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This Galaxy S8 rumor could be very bad news for Android fans

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:36

The main battle in the smartphone market will be fought between the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8 this year. The two flagship handsets will have various things in common including higher price tags than you might expect. After reports from a few weeks ago said the Galaxy S8 will be more expensive than the Galaxy S7, suggesting the phone might be more expensive than Apple’s cheapest next-gen iPhone, a separate report came out saying that Apple’s redesigned iPhone 8 will be priced north of $1,000 (though the iPhone 7s is still expected to start at $649). But now, a new rumor indicates that the Galaxy S8 might actually manage to top Apple’s price for the iPhone 8, albeit barely.

Samsung isn’t expected to announce pricing and launch details for the Galaxy S8 until late March. But SamMobile got wind of a what appears to be the price of the Galaxy S8 in Ukraine from a leaked database screenshot that was shared on Twitter, and then promptly deleted.

According to the image above, the Galaxy S8 (SM-G950) and the Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955) will launch in black, gold and Orchid Gray. The phones will seemingly cost $950 and $1,050, respectively, when converted in US dollars.

There’s no way to verify these details for the time being, but if accurate, this new leak indicates that Samsung’s next phone will indeed be more expensive than last year’s Galaxy S7. The phone might cost at least $100 more than its predecessor. But will it be cheaper than the iPhone 8, which is supposed to go on sale in mid-September?

Samsung charges about as much as Apple does for a brand new flagship handset, although the pricing structure isn’t exactly the same since the companies have different practices when it comes to storage capacities.

Moto G4 Play Just Dropped to $99

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:28

The Moto G4 Play is the least-expensive model in Motorola's well-respected G line of smartphones. The Moto G4 doesn't offer the latest smartphone specs - you won't find built-in NFC or a fingerprint sensor - but it does provide a good value.

The Most Beautiful Chart In the World, According To Bill Gates

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:26

The Microsoft founder tweeted a chart showing a more than 50 percent reduction in childhood deaths since 1990.

SpaceX's historic rocket launch Saturday could end in another dramatic landing

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:15

On Saturday, SpaceX is expected to make history by launching its first Falcon 9 rocket from historic launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The pad was originally used during NASA's Apollo era in the 1960s but was revamped to serve the space shuttle in the 1970s.  SEE ALSO: SpaceX did something amazing over the weekend "Some of humanity's greatest adventures in orbit began at Launch Complex 39A," NASA said in a statement. "Astronauts lifted off from this pad six times between 1969 and 1972 to walk upon lunar soil." On Saturday, 39A will feel the flames of a rocket that represents a new generation of American spaceflight — one marked by private ambition and public partnerships —  for the first time.  A Falcon 9 rocket landing on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean in January 2017. Image: spacex If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9 will launch an uncrewed Dragon cargo ship loaded down with astronaut supplies and experiments on its way to the International Space Station at 10:01 a.m. ET. The launch is under a contract with NASA.  But that's not all.  Elon Musk's private spaceflight company will also attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket back on land at Cape Canaveral, a feat they have pulled off twice before. This one will occur during daylight, which will make for a unique spectacle. You can watch the history-making launch and landing in the window below:  SpaceX usually attempts to land its rockets on drone ships in either the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, far from shore. So far, the company has managed five of those drone ship landings.  While these rocket landings look amazing, they're also out to serve an important purpose.  SpaceX is testing the feasibility of reusing rocket stages instead of building new hardware for every launch. Traditionally, rocket stages are simply discarded in space after serving their purpose, but by reusing them, it could greatly reduce the cost of launching objects to orbit. A Dragon capsule attached to the International Space Station. Image: nasa If this launch is successful, it will be SpaceX's first from Cape Canaveral since one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets exploded during fueling before what should have been a routine test in September.  That explosion occurred at a different one of SpaceX's launch pads, severely damaging it.  Assuming the Dragon takes flight on time, it should reach the Space Station by around Monday.  BONUS: SpaceX's most recent rocket landing looks so sci-fi in new photos

Ukraine rebels accuse OSCE of aiding Kiev forces

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:09

Ukraine's Russian-backed insurgents on Friday accused a top official in the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) of aiding Kiev's forces in the 34-month war. A separatist leader made the accusation at a joint news conference in the rebel-controlled city of Lugansk with Alexander Hug -- the principal deputy chief of the group's special monitoring mission to Ukraine --- who denied the claim. The OSCE is a Cold-war era body drawn up to ensure peace in Europe.

SpaceX Is Investigating Leak In Falcon 9 Rocket Just Hours Before Launch

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:58

Space CEO Elon Musk says company is investigating leak prior to launch.

Germany bans internet-connected 'spying' doll Cayla

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:54

German regulators have banned an internet-connected doll called "My Friend Cayla" that can chat with children, warning Friday that it was a de facto "spying device". Parents were urged to disable the interactive toy by the Federal Network Agency which enforces bans on surveillance devices. "Items that conceal cameras or microphones and that are capable of transmitting a signal, and therefore can transmit data without detection, compromise people's privacy," said the agency's head, Jochen Homann.

Pakistan cracks down on militants after IS shrine attack

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:53

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A brutal attack on a beloved Sufi shrine that killed 88 people raised fears that the Islamic State group has become emboldened in Pakistan, aided by an army of homegrown militants benefiting from hideouts in neighboring Afghanistan, analysts and officials said Friday.

Brewery gives employees 'puppy parental leave' and everyone else major job envy

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:50

How does spending an entire week playing with a puppy and getting paid for it sound to you? Too good to be true? We're here to inform you that there is a company which allows their employees to do that. Yes, that exists. Companies all over the world have stepped up their game to ensure a high quality of life for their employees by offering all sorts of competitive perks and benefits. But we have found the one company that has every other place beat, hands down, no question. BrewDog, a brewery based in Scotland, announced on Monday that it would be instituting "Puppy Parental Leave" across their company. SEE ALSO: Gather round and be blessed by this precious puppy's 'newborn' photoshoot "We know only too well that having a new arrival – whether a mewling pup or unsettled rescue dog – can be stressful for human and hound both," BrewDog stated on its website. "So we are becoming the first in our industry to give our staff a working week’s leave on us to help settle a new furry family member into their home." If it were possible to give an entire company a hug, we would be doing it to BrewDog right now. Their announcement also came with this adorable video explaining the policy. As you may have guessed by the brewery's name, dogs are an essential part of the identity of BrewDog. Indeed, the brewery was founded by two men and a dog. "Ever since Bracken, the original Brew Dog, first watched James and Martin mash in batch number one of Punk IPA back in 2007 dogs have been central to our way of life," the brewery mentions on its site. BrewDog also encourages its employees to bring their dogs to work. Their main office in Scotland boasts 50 "office dogs." How does anyone get any work done there? BrewDog collars, back by popular demand!*  *Dog not included with purchase. #brewdog #craftbeer #dogsofinsta #brewpix #dogcollars #puppiesofinstagram A post shared by BrewDog (@brewdogofficial) on Nov 4, 2016 at 11:19am PDT While the brewery is headquartered in Scotland, they are planning on opening up another brewery in Columbus, Ohio. And just a reminder, the puppy paid leave policy extends to all employees anywhere. We'll just leave their careers page here for you for easy access. BONUS: Meet the dog who's basically a saint

Russian spy ship 17 miles from Norfolk naval base

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:43

Lucas Tomlinson provides latest update

Best Vacuums for Hardwood Floors

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:39

Hardwood flooring is hot. In 2016, 35 percent of designers expected to install more of it, making it flooring's highest growth category, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. And ...

Pakistan 'kills 100 militants' after blast in Sufi shrine

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:36

Pakistani forces said Friday they had killed more than 100 "terrorists" after 88 people died in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a Sufi shrine which stoked fears of a fresh surge in militancy. Prime minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief of staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa Friday visited the town of Sehwan in Sindh province where the latest attack took place. Sharif vowed to eliminate militants "with the full force of the state".

There’s An Eighth Continent That’s Been Hiding From Us This Whole Time

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:35

And it was right under our noses.

Best Buy is running a killer President’s Day sale on the iPhone 7/7 Plus, HDTVs and more

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:24

The holiday season might be over, but that doesn't mean we have to wait until the end of the year for more great sales. On Friday at midnight, Best Buy kicked off its annual President's Day sale, offering up dozens of deals on smartphones, TVs, computers, cameras, appliances and more. The sale lasts all weekend and the retailer says that quantities are limited, so don't delay if you see an interesting deal.

Rather than list all of the deals available in the sale, we've rounded up the very best that we could find and broke them down by category below. Whether you're looking for a cheap iPhone 7, an affordable 4K TV or a touchscreen laptop that won't break the bank, we've got you covered:

Smartphones Televisions Computers

There are plenty of other unlocked phones, printers, vacuum cleaners, headphones, routers, cases, external hard drives and more available on Best Buy's website, so be sure to check out the full sale there.

Pro-Trump town in Colorado warily eyes new president

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:21

A 90-minute drive from Denver lies Eaton, one of the safest towns in Colorado and one of the few in the state that overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump. Here, residents of the rural community surrounded by farmland and cattle ranches see in Trump a candidate that will deliver on his promise to bring jobs back to America and -- as he repeatedly said on the campaign trail -- "drain the swamp" in Washington. One month into his presidency, many of the town's 5,000 or so residents, 71 percent of whom voted for Trump, still believe in their candidate, though they admit his style may not always be presidential.

China’s ‘Left Behind’ Children

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:16

Millions of Chinese children are being raised by their grandparents in rural China as their parents left to find work in urban areas. While there are no official figures, a recent government report puts the number of “left behind” children at nearly 10 million, though child welfare experts estimate the number to be closer to 60 million. In the case of the Luo family grandparents, who are elderly and poor, they do what they can to meet the basic needs of four children between the ages of 5 and 11.

Lithuania probes fake German troops rape claim

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:16

Lithuanian prosecutors said Friday they had opened a probe into who was responsible for spreading false allegations of a rape committed by German troops freshly deployed to the Baltic NATO state. Police have described as fake an email sent this week to the speaker of parliament and national police claiming that German-speaking men in uniforms raped an underage girl near a barracks in central Lithuania. Several hundred German soldiers arrived this month as part of a multinational NATO battalion in Lithuania, one of four the alliance is providing on a rotational basis to eastern flank members to deter a militarily resurgent Russia.

Syria and monitoring group blast Turkey over civilian deaths

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:14

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government and an opposition monitoring group condemned Friday what they called Turkey's "crimes" against the Syrian people in the northern town of al-Bab that is controlled by the Islamic State group. Meanwhile, a top Turkish military official said most of the town is under control of allied Syrian opposition fighters.

In Venezuela’s Maduro, Has Trump Finally Found a Strongman He Doesn’t Like?

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:07

Trump may be signaling a tougher stance on Venezuela.

Trump scrambles to find top national security aide

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:05

By Jeff Mason NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, scrambling to find a new top security aide after firing his first one and being spurned by another candidate, said on Friday he has four people under consideration including acting national security adviser Keith Kellogg. Trump ousted Michael Flynn on Monday in a controversy over the retired lieutenant general's contacts with Russia. Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward on Thursday turned down the Republican president's offer to replace Flynn.