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05-22-2019 Business
Google reverses decision to cut ties with Huawei after US eases trade restrictions

The U.S. Commerce Department announced Monday it had granted a 90-day license for mobile phone companies and internet broadband providers to work with Huawei to keep existing networks online and protect users from security risks. The exemption allows Google to send software updates to Huawei phones which use its Android operating system through to August 19. lphabet Inc’s Google said Tuesday that it plans to work with China’s Huawei over the next 90 days, shortly after the U.S. temporarily eased some trade restrictions on the world’s second-largest smartphone maker. The move marks a sudden and dramatic turnabout for the U.S. tech conglomerate. On Sunday, Google said it would cut ties with Huawei in order to comply with Washington’s decision to put China’s telecom giant on the so-called Entity List. However, shortly thereafter, the U.S. Commerce Department announced it had granted a 90-day license for mobile phone companies and internet broadband providers to work with Huawei to keep existing networks online and protect users from security risks. The exemption allows Google to send software updates to Huawei phones which use its Android operating system through to August 19. “Keeping phones up to date and secure is in everyone’s best interests and this temporary license allows us to continue to provide software updates and security patches to existing models for the next 90 days,” a Google spokesperson told CNBC in an email on Tuesday. Temporary general license The U.S. Commerce Department said it would assess whether to extend the temporary exemptions beyond 90 days. Late last week, the Commerce Department added Huawei and 68 other entities to an export blacklist, rendering it practically impossible for the Chinese company to purchase goods made in the U.S. The companies placed on the Entity List are deemed to be engaged in activities that threaten the national security or the foreign policy interests of the U.S. Monday’s announcement explained the latest authorization had been created as a temporary general license. It allows disclosures of security vulnerabilities and for Huawei to engage in the development of standards for future 5G networks — effectively prompting the firm to become more transparent. A spokesperson for Huawei declined to comment when contacted by CNBC. Huawei was the second-largest smartphone maker by global market share in the first quarter. The company has previously laid out its ambitions to become the top player in smartphones by 2020. Out of the $70 billion Huawei spent buying components in 2018, some $11 billion went to U.S. firms including Qualcomm, Intel and Micron Technology. ...

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05-22-2019 Science&Technology
Microsoft’s Edge for Mac browser now available in preview

Microsoft teased its Edge browser for macOS earlier this month, and now the company is officially allowing Mac users to download a preview version. While Edge for Mac leaked a little early during Microsoft’s Build conference, the company is officially supporting the daily Canary builds of Edge for Mac now for macOS 10.12 and above. Microsoft says the weekly Dev channel builds will be available “very soon” and you’ll be able to run both side by side. Microsoft has been working to support Mac keyboard shortcuts, and the company is also adding in Touch Bar support, with options for media control sliders and the ability to switch tabs from the Touch Bar. Rounded corners for tabs are also available in the macOS Edge version, and Microsoft is planning to bring this same UI to the Windows version. Microsoft also announced new privacy controls for Edge Chromium and a new Collections feature for collecting images, text, and general notes from the web. These new features aren’t available in the Mac or Windows versions of Edge just yet, but they will start to be available for testing in the coming weeks. You can download the preview of Edge for Mac over at Microsoft’s Edge site.

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05-22-2019 Science&Technology
Spotify Rolls Out Redesigned App To Help People Discover Podcasts

Spotify really wants users to use its app to listen to podcasts. That desire is reflected in its newly redesigned mobile app, which puts podcasts front and center alongside music. Spotify has spent the first half of this year by purchasing a handful of podcast companies, including Gimlet Media, Parcast, and Anchor. It didn't bleed all that money for nothing, of course — moving forward, Spotify wants to be the single place on which people listen, search for, and discover podcasts. But as it happens, most people aren't even aware that such content is available within the app. The first step is to let people know, obviously. Redesigned Spotify The redesigned app, now rolling out to a limited number of users, was first reported by Bloomberg. It places bolded headings for "Music" and "Podcasts" on the app's library page, offering a speedier way for people to find episodes of podcasts they're subscribed to or might be interested in. This new layout makes podcasts as visible as music, and also adds subsequent categories within the two groups. For example, there are Episodes, Downloads, and Shows sections for podcasts so users are able to listen quickly and without much hassle. Right now, it's not really that difficult to find Spotify's dedicated podcast section — just really, really convoluted. With this redesign, users won't have to sift through categories just to find a podcast to listen to or browse episodes from their subscriptions. Spotify is coyly addressing the change. It gave a boilerplate statement to The Verge, saying that it's always testing new products. It declined to comment on when this redesigned version would roll out to all users. Spotify Betting Big On Podcasts Spotify has spent $500 million acquiring those aforementioned companies thus far. It's competing with Apple and newcomer Luminary to become to go-to place for audio series. Which means improving the element of discoverability is crucial to making this happen. Barry McCarthy, the company's chief financial officer, told Bloomberg that the goal is to get people "there in two clicks versus seven." Although podcasts are still a relatively small facet of the music industry, it's growing steadily. According to Bloomberg's report, it raked in $314 million in revenue in 2017, and just in the United States alone. In addition, the number of people in the country over the age of 12 who listen to a podcast every week eclipsed 60 million in 2019. Knowing this, it's no wonder why Spotify wants to corner the market.

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05-22-2019 Security
Ransomware Cyberattacks Knock Baltimore's City Services Offline

Anonymous hackers breached the city of Baltimore's servers two weeks ago. Since then, those servers' digital content has been locked away — and the online aspects of running the city are at an impasse. Government emails are down, payments to city departments can't be made online and real estate transactions can't be processed. Hackers demanded 13 bitcoins — worth about $100,000 today — to relinquish their grip. Baltimore City Mayor Jack Young has said the city won't pay. The FBI and Secret Service are investigating, and the city has contracted with a series of experts to assist in restoring service. The cyberattack is just one of more than 20 made on municipalities this year — and cybersecurity experts say it likely will take months for the city to recover. "Imagine if somebody would sneak into a government building at night, load up a bunch of boxes with all the paperwork for all the pending permits and all the pending house closings and all the pending business that the city was conducting, put it all in a truck and drive away — and demand some money in order to bring that truck back," said Avi Rubin, a Johns Hopkins computer science professor and cybersecurity expert. "That's a lot easier to do in cyberspace without getting caught," he said. "And that's what's happened here." An unbreakable algorithm The hackers used a ransomware called RobinHood — an extremely powerful and malicious program that makes it impossible to access server data without a digital key. Replicating that key without the hackers is impossible, says Rubin, who has testified about his field before Congress. "I don't even think that the NSA would be able to break this algorithm," he said. "It's believed by the cryptographic community, both the theoreticians as well as the practitioners, to be unbreakable by today's technologies." The city of Atlanta was attacked with ransomware in March 2018 — its digital civic services similarly ground to a halt. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported it cost the city $17 million to recover. Baltimore officials have said they've turned to their peers in Atlanta for advice on how to deal with the ongoing disruptions. That attack "should have been an alarm for many other cities," Rubin said. "All you need is one link in the chain and that's what the attackers will go after." Those weak links are often preventable vulnerabilities like old hardware and old software, both of which Baltimore was using. ...

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05-22-2019 Science&Technology
Google Glass still getting upgrades, but still not for you

The story isn't over for Google Glass, the company's connected AR headset. Though the original product didn't make much of a splash, running into a bit of controversy with its awkward looks, Google didn't give up on it. The company instead transitioned it away from the consumer market with Glass Enterprise Edition. And, now Glass is getting another upgrade in the Glass Enterprise Edition 2 announced today by Google. The new AR glasses have a few key improvements, with USB-C for faster charging, Bluetooth 5.0, Android Oreo (using the AOSP), and a new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 chip for improved computer vision and machine learning. The new chip should help save power while simultaneously boosting performance. The Glass team has also worked with Smith Optics on special safety frames, opening the product up for more work environments. See what our year-long Google Glass experience was like Check out the Magic Leap One AR goggles See where virtual reality may be headed All work and no play While it sounds like the Glass is coming along, even becoming mainstream enough for the team behind it to shift back to Google from parent company Alphabet's Google X program, it's still not a consumer gadget. The technology is progressing, and more powerful computer vision is showing up all over the place, from self-driving cars to smartphone cameras. But between the Glass Enterprise Edition 2 and Microsoft's HoloLens 2, the safest bet for viability is still enterprise – at least for now. Most average consumers who need AR tools won't need them constantly on-hand, and as rudimentary AR tools start appearing on smartphones, they have little reason to buy a $1,000-plus device. Even for those few consumers who could justify buying a pair of glasses with a built-in camera to share footage with friends, there's the much more affordable Snapchat Spectacles to meet their needs. So, even as Google Glass gets a big upgrade and moves from X back to Google, the awaited future where we use augmented reality glasses in our day-to-day lives isn't here yet – but we might start looking for it in the workplace. ...

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05-22-2019 Politics
Trump on defense now that Democrats score court win

Washington (CNN)The judicial branch just delivered a sharp jab to the chin of President Donald Trump, in a foreboding omen for his strategy for thwarting investigations that threaten his presidency. When a federal judge ruled Monday that the President's longtime accounting firm Mazars must hand over his financial records, he did not just deliver a win to stonewalled Democrats. He made a sweeping point about Congress' power to hold a President to account -- in an argument that will reverberate throughout Trump's attempt to fend off an oversight offensive. Judge Amit Mehta said it was "simply not fathomable" that a Congress that is constitutionally authorized to remove a president did not have the power to investigate him. Trump is appealing the decision, and long court battles loom -- so Monday's ruling was a setback in a much longer war, a factor that offers Trump a significant political advantage. And typically, his response signaled that he has no intention of backing down and will take each bout in his battle against Congress as far as he can, potentially to the Supreme Court. But Monday put down an early marker in the separation-of-powers feud between Congress and the White House and may hint at how other court battles between Democrats and Trump may pan out. "It is a good opinion. It sets a very good bedrock framework for how all of these skirmishes between House committees and the White House are going to go," Preet Bharara, former US attorney for the Southern District of New York, said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." Depending on how the White House reacts to any eventual court orders that contravene the President's wishes, Monday's drama may also have brought a constitutional crisis one step closer. Former FBI general counsel James Baker told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday that Congress had not always exercised powers inherent in the Mazars case, and had over the years ceded power to the presidency. "I think it is a recognition that Congress has a lot of power under the Constitution -- that is just the case," Baker said on "The Situation Room." "This is them taking some of this back by trying to enforce this subpoena, so the ruling from the court doesn't surprise me." Trump's legal team had argued that Congress is on a crusade to overturn material that the Democrats could use to embarrass him now and in the 2020 presidential election. But House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, called the ruling a "resounding victory for the rule of law and our constitutional system of checks and balances." ...

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05-22-2019 Entertainment
Isaac Hempstead-Wright first thought Bran’s finale twist was a joke: "Oh s**t, it’s real?"

Editors’ note: The following post contains spoilers for the “Game of Thrones” series finale, “The Iron Throne.”] The Iron Throne was officially destroyed by dragon fire in the series finale of “Game of Thrones,” but that didn’t mean a new leader of the Six Kingdoms wouldn’t be named. Following the death of Daenerys Targaryen and the imprisonment of her murderer, Jon Snow, the surviving leaders of Westeros joined Tyrion in King’s Landing to figure out who should rule Westeros. In a surprise move, the honor went to none other than Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright). Tyrion proposed the idea, saying Bran had a story the people of Westeros would believe in. Bran made Tyrion his hand and agreed to let Sansa rule over an independent North (hence the Seven Kingdoms are now the Six Kingdoms). “When I got to the [Dragonpit scene] in the last episode and they’re like, ‘What about Bran?’ I had to get up and pace around the room,” Hempstead-Wright said about his reaction to the Bran twist. “I genuinely thought it was a joke script and that [showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] sent to everyone a script with their own character ending up on the Iron Throne. ‘Yeah, good one guys. Oh shit, it’s actually real?’” Hampstead-Wright continued, “I’m happy. Though I kind of did want to die and get in one good death scene with an exploding head or something.” As for whether or not Bran will be a good king, the actor said, “I think he will be a really good king. Perhaps there will be something missing in having a real emotive leader, which is a useful quality in a king or queen as well. At the same time, you can’t really argue with Bran. He’s like, ‘No, I know everything.’” Bran become one of the show’s biggest meme generators during its final season because of his blank facial reactions and curt speaking pattern. Hampstead-Wright said the filming of the final season’s big battle episode “The Long Night” was one of his best experiences on the show. Bran was a centerpiece of the episode as the character was used to lure the Night King out in the open. “Getting to do those night shoots when the Night King gets [killed] was pretty powerful,” Hampstead-Wright said. “Seeing the end of one of the most important powerful characters come to an end. There was a moment between Bran and the night king where Bran almost feels sorry for him. He didn’t ask to be the Night King. We saw him being strapped to the tree and get that Dragonglass plunged in his heart and he’s been on a hellbent mission of destruction. That was probably my favorite thing to shoot.” ...

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05-22-2019 Science&Technology
Stanford students' robot dog does backflips for (relatively) cheap

Robots with dog-like talents are nothing new, but it's not exactly practical to buy one that can do more than the basics. The new Aibo is cute, for instance, but not very athletic. A group of Stanford students might have a better solution. They've created Doggo, a four-legged bot that can dance, backflip, jump and trot without requiring exotic hardware. The mechanical canine is made of readily available supplies that achieve the intended acrobatics at minimal cost -- less than $3,000. Instead of using springs to bounce around, it uses force-sensing external motors that continuously determine the levels of force and torque needed for each movement. If the robot's ever out of position, the motors are ready to counteract. It's tiny, but it's also more powerful than you might think. As it's both very light and dense, it can jump as high as 3.5 feet in the air. This isn't the most sophisticated robot. It requires manual control, and it's not about to hold the door for you. The relatively affordable off-the-shelf parts make it far more accessible than other projects, though. And more importantly, it's open source. Anyone with enough engineering know-how could expand on what Doggo offers, whether they want to make a courier robot or a social companion. At the least, this shows that you don't need a well-funded tech company or a huge research grant to produce an athletic robot of your own.

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05-21-2019 Science&Technology
Apple releasing second iOS 12.4 developer beta today

We’re less than one week out since Apple introduced the first iOS 12.4 developer beta for testing, and Apple appears to be ready to release iOS 12.4 beta 2. We also expect iOS 12.4 public beta 2 to be released today. iOS 12.4 beta doesn’t yet include any visible changes for users, but there are some under-the-hood changes to prepare iPhones and iPads for Apple Card, the new credit card coming from Apple later this summer. We’re also told that Apple employees are using the beta version to test Apple Card already. iOS 12.4 is likely the first software release that will support Apple Card inside the Wallet app. Apple Card was first announced on March 25th ahead of a summer launch in the United States. We’ll update our coverage if any specific changes are discovered in iOS 12.4 beta. Apple also released iOS 12.3 for all customers this month. The release includes the all-new Apple TV app with the new Apple TV Channels feature for subscribing directly to video services. iOS 12.3 also supports AirPlay 2 to smart TVs that work with the Apple feature. Apple’s major developer conference kicks off in exactly two weeks on June 3rd in San Jose where Apple will unveil iOS 13, watchOS 6, and macOS 10.15, and much more. That means we’ll likely see major new developer betas on that same day before iOS 12.4 is out of beta.

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05-21-2019 Science&Technology
Google unveils new $999 smart glasses for businesses, undercutting Microsoft’s HoloLens on price

Google on Monday unveiled a Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, a new model of its Google Glass that’s catered specifically to business uses. Introduced in 2013 as one of the first augmented reality devices, Google Glass is a pair of eyeglasses that uses a tiny projector to beam computer-generated images into a user’s eye, so they appear to “float” in front of the real world. The company has been targeting the enterprise for the past couple of years after its attempts to attract consumers failed with the original Google Glass, which was expensive and had a built-in camera which raised privacy concerns. The model targeted toward consumers was discontinued in 2015. Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 runs on a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform which Google says will provide longer battery life. Smith Optics is providing frames that look like regular glasses, too, which means the headset is less bulky than competitors like Microsoft’s HoloLens and the glasses from start-up Magic Leap. The new glasses cost $999, but that price may be lower for some firms depending on the business and contracts with Google. That’s far less than Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, which is also used by businesses and even the U.S. military, but starts at $3,500. Microsoft’s new solution, unveiled in February, is more powerful than Google Glass and overlays information on top of the real world that users can view through both eyes. Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, like the first model, only has a small projector that sits in front of one eye. Google’s new glasses, built on Android, will be easier than the first model for businesses to give to employees because they now support mobile device management, which is used to configure devices with apps and services, like phones and tablets, and control how employees use them — for example, disabling them if the employee loses them. Google said Glass is used in logistics, manufacturing and field services industries by firms including H.B Fuller, Sutter Health, Deutsche Post DHL Group and AGCO.

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05-21-2019 General
Whole Foods will ban plastic straws and offer smaller produce bags

New York (CNN Business)Responding to customers' demands, Whole Foods is ramping up its war on disposable plastic. The Amazon (AMZN)-owned company announced Monday that will stop offering plastic straws across all of its 500 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Whole Foods claims it's the first national grocery chain to make the environmentally friendly move. The company currently offers plastic straws to customers at its juice and coffee bars, as well at its cafes. It will start offering paper straws beginning in July. Plastic straws will still be available for customers with disabilities, upon request. Whole Foods will also reduce its plastic usage in other parts of the store. It will also offer smaller plastic bags in the produce department and will start using new bags for its rotisserie chickens that use 70% less plastic than the hard plastic cases they will replace. "We recognize that single-use plastics are a concern for many of our customers, Team Members and suppliers, and we're proud of these packaging changes, which will eliminate an estimated 800,000 pounds of plastics annually," Whole Foods' chief merchandising officer AC Gallo said in a statement. The company stopped offering disposable plastic bags in 2008. It now only offers paper bags, and it sells reusable plastic bags. Top retailers and companies have been cracking down on using plastic because of the material's environmental damage. Plastics are expected to outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050 and massive amounts of it have piled up in landfills, some emitting greenhouse gases and contributing to global warming over the near-eternity they take to degrade. Starbucks announced in February that it redesigned its cold cup lids so they won't require a straw at all. By 2020, it will eliminate single-use plastic straws at its more than 29,800 locations around the world. Disney (DIS) is in the midst of eliminating single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at its parks and McDonald's (MCD) announced last year plans to move from plastic to paper straws at its locations in the UK.

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05-21-2019 Business
Tesla Falls as Analyst Says Company Facing ‘Code-Red Situation’

(Bloomberg) -- Tesla Inc. shares plunged below $200 for the first time in more than two years on concerns the carmaker faces a “Kilimanjaro-like uphill climb” to hit profitability goals in the second half of the year. In a note Sunday, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives described the electric-car maker’s predicament as a “code red situation” and cut his price target on the stock to $230 from $275. Ives slashed his target from $365 just last month. Once among the most bullish analysts covering Tesla, Ives said he has “major concerns around the trajectory of Tesla’s growth prospects and underlying demand on Model 3 in the U.S. over the coming quarters.” Tesla shares fell as much as 7.5% to $195.25 and were trading at $200.68 as of 11:30 a.m. Monday in New York. The stock closed at the lowest level in almost 2 1/2 years on Friday after Musk called for a “hardcore” review of all the company’s expenses and an analyst warned of potentially severe fallout from a fatal crash involving Autopilot. Tesla delivered just 63,000 cars in the first quarter but expects to deliver 90,000 to 100,000 cars in the second quarter, and 360,000 to 400,000 for the year. Ives said hitting the full-year target is going to be a “Herculean task” and sees 340,000 to 355,000 as a more likely scenario. Representatives for Tesla didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Tesla’s 5.3% bonds due 2025 now yield about 8.9%, according to Trace, well above the average yield for a B-rated company. The bonds have trailed the broader Bloomberg Barclays Single B U.S. High Yield Index this year by around 500 basis points, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Joel Levington. “There’s little in the form of favorable credit catalysts to turn momentum around in the near term,” Levington said in a report Monday. The bond price dropped below 83 cents on the dollar for the first time on an intraday basis, making the security the biggest loser in the high-yield market Monday, according to Trace. Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk recently told employees in an email that he and Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn will personally scrutinize expenditures following a worse-than-expected first-quarter loss. After having to pay off a $920 million convertible bond with cash in March, another $566 million is due in November. When drumming up interest for a stock and debt offering earlier this month, Musk pitched investors on a future of autonomous robotaxis as the key to Tesla becoming a $500 billion company. Its market capitalization is now less than $36 billion, trailing General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. If Tesla is unable to earn profit in the second half of the year, the company may need to raise another $1 billion to $2 billion of capital, Ives said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. ...

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05-17-2019 Science&Technology
Google's how-to videos explain Assistant's accessibility features

As part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google revealed a series of video tutorials meant to help people with disabilities set up and use their Assistant-enabled smart devices. The videos are available in a YouTube playlist, and so far they cover topics like how to control your smart home with Google Assistant and how to set up a Google Home using a screen reader. You'll also find videos on understanding Google Home's audio accessibility features and more. The videos don't reveal any new features, but they're a smart way to show off the accessibility capabilities that already exist within Google devices. And they align with Google's emphasis on accessibility, which it highlight at its recent I/O developers conference. At that event, Google shared plans to transcribe YouTube videos, podcasts and phone calls for deaf customers. The company also said it also wants to help people who have difficulty speaking type messages in response to phone calls, and it's using AI to help develop speech recognition tools for users with ALS. That's in addition to tools like Google's Lookout app, which helps blind users navigate their surroundings. This is an ongoing effort, and Google says it will continue to update the video tutorials it launched today.

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05-16-2019 Science&Technology
Google just told us why the Pixel 3a has a headphone jack, and it’s exactly what you think

Google’s newest Pixel phone is a mid-range device that delivers great features for its price. But make no mistake, this isn’t a real alternative to some of the best 2018 and 2019 flagships out there, iPhones included. By the way, don’t consider trading your old iPhone for a Pixel 3a model, unless that iPhone is iPhone 6 or older. The Pixel 3a lacks the build quality and the top hardware of the Pixel 3, but it also packs a feature you won’t find on the Pixel 3 phones. That’s the headphone jack, which Google removed from its Pixel flagships back in fall 2017. Google mocked the iPhone 7, Apple’s first iPhone without a 3.5mm port, back in 2016. Then, a year later, the company quietly removed the audio port from the Pixel 2 phones, without addressing the matter on stage as Apple did. Google did explain the decision in a follow-up interview. “The primary reason [for dropping the jack] is establishing a mechanical design path for the future,” Google’s Mario Queiroz said at the time. “We want the display to go closer and closer to the edge. Our team said, ‘if we’re going to make the shift, let’s make it sooner, rather than later.’ Last year may have been too early. Now there are more phones on the market.” Sure enough, the Pixel 3 phones that followed were almost all-screen phones, especially the XL model. Fast forward to Google I/O 2019, and the Pixel 3a marked the return of the headphone jack. Sonyia Jobanputra explained in an interview the thinking behind this decision. If it wasn’t clear already, it’s all about convenience and affordability. The Pixel 3a does target buyers looking for cheaper smartphones, buyers who might not want to invest any money in wireless or USB-C headphones, given that most people already own 3.5mm headphones, and there’s nothing wrong with that: We debated on this headphone jack but we really felt that consumers at this price point in this price tier really needed flexibility, and that’s what that headphone jack gives you. We still support digital audio, and it is the ultimate way to consume your audio. You can either use the USB-C adapter on the bottom, or you can use Bluetooth headphones. And digital audio is incredible. But, a lot of people have headphones, and we didn’t need to create anymore e-waste in the world so we’ve decided to put a 3.5mm headset jack in so that people could use the accessories that they already had available to them. However, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL do not ship with new headphones in the box, so you’re not getting new 3.5mm headphones from Google. The full interview where Jobanputra explains the best Pixel 3a features follows:

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05-14-2019 Science&Technology
Lenovo shows off the world’s first foldable PC

Folding phones are already being pitched as the next big wave of tech, and whether or not that turns out to be true, the industry has no plans to stop there. Lenovo has just announced what it says is the world’s first foldable PC: a prototype ThinkPad that iterates the foldable tech we’ve already seen from phones on a much bigger scale. It’s not just a cool tech demo, either: Lenovo has been developing this for over three years and has plans to launch a finished device in 2020 as part of its premium ThinkPad X1 brand. The goal here is a premium product that will be a laptop-class device, not an accessory or secondary computer like a tablet might be. Cool factor aside, though, why build a folding PC? The answer is largely portability. Conceptually, it’s the opposite of what most of the foldable phones out there are trying to do. There, companies like Samsung and Huawei are trying to take a device the size of a regular phone and make them bigger. But the idea behind the folding ThinkPad is to take a full-sized PC and make it smaller. The result is a 13.3-inch 4:3 2K OLED display that can fold up to about the size of a hardcover book (we don’t have the exact weight yet, but Lenovo says it’s less than two pounds, which is about as much as a hardcover copy of one of the larger Harry Potter books). That’s already enough to put it on the lighter side of the portable computer spectrum, but the size savings are really when you fold it in half, making it dramatically smaller than a regular laptop. I got to try out a functional prototype, but there’s not a lot to see at this stage. The screen does fold, as advertised, and Windows worked well enough as a touch interface. But the real magic here — if it happens at all — will come with software and optimizing things to run on the unique form factors that a folding screen can provide. ...

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05-12-2019 Politics
Trump tells China to 'act now' on trade or face a 'far worse' deal in his second term

Chinese and U.S. negotiators held trade talks in Washington Friday after Trump more than doubled tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Trump said Friday's talks were constructive and negotiations will continue. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin told CNBC no further trade talks are planned between the two sides "as of now." President Donald Trump on Saturday called for China to act now on trade or risk facing a worse deal if negotiations continue into a possible second term after the 2020 presidential election. Trump claimed China was 'beaten so badly' in recent trade negotiations that Beijing wanted to wait until after the 2020 election in the hope a Democrat would win the White House and offer them a better deal. Trump, however, said he would prevail in the upcoming election and warned that a trade deal would be 'much worse' for China if it was negotiated during his second term. Chinese and U.S. negotiators held trade talks in Washington on Friday after Trump more than doubled tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, raising the rate from 10% to 25%. The administration is also moving to impose 25% tariffs on an additional $300 billion of Chinese goods. Trump said Friday's talks were constructive and negotiations will continue while tariffs remain in place, though they could be lifted depending on how the situation progresses. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin told CNBC no further trade talks are planned between the two sides "as of now." Chinese state media has reported that the next round of talks is expected to take place in Beijing. Trump abruptly announced the tariff hike last Sunday, shattering hopes that a trade deal was near and sending U.S. markets into turmoil for much of the week. The president cited slow progress in negotiations as the reason for his decision. Chinese negotiators had reportedly backtracked on key aspects of the trade deal, removing commitments to change domestic laws to address U.S. concerns about intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers among a number of other issues.

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1 The New York Times / United States 2 The Guardian / United Kingdom 3 The Daily Mail / United Kingdom 4 China Daily / China
5 The Washington Post / United States 6 The Telegraph / United Kingdom 7 The Wall Street Journal / United States 8 USA Today / United States
9 The Times of India / India 10 The Independent / United Kingdom 11 Los Angeles Times / United States 12 El País / Spain
13 Financial Times / United Kingdom 14 The People's Daily / China 15 United Daily News / China 16 The Economic Daily / China
17 Le Monde / France 18 Daily Mirror / United Kingdom 19 El Mundo / Spain 20 Daily News / United States
21 La Repubblica / Italy 22 Bild / Germany 23 Le Figaro / France 24 The Sydney Morning Herald / Australia
25 Houston Chronicle / United States 26 Hürriyet / Turkey 27 Chicago Tribune / United States 28 The Examiner / United States
29 New York Post / United States 30 Asahi Shimbun / Japan 31 Corriere della Sera / Italy 32 The Economic Times / India
33 Milliyet Gazetesi / Turkey 34 Marca / Spain 35 Liberty Times / Taiwan 36 Die Welt / Germany
37 The Globe and Mail / Canada 38 Nihon Keizai Shimbun / Japan 39 The Hollywood Reporter / United States 40 Sabah / Turkey
41 The Christian Science Monitor / United States 42 Daily Express / United Kingdom 43 Kompas / Indonesia 44 The Indian Express / India
45 Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan 46 Gazeta Wyborcza / Poland 47 The Hindu / India 48 The Toronto Star / Canada
49 The Sun / United Kingdom 50 The Age / Australia 51 The Boston Globe / United States 52 Philippine Daily Inquirer / Philippines
53 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Germany 54 The Washington Times / United States 55 Clarín / Argentina 56 Chosun Ilbo / Japan
57 Die Zeit / Germany 58 The Onion / United States 59 Metro / United Kingdom 60 ABC / Spain
61 The Seattle Times / United States 62 The Times / United Kingdom 63 La Gazzetta dello Sport / Italy 64 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Germany
65 The Hill / United States 66 Dainik Bhaskar / India 67 The Philadelphia Inquirer / United States 68 The Oregonian / United States
69 The Dong-a Ilbo / Korea 70 La Nación / Argentina 71 The Hindustan Times / India 72 San Jose Mercury News / United States
73 The Dallas Morning News / United States 74 AS / Spain 75 The Australian / Australia 76 Star Tribune / United States
77 Qingdao News / China 78 The Jerusalem Post / Israel 79 The Plain Dealer / United States 80 L'Equipe / France
81 Komsomolskaya Pravda / Russia 82 The Denver Post / United States 83 Mladá fronta Dnes / Czech Republic 84 Libération / France
85 O Globo / Brazil 86 Aftonbladet / Sweden 87 The Japan Times / Japan 88 Business Standard / India
89 Le Nouvel Observateur / France 90 Kommersant / Russia 91 Le Parisien / France 92 The New Zealand Herald / New Zealand
93 Detroit Free Press / United States 94 Newsday / United States 95 The Baltimore Sun / United States 96 National Post / Canada
97 Il Sole 24 Ore / Italy 98 The Miami Herald / United States 99 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / United States 100 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / United States
101 The Irish Independent / Ireland 102 South China Morning Post / Hong Kong SAR 103 The Irish Times / Ireland 104 The Star Online / Malaysia
105 De Telegraaf / Netherlands 106 Dawn / Pakistan 107 Der Standaard / Austria 108 The Sacramento Bee / United States
109 20 Minutos / Spain 110 Mainichi Shimbun / Japan 111 Rossiyskaya Gazeta / Russia 112 Apple Daily / Taiwan
113 DNA - Daily News & Analysis / India 114 La Stampa / Italy 115 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / United States 116 20 Minutes / France
117 La Vanguardia / Spain 118 Evening Standard / United Kingdom 119 China Times / Taiwan 120 The Straits Times / Singapore
121 Orlando Sentinel / United States 122 Der Tagesspiegel / Germany 123 South Florida Sun-Sentinel / United States 124 Verdens Gang / Norway
125 Argumenti i Fakti / Russia 126 Boston Herald / United States 127 Infobae / Argentina 128 Dagbladet / Norway
129 Independent Online / South Africa 130 The New York Observer / United States 131 Yeni Safak / Turkey 132 Seattle Post-Intelligencer / United States
133 The Kansas City Star / United States 134 Al-Ahram / Egypt 135 The Scotsman / United Kingdom 136 Nikkan Sports / Japan
137 Deseret News / United States 138 Herald Sun / Australia 139 The Vancouver Sun / Canada 140 Yang Cheng Wan Bao / China
141 Les Échos / France 142 Gulf News / United Arab Emirates 143 Yedioth Aharonot / Israel 144 Sports Nippon / Japan
145 The Orange County Register / United States 146 Expressen / Sweden 147 St. Louis Post-Dispatch / United States 148 Pravda.ru / Russia
149 Handelsblatt / Germany 150 The Daily Telegraph / Australia

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