Politics

September 18, 2018

Ultra-rich Trump official says consumers won’t notice price increases, leaves CNBC hosts speechless

Wilbur Ross left CNBC hosts dumbfounded on Tuesday morning after he argued American families won’t notice the additional tariffs the Trump administration is slapping on Chinese goods because the price increases will be spread across so many products. Trump announced on Monday that he will impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese […]
September 18, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh and the breathless effort to protect a rich, white man from repercussions

The woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were both teenagers went public over the weekend, speaking out for the first time in a Washington Post interview. Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday that the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford “never happened,” while many conservatives, as well as […]
September 18, 2018

Lawmakers apply pressure to assist recovery for victims of Massachusetts gas explosions

Residents of Lawrence, Massachusetts complained regularly in recent months to their local gas utility about the smell of natural gas. They called Columbia Gas of Massachusetts multiple times to report the smell of natural gas — every gas company urges customers to call if they smell gas — only to have the utility tell them […]
September 18, 2018

At the Emmys, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Mrs. Maisel’ got upstaged by a modest proposal

The only show that everyone who watched the Emmys actually watched was the Emmys. This is the clearest take-home from a show that sort of hop-skipped its way along through a bumbling, so-so night, even as virtually every duo of presenters seemed better equipped to host the 70th annual awards than Michael Che and Colin […]
September 17, 2018

Trump administration announces it’s slashing refugee admissions to a record low

The United States will admit will a maximum of 30,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a press briefing late Monday afternoon. During the briefing, Pompeo said refugee admittance should not be seen as the “sole barometer” to measure a country’s humanitarian efforts and that the 30,000 cap “must […]
September 17, 2018

Senate postpones Kavanaugh vote until after hearing on alleged sexual assault

Attempts by Republican Senate leaders to rush U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the confirmation process have stalled, at least for another week, following allegations of sexual assault. Republicans had planned to vote Thursday to recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate — well ahead of the midterm elections. However, on Sunday, Christine Blasey […]

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September 18, 2018

This $90 dash cam has an awesome compact design, and it’s on sale for $36

If you're looking for a great compact dash cam that stays tucked away outside of your field of vision, but still offers all the benefits afforded by any other dash cam, we've got just the thing. The SIV Q1 Mini WiFi Dash Cam features an awesome compact design, a magnetic mount for easy stowing, and support for high-resolution 1080p recording. It's already a bargain at its normal retail price of $90, to be honest, but why pay full retail when Amazon is running a huge sale right now? Enter the coupon code 59JU46U2 at checkout and the price drops from $90 all the way down to just $35.96. That's the lowest price ever by a big margin, and we doubt this deal will last very long.

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September 18, 2018

10 awesome hidden features you need to try in iOS 12

Apple on Monday finally released iOS 12 to the public after three months of beta testing with developers and eager early adopters who signed up for the public beta. There were definitely a few bumps in the road along the way, like one beta release that completely killed GPS navigation in every single maps app for a week. For the most part, however, the iOS 12 beta period has been smooth sailing compared to previous years. Of course, that makes a lot of sense since iOS 12 is sort of like a turbocharged bug fix release for iOS 11. Sure there are plenty of new features to be found, but the real story in iOS 12 is that it completely fixes the mess created by iOS 11. The past year has been filled with bugs, security holes, and all sort of problems with iOS 11 that really held back Apple's new iPhone lineup. Despite the fact that the A11 Bionic SoC was more powerful than anything else on the market by a landslide, Android flagships were outperforming the iPhone X and iPhone 8 left and right thanks to RAM management issues in iOS 11.

All those issues in iOS 11 are behind us now, and we couldn't be happier that iOS 12 has finally been released. And now that it has been out for a day, you've likely spent some time with it and poked around in all of Apple's redesigned apps. Messages has some great new features as does Maps, and even Apple Music is less awful than it has ever been before. That's all well and good, but what about all the cool new features that aren't quite as obvious? In this post, we'll tell you about the 10 best hidden features in iOS 12 that you definitely have to check out.

Performance and battery life

Okay fine, so performance and battery life aren't exactly "features." They're also not things you can see on your iPhone's screen though, and many users aren't aware of the dramatic impact iOS 12 has on battery life and performance.

Every single compatible iPhone model will see big performance improvements once iOS 12 is installed — and remember, every single iPhone model that's compatible with iOS 11 is also compatible with iOS 12. The older your iPhone is, the more dramatic the impact will be on performance. According to Apple, some older iPhones running iOS 12 will get speed boosts of up to 70% when performing key functions. There are also plenty of behind-the-scenes changes and improvements that will help improve battery life, which is always a sore subject when it comes to aging iPhone models.

There is one important thing to remember, though. When you first update to a brand new iOS version, the operating system has a lot of work to do in the background. That includes reindexing files for Spotlight and Siri, and much more. Beyond that, you’re probably spending tons of time playing with all the new features in iOS 12. As a result, battery life for the first 24 hours is going to take a hit. Once the honeymoon is over, however, you’ll notice a big improvement.

Password autofill

Of all the new features in iOS 12, this one is by far my favorite.

Apple has a password management function built into Safari, but if we're being honest it's pretty terrible. It also doesn't help you at all when you want to log into an app as opposed to a website in Safari, unless you're willing to dig through settings every time you need to log in. Of course, that's why third-party password managers exist, and they get WAY better in iOS 12.

Third-party password managers like LastPass, DashLane, and my personal favorite 1Password now have the ability to auto-fill login credentials for websites and accounts without the need to open the apps. Just go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > AutoFill Passwords to give your password manager of choice access. Then the next time you try to log into a site, you'll see an option pop up for your password manager to enter your login credentials.

Siri Shortcuts

Apple's new Shortcuts feature is so well hidden that it's not even included in iOS 12 at all. Instead, you'll need to head to download the new Shortcuts app from the App Store. Once the app is installed though, the world is your oyster and you'll be able to create all sorts of shortcuts that can run multiple steps at once with Apple's apps as well as third-party apps. For example, saying "Hey Siri, it's bedtime" might turn off the lights in every room of your house and arm your HomeKit enabled alarm system. There are endless possibilities, and the Shortcuts app has plenty of suggestions to get you started.

Search by lyrics in Music

Don't you hate it when you have a line from a song stuck in your head but you can't remember which song it's from? Just search the lyrics you can remember right inside Apple's Music app and the song will pop up in the results.

Siri translations

Siri still lags behind other voice assistants in some ways, but it gets a bunch of nifty new features in iOS 12. Our favorite is a new translation feature that lets you translate words and sentences between more than 50 different language pairs.

New Do Not Disturb options

Do Not Disturb is a great feature that mutes all notifications for anyone who isn't on your favorites list. It's been pretty limited in the past though, with options only to enable and disable it at the same time each day. In iOS 12, you have new options in addition to your normal daily schedule. You can enable DND for one hour, until the end of the day, until you leave a certain location (like a movie theater, for example), or until the end of an appointment in your calendar.

Mute notifications

Apple's new DND options are great for when you want to silence all notifications, but what about when there's just one single app that's really annoying you? iOS 12 gives you a new option to silence a specific app when you swipe on a notification. Tap the Manage button and select "Deliver Quietly" to silence the app. All of its notifications will continue to appear in Notification Center, but they won't be accompanied by vibrations or notification tones.

Two-factor authentication assistance

Know how you love the idea of two-factor authentication but you hate having to copy and paste all those verification codes from your Messages app to whichever app you're logging into? Well now you don't have to anymore. iOS 12 will automatically copy and paste one-time codes from your messages into the verification code field.

Second face in Face ID

Touch ID supports five different fingerprints on each device, but Face ID only supported one face. The logic is pretty clear, but Apple added support for a second face in iOS 12, which can be added in Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Set Up an Alternate Appearance. This way a parent can gain access to a child's phone without the need for his or hew PIN, for example. Or if you've been having trouble with Face ID, try adding your own face as the second face, but hold your iPhone at a different angle when you set it up.

Live Listen for AirPods

If you're hard of hearing or you've always dreamt of having superhuman ears, you're going to love this last new hidden feature in iOS 12. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize and add the button called "Hearing." When you tap that button while your AirPods are connected, it enables a new feature called Live Listen that turns your AirPods into hearing aids!

September 18, 2018

10 awesome hidden features you need to try in iOS 12

Apple on Monday finally released iOS 12 to the public after three months of beta testing with developers and eager early adopters who signed up for the public beta. There were definitely a few bumps in the road along the way, like one beta release that completely killed GPS navigation in every single maps app for a week. For the most part, however, the iOS 12 beta period has been smooth sailing compared to previous years. Of course, that makes a lot of sense since iOS 12 is sort of like a turbocharged bug fix release for iOS 11. Sure there are plenty of new features to be found, but the real story in iOS 12 is that it completely fixes the mess created by iOS 11. The past year has been filled with bugs, security holes, and all sort of problems with iOS 11 that really held back Apple's new iPhone lineup. Despite the fact that the A11 Bionic SoC was more powerful than anything else on the market by a landslide, Android flagships were outperforming the iPhone X and iPhone 8 left and right thanks to RAM management issues in iOS 11.

All those issues in iOS 11 are behind us now, and we couldn't be happier that iOS 12 has finally been released. And now that it has been out for a day, you've likely spent some time with it and poked around in all of Apple's redesigned apps. Messages has some great new features as does Maps, and even Apple Music is less awful than it has ever been before. That's all well and good, but what about all the cool new features that aren't quite as obvious? In this post, we'll tell you about the 10 best hidden features in iOS 12 that you definitely have to check out.

Performance and battery life

Okay fine, so performance and battery life aren't exactly "features." They're also not things you can see on your iPhone's screen though, and many users aren't aware of the dramatic impact iOS 12 has on battery life and performance.

Every single compatible iPhone model will see big performance improvements once iOS 12 is installed — and remember, every single iPhone model that's compatible with iOS 11 is also compatible with iOS 12. The older your iPhone is, the more dramatic the impact will be on performance. According to Apple, some older iPhones running iOS 12 will get speed boosts of up to 70% when performing key functions. There are also plenty of behind-the-scenes changes and improvements that will help improve battery life, which is always a sore subject when it comes to aging iPhone models.

There is one important thing to remember, though. When you first update to a brand new iOS version, the operating system has a lot of work to do in the background. That includes reindexing files for Spotlight and Siri, and much more. Beyond that, you’re probably spending tons of time playing with all the new features in iOS 12. As a result, battery life for the first 24 hours is going to take a hit. Once the honeymoon is over, however, you’ll notice a big improvement.

Password autofill

Of all the new features in iOS 12, this one is by far my favorite.

Apple has a password management function built into Safari, but if we're being honest it's pretty terrible. It also doesn't help you at all when you want to log into an app as opposed to a website in Safari, unless you're willing to dig through settings every time you need to log in. Of course, that's why third-party password managers exist, and they get WAY better in iOS 12.

Third-party password managers like LastPass, DashLane, and my personal favorite 1Password now have the ability to auto-fill login credentials for websites and accounts without the need to open the apps. Just go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > AutoFill Passwords to give your password manager of choice access. Then the next time you try to log into a site, you'll see an option pop up for your password manager to enter your login credentials.

Siri Shortcuts

Apple's new Shortcuts feature is so well hidden that it's not even included in iOS 12 at all. Instead, you'll need to head to download the new Shortcuts app from the App Store. Once the app is installed though, the world is your oyster and you'll be able to create all sorts of shortcuts that can run multiple steps at once with Apple's apps as well as third-party apps. For example, saying "Hey Siri, it's bedtime" might turn off the lights in every room of your house and arm your HomeKit enabled alarm system. There are endless possibilities, and the Shortcuts app has plenty of suggestions to get you started.

Search by lyrics in Music

Don't you hate it when you have a line from a song stuck in your head but you can't remember which song it's from? Just search the lyrics you can remember right inside Apple's Music app and the song will pop up in the results.

Siri translations

Siri still lags behind other voice assistants in some ways, but it gets a bunch of nifty new features in iOS 12. Our favorite is a new translation feature that lets you translate words and sentences between more than 50 different language pairs.

New Do Not Disturb options

Do Not Disturb is a great feature that mutes all notifications for anyone who isn't on your favorites list. It's been pretty limited in the past though, with options only to enable and disable it at the same time each day. In iOS 12, you have new options in addition to your normal daily schedule. You can enable DND for one hour, until the end of the day, until you leave a certain location (like a movie theater, for example), or until the end of an appointment in your calendar.

Mute notifications

Apple's new DND options are great for when you want to silence all notifications, but what about when there's just one single app that's really annoying you? iOS 12 gives you a new option to silence a specific app when you swipe on a notification. Tap the Manage button and select "Deliver Quietly" to silence the app. All of its notifications will continue to appear in Notification Center, but they won't be accompanied by vibrations or notification tones.

Two-factor authentication assistance

Know how you love the idea of two-factor authentication but you hate having to copy and paste all those verification codes from your Messages app to whichever app you're logging into? Well now you don't have to anymore. iOS 12 will automatically copy and paste one-time codes from your messages into the verification code field.

Second face in Face ID

Touch ID supports five different fingerprints on each device, but Face ID only supported one face. The logic is pretty clear, but Apple added support for a second face in iOS 12, which can be added in Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Set Up an Alternate Appearance. This way a parent can gain access to a child's phone without the need for his or hew PIN, for example. Or if you've been having trouble with Face ID, try adding your own face as the second face, but hold your iPhone at a different angle when you set it up.

Live Listen for AirPods

If you're hard of hearing or you've always dreamt of having superhuman ears, you're going to love this last new hidden feature in iOS 12. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize and add the button called "Hearing." When you tap that button while your AirPods are connected, it enables a new feature called Live Listen that turns your AirPods into hearing aids!

September 18, 2018

Westminster inquest: Attacker’s car ‘lethal as a knife or gun’

A pathologist tells the inquest that the victims' injuries caused by the car were "unsurvivable".
September 18, 2018

Ultra-rich Trump official says consumers won’t notice price increases, leaves CNBC hosts speechless

Wilbur Ross left CNBC hosts dumbfounded on Tuesday morning after he argued American families won’t notice the additional tariffs the Trump administration is slapping on Chinese goods because the price increases will be spread across so many products. Trump announced on Monday that he will impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese […]
September 18, 2018

Today’s top deals: Surprise Fire TV sale, screwdriver set, iPhone XS Max case, 128GB microSD, more

We've got another great roundup of the day's best daily deals for you to check out on Tuesday, and it's headlined by a surprise sale for Prime members only that drops the 4K Fire TV down to the same price as the Fire TV Stick. Other highlights from today's list include Fire TV Stick refurbs for $29.99, brand new truly wireless earbuds with wireless charging for the same price as AirPods, our favorite screwdriver set ever for $16.99 when you use the coupon code 6JB5ONH4 at checkout, the ultra-thin iPhone XS Max case everyone loves for under $20, Samsung's fastest 128GB microSD card for $29, the best fast wireless charger out there for just $24, insanely popular Bluetooth earbuds for under $21, $9 off one of the best-selling travel mugs on Amazon, Fire HD 8 tablet refurbs for just $50, and much more. Check out all of today's top deals below.

September 18, 2018

SpaceX’s first Moon trip passenger is billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, and he wants to bring others along for the ride

After a relatively brief period of teasing the announcement, SpaceX took the opportunity on Monday night to announce its very first paying passenger for a trip around the Moon. The man is Yusaku Maezawa, and he's a very, very wealth Japanese man who plans on inviting up to eight others along for the ride around the Moon and back to Earth. Maezawa might not be a household name in the US but his brands are huge in Japan and abroad. He's the founder of Japan's largest online clothing retailer, Zozotown, and also has his own clothing brand call Zozo. He's also an avid art collector, and broke auction records with individual purchases of $57.3 million and $110.5 million in 2016 and 2017, respectively.  During the SpaceX reveal event, Maezawa explained that his desire is to bring a bunch of artists with him on his trip around the Moon. That's not a symbolic claim; he actually plans on recruiting up to eight artists who will join him and participate in a project he calls #dearMoon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wrk5u8FgbM "A painter, musician, film director, fashion designer... Some of Earth's greatest talents will board a spacecraft and be inspired in a way they have never been before," Maezawa's new #dearMoon website reads. "During the week-long spaceflight, what will they see? What will they feel? And what will they create?" His idea is to inspire the passengers and then bring their various works together in a collaborative showcase of art inspired by the Moon journey. SpaceX forecasts the flight taking place in 2023, but as founder Elon Musk explained during the announcement event, there's a lot of factors that could impact how it all plays out. As Reuters reports, the actual cost of the trip hasn't been revealed, but Maezawa noted that the journey will set him back significantly more than his art purchases. The billionaire has reportedly already placed a large deposit on the flight which is helping SpaceX in the development of the BFR launch platform that will actually take the passengers around the Moon.
September 18, 2018

Air fryers are great, but you’ll never get flavor like you will with this $40 deep fryer

We seriously love the fact that air fryers like this one are so popular right now. These machines make it so easy to cook up food that’s nice and crispy without all that artery-clogging fat. If we’re being completely honest though, there are some meals where air frying simply doesn’t cut it and you need to do some good old-fashioned deep frying. Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered. Check out the Presto 05411 GranPappy Electric Deep Fryer, which has a nice big capacity and more than 750 5-star reviews on Amazon. It’s on sale right now for under $40, and you’re not going to find a better deal on a deep fryer anywhere near this good.

Here are some key details from the product page:

  • Basic black bucket-style countertop electric deep fryer
  • Heavy-duty cast aluminum with nonstick finish; skid-resistant rubber feet
  • 1500 Watts; keeps oil at optimum temperature automatically
  • Comes with slotted scoop, snap-on storage lid, and magnetic safety cord
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
September 18, 2018

Watch the first official trailer for ‘Captain Marvel,’ coming next March

Months of anticipation for Marvel fans have led to this moment, as the first trailer for Captain Marvel was shared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning. We got our first look at Brie Larson's Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) earlier this month, but now we finally get the chance to see the new hero in action. While virtually every Marvel movie receives an extraordinary amount of hype before releasing, Captain Marvel has the important (and incredibly difficult) task of setting up Avengers 4, as it will be the last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to hit theaters before the sequel to Infinity War arrives. It's unclear how much it will connect directly to Infinity War though, as it's set in the 1990s, well before the events of the original Iron Man. To drive that point home, the trailer opens with Danvers crashing through the roof of an operational Blockbuster store. We then hear a voiceover from none other than Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, who will have a very prominent role in Captain Marvel (and hasn't lost one of his eyes yet). We also get a glimpse of Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson, who hasn't appeared in a Marvel movie since The Avengers, but has appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1BCujX3pw8 Spoilers for Infinity War follow, but the question on everyone's mind after the events of the latest Avengers movie is how Captain Marvel will play into Avengers 4. After all, the post-credits scene from Infinity War showed Fury paging Captain Marvel just as he was turned into dust by Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet-fueled snap. Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th, 2019.
September 18, 2018

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review roundup: Zero surprises

Two of the three new iPhones Apple announced last week are already available for preorder in a wide range of markets, and they’ll be shipping to buyers later this week. You'll also be able to buy them in stores beginning this Friday, September 21st. That means the first iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max reviews are out, but — spoiler alert! — the conclusions are exactly what you think they are, especially if you’re a long-time iPhone user. The iPhone XS phones are the best iPhones ever made, packing many improvements over last year’s models. But if you purchased an iPhone X last year, there’s little that will convince you to upgrade. Most reviews compare the phones to last year’s best iPhone, and they conclude that the high cost and lack of any exciting new features means they aren't worth the upgrade. But if you have an iPhone 8 or older iPhone model, the iPhone XS series will bring you a refined iPhone experience in every way. Here are some of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max reviews out there, including video reviews:

TechCrunch

Matthew Panzarino for TechCrunch:
I think there will be plenty of people who will see this [the iPhone feels like the most “S” upgrade ever] as a weakness of the iPhone XS, and I can understand their point of view. There are about a half-dozen definitive improvements in the XS over the iPhone X, but none of them has quite the buzzword-worthy effectiveness of a marquee upgrade like 64-bit, 3D Touch or wireless charging — all benefits delivered in previous “S” years. That weakness, however, is only really present if you view it through the eyes of the year-over-year upgrader.

The Verge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoDQEuP8Igo The full review is available at this link.

CNET

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAcBFBPwmrQ The full review is available at this link.

Wired

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5uVVfjonhU The full review is available at this link.

USA Today

Ed Baig for USA Today:
The new gold finish of my test unit – the other available colors are space gray and silver – is really attractive, but like many people I cover up the finish with a case anyway. Apple says the XS and XS Max displays are fortified with what Apple claims is the most durable glass yet on a smartphone. Short of trying to smash or scratch the device, I'll have to take their word for it.

The Wall Street Journal

Joana Stern’s iPhone XS review title says it all: “Sit Tight for the XR:”
The neatest trick is the new advanced depth control in portrait mode. With this effect, you can simulate the artistic blur around your subject that photographers call bokeh. But I found that the phone still can’t always get the blurring right around the edges of certain objects. The smart HDR feature and new sensors did make for a more even and clear photo when shooting almost directly into brighter lights—plus crisper, more colorful low-light shots—but overall my photos looked similar to the ones I’ve taken with the X. In many cases, they were not as good as shots I’ve taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or Google Pixel 2.

CNBC

Todd Hasselton for CNBC:
Most of those improvements, though, are kind of hard to notice. Take the screen, for example. It's still a brilliant, colorful and sharp OLED display that supports next-gen HDR 4K video. It's one of the best screens on the market, up there with the display on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. But some of the improvements, like its increased dynamic range, can only be spotted when viewing photos. And even then, I don't think most folks will notice. This isn't bad; it just means the screen is still really good and we're getting to a point where it's hard to distinguish upgrades.

Tom’s Guide

Mark Spoonauer for Tom’s Guide:
Before we even get to the benchmark scores, it's important to note that Face ID is faster on the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max than on the iPhone X. That's because of improved algorithms in iOS 12 and the speedier A12 chip. It's just a half-second difference or so, but it's noticeable, and I appreciate being able to unlock my phone faster than on last year's iPhone X.

Mashable

Raymond Wong for Mashable:
To put these [A12 Bionic] speed gains in perspective, I loaded up a 1 minute and 32 second video clip shot in 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution at 30 fps with my iPhone X. I AirDropped the file over to my iPhone XS Max, created a new project with just that one video clip in iMovie, and then timed how long it’d take for both to export the file to 1080p. The iPhone XS Max took 31 seconds and the iPhone X took 35 seconds. The iPhone XS Max crunched the video 12.9 percent faster, and though a few seconds doesn’t seem like a huge leap, the next part surprised me.

Marques Brownlee

This one is just an iPhone unboxing clip, but since it comes from Marques Brownlee it’s still worth checking it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHOr6Ej_jd4
September 18, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh and the breathless effort to protect a rich, white man from repercussions

The woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were both teenagers went public over the weekend, speaking out for the first time in a Washington Post interview. Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday that the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford “never happened,” while many conservatives, as well as […]
September 18, 2018

Egypt hotel deaths: E. coli link ‘unlikely’, report suggests

A report disputes an E. coli link to the deaths of two tourists who died in Egypt, an inquest hears.
September 18, 2018

Emmy winners list 2018: A complete list of winners (and losers)

The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards show took place last night and there's a good chance you didn't watch it because, well, it's an awards show. The shows themselves might have quite as much allure these days as they have in the past, but there is still plenty of prestige that comes along with the awards themselves. On top of that, it's always fun to see if your favorite shows have been validated or snubbed at the big awards shows like the Emmys. This year, the big winners at the 2018 Emmy Awards were HBO and Netflix, which tied for most total Emmy awards. Netflix and HBO tallied 23 awards each, marking the first time Netflix found itself at the top of the pile, even if the honor was shared. Netflix still has bragging rights when it comes to 2018 Emmy award nominations, having topped HBO for the first time to rack up the most Emmy noms of the year. Netflix was nominated a total of 112 times, while usual frontrunner HBO racked up 108 noms in 2018. Wondering which shows were the big winners at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards? You'll find the complete list of winners — and losers — below, with all of the winners indicated in bold. Drama Series “The Handmaid’s Tale” “Game of Thrones” “This Is Us” “The Crown” “The Americans” “Stranger Things” “Westworld” Comedy Series “Atlanta” (FX) “Barry” (HBO) “Black-ish” (ABC) “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO) “GLOW” (Netflix) “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) “Silicon Valley” (HBO) “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix) Limited Series “The Alienist” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” “Genius: Picasso” “Godless” “Patrick Melrose” Variety Talk Series “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” “Late Late Show with James Corden “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Variety Sketch Series “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) “Portlandia” (IFC) “Drunk History” (Comedy Central) “Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO) “At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV) “I Love You, America” (Hulu) Reality Competition “The Amazing Race” “American Ninja Warrior” “Project Runway” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” “Top Chef” “The Voice” Lead Actress in a Drama Series Claire Foy (“The Crown”) Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) Keri Russell (“The Americans”) Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) Lead Actor in a Drama Series Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) Ed Harris (“Westworld”) Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”) Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”) Directing for a Drama Series Stephen Daldry (“The Crown”) Alan Taylor (“Game Of Throne”) Jeremy Podeswa (“Game of Thrones) Kari Skogland (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) Daniel Sackheim (“Ozark”) The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”) Writing for a Drama Series Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields (“The Americans”) Peter Morgan (“The Crown”) D.B. Weiss (“Game Of Thrones”) Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Killing Eve”) The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”) Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) Matt Smith (“The Crown”) Directing for a Variety Series Stan Lathan (“Dave Chappelle: Equanimity”) Michael Bonfiglio (“Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld”) Glenn Weiss (“The Oscars”) Marcus Raboy (“Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life”) Hamish Hamilton (“Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake”) Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It’s Complicated) John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City  Patton Oswalt: Annihilation Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”) Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”) Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”) John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”) Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”) Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Laura Dern (“The Tale”) Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”) Michelle Dockery (“Godless”) Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”) Regina King (“Seven Seconds”) Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”) Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special Ryan Murphy (“The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) Scott Frank (“Godless”) David Leveaux, Alex Rudzinski (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”) Craig Zisk (“The Looming Tower”) Barry Levinson (“Paterno”) Edward Berger (“Patrick Melrose”) David Lynch (“Twin Peaks”) Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus (“American Vandal”) Tom Rob Smith (“The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) Scott Frank (“Godless”) David Nicholls (“Patrick Melrose”) David Lynch, Mark Frost (“Twin Peaks”) William Bridges, Charlie Brooker (“USS Callister” (Black Mirror)) Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Jeff Daniels (“Godless”) Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”) John Leguizamo (“Waco”) Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”) Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”) Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”) Merritt Wever (“Godless”) Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (Black Mirror)) Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) Bill Hader (“Barry”) Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) William H. Macy (“Shameless”) Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) Ted Danson (“The Good Place”) Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”) Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) Allison Janney (“Mom”) Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) Issa Rae (“Insecure”) Directing for a Comedy Series Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) Hiro Murai (“Atlanta”) Bill Hader (“Barry”) Mark Cendrowski (“The Big Bang Theory”) Jesse Peretz (“GLOW”) Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) Mike Judge (“Silicon Valley”) Writing for a Comedy Series Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) Stefani Robinson (“Atlanta”) Alec Berg, Bill Hader (“Barry”) Liz Sarnoff (“Barry”) Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”) Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”) Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”) Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”) Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”) Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”) Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Louie Anderson (“Baskets”) Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”) Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”) Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”) Henry Winkler (“Barry”)
September 18, 2018

Mini plant to close for a month post-Brexit

The shutdown will help the BMW-owned factory avoid any supply disruptions caused by a no-deal departure.