Apple’s big bet on the future of USB is increasingly looking like a rare misfire (AAPL)

Apple’s newest MacBook Pro laptops got rid of the separate ports for charging and accessories, and instead whittled it down to two USB-C ports. USB-C is hyped as the replacement for regular-old USB, also known as USB Type-A. It can handle charging, plugging in external monitors, and any and all other kinds of accessories from a single cable. It’s neat! But also, it means that you have to buy pricey, annoying dongles if you want to plug in any of the existing flash drives, mice, keyboard, or other gadgetry you already own. It’s frustrating! Ultimately, it’s hard to take Apple’s big bet on USB-C seriously when not even its own… Read More

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Major retailers like Walmart and Target are doing whatever it takes to convince people to work there (TGT, WMT, JCP, KSS)

Retailers such as Target, JCPenney, and Kohl’s are offering new perks in an effort to win over thousands of seasonal workers this holiday season. Kohl’s is offering workers “unprecedented” discounts, Target is highlighting its higher starting pay, and Walmart is reportedly surveying workers on what perks they want the most. “With record low unemployment, you better have a plan,” Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette recently said of the upcoming holiday hiring spree. As the holiday season draws near, retailers are doing whatever it takes to win over potential employees. On Thursday, Kohl’s announced it is looking to hire 90,000 seasonal employees. Macy’s is trying to hire 80,000 temporary workers. Target is… Read More

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Vacuums, tires, and computer parts: These are the goods that will be hit the hardest by Trump’s new China tariffs

President Donald Trump announced a new tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on Monday. The tariff, which goes into effect September 24, will hit a wide range of goods, from furniture to industrial chemicals. These are the biggest imports that are going to get hit, ranked by the monetary value of total imports to the US from China in 2017. President Donald Trump’s latest broadside against China could drive up the cost of some very important imports. The latest round of tariffs, which hit goods ranging from from agricultural products like fruit, to consumer goods like furniture to industrial items like chemicals, are set to go into effect… Read More

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NASA tech is in your everyday life — find out where with this interactive tool

NASA technology is usually associated with the far reaches of space, but research from the government agency is surprisingly close at hand: hair dryers, water softeners, skin cream, landmine removal! NASA even has a cool interactive tool called NASA Home and City to showcase all the ways space research affects us back here on Earth. In the city, we learn that software first designed for NASA robots helps Earth robots with manufacturing: Image: NASA Home and City And NASA’s extra rocket fuel can burn away mines: Image: NASA Home and City In the home, NASA’s aerogels are making their way into hairstyling tools and even warm clothing: Image: NASA Home… Read More

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The best way to avoid killer robots and other dystopian uses for AI is to focus on all the good it can do for us, says tech guru Phil Libin

Artificial intelligence (AI) is developing rapidly and starting to be adopted widely. The technology has the potential to transform society. But it could lead to lots of negative outcomes, such as massive unemployment, and could be put to plenty of deleterious uses, such as large-scale violations of privacy. The best way to avoid those harms would be to focus on creating products that use the technology in socially beneficial ways, said Phil Libin, best known as the founder of Evernote, whose new startup, All Turtles, incubates AI projects. When it comes to how artificial-intelligence technology might affect society, there are a host of things to worry about, including the massive… Read More

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BYU football grades: BYU offense sputters, but defense and special teams largely impressive

PROVO — Throw out an anemic first quarter effort and the BYU football team performed decently versus inferior FCS competition on Saturday. The result was a 30-3 win over McNeese State, which perhaps left most observers with mixed feelings regarding what they saw on both sides of the football. The first-quarter performance was just short of awful, particularly when considering the competition, but credit to the team for putting together a second quarter where it outscored the Cowboys 24-0. “Obviously there are some things we can fix to get better, but I think I will say that after every game,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake at the outset of his… Read More

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Fat in one part of your body is particularly dangerous for your health — here’s what an exercise scientist says you can do about it

Fat that accumulates around your gut — belly fat — is particularly bad for your health. Researchers think that may be because belly fat is a sign that a person has more visceral fat, which accumulates around organs and impairs their function. Two key ways to reduce belly fat are a healthy diet and regular exercise, especially strength training. Call it what you want — a beer belly, a stout midsection, a gut. Belly fat doesn’t just prevent you from fitting into your favorite pair of jeans. Fat that accumulates in the midsection can have serious implications for your health. Having a larger waist circumference is a better indicator of… Read More

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We shopped at 3 of the biggest dollar-store chains in America to see which one offered the best experience, and the winner was clear (FIVE, DLTR, DG)

Dollar stores are having a moment. Dollar Tree currently has 14,000 locations, with plans to open hundreds more in 2018. Comparable sales were up 1.8% at Dollar Tree in the second quarter. Dollar General currently has about 15,000 locations, with plans to open 900 in 2018. Comparable sales were up 3.7% at Dollar General in the second quarter. While not a traditional dollar store in that its products are priced up to $5, Five Below currently has 625 stores, and it plans to open 50 more this quarter alone. In the second quarter of 2018, Five Below’s comparable sales grew by 2.7%. We shopped at all three dollar stores and… Read More

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Apple started and filmed a controlled fire to create cool effects for the new Apple Watch (AAPL)

Apple revealed that it shot incredibly high-resolution video of fire, water, and vapor for its new Apple Watch backgrounds. There’s a super-cool video showing the behind-the-scenes process. One of my favorite features on the Apple Watch Series 4, which went on sale on Friday, is a series of new watch faces. The new fire, water, and vapor faces depict swirling colors behind an analog clock. They’re subtle, minimalist, and very cool. It turns out, these new watch faces aren’t computer generated imagery — Apple actually filmed real fire, water, and vapor at 200 frames-per-second using a high-resolution, high-speed camera. That footage is what’s playing on the Apple Watch when you… Read More

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