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Trump on Kim Jong Un: 'His people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.'

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:42

The president on Friday expressed admiration for the way Kim Jong Un is treated by North Koreans.


Emmanuel Macron Ordered a Really Fancy Set of China and People Are Angry

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:07

He's facing criticism for his spending habits again


This 12-outlet, three-USB port Anker power strip is down to its lowest price ever

Macworld - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:06

These days, it can seem like there are never enough outlets for everything we need to plug in. One easy way to solve this problem? A power strip. And right now, you can get Anker's loaded PowerPort power strip for $28, the lowest we've seen it and down from a previous low price of $35 and a list price of $60.

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Harley-Davidson Brings Back Bikes to Celebrate Anniversary

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:39

Harley-Davidson Brings Back Bikes to Celebrate Anniversary It's Harley-Davidson's 115th anniversary and the maker is celebrating with a trip down memory lane Who here would buy a 100-year-old Harley-Davidson for $4200? Wait, did I mention it doesn’t have an


Banning Bikinis Won't Fix Miss America

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:00

In 1922, Margaret Gorman, who had won the Miss America pageant's very first


Clapper: 'We had a suspect' in Kremlin-WikiLeaks transfer

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:41

U.S. intelligence officials last year identified a “suspect” who served as the “cut-out” for Russian intelligence to funnel thousands of DNC emails and documents to WikiLeaks, according to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.


How to keep some full resolution images on your iOS device, and store others in the cloud

Macworld - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:00

With iCloud Photo Library you can take endless photos on an iPhone or iPad, or upload endless images on a Mac or via iCloud.com, as long as you’re paying for the right quantity of iCloud storage. And Apple simply manages it for you.

This trick comes through optimized storage, which is enabled by default in iOS when you turn on iCloud Photo Library. On the Mac, you have to turn it on: In the Photos app, go to Preferences > iCloud, check the iCloud Photo Library option, and then pick either to Download Originals to the Mac or Optimize Mac Storage. (I use full-resolution downloads on one of my Macs, a desktop machine, so I have a local copy that I can also backup elsewhere.)

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Hands-on: 8BitDo refines its modern take on Nintendo-style retro controllers

Macworld - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:59
8BitDo continues to put modern touches on controller designs inspired by classics. We go hands-on with the SN30 Pro+, Zero 2, N30 Pro 2, and more at E3 2018.

Vladimir Putin accused of using World Cup to bury bad news after raising pension age on opening night

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:26

Vladimir Putin’s government has been criticised for using the World Cup to bury bad news after it announced a rise in the pension age in the wake of Russia’s first victory of the tournament.  The announcement, which came immediately after Russia’s 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening, is likely to prove widely unpopular among the Russian public, who opinion polls show are deeply opposed to adjustments to the welfare state.  Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister, said the proposed adjustments to the law would see the pension age for men raised from 60 to 65 and for women from 55 to 63.  There will also be an two percent increase on VAT from 18 to 20 percent.  Alexei Kudrin, a former finance minister widely seen as a leader of the liberal economic camp in the Kremlin elite, welcomed the news.  Пенсионная реформа назрела давно. Наконец, решение принято. Это выгодное для граждан решение, оно позволит повысить пенсии— Алексей Кудрин (@Aleksei_Kudrin) June 14, 2018 “Pension reform is long overdue. Finally, the decision has been made. This is an advantageous solution for our citizens, it will increase pensions,” he wrote on Twitter. But the announcement drew a critical reception from some Russian papers, with some columnists suggesting the whole point of the World Cup was to distract the public while the government launched painful economic policies.  Moskovsky Komsomolets, a pro-Kremlin tabloid, noted that the plans had been announced without prior discussion, despite previous promises that such an unpopular move would be the subject of public debate.  The announcement came as millions of Russians were watching the World Cup opening ceremony Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP Maxim Topilin, the minister of labour, said the measures would be discussed with trade unions and employers. Opposition figures mocked the way Mr Medvedev made the announcement while Mr Putin presided over a footballing victory, in an apparent bid to distance the president from unpopular measures.  "Putin is actually in favour of lowering the retirement age. And increasing pensions. And cutting the price of petrol. But Medvedv and Kudrin have conspired and are plotting," wrote Leonid Volkov, an advisor to the opposition leader Alexei Navalny.  Economists have been urging Mr Putin to launch far-reaching but painful economic reforms for nearly a decade, but he has previously resisted such advice because of the danger of a public backlash. A recent opinion poll published by state media showed that 92 percent of Russians oppose pension reform. Mr Putin built much of his political brand on a social contract which guaranteed jobs and pension security for much of the population.  Millions of pensioners rely on Russia's welfare state Credit:  Stanislav Krasilnikov/Tass Mr Medvedev said actual pension ages would be raised gradually at a rate of 6 months per year, meaning the retirement age of 65 for men will be reached in 2028 and 63 for women in 2034. The state-owned Gazprombank said in a note to clients that the reform is one of the most gradual scenarios the government had considered and that it might only bring in 25 to 30 percent of the savings it is theoretically meant to achieve.  Russia's state pension fund is running a deficit equivalent to around 3.1 percent of GDP. 


US citizen detained during violent Vietnam protests

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:06

The US has urged the Vietnamese authorities to release one of its citizens who was among dozens of people arrested during violent protests last week.  Will Nguyen, 32, a Yale graduate who comes from Houston, Texas, was visiting Ho Chi Minh City, en route from the US to Singapore, where he was due to graduate from a master’s programme in July.  According to a statement released on Thursday on behalf of Mr Nguyen’s family and friends, he was “beaten over the head and dragged into a police truck” after joining a rare demonstration on June 9 against proposed special economic zones that have raised fears of Chinese encroachment.  A video linked to the statement allegedly shows Mr Nguyen being dragged along the street with blood streaming from his face. He is later shown standing on the back of a police pickup truck.  This is #democracy in #Vietnampic.twitter.com/j2hb76QZwO— Will Nguyen (阮英惟) (@will_nguyen_) June 10, 2018 Vietnam’s Communist government bans anti-government protests and public gatherings must be approved by the authorities.  However, demonstrations erupted over the weekend over planned special economic zones that would give leases to foreign investors with less red tape, stoking fears that national security would be undermined by giving China control over Vietnamese territory.  Before he was arrested, Mr Nguyen was live-tweeting from the protest, revealing that events had taken a nasty turn after police had allegedly struck a man, who was seen in lying motionless on the ground. The statement released on Thursday said that he had been taken to a police station and accused of “causing a scene and destroying public property.” Police struck a protestor and chaos has broken out pic.twitter.com/XMf5x6lEwb— Will Nguyen (阮英惟) (@will_nguyen_) June 10, 2018 It said the authorities had confiscated his laptop, passport and credit cards from the AirBnB property where he had been lodging, and that he had been falsely accused of being a member of the reform-focussed Viet Tan political party, which is banned in Vietnam.  This was “not plausible” said the statement. “The diplomatic protocol is that the Vietnamese have 48 hours in which to notify the US embassy that one of its citizens has been detained, but this has not been adhered to in the current situation,” it alleged.  “The state of his health and his whereabouts are currently unknown.” Pope Thrower, a US embassy spokesman told the New York Times that the embassy was “aware of media reports that a US citizen was arrested.”  He added: “When a US citizen is detained overseas, the US Department of State works to provide all appropriate consular assistance.” 


Saddleback Thin Front Pocket Backpack review: The best rugged leather backpack for your MacBook

Macworld - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:00

To hear it from some people, Apple is the king of daily-wear conversation pieces, but I don’t think those people have ever seen a Saddleback Leather bag. Let’s put it this way: If you don’t like talking to people, you probably shouldn’t get one.

As for me, I’ve made a bit of a game out of my past few days with the Saddleback Thin Front Pocket Backpack, counting down the moments to the next compliment, the next thumbs-up from a fellow Saddleback owner, or the earnest bus conversation from someone who’s eager to know how they can get one for themselves. (I’m currently sitting at nine hours.) It helps to know this admiration is justified. Much like an Apple product, a Saddleback bag delivers style and substance in equal measure. It gets the job done, and it looks fine while doing it. And in stark contrast to most laptop bags, there’s a good chance that it’ll outlive my MacBook Pro. In fact, it may outlive several of them.

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Everything You Need To Know About The DOJ Report On The Clinton Investigation

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:20

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The best Netflix TV shows: There are many, but these are the most binge-worthy

Macworld - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:00
Our top-10 list has 14 recommendations, from Stranger Things to Jessica Jones, because we couldn’t break two ties.

Channel Master Stream+ review: The ups and downs of an Android TV DVR

Macworld - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:00
The Stream+ is a fairly inexpensive way to record free over-the-air channels, but Google's software has some major shortcomings.

Apple WWDC 2018: The best announcements you may have missed

Macworld - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:00

It's easy to emerge from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference with your head spinning. There were so many announcements last week that it can be hard to sort through all of them—and even more of them are now coming to light as the beta versions of Apple's next updates are installed by developers and aficionados around the world.

But I thought I'd take a moment to note my favorite small enhancements in each of the company's four major upcoming platforms. Oftentimes, we focus on the big ticket items: macOS Mojave's Dark Mode, or iOS 12's Siri Shortcuts, for example. But it's in these small features where Apple's attention to detail is apparent, especially in how they help users save time and use their devices more efficiently.

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China Said It Will "Immediately Respond" To Any U.S. Trade Actions

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:57

China warned on Friday that Beijing will "immediately respond and take necessary measures to defend our legitimate rights and interests" if the US takes actions that harm Chinese interests.


The United States Has A World Cup Team. It's Mexico.

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:45

Sergio Tristan couldn't believe he was alone. His beloved Mexican national


Starbucks Discriminates Against Older Workers, According To Former Employees

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:45

Andrea spent a recent 13-hour shift at Starbucks, where she works as a


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