Politics

February 22, 2019

Sanctioned Russian oligarch’s think tank might expand to the U.S.

A Berlin-based think tank founded and chaired by sanctioned Russian oligarch Vladimir Yakunin is exploring the possibility of opening an office in the United States, a spokesperson for the group told ThinkProgress. Jean-Christophe Bas, the current CEO of Yakunin’s Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) think tank, said that he’s considering opening a “liaison office” […]
February 22, 2019

Former Fox News psychiatrist accused of sexually exploiting patients

For years, psychiatrist Keith Ablow was paid by Fox News to provide viewers with anti-LGBTQ bigotry disguised as medical expertise as part of the network’s “Medical A-Team.” Now, a Boston Globe report alleges Ablow, like many of his former Fox News colleagues, may have a history of sexual predation or misconduct. The report, which cites […]
February 22, 2019

Trump administration imposes domestic gag rule that prohibits abortion referral

On Friday, the Trump administration announced that it will impose a domestic gag rule for health care providers that aims to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict people’s access to quality reproductive health care. This rule would upend Title X, a federal grant program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the […]
February 22, 2019

This neo-Nazi helped radicalize Coast Guard officer Chris Hasson. Amazon is still selling his books.

A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting a domestic terror attack was detained this week pending trial. According to prosecutors, 49-year-old Chris Hasson allegedly planned to “murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” targeting a number of high-profile Democratic politicians and journalists. Initially arrested on drug and gun charges, prosecutors said […]
February 22, 2019

Don’t expect the Jussie Smollett case to affect rates of reporting, hate crime experts say

When the Chicago Police Department confirmed that Jussie Smollett was a suspect in the alleged hate crime against him — that they believed Smollett orchestrated the whole encounter, paid two men to stage an attack and send a threatening letter to Fox, where he worked — a person could reasonably fear that a hoax like […]
February 22, 2019

The Trump administration dials back expectations for upcoming North Korea meeting in Hanoi

If all goes as planned, President Donald Trump is set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam on February 27 and 28 to, once again, discuss Pyongyang’s ballistic and nuclear weapons programs. And until then, Trump administration senior officials are trying to temper expectations. In a call with reporters on Thursday, State […]

Trends

February 18, 2019

Hair-Centric Styling Dolls – The Hairdorables Dolls Sport Soft, Colorful Hairstyles & Matching Pets (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Following the launch of the first series of Just Play’s Hairdorables, Series 2 is being introduced with 26 new dolls for kids to collect. These dolls sport bold hair colors that are soft,...
February 18, 2019

Compact Synth Backpacks – The Sequenz Backpack Features Padding and Dedicated Compartments for Gear (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Those in need of an effective and stylish way to transport their audio gear and laptops might find what they’re looking for in the new Sequenz Backpack, which is available through Moog Audio'...
February 16, 2019

Low-Carb Noddle Bowls – Noodles & Company’s New Zucchini Shrimp Scampi is a Low-Carb Option (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) With a growing number of consumers cutting back on carbs or eliminating them altogether, Noodles & Company has debuted a low-carb Zucchini Shrimp Scampi dish. Made with Zoodles instead of actual...
February 16, 2019

Meat-Free Taco Fillings – Qdoba is Testing a Meatless, Plant-Based Protein Option to Add to Entrees (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) In an effort to cater to the increasing number of consumers going meat-free all the time or part-time, Qdoba has begun testing a new plant-based protein option. For a limited-time, Qdoba customers...
February 16, 2019

Sci-Fi Film-Inspired Fashion – The Palace Spring 2019 Capsule is Inspired by the Matrix Film (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The Palace Spring 2019 collection is showcased through a beautifully shot lookbook captured by Juergen Teller. A highlighting design inspiration that is infused into the pieces is directly drawn...
February 15, 2019

Contemporary Curved Wooden Walls – Craig Steely Architecture Boasts Privacy for the Roofless House (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) This modern curved wooden wall that envelopes a house in Atherton — a town in Silicon Valley, was proposed as a solution to a problem. Designed by American practice Craig Steely Architecture, the...
February 14, 2019

Educational Cannabis Platforms – Here Design Creates Medical Cannabis Mentor’s Accessible Identity (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Medical Cannabis Mentor is an online cannabis platform that benefits healthcare professionals, patients and dispensary personnel with evidence-based information about the plant. The educational...
February 14, 2019

Luxurious Compact SUVs – Toronto Hosted an Event to Launch the New XT4 Alongside Wellness Brands (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Late last year, Cadillac hosted a celebratory event to honor its first-ever ‘XT4'—it is an all new compact SUV tailored for the next generation of luxury consumers. Its refined and...
February 13, 2019

Yellow-Accented Terraced Home Extensions – Woodrow Architects’ Yellow Steel Boasts a Cheerful Aura (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The yellow steel is a major design component of this home. Located in Hampton Hill — a neighborhood in South West London, the vibrant addition considerably increases the playfulness of the space....

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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.
February 22, 2019

Flexible working: Labour pledges new employee rights

A right to flexible working for new recruits will open up work to more women, the party says.
February 22, 2019

Flexible working: Labour pledges new employee rights

A right to flexible working for new recruits will open up work to more women, the party says.
February 22, 2019

‘The Haunting of Hill House’ sequel title gives me high hopes for season 2

The Haunting of Hill House is one of the best horror shows you can stream on Netflix right now. It’s the kind of series you can't put down, and you’ll wish it wouldn't ends, no matter how scary it becomes. But Hill House is also the kind of TV series that doesn’t need a sequel. Without spoiling anything for you, I’ll just say that, as amazing as the story is, a sequel would seem like overkill. At least, that’s what I used to think. Then I learned the title of the sequel series. Netflix earlier this week confirmed that the director of Hill House, Mike Flanagan, and producer Trever Macy both signed a multi-year TV deal with the company, which means we can expect plenty of other Netflix creations from the two. Netflix also said that the second season of the horror series will premiere in 2020, Business Insider reports and said it will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. What’s great about the title is that it indicates the previous house is out of the picture, which was one of my initial worries. A sequel of Hill House would either focus on the same house, or on the same characters, but now it turns that’s not going to be the case. We're getting new characters as well. It’s the same thing that HBO did with the True Detective -- an anthology series that tells independent stories every season. Hopefully Bly Manor will be more entertaining than True Detective season two, though. Earlier this year, Flanagan hinted that the first story is complete when asked about a potential sequel, adding that something different could be done. "As far as I've ever been concerned with this, the story of the Crain family is told,” he said. “It's done. I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different. I love the idea of an anthology as well." We have no release date for Bly Manor, but 2019 is just getting started. We don’t even know any details about the cast, so it’ll be a while until we even see a trailer. All we have for now is the image above.
February 22, 2019

Car industry: What’s behind recent closures?

Car manufacturers have recently announced job cuts in the UK.
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

You need to clean your floors and this $69 robot vacuum will do it without cleaning out your wallet

If you want a robot vacuum that can operate fully autonomously and constantly clean up even the biggest messes your family leaves behind, we hope you’re prepared to spend at least $500 or $600. But if you’re just looking for a simple robot vacuum that’ll scoop up dirt and dust so that you don’t have to bother with it, you don’t have to spend anywhere near that much. The Pyle Pure Clean Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a great entry-level option and it’s on Amazon right now for just $68.99. If you’re looking to dip a toe in the wonderful water that is the robotic vacuum market, this is the perfect way to do it.

Here’s more detail about this model from the product page:

  • LOW-PROFILE DESIGN: The Pure Clean Automatic Vacuum Cleaner by Pyle has an obstacle detection feature which lets it clean around household objects and its low profile design allows it to slide under furnitures. Makes chores a lot easier and faster
  • 3 CLEANING MODES: Features 3 cleaning modes for the level of cleaning that you desire. Equipped w/ touch panel buttons to let you choose from 10 min, 20 min, max clean w/ 90 min of cleaning operation depending on room size or how dirty the floor is
  • BATTERY OPERATED: Equipped w/ a built-in Ni-CD 7.2V rechargeable battery which allows wireless operation so it can freely move in all corners of the room. Charging time is about 3 hours w/ 1600mAh capacity. A power adapter is included in the package
  • BAGLESS OPERATION: This smart robot cleaner features a removable 0.3L dustbin instead of a bag and also equipped w/ a detachable brush for easy cleaning. Just open the tray and empty it into the trash after vacuuming. Works on hardwood, carpet floors
  • OTHER SPECS: Debris Sweeper 4.0'' Diameter Brush, Vacuum Cleaning 7.0'' Brush Length, Battery Type: NI-CD 7.2V, 1300mAh, 3 hrs charge time, Run-Time: 90 Min,0.3L Dust Bin Capacity, Unit Size: Diameter - 11.3'', Height - 2.3''
February 22, 2019

Brexit: Greg Clark, Amber Rudd and David Gauke issue delay warning

Greg Clark, Amber Rudd and David Gauke say extending Article 50 is better than "crashing out" of EU.
February 22, 2019

A Ridiculous Guide To Hate-Watching The 2019 Oscars

From the seemingly never-ending hosting saga to Timothée Chalamet's snub to the "Green Book" controversies (plural), the 2019 Oscars are a mess this year. But you can still have fun hate-watching along with the rest of America.
February 22, 2019

Google might unveil its mysterious ‘Yeti’ gaming hardware at GDC in March

Earlier this week, Google surprised everyone by announcing that it would be holding a press event at the 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March. The company failed to provide any additional details, such as what might be covered at the briefing, but a new report from 9to5Google suggests that we could get our first look at the mysterious Project Yeti hardware, which we first heard about almost exactly a year ago. A source familiar with the matter tells 9to5Google that Google will introduce both a game streaming service powered by the same technology that was demonstrated in the Project Stream private test, as well as hardware on which to run the service -- the hardware that currently carries the codename Project Yeti. According to the initial report, Project Yeti was first envisioned as a service for the Chromecast, but additional reports have pointed to an entirely new home video game console and a controller developed by Google. Last summer, Kotaku reported "Google representatives met with several big video game companies to gauge interest in its streaming platform" at GDC 2018. The fact that Google is hosting its own event a year later might suggest that some of those studios have signed on to bring their games to the streaming service. Finally, while the 9to5Google report didn't hint at a potential release date or beta launch for Project Yeti, the roadmap for the service was reportedly "being locked down" as of the end of last year. And beyond just streaming games over the internet, the service is also said to include voice chat. Providing the report is correct, we'll learn a whole lot more during Google's press event at GDC 2019 on March 19th at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.
February 22, 2019

Police force ‘discriminated against white heterosexual male’

An employment tribunal ruled Cheshire Police had used "positive action" against Matthew Furlong.
February 22, 2019

James Bay And Julia Michaels’s ‘Peer Pressure’ Is For Anyone Too Guarded To Fall In Love

James Bay and Julia Michaels team up for the vulnerable new duet "Peer Pressure."
February 22, 2019

‘MI6 conman’ Mark Acklom extradited to UK

Mark Acklom is accused of conning a divorcee out of her £850,000 life savings.