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Trump to play defense in Pennsylvania ahead of special election

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is making his first foray into 2018 elections Thursday with a visit to a Western Pennsylvania congressional district on behalf of the Republican vying to replace former GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned in scandal last October. Though Trump’s event is not officially a political one, it’s an early sign of the stepped-up political involvement the White House has promised GOP officials ahead of November’s midterm elections, where Democrats hope an anti-Trump wave will put them in power on Capitol Hill. Republicans, meanwhile, are taking…

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Google Pixel Buds review: These are NOT the wireless earbuds that Pixel 2 owners deserve

EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS Pixel Buds are Google’s next-generation wireless earbuds Pros: Jaw-Droppingly Fast Google Assistant, Solid Battery Life, Decent Sound Quality Cons: Infuriating Carry Case, Fiddly Earbud Adjustment, Google Translate Had Some Problems Google took the decision to ditch the industry-standard 3.5mm headphone port from its latest generation of smartphones, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Yes, exactly one year after the Pixel advertising campaign mercilessly mocked Apple for dropping the headphone port, Google has followed suit. Google isn’t the only one, with the likes of HTC and Motorola also moving…

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Galaxy S8 – Why now is a good and bad time to buy Samsung’s flagship phone

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus marked the start of a huge renaissance for the South Korean tech giant after the Note 7 exploding battery fiasco. The stunning Infinity Display, great battery life, slick design and zippy processor made the S8 a huge hit with consumers and critics alike. Samsung liked the look of the S8 so much that the Note 8 ended up mimicking it, with both devices two of the best smartphones 2017 had to offer. But as the almost year-old smartphone gets set to be superseded…

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WhatsApp WARNING – Are YOU being spied on? Shock update for users

WHATSAPP • GETTY WhatsApp users have been put on alert about a security flaw WhatsApp users have been warned that cyber criminals could spy on chat messages they send in the hugely popular app. WhatsApp is used by more than 1.3billion people around the world each month, and is one of the most popular smartphone apps around. On New Year’s Eve WhatsApp broke its record for the most amount of messages sent in one day, with 75billion messages sent on NYE 2017. The staggering stats underline the huge amount of…

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Your Facebook News Feed is getting its BIGGEST redesign in years, and here’s how it works

FACEBOOK • GETTY Facebook is rolling out a dramatic redesign of its central feature, the News Feed If you’ve noticed some changes on your Facebook News Feed this morning – don’t panic, you haven’t accidentally hit the wrong settings. The changes to the News Feed are part of a major overhaul planned by the Californian social network. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook users can expect to see a series of changes in the design of the world’s largest social network in the coming months. Zuckerberg, who is estimated to…

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Samsung Galaxy S9 could have this one BIG advantage over the Galaxy S8

SAMSUNG • GETTY Galaxy S9 could have one big improvement over the Galaxy S8 The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the most eagerly anticipated smartphones of 2018, with the successor to the Galaxy S8 set to launch imminently. It had been rumoured that Samsung would use CES 2018 to give the world their first glimpse of the Galaxy S9. However, the Samsung presentation at the big tech event in Las Vegas came and went without a mention of the successor to the S8. CES 2018 is still running until…

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Farmworkers to Hollywood: Welcome to the fight

The newly invigorated movement to stamp out sexual misconduct in American workplaces has connected women from opposite ends of the country’s economic and class divides: actresses and farmworkers. The partnership began in November with an open letter of solidarity published by the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, which fights sexual harassment against the mostly Latino women who work the country’s fruit and vegetable fields. The workers and entertainers marched together in Los Angeles. And on Monday, a coalition of Hollywood women responded with their own letter, published in English and Spanish-language…

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WhatsApp update brings Netflix feature into chat app (but here’s why you might miss out)

WHATSAPP • NETFLIX Netflix will be able to make viewing recommendations via the hugely-popular messaging app WhatsApp users could soon see Netflix recommendations inside their chat app. A new partnership between the two companies could see recommendations for Netflix shows surface inside WhatsApp. Select users with both WhatsApp and Netflix installed on their smartphones have been given the option to link the two services. This enables Netflix to send messages which appear inside WhatsApp, like text messages from people in your contacts. The feature is currently being tested in India,…

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In 2017, the FCC made life easier for your internet provider – CNET

President Donald Trump’s Federal Communications Commission has wasted little time making big and small changes to your life — even if you haven’t noticed. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who enjoys a 3-2 Republican majority on the commission, has taken Trump’s pro-business, anti-regulation ethos to heart and has raced to roll back rules governing how the internet and service providers work. It’s a core conservative belief that once companies are freed of governmental red tape, they’ll invest more and unleash a torrent of economic growth. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks to…

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The most important competition in newspapers heats up

In “The Post,” Steven Spielberg’s newest movie, the fiercely competitive editors of The Washington Post battle against government efforts to prevent follow-up stories to The New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers. The movie is a huge publicity coup for The Post, but also a reminder that in many ways, the newspaper is still playing catch-up to The Times. The Post had a good year, winning a Pulitzer Prize in April for David A. Fahrenthold’s reporting on Donald Trump’s opaque charitable giving. It has broken numerous stories on the…

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