Politics

February 22, 2019

House Democrats gear up for fight over Mueller report

Congressional Democrats are setting the stage to demand transparency from Trump administration officials even before special counsel Robert Mueller wraps up his report on possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In two letters sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ), top Democrats in the House of Representatives said the public has the […]
February 22, 2019

Asked about real election fraud in North Carolina, Trump rants about imaginary fraud elsewhere

When asked about the ongoing election fraud scandal in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district Friday, President Donald Trump said he condemns “all election fraud” before pivoting to a monologue about election fraud that does not exist. “I condemn any election fraud,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office. “And when I look at what’s happened in […]
February 22, 2019

All the Trump Cabinet scandals you may have missed this week

Five different members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet were ensnared in scandals this week, most notably Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who previously declined to prosecute Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire accused of molesting dozens of underage girls over the last two decades. On Thursday, a judge ruled in the favor of two of Epstein’s alleged victims […]
February 22, 2019

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse: 4 victims, at least 3 minors

Friday, R&B star and alleged serial sexual predator Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County, lllinois the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The charges against Kelly span from 1998 to 2010 and involve four victims, at least three of whom were minors between 13 and 16 years old, prosecutors allege. […]
February 22, 2019

Sarah Sanders says Trump has always condemned violence. Here are all the times he did the opposite.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed on Friday that President Donald Trump has always “condemned violence against journalists or anyone else.” In response to a question about the recent arrest of Christopher Paul Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant who allegedly plotted to kill prominent Democrats and members of the media, Sanders said, “In […]
February 22, 2019

Trump changes his mind on Syria, opts to let 200 troops remain after announcing full withdrawal

President Donald Trump’s decision to leave 200 of the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria for a peacekeeping mission signals yet another shift in the administration’s chaotic Syria policy. “At the end of the day, the president wants to bring our troops home and he is working towards that and he wants to do that in […]

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February 22, 2019

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February 22, 2019

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(TrendHunter.com) The connotative meaning behind Álvaro Peñalta and Josep Prat Sorolla's abstract portrait photography is quite interesting. The concept builds on a psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia....
February 22, 2019

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February 21, 2019

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February 21, 2019

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February 19, 2019

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February 19, 2019

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February 19, 2019

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February 19, 2019

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Latest from the World

February 23, 2019

Massive leak tells us virtually everything about Sony’s upcoming phones

Sony will unveil a bunch of new Android devices on Monday morning in Barcelona, Spain at MWC 2019, and we’ve already seen press renders for some of them leak. But a monster leak on Friday, just a few days before Sony’s press conference, revealed just about all the details regarding the new phones. Sony has planned a variety of new smartphones for MWC 2019, from new flagships to budget offers, but 91Mobiles obtained all the details well ahead of time. We’re looking at the Xperia 1 (which was thought to be the ZX4), Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, and Xperia L3 — here are all the specs, prices, and launch dates for all of them:

Xperia L3

  • 5.7-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio
  • MediaTek 6762 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear-facing cameras
  • 8-megapixel selfie camera
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo
  • Price: CHF 199 ($199)
  • Launch: April

Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus

  • 6-inch and 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with 21:9 aspect ratio
  • Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 636 processors
  • 3GB and 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage
  • microSD support up to 512GB
  • dual camera (13-megapixel and 5-megapixel; 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel with optical zoom)
  • 8-megapixel selfie camera
  • 2,870 mAh and 3,000 mAh batteries
  • fingerprint sensors on the side
  • Price: CHF 399 ($399) and CHF 499 ($499)
  • Launch: April

Sony Xperia 1

  • 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED Cinema-Wide display with 21:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 glass
  • Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage
  • microSD support up to 512GB
  • 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, 12-megapixel super-wide angle lens, and 12-megapixel telephoto lens with optical image stabilization
  • 8-megapixel selfie camera
  • 3,300 mAh battery with fast charging
  • fingerprint sensor on the side
  • IP68 dust and water certification
  • 4G LTE
  • Dual-SIM support
  • USB-C connectivity
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Price: CHF 1,099 ($1,099)
  • Launch: June
As you can see in these leaked images, the new Sony phones have all-screen designs, but there’s still a bezel at the top. Furthermore, the cheapest model features a bezel on the bottom. In other words, Sony won’t quite keep up with competitors when it comes to all-screen designs, as the brand has chosen to forgo notches or hole-punch cameras for bezels.
February 23, 2019

Jamie Genevieve: Don’t call me an ‘influencer’

The Instagram-famous Scottish make-up artist and YouTube star reveals all about life behind the filter.
February 23, 2019

Intel confirms the first 5G iPhone won’t arrive until 2020 at the earliest

If you were holding out hope that Apple might release a 5G enabled iPhone later this year, we've got bad news for you. According to a report from Reuters, Intel earlier today announced that its 5G modems will not be available until 2020. And seeing as how Apple now relies upon Intel for its chips -- thanks to its ongoing legal dispute with Qualcomm -- we now have official confirmation that iPhones with support for 5G won't hit stores shelves until 2020 at the absolute earliest. Specifically, Sandra Rivera of Intel articulated that while Intel's 5G modems will hit manufacturers this year, it doesn't anticipate that the modems will end up in any smartphones until next year. Word of Apple's delayed entry into the speedy world of 5G shouldn't come as much of a surprise. For starters, a report from Bloomberg a few months ago revealed that Apple was holding off on 5G until 2020, if not later. What's more, it's worth noting that Apple has historically been slow to adopt new networking technologies. Remember, the original iPhone didn't launch with 3G and Apple didn't adopt LTE support until the 2012 release of the iPhone 5. That said, and especially in light of the somewhat slow but steady roll out of 5G, it makes sense why Apple isn't exactly in a rush to introduce iPhones with 5G support. After all, what's the point in introducing a 5G iPhone when nationwide and global coverage will be spotty at best? While there's no denying that the impending arrival of 5G and 5G enabled smartphones is an absolute game-changer, the reality is that it will take some time before 5G coverage reaches a point as to make paying a premium for a 5G smartphone worth the added expense. That said, we can only hope that Apple isn't too patient and embraces 5G in 2020 as opposed to waiting until 2021.
February 23, 2019

How are MPs deselected?

What are the rules? Which MPs are under threat? Who has been deselected in the past?
February 23, 2019

How Queer as Folk broke the mould for gays on TV

The show, celebrating its 20th anniversary, was a pioneer in putting gay men's lives centre stage.
February 23, 2019

NHS told to ditch ‘outdated’ pagers

The health secretary wants to scrap the “archaic technology” which costs the NHS about £6.6m a year.
February 23, 2019

OnePlus will launch its 5G phone by June, but not in the US

OnePlus has teased a little bit more about its 5G phone. The Chinese smartphone maker says it plans to launch the device during the second quarter, when it will be among the first handset makers to release such a device. The company, which rose to popularity in part because it brought affordable flagship phones to international markets at affordable prices, has shared an image of the device prototype with USA Today that the company will also be showing off at MWC in a few days. The newspaper reports that "not much is discernible" about the device from the image, though it is known that the handset will run the same Snapdragon 855 processor from Qualcomm that's found in Samsung's new S10 line of Galaxy devices. Per USA Today, the OnePlus phone also won't be available in the US -- at least at launch. The phone is reportedly going to launch first on the UK carrier EE as well as Finnish carrier Elisa sometime during the second quarter. In an interview with USA Today conducted through a translator, OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau said he's bullish on the benefits that 5G will bring, even if it's not clear yet what the consumer response to the network's improvements will be.

"It’s still very early days for 5G, and we want to take the opportunity to raise more awareness particularly within the OnePlus community, but not just limited to the OnePlus community, in what we can look forward to with 5G," Lau told the newspaper.

While availability for the company's first device won't extend to the US immediately, OnePlus is nevertheless already hinting at future 5G devices coming to the US as the technology improves and compatibility between 5G networks gets better. Lau went so far as to call the US "our most important market" in his interview. OnePlus hasn't yet decided on a name for it. The company will also no doubt try to keep the price as competitive as possible, as it did with its previous phone (the 6T) that launched in the US via a partnership with T-Mobile.

Per USA Today, that phone retailed at a starting price of $549 and helped OnePlus grow to become a top 5 maker of phones sold above $500 in the US during the fourth quarter of 2018, according to research firm IDC.

February 23, 2019

Are controversial adverts for fashion brands accident or design?

Burberry, Gucci and Prada are among the brands facing controversy for recent campaigns deemed offensive.
February 22, 2019

House Democrats gear up for fight over Mueller report

Congressional Democrats are setting the stage to demand transparency from Trump administration officials even before special counsel Robert Mueller wraps up his report on possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In two letters sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ), top Democrats in the House of Representatives said the public has the […]
February 22, 2019

Japan’s asteroid probe shot a bullet at a space rock, and it’s a very big deal

Japan's space program JAXA has had a very eventful 24 hours. The group's Hayabusa2 asteroid probe, which arrived at its target Ryugu last year, performed its most challenging maneuver yet by leaving its orbit around the rock and touching down on its surface for just a moment. But that's not all it did. The plan all along has been for Hayabusa2 to retrieve samples of the diamond-shaped asteroid in order to bring them back to Earth, but snatching a sample isn't as easy as it sounds. In order to efficiently collect dust from the rock during its brief touchdown the spacecraft had to fire a bullet into Ryugu, and it had to do all of this without direct control from its handlers on Earth over 180 million miles away. JAXA engineers waited patiently for the probe to send back information on its maneuver, with signals taking around 20 minutes to travel back and forth between Earth and the spacecraft. However, despite the incredible challenge posed by the rocky surface of Ryugu, JAXA says its probe pulled off the feat, successfully firing the projectile into the asteroid's surface and then snatching a sample of its dust before boosting itself back into a holding position in orbit around the rock. "We made a successful touchdown, including firing a bullet. We made the ideal touchdown in the best conditions," Yuichi Tsuda, project manager of the Hayabusa2 mission, told reporters. "I'm really relieved now. It felt very long until the moment the touchdown happened." That feeling of relief might not last very long, as Hayabusa2 still has plenty of work ahead of it before it can call its mission truly complete. The probe will perform two more maneuvers like this one, collecting dust samples and then finally departing for Earth where it will deliver the asteroid material. It will arrive back on our planet in 2020 if all goes as planned.
February 22, 2019

Newspaper headlines: ‘Revolt’ and quit messages for PM

The front pages carry news of cabinet ministers making demands on the PM as her Brexit talks reach a critical stage.
February 22, 2019

Man charged over Portsmouth police officer park stabbing

The officer was stabbed in the back in Stamshaw Park in Portsmouth shortly after midday on Thursday.
February 22, 2019

Wi-Fi dead spots don’t stand a chance when TP-Link range extenders are down to $15 on Amazon

So many people live with dead spots spread around their home simply because they think that's the way things are with Wi-Fi. Well we've got news: you don't have to live like this. The TP-Link TL-WA855RE Signal Booster and Wifi Extender has nearly 9,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, placing it among the top-rated extenders out there. It retails for $30, which is more than fair, but if you hurry you can get one right now on Amazon for just $14.97 thanks to a discount and a $2 coupon on the Amazon page!

Here are the key details from the product page:

  • Boost your WiFi network for stronger wireless performance and coverage
  • Easily expand wireless coverage at a push of the Range Extender button
  • Works with any WiFi router or wireless access point. Frequency: 2.4~2.4835GHz
  • Two external antennas for faster and more reliable WiFi
  • Supports AP mode which creates a new WiFi access point
  • 2-year warranty and free 24/7 technical support
  • J.D. Power Ranked TP-Link "Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Wireless Routers" in 2017*.Wireless Standards: IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
February 22, 2019

Ministers spend £100m on Brexit consultant contracts

Since the EU referendum the government has agreed £104m of Brexit consultancy and other contracts.