March 1, 2019

Phone scams: Rise in fraudsters making fake HMRC calls

A crackdown on email and mobile phone hoaxes has led to more fraudsters targeting victims by landline.
March 1, 2019

Huawei continues full-blown PR campaign to fight US criticism

Embattled Chinese smartphone maker Huawei capped another week full of a steady stream of negative headlines targeting the company by continuing a massive, weeks-long PR campaign -- an effort that included running prominent advertisements in several major US newspapers essentially offering Huawei's side of its story and speaking directly to consumers. Huawei took out prominent and full-page ad space in publications ranging from The Washington Post to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, as well as Politico and The Los Angeles Times. Readers who came across the ads were encouraged not to take for granted that "everything you hear" about the company is correct and that "We would like the US public to get to know us better." It's a bit of a defensive move from the company that eventually is hoping to box out Samsung as the top smartphone maker in the world, an ascension that's made a bit difficult given the open hostility against the company from US officials who believe it's essentially a de facto arm of the repressive Chinese government. US officials have also levied a number of criminal charges against the tech giant. To counter that, Huawei has been executing a multi-faceted charm initiative that included a rare, nearly half-hour-long interview with Huawei's billionaire founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei that aired recently on state-controlled China Central Television. The executive also participated in interviews with UK and American reporters, another rarity. As Bloomberg notes in a piece today, Zhengfei in the CCTV interview tried to appear unrattled by all the negative scrutiny his company has garnered in recent months. Smiling, he acknowledged that Huawei's public relations department asked him to do this and that “I must make our clients understand us, make our 180,000 employees understand us, come together and get through this tough time.” In the US newspaper ads that ran in recent days, Huawei spotlights a variety of humanitarian efforts the company pursues like disaster relief in countries such as Indonesia. Again, as a pushback against US-led opposition that includes messaging that criticizes the security of Huawei products in addition to a series of criminal charges leveled in January against the company related in part to US sanctions against Iran. Huawei is also apparently reaching out to select US journalists offering an all-expenses-paid trip to the company's facilities in China: https://twitter.com/joshrogin/status/1101508517574467584 For its part, Huawei is at the same time trying to put on an air of business as usual in spite of developments like these and the arrest of its CFO in Canada in December -- who the US is attempting to get extradited here. Huawei, for example, put on a high-profile showing at Mobile World Congress in recent days, including an eyes-only unveiling of its impressive-looking Mate X smartphone.
March 1, 2019

Huawei continues full-blown PR campaign to fight US criticism

Embattled Chinese smartphone maker Huawei capped another week full of a steady stream of negative headlines targeting the company by continuing a massive, weeks-long PR campaign -- an effort that included running prominent advertisements in several major US newspapers essentially offering Huawei's side of its story and speaking directly to consumers. Huawei took out prominent and full-page ad space in publications ranging from The Washington Post to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, as well as Politico and The Los Angeles Times. Readers who came across the ads were encouraged not to take for granted that "everything you hear" about the company is correct and that "We would like the US public to get to know us better." It's a bit of a defensive move from the company that eventually is hoping to box out Samsung as the top smartphone maker in the world, an ascension that's made a bit difficult given the open hostility against the company from US officials who believe it's essentially a de facto arm of the repressive Chinese government. US officials have also levied a number of criminal charges against the tech giant. To counter that, Huawei has been executing a multi-faceted charm initiative that included a rare, nearly half-hour-long interview with Huawei's billionaire founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei that aired recently on state-controlled China Central Television. The executive also participated in interviews with UK and American reporters, another rarity. As Bloomberg notes in a piece today, Zhengfei in the CCTV interview tried to appear unrattled by all the negative scrutiny his company has garnered in recent months. Smiling, he acknowledged that Huawei's public relations department asked him to do this and that “I must make our clients understand us, make our 180,000 employees understand us, come together and get through this tough time.” In the US newspaper ads that ran in recent days, Huawei spotlights a variety of humanitarian efforts the company pursues like disaster relief in countries such as Indonesia. Again, as a pushback against US-led opposition that includes messaging that criticizes the security of Huawei products in addition to a series of criminal charges leveled in January against the company related in part to US sanctions against Iran. Huawei is also apparently reaching out to select US journalists offering an all-expenses-paid trip to the company's facilities in China: https://twitter.com/joshrogin/status/1101508517574467584 For its part, Huawei is at the same time trying to put on an air of business as usual in spite of developments like these and the arrest of its CFO in Canada in December -- who the US is attempting to get extradited here. Huawei, for example, put on a high-profile showing at Mobile World Congress in recent days, including an eyes-only unveiling of its impressive-looking Mate X smartphone.
March 1, 2019

Amazon’s got big discounts on Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 bundles today

If you want a truly wireless home security camera system and you're willing to pay for the best, then it doesn't get any better than Arlo. Of course if you've ever looked into Arlo cameras then you know just how expensive they are. Have you been putting off your purchase in hopes of finding a good sale? Well then today is your lucky day, because Amazon is offering big savings on two different bundles. The Arlo Pro Wireless Home Security Camera System with two cameras is on sale for $255, down from $420, while the two camera Arlo Pro 2 Wireless Home Security Camera System bundle is down to $339 from $480. Arlo Pro add-on cameras are on sale as well at a $41 discount, and you can save $59 on Arlo Pro 2 add-on cameras.

Arlo Pro Bundle

  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).
  • 100% Wire-free - Free of power cords and wiring hassles
  • Weather-resistant - Arlo Pro cameras are Weather-resistant so you can place them anywhere-indoors and out
  • Rechargeable Batteries - Arlo Pro cameras include rechargeable batteries that support fast charging.Focus range (ST)
  • Fixed focus (2 ft to infinity)
  • 2-Way Audio - Built-in mic and speaker enable push-to-talk capability, so you can listen in and talk back
  • 7 Days of Free Cloud Recordings - Arlo Pro comes with rolling 7-day cloud recordings. Live stream or view recorded video and audio for up to 7 days

Arlo Pro 2 Bundle

  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
  • 100% Wireless Camera - Free of power cords and wiring hassles. Operating temperature 32 degree to 122 degree Fahrenheit
  • 1080p HD Wireless security camera system with night vision - High quality video with sharper and brighter details. Night Vision turns on automatically in low light so you can see clearly, even in the dark
  • Flexible Powering Options - Use wire-free, plugged in. Rechargeable battery. Night vision : 850 nm LEDs: illuminates up to 25 feet. IR cut-off filter
  • Weather-resistant - Arlo Pro cameras are weather-resistant so you can place them indoor or outdoor.Video Capture Resolution : Configurable up to 1280 x 720
  • 7 Days of Free Cloud Recordings - Arlo Pro comes with recurring 7-day free cloud recordings. Live stream or view recorded video and audio for up to 7 days
  • Works with Amazon Alexa/Echo Show/Fire TV/Google Assistant - View your live video with a simple voice command. Works with IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings, and more
March 1, 2019

Moto G7 joins Google Fi’s phone lineup

Today, Google added Motorola's Moto G7 to its fleet of Google Fi-compatible phones. The Moto G7 debuted last month just ahead of MWC, and it stuck to Motorola's trend of bringing mid-range phones to everyone. Now that Google is offering it when peopl...
March 1, 2019

Jonathan Van Ness Is Going To Share All His Queer Eye Wisdom In A Memoir

Jonathan Van Ness has been busy filming the third season of Queer Eye in Japan, working on his ice skating career, and doing standup. But, the star has also somehow found the time to add "writer" to his to-do list.

It was recently announced that Van Ness will be publishing a memoir, titled Over The Top, which will go on sale September 24.

The work will detail Van Ness's life before he became Queer Eye 's vivacious and hilarious grooming expert. Van Ness grew up small Midwestern town that didn't quite understand why he was so "over the top," and therefore the now 31-year-old found himself the target of bullying and ridicule. Despite the challenges he faced growing up, however, Van Ness stayed true to himself and well — look at him now.

The book will contain details of his life that are yet unknown to the public and reveal sides of himself that we have never seen, according to a press release.

"Jonathan Van Ness has made millions of people all over the world smile, embrace their uniqueness, and own their individuality," said Editor Hilary Swanson. "Now it's time for us to return the favor as he reveals his own truth. Jonathan's journey is at times hilarious, at times harrowing--and always refreshingly honest. I could not be more proud to help share his incredible story and show readers how to take their own struggles and turn them into something beautiful."

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March 1, 2019

Stansted flights grounded after aborted take-off

Flights in and out of the airport were grounded when a departing plane was evacuated on the runway.
March 1, 2019

These Girl Power Songs Are All You Need Today & Every Day

March is Women's History Month, and Women's History Month deserves its own playlist. So, we made that playlist. Simply put, it had to be done.The songs on this roundup will each speak to some different part of you. The part that craves empowering choru...
March 1, 2019

Joshua Kushner and Karlie Kloss are selling their NYC apartment for $7 million. Here’s a look inside the luxurious condo that comes with a fully landscaped terrace

Joshua Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, and supermodel Karlie Kloss are selling their New York City apartment for nearly $7 million, Curbed reported. The two-bedroom condo in Nolita comes with a 1,120-square...
March 1, 2019

New legislation re-enfranchised thousands in Louisiana, but they’re struggling to register to vote

An estimated 35,000 people are newly eligible to vote in Louisiana Friday, after a law passed last year restored the right to vote to people who have been out of prison for at least five years but who remain on probation and parole. “What happened today is we made a watershed moment on voting rights,” […]