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Comic-Con: Watch retro goodness on display in the new ‘Stranger Things’ trailer – USA TODAY

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

After becoming a pop-culture sensation in 2016, Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ makes its Comic-Con debut to tout its upcoming second season.(Photo: Jackson Davis, Netflix) SAN DIEGO — Stranger Things is coming back, and this season’s going to Eleven. Making their first appearance at Comic-Com, cast and creators talked about the Emmy-nominated freshman year and what’s to come in the popular 1980s-set Netflix show returning this Halloween. The only hate mail to the…

It’s time to admit digital assistants are overrated – Markets Insider

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai introducing Google Assistant last October. AP Photo/Eric Risberg It was a good week for Sears. On Thursday, its stock skyrocketed at least 20% on the news that it would start selling Kenmore appliances that can be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant on Amazon.com. Sears, which has struggled to transform its image in recent years as it closes stores and flirts with bankruptcy, finally found the…

Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Design Leaks, Latest MacBook Pro Secrets, Apple’s Risky iPhone 7S Decision – Forbes

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes an exclusive look at the leaked iPhone 8 designs, Apple’s gamble over replacing Touch ID, the importance of the iPhone 7S, how to find the best MacBook deals, the problematic bugs in iOS 10.3.3, changes in iOS 11’s latest beta, App Store blocking ad blockers, and Apple research papers on machine learning. Apple Loop…

In tweet storm, Trump decries ‘illegal leaks’ and asserts ‘all agree’ he has complete power to pardon – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. — A defiant President Trump unleashed a flurry of nearly a dozen tweets Saturday morning, asserting that he has the “complete power to pardon” aides, family members and possibly even himself — an apparent response to the special counsel’s widening Russia probe — and decrying “illegal leaks” in the “fake news.” The president also lashed out at a new Washington Post report of previously undisclosed alleged contacts between Attorney General Jeff Sessions…

At the White House, an abrupt chain reaction: Spicer out; Scaramucci and Sanders in – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

President Trump overhauled his White House on Friday in a dramatic shake-up of his senior team at the six-month mark of his presidency, which so far has been beset by a special counsel’s widening Russia investigation, a floundering legislative agenda and seemingly constant chaos and infighting within his West Wing. Trump’s decision Friday morning to install wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director set off an unexpected chain reaction, with…

Congress Reaches Deal on Russia Sanctions, Creating Tough Choice for Trump – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Congress has complicated his choice because the legislation also encompasses new sanctions against Iran and North Korea, two countries the administration has been eager to punish for its activities. A sanctions package had stalled in the Republican-led House for weeks after winning near-unanimous support in the Senate last month. Democrats accused Republicans of delaying quick action on the bill at the behest of the Trump administration, which had asked for…

New ‘Justice League’ Trailer Teases Villain Steppenwolf – Hollywood Reporter

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Justice League was in (almost) full force at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday. Justice League stars Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Rey Fisher (Cyborg). Henry Cavill (Superman) was not in attendance. Affleck introduced the Justice League trailer that opens with Wonder Woman kicking ass. The Justice League is scattered all over the globe after the death of Superman, when villain Steppenwolf appears on Paradise Island…

Actor John Heard, of ‘Home Alone’ movies, dies at 71 – ABC News

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the “Home Alone” series and a corrupt detective in “The Sopranos,” has died. He was 71. His death was confirmed Saturday by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office in California. TMZ reported that Heard, who lived in southern California, was found at a Palo Alto, California, hotel where he was recovering from back surgery. Heard played Peter McCallister, the father…

ASUS ROG Zephyrus review: Gaming laptops will never be the same again – Engadget

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Unlike most other laptops, ASUS pushed the Zephyrus’s keyboard and trackpad all the way to its front edge. That allowed the company to place all of its high-powered hardware towards the back of the case — in particularly, the CPU and GPU — so it could all be cooled at once. It took me a while to get used to the Zephyrus’s strange keyboard orientation, and even longer to adjust…

It’s time to admit digital assistants are overrated – Markets Insider

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai introducing Google Assistant last October. AP Photo/Eric Risberg It was a good week for Sears. On Thursday, its stock skyrocketed at least 20% on the news that it would start selling Kenmore appliances that can be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant on Amazon.com. Sears, which has struggled to transform its image in recent years as it closes stores and flirts with bankruptcy, finally found the…

Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Design Leaks, Latest MacBook Pro Secrets, Apple’s Risky iPhone 7S Decision – Forbes

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes an exclusive look at the leaked iPhone 8 designs, Apple’s gamble over replacing Touch ID, the importance of the iPhone 7S, how to find the best MacBook deals, the problematic bugs in iOS 10.3.3, changes in iOS 11’s latest beta, App Store blocking ad blockers, and Apple research papers on machine learning. Apple Loop…

Laptop ban from six Middle Eastern countries set to be lifted – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

A ban on passengers carrying laptops and iPads in hand luggage on flights to the UK from the Middle East is set to be lifted, The Daily Telegraph understands. Travellers flying from Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon have been banned from carrying electronic devices larger than a smartphone in cabin bags since March. The ban was introduced in response to intelligence about terrorists developing bombs that could…

Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Design Leaks, Latest MacBook Pro Secrets, Apple’s Risky iPhone 7S Decision – Forbes

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes an exclusive look at the leaked iPhone 8 design, Apple’s gamble over replacing Touch ID, the importance of the iPhone 7S, how to find the best MacBook deals, the problematic bugs in iOS 10.3.3, changes in iOS 11’s latest beta, App Store blocking ad blockers, and Apple research papers on machine learning. Apple Loop…

With my cell-phone number, a private eye found 150 pages on me – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE USA Today columnist Kim Komando guides you on how to test your computer’s security. Read between the lines before entering your cell phone number online.(Photo: Getty Images) Our cell phone numbers are increasingly used for identity theft, the modern-day linchpin to most personal data. Now I know that first hand. After reporting on how phone number identity theft had doubled last year, and warnings about…

Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

“I think there’s been, at times, a disconnect between the way we see the president and how much we love the president and the way some of you perhaps see the president,” Mr. Scaramucci said during a news conference that kicked off with his announcement of Ms. Sanders’s new job. Photo Anthony Scaramucci at Trump Tower last year. Mr. Scaramucci, who founded the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital and is…

Minneapolis Police Chief Forced Out After Fatal Shooting of Australian Woman – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Officer Noor has declined to speak with investigators, and the authorities have provided no explanation for why he shot Ms. Damond. Neither Officer Noor nor his partner had turned on their body cameras. Photo On Friday night at City Hall, protesters interrupted Mayor Betsy Hodges’s news conference, at which she announced the resignation of Police Chief Janee Harteau of Minneapolis and the appointment of Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo as…

Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, US intelligence intercepts show – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S….

Former Obama spy chiefs upbraid Trump for his remarks about his intelligence agencies – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

ASPEN, Colo. — Two former senior Obama administration intelligence officials on Friday expressed anger at President Trump’s statements disparaging the intelligence community and disbelief at his embrace of Russia. In remarkably strong terms and in their first extensive remarks on the topic since leaving office on Jan. 20, former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. let loose on Trump, who before taking office…

USC moves to terminate former dean, citing evidence of drug activity – USA TODAY

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

The University of Southern California is taking steps to terminate a former dean who is said to have engaged in illicit drug use during his tenure at the university, the administration announced in two letters on Friday. Carmen Puliafito, who served as dean of the Keck School of Medicine for almost a decade, is now suspended from his position as a faculty member at the university and is barred from…