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Help Find Historic Cartoons in World War I-era Newspapers – Smithsonian

Friday, September 22, 2017

DEAR TOMMY: We’re having a lot of fun with this windcycle. Our Minister and I tried it first on the boardwalk; but a policeman chased us off. Then we took it on the beach, and Papa, got rattled and ran it into the surf, but a lifeguard pulled him out. He is learning to ride is all right! Yours, etc., WILLIE

I Love Nearly Every Single Thing About This Gigantic Gaming Laptop – Gizmodo

Friday, September 22, 2017

All images: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo When companies continually try to shoehorn features like curved displays or modular add-ons into devices where they don’t necessarily belong, I often find myself wondering why they’re working so hard to include features of such dubious value. But perhaps the best example of this are all the manufacturers trying to install mechanical keyboards on gaming laptops. Every laptop with a mechanical keyboard seems to also feature…

Lenovo’s ThinkPad 25 anniversary edition laptop leaks – The Verge

Friday, September 22, 2017

IBM’s first ThinkPad debuted 25 years ago next month, with a bright red TrackPoint pointing stick and a classic design that still exists in a modern form today. To mark a quarter of a century, Lenovo (the company that bought ThinkPad from IBM) is creating a special ThinkPad 25 laptop with all the classic design touches you’d find on retro ThinkPad laptop. German blog WinFuture has uncovered specifications for the…

How to set up Windows Hello facial recognition on your laptop – CNET – CNET

Friday, September 22, 2017

The upcoming iPhone X might be Apple’s first to let you unlock the device with your face, but Microsoft was there first with Windows Hello.  Using your Windows 10 laptop or tablet’s built-in webcam, Hello uses facial recognition to get you in and working in under two seconds. It also works with more than a dozen apps like DropBox, iHeartRadio and OneDrive, so you can skip typing in a password. …

Dotard? How about crapulous, gormless or snoutband? Our guide to underused insults. – Washington Post

Friday, September 22, 2017

Yes, dotard is a real word. Thanks to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who used the word to describe President Trump as “a mentally deranged U.S. dotard” this week, Americans rediscovered an arcane English insult long forgotten. This was a comeback after Trump called the North Korean leader “Rocket Man.” Sorry, Trump, you were trumped. Kim Jong Un insult level: Expert. [A short history of ‘dotard,’ the insult Kim…

The Health 202: Cassidy-Graham’s abortion ban workaround – Washington Post

Friday, September 22, 2017

THE PROGNOSIS Tony Perkins is president of the Family Research Council, a group that has pushed for antiabortion language in the Republican health-care bills. (Mary Altaffer/AP) Want the inside scoop on health care? Get more stories like this. Abortion opponents believe they’ve built an impenetrable firewall between taxpayer dollars and abortion coverage in the latest Obamacare overhaul plan known as Cassidy-Graham. The trick: Funnel the money through an existing health-care program,…

After Maria and Irma: Caribbean Tourism, Island by Island – New York Times

Friday, September 22, 2017

Yet the damage in other places was so extensive that despite the projected loss of crucial revenue, government officials this week were not focused on tourism; they were still struggling to ensure people’s health and safety. Puerto Rico, for instance, is grappling with catastrophic flooding and widespread damage and power outages. American Airlines said that it would resume partial operations there on Friday to deliver supplies and bring more personnel…

Facebook, Google and Twitter face proposed bill targeting shadowy political ads – Washington Post

Friday, September 22, 2017

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. (Eric Risberg/AP) Democratic lawmakers are pushing for new legislation that would require greater disclosure of political ads that run on Internet platforms, despite a pledge by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg that the company will voluntarily pull back the curtain on political advertising on the social network. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Mark R. Warner (Va.) urged colleagues Thursday to support a bill that would create…

The former FBI director spoke at Howard University. It did not go well. – CNN

Friday, September 22, 2017

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From Suzanne Mallouk to Ibiza: this week’s fashion trends – The Guardian

Friday, September 22, 2017

Going up Reebok Classics The ultimate white trainer has collaborated with Asos, with a broderie anglaise version the result. Cue a renewed love affair. rEArranged AKA the Emporio Armani magazine relaunched this week after 20 years. No shelfie is complete without it. Shirt collars over sweatshirts A curious way to revive both items. See Topshop Boutique AW17. Supermarket uniforms The M&S staff fleece is v Cottweiler AW17; see also Morrisons….

What I wore this week: orange – The Guardian

Friday, September 22, 2017

Close your eyes and think of the 1970s. Or, more specifically, a living room from the 1970s. The wallpaper is geometrically aligned, the lava lamp present and correct, and the Papasan chair in the corner is looking strangely unwelcoming. Now, open your eyes. Everything was a gelatinous shade of orange, right? The orange of E-number-laden ice lollies and MSG’d sweet-and-sour chicken. And that’s the problem with wearing orange – you risk looking like a barrel of…

In paywall age, free content remains king for newspaper sites – Columbia Journalism Review

Friday, September 22, 2017

Image via Pixabay The majority of America’s largest newspapers continue to employ digital subscription strategies that prioritize traffic, ad revenues, and promotion—despite the ongoing collapse of display ad rates. Even as they’ve added paying Web subscribers by the hundreds of thousands, daily newspapers have decisively rejected an all-in approach featuring “hard” website paywalls that mimic their print business models. Instead, most are employing either “leaky” paywalls with unlimited “side doors”…

North Korea Hits New Level of Brinkmanship in Reacting to Trump – New York Times

Friday, September 22, 2017

North Korea has often issued statements in the names of its government and its People’s Army, and since taking power in late 2011, Mr. Kim has delivered an annual New Year’s Day speech. But the comment on Friday was the first open statement issued toward a foreign head of state by a top North Korean leader. By issuing a statement in his own name, Mr. Kim, whose cultlike leadership rests…

Facebook’s Frankenstein Moment – New York Times

Friday, September 22, 2017

Facebook is fighting through a tangled morass of privacy, free-speech and moderation issues with governments all over the world. Congress is investigating reports that Russian operatives used targeted Facebook ads to influence the 2016 presidential election. In Myanmar, activists are accusing Facebook of censoring Rohingya Muslims, who are under attack from the country’s military. In Africa, the social network faces accusations that it helped human traffickers extort victims’ families by…

Hurricane Maria lashes the Turks and Caicos on path toward Bahamas – Washington Post

Friday, September 22, 2017

Satellite imagery of Hurricane Maria on Thursday morning. (NOAA) This story has been updated to include information from the 5 a.m. National Hurricane Center report. Hurricane Maria rolled over the Turks and Caicos islands Friday, bringing dangerous storm surges and possibly dumping up to 20 inches of rain in some areas on a path that next takes aim on the Bahamas before moving north into the Atlantic. The weekend course…

Uber Loses Its License to Operate in London – New York Times

Friday, September 22, 2017

Uber had hoped that new leadership would help it turn the corner on a turbulent period. The decision by Transport for London, which is responsible for the city’s subways and buses, as well as regulating its taxicabs, illustrates the gravity and severity of the issues confronting Uber. And a ban on operating in one of its largest markets — a global city where it has 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million…

The Daily 202: In Alabama Senate debate, a noun, a verb and Donald Trump – Washington Post

Friday, September 22, 2017

With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve THE BIG IDEA: If you took a shot of liquor every time Luther Strange name-dropped the president during a televised debate last night, you’d probably be too hammered to attend Donald Trump’s rally for him in Huntsville later today. Heck, depending on your tolerance, you might still be too hung over to go vote next Tuesday in the GOP runoff. The senator, who was appointed to…

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings hasn’t had an office since 2008, and is starting to not even need his laptop some days – Business Insider

Friday, September 22, 2017

Reed Hastings Flickr/Neil Hunt Netflix CEO Reed Hastings runs one of the hottest companies in the world, which will spend $6 billion on TV shows and movies this year — but he doesn’t even have his own office, and does most of his work using just a smartphone. The reason isn’t a nod toward egalitarianism, or a need to feel in the midst of his employees, but rather that he simply doesn’t…

How to set up Windows Hello facial recognition on your laptop – CNET

Friday, September 22, 2017

The upcoming iPhone X might be Apple’s first to let you unlock the device with your face, but Microsoft was there first with Windows Hello.  Using your Windows 10 laptop or tablet’s built-in webcam, Hello uses facial recognition to get you in and working in under two seconds. It also works with more than a dozen apps like DropBox, iHeartRadio and OneDrive, so you can skip typing in a password. …

The ultimate guide to gaming on your crappy laptop – TNW

Friday, September 22, 2017

Whether you want to try gaming on your PC for the first time, are looking to get back into it, it’s worth noting that there’s no need to splurge on a computer Want to play games but have an older or less-capable laptop? Join the club. My work computer can handle 30+ browser tabs at a time along with Photoshop and even Slack, but it groans under the pressure of…