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Panera Bread says it is scoring big on digital sales – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Panera’s digital sales continue to rise, according to the company.(Photo: KENA BETANCUR, AFP/Getty Images) As traditional retailers and restaurant chains struggle, Panera Bread says it has hit a milestone that puts it at the forefront of the digital revolution. The chain, known for healthy fare like sandwiches and salads, said its digital sales have soared above $1 billion on an annualized basis and are on track to be twice as high in…

Origin PC’s Slimmest Laptop Just Got a Serious Max-Q Boost – Laptop Mag

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES - While I definitely love a big ole hulking gaming laptop, thin and lights have a place in my heart as well. And if notebooks like the new Origin PC Eon15-S have their way, they will earn even more of my attention. The latest version of the high-performance iteration of the Eon15-S will be available very soon, starting at around $1,600. That’s compared to $2,073 for the previous model. I…

Bundesbank’s Weidmann warns of digital currency risks – Financial Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bundesbank’s Weidmann warns of digital currency risks

Revolutionary Objects: The Surprising Origin of the Cell Phone – Pacific Standard

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

(Photo: Jarren Vink/Pacific Standard) It’s easy to take the objects around us for granted, to assume we know how they came to be, and to forget the extraordinary roots of ordinary things. Stories of invention are often hard to verify because every new idea stands on the shoulders of older ones and they make for great urban legends. Adding to the trouble, some of the true tales are too good…

Origin PC’s Slimmest Laptop Just Got a Serious Max-Q Boost – Laptop Mag

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES - While I definitely love a big ole hulking gaming laptop, thin and lights have a place in my heart as well. And if notebooks like the new Origin PC Eon15-S have their way, they will earn even more of my attention. The latest version of the high-performance iteration of the Eon15-S will be available very soon, starting at around $1,600. That’s compared to $2,073 for the previous model. I…

Razer’s new MacBook Pro slayer has no gimmicky Touch Bar – Mashable

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Razer, the company behind that crazy triple-screen laptop concept, will not stop until all other PC makers are its dust. At this year’s E3 gaming expo, Razer refreshed its littlest laptop, the Blade Stealth, with the latest specs, and announced a new, toned down version with a larger screen (but the same dimensions) that ditches the brand’s neon green. Is Razer finally growing up and shedding its gamer badge? Heck…

Review: Microsoft Surface Laptop – WIRED

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Apple’s Thunderbolt Display doesn’t work with a 12-inch MacBook’s USB-C port – Macworld

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

While the USB-C connector type has a lot of advantages and it’s now guaranteed with Intel’s full support at being the dominant peripheral format for the next many years, there’s still a lot of confusion about the difference between USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. That comes up in an email from Simon Shaw, who can connect his 24-inch Apple Cinema Display to a 12-inch MacBook (2016 release) using a Mini DisplayPort…

Lawmaker Steve Scalise injured in GOP baseball shooting; suspect James T. Hodgkinson dies after shootout – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire Wednesday at a park in Alexandria, Va., as Republican members of Congress held a morning baseball practice, wounding five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.). President Trump said the suspected gunman — identified by multiple law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson III, 66, from Illinois — was killed in a shootout with police, two of whom were wounded in the…

London fire tears through residential tower, leaving 12 dead – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

London (CNN)At least 12 people are dead and dozens injured after a massive fire rapidly tore through a 24-story apartment building in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, police said. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘world/2017/06/14/west-london-high-rise-apartment-fire-asaf-witness-intv.cnn’,width: ’100%’,height: ’100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_31′,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ’100%’,frameHeight: ’100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170614001243-09-london-fire-small-169.jpeg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170614001243-09-london-fire-medium-plus-169.jpeg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170614001243-09-london-fire-large-169.jpeg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170614001243-09-london-fire-exlarge-169.jpeg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170614001243-09-london-fire-super-169.jpeg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170614001243-09-london-fire-full-169.jpeg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170614001243-09-london-fire-small-11.jpeg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging…

The Daily 202: Jeff Sessions’s grilling highlights tension between chumminess of Senate, seriousness of Russia probe – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve THE BIG IDEA: It is widely presumed on Capitol Hill that Jeff Sessions chose to testify before the Senate Intelligence committee, rather than the committees that have jurisdiction over his department, because he has more friends there who would run interference on his behalf. If that was indeed the attorney general’s strategy, yesterday’s hearing validated it. The tension between the chumminess of an old…

Top Michigan health official, four others charged with manslaughter in Flint water crisis – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nick Lyon, Michigan health and human services director, was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in a criminal investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water. (David Eggert/AP) This post has been updated. The Michigan attorney general’s office on Wednesday charged five public officials, including the director of the state’s health department, with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the Flint water crisis, which has stretched into its third year. Nick Lyon, director of…

Shooting in San Francisco prompts police to issue shelter in place warning – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

San Francisco police are responding to a shooting in downtown’s Mission District and have asked people nearby to shelter in place. In a series of tweets that began just after 9 a.m., police said to avoid the area of 17th Street and Vermont Avenue. Police officials did not immediately say if anyone was wounded or killed. The situation is ongoing and police said they would alert people when the lockdown…

Firefox 54 finally goes multiprocess, eight years after work began – Ars Technica

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

reader comments 75 Firefox has finally been outfitted with simultaneous multiple content processes, a UI process, and a GPU acceleration process—eight years after the project, codenamed Electrolysis (E10S), began. Mozilla is calling Firefox 54 “the best Firefox ever,” and it’s probably not wrong (though Firefox 3.5 was pretty good, in my opinion). In theory, moving to multiple content processes will improve stability and performance (one bad tab won’t slow down…

Charles P. Thacker Dies at 74; Helped Design Early Personal Computer – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Microsoft’s new Xbox Live Avatars are impressively diverse and customizable – The Verge

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Microsoft is preparing to launch a big overhaul of its Xbox Live Avatars system. Originally released as an Xbox 360 feature in 2008, Xbox Live Avatars have been slowly tweaked to include more props and customizability ever since. Microsoft is now introducing a new avatar system that’s designed to make these Xbox avatars a lot more customizable, with a huge focus on diversity. The new avatars will let you fully…

WannaCry attacks prompt Microsoft to release Windows updates for older versions – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Microsoft has released new security updates for older versions of Windows as it warns of potential cyber-attacks by government organisations. The patches include updates to Windows XP, the operating system that was targeted by the WannaCry ransomware attack in May that attacked parts of the NHS and other companies worldwide. Typically, Microsoft only issues updates for its operating systems that are still supported – for consumers, that means Windows 7…

US, Europe seek measures to avert expanded airline laptop ban – Reuters

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will meet European officials this week to discuss new security measures that could prevent the U.S. government expanding a ban on laptops beyond flights from ten airports primarily in the Middle East. David Lapan, a DHS spokesman, said in a briefing Tuesday that he would not disclose specific security enhancements but said they were “in the way of information sharing, passenger information, detection…

London Fire: At Least 6 Dead After Blaze Engulfs Apartment Tower – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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“Trump Effect” is seismic for both Democrats, GOP in Virginia primary – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The polarizing presidency of Donald Trump shook both parties in the Virginia gubernatorial primary Tuesday and ensured that the “Trump effect” in politics will be a dominant theme in the race in November. Hostility to Trump spurred strong turnout among Democrats, raising their hopes that primary winner Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam can retain the governor’s mansion for the party. On the GOP side, enthusiasm for the president lifted outspoken Trump…