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|‘It may be Pocahontas’: Trump attacks Warren as potential 2020 rival
President Donald Trump insulted Sen. Elizabeth Warren by calling her “Pocahontas” again during a speech at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual meeting in Atlanta.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 3:01 PM
|Trump signs spending bill to avert government shutdown — for one week
The House passed a continuing resolution, or "CR," giving Congress until next Friday to hammer out a spending deal for the rest of the fiscal year.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 11:13 AM
|The Latest: Judge orders evidence preserved from execution
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on the final execution in Arkansas before the state's supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of the month (all times local):
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 7:25 PM
|Strong earthquake hits off Philippines, no major impact seen
A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, and the country's seismology agency advised people to stay away from coastal areas but expected no major damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a risk big waves could spread 300 km (190 miles) away from the epicenter, reaching as far away as Indonesia. The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) said no tsunami warning was issued after a quake it had measured at 7.2.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 7:22 PM
|Apple Trying To Persuade California DMV To Change Self-Driving Rules
The tech giant also wants the state’s restriction on using self-driving vehicles without a human driver to be removed.
POSTED APRIL 29, 2017 7:04 AM
|Friends hail woman, 86, killed trying to stop attack as hero
NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) — A young man was identified Friday as the suspect in the sexual assault and beating death of an 86-year-old California woman remembered as a hero by investigators and neighbors after she used a walking stick to try to stop an attack on her friend.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 10:43 PM
|Negotiations on N. Korea are 'only right choice': China
Stressing the need to avoid "chaos" on the Korean peninsula, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said dialogue and negotiations were "the only right choice" to address the threat from North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. "Right now, the situation on the Korean peninsula is under grave tension and at a critical point," Wang said ahead of a Security Council meeting aimed at agreeing on a global response to North Korea. "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 11:57 AM
|AG Sessions vows to 'hammer' MS-13 street gang
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged federal resources to crack down on the New York gang.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:18 PM
|Two members of alt-right accused of making white supremacist hand signs in White House after receiving press passes
Two conservative journalists have sparked outcry on social media by making what some have interpreted as a white supremacist hand symbol at a recent visit to the White House. “Just two people doing a white power hand gesture in the White House,” Fusion senior reporter Emma Roller tweeted, alongside a screenshot of the picture.
POSTED APRIL 29, 2017 12:46 PM
|Sanders calls Obama’s $400K Wall Street speaking fee ‘unfortunate’
Though he praised the former president, Sanders also repeated criticisms from his campaign about the influence of Wall Street over Washington.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 11:08 AM
|The most memorable protest signs from Trump's first 100 days
A resurgence in activism has defined President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, with protests becoming the number one way to resist the new administration. No protest, however, is complete without a piece of cardboard on a stick. The art of the protest sign has become truly vital to the resistance. SEE ALSO: The unforgettable moments of resistance that defined Trump's first 100 days Activists haven't hesitated in using their creative talents and wit to take Trump to task. Whether quirky, snarky, or deadly serious, protest signs are one of the most visible ways activists have expressed their displeasure with the newest commander-in-chief. In recognition of the president's first 100 days in office, here is a selection of the most memorable protest signs from the last three months that Trump probably wants you to forget.
The wokest baby ever. Omg. ❤ #WomensMarchCLT pic.twitter.com/zzOt7XqDNy — natty champs (@YayOrNaye) January 21, 2017
Everyone loves a good pun. Image: Courtesy of Kylie Madden
Yikes. Best. Sign. Ever. #WomensMarch #womensmarchnyc #sobadevenintrovertsarehere pic.twitter.com/TmJydvooqu — Susan Kaufman (@skaufman4050) January 21, 2017
Get it, grandma. Maria Humphrey of Columbus, Ohio on her way to the #WomensMarch in DC pic.twitter.com/zOnUGn0OkE — c carpenter (@cbcarpenter) January 21, 2017
Same, kid. Same.
Beyond powerful. My hero pic.twitter.com/YnEuIFmWIq — John Early (@bejohnce) January 21, 2017
Too much truth. "Being scared since 2016 is privilege." #WomensMarchOnBoston pic.twitter.com/fEXjBKjPeb — Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) January 21, 2017 It's simple, really. This kid winning so hard at the Portland airport pic.twitter.com/tLQBaimHRU — Laura Hudson (@laura_hudson) January 29, 2017
Better listen up, Trump. Image: Courtesy of Kylie Madden
Not pulling any punches. Ha. Follow the signs. #TaxMarch A post shared by Kim Baum (@baumsie) on Apr 15, 2017 at 11:55am PDT
Folks, it's that bad. One of my favorite signs from this giant protest in New York City today pic.twitter.com/4fUG8Cn3g9 — Alex Leo (@AlexMLeo) November 12, 2016
Refugees are welcome here. This guy❤ #copleysquare #NoBanNoWall pic.twitter.com/4z1rTf7OPC — ynna kutney (@ynnapadilla) January 29, 2017
We all do, kid. This little girl waited patiently to see NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio walk by at the #BatteryPark protest against #MuslimBan pic.twitter.com/ugMvNDwd64 — Militia Etheridge (@MaryEmilyOHara) January 29, 2017
Straight fire. #taxmarch #taxmarchla A post shared by michaelbourret (@michaelbourret) on Apr 15, 2017 at 12:07pm PDT
Proud science nerds get the job done. My favorite sign so far. #standupforscience pic.twitter.com/2pSlU5UPdz — Tomas Green (@TomasWGreen) February 19, 2017 Really though… Another favorite #WomensMarch #womensmarchonwashington sign pic.twitter.com/B0SROMS5px — K. Locke (@Bibliogato) January 21, 2017 Keeping it 100. Best signs yet. #NoBanNoWall #LAX pic.twitter.com/m7P6D9U7Cz — Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) January 30, 2017 An essential reminder. @womensmarch solidarity is more than a selfie pic.twitter.com/pi3KiRgzRO — Angela Marie (@MsPeoples) January 21, 2017 Oof. And @womensmarchchi embroidered protest sign is hooped and ready! @womensmarch #notmypresident pic.twitter.com/My8AyqRxfq — Shannon Downey (@ShannonDowney) January 19, 2017
Motivation. Image: Courtesy of Kylie Madden
At least the future is bright ... The best protestor in Battery Park pic.twitter.com/RgA68QvOG2 — Jia Tolentino (@jiatolentino) January 29, 2017 WATCH: Ivanka Trump was booed after speaking about father's 'advocacy' for women
POSTED APRIL 29, 2017 10:00 AM
|4th Arkansas inmate executed in 8 days lurches on gurney
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 2:27 AM
|Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit
By Andrew Osborn and Svetlana Reiter MOSCOW (Reuters) - Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow on Saturday under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities. Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for 17 years, has not said whether he will run in presidential elections in March 2018. Saturday's protest in the capital -- called "We're sick of him" -- was organized by the Open Russia movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
POSTED APRIL 29, 2017 2:53 PM
|The 66 Most Delish Last-Minute Easter Appetizers
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:42 PM
|Filipino troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnapper in clash
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a notorious kidnapper who had sailed across the sea border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom, the military chief said Saturday.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 9:28 PM
|Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia over 'terror' claims
Turkey on Saturday blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia reportedly for articles claiming links between Ankara and terror groups, the latest restriction on a popular website to hit Turkish users. Turkey's Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) said it had implemented the ban against Wikipedia.org, without making clear the reason for the move. Turkish state media said the ban was imposed because Wikipedia had failed to remove content promoting terror and accusing Turkey of cooperation with various terror groups.
POSTED APRIL 29, 2017 11:57 AM
|Body Believed to Be Teen Hiker Found, Grandmother Still Missing
He was found Friday, according to reports.
POSTED APRIL 29, 2017 12:47 PM
|Pacific Command Admiral Says Hawaii Needs Stronger Defenses Against North Korea
U.S. Pacific Command wants more missile interceptors because of North Korea, but that could complicate things with other countries.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:58 PM
|This 7-year-old girl wrote a letter to Google and got a tech job out of it
How about this amazing little nugget to restore your faith in humanity: Chloe Bridgewater, a seven-year-old from Hereford, UK, is a big fan of technology and eventually wants to work for Google. Rather than wasting any time, she decided to send Google CEO Sundar Pichai a letter to let him know that she's planning on working there one day. She got two things in return: A lovely letter from Pichai encouraging her to follow her dreams, and a paid job testing tech products for a tech startup based in London.
"Dear Google boss," Young Bridgewater's letter begins. "May name is Chloe and when I am bigger I would like a job with Google." She goes on to explain that she's also planning on swimming in the Olympics and working at a chocolate factory, because what kid doesn't dream of that?
Her love of Google centers around its work culture, which includes kid-friendly bonuses like working from a bean bag or making your way from one floor of the company's headquarters to another via slide. After her father posted a photo of her letter online it quickly went viral, catching the attention of Kano, the built-it-yourself computer startup that crushed its crowdfunding goals back in late 2013 and has been shipping its kits ever since.
Now, the 7-year-old and her younger sister, Hollie, help Kano test new products ahead of time, giving the company feedback on what works and what doesn't. The two girls were even added as board members of Kano's product innovation board. See? The world isn't all bad.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:39 PM
|Here's What Trump Has Done In 100 Days
Many will point critically to the dearth of bills coming across Trump's desk, but focusing solely on legislation overlooks a thriving aspect of the new presidency.
POSTED APRIL 29, 2017 8:00 AM
|Father of missing boy says he's desperate to find son
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of a 5-year-old boy reported missing about a week ago in California has released a statement saying he is desperate to find his son, on the same day homicide detectives searched his home.
POSTED APRIL 29, 2017 1:44 AM
|NRA’s Wayne LaPierre calls academic and media elites ‘America’s greatest threat’
Executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre spoke ahead of President Trump at an NRA meeting and said academic and media elites are “America’s greatest domestic threats.”
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 2:55 PM
|'Shaving Cats!!??' Virginia police probe seven pet abductions
Since December, at least seven cats have suddenly shown up at their homes with shaved belly, groin and leg areas, Waynesboro Police Captain Kelly Walker said on Friday. "Shaving Cats!!??" says the poster in Waynesboro, a city of 21,000 about 140 miles (225 km) southwest of Washington, D.C. Walker said the cats were collar-wearing, well-groomed pets, not strays or feral cats, although some were outdoor cats.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 2:51 PM
|Knights of Malta elect temporary leader for reform period
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The ancient Knights of Malta religious order on Saturday elected a temporary leader during a period of reform after the last grand master was effectively ousted by Pope Francis.
POSTED APRIL 29, 2017 10:21 AM
|Trump's big EPA website change should make you furious
Yet another fear among scientists and climate activists has become reality in the era of Trump. Decades of research and data about carbon emissions, other greenhouse gases, and more was hidden from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website by the Trump administration late Friday as the sprawling climate change webpage goes under "review." Adding insult to injury, this comes on the eve of the People's Climate March. Climate change activists have been wringing their hands ever since Inauguration Day, fearing that the new administration would do something just like this. The EPA has been chipping away at climate change mentions on its website since January, but Friday's takedown is the biggest, and most disturbing step yet. SEE ALSO: In ultimate insult, Trump rolls back EPA's climate policies from within the EPA The webpage, which has been in existence for more than 20 years, explained what climate change is, what caused it and how it affects your health, among other things. In contrast to what Trump and his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, have said about climate change (they don't believe it's man-made), the webpage notes many times how humans have contributed to climate change. "Research indicates that natural causes do not explain most observed warming, especially warming since the mid-20th century. Rather, it is extremely likely that human activities have been the dominant cause of that warming," the webpage read, according to an archived version captured before Friday. Starting Friday evening, going to EPA.gov/climate and EPA.gov/climatechange sent visitors to a landing page that said, "This page is being updated." In an agency statement about the website changes, there's no mention of removing all the content, even if temporarily. "The process, which involves updating language to reflect the approach of new leadership, is intended to ensure that the public can use the website to understand the agency's current efforts," the EPA's statement reads, adding in the last line that "content related to climate and regulation is also under review." At the very end of a Friday news dump: @EPA might take climate change information off its website pic.twitter.com/Gngh62R5sJ — Timothy Cama (@Timothy_Cama) April 28, 2017 While the climate landing page was down, certain climate-related sections could still be found through a Google search. For example, a section about climate indicators was still live as of Friday evening. "While it remains to be seen how information and information access will change as the EPA site is updated, it is concerning that this overhaul was not announced until the same day that pages like the Climate Change page, which serve as important public resources, were already becoming unavailable," said the Environmental Data and Governance Website Tracking Initiative, a nonprofit group closely tracking changes to climate information across the federal government, in a statement. "The timing of this overhaul cuts off availability when access to trusted information about the science behind climate change will be necessary to enable a conversation about our changing climate," the group stated. Trump has made climate denying statements in the past, calling global warming a hoax. More recently he walked them back, claiming that climate change was naturally occurring and not man-made. Trump's EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, is a noted climate-change denier. The administration is seeking to make deep cuts to the EPA's budget and personnel, potential involving thousands of layoffs and the gutting of its climate science programs, which could leave few qualified people left to update the climate science page in the next few years. The scientific findings presented on the EPA climate change website were used by many in the media and the scientific community to contradict claims Pruitt made in a CNBC interview on March 9, in which he said that carbon dioxide does not act as a "control knob," or thermostat, on the planet's climate: "I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," Pruitt said. "But we don't know that yet, as far as... we need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis," he said. On eve of #climatemarch, Trump EPA releases quiet, mumbling press release signaling censorship of climate change content from EPA website. https://t.co/MUxAIf5XMs — John Walke (@jwalkenrdc) April 28, 2017 The EPA's inspector general is investigating whether Pruitt's statement's violated agency policy because they departed so much from the agency's own scientific findings. The EPA has a link back to an archived view of the site from before Trump took office on Jan. 19. That's exactly one day before Trump took over. But more recent archived versions of the site are available, such as this screenshot of the climate page from March 17. Earlier Friday, Trump signed an executive order that expands offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, something the Obama administration fought to curtail. The administration has been working to roll back Obama's other climate change programs, including the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which would restrict greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The website review may be aimed at bringing the site in line with such an agenda, but any editing of scientific information would run counter to the history of the site and the mission of the EPA. Information about the website changes have been murky, with the administration's statement leaving much to be desired in terms of detail. There's no timeline on when the changes will be made either. Climate activists have already begun voicing their concerns on social media, and this is sure to fire them up as they ready for Saturday's big climate march.
Mashable science editor Andrew Freedman contributed reporting for this story. WATCH: Hero with a drone spots a shark circling below 3 oblivious surfers
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 10:23 PM
|Can the Hennessey Exorcist drive out the Dodge Demon?
Texas tuner extraordinaire Hennessey Performance wants to give anyone considering snapping up the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon cause for concern. At the New York International Auto Show, Dodge confounded expectations with an 840hp street-legal drag car called the Demon. Based on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and set to be offered as either a full turnkey car or as a conversion for existing ZL1 owners, the Exorcist has a totally overhauled engine complete with ported cylinder heads, new valves, a new camshaft, a high-flow supercharger, plus new exhaust system.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 5:28 AM
|19 Cute Red, White, and Blue Fourth of July Outfit Ideas
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:46 PM
|Syria Says Israel Attacked With Missiles Today
The Syrian military said in a statement that the attack, which could be felt at least 15 kilometers (9 miles) away, was carried out by Israel and aimed to "raise the morale of terrorist groups" the government maintains are waging war against President Bashar Assad's forces.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:58 PM
|Venezuela defies international powers, Trump weighs in
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday intensified his row with foreign powers that he accuses of plotting to overthrow him. "I am proud to say I took the decision... to free our country from interventionism," Maduro said in a speech on Thursday. "We are free of the OAS and we will never return," he added.
POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 9:46 PM
|Correction: Missing Children-Arkansas story
MENA, Ark. (AP) — In a story April 27 about two missing Arkansas children, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, reported erroneously the age of one of the children. Reilly James Scarbrough is 9, not 10.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 6:05 PM
|Qualcomm slams Apple in scathing new statement
The Apple vs. Qualcomm patent fight is probably the second most important new legal confrontation between tech companies this year, with the Google vs. Uber trial being far more interesting and dramatic. But you had still better be ready for the incoming spectacle. Case in point: Qualcomm on Friday issued a press release to tell everyone in the world that Apple has been a bad, bad company.
Titled Apple Continues to Improperly Interfere with Qualcomm's Agreements with Contract Manufacturers, the new statement is about Qualcomm’s revised guidance for the third quarter in light of Apple’s recent actions. Needless to say, this fight stands to have a dramatic impact on Qualcomm's performance.
Apparently, Apple told Qualcomm that “Apple is withholding payments to its contract manufacturers for the royalties those contract manufacturers owe under their licenses with Qualcomm for sales during the quarter ended March 31, 2017,” and it will continue to do so until the patent dispute is settled.
As a result, Qualcomm now expects revenue between $4.8 billion and $5.6 billion for the third quarter. Its prior guidance was between $5.3 billion and $6.1 billion. Comparatively, Qualcomm reported $6.0 billion for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. In other words, iPhone money is really important to the chipmaker.
"Apple is improperly interfering with Qualcomm's long-standing agreements with Qualcomm's licensees," executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm Don Rosenberg said.
"These license agreements remain valid and enforceable. While Apple has acknowledged that payment is owed for the use of Qualcomm's valuable intellectual property, it nevertheless continues to interfere with our contracts. Apple has now unilaterally declared the contract terms unacceptable; the same terms that have applied to iPhones and cellular-enabled iPads for a decade. Apple's continued interference with Qualcomm's agreements to which Apple is not a party is wrongful and the latest step in Apple's global attack on Qualcomm. We will continue vigorously to defend our business model, and pursue our right to protect and receive fair value for our technological contributions to the industry."
Things are definitely going to get interesting...
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 11:44 AM
|Tad Cummins' Wife Says She Warned Her Husband About Getting Too Close to Teen
Jill Cummins says the girl was like a daughter to her.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 3:37 PM
|First Lady dedicates 'healing' garden at children's hospital
WASHINGTON (AP) — Off in the distance, young patients can see the Washington Monument from the hospital's new rooftop "healing" garden, dedicated Friday by first lady Melania Trump as a place children and their families can breathe fresh air, "relax and enjoy in peace."
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 6:11 PM
|California enacts $52 billion fuel tax hike for road, bridge repairs
California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a bill to raise gasoline taxes and other transportation-related fees for the first time in decades in an ambitious $52 billion plan to repair the state's long-neglected roads and bridges. The measure will increase excise taxes on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon, from the current rate of 28 cents, and on diesel fuel by 20 cents per gallon over the next 10 years.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 7:07 PM
|2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Korea's attempt to out-Prius the Prius.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 12:35 PM
|Volkswagen Is Considering Selling Ducati
The VW Group purchased the Italian motorcycle maker in 2012, but financial struggles with the diesel emissions scandal could force a sale.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:59 PM
|21 Homemade Easter Candy Recipes To Fill Your Basket With
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:42 PM
|Turkey, US can turn Raqa into 'graveyard' for IS: Erdogan
Turkey and the United States can join forces to turn the Islamic State jihadist group's de-facto capital of Raqa in Syria into a "graveyard" for the extremists, the Turkish president said on Saturday. The Turkish government is pressuring Washington to stop backing Kurdish fighters as an ally in the fight against IS jihadists in Syria, in a dispute that has has limited cooperation between the NATO allies. "The huge America, the coalition and Turkey can join hands and turn Raqa into a graveyard for Daesh," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an Istanbul meeting, using an alternative name for the IS group.
POSTED APRIL 29, 2017 7:12 AM
|Friendly fire may have killed 2 Army Rangers in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Army Rangers killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan may have died as a result of friendly fire during the opening minutes of the fierce, three-hour firefight, the Pentagon said Friday.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:57 PM
|Get ready for all the wireless carriers to get worse
The last couple months have seen a welcome change in the wireless industry. Instead of massively confusing bills and data caps, we've had prices slashed across the board and unlimited data plans for all. But thanks to the unending drive for consolidation and profits, the good times aren't going to last.
During the recent 600MHz spectrum auction, which ran from the end of 2016 all the way to last week, the government imposed a "quiet rule" on carriers. They couldn't talk about the auction, their plans with any spectrum, and they couldn't talk with anyone about merging. But now that quiet time is over, it's just a matter of time until some blockbuster deals happen.
Rumors suggest that T-Mobile, Sprint, and Dish are all in talks for partnerships, acquisitions, or mergers. For Sprint, it's a fight for survival: recent financial results have been dire, and since the company didn't buy any new spectrum in the FCC's auction, the network won't see substantial improvements in the near future. SoftBank, the Japanese company that owns Sprint, has been looking for a chance to unload Sprint for years.
The most-talked-about target is Deutsche Telekom, the majority owner of T-Mobile. The idea would be to merge T-Mobile and Sprint, the third-largest and fourth-largest networks in America, to form one super-network.
Although that might lead to slightly improved coverage, it would be terrible for consumers in general. The fight between T-Mobile and Sprint for customers has led to lower prices, the ending of multi-year-contracts, and a host of other consumer-friendly moves in recent years. Losing Sprint, which offers the cheapest contracts of any of the big networks, would mean losing the one company that applies downwards pressure to prices.
The alternatives aren't much better. One of the few other companies with the money and desire to build out a US-wide cell network could be Amazon. Owning a wireless network would give Amazon direct control over delivering some of its services, like Prime Video, straight to consumers without having to go through an existing internet service provider. A wireless network could also be invaluable in the future for Amazon's drone delivery service, which would need some kind of national command-and-control network.
It's not just T-Mobile and Sprint that are rumored in merger deals, either. Dish Network, the satellite TV provider that also owns Sling TV, bought up $6 billion of spectrum at the FCC's recent auction, and now sits on one of the largest spectrum holdings in the US. It's possible that it could be bought out by a company like Comcast to build out a brand-new wireless network, or merge with an existing wireless network for further expansion. Any of those options would involve losing the country's biggest independent TV provider to a major cable company, which would be more bad news for consumers.
Analyst Tim Farrar sees a combination of all these scenarios being the logical option: a three-way deal between T-Mobile, Amazon and Dish to build out a new network, using T-Mobile's new spectrum and Dish's spectrum holdings. Using Amazon's capital, they could quickly build out a fast and wide-reaching network with brand-new technology, which could be used by T-Mobile for cell service, by Dish for internet TV, and by Amazon for world domination/any of Jeff Bezos's pet projects.
The bottom line is that the status quo isn't here to stay. Between Sprint's financial woes, T-Mobile's desire to build a giant new network at speed, and Dish's unused spectrum, it seems that a deal is likely. The only questions are when, and how badly it will affect wireless customers.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 3:34 PM
|College student credits his Apple Watch for saving his life
Casey Bennett knew that by pressing down the side button of his Apple Watch it would dial 911 and text his emergency contact.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 6:30 AM
|Former officer charged with hitting kids with car, killing 1
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy was sleeping when his 11-year-old daughter called and asked him to pick her up at her school bus stop. Seconds later, his daughter screamed into the phone. "Dad, help me, help me!"
POSTED APRIL 29, 2017 3:02 AM
|Mystery deaths in Liberia linked to funeral - WHO
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Nine people have died and eight are sick in Liberia after attending the funeral of a religious leader, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. On Wednesday, the WHO said Liberian health authorities were taking rapid precautionary steps after eight people died of a mystery illness, 10 months after the end of a two-year Ebola virus outbreak. "It seems all of these people were attending the funeral of a religious leader," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a briefing in Geneva.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 8:18 AM
|Iran candidates square off in first TV debate
The six candidates standing in Iran's presidential election squared off in their first ever live television debate Friday, with moderate President Hassan Rouhani coming under fire from a key rival. Televised debates are a relatively new feature of Iranian presidential elections, and are believed to have influenced the results of votes in 2009 and 2013. Ahead of the May 19 poll, the interior ministry had announced a ban on live television debates, triggering an outcry that prompted a reversal of its decision.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 3:10 PM
|508-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Had 50 Legs and Giant Claws
A 508-million-year-old critter — one that looks like a weird lobster with 50 legs, two claws and a tent-like shell — is the oldest known arthropod with mandibles on record, a new study finds. Arthropods are a group of invertebrates that includes spiders, insects and crustaceans. Many arthropods, including flies, ants, crayfish and centipedes, have mandibles — appendages that can grasp, crush and cut food.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 9:55 AM
|Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. BMW M3 vs. Mercedes-AMG C63: The Road & Track Test
Alfa Romeo joins BMW and Mercedes with a rear-wheel-drive sedan that moonlights as a track toy. But which does it best?
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:59 PM
|Melania Trump Donned Military-Inspired Ensemble At Meeting With Argentine President
First lady Melania Trump opted for a military-inspired olive green ensemble during her husband's meeting with the Argentine president at the White House.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 4:42 AM
|Palestinians say dozens wounded at protests for prisoners
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israeli soldiers at demonstrations across the West Bank Friday in support of hundreds of prisoners observing the 12th day of an open-ended hunger strike, Palestinian health officials said.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 11:31 AM
|The little device that adds Alexa to any Android phone is on sale for 50% off
Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa is awesome, but it does have a few drawbacks. Namely, it isn’t available everywhere we want it to be. Sure, Alexa isn’t just confined to Amazon’s own speakers like the Amazon Echo anymore, since third-party hardware developers now have access to Alexa for free. Even still, there’s only one smartphone out there with official access to Alexa — wouldn’t it be cool if every smartphone had Alexa baked in?
We’re not sure that will ever be the case, but here’s the good news: the ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount and the ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount will add Alexa to any Android phone while you’re in the car, and both models are on sale on Amazon right now. Both models are on sale for 50%, but only for a short amount of time.
Here are some highlights from the product page:
- ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control and Alexa integration VOICE AND GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with a wave and the sound of your voice. For Alexa skills, simply wave and say “Alexa….”
- JUST ASK ALEXA: Wave to activate your phone, then speak as you would with Alexa at home
- HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Chat, Music, Navigation, Email, and Calendar.
- COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 5.0 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). Data and mobile plan required
- SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Data and mobile plan required. For full music functionality, an active account with Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, or SoundCloud is required. Not compatible with Amazon Prime Music
- MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Mount is required to activate the Alexa and voice control app
- CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 8:20 AM
|You Can Now Eat At Taco Bell's Top-Secret Test Kitchen
It's like getting access to Willy Wonka's factory.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2017 1:52 PM