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Game Preview: Steelers at Patriots (Week One)

A closer look at the Steelers’ 2015 season opening game at New England.

Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) at New England Patriots (0-0)
Date: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Site: Gillette Stadium (66,829), Foxborough, Mass.
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
TV Coverage: NBC-TV (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11)
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network, WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (color analyst), Craig Wolfley (sideline)
National Radio: Westwood One Sports
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Boomer Esiason (color analyst), Ross Tucker (sideline)

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 82-46 (.641)/ninth season
Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 82-46 (.641)/ninth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-4/fi ve years

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick
Overall regular-season record: 211-109 (.659)/21st season
Regular-season record with New England: 175-65 (.729)/16th season
Playoff Record/Years: 22-9/13 years

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The Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off the NFL’s 2015 regular season schedule in the League’s annual primetime kickoff game on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the New England Patriots. Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11).

Pittsburgh will be making its third appearence in the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game since the League began the debut of the season in this format in 2002.

The Steelers have won each of their previous two primetime kickoff games, both at Heinz Field, defeating the Miami Dolphins, 28-17 on Sept. 7, 2006, and the Tennessee Titans, 13-10 (OT), on Sept. 10, 2009.

2-0: Pittsburgh is 2-0 in the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game since the debut of the season format in 2002.

2: The number of times Pittsburgh and New England have squared off in Week One since the regular-season series began in 1972, with both teams splitting the Kickoff Weekend series.

12-1: Since 1960, Pittsburgh is 12-1 on Kickoff Weekend when a Steelers running back rushes for 100 yards or more.

16-1-1: The Steelers are 16-1-1 in Week One games since 1940 when the team scores 30 or more points.

33-43-365: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger owns Steelers Kickoff Weekend records since 1960 for the most completions (33), passing attempts (43) and passing yards (365) – the fi rst two during the team’s 2009 opening day 13-10 win over Tennessee and his yardage total in last season’s Week One 30-27 win vs. Cleveland.

41: The number of wins the Steelers have on Kickoff Weekend – the most among AFC teams in Week One action.

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Series History: Series began in 1972
Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 14-9
At Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 10-6
At New England: Steelers lead, 4-3
Neutral Sites: n/a
Streak: Patriots won previous meeting
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Nov. 3, 2013 at New England
New England 55, Pittsburgh 31
Postseason Series: Patriots lead, 3-1
Last Postseason Meeting: Jan. 23, 2005 in Pittsburgh
New England 41, Pittsburgh 27
(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

Pittsburgh and New England will kickoff the NFL’s 2015 regular season this week on Thursday Night…the two teams have met 23 times in regular season seris history, with the Steelers owning a 14-9 advantage over the Patriots…Pittsburgh holds a one game edge in road games against New England (4-3)…the Steelers and Patriots will meet in a Kickoff Weekend game for the third time in series history and have split each of the previous two Week One match-ups (Sept. 3, 1979, W, 16-13 at New England OT and Sept. 9, 2002, L, 30-14 at New England).

New England 55, Pittsburgh 31
Nov. 3, 2013
Gillette Stadium (68,756)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Steelers fell to the New England Patriots, 55-31, at Gillette Stadium.

New England scored the first 14 points of the contest, both touchdowns coming on passes. Late in the first quarter, QB Tom Brady found WR Danny Amendola for a 34-yard score, and early in the second quarter, he found TE Rob Gronkowski for a 19-yard touchdown.

K Shaun Suisham’s 30-yard field goal midway through the second quarter gave the Steelers their fi rst three points of the game.  Late in the second quarter, K Stephen Gostkowski’s 20-yard field goal extended the Patriots’ lead, 17-3.

Right after the two-minute warning, QB Ben Roethlisberger found WR Antonio Brown for a 27-yard touchdown pass to pull within a touchdown, 17-10. But New England marched 77 yards on nine plays on their ensuing drive to extend their lead to 24-10 at halftime.

Pittsburgh scored 14 straight points after halftime. The first score was set up when S Troy Polamalu forced a fumble that was recovered by LB LaMarr Woodley. Five plays later, Roethlisberger found WR Jerricho Cotchery for a 20-yard score. And early in the third quarter, Roethlisberger and Cotchery hooked up again for an eightyard touchdown to tie the game, 24-24.

New England would outscore the Steelers 31-7 the rest of the game. Gostkowski made a 32-yard fi eld goal, Brady and WR Aaron Dobson connected on a 17-yard touchdown and RB Stevan Ridley scored on a fi ve-yard run to extend the lead, 41-24. Roethlisberger and Cotchery connected again for a six-yard score to cut the lead, 41-31, but it would be the closest the Steelers would get.

Brady and Dobson connected for an 81-yard touchdown pass, and RB LaGarrette Blount scored on a fi ve-yard run to give New England the 55-31 victory.

Former Steelers/Patriots
• Steelers S Ross Ventrone spent time on the Patriots’ practice squad and active roster in 2011.

Family Connection
• Pittsburgh S Ross Ventrone is the younger brother of New England Asst. ST coach Ray Ventrone.

Area Connections
• Pittsburgh WR Tyler Murphy (2011-14) attended Boston College.
• New England Asst. ST coach Ray Ventrone was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and is a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School.
• Patriots RB Dion Lewis (2009-10) and DL Jabaal Sheard (2007-10) both played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh.

NFL Connections
• Steelers HC Mike Tomlin and Patriots DL coach Brendan Daly and WR coach Chad O’Shea worked together on the Vikings’ staff (2006).
• Pittsburgh RB coach James Saxon also worked alongside Daly in Minnesota for two seasons (2012-13).
• Saxon was on staff in Miami with Patriots OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo for two years (2009-10).
• Steelers Asst. HC/DL coach John Mitchell and WR coach Richard Mann were both coaches on Patriots HC Bill Belichick’s staff (1991-93), when he was the HC in Cleveland.
• Pittsburgh OC Todd Haley worked with Belichick in New York, when they were both on the Jets’ staff (1997-99).
• Haley was on staff at Arizona, while New England DL Alan Branch was a Cardinal (2007-08).
• Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams was a Carolina Panthers teammate of Patriots WR Brandon LaFell from 2010-13 and RB Tyler Gaffney in 2014.
• Steelers LB Arthur Moats was a teammate of Branch in Buffalo (2013), along with Patriots TE Scott Chandler (2010-13) and LB Chris White (2011-12).
• Steelers QB Mike Vick was teammates with Patriots S Patrick Chung and CB Bradley Fletchner for one season in Philadelphia (2013).
• Vick also played with New England RB Dion Lewis for two years with the Eagles (2011-12).
• Pittsburgh CB Antwon Blake played with New England CB Derek Cox for one year in Jacksonville (2012).
• Steelers DT Cam Thomas was also a teammate of Cox’s for one season in San Diego (2013).

College Connections
• Pittsburgh RB DeAngelo Williams played at Memphis with New England K Stephen Gostkowski for three seasons (2002-04).
• Pittsburgh DE Cameron Heyward (2007-10),LB Ryan Shazier (2011-13) and CB Doran Grant(2011-14) all played at least one season with New England CB Nate Ebner (2009-11) at Ohio State.
• Steelers G David DeCastro manned the offensive line at Stanford for two years with Patriots OL Cameron Fleming (2010-11). DeCastro also played with Patriots RB Tyler Gaffney (2009-11) and CB Jordan Richards (2011) while at Stanford.
• Steelers S Robert Golden and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski were teammates at Arizona (2008-09).
• Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert was teammates with Patriots DL Dominique Easley at Florida for one year (2010).
• Steelers S Shamarko Thomas was teammates with Patriots DE Chandler Jones at Syracuse for three years (2009-11).
• Pittsburgh G Ramon Foster played at Tennessee with Patriots LB Jerod Mayo for three seasons (2005-07).
• Pittsburgh QB Landry Jones was teammates with New England DL Geneo Grissom at Oklahoma for two seasons (2011-12).

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(11:16) (Shotgun) 12-T.Brady pass short right to 87-R.Gronkowski for 16 yards, TOUCHDOWN.


3-S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-49-J.Cardona, Holder-6-R.Allen.


(4:06) 12-T.Brady pass short middle to 87-R.Gronkowski for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN. NE 87-Gronkowski 15th career multi-TD game.


3-S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-49-J.Cardona, Holder-6-R.Allen.


(:07) 8-J.Scobee 44 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-60-G.Warren, Holder-4-J.Berry.


(10:43) 12-T.Brady pass short left to 88-S.Chandler for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.


3-S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-49-J.Cardona, Holder-6-R.Allen.


(6:48) 78-A.Villanueva reported in as eligible. 46-W.Johnson left guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.


TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. 7-B.Roethlisberger pass to 11-M.Wheaton is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS. PIT-7-B.Roethlisberger was injured during the play.


(11:42) 8-J.Scobee 24 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-60-G.Warren, Holder-4-J.Berry.


(9:24) 12-T.Brady pass short left to 87-R.Gronkowski for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. NE 12-Brady 23rd career game with 4+ TD passes, tying Brett Favre for 3rd most all-time. NE 12-Brady 396 career TD passes, tying Drew Brees for 4th most all-time. NE 87-Gronkowski 3rd career 3-TD game.


3-S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-49-J.Cardona, Holder-6-R.Allen. PENALTY on PIT-90-S.McLendon, Defensive Holding, 5 yards, enforced between downs.


(:07) (Shotgun) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass short left to 84-A.Brown for 11 yards, TOUCHDOWN.


8-J.Scobee extra point is GOOD, Center-60-G.Warren, Holder-4-J.Berry.


(politico) Trump on Fiorina’s face: I made those comments as an entertainer – POLITICO



Donald Trump didn’t mean any harm when he criticized fellow GOP 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s face. He says he was just being the showman he is.
“Many of those comments are made as an entertainer because I did The Apprentice and it was one of the top shows on television,” he told Greta Van Susteren on Thursday night. “Some comments are made as an entertainer and as everybody said, as an entertainer is a much different ball game.”

Trump who is leading in Republican polls has said comments that would have buried many other candidates.
A Rolling Stone story Wednesday illustrates a scene where Trump watches Fiorina come onto the TV screen.
“’Look at that face!’ he cries. ‘Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!’ The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. ‘I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posed ta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?’”
On Thursday night, he reiterated what he told CNN earlier — that the face comments were actually about her persona.
“We’re really talking about not a physical thing, we’re talking about the persona. This is a women that gets tremendous publicity,” he said. “I don’t know why…her past doesn’t go along with the publicity she’s getting.”
But it didn’t take long before he was back on his favorite punching bag: Jeb Bush. “When somebody knocks me like Jeb Bush or anybody else, I at least decide that I think it’s appropriate to fight back.”
Van Susteren pointed out this wasn’t his first time saying controversial comments about women.
Trump responded that he was leading with women, and many other groups.
“I’d like to say that nobody understands and nobody wants to do more for women,” Trump said, a favorite line of his. “My wife was talking to me and she said you cherish women you really have to talk about it a little bit more.”
Trump also addressed his spat with Dr. Ben Carson. Earlier Thursday he said Carson, who is the first person to successfully separate conjoined twins, was an “OK doctor.”
Trump backtracked a bit, saying he’s sure some people will disagree with his views.
“I’m sure he’s a good doctor, I think that he’s overrated as a doctor,” Trump said.
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(pennlive.com) – Inside the new Flight 93 visitor center in Somerset County 

There is a hard truth engrained within the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville.

On one hand, there is the beauty of the natural landscape itself, the rolling hills that are part and parcel of the land north of Somerset. There is also the artistry of the memorial, which, over the last 14 years, has slowly risen out of the earth. Every detail here is carefully choreographed, from the monuments to the manner in which visitors interact with the land. And there is the terrible truth of what happened here, a knowledge that is inescapable as one walks the grounds.

It is beautiful and horrible all at once.

This truth is at the core of the new National Park Service welcome center – which will open Thursday – in the heart of the Flight 93 Memorial. From the outside, its angled planes rise from the slowly rolling hill, a study in modern architecture that still feels strangely organic.

Sneak peak at the Flight 93 National Memorial new visitor's centerGordon Felt explains part of an exhibit at the new visitor center at the Flight 93 National Memorial, near Somerset, Pa., which opens tomorrow, Sept. 10, 2015. Felt lost his brother, Ed, on Flight 93. Mark Pynes | mpynes@pennlive.com

Inside, soft light fills a long space. The effect causes the walls and ceiling to melt from one’s perception, leaving only 10 large panels, set in rows that mirror the seating of an airplane.

Each panel tells a part of the story of this place. From the opening panel that depicts Sept. 11, 2001, as “just a typical day,” to the events that took place aboard Flight 93 – the conflict between the passengers, crew and the terrorists who were attempting to turn the aircraft into a flying bomb.

“One of the hardest parts of this, at least for me, is this is a conflict that is still going on,” said Ed Root, whose cousin, Lorraine Bay, was a senior flight attendant on Flight 93. “This is a story that is still going on.

“We feel it does tell the story,” he continued. “It answers a lot of questions, and hopefully it also raises a lot of questions about what happened here.”

The second panel visitors encounter is a timeline of the events of that day, and the all-too familiar live news broadcasts that dominate many people’s memories of the crash in Somerset County and attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

It is a powerful experience; to watch again as the towers fall in New York, to hear the breaking news out of Washington, D.C. It can be overpowering. And yet it is necessary to Gordon Felt, whose brother, Edward, was a passenger. The broadcasts serve to remind those who lived through the events of what took place, as well as explain the gravitas of the situation to a new generation of Americans who learn about Sept. 11 in history class.

It has been two years since ground was broken on the new $26 million center and 14 years since Flight 93 slammed into these hills.

“It may seem like its been a long time,” said Root, “but when you look at it in the scope of history, it has happened remarkably fast.”

Felt offered another viewpoint: “For us, our sacred ground is the [impact site]. Which is why it was so important for us to protect that first and then work on the visitors’ center,” he said.

Sneak peak at the Flight 93 National Memorial new visitor's centerGordon Felt, who’s brother Ed was a passenger on Flight 93, gives a tour of the new visitor center at the Flight 93 National Memorial, near Somerset, Pa. The new center opens to the public tomorrow, Sept. 10, 2015. Mark Pynes | mpynes@pennlive.com

Both of the men – along with others who lost loved ones when Flight 93 crashed – were involved in the design of the welcome center.

Those lost on the flight are remembered throughout the center: a wall features their names and photos, and a seating chart shows their places on the flight. Every piece of information, Root said, was deliberated over, with sometimes agonizing decisions having to be made.

For example, included in the seating chart are the names of the terrorists who were on board the aircraft. It is a small, but not inconsequential detail, especially for those whose loved ones were on the flight.

“As a family member, I don’t want to know their names,” said Root. “I don’t want to even acknowledge them as human.

“But it’s history. The fact that it’s history has to trump emotion. … That’s the line you have to walk.”

Two of the panels detail not only the plane’s flight path, but also its final moments in the air through written descriptions of the voice data recorded in the cockpit during the struggle for control of the plane. It also includes audio of phone calls made by passengers on the flight.

The final moments and phone calls are set against a backdrop that shows the view of the interior of the aircraft, looking up the central aisle toward the front of the airplane.

“Some people thought it would almost be too much,” Root said. “But we felt it was needed. This really shows you … if you’re in the back of the plane, that moment.

“It makes you ask yourself: ‘What would you have done?'”

The second-to-last panel is a tribute to the temporary memorial that was erected on the site in the days, months and years after 9/11. It includes mementos left behind by visitors.

“For some reason, this memorial, people wanted to stay connected,” Felt said. “They left little things behind.”

Felt was asked if he misses the makeshift memorial that was created by those early visitors.

“I do, but I love this memorial,” he said. “The temporary memorial will always be in my heart.”

At the end of the welcome center, a curious window is cut into the otherwise smooth walls of the building. It projects outward in a glass triangle, cut with two slanted support bars, which at first appear to be a curious touch.

It is only when you stand back that you realize what it is – a rendering of a cockpit, looking out from the hilltop of the welcome center towards the plane crash stretching out below.

The effect is unsettling, to say the least. And it brings home – at least for the moment – the final seconds of that fateful flight.

The memorial of Flight 93 is full of these small details. It is only when you step back, or take a moment to pause, that their meaning, their full purpose comes into view – a series of shocks that can almost overwhelm a visitor, but one that leaves an indelible impression of what happened that sunny day near Shanksville.

Source: Inside the new Flight 93 visitor center in Somerset County | PennLive.com

(Telegraph) – Russian 5-year-olds dig tunnel under nursery fence ‘to buy Jaguar’

The two boys reportedly used toy spades to dig a tunnel under their nursery fence in their premeditated escape plan


The two unnamed youngsters used sand spades to dig their way under this fence to escape from their nursery in Magnitogorsk.  Photo: The Siberian Times

A pair of five-year-old Russian boys dug a tunnel under their nursery fence in a plot to buy a luxury car, reported AFP.

While out on a supervised group walk around the nursery grounds, in the city of Magnitogorsk in the Urals region, the children disappeared, according to the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.

Using toy spades from the sandpit they were able to dig a passage under the nursery fence and then embarked on a two kilometre journey to a luxury car showroom.

When a female driver asked why the unaccompanied children were there, they replied they wanted to buy a Jaguar but didn’t have any money.

She put the children in her car and then drove them to the police station.

Their absence was only noticed after they had been missing for half an hour.

Chelyabinsk regional interior ministry confirmed the boy’s escape from the nursery to AFP and said, “We don’t have any details yet, we can only confirm the fact itself” and added it took place several days ago.

Local education authorities fired the supervisor in charge at the time of the incident and gave the acting head a warning.

“This is considered a very serious violation,” said the head of the pre-school department of Magnitogorsk, Olga Denisenko, told Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The children’s parents haven’t filed any complaints against the nursery.

Source: Russian 5-year-olds dig tunnel under nursery fence ‘to buy Jaguar’ – Telegraph

(reuters) – Exclusive: U.S. to shift 50 staff to boost office handling Clinton emails


Exclusive: U.S. to shift 50 staff to boost office handling Clinton emails

The U.S. State Department plans to move about 50 workers into temporary jobs to bolster the office sifting through Hillary Clinton’s emails and grappling with a vast backlog of other requests for information to be declassified, officials said on Tuesday.

The move illustrates the huge administrative burden caused by Clinton’s decision to use a private email address for official communications as secretary of state and a judge’s ruling in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that they be released.

Clinton on Tuesday for the first time apologized for her use of private email, telling ABC News: “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that.” The news channel reported the comment before broadcast of the full interview at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The extra staff will not work on the monthly, court-ordered release of Clinton emails, which are being handled by about 20 permanent, and 30 part-time, workers, officials said. The new staff will fill in for those workers and may also handle other Clinton FOIA requests.


The front-runner to be the Democratic presidential candidate in the 2016 election has been heavily criticized since it emerged in March that she used the private set-up rather than a government-issued email address.


In a notice to employees on Sept. 2, the State Department advertised for people with skills in coordinating and assessing FOIA requests and deciding if information may be declassified and released to the public.

The notice, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, is entitled “Enhancing Transparency: Immediate Detail Opportunities At State” and calls for workers to apply for reassignment for 9 to 12 months. Applications are due on Thursday and the agency plans to make selections by Sept. 18.

Hillary Clinton says she’s sorry

In addition to filling in for workers pulled from their normal duties to handle the crush of work from the Clinton emails, officials said the extra staff would help the department grapple with a surge in FOIA requests more generally, related litigation and a huge backlog of information requests.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that he was naming Ambassador Janice Jacobs to serve as the State Department’s “transparency coordinator” to help the agency respond to FOIA and congressional requests more efficiently.

The agency had an overall backlog of 10,045 FOIA requests at the end of fiscal year 2014 on Sept. 30, up about 15.8 percent from the previous year, according to its FOIA reports.


(Additional Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Christian Plumb)

(Business Insider) – Why the ‘s’ iPhone is always the best one to buy 


Since the first iPhone came out in 2007, production has followed a predictable schedule: Every two years, Apple has given its new iPhone — the iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone 6 — major upgrades, like increasing the size and resolution of the screen, and changing the shape and design of the phone.

In the intervening years, or the so called “s” years, the phones have gotten incremental internal upgrades, like faster processors, increased stability, and some iterative features, like improved cameras and the addition of a fingerprint sensor.

You could say that these “s” phones — the Phone 3GS, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s, and as of Wednesday, the iPhone 6s — are less revolutionary, and more evolutionary.

But they’re also the best phones to use.

I’ve owned every iPhone since the 3GS, and looking back, I’ve liked the changes in the “s” models the most.

That sentiment remains true for the iPhone 6s, which Apple announced Wednesday.

The iPhone 6s looks nearly identical to the iPhone 6 on the outside, but it includes a significantly better camera, a display that can detect the difference between a normal and deep tap, and a new Rose Gold colour, among other features.

The camera in the iPhone 6s is by far the best camera Apple has ever made — and it will be enough of a reason by itself to convince people to upgrade. This is first time in years that Apple has increased the number of megapixels from 8 to 12, which means that images will look much crisper on bigger displays.

There’s also a cool new feature in the iPhone 6s called “Live Photos,” which essentially turns static images into short videos, like animated GIFs.

Deep pressing on the iPhone 6s display to get more info about a museum in Maps.

Perhaps the biggest addition to the iPhone 6s is the new display technology Apple calls “3D Touch.” It’s going to change the way I interact with apps by letting my press deeper to access quick shortcuts and navigate without having to make a bunch of finger taps.

The iPhone 6s is just another example of how Apple methodically iterates on its existing smartphone design every other year.

Sure, we got a flashy new hardware design with the iPhone 4, but the iPhone 4s introduced Siri, which remains an incredibly important Apple product — and a tent-pole feature of the new Apple TV.

The iPhone 5 increased the device’s screen size, but the iPhone 5s included the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which completely changed the way I unlock my iPhone, and on the iPhone 6, the way I pay for things.

The iPhone 6s has been reinforced to make it less susceptible to bending, according toleaked parts that YouTuber Lewis Hilsenteger obtained in the weeks leading up to the Apple event.

That may not seem like a big deal, and Apple didn’t address it during its media event on Wednesday, but considering that I accidentally bent my iPhone 6 twice, it’s a design change I welcome. Without theBendgate controversy surrounding the iPhone 6, Apple may never have tweaked the design of the iPhone 6s.

I like the “s” iPhones because they build on the design from the previous year and give Apple an opportunity to iterate with refinements and new features that didn’t make it into the previous year’s model. 3D Touch would have been great on last year’s iPhone 6, but it builds on the larger screen Apple introduced with the 6 and makes it even better.

As of September 25 (or September 12 if you want to pre-order), you’ll have the choice of paying a bit more money for the iPhone 6s instead of the current iPhone 6. If you’re on the fence, go with the “s” model. It may not look much different on the outside, but like most good things, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

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Source: Why the ‘s’ iPhone is always the best one to buy | Business Insider

(USA Today) – Job openings hit record high in July

Employers advertised 5.8 million jobs, up from 5.3 million in June and the highest on records dating to 2000, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The previous high was 5.4 million in May. Professional and business services added 122,000 openings; trade, transportation and utilities, 73,000; and leisure and hospitality, 69,000.

The number of hires slipped to 5 million from 5.2 million, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. As the unemployment rate falls to near-normal levels, many employers are struggling to find workers —  a dilemma some economists attribute to  mismatches  between the skills of unemployed workers and employers’ needs.The jobless rate was 5.3% in July and dropped to 5.1% last month.

The number of people quitting jobs declined by 43,000 but remained at a solid 2.7 million. Quits typically indicate a healthy labor market in which workers feel confident enough to leave one job for another.

And in a sign that leverage is shifting to employees, there were just 1.4 unemployed workers for each job opening in July, down from 6.7 workers per opening in 2009.

Despite the tightening market, growth in average hourly earnings has remained modest, though it ticked up to 2.2% annually in August from 2% in June, perhaps signaling a coming acceleration. Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, expects annual wage growth to increase to about 2.5% by the end of the year.

The Federal Reserve is seeking signs of faster wage growth as it considers raising its benchmark interest rate for the first time  in nearly a decade at its policy meeting next week.

Wednesday’s report “might just take the (Fed) one step closer to raising rates at next week’s policy meeting,” RDQ Economics wrote in a note to clients.

Labor reported Friday that employers added a solid 245,000 jobs in July, revising up its previous estimate by 30,000.

Source: Job openings hit record high in July

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