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Judge: Bridge case complaint against Christie can proceed

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:58

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge ruled for the second time that a criminal complaint against Gov. Chris Christie can go forward, saying Thursday there's probable cause to believe he knew lane closings at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 were more than just a routine traffic study.

Bridgegate complaint can proceed, judge says

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:58

A criminal complaint against N.J. Gov. Chris Christie over the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal will go forward.

34 civilians killed in bombing on Syria town: monitor

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:48

Turkish bombardment of an Islamic State group-held town in Syria has killed 34 civilians in one day, a monitor said Thursday, but Turkey's army said only "terrorists" died in the operation. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead in air strikes and shelling on the town of Al-Bab had killed 24 civilians -- including 11 children -- by Thursday morning. Renewed bombardment later in the day killed another ten civilians, among them six children, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Mongolian herders reel under dreaded 'dzud' weather

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:48

Thousands of Mongolian herders face disastrous livestock losses from a dreaded severe weather phenomenon known as the "dzud", the Red Cross said Thursday in launching an international emergency aid appeal. Landlocked Mongolia is grappling for the second straight year with dzud conditions -- a dry summer followed by brutal winter cold that leaves livestock and other animals at risk of starvation and exposure on the country's rugged steppes. It threatens tens of thousands of herders in a country where almost half the population depends entirely on livestock for food, transportation and income, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said.

9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:46

We're nearing the close of yet another busy week, but not before BGR offers up another two posts covering the best paid iPhone and iPad apps that go on sale for free each today. We've got nine fresh iOS apps for you to check out on Thursday, and you'll find them all listed below. As always, be sure to browse through them as soon as you can, because these sales could be over at any time.

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Remote Control

Normally $4.99.

Turn your iPhone or iPad into the ultimate remote control for your Mac. Take full control over your Mac – use your iOS device as a trackpad and keyboard or launch any app from anywhere within your home.

Tired of sitting on the couch, having to handle keyboard and mouse on your lap to control your media center Mac? Use Remote Control on your iPhone as a trackpad and keyboard to comfortably browse on the big screen TV. Using AirPlay Mirroring and an Apple TV, your Mac could be located anywhere in your home. Simply select your Apple TV from the list of available AirPlay devices and control your Mac from the comfort of your couch or bed.

You can even start any app on your Mac, send your Mac to sleep, wake it up and perform many more useful actions to control your Mac remotely. All you need to do is download the Mac Helper application and connect your Mac and iOS device to the same WiFi. Remote Control will guide you through the simple setup process.

- Control volume, playback and Airplay speaker selection on your Mac;
- Use your iOS device as a Mac trackpad and keyboard;
- Launch and quit Apps on your Mac comfortably from your iOS device;
- Restart or shut down your Mac, change display brightness and many more useful actions;
- Enjoy the ease of use in a slick user interface you will love;
- Use the Personal Hotspot of your iOS device to control your Mac when you don’t have access to other networks.

- Mac with macOS 10.7 or above and Helper app installed;
- iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 8 or above;
- Shared wireless network connection between your computer and iOS device.

Do you enjoy using Remote Control? Please help us by rating the app, so we can continue to offer more features and implement your feedback into the app to make it even better.

Download Remote Control


Normally $0.99.

2Play is an application designed and easy to use which allows you to watch two YouTube video simultaneously on one of your devices iPhone/iPod iPad to watch wherever and whenever you want.

Using the app is easy, immediate and quite intuitive. Just installed and started, in fact, we will be immediately shown on the home screen that divides the screen into two. By clicking on the respective buttons "+", we will access to a drop down menu that will give you the ability to add video being played

• "YouTube Search" for a quick search of any video: music, movies, cartoons for kids, tutorials etc. .. available on YouTube

Download 2Play


Normally $0.99.

Today++ gives you week numbers, name days, moon phases, sunrise and sunset at the swipe of a finger! Utilising the advanced features of iOS 8, Today++ adds a widget to your Today view that can be displayed whenever you like by simply swiping your finger down from the top of the screen.

• Week number
• Name days for 20 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States)
• Moon phases
• Sunrise & sunset for your current location

Download Today++

EXIF Viewer

Normally $1.99.

Exif Viewer is beautiful and well crafted app for professional photographers who are serious about their work.
This app also contain ExifViewer Photos Extension along with fully functional app. It's an universal app, buy once, use on all your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch).

▸ App allows you to remove EXIF metadata including Photos GPS location known as Geotagging of photos.
▸ App displays EXIF metadata of any photo on your iOS device(s), Photo Stream or iCloud.
▸ Display EXIF tags like ISO,Shutter Speed,Focal length,Camera Model,Lens Model,Time stamp,Aperture,Shutter Count
▸ Ability to Zoom in photos,even with large size like 80 MB without loosing clarity / resolution.
▸ Re-order EXIF tags in the way you prefer & ability to hide EXIF tags that you don't want to see.
▸ Select your preferred date formats (eg 1 day ago vs August 24th 2014 vs 24-08-2016 etc).
▸ You can optionally hide photos without EXIF metadata.
▸ Navigate quickly between next and previous photos in Exif detail screen by swiping right or left.
▸ App works great on landscape and portrait mode on iPads.
▸ App is optimised for all latest iOS Devices including iPhone 5SE,iPhone 6S,iPhone 6s+,iPad Mini,iPad air,iPad Pro.
▸ App also support 3D Touch on iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus (or newer device with 3D Touch support). Including Appshortcut to access "Favorites","Photostreams","Albums","All photos" quickly. Also Peek and POP functionality on ExifCards and photos in grid view.
▸ Ability to share Image with or without EXIF Metadata.
▸ Copy EXIF data to Clipboard (So that you can paste & share EXIF data as text in any other app).
▸ Most Messaging and Social networking apps remove EXIF Metadata from photos you send/receive. However, sending photos using Mail/ AirDrop retains or SD Card reader/Camera connection kit etc retains EXIF metadata.

HOW TO REMOVE EXIF METADATA on iPhone or iPad using Exif Viewer app by Fluntro
You have option to remove EXIF data in two different ways
1) Overwrite newly created photo without EXIF data on original image (However other apps can revert back to original photo if needed)
2) Create duplicate copy of photo without EXIF details. (We also have option to remove original photo after duplicated copy is created)

1) EXIF Cards List view (as shown in screenshot), swipe to flip cards for Quick EXIF Details
2) Grid view
3) Map view shows cluster of photos on the map and view EXIF Details by tapping on photo (Satellite & Standard view)

Go to Settings > Manage & reorder Exif data tags.Drag and drop items you want to reorder. Turn off EXIF tags you don't want to see on EXIF Detail screen.

1) Open Native Photos App (or any other 3rd Party apps). Select desired photo (s) and tap on Share/Action button. Select ExifViewer app extension
2) Exif Viewer App extension with all EXIF details would be displayed.
3) Share photos with or without EXIF metadata or copy EXIF details to clipboard within Photos Extension.

▸ No in-app purchases will be added to this app in a future update. So all upcoming features will be free of cost.

Q1)What is EXIF Metadata?
EXIF “EXchangeable Image File Format”.
We quite often take pictures with our digital camera or phone. It always records and store a considerable amount of exif data within each image you take, which contains a lot information about your camera settings ( ISO, aperture, focal length, image size, shutter speed, camera model, lens model, GPS) date, time, location and many more.Viewing EXIF metadata tags is important for beginners and professional photographers alike, to understand and review what camera settings or softwares were used to create and edit photo.

Thanks for all feedbacks, Please leave 5 star review if you are happy with the App :)

Download EXIF Viewer

Nimian Legends

Normally $1.99.

Run, swim and fly through glistening waterfalls and rivers, overgrown forests, sky-high mountains and ancient dungeons. Shape change into powerful dragons, soaring eagles, quick-footed deer and more. Download BrightRidge today - on sale for a limited time!

I am a solo indie developer working on BrightRidge and it is a game from my heart. I enjoyed creating this world and I hope you enjoy exploring it:)

Ready for adventure? The Ballad of BrightRidge and Love & Tin are two magical adventures in Story Mode. Or choose Explore mode and experience BrightRidge without quests or enemies. Can you find the ancient whale that swims the oceans? Or the hidden ruins that dot the land?

Unlock the power to change into several species and explore BrightRidge from a new perspective. Soar through the sky as a golden eagle or a winged dragon. Run through the forests and a wily fox or dashing deer. Barge through the land as a towering Tree Ent and flutter peacefully among the flowers as a delicate butterfly (a fan favourite!).

Become a nature photographer and take and save beautiful pictures of this gorgeous and vast landscape. Will you photograph an elusive deer drinking by the river? Or perhaps capture a golden sunset amid ancient ruins? Need help hunting the animals down? Use your Spirit View to magically track animals, each with their own habitat and behavior.

Extensive options let you customize almost anything at anytime. Change time of day, turn on Watercolor mode and experience a living painting, add effects and filters and more. On newer devices you can turn up the detail for an even more beautiful and immersive experience.

Legend Spots dot the land waiting to be discovered. Each one tells a bit about the people, places and history of BrightRidge. Or visit the cozy halls of BrightRidge Inn, sit by the fireplace, dance with the guests, or listen to their stories.

It’s all here. Rainstorms, lightning and thunder, light breezes and gusting wind, and quiet snowfalls. Or use the options to change the weather on the fly.

There’s no rush. Feeling panic, anxiety or stress? Choose Explore Mode, breathe, and explore the wild rivers, valleys and waterfalls of BrightRidge at your own pace.

+ No Ads
+ No In-Game Purchases

Each BrightRidge update brings new features and improvements for free

Download Nimian Legends


Normally $2.99.

Cue is a new kind of application that can compose music just by shaking. Even those who cannot play an instrument can enjoy music by just shaking and adding new sounds to make their own music.
The music can also be share amongst many people and it can be played through your friend’s iPhone at the same time.
1: 4 types of instruments can be played; drums, base. instrument 1 and instrument 2
New sounds will be added by shaking an instrument.
Melody can be made since the sound is fixed by the direction being shaken.
A nice piece can be made even if it is randomly shaken.
2 : The tone can be changed in each instrument.
3 : 1/2/4/8/16 bars can be chosen.
4 : It can also be enjoyed by its sharing function.
The number of people it can be shared with is not limited so it can be shared with 100 people or even 1000.
5 : The screen will flash with the beat and the LED light can also be set so that it flashes with the beat.

Download Cue


Normally $0.99.

See what chemical reactions will happen when Philips hue meets Youtube! Action, Adventure, Romance, War, no matter what it is in youtube, all of these will break the screen and enter your home with light effect created by Philips hue.
This app brings an immersive experience with video watching on youtube powered by Philips hue.

- Over 1,000 videos were ready with lighting script and more scripts are coming
- You can request on any Youtube videos via our app for lighting scripts generation
- Mulitpule rendering effects are supported and You can even finetune the effects as your wish
- AirPlay supported

Download hueTube


Normally $1.99.

With MagicShrink app you can losslessly compress all your JPEG photos, and get extra ~10% free space from original library size.
If you don't worry about superquality you can use lossy compression to get even more space.

- smart algorithm for lossless compression
- lossy compression
- batch image processing
- preserves exif data

Download MagicShrink

Login Pad

Normally $0.99.

Login Pad is a Universal App.where you can store and manage all your logins for social networks or other websites (like credit card, web banking, online shops, etc.).

You can add/edit/remove saved logins: add username, password, site name and icon. It has a button to show/hide passwords and a Create Password screen for you to generate passwords up to 30 characters, including numbers and specials.

-NO web server needed
-Generate random passwords and copy them to Clipboard
-Save/edit logins – username, password, site name and icon

Download Login Pad

Philippine senator accuses Duterte of stashing millions of dollars

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:45

A staunch critic of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday revived allegations of millions of dollars of hidden assets that he said the president had yet to answer, an assertion Duterte's camp dismissed as a publicity stunt. Senator Antonio Trillanes, one of only a few politicians who regularly challenge the popular president, released copies of what he said were bank statements from 2006 to 2015, totaling 2.4 billion pesos ($48 million) in numerous accounts, that he said belonged to Duterte and which he had failed to declare before his election last May. According to the copies Trillanes released, some of the accounts were joint accounts that Duterte held with people close to him, including relatives. Some were individual accounts in the names of other close associates, but Trillanes said all the accounts, even those that did not bear Duterte's name, actually belonged to him.

Philippine president asked to release bank account details

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:45

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An opposition senator pressed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday to publicly release details of his bank accounts to disprove allegations that he had large sums of undeclared money.

Senate confirms Trump’s budget chief

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:28

Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina squeaked through the Senate on a 51-49 vote.

Donald Trump Press Conference Live Stream

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:25

Trump is set to host an unexpected news conference Thursday.

Mother of 4 Threatened in Deportation Raids Has Taken Refuge in a Church

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:25

Jeanette Vizguerra was denied a request to remain in the country, so she took her American-born children and headed to church.

AP PHOTOS: Iraqis displaced from Mosul marry in refugee camp

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:24

KHAZER CAMP, Iraq (AP) — A bleak refugee camp in northern Iraq saw a rare outpouring of joy on Thursday as Hussein Danoon and Shahad Abed celebrated their wedding less than a month after fleeing the fighting in Mosul.

Trump's big boast about the stock market

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:55

The president is paying attention to the story that markets were most excited about after the election: tax reform.

Date set for Supreme Court pick's hearings

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:55

The Senate Judiciary Committee schedules confirmation proceedings for Neil Gorsuch, the president's nominee.

Apple's WWDC 2017 Kicks Off June 5: What to Expect

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:52

There's a remote chance we'll get a sneak peek of the iPhone 8, but you can definitely expect to see the software that will power Apple's 10th anniversary phone when the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off June 5. Apple CEO Tim Cook will kick off WWDC 2017 on June 5. This year's edition of WWDC will move out of San Francisco, where it's been held the last 14 year, and head down to San Jose, Calif., and the McEnery Convention Center.

Big banks push to ease money-laundering rules

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:49

Big banks argue that regulations imposed after September 11 attacks are onerous and ineffective.

Thimble dropped from Monopoly board game after getting a thumbs-down

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:46

New versions of Monopoly will no longer give players the option of using a tiny silver-colored thimble as their pawn on the board, after fans voted to drop the piece that had featured in the game since its introduction in 1935. The thimble -- a tool used in sewing to prevent pricking one's thumb with a needle -- was the second of the games' original pieces to be dropped after players gave a thumbs-down to the iron in 2013, Providence, Rhode Island-based game maker Hasbro Inc said on Thursday. The surviving pieces that trace their roots back to the Great Depression include a battleship, boot and Scottie dog.

If you have an iPhone 7, you got the wrong iPhone

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:45

Today marks exactly five months since Apple first released the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Five months since Apple officially changed its iPhone strategy, reusing the same design on a non-"S" model smartphone for the first time ever. Gadget blogs had a field day with all the leaks ahead of Apple's launch, and many sites labeled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus "boring" because their appearance was so similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Well, those boring new iPhones went on to quickly become the fastest selling smartphones in the world, just as most of us knew they would.

I picked up both new iPhone models at launch, and I've had a current-generation iPhone in my pocket every day since then. Interestingly, however, it has become increasingly clear to me over that period that for the first time ever, there is a right iPhone to buy and a wrong iPhone.

Apple was famously late to the game when it came to big-screen smartphones. Samsung's Galaxy Note smartphone first popularized the new "phablet" category back in 2011, but Apple didn't join the party until 2014 when it launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Over the course of those three years, company executives deflected questions about the possibility of big-screen iPhones for the most part, though on occasion, an exec would say that Apple would not release a significantly larger iPhone until it could do so without compromising the user experience.

Fast-forward to 2017, and it's the smaller of Apple's two flagship iPhones that makes all the compromises.

I have not historically been a fan of large smartphones. I recognized and appreciated their place in the market ever since I ate crow after my original Galaxy Note review back in 2012. People wanted phones with bigger screens, though I maintain that most people who use phones with large screens would far prefer using a device with a smaller overall footprint. In 2017, we'll begin to see that transition take place thanks to a shift toward "all-screen" designs.

But I digress. I personally have done my best to avoid phablets over the years. Because I use my phone so often with one hand, a gigantic phone like the Galaxy Note 5 or the iPhone 7 Plus is uncomfortable. The benefits of a device with a larger display have always been apparent to me, but there has never been enough to gain from a phablet to make me change my behavior and compromise.

Then, the iPhone 7 Plus came along.

I touched on this back in October when I wrote about switching from a smaller iPhone and using the iPhone 7 Plus for a month. Apple now sells several different iPhone models, but there is only one iPhone. The iPhone. The device that offers users the best and most complete experience Apple envisioned for smartphone users within the confines of current technological limitations. That iPhone is the iPhone 7 Plus.

First and foremost, the iPhone 7 Plus has a battery that can actually make it through a full day of use on a single charge. iOS 10 has so many great features, but a number of them are quite hard on the iPhone's battery. If you have an iPhone 7, battery life is something you have no choice but to be overly aware of. You can either compromise your software experience by disabling power-hungry features, or you can compromise your hardware experience by getting a battery case (while there are some decent iPhone 7 battery cases out there that are slim, any battery case will inherently add bulk).

When it comes to the iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, most users don't ever have to think about battery life. Unless you're spending the day navigating all over your city and tethering with your laptop at the same time, the battery in the 7 Plus can easily carry you through a full, busy day. There's no need to worry about battery cases, portable chargers or disabling iOS 10 features like "Hey Siri." With the iPhone 7 Plus, you can just use the phone.

Next up is the 7 Plus display, which is so much better than the screen on the iPhone 7 that it's difficult to describe. The most glaringly obvious difference between the two phones is display size, but that's just the beginning.

Apple stuck with the same resolutions on this year's flagship iPhones — 720p for the iPhone 7 and 1080p for the iPhone 7 Plus. While the result is two phones that fall well short of Android rivals in terms of pixel density, the disparity is really only noticeable on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 screen. Now, that's not to say it's a bad display, but graphics on the Full HD panel in the iPhone 7 Plus are significantly sharper than they are on the smaller flagship model. Colors seem a bit more vibrant as well, but that's likely a product of the improved image quality as opposed to actual color reproduction.

Now we come to the second most glaringly obvious difference between the iPhone 7 Plus and the smaller iPhone 7: The camera.

Both the iPhone 7 and the larger 7 Plus utilize the same rear-facing 12-megapixel Sony Exmor RS sensor, and both models include optical image stabilization (OIS). The 7 Plus, however, packs a second telephoto lens that serves two purposes. First, it enables a 2x optical zoom function — unlike digital zoom on other smartphones, this feature allows users to zoom in without degrading the photo at all. The second lens on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus also enables a feature Apple calls "Portrait Mode."

By capturing photos with both lenses simultaneously and analyzing data from the resulting images, the iPhone 7 Plus can create a blurred background effect similar to what you get when shooting portraits with a DSLR camera. All of the magic happens instantly behind the scenes, and the results are beautiful.

In the end, the iPhone 7 Plus is clearly the iPhone Apple wants in customers' hands. Yes, that's partially because Apple reportedly enjoys better margins with the Plus model and therefore makes more money on each unit sold. But it's also because the iPhone 7 Plus provides a much better overall user experience than the smaller iPhone 7. The only compromise with the iPhone 7 Plus is comfort, whereas the 4.7-inch flagship handset compromises several key areas of the iPhone experience.

Jailed leader's ally assumes power in southern India state

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:31

An ally of disgraced Indian politician VK Sasikala was Thursday sworn in as the next leader of Tamil Nadu state, ending a weeks-long tussle over succession marked by bitter infighting. Wearing a crisp white shirt, Edappadi Palanisamy took the oath of office along with 31 cabinet colleagues in the state capital Chennai at a ceremony beamed live nationwide. Palanisamy took the reins of the ruling party after Sasikala was spectacularly hauled off to prison for graft just as she was on the verge of becoming chief minister of the southern state.

Russian foreign minister meets with Tillerson, denies interfering

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:24

By Andrea Shalal BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Russia does not interfere in other countries' interior affairs, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday at the start of his first meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Reporters present at the start of the meeting asked Lavrov to comment on the turmoil in Washington where President Donald Trump sacked a top aide this week over his contacts with Russian officials. "You should know we do not interfere in the domestic matters of other countries," Lavrov said.

Damaged dam threatens Northern California towns

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 06:10

Californians who were ordered to evacuate due to a threat from erosion at the tallest dam in the United States can now return home after state crews working around the clock reinforced a drainage channel that was weakened by heavy rain.