22 February 2018

Apple releases iOS 11.2.6 to fix iPhone crash bug

Rico says he'll be upgrading...

Apple releases iOS 11.2.6 to fix iPhone crash bug
The Verge

Apple has released iOS 11.2.6 today, which includes a bug fix for the Indian language (Telugu) character that crashes an iPhone and makes apps like Messages, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp... Read the full story


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Apple updates its rainbow logo trademark, but don't expect a comeback

Rico likes the newer one...

Apple updates its rainbow logo trademark, but don't expect a comeback
Cult of Mac

Apple has filed to update the design trademark for its iconic multicolored Apple logo, last used by the company in 1999. But despite one unlikely report claiming that Apple will be using for a new clothing line of "hats and caps," we'd personally be surprised to see it make a return. Here's why. In the... Read the full story


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Musk’s Boring Company gets digging permit in D.C.

Rico says Musk is never boring...

Elon Musk's Boring Company gets digging permit in D.C.
Autoblog

Hyperloop competitors are also eyeing Chicago-Cleveland, India routesWhen it comes to stories about the hyperloop, it's good to employ a healthy level of skepticism. We've seen all manner of stories breathlessly proclaiming that the high-speed vacuum-propelled pods are coming to Colorado, Missouri and Maryland, among other places. But here's something that may actually be worth paying attention to. ... Read the full story


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Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

Rico says they're lives will be made miserable anyway...

Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military
The Washington Post

The issue erupted into the forefront last summer with tweets from President Trump. Read the full story


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Armed sheriff’s deputy stayed outside Florida school while mass killing took place

Rico says he's lucky he got to resign...

Armed sheriff's deputy stayed outside Florida school while mass killing took place
The Washington Post

School resource officer didn't enter the Parkland, Fla. high school building where 17 people were killed. He has resigned. Read the full story


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Special counsel brings new charges against Manafort, Gates

Rico says it's getting closer...

Special counsel brings new charges against Manafort, Gates
CBS News

Mueller filed an indictment with 32 counts against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and associate Richard Gates Read the full story


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Missouri Executed 17 Men With Drugs From A 'High-Risk' Pharmacy

Rico says back to firing squads...

Missouri Executed 17 Men With Drugs From A 'High-Risk' Pharmacy
BuzzFeed News

The state of Missouri did everything it could to keep secret where it got the drugs it used to put 17 inmates to death. Now, BuzzFeed News has discovered the supplier is a pharmacy repeatedly found to engage in hazardous practices that could put patients — and convicts — at risk. Read the full story


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Thanks to the iPhone X, Apple is beating Samsung in its own backyard

Rico says he can't feel sorry for Samsung...

Thanks to the iPhone X, Apple is beating Samsung in its own backyard

While Apple has successfully beaten Samsung in the worldwide flagship smartphone market for years, there's always been one country that was impossible to crack: South Korea. Samsung is such a big part of the country -- the company's revenues make up about 17% of South Korea's total GDP -- that it's always been difficult to... Read the full story


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Clarence Thomas is angry that SCOTUS doesn’t love gubs

Rico says that's an unlikely advocate...

Clarence Thomas is angry that SCOTUS Doesn't Love Guns

Thomas can't seem to get three other conservative justices to get aggressive in defending gun rights. So he's drawing attention to the problem. Read the full story


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Ancient Islanders visited by Columbus not 'extinct,' study finds

Rico says that's a good thing...

Ancient Islanders Visited by Columbus Not 'Extinct,' Study Finds
National Geographic

By sequencing DNA in a 1,000-year-old tooth, researchers were able to find genetic matches between ancient and living populations in the Caribbean. Read the full story


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Peanut protein powder a solution for those suffering from allergies?

Rico says he's happy peanuts don't bother him...

Peanut protein powder a solution for those suffering from allergies?
CBS News

But there are still some hurdles to overcome before the Aimmune drug hits medicine cabinets Read the full story


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Elon Musk's Falcon 9 Just Launched the First of 11,925 SpaceX Internet Satellites

Rico says that's a lot of stuff...

Elon Musk's Falcon 9 Just Launched the First of 11,925 SpaceX Internet Satellites
Futurism

After several postponements, SpaceX finally launched a Falcon 9 reusable rocket carrying Spain's newest Earth-observation satellite, known as Paz, on Thursday. It was accompanied by two prototype SpaceX internet satellites that Elon Musk hopes will be the first of nearly 12,000. Read the full story


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Elon Musk Just Slammed Uber's Flying Car Plan

Rico says flying cars is dumb and dangerous...

Elon Musk Just Slammed Uber's Flying Car Plan
Inverse

The Tesla CEO, who has been working on The Boring Company to solve traffic, slammed ideas that Uber's flying taxi could remove the need for hyperloop. Read the full story


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Ocean Refuge the Size of Great Britain Announced

Rico says it's a good idea...

Ocean Refuge the Size of Great Britain Announced
National Geographic

The new conservation measure will protect Seychelles from illegal fishing for generations to come. Read the full story


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ZAGG Slim Book Keyboard Case for 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Rico says he needs more money for this...

Review: ZAGG Slim Book Keyboard Case for 10.5-inch iPad Pro
MacTrast

The ZAGG Slim Book Keyboard Case for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a slim, protective case that includes a detachable Bluetooth keyboard. Read the full story


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iPhone iNsanity: The 7 Craziest Attachments for Your iPhone 8 or X

Rico says he still needs the X...

iPhone iNsanity: The 7 Craziest Attachments for Your iPhone 8 or X
SPY

Looking for a few fun and easy ways to get more out of your iPhone? Read the full story


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Disney’s lawsuit against Redbox may have backfired

Rico says The Mouse never gives up easily...

Disney's lawsuit against Redbox may have backfired
Engadget

Disney's attempt to prevent Redbox from buying its discs for rental and resale may have blown up in the House of Mouse's face. The Hollywood Reporter describes how District Court Judge Dean Pregerson sided with Redbox to shoot down a Disney-mandated injunction. In addition, Pregerson contended that Disney may itself be misusing copyright law to protect its interests and its own forthcoming streaming service. ... Read the full story


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The 2 Sides of Amazon’s HQ2

Rico says there's still hope for Philly...

The 2 Sides of Amazon's HQ2
Barron's

An afternoon reversal for stocks. Plus, Advance Auto explores its e-commerce side. Read the full story


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Man removes Feds’ spy cam, they demand it back, he refuses and sues

Rico says the Fed, as usual, think they're right...

Man removes Feds' spy cam, they demand it back, he refuses and sues
Ars Technica

Camera believed to be part of "Operation Drawbridge" effort to monitor the border. Read the full story


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Olympic Curling doesn’t only stump Viewers, it confuses scientists, too

Rico says only the Scots could invent it...

Olympic Curling Doesn't Only Stump Viewers—It Confuses Scientists, Too
The Wall Street Journal

The stone, a hefty piece of granite sent careening across the ice, doesn't behave the way scientists expect, and no one knows exactly why. Read the full story


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After silence on Parkland, NRA pushes back against law enforcement, the media and gun control advocates

Rico says better late than never...

After silence on Parkland, NRA pushes back against law enforcement, the media and gun control advocates
The Washington Post

The NRA was silent after the Parkland shooting. Now the group is pushing back against calls for new gun restrictions. Read the full story


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Fox News: Man sues Microsoft for $600M after a forced Windows upgrade destroyed his PC

Rico says that's what you get when you don't buy an Apple...

Man sues Microsoft for $600M after a forced Windows upgrade destroyed his PC
Fox News

A lawsuit against Microsoft may seem outlandish but expresses a not-uncommon user complaint. Read the full story


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Ford’s North American Chief Exits After ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

Rico says no 'inappropriate behavior' is worth losing your job over...

Ford's North American Chief Exits After 'Inappropriate Behavior'
Bloomberg

Ford Motor Co. ousted the head of its most important business unit because of unspecified "inappropriate behavior," the latest in a litany of setbacks to hit the U.S. automaker. An internal probe found that Raj Nair, president of Ford's North America operations, engaged in behavior "inconsistent with the company's code of conduct," according to a statement. Ford began the investigation after a recent anonymous complaint from within the company. While Ford declined to detail what that led to Nair Read the full story


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Russian Curlers to Give Back Bronze Olympic Medals After Positive Doping Test

Rico says, yet again, why curling, a sport almost no one outside Scotland cares about...

Russian Curlers to Give Back Bronze Olympic Medals After Positive Doping Test
Bleacher Report

The Russian Curling Federation announced Wednesday that Alexander Krushelnitsky and Anastasia Bryzgalova will give back their bronze medals from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, ... Read the full story


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USA Women’s Hockey Wins Gold in Thrilling Shootout vs. Canada

Rico says he missed it...

USA Women's Hockey Wins Gold in Thrilling Shootout vs. Canada

[[nid:136171]]For the first time since 1998, the United States won the women's hockey gold medal. Read the full story


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21 February 2018

Water purification could be the key to more electric cars

Rico says whatever works...

Water purification could be the key to more electric cars
Engadget

Humanity is going to need a lot of lithium batteries if electric cars are going to take over, and that's a problem when there's only so much lithium available from conventional mines. There may be an oddball solution for that, however: turn the world's oceans into eco-friendly mines. Scientists have outlined a desalination technique that would use metal-organic frameworks (sponge-like structures with very high surface areas) with sub-nanometer pores to catch lithium ions while purifying ocean .. Read the full story


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Woman seen berating flight attendant on viral video pays price

Rico says, okay, she's idiot of the week...

Woman seen berating flight attendant on viral video pays price
CBS News

Video of passenger threatening Delta employee's job was viewed nearly two million times on Facebook Read the full story


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First POV Video From a Minke Whale’s Back

Rico says more oceanic excitement...

First POV Video From a Minke Whale's Back
National Geographic

Scientists finally got a camera on one of the small, elusive whales and can now see what their lives are like. Read the full story


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NASA finds possible evidence of water on Mars

Rico says we'll use it when we go...

NASA finds possible evidence of water on Mars
New York Post

Mars is a big, dusty, dry ball of rock, sand and dust … we think. Believe it or not, despite the fact that NASA has several rovers on the Red Planet, we're still not entirely sure how much water is there, and it's proven incredibly difficult to pin down. Curious geological features that were thought to be proof of flowing water were later disputed as the effects of wind instead, and for every researcher to declare proof of water, another comes along with a very dry explanation. Well, get ready Read the full story


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Bitcoin is back over $11,000

Rico says the original delusional currency...

Bitcoin is back over $11,000

It took Bitcoin more than two weeks to recover the ground it lost in early February when the most popular cryptocurrency in the world plunged below $6,000 for the first time since November. Bitcoin is nowhere near its record highs from mid-December when it hit almost $20,000, but the digital coin is finally trading above... Read the full story


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Litecoin Cash Price: Why Cryptocurrency Is Soaring in Value

Rico says more delusional currency...

Litecoin Cash Price: Why Cryptocurrency Is Soaring in Value

Blockchain-based Litecoin Cash got off to a strong start, as the dust settled from the cryptocurrency's fork away from its Litecoin origins. Read the full story


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American Is Charged With Stealing Terra-Cotta Warrior’s Thumb

Rico says he's the idiot for the day...

American Is Charged With Stealing Terra-Cotta Warrior's Thumb
The New York Times

Michael Rohana was attending an event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia when he entered a closed exhibition room and vandalized the 2,000-year-old statue, the authorities say. Read the full story


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Lindsey Vonn intentionally slowed down during her downhill training run because she didn't want her opponents to know how fast she was going

Rico says the military would call that 'spoofing'...

Lindsey Vonn intentionally slowed down during her downhill training run because she didn't want her opponents to know how fast she was going
Business Insider

Lindsey Vonn completed her first two training runs for the downhill event on Sunday and Monday at the Winter Olympics. After Vonn failed to medal in the super-G, her training times suggest she will be in a good position to rebound in the downhill. Despite apparently intentionally slowing herself down, she still "won" the first training run and finished third in the second. Vonn later said she was playing mind games with her opponents. Lindsey Vonn came up short in her first Olympics event, but Read the full story


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UberEats Driver Kills Customer During Delivery in Atlanta

Rico says he wonders what that was about...

UberEats Driver Kills Customer During Delivery in Atlanta
Gizmodo

Police in Atlanta are searching for an UberEats driver who allegedly shot and killed a 30-year-old man after delivering his food. Police have not released a description of the driver, but say that he was using a white Volkswagen to make his delivery. Read the full story


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One of the worst US presidents in history wasn't just incompetent; it was his beliefs that led to failure


One of the worst US presidents in history wasn't just incompetent; it was his beliefs that led to failure

James Buchanan (pictured with his Cabinet) is considered one of the worst US presidents ever. • US President James Buchanan is considered one of the worst presidents in American history. • His failure can't simply be attributed to incompetence. • The Pennsylvania native was overly sympathetic to Southern interests. History hasn't looked too fondly upon former US President James Buchanan. Just take a look at CSPAN's 2017 presidential rankings. Buchanan's dead last. According to the Constitution Read the full story


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Olympic Curling Rocked by Russian Doping Case

Rico wonders why curling, a sport no one cares about...

Olympic Curling Rocked by Russian Doping Case
The New York Times

A Russian may lose his bronze medal after failing a doping test in a sport not accustomed to such high-profile cases, but one that is physically demanding. Read the full story


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A giant, years-long storm on Neptune is disappearing and being caught on camera for the first time

Rico says another mystery...

A giant, years-long storm on Neptune is disappearing — and it's being caught on camera for the first time
Business Insider

A picture of Neptune taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, showing a since-vanished dark storm. A huge storm on Neptune is disappearing, and the Hubble Telescope is documenting it for the first time. The storm has led scientists to question their understanding of the prevailing dynamics of Neptune's atmosphere. The storm appears to be moving in the opposite direction than scientists predicted. A dark storm on Neptune is big enough to stretch from Boston to Portugal on Earth - but it's fading away Read the full story


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NASA’s Opportunity rover surpasses 5,000 Martian days on the Red Planet

Rico says one tough little machine...

NASA's Opportunity rover surpasses 5,000 Martian days on the Red Planet
The Verge

The vehicle was only supposed to last 90 Read the full story


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Where Is Starman? Elon Musk, SpaceX's Man Traveling Space In Tesla Roadster

Rico says it's still funny...

Where Is Starman? Elon Musk, SpaceX's Man Traveling Space In Tesla Roadster
International Business Times

Earlier this month SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time ever. When the massive rocket launched, it sent a few things to space including SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster with a passenger consisting of a spacesuit named Starman. That car and its passenger are still traveling in space and they can be tracked on a website called Whereisroadster.com. Read the full story


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Earthquake Swarms Are Shaking Yellowstone's Supervolcano. Here's What That Means.

Rico says it means bad things...

Earthquake Swarms Are Shaking Yellowstone's Supervolcano. Here's What That Means.
National Geographic

Hundreds of earthquakes have rocked the famous supervolcano in the past few days, but this seismic activity is regular in the region. Read the full story


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Fergie Apologizes for NBA All-Star Game National Anthem

Rico says he couldn't sing it either...

Fergie Apologizes for NBA All-Star Game National Anthem
TMZ

Fergie has finally broken her silence on last night's botched NBA All-Star Game's National Anthem ... saying she was trying to take a risk, and it clearly didn't pay off. The singer tells us, "I've al... Read the full story


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Windows Phone, Which Was Already Dead, Gets Another Stake Through Its Corpse

Rico says RIP for that...

Windows Phone, Which Was Already Dead, Gets Another Stake Through Its Corpse
Gizmodo

In October, Microsoft admitted that its Windows Phone line was pretty much totally dead after failing to attract app developers and its market share plummeted from 0.8 percent to 0.1 percent by t 2017, with even corporate vice president for Windows Joe Belfiore saying that he had switched to Android. Instead, the company looked an awful lot like it was transitioning to porting its own apps for the competition, iOS and Android, though Belfiore said current owners of its line could expect Read the full story


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Apple updates its rainbow logo trademark, but don't expect a comeback

Rico says he doesn't care what they use...

Apple updates its rainbow logo trademark, but don't expect a comeback

Apple has filed to update the design trademark for its iconic multicolored Apple logo, last used by the company in 1999. But despite one unlikely report claiming that Apple will be using for a new clothing line of "hats and caps," we'd personally be surprised to see it make a return. Here's why. In the... Read the full story


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A 7th Grader Shot Himself Inside a Middle School Bathroom

Rico says that's sad...

A 7th Grader Shot Himself Inside Middle School Bathroom
TIME

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How volcanic ash can bring down an airplane

How volcanic ash can bring down an airplane

The Verge

The eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung prompted an aviation warning — here's why Read the full story


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Earthquake Swarms Are Shaking Yellowstone's Supervolcano. Here's What That Means.

Rico says that's not a good thing...

Earthquake Swarms Are Shaking Yellowstone's Supervolcano. Here's What That Means.
National Geographic

Hundreds of earthquakes have rocked the famous supervolcano in the past few days, but this seismic activity is regular in the region. Read the full story


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Solo is turning a long-forgotten Star Destroyer concept into Star Wars canon

Solo is turning a long-forgotten Star Destroyer concept into Star Wars canon

SYFY WIRE

At this point in time, Solo: A Star Wars Story seems to be repurposing the old and making it new again. For example, some fans have hypothesized that the film's plot may actually be based on part of the Extended Universe Disney decided to strike from the official Star Wars canon. Now, based on a new figure unveiled at the New York Toy Fair, it looks like Lucasfilm has taken an unused Star Destroyer design from Colin Cantwell to use in the new movie as a different vehicle. Cantwell was a concept Read the full story


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Shirtless Tongan Flag Bearer Pita Taufatofua Considers 114th Place an Olympic Victory

Rico says he'd never place that high, shirtless or not...

Shirtless Tongan Flag Bearer Pita Taufatofua Considers 114th Place an Olympic Victory
Vanity Fair

Taufatofua only had 12 weeks to train as a cross-country skier before qualifying for the 2018 Olympics. Read the full story


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Some of Trump's most fervent supporters have started to criticize a school-shooting survivor who has made a flurry of media appearances

Rico says the kid can say whatever he wants...

Some of Trump's most fervent supporters have started to criticize a school-shooting survivor who has made a flurry of media appearances
Business Insider

David Hogg speaking on CNN. Some on the far right are going after a survivor of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, who has recently made multiple appearances on TV-news outlets. The student, David Hogg, whose father is a retired FBI agent, has been critical of President Donald Trump and other politicians for their response to the shooting. Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., liked a pair of tweets questioning the student's motive for speaking out about the shooting. Some of Read the full story


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How to Fix Apple iPhone's Message-Breaking Character Bug

Rico says that's a nasty one...

How to Fix Apple iPhone's Message-Breaking Character Bug
Inverse

Apple has released updates for the iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac platforms to fix the Messenger-breaking Telugu character bug. Read the full story


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Go Update Your Apple Devices to Fix the Telugu 'Text Bomb' Bug Now


Go Update Your Apple Devices to Fix the Telugu 'Text Bomb' Bug Now
Gizmodo

What started out as a seemingly simple bug turned into a real hassle when people figured out it was possible to crash iMessage, Twitter or even the Wi-Fi app on Apple products by inserting a single character from the Indian language of Telugu. And once an app had crashed, it would keep crashing forever until you took somewhat extreme measures like deleting and reinstalling the app, erasing entire conversation threads, or upgrading to a beta version of your device's OS. Read the full story


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Apple named the most innovative company in the world thanks to AirPods, AR, and iPhone X

Rico says they deserve it...

Apple named the most innovative company in the world thanks to AirPods, AR and iPhone X
9to5Mac

Fast Company is today out with its list of the World's Most Innovative Companies for 2018 and ranking at the top of that list is none other than Apple. The company came in at number four on the list last year, but has jumped to the top spot this go around thanks to the iPhone... Read the full story


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Inside the Toolset of an Elite North Korean Hacker Group On the Rise

Rico says we gotta figure out how to whack these guys...

Inside the Toolset of an Elite North Korean Hacker Group On the Rise
WIRED

Security researcher at FireEye break down the arsenal of APT37, a North Korean hacker team coming into focus as a rising threat. Read the full story


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Construction begins on Jeff Bezos’ $42 million 10,000-year clock

Rico says money will buy you anything...

Construction begins on Jeff Bezos' $42 million 10,000-year clock
The Verge

Who needs a Rolex when you can have one of these? Read the full story


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North Korea canceled a secret meeting with Pence

Rico says can't trust the Uns...

North Korea canceled a secret meeting with Pence
The Washington Post

The vice president's office promoted his trip as an effort to combat what it said was North Korea's effort to use the Winter Games for propaganda purposes. Read the full story


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Study Says Alcohol More Important Than Exercise For Living Into Your 90s

Rico has a fiancé and a father who'll like this...

Study Says Alcohol More Important Than Exercise For Living Into Your 90s
VinePair

File under: Excellent news day. According to a study by a University of California neurologist, Claudia Kawas, alcohol outranks exercise when it comes to longevity. In Kawas' research, which launched in 2003 and comprised some 1,700 subjects, participants who drank two glasses of wine or beer daily were 18 percent more likely to live past 90 years old. Read the full story


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Trump IRS seeks millions in Obamacare fines even though law is 'dead'

Rico says it's the usual Trump behavior...

Trump IRS seeks millions in Obamacare fines even though law is 'dead'
POLITICO

Hundreds of companies have been warned of penalties for failing to provide coverage. Read the full story


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If climate change wrecks your city, can it sue Exxon?

Rico says this'll prove another legal nightmare...

If climate change wrecks your city, can it sue Exxon?
The Verge

Scientists can now link disasters to climate change, opening the door to lawsuits against fossil fuel companies Read the full story


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That Awkward Crotch Patch on Team USA’s Speed Skating Uniforms Can’t Be Altered

Rico says he thought it looked weird, too...

That Awkward Crotch Patch on Team USA's Speed Skating Uniforms Can't Be Altered
InStyle

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be the first time the snowy event has been in Asia in 20 years. Here's how South Korea is getting ready. Coinage, life, well spent, presented by Geico. The 1988 Summer Games were also held in South Korea, specifically, Seoul. These winter games will be in Pyeongchang, located 100 miles east of the capital. Olympic organizers claim this will be both large and compact. They also say the total budget for the 2018 Olympics is estimated apprcximately $12.6 billion, a Read the full story


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iPhone X Sales Are Less Than Half of Apple's Expectations

Rico says he still wants one...

iPhone X Sales Are Less Than Half of Apple's Expectations
Newsweek

Critics of the iPhone X claim the thousand-dollar device does little to justify its high price tag. Read the full story


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No, Smug Liberals Aren’t the Reason We Lack Sane Gun Laws

Rico says again, it's that Second Amendment...

No, Smug Liberals Aren't the Reason We Lack Sane Gun Laws
New York Magazine

Contra David Brooks, Liberals haven't alienated half of America; Congress has just ignored the will of nearly all of it. Read the full story


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Thanks, anti-vaxxers: Measles is on the rise in Europe

Rico says we need a little stricter inoculation efforts here...

Thanks, anti-vaxxers: Measles is on the rise in Europe
Popular Science

Before the measles vaccine existed, 9 out of every 10 kids got the disease before age 15. Two million people died from it every year. And now we're backsliding. Read the full story


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Trump’s Jealous Obama Obsession Includes Claiming Obama Never Used the Oval Office

Rico says this should prove Trump's delusional...

Trump's Jealous Obama Obsession Includes Claiming Obama Never Used the Oval Office
New York Magazine

Another weird detail in the president's raging inferiority complex. Read the full story


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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot May Soon Disappear ...

Rico says this'll be interesting...

Jupiter's Great Red Spot May Soon Disappear ...

... or it may not. Scientists aren't quite sure what will happen to the shrinking mega-storm. Read the full story


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Something unusual is going on with gold

Rico says he'd like one of those bars...

Something unusual is going on with gold
Business Insider

A shop attendant with gold bars at a jewelry shop in Tokyo. The gold price has risen by more than 7% since mid-December, helped by a weaker US dollar. It fell by over 1.2% on Tuesday, however, its steepest decline since July. The Commonwealth Bank expects higher inflation-adjusted US bond yields to weigh on the gold price this year. Something unusual is going on with gold. That's the view of Vivek Dhar, a mining and energy commodities analyst at the Commonwealth Bank who says the inverse Read the full story


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on 'Black Panther': All This Fuss Over a Superhero Movie?

Rico says he didn't like it either...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on 'Black Panther': All This Fuss Over a Superhero Movie?
The Hollywood Reporter

Director Ryan Coogler sits down with the NBA legend and cultural critic to assess the film's significance: "It's a little like witnessing the unveiling of an enormous statue on the public square — with the public square being the world — of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela dressed in bright dashikis," writes Abdul-Jabbar. Read the full story


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The 21st-century Russian sleeper agent is a troll with an American accent

Rico says they're still at it...

The 21st-century Russian sleeper agent is a troll with an American accent
The Washington Post

Russians in St. Petersburg passed English-language tests and studied U.S. politics to target what they called the 'crap country.' Read the full story


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U.S. biathletes shoot guns to compete. They want gun control for America.

Rico says that pesky Second Amendment...

U.S. biathletes shoot guns to compete. They want gun control for America.
The Washington Post

In the aftermath of last week's shooting in Florida, American Olympic biathlon competitors try to reconcile the guns in their sport and the latest gun carnage back home. Read the full story


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US AG creates a new 'Cybersecurity Task Force'

Rico says about time...

US AG creates a new 'Cybersecurity Task Force'
Engadget

Days after the Mueller investigation revealed indictments against 13 Russian nationals for election tampering, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new Cybersecurity Task Force. Its marching orders are a bit vague -- "canvass the many ways that the Department is combatting the global cyber threat" -- but the AG's first ask is for it to investigate efforts to interfere with US elections and infrastructure.Members of the task force will come from various Justice Department entities and .. Read the full story


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Apple is trying to lock down battery components before electric carmakers get them

Rico says that'll be a price War...

Apple is trying to lock down battery components before electric carmakers get them
The Verge

Cobalt is a key mineral used in lithium-ion batteries Read the full story


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Cryptos are tanking again, but not Bitcoin

Rico again says it's all delusional...

Cryptos are tanking again, but not Bitcoin
BGR

It took Bitcoin several weeks to reach $10,000 again after the price fell below $6,000 in early February's bloodbath, and it marked the first time since November it dropped so far. Bitcoin then quickly smashed through $11,000, and $12,000 looked like a reasonable target just yesterday. But after a few days of growth, all cryptos... Read the full story


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An Armed Principal Detained a Campus Gunman. But He’s Against Arming School Staff.

Rico's all for it...

An Armed Principal Detained a Campus Gunman. But He's Against Arming School Staff.
The New York Times

A national effort is underway to arm and train school staff members, but a former assistant principal who survived an attack believes it's misguided. Read the full story


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The Rise of Bitcoin Factories: Mining for the Masses

Rico says the whole thing is bogus...

The Rise of Bitcoin Factories: Mining for the Masses
The Wall Street Journal

The dramatic surge in bitcoin's price is luring individuals and corporations to try their hand at mining cryptocurrencies, giving rise to firms offering services that make mining easier for the masses by providing ready infrastructure, security and electricity. Read the full story


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I Read Stephen Seagal’s New Book ... It’s Even Crazier Than You Imagine

Rico says he can well imagine...

I Read Stephen Seagal's New Book ... It's Even Crazier Than You Imagine
POLITICO

In conjuring a gigantic conspiracy involving the Deep State, Mexican drug cartel, Islamist terrorists and Barack Obama, Seagal may have created the definitive kitschy artifact of the Trump era. Read the full story


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Billy Graham, the Father of Modern Christian Evangelism, Dies at 99

Rico says no loss there, and now he gets to find out if there is a God...

Billy Graham, the Father of Modern Christian Evangelism, Dies at 99
TIME

"It is his voice that will be missed the most," writes David Van Biema. Read the full story


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Astrophotographer Spots Elon Musk's Roadster Cruising Through Space (Video)


Astrophotographer Spots Elon Musk's Roadster Cruising Through Space (Video)
Live Science

After a two-day chase, astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo captured Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster cruising through the solar system. Read the full story


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Astrophotographer Spots Elon Musk's Roadster Cruising Through Space

Rico says it's still amazing...

Astrophotographer Spots Elon Musk's Roadster Cruising Through Space (Video)
Live Science

After a two-day chase, astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo captured Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster cruising through the solar system. Read the full story


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Why This Lake Keeps Catching on Fire

Rico says India has some pollution problems...

Why This Lake Keeps Catching on Fire
National Geographic

Bangalore, India's Bellandur Lake keeps erupting into flames. Officials know why, but they are struggling to stem the problem. Read the full story


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How Thursday’s Solar Storm Event Could Hit Power Grids

Rico says let's hope not...

How Thursday's Solar Storm Event Could Hit Power Grids
Inverse

A solar storm is headed our way this week. Could a geomagnetic disturbance affect electricity grids? Read the full story


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The Devastating Impact of the 1961 Plane Crash That Wiped Out the Entire U.S. Figure Skating Team

Rico says he was nine, and doesn't remember...

The Devastating Impact of the 1961 Plane Crash That Wiped Out the Entire U.S. Figure Skating Team
Smithsonian

On this day in 1961, the U.S. figure skating team was headed to the World Championships in Prague. They never made it. Read the full story


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A massive freshwater reservoir at the bottom of the ocean could solve Cape Town’s drought, but it’s going untapped

Rico says it wouldn't be cheap to get...

A massive freshwater reservoir at the bottom of the ocean could solve Cape Town's drought — but it's going untapped
The Verge

On June 4th — a date that has become nervously known as "Day Zero" — it's expected that Cape Town, South Africa, a city of 4 million, will run dry in the wake of what could arguably be the most... Read the full story


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Sonic weapons probably didn’t cause mysterious diplomat illnesses in Cuba, doctors say

Rico says then what did?

Sonic weapons probably didn't cause mysterious diplomat illnesses in Cuba, doctors say
The Verge

The concussion-like symptoms occurred without any obvious signs of head trauma Read the full story


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Apple Takes Over Half of Smartphone Sales for the First Time Ever

Rico says it's about time...

Apple Takes Over Half of Smartphone Sales for the First Time Ever
Barron's

Apple for the first time ever took more than half of industry revenue of smartphones, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, thanks to rising prices for iPhone that make the business a "cash machine." Read the full story


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These Stunning Apple Glass Concept Renders Make HoloLens Look Ancient

Rico says Apple always likes stunning...

These Stunning Apple Glass Concept Renders Make HoloLens Look Ancient
Inverse

Apple's augmented reality glasses have been revealed in a new set of concept renderings that put Microsoft HoloLens, Google Glass and Intel Vaunt to shame. Read the full story


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NASA Is Bringing Back Cold War-Era Atomic Rockets to Get to Mars

Rico says whatever works...

NASA Is Bringing Back Cold War-Era Atomic Rockets to Get to Mars
Bloomberg

In the race to land humans on Mars, NASA is blowing the cobwebs off a technology it shelved in the 1970s — nuclear-powered rockets. Last year, NASA partnered with BWXT Nuclear Energy Inc. for an $18.8 million contract to design a reactor and develop fuel for use in a nuclear-thermal propulsion engine for deep-space travel. While that small start is a long way from the the heady days of the Space Race of the Cold War, it marks the U.S. return to an idea that is also being pursued by Russia and Read the full story


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Dramatic Whale Hunts Depicted in Ancient Rock Art


Dramatic Whale Hunts Depicted in Ancient Rock Art
National Geographic

The paintings match historical artifacts that suggest hunters set out on small boats with makeshift harpoons. Read the full story


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The Washington Post: Vice President Pence’s claim that US spy agencies found no impact from Russian meddling


Analysis | Vice President Pence's claim that U.S. spy agencies found no impact from Russian meddling
The Washington Post

Pence says U.S. intelligence agencies found no impact from Russian meddling in the 2016 election. But a report from these agencies contradicts him. Read the full story


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Mexico Dominates U.S. Beer Imports Because Apparently We Can’t Get Enough Corona

Rico, having had one, cannot understand this love of Corona...

Mexico Dominates U.S. Beer Imports Because Apparently We Can't Get Enough Corona
VinePair

According to recent data from the Beer Institute, Mexican beer accounted for more than two thirds of U.S. beer imports in 2017. The top beer brands we apparently can't get enough are Constellation Brands' Corona Extra and Modelo Especial, and Heineken-owned Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma's Dos Equis and Tecate. Read the full story


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Someone Left This Pub a One-Star Review for ‘No Stella’ and the Response Went Viral

Rico says a little provincial...

Someone Left This Pub a One-Star Review for 'No Stella' and the Response Went Viral
VinePair

The tension between local beer and global beer knows no bounds. A London pub recently tweeted a response to a negative review that went viral. Reason for the one-star rating: "No Stella." While any business has to deal with the unstoppable phenomenon of plebian reviews online, the bar and restaurant realm tends to get hit the hardest. Read the full story


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Elon Musk said Tesla is fixing a problem that can happen after a Model 3 is involved in a crash

Rico says not crashing is a better idea...

Elon Musk said Tesla is fixing a problem that can happen after a Model 3 is involved in a crash
Business Insider

The Model 3's glovebox is controlled by the touchscreen, which can make it difficult for drivers to retrieve the title and insurance if the touchscreen breaks. A Tesla Model 3 owner posted photos of the aftermath of a crash on Reddit and praised how the vehicle responded to the crash on Thursday. But the owner also noted the lack of a manual option to open the glovebox - a function that's controlled by the touchscreen - which prevented the owner from opening it to retrieve the car's title and Read the full story


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Third body linked to suspect after head found with chilling note

Rico says bad men are out there...

3rd body linked to suspect after head found with chilling note
CBS News

The body of Triston Ray Algiene was found buried beneath a Fort Worth home Oct. 3 -- the remains were cut in two Read the full story


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Business Insider: Russian military contractors reportedly tried to test the US military in Syria , but they got whuoped


Russian military contractors reportedly tried to test the US military in Syria — but they got whupped
Business Insider

Pilots fire the new Joint Air-to-Ground Missile during testing at Cibola Range, Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. More details have emerged from the massive battle in Syria that is said to have killed hundreds of Russian contractors - and it looks as if they tried to test the US. Reports have said that the forces loyal to the Syrian government advanced and fired at a US-held position in Syria and that the counterattack obliterated them. It looks as if the Russian contractors and their Syrian and Read the full story


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Apple Is Rushing to Fix the Telugu Bug as Assholes Use It to 'Bomb' People's iPhones and Macs

Rico says 'asshole' is properly used here...

Apple Is Rushing to Fix the Telugu Bug as Assholes Use It to 'Bomb' People's iPhones and Macs
Gizmodo

While many bugs are relatively benign, often getting patched before the user knows anything is wrong, the latest plague to hit Apple devices is already wreaking havoc on internet. Read the full story


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Willem Dafoe on 'The Florida Project,' Fallout from playing Jesus


Willem Dafoe on 'The Florida Project,' Fallout From Playing Jesus
The Hollywood Reporter

The Oscar nominee says his appearance in 'Last Temptation of Christ' led to his being axed from two movies. Read the full story


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Why Evangelicals Support President Trump, Despite His Immorality

Rico says religion blinds you to many things...

Why Evangelicals Support President Trump, Despite His Immorality
TIME

Their conviction that they are an embattled minority has roots in slaveholders Read the full story


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HomePod Diary: For me, it's the Apple Watch all over again, but should you buy one?

Rico says he didn't get the watch...

HomePod Diary: For me, it's the Apple Watch all over again – but should you buy one?
9to5Mac

Well, almost. With the Apple Watch, I was pretty sure it was a pointless device, and was wrong. With HomePod, I did think it was going to find a role as a HomeKit hub and a device to allow my partner to control lighting when her phone was in another room. But I wasn't expecting... Read the full story


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Apple may have just confirmed that all 2018 iPhones will have the iPhone X's new design

Rico says if it's a good idea, why not?

Apple may have just confirmed that all 2018 iPhones will have the iPhone X's new design
BGR

Reports from multiple independent sources say that Apple will launch three iPhones in 2018, and they'll all have the same design as last year's iPhone X. The notch, which cuts into the top side of the display to make room for Face ID camera components, the speaker, and the new selfie camera will be found... Read the full story


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Apple: How a new iPhone lineup could shake up sales

Rico says unless there's a cheaper one, he won't be getting an iPhone X, alas...

Apple: How a New iPhone Lineup Could Shake Up Sales
Barron's

Here's one projection of what could happen. Read the full story


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Apple Employees Keep Smacking Into Their New Headquarters' Glass Walls


Apple Employees Keep Smacking Into Their New Headquarters' Glass Walls
TIME

The "spaceship" building has caused some headaches, to say the least Read the full story


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