind of Echo: you’ll need at least one Echo (1st or 2nd gen), Echo Plus (1st or 2nd gen), or Echo Dot (3rd gen) to use it. Ideally, you’ll have two of the same device so you can use them as a stereo pair along with the Echo Sub. You can also use the Sub with the Echo Show (1st or 2nd gen) but only for music, not videos or movies.
Want to use the Echo Sub with a speaker system that’s not made by Amazon? Sorry, that’s not a feature. In addition, you can’t even use the Sub with an audio source that doesn’t natively play via an Alexa skill, which feels like an unnecessary limitation made in the name of keeping users in Amazon’s walled garden.
Finding a place for the Echo Sub
In addition to our Echo Sub review unit, Amazon sent along a pair of second-gen Echo Plus speakers. This is the best possible setup for the Echo Sub since the Plus is rated for the best audio performance of all the Echo models. I also tried the Sub with just one Plus as well as with a pair of third-gen Dots.
At 9.3 pounds, the Echo Sub is a hefty guy, but not overly so. That’s really good news for unboxing, setup, and transportability. Carrying around the speaker is as challenging as lugging a watermelon — not something you want to do all the time, but it’s easy enough to move from room to room. That said, the Sub isn’t going to win any contests for most monstrous subwoofer, suggesting it doesn’t have the goods for really impressive bass.
It’s not like Amazon hides this. The Echo Sub has a 6-inch downward-firing driver, and it’s rated at 100 watts with a frequency response that goes down to 30Hz (at –6dB). For the price, those are fine specs, and are on par with the subs found packaged with many soundbars. Just don’t expect the world to move.
Setting up the Echo Sub is easy. Take it out of the box, plug it in, and then fire up the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android. You add the Sub just as you would any other Echo, except, when you’re done, it doesn’t behave like any other Echo.
The Echo Sub has no light ring, for starters. There are no microphones, so Alexa isn’t listening to you — at least not from the Sub itself. In fact, there are no controls of any kind, just a single LED in the back that indicates when it’s plugged in or ready to pair.
To use the sub, you need to create a speaker group within your Alexa app. The app walks you through this every step of the way. Once you hit the “+” button, the app shows you only the Echo devices that are capable. As mentioned, you can pair the Sub with just one Echo or a stereo pair. If you do the latter, the app will ask which speaker should be the left channel (leaving the other one to be right) and then it’ll create the group. In all, it took me just a few minutes the first time I did it.
If you already have a speaker group and you want to use the Echo Sub with it, you’ll need to first unpair the group. This isn’t a huge deal, and only adds one extra step.
Once the Sub is visible in your Alexa app, you can call it up to adjust its settings, like the location, alarm sound, and more. Mostly you’ll just want to concern yourself with the volume slider and and equalizer, which has sliders for bass, midrange, and treble. There’s no adjustment for crossover frequency, which is probably for the best. The Echo Sub has an adaptive filter since the crossover will vary depending on which Echo models it’s paired with.
Bringing the noise
I did most of my listening with the Echo Sub on its default settings. This is clearly a device that prioritizes convenience and ease of use over the ability to tinker, and it stands to reason most folks who buy it will set it up and then mostly forget about it. As is only proper — you could even argue that’s the entire ethos of the Alexa platform.
I set up the Echo Sub and Plus stereo pair in my basement, which is fairly roomy but not overly so. The two Pluses were on a counter about 6 feet apart; the sub near a wall with nothing on one side and a bulky dehumidifier about 3 inches away on the other.
I started with Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” and noticed the difference between the experience on my (original) Echo almost immediately: When the beat starts along with the first lyrics, you really feel the thump. It’s not overpowering — Swift’s voice was still clear and emphasized, but the overall audio was much more immersive.
I sought out a track with even more bass presence and cued up Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” With the Echo Sub, the moment where the bass drops becomes an event. The Sub turns the constant thump-thump in the background into something visceral. At the same time, the song was well balanced: The stereo Echo Pluses ensured voices and instruments weren’t overpowered by the bass, and generally filled the basement with sound.
I wanted to see what happened when I made some adjustments to the sound. The light rings on the two Echo Pluses flashed every time I adjusted something in the equalizer, which I appreciated: Sometimes adjustments to sound are hard to hear, and I liked that the system would tell me visually that it received the command.
When I took the bass down to zero, the thump-thump in the background disappeared, and “Radioactive” was suddenly a lot less active. This was a good exercise just to show how much the Sub was adding to the experience, which is to say, quite a lot. I messed with the midrange and treble a bit as well, though I didn’t really find a setting I could definitively say was better than the default.
For another sample, I listened to The Tragically Hip’s “In View.” The Echo system conveyed the musicality of the track extremely well, giving the song’s trademark drumbeat needed strength, but never so much that it overpowered Gord Downie’s voice. I could discern individual instruments, and the whole experience felt immersive even if I wandered far from the theoretical “sweet spot” between the two Echo Pluses.
Just to make sure my speaker group was rendering stereo correctly, I listened to “Take, Take, Take” by the White Stripes, which puts slightly different lyrics in the right and left channels throughout. Sure enough, the recording came through exactly right, and the Echo Sub added some nice kick to the drum.
I also tried the Echo Sub with a stereo pair of Echo Dots. I reviewed the 3rd-gen Echo Dot and found the sound to be quite good — at least, quite good for a hockey puck-size speaker. Using them as a stereo pair improves things considerably. Using the Dot stereo pair with the Echo Sub takes it to a whole other level.
Without the Sub, the Echo Dots played “Radioactive” competently, but the bass drop was a nonevent. Male voices still came through just fine, although they were a bit overpowering, and the whole thing started to sound distorted at higher volumes. With the Sub, however, the bass dropped powerfully, instruments and voices were full and immersive.
Similarly, “In View” came through loud and clear, with crisp rat-tat-tat drums that really hit you. The whole song sounds balanced, with clearly discernible instruments, whereas without the Sub in the mix it lacks oomph and the instruments sound a bit hollow.
All this is to say the Echo Sub is a competent subwoofer. However, if you’re looking for serious room-shaking bass that goes all the way down to 20Hz and beyond, you’re going to need something bigger. The Echo Sub can go deep, but not that deep.
A Sub with a purpose
For most music listening, though, the Echo Sub adds a lot. And that’s what you’ll use it for — not just because that’s what most Echo owners do with their Echoes, but because that’s all you can do with it. I really wanted to see how the Echo Sub contends with movie soundtracks and surround sound, but that’s not part of the picture, at least for now. When I paired my iPhone with one of the Pluses in my speaker group, the music only played through the single speaker.
The Echo Plus also has a line input/output, but my unit was buggy and I couldn’t switch it to input mode. But I confirmed with Amazon that any external source would only play through the single speaker.
This really reduces the versatility of the Echo Sub. I hope Amazon provides an update in the future that lets you connect external sources to a speaker group. I would love to use an Echo system as my TV speakers. I guess Amazon doesn’t want to cannibalize its own Fire TV Cube just yet.
One of the great things about using an Echo system is controlling playback with your voice. Aside from the usual playback commands, you can control the equalizer as well. If you say, “Alexa, turn up the treble,” or “Alexa, turn down the bass,” it’ll do so. Those commands will adjust sound for the entire system — stereo pair and sub included — so if you want to adjust settings for just one of the speakers, you’ll need to use the app.
Amazon obviously knows a whole hell of a lot about what Echo owners are doing with their speakers, which is probably why the Sub feels like the end result of a focus group. It’s built to meet the audio needs of the vast majority of Echo owners who listen to music often and would love to hear better sound, but don’t want to be too inconvenienced.
And that’s not bad news. It’s actually a good thing that Amazon is taking a larger interest in sound quality considering how it’s influencing music listening. And it’s arguably a more versatile solution than, say, the Google Home Max. Larger speakers like the Home Max tend to be dominating; that makes them hard to find a permanent place for in, say, a bedroom. The Echo Sub, though, just needs a corner or empty spot near a wall, so it’s less needy.
I would never recommend you stop using your Amazon Echo to listen to music, and even if I did, it’s not like you’d stop anyway. The better solution: Improve the Echo’s audio experience with better sound in the most convenient and affordable way. It may not be as versatile or powerful as it could be, but the Echo Sub completes that mission with almost robotic precision.
The Late Late Show host James Corden weighed in with, heaven forbid, “one hundred and eighty two.”
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Get ready to sob, because this newfound friendship will pull every single heartstring you have.
While raking through debris from the devastating Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise, CA, firefighter Ryan Coleman came across a fluffy gray cat. Deciding that Coleman was her human, the friendly cat scaled his body and settled down on his shoulders.
Already comfortable with her new companion, the cat rode around on his shoulders and affectionately rubbed her face on his stubble.
In a video posted to Facebook last week, the absolute floof wrapped herself around Coleman’s neck while he surveyed the remnants of Paradise.
The Camp Fire has been burning through Butte County in Northern California for nearly two weeks. It has claimed 77 victims since erupting on Nov 8, and destroyed more than 10,500 homes over 150,000 acres since.
The state’s forestry and fire protection agency estimates that the fire won’t be fully contained until Nov 30.
It’s officially the time of year where life starts to feel like a big Food Network cooking competition show — starring you as the only contestant. Maybe you’re the master chef of the house, preparing to wow your entire extended family with your most decadent holiday recipes. Or perhaps you’re a total amateur, buying endless boxes of brownie mix and Stove Top Stuffing to hopefully contribute something both easy and edible to gatherings this year.
Either way, you won’t get very far if you don’t have the tools you need. From pots and pans to baking trays, cutlery, and more, kitchen gear can get a bit pricey — which is why we’re super psyched that Macy’s has a ton of Calphalon cookware sets on sale right now. Plus, when you use the promo code SCORE, you can score an extra 20% off all these items.
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The NERA electric motorcycle is a functioning bike that was made using a 3D printer. The only catch — it’s just a “use case” example for a German 3D printing company to show off its material-making skills.
Even if it’s not for sale, it’s an impressive print job from the NOWlab at 3D printer company BigRep. Printed in 15 pieces, the NERA bike actually runs on an electric engine embedded in the back rim. The battery is housed within the body.
Everything but the bike’s electrical components were 3D-printed, including the tires, rims, frame, fork (the part that connects the front wheel and axle to the frame), and seat.
Beyond the unique manufacturing process, the bicycle features airless tires, a rhomboid wheel rim, and flexible bumpers.
Sure, other electric motorcycles are available to buy and ride, but you won’t find many options out there using this many 3D-printed parts.
Google announced an update to its Photos app for iOS on Monday. Now, iPhone users can edit the background blur and focus of portrait mode images within the Google Photos iOS app. Customized portraits, here you come!
See, even though iPhone users have been able to take portrait mode shots since the 7 came out, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models and below don’t include depth editing features in the iOS Photos app. Depth editing is actually a fairly recent feature for iPhones, and is only available on iPhone X and above.
The fact that iPhone 7 or 8 users can depth edit their photos — just not within an Apple product — is not the greatest look, especially when it is Apple rival Google that’s offering the technological upgrade.
Google has already made blur and focus editing for portraits available on Pixel 2 and 3, and on some Moto phones, according to Engadget.
So the choice is yours, photo-edit-loving iPhone users: pay between $750 – $1,499 to get a new iPhone capability of depth editing.