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Sticking point: how a tribal staff helped end the government shutdown

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Senate Democrats have feared that Manchin - the most conservative Democrat in the Senate - would not seek reelection, hurting their chances of taking back the Republicans's narrowly held 51-seat majority in the chamber. "There will always be critics", Kaine said, when asked about criticism Democrats faced by agreeing to McConnell's offer. Collins later met with Schumer to try to finalize the deal. Read More »

The Google Play store now sells audiobooks

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Like Apple's iBooks and Amazon-owned Audible , there is no monthly subscription fee required to purchase audiobooks. At long last, audiobooks are finally rolling out on Google Play Books , and you can even play them from your Google Assistant speaker. Read More »

Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 With Fix for Messages

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Once you do that, follow the instructions presented to you on the display and download the updated firmware with patches for Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. On the mobile front, Apple has released the latest iOS 11.2.5 which comes with compatibility for ( on February 9) and news reading capabilities for virtual assistant (only in UK, US, and Australia). Read More »

New MacBook to boost LCM orders for GIS

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The venerable 13-inch MacBook Air could be replaced with a 13-inch MacBook later this year, reports suggest, as Apple retires the aging but affordable notebook. The company became a supplier for Apple in the fourth quarter of 2017. The long-standing expectation, therefore, has been that Apple would eventually retire the 13-inch MacBook Air altogether, though that's proved tougher to do than many would have predicted. Read More »

Chinese man sparks explosion after biting iPhone battery to check authenticity

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Those standing next to him quickly jerk back. That's because damaging a battery can cause it to short circuit and spark a buildup of heat, according to Battery University , a go-to resource on how lithium-ion cells work. He reasons that if people bite into coins to see if they are genuine, he could do the same thing with this iPhone battery . According to the site Digital Trends , there are three primary ways to trigger a smartphone battery malfunction: overheating, overcharging, and ... Read More »

Apple May Kill the iPhone X This Summer

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When Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone X previous year, he touted it as the device that would "set the path of technology for the next decade". Apple makes up about 8.9% of Traynor Capital Management Inc.'s portfolio, making the stock its biggest holding. The country is known for users' preferences for larger screens, but many Chinese apps are not yet compatible with the notched design and users see the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus as offering more screen real estate ( this is indeed ... Read More »

Volunteers to Count Minnesota's Homeless on Wednesday

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Warming centers will be located 11 a.m.to 7 p.m.at the following Beaver County locations, where food, supplies and housing referrals will be provided to those in need who also can report in for the count: Broadcast Cafe, 464 Franklin Ave., Aliquippa; Center for Hope, 740 Park Road (use Maplewood Street entrance), Ambridge. Read More »

Xbox One X gaming console launched in India at Rs 44990

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Along with this, the company will also be giving a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial along with a month of Xbox Game Pass subscription trial with the gaming console. The gaming console is paired with 8GB of RAM, 1TB HDD for internal storage and a massive 12GB GDDR5 graphics memory to make the way for graphics-rich gaming. Read More »

512GB microSDXC card coming next month from UK's Integral Memory

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Our guide to the best Micro SD cards for Nintendo Switch has been one of the most popular articles on this site, with many readers opting to pick up SanDisk's 400GB card which you can now pick up for £219.99 / $243 from Amazon. This new microSD card offers transfer speeds up to 90Mbps. Given that cost, it's wise to expect Integral Memory's card to be quite a bit more expensive, at least for the first few months. Read More »

Gardaí are appealing for information from the public following shooting in Dublin

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Major security operations will be put in place for the funeral of Derek Coakley-Hutch who was shot dead near Cloverhill Prison at the weekend. It's understood the shooting is linked to the Kinahan/Hutch feud. The State Pathologist and members of the Garda Technical Bureau attended the scene yesterday evening and a forensic examination is due to continue today. Read More »

Nvidia requests retailers to focus GeForce sales on gamers

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The company reportedly told German site ComputerBase .de that retailers should sell no more than two of the same cards per customer. But Nvidia is concerned that miners snapping up its powerful but consumer-grade graphics cards are hiking the prices up for people who want a GPU for pixel-pushing gaming, you know, the way it was meant to be used. Read More »

Google's keyboard app Gboard now lets you make GIFs of your own

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It is accessible as a new icon in Gboard's suggestion row, or by heading to the dedicated GIFs tab and "My GIFs" at the very left of the carousel. According to the tech news site, the update subtly alters the design of the app because the GIF-making button has been transferred right next to the word suggestion bar. Read More »

St rocks for 4th session in row; records new highs

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Hong Kong stocks climbed on Tuesday morning to an all-time peak, underpinned by a combination of gains in financial and IT firms as well as record highs on Wall Street after U.S. According to experts, the record closing of Wall Street after lawmakers agreed on a budget deal to reopen the USA government have bolstered the market sentiments. Read More »

South Koreans burn image of North leader in Seoul

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Neither South or North Korea will be allowed to use terminology favoring either side in events at the Olympics with a "unified team" character. South Korea's liberal government led by President Moon Jae-in sees North Korea's participation in the games - both in sporting events and cultural exchanges - as a way to calm tensions caused by the North's recent nuclear and missile tests and war of words with the United States. Read More »

Huge Overwatch Update Bringing New Map, Skins, and More Tomorrow

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It has been described as a hybrid map suitable for both Assault and Payload modes. Alongside this wealth of new content for fans is also a brand new map, Blizzard World, coming to everyone on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Eight of the elven new legendary skins are Blizzard themed, while the other four celebrate the character's heritage. Out of her mech, D.Va is wearing a black dress, tights, and gloves, topped off with black and pink cat ears. Read More »

Koreans burn Kim's photo as N. Korean band leader passes

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Hyon led North Korea's delegation to South Korea over the weekend, garnering an outsized amount of attention. The North's ruler Kim Jong-Un also traded colorful personal insults and threats of war with US President Donald Trump, sparking fears of another conflict on the peninsula once devastated by the 1950-53 Korean War. Read More »

Watch the Trailer for Assassin's Creed Origins 'The Hidden Ones' DLC

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Events of the DLC will also take place in the all-new Sinai Peninsula territory, where players will be caught up in a conflict between Roman forces and a local rebel alliance. Discovery Tour will be available as a free update for all Assassin's Creed Origins owners and will also be available for purchase separately on Uplay and Steam for Windows PC on February 20th, 2018 . Read More »

Amazon Prime Raises Price By US$2, First Time In 4 Years

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Justifying the price rise, an Amazon spokesperson said: "Prime provides an unparalleled combination of shipping, shopping and entertainment benefits, and we continue to invest in making Prime even more valuable for our members". Amazon on Friday that it has raised the price of its for those who subscribe on a month-to-month basis. He noted that Amazon could see better margins and profitability due to the price increase, but he does expect some level of churn from it. Read More »

Vivo X20 Plus UD with in-display fingerprint sensor officially announced

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According to a recent report the Vivo X20 Plus smartphone is launching this week, the handset is a variant of the X20 launched past year. "It's the first device to feature Synaptics' CLEAR ID 9500 , an optical fingerprint sensor designed for integration under a device's display..." That's what the first device with an in-display fingerprint sensor is called. Read More »

Apple partners with Malala Yousafzai's Malala Fund to help advance girls' education

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Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize victor ever, co-founded the Malala Fund with her father in 2013 after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for the "crime" of going to school. The organisation estimates that over 130 million girls are out of school. The Sharjah-based global charity is funding the school project through its "Girl Child Fund" in collaboration with the Malala Fund, local media reported. Read More »

[Download] Google Play Services 11.9.75 Beta APK is Available

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Also, it is not clear if the search giant is planning to add Google audiobooks to both the Google Play Store and Google Play Music. The good news is that there's mention of a deal where users can get their first audiobook at 50% off. It would be logical for the company to move all the audiobooks to the Google Play Store. There would be plenty of benefits you would get once the giant introduces a complete dedicated Audiobooks section on the Play Store. Read More »

Sergei Eisenstein, Father Of The Montage, Gets A Google Doodle

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According to IMDB , he was "the son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man". His montages provoked mental images of emotions much better than the dialogues since his sequence of shots used fast-paced through his own style of editing which typified his own style of cinema. Read More »

Trump Lauds Apple's Abroad Money Return as 'Large Win' for US

San Francisco: Apple, which had long deferred paying taxes on its foreign earnings and had become synonymous with hoarding money overseas, unveiled plans on Wednesday that would bring back the vast majority of the $ 252 billion in cash that it held abroad and said it would make a sizeable investment in the US. Read More »

Facebook to Let Users Rank Credibility of News

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Last week I announced a major change to encourage meaningful social interactions with family and friends over passive consumption. The surveys will ask a "diverse and representative" sample of Facebook (FB) users if they've heard of a news outlet and how much they trust it. Read More »

Paul George and Sony Team Up for PlayStation Themed Sneakers

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You can turn them on or off with a button located inside the sneaker, and you'll feel a pulse when you press it that's meant to mimic vibrations from a DualShock controller. So in a way, sports and video games were always feeding off one another to me.This collaboration has been a long time coming. "As soon as I discovered PlayStation, I was throwing hints here and there to my dad-cutting out the clipping of a video game, cutting out the clippings of the PlayStation, leaving it on his ... Read More »

NYT shoplifted from Amazon Go - for journalism

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On the way out, you just walk out - no scanning. The a year ago has been about working the kinks out of the system as Amazon staffers shop. Amazon had been testing this technology for quite a while and it looks like the public will finally get to shop there on Monday. Read More »

Apple's $38 billion United States tax bill explained

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The tech giant also said it will repatriate overseas cash and pay a $38 billion tax fee. It also pledged to create 20,000 jobs and invest $30 billion in US facilities over the next five years. Apple claims its plans will contribute more than $350 billion to the USA economy over the next five years. Worth $750 billion, Apple is the most valuable company in the world. Read More »

Women's Marches: Asia Argento, Handmaids, and More Call Out Injustice

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In 2017, the Women's March on Washington drew a large crowd who marched in protest of Trump's election. Marches took place in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles , New York City and other places across the US and the world, with marches reported in Rome, Frankfurt, Germany; Kampala, Uganda and Osaka, Japan. Read More »

Korean prosecutors launch formal investigation of Apple's iPhone slowdown 'feature'

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Apple has denied any wrongdoing, but lawmakers and consumer activists believe that company has defrauded customers by using battery throttling to get customers to upgrade to newer handsets. Both companies are suspected of infringing four articles of the country's consumers' code and will face multimillion-euro fines if found guilty. The group also filed a compensation suit against Apple, seeking an award of approximately $2,000 per plaintiff. Read More »