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Right and Left React to the End of the Government Shutdown

Writers from across the political spectrum examine the aftermath of the government shutdown. The government shutdown was set to end after the House and Senate passed a three-week extension of funding on Monday.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:08:13 GMT nytimes

With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown

Two dozen centrist senators from both parties banded together to push their leaders to a deal to reopen the government. Now comes the hard part. Senators Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, and Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, on Monday. They were key members of a bipartisan group of senators that helped find a compromise end to the government shutdown.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:16:23 GMT nytimes

After 3 Days of Recriminations, Congress Votes to Reopen the Government

With a promise that lawmakers would soon take up immigration, Congress approved a short-term spending bill to reopen the government after a brief but heated shutdown. Both houses of Congress easily approved the short-term funding bill to end the government shutdown, though the votes revealed fissures among Democrats.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:35:00 GMT nytimes

Lawmakers agree to end government shutdown

After nearly 60 hours of strained negotiations, lawmakers agreed to end the government shutdown. But the deal will only fund the government until Feb. 8. CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reports.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:33 +0000 cbsnews

Future of immigration reform unclear after government shutdown

Congress voted to reopen the government Monday, but the future of immigration reform remains unclear. CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett has more on what the president could demand in exchange for DACA protections.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:55:42 +0000 cbsnews

USA Gymnastics board members resign amid abuse scandal

Three USA Gymnastics board members resigned from their positions amid fallout surrounding disgraced former team doctor Larry Nassar. The announcement Monday comes as more sexual abuse victims share their stories at Nassar's sentencing hearing. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook reports.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:05:27 +0000 cbsnews

Stricter TSA scrutiny for cargo planes amid terror concerns

Starting Monday, all cargo loaded onto flights from five mostly Muslim countries will be subject to new screening procedures. The decision comes amid growing concern that terrorists could get a bomb onto a plane headed for the United States. CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:07:20 +0000 cbsnews

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White Collar Watch: Who Should Pay for Financial Transparency? Banks or Government?

The issue is taking on added urgency with new regulations to fight money laundering and foreign corruption set to take effect in May. A view of the so-called billionaires’ row in Manhattan. Many condominiums in these towers were bought through limited liability companies that hide the identities of the owners.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:44:42 GMT nytimes

Camila Cabello’s Solo Debut Opens at No. 1

The former Fifth Harmony member’s new album, “Camila,” had the equivalent of 119,000 sales. “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack slid to No. 2. Camila Cabello’s first solo album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, boosted by its hit single, “Havana.”
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:08:10 GMT nytimes

Megyn Kelly Fuels Her On-Air Feud With Jane Fonda

Giving NBC’s morning audience a glimpse of her Fox News persona, Ms. Kelly said Ms. Fonda “has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.” Megyn Kelly, a host of NBC’s “Today” show, addressed Jane Fonda’s complaints about plastic surgery questions by invoking Ms. Fonda’s “Hanoi Jane” nickname from five decades ago.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:20:29 GMT nytimes

At Davos, 6 Feet of Snow Bring Limousines to a Crawl

A weekend blizzard was still filling the mountain valley with more snow on Monday night as heads of state and C.E.O.s tried to gather for the World Economic Forum. On the eve of the World Economic Forum, the Alpine town of Davos, Switzerland, is buried in snow.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:13:37 GMT nytimes

Iraqi boy says he lived with an American family during ISIS captivity

An 8-year-old Iraqi boy is back in his home country after he was kidnapped by ISIS militants nearly three years ago. While living under ISIS rule, he says he also lived with an American family. CBS News foreign correspondent Holly Williams has his story.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:54:20 +0000 cbsnews

What’s Behind Turkey’s Attack on Syria’s Kurds

The military offensive puts Turkey on a collision course with the United States, a NATO ally. Syrian Kurds carrying portraits of Abdullah Ocalan, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party leader imprisoned since 1999.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:38:31 GMT nytimes

New U.S. embassy in Jerusalem to open by next year

During his trip to Israel, Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed that the U.S. embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem. The decision -- and his visit -- was met with some backlash. CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:08:23 +0000 cbsnews

After Kabul Hotel Attack, Security Plan Queried as Death Toll Rises

Two more bodies were discovered at the hotel, raising the civilian death toll to 22, and questions intensified around the hotel’s private security company. Mourners on Monday surrounded the coffin of Mufti Ahmad Farzan, a member of the High Peace Council who was killed in the Taliban attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:59:08 GMT nytimes

U.N. Peacekeepers Must ‘Not Fear to Use Force’ to Foil Attacks, Report Says

The report, prepared for the secretary general, blames a lack of leadership and a reluctance to use force for an alarming rise in casualties. A United Nations military official greeted Tanzanian peacekeepers wounded in a deadly assault against their mission last month in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:38:38 GMT nytimes

Pope Apologizes to Abuse Victims but Again Doubts Them

The pope’s doubting of sexual abuse victims prompts concerns that he will not hold the church hierarchy fully accountable for its role in the crisis. Pope Francis arriving to celebrate Mass at the Las Palmas Air Base in Lima, Peru, on Sunday.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:24:58 GMT nytimes

Liberia Swears In George Weah, Its Soccer Star President

Mr. Weah was inaugurated to the cheers of thousands at a stadium. He faces big challenges lifting Liberia out of poverty. Liberia’s new president, George Weah, moments after taking the official presidential seat once occupied by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Mr. Weah’s wife, Clar Weah, was to his left.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:51:06 GMT nytimes

Prison Guards in France Continue Strike Over Security and Pay

The prison population had doubled since the 1980s. Adding to longstanding grievances is the newer problem of radicalized inmates. Riot police officers dispersed striking prison guards who blocked access to Baumettes Prison in Marseille, France, on Monday.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:30:21 GMT nytimes

China’s Housing Market Is Like a Casino. Can a Property Tax Tame It?

Officials appear to be warming to the idea of imposing the country’s first national tax on homes to cool a market subject to wild booms and busts. Potential buyers stand in a line during the first day of sales of a property project in Nanjing, China. Speculators hoping to ride the wave of rising prices often scoop up properties that sit unoccupied.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:46:04 GMT nytimes

At Davos, 6 Feet of Snow Brings Limousines to a Crawl

A weekend blizzard was still filling the mountain valley with more snow on Monday night as heads of state and C.E.O.s tried to gather for the World Economic Forum. On the eve of the World Economic Forum, the Alpine town of Davos, Switzerland, is buried in snow.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:13:38 GMT nytimes

Sir David Attenborough on nature films vs. zoos

In this web exclusive, naturalist Sir David Attenborough talks with correspondent Mark Phillips about the value of wildlife documentaries over traditional zoos, and the benefits of each.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:01:37 +0000 cbsnews

To Rid the Taj Mahal of Its Grime, India Prescribes a Mud Bath

For centuries, monsoon rains were enough to keep the dirt off India’s monument to eternal love. But not anymore. The Taj Mahal is undergoing its first deep cleaning since it was built in the 17th century. Pollution in India has turned parts of its marble facade yellow and black.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:09:22 GMT nytimes

No Passport or Ticket: How a Woman Evaded Airport Security and Flew to London

Marilyn Hartman has successfully sneaked onto three flights since 2014 and attempted to breach airport security at least a dozen times. Marilyn Hartman in police custody (clockwise from upper left) in 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014. Ms. Hartman, who has a history of sneaking aboard planes, slipped past security at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Jan. 14 and arrived in London the next day without a boarding pass or a passport.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:28:50 GMT nytimes

For South Korean Hockey Team, Unity With North Is a Sacrifice

The women of the South Korean ice hockey team have weathered grueling commutes, long training and blowout losses. Now they are being forced to give up spots to North Koreans. Players from North and South Korea posed together after a match last year. They will compete on a unified team at the Winter Olympics.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:04:38 GMT nytimes

Russian Court Closes Foundation of Aleksei Navalny, a Kremlin Critic

A judge in Moscow shuttered the organization that underwrites the activities of Mr. Navalny, an opposition politician who has called for an election boycott. The opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny in the Moscow offices of his foundation this month.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:22:13 GMT nytimes

Pence Says U.S. Embassy Will Open in Jerusalem Next Year

The vice president promised the quicker-than-expected move during a visit to Israel’s Parliament. Vice President Mike Pence, center, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel during a welcome ceremony in Jerusalem on Monday.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:28:11 GMT nytimes

politics NEWS

With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown

Two dozen centrist senators from both parties banded together to push their leaders to a deal to reopen the government. Now comes the hard part. Senators Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, and Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, on Monday. They were key members of a bipartisan group of senators that helped find a compromise end to the government shutdown.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:16:23 GMT nytimes

Whiplash for Federal Workers: Go Home! Wait! Come Back!

Federal workers across the country fumed at both political parties. And uncertainties remained. A hangar at Hill Air Force base in Ogden, Utah, in December. During the short-lived shutdown on Monday, civilian employees had to wait around to see if they would be working.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:25:22 GMT nytimes

Right and Left React to the End of the Government Shutdown

Writers from across the political spectrum examine the aftermath of the government shutdown. The government shutdown was set to end after the House and Senate passed a three-week extension of funding on Monday.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:08:12 GMT nytimes

Future of immigration reform unclear after government shutdown

Congress voted to reopen the government Monday, but the future of immigration reform remains unclear. CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett has more on what the president could demand in exchange for DACA protections.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:55:42 +0000 cbsnews

Senate Democrats’ Vote to End Shutdown Infuriates Some on the Left

Liberal and immigration activists said Democrats betrayed young undocumented immigrants by reopening the government after only three days of a shutdown. Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and their supporters protested Monday in Anaheim, Calif.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:39:27 GMT nytimes

asiapacific NEWS

After Kabul Hotel Attack, Security Plan Queried as Death Toll Rises

Two more bodies were discovered at the hotel, raising the civilian death toll to 22, and questions intensified around the hotel’s private security company. Mourners on Monday surrounded the coffin of Mufti Ahmad Farzan, a member of the High Peace Council who was killed in the Taliban attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:59:08 GMT nytimes

U.N. Peacekeepers Must ‘Not Fear to Use Force’ to Foil Attacks, Report Says

The report, prepared for the secretary general, blames a lack of leadership and a reluctance to use force for an alarming rise in casualties. A United Nations military official greeted Tanzanian peacekeepers wounded in a deadly assault against their mission last month in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:03:01 GMT nytimes

To Rid the Taj Mahal of Its Grime, India Prescribes a Mud Bath

For centuries, monsoon rains were enough to keep the dirt off India’s monument to eternal love. But not anymore. The Taj Mahal is undergoing its first deep cleaning since it was built in the 17th century. Pollution in India has turned parts of its marble facade yellow and black.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:09:22 GMT nytimes

For South Korean Hockey Team, Unity With North Is a Sacrifice

The women of the South Korean ice hockey team have weathered grueling commutes, long training and blowout losses. Now they are being forced to give up spots to North Koreans. Players from North and South Korea posed together after a match last year. They will compete on a unified team at the Winter Olympics.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:04:38 GMT nytimes

Chinese Police Seize Publisher From Train in Front of Diplomats

Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen who published critical books in Hong Kong, was seized in China while being escorted by Swedish envoys. Protesters in Hong Kong demanded freedom for detained booksellers including Gui Minhai, pictured, in 2016.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:20:29 GMT nytimes

Philippines Arrests Explosives Expert Tied to Mideast Militants

The detention of Taha Mohamed al-Jabouri, an Iraqi chemist “with knowledge of explosives,” comes after a series of deadly bomb plots in the Philippines. Director General Ronald dela Rosa of the Philippine National Police. He said Monday that an Iraqi chemist had been arrested after being seen acting “suspiciously” in the northern city of Angeles.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:19:05 GMT nytimes

Protesters in Seoul Burn Image of Kim Jong-un During North Koreans’ Visit

Police officers quickly extinguished the fire as Hyon Song-wol, a famous North Korean singer, was visiting to plan events during the Olympics. Hyon Song-wol, the head of a North Korean art troupe, arrived in Seoul on Sunday, attracting curious crowds as well as protests.
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:39:26 GMT nytimes
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Xbox Live Gold deal gets you six months for half price

Looking to get a great new Xbox Live Gold deal for the cheapest price of the year so far? Actually, this is equivalent to an ace deal we saw around Black Friday, so don't expect to find a sub this cheap again for a while. We've looked through all the best Xbox Live Gold membership deals around and we're convinced this is the best around right now for UK Xbox fans, especially at this time of year. Don't forget, you can stack subs, so you don't even have to keep the code s
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:52:12 +0000 techradar

The best PS4 bundles and deals in January 2018

PS4 bundles and deals have proved enormously popular in recent times with Sony opening up a big lead over its rivals. If you're ready to get involved and see why the PS4 is so popular, we're here to help. So sit back and let us bring the very best PS4 prices to you right here. Looking to buy in the UK or Australia instead? You'll want to take a look at our UK page page or Australian page then.First up, we'll show you the best prices for standalone PS4 Slim consoles. Although,
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:08:56 +0000 techradar

Nintendo says second year will be 'crucial' for determining longevity of the Switch

This coming March, the Nintendo Switch will turn one year old and what a first year it's had. With more than 10 million sales at the close of 2017 the console has been a far greater success than the Wii U that came before it and Nintendo's president Tatsumi Kimishima has even said that he believes it could rival the success of the Wii.Not to run away with initial success, however, Kimishima has also said in an interview with Japanese publication Mainichi that the Switch's second y
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:27:01 +0000 techradar

Metal Gear Solid 6 release date, trailers, and news

Metal Gear Solid is in a strange place. Its creator, Hideo Kojima, no longer works at Konami, but the publisher still owns the rights to the series. Konami is already hard at work developing Metal Gear Survive, a spin-off that takes place at some point between Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and fills it out into a co-op zombie survival game. Clearly, Konami is happy to keep developing the series so it’s only a matter of time until it sets i
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:10:13 +0000 techradar

Remake of original Xbox controller will rip off your rose-tinted goggles this March

Nostalgia is a funny thing. When the original Xbox was released, it was widely criticized for its massive controller (nicknamed the 'Duke'), and critics and fans alike were delighted when Microsoft replaced it with the smaller 'Controller S' just a year into the console's life-cycle. But over the years the Duke has gained something of a fan following within the community, and last September it was announced that it was being remade for the Xbox One. Now the remake f
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:00:01 +0000 techradar

Gears of War 5 release date, trailers and news

Gears of War is one of the biggest series on Xbox, with the Lancer and its chainsaw bayonet being about as recognizable as Halo’s iconic Warthog. There’s little doubt that Microsoft has plans to continue the series; Gears of War 4 certainly left enough loose threads with which to weave a sequel, and developer The Coalition has hinted that it expects to helm the potential Gears of War 5.While no details of a sequel have been released, it’s most likely that the game would pick
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:49:17 +0000 techradar

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Sony UBP-X1000ES Ultra HD Blu-ray player

The UBP-X1000ES is Sony’s premium 4K Blu-ray offering, a posh stablemate to the unfeasibly fine UBP-X800. In terms of performance and value, the latter can be considered one of the best value UHD Blu-ray players available, so clearly this more expensive sibling needs to be rather special to warrant a premium.A cursory glance would suggest that the decks are cut from the same cloth, thanks to a shared chassis design and stippled matt finish, but there are some significant differences.The U
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:19:59 +0000 techradar

Amazon Echo Spot

The Amazon Echo Spot was one of the more surprising reveals at Amazon's big Echo event back in September 2017. It was announced alongside the redesigned Amazon Echo, a supercharged Amazon Echo Plus and the Amazon Show which was set to come to the UK for the first time.Initially, only a US release date was revealed for the device but now it's coming to the UK 24 January and we've finally got our hands on with the device.The Echo Spot is a cross between an Echo Dot and a smaller ver
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:44:50 +0000 techradar

Adobe Photoshop Express Editor

Adobe Photoshop Express is an excellent free photo editor for desktops and mobile devices, and Adobe Photoshop Express Editor makes all of its tools available from the convenience of your web browser. It's well designed, and unlike Photoshop itself, everything's immediately accessible, even if you've never used a photo editor before.There's no need to install any browser plugins; provided you have Flash installed, just upload a picture and you're ready to get started. Ph
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:46:55 +0000 techradar

Honor View 10 review

If the high prices of today’s top-end phones make you feel a little queasy, alternatives like the Honor View 10 and OnePlus 5T should have your attention. They cost half the price of an iPhone X, but still offer high-end features and a modern design.Phones like this are an excellent argument as to why few, if any, of us really need to spend a huge amount on a new mobile. Even if we are getting more demanding by the year.There's the odd Honor quirk and the design isn't quite as g
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:33:44 +0000 techradar

Yi Technology 4K+ Action Camera review

The Essential Review This is TechRadar’s review summary that gives you all the key information you need if you’re looking for quick buying advice in 30 seconds - our usual full, in-depth review follows.The Yi Technology 4K+ Action Camera is just as good as the GoPro Hero6 Black, but it's not identical. An action camera just as portable as its rival – and with just as poor a battery life (less than two hours) – the Yi Technology 4K+ Action Camera can record in 4K
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:22:31 +0000 techradar

Weebly

Founded in 2007, Weebly is now one of the leading website builders with a mammoth 40 million customers worldwide.The service offers an array of site-building features. Responsive templates, drag-and-drop editing, photo galleries and slideshows, integrated site search, custom HTML, CSS and JavaScript for smarter customizations, and the list goes on.Many of these functions have more depth than you might expect. The blogging platform goes beyond the basics by allowing you to schedule future content
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:23:36 +0000 techradar

Pixlr Editor

There are dozens of web apps for editing photos in your browser, but more are quite simple affairs that have more in common with Instagram than Photoshop. Pixlr Editor is different. You can begin by uploading an image from your desktop, but Pixlr Editor also lets you open a picture from an URL or create a new project from scratch. There's also the option of importing photos straight from Facebook, which is a great time-saver.Once your picture is loaded, you're presented with a full Pho
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:47:22 +0000 techradar

EE Hawk

The EE Hawk is in many ways a quite basic Android phone. It's affordable on a "pay as you go" deal, and doesn't add much to the price of a cheap contract.You wouldn't guess it's so cheap from a quick feel though, as a glass back makes the EE Hawk seem a more expensive phone than it is. It's a slicker looker than the Moto G5.It also has a "4G+" modem, letting it theoretically make use of mobile data speeds of up to 300Mbps on EE's network.However,
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:40:35 +0000 techradar

Asus RT-AC86U

Asus' forte, in most aspects of technology, is generally doing things to the extreme. Routers are no different: the terrifying 8-antenna ROG Rapture GT-AC5300, for example, is a gaming router jammed to the gills with radios that looks less like a bit of wireless tech and more like the plinth for a ritual sacrifice to some dark lord. The RT-AC86U is a little less overstated, one which leans more towards the common man than the Mountain Dew-addled mouse-slinger.Not that it's lacking on t
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:33:53 +0000 techradar

Linksys WRT32X Gaming Router

Gaming and Wi-Fi don't traditionally go hand in hand. Latency, lower pings, the possibility of signal drops, interference, your roommate clogging the thing with 4K streams of goodness knows what – these things are not what FPS fiends look for when they're in the high-paced world of online gaming. Granted, things have improved with the advent of MU-MIMO and more savvy quality of service routines, and wireless AC radios don't exactly lack for power. But best way to
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:56:51 +0000 techradar

Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless Headphones

With phones like the iPhone X, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and others dropping the 3.5mm wired jack, it's become abundantly clear that the future of audio is wireless. While this likely means that you're going to have to buy a pair of wireless cans to use with your new smartphone, it doesn’t mean you have to pay top dollar on a pair: For their price, the Skullcandy Hesh 3 are basic wireless headphones that will satisfy bass lovers looking for a headphone that just works. As exp
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:52:18 +0000 techradar

SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad

After years of delay, the Falcon Heavy — a beefed-up version of SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 — could launch in the weeks ahead. Almost 230 feet tall and weighing more than 3 million pounds, the Falcon Heavy is more powerful than any other rocket flying today.
Jan 22, 2018 nytimes

The Pour: The History of Wine in 442 Podcasts

“I’ll Drink to That” has become an invaluable archive for those interested in some of the great characters and personalities in wine. Levi Dalton hosts the podcast “I’ll Drink to That.”
Jan 22, 2018 nytimes

Tech Tip: Managing an iPad’s Battery Use

Apple says its tablets did not get the same “power management” software that slowed down many iPhone models so iPads do not get the battery discount.
Jan 22, 2018 nytimes

There Is Nothing Virtual About Bitcoin’s Energy Appetite

Creating a single token requires as much electricity as two years’ worth of consumption by an average American home. Some enthusiasts believe that’s a problem. An employee at a Bitmain facility in Inner Mongolia, one of the biggest Bitcoin farms in the world.
Jan 21, 2018 nytimes

Nations Seek the Elusive Cure for Cyberattacks

Securing the world from these types of attacks will be on the agenda when many of the world’s top leaders gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. Workers in May at South Korea’s Internet and Security Agency in Seoul watched electronic boards monitoring possible ransomware cyberattacks.
Jan 21, 2018 nytimes

Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future

The technology inside Amazon’s new convenience store, opening Monday in downtown Seattle, enables a shopping experience like no other — including no checkout lines. A row of gates guards the entrance to Amazon Go.
Jan 21, 2018 nytimes

Facebook to Let Users Rank Credibility of News

Facebook said it planned to prioritize high-quality news on its site by allowing its users to rank news sources that they see as the most credible and trustworthy. Facebook has been trying to counter charges that not enough is being done to stamp out fake news and disinformation on the social media platform.
Jan 19, 2018 nytimes

Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human

A study published in Science Advances suggests that amateurs are about as accurate as the COMPAS software that many judges use to inform their decisions. Will this defendant commit another crime? One study says that the guess of an untrained person is about as good as software designed to predict.
Jan 19, 2018 nytimes

Executive Behind Facebook’s China Charm Campaign Is Out

Facebook’s lead liaison with Beijing has left the company without getting the social network access to China’s huge internet market. Facebook ads at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing last year.
Jan 19, 2018 nytimes

A Maine Racetrack Didn’t Lure Amazon. Multiply That Disappointment by 218.

With 218 places missing the cut for Amazon’s second headquarters, cities like Ottawa and Tucson were left to absorb the same result as “the longest of long shots.” Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, which applied to be the site for Amazon’s second headquarters, said twice in an interview that he was “disappointed.” Mr. Watson visited Amazon’s Seattle headquarters late last year.
Jan 19, 2018 nytimes

internet NEWS

Plusnet's £50 cashback £18.99pm broadband deal ends tonight

You have until midnight tonight to claim the best value broadband deal on the market. BT-owned Plusnet is flogging standard ADSL internet for £18.99 per month. That's as little as you'll be anywhere right now, and it has halved the upfront cost to a fiver, too. Pretty good in it's own right, but fantastic when you consider that it will also give you £50 cashback when you sign up.Cheap broadband is a competitive battlefield. With the likes of Sky, TalkTalk and even John L
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:13:13 +0000 techradar

Twitter hits back again at claims that its employees monitor direct messages

 Twitter is pushing back against claims made by conservative activist group Project Veritas that its employees monitor private user data, including direct messages. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Twitter representative said “we do not proactively review DMs. Period. A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict… Read More
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:22:15 +0000 techcrunch

Google Maps has gingerly returned to China after an eight year absence

When asked to bow down to China’s strict censorship laws in 2010, tech giant Google made the decision to pull its most popular services entirely from the country rather than comply. The company has now returned to the Chinese market – albeit in a tentative way – by reintroducing a localized version of Google Maps.The China-specific version of Google Maps is available via desktop browsers and as an iOS app (China doesn’t have the Google Play Store, so there’s no
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:10:19 +0000 techradar

The best mining pools of 2018 for cryptocurrency

If you've taken the plunge with cryptocurrency mining and have a shiny new ASIC miner to hand, you may be tempted to fire it up immediately and start mining Bitcoins or your chosen cryptocurrency on your own. However, for the most popular currencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin, it can take centuries to generate a valid 'block' on your own and make money.Mining pools exist as a way for multiple devices to work together across the internet, pooling their resources in performing com
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:30:49 +0000 techradar

PSA: Google’s art selfie feature is US only for now

 Google’s Arts & Culture app has been around for about a year and half. But it’s taken an art selfie feature to generate a bit of viral interest in the app… Read More
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:04:10 +0000 techcrunch

Microsoft’s OneDrive could soon help defend against file deletion disasters or ransomware

It looks like Microsoft is planning to give OneDrive a nifty new feature – hopefully for all users – which allows for restoring files in the cloud service back to any point in the past, potentially helping to combat nastiness such as ransomware.According to a presentation and subsequent tweet from Stephen Rose, senior product marketing manager for the OneDrive team, the 'Files Restore' feature will allow you to roll your OneDrive storage account back to any point you want
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:19:02 +0000 techradar

The best cryptocurrency wallets in 2018

Once you’ve bought Bitcoins (BTC) or other cryptocurrencies via an exchange (like Bitstamp), if you plan to spend your cryptocurrency right away, you can do so directly from the exchange. If you prefer to hang on to your digital assets, you'll need a secure wallet to which you can transfer your virtual coins.In this guide, we'll explore five of the very best cryptocurrency applications available today for storing your digital wealth. Each of these programs allow you to generate
Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:30:49 +0000 techradar

Best ASIC devices for Bitcoin mining in 2018

If you want to get started with mining your own Bitcoin (BTC), these days you need ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) devices, which are specifically built for the purpose.In this guide, we’re trying to help you become a profitable Bitcoin miner by highlighting five of the top ASIC mining devices on the market today.Since everyone is jumping on the mining bandwagon, these devices can be expensive and difficult to buy. In most cases you'll also need to purchase a good qual
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:00:00 +0000 techradar

mobile NEWS

Windows on Snapdragon desktop apps won’t be as power-hungry as first thought

Qualcomm and Microsoft’s partnership to bring Windows 10 to Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered laptops has promised always-connected laptops and day-long battery lives - but the worry was that would come at a price to longevity.However, Qualcomm has now revealed that running standard Windows 10 desktop programs shouldn’t affect that impressive battery life too much.We were previously led to believe that to benefit from the 20 or more hours' battery life, owners of Windows 10 on Snapd
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:57:19 +0000 techradar

Apple asked to respond to China consumer group about slowing older iPhones

 Apple is now facing questions about how it slows down older iPhones in China. The Xinhua state news agency reported yesterday that the Shanghai Consumer Council has written to Apple asking it to explain the performance hit and any remedies it is offering to consumers. Read More
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:08:28 +0000 techcrunch

Samsung trademarks new material - but Galaxy S9 fans shouldn’t get excited

Samsung has trademarked a new material called ‘Metal 12’ which will make its devices lighter while still maintaining strength.The new material - which was used on the new Notebook 9 2018 - offers strength while allowing the devices to be lighter than previously.Samsung says this is made possible through a Micro Arc Oxidation process that gives the surface an oxide coating - a process that was used on the beautifully-designed HTC One S from years ago.That’s something that wou
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:18:03 +0000 techradar

Apple says it isn’t slowing down your old iPad, Mac or Watch

With Apple having confirmed that it’s slowing down iPhones with aged batteries you might understandably be worried that the same thing is happening to your iPad, MacBook or Apple Watch, but you can rest assured that it’s not.On a support page detailing the ‘feature’, Apple has confirmed that “This power management feature is specific to iPhone and does not apply to any other Apple products.”So why is the iPhone affected and nothing else? Well, we don
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:58:43 +0000 techradar

Best laptops of CES 2018

CES 2018 has shown off some amazing laptops coming out this year, and we got a chance to get a close look at many of them at 2018's event.We’ve seen incredibly thin and light laptops, powerful gaming laptops that would make some desktop PCs envious, and a new breed of laptop that can last almost an entire day on a battery.The best laptops of CES 2018 highlight just what the humble laptop form factor is capable of, as in a show that was brimming with drones, wearables and robots, it p
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:42:29 +0000 techradar

The best Ultrabooks of 2018: top thin and light laptops reviewed

Although they were originally conceived to compete with the likes of Apple’s MacBook Air, Ultrabooks now stand on their own as unique, Intel-based laptops that are thin and light and feature long-lasting battery life that puts the Windows laptops of yesteryear to shame. A lot of Ultrabooks not only measure in at under an inch thick, but they’re also capable of carrying out tasks rather swiftly.Whatever your needs may be, you can be certain that one of the below top Ultrabooks will
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 01:59:54 +0000 techradar

The best laptops of 2018: top laptops ranked

The PC industry has often argued that notebooks in general are headed towards extinction, but they seem to be holding on with each passing year. In fact, with more powerful laptops being added to the market, it's likely that these devices are nearing a golden age. Ultrabooks are still popular and mainstream laptops still do draw some interest. With hybrids, Ultrabooks, traditional clamshells and more portable than ever gaming laptops in tow, these are the best laptops you can buy. Dell XPS
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:06:42 +0000 techradar

Samsung Galaxy S9 to be announced in February

 The next version of the Samsung Galaxy S9 is to be announced next month at Mobile World Congress. The word comes from DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile business, speaking at a CES 2018 event. Samsung has used MWC to launch several Galaxy phones including the Samsung S7 Edge in 2016. The massive annual show in Barcelona is traditionally a stage for Motorola, LG, Xiaomi and Huawei… Read More
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:08:31 +0000 techcrunch

Senator John Thune has some questions for Apple

 A top U.S. lawmaker, Republican Sen. John Thune, has penned a letter to Apple with further questions about slowing older models of the iPhone via Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS. Senator Thune, Chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, asked how Apple came to the conclusion to replace batteries for $29 or if the company ever considered making battery… Read More
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:49:06 +0000 techcrunch

The best business laptops in India in January 2018

The best business laptops combine cutting edge productivity features with slimline designs and long battery life for mobility and productivity - essential functions for the modern workplace.Having the best business laptop that suits your needs is essential, and thanks to modern advancements in hardware, especially on the mobile side of things, business laptops are thinner and lighter than ever before. This means you no longer have to sacrifice power for portability.It also means that when it com
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:28:05 +0000 techradar

Dell’s new spin on XPS 15 is billed as the most powerful 2-in-1 laptop ever

Dell has produced what it’s billing as the most powerful 2-in-1 laptop ever seen in the form of the new XPS 15 hybrid which has been unveiled over at CES.The XPS 15 2-in-1 will doubtless be welcomed by those who found the XPS 13 2-in-1 lacking on the performance front, and this new convertible machine is certainly powerful.It’s built around one of Intel’s 8th-gen quad-core processors: either the Core i5-8305G or Core i7-8705G clocked at up to 3.8GHz or 4.1GHz respectively. B
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:58:13 +0000 techradar

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