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NY sues Walmart, Target for selling toys with high lead levels

Top Stories - 2 hours 30 min ago

New York state authorities on Thursday announced a lawsuit against retail giants Walmart and Target for selling Chinese-made toys that had up to 10 times the legal limit of lead. The lawsuit seeks up to $6,000 in penalties for each of the thousands of Cra-Z-Jewelz jewelry kits the retailers and importer LaRose Industries sold from 2015 to 2016 before they were recalled. Authorities also are asking the three companies to take steps to prevent dangerous toys from reaching store shelves.

Police departments nationwide sent scrambling by flood of e-mailed bomb threats

Top Stories - 4 hours 30 min ago

Although no explosive devices were found, New York, San Francisco, Oklahoma City are among the cities forced to check out the threats.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, narrowly defeated in race for governor, says she will 'certainly' run again

Top Stories - 6 hours 37 min ago

Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat who came up short in her bid to become the nation's first black woman governor, plans to run for office again.

Apple’s original TV shows and series: J.J. Abrams to produce 'My Glory Was I Had Such Friends' with Jennifer Garner

Macworld - 7 hours 52 min ago

Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it’s still a huge commitment.

What can you get for a billion dollars? Well, some simple math gives us 200 episodes at $5 million a piece (a reasonable per-episode price for high-end TV). But we’re not likely to actually see 10-20 shows with 10-20 episodes each, all costing around that much. For starters, that billion dollars has to cover a lot more than per-episode production costs.

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Trump says trade deal pays for border wall, Democrats scoff

Top Stories - 10 hours 6 min ago

The Republican president vowed during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to build a wall along the border with Mexico to slow the flow of illegal immigration, and he has long pledged that Mexico - not U.S. taxpayers - would fund it. In a Twitter post early on Thursday, Trump said that unspecified savings for the United States as a result of the renegotiated trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada would pay for the wall. "Just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!," he wrote.

The Latest: Israeli PM vows to 'settle the score' of attacks

Top Stories - 10 hours 35 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local):

Man quits his job with epic rant over the store's PA

Top Stories - 10 hours 42 min ago

A disgruntled employee at a Canadian Walmart decided that he wasn’t going to

Plot Thickens for Carlos Ghosn: Financial Charges Filed in Japan, But Renault Declares He Did Nothing Wrong in France

Top Stories - 10 hours 59 min ago

In Japan, the former Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi chief faces as much as 10 years in prison, while Renault keeps him on as chairman and CEO after finding he did not break French finance laws.

'Christmas miracle': 3 suspected thieves rescued after days in West Virginia mine

Top Stories - 12 hours 6 min ago

Three people who disappeared in a closed West Virginia mine five days ago have been rescued and taken to a hospital in what a family member called a "Christmas miracle."

You don’t deserve a nice phone: Misusing iPhone features

Macworld - 12 hours 40 min ago

It is a sad fact of life that there are no standards for who is allowed to use an iPhone. If there were some kind of minimum, we probably wouldn’t have to deal with these kinds of problems.

Writing for Fast Company, Mark Sullivan tells us “How Apple could easily fix the iPhone’s “cyber flashing” problem.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

This would be the problem that when people have AirDrop set to accept file transfer invitations from “Everyone”, they can receive invitations from — are you sitting down? — everyone. Having it set like this can be a problem because some people — it’s men — get a thrill from showing their gross bits to other people. Here the Macalope means their physical gross bits and not the gross bits of their souls, although they are also putting those on exhibition.

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Instant Pot’s biggest multi-cooker is still on sale at its Cyber Week price

Top Stories - 14 hours 21 min ago

The Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is the largest available version of Instant Pot's best-selling DUO line. This multi-use cooking machine does it all, but it typically comes with a hefty $140 price tag. With Christmas fast approaching, the price has been slashed by $40, dropping this insanely popular model back down to its Cyber Week sale price. If you don't already have a machine like this, you definitely need to snag one at a discount because it'll change your life. Here's more info from the product page: * Duo 8 Quart, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle * Features 14 Smart Programs - Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Saute/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button * Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food * Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time * UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors * Accessories include stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz

Sri Lanka court rules parliament dissolution illegal in setback for president

Top Stories - 14 hours 24 min ago

Sirisena dissolved parliament last month and called a general election for Jan. 5, days after sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post. The ruling raises the possibility of Wickremesinghe being reinstated as prime minister since his coalition enjoys a majority in parliament. Sirisena has repeatedly said he will not appoint Wickremesinghe even if he has the backing of all 225 members of parliament.

How to turn off location tracking on your iPhone or iPad

Macworld - 15 hours 40 min ago

Most of us already know that many apps track our location data to better deliver information about local weather, shops, or movie showtimes. A new report from The New York Times, though, reveals that this data is often frighteningly precise and collected up to 14,000 times per day. It’s so precise, in fact, that it’s possible to figure out intimate details of a person’s life merely by studying it. Worse, some apps sell this data to companies who then use it to push hyper-targeted ads to your phones.

Fortunately, the report also demonstrates that we iOS users are better protected than our Android counterparts. Even so, we’re far from immune.

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Former Baylor fraternity president accused of rape is banned from graduation, University of Texas campus

Top Stories - 16 hours 8 min ago

Jacob Anderson, accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student, has been banned from University of Texas at Dallas, but will receive a degree.

Best photo book printing service: Cherish your memories in a DIY project

Macworld - 16 hours 10 min ago
It's easier than ever to transform your photos into a pro-grade, coffee table-style photo book. But not all services are created equal. PCWorld reviewed photo book services to find the best money can buy.

The sudden revival of PlayStation Vue

Macworld - 16 hours 40 min ago
Maybe PlayStation Vue isn't ill-fated after all.

The new Apple Pencil made me a believer

Macworld - 16 hours 40 min ago

I probably used the original Apple Pencil for no more than an hour, total, during its entire existence. I don’t draw. I avoid writing by hand whenever possible. My penmanship is awful. The moment my teachers began accepting printed essays, I stopped writing them in longhand. I have never had a good relationship with pens and pencils; why should the Apple Pencil be any different?

And yet... something funny happened upon the release of the new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with the second-generation Apple Pencil. I gave the new Pencil a try. And I’ve used it more in the past five weeks than in the three years that I kept the original Apple Pencil... well, it’s around here somewhere, if I can find it, but it’s probably not charged, anyway.

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Best offbeat Christmas movies to stream in 2018

Macworld - 16 hours 40 min ago
When you've had your fill of traditional feel-good Christmas fare, these 12 offbeat movies add an interesting twist to the holidays.


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