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07.09.16 | 9:18 am

Here’s how the NRA finally commented on the killings in Dallas and Minnesota

The National Rifle Association has released two statements regarding the shootings in Dallas and Minnesota that are markedly different in tone. 

The NRA's CEO Wayne LaPierre offered "deep condolences" to the police department in Dallas after five of their officers were killed by a sniper at the end of a downtown protest against police brutality.


When pressed to respond to the death of Philando Castile, a licensed-to-carry gun owner who was killed by Minnesota police during a traffic stop, the NRA gave a less empathetic statement:

The NRA said it supports gun owners of all races, religions, and sexual orientation (we're not sure why this was necessary), before noting the events in Minnesota were "troubling," but they would refrain from commenting until the investigation was over.

09.27.16 | 19 minutes ago

The company behind talking Barbie will let anyone make a chatbot, with  no coding required

PullString, the company that developed the technology for Mattel's talking Hello Barbie and the Call of Duty Facebook chatbot Lt. Reyes, is launching a tool to let other companies develop their own talking bots with no programming required.

The PullString Author platform will let writers create dialogue trees for bots that can speak through text or audio through an interface similar to popular screenwriting tools. Then, they can publish them to PullString's cloud platform and automatically integrate them with platforms including Facebook's Messenger, Skype, and Telegram, or with other interfaces through a programmer interface. Pricing will depend on factors such as peak and average use, says founder and CEO Oren Jacob.

09.27.16 | an hour ago

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement union is endorsing Trump

For the first time in its history the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has endorsed a presidential candidate, reports Politico. ICE represents that nation's immigration officers and staff and given Trump's hardline stance on immigration, it's no wonder the union is endorsing him. "In his immigration policy, he has outlined core policies needed to restore immigration security—including support for increased interior enforcement and border security, an end to Sanctuary Cities, an end to catch-and-release, mandatory detainers, and the canceling of executive amnesty and non-enforcement directives," an ICE statement said.

[Photo: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Wikimedia Commons]

09.27.16 | 2 hours ago

Google announces YouTube Go, a data-saving video app for India

The search giant has announced that it will soon launch the new app, which is designed for India's mobile users, who often see harsher prices for large data plans and less reliable connectivity than users in the States do. YouTube Go will enable users to view YouTube's catalog without eating up lots of data. Viewers can then preview videos and choose what MB size they want to view them at and download the videos for offline viewing later in places where internet connectivity isn't so good. The YouTube Go app even allows users to shares videos with other users via a Bluetooth connection—saving other people from having to use their data plans to download the same video.

[Image: Google]

09.27.16 | 2 hours ago

NASA finds water vapor plumes on Europa

It's not quite as exciting as finding alien life, but it makes it much more likely. NASA accounted that its Hubble telescope has confirmed sightings of water vapor plumes "spewing water jets" from the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, reports the BBC. The finding is significant because it is believed that Europa has a liquid water ocean underneath the moon's icy crust, and such water vapor plumes are a good sign this ocean exists. This liquid ocean could contain microbial life–or even forms of life more advanced. The fact that water jets are being spewed into space makes finding out if life exists on the moon somewhat easier, too. Instead of actually needing to land a rover on the moon, a NASA spacecraft could theoretically do a flyby through the vapor plumes to see if it can detect signs of microbial life.

09.27.16 | 2 hours ago

It’s probably Google’s 18th birthday today

If you've gone to the Google home page today you'll notice a new doodle—one celebrating the company's 18th birthday. However, as Wired points out, Google's birthday has shifted over the years. The company was officially incorporated on September 4, 1998 (but the research that led to Google began two years earlier), yet the company has never celebrated that date. In 2004 Google celebrated its birthday on September 7. In 2005 it celebrated its birthday on September 26. One year it celebrated its birthday on September 8. But hey, now that the doodle is out, Google says September 27 is its birthday—at least for this year.

[Image: Google]

09.27.16 | 3 hours ago

Here’s what the new Google Pixel phone looks like

Though the phone won't be officially unveiled until October 4, leaked images of the device were obtained and posted by VentureBeat. As is the flavor of the moment with smartphones, the Google Pixel phone will come in two sizes: a 5-inch Google Pixel model and a 5.5-inch Google Pixel XL model. Each model is rumored to have a 1080p display, a quad-core 2.0 GHz 64-bit processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage. The Pixel phone is set to replace Google's Nexus line of smartphones.

[Image: Google via VentureBeat]

09.27.16 | 3 hours ago

You can soon buy Uber gift cards at 35,000 U.S. retail locations

It might now be time to call ride sharing mainstream since everyone will soon be able to pick up Uber gift cards right next to all those iTunes Store, chain restaurant, and cinema ticket gift cards you can buy in check-out lines across the country. Uber has announced the cards will be in stores including Walmart, Target, and CVS in the next few weeks and will come in $25 and $50 denominations, as well as a denomination you can set yourself from $15 to $500 dollars. To redeem a gift card, users will simply have to enter the number from the card in the Uber app to add the credit to their account. For now Uber is rolling out the gift cards in the U.S. only.

[Image: Uber]

09.27.16 | 3 hours ago

Hillary Clinton to be interviewed by Mary J. Blige on a new Apple Music show

The show, called the 411, will see the R&B singer interview the Democratic presidential hopeful on September 30, Apple tweeted on its official Apple Music Twitter feed. Honestly, the first preview clip, which shows Blige singing to Clinton, is a bit cringeworthy; but the second clip posted, which addresses race and politics, seems more promising.

09.27.16 | 1:21 am

Trump claims he was given a “defective mic,” wonders if it was “on purpose”

In a visit to the media spin room after Monday night's presidential debate, Donald Trump claimed that he was given a "defective mic" and he wondered if that was "on purpose," according to the Associated Press.

09.26.16 | 11:54 pm

Here’s the most-retweeted tweet during tonight’s presidential debate (plus some other stats)

Trump denied being a climate change denier during the debate. Soon an old tweet from November 2012 that contradicted that claim started circulating very quickly in the Twittersphere. Twitter also released some interesting stats on the most-tweeted-about topics and moments of the debate. 

A flash CNN poll after the debate said Hillary Clinton won by a 62% to 28% margin over Donald Trump

However, Trump won by another measurement that might be even more important to him in the long run: 62% of the conversation on Twitter during the debate was about him, while only 28% concerned his opponent. 

09.26.16 | 11:43 pm

Who won the first presidential debate? Hillary Clinton has edge over Donald Trump in early polls

No sooner did the Clinton/Trump debate end that the polls started rolling in. So far, the former secretary of state has the edge, with viewers saying Clinton seemed more "prepared" and "measured" than her GOP opponent.

It's not a slam dunk yet, but here are some early results:

A CNN/ORC poll of debate viewers found: Clinton 62%/Trump 27%

A Public Policy Polling survey, sponsored by VoteVets Action Fund, found: Clinton 51%/Trump 40% 

A 22-person focus group from Frank Luntz, a GOP pollster, found: Clinton 16/Trump 6

A CNN panel of undecided voters found: Clinton 18/Trump 2

But an NBC Nightly News poll found different results: Trump 51%/Clinton 49 %

More to come. 

09.26.16 | 11:00 pm

Trump denies calling pregnancy an “inconvenience” to business, though he said it in 2004

During Monday night's presidential debate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton accused Republican nominee Donald Trump of sexism: "This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs," Clinton said, adding that Trump had previously referred to pregnancy as an "inconvenience" for employers—a claim that Trump immediately denied on stage.

However, a video clip from an October 2004 interview on NBC's Dateline shows that Trump described pregnancy as "a wonderful thing for the woman, it's a wonderful thing for the husband, it's certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business."

The two candidates have put forth different plans for supporting working parents. Trump's child care proposal would offer six weeks of paid leave for new mothers (but not fathers), while Clinton's plan would offer 12 weeks of paid time off for new parents. Trump says he would pay for his program by reducing unemployment fraud, while Clinton says she would increase taxes on wealthy people to pay for her plan.