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Durability Tests Suggest New iPhones Can Survive Some Drops, But Still Break From Major Falls
Apple says that its new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are made from a more durable glass that's the "toughest glass ever in a smartphone," and warranty company SquareTrade conducted one of its annual drop tests to put Apple's claims to the test. According to SquareTrade's Breakability Score tests, the new iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models had more durable glass and better handled small drops, but were still prone to shattering in major drops. In a series of 6 foot drop tests conducted both face up and face down, all three of the iPhones broke and suffered damage of varying degrees. In a tumble test, though, where the iPhones are tumbled around in a metal cylinder, the new devices fared a bit better. The iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max both suffered from cracks (damage on the iPhone 11 was more minor) but the iPhone 11 Pro survived intact. There was no damage to the front or the back, with minimal scuffing at the corners. According to SquareTrade, the iPhone 11 Pro is the first iPhone that's ever been able to survive the tumble test intact. SquareTrade says the iPhone 11 Pro is the "most durable iPhone" it's tested in generations. In a 5 foot dunk test for 30 minutes, the iPhone 11 Pro came out unscathed, while the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro suffered from audio distortion. Apple's iPhone 11 Pro also fared the best in a bend test, bending at 251 pounds of pressure. The iPhone 11 bent at 240 pounds of pressure, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max cracked at 232 pounds. Based on these tests, SquareTrade assigned each iPhone a breakability score. The iPhone 11 received a score of 73, the iPhone 11 Pro received a score of 65, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max received a score of 85, with the lowest score being the best. Comparatively, in the same drop tests conducted last year, the iPhone XS had a breakability score of 86 while the iPhone XS Max had a breakability score of 70. "After our robots dropped, dunked, tumbled and bent the devices, we found the new iPhone 11 Pro to be the most durable iPhone we've tested in generations," said Jason Siciliano, vice president and global creative director at SquareTrade. "It's the first smartphone to survive our tumble test, which simulates the effects of multiple, random impacts experienced by a smartphone during long-term use. That's a real achievement when it comes to durability. However, dropping any of the new iPhone 11 models on a sidewalk without a case, face-down or back-down, can still cause serious damage, as we saw with our drop tests."Several other less formal drop tests have been conducted on the new iPhone 11 models since launch, with mixed results. Tom's Guide dropped an iPhone 11 Pro right outside Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York from a height of about 3.5 feet, resulting in screen damage. A second drop didn't damage rear glass, but the original hip-height drop still broke the phone. CNET saw better results in its multi-height drop tests onto concrete flooring. At three feet, six feet, and eight feet, the iPhones stayed undamaged for the most part, though some suffered minor scratching and pixel damage on the display. At 11 feet, the iPhone 11's camera quit working, but the 11 Pro and Pro Max didn't break. YouTuber EverythingApplePro saw results that were quite similar to CNET's in drop tests from multiple heights and at different angles onto concrete. None of the iPhones broke from waist or head height, and the iPhone 11 only shattered after being dropped 10 feet. What happens to one of the new iPhone 11 models when dropped in the real world is going to depend on the drop height, the material it's dropped on, where the iPhone takes the blow, and other factors, so these tests aren't necessarily demonstrative of what's going to occur when you drop your iPhone. Testing overall suggests the new 2019 iPhones are more durable than previous-generation iPhones, but glass plus a hard surface still has the potential to result in damage, so it's best to use a case. Apple sells AppleCare+ for the new iPhones, which covers two incidents of accidental damage for a $29 deductible. AppleCare+ for iPhone 11 is priced at $149, and AppleCare+ for iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max is priced at $199.Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 11 (Buy Now), iPhone 11 Pro (Buy Now)This article, "Durability Tests Suggest New iPhones Can Survive Some Drops, But Still Break From Major Falls" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Daniel Colin James thinks it's time to get rid of the CAPS LOCK key on physical keyboards. Why? Partly because it's a relic of history, created in the 60s by the Bell Labs engineer Doug Kerr, who noticed that people often wanted to type street addresses in all caps -- but there was no key in existence that would capitalize letters but not numbers. Colin James actually called up Kerr, who's still around, to get the story, which is quite interesting. As Colin James writes on Medium ... The QWERTY keyboard debuted in 1873 on a typewriter that could only produce capital letters. A few years later came the Shift key, which toggled the typewriter’s output between lowercase and uppercase letters. The Shift key physically shifted the internals of the typewriter, so it took some effort to press it down. Eventually, a Shift Lock key was created to hold it down. With Shift Lock engaged, letter keys produced their uppercase counterparts, but number keys produced symbols. That was a problem. Doug Kerr was a telephone engineer working at Bell Labs in the 1960s. He watched his boss’s secretary repeatedly get frustrated after accidentally typing things like “$%^&” instead of “4567” in addresses because of Shift Lock. So he did something about it. Doug Kerr invented the “CAP” key. CAP performed the same function as Shift Lock, except it only affected the letter keys. “CAP” became Caps Lock, which made its way onto the computer keyboard, where it has remained part of the standard layout ever since. Read the rest
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Arlo’s new Pro 3 security camera shoots in 2K HDR and can see color in the dark
Image: Arlo Arlo is announcing the latest generation of its home security camera system, the Pro 3. These new cameras make the jump to 2K resolution recording quality with HDR, up from 1080p with the Pro 2. Each camera features its own spotlight, too, which does exactly what you’d expect: flood the area in light. In addition, it allows color night vision — so, in theory, you’ll be able to make out colors and other details in the dead of night. Aside from a bump up in image quality, a few other things have changed. The Pro 3 cameras have a 160-degree field of view, a slight but welcome improvement over the 130-degree field of view in the previous iteration. Arlo says that having conversations with people through the camera will be better now with the Pro 3, thanks to their full duplex microphones that allow for more natural back-and-forth chatter. Also, these cameras will be able to tilt, pan, and zoom in on a subject when it detects movement. Image: Arlo Like the Pro 2, the Pro 3 is IP65 weather-resistant, and Arlo’s IoT ecosystem support still includes Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. These cameras are wire-free and rechargeable, lasting up to six months before needing to be powered up again. The Arlo Pro 3 releases this week on and at Best Buy. Arlo says that these cameras will be compatible with preexisting Arlo Ultra accessories as well as previous base stations. So if you just want one of these $199.99 cameras piecemeal, that’s available. This price is on par with the cost of Ring’s battery-powered Spotlight Cam and the Nest Cam IQ Indoor, but Arlo’s system requires a base station, and the others do not. Still, Arlo provides a higher resolution and some features you won’t find from Ring or Nest. The full system, which includes a Smart Hub and two cameras costs $499. That option will include a free three-month trial to Arlo Smart (it usually costs $9.99 per month), its service that keeps a rolling record of recordings. The trial of its Smart service has an e911 feature that allows authorities to pinpoint the location of the camera if you call for emergency help from within the Arlo app. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.
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Here’s what to expect from Amazon’s big hardware event
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon is hosting an event in Seattle on Wednesday, September 25th, where it is expected to announce new hardware and possibly new services. The company held a similar event last September where it unleashed over 70 announcements and many new products across its Echo and Fire TV product lines. It’s hard to say whether the company will do the same thing this year, as Amazon has managed to be the only tech company to keep its products from leaking ahead of their formal announcements. But since it’s hosting an event and inviting journalists out to Seattle to attend it, we expect there will be something to see. Here are our educated guesses on what we expect to be announced, what might be a maybe, and what is probably off the table. Likely stuff: new Echo devices, Ring products Last year, Amazon refreshed the Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show at its September event. What it didn’t update was the standard Echo, so it’s possible that we’ll see a new version of that announced this year. Also long in the tooth is the Echo Spot, though it’s not clear if Amazon intends to just quietly sunset that model in lieu of the Echo Show 5 or if it will update it with a newer version. Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge The Echo and Ring devices announced at Amazon’s 2018 hardware event. Amazon recently announced a new “lossless” tier for its music streaming service that provides a higher-quality stream with better-sounding music. It would make sense for the company to come out with a higher-quality speaker that can actually do justice to this lossless stream, as you’re not likely to notice a difference with the current Echo lineup. Bloomberg reported earlier this year that Amazon was working on such a thing. Also possibly on the table are Alexa-powered earbuds, which were reportedly in the works earlier this year. This would be the first portable first-party Alexa device from Amazon, not counting the Echo Auto, and it would mark a big step for the line if it comes to fruition. Amazon’s Ring brand of video doorbells and home security devices was a part of last year’s event, and according to Digital Trends, it will make an appearance this year, too. What that might entail is anyone’s guess. Ring tends to release things at an irregular cadence, and most of its current products are fairly recent. Finally, Amazon’s weirdest announcement last year was a microwave that you could link to an Echo device and control with your voice. It’s possible that the company could come out with a similarly unexpected appliance this year, perhaps a wheeled robot device that’s also reportedly in the works by Bloomberg. Maybe stuff: FireTV products and services, Fire tablets Fire TV updates were a big part of last year’s event. Amazon announced the Fire TV Recast, a DVR for over-the-air television. It’s possible the company will announce new Fire TV products this year as well, either through updates to existing devices like the Fire TV Stick line, which is currently available in either HD or 4K models, or entirely new devices that we haven’t seen the company produce yet. It’s not likely that we’ll see much news on the Fire TV Cube, nor is it likely that we’ll see new Fire TV partner television sets, as both of those were just refreshed at IFA a few weeks ago. Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Amazon Fire TV Cube. Amazon could announce an expansion of its Prime Video service, maybe even with new content or channels, since Apple and Disney will both be releasing their own streaming services this fall. But we don’t have any solid intel on whether this will happen or what it might amount to. Another thing on the maybe pile is an update to the Fire tablet line. The Fire HD 10 is two years old and could be up for a refresh. Amazon’s most popular tablet, the Fire HD 7, was just refreshed this summer so we’d be surprised to see a new model of that this week. Don’t expect it: new Kindle devices One thing Amazon has been consistent with is keeping its Echo and Fire device announcements separate from its Kindle announcements, and we see no reason for that to change this time around. Both the entry-level Kindle and the high-end Kindle Oasis were refreshed earlier this year, while the popular Kindle Paperwhite got a bump late last year, so we don’t expect to see new Kindle devices at this event. We’ll be on the ground at the event in Seattle, so be sure to tune in to our live coverage to see what Amazon does this time around. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.
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Stress test indicates the iPhone 11 Pro is quite durable, but don't expect miracles
During its iPhone 11 launch event earlier in September, Apple has put a lot of emphasis on the devices' increased durability.  All three phones — the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and the 11 Pro Max, have an IP68 water and dust-resistance rating (though the Pro models can withstand being submerged in deeper water than the 11). And all three use a new, custom-designed glass from Corning, the company that makes Gorilla Glass.  Now, protection plan provider SquareTrade has tested the new iPhones and found that Apple's phones were quite sturdy, especially the iPhone 11 Pro.  Don't expect miracles, though. The phones survived being dunked into five feet of water for 30 minutes (though the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max did suffer some audio damage). The iPhone 11 Pro also survived being tumbled around in a box with "virtually no damage," while the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max suffered a cracked screen.  Read more...More about Apple, Iphone 11, Iphone 11 Pro, Iphone 11 Pro Max, and Tech
What's Coming and Going From Netflix the Week of September 23, 2019
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Cannabis Firms, Policymakers Must Work Hand-In-Hand, Ex-Canadian Prime Minister Says In MJBizConINT'L Keynote
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Why you should or shouldn’t buy the hype on 4 young NFL quarterbacks
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports It was a big week for backup quarterbacks. Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz tells you which ones you should jump on the bandwagon for, and which to hold off on. Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season will go down as the weekend where against all odds, a bunch of backup quarterbacks played their best ball. On Sunday, six quarterbacks started for the first time all season, with a few of them possibly replacing franchise cornerstones forever. There were some impressive performances, and I’m here to discuss if we should jump on the bandwagon or not. Yep, looks like it: Daniel Jones, Giants We must start with Daniel “Danny Dimes” Jones, who brought the Giants back from the dead on Sunday. Down 28-10 to start the second half, Jones led the Giants to a 32-31 victory with a 7-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-5, which ended up being the difference after Tampa Bay’s Matt Gay missed a potential game-winning field goal as time expired. It was a great win for the Giants but more importantly, for Jones. The rookie played better than he ever did in college, which is a huge plus for the Giants considering Jones’ numbers at Duke weren’t that good. In his first start since replacing Eli Manning, Jones finished 23 of 36 for 336 yards, two passing touchdowns, and two rushing touchdowns. The first of those rushing touchdowns had to be a Giants first — I feel fairly certain they’ve never scored on a zone read run where the quarterback pulled the ball from the running back and raced to the end zone: The post you've waited all week for...#GiantsPride | #NYGvsTB— New York Giants (@Giants) September 22, 2019 Jones being able to move adds a new dimension to the offense, something they haven’t had in years. Even subtle movement in the pocket was welcome, as Jones routinely avoided pressure to make plays down the field. He remained calm down the stretch while the Giants were making this comeback, despite several drives stalling out in the fourth quarter. In the end, the Giants got their first win of the season. Even if the Bucs had made the field goal to win, this game was exactly why Jones was giving the starting nod. Every time he’s on the field — especially when he’s got the opportunity to lead a game-winning drive — it’s a learning experience that, in theory, should help him next season, when the Giants are more competitive (in other words: when they have a defense). Jones gives the Giants hope, something they haven’t had in years. Now, this is just one game, against an average team, so we shouldn’t go overboard. But, I think we might need to get on the Daniel Jones hype train. Not yet, but maybe soon: Teddy Bridgewater, Saints Teddy Bridgewater deserved the win he got Sunday. He’s had a tough haul. He was headed toward becoming the Vikings’ franchise quarterback, then had a horrific knee injury before the 2016 season. He ended up in New Orleans via trade before the 2018 season. Bridgewater got an opportunity to start in Week 17 last season while the starters rested before the playoffs, and it didn’t go well. That’s a hard game to judge, though, as a lot of backups played and the Saints’ only goal was getting out of there without injury. With Drew Brees out around six weeks with a thumb injury, Bridgewater gets a big opportunity to show he can return to old form. He took a step forward this week. Playing in Seattle is difficult. The Seahawks had only lost 12 home games in Russell Wilson’s career. It’s loud in Seattle. It’s often raining. And when things start going bad, it starts to snowball into an avalanche of pain quickly. You have to play with composure and purpose in Seattle to win, and the Saints did that on Sunday. They had an advantageous gameplan for Bridgewater: moving the pocket, screens, and relying on their big bodies up front. Bridgewater’s numbers weren’t eye-popping (19 of 27 for 177 yards and two touchdowns), but he was efficient enough on the road. It also helps when you score twice outside of the offense, like the Saints did with a fumble return and a punt return. I’m not quite jumping on the hype train with Bridgewater because of what I just mentioned. It was an efficient performance, but it was nothing to get excited about. He didn’t need to be challenged as the Saints were ahead for most of the game. Bridgewater wasn’t asked to drive the ball downfield or carry the weight of the offense. He will need to do more moving forward. Hold off for now: Kyle Allen, Panthers I was high on the Panthers heading into the season, probably more so than anyone else in the industry. I was high on them because I saw what the offense had become the first eight games of last season with a healthy Cam Newton. It was diverse, unique, and geared toward their personnel. With a hobbled Newton, the offense went to shit. Well, enter a healthy Kyle Allen, who led the Panthers into Arizona for a convincing victory while Newton is nursing a foot injury. Allen moved the offense with ease, throwing four touchdowns. That was the offense that Norv Turner imagined with all his weapons. They used multiple formations with players all over the backfield and included misdirection, motions, and finding ways to get “easy” throws for Allen. Allen, just like Daniel Jones, was able to move around the pocket and extend plays with his legs — which isn’t any different than Newton, but Allen was accurate when he delivered the ball. While Allen has now started and won two games in his career (including Week 17 last season) and has thrown six touchdowns and zero interceptions, I’m going to hold off on the hype train for him. He’s only played a half-effort Saints team last year and one of the worst teams in the NFL this year. However, if Allen keeps this up, there will be a quarterback issue in Carolina. Do the Panthers go back to Newton or stick with the youngster? I think Newton will get the job back. ‾\_(ツ)_/‾: Mason Rudolph, Steelers The first three quarterbacks all played on teams that won their games today. The fourth, Mason Rudolph of the Steelers, lost a close battle on the road to the 3-0 49ers. Rudolph played just OK, going 14 of 27 for 174 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. A lot of those yards were on just a few long pass plays, too. The encouraging part for Rudolph and the Pittsburgh offense is he didn’t “lose” the game. He played within himself and was able to cash in on the opportunities provided to him. There wasn’t much to take from his performance, other than that. We’ll know more going forward, though, with Ben Roethlisberger out for the year. Overall, Sunday was an excellent start for those four quarterbacks who are now getting the ball under center for their teams. While we love to hype everything that happens each week, we need to show restraint as usual as we evaluate all their play. The next time they take the field should be more telling than their first.
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Apple TV+ Series 'Servant' and 'Truth Be Told' Previewed During Emmy Awards
Apple peppered ad breaks during last night's Emmy Awards with new mini trailers promoting original programming coming soon to its video streaming service, set to launch on November 1. The 15-second clips, which have also appeared on the Apple TV+ YouTube Channel, include sneak peeks at shows that will be exclusive to Apple+. The first is for true-crime thriller Truth Be Told starring Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul. According to Screen Times, Spencer plays a podcaster who reopens her investigation into a murder. With doubts and new evidence coming to light after her original evidence leads to a conviction, she is forced to reevaluate her investigation which made her a media sensation. Two other ads are for Servant, a 10-episode psychological thriller created and written by Tony Basgallop, who will also executive produce alongside M. Night Shyamalan. The series follows a Philadelphia couple "in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home." Both shows won't be immediately available to watch at the launch of Apple TV+, but are expected to come in the weeks following. Apple aired the new spots along with other clips for post apocalyptic drama See starring Jason Momoa, period drama Dickinson starring Hailee Steinfeld as poet Emily Dickinson, alternative history drama For All Mankind, The Morning Show starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell, and kids' show Snoopy in Space. Apple TV+ launches in 150 countries on November 1 and will cost $4.99 per month. Customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod Touch or Apple TV hardware will also get free access to the service for one year. Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12, tvOS 13Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)This article, "Apple TV+ Series 'Servant' and 'Truth Be Told' Previewed During Emmy Awards" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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The NBA passed stricter tampering rules. Fine, let’s investigate 2019
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images We have that and more in Monday’s NBA newsletter. The NBA Board of Governors called the cops on itself on Friday, unanimously approving stricter rules and punishments regarding tampering and improper benefits. Like a fool, early Friday I wrote that the 30 people who had majority stakes in the 30 NBA teams would be fools to pass these rules on themselves given the wide-ranging implications and the surveillance powers they would grant the commissioner’s office. Alas, the teams most likely to be affected were all too afraid of looking like cheaters and getting dunked on online to vote against the proposal. Much has been made of the fact that these “new” rules are really not new: the NBA commissioner already has power to punish tampering and even seize communication devices as a part of investigations. The powers are just spelled out a bit more exactingly and the penalties are harsher. So my question is when is the league going to investigate the Clippers over the Paul George matter? Also, when is the league going to investigate the Nets over the early deals with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving? And how about the Celtics and Kemba Walker? While we’re here, let’s talk about the Sixers and Al Horford, too. The Lakers have been fined millions for tampering in recent years. The Mavericks and Rockets have been fined for their governors’ daring to speak other teams’ players’ names. What the teams mentioned above -- especially the Clippers -- did this summer is all way worse. What the Clippers have admitted to in reported stories is basically textbook tampering, right? They gave Kawhi a list of top players, asked his preference, he chose Paul George, the Clips engaged with the Thunder, Kawhi contacted PG and suggested he ask for a trade more or less as a representative of the Clippers, PG asks for a trade, the deal gets done. If that isn’t tampering, what is? The Nets have sold a story saying that they didn’t know Durant was joining Kyrie in Brooklyn until KD announced it. Okay ... prove it. If everyone is so ready to fight against tampering, put your money where your mouth is. (Warriors, know that this newsletter will support you 100 percent if you request a tampering investigation into the Nets, as hilarious as that sentence seems given the past five years.) The summer of 2019 is a smorgasbord of tampering violations. Feast up, Adam Silver. Sure, you’d need to apply the old penalties. But the governors whined about tampering all summer and rammed through stricter rules. Show them how serious you are by investigating what they did in June. Show them how seriously you take their concerns. They called the cops, now it’s time the flashlights are turned on them. Scores Mystics 75, Aces 92Washington leads 2-1Game 4 on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 Sun 78, Sparks 56Connecticut wins 3-0 What the Fish? Candace Parker, one of L.A.’s best players and an absolute legend, only played 11 minutes in the Sparks’ season-ending loss to the Sun. Derek Fisher didn’t really explain why in the post-game media availability. Parker told the media to ask Fisher, and seemed unhappy. If Candace Parker is unhappy with the coaching ... that’s a real problem for Los Angeles because Candace Parker has that Turner Sports money now and can afford to play hardball with the Sparks if she wants. Parker did say she didn’t plan to retire this summer, despite being 33 and showing her basketball mileage a bit. There’s something more happening there with Fisher and his coaching style. Can someone find Melo and ask him for comment? Anyways, stay tuned. (By the way, no short shrift for the Sun, who are just a fantastic team that sucks the life out of opponents. A lot of attention is being paid to the Mystics and Aces, but the Sun could absolutely beat either one in the Finals, and just might.) Links Mike Prada on Emma Meessemann, the Mystics’ secret weapon. Matt Ellentuck on the Kelsey Plum we’ve all been waiting for. Highly recommend Kelly Dwyer’s preseason team previews at The Second Arrangement if you can swing a subscription. Pacers, Wizards, Hornets are out. If those don’t sound terribly enticing, know that the others are on their way. The Ringer has 29 people and things that will define the NBA season. Lonzo Ball says he’s not really talking to his father LaVar. I wish them well. David Thorpe on high-speed team building for superstars. Travis Best got scammed by a serial athlete scammer and Sports Illustrated wrote about it and now I’m wondering how Travis Best is doing these days. Players’ union boss Michele Roberts with an interesting take on player empowerment critiques. Be excellent to each other.
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UK police to auction $662,000 worth of seized Bitcoin — with no minimum bids
UK police are set to auction around $662,000 (£500,000) worth of criminally-seized Bitcoin this week, a reported first for the nation. Announced earlier this month, Irish auction house Wilsons Auctions has set no reserves, and will sell it all to the highest bidder. The firm is managing the auctions on behalf of UK authorities. Police reportedly seized the stash from a criminal who had illegally sold personal data and provided hacking services in exchange for cryptocurrency. Other assets to be auctioned include Ethereum, Ripple (XRP), and other unnamed tokens. Lots ranging from 0.25 to 2 BTC will be sold across two… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Disney almost bought Twitter but backed off because "the nastiness is extraordinary"
Profiled By Maureen Dowd at The New York Times, Disney CEO Bob Iger says that the company almost bought Twitter in 2017, but decided against it because "the nastiness is extraordinary." "I like looking at my Twitter newsfeed because I want to follow 15, 20 different subjects. Then you turn and look at your notifications and you’re immediately saying, why am I doing this? Why do I endure this pain? Like a lot of these platforms, they have the ability to do a lot of good in our world. They also have an ability to do a lot of bad. I didn’t want to take that on.” He makes a point of liking David Portnoy's feed, though. It's always important to remember that guys like Iger don't really have any public beliefs about anything, just presentations for different audiences. I liked the phrase the Hollywood Reporter attributed to Iger regarding Twitter -- that it gave him an unshakeable "feeling of dread" -- but it's not in the actual profile and I'm pretty sure he didn't say it. Iger's memoirs, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO Of The Walt Disney Company [Amazon link], are out and reportedly contain a lot more about why Social Media, Especially Twitter, is Bad. Read the rest
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An electric carving knife that looks like a chainsaw
The Mighty Carver electric knife ($59.95) might be the most badass way to rip into the holiday bird, besides using an actual chainsaw. Here's how it came to be, as told by its creator, Kimberly Burney: At Thanksgiving dinner as far back as I can remember, I would get out the electric carving knife for Grandpa. He would carefully carve the turkey to serve the family. This is a wonderful tradition shared by most Americans. But Grandpa’s been gone for a year now and at the last Thanksgiving dinner I asked, “Hey, who wants to carve the turkey this year?” No one looked up, no one said a word. I thought to myself, come on you guys, you all love power tools, what is the problem? Then it hit me. “If this were a chain saw, you boys would be fighting over who gets to carve the turkey.” It's also good for slicing up bread, fruit, and god-knows-what-else in the most glorious fashion ever! Thanks, Kent! image via The Grommet Read the rest
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Disney CEO Explains Twitter Perfectly: 'Why Am I Doing This? Why Do I Endure This Pain?'
It’s no secret that Disney was very interested in buying Twitter back in 2016, but the House of Mouse never went through with the deal. Disney CEO Bob Iger has explained the company’s thinking about Twitter in his new book, The Ride of a Lifetime, and he really speaks for all of its regular users. Read more...
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Over 500,000 people on vacation stranded after travel company collapses
Over 500,000 European passengers have been left stranded after Thomas Cook, the world's oldest travel company, collapsed on Monday morning.
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Celebrate the First Day of Fall With Stackable Weighted Blanket Discounts
It’s about to start getting colder out, but anxiety is always in season. In addition to keeping you warm, a weighted blanket can work wonders for your anxiety, and several different models are on sale for the first day of fall, for some of the best prices we’ve ever seen.Read more...
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Labour is finally reaching out to minority voters to help shape policy | Rachel Shabi
For too long the party has focused on white voters in leave areas, while taking the support of everybody else for grantedThe Jeremy Corbyn project wants to hear from people within minority communities across Britain. At last. Speaking at the Labour party’s annual conference in Brighton, Dawn Butler, the shadow women and equalities secretary, said, “I need help with my race and faith manifesto” and asked for ideas. The plan is for “nationwide listening events” with ethnic minority groups, intended to help shape party policy.And Labour wants to get the ball rolling with issues ranging from political representation to making public services more inclusive, as well as examining the legacy of slavery, colonialism and empire. Butler said a better understanding of this British history was a “vital component in the fight against the far right”, which she added was the fastest-growing terrorist threat in the UK. Her words are backed up by the police. In 2018, figures showed that hate crimes had more than doubled in the past five years. And earlier this year, a leading children’s charity found that children were whitening their skin to avoid this terrifying increase in racial abuse. Continue reading...
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Exclusive: Boeing bid for Embraer unit faces EU antitrust probe - sources
Boeing is set to face a EU antitrust investigation of up to five months into its bid for a controlling stake in the commercial aircraft arm of Brazil's Embraer , people familiar with the matter said on Monday.
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Spanish police arrest Catalan separatists on suspicion of terrorism
Nine activists linked to network calling for civil disobedience arrested in Barcelona areaPolice in Barcelona have arrested nine Catalan independence activists on suspicion of terrorism and confiscated material they allege could be used in bomb making.According to the police, those detained are associated with the Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDR), a network of radical groups that advocates direct action to secure Catalan independence from Spain. Continue reading...
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US STOCKS-Futures muted after Wall Street's worst day in about two weeks
U.S. stock index futures treaded water on Monday, as investors remained cautious about progress in U.S.-China trade talks and waited for a slew of economic reports to gauge the health of the domestic economy.
Chicago man with concealed-carry permit killed in shootout with robbers
A concealed-carry permit holder who was armed for “his own protection” was shot dead after exchanging gunfire with two robbers in Chicago, according to reports. Father-of-two Derrick Gholston, 43, was standing outside Crispy Cuts barbershop in the city’s South Side Saturday night when two crooks pulled out weapons and demanded his property, the Chicago Sun-Times...
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Murder trial slated to begin Monday for former Texas police officer accused of killing her unarmed neighbor
A murder trial will start Monday for a former Texas police officer accused of killer her unarmed neighbor. Amber Guyger shot Botham Jean in his apartment last September after Guyger claimed she mistook Jean's apartment for her own. Jean's family spoke to Omar Villafranca in their only broadcast TV interview.
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UPDATE 1-Thomas Cook owes Tunisian hotels 60 mln euros -minister
Thomas Cook owes Tunisian hotels 60 million euros ($66 million)for stays in July and August, Tourism Minister Rene Trabelsi told Reuters on Monday, adding that 4,500 British Thomas Cook customers are still in the country.
Swiss probe incident involving ex-Credit Suisse banker Khan, private detectives
Zurich prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into an incident last week in which private detectives allegedly shadowed ex-Credit Suisse banker Iqbal Khan and his wife, the district attorney's office said on Monday
Mattel designed a Barbie doll honoring her accomplishments, but what was accomplished??
Eleni Antoniadou's reported accomplishments were so impressive that Mattel designed a Barbie doll based on her as part of its International Women’s Day celebration. But those "accomplishments" might all be nonexistent. Here's a partial list from the BBC as to suspicions raised: Claim: She worked on the world's first artificial trachea that was successfully transplanted to a patient. Counterclaim: She was a postgraduate student at UCL and was remotely involved with the surgery. The transplant ended with one of the biggest scandals in modern medicine, covered here by the BBC. The patient died after his body did not accept the transplant. Long after his death, Ms Antoniadou gave interviews in Greece saying how she had saved the patient's life and how the patient was living a normal life. Claim: She has been working for a number of years as a researcher at Nasa. Counterclaim: She attended a 10-week summer school there and took a lot of pictures around the US space agency's facilities wearing clothes with the Nasa logo. Nasa has denied she works directly for the agency, but has not excluded the possibility that she may be working as a sub-contractor. The Telegraph is also investigating: The NASA-ESA Outstanding Researcher Award does not appear to exist and Ms Antoniadou's name is not included in Nasa's record of its award winners. (Via Ben Collins.) Read the rest
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526 people were asked to talk politics. The response tested American democracy
The arguments are heated but not insulting. The questions are probing with a purpose. This discussion on illegal immigration in the heart of North Texas is like many of those happening every day across the country, but this is not a normal discussion. - RSS Channel
Romney: If Trump pressured Ukrainian president 'it would be troubling in the extreme'
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday that it "would be troubling in the extreme" if President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine's president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden amid an ongoing controversy over a call Trump had with the foreign leader that was part of a whistleblower complaint.
Milan fashion week spring/summer 2020: 14 key shows – in pictures
From J-Lo and Donatella Versace breaking the internet, to Prada favouring timeless style over fashion, the Italian capital had plenty of memorable moments this season Continue reading...
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Tens of thousands stranded after tour operator Thomas Cook ceases operations
Tens of thousands of travelers are stranded in countries around the world, after the abrupt closure overnight of one of the world's largest tour operations, Thomas Cook. Tourists are facing chaos and long lines at several airports. Kris Van Cleave reports.
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Biden says Ukraine phone call is proof President Trump is worried about facing him in 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden wants an investigation of the president's phone call with Ukraine's leader. Biden says Mr. Trump is using the presidency to smear his campaign. Ed O'Keefe reports.
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How a Google search made ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ TV’s hot new comedy
Sitcom king Chuck Lorre is web savvy.
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