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Taiwan leader lashes China after Burkina Faso cuts ties

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:00

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen lashed out at China on Thursday after Burkina Faso broke diplomatic ties with the island, the second country to do so this month. The move, which has been welcomed by China, comes after the Dominican Republic switched recognition to Beijing earlier this month, leaving Taiwan with only 18 diplomatic allies around the world.


The self-driving Apple Car has arrived, but it's not exactly what we dreamed it would be

Macworld - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:58

For the past several years, we’ve been reading reports about Apple’s ambitious self-driving car project. Dubbed Project Titan, the vision was once reportedly bolstered by a 1,000-plus member team tasked with building a vehicle that would be innovative and revolutionary, with an all-electric engine, luxurious amenities, and the smartest infotainment system on four wheels.

However, according to a new report by The New York Times, some things are too difficult even for Apple to conquer. For the past four years, Apple’s best engineers along with designer Jony Ive have been developing prototypes of a reimagined car worthy of the Apple name. As the Times describes it, the idea was to build a vehicle that would be “the automotive version of the iPhone.”

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Amazon's one-day Caseology sale can protect your iPhone or Galaxy S9 for $10

Macworld - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:17

High-end phones are a major investment, and a good case helps you protect that investment. If you’re looking to guard your phone from the wear and tear of daily abuse, you’re in luck—a ton of Caseology cases are on sale for up to 30% off on Amazon today.

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Cat Seen Clinging to Roof of Van Speeding Down a Highway

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:09

Officials are trying to figure out how the cat got there.


Trump Abruptly Cancels North Korea Summit With Kim Jong Un

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:56

President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a scheduled June 12 summit in


Start playing in comfort! Amazon's selling a leather gaming chair for $68

Macworld - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:29

Anyone who spends even a few hours a week PC gaming needs a comfortable chair. While console gamers usually sprawl out on a couch, we the gamers of the PC are often stuck with office chairs unless we’re willing to shell out hundreds of dollars. Today, Amazon’s got a deal that will let you game like a pro without paying like a sucker.

The Essentials by OFM racing-style leather gaming chair in red is $68.84 right now. That’s $21 off its most recent price, and about the same amount you’d pay for a regular desk chair.

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Australian grandmother Maria Exposto sentenced to death for drugs in Malaysia

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:20

An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Thursday sentenced to death after an earlier acquittal was overturned, her lawyer said. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying. The 54-year-old was cleared in December of trafficking after a High Court judge ruled she did not know she was transporting the drugs. But prosecutors challenged the decision and an appeals court overturned the acquittal Thursday, and found her guilty, her lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said. Anyone caught with at least 50 grams (1.75 ounces) of crystal meth is considered a trafficker in Muslim-majority Malaysia, and death by hanging is mandatory in the case of a conviction. FAQ | Methamphetamine Shafee slammed the ruling as "perverse" and said Exposto would make a final appeal to the country's top court. "I thought there was an overwhelming case for the defence. I am shocked with the decision," he said. The mother of four argued she did not know about the hidden stash of "ice". She said she had been fooled into carrying the bag after travelling to China to see someone she met online called "Captain Daniel Smith", who had claimed to be a US serviceman. After engaging in a long online romance, Exposto had travelled to Shanghai to see "Smith". But she did not succeed in meeting her supposed love interest while there and ended up being given a bag by a stranger, who asked her to take it to Melbourne. When she arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to change flights, she mistakenly went through immigration as she was unfamiliar with the airport. She voluntarily offered her bags for customs inspection and the drugs were discovered. There are at least 900 people on death row in Malaysia, officials have said, but executions have been rare in recent years. Malaysian lawmakers have voted to amend legislation so that capital punishment is no longer mandatory in drug-trafficking cases. But the changes have not yet come into force as they must be passed by the upper house. Two Australians were hanged in Malaysia in 1986 for heroin trafficking - the first Westerners to be executed in the country - in a case that strained relations. In 2013 Dominic Bird, a former truck driver from Perth, was acquitted of drug trafficking charges after he was allegedly caught with 167 grams of crystal methamphetamine.


Rescue Cat Has Hilarious Wide-Eyed Expression After Scan Confirms She Is Pregnant

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:11

An adorable rescue cat called Ulla made the most endearing face after a


13 Wedding Cake Alternatives For Couples Who Prefer Savory Over Sweet

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:02

Sweets and cakes may reign supreme at most weddings, but there's no rule


Children With 'Hallucinating' Woman Are Rescued From Florida Roof Ledge, Cops Say

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 08:07

Bodycam footage shows the terrifying rescue in Florida.


Moses Farrow Defends Woody Allen And Accuses Mia Farrow Of Abuse

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:32

Woody Allen's son Moses Farrow came to the filmmaker's defense on Wednesday in


Hawaii volcano latest: Footage shows blue flames bursting through cracks in road after eruption

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:24

Footage has captured rare blue flames bursting through cracks in a road in Hawaii following the Kilauea volcano eruption. The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees. When this gas flows up through cracks in the road it ignites and produces a blue flame.


Streaming TV on vacation: What you need to know

Macworld - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:00
Before you take your streaming TV bundle on vacation, read up on these restrictions.

Release the hounds: When a press release fits your notions

Macworld - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:00

If you’re someone who does the writing of the things, you will eventually get on a PR mailing list or two. Or, well, more like 800. It’s closer to 800. Congratulations, you will never be alone. On the downside, your inbox will be buried with product announcements about which you could not care less. They all start something like this:

Hey, [MAIL MERGE FIELD #FIRSTNAME], hope you’re having the best day ever! I just wanted to see if you were interested in writing about the hottest new product to come out of the burgeoning field of hamster-related technologies. Starting with nothing but a loan of $1.5 million from their parents (and several subsequent runs of seed capital from angel investors) and working from a garage in Brentwood, these three techbros have created what Hamstertech Weekly called “Echo Show for hamsters”…

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French couple guilty of murdering au-pair in London

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 06:55

A French couple was on Thursday found guilty of murdering their 21-year-old au-pair and then burning her body on a bonfire in their London garden in September last year. Sabrina Kouider, 35, broke into tears after she and partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, were found guilty by a jury at London's Old Bailey court of murdering French live-in nanny Sophie Lionnet. "Only Kouider and Medouni know exactly how they killed Sophie but the prosecution was able to prove that she died as a result of purposeful and sustained violence, and not by accident," said state prosecutor Aisling Hosein.


The new Gmail steals some great ideas and invents some fresh ones

Macworld - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 06:30
Most of Gmail's new features aren't really new, and that's okay.

Australian sentenced to death in Malaysia drugs case

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 06:29

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An Australian woman accused of drug trafficking in Malaysia was sentenced to death after an appeals court on Thursday overturned a lower court's acquittal, her lawyer said.


Castro 3 review: iOS podcast app adds silencing trimming, other premium features for a recurring fee

Macworld - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 06:00

As podcasts popularity continues to grow, the apps used to listen to those podcasts have matured. Apple offers its own free Podcasts app, but several freemium and paid options remain, each with their own approach and options. Supertop’s Castro stands out for its inbox approach, which allows triage for dealing with an abundance of podcast subscriptions.

The new Castro 3 adds requested features to the app, including a trim silences option (long available as Smart Speed in the competing Overcast app), as well as better chapter support, a rewritten voice enhancer, and per-podcast settings for several controls.

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