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Roost Smart Battery (2nd Generation) review: Well worth the extra money

Macworld - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 03:00
The one-time higher price tag buys peace of mind when you’re away from home.

Japan earthquake: Eight dead and dozens missing in landslides as lights go out on Hokkaido

Top Stories - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 01:34

At least eight people were killed and 32 were missing, Japanese media reported, after a powerful earthquake paralysed the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents. Aerial footage showed dozens of landslides exposing barren hillsides near the town of Atsuma in southern Hokkaido, with mounds of reddish earth and fallen trees piled up at the edge of green fields. The collapsed remains of what appeared to be houses or barns were scattered about. Houses were buried by multiple landslides after a powerful earthquake in Atsuma, Hokkaido Credit: Getty Six of the deaths were in the village of Atsuma, National broadcaster NHK reported. With swathes of the country further south recovering from Typhoon Jebi, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that 25,000 troops and other personnel were being dispatched to the area to help with rescue operations. NHK showed the moment the quake struck the city of Muroran, with its camera violently shaking and all city lights going black moments later. In Sapporo, a mudslide on a road left several cars half buried. Akira Fukui, from the main city of Sapporo, told AFP: "I woke up around 3am with a vertical jolt. I put the light on but it went out shortly afterwards. All the traffic lights are out and there's no power at work." A strong earthquake rocked Japan's northern island of Hokkaido shortly after 3 AM on Thursday. Police are checking on the extent of the damage. NHK WORLD-JAPAN is LIVE streaming the Hokkaido earthquake updates. https://t.co/QbGNxwoMjtpic.twitter.com/AX72kCYbEO— NHK WORLD News (@NHKWORLD_News) September 5, 2018 Another Sapporo resident told NHK: "I was scared... I felt the tremor, which lasted for about 30 seconds. I was on the sixth floor, it was really scary." The entire island was without power after Hokkaido Electric Power Co said it conducted an emergency shutdown of all its fossil fuel-fired power plants following the quake. The utility said it wasn't clear when electricity would be restored to 2.95 million households. The trade and industry ministry told the utility to restart the coal-fired Tomato-Atsuma power plant within a few hours, Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko said. All trains across the island were also halted. Residents watch a road damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan Credit: AP Roof tiles and water could be seen on the floor at Hokkaido's main airport, New Chitose Airport, which would be closed for at least Thursday. New Chitose is a major tourist gateway to the island, known for its mountains, lakes and abundant farmland and seafood, and more than 200 flights and 40,000 passengers would be affected, Kyodo News Agency said. The closure comes just a couple days after Kansai Airport, an important hub near Osaka, in western Japan, was shut after it was hit by Typhoon Jebi. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said officials hoped to reopen Kansai Airport for domestic flights on Friday. The quake, which hit at 3.08am, posed no tsunami risk, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The US Geological Survey said it struck some 42 miles southeast of Sapporo, Hokkaido's main city. It registered a strong 6 on Japan's 7-point earthquake scale. Mr Abe arrived at his office before 6 am and told reporters his government had set up a command centre to co-ordinate relief and rescue. Sounding haggard, Mr Abe said saving lives was his government's top priority. A house damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake is seen in Atsuma town in Hokkaido prefecture Credit: AFP The Tomari Nuclear Power Station, which has been shut since a 2011 earthquake and tsunami, suffered a power outage but was cooling its fuel rods safely with emergency power, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. Operator Hokkaido Electric reported no radiation irregularities at the plant, Suga told a news conference. Farming and tourism are two of the island's biggest economic drivers, but there is some industry. Kirin Beer and Sapporo Beer both said factories were shut by the power outage, although they said no structural damage was found. A fire broke out at a Mitsubishi Steel Mfg Co plant in the city of Muroran after the quake but was mostly extinguished with no injuries, a company official said. A series of smaller shocks, including one with a magnitude of 5.4, followed the initial quake, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. Agency official Toshiyuki Matsumori warned residents to take precautions for potential major aftershocks in coming days. "Large quakes often occur, especially within two to three days (of a big one)," said Toshiyuki Matsumori, in charge of monitoring earthquakes and tsunamis at the meteorological agency. He added the risk of housing collapses and landslides had increased in the area hit by the quake, saying: "We urge residents to pay full attention to seismic activity and rainfall and not to go into dangerous areas." The 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan destroyed both external and backup power to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing meltdowns. The earthquake also affected telephone service and television broadcasting in Sapporo. 


Trucks abandoned as California wildfire shuts down I-5

Top Stories - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 01:34

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Both directions of a major highway connecting California and Oregon were closed and evacuations were ordered Wednesday when a fast-moving wildfire swept through a wilderness area.


Royal Navy warship 'confronted by Chinese military' in South China Sea

Top Stories - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 01:23

A Royal Navy warship has sailed close to islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, a move denounced by China as a "provocation". In a sign of Britain increasingly flexing its military muscle in the region, HMS Albion last week passed by the Paracel Islands, where it was reportedly confronted by the Chinese military.  The Albion, a 22,000 ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines, was on its way to Ho Chi Minh City, where it docked on Monday after a deployment in and around Japan. Beijing dispatched a frigate and two helicopters to challenge the British vessel, but both sides remained calm during the encounter, a source told Reuters. China said Britain was engaged in "provocation" and that it had lodged a strong complaint. In a statement to Reuters, the Foreign Ministry said the ship had entered Chinese territorial waters around the Paracel Islands on August 31 without permission, and the Chinese navy had warned them to leave. Q&A | South China Sea dispute "The relevant actions by the British ship violated Chinese law and relevant international law, and infringed on China's sovereignty. China strongly opposes this and has lodged stern representations with the British side to express strong dissatisfaction," the ministry added. "China strongly urges the British side to immediately stop such provocative actions, to avoid harming the broader picture of bilateral relations and regional peace and stability," it said. "China will continue to take all necessary measures to defend its sovereignty and security." Nick Childs of the International Institute for Strategic Studies said the Chinese Navy was becoming more assertive and regularly shadowed vessels in the South China Sea.   "No side has much to gain by deliberately sparking a clash, but the balance of power has definitely shifted towards China," he said.  "The maritime domain has become increasingly contested globally," he says and suggests the incremental development and militarisation of islands in the region by  China will only increase tension.  A Royal Navy Spokesperson said: “HMS Albion exercised her rights for freedom of navigation in full compliance with international law and norms.” A source told Reuters that the Albion did not enter the territorial seas around any features in the hotly disputed region but demonstrated that Britain does not recognise excessive maritime claims around the Paracel Islands. Twelve nautical miles is an internationally recognised territorial limit. The Paracels are occupied entirely by China but also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. A spokesman for the Royal Navy said: “HMS Albion exercised her rights for freedom of navigation in full compliance with international law and norms.” Dr Euan Graham, a Senior Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Australia, said the move followed an earlier passage by a Royal Navy ship through the Spratly Islands. He said it was a clear indication of Britain's support for the US, which has said it would like to see more international participation in such actions. "Also, the fact that Albion was coming from Japan and on her way to Vietnam gives the signal a sharper edge to China," he told The Telegraph.  The Albion is one of three Royal Navy ships deployed to Asia this year, along with HMS Argyll and HMS Sutherland.  "The UK has impressively deployed three Royal Navy surface ships to Asian waters this year, after a long gap between ship visits, to this part of the world," he added.  Military vehicles are seen in the loading dock of the HMS Albion, the British Royal Navy flagship amphibious assault ship, after the ship's arrival at Harumi Pier in Tokyo Credit: Reuters Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, said in June that deployment of the three ships was intended to send the “strongest of signals” on the importance of freedom of navigation. Dr Graham said "the bigger test of UK commitment to regional security in the Indo-Pacific is about the consistency of its military presence into the future". "The Royal Navy is making encouraging noises about sending assets to participate in FPDA (the Five Power Defence Arrangement) exercises as well as forward basing in future." The FPDA is a regional security institution between Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which some $3 trillion of shipborne trade passes each year, are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.  Both Britain and the United States say they conduct FONOP operations throughout the world, including in areas claimed by allies. The British Navy has previously sailed close to the disputed Spratly Islands, further south in the South China Sea, several times in recent years but not within the 12 nautical mile limit, regional diplomatic sources have said. FONOPs, which are largely symbolic, have so far not persuaded Beijing to curtail its South China Sea activities, which have included extensive reclamation of reefs and islands and the construction of runways, hangars and missile systems. Beijing says it is entitled to build on its territories and says the facilities are for civilian use and necessary self-defence purposes. China blames Washington for militarising the region with its freedom of navigation patrols. Foreign aircraft and vessels in the region are routinely challenged by Chinese naval ships and monitoring stations on the fortified islands, sources have said previously. In April, warships from Australia - which like Britain is a close US ally - had what Canberra described as a close "encounter" with Chinese naval vessels in the contested sea.


Rudy Giuliani To CNN’s Chris Cuomo: ‘I Don’t Trust Anything I Read Anymore’

Top Stories - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 00:44

Rudy Giuliani burst into laughter on Wednesday night after he was asked by


Fast-moving wildfire shuts down Northern California freeway

Top Stories - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 00:09

Motorists abandon vehicles on Interstate 5 near the Oregon state line.


iRobot's Roomba i7+ is so smart it empties its own dirt bin

Macworld - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 00:01
IRobot gave its newest Roomba robot vacuum cleaner extra smarts, so it learns and remembers your house for more efficient cleaning.

Fast-growing Northern California wildfire forces evacuations

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 22:22

The Delta Fire was burning in timber and brush in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in a canyon along the Sacramento River. Wildfires in California have scorched far more ground this year than in 2017, one of the most destructive in the state's history. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded to 4,587 fires that have destroyed 613,710 acres (248,359 hectares), compared with 4,425 fires that destroyed 233,936 acres (94,671 hectares) through the same period in 2017, according to figures from the agency The latest fire spread to 2,000 acres (809 hectares) by Wednesday evening, forcing the Shasta County Sheriff's Office to evacuate residents along a stretch of Interstate 5 north of the town of Lakehead to the Siskiyou County line, according to the government wildfire tracking website Inciweb.


The Glock Handgun the Army Rejected Can Now Be Yours

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 20:58

After a competition that lasted several years, the Army settled on the Sig Sauer P320, with the Marines and likely the rest of the U.S. Armed Forces falling behind.


One Word Has People Convinced Mike Pence Wrote Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 20:35

The New York Times' scathing anti-Donald Trump op-ed, which the paper


Couple Who Raised $400,000 For Homeless Vet Accused Of Mishandling Funds

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 18:25

A GoFundMe account that raised close to a half-million dollars for a homeless


Apple September 12 preview, plus your comments and questions

Macworld - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 17:30

It's official: Apple is having an event on September 12. What will we see from the company? We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 620.

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The 2018 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription Is an Elegant Alternative to the Luxury Status Quo

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 16:37

The Swedish automaker has built a sedan that stands apart from its German competition in more ways than one.


Florida mom charged with murder in case of missing son

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 16:23

LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say they have a prime suspect in the death of a 2-year-old boy whose body was found Tuesday in the woods near St. Petersburg — the child's 21-year-old mother, Charisse Stinson.


Sen. Leahy: Withheld Emails Show Brett Kavanaugh May Have Perjured Himself

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 15:55

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Wednesday that emails being withheld by Senate


The Latest: Pressley suffering from dehydration, exhaustion

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 15:05

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on Ayanna Pressley's upset primary victory over Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (all times local):


Rightwing author Jerome Corsi subpoenaed in Mueller investigation

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 14:44

Jerome Corsi, seen here in 2004, was asked to appear in Washington on Friday. Jerome Corsi, a rightwing author and conspiracy theorist, has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Corsi, an associate of the longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, was asked to appear at 9am in Washington on Friday, according to his attorney, David Gray.


After 4 Years, 3 Miscarriages and 1,616 Injections, Couple Welcomes Baby Girl

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 14:26

The couple was determined to start a family.


Wife Accused of Poisoning Husband With Eye Drops Shot Him With Crossbow in 2016: Officials

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 14:20

At the time, Lana Clayton said she had accidentally shot her husband Stephen with the device as he slept.


Google A No-Show As Facebook, Twitter Executives Testify To Senate Panel

Top Stories - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:30

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg appeared at a Senate


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