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Obama: Stalled peace process makes it harder for US to defend Israel at UN – Haaretz

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, along with the conditions Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set for establishing a Palestinian state, have made it harder for the United States to continue defending Israel at the United Nations against European initiatives. In saying this, Obama hinted that the U.S. may withhold its veto on the French initiative to transfer a decision on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

Huckabee: I wish I could’ve identified as female in high school gym – CNN

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Washington (CNN)Mike Huckabee says there’s a time he wishes he could’ve been transgender: When it was time to hit the high school showers. If he “could have felt like a woman,” the Republican former Arkansas governor joked earlier this year, then he could have seen his female classmates without their clothes on. “Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have…

Survivor recounts harrowing ordeal aboard sinking Chinese cruise ship – Washington Post

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

BEIJING — As wind and rain lashed the Eastern Star cruise ship Monday night and lightning illuminated the sky, 43-year-old tour guide Zhang Hui was making his way back to his cabin. It was just before 9:30, and many of the elderly members of his tour group had gone to bed. Suddenly, the storm on the Yangtze River transformed into a freak tornado. Water started seeping into rooms, even through…

Microsoft Confirms Acquisition of Wunderlist Task-Management App – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Microsoft Corp. confirmed it bought the German startup behind a task-management mobile app called Wunderlist, as the software firm continues to acquire app developers to fill gaps in its consumer-product lineup. The Wall Street Journal earlier had reported Microsoft agreed to acquire the app maker, 6Wunderkinder GmbH, for between $100 million and $200 million. Microsoft announced the purchase Tuesday in a blog post. The company…

Firefox Integrates Pocket, Adds Distraction-Free Reader View – TechCrunch

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Mozilla’s Firefox now features a full integration with the Pocket read-it-later service for saving text and video. In addition, Reader View now offers users a distraction-free reading mode that’s similar to Apple’s Reader mode in Safari and the functionality of the popular Readability extension and bookmarklets. Integrating third-party services like Pocket is a very unusual step for Mozilla and will likely come as a surprise to Firefox users, especially those who…

The Unlikely Story of Microsoft’s Surprise Minecraft Buyout – Wired

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Microsoft’s $2.5 billion purchase of Mojang and Minecraft last September, one of the biggest acquisitions in gaming history, stunned the game’s millions of fans. It also was a big, though not entirely pleasant, surprise for Mojang’s employees. Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, authors of the definitive history of the game, have updated the book to include the final days of Mojang’s independence. Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus Notch Persson and the…

United Airlines Delays Flights Because of Computer Problem – New York Times

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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Update: Comcast says major West Coast Internet outage is fixed – GeekWire

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Update, 11 p.m.: Comcast issued this statement on the outage. “Our engineers have fixed a DNS issue impacting Internet service and some customers’ VOD on the West coast tonight. We know how important it is to people that their service work all the time and are sorry for this interruption. Our engineering team is now working through a root cause analysis to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” Original post…

USB-C likely to be used across the future MacBook range as Intel integrates … – 9 to 5 Mac (blog)

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The USB-C port first introduced by Apple in the new 12-inch MacBook looks likely to be used across the MacBook range as Intel has adopted the standard for Thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt was developed to simultaneously support the fastest data and most video bandwidth available on a single cable, while also supplying power. Then recently the USB group introduced the USB-C connector, which is small, reversible, fast, supplies power, and allows…

Deals: Apple’s new 13" MacBook Pro for $1099, GoPro HERO4 Silver for $329 … – Apple Insider

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

By Katie Marsal Monday, June 01, 2015, 10:17 pm PT (01:17 am ET) A number of limited time Apple deals have cropped up this week, including ForceTouch 13″ MacBook Pros for $1,099 ($200 off), GoPro HERO4 Silver for $329 ($70 off), mid-2014 15″ MacBook Pros for $1,749.00 ($250 off), and unlocked 64GB iPad mini 2 WiFi+4G for $330 ($399 off). Apple’s early-2015 13″ MacBook Pro for $1099.99 While supplies last,…

Intel Announces New Quad-Core Broadwell Processors Appropriate for 15-Inch … – Mac Rumors

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Intel today at Computex 2015 announced its next-generation lineup of quad-core Broadwell processors for notebooks and desktop computers, including a trio of Core i7 processors appropriate for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro: i7-5950HQ, i7-5850HQ and i7-5750HQ. The new processors have base frequencies of between 2.5 GHz and 2.9 GHz and feature integrated Intel Iris Pro 6200 graphics. The fifth-generation Broadwell chips are expected to be available in the next 30-60…

On China’s Yangtze River, a Race Against Time to Find Survivors – New York Times

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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NSA Surveillance Bill Showdown Looms in Senate – New York Times

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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Kris Jenner: ‘Didn’t know’ about Caitlyn – USA TODAY

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

July cover of “Vanity Fair” featuring Caitlyn Jenner on a smartphone on June 1.(Photo: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images) Caitlyn Jenner’s adult children knew. Ex-wives from when she was Bruce Jenner knew. Tabloid editors and the paparazzi certainly knew. But Kris Jenner says she had no clue her husband of 24 years was hiding her true self as a woman. And Buzz Bissinger, the journalist who interviewed Caitlyn Jenner for her…

Clinton to autograph seeker: ‘Go to the end of the line’ – Fox News

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

An eager autograph seeker was ready for Hillary — but Hillary Clinton apparently wasn’t ready for her.  In a seemingly awkward encounter captured on video, the Democratic presidential candidate tells a woman seeking an autograph to “go to the end of the line.”  The clip was captured by a tracker — operatives who trail candidates in search of potentially embarrassing footage — during a recent campaign stop in New Hampshire,…

Intel Launches Five 47W Laptop Broadwell SKUs – AnandTech

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

As part of Intel’s batch of announcements today, including Broadwell on the desktop and Thunderbolt 3, the 47W laptop/mini-PC processors that were also launched offers an interesting talking point. These are essentially the drop in models for current high end Haswell laptops, offering manufacturers an upgrade path before Intel’s 6th Generation, Skylake. The five SKUs are: The clear odd one out here is the i7-5700HQ,…

Get a Gogroove clip-on sound bar for laptops for $18.99 – CNET

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Accessory Genie Generally speaking, laptop speakers are just as bad as TV speakers — if not worse. They’re smaller, of course, and usually direct the audio down instead of forward. Obviously you can plug in a pair of headphones, but what if you want to gather a friend or two round the laptop to watch a movie or music video? What then?! Today’s deal is what then: For a limited…

Dell warms to AMD processors in new laptops, desktops – PCWorld

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Dell’s PCs largely use Intel chips, but the company is once again warming to AMD processors for its new Inspiron laptops and desktops. The Inspiron 5000 laptops with 14-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch screens contain AMD’s new A-series chips, code-named Carrizo. The laptops are now shipping worldwide even though the chips aren’t due to be announced until Wednesday. The desktop-replacement laptops start at $449.99 for the 15-inch model, $599.99 for the…

The Unlikely Story of Microsoft’s Surprise Minecraft Buyout – Wired

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Microsoft’s $2.5 billion purchase of Mojang and Minecraft last September, one of the biggest acquisitions in gaming history, stunned the game’s millions of fans. It also was a big, though not entirely pleasant, surprise for Mojang’s employees. Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, authors of the definitive history of the game, have updated the book to include the final days of Mojang’s independence. Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus Notch Persson and the…