March 14, 2019

Newspaper headlines: MPs branded ‘failures’ as cabinet splits

Brexit dominates Friday's front pages after MPs voted to ask the EU to delay the UK's departure date.
March 14, 2019

Apple’s new privacy ad is definitely going to annoy Facebook and Google

"Privacy matters," Apple declares in the opening frame of its just-released new iPhone ad, continuing the same marketing push that also led to the billboard Apple showed off at CES earlier this year -- the sign that promised passersby "What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone." It was a subtle dig at companies like Facebook and Google, which are likewise probably going to be annoyed at this new ad from the iPhone maker that's presented with a somewhat lighthearted touch -- via slammed doors that display "Keep out" signs, for example, as well as curtains and window locks. We also see a quick successions of signs at the beginning that declare "No trespassing" and "Private property." But the message is clear. "If privacy matters in your life," the ad notes at one point, "it should matter to the phone your life is on." Is that a shot at companies like Facebook that have been dogged by wave after wave of privacy scandals? Maybe. Okay, probably. Someone out there will, rightfully, point out that Apple recently dealt with a privacy-related snafu of its own, involving a pretty bad FaceTime bug that could have let users secretly listen in on calls. Apple, of course, would tell you it was an inadvertent error that was quickly patched -- while you can point to a slew of revelations to come out of, say, Facebook that are definitely not mistakes on their part (See this post we wrote just last week on the discovery of how the social network uses phone numbers that its users provide as a security measure). In text that accompanies the ad that Apple just posted to YouTube, the company promises that "From encrypting your iMessage conversations, or not keeping a history of your routes in Maps, to limiting tracking across sites with Safari. iPhone is designed to protect your information." And then users are directed to the special page Apple created to show how iPhone protects user privacy.
The ad bills itself as an iPhone commercial, though we don't actually see the device until the closing frames. At the end, an animation is shown of a lock snapping into place on top of Apple's familiar logo.
You can see the ad in full below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_6uV9A12ok
March 14, 2019

Ben Affleck Loves His Massive Back Tattoo, Even If You Don’t

Ben Affleck defended his talked-about technicolor phoenix when it came up once again during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
March 14, 2019

Countdown to the Precious Metals Breakout Rally – Here is Our Targeted Entry Levels

If you have been following our research over the past few months, you already know that we’ve called just about every major move in Gold over the past 14+ months. Recently, we called for Gold to rally to $1300 area, establish a minor peak, stall and retrace back to setup a momentum base pattern. We predicted this move to take place back in January 2019 – nearly 30+ days before it happened.

Now, we are publishing this research post to alert you that we are about 15~30 days away from the momentum base setup in Gold which will likely mirror in Silver. Thus, we have about 20+ days to look for and target entry opportunities in both Gold and Silver before this momentum bottom/base sets up.

This Monthly Gold chart, below, shows you the historic peaks that make up a current resistance level near 1370. This level is critical in understanding how the momentum base and following breakout will occur. This resistance level must be broken before the upside rally can continue above $1400, then $1500. Ultimately, the momentum base we are expecting for form before April 21st is the “last base” to setup before a much bigger upside price move takes place. In other words, pay attention over the next 30 days before this move happens.



This next Monthly Silver chart is the real gem of the precious metals world. The upside potential for Silver is actually much bigger than Gold currently. Any breakout move will likely see Silver push well above $30 per ounce and we just need to watch the $18.90 level for signs the breakout is beginning. Silver will follow a similar basing patter as Gold. We expect only about 30 days of buying opportunity left before this basing pattern is completed. Again, watch the April 21st date as the key date for the breakout move to begin.



Palladium has reached our initial Fibonacci upside price targets. We expect price to consolidated and potentially rotate near the $1500 price level. Ideally, price could fall below the $1300 price level and target the $1100 area before finding any real support. As long as industrial demand continues for Palladium, we expect to see continued upside price activity over the long run. Right now, we are expecting a price contraction as global industrial demand may falter a bit.



Please consider the research we are presenting to you today. Our predictive modeling systems have been calling the metals markets quite accurately over the past 14+ months. If our prediction of a momentum base on or near April 21st is correct, then we should begin to see an incredible upside price swing in Gold and Silver shortly after this date. You won’t want to miss this one – trust us. There will be time to catch this move when it starts – it could be an extended upside move.

Pay attention and put April 21st on your calendar now.

If you like our research and our level of insight into the markets, then take a minute to visit our site to learn how we help our clients find and execute for success. We’ve been calling these market moves almost perfectly over the past 18+ months. Learn how our research team can help you stay ahead of these swings in price and find new opportunities for skilled traders. Take a minute to see how we can help you find and execute better trades by visiting The Technical Traders today.

Chris Vermeulen
Technical Traders Ltd.



Stock & ETF Trading Signals

March 14, 2019

Countdown to the Precious Metals Breakout Rally – Here is Our Targeted Entry Levels

If you have been following our research over the past few months, you already know that we’ve called just about every major move in Gold over the past 14+ months. Recently, we called for Gold to rally to $1300 area, establish a minor peak, stall and retrace back to setup a momentum base pattern. We predicted this move to take place back in January 2019 – nearly 30+ days before it happened.

Now, we are publishing this research post to alert you that we are about 15~30 days away from the momentum base setup in Gold which will likely mirror in Silver. Thus, we have about 20+ days to look for and target entry opportunities in both Gold and Silver before this momentum bottom/base sets up.

This Monthly Gold chart, below, shows you the historic peaks that make up a current resistance level near 1370. This level is critical in understanding how the momentum base and following breakout will occur. This resistance level must be broken before the upside rally can continue above $1400, then $1500. Ultimately, the momentum base we are expecting for form before April 21st is the “last base” to setup before a much bigger upside price move takes place. In other words, pay attention over the next 30 days before this move happens.



This next Monthly Silver chart is the real gem of the precious metals world. The upside potential for Silver is actually much bigger than Gold currently. Any breakout move will likely see Silver push well above $30 per ounce and we just need to watch the $18.90 level for signs the breakout is beginning. Silver will follow a similar basing patter as Gold. We expect only about 30 days of buying opportunity left before this basing pattern is completed. Again, watch the April 21st date as the key date for the breakout move to begin.



Palladium has reached our initial Fibonacci upside price targets. We expect price to consolidated and potentially rotate near the $1500 price level. Ideally, price could fall below the $1300 price level and target the $1100 area before finding any real support. As long as industrial demand continues for Palladium, we expect to see continued upside price activity over the long run. Right now, we are expecting a price contraction as global industrial demand may falter a bit.



Please consider the research we are presenting to you today. Our predictive modeling systems have been calling the metals markets quite accurately over the past 14+ months. If our prediction of a momentum base on or near April 21st is correct, then we should begin to see an incredible upside price swing in Gold and Silver shortly after this date. You won’t want to miss this one – trust us. There will be time to catch this move when it starts – it could be an extended upside move.

Pay attention and put April 21st on your calendar now.

If you like our research and our level of insight into the markets, then take a minute to visit our site to learn how we help our clients find and execute for success. We’ve been calling these market moves almost perfectly over the past 18+ months. Learn how our research team can help you stay ahead of these swings in price and find new opportunities for skilled traders. Take a minute to see how we can help you find and execute better trades by visiting The Technical Traders today.

Chris Vermeulen
Technical Traders Ltd.



Stock & ETF Trading Signals

March 14, 2019

‘Left 4 Dead’ developer returns with a new co-op zombie shooter

One of the titles that defined the early days of the Steam digital distribution platform on PC was a cooperative first-person shooter called Left 4 Dead. The game consisted of several short campaigns in which a group of four players would attempt to make their way to safety with a zombie horde hot on their trail. It wasn't the first zombie shooter ever made, but for years, Left 4 Dead was the most popular, warranting a sequel a year after its initial release. There are still thousands of people playing Left 4 Dead 2 to this day, but over nine years after its launch in 2009, developer Turtle Rock Studios has yet to release a sequel. And while there may never be a Left 4 Dead 3, Turtle Rock shocked the world on Thursday with a surprise announcement. We haven't heard much from Turtle Rock since the co-op monster hunter Evolve failed to develop an audience, but this week, the development studio announced its next game: Back 4 Blood. Created by the same team that made Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is a co-op zombie shooter built from the ground up for the current generation. “It’s hard to overstate what an awesome opportunity this is. We get to return to a genre that was born in our studio with over ten years of additional experience and zombie ideas racked up in our brains,” said Chris Ashton, co-founder and design director, Turtle Rock Studios. “We also have some of the best teammates in the business at [Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment] who understand our development process and are equally committed to our player-first mentality. We love being able to announce, so we can start working with the community right away.” Turtle Rock didn't announce any pricing or release date information, but said that it is focusing on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC as platforms for launch. There will be a campaign and player vs. player modes, but we'll have to wait a while longer to learn about the story or the new features the studio is bringing to Back 4 Blood.
March 14, 2019

Passersby narrowly avoid Dorset cliff collapse

Over 1,000 tonnes of rock and debris fell on East Beach in Dorset, although no-one was injured.
March 14, 2019

Republicans don’t want to curb anti-Semitism; they want to weaponize it

Republicans are trying to lure Jewish voters from the Democratic Party by using Israel and anti-Semitism as wedge issues and by creating a campaign — that turns the story of Jewish slavery into something of a quip — to target millennials. President Donald Trump has gone so far as to assert that Democrats don’t care […]
March 14, 2019

After All That, Lori Loughlin’s Daughters Are Reportedly Leaving USC

After a rough few days, TMZ is reporting that Lori Loughlin's two daughters are leaving the school their parents so feverishly helped them attend.

The site reports that both Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella Giannulli, 20, will leave the University of Southern California over fear of bullying. They were two of six students attending USC who allegedly gained admission at the hands of their parents through various illegal and unethical methods. Loughlin allegedly paid a combined $500,000 for her girls to attend the school.

If true, their fears are warranted, considering the immediate trolling and backlash both sisters experienced on social media. Isabella, who goes by Bella, made her Instagram private when news broke about the scandal on Tuesday morning. Olivia has kept her page on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube public, but did disable the comment section on Instagram.

This news comes following USC's decision to bar all students involved in the admissions scam. In response to the scandal, students at other schools involved are raising their own legal cases against their admissions departments. TMZ's source claims that Olivia, who came back from her spring break on a yacht early to deal with the scandal, "is a mess, despondent and feeling like it's the end of the world."

Fans of Olivia know that she was never a fan of school, and even came under fire for speaking flippantly about her expensive, and privileged education in a YouTube video. She gushed over attending parties and making friends while at college, but reminded her viewers that she isn't a huge fan of school.

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, who has his own college scam story, were arrested on Wednesday and held on a one million dollar bail, each. They were released after posting their bond against their home and other assets. Loughlin is also expected to face charges in Boston later next week.

Actress Felicity Huffman was also arrested for her involvement in the scheme, centered around college prep advisor William Singer. A total of 50 people were arrested across 6 states, paying between $250,000 and $6.5 million for their children to attend elite schools.

Refinery29 has reached out to Loughlin and the Giannulli's reps for confirmation/comment.

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March 14, 2019

NASA may be forced to rely on a commercial rocket to test its new crew capsule

NASA is betting big on its Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft as a one-two punch that will send astronauts on missions to the Moon and beyond. Both the Orion and SLS are currently in development, but they're not progressing at nearly the same rate. This leaves NASA in a bit of a pinch as it looks at its immediate schedule. A lunar test flight of the Orion, perched atop the SLS rocket to send it on its way, was supposed to take place by the middle of 2020, but the SLS is way behind schedule. The Orion program, meanwhile, appears ready to meet the date, and NASA leadership is now considering hiring a commercial rocket to send Orion around the Moon. As SpaceflightNow reports, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke briefly about the potential of using a commercial rocket instead of the SLS on the uncrewed test mission known as Exploration Mission-1. “Some of those options would include launching the Orion crew capsule and the European service module on a commercial rocket,” Bridenstine explained during a Senate committee hearing. “Certainly, there are opportunities to utilize commercial capabilities to put the Orion crew capsule and the European service module in orbit around the moon by June of 2020, which was our originally-stated objective, and I’ve tasked the agency to look into how we might accomplish that objective." Unfortunately for NASA, it wouldn't be possible to just swap out the SLS for an already existing commercial rocket since there's currently no commercial options capable of delivering the power needed to push Orion and its service module around the Moon. Instead, Bridenstine suggested the potential of using two commercial rockets — one to get Orion into Earth orbit and another rocket stage sent later that would dock with the spacecraft and further propel it to the Moon. It'll be interesting to see how this pans out, as both the dual-rocket option and a potential delay both mean big compromises and plenty of work to be done on NASA's end.