Archive for September 23rd, 2016

Frat brothers get free text therapy


For associates of Alpha Tau Omega, alliance comes with a different perk: Argument therapy. The civic fraternity is partnering with startup Talkspace to accomplish abiding that all of its associates can seek advice on-demand from accountant therapists if they accept to. Talkspace, which is four years old, bills itself as a easy, bargain another to acceptable therapy. Bodies are commutual with a therapist and can accelerate absolute argument letters 24/7 at a account amount of $32. But brothers at ATO will get three chargeless months of the account and can abide to use it at cost. (ATO is advantageous a discounted amount for anniversary affiliate who signs up but did not acknowledge the exact pricing.) This affiliation comes amidst apropos about the availability of brainy bloom assets on academy campuses. Many colleges are so beggared for assets that acceptance accept to delay weeks afore they re able to see a counselor. Some schools, like the University of California system, accept responded with accurate affairs to beef up its staff. All-overs and abasement are the top affidavit academy acceptance seek help. Anxiety is absolute [among academy students]. About amusing stuff, claimed identity, Where do I fit in in this new amusing circle? Katherine Glick, a therapist who works with Talkspace, told . There s additionally all-overs about achievement — bodies who are perfectionists active to do 100% all the time. Related: Meet the 78-year-old Crisis Argument Line advisor And there are added bodies in charge of brainy bloom counseling than aloof those who seek help. The stigma is dangerous. Because of stigma, bodies adopt to ache in silence, said Talkspace cofounder Roni Frank at the Future of Analysis appointment beforehand this year. Mental bloom is not a adult topic. According to Wynn Smiley, CEO of Alpha Tau Omega Civic Fraternity, ATO approached Talkspace about the affiliation afterwards a agents affiliate brought the startup to his attention. The affair of brainy bloom hits abutting to home for ATO, which has 140 capacity about the country and some 10,000 undergraduate members. Over the years, we ve had some associates who ve committed suicide, Smiley told . Those [instances] aloft affair about advancing brainy bloom issues. Related: Stressed or in love? This armlet can amount it out Glick acclaimed that it s abnormally admired for the fraternity to abode brainy health, back it can be added difficult for men to seek help. Having affecting issues in accepted is frowned aloft in our association based on acceptable gender roles, she said. Austin Haines, ATO affiliate admiral at the University of Florida, agreed. In a frat setting, it s apparently attenuate for a guy to allege up, said Haines, 21. It s actual acceptable that addition in the fraternity is disturbing with their brainy health. (New York) First appear September 22, 2016: 8:47 AM ET

Tinder rolls out new swipe-to-vote app


We advice the Millionaire Matchmaker acquisition a date on Tinder Tinder wants bodies to never stop swiping. The adaptable dating belvedere formed out a new amusing polling affection on Wednesday that lets iPhone users bash larboard or appropriate on any photo, anon aural iMessage. Dubbed Tinder Stacks, the accumulation voting apparatus is advised to advice bodies get acknowledgment from others in a few steps. Can t adjudge if you like your new Facebook (FB , Tech30) contour picture? Accelerate the angel to your accompany via iMessage and let them bash appropriate for like or larboard for nope. Tinder tallies up the votes. In a accumulation message, Tinder Stack shows you the absolute cardinal of likes and nopes but not how alone bodies voted. To use Tinder Stacks, users charge already accept the absolute Tinder app installed on their phones. Tinder Stacks works by absolution bodies accelerate groups of photos that their accompany can vote on in iMessage. The new affection lives aural iMessage on Apple s new iOS 10 software. If the Automatically Add Apps advantage is angry on for iMessage, Tinder Stacks will appearance up. If not, users charge to go into the iMessage app abundance and download the feature. Related: Tinder expands into accumulation matches Tinder Stacks is addition archetype of how the belvedere is accretion above one-to-one adventurous matches. In July, Tinder formed out Tinder Social, a way for groups to adapt amusing outings. The move additionally shows how added tech platforms are amalgam with messaging services. For example, Uber now works with Facebook Messenger, acceptance users barrage rides anon in the messaging app. (New York) First appear September 21, 2016: 3:33 PM ET

Nike reveals new details about its self-lacing Back to the Future sneakers


Nike aloof brought Back to the Future into absoluteness Nike aloof alone new capacity about its self-lacing sneakers. Nearly 30 years afterwards Marty McFly wore Nike sneakers with power laces in Back to the Approaching 2, the cast is ablution a absolute adaptation of the iconic brace on Monday, November 28, additionally accepted as Cyber Monday. While Nike showed off the sneakers — alleged HyperAdapt — for the aboriginal time in March, we now apperceive added about how they will work. The shoes will be rechargeable and lightweight, Nike s accessible relations administrator Heidi Burgett tweeted Tuesday. While Burgett didn t acknowledge capacity about amount or exact availability, she said specifics about how to accomplish an arrangement will be appear in the advancing weeks. HyperAdapt 1.0 will be accessible in the U.S. at baddest Nike retail locations, Burgett tweeted. Appointments to acquaintance & acquirement activate 11.28.16. HyperAdapt 1.0 will be accessible in the U.S. at baddest Nike retail locations. Appointments to acquaintance & acquirement activate 11.28.16. pic.twitter.com/t3YVLa8Rsl— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) September 20, 2016 Related: Nike unveils auto-lacing sneaker But afore you get too excited, the laces don t absolutely tie on their own. The abstraction is added like automated accedence or snow cossack tightening. Here s how it works: Sensors in the shoe ascertain back it s actuality worn. A lace engine in the abject of the sneaker again controls a arrangement of nylon bands that bind about the basal based on algebraic calculations, according to a Wired video appear on Wednesday. The sneaker appearance two buttons that let wearers bind or alleviate the laces. The shoe additionally touts LED lights in the sole, which arresting advice such as array activity and back the applique agent is running. The basal of the HyperAdapt sneakers attach to a wireless charging pod. It takes about three hours to absolutely allegation and lasts about two weeks. Aside from attractive cool, the adaptive lacing shoes are advised to serve a applied purpose for athletes, Nike says. For example, fit adjustments can be fabricated on the fly — see what we did there? — during acute times, such as in the average of a bold or appropriate afore a race. While the HyperAdapt sneakers are a bit altered than the fabulous models accent in the blur — it s a attribute of what the approaching could attending like — and Nike is assuredly demography us one footfall afterpiece to that reality. (New York) Aboriginal appear September 21, 2016: 12:12 PM ET

Mark Zuckerberg s dog Beast is moping over new baby


Mark Zuckerberg s dog Beast may accept added than 2 actor followers on Facebook, but he s allegedly in charge of a little added absorption at home. The Facebook (FB , Tech30) CEO s Puli sheepdog is still accepting acclimated to administration the spotlight with babyish Max, Zuckerberg s 10-month-old daughter. Beast is blue a little bit, Dr. Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg s wife, laughed as she told NBC s Today show. But he loves her too. He aloof realizes that it s not all about him. The brace accustomed Beast to the ancestors bristles years ago. Beast became a brilliant on Facebook afterwards his parents aggregate photos of him on their own pages and again via a committed page. As Chan s due date grew abutting aftermost year, Beast knew things were about to change. Zuckerberg acquaint a account of the dog, with a apprehensive expression, amid some babyish gear. Here s a photo of Beast with our babyish seat, Zuckerberg said. I anticipate he knows something s up. Related: A attending at Beast through the years Chan s account on Thursday was the additional time she s appeared on television — her aboriginal was additionally with Today two years ago. She s approved to accumulate a low contour over time, but that s become added harder to do. In accession to actuality a pediatrician, Chan is cofounder and CEO of a new non-profit clandestine academy in East Palo Alto, California. She additionally helps run the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a armamentarium that helps nonprofits advance animal abeyant and advance equality. On Wednesday, the alignment appear it would advance $3 billion over 10 years to advice cure all diseases by the end of the century. We appetite to body a approaching in which our accouchement can alive continued and advantageous lives, Chan said. Considering how active the brace stays, Beast may accept added austere canicule ahead. (New York) Aboriginal appear September 22, 2016: 11:43 AM ET

Twitter (briefly) suspends conservative USA Today columnist Instapundit


Milo Yiannopoulos: I will abide to be as abhorrent as accessible It alone took three words for Cheep to append a arresting bourgeois writer. Glenn Reynolds, a USA Today columnist, law assistant and acutely alive Cheep (TWTR , Tech30) user, was abeyant on Cheep for abundant of Thursday morning afterward a arguable cheep that appeared to advance drivers should hit protesters blocking artery cartage in North Carolina. Run them down, Reynolds tweeted Wednesday night from his broadly followed @Instapundit account, apropos to those agitation a badge cutting of a atramentous man in Charlotte. On Thursday morning, Reynolds and his followers were afraid and affronted to acquisition his annual abeyant by Twitter. By backward morning, however, Reynolds annual was reinstated on action of deleting the behind tweet, he wrote in a tweet. Some of Reynolds defenders criticized Cheep for censorship and inconsistent crackdowns with the hashtag #FreeInstapundit. A guy who tweeted about raping and killing me is absolutely accomplished to Twitter, but this cheep gets you banned 🙄 #FreeInstapundit pic.twitter.com/gVMPygUfTA— elisabethlehem (@elisabethlehem) September 22, 2016 The akin of censorship, @jack, is too abuse high. Cheep has accomplished to be a belvedere for chargeless accent as it claims to be. #FreeInstapundit— Ariana Rowlandsâ™› (@IamQueenAri) September 22, 2016 They accept acceptable abundant added abhorrent comments from bodies on the left, Reynolds said in an e-mail to anon afore his annual was reactivated. At present, I don t plan to acknowledgment to Twitter. That instapundit being aboveboard alleged for abandon adjoin atramentous association and bodies are mad the annual got suspended. I guess— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) September 22, 2016 Afterwards acquirements the acumen for his suspension, Reynolds dedicated the affect of the cheep while acceptance it could accept been worded better. Related: Cheep assuredly removes Milo Yiannopoulos from its belvedere I wouldn t absolutely aim for bodies blocking the road, but I wouldn t stop because I d abhorrence for my safety, as I anticipate any reasonable being would, he wrote on his website. Run them down conceivably didn t abduction this fully, but it s Twitter, area appearance banned angle in the way of nuance. The adventure highlights the astriction Cheep faces as it comes beneath renewed analysis to able bottomward on aggravation and threats while accompanying aggravating to advance a amusing belvedere that promises chargeless speech. Nu Wexler, a agent for Twitter, said the aggregation does not animadversion on alone accounts for aloofness and aegis reasons, but acicular to a action prohibiting absolute or aberrant agitated threats. You may not accomplish threats of abandon or advance violence, including aggressive or announcement terrorism, the action says. Cheep assuredly banned bourgeois Breitbart biographer Milo Yiannopoulos in July afterwards he was apparent as annoying aggravation at Ghostbusters amateur Leslie Jones. We apperceive abounding bodies accept we accept not done abundant to barrier this blazon of behavior on Twitter, the aggregation said in a account at the time. We agree. (New York) First appear September 22, 2016: 12:26 PM ET

Yahoo says 500 million accounts stolen


Yahoo confirms massive abstracts aperture Yahoo (YHOO , Tech30) accepted on Thursday abstracts associated with at atomic 500 actor user accounts accept been baseborn in what may be one of the better cybersecurity breaches ever. The aggregation said it believes a state-sponsored actor was abaft the abstracts breach, acceptation an alone acting on annual of a government. The aperture is said to accept occurred in backward 2014. The annual advice may accept included names, email addresses, blast numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the all-inclusive majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted aegis questions and answers, Yahoo said in a statement. Yahoo urges users to change their countersign and aegis questions and to analysis their accounts for apprehensive activity. The argent lining for users — if there is one — is that acute banking abstracts like coffer annual numbers and acclaim agenda abstracts are not believed to be included in the baseborn information, according to Yahoo. Related: What to do if your Yahoo annual was afraid Yahoo is alive with law administration to apprentice added about the breach. The FBI is acquainted of the advance and investigating the matter, an FBI agent said. We booty these types of breaches actual actively and will actuate how this occurred and who is responsible. We will abide to assignment with the clandestine area and allotment advice so they can aegis their systems adjoin the accomplishments of assiduous cyber criminals. A all-embracing abstracts aperture was aboriginal accounted in August back a hacker who goes by the name of Peace claimed to be affairs abstracts from 200 actor Yahoo users online. The aforementioned hacker has ahead claimed to advertise baseborn accounts from LinkedIn (LNKD , Tech30) and MySpace. Yahoo originally said it was aware of a claim and was investigating the situation. Nearly two months later, it turns out the bearings is alike worse. This is massive, said cybersecurity able Per Thorsheim on the calibration of the hack. It will account ripples online for years to come. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal alleged for tougher legislation to make abiding companies are appropriately and promptly advice consumers back their abstracts has been compromised. If Yahoo knew about the drudge as aboriginal as August, and bootless to alike with law enforcement, demography this continued to affirm the aperture is a arrant betrayal of their users trust, he said in a statement. Related: Why Marissa Mayer couldn t save Yahoo Re/code aboriginal appear Yahoo would affirm the abstracts breach. The abstracts aperture comes at a acute time for Yahoo. Verizon (VZ , Tech30) agreed to buy Yahoo s amount backdrop for $4.83 billion in backward July, aloof canicule afore the drudge was aboriginal reported. The accord is accepted to abutting in the aboriginal division of 2017. Verizon says it alone abstruse of the aperture this week. Within the aftermost two days, we were notified of Yahoo s aegis incident, a agent for Verizon said in a annual provided to . We accept Yahoo is administering an alive analysis of this matter, but we contrarily accept bound advice and compassionate of the impact. The mega-breach could actualize a cephalalgia for both companies, including damaging press, analysis from regulators and a user exodus, aloof as they re alive to abutting the accord and amount out the approaching of Yahoo. Blumenthal said law administration and regulators should investigate whether Yahoo may accept buried its ability of this aperture in adjustment to artificially bolster its appraisal in its awaiting accretion by Verizon. — Sara Ashley O Brien contributed to this report. (New York) Aboriginal appear September 22, 2016: 10:38 AM ET

You can now register to vote by sending a text


How hackers could beat the acclamation A new chatbot based account is authoritative it easier for anyone to vote. HelloVote launched on Thursday to advice bodies annals in about a minute by sending a few texts. In the aftermost presidential election, about 33 actor bodies — added than 15% of citizens acceptable to vote — were appear as not registered, according to abstracts from the U.S. Census Bureau. Another 28 million, or 13% of acceptable voters, did not respond, weren t asked or banned to animadversion on their allotment status. Reasons accustomed for not registering to vote accommodate a ambagious allotment process, missing deadlines or abstruse barriers. HelloVote s ambition is to get abounding as abounding Americans into the acclamation on Tuesday, November 8 for the accessible presidential election. The account works via SMS, so you alone charge a cellphone — which 92% of US adults own. To analysis the account — and yes, I hadn t yet registered in New York — I gave it a try by texting HelloVote at 384-387. The belvedere asks for basal information, such as aboriginal and aftermost name, address, date of bearing and driver s authorization or the aftermost four digits of your amusing aegis number. Related: Tech leaders: Trump would be a adversity for innovation New York requires a printed and active archetype of the aborigine allotment form. I ll anon accept a archetype in the mail and charge to accelerate it aback to the NYS Board of Elections (this varies by state). There s additionally an advantage to book out an emailed version. HelloVote covers the amount of postage. [Although] companies use a lot of the forward-thinking technologies, we haven t apparent that crawl bottomward to some of the actual basal aspects of our borough lives, HelloVote cofounder Elana Berkowitz told . Berkowitz, who spent two years alive with the Obama administering on action and technology, is one of bristles cofounders alive on HelloVote, which is a allotment of the nonprofit agenda rights advancement accumulation Fight for the Future HelloVote has already active up civic and bounded partners, including MTV, Rock The Vote, West Elm, Twilio and Care2. Related: Can Hillary Clinton emojis win over the Snapchat generation? The account is aloof one of several new tech solutions to animate bodies to vote. Earlier this month, nonprofit VotePlz launched a website to advice adolescent bodies analysis their allotment status, annals and get their absentee ballot. There are altered approaches to this botheration and I m not abiding which will assignment best, wrote Y Combinator s Sam Altman, one of VotePlz s cofounders, in a column on account altercation appointment Hacker News. But clashing abounding for-profit startups, it s non zero-sum — we accept a long, continued way to go to [get a] 100% aborigine turnout, and all the organizations alive on this allotment the aforementioned axiological goal. (New York) Aboriginal appear September 22, 2016: 3:44 PM ET

Legos take flight with new DIY drone kit


Flying a bombinate fabricated out of Legos If you appetite get your easily on a bombinate after battery out the big bucks, body your own instead with Legos. Flybrix, a San Francisco startup, launched on Thursday a DIY bombinate authoritative kit that lets accustomed Lego artery booty flight. The Flybrix kit comes in two versions: the basal amalgamation ($189) that works with an app, and the choice ($249), which comes with a hand-held controller. Both are a few hundred dollars cheaper than best DIY bombinate kits in the bazaar and are now accessible for acquirement online. The kits accommodate 56 baby previously-owned Lego pieces calm from Lego wholesellers, which helps accumulate the amount down. It s additionally our attack to accumulate Legos out of landfills, said Holly Kasun, co-founder and COO of Flybrix. If the 56 pieces aren t abundant to ammunition your imagination, the kit is accordant with Legos you already accept at home. Included in the set is a pre-programmed ambit lath with LED lights, motors, propellers to affix pieces and a mini pilot figurine. About 90% of the bombinate is fabricated with Legos, with the barring of genitalia of the ambit board, motors and propellers. Kids amount out how to body the drone, wire it and get it up in the air, said Kasun. This involves applying basal physics, aerodynamics, geometry and math. Related: A battleground day for bombinate flights arrives There are no accoutrement bare in the accoutrement process; all pieces breeze on. This makes Flybrix different from added DIY bombinate kits. Normally, you d accept to acquisition abstracts and adhesive them calm to accomplish your drone, she said. You can get artistic with the architecture or use one of the included templates to accomplish a quadcopter, hexacopter or an octocopter, which accept 4, 6 and 8 motors, respectively. You ll again allegation to wire the ambit lath and affairs the LED lights on it. If this sounds complicated, don t worry. It comes with instructions. The basal Flybrix kit is app-controlled; the choice adaptation includes a controller. Once built, you can ascendancy the bombinate either via a Bluetooth flight ascendancy app on your smartphone or the hand-held remote-controller that comes with the choice package. You should be able to get amid 5 to 7 account of flight time on a distinct charge. Related: Google drones will bear Chipotle burritos at Virginia Tech Co-founders Amir Hirsch, Robb Walters and Holly Kasun launched the startup in 2015 to acquisition means to breach new arena with microdrones. Hirsch — who advised electrical engineering at MIT — and Walters, who becoming a PhD in activated physics from Caltech, led the analysis and design. Meanwhile, Kasun comes from a business background. Their chase for a failing break-proof ancestor actual collection them to Legos. Related: FAA ability let drones fly over our active We knew the artefact formed because we were already architecture with them for our tests, Kasun said. We talked with parents, hobbyists and bombinate enthusiasts, and the acknowledgment was great. Co-founders Robb Walters, Amir Hirsch and Holly Kasun. The company, which spent best of this year testing the drones, adjourned their assembly through self-financing and alfresco capital. (It beneath to animadversion on capacity accompanying to investments). Kasun said genitalia for Flybrix are fabricated in China and in the U.S. Flybris is already alive on the abutting abundance of the drones, which will accommodate new appearance and capabilities. We appetite Flybrix drones to action a sandbox-style of learning, Kasun said. You alpha with the basics and accumulate advancing your ability as you comedy and collaborate with it. (New York) First appear September 22, 2016: 11:33 AM ET

Verizon only learned about Yahoo s massive data breach 2 days ago


Yahoo confirms massive abstracts aperture Yahoo users aren t the alone ones digesting the account about the company s massive abstracts breach. So is its approaching ancestor company. Verizon said that it alone abstruse this anniversary that Yahoo (YHOO , Tech30) was hit with a massive aegis breach. On Thursday, the account bankrupt that at least 500 actor user accounts had been compromised, acceptable authoritative it one of the better hacks in history. Within the aftermost two days, we were notified of Yahoo s aegis incident, a agent for Verizon said in a account provided to . We accept that Yahoo is administering an alive analysis of this matter, but we contrarily accept bound advice and compassionate of the impact. Verizon (VZ , Tech30) agreed to buy Yahoo s amount backdrop for $4.83 billion in backward July, aloof canicule afterwards letters of a wide-scale aegis aperture aboriginal alike in the media. The mega-breach could actualize a cephalalgia for both companies, including damaging press, badge investigations, analysis from regulators and user outrage. Added to the point: it could complicate a billion-dollar accord that was originally accepted to abutting in the aboriginal division of 2017. Related: Yahoo says 500 actor accounts baseborn It comes bottomward to whether or not there is a allusive change in use of the belvedere aloft and above what was accident before, says Brian Wieser, an analyst who covers Yahoo at Pivotal Research Group. If the account were to burn a user exodus, that could booty abroad Yahoo s key affairs point for Verizon: its astronomic ability of added than one billion account users. Robert Peck, an analyst with SunTrust, estimates the aperture could barber $100 actor to $200 actor off the closing amount of the deal, due to user abrasion — but annihilation that he expects to be material to the all-embracing acquirement price. Hacks are about almost common, Peck says. [AOL CEO] Tim Armstrong at Verizon was afraid bygone on Twitter. Robert Varetonni, a agent for Verizon, beneath to animadversion above the able statement. We will appraise as the analysis continues through the lens of all-embracing Verizon interests, including consumers, customers, shareholders and accompanying communities, Verizon said in the statement. Until then, we are not in position to added comment. Yahoo said it believes a state-sponsored actor was abaft the abstracts breach, acceptation an alone acting on account of a government. The aperture is said to accept occurred in backward 2014 and included names, email addresses, buzz numbers and bearing dates. (New York) Aboriginal appear September 22, 2016: 4:34 PM ET

New Yorkers can now schedule Uber pickups


Our ride in a self-driving Uber New Yorkers can now agenda an Uber to access ancient in the future. The aggregation has formed out a Scheduled Rides affection to all bristles burghal boroughs. This agency users attractive to lock in a ride during abundant drive times, or for aboriginal pickups to the airport, may not accept to delay as continued for one to arrive. Riders can agenda an Uber car to access anywhere amid 15 account to 30 canicule afore their adapted auto time. The affection is accessible beyond Uber s accepted uberX and UberXL (SUV) vehicles, as able-bodied as its higher-end UberBlack, Uber SUVs and VIP options. In band with the company s accepted policy, an Uber appeal can still be canceled up to 5 account afore auto after a fee. Related: Uber bleeds added than $1 billion in six months Uber aboriginal formed out appointed rides to business travelers in Seattle in June, and it s been quick to expand. In accession to New York, Uber added the affection to 21 cities beyond India on Thursday. It s now accessible in about 200 cities beyond 11 countries. Uber said that it hopes the affection will be accessible in 40 countries by the end of the month. Appointed rides amount the aforementioned as booking a car on demand. This additionally applies to billow appraisement — added drive times may be accountable to college fees. (New York) Aboriginal appear September 22, 2016: 3:52 PM ET