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Southwest, JetBlue top J.D. Power airline rankings

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:56

The annual J.D. Power North America AIrline Satisfaction Study asks travelers to rank airlines in seven key categories, from check in to baggage.

Galaxy Note 10 rumored to have the fastest battery charging tech of any Samsung phone

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:30

With each new Galaxy Note 10 rumor that pops up, it becomes increasingly clear that the phone won't merely be a Galaxy S10 that adds a built-in stylus for convenience. The Galaxy Note 10 will have a brand new design, a series of leaks have suggested, and we already have renders of the product based on the most recent rumors. In addition to these design changes, a new leak tells us the Galaxy Note 10 might have one important upgrade that outshines every other Samsung phone, including the handsets in Samsung's new Galaxy S10 series.All Galaxy S10 4G versions support 15W wired and wireless fast charging, while the Galaxy S10 5G is the only one of the bunch that does 25W charging. That's a lot faster than before, but it's a feature found only on an expensive phone that's not available in most markets. Also of note, Samsung's rivals already offer faster battery charging on some of their recent flagships. Samsung insider Ice Universe says that "charging speed is a significant upgrade for Note 10," without providing any specifics. Considering that 15W is the max speed for most S10 phones, 25W could also be regarded as a significant upgrade. After all, it would be better than anything else Samsung has done so far. There's no telling if the Note 10 can support even faster charging than that, but there is some evidence to suggest that Samsung could provide even faster charging on the Galaxy Note 10.Announced earlier this week, Samsung's new chips support USB-C fast-charging speeds of up to 100W. That doesn't mean that the Galaxy Note 10 will get 100W charging speeds, just that Samsung is preparing to deal with faster battery charging needs across the board, and these 100W USB-C chargers will be able to adapt to whatever you're using, whether it's the brand new Galaxy Note 10, or a laptop.Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 10 phones in early August, and they should be available in stores a few weeks later.

Russia, Serbia blame NATO for Kosovo tensions

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 11:53

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia and its traditional ally Serbia on Wednesday blamed NATO and the European Union for the recent increase in tensions in Kosovo, where local police launched a raid in the Serb-dominated north of the country. Exclusive: Double Your Chances To Win This All-American Mustang Fastback

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 11:50

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Sears buyer Eddie Lampert wants to avoid up to $43M in severance pay from bankruptcy

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 11:33

The investor who bought Sears' assets out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy is now trying to back out of an agreement to pay severance to laid-off workers.

The 2020 Buick Encore GX Is a Bigger Sibling to the Wee Encore

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 11:00

Arriving in the U.S. in early 2020, this new model fills a gap in Buick's SUV lineup between Encore and Envision.

JetBlue is selling $54 flights today

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:57

Until midnight tonight, JetBlue is helping you plan your getaways ahead withits appropriately-titled ‘Type A’ sale

Amazon launches cheapest Echo smart display yet

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:56

Amazon has unveiled its latest and cheapest smart display yet named the Echo Show 5 -- an unusual designation considering that it's only the third member of the segment. The 5 designation seems to be linked to the size of the display rather than linked to the generation number like Amazon typically does. When it comes to functionality, the Echo Show 5 performs like any other Amazon smart home device.

Chicago Woman Dies After Shielding Baby with Her Body During Shooting, Police Say

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:32

A 24-year-old woman shot as she held a baby in Chicago shielded the child with her body, police said, and later died from her wounds. According to police, Brittney Hill was holding her 1-year-old baby girl as she spoke with acquaintances, just before two men fired shots at the group.

The mysterious SpaceX Crew Dragon explosion is still being investigated

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:12

SpaceX has been on a real hot streak as of late, with many successful missions and firsts, like the successful docking of its Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. A small speed bump in that otherwise smooth road came in late April when a test of the Crew Dragon resulted in an explosion and total loss of the spacecraft.Details regarding the accident have been hard to come by, and SpaceX waited quite a while before even acknowledging that it had lost the Crew Dragon in the incident. Several weeks have now passed and, despite a small info dump that came over a week after the explosion, the investigation into why the craft detonated remains ongoing.As SpaceNews reports, a presentation on Wednesday to a committee of the NASA Advisory Council offered a few more details on the explosion and the ongoing investigation.The error or glitch that caused the explosion is still being referred to as "an anomaly," which doesn't tell us anything about the reason the spacecraft self-destructed, but NASA's Kathy Lueders did offer some insight into the chain of events that immediately followed the incident."I will tell you that the team did a great job," Lueders explained. "The team followed the mishap plan beautifully. All the notifications were made. The SpaceX folks did a tremendous job."The Crew Dragon Demo-1 spacecraft, which was the one that suffered the anomaly, was being tested on a static platform when the incident occurred. The SpaceX team was testing its thrusters, including those that would be used for an in-flight abort to push the capsule away from its rocket if a failure or other serious issue was detected in the midst of a launch.NASA says SpaceX is conducting the investigation into the vehicle failure alongside a team of NASA's own investigators, and that the findings of the investigation shouldn't be rushed. However, both NASA and SpaceX will need to ensure the investigation is wrapped up before the Crew Dragon program can push forward and eventually send crewed missions into space.

Dangerous tornado touches down in Kansas City; severe weather moves east into Missouri

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:04

A dangerous tornado touched down on the western edge of Kansas City, Kansas, forcing local residents to take shelter.

SpaceX's Starlink Satellites Put on a Celestial Show Over the Netherlands

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 09:52

But stargazers worry more satellites could hinder our views of the night sky.

Don’t ask how AirPods 2 are still discounted on Amazon, just get a pair

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 09:49

When Amazon first slashed the price of the Second-Generation Apple AirPods with Charging Case, we called it a "rare" deal. And of course it was, since brand new Apple products almost never get a discount, let alone the 12% discount Amazon offered on the AirPods 2. It has now been a few weeks though, and the price is still down to an all-time low of $139.99. So at this point, we can't really call the deal "rare" anymore. We can tell you that you should hurry up and order a pair though, because once this deal is done there's no telling if or when it will be back. Note that AirPods 2 are sold out right now, but you can still place your order to lock in the discount and they should ship within a few weeks.Here are the highlights from the product page: * Automatically on, automatically connected * Easy setup for all your Apple devices * Quick access to Siri by saying "Hey Siri" * Double-tap to play or skip forward * New Apple H1 headphone chip delivers faster wireless connection to your devices * Charges quickly in the case * Case can be charged using the Lightning connector * Rich, high-quality audio and voice * Seamless switching between devices * Listen and talk all day with multiple charges from the Charging Case

UPDATE 2-NXP to buy Marvell's WiFi, Bluetooth business for $1.76 bln

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 08:55

Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV said on Wednesday it will buy Marvell Technology Group Ltd's wireless connectivity business for $1.76 billion in cash to offer its customers a bigger product portfolio. NXP will sell Marvell's connectivity products such as WiFi and Bluetooth along with its edge computing platforms to its clients in industrial, automotive and communication infrastructure markets. "NXP had been underinvesting in WiFi for the last few years, as it had assumed it would be able to access Qualcomm's WiFi technology, but in mid-2018, the deal collapsed," PiperJaffray analyst Harsh Kumar said.

Hong Kong Rejects U.S. Warning on Ship Breaching Iran Sanctions

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 08:27

The city’s government has “strictly” implemented United Nations Security Council sanctions, which don’t impose “any restrictions on the export of petroleum from Iran,” a spokesperson for Hong Kong’s Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said on Wednesday in response to a question about the U.S. warning. “Certain countries may impose unilateral sanctions against certain places on the basis of their own considerations,” they said.

Is the Syrian regime about to retake Idlib?

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 07:35

Syria's regime has increased its deadly bombardment of Idlib in recent weeks, but analysts say that is unlikely to signal an all-out offensive on the jihadist bastion. Eight years into Syria's civil war, the government has notched up a series of victories against rebels and jihadists, and controls around 60 percent of the country. Two regions largely remain beyond its control: a Kurdish-held swathe of the northeast and a northwestern region controlled by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Bolton Warns Iran's Proxies They Risk Strong U.S. Response

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 06:50

Bolton, in a briefing with reporters in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, said the U.S. is “very concerned” that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps would use allied Shiite militia groups in Iraq to attack U.S. targets such as the American Embassy in Baghdad. Iran also has surrogates in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and the Gaza Strip.

Voter Apathy in Nigeria Clouds President Buhari's New Tenure

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 06:05

While Buhari won 56% of the ballots cast on Feb. 23, only 15.2 million of the 29 million registered voters backed him. The 35% turnout, down from 44% in the last elections four years ago and a peak of 69% in 2003, is the latest indicator of mounting voter apathy in Africa’s biggest democracy. “Many Nigerians, particularly the poor, are yet to feel the impact of democracy in terms of improved welfare and livelihood,” said Idayat Hassan, executive director of the Abuja-based Centre for Democracy and Development.

Vatican corrects omission in pope's quote about McCarrick

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 05:27

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican communications office on Wednesday corrected the Italian transcript of Pope Francis' comments about disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Earlier, it had omitted Francis' claim that he didn't remember if he had been told in 2013 of McCarrick's penchant for sleeping with seminarians.

U.S. Warns Hong Kong to Avoid Tanker in Breach of Iran Sanctions

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 04:00

Washington wants to put China and the autonomous city on notice that it will aggressively and consistently enforce its Iran sanctions, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official said China would be informed that any entity doing business with the ship would expose it to U.S. sanctions. The attention levied on this single vessel, the Pacific Bravo, underscores Washington’s desire to stymie Iran’s oil exports.