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Mother of Missing Illinois Boy to Face 2 Court Appearances

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:44

The mother of a missing 5-year-old boy from Crystal Lake, Illinois faces two court appearances Tuesday.

Meghan’s Mom Arrives in London, but Betting Market Says No Royal Baby This Week

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:06

WPA PoolIf you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, an all-new members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.If you were due to have a baby in a foreign country, and wanted your mother to be there, how long before the due date would you ask your mum to fly in?Five days? A week? Ten days?Well, Meghan Markle’s mother arrived in the U.K. on Monday evening, it is being reported. Some saw this as evidence that Meghan’s baby could be here really, really soon, while others concluded that Doria Ragland’s arrival indicated only the beginning of the birth window, and that we may, therefore, still have a considerable number of days of waiting to go. (Still others don’t believe she is pregnant at all, of course.)One consolation for the British press corps of Harry and Meghan’s decision to keep the details of the birth private—with no details of where the baby is to be born being released to the media—is that there is no incentive for the media to gather, exposed to the elements, outside the Lindo Wing (or any other hospital) for weeks on end before the birth. Instead, the only thing to do is to huddle hopefully around the SussexRoyal Instagram feed for updates.As the favored dates for the birth (April 21, the Queen’s birthday, was the previous pick) come and go, it is becoming increasingly likely that William could miss the birth as he is due to travel to New Zealand to pay his respects to the victims of the mosque shooting on Wednesday and Thursday, returning between Friday and Saturday. Of course, no one can predict when a baby born without intervention will arrive, but it would be odd to have organized this trip to coincide with Meghan’s due date.It may seem to some a bizarre bit of planning for William to be undertaking such a somber piece of official business in Australasia if there is a real chance that, on the other side of the world, his brother and his wife could be celebrating the arrival of their first child. Not only would the arrival of a royal baby obliterate all other royal news, meaning William’s trip to New Zealand would not get the coverage it deserves, but such a scheduling conflict between the brothers would fuel the feud narrative, which burst back into life this weekend with reports that Harry and Meghan could be exiled to Africa to avoid overshadowing William and Kate, if it appeared William was snubbing the baby’s birth.If one assumes that both William and Doria want to be in the country when the baby is born, then it could well be that the baby isn’t perhaps due until the very last days of April or even early May.The latest betting from gambling website Paddy Power supports this thesis: If you bet the baby will be born this week, you’ll get four times your stake back. But if you opt for next week (April 29-May 6), it’s just three times, making that week of late April /early May the hot favorite. Read more at The Daily Beast.

JPMorgan's Bob Michele Says ‘Enjoy the Ride’ as Risk Assets Rally

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:52

The chief investment officer at JPMorgan Asset Management said money managers are sitting on too much cash and should be boosting their allocations to high-yield assets after the Federal Reserve’s dovish pivot. The firm is putting its weight behind emerging markets as investors from BlackRock Inc. to Fidelity International warn of a break in the rally.

Trump to make state visit to Britain in June

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:42

Trump will be only the third U.S. president to have been accorded the honor of a state visit by Queen Elizabeth during her 67-year reign. Almost 1.9 million Britons signed a petition in 2017 saying he should not be given a state visit - a pomp-laden affair involving a carriage trip through London and a banquet at Buckingham Palace. Protests involving tens of thousands of demonstrators overshadowed his non-state trip to Britain last July.

How Does the Geely Geometry A Measure Up to the Tesla Model 3?

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:40

Is the Chinese automaker capable of making a Tesla Model 3 fighter? We do the math.

Woman who claims Biden touched her without permission says his jokes are 'disrespectful'

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:33

A Nevada Democrat who accused Joe Biden of touching her without permission says the former vice president has been "so incredibly disrespectful" by joking about the matter. Lucy Flores leveled her criticism Monday on Fox News as Biden nears an announcement of his 2020 presidential campaign.

2020 Democrats clash over impeachment, felons' right to vote

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:15

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris joined the call for President Donald Trump's impeachment as five leading Democratic presidential contenders clashed in a series of prime-time town hall meetings that exposed deep divisions in a party desperate to end the Trump presidency.

Today’s top deals: $15 Wi-Fi extender, $8 wireless charger, $20 128GB microSD, $10 Philips Hue bulbs, more

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:12

Today's roundup of the best daily deals we could find has some truly outstanding deals, but perhaps none are quite as good as the one-day sale that gets you Amazon's best-selling Wi-Fi range extender for just $14.99 after a discount and a $5 coupon you can clip. It works with any router, it has more than 20,000 5-star ratings, and it has never been anywhere close to this price! Other top daily deals on Tuesday include a terrific fast wireless charger for just $7.99, a SanDisk 128GB microSD card for $19.99, Philips Hue white LED bulbs for an all-time low of $10 a piece when you buy a 4-pack, another all-time low price for Philips Dusk-to-Dawn LED light bulbs that automatically turn on at night and off in the morning, $40 off the best-selling 8-quart Instant Pot, a $140 stand mixer that's just as good as a KitchenAid, a blazing-fast internal SSD with 120GB of capacity for under $26, Avengers: Infinity War for just $9.99, Netgear's most popular Orbi mesh Wi-Fi bundle at an all-time low price of just $159.99, and plenty more. See all of today's best deals below.

Ukraine defies anti-Semitic past with Zelensky victory

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:12

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky's election will see Ukraine led for the first time by a president of Jewish descent, in a landmark for a country with a long history of anti-Semitism. The 41-year-old actor won a landslide victory against incumbent Petro Poroshenko on Sunday. Ukraine already has a Jewish prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, also 41, and who is to remain in office pending parliamentary elections scheduled for October.

Trump demands from New York Times a 'bigger & better apology' than the one he didn't get in 2016

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:42

President Trump, who continues to assert, falsely, that the New York Times apologized to him for its coverage of the 2016 election, is demanding a “far bigger & better apology” over criticism of him by columnist Paul Krugman in Tuesday’s paper.

Islamic State Says Its Fighters Carried Out Sri Lanka Attacks

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:34

"Those who carried out the attack that targeted citizens belonging to the alliance countries and Christians in Sri Lanka are fighters with the Islamic State," according to a statement on IS news agency Amaq carried by SITE, which tracks jihadist groups. ‘Alliance countries’ refers to those involved in the U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State in Syria, which includes 79 nations from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, although Sri Lanka is not among them. Just last month the U.S. declared the last swath of territory once held by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been liberated.

These premium true wireless earphones make AirPods sound like dollar store earbuds

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:26

Apple's first-generation and new second-generation AirPods are great. They offer seamless integration with iOS devices and the sound is pretty impressive too, though most of the bass leaks out since they don't have silicone tips. If you have them and you love them, that's certainly fine. But if you're thinking about buying a pair and your primary concern is sound quality as opposed to image, there's an alternative that makes AirPods sound like those cheap no-name earbuds you might find in a dollar store.The Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones offer a fantastic design, incredible sound quality thanks in part to 10mm beryllium drivers, and a wonderful fit that locks in all that incredible sound. They also come with a very cool aluminum charging case, and they're in stock right now on Amazon. At the time of this writing, Amazon actually had a half-dozen pairs on sale at a sizeable $70 discount, dropping the price to $229.98. That's an all-time low, and those six units will definitely sell out quickly.Here's more info from the product page: * Master & Dynamic MW07 True wireless earphones are built on cutting-edge technology and feature beautifully handcrafted acetate and a richly appointed hand-polished stainless steel charging case to deliver a superior mobile sound tool. Technically sophisticated components such as custom 10mm Beryllium drivers, proprietary "fit wings, " improved antenna technology and optical sensors that detect in-ear placement to automatically play and pause the earphones demonstrate that when it comes to designing the ultimate True wireless listening experience, no detail is too small. * Premium materials: beautifully handcrafted and eye-catching acetate and durable finish, with a lightweight, slim Design * Exceptional acoustics: custom, high-performance 10mm Beryllium drivers deliver rich, expansive sound * Superior comfort & fit: proprietary silicone "fit wing" innovation available in two detachable sizes for a custom and extra secure in-ear fit

OnePlus announces the date it will announce the OnePlus 7 Pro

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:03

Are you an Android fan who has been anxiously awaiting the unveiling of OnePlus' next-generation OnePlus 7 Pro flagship phone? Have you been dying to know when it will finally be released? Well, we have good news and bad news for you on Tuesday morning. The good news is that OnePlus is making its first big announcement pertaining to the upcoming new OnePlus 7 Pro. The bad news is that OnePlus isn't actually announcing anything. Instead, the company has just announced when it plans to announce something. Confused yet?Here's the deal: OnePlus on Tuesday announced that it will host multiple events around the world to unveil its next-generation flagship smartphone. Unlike most smartphone makers, the company actually confirmed the name of the new handset in the process: as had been rumored, it will be called the OnePlus 7 Pro. There will be four events at which the new phone will be unveiled, and they're scheduled to take place on May 14th at 11:00 AM EDT. That means the OnePlus 7 Pro will be unveiled exactly three weeks from today.Here's the full announcement from OnePlus:> Go Beyond Speed at the OnePlus 7 Pro Launch Event> > April 23, New York. OnePlus, a global technology company, is inviting the world to see the unveiling of a new phone, in a series of global launch events at 11am EDT on Tuesday, May 14th.> > The company will be holding its largest event to date in New York at Pier 94 - tickets will be on sale via Early Bird tickets will be sold at a discounted price of $20 starting April 25th at 11am for up to 48 hours, with Standard tickets and Plus One tickets available for purchase afterwards.> > For the first time since its inception in 2013, OnePlus will present a truly global launch with four events in three continents occurring simultaneously.> > "Community is at the heart of everything that we do," said OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau. "By hosting events across the world, we hope that as many people as possible can join us for the launch of this exciting new chapter for OnePlus."> > Attendees will be among the first in the world to experience the new OnePlus 7 Pro. Previous OnePlus launch events have seen tickets sell out within days and as such, fans are advised to act fast.> > For those unable to attend, OnePlus will broadcast the event to its global community through a livestream link that will be posted on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.> > The date and time of the launch events are:> > * Pier 94, New York - US> > 11AM EDT, May 14> > * Printworks, London - UK> > 4PM BST, May 14> > * BIEC, Bangalore - India> > 8:15PM IST, May 14> > * Yanqi Lake, Beijing - China> > 2PM PST, May 16As for what we can expect from the OnePlus 7 Pro, rumors so far have painted a very impressive picture. The new flagship phone will supposedly feature an all-screen design unlike anything we've seen on a OnePlus phone before, and it's expected to have a best-in-class OLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. That's about 1.5 times faster than comparable smartphones. We're also expecting a big improvement when it comes to camera quality, with details surrounding the phone's new triple-lens rear camera setup having just leaked earlier this week. We can also look forward to 5G connectivity, a possible launch on all four major wireless carriers in the US, and a price tag that is significantly lower than rival flagship phones from the likes of Apple and Samsung.

Sony's latest TVs range in price from $650 to $70,000

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:00

On Monday, Sony announced the pricing of the flagship Master Series televisions as well as that of its new LCD and OLED models originally revealed at CES earlier this year. While the smaller three televisions of the Master segment, the A9G TVs, measure in at 65", 55", and 77" and feature 4K OLED displays with over eight million pixels, the two larger models -- the Z9G TVs -- are 8K HDR televisions with 33 million pixels.

WWII shipwreck discovered off Australian coast

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:00

The SS Iron Crown, an Australian freighter sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II, has been discovered.

The foldable Mate X, which doesn’t appear to be junk like the Galaxy Fold, will launch on schedule

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 08:17

When I wrote earlier this week that the Galaxy Fold turned out to be exactly the piece of junk that I predicted it would be more than 7 months ago, angry Android fans flooded my inbox with complaints. By coincidence I'm sure, those emails then completely stopped arriving when Samsung basically confirmed that the Galaxy Fold is indeed a piece of junk. Oops.I'm not a fortune teller. I can't see the future. I can see the writing on the wall, however. As I explained 7 months ago and then again earlier this week, Samsung is awful at building first-generation products. Even when it launches them on its own schedule, the company's first-gen mobile offerings are never solid offerings. Add in the fact that Samsung decided to rush to launch its Galaxy Fold so that it would be the first widely available smartphone in the world with a foldable display, and you have an obvious recipe for disaster. The company excels in refinement, which is why the Galaxy S was a flimsy plastic mess with horrible software and even worse performance, but the Galaxy S10 is one of the sleekest and most powerful smartphones the world has ever seen.Now, in an unprecedented move, Samsung has delayed the release of the Galaxy Fold and decided to collect all review samples since so many of those phones failed catastrophically.I lost count of how many Galaxy Fold review units broke while they were being tested. Some had displays that just malfunctioned on their own, which is obviously horrible news for a device that has one and only one selling point: its display. Other review units failed when bloggers peeled off the flimsy plastic screen protector that turned out to actually be part of the display. That's right, a $2,000 smartphone was going to ship with an essential layer of the screen that was completely exposed, and that looked exactly like the cheap screen protector films that ship on many Android phones. You really can't make this stuff up.Samsung has now confirmed that the Galaxy Fold's release has been cancelled for the time being. The company will collect all review samples to investigate the various failures, and it says it will release the phone once various issues have been addressed. Considering how many units have already been produced -- many hundreds of thousands, most likely -- it's unclear exactly how Samsung plans to fix them, or even if the company plans to fix them.Want my advice? Even when Samsung announces that it has addressed the Galaxy Fold's issues, you should definitely still pass it. Unless Samsung scraps all of the units that have already been manufactured and makes several major design changes, the Galaxy Fold will still have serious problems when the "fixed" version is finally released in the coming weeks or months. Beyond that, the phone's design is still going to be terrible either way. It's too thick when folded closed, the inner and outer displays have big unsightly bezels, and the main display has a hideous notch in the top corner that completely ruins the viewing experience.If you have your heart set on getting a foldable smartphone sometime soon, there is a bit a good news.Following Samsung's Galaxy Fold disaster, rumors began circulating almost immediately that Huawei would also have to delay its first foldable phone, the Mate X. This was horrible news for a few reasons, but mainly because the Mate X design is infinitely better than Samsung's Galaxy Fold design. The phone as a whole feels much sturdier and more premium, the display doesn't have massive bezels or an unsightly notch, and it's nice and thin whether it's folded or unfolded. As you can see in the GIF above, it looks fantastic. In our brief time checkout out the phone firsthand, we found that it's just as good as it looks.So, the good news is that those rumors are completely bogus. Unnamed insiders at Huawei have confirmed to Chinese-language industry news site MyDrivers that rumors suggesting the Mate X release had been pushed back to September are baseless. The phone will launch in June, just as Huawei announced. Will it face any of the same issues as the Galaxy Fold? There's no way to know for sure at this point, but the good news is that Huawei has a much better track record than Samsung when it comes to first-generation products.

US sanctions over Iran oil will 'intensify Mideast turmoil': China

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 07:08

China warned Tuesday that the US decision to impose sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil will "intensify turmoil" in the Middle East and in the international energy market. The White House announced Monday it was calling an end to six-month waivers that had exempted several countries -- including major importer China -- from unilateral US sanctions on Iranian oil exports. "China firmly opposes the US implementation of unilateral sanctions and its so-called long-armed jurisdiction," foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.

Twitter reports surprise quarterly user growth, revenue beats

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 07:04

Twitter Inc on Tuesday posted better-than-expected first-quarter revenue and a surprise rise in the number of monthly active users, a sign that the social media platform may be on a sustainable path after a year of stagnant user growth. Twitter, which has been focusing on improving the quality of its platform by removing thousands of spam and suspicious accounts, would no longer disclose MAUs from next quarter. Monetizable daily active users or mDAU rose to 134 million in the first quarter, up 12 percent from a year ago, Twitter said.

America is at a gay rights crossroads, thanks to Pete Buttigieg and the Supreme Court

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 07:00

A married gay man running for president, and that's not disqualifying? Six months ago, I’d have said, 'No way, no gay.' Mayor Pete changed my mind.

Iranian parliament labels entire US military as terrorist

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 06:26

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all U.S. military forces as terrorist, state TV reported, a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil.