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Watch the hilarious cable-bashing Sling TV ad Comcast doesn’t want you to see

Comcast Vs. Dish Sling TV Ad

Dish's Sling TV is one of the many options that cord cutters have at their disposal to get their TV fix without paying through the nose for a pricey cable package. It's also competing for customers with cable companies such as Comcast, who are among the most hated companies in the United States. Dish knows that Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable giants have horrible reputations, which is why it's put together a brilliant new ad the mercilessly bashes cable companies for their service offerings and their dreadful customer service.

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July 31st

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Here’s a Time Lapse View of the Drought Collected From Satellites

It’s been a common refrain in the Midwest this year: If only we could pipe all this rain to the West. But a new NASA visualization shows just how drastic the difference has been.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

July 31st

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Let’s Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

It’s Friday, Planeteers. Let’s kick the weekend off right.

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Kaila Hale-Stern

July 31st

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The future is here: New face recognition technology can work in the dark

Facial Recognition Thermal

It's kind of crazy how quickly face detection and recognition technology managed to push its way into the mainstream. Over the past few years we've seen face recognition technology reach desktop photo software like iPhoto and even mass market smartphones from the likes of Samsung. And of course, there are no shortage of stories centering on government agencies who use face recognition technology for identification and surveillance purposes.

Setting the bar even higher, researchers from Germany have reportedly developed a new technology that allows facial recognition software to identify faces even in the dark. Whereas traditional facial recognition software involves the comparison of two photos, both of which must be taken in well-lit environments, the approach German computer scientists came up with involves using a person's thermal signature.

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Yoni Heisler

July 31st

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20 Stunning Military Images That You Absolutely Have To See

These are the 20 most brilliant military images I found around these wonderful intertubes this week. Not only do they highlight the amazing things America and our allies’ service people do on a regular basis, but also the photographers, both military and private, that work so hard to gives us a view we could never see with our civilian eyes.

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July 31st

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How We’ll Find Out If the Discovered Plane Wreckage Is Part of MH370

It’s been nearly a year and a half since Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared and investigators finally have their first big lead in the search. A piece of an aircraft’s wing—a flaperon , to be specific—washed up on Réunion Island, 120 miles off the coast of Madagascar, 3000 miles away from where investigators were looking. But we’re still a long way from many of the answers we need.

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Alissa Walker

July 31st

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Zuck Is Having a Baby, But What About That Adorable Dog?

Congratulations have been pouring in ever since Mark Zuckerberg posted (on Facebook, of course) that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a daughter in a few months. It’s wonderful and all (mazel tov, you two!), but most people took a look at their photo and wondered, is that a dog—or a mop?

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Diane Kelly

July 31st

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I Talked With the Astronauts Living in NASA’s Underwater Lair

Deep at the bottom of the Atlantic, NASA has built an underwater lab—and there are astronauts living there. I joined them (sadly, in a digital format) to see what they’re up to down there and just what kinds of things they might be bringing back from the depths.

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July 31st

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Apple supplier not hitting its ‘break-even’ mark of 2m Apple Watch units per month

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Specific sales of Apple Watch have been a mystery since the device’s launch back in April, with several analysts offering up their own respective estimates on numbers. Now, Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. has hinted at sales of the device. ASE, for those unfamiliar, is responsible for putting all of the internal parts of Apple Watch into a case through a process known as system-in-package (via WSJ). The company, however, claims that Apple Watch sales are not as high as expected…

Mark Li, a Bernstein Research analyst, said recently that an ASE subsidiary told investors that the company did not hit its “break-even volume” of two million Apple Watch units per month in the second quarter of 2015. Furthermore, ASE does not expect to reach the two million per month number during the third quarter either, which is unusual seeing that it’s the quarter leading up to the popular holiday shopping season.

ASE now expects that it won’t hit its target of shipping 18 million units in 2015. Earlier this month during Apple’s earnings call, Tim Cook hinted that Apple Watch revenue was higher than $1 billion, which would lead to sales higher than 3 million units for the quarter.

“The shortfall of Apple Watch is a disappointment,” Mr. Li wrote in a note to clients. “We came in with a low expectation but below break-even still surprised us.”

It’s interesting to hear Apple and Tim Cook repeatedly claim that Apple Watch was beating expectations during its first full quarter of availability, with ASE claiming that sales have been less than expected. With Apple claiming it doesn’t want to report specific sales numbers for competitive reasons, it’s unlikely that we’ll get any confirmation anytime soon.


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Chance Miller

July 31st

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Cool Off With a Michelada Popsicle Dunked In Your Favorite Beer

Micheladas are already the perfect warm weather drink: a mix of savory flavors, ice-cold beer, and just a snap of spice. Now imagine making the michelada even better by turning it into a popsicle that you drop into the beer, slowly melting into a slushy sublime summer cocktail.

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Alissa Walker

July 31st

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