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These discounted Beats urBeats3 wired earbuds don't need a dongle to work with your iPhone

Macworld - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:57

The Beats brand might be best known for its Bluetooth headphones, but it also makes some great wired buds too. And since they're own by Apple, they even have a Lightning option, so iPhone users don't need to remember your dongle. Today Amazon is selling the urBeats3 wired earphones for up to 40 percent off its $100 MSRP, with a variety of colors on sale in either Lightning or 3.5mm plugs, all of which are all-time lows:

Lightning 3.5mm

No matter which pair you choose, the urBeats3 earbuds promise great sound in the stylish package we've come to expect from Beats. A durable metal exterior is designed to withstand your busy life, while the cable is meant to be tangle-free, so you can avoid annoying detangling after throwing them in your bag. You can also switch between songs and take calls using the remote on the cable, so you can leave your phone in your pocket.

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White House Counsel Don McGahn To Depart This Fall

Top Stories - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:42

White House Counsel Don McGahn will step down from his role this fall,


Newlyweds Killed in Car Crash While on Their Way to Whistler for Honeymoon

Top Stories - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 08:38

Amy Moffat, 28, and Stephen Graham, 30, were married for only a few weeks before they were tragically killed in a car accident on the way to their honeymoon destination.


Saddleback Boot Leather iPhone Case review: These boots were made for talkin’

Macworld - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 08:00

I initially scoffed at the name of Saddleback Leather’s “Boot Leather” case for the iPhone X. The phrasing sounded a little too precious, especially when so many other leather Mac and iPhone accessories get long fine with no such flashy descriptors, but I see what the deal is now that I have it in my hands.

Put simply, it’s a toughie. It’s probably best displayed to the accompaniment of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack. The thick, full-grain leather (which sometimes intentionally still shows the scars and nicks of the beast it came from) looks far better suited to deflecting scorpion stings in West Texas deserts than hugging the briefcases of hedge fund managers on Wall Street. If Billy the Kid had owned an iPhone, this is probably the case he would have used.

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Scallops row warnings 'fell on deaf ears', say UK fishermen, after French 'hurl rocks and smoke bombs' at boats

Top Stories - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 07:22

British fishermen have claimed that warnings about an extraordinary clash over scallops in the English Channel fell "on deaf ears". French mariners have been accused of endangering the lives of their UK counterparts after rocks, smoke bombs and other projectiles were allegedly hurled at English and Scottish vessels during the confrontation in the early hours of Tuesday. Around a dozen British boats were targeted by the rival flotilla in a protest over fishing rights in the scallop-rich waters exacerbated by Brexit talks. The Government said it had contacted officials in France about the matter, adding the vessels were "legally entitled" to fish in the area. But some British fishermen have claimed they had previously reported similar skirmishes over the past two years to the authorities. "Nothing happened, it just went on deaf ears," said Brixham-based mariner Derek Meredith. Around a dozen UK fishing boats were targeted by a rival French flotilla in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy early on Tuesday The South Western Fish Producers Organisation, which represents many of the boats and has been negotiating with French fishermen, condemned the behaviour as dangerous. Chief executive Jim Portus said: "They are endangering life at sea by being unprofessional. The French might look like heroes to the French coastal communities, but it's really awful to put other mariners in danger." Around 40 French boats were said to be responsible for the disruption. One of the British ships, The Golden Promise, had a window smashed by an airborne can, while another suffered fire damage after a flare was thrown at it, Mr Portus said. A smashed window onboard of Golden Promise at the Brixham Harbour in Devon, which was broken by a rock thrown by french fishermen Credit: SWNS.com  He claimed to have received a message from the chief negotiator of the French scallop industry on Wednesday morning that said: "I regret the altercations that occurred... it will not happen again." 'It's happened before... the French navy were there and did nothing' It is not the first time such a clash has taken place, according to the owner of one of the Brixham boats involved. Derek Meredith told the BBC: "It's happened in previous years, two years ago it happened to us - not as forceful as this time I wouldn't have said - but the same thing, the French navy were there on site and never done a thing. "We reported it to the (Marine Management Organisation), nothing happened, it just went on deaf ears." The skipper of Joanna C, Nathan Clark, also told the broadcaster: "I'm not really concerned because we're doing nothing wrong... it's just the safety of my crew and the boat really, because there's nothing to stop them doing it all over again." Fishermen Callum Clark and Nathan Clark onboard Joanna C at the Brixham Harbour in Devon after they were attacked Credit: SWNS.com  Britain's National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations has appealed for calm, while the Scottish White Fish Producers Association lashed out at the "vigilante behaviour". Long-running dispute over section of Channel Maritime authorities in France also sought to soothe tensions on Wednesday, decrying the showdown as "very dangerous" and expressing hope that "things will calm down". The long-running dispute centres on a section of the Channel from which French fishermen cannot harvest scallops until later in the year, due to domestic environmental laws. Dramatic footage broadcast by France 3 Normandie showed boats colliding as tensions finally boiled over. The Honeybourne 3 (right), a Scottish scallop dredger, in dock at Shoreham Credit: Andrew Matthews /PA One of the British boats involved in the clash was said to be the Honeybourne 3, a Scottish scallop dredger, along with two ships from Brixham harbour, The Golden Promise and Joanna C. The Honeybourne 3, one of the British boats involved in the clash, was moored in Shoreham Port on Wednesday morning. A black spatter mark was visible on the vessel's stern while dents and scrapes marked the port side bow. MP claims 'no evidence' that French have taken action against vessels Fears have been raised about the safety of the British fleet, which the Government said was its "highest priority". Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall, claimed Environment Secretary Michael Gove had assured her that "appropriate measures" were in place to protect fishermen. She also criticised the response of the French authorities, saying there was "no evidence whatsoever" that they had taken action against the vessels. Dimitri Rogoff, head of a Normandy fishermen's association, said the violent scenes "demonstrate the exasperation of Normandy fishermen in a situation which persists and does not change". A history of fishing 'wars' At a glance | The “Cod Wars” UK government: Safety of fleet is highest priority A British government spokesman said: "We are aware of reports of aggression directed towards UK fishing vessels in an area of the English Channel not under UK control. "These vessels were operating in an area they are legally entitled to fish. "The safety of the UK fleet is our highest priority and we will continue to monitor the presence and activities of vessels in the area. "We are in contact with industry and the French administration to encourage meaningful dialogue and prevent further incidents from occurring."  


EU urges 'amicable' end to Franco-British scallop war

Top Stories - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 07:19

The European Commission on Wednesday urged France and Britain to find an "amicable" solution after fishermen from the two countries clashed in the English Channel over a hoard of scallops. Brussels insisted however that it could not get involved in the fight as arrangements for trawling for the prized shellfish were made between individual countries, not at a European level. "We saw the reports of incidents involving French and British fishermen off the coast of Normandy," European Commission spokesman Daniel Rosario told a daily briefing in Brussels.


Former Texas Cop Found Guilty Of Murder In Shooting Unarmed Teenager Jordan Edwards

Top Stories - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 07:15

Roy Oliver, a former Texas police officer, was convicted on Tuesday of murder


What does the future hold for Apple’s MacBook Air?

Macworld - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 07:00

Back in March I wrote a column for Macworld called “MacBook Air: Why won’t it die?” I got a lot of angry feedback from people who apparently read the headline and not the article and evisioned me as the executioner of their beloved laptop.

I’m about as far away from that as I could possibly be. I have loved and used the MacBook Air from the time the first one shipped ten years ago. My point back in March was actually that Apple has been trying to kill the MacBook Air for a few years now—ever since the 12-inch MacBook was first released—but has never managed to finish it off.

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Myanmar rejects 'false allegations' in U.N. genocide report

Top Stories - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:31

The U.N. report marked the first time the organization has explicitly called for Myanmar officials to face genocide charges over a brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims last year. "Our stance is clear and I want to say sharply that we don't accept any resolutions conducted by the Human Rights Council," the main government spokesman, Zaw Htay, said in an interview published in state media. The fact-finding mission on Myanmar was established in March 2017 by the U.N. Human Rights Council.


Bullied child refuses to fight back 'because it's not the Jedi way'

Top Stories - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:10

A 10-year-old boy who needed hospital treatment after being beaten up by bullies, refused to fight back because “it’s not the Jedi way”, his mother said. Lizette Casanova said her son Aiden Vasquez “felt it in his soul not to hit the kid back”, while being tormented by a classmate at his California school. The Star Wars fan’s ordeal came to the attention of Mark Hamill – who played Luke Skywalker in the film series – who said of the boy, he was “astonished by his wisdom and courage”.


Legal U.S. Immigrants Face Prison And Even Deportation For Voting

Top Stories - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:05

The 20 immigrants recently charged with illegally voting in North Carolina in


Former Dallas officer convicted of murder

Top Stories - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:00

Ex-police officer Roy Oliver could face life in prison for the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Jordan Edwards when he fired his gun into a car full of teenagers. ABC News' Danya Bacchus reports.


Gate Smart Lock review: When smart lock meets camera, homeowners win

Macworld - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:00
While the design feels like a beta, this ingenious product raises the bar of what smart locks can do.

Eufy RoboVac 30 review: A robot vacuum for beginner budgets

Macworld - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:00
It's an excellent cleaner, but Eufy's latest robot vac doesn't distinguish itself enough from the 11s to justify its higher price tag.

Imagining an Apple All Access plan

Macworld - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:00

Microsoft just launched Xbox All Access, a novel way to buy an Xbox console together with its related services without putting down any up-front money. For a single monthly fee you get an Xbox console, two years of Xbox Game Pass (more than 100 games, including Microsoft Studios’ big hits), and two years of Xbox Live Gold (the multiplayer gameplay service and a couple of free older games each month).

The costs are reasonable: you pay $22 a month for an Xbox One S, or $35 a month for an Xbox One X. The One S bundle saves you a decent chunk of change, the One X saves you only a little. But the big advantage is that it gets people into the Xbox ecosystem, hardware and services, with no upfront cost.

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Novartis says glaucoma stent setback will not derail Alcon spin-off

Top Stories - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 05:21

Novartis shares fell 0.6 percent by 0832 GMT on Wednesday, although one analyst said the company's swift reaction should help keep it out of the crosshairs of lawyers. As part of its voluntary withdrawal of the CyPass Micro-Stent, Alcon advised surgeons treating glaucoma patients to stop implanting the stents immediately, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. "We believe that withdrawing the CyPass Micro-Stent from the market is in patients' best interest and is the right thing to do," said Alcon's chief medical officer, Stephen Lane.


The Latest: Democrat Kirkpatrick wins Arizona House primary

Top Stories - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 00:41

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Arizona and Florida and a runoff election in Oklahoma (all times local):


Andrew Gillum wins Florida Democratic primary in bid to become state's first black governor

Top Stories - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 21:16

Andrew Gillum pulled off an upset victory Tuesday night in Florida's Democratic primary in a bid to become the state’s first African-American governor.


Andrew Gillum Becomes First African-American Nominee For Florida Governor

Top Stories - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 20:13

Andrew Gillum has become the first African-American nominee for Florida


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