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Mercedes-Maybach just unveiled a stunning convertible concept car to rival Tesla

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On Friday, Mercedes-Maybach unveiled its new Vision 6 Cabriolet concept at the 2017 Monterey Car Week in Monterey, California.

The stunning drop top is the ultimate embodiment of the Mercedes’ Sensual Purity design philosophy. The concept melds classic automotive design element with a sleek futuristic aesthetic.

“The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern luxury into the realms of the ultimate in luxury and is the perfect embodiment of our design strategy. Breathtaking proportions combined with a luxurious “haute couture” interior help to create the ultimate experience,” Gorden Wagener, Daimler AG chief design officer, said in a statement. 

The all-electric drop top continues Mercedes’ push towards alternative propulsion. The Maybach was introduced shortly after the company’s AMG division unveiled its new hypercar’s 1,000 horsepower Formula One-derived hybrid drivetrain. 

Here’s a closer look at the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet.

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The Vision 6 Cabriolet is the successor to the Vision 6 Coupe that was unveiled last year in Monterey.

With its long hood, the Vision evokes imagery of the splendid luxury cabriolets of the 30s, 40s, and 50s.

The boat tail harkens back to the looks of classic luxury yachts.


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New malware masquerades as a ride-sharing app

 An update to the venerable Faketoken.q Android malware has made it easier for the program to steal your credit card information from ride-sharing apps. Faketoken attacks Russian ride-sharing apps by overlaying text boxes on the credit card information pages that can capture your credit number and other important information. Kaspersky writes: After getting onto a smartphone (judging by the… Read More
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YouTube starts delivering ‘breaking news’ on its homepage across platforms

 YouTube has started rolling out a “Breaking News” section in people’s feeds today across platforms as Alphabet continues to tailor custom content playlists to users logged into Google Accounts, Android Police reports. For most, YouTube is a place to hop from one video to the next and descend down rabbit holes, but browsing anything like a feed has become less… Read More

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Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

 Google announced a major update to its mobile search results pages today. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip to help you decide if it’s actually a video you want to see.
This will work for the vast majority of videos on the web today — including, but not limited to, YouTube. Indeed, as Emily Moxley, Google’s director of… Read More

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Apple fans prepare yourselves: One of the original Apple I computers is going up for auction in September

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Apple fanatics around the world will soon have a chance to bid on one of the original Apple computers.

The Apple I is being put up for sale by David Larson, a former Virginia Tech professor who bought the computer from Adam Schoolsky in 1994 for $3500. Schoolsky was a friend of Apple cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who gave him the computer as a gift.

The computer, built by Wozniak in 1976, will be auctioned off by online auction house Charitybuzz starting on September 12. All proceeds will go to FAIRS, a Virginia-based non-profit that helps groups in developing countries put together emergency radio systems. 

The computer’s auction lot will also include the original letter Larson received from Schoolsky in 1994; a promotional brochure for the Apple I and Apple II computers; and the first issue of the “Silicon Gulch Gazette,” an early PC industry publication, that was published in 1977.

The lot also includes a drawing by Ron Wayne, Apple’s little-known third cofounder. Wayne designed the original Apple logo, wrote the Apple I manual, and drew the Apple I schematic diagrams.

And it includes something that’s rarer than even the computer itself, an Apple I cassette interface card. Early PC’s often stored programs and data on cassette tapes; the card allowed an owner to connect a cassette recorder to the Apple I. The majority of original Apple owners never purchased the card, and many of the remaining Apple I in existence lack one. 

Apple-I  computer.JPGLast but not least, the lot comes with a copy of a flyer from what’s known as the Zaltair hoax. The flyer dates back to the 1977 West Coast Computer Faire, where Wozniak, who loved pranks, and Schoolsky printed up a couple thousand brochures advertising a non-existent “Zaltair” computer that was supposed to be cheaper and better than any other on the market. No one could figure out who was behind the brochure, and the duo made quite the commotion among all of the computer enthusiasts at the event. 

Dubbed the Schoolsky Apple-I, the computer that’s up for auction still technically works, but it needs a serious computer fiend just to turn it on. Like most of the earliest computers, it requires an external power source and a separate keyboard.

Apple made about 175 Apple I computers before discontinuing the model in 1977 in favor of its successor, the Apple II. Only a few dozen Apple I’s are known to be in existence and only a handful remain in working condition. 

The computers go up for auction from time-to-time and frequently sell for premium prices. One sold at a German auction in May for $130,000.

 

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Bitcoin is more valuable than gold — but nowhere near as stable

Bitcoin has had its ups and downs since its introduction in 2009, but it’s been on a rocket-ship ride of late. On Sunday, it surpassed the $4,000 mark for the first time.

Some investors consider bitcoin a safe haven that’s comparable to gold. Like gold, the digital currency isn’t tied to one country or central bank. When a particular country experiences a political or economic crisis, its national currency can often take a nosedive; it’s global nature and usage make bitcoin more insulated from such problems. 

In fact, the cyber currency, like gold, can benefit from crises and uncertainty. Gold and bitcoin surged 4% and 3%, respectively, after Donald Trump won the election. And some investors are linking the recent spike in bitcoin’s value to the escalating war of words between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un over the latter’s missiles and nuclear program.

Despite their similarities, there’s one key difference: Gold has been much stabler than bitcoin, as we can see in this chart from Statista, which is based on data from Coindesk and onvista. So, for investors looking for a safe bet, the precious metal is still the way to go.

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15 solar eclipse maps you need to study before the astronomical event of a century

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Total solar eclipse fever is raging as millions prepare for an astronomical event that hasn’t cut across the US in 99 years.

On August 21, the moon will slide in front of the sun and cast a dark, moving shadow on America. Not every location will see the solar eclipse at the same time, however, or witness the same phenomena — including totality, which is when the moon fully blocks the sun to reveal the star’s ghost-like corona.

To help show what, when, and how you might experience the 2017 total solar eclipse, Business Insider spoke to Michael Zeiler, a cartographer at Esri, a mapping data and technology company. Zeiler has chased eclipses for 26 years and is a member of the American Astronomical Society’s task force on the 2017 total solar eclipse.

“The first time I made a solar eclipse map was for a cruise in 2009,” Zeiler told Business Insider. “I didn’t have the map I wanted for that trip, so I made it. It was a huge hit on my ship, because it was full of 900 other eclipse chasers. I’ve been making hundreds of maps ever since.”

Over the past several years, Zeiler has compiled eclipse-related roadway, population, weather, and other data — plus analyses of that information — into convenient maps at his website, GreatAmericanEclipse.com.

Zeiler has created dozens of maps — including one that shows the entire path of totality as a 10-foot-long poster (if printed) — but we’ve included some of his favorites here.

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This map shows the entire coverage area of the solar eclipse. “The partial eclipse will span five continents,” Zeiler said.

Zeiler estimated that 12.2 million people live in the roughly 2,800-mile-long, 70-mile-wide path of the umbra: the moon’s darkest shadow.

But many Americans are on the move to the path. Zeiler created this map to show the time it’d take to drive to totality based on where you live — at least without any traffic.

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How to quit smoking, according to scientists

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It’s not easy to quit smoking.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death. But by some estimates, it could take as many as 30 tries to quit. 

In July, the FDA came out with plans to limit the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, with the aim of not making them addictive. The news sent tobacco stocks falling. Researchers have speculated that cutting nicotine levels could make it easier for smokers to quit, and keep new smokers from getting addicted. 

Rendering cigarettes minimally addictive or nonaddictive, within a landscape including other, noncombustible products such as e-cigarettes, represents a promising foundation for a comprehensive approach to tobacco harm reduction,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in the New England Journal of Medicine

In the meantime, however, there are some science-backed approaches that can help you quit. Business Insider spoke to Dr. Michael Fiore, director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention to get some tips on how to quit. 

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Get prepared before you stop smoking.

First thing’s first: it’s important to keep in mind that there’s no one foolproof way to quit smoking. “Quitting smoking is hard work,” Fiore said. But you can combine a few tactics that can make the process easier. 

If you’ve had a smoking habit for a while, quitting right away can be a nearly impossible task. Ahead of quitting, the National Institutes of Health’s website SmokeFree.gov recommends having a plan. That includes laying out why you want to quit, whether it’s for your health or your family. It could also mean letting your friends and family know you’re planning to quit, and identifying possible triggers that could cause you to start smoking again. 

Consider nicotine replacement therapy, like patches or gum.

Fiore said he recommends using medication as a component of your plan to quit smoking. 

According to the NIH, nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches or gums, help alleviate some of the symptoms of withdrawal by giving you small amounts of nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive substance that’s found in tobacco. 

 

Take smoking-cessation medication.

There are other non-nicotine approaches to quitting that you can use. Fiore highlighted varenicline, otherwise known as Chantix, as one possible approach during the first few months you’re quitting. The drug Zyban is another option. The two work to block receptors, keeping the nicotine from activating the brain. 

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The 5 best new songs you can stream right now, from the likes of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Grizzly Bear

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This week, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and LCD Soundsystem both released new singles, and Grizzly Bear put out one of the year’s best albums.

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Grizzly Bear — “Aquarian”

Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen sings ominously of “great disaster” amid a tempestuous swirl of electric guitars on “Aquarian,” a highlight from the indie-rock band’s masterful new LP, “Painted Ruins.”

 

 

LCD Soundsystem — “tonite”

LCD Soundsystem singer James Murphy paces and rant-sings through a vocoder about the state of the music industry in the video for “tonite,” an ’80s-inspired synth anthem from the group’s upcoming album, “American Dream.”

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KMD — “True Lightyears” (feat. DOOM and Jay Electronica)

DOOM and Jay Electronica, hip hop’s two most notoriously reclusive geniuses, team on “True Lightyears,” an Adult Swim-released single from DOOM’s forthcoming album with his original rap group, KMD. 

 

 

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There are hundreds of Confederate monuments across the US — here's when they were built

Municipal workers attempt to remove paint from a monument dedicated to Confederate soldier John B. Castleman that was vandalized late Saturday night in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., August 14, 2017.

After violence at a white supremacist rally led to the death of three people in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, a growing number of cities and civilians have started tearing down Confederate monuments across the United States.

Several government officials, including California Representative and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, have called to remove markers that celebrate controversial Civil War era figures from public spaces.

The Confederate States of America, which formed in 1861, argued that states should have the right to maintain slavery, while the Union fought to eradicate it. Conflicts between the two groups led to the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865.

In the 150 years following the war, hundreds of Confederate monuments were been built in almost every state, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The nonprofit legal advocacy organization published a 2016 report that details the timeline of when states installed Confederate iconography (which it defines as statues, monuments, schools, parks, streets, and highways named after Confederate generals); the districts that celebrate Confederate-related holidays; the public buildings that feature Confederate flags; and the cities that issue commemorative license plates.

As you can see in the timeline below, the number of Confederate memorial installations peaked around 1910 — 50 years after the end of the Civil War and at the height of Jim Crow, an era defined by segregation and disenfranchisement laws against black Americans. Confederate installations spiked again in the 1950s and 1960s, during the Civil Rights Movement.

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