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The LG G6: This smartphone is all screen

The LG G6: This smartphone is all screen

The LG G6 Is a basically a screen with smartphone features. Two of this year’s most anticipated smartphones are Apple’s (AAPL) next iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S8. The big question, though, is: Will the Android-powered G6 even matter when the next iPhone and Galaxy S8 roll out?

The FCC just gave you a reason to hold off on buying a 4K TV

The FCC just gave you a reason to hold off on buying a 4K TV

Over-the-air 4K broadcasts are coming, but you might want to hold off at getting a new UHD set just yet. The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to open discussions on the deployment of a next-generation broadcast-TV standard that should offer picture quality up to 4K Ultra High Definition and better antenna reception than today’s over-the-air digital signals. Like 2009’s transition to digital TV signals, this upgrade’s primary sales pitch is about a better picture — not just high definition, but the Ultra High Definition (UHD) 4K resolution that today remains largely confined to streaming-video services and Blu-ray discs.

This high-tech air purifier will help you sleep better

This high-tech air purifier will help you sleep better

Clair-S claims to help you get the rest you need. It’s an all-in-one device that sits neatly on your nightstand to make bedtime healthier and more convenient. Its air purifier boasts better performance than a HEPA filter to keep you breathing easy as you rest. It’s also a sound machine to promote tranquility and deeper sleep. You can use it as a Bluetooth speaker and an alarm clock, and even wake up to customized messages via the included app. The Clair team is seeking funding through an Indiegogo campaign, where you can reserve your Clair-S for as little as $119. ...

How Google is fighting the war on internet trolls

How Google is fighting the war on internet trolls

It seems like for every feel-good story or picture of a puppy playing with a kitten, there are 1,000 trolls rummaging through the depths of their minds to post the most vile comments they can imagine. A kind of high-powered startup inside Google’s parent company Alphabet, Jigsaw focuses on how technology can defend international human rights. Available Thursday, Feb. 23, Perspective is the result of Jigsaw’s Conversation AI project and uses Google’s machine learning technologies to provide online publishers with a tool that can automatically rank comments in their forums and comments sections based on the likelihood that they will cause someone to leave a conversation.

Why 'experience' can hurt tech workers in Silicon Valley

Why 'experience' can hurt tech workers in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is an industry whose foundation was built, byte by byte, with youthful innovation. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were 21 and 25 when they co-founded Apple (AAPL). Sergey Brin and Larry Page were twenty-something Stanford University graduate students when they built the search engine that became Google (GOOG, GOOGL) in the garage of a home in Menlo Park, Calif.

Broadband companies can’t build out their networks, and it's hurting consumers

Broadband companies can’t build out their networks, and it's hurting consumers

Google might have huge name recognition, but even it has trouble installing fiber optic internet lines. You can’t get Republicans and Democrats to agree about much these days, especially when it comes to telecom policy. The last three heads of the Federal Communications Commission — Obama’s picks, Julius Genachowski and Tom Wheeler, and President Trump’s chair Ajit Pai — all said as much.

The coolest tech toys from Toy Fair 2017

The coolest tech toys from Toy Fair 2017

The toys on display at the 2017 New York Toy Fair, though, are way cooler than anything we had as kids. Held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, New York Toy Fair showcases the year’s biggest toy trends. Mattel (MAT) easily had one of the largest booths at Toy Fair 2017.

'Horizon: Zero Dawn' Review: Combat and storytelling shine in spectacular sci-fi epic

'Horizon: Zero Dawn' Review: Combat and storytelling shine in spectacular sci-fi epic

‘Horizon: Zero Dawn’ is a gorgeous game with a familiar gameplay style and addictive story. Indeed, Sony and developer Guerilla Games couldn’t have fared much better in the run-up to the release of the Sony (SNE) PS4 exclusive, “Horizon: Zero Dawn.” A darling at trade shows like E3 and Gamescom, ”Horizon’s” dirt-meets-metal, futuristic take on prehistory managed to capture the imagination of even stodgy gamers. This is an open-world epic that borrows from the past in the best ways possible: a smidgen of “Shadow of Mordor,” a dash of “Far Cry,” a teaspoon of “Assassin’s Creed,” a shot of “Tomb Raider,” maybe a whiff of “The Witcher,” all jammed together and wrapped in a setting literally centuries ahead of the rote sci-fi hooey most games foist off as a plot.

Everything we know about the next iPhone so far

Everything we know about the next iPhone so far

Apple’s (AAPL) next iPhone is going to be a huge product for the tech company. In other words, Apple is going to have to overdeliver on its next-generation iPhone. The phone needs to bring new features, an updated look and, above all, offer even iPhone 7 owners a reason to upgrade to the new phone.

Wireless carriers are fighting for your cash, and that’s good news

Wireless carriers are fighting for your cash, and that’s good news

Over the past week, the four big US wireless carriers have made two things clear: They’re easily spooked, and competition works. From Feb. 12 through Feb. 17, a cascading series of rate cuts and service-plan liberalizations have seen the price of unlimited data plans tumble from a high of infinity to, at worst, $100. The pricing battle started when Verizon (VZ) made a surprise announcement on Feb. 12 saying the company would start selling unlimited data plans for $80 for a single line without the kind of video streaming and hotspot limits T-Mobile (TMUS) imposed on its $70 unlimited plan.

The $450 Analogue Nt mini brings new life to old-school NES games

The $450 Analogue Nt mini brings new life to old-school NES games

The Analogue Nt mini lets you play your old Nintendo games, but for a steep price. Nintendo (NTDOY, NTDOF) might be looking to the future with its upcoming Switch console, but its fans can’t get enough of the company’s past. Case in point: the NES Classic Edition, a $60 plug-and-play unit that quickly became the holiday’s must-have gaming toy.

A device that helps blind people see

A device that helps blind people see

These high-tech eSight 3 glasses are helping legally blind people see. The visor-like headset uses high-speed, high-definition cameras to capture what the user is looking at.The device uses algorithms to enhance the video feed, and displays the video through eSight 3’s OLED screens in front of the users’ eyes.

This passenger-carrying drone will soon hit skies

This passenger-carrying drone will soon hit skies

Meet the EHang 184 AAV. It’s the first one-person battery-powered drone to ever hit the skies. It was first unveiled at CES 2016 and has been making test flights in Nevada. The autonomous vehicle can carry one passenger at 60 miles per hour. The pilotless drone has eight rotors mounted in pairs on four folding arms for liftoff. EHang, the company that makes it, says it will be ready for consumers to purchase in Dubai in July. Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/a-passenger-carrying-drone-is-set-to-make-regular-flights-in-dubai/ More:

No dating app has more engagement than Grindr

No dating app has more engagement than Grindr

Grindr users spend an average of 165 minutes inside the app each week. Smartphone app stores are chock-full of dating apps, all vying for screen time. According to a new study from New York City-based research firm 7Park Data, Grindr users spend an average of 165 minutes, or 2.75 hours, a week inside the app, far surpassing dating apps Badoo and Tinder, with users on average spending 68 minutes and 55 minutes a week using those apps, respectively.

How Verizon's new 'unlimited' plan compares to the competition

How Verizon's new 'unlimited' plan compares to the competition

Verizon has brought back its unlimited data plan. Some five and a half years after killing its unlimited-data plan, Verizon (VZ) is resurrecting the offering, putting the carrier back on an even footing with competitors like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The move, announced Sunday, completes a remarkable turnaround for the industry. Back in mid-2012, only Sprint (S) offered a plan with unlimited full-speed data, which, given its horrible network then, wasn’t too appealing anyway.

The first certified commercial flying car hits the market

The first certified commercial flying car hits the market

PAL-V is already taking preorders for the first-ever flying car. It’s called the Liberty, and it looks like a three-wheeled car when it’s on the road and a helicopter when it’s in the air. The Dutch company says it’s initially constructing only 90 models, so don’t expect to see many of these right away. Pricing starts at $400,000 for the base model, which can rise to as high as $600,000 with all the extra features. If that’s out of your budget, don’t worry; you can always put down a $2,500 refundable escrow deposit and save up until its launch at the end of 2018.

These 6 systems will get rid of Wi-Fi dead spots in your house

These 6 systems will get rid of Wi-Fi dead spots in your house

Instead of one Wi-Fi transmitter too weak to fill your entire home with signal, a mesh system uses a set of them, spaced evenly through your house. The result is a single “mesh network,” a roaming network, that blankets the entire house in good, strong signal. The revolution began a year ago with the introduction of the Eero.

FTC's case against Vizio illuminates terrible tech industry habit

FTC's case against Vizio illuminates terrible tech industry habit

Vizio paid a $2.2 million settlement. The electronics giant paid up to settle allegations that it installed software on its smart TVs to track what people watched without getting their consent and with only vague disclosure. In doing that, the commission has provided an excellent lesson in how one of the tech industry’s worst habits — what’s called a “dark pattern” interface — can go wrong.

Samsung's Chromebook Pro is the best Chromebook yet

Samsung's Chromebook Pro is the best Chromebook yet

Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) Chromebooks are, by and large, excellent, low-cost alternatives to more expensive Windows PCs and Apple’s MacBooks. They get you online and let you stream movies and music. You can even play a few games on your Chromebook.

The first smartwatch for gamers

The first smartwatch for gamers

This new smartwatch was developed just for gamers. It’s called Gameband, and it comes with the productivity apps that are standard on most smartwatches, but will also include classic games like “Asteroids,” “Pong” and “Centipede.” You can play the games right on the face of the watch, or connect the Gameband to any computer via USB-C to play the games full screen. The device even has an upgradable Microsd slot for added storage. It also features a beautiful AMOLED display, a top-notch processor and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. ...

5 tax scams to avoid

5 tax scams to avoid

Yes, in case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard earned cash and personal information from right under your nose. According to a report by Sophos’ Naked Security Blog, Snap, Inc. fell for this exact scam back in 2016.

Pogue’s Basics: How to end a call on your iPhone

Pogue’s Basics: How to end a call on your iPhone

This is going to sound insane. But since Apple released iOS 10, a lot of people have asked how to hang up at the end of a call. It’s true: The bright red Hang Up button no longer appears on the call screen! For a mysterious reason known only to Apple, once you press your Home button for any reason during a call—to wake the phone because it’s gone to sleep, for example, or to open a different app for reference—the red Hang Up button goes away, as shown in the video above. So here’s the solution: To hang up, press the Sleep button (the off switch on the side or top of the iPhone). ...

Symantec CEO: ‘It’s a new theater of war’ for cybercriminals

Symantec CEO: ‘It’s a new theater of war’ for cybercriminals

If you didn’t think the internet was a wretched hive of scum and villainy before, Symantec (SYMC) CEO Greg Clark might just change your mind. Clark, who sat down for an interview with David Pogue at Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit, explained how criminals on the internet are not only incredibly active, but are almost always changing where they live online and how they attack. It’s serious business,” Clark said.

News aggregator Flipboard has a plan to tackle 'fake news'

News aggregator Flipboard has a plan to tackle 'fake news'

Flipboard on Wednesday announced a major update to its news-aggregating app that targets fake news and emphasizes different views from across the political spectrum — ongoing hot-button topics following last year’s US presidential election. The app update, available for iOS, Android and the web, sports a new, minimalistic layout throughout that now focuses on content that’s heavily personalized for each user by way of what the startup calls “Smart Magazines.” Each Smart Magazine is essentially a digital collection of up-to-date stories pulled from different news sources in a larger theme of your choosing, like sports, politics or celebrity news. It’s also possible to fine tune Smart Magazines’ content to pick and choose from thousands of topics, like say, a technology-themed Smart Magazine that focused on venture capital-backed startups.

Open-internet rules look dead. Now what?

Open-internet rules look dead. Now what?

President Trump’s new head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, hasn’t been in office long, but he’s has been quick to make his policy priorities clear. The rules currently remain in force, and still bar internet providers from stopping or slowing down legal websites and apps — or straight up charging them for faster delivery of their data. One of Pai’s first moves as chairman was to propose a five-year extension of an expired waiver that had let smaller internet providers out of reporting requirements mandating disclosure of “network management practices, performance and commercial terms,” otherwise known as fees and surcharges you may owe them.

Meet the new, business-friendly FCC

Meet the new, business-friendly FCC

Remember net neutrality? Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast (CMCSA) and AT&T (T) should not be able to charge more to pass along some kinds of data than others. For example, Comcast owns NBC, and AT&T owns DirecTV.

Ditch your backpack for this rolling assistant

Ditch your backpack for this rolling assistant

Ever wish you had an assistant to help you carry your things? Meet Gita, a stylish and compact robot, designed for exactly that. At just over two feet tall, the robot can carry up to 40 pounds, and can follow you as you walk, run, bicycle or skateboard through busy city streets. Simply pack the Gita’s compartment with your belongings, push a button, and you’re ready to go. The Gita tracks you via a special camera-equipped belt that connects to the unit through Wi-Fi. The robot can even deliver items to waypoints on routes it’s already traveled. ...

Pogue’s Basics: Have your iPhone announce your calls

Pogue’s Basics: Have your iPhone announce your calls

I’ve got a friend whose home cordless phone (yes, she still has one of those) announces, out loud, who’s calling. It’s kind of cool, because if you’re making dinner or watching TV or something, you know whether it’s worth answering. “Call from Vantage Insurance,” it’ll say — a telemarketer — and she ignores it. “Call from David Pogue,” and, of course, she leaps to answer.

Turn any old pair of glasses into smart glasses

Turn any old pair of glasses into smart glasses

Move over Google Glass and Snap Spectacles. This new accessory will clip right on to any pair of glasses and makes them smart. It’s called Kai and is controlled through the user’s voice, somewhat like Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri. You can make a phone call, text or even call an Uber, straight from your glasses. Houndify, the technology behind Kai, helps wearers stay up on news, weather and other notifications. Kai is still in the middle of its Kickstarter campaign, but if you’re looking to get in on an early-bird price, it will cost you $130. Source: http://www.digitaltrends. ...

Meet the 28-year-old tech whiz who's making $4 billion from Snapchat

Meet the 28-year-old tech whiz who's making $4 billion from Snapchat

When it comes to Snapchat’s parent company Snap, which filed for a $3 billion IPO last week, you’re likely more familiar with the company’s CEO Evan Spiegel than its co-founder, Bobby Murphy. Born and raised in Berkeley, Calif., the 28-year-old Filipino American co-founder met Spiegel at Stanford University while studying for a degree in mathematics and computational science. Now, with Snap gearing up to go public in March, Murphy is poised to have a whopping $4 billion net worth, according to Forbes.

Pogue’s Basics: The secret trackpad on the iPhone 6s and 7

Pogue’s Basics: The secret trackpad on the iPhone 6s and 7

The big bummer about a smartphone, of course, is that it doesn’t have any pointing device except your big fat finger. Whenever text is on the screen and the keyboard is open, press firmly anywhere on the keyboard. You can now move the insertion-point cursor through the text just by dragging your finger across the keys.

This flying robot is called Bat Bot

This flying robot is called Bat Bot

It appears to be a bat, but if you look closely, it’s really a robot. Bat Bot was created to be a flying drone that mimics the unique way bats fly and move. The drone, only 3 ounces in prototype form was designed to help in disaster areas and construction sites. The batlike robot can flap its wings for better aerial maneuvers, and it glides to save energy and dives when needed. Researchers hope to have it perch upside down like a real bat. Don’t expect to see Bat Bot in the skies anytime soon — it’s still being developed, and its designers hope to add cameras and improve ...

Uber CEO quits Trump advisory board amid criticism

Uber CEO quits Trump advisory board amid criticism

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has quit President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council, Yahoo Finance has learned. Uber’s chief executive disclosed the decision in a memo to employees on Thursday, obtained by Yahoo Finance. Kalanick said he withdrew from Trump’s advisory board in a brief conversation with Trump on early Thursday.

GoPro shares plummet after ugly earnings report

GoPro shares plummet after ugly earnings report

GoPro reported that its full-year revenue fell 22% to $1.2 billion in 2016 from $1.6 billion in 2015. GoPro closed out the previous quarter with a rash of bad news. After the company’s poor Q3, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman announced that he was shuttering the action sports camera maker’s entertainment division, which cost the company 15% of its work force, or 200 full-time jobs.

Apple CEO uses sofa analogy to explain Qualcomm lawsuit

Apple CEO uses sofa analogy to explain Qualcomm lawsuit

Apple CEO Tim Cook broke down his company’s $1 billion lawsuit with Qualcomm using a sofa analogy. “I don’t like litigation and view it as a last resort,” Cook said during Apple’s Q1 2017 earnings call. Apple’s suit revolves around a dispute over how much Qualcomm charges the iPhone maker for the use of its modem chips, which allow the phones to get cellular data.

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Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi advance into Mosul's western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the city's west remain trapped, and describe deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

TOKYO (AP) — China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change — just not in the way Washington has wanted.

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

President Donald Trump came to the White House promising a radical reset of US-Russia relations after years of rising tensions under his predecessor. After he repeatedly pledged to reach "a deal" with Vladimir Putin while hinting at downgraded relations with NATO and the European Union, Trump has yet to set a meeting with the Russian leader. Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence and top cabinet security and defense officials have gone to great lengths to reassure European leaders that Washington is not giving up on its allies.

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, believes all companies in the "online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another," said FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California's governor announced Friday a $437 million plan for flood control and emergency response following a recent crisis in which part of the tallest dam in the United States nearly failed, causing massive evacuations. Almost 200,000 people fled their homes more than a week ago after flooding and increased water levels at the Oroville Dam in northern California prompted authorities to channel excess water down an emergency spillway, which quickly began eroding and created a potentially catastrophic situation for residents below. "Recent storms have pounded the state of California resulting in a dam spillway eroding, roads crumbling and levees failing," Governor Jerry Brown said.

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Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree

Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree

By Ahmed Aboulenein ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Christian families and students fled Egypt's North Sinai province in droves on Friday after Islamic State killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks. A Reuters reporter saw 25 families gathered with their belongings in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia's Evangelical Church and church officials said 100 families, out of around 160 in North Sinai, were fleeing. More than 200 students studying in Arish, the province's capital, have also left.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments

France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments

French President Francois Hollande fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the U.S. president remarked in a speech that a friend thought "Paris is no longer Paris" after attacks by Islamist militants. Hollande said Trump should show support for U.S. allies. Here, you don't have people with guns opening fire on the crowd simply for the satisfaction of causing drama and tragedy," Hollande said, responding to questions during a visit at the Paris Agric fair.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Huawei seeks to exploit Samsung gap with new smartphone

Huawei seeks to exploit Samsung gap with new smartphone

Huawei is introducing a mass-market version of its premium business phone, to take advantage of a gap created by the withdrawal of Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note 7 after a crisis with its batteries catching fire. Huawei has aggressively expanded its mid- to high-end phones and is going head to head in Asia and Europe with Apple and Samsung in the premium phone market. Huawei's new P10 line is expected to be cheaper than the business-oriented Mate 9, with new features including facial detection that can tell whether a user is taking a selfie or a picture with more people and select its camera mode accordingly.

Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-president

Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-president

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has decided to run for re-election in May, the vice-president for parliamentary affairs said on Sunday, according to state news agency IRNA. "In recent weeks, Mr Rouhani has reached a conclusion to take part in the presidential elections," Hosseinali Amiri told reporters. Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate who has pushed for greater social freedoms and improved ties with the West, has been widely expected to run for a second term but has yet to formally announce his candidature for the May 19 election.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

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Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi advance into Mosul's western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the city's west remain trapped, and describe deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

TOKYO (AP) — China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change — just not in the way Washington has wanted.

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

President Donald Trump came to the White House promising a radical reset of US-Russia relations after years of rising tensions under his predecessor. After he repeatedly pledged to reach "a deal" with Vladimir Putin while hinting at downgraded relations with NATO and the European Union, Trump has yet to set a meeting with the Russian leader. Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence and top cabinet security and defense officials have gone to great lengths to reassure European leaders that Washington is not giving up on its allies.

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, believes all companies in the "online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another," said FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California's governor announced Friday a $437 million plan for flood control and emergency response following a recent crisis in which part of the tallest dam in the United States nearly failed, causing massive evacuations. Almost 200,000 people fled their homes more than a week ago after flooding and increased water levels at the Oroville Dam in northern California prompted authorities to channel excess water down an emergency spillway, which quickly began eroding and created a potentially catastrophic situation for residents below. "Recent storms have pounded the state of California resulting in a dam spillway eroding, roads crumbling and levees failing," Governor Jerry Brown said.

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Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree

Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree

By Ahmed Aboulenein ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Christian families and students fled Egypt's North Sinai province in droves on Friday after Islamic State killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks. A Reuters reporter saw 25 families gathered with their belongings in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia's Evangelical Church and church officials said 100 families, out of around 160 in North Sinai, were fleeing. More than 200 students studying in Arish, the province's capital, have also left.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments

France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments

French President Francois Hollande fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the U.S. president remarked in a speech that a friend thought "Paris is no longer Paris" after attacks by Islamist militants. Hollande said Trump should show support for U.S. allies. Here, you don't have people with guns opening fire on the crowd simply for the satisfaction of causing drama and tragedy," Hollande said, responding to questions during a visit at the Paris Agric fair.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Huawei seeks to exploit Samsung gap with new smartphone

Huawei seeks to exploit Samsung gap with new smartphone

Huawei is introducing a mass-market version of its premium business phone, to take advantage of a gap created by the withdrawal of Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note 7 after a crisis with its batteries catching fire. Huawei has aggressively expanded its mid- to high-end phones and is going head to head in Asia and Europe with Apple and Samsung in the premium phone market. Huawei's new P10 line is expected to be cheaper than the business-oriented Mate 9, with new features including facial detection that can tell whether a user is taking a selfie or a picture with more people and select its camera mode accordingly.

Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-president

Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-president

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has decided to run for re-election in May, the vice-president for parliamentary affairs said on Sunday, according to state news agency IRNA. "In recent weeks, Mr Rouhani has reached a conclusion to take part in the presidential elections," Hosseinali Amiri told reporters. Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate who has pushed for greater social freedoms and improved ties with the West, has been widely expected to run for a second term but has yet to formally announce his candidature for the May 19 election.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

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Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree

Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree

By Ahmed Aboulenein ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Christian families and students fled Egypt's North Sinai province in droves on Friday after Islamic State killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks. A Reuters reporter saw 25 families gathered with their belongings in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia's Evangelical Church and church officials said 100 families, out of around 160 in North Sinai, were fleeing. More than 200 students studying in Arish, the province's capital, have also left.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments

France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments

French President Francois Hollande fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the U.S. president remarked in a speech that a friend thought "Paris is no longer Paris" after attacks by Islamist militants. Hollande said Trump should show support for U.S. allies. Here, you don't have people with guns opening fire on the crowd simply for the satisfaction of causing drama and tragedy," Hollande said, responding to questions during a visit at the Paris Agric fair.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Huawei seeks to exploit Samsung gap with new smartphone

Huawei seeks to exploit Samsung gap with new smartphone

Huawei is introducing a mass-market version of its premium business phone, to take advantage of a gap created by the withdrawal of Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note 7 after a crisis with its batteries catching fire. Huawei has aggressively expanded its mid- to high-end phones and is going head to head in Asia and Europe with Apple and Samsung in the premium phone market. Huawei's new P10 line is expected to be cheaper than the business-oriented Mate 9, with new features including facial detection that can tell whether a user is taking a selfie or a picture with more people and select its camera mode accordingly.

Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-president

Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-president

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has decided to run for re-election in May, the vice-president for parliamentary affairs said on Sunday, according to state news agency IRNA. "In recent weeks, Mr Rouhani has reached a conclusion to take part in the presidential elections," Hosseinali Amiri told reporters. Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate who has pushed for greater social freedoms and improved ties with the West, has been widely expected to run for a second term but has yet to formally announce his candidature for the May 19 election.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

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Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi advance into Mosul's western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the city's west remain trapped, and describe deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

TOKYO (AP) — China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change — just not in the way Washington has wanted.

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

President Donald Trump came to the White House promising a radical reset of US-Russia relations after years of rising tensions under his predecessor. After he repeatedly pledged to reach "a deal" with Vladimir Putin while hinting at downgraded relations with NATO and the European Union, Trump has yet to set a meeting with the Russian leader. Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence and top cabinet security and defense officials have gone to great lengths to reassure European leaders that Washington is not giving up on its allies.

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, believes all companies in the "online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another," said FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California's governor announced Friday a $437 million plan for flood control and emergency response following a recent crisis in which part of the tallest dam in the United States nearly failed, causing massive evacuations. Almost 200,000 people fled their homes more than a week ago after flooding and increased water levels at the Oroville Dam in northern California prompted authorities to channel excess water down an emergency spillway, which quickly began eroding and created a potentially catastrophic situation for residents below. "Recent storms have pounded the state of California resulting in a dam spillway eroding, roads crumbling and levees failing," Governor Jerry Brown said.

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Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi advance into Mosul's western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the city's west remain trapped, and describe deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

TOKYO (AP) — China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change — just not in the way Washington has wanted.

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

President Donald Trump came to the White House promising a radical reset of US-Russia relations after years of rising tensions under his predecessor. After he repeatedly pledged to reach "a deal" with Vladimir Putin while hinting at downgraded relations with NATO and the European Union, Trump has yet to set a meeting with the Russian leader. Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence and top cabinet security and defense officials have gone to great lengths to reassure European leaders that Washington is not giving up on its allies.

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, believes all companies in the "online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another," said FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California's governor announced Friday a $437 million plan for flood control and emergency response following a recent crisis in which part of the tallest dam in the United States nearly failed, causing massive evacuations. Almost 200,000 people fled their homes more than a week ago after flooding and increased water levels at the Oroville Dam in northern California prompted authorities to channel excess water down an emergency spillway, which quickly began eroding and created a potentially catastrophic situation for residents below. "Recent storms have pounded the state of California resulting in a dam spillway eroding, roads crumbling and levees failing," Governor Jerry Brown said.

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Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair

ATLANTA — Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party’s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year’s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez’s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted “Party to the people” in protest, drowning out the party leaders.

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer

It’s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple’s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8’s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It’ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei’s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we’ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn’t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica’s role in designing it. Huawei’s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year’s smartphone “standards.” Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn’t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei’s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

U.S. seeks extradition of ex-Guatemala officials on drug charges

The United States will request the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti and a former cabinet minister on drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said on Friday. Baldetti has been imprisoned in Guatemala since 2015 on charges of leading a network that defrauded the government of the Central American country along with former president Otto Pérez Molina, who has also been arrested and is awaiting trial.

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi advance into Mosul's western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the city's west remain trapped, and describe deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions.

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump's first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Logi ZeroTouch can turn any Android phone into an Alexa phone

Some day, every smartphone in the world will be able to access Amazon’s awesome virtual personal assistant Alexa. For now, however, Alexa is only baked into one Android phone. You can complain about it and use some lesser AI assistant, or you can grab yourself a Logi ZeroTouch. These awesome little Logitech car mounts connect to your Android phone wirelessly and they allow you to access all of Alexa’s features by performing a gesture to activate Alexa. This way, you don’t have to mess with your phone or take your eyes off the road for even a second. You can watch a video of the Logi ZeroTouch in action right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069hacmHhpQ ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee. ZeroTouch Dashboard Car Mount ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control. VOICE & GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with the sound of your voice and a wave of your hand. HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Music, Location Sharing, Navigation, Yelping. SNAP & GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking. COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 4.4 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only). MAGNETIC DASHBOARD / WINDSHIELD MOUNT: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee.

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said. Fillon, one of the frontrunners in the presidential race, will be investigated for alleged embezzlement of public funds and misappropriation of corporate assets, prosecutors said in a statement. The 62-year-old former prime minister has not been charged at this point, but under French law investigating magistrates can decide to bring charges.

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

TOKYO (AP) — China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change — just not in the way Washington has wanted.

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump

By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top

I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display. Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released. At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April. That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it. LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past. In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again. In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen. While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor. LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option. In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip. The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone. Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch. Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG: Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi) Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm Weight: 163g Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible) Colors: Black / Platinum Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

Anyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry Ltd's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company's phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

Leggings Legend LuLaRoe Sued for Overcharging Customers on Sales Tax

LuLaRoe, the ridiculously successful fashion company known for its bright and comfortable leggings and genius marketing plan, is in trouble. While the company’s innovative direct sales model (one that relies largely on Facebook and other Internet communities) has made many women loyal supporters of the business because it allows them the unique opportunity to build their own pop-up shops and make commission as consultants, the business structure has also had its complications. The California-headquartered company was slammed with a lawsuit on Feb. 17 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania that alleges it has been illegally collecting sales tax in states that don’t have it.

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

Search for murder suspect, 6-year-old daughter ends in crash

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl was found in Pennsylvania on Friday following a high-speed car chase and crash that involved a car driven by her father, who's suspected in her mother's killing, authorities said.

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Uber blasts Google, claims self-driving car lawsuit is a ‘baseless attempt to’ slow Uber down

Not ever one to back down from a fight, it took Uber less than 24 hours to respond to a lawsuit alleging that it misappropriated extremely sensitive and proprietary technical data from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Uber vehemently denies all of the allegations. Not only that, Uber articulates that the lawsuit itself is merely an underhanded and desperate attempt for Waymo to slow down Uber's progress with respect to self-driving car technologies. "We are incredibly proud of the progress that our team has made, an Uber spokesperson said. "We have reviewed Waymo's claims and determined them to be a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor and we look forward to vigorously defending against them in court. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to bring self-driving benefits to the world." If this case winds up in court, and there's no reason to believe it won't, we can certainly expect fireworks. As we detailed yesterday, Waymo's allegations involve a concerted effort from former employees to stealthily access and download gigabytes upon gigabytes of top secret and proprietary technical information. The most glaring accusation involves Anthony Levandowski -- a former Google employee who now works at Uber by way of Otto -- who allegedly absconded with 9.7GB of  "confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation." Waymo notes that it didn't file suit against Uber lightly, so this doesn't seem like the type of dispute that will quickly dissolve with a mutually agreeable settlement agreement.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Someone lost a pair of Snuggie-clad goats, but it's OK because they were found

Finding out you've lost a pet is one of the most crushing and terrifying moments to experience. But losing two goats in Snuggies? We can't even imagine what that level of pain would feel like. That's exactly what happened in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Police Department discovered two lost goats in their town, who also appear to be wearing Snuggies. In an attempt to find their owner, they posted a picture of the goats to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Dog DGAF when poor owner shells out $1,000 after it swallows a bouncy ball "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies?" the post reads. "The Snuggie-clad ruminants have been transported to the West Valley Humane Society." Fortunately, the goats' owner has been found. All is well with these goats, who were probably nice and cozy the entire time thanks to their Snuggies. Let's not forget to appreciate the amazingly written caption to go along with the photo. I mean, just look at those hashtags: "#WhatsARuminant #TotesMaGoats #WeveGotYourGoat" That's the work of a true social media artist. The officer pictured in the photo has received an outpouring of love from the community. According to multiple comments on the picture, Animal Control Officer Duff is always there to locate lost pets, even sometimes giving them a ride home and calling to follow up on how they are doing after recovery. Way to go, Idaho. BONUS: Goats were on the loose for 24 hours in a Kentucky city

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

President Donald Trump came to the White House promising a radical reset of US-Russia relations after years of rising tensions under his predecessor. After he repeatedly pledged to reach "a deal" with Vladimir Putin while hinting at downgraded relations with NATO and the European Union, Trump has yet to set a meeting with the Russian leader. Meanwhile Vice President Mike Pence and top cabinet security and defense officials have gone to great lengths to reassure European leaders that Washington is not giving up on its allies.

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, believes all companies in the "online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another," said FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield.

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out. But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug. Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love. There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it. On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro. Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry. There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100. The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California requests $440 mn for flood control after dam crisis

California's governor announced Friday a $437 million plan for flood control and emergency response following a recent crisis in which part of the tallest dam in the United States nearly failed, causing massive evacuations. Almost 200,000 people fled their homes more than a week ago after flooding and increased water levels at the Oroville Dam in northern California prompted authorities to channel excess water down an emergency spillway, which quickly began eroding and created a potentially catastrophic situation for residents below. "Recent storms have pounded the state of California resulting in a dam spillway eroding, roads crumbling and levees failing," Governor Jerry Brown said.