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The Latest: Trump optimistic despite haze around China trade

Top Stories - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:37

BEIJING (AP) — The latest on China-U.S. trade developments (all times local):


Roku TV Wireless Speakers review: A terrific sonic value for anyone rocking a Roku TV

Macworld - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:30
Theser stereo speakers will tightly integrate with TVs based on Roku OS, and those are the only TVs they're compatible with.

Ex-Google driverless car firm Waymo begins charging for self-driving car rides in Arizona

Top Stories - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:28

The former Google driverless car company will begin charging pre-approved passengers in the Chandler, Arizona, area.


How to use iCloud for continuity when restoring from an iOS backup

Macworld - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 08:00

When migrating from one iOS device to another, iCloud provides continuity. If you’ve already set up a target device and logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID as on the device from which you’re migrating, you don’t lose anything synced with iCloud in the process.

The only thing to watch out for is information you’ve created uniquely on the target device that isn’t stored in the cloud, but you believe is stored on the device itself. Depending on the app, you need to make sure to back that data up.

That can include photos if you’re not using iCloud Photos (formerly iCloud Photo Library), which automatically syncs all your media through iCloud and across iOS devices and Macs logged into the same account. With that feature off, a target device on which you’ve captured or stored any images or videos that you haven’t imported into Photos (or iPhoto) will have all this new media deleted when you restore from another device.

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Walmart's newest in-store technology will give customers access to millions of more items than before

Top Stories - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 07:41

Part of the allure of online shopping is not having seemingly infinite choices


Online security tools: The holiday gift that shows you really care

Macworld - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 07:00

In an era of conspicuous consumption, many folks have shifted from material gifts to offering experiences or digital goods. Here’s a digital gift suggestion: Give the gift of security. With free and inexpensive options that pay huge dividends to the recipient, you can be the savviest and most beloved person in the house.

Why give the gift of security? If a friend or relative uses two-factor authentication and a password manager, they dramatically reduce the odds of a hack or breach. Signing up for password-breach notifications and using password management lets them quickly change secrets for exposed accounts. In all, it can save your friends and family from a lot of grief from what seems like an inevitability these days.

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Dems threaten to block Republican from taking seat amid election fraud investigation

Top Stories - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:38

The incoming Democratic House Majority Leader said his party may block a North Carolina Republican from taking his seat in Congress amid an election fraud investigation.


Rudy Giuliani Goes Full Conspiracy Theorist Because He Doesn't Understand The Internet

Top Stories - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:35

Rudy Giuliani pushed out a conspiracy theory about Twitter on Tuesday because


Cruise Critic editors reveal their picks for the top cruises of 2018

Top Stories - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:20

A luxury liner that features the cuisine of triple Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller and a newly christened ship that takes guests on a "magic carpet" ride are some of the big winners of the Cruise Critic Editors' Pick Awards for 2018. 


Nanoleaf Canvas Smart Light Squares review: Nanoleaf’s wall lighting goes touch-sensitive

Macworld - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:00
Nanoleaf continues to innovate in the realm of decorative home lighting. It's new Canvas Smart Light Squares open up new opportunities for creating your own illuminated wall art.

Is Apple’s TV streaming service bound for Apple TV competitors?

Macworld - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:00

Just how big is Amazon’s announcement last week that Apple Music is coming to Echo devices? It all depends on if you see it as something larger about how Apple is prioritizing its subscription services compared to its traditional focus on making money by selling hardware.

The cold war between Amazon and Apple seems to be thawing at last. Amazon’s Prime Video app finally arrived on Apple TV late last year. Apple devices are widely available on Amazon thanks to a new deal between the two companies. And now there’s this new wrinkle, in which Amazon will become the second third-party speaker vendor (after Sonos) to offer support for Apple Music.

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Ukraine Leader Renews Plea to West After Muted Response on Russia

Top Stories - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 05:21

With initial talk of tighter sanctions now fading and Russia so far paying little cost for firing on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait last month, President Petro Poroshenko reiterated calls for action from the West. “While Western partners make strong statements, Putin acts,” Poroshenko told Bloomberg Television on Tuesday in an interview, urging better cooperation among Ukraine’s partners.


Ukraine council to meet on December 15 to form independent church: president

Top Stories - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 03:16

A Ukrainian church council will meet on December 15 in order to create an independent Orthodox church and elect its leader, President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday. Under Poroshenko's presidency, Ukraine has pushed to establish a national church and thereby sever centuries-old ties with the Russian clergy. "The synod will be held on December 15, 2018 in St. Sophia (Cathedral), which for centuries has been the center of the Orthodox Ukrainian religious life," Poroshenko said.


New Caledonia, Vanuatu order evacuations after powerful quake, but suffer little impact

Top Stories - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 02:08

New Caledonia and Vanuatu ordered coastal evacuations on Wednesday after a powerful undersea earthquake triggered tsunami warnings in the South Pacific, but appeared to have suffered little damage. The quake https://tmsnrt.rs/2QdrtkL of magnitude 7.6, which struck east of New Caledonia, was just 10 km (6 miles) deep and about 155 km (95 miles) east-southeast of the Loyalty Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said. "The good news is, we have had no injuries or damage," said Oliver Ciry, a spokesman for New Caledonia's directorate for civil protection and risk management, adding that abnormal movements of the sea off the east coast and around the Loyalty Islands had been spotted earlier.


Mueller says Michael Flynn provided 'substantial assistance' to the Russia probe and a mysterious separate criminal investigation

Top Stories - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 22:28

The memo did not divulge any details about a second criminal investigation Mueller is working on, and it hinted about a possible third.


Bob Dole Rises From Wheelchair In Emotional Salute To George H.W. Bush

Top Stories - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 21:27

Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) was lifted out of his wheelchair Tuesday to give


The Latest: 'Texas 7' inmate executed for officer's killing

Top Stories - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 19:56

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of a man convicted of killing a Texas police officer in 2000 (all times local):


Boy hits target, convinces town to scrap snowball fight ban

Top Stories - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 19:03

SEVERANCE, Colo. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be — his little brother.


Medtronic to pay $51 million to resolve U.S. medical device probes

Top Stories - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 18:55

Medtronic Plc said on Tuesday it would pay $50.9 million to resolve U.S. Justice Department probes into how companies it later acquired marketed medical devices, including one meant to treat a vascular defect in the brain. As part of the accord, ev3 Inc, which Medtronic now owns, will pay $17.9 million and plead guilty to a charge related to its marketing of a neurovascular medical device for unproven and potentially dangerous uses, federal prosecutors in Boston said. The misdemeanor charge relates to the Onyx Liquid Embolic System, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2005 approved for the limited use of blocking blood flow to arteriovenous malformations in the brain.


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