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Best comic book apps for iPhone and iPad

Macworld - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:00

Physical issues and anthologies of comic book series don’t always fit neatly into limited shelf space or travel well—but that’s where digital comics come in. Growing support for the format means you can collect to your heart’s content and take the entirety of it anywhere you go. All you need is your iPhone or iPad.

Key to the experience is a good app. While a digital comic may not please the senses as paper issues do, having an app that offers access to a wide variety of content or broad support for common file formats (PDF, ePUB, CBR, and CBZ) can ease the transition.

In general, the better apps offer one of two paths: Straightforward purchase (or rental) of content from major publishers like Marvel, DC, Image Comics, and Dark Horse, or an easy way to read common file formats (PDF, ePUB, CBR, and CBZ). If they want to have even wider appeal, it’s in their interest to offer Viz and Kodansha titles for manga fans, as well as organization of issues in an easy-to-navigate format.

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Puerto Ricans Seek To Rebuild A Shattered Health Care System After Hurricane Maria

Top Stories - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 05:46

For more than six months after the storms, Ingrid Morales settled down to


Trump Tweets Support For Harley-Davidson Boycott

Top Stories - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 05:10

President Donald Trump expressed support toward Harley-Davidson motorcycle


Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 miles

Top Stories - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 01:10

For 17 days, a southern resident killer whale (SRKW) named J35, but better known as Tahlequah, carried her deceased baby for more than 1,000 miles. The orca's unusually long spell of grieving came to an end on Saturday, when Tahlequah was spotted in the Haro Strait off Victoria, British Columbia, chasing a school of salmon without her newborn. SEE ALSO: New dolphin-whale hybrid sea creature is the spawn of an unholy union "Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky," the Center for Whale Research (CWR) explained in a blog post online. August 11, 2018 J35 update: "The ordeal of J35 carrying her dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness." - Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Researchhttps://t.co/kQpA4WWbmg pic.twitter.com/cQIN13HgN6 — Whale Research (@CWROrcas) August 12, 2018 The CWR added that the baby's carcass has probably sunk to the bottom of the Salish Sea, meaning that researchers may not get a chance to examine it. On Jul. 24, Tahlequah's baby orca died shortly after birth, in what has been a common story for the southern resident killer whale population.  Over the last two decades, 75 percent of SRKW newborns failed to survive. The last successful birth was in 2015, when two calves were born. In the hours, then days after the death, Tahlequah was spotted trying to keep her baby's head above the water's surface, reluctant to leave the body behind. "That's not unprecedented, but it’s the longest one that I’ve personally witnessed," Ken Balcomb, CWR's founder and principal investigator, told The Washington Post. These orcas are facing a real threat of extinction, with no successful pregnancies in the last three years. At just 75 whales, the population is at its lowest in 30 years. The SRKW's decline is linked to the reduction in population of its primary food source, Chinook salmon. Canada's government announced in May it would cut the allowable catch of Chinook by up to 35 percent to help protect the orca. WATCH: This tiny robotic spider might one day perform surgeries inside your body


Koreas hold high-level talks on third leaders' summit

Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 23:35

The two Koreas opened high-level talks Monday to prepare for a possible summit in Pyongyang between the South's President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader Kim Jong Un, as the diplomatic thaw on the peninsula builds. The exact date and location of what would be their third meeting have yet to be decided, but at their historic first summit in Panmunjom in April they agreed Moon would visit Kim in the North Korean capital during the autumn. Monday's high-level talks, taking place on the northern side of the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone, were proposed by the North last week as it lashed out at Washington for pushing ahead with sanctions.


Meager Unite the Right 2 rally exposes limits of white supremacist movement

Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 22:34

The Charlottesville anniversary event drew a handful of white supremacists, who were far outnumbered by counterprotesters.


Cooler weather helps crews fight Southern California fire

Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 22:14

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Aided by slightly cooler temperatures, firefighters made steady progress Sunday in battling a wildfire that destroyed 16 structures as it raged through Southern California's Cleveland National Forest.


Trump Says Jeff Sessions Is ‘Scared Stiff’ At 'Rigged' Justice Department

Top Stories - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 18:19

President Donald Trump issued a pair of tweets Saturday afternoon from his


The Latest: Source: Man who stole plane was Richard Russell

Top Stories - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 17:47

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on a plane stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington state (all times local):


Authorities Investigate the Circumstances Surrounding 'Suicidal' Employee Who Stole a Plane

Top Stories - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 13:01

The incident points to one of the biggest potential perils for air travel


Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Top Stories - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 12:25

Firefighters worked furiously Friday to keep a Southern California wildfire from burning more homes, dumping water and bright pink retardant to protect Lake Elsinore and other foothill communities as the fire sweeps through the dense, bone-dry brush of the Cleveland National Forest.


Gaza protest toll rises to three: ministry

Top Stories - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 12:16

A 40-year-old Palestinian hit by Israeli fire on the Gaza border died of his wounds on Saturday, taking the death toll from protests the previous day to three, the territory's health ministry said. In all 307 Palestinians were wounded on Friday, some by tear gas, including two journalists and five medics, the health ministry in the coastal enclave said.


Monsanto owners call weed killer 'safe' after jury orders big payout

Top Stories - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 10:26

Monsanto's German owners insisted Saturday that the weed killer Roundup was "safe", rejecting a California jury's decision to order the chemical giant to pay nearly $290 million for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that the product might cause cancer. While observers predicted thousands of potential future claims against the company in the wake of Monsanto's defeat, Bayer -- which recently acquired the US giant -- said the California ruling went against scientific evidence. "On the basis of scientific conclusions, the views of worldwide regulatory authorities and the decades-long practical experience with glyphosate use, Bayer is convinced that glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer," the company said in a statement.


Social Media Is A Toxic Mess. It Should Be On The Companies To Fix It.

Top Stories - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 07:01

With Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Google and Apple all taking concrete steps in


Equivolating: Making Apple out to be bad on privacy

Macworld - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 07:00

You know that thing that you know? What if it wasn’t true?!

It is true, but what if it wasn’t?!

It is, though. But, still… whooooooooo.

Writing for Bloomberg, Sarah Frier is about to blow the lid off this whole “Is Apple really better on privacy?” thing. And find that wasn’t a lid at all, it was just a paper plate sitting on top of the lid that someone had written “Apple sux” on. In crayon.

“Is Apple Really Your Privacy Hero?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Alex.)

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NASA postpones for 24 hours launch of historic spaceship to Sun

Top Stories - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 05:25

NASA postponed until Sunday the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star's sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries. The next launch window opens at 3:31 am (0731 GMT) on Sunday, when weather conditions are 60 percent favorable for launch, NASA said. Not only is the corona about 300 times hotter than the Sun's surface, but it also hurls powerful plasma and energetic particles that can unleash geomagnetic space storms, wreaking havoc on Earth by disrupting the power grid.


US Navy searching for overboard marine off Philippines

Top Stories - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 03:30

The US military said it had launched a search and rescue operation after reports a marine may have fallen overboard from an American warship as it sailed through Philippine waters. The US 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit said a member, who was not named, may have gone overboard Thursday morning. Aircraft on board the USS Essex are searching waters off the Sulu Sea and the Surigao Strait while multiple searches are also being made inside the ship itself, the unit said.


Fifth body found in crashed Alaska plane; no body recovery planned

Top Stories - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 01:15

A fifth body was found on Friday in the wreckage of an Alaska sightseeing plane that crashed near North America's tallest peak, leaving no doubt the pilot perished with his four Polish passengers on the steep mountainside, authorities said. The impact left the plane in two pieces, lodged in the crevasse of a hanging glacier nearly 11,000 feet high on a steep, avalanche-prone slope from which unstable ice blocks are protruding, Park Service officials said. “The tail and fuselage of the aircraft are just hanging on by a piece of metal,” Park Service spokeswoman Katherine Belcher said.


Mother 'held in Dubai for three days after one glass of wine on flight'

Top Stories - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 01:00

A mother was detained in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter after a drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London, it is claimed. Swedish dentist Ellie Holman, who lives in Sevenoaks in Kent with her English partner Gary and their three children, was initially denied water and made to clean toilets while in custody, according to human rights group Detained in Dubai. The non-governmental organisation formed to help people held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it is representing the woman and her daughter Bibi, who was "terrified" by the experience. The 44-year-old was arrested on July 13 after having one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates Airline flight to Dubai from London, a statement from the group said. She was taken into custody after an immigration official questioned her about her visa and asked if she had consumed alcohol. Bibi Holman was detained with her mother before returning home Credit: Detained in Dubai via PA Ms Holman and her daughter were initially denied food, water and access to a toilet when they were held in a cell together for three days, the group claims. She now faces being detained in Dubai for up to a year while awaiting a court hearing. The group said she and Bibi were travelling to Dubai for a five-day break to visit friends, having visited a number of times before. After landing she was questioned by an immigration official, who said her visa was invalid and she must return to London immediately, the group said. Detained in Dubai | What will get you arrested? Ms Holman claims he was "dismissive and rude" when she asked if she could buy another visa, and was then questioned about her alcohol consumption - which she admitted. She filmed him on her phone as evidence of his behaviour before learning this was an offence, and that it was illegal to drink alcohol, according to the group. The pair were taken into custody with phones and passports confiscated before Ms Holman was asked to give a blood sample to test for alcohol consumption. She is said to have been refused the chance to phone her partner and was then held in a cell. Ellie takes her partner Gary's surname but they are not legally married, Detained by Dubai said. Dubai, with its smart hotels, first-class shopping and sunshine, is a popular destination with Britons despite strict laws on personal morality Credit: Karim Sahib/AFP In a statement from the group, Ms Holman claims the guards tried to rip out her hair extensions and described the prison as hot and "foul smelling". She said the pair were made to sleep on a "filthy" mattress and she was told to clean toilets and floors. She said: "My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell. "The food (we were given) smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days. "By now, Gary knew something was wrong and had flown to Dubai to look for me. Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not even told." Unusual laws that tourists should be wary of She was released on bail and told her passport has been confiscated until the case is concluded. She said she has lost more than £30,000 in legal fees and missed work. Ms Holman is now spending time with her other children Suri, nine, and Noah, eight, who have flown out to Dubai to see her while Gary returns home with Bibi. Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said: "The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading facade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors. "Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits, but this is far from reality. "It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood, even if consumed in flight and provided by Dubai's own airline. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed." 10 surprising things you probably didn't know about Dubai Ms Stirling called on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Government generally to do more to "protect" British nationals, and claimed airlines were "complicit" and needed to be held "accountable". Consular staff spoke to Mr Holman about the incident, advised him on procedures in Dubai and also spoke to UAE authorities to confirm Ms Holman and her daughter were being released, a UK Foreign Office spokesman said. A Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman said the case had not been registered with them because they had not been contacted by Ms Holman. Emirates airline has been contacted for comment.


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