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How about this amazing little nugget to restore your faith in humanity: Chloe Bridgewater, a seven-year-old from Hereford, UK, is a big fan of technology and eventually wants to work for Google. Rather than wasting any time, she decided to send Google CEO Sundar Pichai a letter to let him know that she's planning on working there one day. She got two things in return: A lovely letter from Pichai encouraging her to follow her dreams, and a paid job testing tech products for a tech startup based in London. "Dear Google boss," Young Bridgewater's letter begins. "May name is Chloe and when I am bigger I would like a job with Google." She goes on to explain that she's also planning on swimming in the Olympics and working at a chocolate factory, because what kid doesn't dream of that? Her love of Google centers around its work culture, which includes kid-friendly bonuses like working from a bean bag or making your way from one floor of the company's headquarters to another via slide. After her father posted a photo of her letter online it quickly went viral, catching the attention of Kano, the built-it-yourself computer startup that crushed its crowdfunding goals back in late 2013 and has been shipping its kits ever since. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V0qlI28Usc Now, the 7-year-old and her younger sister, Hollie, help Kano test new products ahead of time, giving the company feedback on what works and what doesn't. The two girls were even added as board members of Kano's product innovation board. See? The world isn't all bad.
The 1992 Los Angeles riots began on April 29, 1992, after the acquittal of four LAPD police officers on trial for the beating of motorist Rodney King. Video of his treatment after a March 3, 1991, traffic stop drew international attention. Civil unrest, which included violence and looting, broke out on the streets of Los Angeles.
The Apple vs. Qualcomm patent fight is probably the second most important new legal confrontation between tech companies this year, with the Google vs. Uber trial being far more interesting and dramatic. But you had still better be ready for the incoming spectacle. Case in point: Qualcomm on Friday issued a press release to tell everyone in the world that Apple has been a bad, bad company. Titled Apple Continues to Improperly Interfere with Qualcomm's Agreements with Contract Manufacturers, the new statement is about Qualcomm’s revised guidance for the third quarter in light of Apple’s recent actions. Needless to say, this fight stands to have a dramatic impact on Qualcomm's performance. Apparently, Apple told Qualcomm that “Apple is withholding payments to its contract manufacturers for the royalties those contract manufacturers owe under their licenses with Qualcomm for sales during the quarter ended March 31, 2017,” and it will continue to do so until the patent dispute is settled. As a result, Qualcomm now expects revenue between $4.8 billion and $5.6 billion for the third quarter. Its prior guidance was between $5.3 billion and $6.1 billion. Comparatively, Qualcomm reported $6.0 billion for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. In other words, iPhone money is really important to the chipmaker. "Apple is improperly interfering with Qualcomm's long-standing agreements with Qualcomm's licensees," executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm Don Rosenberg said. "These license agreements remain valid and enforceable. While Apple has acknowledged that payment is owed for the use of Qualcomm's valuable intellectual property, it nevertheless continues to interfere with our contracts. Apple has now unilaterally declared the contract terms unacceptable; the same terms that have applied to iPhones and cellular-enabled iPads for a decade. Apple's continued interference with Qualcomm's agreements to which Apple is not a party is wrongful and the latest step in Apple's global attack on Qualcomm. We will continue vigorously to defend our business model, and pursue our right to protect and receive fair value for our technological contributions to the industry." Things are definitely going to get interesting...
Utah's Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks illustrate the diverse terrain and geological splendors of America's top national parks. "Millions of people visit Zion, but relatively few go exploring into the park's secret places," says Janice Holly Booth, author of the book "Only Pack What You Can Carry: My Path to Inner Strength, Confidence and True Self Knowledge," a book published by National Geographic. Instead of hiking on the popular trails with the masses and venturing to well-traversed parks like the iconic Arches National Park, immerse yourself in the backcountry and remote spots to enjoy seclusion and stunning scenery.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Nine people have died and eight are sick in Liberia after attending the funeral of a religious leader, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. On Wednesday, the WHO said Liberian health authorities were taking rapid precautionary steps after eight people died of a mystery illness, 10 months after the end of a two-year Ebola virus outbreak. "It seems all of these people were attending the funeral of a religious leader," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a briefing in Geneva.
Texas tuner extraordinaire Hennessey Performance wants to give anyone considering snapping up the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon cause for concern. At the New York International Auto Show, Dodge confounded expectations with an 840hp street-legal drag car called the Demon. Based on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and set to be offered as either a full turnkey car or as a conversion for existing ZL1 owners, the Exorcist has a totally overhauled engine complete with ported cylinder heads, new valves, a new camshaft, a high-flow supercharger, plus new exhaust system.
International scientists have uncovered prehistoric human DNA from caves without bones, an advance that could shed new light on human history and evolution. The samples came from eight caves in Belgium, Croatia, France, Russia and Spain. "This work represents an enormous scientific breakthrough," said Antonio Rosas, scientist at Spain's Natural Science Museum in Madrid.
Wireless charging is awesome, and it's available on almost every modern Android flagship phone out there. But can wireless charging really be considered wireless if the charging pad you use has to be plugged into the wall all the time? Power up your smartphone wirelessly while you're on the go with the MobilePal QIWI-G2-KL Gen-2 10000 mAh Qi Wireless Power Bank. This high-capacity portable charger has all the features you'd normally find in a portable power pack, but it also supports Qi wireless charging. Plug it in and use it as a charging pad at your desk, then take it with you and charge wirelessly on the go.
Here are some key details from the product page:Second-generation technology: Qi wireless charger on the go with a large-capacity battery and dual smart 2.1a USB outputs Qi compatible: Supports wireless charging at up to 1a for devices compatible with wpc qi 1.0/ 1.1 standards High-capacity battery and fast recharging: Built-in, custom-made 3.7v, 10,000mah battery at high efficiency Rapid and smart charging: Each of the two USB ports automatically detects optimal charging speed for android or apple devices Certified by fcc, CE and ROHS for quality and safety, and backed by 1-year warranty
The war of the mobile carriers has been well-documented, but no carrier has caused quite as much of a stir in recent years as T-Mobile. The "Uncarrier" has continued to add customers at a blistering pace, and according to Android Authority, T-Mobile is preparing to shake up the market once again.
Marketing material shared with Android Authority reportedly indicates that T-Mobile is preparing to introduce its own device and will pair it with a commitment-free plan that includes a lifetime warranty and insurance. If you break the phone, T-Mobile will replace it -- no questions asked.
Additionally, in the time since Android Authority's report ran on Thursday, a source has confirmed to BGR that there are plans for a replacement to the company's Jump on Demand program, which would involve partnering with a phone manufacturer to make the T-Mobile smartphone.
Android Authority doesn't know much about the phone itself, but expects it to be a value proposition rather than a $600+ flagship device. All we can do is speculate, but it wouldn't be a stretch for HTC or Huawei to partner with the carrier to bring a T-Mobile phone to the market.
There's no current timeline for this next Uncarrier move to be announced, but the information provided to Android Authority suggests that T-Mobile could unveil the new plan and the branded device in Q3. Other than our own source's confirmation, we have no concrete proof that this will be the next initiative from T-Mobile, but considering how much the carrier would be able to charge for the convenience of a plan that let users replace their phone at any time, we're cautiously optimistic about this rumor.
While Sheryl Sandberg and her mother-in-law, Paula Goldberg, were cleaning out Dave Goldberg’s closet after he passed away, Goldberg said something that stunned Sandberg. "You are not only going to live, but you are going to get remarried one day — and I am going to be there to celebrate with you," she said.
Israel shot down what it identified only as "a target" over the occupied Golan Heights on Thursday, hours after Syria accused it of hitting a military position near Damascus airport. "The Patriot Aerial Defence System intercepted a target above the Golan Heights," the official Israeli army Twitter account said, without elaborating. A military spokeswoman refused to comment on Israeli media reports that the object was a drone.
PARIS (AP) — When France's presidential election turned into a political boxing match this week at the gates of an appliance factory threatened with closure, the far-right populist Marine Le Pen showed that she wields a mean right hook. Her centrist rival, Emmanuel Macron, a political neophyte contesting his first election, demonstrated that he can take a solid punch to the chin.
Like the majority of people who sent Donald Trump to the White House, Lorraine Ostrowski has no regrets. While Mr Trump’s national approval rating is lower than that of any modern president, a recent Washington Post-ABC News survey found that among those who voted for him, just 2 per cent said they had made a mistake. Indeed, despite controversies ranging from Mr Trump’s Muslim travel ban, his campaign’s alleged links to Russia and the apparently often chaotic nature of his administration, when The Independent visited Macomb County, it found not a single Trump voter who wished for a do-over.
A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock and all 78 personnel on board the navy ship were evacuated, Turkish officials said. The rescued crew members of the Russian ship Liman were in good health after the collision with the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H, Turkey's Transport Minister Ahmed Arslan said. The incident took place in fog and low visibility 18 miles (29 km) from Kilyos village on the Black Sea coast just north of Istanbul.
Samsung and Apple maintained their leadership in the smartphone market in early 2017 while Chinese-based Huawei's strong growth cemented its number three position, a market tracker said Thursday. "The first quarter smartphone results further prove that the smartphone industry is not dead and that growth still exists," said IDC analyst Ryan Reith. "There is no question that 2016 was a pivotal year for the industry as growth dipped to low single digits for the first time.
At least two of the measures included in Donald Trump’s proposed tax cuts stand to make him, his family and the wealthiest Americans much richer, experts have claimed. The billionaire businessman's plans were described as the "biggest tax cut" in US history by American Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and billed as a boon for ordinary businesspeople. The proposed cut to corporation tax and income tax for the US's highest earners, has caused outrage among some critics.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new U.S. administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to turn the screw on the Hamas group that has kept Gaza out of his control for a decade. Abbas's Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) on Thursday told Israel it would no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, a move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory, whose 2 million people already endure blackouts for much of the day.
A Taiwanese trekker is recovering in hospital after rescuers found him and his dead girlfriend on a mountainside in Nepal where they were stranded for 47 days, surviving on only water and salt after their food ran out. Liu Chen-chun, 18, died just three days before the rescue team located the couple in northwest Nepal, but her boyfriend managed to survive despite losing 30 kilos (66 pounds) during the ordeal. A severely malnourished Liang Sheng-yueh, 20, was being treated in hospital in Kathmandu, where he was airlifted after being rescued from the remote region.
Immigration rights activists have reportedly been calling Donald Trump’s new illegal alien crime hotline with reports of criminal extra-terrestrials. Launched yesterday, the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) hotline was ordered by President Trump earlier this year and is now being run by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to the ICE website, VOICE exists to help victims “impacted by crimes committed by removable criminal aliens”.
By Adam Jourdan and Ben Blanchard SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China needs to raise its military capabilities to protect its growing overseas interests, its foreign minister said following the launch of China's first domestically built aircraft carrier, while vowing not to pursue expansionism. China launched the carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and regional worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea and its broader military modernization program. "Under this new environment, China has ample reason to raise its own national defense capability to effectively protect its fair rights that are increasingly extending overseas," Wang said in response to a question on the new carrier, according to a statement on the ministry's website on Thursday.
A French tourist survived a rare shark attack in New Zealand on Thursday, suffering only moderate injuries, rescuers and locals said. The woman, aged in her 20s, was bodyboarding in the afternoon at Curio Bay in the South Island when the shark attacked her leg, St John Ambulance said. Nick Smart, who runs the Caitlin Surf School, said the woman was in the water with friends when the shark attacked "out of nowhere".
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — About two dozen people witness each execution in Arkansas, though the term "witness" is a misnomer. No one among the media or citizen witnesses can see as the inmate is secured to a gurney, watch as medical personnel place intravenous lines or hear what's happening as the actual execution takes place. If there's a dispute over what happened, resolution is difficult.
Weeks after firing host Bill O’Reilly amid allegations of sexual harassment, Fox News is under fire once again for accusations of racial discrimination. Eleven current and former Fox News employees have filed a lawsuit alleging that Fox employees engaged in “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination” and created a workplace “more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment". The case, which started with two former payroll employees, made headlines this week with the addition of former Fox and Friends co-host Kelly Williams.
Venezuela said on Wednesday it was withdrawing from the Organization of American States, deepening the diplomatic isolation of the socialist-run nation that is already out of step with Latin America's steady shift to the right. Critics of President Nicolas Maduro have said Venezuela could be expelled from the group, accusing his government of eroding the country's democracy by delaying elections and refusing to respect the opposition-led Congress. Venezuela said the move was a response to a Washington-backed campaign against the ruling Socialist Party that is meant to trample on the sovereignty of Venezuela, the United States' principal ideological adversary in the region.