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Wall Street Slams Trump's Mexico Moves as a ‘Serious Risk’

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 10:09

Concern about the trade wars with Mexico and China weighed on U.S. stocks on Friday, with the S&P 500 sliding as much as 1.4% to the lowest since early March. “If you are going to turn the world upside down with these America First trade sanctions against imports from China, car imports from Europe, and now immigration from Mexico, you risk turning the economy upside down,” Rupkey wrote in a note.


The surprising main reason 492 out of 500 people at one company chose iPhone over Android

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 09:36

There are so many exciting new Android smartphones coming in 2019. In fact, several of the best ones have already been released. After two years with the same design, Samsung completely overhauled the Galaxy S10 series and gave it a new all-screen design with a hole-punch camera that people seem to love. Then the OnePlus 7 Pro came along with the first true all-screen design and a selfie camera that pops up out of the top of the phone only when you need it. Of course, that's just the tip of the iceberg and there are even more exciting new Android phones set to be released over the course of the year, including the first crop of smartphones with OLED screens that actually fold so they can be made more compact.Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence, there's not really anything terribly exciting about Apple's upcoming new iPhone 11 series smartphones. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will feature upgraded triple-lens cameras, which is certainly nice considering how far Apple has fallen behind market leaders like Huawei and Google. Beyond that, however, we're looking at new iPhone 11 models that look just like iPhone XS models from last year and the iPhone X from two years ago. And yet... despite how boring Apple's 2019 iPhone upgrade is shaping up to be, the companies unreleased iPhone 11 series smartphones still garner so much more hype than Android rivals. There's just something about Apple's iPhones that people can't seem to stay away from, and people are constantly trying to figure out exactly what it is. There are undoubtedly plenty of different reasons people have for choosing an iPhone over Android smartphones, but a new informal survey that was recently conducted suggested that one of the biggest reasons is something you would probably never expect.A Redditor who goes by the name "jackharvest" posted earlier this week in the Android subreddit to share an interesting story. He works in IT at an unnamed company, and his team noticed something crazy: of the 500 employees at the company, only 8 of them chose to use an Android phone. Everyone else -- all 492 of them -- chose an iPhone over Android phones.The IT team was so intrigued that it decided to issue a survey to ask employees why they chose the iPhone over Android. According to the Redditor, more than half of the iPhone users at the company gave the same answer. Did they choose Apple's iPhone over an Android handset because the design and build quality are so much better? Was it because iPhones always outperform even the most powerful Android flagships in real-life speed tests? Or perhaps it was because they all prefer the simplicity and ease of use that iOS offers compared to Android.Nope, it wasn't any of that. It was because they didn't want to be "green bubbles," a reference to the fact that iMessage chats in the iPhone's Messages app use blue bubbles while SMS chats are displayed with green bubbles. Forget all of the great advantages iPhones might offer, iMessage is the main reason all these people wanted an iPhone. 98% of the employees at this company went with Apple over Android, and for the majority of them, it was mainly because of a single service.Now, commenters on Reddit were quick to point out that this phenomenon is unique to the United States and perhaps a handful of other regions, and they're correct. Cross-platform messaging apps from third-party app makers are popular in the US, but SMS and iMessage are still widely used. That's not the case in many other markets -- SMS has been almost completely abandoned in favor of messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and others. The US is one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world though, and it's pretty crazy to think that the desire to be a blue bubble is still such a huge deciding factor for people here. Meanwhile, Google continues to flounder in all of its attempts to produce a similar messaging service for Android with anywhere near the kind of lock-in we've seen with iMessage.


Democratic presidential contender Warren seeks law allowing presidents to be indicted

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 09:24

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called on Friday for Congress to pass a law that makes it clear the Justice Department can criminally indict a sitting president and charge the U.S. leader with obstructing justice. Warren's call came in response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 448-report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and his statement this week that Justice Department policy prevented him from bringing charges against a sitting president.


The Latest: Iran's president says stay focused on Palestine

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 08:34

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local):


GM's Cadillac unveils two new performance cars: the 2020 CT4-V and 2020 CT5-V

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 07:40

The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V performance sedans made their debut as GM aims to rejuvenate luxury sedan sales.


Marzipan, Mac Pro, and iPad features: A wish list for WWDC19

Macworld - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 07:00

Apple’s annual extravaganza is just around the corner. By the time my next column rolls around, we’ll know all the secrets that Apple has been sitting on for the last year. (Well, many of those secrets, anyway.) The only real question is whether Apple executives will be going with untucked or tucked-in shirts? The excitement is palpable.

The Worldwide Developers Conference keynote is always a big high for the Apple-following community: wishes get fulfilled, hopes get dashed, and things appear that we never saw coming—and yet seem, in hindsight, totally obvious.

Everybody has their own list of things they want or expect to see. So, as we cast our glances forward a few days, here’s a rundown of the things that I’ll be looking to hear about when Tim Cook and his motley crew take the stage just a few days from now.

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Kitsch and confidence at Huawei HQ despite US pressure

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 06:59

Emblazoned across a wall at Huawei headquarters is a motto that appears to sum up the attitude of the huge Chinese telecom company toward its multiplying challenges: "Success requires friends. "We don't believe it.


UPDATE 1-Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Wilders says Twitter blocks his account

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 06:52

Dutch far-right politician and anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders said on Friday that Twitter had temporarily blocked his account following remarks he made about a political rival. Wilders, who cannot easily appear in public due to threats against him by Islamists, relies heavily on Twitter to communicate with his supporters. "Twitter often tolerates death threats against me, but not a factual tweet by me about a colleague.


U.S.-China set to clash at security summit despite "constructive" talks

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 06:47

Chinese and U.S. defense chiefs held "constructive" talks on Friday but were expected to clash over China's growing global security role at a weekend Asia security summit. A U.S. military report on the Indo-Pacific region, to be released on Saturday alongside a speech by acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, sharply criticizes Beijing's security policies, according to a draft seen by Reuters. The United States and China are locked in an escalating trade war and are at odds over a range of issues from the disputed South China Sea to democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sacred territory and to be taken by force if needed.


iLIfe W400 review: this robot mop is a diligent scrubber

Macworld - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 06:00
It brings the elbow grease many robot floor mops lack.

C by GE Smart Plug review: This smart home gadget disappoints

Macworld - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 06:00
Adding one to your Wi-Fi network is easy enough, but GE falls short of delivering on its promise of easy integration with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The 5 Mac games you need to play from May 2019

Macworld - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 06:00
May's best Mac games

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May has been a banger of a month for Mac gaming, especially for those of us who like to play the good stuff at the same time it drops for our friends over on the PC. The merry month gave us one of the best strategy games in years, an enjoyable MMORPG expansion with lots of dragons, a rhythm platformer, as well as a cool comic book-styled FPS from some of the folks behind BioShock. There’s even a thought-provoking new art house game if you’re into that kind of thing.

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S. Korean survivors recall chaos after Budapest boat sinking

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:58

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean survivors of a tour boat which sank in Budapest say they barely managed to grab onto a drifting lifeboat while watching in horror as others around them struggled in the dark, rainy waters, shouting for help.


Border Patrol: Group of 1,036 migrants is largest ever found

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:23

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A group of 1,036 migrants that crossed the border illegally El Paso, Texas, is the largest the Border Patrol has ever encountered, the agency said Thursday.


US spelling bee ends in historic eight-way tie

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:19

The world's premier spelling bee has ended in an unprecedented eight-way tie after hours of intense competition among American youngsters tackling some of the English language's most obscure words. Texas seventh-grader Rohan Raja became the eighth and final winner of the National Spelling Bee's 92nd annual competition on Thursday after a correct recital of the word "odylic", earning a wild round of applause from the audience. The winners were "the most phenomenal assemblage of spellers in the history of this storied competition", said the bee's long-time official pronouncer Jacques Bailly.


Escalating Iran crisis looks a lot like the path US took to Iraq war

Top Stories - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 02:25

The U.S. went to war in Iraq in 2003 based on flawed intelligence supported by hawkish policy makers. Is it doomed to repeat the error with Iran?


Saudi King Accuses Iran of Threatening Global Oil Supplies

Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 22:55

Leaders of Gulf and Arab states held two emergency summits in Mecca on Thursday to present a united front to Iran. At the end of the meetings, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit said it was too early to talk of war with Tehran. "What the Iranian regime is doing, from intervening in regional countries’ affairs and developing its nuclear program, threatening global maritime traffic and global oil supplies, is a blatant violation of the treaties and principles of the United Nations," King Salman said in a speech at the Gulf leaders summit.


China Has a Rare Earths Plan Ready to Go if Trade War Deepens

Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 22:32

The government has prepared the steps it will take to use its stranglehold on the critical minerals in a targeted way to hurt the U.S. economy, the people said. The measures would likely focus on heavy rare earths, a sub-group of the materials where the U.S. is particularly reliant on China. China produces about 80% of the world’s rare earths, and an even higher proportion of the elements in their processed forms.


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