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Israeli gunfire kills Gaza teens during border protests

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:07

Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian teenagers including a 14-year-old boy during Gaza border protests on Friday, Palestinian health officials said. Israel's military said it had opened fire in response to explosives and rocks hurled at the border fence. Palestinians have been staging weekly protests since last March at the border of Gaza, an enclave controlled by the Islamist militant group Hamas.


Subaru puts some oomph behind the Legacy name with 2020 model

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:55

While the Legacy has been a fairly unremarkable sedan since its conception 30 years ago, Subaru has brought an amped-up model to the Chicago Auto Show with interior tech and engine options to finally compete with the likes of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. On Thursday, as promised in the teasers that Subaru published last week, the 2020 Legacy made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show with new tech and an updated collection of powertrain options. The model will be available in six trims - Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT, and Touring XT -- all built on the Subaru Global Platform.


Sears saved from liquidation: Judge approves bankruptcy sale to ex-CEO Eddie Lampert

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:42

A federal judge on Thursday approved a last-minute deal to save Sears in shrunken form, giving the death-defying retailer a second chance at life.


Best smart smoke detector to keep your home safe

Macworld - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:19
Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don’t just sound the alarm, they also alert your smart phone and more.

Look at this colossal storm on Uranus

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:56

Uranus, a huge gaseous world some 1.8 billion miles from the sun, is quite stormy. NASA's long-lived Hubble telescope spotted a notable storm churning inside the planet's blue-green atmosphere, and the space agency posted the image online Thursday. The entirety of Uranus' north pole is engulfed by a "vast bright stormy cloud cap," wrote NASA. "Scientists believe this new feature is a result of Uranus' unique rotation," added NASA, noting that, unlike the other planets in our solar system, Uranus is tipped on its side. This leaves the sun shining non-stop onto its north pole during its long summer, likely resulting in widespread atmospheric changes.  Uranus as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image: nasa Just beneath the massive polar storm is a smaller, compact white cloud made of the common gas methane, notes NASA. The space agency also spotted a new storm brewing on Neptune. It's the dark spot near the top of the planet and is somewhat mysterious, as these massive dark storms have been observed appearing and then vanishing relatively quickly. SEE ALSO: Trump fails to block NASA's carbon sleuth from going to space "The feature is the fourth and latest mysterious dark vortex captured by Hubble since 1993," said NASA. Neptune as seen in November 2018. Image: nasa NASA plans to continue monitoring weather on these frigid, far-off gas giants to better understand the extraterrestrial storms.  "Just as meteorologists cannot predict the weather on Earth by studying a few snapshots, astronomers cannot track atmospheric trends on solar system planets without regularly repeated observations," the space agency wrote. "Astronomers hope that Hubble's long-term monitoring of the outer planets will help them unravel the mysteries that still persist about these faraway worlds." WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


Florida wins its first passing grade on annual gun-safety report card

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:38

Florida earned a passing grade for the first time on an annual gun-safety report card compiled by a prominent advocacy group, after the state led all others in bolstering its firearms laws in the year since the deadly Parkland school shooting. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released its annual analysis on Friday, days before the first anniversary of the shooting, which killed 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The incident intensified a national debate over gun violence, prompting a wave of student-led walkouts and pushing lawmakers to pass 67 gun safety bills in 26 states and Washington, D.C., according to the center's data.


Brazil evacuates towns near Vale, ArcelorMittal dams on fears of collapse

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:58

The collapse two weeks ago unleashed an avalanche of mud that engulfed nearby buildings and farms, killing an estimated 300 people in Brazil's deadliest mining disaster. As evidence mounted that Vale missed warnings of trouble at the dam in the town of Brumadinho, pressure has risen on the firm and other mining companies to bolster safety measures to avoid a recurrence. ArcelorMittal shares dropped nearly 5 percent at 19.26 euros.


Ocasio-Cortez attacks ICE after illegal MS-13 gangster allegedly murdered someone in her district

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:38

New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says ICE does not deserve a dime.


Mazda celebrates 30 years of the MX-5 with fiery orange Anniversary Edition

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:38

With over one million units sold over 30 years, Mazda has unveiled an Anniversary Edition racing orange MX-5 Miata at the Chicago Auto Show to celebrate the "breaking dawn of an exciting new day."


Bose SoundSport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones review: These durable earbuds are an athlete's friend

Macworld - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:00

Most athletic earphones work fine for everyday tasks, but everyday earphones usually aren’t suited to athletics. Working out or playing sports takes a heavy toll on them. Moisture from rain, mud, or sweat can fry their delicate electronics. Even cleaning them can be risky after sweaty workouts if they’re not water-resistant. For that matter, everyday earbuds usually aren’t designed to handle the vibration and jostling inflicted on them by joggers.

Bose’s SoundSport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are designed to tackle those athletic challenges and they handle themselves well. They’re resistant to the elements, they stay secure in your ears, and I even like their sound. Unfortunately, a handful of minor flaws hinder their potential.

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, says revealing photos were at center of National Enquirer threat

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:54

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he was the target of "extortion and blackmail" by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress.


EU's Tusk Plans Polish Comeback for 2019 Ballot, Paper Says

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:37

Tusk, who sets the agenda for European Union summits and has played a key role in Brexit negotiations, hasn’t said whether he plans to return to front-line domestic politics after his term in Brussels ends in December.


Philips Hue Lily outdoor spotlight review: The perfect highlight for your outdoor landscaping

Macworld - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:00
This addition to the outdoor Hue line will really draw attention to your garden (so make sure your plants look their best).

First Alert Onelink Smart Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm review: This alarm doesn’t work entirely as advertised

Macworld - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:00
We liked First Alert's first smart smoke/CO detector, but this iteration removes that model's best features and doesn't act much like a smart device at all.

Apple’s bug bounties need to get with the program

Macworld - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:00

Digital and information security is something that everybody’s had to become all too familiar with over the past decade. As we carry around devices that themselves store everything from our friends’ contact details to our bank account information, it’s become ever more crucial that those devices be well secured against all possible intruders.

In general, Apple’s track record on security has been pretty solid. The App Store’s walled garden, while often the target of derision from competitors, has done an effective job of curtailing malware on the platform and the company issues frequent security updates to its products.

But even Apple isn’t without its security shortcomings, and a few recent incidents suggest ways that the company may need to go beyond just patching vulnerabilities in its software and change the procedures around how it deals with the people who uncover these exploits.

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Bezos accuses Enquirer of 'blackmail' over intimate photos

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 05:03

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has accused the publisher of the tabloid National Enquirer, who has been described as a close friend of President Donald Trump, of trying to blackmail him over lurid photos. Bezos, the world's richest person, owns The Washington Post, a frequent target of Trump as he assails the US media as "enemy of the people" and a source of fake news. The Post was also one of the leading news outlets in coverage of the murder last year of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Post columnist.


As Trump administration negotiates peace with Taliban, some retired U.S. generals see defeat

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 05:00

“The Taliban are the victors,” said a retired general officer who commanded a brigade early in the war. “We just haven’t figured that out yet.”


Jeff Bezos: Extortion and Embarrassing Photos Won’t Distract Me

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 05:00

Now the world’s wealthiest man needs to convince investors that locking horns with a powerful American media organization won’t end up hurting Amazon.com Inc. itself. Bezos, Amazon’s single largest shareholder, stunned the industry Thursday night when he accused the Enquirer of trying to blackmail him, publishing tense exchanges with the magazine that included prurient details of his relationship with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. Bezos’ revelation steps up a war of words with a confidant of U.S. President Donald Trump, who’s been critical of Amazon and its founder.


Now flying for Delta Air Lines: The Airbus A220

Top Stories - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 02:40

The Airbus A220 seems a candidate to become a passenger favorite with large overhead bins and two-by-three seating in economy, meaning fewer middle seats.


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