August 2017

Architecture

New Thermostat E is the bargain Nest for everyone

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Business

Oops: An Instagram bug let a hacker access phone numbers and email addresses

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What’s shady, possibly wearing a hoodie, and is currently sitting on the stolen personal information of an untold number of high-profile Instagram users?

That would be — SURPRISE! — a random hacker. Or several of them.  

“We recently discovered that one or more individuals obtained unlawful access to a number of high-profile Instagram users’ contact information — specifically email address and phone number — by exploiting a bug in an Instagram API,” an Instagram spokesperson told Mashable via email. “No account passwords were exposed. We fixed the bug swiftly and are running a thorough investigation.” Read more…

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Business

Essential keeps letting fans down — now it might have accidentally phished them

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Brand-new phone maker Essential frustrated fans with months of silence and delays — but for some preorder customers, those missteps pale in comparison to the company’s latest PR nightmare.  

An Essential email account asked some customers to verify their identity by sending back a picture of a photo ID, according to a report from The Verge.  

That’s an odd request for a vendor to ask of its patrons — it smells suspiciously of a phishing scam — but with all of Essential’s false starts, it might not have seemed out of line for fans who’ve waited for their phone since May.      Read more…

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Lifestyle

New York City, August 29, 2017

★ The jeans came down off the shelf where they’d been for months. It was necessary to open the blinds to their widest to get enough cloudy daylight to tell which shirt was the black one and which was navy blue. The evening rain in the forecast became afternoon rain in the forecast, then early […]

Business

The state of salaries in 2017: Tech is still at the top

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If you want to make money, major in computer science. 

Common wisdom is yet again proven in LinkedIn’s latest salary report. The study, examining salary trends for 2017 based on data from 2 million LinkedIn members, found that the educational field is the one with the highest-earning graduates. 

The findings were interesting, since tech didn’t take the top slots for highest-paying jobs overall. Eight of the 20 highest-paying jobs in the U.S. still belong to doctors. The largest bonuses are in finance. And the highest-paying entry- and mid-level jobs are in finance, too. 

It’s when it comes to education that tech really shines.  Read more…

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Entertainment

Behold: Kermit the Frog’s new voice

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It’s not easy being green or switching voices, but Kermit’s making it work.

Muppet veteran Matt Vogel made his vocal debut as the iconic frog on Monday’s episode of “Muppets Thought of the Week,” allowing fans to hear the new Kermit for the very first time — and luckily not much seems to have changed.

Back in July it was announced that Steve Whitmire, who had voiced Kermit for the past 27 years, had parted ways with Disney. Vogel, who joined Sesame Street in 1996, has voiced several popular roles on the show, and is the third person to ever voice Kermit.

Have a listen for yourself and see if you can tell the difference. Read more…

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