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October 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia claims Jamal Khashoggi died due to ‘fist fight’

Saudi Arabia confirmed the death of Washington Post contributor and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, over two weeks after he was last seen entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Despite widespread condemnation of Saudi Arabia over its perceived role in Khashoggi’s killing after details emerged about his apparent torture and execution and footage […]
October 19, 2018

Russian charged with attempting to interfere in midterm elections

Elena Khusyaynova, a resident of St. Petersburg, Russia, has been charged by the Justice Department with trying to interfere in next month’s U.S. midterm elections. Khusyaynova is allegedly connected to the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, whose employees were included in special counsel Robert Mueller’s February indictments for their roles in Russian election interference in 2016. The […]
October 19, 2018

Fake Iranian tweets targeted Americans with the weird and the wild

Twitter’s release this week of one million tweets that were part of a social media influence campaign in Iran, as well as millions more from Russia’s own disinformation effort, offered a new level of detail regarding how Americans interacted with the accounts, and who was susceptible to targeting. Earlier this year, the “Mad Dog PAC” — a […]
October 19, 2018

Eric Trump: Murdering journalists is ‘awful’ but ‘what are you going to do?’

The president’s son argued this week that while murdering journalists is bad, there’s not much the Trump administration can or should do about it. He also dismissed allegations his father’s business is tied to Saudi Arabian interests, and made light of his father’s comments about a political ally who had assaulted a reporter. During an interview on […]
October 19, 2018

The NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick is why we’re stuck with Maroon 5 at the Super Bowl

Last month, the NFL announced that the featured performer for the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII would be Maroon 5, a band best known for a handful of inoffensive pop/rock chart-toppers. Reaction to the news was…muted. Many wondered why the NFL didn’t capitalize on the location of this year’s edition of the game — […]
October 19, 2018

Oil industry gets aggressive in fight over Colorado ballot measure to protect public from drilling

Notable Coloradans such as former star Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway and former U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton have appeared in television advertisements financed by the oil and gas industry to oppose a grass roots-driven ballot initiative — known as Proposition 112 — that would expand the buffer zone between homes and drilling sites. In […]

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October 19, 2018

Shapeshifting Multi-Day Laptops – The Samsung Galaxy Book2 will Work for Two Full Working Days (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The Samsung Galaxy Book2 laptop has been unveiled by the brand as a new two-in-one solution for mobile professionals that will keep them connected for extended periods when working out of the office...
October 19, 2018

Portable Acupuncture Pain Relievers – The iJoou Moxibustion Pain Relief Device (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The iJoou Moxibustion Pain Relief Device is a natural solution for consumers who suffer from chronic pain or common ailments to integrate into their lifestyle when seeking out a alleviate their...
October 19, 2018

Movie Character Sugar Cookies – Pillsbury is Offering Buddy the Elf Cookies This Holiday Season (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Holiday movies and baking go hand-in-hand, which is why Pillsbury's new Buddy the Elf cookies are the ultimate Christmas indulgence. This holiday season, consumers can get their hands on ready-...
October 19, 2018

Mobile Gamer Speaker Docks – The Game Zoom GZ1 Speaker Enhances Gameplay and More (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The popularity of mobile gaming has increased the demand for aftermarket products and solutions like the Game Zoom GZ1 speaker to keep gamers further immersed in the pastime. The unit works by...
October 19, 2018

Eco-Friendly Bed Frames – The Bed by Thuma Can be Assembled without Tools in Five Minutes (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The rise in popularity of bed-in-a-box businesses has expanded the direct-to-consumer business model and is seeing new products like The Bed by Thuma be developed with these factors in mind....
October 19, 2018

Biodegradable Kitchen Mixing Bowls – The Bamboozle ‘SustainaBOWL’ is Crafted from Astrik Material (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Preferences for sustainable products are increasing amongst many consumer demographics, so the Bamboozle ‘SustainaBOWL' has been developed with eco-friendly chefs in mind. Crafted from...
October 19, 2018

3D-Printed Razor Handles – Razor Maker Creates Custom Razor Handles for Gillette Cartridges (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The Razor Maker service has been launched by Gillette as a new service for consumers that will offer them a way to get their hands on a customized razor handle that suits their style and design...
October 19, 2018

Ultra-Slow Brew Coffee Makers – The Soulhand Cold Brew Coffee Dripper Slowly Creates Perfect Java (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Cold brew coffee has become all the rage amongst Millennial consumers who favor it for its less acidic flavor profile and its easy-to-make recipe, so the Soulhand Cold Brew Coffee Dripper comes as a...
October 19, 2018

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October 20, 2018

Amritsar train tragedy: 61 lives lost, Railway official calls it case of trespassing – Economic Times

Economic TimesAmritsar train tragedy: 61 lives lost, Railway official calls it case of trespassingEconomic TimesAt least 61 people were killed and 72 injured when a crowd of Dussehra revellers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning...
October 20, 2018

HTC’s standalone Vive Focus will soon get 6DoF VR controllers

While Facebook's Oculus Quest won't arrive until the spring of 2019, its seemingly beefier inside-out tracking plus 6DoF controllers may already pose a threat to HTC's Vive Focus, as well as to other Vive Wave-based standalone VR headsets -- includin...
October 20, 2018

When women got pills for hysteria and advice to keep vaginas clean

A Royal College of Nursing exhibition charts the strange, sometimes disturbing history of women's healthcare.
October 20, 2018

Newfound species of ancient piranha-like fish would have made a meal of you, very slowly

It goes without saying that you could find some pretty dangerous animals if you were to travel back in time tens of millions of years ago, but not all of the creatures that lurked in prehistoric times were dramatically different from what we can still find on Earth today. A newly-discovered species of ancient fish that swam Earth's waters roughly 150 million years ago actually doesn't look all that different from some that still exist today, but that doesn't mean you'd ever have wanted to take a swim with them. The species has been named Piranhamesodon pinnatomus, and if you couldn't tell from its name, it was a lot like a piranha. The fish, which was found in German, would have lived during the late Jurassic period. That means it would have been around at roughly the same time as some pretty iconic dinosaurs, like the allosaurus, stegosaurus, and brachiosaurus, but the animal itself was not a dinosaur. What it was, however, was a pretty serious nuisance for fellow fish. The researchers that discovered the species — whose work is published in Current Biology — found what they believe are some of the fish's victims nearby. Rather than being torn apart and feasted on, the prey fish weren't outright killed. Instead, the sharp-toothed predator apparently nibbled away at their fins, allowing them to regrow before biting away once again. "This is an amazing parallel with modern piranhas, which feed predominantly not on flesh but the fins of other fishes," Dr. David Bellwood, a co-author of the research, said. "It's a remarkably smart move as fins re-grow; a neat renewable resource." Piranhas tend to be portrayed as bloodthirsty beasts that swarm to attack anything that comes close, but the reality is that most of the time the carnivorous fish take small meals whenever they can. This new discovery would seem to suggest that the same was true of similar fish going back 150 million years. Maybe time doesn't change that much after all?
October 20, 2018

Netflix cancels ‘Luke Cage’ a week after dropping ‘Iron Fist’

When Marvel and Netflix announced Iron Fist wouldn't return for a third season, there were reports Luke Cage was close to being renewed. That is not the case, however, as they announced tonight that the show will end after two seasons. In a statement...
October 20, 2018

Saudi claims that Khashoggi died in a ‘brawl’ draw immediate skepticism – Washington Post


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Saudi claims that Khashoggi died in a 'brawl' draw immediate skepticism
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Claims by the government of Saudi Arabia that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi died in a physical altercation inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul drew immediate skepticism and contradicted earlier dueling accounts from Saudi and Turkish ...
Trump, Breaking With US Intelligence, Appears to Accept Saudi Explanation of Journalist's DeathNew York Times
Mohammed bin Salman's inner circle takes the blame for Khashoggi's deathCNN
Saudi's Khashoggi death investigation leaves questionsNBCNews.com
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October 20, 2018

US poised to pull out of nuclear arms treaty with Moscow: source – Fox News

Fox NewsUS poised to pull out of nuclear arms treaty with Moscow: sourceFox NewsAn administration official confirmed on Friday that during his meetings next week with Russian officials, National Security Adviser John Bolton will inform Russia that the ...
October 20, 2018

The days of Google letting device makers install its apps for free in Europe are almost over

It looks like Google is going to potentially start making bank by licensing out its app suite to Android handset makers in Europe. That's according to documents obtained by The Verge, which show how in response to a major anti-trust ruling against Google from the European Union this summer, the company is starting to rework the terms of how its Android OS is distributed within the EU. The ruling barred Google from mandating that phone makers bundle Google's Chrome and search applications with the rest of its app suit. Google, according to the documents, is essentially saying, okay -- we'll break out our apps from the OS, license out the app suite and charge as many as $40 per device for the privilege of obtaining that license. The license fee, it should be pointed out, varies from country to country and by phone type, with that $40 representing the top end. It also should be noted that Google might agree to cover at least some of the license cost if the handset makers go on and install Chrome and search as well, along with the rest of the app bundle. The new fees would apply to devices activated on or after February 1 of next year. From The Verge: "The European Commission ruling does not explicitly require Google to charge licensing fees, but Google is required to break apart its traditional bundle of apps. The court ruled that by bundling search and Chrome within Android, Google stifled innovation and cut off opportunities for device makers to sign better deals around preinstalled browsers and search engines ... The commission sees this breakup as a way to increase competition, which could lower costs or add more options for consumers in the long run." That piece goes on to note that Google's Chrome browser and search engine generate hefty profits for the company, so you can see why giving device manufacturers an option to leave them off the device has led to Google feeling like it needs to pursue a per-device fee to fund the distribution of its other apps and services. Most manufacturers may well decide they need Google's Play Store on their device, because customers expect plenty of non-Google apps like Instagram and Snapchat for which the Play Store is the easiest distribution channel on Android. Which may lead those same manufacturers to say fine, we'll pay. Will the extra fees trickle down to consumers in the form of higher device prices? It's likely. Android became so dominant in part because Google gave it away for free to get it onto as many devices as possible. This could slow that pace of adoption down just a tad bit, but Google's well-oiled money-making engine -- well, don't expect that to slow down anytime soon.
October 20, 2018

One culture, two generations: Learning my mother tongue

Lola is the first born British-Nigerian in her family. In this candid conversation she asks her mum why she was never taught their mother tongue.
October 20, 2018

Deaf dance troupe House of Krip seek to change perceptions

The House of Krip vogue dance troupe is challenging perceptions of deaf and disabled people.
October 20, 2018

YouTube TV apologizes for outage with a one-week credit

If you're one of many who experienced the Youtube TV outage on October 16th, check your email. YouTube TV sent its subscribers an apology today which contained a link to a form you can fill out to receive one week's free credit.
October 20, 2018

Fed’s Kaplan sees two-three more rate hikes to hit ‘neutral’ level

Another two to three interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve will likely put U.S. borrowing costs in "neutral" territory where it is neither stimulating nor restricting economic growth, Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan said on Fr...
October 20, 2018

New study says not exercising is pretty much the worst thing you can possibly do

It's no secret that there are a lot of things that can potentially impact your overall health. What food you eat, what habits you adopt or drop, and even how much sleep you get can have serious impacts on your wellbeing, but a new study by cardiologists reveals that of all the things you can do that might negatively impact your health, a sedentary lifestyle is the most deadly. The research, which was published in JAMA Network Open, surveyed a whopping 122,007 patients between early 1991 and late 2014. The doctors recorded fitness levels of the individuals and then followed up to track mortality rates. The numbers were, as one of the authors of the paper put it, "extremely surprising." According to the data, lack of cardiovascular fitness is a huge risk factor for death. That might not sound shocking, but keep in mind that it's being compared to things like hypertension and even being a smoker. Lack of exercise is, as far as this study is concerned, actually worse than being a current smoker. "Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic or being a current smoker," Dr Wael Jaber, a senior author of the research, told CNN. "We've never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this." The researchers insist that a sedentary lifestyle should be seen like a disease, with the obvious treatment being exercise. On a related note, the study also looked at the potential risk of being overactive. The researchers looked at the possibility of diehard gym rats and marathoners being at risk from pushing themselves too hard, but found that there's no link between an abundance of exercise and an early grave. Put simply, you can never get too much exercise, but it's definitely possible to get too little.
October 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia claims Jamal Khashoggi died due to ‘fist fight’

Saudi Arabia confirmed the death of Washington Post contributor and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, over two weeks after he was last seen entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Despite widespread condemnation of Saudi Arabia over its perceived role in Khashoggi’s killing after details emerged about his apparent torture and execution and footage […]