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Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox will reportedly arrive in 2020

Microsoft announced plenty of Xbox One games during its recent E3 press conference, including <i>Halo Infinite</i> and <i>Gears 5</i>, but head of Xbox Phil Spencer …

Xbox

Trump’s Negotiating Style Is Pure Art of the Moron

Even by this blowhard’s YUGE standards, it’s been an exceptionally bad and destructive week of terrifying our allies and legitimizing our enemies.<p>I’m …

Mitch McConnell

Watching the Deletion of Democracy Before Our Eyes

Larry Harmon hadn't voted in a while. He sat out the 2012 presidential election, supposedly because he was unimpressed by the choices of Barack Obama …

Government

Amazon has a $40 wireless keyboard that lasts forever without new batteries or recharging

Are you tired of having to plug in your wireless keyboard every time it needs to be recharged? After all, it’s a “wireless” keyboard so connecting a …

Tech Trends

Preet Bharara: Cohen raid approved by people 'handpicked by Donald Trump'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former US Attorney Preet Bharara said Monday that the FBI raids of Michael Cohen's office and hotel room were done by officials who were all "handpicked" by President Donald Trump.<p>"If the reporting is true, particularly the part about this being approved by the Southern District …

"The most toxic working environment on the planet"

Never in the 14 months of the Trump White House has there been such a mood of acute anxiety from within the West Wing. What we're hearing: Nobody …

Security

Why Trump's NDA With Stormy Daniels Mentions 'Paternity' and 'Alleged Children' (Exclusive)

Twitter lit up with speculation after Lawrence O’Donnell highlighted curious language in the document<p>MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell set off a Twitter …

Donald Trump

Facebook removes anti-immigrant post by aide to Hungary's PM

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Facebook has removed a video posted by the Hungarian prime minister's chief of staff in which he said immigrants were responsible for increased crime in the capital of neighboring Austria and were pushing "white Christians" out.<p>Janos Lazar, the top aide to Hungarian Prime …

California lawmaker introduces 'right to repair' bill

The Right to Repair Act is heading to the biggest tech corporations' home state. Lawmaker Susan Talamantes Eggman is introducing the bill in California, which is now 18th state in the country to look into making devices easier to repair. These days, you can either bring your broken phone, tablet or …

Repairs

One Billion Users And Counting -- What's Behind WeChat's Success?

It’s no exaggeration to say that life in modern China without WeChat is pretty much unthinkable. Tencent’s blockbuster super-app is the poster child for China’s mobile lifestyle, embedding itself into all aspects of daily life in ways that are sometimes hard for people based outside of mainland …

WeChat

Students shaken by shooting focus on stopping gun violence

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Chris Grady was a theater kid counting down the days until he reported for duty in the U.S. Army this summer when a gunman …

Here's The Most Effective Way to Lose Weight With Minimal Effort, According to Science

You don't need to slave away on the treadmill.<p>So you want to lose a few kilograms. You've heard the mantra: "Eat right. Work out."<p>But when it comes …

Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options

The first email arrived in the inbox of CounterPunch, a left-leaning American news and opinion website, at 3:26 a.m. — the middle of the day in Moscow.<p>"Hello, my name is Alice Donovan and I'm a beginner freelance journalist," read the Feb. 26, 2016, message.<p>The FBI was tracking Donovan as part of a …

Russia

Insurtech

Inspired by the term "fintech," insurance technology, or insurtech, refers to the application of technology in the insurance industry to drive new …

U.S. Warplanes Chase off Russian Jets in Dangerous Syria Standoff

Two U.S. warplanes in Syria were forced to divert from supporting ground operations against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on Thursday to …

Mayfair bars

Mayfair has long been a favourite haunt of the rich and privileged, but that doesn't mean the bars are stuffy. There are kitsch rum joints, …

England

The Explosive Legacy of Guy Fawkes, the Man Behind the Mask

A popular symbol of protest today, Guy Fawkes was first the face of treason because of his role in the murderous Gunpowder Plot of 1605.<p>Tensions were high in England in late October 1605, when an English nobleman, Lord Monteagle, received a mysterious letter. Along with the rest of England’s peers …

Humanities

iPhone X iFixit teardown exposes Face ID, reveals two battery cells

How repairable is the iPhone X?<p>iFixit teardowns have been synonymous with iPhone launches, and today’s iPhone X teardown reveals how Apple has completely revamped the phone’s innards, figuring new ways to pack more features inside its very slim body.<p>The teardown reveals some surprises, including …

Tesla shareholders just approved a $2.6 billion stock option plan for Elon Musk — here's how he spends his $20 billion fortune

Elon Musk may be the world's richest rocket scientist.<p>The 46-year-old CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and cofounder of OpenAI has said he won't be happy until we've escaped Earth and colonized Mars. Luckily, he has the mind and the money to make it happen.<p>Despite a massive net worth hovering around $20.1 …

In standoff with North Korea, the U.S. keeps deployment of ‘strategic assets’ mysterious

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — President Trump last month agreed to send more of the Pentagon’s “strategic assets” to South Korea on a rotational basis to deter North Korean provocations, but what exactly that means remains something of a mystery.<p>The U.S. assets — typically defined as …

Soviet submarine officer who averted nuclear war honoured with prize

A senior officer of a Soviet submarine who averted the outbreak of nuclear conflict during the cold war is to be honoured with a new prize, 55 years to the day after his heroic actions averted global catastrophe.<p>On 27 October 1962, Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov was on board the Soviet submarine …

War

700 Catalan mayors support holding independence vote

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — More than 700 mayors from Catalonia met Saturday in Barcelona in a show of strength amid pressure from Spain's central …

LTE Apple Watch uses same phone number as iPhone, some carriers to offer free/cheaper trial plans

In continuing news from the Apple Watch GM firmware, we’ve found several string references to how cellular plans on Apple Watch work and how users set them up.<p>The code explains that Apple Watch uses the LTE cellular network to make and receive calls and data whilst away from phone. Users add their …

4 lies Jeff Sessions told to justify ending DACA

And one misleading claim.<p>On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially announced the Trump administration will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields nearly 800,000 young, unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Explaining why the Trump administration is …

Hurricane Harvey offers lessons Republicans will probably ignore

Hurricane Harvey has exposed the weakness of the three shibboleths that have been the guiding political philosophy for two generations of Republicans. Those three shaky imperatives are that 1) lowering taxes is always a good idea, 2) government programs can always be cut and 3) economic growth must …

How an obstruction of justice case may be shaping up against Trump

Two of the most intriguing questions in US national political discourse – what does the special counsel Robert Mueller have on Donald Trump, and what more is he looking for? – were filled in at a remarkable pace this week, as details of highly sensitive documents and internal Trump Organization …

Donald Trump

A very intriguing new subplot in the Donald Trump Jr.-Russia meeting saga

NBC News may have just buried the lede in its new story about the Russia scandal.<p>The report from NBC focuses on some specific words that appeared in notes that Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort took during a meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016. This was the meeting before which Donald …

Google Doodle Celebrates 60 Years of Malaysian Independence

Google celebrates Malaysia’s 60th National Day — a date known in Malay as <i>Hari Merdeka</i>, or the day of liberation — with a new doodle Thursday bearing …

The reality beneath Trump's tax reform talk

While he emphasizes benefits to regular taxpayers, much of the push is about cutting corporate rates.<p>President Donald Trump’s tax plans hardly match his populist rhetoric.<p>Though in a speech Wednesday he sold his plan to rewrite the tax code as a boon to the average American worker, he mostly …

Samsung is attacking the Apple Watch with two new fitness wearables

In a few weeks, Apple is expected to unveil the first Apple Watch with built-in LTE. Naturally, Samsung should be worried, right?<p>But rather than …

Apple Watch