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Fast Company

Melissa Locker

Some baseball fans want robot umpires, and they make a pretty compelling case

Should baseball use robot umpires?

Half the fun of baseball is yelling at the umpire when you disagree with his calls of balls versus strikes. In fact, baseball games would be quiet places without fans hollering “What are you, blind?” after every swing.

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Fast Company

Adele Peters

Your low-carb diet could be shortening your life

Going vegan is also quite beneficial for your longevity.

Eating a low-carb diet might help you lose weight now. But a new study suggests it might make it more likely that you will die earlier.

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76ers hire Duke, WNBA star Harding as scout

The Philadelphia 76ers have hired former Duke and WNBA star Lindsey Harding as a full-time scout for next season.


Tide's Womack breaks bone in foot, father says

Matt Womack, who was competing for the starting right tackle job for Alabama, suffered a broken bone in his foot and reportedly will miss several weeks.


Day updates Buckeyes' progress without Meyer

Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day sent out an update on the team's progress without Urban Meyer as the Buckeyes concluded fall camp.


Indians' Bauer has leg fracture, out 4-6 weeks

Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, who is 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA and is among the AL leaders in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts, will miss 4-6 weeks with a fracture in his leg.

Wired Top Stories

Emily Dreyfuss

Taking Away John Brennan's Clearance Threatens National Security

When Trump strips a former CIA director's security clearance, the impact is more than just symbolic.


Kevin Billings

Amazon is discounting Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets for a limited time

Kids aren't always the most trustworthy when it comes to taking care of their stuff. Whether it's toys or new phones, all of the stuff you give them should be considered at risk for damage. But don't worry, the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition is here to lower those stress levels when it comes to your children's devices. And better yet, it's on sale.

The Fire 7 Kids Edition is available right now for $79.99, down from $99.99 through Aug. 25.

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Kevin Billings

Laptops on sale this weekend: Save on Apple MacBooks, Lenovo IdeaPads, Google Pixelbooks, and more

Laptop on the fritz? We got you.

SEE ALSO: Best cheap laptops: 10 options for under $500

It's the freakin' weekend and that means another round of laptops have gone on sale. And as the end of summer and beginning of school crawls ever closer, you know retailers are starting to drop prices big timeAmazon, Walmart, and Best Buy are here with the deals you seek.

As usually, Amazon and Walmart have an assortment of laptops available, including big discounts on the Lenovo IdeaPad and Google...


Jake Krol

Crazybaby Air 1S review: Good sound in a questionable design

Crazybaby Air 1S $159 View Product The Good Good sound • with powerful bass • Lightweight and comfortable The Bad Large • not-so-portable carrying case • Lousy battery life • Bluetooth pairing process can be stressful The Bottom Line While the Crazybaby Air 1S are truly wireless earbuds, a bulky carrying case with only 12-hours of battery life makes it a hard sell with a bass-heavy mix and a problematic pairing process. Mashable Score3.0 Cool...


Belle Cushing

Treating separated kids like unaccompanied minors could backfire on the Trump administration

More than three weeks past the deadline established by a federal court, the Trump administration has reunited more than 1,600 children separated at the border with their parents. But even though the families are back together, the kids may not be getting their fair shot at asylum.

Now, a federal judge will have a chance to extend the protections granted to them.

In a ruling on Thursday, Judge Dana Sabraw temporarily stopped the administration from deporting reunified families until it’s...


Greg Walters

Manafort judge says he's getting threats, has to travel with U.S. Marshals

The controversial judge in the trial of President Trump’s ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort said he’s received threats and had to start traveling with bodyguards.

Judge T.S. Ellis’s disclosure came in response to a request by media outlets to reveal the names and addresses of the 12 jury members — six men and six women — which Ellis refused on the grounds of protecting their safety.

The jury, meanwhile, had a different sort of issue to air out. On their second day of deliberating...

The Verge

Shoshana Wodinsky

This masterpiece is not the Waluigi movie script we want, but it’s the one we deserve

Waluigi might not be in the upcoming Super Smash Brothers game, but he’s still in the hearts of gamers across the internet who like their anti-heroes tall, dark, and pointily mustachioed.

One of these fans, who simply goes by “Asher,” has gone so far as to pen a dark, Lynchian reboot starring none other than that other purple prince, Waluigi. The plot — if you can call it that — involves shadowy figures, a closeted romance between Waluigi and Wario, and hundreds of empty wallets....

The Verge

Shoshana Wodinsky

Streaming TV services are now used by 5 percent of US households with Wi-Fi

We’re seeing a lot more households that choose to stream their favorite shows instead of watching them on cable.

According to newly released analytics from the media pros at Comscore, that number has spiked by 58 percent in the past year. The total number — 4.9 million — is a whole 5 percent of US households that choose to stream over Wi-Fi-based services, without the bells and whistles of traditional paid TV.

Comscore specifically looked at “pure play” systems: streamers that...

The Verge

Shannon Liao

Netflix is testing video promos that play in between episodes

Netflix’s latest test feature is a video promo that plays in between episodes of a series you’re watching. The test is only appearing for select users globally and it’s a full-screen video of content Netflix’s algorithms are recommending to a viewer, as spotted by TechCrunch.

Users who have spotted the test feature have taken to (since deleted) Reddit and Twitter to voice their annoyance at having their show-binging interrupted by an ad for other shows. A bug appeared for some users...

The Verge

Ashley Carman

Amazon is reportedly working on a Tivo competitor

Bloomberg reports today that Amazon is reportedly working on a new device that’ll record live TV with the goal of letting users play content back on their phones later. The device, which is internally called “Frank,” would have physical storage and connect to Fire TV boxes. It’d rely on the same wireless technology that allows Amazon’s Echo speakers to pair with those boxes. Bloomberg’s source says the product isn’t official yet and might not roll out.

Additionally, the company...


Anthony Ha

YC-backed Mutiny helps B2B business personalize their website for each visitor

Mutiny, which is part of the current batch of startups at accelerator Y Combinator, helps business-to-business, software-as-a-service companies present a message that’s customized to each visitor on their website.

Co-founder and CEO Jaleh Rezaei said this concept is alive and well in the analog world: When she was at VMware, sales reps were given materials to help them tailor their pitch for each prospective customer. Then, when she was one of the early employees at HR services startup...


John Biggs

Movado Group acquires watch startup MVMT

The Movado Group, which sells multiple brands including Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, has purchased MVMT, a small watch company founded by Jacob Kassan and Kramer LaPlante in 2013. The company, which advertised heavily on Facebook, logged $71 million in revenue in 2017. Movado purchased the company for $100 million.

The acquisition of MVMT will provide us greater access to millennials and advances our Digital Center of Excellence initiative with the addition of a powerful brand...


Devin Coldewey

The Automatica automates pour-over coffee in a charming and totally unnecessary way

Most mornings, after sifting through the night’s mail haul and skimming the headlines, I make myself a cup of coffee. I use a simple pour-over cone and paper filters, and (in what is perhaps my most tedious Seattleite affectation), I grind the beans by hand. I like the manual aspect of it all. Which is why this robotic pour-over machine is to me so perverse… and so tempting.

Called the Automatica, this gadget, currently raising funds on Kickstarter but seemingly complete as far as...

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