Hamas authorities on Sunday reopened the offices of the Gaza Strip's only mobile telephone company, five days after closing them on accusations of tax-dodging. A statement from attorney general Ismail Jaber's office said that he had "ordered the reopening" of telecom provider Jawwal in Gaza City, but it did not give reasons. Jawwal provides a lifeline to the outside world for Gazans hemmed in on all sides by an Israeli blockade and Egyptian border crossing restrictions.
The Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip reopened the offices of the territory's only mobile phone provider on Sunday, five days after he ordered them closed over alleged non-payment of taxes. Jawwal is a subsidiary of the Palestine Telecommunications Co. (PalTel), the largest listed company in the Palestinian territories. Executives at PalTel had rejected the attorney general's accusations, saying all relevant taxes had been paid to the Palestinian Authority in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where the company is registered and based.
Russian manufacturer Yota, well known for its Yotaphone dual screen phones, has announced that its next devices will no longer operate using Android but Sailfish, an alternative developed by former Nokia engineers at Jolla. Sailfish is at its core a derivative of Meego, the former Nokia OS that was eventually abandoned for the Windows Phone. In theory, most Android applications would be compatible with this system.
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Teen Wolf S05E01 "Creatures of the Night" Time is a made-up concept we invented to help separate past from present and we mark it by seconds, hours, days, or in my case discarded Starburst wrappers. But time is useful in that we can use it to measure to the exact minute how empty our lives have been without Teen Wolf. No offense to every single other show, but if your name isn't Teen Wolf, get out of here. It is pretty much the only show that matters. To be fair, Teen Wolf must shoulder at least A LITTLE of the blame for abandoning us and ruining our lives since the end of Season 4, as it had just given us like 36 new episodes with very little hiatus in between and then suddenly BAM! A grueling 9 months of nothing. We could have all gotten pregnant and given birth to babies since Teen Wolf was last on! And we all did give birth, to babies named Sadness. Well, it's time to leave Lil Sadness in a basket by the firehouse because Teen Wolf is finally BACK and we can get on with our lives, much like the teenage monsters of Beacon Hills. The concept of time loomed over Teen Wolf's Season 5 premiere "Creatures of the Night" in that the episode was all about the beginning of senior year, and what that means for the kids. College applications, acceptances, and relocations are all imminent, and several of our heroes were openly stressing about whether their circle of friends, their pack, could survive such a shift. Meanwhile, they'd all been marking the days since their LAST descent into unfathomable horror and noting that another unspeakable villain was due to arrive any second. But time also moved slowly as the episode took place over the course of only a few hours, and time also tricked us in that the beginning and end proved to be flash-forwards. Also there was the malfunctioning clock. And at one point everyone was reading Time Magazine. Just kidding. But anyway, "Creatures of the Night" was a sensational hour of television bursting with creative thought and emotion and was a huge, huge return to this incredible world we've come to know and love. Let's talk about it! We began at Eichen House, which is German for the Mental Hospital That God Forgot. Things were not going great at this particular facility, which we could tell by the ominous crow chilling on the signage. But things got worse when we learned the episode's first twist: Lydia had been institutionalized! And not only that, but she was surrounded by evil staff members who apparently had HAD IT with banshees and were NOT buying her supposed catatonia. (Thanks A LOT, Meredith.) She was in a bad state, in other words. As far as I could tell she was not being kept in the secret wing with all the supernatural creatures, so there were no Peter Hale cameos in this episode, sorry. Then one of the doctors was like, "Don't worry I'm the nice one," and then started repeatedly stabbing her in the arm with a syringe like he was getting off on it. We were only two minutes in and this was already my worst nightmare. Thankfully Lydia finally WOKE UP. And not only did Lydia wake up, she made a hospital escape so awesome that even Sarah Connor would've been like, "Damn." Uh, first of all, did you know that Lydia's banshee powers are like 1,000 times stronger than before? She was seriously running around throwing scream-fireballs at everybody and knocking chumps to the ground right and left. Not only that but she seemed to have picked up some basic kung fu along the way. The fact that I laughed and clapped the whole way through this sequence should not surprise you, because you probably did too. Banshees get RESULTS now! But just before Lydia could make her final escape into the rainy night, a familiar face arrived to inform her that she wasn't mentally well yet. It was my second-favorite werewolf twin, Aiden, and he raised a good point about Lydia's sanity in that she was seeing Aiden and he was extremely dead at the moment. So unless there was some serious werewolf voodoo going on (which was not out of the question), she was probably imagining things. But before the guards could taze her into submission, she had one last prophecy to mumble: UH-OH! Cue the new opening titles! Same incredible song (the best TV theme song of all time) with a few new noteworthy changes. Like, the absence of Tyler Hoechlin (sadface), but the addition of THIS guy: It is official, that is his actual name. And, of course, the best and most evocative image was saved for the Jeff Davis title card, as always: I meannnnnn. Hope we all like nightmares! That room must smell awful. Next: Page 2 (Continued from Page 1) We first reunited with TV's Best Brothers as they hung out on Stiles' jeep overlooking the city. Stiles was stressing about college, specifically whether they could all get into colleges near the Bay Area and live close enough to each other to continue being a pack. Meanwhile, Scott was stressing because he knew that they had dealt with extreme horror pretty much every semester since he'd first turned into a wolf teen, and a new semester was set to begin. There was definitely a threat lingering in the air, just as there was a tiny lil monster chained to a tree behind them. Liam! Liam was still a baby werewolf and couldn't control his impulses yet. Apparently the previous full moon he ran around town naked and bit everything, which is amusing to think about for a number of reasons but mostly the idea that A LOT of people saw this happen but probably didn't think anything of it, that's how weird the town had gotten over the years. Anyway, Liam was definitely tired of getting chained up and was ready to be trusted again. And because Scott is a single dad with a lot on his plate, he unchained Liam and let him go about his life with some words of encouragement. Meanwhile, a truly insane lightning storm started messing everything up and the sheriff's station devolved into chaos! Deputy Parrish was sick and tired of answering phones instead of being out in the field, especially because he'd been bodybuilding for months and months and was ready to join the towel party. Sheriff Stilinski was just as stressed & handsome & stressed as usual, so he sent Parrish to investigate a noise complaint. Parrish was disappointed that it wasn't something more serious, but this was Beacon Hills, so he should have immediately known some bad sh*t was about to go down. First of all, the "noise" was coming from an abandoned house, which is never a good sign. Second of all, he could hear noises and scuffling coming from behind a newly bricked-in basement room. Oh, and also, the wall BLED BLACK OOZE when he tried to knock it down. Which, and I am not sure if this was totally explained, had something to do with the ooze-covered werewolf paved inside? Like, was the werewolf in the actual wall or what? Anyway, here's what it looked like when the creature suddenly burst out and lifted Parrish up by the throat: Not only was that werewolf covered in weird ooze, it had giant, glowing blue claws? NOW I've seen everything. In addition to stabbing Parrish in the ripped abs, he demanded to know where Scott McCall was. The answer was that Scott McCall was on the side of the road somewhere fixing Stiles' engine with duct tape while lighting crashed around them weirdly as only a supernatural creature could make happen. The lightning storm was a brilliant idea in that it prevented everyone from using electronics or cell phones, and it united A LOT of disparate characters into one cozy dilemma. Seriously, the sheer amount of cleverness and ambition it took to plot this episode was a major reminder of why this show is so riveting. Phoned in, this thing is not. So much was going on, and so much of it was original, and all of it was entertaining. This was cute and ridiculous: A felled tree was lifted up by a number of stranded motorists, but look who did most of the lifting: MALIA!! Malia had a new haircut, but still had that classic DGAF attitude. (Also, hey look, her father is back! Ever since he was killed off on The Originals I'd been hoping he'd return to Teen Wolf, and now he has!). But mostly I'm so happy to see Malia again—one of TV's best and most refreshingly weird characters—and this episode has made me straight-up giddy again. Ugh, summer has BEGUN you guys. We continued checking in with a few more important residents. Like Mrs. McCall, who came home to yell at Scott about everything only to realize he wasn't even there. Also I loved the reminder that they're poor. That was an odd element of Season 4, that everybody's poor, even the parents with secure, healthy salaries. Anyway, always nice to see Mrs. McCall. Meanwhile, Kira was standing on a Prius trying to get a bar or two on her off-brand cell phone. We could tell she and Scott were still together because she had a picture of him as her wallpaper. But that didn't stop an angelface babyhunk stranger from leering at her flirtatiously. WHO ARE YOU? NEVER LEAVE. Then Kira got back in the car to chill with her parents, which for me would not be a problem because her parents are great. But Kira was 2H2D (too horny to deal), and when her mom started talking about ancient mythology which would clearly foreshadow the entire season (the Great Hunt, look it up) Kira did NOT care. All she wanted to do was mouth attack Scott and this little lecture was not helping. Next: Page 3 (Continued from Page 2) Meanwhile, at the hospital Scott asked Liam to show him his hands it was clear Liam was digging his wolf claws into his palms in order to keep it together. (Metaphor for masturbation probably.) Liam seemed very worried about his werewolf side. But guess who was not worried? Yes, as you can tell, I cannot get enough of these two. We laugh, we jest, we fun around, but that does not change the fact that Scott and Liam's relationship is one of the most touching things on television. It hits emotional beats none of us expected. If this show were as cliche-riddled as the rest of them, there would've been some weird rivalry between Scott and Liam, but it so quickly became this rich, subtle thing where they trust and love each other so much. Anyway, this scene also had a nice moment where Scott mentioned that (the otherwise absent) Derek had said that Liam was especially strong for his age, and Scott assured Liam that feeling out of control also meant he'd be stronger when it mattered. A tiny moment, but one of the best moments of the episode if we're being honest. These two! Later, Scott swung by his house in time to see all the magnets fall off the refrigerator and for the clock to stop ticking correctly and also to feel a small earthquake. Something was UP, and as we know from past seasons of Teen Wolf, it was probably foreshadowing a Big Bad that would not be made apparent for at least a few episodes. In fact, most season premieres have featured threats that were nearly standalone preludes to the actual season plots. So Mr. Glowy Claws was probably not going to be a major thing. Meanwhile, Parrish was still recovering from the attack and he was apparently delusional and horny because guess what he hallucinated? So I think we can understand that Parrish and Lydia are going to be a thing this season? Let's just hope she's 18, Mr. Deputy! At this point, Parrish was saved by Sheriff Stilinski, who carted him to the hospital for a closer look under that shirt. That's when Parrish monster'd out before getting control of himself and then informed them that Glowy Claws was probably a special werewolf who could steal the power of a True Alpha. Please don't ask me to explain what that means. The most important thing was that Mrs. McCall and Sheriff Stilinski were touchin' on each other! Uh oh, is a romance brewing finally? Stay tuned! So then Scott got tired of not seeing Kira (apparently she'd been in New York for a spell, and he was concerned that she'd fallen in love with a New York boy, which, come on. There is no love in New York, do not believe Nora Ephron's lies.) So then he got on his motor bicycle and drove to her Prius and they made out in the rain. Very cinematic, but so painfully teenage. IT WORKED. Next: Page 4 (Continued from Page 3) Meanwhile, Stiles was anxious for the gang to meet up at something called Senior Scribe, a secret seniors-only event that marked the beginning of senior year. Malia couldn't go yet, because she still hadn't found out if she'd passed summer school, which she needed to do in order to become a senior alongside her friends. (That Malia is the ultimate transfer student is endlessly funny to me. From a woodland coyote to a high school student in just a few months!) But this was also a poignant conversation when we learned just how nervous Stiles was about their friendships enduring the transition beyond high school. Malia pointed out that it was normal for people to expand their lives after high school, but Stiles countered that it didn't HAVE to be that way. They were both right, I guess, but that didn't stop the painful reality from setting in. Things have to change and always do. Anyway, this was sophisticated stuff for a teen show, which almost never acknowledge the psychic toll growing up takes on the characters. But "Creatures of the Night" knew that the only thing more important than the future is the present, especially when the present involves two insanely likable people in plaid kissing in the rain. So good. But their reverie was interrupted by a wolfboy who had overheard Parrish describing Mr. Glowy Claws: That's right, Scott was in danger! He and Kira had arrived at the school to make out in an outdoor hallway, but they were not alone. Obviously a good, old fashioned werewolf brawl busted out! But you know what else busted out? Kira's BELT-SWORD! Yes, a belt that turns into a sword. Somebody please market this product, but only if you want to become a billionaire. Anyway, then a frenetically edited fight scene broke out. Lots of slashing claws and sword swipes that never connect. (Kira, get it together!) At one point or another, seemingly random werewolf showed up to help Scott, but not even that worked! Pretty soon Kira, the rando, and even Scott were powerless against Glowy Claws, who seemed poised to suck the alpha power right out of Scott! EXCEPT, NICE TRY. Scott is a TRUE ALPHA, haven't you heard? It'll take more than an ooze-covered chump to gank HIS glow! Next thing we knew, Scott broke the dude's arm and chopped off all his fingernails and left him crying in a mud puddle, as befits a hater. The friends showed up just in time co-sign his victory, and Scott then proceeded to figure out who the F this new dude was. Besides OUR NEW BOYFRIEND, of course. His name was Theo and he had been a 4th grade classmate of Scott's, a secret werewolf all along, and who had returned to town in order to join Scott's pack. He is almost certainly not trustworthy, but he is suddenly the wolf most likely to have a towel scene, so that's kind of hard to be mad at. He's no Jackson or Isaac (no one will ever be), but it's always exciting to get new blood on this show. Stay tuned! Guess what? Malia passed summer school. She's a senior too! Good job, young coyote woman. If anything I'm jealous she will only have to do 1.5 years of high school. Malia is truly next-level in most ways. So then it was time for the gang to meet up for Senior Scribe, and, as it turned out, Lydia was just fine and not locked up in Eichen House. Which meant, of course, that the cold open was actually a flash-forward! That prophecy about her friends getting killed did not apply to this episode, but rather to what was to come. Dun dun dun, okay? First of all, the school library looked a lot different than it used to, back when the kanima chewed it up. Second of all, this scene was DEVASTATING. The tradition was that seniors marked their initials on the shelf underneath the yearbooks, and a couple of the kids made it meaningful. Like... Stiles found Derek's initials, and Malia's "T" affirmed that she was a Tate and not a Hale. But the most devastating part was, of course, when Scott wrote "A A" underneath his initials. That this show has not forgotten Allison Argent is one of its biggest and most heartfelt strengths, ensuring we know that these kids are empathetic, feeling creatures. Again, they lost their best friend a while ago but that doesn't mean they're over it. They probably never will be, and it's seriously so refreshing that Teen Wolf treats death and loss with the seriousness it deserves. Another tiny moment that says everything you need to know about this show, and this show's respect for its fans. I love a tableau shot, but this one was perfect. The five main gang members enjoying a quick beat of camaraderie before the certain annihilation of the school year sets in. Dark times ahead—you can see in their faces they know it's coming—but for the time being they have each other. So good. Next: Page 5 (Continued from Page 4) Mr. Glowy Claws survived his encounter with Scott, but he was NOT about to survive his encounter with THESE DUDES: We were suddenly in a weird lab, with deformed men in glass tubes and three others in steampunk Cenobite costumes. I am guessing these are the Doctors that the advertising had been promising us, and this one spoke in a weird robotic, filtered voice that included several references to medical procedures, so sure. I'm just gonna assume these were the Doctors! And the prognosis for Glowy Claws was NIL. But this being Teen Wolf, he couldn't simply die. No, not when there was one last f*cked up thing to occur: CROWS FLEW OUT OF HIS BODY. Obviously, duh. Why wouldn't they? Then in one last coda, we returned to Lydia, still nearly catatonic in Eichen House. Fake Aiden (Faiken) tried to get her to narc on her friends, but she realized what was up. Then Aiden turned into an older gentleman who was suddenly grilling Lydia about each character, one by one, and we got cryptic flash-forwards of things that were going to happen to them. Kira was going to go missing, Malia was going to meet the Desert Wolf, Parrish's clothes were going to burn off, Mrs. McCall was going to break up with Sheriff Stilinski. Things like that! I actually loved this tease, as it created a sense of mystery about whether the images we saw will pay off in the ways we expect or not. And above all, this seasons looks INTENSE. Anyway, then the doctor got out a drill and started threatening to give Lydia a lobotomy. BAD MEDICINE in my opinion. "Creatures of the Night" was truly wonderful. I love Teen Wolf in general, but this episode was noticeably inspired, tightly constructed, and packed way more into an hour of television than any of us deserved. There was a lived-in feeling at play here, in that this town felt like home and the characters within it had deep, trusting relationships with each other that were an utter pleasure to revisit. On top of that, the stand-alone threat was gripping and the bigger ones teased for the season seem pretty brilliant to me. It is far too soon to know what this season will hold, but for now it's safe to say that Teen Wolf remains an underrated, must-watch gem, and if the world doesn't believe us, at least you and I know the truth. Teen Wolf is back and possibly better than ever. What a joy to be able to type those words. May summer never end. OK BYE QUESTIONS: ... Are the Doctors licensed professionals? ... Will the gang join the cross country team again this year or should they switch to water polo? ... Lydia + Parrish: Yes or no? ... Where can I buy that belt sword?
The self-declared Islamic State (IS) has beheaded two women and their husbands in eastern Syria, after accusing all four of sorcery, according to the BBC. IS beheaded a male street performer in a public square in Syria in early January. The magician was known for entertaining locals with innocuous magic tricks like making coins and cell phones disappear, reported Haaretz.
The European Commission's decision means that Europeans who travel within the EU will pay the same mobile phone charges they do in their home country.
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's second-in-command gave her pitch to a small crowd at a Philadelphia biotechnology convention in June with her signature move: giving out her cell phone number. "Please consider picking up the phone," Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno said, a plea for attendees from companies large and small to give the state a chance. "Now, no one from New Jersey! I want the guys that aren't already here in New Jersey." The crowd laughed, but Guadagno's frequently used gambit is part of the state's bid to catch up to other parts of the country.
Hamas on Tuesday closed the offices of Gaza's only mobile telephone company after accusing it of tax-dodging, a move experts said could halt all cellular services in the Palestinian territory. Police in the Gaza Strip, which Hamas controls, shut the offices of Palestinian telecoms provider Jawwal in Gaza City and left notices proclaiming it was "on the orders of the (Hamas) public prosecutor", an AFP correspondent said.
There are two types of people in the world. Those who likes cats, and those who like dogs. Those who put mustard on their hot dogs, and those who use ketchup. Those who like the Sony PlayStation, those who like the Microsoft Xbox. And apparently, those who like Killjoys and those who like Dark Matter. I haven't recorded any hard data, but poking around the Internet has revealed that there seems to be a big split between fans of Syfy's new series, with fans of one not caring much for the other. Just take a look at this reddit thread and aside from a few who can't decide either way, most are firmly in one camp with some having some very harsh words for the show they don't care for. BUT WHY!? You probably know how I feel based on my positive reviews of Dark Matter 's first two episodes and my sad rant about the premiere of Killjoys. I'm caught up on both, and my opinion hasn't changed: Dark Matter is wayyyyyyy better than Killjoys, in my opinion. But what I want to know is how YOU feel. So please, explain your stance in the comments section below. But first, I'll outline some strengths and weaknesses of both shows as I see them. Killjoys Strengths: Action! Much more than Dark Matter, in fact. Fact: Bounty hunters are always cool, and space bounty hunters are even cooler. The characters, while not the best, are more rich than the generic archetypes of Dark Matter. Shirtless hunk possibility is high. Strong, sassy, super hot, exotic female as a lead. Weaknesses: Some hokey dialogue, like, "Asses in both hands, we're coming in hard!" Production values have been inconsistent (Episode 2 looked better than Episode 1, but Episode 1 looked like it was made for $50), and it seems like it might be overreaching with its approach of building out a system of multiple inhabitable space rocks. No real question to ponder with the story as it's all plot. It took two whole episodes for D'avi to become a Killjoy. Very, very bad music. Dark Matter Strengths: Strong mystery at the center of it all that drives the series. The dope-ass android known as "android," and easy-to-remember numeric names. Twists and twists and twists! Strong, sassy, super hot, exotic female as a lead. Some unexpected humor. Weaknesses: Fairly limited characters in the early going: there's the handsome lead, the tough woman, the rogue jerk, the weapons expert, etc. Mostly ship-bound series means that you have to really like ship interiors to enjoy the look of the show. Not a lot of action. It lacks a certain flair and flavor. How long until we get solid answers, and is there anything more to the show beyond those answers? So let's hear it: which one do you like more?
The first smartphone released by OnePlus was the biggest surprise of the year in 2014 for diehard Android fans. The OnePlus One featured shockingly impressive specs at an unbeatable price, and it was all packed into a stylish phone that was just begging to be hacked and customized to the user’s liking. Now, the unreleased sequel to that fan-favorite has seemingly been revealed in the clearest images yet. DON’T MISS: We Need This Stunning iPhone 7 Concept to Become a Reality. Now. Now, it should be noted that this is a little sketchy. Insiders seem to think that the images are on point and they actually do reveal the upcoming new OnePlus 2, but the blog that first published them doesn’t
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Humans S01E01: "Episode 1" One day you'll be able to own a robot in your house that will do all the dirty chores, like clean the litter box, pay attention to your kids, and nod your head when your wife is talking at you. But what if this technological inevitability was science fact, and you could go to your local Apple Store and come away with a fully functioning android slave RIGHT NOW? How would society change? How much do you tip a robot? Can robots be the new TV and raise your kids? That's what AMC's new series Humans, a co-production with U.K. network Channel 4, asks. Set in an alternative (and let's face it, better) contemporary time where pretty much everything we know and love is the same except for the existence of purchasable customizable robots that serve a multitude of purposes, the premiere of Humans was intellectual science-fiction poking around all our deepest concerns about integrating lifelike androids into our homes. Namely, when is it acceptable to have sex with your robo-slave, judging by the amount of ogling some characters did at the behind of very sexy robot Anita who was at the center of Humans. You may laugh, but these are serious questions that my, uhhh, friend really wants to know the answers to. The issue with Humans was that these were questions that have been explored by man ever since the first tinker toy was invented. Sci-fi authors Isaac Asimov (who wrote I, Robot) and Philip K. Dick (whose story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was adapted into Blade Runner) have definitely wondered about the bangability of sexy robots (as well as other robo-related queries), the viability of androids as human replacements have been tackled recently by the excellent Black Mirror and Ex Machina (which I have not seen yet), and in between, there have been countless books, films, and shows about human-robot co-existence. Luckily, about 10 minutes into Humans, the series showed that it had a dramatic backbone among all these previously tread themes. By now you all know Humans was marketed as a story of a family who gets an android to help out around the house, but what shocked me (in a good way) was the storyline that popped up less than 10 minutes into the pilot. A flashback showed us a quartet of robots was on the run with their... hmmm, let's call him a handler, Leo (played with intensity by Merlin's Colin Morgan). These four bots were all super-robots, with the bonus ability to think and feel like humans, and their pasts were clouded in mystery thanks to ignoring any painful exposition. Fast forward to present storytelling time, and one was still with Leo, one was working as the most advanced Fleshlight in a robo-brothel, one had been captured by the "bad" guys, and one was the previously mentioned Anita, who was purchased as a maid for the central Hawkins family. This whole story worked really well, and dammit, I really want to know what's going on with these guys. That's what separates Humans from a show with a singular idea of, "Gee, what's the deal with robots and humans in the future?" to the much more sustainable and interesting idea of, "How did these four robots get to be so advanced and what's going to become of them?" Working in tandem, you have a fascinating series that instantly appealed to our sense of wonder about the sci-fi of it all, and also delivered straight action-adventure plot to keep us interested in what was happening. Having one or the other wouldn't be nearly as impressive, but both? Sure! Let's take a look at the Hawkins family since that will likely be the bulk of the series. Overworked Joe made a ballsy decision by not consulting his wife and moving forward with the purchase of a synth, because he felt overworked as the parent who stayed home while his wife Laura was constantly on extended work trips and because his kids were lazy as hell. Seriously, Matilda and Toby were worthless teens that did nothing, and Matilda might take the trophy of WORST TEEN EVER from Homeland's Dana Brody. But Joe's decision was doubly gutsy because Anita (model/actress/model/model/hot model Gemma Chan) was hot like fire and a threat to everyone's robo-virginity. I mean, it's one thing to buy a robot while your wife is out of town on business, it's another to come back with one that looks like a Pleasurebot from the planet Sexotron. And both Joe and Toby should look for a good chiropractor given how many times their necks swiveled to look at Anita's robo-rump. Just sayin', fellas, be smarter about your android purchases. Yes, I have thought this out plenty. From there we saw the typical problems inherent with a sexy robot assistant. Laura flashed some jealousy, and rightfully so, Laura also felt threatened to lose her mothering duties, and rightfully so, and Laura wondered aloud whether or not they even needed Anita, and rightfully so. Matilda hated everything, but Sophie loved her new play pal. And Toby watched TV and probably spent some alone time in his room thinking about Anita. Joe, on the other hand, was totally down. Guys with their gadgets, amirite? It set up plenty of family drama, especially since Joe pocketed the "adult options 18+" portion of the instruction manual. It's all inherently creepy because the idea of androids helping out around the house was creepy, and Humans played that icky feeling well while also acting as a proponent for domesticated androids. But the most interesting bit of Anita and the Hawkins was Anita herself. We know she's a runaway robot who can think and feel thanks to a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. But did this version of Anita know that? If she did, she played it off very well, replying to Laura's insults of being a dumb machine with a simple, "Yep," and mustering up a broken-record laugh at Joe's incredibly lame "microchips" dad joke. But Anita also went outside to look at the moon and had an accident with a hot pan, two things that weren't supposed to happen. It would seem that she's in hiding until Leo finds her, forcing her to suppress the gift of emotions and thought while she cleaned up after the kids, made extravagant breakfasts, and ignored Joe and Toby's wandering eyes. But there's also just enough doubt there to make the viewer wonder if Anita had her memory wiped at the android warehouse or if she's playing robo-possum. Well, at least until the very end, when Anita grabbed Sophie and booked it. That's going to cause some problems! On a more emotional level, George (William Hurt) and Odi's ( Game of Thrones' Will Tudor) story is primed to wring out your eyeballs. George, an American former scientist, just didn't want to part with the outdated Odi, who has turned from help around the house to surrogate son after the death of George's wife. Odi knew George better than anyone else, and even served as a backup for George's own fading memory. But the government robot services wanted George to upgrade to a new synth model, one with the personality of a lunch lady. It's a hell of a predicament for George, and I felt for him. I used to love my old flip phone and never wanted to upgrade to a smartphone, too. Poor George. Poor Odi. It was a good start for Humans, which spiced up familiar territory by adding a dramatic edge. And it's already asking the right questions, like, "Is it okay to have sex with a robot?," features plenty of good performances, and has a clean fresh-out-of-the-box look at technology. TERMS & CONDITIONS – Man, William Hurt was great in this, wasn't he? He really sold his character's plight. That scene when he was trying to get Odi to remember his wife was (sad crying face). – Also fantastic: Will Tudor doing the robot really well. In fact, all the robot actors were great. – Sophie asked if the Hawkins could exchange their synth if it wasn't pretty. Phew, Joe has an out when Laura asks, why her? "It was Sophie's pick, not mine!" – The music in Humans is grrrrrrreat! – New pickup line at a bar: "Hello, I'm now securely bonded to you as my primary user." – Are these robots the beginning of the "singularity" or are they just misunderstood computer boxes?
AT&T’s lineup of affordable smartphones expanded on Friday with the unveiling of the ZTE Maven. This $59.99 device comes equipped with 4G LTE wireless service, Android 5.1 and, best of all, doesn’t require an annual commitment. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a cheaper phone with better specs from any of the major service providers. READ MORE: You’ll Never Guess the New Camera Tech Rumored to Hit Apple’s iPhone 7 Speaking of specifications, the Maven also features a 4.5-inch, relatively low resolution 854 x 480 display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, 2100mAh battery and 8GB of internal memory, expandable up to 32GB with microSD card support. You can activate the device through AT&T on any new or existing
CNET explains what FLAC is, as well as where to buy music in the FLAC format, and how to play it on your iPhone, computer, or MP3 player.
Brasília (AFP) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff arrives in the United States on Saturday for a long-delayed visit, looking to shore up economic ties almost two years after scrapping a trip following revelations that Washington spied on her. At the time Rousseff called off her October 2013 visit, the chill between the Western hemisphere's two largest economies was the worst diplomatic fallout to date from Edward Snowden's leaked trove of embarrassing US intelligence secrets. Both sides have emphasized that the new trip -- a five-day tour that has been labelled an "official visit" rather than the top-tier "state visit" she postponed -- shows the countries have moved past the damaging revelation that the National Security Agency spied on Rousseff's cell phone communications and Internet use.
Bluetooth keyboard accessories are terrific for smartphone users who miss the physical keyboards of old. After all, no leading smartphones ship with physical keyboards anymore. If you’ve been pining for physical keys on your Android phone or iPhone though, there’s a new alternative to Bluetooth keyboards that has one huge advantage: It never needs to be recharged. DON’T MISS: The Secret Sites Cord Cutters Use to Stream Pay TV and Movies for Free The one2TOUCH Flipcover Keyboard is a new smartphone accessory that Geeky took a look at during CE Week in New York this past week. The device doesn’t look particularly special, but it’s the keyboard cover’s guts that we’re most interested in. one2TOUCH’s Flipcover doesn’t include a battery and it
Hamas authorities ordered Friday the closure of the offices of Jawwal, the only mobile phone company operating in the Gaza Strip, accusing it of tax dodging. It warned that all other "tax dodgers will be pursued in earnest," a possible reference to banks operating in Gaza, which is controlled by the Islamist movement. Business analyst Omar Shaaban said the closure could mean cessation of all mobile phone services in Gaza.
Under the Dome S03E01, S03E02: "Move On," "But I'm Not" When you think about it, we are all under a dome. For some of us, that dome is a pile of student loans. For others, it's a broken relationship with their father. For me, it's a show called Under the Dome. But the good news is we can all get out from under our own personal domes through an alternate reality and crusty sleeping bags filled with phlegm. At least, I think that's what the terrible Season 3 premiere of Under the Dome was trying to say. The torturous double-feature of "Move On" and "But I'm Not" may as well have been in Swahili or Dome-anese because I haven't the foggiest about what actually happened in it. Are we even sure they showed the right episode? Was this a time-traveling episode from Season 13 that came from the future? There isn't a living human being who can properly explain what happened in these two hours, especially Stephen King, and anyone who claims they can is obviously a witch. If the creators of this show aren't in straitjackets by the time Episode 4 of this season airs then we need to call the police or just throw our hands in the air and jump off a cliff. You want to know how batshit insane this episode was? I don't even know if there's still a dome! Even before the episode started, it was painfully obvious that no one knew, nor did they care, about what's going on in this show and what happened in the previous two seasons. Did you hear the "previously on" segment narrated by Barbie? The only solid details it gave us were that three weeks had passed and there was once a dome. Everything else was something along the lines of, "We fought and got scared and I kissed a redhead in the rain." And then at the end he took his maw off the bong and wondered aloud about the way out from the dome they supposedly found at the end of Season 2 (Dome superfans had to infer that). This is what he said, I shit you not: "Now we may have finally found a way out. We hope it takes us home, but what if it takes us to an ALTERNATE REALITY?" Hey, you'll never guess what the big twist to start the season was! It takes balls to think your audience is so dumb and brain dead that you feel the need to explain the big twist in the episode that's about to happen before the episode even begins. Thanks a lot, Barbie. Everyone walked toward the white light after Melanie, but unfortunately for us it wasn't THE "white light" and no one died. It was just a cool white room with a fog machine. Barbie checked his hands and they were covered in slime. Was this an important detail or did the editing room forget to cut that part where Mike Vogel commented on how bad his allergies were? What happened next made no sense, which fit right into the theme of this episode, which was not caring about what was happening on screen. Everyone ended up outside the dome and then it blew up after a pink fireworks show. Take that, stupid dome! The humans win! Except only three minutes had passed in the episode and this was a two-hour premiere. My spidey-senses were a'tinglin'. Something wasn't right. Barbie ran through the broken dome to find Joooolia but all he found were the dead bodies of Joooolia, Junior, and Big Jim, so he cried. THIS WAS ALL PRE-CREDITS. Next: What is going on? (Continued from Page 1) What happened next would amaze you! I mean confuse you. We were taken to Yemen, which is some made-up country, I guess. Why couldn't they use a real country? Yemen? Ha ha what a stupid name for a country. Barbie was back being a military badass looking for hostages, and Hunter was there as his nerdy backup. Barbie also had a hot new black girlfriend named Eva because Barbie is catnip for poon, and Joe kept on texting him to come back to Chester's Mill for some memorial. But when was this happening? Was this some sort of alternate reality or something? How much Lost Season 6 did the Under the Dome writers watch before sitting down in the writers' room and staring dumbfounded at each other? And of all things to take inspiration from, why would you pick Lost Season 6? Barbie did eventually make it back to Chester's Mill, along with Hunter and Eva. Hunter made a comment about how he had to pee really badly and it was uncomfortable for everyone. After some pleasantries with Joe, Barbie and Ben both saw Melanie walking down the street and Ben was stoked because it wasn't just that brownie he ate that was making him see things. But Melanie was also watching them watch her from some purple crystal monitoring room somewhere? This episode did not care if you knew what was going on or not. Ben, always the sensible one, tried to tell Barbie that something weird was going on in Chester's Mill but Barbie was like, "Ha ha, yer high, it's cool I use to smoke dubs when I was your age too." Back in Chester's Mill, Julia and Junior weren't dead, despite Barbie massaging Julia's corpse just a few scenes ago. What was going on? Was someone in some alternate reality or something? If only someone told us about that before the episode even started. They needed a ladder to get across a pit in order to catch up with everyone else, so they went up top to find one and they ran into Big Jim, who also wasn't dead. Big Jim let them take the ladder but he had a parting gift for Junior. Big Jim was like Yosemite Sam for a lot of this episode, just shootin' things for the sake of shootin' things, like TVs and pictures of Junior. Use a remote like a normal person, Big Jim! In case you haven't noticed, the Chester's Mill Best Buy hasn't gotten a new shipment of TVs in like three weeks! Because he felt alone in Chester's Mill, zero f*cks were given by Big Jim. It was like The Last Man on Earth but funnier and less damaging to gender stereotypes. Junior shook his gunshot wound off and laddered to safety, but not before he got in a fight with a butterfly. Remember all the butterflies in this show? They don't give a butterfly turd about crowning the monarch anymore, and now they are evil and bite! Does it matter that butterflies don't have mouths or teeth or jaws with which to bite someone? No. As Jeff Goldblum in Dinosaur Amusement Park said, "Nature will find a way." Especially when nature comes across a twat like Junior. Julia was next to cross the ladder and things went even worse for her as a swarm of butterflies knocked her off the ladder after she dropped her lantern in a butterfly hole, and I wish to Don Rickles that I was funny enough to make this up on my own, but it's what actually happened on the show. Don't worry though, she made it out alive! Elsewhere, Junior fought some more butterflies, using the butterflies' natural enemy: a flare! He lost. Next: Seriously, what is going on? (Continued from Page 2) Meanwhile, in the alternate reality... Norrie was rushing a sorority with zero standards. New character alert! Marg Helgenberger of the CBS classic Intelligence was in Chester's Mill as Christine, the FEMA-appointed handsy trauma therapist, and she just wanted everyone to get over it already. She also visited Sam, who was in jail attending AAA (Alcoholic Axe-Murderers Anonymous) meetings. But again, her stance was, "So you killed a girl, so what?" This woman was a "glass is totally f*cking full and overflowing everywhere" kind of person. Soon after the big Chester's Mill memorial was happening, and the dome-morial itself showed all the names of those perished... under the dome. Christine went on and on about fire and flames like she was worshipping the Lord of Light before she let someone else speak. Go for it, Joe! Be strong, buddy. Joe got straight-up Kanye'd by Barbie, who interrupted Joe mid-sobbing-noise to While Barbie was verbally making love to Julia on the platform (his new girl seemed pretty chill about it), Ben had to come and f*ck it all up. THEY KILLED BEN, MY FAVORITE CHARACTER! FUCK YOU, SHOW! F YOU! But how did he die? Hold onto your butts because this was where it got weird and your life would never be the same after. Melanie was in an underground antechamber choking a version of Ben that just came out of a slimy cocoon! Next: I'm not joking, what the eff is going on here? (Continued from Page 3) WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE? Was this some sort of alternate reality where the actual bodies of the Chester's Mill residents were being held in pods underground like in The Matrix but their consciouses were gathered together in a sideways reality like the show Lost and it all was as entertaining as Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2? Yep, that's exactly what was happening. Melanie walked over and found Junior's body fresh off the ass-kicking he took from the mean old butterflies and then she did this! And then all of a sudden Junior was in that weird white room! Then he was covered in white goo while Melanie watched him and explained that it would all be over once Junior and pals became who they needed them to be, but first she had to fix everyone !!! Then Julia met up with Melanie but they didn't kiss (drats) and instead decided to go find the egg. Remember the egg? Well it's still important, apparently, and Melanie's dad had it, or he gave it to the military or something. Ugh, this show is so stupid. But how would they get a message to her dad when they were stuck inside a dome? (This was the REAL reality, so the dome was still there.) THEY WROTE ON THE DOME! And Daddy just happened to be watching Dome TV, so he got the military to give him the egg so he could teleport into the bottom of the lake and then swim to shore. But for some reason Melanie met her Daddy with a choke and then killed him. At about this time, you really had to wonder if Melanie was a cool person or not. I say no. Melanie ran off with the egg while sleeping Julia was none the wiser. Back in Chester's Matrix, Barbie saw that Junior had come back and he decrypted a cell-phone video from Ben's phone that showed the same guy doing like 10 different jobs in Chester's Mill (it was also a guy that Barbie busted in Yemen). That was Ben's proof that something weird was going on, as if everything else wasn't weird enough already. I don't know if this was an important detail or not, but it happened. Back in the REAL Chester's Mill (these episodes bounced back and forth between reality and dreamland like a narcoleptic on Xanax) Julia and Big Jim met up and he called her dumb. Don't you go calling Julia dumb! Back in Chester's Matrix, everything was going well for people! Norrie and Hunter were cozying up and getting drunk off "hard" lemonade, Barbie's girlfriend almost died but she was pregnant, Junior was setting his house on fire, and Joe went to see Sam in jail and then Sam got gut-shanked to death! Pretty cool string of events that just happened for pretty much no reason whatsoever. Meanwhile, Julia went underground to find Melanie, who was putting the egg on a giant purple pod that contained a mystery person. And then Big Jim showed up and destroyed the egg! Purple lights shot everywhere and then all the pod people started crawling out of their pods all covered in goo! And that's it! That's how it ended. I have no idea what's going on. I have no theories. I don't know if there is actually a dome left. I don't even know if this was the right episode for CBS to broadcast. Apologies to any of my Yemenese readers. BYE!
Unveiled back in March at MWC in Barcelona, SanDisk’s monstrous 200GB microSD card is finally available for purchase, although it’ll cost you about as much as a decent mid-range Android handset when purchased off-contract. DON’T MISS: Did You Know Your iPhone Was Hiding These ‘Secret Tricks’? Priced by SanDisk at $249.99, the Ultra 200GB microSD card is already listed as in stock on Amazon, where it can be purchased for a slightly better price, $239.44. In case that’s too-steep a price for you, SanDisk’s new Ultra microSD cards also come in smaller capacities, which are significantly cheaper. Prices start at $6.95for the 8GB model and go all the way up to $78.99 for the 128GB version – the latter actually
Germaphobes take note: BlackBerry CEO John Chen revealed this week the company is considering developing a bacteria-free smartphone geared toward doctors and nurses as it continues to try and win over more health care enterprise customers. Chen teased the idea when speaking at a Mackenzie Health event on Wednesday in Ontario, Canada, where he announced a partnership with ThoughtWire and Cisco to equip health care workers in a Mackenzie Richmond Hill unit with BlackBerry devices connected to a secure messaging and alerts system. "Health-care workers have to be worried about one less thing to wipe down," Chen said when he mentioned the idea of a clean phone, Bloomberg reported.
Apple has been working on dual-lens cameras for its iPhone for at least three years, a report from China claims, although performance issues and supply chain problems may have prevented it from using such a camera array in wildly popular iPhone line. That might change in the future, as a new report claims the iPhone maker has fixed both problems. DON’T MISS: Did You Know Your iPhone Was Hiding These ‘Secret Tricks’? Taiwanese publication Business Weekly says a dual-camera rear camera isn’t expected in the iPhone 6s family this year, but future generations might get it. Apple has reportedly corrected technical problems resulting in blurred images taken with the new camera assembly with help of LinX Imaging, an Israeli company Apple purchased for $20 million
There is absolutely no question that TouchWiz is toned down on the Galaxy S6, but fans of a “pure” Android experience will always find Samsung’s custom user interface to be overbearing. Actually, maybe not always. Android fans looking for a unique take on Google’s sleek Material Design may find the latest hot Galaxy S6 theme to be impressive enough to warrant sticking with TouchWiz over Google’s own Google Now launcher. DON’T MISS: 22 Android Apps Worth Over $50 Are Free on Amazon for a Limited Time – Download Them Now Google+ user Samer Zayer has created a wonderful-looking Material Design theme for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and it’s available for download immediately right on your phone. Simply open up
Amazon is best known for selling the widest possible range of products at prices that often undercut rivals by a fairly substantial margin. Of course, Amazon is much more than that now. The company’s streaming movie and TV service attached to Amazon Prime grows more competitive each day, and there are plenty of other areas Amazon dabbles in. Among the company’s offerings is the Amazon Appstore, which provides a third-party alternative to Google’s own Android app store. And there’s one area where Amazon has Google beat: The company gives away one new app for free every single day of the year. DON’T MISS: 22 Android Apps Worth Over $50 Are Free on Amazon for a Limited Time – Download Them Now