Someone finally released a motorized sit-to-stand desk that people can afford

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By Zach Epstein

Motorized Standing Desk

Everything is bad for something, but findings over the past few years have uncovered the latest troublesome behavior that’s going to kill us all: sitting. Researchers have found that sitting at a desk all day, every day can lead to serious health problems and even death. To help prevent all of these problems that might arise, companies have begun to sell things like standing desks and treadmill desks. Of course, no one wants to stand all the time while working, so there are motorized desks that accommodate sitting and standing positions… if you can afford one.

As it turns out, there’s a new motorized standing desk that just about anyone can afford and it’s available right now.

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Apple Music on Sonos Officially Launching Tomorrow

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By Juli Clover

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Sonos today announced that Apple Music will be officially available on Sonos wireless speakers starting tomorrow, ending a two month beta testing period. Sonos customers across the world will be able to stream Apple Music content and directly access Apple Music features including For You, Radio, and My Music.

Over the course of the beta test, which started on December 15, Apple Music on the Sonos platform was tested by hundreds of thousands of listeners. Apple’s Eddy Cue commented on the beta test, calling it “great” and an “amazing listening experience.”

“The feedback from Apple Music members on Sonos during the beta period has been great,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Sonos plus Apple Music provides an amazing listening experience at home – and we’re excited to offer it to all Sonos customers starting tomorrow.”

Beginning Wednesday, February 10, streaming Apple Music on Sonos speakers can be done by selecting “Add Music Services” from a Sonos controller app, choosing the Apple Music icon, and logging into the service. An Apple Music subscription or free trial is required.

Apple Music on Sonos has been highly anticipated as it was noticeably absent from the system when Apple Music first launched on June 30. Sonos previously supported the direct streaming of Beats Music and promised to implement Apple Music support before the end of 2015.

Ahead of the announcement of official Apple Music support, Sonos conducted a study on the positive effects of music listening in the home using an Apple Music subscription paired with a Sonos sound system. The study found that families who regularly listened to music in the home spent 67 percent more time together and ate together more often, among other positive effects.

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Stop what you’re doing and download a password manager right now

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By Jacob Siegal

How to Use a Password Manager

Whether you know it or not, today is Safer Internet Day. That might sound like a silly, made up name for a random day in February, but rather than laugh it off, we might as well take the time we’d spend crafting some sarcastic tweet to actually make ourselves safer on the internet.

There are plenty of ways to do that — let’s focus on just one: Downloading a password manager.

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Buy a new Belkin screen protector at an Apple Store, and it will be installed perfectly for you

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By Alan F.

A sloppily installed screen protector can leave your iPhone display vulnerable if the device is dropped. Nothing is more demoralizing than buying a brand new smartphone, and then watching it hit the pavement screen-side down. Actually, there is some good news on this front. Accessories manufacturer Belkin has introduced its Screen Care + Application System.

This system has been shipped out to U.S. Apple Stores where it will be used to install Belkin’s screen protection products on certain iPhone models. Belkin’s InvisiGlass is flexible and can take the impact of a drop without cracking. …

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This touchscreen car video player can be yours for over 50% off right now

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By David Ertischek, BGR Deals Team

Car video player tablet

Get an HD touchscreen multipurpose car video player tablet that includes a GPS navigation system, AM/FM radio and a rear camera so you can back up safer than ever before. The Pupog Car Video Player Tablet is for sale on Amazon for $227.99 with free shipping, or 56% off list price.

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White House Executive Order on Privacy Falls Short

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By Shahid Buttar

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This morning, the White House announced an Executive Order establishing a federal interagency privacy council composed of senior privacy officials from two dozen federal agencies. While seeming to offer some promise, however, the council has a limited mandate, and ultimately represents an overdue nod to privacy principles the administration has repeatedly abused in practice.

If the Obama administration wants to support privacy, it can start by finally offering straight answers to Congress on surveillance and intelligence practices that offend privacy. Instead, Congress has legislated surveillance policy in the dark while enduring a long series of executive misrepresentations.

Last week, mere days after an independent panel (notably including current U.S. intelligence officials) refuted recent FBI claims about encryption tools, Congress began examining surveillance powers set to expire next year in a closed hearing, enabling a familiar pattern of executive obfuscation and congressional confusion.

As we wrote over two years ago, “It’s time for Congress to reassert its oversight role and begin a full-scale investigation into the [government’s] surveillance and analytic activities….Congress cannot rely solely on mandating more reports from [intelligence agencies] as a solution.”

Surveillance will survive encryption, despite false FBI claims

Most recently, executive officials misled Congress in the context of the encryption debate.

Intelligence officials including FBI Director James Comey have conjured claims that encryption threatens national security, and that private companies should allow government agencies backdoor access to encrypted communications and data. A study released last week by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, however, reveals that the FBI has been crying wolf.

The Berkman Center report, “Don’t Panic: Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate,” suggests that concerns about encryption undermining security are premature and overblown. In particular, fears that intelligence agencies are “going dark” by losing pervasive access to electronic communications, or data stored online, overlook the emergence of new data streams—especially increasingly vast sets of unencrypted data produced by household devices connected to the Internet.

These devices include not only the computers and smart phones for which encryption is an essential security and privacy tool, but also “toasters to bedsheets, light bulbs, cameras, toothbrushes, door locks, cars, watches and other wearables.”

The authors of the report included U.S. senior intelligence officials who, according to the New York Times, were constrained from speaking publicly for their agencies but joined the conclusion that:

[C]ommercial interests will likely limit the circumstances in which companies will offer encryption that obscures user data from the companies themselves, and the trajectory of technological development points to a future abundant in unencrypted data, some of which can fill gaps left by the very communication channels law enforcement fears will “go dark” and beyond reach.

In other words, according to co-author Bruce Schneier, “While it may be true that there are pockets of dimness, there other areas where communications and information are actually becoming more illuminated, opening up more vectors for surveillance.”

EFF Board member Jonathan Zittrain, a Harvard professor who serves as faculty chair of the Berkman Center, noted that the review group’s unique composition enabled a broader perspective than either the agencies or Congress have sought, enabling a “debate beyond its well-known bumper stickers.”

Agencies bending the truth yet again

The exposure of the FBI’s misrepresentations surrounding encryption is hardly the first time that intelligence agencies have been caught playing loose the facts.

Close watchers of the NSA, FBI, and CIA may notice an all-too-familiar pattern of unreliable statements by senior officials addressing tough questions about intelligence operations. Having for years misled elected officials, the press, and the public about their agencies’ domestic surveillance activities, many of the same officials continue to use their public positions to promote false claims that national security requires undermining individual security, anonymity, and freedom of expression.

Perhaps most infamously, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper gave a false and self-serving answer when questioned by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) during a March 2013 Senate hearing about whether the NSA was monitoring millions of law-abiding Americans. General Counsel Robert Litt later offered at least a coherent (if not convincing) defense of his boss, essentially arguing that Clapper could not answer truthfully under oath because the classification system—which itself is so broken that even its former chief has described it as “dysfunctional“—requires secrecy while the hearing was a public forum.

Clapper himself later acknowledged that his statement was false and “too cute by half,” with the bizarre caveat that he had answered in “the least untruthful manner” that he could. Yet, as Litt has admitted, Clapper never corrected the record after making his statement. The only reason we know the truth is because a courageous young man sacrificed his career to do what all public officials swear an oath to do: defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Duplicity must be contagious, because other senior intelligence officials seem to also suffer from the “least untruthful” Clapper Syndrome.

For instance, just a few months after Clapper misled the Senate, NSA head Keith Alexander testified at another hearing. Asked whether the NSA collects bulk cell phone location data, he chose to answer a different question, limiting his answer to Section 215 of the Patriot Act while effectively refusing to answer the question he was asked.

In response, Sen. Wyden said, “Once again, the intelligence leadership has decided to leave most of the real story secret—even when the truth would not compromise national security.” Wyden later expounded on the agencies’ recidivism, explaining that the NSA “has repeatedly deceived the American people.”

Beyond the NSA and Director of National Intelligence, other agencies have also failed at times to make true statements under oath.

The CIA, for instance, misused technology to hack into Congressional files and steal documentary evidence of torture, of which CIA officials had previously destroyed videotape evidence. After initially claiming that agency officials had never done so, CIA Director John Brennan reversed course after an internal investigation, admitting that CIA personnel effectively conducted an espionage operation targeting the Senate to hide evidence of the agency’s human rights abuses.

Similarly, Brennan and others have claimed for years that armed drones do not generate significant collateral casualties when used to conduct targeted assassinations. The utility of drones, of course, hinges on their precision.

Yet the first time an independent study attempted to verify the agency’s claims, researchers from NYU and Stanford concluded that most of the deaths from drones are collateral deaths. They described as simply “false” claims by officials that “the use of drones…is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the US safer by enabling ‘targeted killing’ of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts.”

Reflecting on these incidents just a few months ago, the New York Times editorial board correctly suggested that “It is hard to believe anything Mr. Brennan says.”

What next?

The debate over surveillance policy will remain skewed as long as executive officials remain less than forthcoming with the truth—or, for that matter, as long as they’re the only people from whom Congress bothers to invite expertise.

With Congress already turning its attention to the possibility of renewing the statute cited as legal justification for dragnet NSA spying on the Internet, there is a dire and long overdue need for transparency. Unfortunately, there is no reason to think that the agencies’ claims today will prove any more true than their repeated misrepresentations in the past.

Today’s White House announcement may seem to indicate a real concern with privacy principles, but a more meaningful one would entail responding truthfully to congressional oversight.

Congress could ensure its own access to facts in spite of executive evasion by reforming the bloated classification system, launching a new Church Committee to finally investigate what the intelligence committees have failed to explore, or requiring the executive branch to send credible officials to testify at oversight hearings. As the former congressional investigators who uncovered COINTELPRO put it, “Nothing less than the confidence of the American people in our intelligence agencies, indeed, the federal government, is at stake.”


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Apple Music for Sonos comes out of beta tomorrow

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By Nathan Ingraham

Sonos started supporting Apple Music in the middle of December, but then it was technically in a beta. As of tomorrow morning, that beta label will be removed — the service is now fully supported by Sonos. In our experience, being in beta didn’t rea…

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