Russia's Sistema could consider MTS dividend cut due to Uzbek probe: Interfax

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:30
Russia's Sistema could consider lowering dividend payments at its MTS unit if the mobile phone operator needs funds to cover a possible fallout from a U.S. investigation into its Uzbek business, Interfax reported.
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City paper hands out free joints to celebrate marijuana legalization in Michigan

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:26

Now this is what I call service journalism.

On Thursday, marijuana officially became legal in the state of Michigan, the first state in the midwest to fully legalize the plant for recreational use. So Lansing City Pulse, the capital city's alt-weekly paper, delivered an early Christmas present in the form of free joints to anyone who could prove they were at least 21 years of age. 

The results, caught in the above video, are delightful, from the skeptical recipients to the very eager. And some were clearly up for more activism, including the man who mentioned needing to change Title 21, which still classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug at the federal level.  Read more...

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No-deal Brexit disruption at UK ports could last up to six months: minister

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:20
A no-deal Brexit could cause up to six months of disruption at some ports, a British minister warned on Friday, vowing to prioritise pharmaceuticals as the UK develops contingency plans less than four months before it is due to leave the EU.
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How 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' nails every aspect fans love about the series

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:00

There's something about Super Smash Bros. that can bring people together. Its blend of simple and approachable mechanics, colorful cast of characters, and competitive nature is absolutely magnetic.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate nails every single thing that makes Smash such a beloved series.  Read more...

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How to Fix a Google Home Hub that Won’t Dim Automatically

How-To Geek - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:00

One of the best features of the Google Home Hub is Ambient EQ. But if you find your Google Home Hub isn’t dimming its screen in dark rooms, the feature may be turned off in the Hub itself in a hidden menu.

Ambient EQ is an excellent feature that adjusts brightness and color temperature on the screen to match the surrounding light in the room. When the screensaver is going, the color adjustment causes photos to look like they are printed paper instead of on a display. And when the lights are turned down or off, the screen should dim automatically to prevent it from acting as a bright flashlight in the room. This makes it the perfect device for your living room or bedroom.

All of that is true unless Ambient EQ isn’t working, as in the photo above. The Google Home Hub above didn’t dim at all after the initial setup. And a factory reset didn’t solve the problem. The Ambient EQ settings weren’t turned off in the Google Home app. It turned out that the Google Home Hub has a hidden screen settings menu. And from here Ambient EQ can be disabled, which overrides any settings you have in the App.

So if your Google Home Hub won’t dim, the first thing to do is swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

On the far left, tap on the sun icon to show brightness settings.

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Trump: 'China talks are going very well'

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:29
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday sounded an optimistic note about negotiations with China on trade issues, but did not offer any details in an early morning tweet, as major companies worried about how the arrest of a top Huawei executive would affect relations between Washington and Beijing.
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The 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer is here and it's looking like real bad news for our friends

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:22

Disney and Marvel just released the first teaser for Avengers: Endgame, and we're going to have a tough time holding out til April. 

The trailer gives hints as to how some of the remaining Avengers are coping with the aftermath of The Snap and it's...not great. Tony is adrift in space, Hawkeye appears to be some kind of vigilante...but a surprise visit from a friendly face is all it takes to give Steve and Natasha hope that the endgame has yet to come. 

Get hype!

SEE ALSO: 'Avengers: Infinity War' is coming to Netflix to close out the year Read more...

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The Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaners For Every Budget

How-To Geek - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:00

Vacuum cleaning is one of the more tedious forms of housework out there, so why not buy a robotic vacuum cleaner to take out all the effort? Here’s our pick of the bunch.

Recently, robotic vacuum cleaners have lowered in price enough that they’re far more accessible to all than they used to be. For less than $200, you can buy a competent unit that will keep your home clean and tidy, while extending that budget will provide you with a few more useful features along the way.

Many different brands are available but we’ve focused on Eufy and Roomba based units because they’re easily the best of the bunch. Eufy robotic vacuum cleaners overall are a little better than the Roombas, but it’s not always as easy to track down parts for them so if you need to consider long term usability, you might want to stick with Roombas.

Whichever robotic vacuum cleaner you go for, don’t spend time watching it work. It takes away all the magic. Seriously. Few robotic vacuum cleaners are that bright and if you watch them, you’re going to notice them bang into things and the whole thing seems way less cooler than if you just come home and find your little robot helper has cleaned up for you.

Regardless, here are the best robotic vacuum cleaner for every budget.

Best Budget Choice: Eufy RoboVac 11S ($169)

The Eufy RoboVac 11S was pretty great when we reviewed it earlier in the year. It’s an even more worthwhile purchase now that it’s dropped in price a little.

Super quiet yet super powerful when it comes to suction, the Eufy RoboVac 11S is exactly what most homes require. It has a suction power of 1300Pa with up to 100 minutes of constant power until it needs to head back to its charging station. It has a BoostIQ button which increases suction power as and when needed, as well as a few other options so you can leave it to do its business.

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Netflix's 'Dumplin' delivers drag, Dolly, and the next Peter Kavinsky

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:00

Netflix's Dumplin' isn't built on rhinestones and stilettos. Yes, the small town comedic drama comes with plenty of that as-advertised pageant glam, but it finds crucial footing in a simple maxim from the Queen of Country: "Figure out who you are and do it on purpose."

Originally told in Julie Murphy's YA novel of the same name, the story of Willowdean Dickson and her protest in heels is one worth gushing over. Its self-acceptance narrative doesn't tread new territory, but instead weaves numerous beloved pastimes into a coat of many colors fit for Dolly herself. 

Starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, with massive support from an original Parton soundtrack and a number of talented drag performers, Dumplin' explores how we treat "plus-size" and otherwise othered women in a world increasingly focused on the superficial. Although the film's second act begins to border on preachy cliché, its glittery-yet-goofy approach to presenting a difficult topic to an adolescent audience manages to stay both entertaining and enlightening. Read more...

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How to Use Voice Memos on iPhone and iPad

How-To Geek - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:00

Whether you’re recording a voice message as a reminder of that million dollar idea or catching a snippet of a new song you know you’ll forget, the iPhone and iPad’s Voice Memos app is the perfect tool.

The Voice Memos app is free, and it ships with every iPhone and iPad that Apple sells. That makes it the obvious choice for recording audio. Just like Apple’s other first-party apps, the Voice Memos app has just enough power to get the job done without making things complicated. Recording audio and then sharing it is the most common use for the app, and we’re going to show you exactly how to do it.

Recording Audio Using the Voice Memos App

Open the Voice Memos app to get started and then tap the big red “Record” button. You can’t miss it.

To pause the recording, tap the white pill button and then tap the “Pause” button. Once paused, tap the same button to resume your recording. You’ll also see a waveform of your recording in this screen.


Tap the “Done” button when you have completed your recording.

How to Play an Existing Recording

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Europe should be afraid of Huawei, EU tech official says

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:57
The European Union should be worried about Huawei [HWT.UL] and other Chinese technology companies because of the risk they pose to the bloc's industry and security, the EU's technology commissioner said on Friday.
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Pre-order the latest Nintendo 3DS Family System game and get a free coaster set

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:43

Everyone loves a bundle deal. Don't deny it. You are bundle mad just like the rest of us. 

A bundle means you get the product you want, plus some great accessories that you didn't know you needed, all for a great price. How could you not love that?

The latest bundle offer that is gaining some attention comes from Nintendo, containing Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey plus a branded coaster set. You can pre-order this bundle for £34.99. The game isn't released until Jan. 25 and you won't pay until it's dispatched. There's no deposit required so you can ensure you are first in line for the new game without any expense, for now. Read more...

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Find love this Christmas with eharmony's great new 6-month deal

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:33

'Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry. It could also be the season to fall in love, if you play your cards right.

What better gift to receive this Christmas than the gift of romance? Unfortunately it's not always that easy. What you can do, however, is sign up to an online dating site/app.

eharmony can turn your Christmas wish into a reality with a new membership deal. You can now sign up to eharmony for as little as £15 a month when you buy a six month membership using the code JOIN90.

This deal is available up until midnight on Dec. 11, so if you believe that Christmas is the perfect time to find love then don't hesitate. Read more...

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Huawei welcome in France, sensitive investments can be blocked: French minister

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:23
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday Chinese tech giant Huawei [HWT.UL] was welcome in France, though the government could block certain investments.
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Volkswagen says can build up to 15 million cars on electric car platform

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:11
Volkswagen on Friday said it can build up to 15 million electric cars using its new MEB vehicle platform, revealing the extent of the carmaker's push to mass produce zero-emission vehicles.
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Looks like Léa Seydoux will return in the next James Bond movie

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:06

James Bond is both a top secret agent with a license to kill and a notorious womaniser. 

But it appears Bond might be a one-woman man now. At least, it looks as if 007's bae from Spectre is returning to the next Bond movie, the 25th in the franchise. 

SEE ALSO: Why you should add 'About Time' to your holiday movie list

According to The Daily Mail, the director of the next Bond movie, Cary Joji Fukunaga, has announced that french actress Léa Seydoux will be returning to the franchise. 

"Léa will be returning," Fukunaga told the Daily Mail. Presumably, Seydoux will be reprising her role as Dr Madeleine Swann, psychiatrist and the main love interest in Spectre. Read more...

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15 holiday gifts that teachers will actually like

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:00

There is really no way to thank teachers, who are vital and woefully underpaid, for everything they do. But you can start by giving them end-of-year gifts that don't suck.

This means stepping away from the corny mugs (sorry) and looking for gifts teachers might actually want — whether to give their classrooms a boost or allow themselves some much-needed relaxation.

SEE ALSO: Gifts for your snobby friends that you can actually afford

Here are 15 gift ideas for the phenomenal teacher in your life.

1Some nice coffee

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Coffee is the unofficial official beverage of teachers, and there's a good chance they'll appreciate more of it. (Be sure to verify that they actually drink coffee, though, lest you commit a beverage faux pas.) Read more...

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'Red Dead Redemption 2' fails to justify its own excessive existence

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:00
This article contains spoilers for the entirety of Red Dead Redemption 1 and 2

Throughout the vast, sprawling, seemingly never-ending experience of Red Dead Redemption 2, I found myself asking the same question over and over again: Do I even want any of this?

Do I need my horse's dynamic testicle physics and shitting patterns? Does having to press R2 multiple times to drink a cup of coffee really add to my immersion in the world? What in god's name do mercilessly unforgiving collision physics contribute, aside from interruptions to story moments and YouTube fail compilations? How could details like oily and muddy water, custom mounting animations, and farting ever justify the cost of Rockstar Games employees' 100-hour work weeks? Read more...

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The Best Sites for Building a Resume

How-To Geek - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:40

No matter how qualified you are, you need an excellent resume to show it off. We’ve shown you how to create one in Microsoft Word, but you could also try an online resume builder. Here are some of the best.

Zety: Best Paid Option for Most People

Zety is a website that offers complete resume making services. Apart from resumes, you can also create CVs and cover letters. The number of templates it offers is limited, but they are customizable, which means there are plenty of options from which to choose. After choosing a template, Zety then helps you build your resume step-by-step.

The resume maker is pretty powerful and offers a great degree of control without being overwhelming. You can customize almost every section of the resume in detail while using the preview section to see how the final resume will look. After you’re satisfied, you can download your resume, or create a unique URL to make it available online. If you choose to host your resume, you’ll get access to analytics about who’s viewing it.

Zety has three pricing plans. The Start plan is $5.99 per month. It includes four resume templates, as well as unlimited resumes and PDF or TXT downloads. The Premium plan per $17.99 a month and features 18 templates, a cover letter builder, and online resume hosting. They also have a three-month plan for $34.99 with no recurring payment that has all the same features as the Premium plan.

Canva: Best Free Option

Canva is known as the graphic design tool that everyone can use. But, it also features a pretty good resume maker. If you have some design experience, you can start with a blank slate, or use a pre-defined template and replace the dummy information with yours. All of Canva’s graphic design tools are available for resume making as well. That means you can add elements, shapes, custom images, or more to your resume. It’s not meant for complete beginners but surely can help you create a creative, standout resume.

Canva’s free plan is probably all you need for creating resumes. You get 1 GB of storage for photos and other assets, as well as access to thousands of templates (that includes resume templates along with dozens of other categories). There is a $12.95 per month Canva for Work plan that includes thousands of free photos, more organizational tools, and team collaboration. But if resume-building is all you’re after, you won’t need it.

Kickresume: Good for Inexperienced Resume Creators and Industry-Specific Resumes

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The best UK deals for Friday: De'Longhi coffee machines, Sonos speakers, Fitbit smartwatches, and more

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:26

The perfect way to start your Friday isn't with a coffee, or a nice breakfast. It's with deals. Cold, fresh, unfiltered deals, straight from the source. And that is what we are supplying. 

We have sourced the best deals for coffee machines (ironically), homeware, fitness trackers, and potential Christmas gifts for kids. You can save on a wide selection of products including a Ring Video Doorbell 2, a LETSCOM Fitness Tracker, and a De'Longhi Eletta ECAM 44.660.B Bean to Cup machine. Variety is important when it comes to deals.

We aren't picking favourites here, as we love all deals equally, but if we were pressed to pick a deal of the day then the Fitbit Unisex Ionic Smartwatch offer would probably take the prize. You can pick up the smartwatch for just £190.80. That's a 32% saving on the list price of £279.99. Read more...

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