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Firefighters demanded probie have sex with stripper to prove manhood: suit

They stripped him of his dignity.<p>A former probie firefighter from Queens said his colleagues demanded he “have sex with a stripper” to prove his …

Hate working in a web browser? How a new breed of software is bringing cloud-based apps into a single interface

In 1983, Microsoft developers Richard Brodie and Charles Simonyi wrote a UNIX program that would eventually become Microsoft Word. It did one thing: …

Spokane Fire Department plans drone use in water rescues

The department's drone has thermal imaging, which could help rescuers quickly locate a person in the water as it flies above the river.

Make Asparagus Soufflés Out of the Tough Ends

Tender, sweet asparagus stalks are about as springy as it gets, but their tough, fibrous ends have to be removed before they can take their place at …

Leverage OneNote in your compay by making a Kanban system

Leveraging OneNote<p>Improved efficiency is the goal of every business. To be efficient businesses must be sure their employees are not doing the same …

Toyota Tsusho to Supply Fuel Cells for Use as Emergency Power Supply

<b>-Contributing to a stable supply of electricity in times such as disasters-</b><p>Toyota Tsusho Corporation ("Toyota Tsusho") has received orders and …

Dictate email messages in Microsoft Outlook

I can dictate an email on my phone, so why can't I do likewise on my computer?<p>It's now possible, at least for Microsoft Outlook users: Microsoft's new Dictate add-in brings voice recognition to Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.<p>Powered by the same technology used in Cortana, Dictate will quickly turn …

Software

AT&T launches the base of its FirstNet public safety network

After roughly a year of partnership, AT&T's LTE-based FirstNet public safety network is starting to come alive -- the carrier has launched the service's network core nationwide. The rollout provides the foundation for a communications network devoted solely to emergency crews, with multiple …

'This is the future': Victoria firefighters launch first drone above active inferno

Victoria firefighters have a new eye in the sky.<p>As a powerful blaze gutted a character home on McClure Street Monday, crews got a view of the flames …

More than 60 deaths in fires, floods exposes weaknesses in California's emergency planning

A reckoning on public preparedness long in the making is underway in California after a year that saw unprecedented death, destruction and loss from disasters set off by extreme weather.<p>Though California has long experienced natural disasters tied to weather, the last year recorded a staggering …

11 of the best Google Chrome extensions to make your life easier

Chrome's web store is full of little digital gadgets to help make your web browsing simpler, more productive, and more enjoyable. Here are our top …

Fortnite Battle Royale is coming to iPhone and iPad

Epic Games is bringing its insanely popular <i>Fornight Battle Royale</i> to iPhone and iPad.<p>It will be exactly the same 100-player game you’ve been enjoying on consoles, with the same map and the same weapons — and it will support cross-platform play between PlayStation 4 and PC. You can sign up to join …

Fortnite

Wreckage of aircraft carrier, USS Lexington, sunk in WWII found in Pacific

A team led by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says it found the wreck of the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier that was sunk in 1942’s Battle of the Coral Sea with the loss of more than 200 sailors.<p>In a tweet and an announcement on his website, Allen said the ship had been found Sunday …

Military

When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

As dense smoke from regional wildfires spread through communities across western Montana last summer, public health agencies faced an indoor problem, too: Residents suddenly needed filters to clean the air inside homes and public spaces, but there was no obvious funding source to pay for it.<p>Ellen …

Public Health

We Tried Over 70 Frozen Pizzas — These Are the Best Ones

For those late-night cravings. 🍕<p>Our latest road test? Finding the best frozen pizzas out there. These will make you think you’re at your local pizza …

Stop worrying about the period in your Gmail address — Google says it doesn't matter

My personal email address is my name at gmail.com. Most of the time, it looks like this: kif.leswing@gmail.com.<p>But if I end up giving you kifleswing@gmail.com, don't worry. I'll still get the email.<p>In fact, if you're a Gmail user, the periods in your email address don't matter at all. Gmail …

Prepare for an Emergency with These Apps

As emergency situations can occur at any given time from natural disasters to man-made devastation, millions around the world have to be alert and …

Zello Zooms to the Number One Spot

Amidst the devastation that has been left in the wake of hurricane Harvey, the degree of urgency in preparation and proactive measures has …

Apple iOS 11.2.5 Release: It's A Big One

So far Apple iOS 11.2.5 is a mystery. Why Apple has jumped four version numbers (from iOS 11.2.1) is a mystery. What it contains is a mystery. But following the last week of iPhone power throttling revelations (and a fully deserved backlash), the upcoming iOS 11.2.5 just became the biggest and most …

iOS

My Must-Have iOS Apps, 2017 Edition

With the transition to iPad Pro as my primary computer fully achieved in 2016 and not surprising anymore, in 2017 I turned my attention to three other key areas of my life: working with the MacStories team, managing my time, and finding my favorite apps among many competing alternatives.<p>For the …

Apple reduces speed of iPhones as batteries wear out, report suggests

A new analysis of performance data has reignited the debate over whether Apple intentionally slows down older iPhones.<p>The data suggests Apple reduces the speed of the processors in iPhones with old and worn batteries, making them slower.<p>Following user reports that older iPhones with ageing …

Mobile Technology

Every iPhone X is not created equal, new study says

iPhone X models with Qualcomm hardware showed faster LTE speeds than models with Intel hardware, according to a PCMag exclusive based on lab testing by Cellular Insights.<p>The study compared performance on LTE Band 4, which is used by most US phone carriers, and showed that when signals were weak …

Research

What’s the Wi-Fi password? Share it easily in iOS 11 with Wi-Fi Sharing

Did you know you can easily share your Wi-Fi connection with other people if you’re using iOS 11? No? According to our latest Twitter poll, you’re …

Wi-Fi

Amazon's party-ready Echo Buttons are available to pre-order

The holidays are almost here, and that means you may end up playing a <i>lot</i> of party games with visiting friends and relatives. Amazon might spare you from having to break out yet another board game, though: it just put its Echo Button accessory up for pre-order. Pay $20 and you'll get two of the …

Amazon

The mystery behind California's most destructive wildfires: Who is to blame?

More than two dozen investigators have spent weeks scouring wine country trying to solve the mystery at the heart of the most destructive<p>wildfiresin California history: What caused the infernos that killed 43 people and destroyed more than 8,000 buildings?<p>The answers will have wide-ranging …

Forward brings its personalized healthcare service to Los Angeles

Forward, the San Francisco-based startup that’s looking to refashion healthcare services in Apple’s image, is expanding with its first location in Los Angeles.<p>Weaving together a number of Silicon Valley’s favorite healthcare trends, the company’s services combine proprietary, purpose-built medical …

How To Build The Ultimate Emergency Survival Medical Kit

<b>Whether you call it a Medical Kit, First Aid Kit or Emergency Survival Kit doesn’t matter. What matters is that you have one and it’s ready at a</b> …

Egg Custard Pie Recipe

This recipe is a favorite dairy-free pie recipe for the holidays, flavored with and vanilla. This recipe calls for half of this Basic Dairy-Free Pie …

Looting in Northern California burn areas continues, police say, with 2 more arrested

Incidences of looting are continuing in the aftermath of the deadly fires that swept through Northern California earlier this month. On Saturday night, Santa Rosa police arrested two suspects after a high-speed chase through city streets along the southern edge of destruction where the Tubbs fire …