South Korean electronics giants Samsung and LG have gone head-to-head by unveiling new smartwatches on the same day - but Samsung is leading the way in terms of new features by adding 3G connectivity to allow you to make and receive phone calls without a smartphone.
The Samsung Gear S offers mobile data without the need for a smartphone connected via Bluetooth.
This allows notifications from social networks like Facebook and Twitter, calendars and applications, even when you are nowhere near your phone. You can also receive SMS and easily send replies using the onscreen keyboard or voice recognition.
It also means that you can make and receive calls directly from your wrist, as well as getting calls forwarded from your smartphone.
Bribed by Ron Paul?
Former Iowa state Senator Kent Sorenson on Wednesday pleaded guilty to accepting bribes to drop his campaign for 2012 presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.
Sorenson, a top aide for Bachmann’s campaign at the time, admitted he concealed the money he received from Texas Representative Ron Paul’s campaign to switch his support. He pleaded guilty to causing a federal campaign committee submit a false expenditure report and obstruction of justice, StarTribune detailed.
The former Iowa senator said he backed one campaign for the 2012 presidential race. However, beginning October up to December 2011, he admitted that he secretly negotiated with a second party to switch his support in exchange for US$73,000, a Justice Department document said.
To Serve and Entertain?
Bryce Dion, a Massachusetts native and an audio supervisor for the television show “Cops,” was shot and killed by police gunfire during a shootout with a suspect in Nebraska.
Dion, 38, and another crew member were riding with Omaha police when the officers responded to the scene of an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant. When the suspect began firing his weapon, police responded with gunfire of their own.
According to WCVB, the suspect was hit but fled the restaurant. As police continued to fire at the suspect, Dion was hit by a bullet fired by one of the officers and died. The report said that Dion, who was raised in Lawrence and whose family now lives in Haverhill, was hit in the arm and that the bullet then “slipped into a gap” in his bullet proof vest and went into his chest.
- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia has sent troops to eastern Ukraine.
- Mr Poroshenko cancelled a trip to Turkey and called urgent meetings of officials to consider Ukraine's response.
- The accusation came as pro-Russian rebels seized control of Novoazovsk in the south-east, threatening to take the port of Mariupol next.
- Alexander Zakharchenko, a pro-Russian rebel leader in eastern Ukraine, said 3-4,000 Russian citizens were fighting with the rebels.
- The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is holding urgent talks on the crisis.
There’s a tune that you’ve probably heard throughout your life. It’s nine notes long, and it’s almost always used to signal that something vaguely Asian is happening or is about to happen.
You know what I’m talking about. The tune’s most prominent role is probably in that 1974 song, “Kung Fu Fighting.” It comes in right as Carl Douglas is singing that anthemic “Oh-hoh-hoh-hoah.”
(Just for funsies, here are some of the song’s lyrics: “There was funky China men from funky Chinatown/ They were chopping them up/ They were chopping them down/ It’s an ancient Chinese art/ And everybody knew their part.”)
It was in The Vapors’ “Turning Japanese.” It was in every cat lover’s childhood favorite, The Aristocats. (Yes, before you even ask, it was in the outlandishly racist Siamese cat scene.) It even made an appearance in Super Mario Land.
“Everyone had a different opinion about Ahmed,” says Layla, a Yemeni-American waitress at the cafe who asked that we only use her first name to protect her privacy. “Everyone said that he went to Syria, he went to go fight, stuff like that. And then they said he went to Yemen. And then everybody was suddenly looking for him.”
The “everyone” she was referring to was the New York Police Department.
Both local and federal officials have been tracking Americans who have left to join the fight in Syria over the past couple of years. At least 140 U.S. passport holders are thought to have gone to Syria and Iraq since the civil war began in 2011. Officials said that number was at about 60 people at the beginning of the year, so the uptick has officials trying to puzzle out what is causing the increase.
While there has been a focus recently on the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State, U.S. officials are also concerned about a roster of other rebel fighting forces. As the civil war in Syria has ground on, even moderate groups have grown increasingly Islamist and anti-American.
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When the influx of young Central American migrants to the border erupted as a crisis this summer, President Obama correctly called it a humanitarian emergency. He promised that the administration’s response would combine compassion with respect for the law.
But the treatment of hundreds of these migrants in a makeshift detention center in Artesia, N.M., is appalling evidence that this promise was empty, according a lawsuit filed Friday in Federal District Court by a coalition of civil-rights organizations.
The lawsuit claims that the administration has rigged the system so that vulnerable women and children who plead for asylum can’t get it. It says the immigrant detention center in Artesia is a middle-of-nowhere prison in the desert, 200 miles from the nearest big city, that short-circuits legal access and due process for the sake of swift and sure deportations. Its main purpose, the suit says, is to send a stern warning to would-be immigrants in Central America — to reinforce what the homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson, said when the crisis was at its peak: “We will send you back.”
Read the rest of this editorial piece here: At an Immigrant Detention Center, Due Process Denied
Here’s a closer look at the challenges of delivering legal services in the middle of nowhere:
Reporter’s notebook: Dispute simmers at border detention center over … crayons
It’s hard to believe — given the political bantering, the economic hardships and the humanitarian crisis all swirling around the immigration issue — that crayons are cause for distress. “Crayon-gate” was the word two volunteer attorneys used to describe their day last week at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center here, about 70 miles from the U-S Mexico border.
Lawyers doing pro bono work for the detained families spend long days inside the secure center working with mothers who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. After a day’s work, they gather at a local church hall to compare notes and share stories. Going around the table on Monday, Aug. 18, they introduced themselves and offered a one-word characterization of their day.
Nat Damren of Idaho said “crayons” made his day.
There is a serious reason for the child’s play. Attorneys say the kiddie swag helps amuse the children while they counsel their moms. Lichter said there is no child care for the legal sessions. “So not only do I as a lawyer have to deal with a situation where the woman I’m interviewing is minding her three-year-old child and the seven-year-old is over there and the thirteen-year-old, who’s causing trouble back in the corner and [I’m] trying to talk to her about how many times and how often did your husband assault you,” she said, “but we have women who are appearing in interviews before asylum officers where they’re not about to talk about the fact that the gangs threatened to kill their children while their children are in the room.”
Read the rest of this article here.
The Constitution says these immigrants have the right to a lawyer, but not to have one paid for by the government, nor to have one transported to the middle of nowhere to see them. What good is the Constitution if the rights outlined in it are not accessible?
Although the global climate has continued to build up heat at an incredibly rapid rate, there has been a keen focus among climate contrarians and in the media on the slowdown of the warming at the Earth’s surface. The slowdown is in fact a double cherry pick - it focuses only on the 2% of global warming that heats the atmosphere (over 90% heats the oceans), and it only considers the past 10-15 years. Nevertheless, because there was so much attention paid to the surface warming slowdown, the latest IPCC report addressed it specifically, saying,
The long-term climate model simulations show a trend in global-mean surface temperature from 1951 to 2012 that agrees with the observed trend (very high confidence). There are, however, differences between simulated and observed trends over periods as short as 10 to 15 years (e.g., 1998 to 2012).
From 1998 through 2012, the Met Office estimated that global surface temperatures had warmed by about 0.06°C, whereas the average climate model projection put the value at closer to 0.3°C. This apparent discrepancy only represented a tiny fraction of overall global warming, and over a short enough period of time that the internal noise of the climate system could be having a significant influence, but it was nevertheless a challenge for climate scientists to explain the precise causes of the difference.
Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves explores inequality and opportunity in America with Legos, using them to explain the chances for economic success of Americans born at the bottom of the economic ladder. Reeves shows the chances that the poorest fifth of Americans have to rise to the top, based on their race, the marital status of their mothers, and their level of education.
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