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Apple finally lets visitors onto its ‘spaceship’ campus

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Steve Jobs’ last big project is finally ready for the public — but you have to go to Cupertino to see it.

I’m talking, of course, about Apple’s famed “spaceship” campus. Though employees moved in months ago, and Apple launched the iPhone X in the newly minted Steve Jobs Theatre, none of the campus has been open to the public — until now.

On Friday, Apple officially opened the doors of Apple Park’s Visitor Center — the public face of the company’s storied new headquarters — and the Apple faithful were there in full force to savor the moment.

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Crunch Report | Twitter tests a new tweetstorm feature and Tesla unveils a semi truck

 Today’s Stories Apple pushes back on the release of the Homepod Twitter tests a new tweetstorm feature Tesla unveils a new semi truck Walmart will pilot the new Tesla Semis Credits Written by: Sarah Buhr Hosted by: Sarah Buhr Filmed by: Chris Gates Edited by: John Murillo Notes: Tito continues his journey in the Outback this week so you’re with me til Friday. Let’s… Read More

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These $99 true wireless earbuds are cheaper and sound better than AirPods

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There are three reasons why Apple’s AirPods are considered the best true wireless earbuds you can buy: They’re small, pair really easily to iOS devices, and only cost $159.

Everyone from Samsung to Jaybird to Bose have their own alternatives, but they cost even more. $159 for AirPods is a great price, but Crazy Baby, the company behind that crazy Mars levitating Bluetooth speaker, thinks it can offer even better sound for an even lower $99.

You may not have heard about Crazy Baby, but they’ve actually got some experience building true wireless earbuds. Read more…

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Dril, Twitter’s weirdest hero, just got doxxed — and the internet is sad

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The internet can be a disturbing, sad place. It takes a special kind of hero to remind us that its darkest corners can also be filled with joy. That hero is @dril, an embodiment of so-called “weird Twitter” who has — like some kind of joke-slinging caped crusader — remained an anonymous beacon of shining light. 

Anonymous until yesterday, that is. That’s right, someone went ahead and doxxed him, and the internet is really bummed about it. 

While we won’t reveal his name here, it turns out someone posted dril’s alleged identity to Tumblr, and the internet immediately facepalmed straight into a “this is why we can’t have nice things” spiral.  Read more…

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Finally, you can learn Chinese on Duolingo

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If you’ve always wanted to learn the most widely spoken language in the world, now’s your chance. 

Starting today, the free language-learning app Duolingo is offering a brand new course: Mandarin Chinese. 

If you don’t speak a word of Chinese, never fear: The course first teaches you the basics of names, numbers, and greetings, before moving into foods, occupations, hobbies, and conversational skills for every occasion. 

If you already know some Chinese, there’s a placement test that will allow you to skip over early parts of the course. Be warned, however, that Duolingo starts with both speaking and reading/writing right off the bat. If you’re like me, and can speak some tentative Mandarin but can’t read or write a word, you’ll want to start at the beginning.  Read more…

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Tesla hits back at employee’s racial discrimination claims

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Tesla has unrelentingly hit back at a class-action complaint which labeled the carmaker’s factories a “hotbed for racist behavior.”  

In a statement titled a “Hotbed of Misinformation” issued on its website Wednesday, Tesla said it is “absolutely against any form of discrimination, harassment, or unfair treatment of any kind.”

The plaintiff is former employee Marcus Vaughn, who claimed he was routinely called the “n-word” by supervisors while working at Tesla. Vaughn also said he was fired in October “for not having a positive attitude” after complaining to Tesla’s human resources department. Read more…

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China now has more supercomputers on the world’s top 500 list than the U.S.

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China has reached a supercomputing milestone.

The country now has more machines on a list of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers than the U.S. 

China has 202 systems on the Top500’s supercomputer list, with the U.S. comparatively having only 143.

The U.S. ranking is its lowest since the Top500 rankings began 25 years ago, though the country still manages to come in at second place.

Japan comes in third with 35 supercomputers, and Germany fourth with 20.

According to Top500, China’s managed to turn things around pretty fast. Just six months ago, the US led with 169 systems, with China slightly trailing with 160. Read more…

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‘Fake news’ isn’t just a U.S. problem — it’s everywhere

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Before the election, few Americans had heard of “fake news.” 

Now, they’re all too aware: of the Russia-linked Facebook accounts that reached 126 million people, the deranged PizzaGate conspiracy, and the teens in Macedonia spreading lies to make an easy buck

If you thought this was just an American problem, you’re wrong. In at least 17 other countries, fake news “played an important role” in recent elections, according to a new report from democracy watchdog Freedom House. 

In a deeply divided Kenya, false reports labeled with CNN and BBC logos spread across Facebook and WhatsApp leading up to the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Nicolas Maduro’s power grab in Venezuela involved the government spreading false footage and lies about protesters on social media. And Facebook suspended 30,000 fake accounts only 10 days before the French presidential election. Read more…

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Apple will bring the best iPhone X features to cheaper iPhones in 2018, analyst says

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The iPhone X might have a little green problem

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Email bot wastes a scammer’s time with mindless chit-chat

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While you might be wise enough to delete or flag emails promising great wealth in far-flung countries, not everyone is so savvy to these scams.

To ensure these scammers have less time to prey on real people, New Zealand online safety organisation Netsafe has developed a tool called Re:scam

It’s an artificially intelligent email bot which engages with scammers in mindless, never-ending conversation, full of unrelated questions that waste their time — it’s a similar strategy adopted by Mashable‘s scam crusader Scamalot. Read more…

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Twitter, high on 280 characters, more than doubles the length of display names

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What good are 280 characters if you have to shout them from a measly 20-character display name?

Just two days following the surprise announcement that Twitter would be doubling the character count allowed per tweet, the San Francisco-based company is back with another update — and you’d better believe it’s about yet even more characters. That’s right, as of Nov. 9, your display name can be more than twice as long as the old rules allowed. 

How long? 50 characters long. 

“Starting today, your Twitter display name can be up to 50 characters in length,” the company announced via tweet. “Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis.” Read more…

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Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Code’ initiative is going global

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Apple wants to teach people all around the world to code, so the company is making the move to colleges worldwide.

In a Tuesday announcement Apple announced it’s introducing its Everyone Can Code initiative — which works to teach coding and app-building skills with the help of its programming language called Swift — to over 20 colleges and universities outside of the United States.

According to Apple, the schools involved in the global expansion, such as Australia’s RMIT University, will offer Apple’s App Development with Swift Curriculum. The full-year engineer-designed course is expected to pass along fundamental coding skills to students and turn first-time coders into potential pros. Read more…

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