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If You're Familiar With Bo Burnham's Humor, 'Eighth Grade' Will Surprise You

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:24

YouTube star Bo Burnham is mostly known for the rapid-fire comic videos he started making as a teenager. Now 27, he has an impressively diverse resume that now includes movie director asEighth Grade, a film from about the moment when adolescence kicks in debuts.

Trump Administration's Tariffs Starting To Trickle Down To Small Communities

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:24

In the U.S. the aluminum and steel tariffs that the Trump administration proposed are starting to be felt in Alabama, the third largest state for auto exports. State officials are raising concerns about the tariffs, and that could put Alabama at odds with the president.

Much Like The U.S., The U.K. Is Investigating Russian Meddling In Its Politics

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:24

Parliament in the United Kingdom is conducting an investigation into Russian meddling in the country's politics. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Damian Collins, a Conservative member of Parliament who is leading the investigation.

How A Conservative-Leaning Supreme Court Could Chip Away At Abortion Rights

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:24

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Columbia Law School Professor Gillian Metzger about how a conservative-leaning Supreme Court could chip away at abortion rights, short of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Former U.S. Amb. To NATO Discusses America's Place In The Alliance

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:24

As President Trump leaves Brussels, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Nicholas Burns, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, about the United States' place in the alliance and the threat from Russia.

A Recap Of The Contentious NATO Summit

NPR All Things Considered - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:24

President Trump says the NATO alliance is "very strong," appearing to reverse his earlier criticism of the organization after meeting other NATO leaders in Brussels.

Origin of 'ghost particle' found

CNN - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:20
For the first time, scientists have been able to trace the origins of a ghostly subatomic particle that traveled 3.7 billion light-years to Earth.

A Manager Asked a Black Man to Leave the Pool at His Own Apartment Complex

NY Times - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:18
A white manager of an Indianapolis apartment complex has been put on administrative leave after asking a black resident sitting by the pool to leave.

Bus rider tells woman in head scarf ICE should take her kids away

CNN - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:16
A woman wearing a Muslim head scarf on a New York transit bus going to Staten Island was subject to racial taunts from another passenger, according to a video posted to social media.

The most ambitious browser mitigation yet for Spectre attacks comes to Chrome

Ars - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:12

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Google’s Chrome browser is undergoing a major architectural change to enable a protection designed to blunt the threat of attacks related to the Spectre vulnerability in computer processors. If left unchecked by browsers or operating systems, such attacks may allow hackers to pluck passwords or other sensitive data out of computer memory when targets visit malicious sites.

Site isolation, as the mitigation is known, segregates code and data from each Internet domain into their own "renderer processes," which are individual browser tasks that aren't allowed to interact with each other. As a result, a page located at arstechnica.com that embeds ads from doubleclick.net will load content into two separate renderer processes, one for each domain. The protection, however, comes at a cost. It consumes an additional 10 to 13 percent of total memory. Some of the performance hit can be offset by smaller and shorter-lived renderer processes. Site isolation will also allow Chrome to re-enable more precise timers, which Google and most other browser makers disabled earlier this year to decrease chances of successful attacks.

Site isolation has been available in Chrome as an optional mitigation since early this year, but starting with version 67, it's being enabled by default for 99 percent of users. Google is leaving it off for the other 1 percent so engineers can monitor and improve performance. The protection is also being enabled in the Chrome desktop. For performance reasons, it isn't available in Chrome for Android for the time being.

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Woman Arrested in Beating of Man, 92. ‘Go Back to Mexico,’ She Reportedly Said.

NY Times - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:07
According to reports, a witness said that the woman also told the man to “go back to your country” as she beat him with a brick.

Football Isn’t Coming Home After All

NY Times - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:02
An average English team lifted by a superb defense is undone by the midfield geniuses of Croatia.

Strzok hearing erupts over Rep. Gohmert dig

CNN - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:02
During a heated moment at a House Oversight Committee hearing, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) hurled a personal attack at FBI agent Peter Strzok.

Trump allies keep using the Bible in the immigration debate

Washington Post - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:00
The separation of church and state appears to be absent in the immigration debate

Books News: The Obama-Biden Bromance Continues. This Time in a Mystery Novel.

NY Times - Thu, 2018-07-12 15:00
In a new crime novel, the 44th president and his vice president team up to solve a suspicious death, and patch up their frayed friendship in the process.

Key Takeaways of 2018 MacBook Pro vs. 2017 MacBook Pro

MacRumors - Thu, 2018-07-12 14:59
Apple today introduced new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, now available to order from its online store.


As with any new product launch, there is a wealth of information to sift through, so we've created a list of key takeaways about the 2018 MacBook Pro lineup, particularly as it compares to the 2017 MacBook Pro lineup.
  • 2018 MacBook Pros feature eighth-generation Intel Core processors. Apple says the 15-inch model is up to 70 percent faster, and the 13-inch model is up to two times faster, than the equivalent 2017 models with seventh-generation Intel Core processors in benchmarks.

    15-inch models can now be maxed out with a 2.9GHz six-core Core i9 processor, while the previous generation topped out at a 3.1GHz quad-core Core i7. Quad-core 13-inch models with the Touch Bar are now available, up to 2.7GHz, while 2017 models were dual-core up to 3.5GHz.


  • 15-inch models have much-requested support for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, compared to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM on 2017 models, accommodated by a 10 percent increase in the battery's watt-hour rating. Overall battery life remains up to 10 hours per full charge.


  • AMD's Radeon Pro graphics cards now come with 4GB of GDDR5 memory standard on 15-inch models, while 13-inch models now have 128MB of embedded DRAM, compared to 64MB on 2017 models.


  • 2018 MacBook Pros have an Apple T2 chip with "Hey Siri" support, versus an Apple T1 chip in 2017 models. The T2 chip integrates several previously separate components, including the system management controller, image signal processor, audio controller, and SSD controller.


  • Apple now offers doubled SSD storage capacities of up to 2TB for 13-inch models and up to 4TB for 15-inch models, compared to up to 1TB for 13-inch models and up to 2TB for 15-inch models in 2017.


  • 2018 MacBook Pros now feature True Tone displays, including the Touch Bar, on 13-inch and 15-inch models. Like the latest iPhone and iPad displays, the white balance automatically adjusts to match the color temperature of the light around you for a more natural viewing experience.


  • 2018 MacBook Pros now feature an "improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing," but they still use butterfly switches, and it's unclear if the new keyboard addresses the issues with sticky, repeating, or unresponsive keys that prompted Apple's new service program.


  • 2018 MacBook Pros feature Bluetooth 5.0, up from Bluetooth 4.2. 802.11ac Wi-Fi remains unchanged.


  • 2018 MacBook Pro models have the same overall design and I/O as their 2017 equivalents, with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Space Gray or Silver finishes, and so forth. 13-inch model still weighs three pounds, and 15-inch still weighs four.


  • 2018 MacBook Pros also have unchanged display resolutions of 2880×1800 for 15-inch models and 2560×1600 for 13-inch models.


  • 13-inch models start at $1,799 and 15-inch models start at $2,399 in the United States, the same pricing as 2017 models. However, configure-to-order prices top out higher, primarily due to larger storage options.


  • 13-inch MacBook Pro models without the Touch Bar were not refreshed today.
MacRumors will have continued coverage of the new MacBook Pro lineup throughout the week, so keep checking back.

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