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Make your Like app videos pop with tips from Amanda Cerny – CNET

The Like App is the top rated free video player and editing app on the Google Play store and the Apple App Store. It has over 10 million downloads on Google Play, alone. If you’re a fan of this app, or your interested in trying it, you’re going to need a few tips. I reached out to Amanda Cerny, a celebrity partner of the Like app, for some of her best tips.  Cerny was originally known for her massive following on Vine, and now has has over 19 million followers…

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Entertainment 

Brian Lavery’s journey into hell needs to be told

Not only did he bring to light the extraordinary life of ‘Big Lil’ Bilocca but he highlighted the travails of an industry which, like many others, is now in steep decline. The Headscarf Revolutionaries told of the struggle of Big Lil and other Hull wives to win even,what seems today, the mostbasic safety measures on thedeep sea fishing fleet based atthe Yorkshire port. Even in the Seventies, having good radio contact was a startling innovation and the feisty women, fighting to keep their men safe after the Hull Triple Trawler…

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Technology 

iPhone X a disappointment? Here’s what real people think – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Not the smartphone of everyone’s future? Justin Sullivan / Getty Images What are people supposed to think? On Apple’s recent earnings call, CEO Tim Cook reported slightly reduced iPhone sales numbers, but he insisted the iPhone X was outselling all other iPhones. He omitted, though, to offer any actual number for X sales. Some experts fear the phone simply doesn’t inspire. I thought it wise, then, to go and talk to real people. When the…

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Entertainment 

The best new CD releases this week: Belle & Sebastian and much more

Alela Diane, from Portland, Oregon, is another leading light. Her 2013 debut CD was magnificent and Cusp is just as good. An album largely and unselfconsciously about motherhood, it adds lush arrangements to Diane’s usual muted piano and guitar as she explores the pain of leaving her child behind to go on tour (Albatross) while Never Easy explores her own tricky relationship with her mother. Best of all, perhaps, is Song For Sandy, a tribute to English folk singer-songwriter Sandy Denny that has the same atmosphere of darkening skies that…

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Top Stories World 

I’m NOT quitting! Angela Merkel insists she WILL remain German Chancellor until 2021

Mrs Merkel agreed a coalition deal with Germany‘s Social Democrats (SPD) last week, following months of tense negotations. And the 63-year-old, who has been Chancellor since 2005, claimed she had no intention of stepping aside for a new leader yet. She told TV channel ZDF: “I ran for a four-year term. I promised those four years and I’m someone who keeps promises. I totally stand behind that decision.” The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader admitted she was forced to make “painful” concessions to the centre-left SPD. Her decision to hand…

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‘Burning a hole in the brain’ can stop tremors

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE BALTIMORE — It’s not often you pay someone to damage your brain. But Tim Dobbyn, a writer, will have a tiny hole burned in his brain to see if it can help the constant palsy that’s made it hard for him to work, cook and even to drink a glass of water without using both hands. “It makes people extremely nervous to watch me in the kitchen,” said Dobbyn, 60. On a snowy…

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A chef’s recommendation for Valentine’s Day: ‘Stay home’

Get the Better newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest days of the year for restaurants. Even if the weather says, “binge-watch ‘The Crown‘” and the calendar says, “Wait, it’s Wednesday,” restaurant owners can count on a dining room packed with lovers trying to impress their dates. But once you hear chefs’ honest opinions about the night, Netflix starts to sound romantic. “Behind the scenes, there are definitely a few reasons to avoid it,” says Michelin-starred chef Ben Roche, who worked at the top-rated restaurants Moto and Charlie…

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Sport 

Liverpool news: Virgil van Dijk suffers embarrassing moment on Southampton return

Van Dijk left Southampton in January to join Liverpool in a £75million deal. But old habits got the better of the Dutchman as he was captured trying to enter the Saints dressing room before the match. The 26-year-old had a sheepish look on his face as he realised his error and headed down the hallway and into the away dressing room. But Van Dijk’s pre-game blunder had no impact on him on the field as Liverpool comfortably beat his former side. The defender was imperious despite heavy boos from the…

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Even when not at fault, Amtrak can bear cost of accidents

Federal investigators are still looking at how CSX railway crews routed an Amtrak train into a parked freight train in Cayce, South Carolina, last weekend. But even if CSX should bear sole responsibility for the accident, Amtrak will likely end up paying crash victims’ legal claims with public money. Amtrak pays for accidents it didn’t cause because of secretive agreements negotiated between the passenger rail company, which receives more than $1 billion annually in federal subsidies, and the private railroads, which own 97 percent of the tracks on which Amtrak…

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Impact from ‘Black Panther’ will go beyond box office returns

The impetus was somewhat different back then: Civil rights advocates filed these claims against Hollywood because they were upset with the quality of black films offered to the public. This was when the films “Shaft” (1971) and “Superfly” (1972), directed by Gordon Parks and his son Gordon Parks Jr., respectively, had just been released, both portraying arguably the first black “superheroes” to grace the silver screen. “Shaft” is about a black detective, fancied as a black Derek Flint and Errol Flynn wrapped in one, who takes on the Italian mafia…

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