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Foreign models say they worked illegally through Trump's agency Foreign models say they worked illegally through Trump's agency
- August 31, 2016

Mother Jones published its in depth report on Trump Model Management on Tuesday, chronicling the story of three models who worked for the agency in the early 2000s. In order to have lawfully worked in the United States, the women would have had to obtain H1-B visas, which Mr Trump has vowed to end should he become president. (more...)
Europe hits Apple with a $15 billion-plus tax bill Europe hits Apple with a $15 billion-plus tax bill
- August 31, 2016

Under the terms of Apple's tax deal, first agreed in 1991 and renewed in 2007, Apple could allocate most of the profits earned by its Irish operating units to a "head office" that did not have any employees or own any premises. "This is yet another example of why we need to reform the worldwide tax system to ensure these revenues come home", said Senator Charles Schumer, the chamber's No. (more...)
Apple sets Sept 7 date for special announcement
- August 31, 2016

Rumors suggest the iPhone will have a few upgrades, such as better battery life and an improved home button, but retain a virtually identical form factor. Given the confirmed features so far, iPhone 7 is likely to retain the existing Lightning port while dropping the highly-rumoured headphone jack from its arsenal. (more...)
Charges filed to fire 5 officers in Chicago police shooting Charges filed to fire 5 officers in Chicago police shooting
- August 31, 2016

But the video of McDonald's shooting directly contradicted the accounts of both Van Dyke and other police on the scene. CHICAGO The chief of Chicago's police department recommended on Tuesday that five officers be fired over their role in the 2014 shooting death of an black teenager, an incident that heaped national scrutiny on the nation's second largest police force. (more...)
Some Gulf offshore platforms evacuated for storm Some Gulf offshore platforms evacuated for storm
- August 31, 2016

The trough will force the tropical system to curve sharply to the north or northeast, in the direction of the Florida Gulf Coast region. On North Carolina's Hatteras Island, a slow stream of dozens of cars from places including Maryland, New York and OH headed north toward a bridge to the mainland - but other vacationers stayed and some surfers dove in for taller waves. (more...)
Soft 3-D-Printed Soft 3-D-Printed "Octobot" Contains Absolutely No Rigid Electronics
- August 31, 2016

Any soft-bodied robots previously created have been linked to an off-board system or contained these hard components. All previous robots have either had some rigid components or they've been attached to a rigid system, explains Harvard University's Jennifer A. (more...)
Amazon Echo Will Soon Be Able To Control Sonos Speakers Amazon Echo Will Soon Be Able To Control Sonos Speakers
- August 31, 2016

In an effort to try to shorten what Sonos calls "time to play" - the distance between finding a song and playing it through a Sonos system - the company is upgrading its own control app. A private beta later this year will be expanded to a public beta in early 2017. And to date, they've been somewhat hobbled by the reliance on the Sonos Controller apps , which are available on Android, iOS, Mac and Windows (PC only). (more...)
It's Almost Here! The Next Apple Event Confirmed
- August 31, 2016

The auditorium has a seating capacity of about 7,000 people. The new models are expected to be more water resistant, with the dual camera system. The most controversial change expected on the new iPhone is the rumoured removal of the headphone jack. (more...)
Tasmanian Devils Evolving Genetic Resistance to Cancer Threatening Species Tasmanian Devils Evolving Genetic Resistance to Cancer Threatening Species
- August 31, 2016

It could also give scientists an insight into human cancer. Devil facial tumour disease was first reported in Tasmania in 1996. An global team of researchers from the United States, Great Britain and Australia surveyed devil DNA that has been collected and stored since before the facial cancer spread throughout the devil population. (more...)
Bill to increase farm overtime moves to California governor
- August 31, 2016

When the Governor signs it into law, the bill will phase in over a four year period. Monday's vote represents a dramatic turnaround from June when a similar bill, AB 2757 (also written by Gonzales), failed to clear the Assembly floor by three votes. (more...)
Blaze erupts at Gap Inc. distribution center in New York Blaze erupts at Gap Inc. distribution center in New York
- August 31, 2016

Fishkill Fire Chief Brandon Knapp stated that an aggressive attack was made by firefighters but they were driven out by rapidly deteriorating fire conditions within 7 minutes. NYS Police asks that anyone who may have any information should contact them at 845-677-7300. All employees were able to evacuate the building safely and no injuries were reported. (more...)
Macron says quitting government to 'transform France' Macron says quitting government to 'transform France'
- August 31, 2016

Macron said that he would present proposals to change the country at the end of the month as part of his "En Marche" political movement. (In Motion) that he presents as neither right- nor left-wing. He has never been elected, has no party machine behind him, and joined the government only in 2014, having previously been adviser to Hollande . Though Macron was briefly a member of the Socialist Party from 2006 to 2009, he has sought to keep his distance during his time in Hollande's ... (more...)
Singapore Zika cases increase to 56
- August 31, 2016

Besides Singapore, 57 other countries have reported cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection. Singapore clinics on August 29 reported more Zika infections, bringing the suspected total to 50, as mosquito-fighting teams saturated the scene of the outbreak. (more...)
Apple to launch three models of iPhone 7 on September 7
- August 31, 2016

Spigen also referred to the flagships as iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which opposes the reports that the next smartphones out of Cupertino will be called iPhone 6SE and 6SE Plus. Apple is under pressure extra pressure, with declining iPhone sales and arch rival Samsung having recently released the Note 7 with features including an iris scanner and waterproofness that give it an edge over the iPhone 6S. (more...)
PlayStation Now launches on PC in the U.S., adds six new games PlayStation Now launches on PC in the U.S., adds six new games
- August 31, 2016

Now, the app is slated to launch on Windows PCs in "parts of Europe" sometime soon, followed by a North American release "shortly thereafter", PSN Senior Vice President Eric Lempel wrote in a blog post . You'll also be able to play with an Xbox One controller if you have one on hand for your PC gaming experiences. Someone will also need a DualShock 4 controller, either with the USB mini cable or USB wireless adaptor, a PlayStation Network account, and a PlayStation Now trial or subscription. (more...)
SpaceX gets taker for 1st flight of recycled rocket SpaceX gets taker for 1st flight of recycled rocket
- August 31, 2016

Unlike rival SpaceX , ULA's rocket will have a reusable second stage (the portion of the rocket that finishes the journey) as well as a reusable first stage (the stage that propels the rocket from Earth into orbit). In April, the closely held company nailed a much harder landing on a drone ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean. That holy grail is a rocket capable of transporting a spacecraft into stable orbit around Earth, returning in one piece, and being ready for another launch within ... (more...)
Clinton invokes father's memory to hit Trump on business Clinton invokes father's memory to hit Trump on business
- August 31, 2016

His campaign announced on Sunday a $10 million-plus buy for ads to air in nine competitive states starting this coming week. Clinton will be spending much of the week in private fundraisers in the Hamptons, the wealthy enclaves of eastern Long Island, New York. (more...)
Storm Lester becomes a hurricane in the Pacific, says United States monitor
- August 31, 2016

Lester's hurricane-force winds extend up to 25 miles (35 kilometres) from its centre, and tropical-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 kilometres). Forecasters gave the system a mere 20 percent of becoming a tropical storm in the next two days. Short-term, the Tampa Bay area can expect a 40 percent chance of mainly afternoon showers today, rising to 50 percent on Saturday and 60 percent on Sunday and into the work week as the disturbance possibly enters the Gulf. (more...)
Twitter Follows YouTube Into Ad-Rev Share Deal With Video Creators Twitter Follows YouTube Into Ad-Rev Share Deal With Video Creators
- August 31, 2016

Twitter has been making a push beyond 140 characters lately, and recently it has made a strong push to grab a bigger share of the video market. Twitter aims to keep this very simply for approved content creators, with "the ability to monetize their videos...as simple as "checking a box" prior to Tweeting". (more...)
Audi A9 confirmed, fully electric Tesla Model S rival Audi A9 confirmed, fully electric Tesla Model S rival
- August 31, 2016

Unfortunately, though, Audi failed to update our biggest gripes with plug-in hybrid hatchback: Namely its high cost of entry and middling gasoline-electric powertrain. As an indicator of performance, Audi says the production version of the e-tron quattro concept will have a 0-62mph time of 4.6sec and a top speed limited to 131mph. (more...)

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