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NASA chooses nine companies to bid on flying to Moon

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 15:43

The US space agency on Thursday announced nine private companies, mostly start-ups, that will bid on $2.6 billion in contacts to build spacecraft to carry payloads to the Moon as early as 2019. The move is part of NASA's goal of sending people to the Moon in the next decade, for the first time since the Apollo era of the 1960s and '70s. Of the group, the only well-known name is aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, which has a long track record of success with NASA and built the InSight lander that touched down Monday on Mars.

Majority of Republicans now recognize reality of climate change: Poll

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:30

Nearly two-thirds of Republicans — 64 percent — acknowledged that the world’s climate is changing, according to a new poll from Monmouth University.

This was the top-selling item online in 33 states at Walmart this Thanksgiving weekend

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:13

Shopping during Thanksgiving weekend pretty much guarantees the best bargains

Southwest Apologizes To Girl Named Abcde After Gate Agent Made Fun Of Her

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:01

Southwest Airlines is apologizing to a Texas mom and her 5-year-old daughter

Europe rebuffs Ukrainian calls for action in Russia standoff

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:38

European leaders rebuffed calls from Ukraine for greater support against Russia on Thursday, after Kiev urged NATO to send ships into waters disputed with Moscow. German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked Kiev to be "sensible" following the request from President Petro Poroshenko, just hours after the European Union failed to agree to threaten new sanctions against Moscow. Kiev has called on Western allies to back expressions of support with concrete action after Russian forces on Sunday seized three Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea.

Apple is selling more iPhone XRs than any other model, but that might not mean much

Macworld - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:09

During a quarter when it usually sits back and counts money, Apple is in full damage-control mode. It started with its Black Friday sale, which lasted four days this year instead of one. Then it upped the trade-in value of older phones when you upgrade to the iPhone XR or XS. And now it’s straight up telling us that there’s nothing to worry about.

In an interview with CNET, Apple VP Greg Joswiak said that the iPhone XR “been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available.” While you can quibble with the term “most popular,” Joswiak clarified his remark to Reuters, telling the publication that the XR is Apple’s “most mainstream product and best-selling iPhone” since Apple started selling it on Oct. 26.

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Teen Rescued After Getting Trapped in Old Bank Vault With No Money at All

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:08

The 17-year-old was stuck inside the vault for nearly four hours

Evacuations ordered in California amid mudslide and flash flood fears

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:07

Up to 10 inches of rain have fallen in the past eight days.

BMW Fact-Checks Trump On ‘Major New Plant,’ Which Hasn't Been Finalized

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:06

President Donald Trump on Thursday attempted to paint General Motors' plant

New Jersey mansion murders: Motive is believed to be financial, prosecutor says

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 11:58

Paul Caneiro charged with four counts of murder in connection to fires

5 things the iPad Pro should steal from the Pixel Slate (and 3 things it shouldn’t)

Macworld - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 10:22

The iPad Pro’s closest competitor has arrived. Google’s Pixel Slate is a 12.3-inch Chrome OS-based tablet with slim bezels, no home button, USB-C support, lots of magnets, and a $200 companion keyboard. Sound familiar? But for all of their similarities, the Pixel Slate and iPad Pro are quite different—and not just because Google positions its logo to be right-side-up when docked in a keyboard. Here are a few things Apple’s should “borrow” from the Pixel Slate for the next revision (and a few it should pass on):

5 things the iPad Pro should steal from the Pixel Slate A second USB port

Like the iPad Pro, the Pixel Slate’s only connection is USB-C (there’s no headphone jack), but Google does Apple one better by adding a second port on the opposite side. So, no matter which side your outlet is on, you’ll be able to plug in without wrapping the wire around the screen. Google also positions the ports on the bottom rather than the center of the edge, so it looks much nicer when plugged in.

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How to Avoid Paying Credit Card Fees

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 09:00

Credit card holders can spend hundreds of dollars on fees annually just to use their cards. Know what triggers your credit card fees so you can sidestep these charges. Many popular travel credit cards come without foreign transaction fees.

Cambridge Analytica Knew How You'd Vote If You Wore Wrangler

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 08:43

In another set of data, Wylie said it showed that individuals seen to be engaged with Vogue magazine and Macy’s were on average more liberal and extroverted, which helped Cambridge Analytica focus its micro-targeting of political messaging. Cambridge Analytica collapsed following revelations earlier this year that it had held swathes of Facebook user data after it was obtained from a University of Cambridge researcher without user consent.

California AG Considering Legal Challenge to Use of Force on Border

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 08:27

California attorney general Xavier Becerra said Wednesday that his office is “monitoring” the use of force against a caravan of migrants and the possible closure of the southern border and considering filing a legal challenge. “We have been approached by folks who have expressed complaints,” Becerra told Reuters in an interview. Becerra, a Democrat and former member of Congress, suggested that president Trump’s threat to close the border in response to the influx of central American migrants arriving in caravans might provide a legal avenue to challenge the administration, provided the border closure affects a California resident.

Best Bites: Overnight pecan pie french toast

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 08:00

Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your

CleanMyMac X review: Tune-up Mac app hampered by its malware detection

Macworld - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 08:00

CleanMyMac X is MacPaw’s catch-all software crud and gunk remover for the Mac. This version swings for the fences, with new features such as a malware scanner, extensions manager, and a universal updater for all of your application programs. This is in addition to CleanMyMac X’s core functions, which include tools for smart cleanup, system junk, mail attachments, iTunes junk, trash bins, a large and old files scanner, privacy scanner, and application uninstaller.


CleanMyMac X's new menu bar menu.

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Soaking rain, flash floods in California could pose a risk of mudslides near wildfire-scorched areas

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:54

Wildfire survivors and residents within the proximity of fire-scorched areas in California have to deal with yet another potentially deadly threat.

Ivanka Trump says father did not authorise lethal force against migrants, before being shown clip of him authorising lethal force

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:08

Ivanka Trump insisted her father had not authorised the use of lethal force on migrants at the US border. The president’s daughter and adviser appeared visibly uncomfortable after being confronted with the video during an interview on ABC News. Moments earlier she had described pictures of migrant families being tear-gassed by American forces at the US-Mexico-border as “devastating” and “heartbreaking”.

Couldn’t have said it better: Rumors don’t doom Apple

Macworld - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:00

You can’t swing a 30-pin dock connector cable these days without hitting a pundit wailing about the Apple doom that the current swath of rumors of iPhone production cuts must mean.

Not that The Macalope is suggesting you should do that.

If anyone is watching.

Anyway, while the furry one maintains that you can’t trust these thinly-sourced supply chain rumors, there are seemingly a lot more thinly-sourced supply chain rumors this year than in previous years. Is it smoke or are analysts just smelling burnt toast again? When you add in a particularly bad turn in the market overall and the threat of tariffs on products made in China, yeah, #AAPL is down quite a bit.

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Audi unveils concept for forthcoming all-electric coupé

Top Stories - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 06:58

The German automaker's fully electric e-tron GT concept made its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to the public Friday, November 30, 2018. Volume production is scheduled to start in late 2020. The Audi e-tron GT concept is a fully electric four-door coupé that's particularly powerful. It has two separate electric motors, fitted on the front and rear axles, for system power of 434kW, equivalent to 590 horsepower.


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