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J&J resumes production of baby talc in India after tests find no asbestos

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 09:08

"Johnson & Johnson has resumed production of its Johnson's Baby Powder at plants in Baddi and Mulund, India, after government sanctioned testing reaffirmed that the product does not contain asbestos," J&J said in a statement to Reuters. Reuters reported earlier on Thursday that the federal regulator had not found any asbestos in the company's talc, citing sources familiar with the matter. The federal regulator and its counterparts in Indian states launched an investigation into J&J's Baby Powder following a Reuters report in December that the firm knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos could be found in the product.

Amazon testing self-serve tool to let brands nix counterfeit products online

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 08:56

Online retailing giant Amazon is giving brands a self-service tool to remove counterfeit versions of their products from Amazon's website.

Are passengers to blame for poor airline service?

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 08:00

Should consumers be blamed for subpar service and struggles with air travel if they choose the cheaper seat?

How to convert vector artwork into different formats using the Preview app

Macworld - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 08:00

There’s a gulf of difference between bitmap and vector graphics. Bitmap art is made of pixels and has a scale attached: each pixel represents black or white, or some gray or color tone. The resolution of the file—how many pixels wide by how tall—defines the amount of information in it. Scale it up and you start to see the individual pixels.

A vector graphic, however, defines just the relationship of arcs and lines, which can be colored or filled with tints or patterns, and can be scaled to any size large or small. At whatever size they’re scaled, they render to the screen: the geometrical data gets converted to pixels for display. (Text included in vector files are almost always made of vectors themselves!)

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Impeachment decoded: A look at how to remove a U.S. president

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 07:11

The Constitution assigns different but equally crucial roles to the 435-seat House of Representatives and 100-member Senate. The House acts as the accuser - voting on whether to bring specific charges - and the Senate then conducts a trial with House members acting as prosecutors and the individual senators serving as jurors. A two-thirds majority is required in the Senate to convict and remove.

Gamevice review: A good iPhone game controller, but not for Fortnite

Macworld - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 07:00

Hook up any latter-day iPhone to the Gamevice and you’ll wind up with a device that looks a lot like a Nintendo Switch. An iPhone XS Max in particular does a good job of masquerading as the Switch’s expansive central touchscreen. The Gamevice controllers themselves hug the phone’s edges like Joy-Cons. So fully does the Gamevice pull off the illusion that I spent the week before its arrival envisioning a future where we wouldn’t even need devices like the Switch. With the help of peripherals like these, I was ready to proclaim, the iPhone alone would suffice.

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Thousands stranded in Bangkok as flights affected by India Pakistan tensions

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:16

Thai Airways flights resumed by Thursday afternoon after the airline secured permission to reroute flights over Chinese airspace, but it could take up to three days to clear a backlog of 3,000 passengers, an airline official said. Flights to and from London, Munich, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Vienna, Stockholm, Zurich, Copenhagen, Oslo, Frankfurt and Rome had been scheduled to fly over Pakistani airspace on Thursday, Thai Airways said in a statement. Most of the airline's European flights leave after midnight and the cancellations left scores of passengers stuck at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on the outskirts of Bangkok.

Ivanka Trump occupies a different reality from most working women

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:00

Responding to a question about Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal and its call for a federal job guarantee, Ivanka Trump this week offered sage wisdom: “I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years,” she said. In light of this recent controversy, it’s worth revisiting Ivanka Trump’s views on work through the lens of her now defunct, eponymous website dedicated to building her personal lifestyle brand – think Goop for the recently lobotomized, with fewer jade eggs and a hint of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. Judging by the kinds of women highlighted on her site, the working women she has in mind mostly are CEOs for jewelry and wellness companies, including her fellow bootstrapping go-getter Lauren Bush Lauren, niece of George W Bush.

Apple dominates the podcast market. But for how long?

Macworld - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:00

If you aren’t someone who is part of the podcast business (disclosure: I make the majority of my income from podcasting), you might not realize that Apple is the dominant player in the field. That dominance is driven by two factors: its definitive directory of podcasts, and the built-in iOS Podcasts app, which drives the majority of podcast listening on the planet.

The slow shift from radio to on-demand audio continues, and companies are noticing. Investment in podcast companies is up, listening is growing, and the podcast advertising market continues to expand. Yet despite its dominance, Apple seems strangely uninterested in podcasting.

It started with the iPod

Apple reached this point because in 2005 it noticed that people were going to great lengths to load the first podcasts onto its iPod music player, and decided to make some effort to make the process easier. Apple released a new version of GarageBand with additional podcast-focused features, created a directory of podcasts using the iTunes Store framework, and updated iTunes to support podcast subscriptions directly. You still had to attach your iPod directly in order to download new episodes, which was not the best, but it beat the old method of loading podcast audio files into iTunes, marking them as songs or audiobooks, and syncing them manually.

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Rolls-Royce pulls out of race to power future Boeing plane

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 05:35

Rolls-Royce no longer wishes to be a candidate to make the engine for a new midsize passenger jet proposed by US planemaker Boeing, the troubled British group said Thursday. Rolls gave the update alongside news that it had dived into a net loss last year as its Trent engines were hit by costly repairs and a decision by Boeing's European rival Airbus to stop making the A380 jumbo. "Rolls-Royce has decided to withdraw from the current competition to power Boeing's proposed middle of the market -- or New Midsize Airplane (NMA) -- platform," the British group said in a statement.

Trump says Kim 'felt very badly' after Otto Warmbier death

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 05:32

President Trump says Kim Jong Un "tells me that he didn’t know about” the treatment of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. college student who died in 2017 after being held in a Pyongyang prison. “And I will take him at his word.”

In Hanoi, Trump calls Michael Cohen's congressional testimony 'shameful' and 'fake'

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 04:49

President Trump’s second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week came as Michael Cohen, a man who was once one of Trump’s closest allies, delivered dramatic testimony before Congress, calling the president a “con man.”

Did Pakistan Just Blink?

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 04:38

Things did not go as Islamabad planned.

Swiss may let 5,000 people use marijuana legally for studies

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 04:36

The cabinet proposed limited pilot projects that may lead to changes in laws banning cannabis that date back to 1951. The plan will be put out for public comment until mid-year, the Federal Health Office said. Switzerland already allows cannabis products of less than 1 percent THC, the chemical that makes people high.

Trump abruptly leaves Kim Jong Un summit without a deal

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 04:22

President Trump abruptly ended his planned deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday, declaring that sometimes you have to walk. This was his second summit with the dictator about the regime's nuclear weapons.

Key Asia-Europe Air Route Closed on India-Pakistan Tensions

Top Stories - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 04:15

Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s Europe-bound flights on Thursday will take off as planned, but will be re-routed to avoid the affected airspace, without any refueling stops, the carrier said in an email. After scrapping all 10 flights from Europe to Bangkok as well as those to Pakistan that were due to depart late Wednesday and early Thursday, Thai Airways International Pcl said it has resumed normal operations by skirting the South Asian country. Pakistan airspace is the primary route for Southeast Asia and Europe, with about 220 services connecting the regions daily, according to the International Air Transport Association.

UN to vote on dueling US, Russia drafts on Venezuela

Top Stories - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 23:52

The UN Security Council will vote Thursday on two rival draft resolutions from the United States and Russia aimed at confronting the crisis in Venezuela, but both are expected to fail, according to diplomats. Battered by an economic meltdown, Venezuela descended into a major political crisis when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in January and asserted that President Nicolas Maduro was no longer legitimate. On Wednesday, the United States put forward a measure that would call for presidential elections to end the political standoff and unimpeded deliveries of aid to ease shortages of food and medicine in Venezuela.

These Are the Top Aides at the Second Trump-Kim Summit

Top Stories - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 23:31

If any deal happens, these trusted interlocutors will likely have played a key part in it

Apple self-driving car layoffs give hints to division's direction

Top Stories - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 22:48

The tech firm said in a filing with state regulators that it planned to lay off people from eight different Santa Clara County facilities near its Cupertino, California, headquarters, as of April 16. A company spokesman confirmed that the reduction was from the self-driving car program. Among those laid off were at least two dozen software engineers, including a machine learning engineer, and 40 hardware engineers, according to a letter sent by Apple to California employment regulators earlier this month.


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