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Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Nearing 100 Days, Trump's Approval at Historic Lows

Nearing 100 Days, Trump's Approval at Historic LowsIn the latest NBC News/WSJ poll, President Trump's approval rating sits at historic lows so early in a new administration.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - ‘Science not silence’: Thousands rally in New York to take aim at ‘alternative facts’

‘Science not silence’: Thousands rally in New York to take aim at ‘alternative facts’Protest signs and photos of Science March in New York, one of many Earth Day rallies around the world defending science in the era of President Trump.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Full Pelosi Interview: Trump Is Showing 'Weakness' With Wall

Full Pelosi Interview: Trump Is Showing 'Weakness' With WallIn an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tells Chuck Todd that Democrats unite around a variety of issues, but stand opposed to the president's border wall plan.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - CNN’s Camerota: ‘Roger Ailes did sexually harass me’

CNN’s Camerota: ‘Roger Ailes did sexually harass me’The “New Day” host revealed Sunday that the former Fox News chief propositioned her early in her career at the top-rated cable news network. Ailes, through his attorney, called the claims “unsubstantiated and false.”


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Police search for missing boy in California; father arrested

Police search for missing boy in California; father arrestedSOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Police in Southern California on Sunday finished their search of a park where the passed-out father of a missing 5-year-old boy was found over the weekend and are asking for anyone with information to come forward.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Morocco summons Algeria envoy over Syrian refugees

Morocco summons Algeria envoy over Syrian refugeesMorocco has summoned Algeria's ambassador to express concern after 54 Syrians attempted to "illegally enter" the country from Algeria, the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Sunday. It said 54 Syrians attempted to enter Morocco through the border town of Figuig, an area surrounded by mountains, between April 17 and 19. It accused Algeria of forcing them to cross into Morocco.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Flight Attendant Suspended After Confrontation On Video

Flight Attendant Suspended After Confrontation On VideoWitnesses say the flight attendant ripped the baby stroller out of a mother’s hands — striking the woman and nearly striking the child — leading to the conflict.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - American OSCE monitor killed in rebel east Ukraine

American OSCE monitor killed in rebel east UkraineAn American monitor with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe died after a mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Russian-backed separatist east, eliciting sharp words towards Moscow from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday. It marked the first loss for the security body's Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) since Europe's only current war broke out more than three years ago. The OSCE's announcement about the US monitor's death saw Kiev and the insurgents quickly trade blame over who was at fault for one of the most diplomatically sensitive episodes in a conflict that has claimed more than 10,000 lives.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Human rights advocate found stabbed to death in the Maldives

Human rights advocate found stabbed to death in the MaldivesCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Police in the Maldives said Sunday that they're investigating the stabbing death of a prominent blogger and human rights advocate.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Best animal friendships

Best animal friendshipsThey really are friends fur-ever! These adorable animals have struck up the most unlikely friendships in the animal kingdom. From a pig and a cat to a baby goat and a dog, these are companions you never thought you’d see.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Dowd: New poll is 'good news, bad news, really bad news' for Trump

Dowd: New poll is 'good news, bad news, really bad news' for TrumpThe Powerhouse Roundtable debates President Trump's progress as we approach 100 days in office.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Bernie Sanders Aims To Revamp Democratic Party

Bernie Sanders Aims To Revamp Democratic PartyThe Vermont senator kicked off a cross-country tour aimed at sparking change within the party.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Australia, New Zealand hit back at North Korea threat

Australia, New Zealand hit back at North Korea threatAustralia and New Zealand stiffened their rhetoric against North Korea Sunday after the isolated state threatened Canberra with a nuclear strike, urging it to think twice before "blindly and zealously toeing the US line". The move comes as US Vice President Mike Pence wraps up an Asia tour, which has included visits to South Korea, Japan and Australia partly to reassure allies amid fears that Pyongyang may be readying for a sixth nuclear test. "If Australia persists in following the US' moves to isolate and stifle North Korea... this will be a suicidal act," a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said after Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called the hermit state a "serious threat".


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 14-Year-Old Allegedly Shot In The Head By Teenage Boys Makes Remarkable Recovery: 'I Am Tougher Than A Bullet'

14-Year-Old Allegedly Shot In The Head By Teenage Boys Makes Remarkable Recovery: 'I Am Tougher Than A Bullet'The boys could be tried as adults, according to reports.


Monday, April 24, 2017 - New Orleans takes down 1st of 4 Confederate statues

New Orleans takes down 1st of 4 Confederate statuesNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, becoming the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Awe-inspiring photos of Earth remind us just what's at stake

Awe-inspiring photos of Earth remind us just what's at stakeMillions of people came out this Earth Day to clean up and care for the planet. But space agencies and companies took a different approach, choosing to celebrate our Earth from up above. SpaceX on Saturday shared a breathtaking image captured during the recent launch of its SES-10 communications satellite.  Elon Musk's private spaceflight company made history in late March when it reused a previously flown Falcon 9 booster to launch the satellite over Central and South America. View from the fairing during SES-10 mission. #EarthDay pic.twitter.com/zPYQRQ3BkR — SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 22, 2017 NASA also posted plenty of Earth-centric images taken during previous missions.  SEE ALSO: Google Doodle uses furry animals to deliver an Earth Day message Its "Postcards from Home" collection, first assembled for 2015's Earth Day, includes snapshots from the unmanned Galileo spacecraft, the moon-mapping Clementine mission, and even the Apollo 8 mission in 1968. That mission's iconic "Earthrise" images show our planet peeking out from beyond the Moon's surface as the first crewed spacecraft circumnavigated the Moon. For us here at NASA, Earth Day is every day! With a fleet of spacecraft orbiting our home planet collecting data on everything from the air we breathe to natural disasters that impact our lives, Earth is always in focus. Join us as we celebrate our home with beautiful views from our unique vantage point of space. Image Credit: NASA #nasa #earth #earthday #space #science A post shared by NASA (@nasa) on Apr 22, 2017 at 8:46am PDT Astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS), European Space Agency, and Canadian Space Agency shared their own awe-inspiring views of the giant orb we call home. This #EarthDay watch views of our planet from 250 miles up on the space station in its full 4K glory on YouTube: https://t.co/Q0ZcnmicKk pic.twitter.com/cZYWtSsJMS — Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) April 22, 2017 One of the best ways to view our planet on #EarthDay is astronaut photography from the space station crew! These recent gems are courtesy of @thom_astro and @astro_kimbrough. Learn how you can #AdoptThePlanet and get your own little slice to watch over: go.nasa.gov/adopt #space #earth #nasa #views #astronaut #photography #spacestation #earthday2017 A post shared by International Space Station (@iss) on Apr 22, 2017 at 2:09pm PDT Today is #EarthDay! Find out how Canadian researchers use space to study the Earth on a global scale: https://t.co/6ACafzEYWA. pic.twitter.com/ZBIqFRgxvU — CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) April 22, 2017 Picking up trash, planting trees, and marching to defend scientific research all benefit our planet in real, tangible ways. But images like these help us appreciate just what's at stake, even from millions of miles away. WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson explains if we can dump our trash on the moon


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Member of security watchdog OSCE killed in Ukraine

Member of security watchdog OSCE killed in Ukraine(Reuters) - A member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and two others injured on Sunday after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk, prompting calls for an investigation into the incident. The unarmed, civilian OSCE mission with more than 700 international observers was deployed in 2014. The role of the monitors includes verifying the withdrawal of heavy weapons as agreed under the 2015 ceasefire agreement.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident

Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accidentSpanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier. Emergency crews managed on Saturday to collect half of the roughly 60,000 litres (16,000 gallons) of diesel that spilled into the ocean, the regional government said. Three coast guard boats were on Sunday working to break up the slick -- which is three kilometres long and half a kilometre wide -- to help the diesel evaporate, it added.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - How to ensure you never get another ‘not enough storage’ error on your iPhone again

How to ensure you never get another ‘not enough storage’ error on your iPhone again

You pull out your phone with just enough time to pop open the camera and frame the perfect photo before it's too late. Time is always of the essence when you're shooting real-life scenes and another second or two would have been too late. Your iPhone focuses, you snap the shutter button and boom... the dreaded "not enough storage" message pops up on your screen just as your subject vanishes. That's right, your iPhone was already full of photos and videos, and you didn't have enough storage to save another one.

It's happened to us all at one point or another, but one simple device will help make sure it never happens again. Check out the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive, which works with any iPhone or iPad that has a Lightning connector, and could be the best purchase you make this year.

The iXpand flash drive features a Lightning plug on one end and a standard USB plug on the other. Using a free companion app, you can save all the photos and videos on your iPhone to the drive. Then you can keep them there or connect to your Mac or Windows PC and save them on your hard drive.

Some product highlights:

  • Free up space on your iPhone by moving photos and videos to your iXpand flash
  • Automatically back up photos and videos from your camera
  • Automatically back up your contacts
  • Watch popular video on your iPhone or iPad
  • Designed with a flexible connector to fit through most iPhone cases
  • High-speed USB 3.0 transfer to and from your computer
  • Secure file storage across your computer, iPhone and iPad
  • Videos automatically saved to the drive if captured from within the iXpand Drive app

The 32GB model is linked here and is on sale for $40, but there are also 64GB and 128GB models linked on the product page if you need more storage.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Why Would Congress Bail Out Miners’ Pensions?

Why Would Congress Bail Out Miners’ Pensions?For decades, being a coal miner has come with a deal: Work in dangerous, unpleasant conditions for years, and in exchange, get lifelong health-care benefits and a decent pension. Now, though, part of that deal is jeopardy, as the funds that provide those benefits have dwindled.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Elizabeth Thomas Reunites With Family

Elizabeth Thomas Reunites With FamilyThe 15-year-old Tennessee teen was allegedly kidnapped by ex-teacher Tad Cummins.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - In Washington, the economic world meets Trump climate skepticism

In Washington, the economic world meets Trump climate skepticismThe Trump administration's climate skepticism and its possible withdrawal from the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015 drew a cloud over this week's grand economic conclave in Washington. The regular meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund -- always accompanied by a gathering of G20 finance ministers -- have rung out with calls to action against global warming in recent years.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Brain-Damaged Woman Grins as Future Sister-in-Law Asks Her to Be a Bridesmaid

Brain-Damaged Woman Grins as Future Sister-in-Law Asks Her to Be a Bridesmaid"There's no reason not to include her," said Nichole Sullivan of her sister-in-law to be, who suffered a traumatic brain injury.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - French election will be 'major test' for populism

French election will be 'major test' for populismABC News' Foreign Correspondent Alexander Marquardt reports about the French election.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Scams push foreclosure fraud to limit, taking victims' homes

Scams push foreclosure fraud to limit, taking victims' homesNEW YORK (AP) — The phone call came as Raymond Murray neared the bottom of his luck. His wife had died, his career had been ended by injuries, and struggling to get by on his disability check, he had scraped together just enough to pay a lawyer to avoid imminent foreclosure on his modest Brooklyn home.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Abu Sayyaf militants behead kidnapped Philippine soldier: army

Abu Sayyaf militants behead kidnapped Philippine soldier: armyA Filipino soldier kidnapped last week in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf militants was found beheaded, the military said on Sunday, hours after government troops killed three more members of the Islamic State-linked group in a clash elsewhere. The head of Sergeant Anni Siraji of the Army's 32nd Infantry Battalion was found 50 meters away from his body in Patikul town in Sulu, Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said. Sobejana said Siraji was probably abducted and executed because of his involvement in peace initiatives in Sulu.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visit

UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visitBERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The University of California at Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the university if it doesn't find a proper time and venue for the conservative pundit to speak next week.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - NASA’s Cassini spacecraft just caught a glimpse of Earth, all the way from Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft just caught a glimpse of Earth, all the way from SaturnNASA and its spectacular space hardware often spend so much time checking out our planetary neighbors that we forget Earth offers some pretty cool photo ops as well. A brand new photo released by NASA is a great reminder of that, and it was shot all the way from Saturn, courtesy of the always reliable Cassini spacecraft just before it's scheduled to begin the most harrowing part of its entire years-long mission. The photo, which shows the Earth as a tiny bright dot in a black sea of space, was shot at a distance of 870 million miles. If you zoom in on the original photo you can even make out the Moon as a smaller dot to the left of our planet. The most spectacular part of the image is the fact that it was shot from between Saturn's rings, with the bold A ring seen above the Earth and bright F ring creeping into the original photo at the bottom. It's a great shot, but it's also somewhat bittersweet when you consider Cassini's immediate future. The craft is scheduled to begin its "Grand Finale" dives shortly, in which it will fly recklessly through Saturn's rings a total of 22 times until, on its final approach, it flies directly into the planet itself. That final act will destroy the spacecraft, which has already achieved far more than scientists could have ever hoped when it was launched way back in 1997. That last fateful dive is slated for September 15th, 2017.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Egypt's Sisi visits Saudi Arabia as tensions ease

Egypt's Sisi visits Saudi Arabia as tensions easeEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a royal welcome from King Salman as he landed Sunday in Saudi Arabia for a visit to boost ties after months of tension. Salman, surrounded by key Saudi officials, greeted Sisi as he stepped off the plane in the capital Riyadh and hosted him for lunch, the official Saudi Press Agency said. The two Arab leaders then had talks during which they "reviewed the strong and brotherly relations as well as cooperation between their two countries" and regional issues, the agency said.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Tips For Paying Off Credit Cards

Tips For Paying Off Credit CardsHere's an overview of some of the best balance-transfer credit cards that can help you save money and pay off your debt fast.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Pope likens migrant holding centers to 'concentration camps'

Pope likens migrant holding centers to 'concentration camps'By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become "concentration camps". During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his visit to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year. Islamists had slit the throat of the man's Christian wife because she refused to throw her crucifix the ground.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Paris station panic as man arrested with knife

Paris station panic as man arrested with knifeArmed police arrested a man carrying a knife at Paris's Gare du Nord station Saturday, sparking panic at the international transport hub just days after the jihadist killing of a policeman. Police sources said that "travellers" pointed out the individual wielding a knife to passing police on patrol, who immediately arrested him. No one was injured in the incident at Paris's main international terminus and the man offered no resistance to his arrest.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - How Green Are Electric Lawn Mowers?

How Green Are Electric Lawn Mowers?Over the decade that Consumer Reports has been testing electric mowers, performance has improved dramatically. That's a big win for consumers, and this year is no different. From the Ego LM2101 p...


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climateNEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Lebanese army says Islamic State leader killed, 10 arrested near border

Lebanese army says Islamic State leader killed, 10 arrested near borderA local Islamic State leader was killed on Saturday during a dawn raid by the Lebanese army in which troops arrested 10 suspected militants who had entered a northeastern border town from Syria, the army said. The army says it regularly stages operations targeting Islamic State and former al Qaeda-linked militants in the mountainous border region. A military source said the alleged Islamic State leader had also ordered the killing of Lebanese soldiers while the other 10 suspects were arrested on charges of smuggling weapons.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it

Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp itREYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means "when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather."


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Apple is getting serious about self-driving cars

Apple is getting serious about self-driving cars

Though Apple's plans to develop and manufacture a branded car may currently be on hold, the company's plans to research and develop self-driving car technologies appears to be moving forward. Just about a week after Apple obtained a permit to test autonomous vehicles in the state of California, Business Insider filed a public-records request and managed to gain access to materials accompanying Apple's permit application. The filed documents provide us with some interesting new information regarding Apple's training program for its nascent self-driving car initiative.

According to training materials which correspond to software Apple calls the "Apple Automated System", it appears that Apple engineers have been busy developing a suite of software and hardware sensors designed to assist a car drive with the flow of traffic while avoiding other vehicles and pedestrians.

According to the training packet, the car that Apple's staffers are using to test the self-driving technology is outfitted with consumer video game gear such as a Logitech steering wheel and pedals to actuate drive by wire.

Whereas Apple's earlier car efforts seemed to entail hiring hundreds of employees with vast automotive experience across all aspects of the car development and manufacturing process, it stands to reason that Apple, for the time being, has decided to primarily focus its attention on self-driving technologies.

With cars boasting Apple's mysterious autonomous software having been approved for use on the road, California law holds that the drivers/passengers overseeing the testing must be sufficiently trained and ready to assume control of the wheel at any moment.

Apple applied for a permit for six drivers to drive three Lexus RX450h SUVs. Apple's drivers, named in the application, are mostly Ph.D.s specializing in machine learning, some of whom previously worked for companies like Bosch and Tesla, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

Apple said its vehicles would be able to capture and store "relevant data before a collision occurs" in its application.

That Apple is exploring self-driving technologies may not be all that surprising, but the more interesting question is if it really matters. As it stands now, we can only presume that Apple's progress with its own technology isn't anywhere close to matching what established automakers and a myriad of start-up companies have already developed. Going forward, it will be interesting to see if Apple's foray into the self-driving world will ever yield a marketable product or if it will simply become an Apple research initiative that never sees the light of day.

Apple's full permit application can be viewed over here via AppleInsider.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Wildfire forces evacuation of at least 800 homes in central Florida

Wildfire forces evacuation of at least 800 homes in central FloridaResidents in a Polk County subdivision in Florida are under mandatory evacuations due to a large wildfire.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Galaxy Note 8 May Be Launched At IFA 2017

Galaxy Note 8 May Be Launched At IFA 2017IFA Executive Director Jens Heithecker said in a press briefing the show in Berlin would be a better place for Samsung to launch the upcoming flagship device than the company's own event.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Seven twists in France's rollercoaster election

Seven twists in France's rollercoaster electionThe first round of France's presidential election came after a rollercoaster campaign with multiple twists and turns. Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen emerged as the two leading candidates set to contest a May 7 run-off vote, according to initial projections. The first came in November when 63-year-old former premier Francois Fillon pulled off a come-from-behind victory in the right-wing primary, defying pollsters who had for months predicted a win for Alain Juppe, 71.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - S.African faces trial over axe slaying of his wealthy family

S.African faces trial over axe slaying of his wealthy familyIn a case that has gripped South Africa, the 22-year-old scion of a wealthy family goes on trial in Cape Town on Monday, accused of slaughtering his family in a frenzied axe attack. The case has also made headlines internationally, as police failed to arrest anyone for the grisly killings until Henri van Breda handed himself in. Van Breda is alleged to have killed his brother Rudi and parents Martin and Teresa and left his sister Marli struggling with nightmarish injuries.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - These ‘Married At First Sight’ Couples Are Still Together

These ‘Married At First Sight’ Couples Are Still TogetherSee which “Married at First Sight” couples stayed together after the cameras stopped rolling!


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles

Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battlesWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It's all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Three Iraqi policemen killed in suicide attack south of Mosul

Three Iraqi policemen killed in suicide attack south of MosulThree policemen were killed on Sunday in a suicide attack south of Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where Islamic State is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive, security sources said. A group of about 10 assailants, including four suicide bombers, had tried to infiltrate a Federal Police helicopter base in Al-Areej, a police captain told Reuters. Three policemen and three of the assailants were killed in the attack, he said.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Ryan: Russian election meddling probe will help US allies

Ryan: Russian election meddling probe will help US alliesTALLINN, Estonia (AP) — One of the reasons the U.S. Congress has launched an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is to "prevent the same kind of thing happening" to its NATO and other allies, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Bill Gates didn’t let his kids use cell phones until they turned 14

Bill Gates didn’t let his kids use cell phones until they turned 14

While most young kids and teenagers spend hours upon hours glued to tablets and smartphones, Bill Gates' children had a markedly different experience growing up. During a recent interview with the Mirror, the former Microsoft CEO said that when his children were growing up, he limited their exposure to the addicting glow of digital screens.

"We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour," Gates said. Also interesting is that Gates -- whose children currently range in age from 14 to 20 -- didn't even give his kids access to cell phones until they turned 14. And even then, using cell phones while the family was having dinner was expressly prohibited.

"You’re always looking at how [smartphones] can be used in a great way – homework and staying in touch with friends – and also where it has gotten to excess," Gates added. All that said, it's hard to feel bad for the Gates children given that Bill Gates -- with an estimated net worth of $86.9 billion -- is the world's richest man. And with the Gates children growing up in a house that's worth upwards of $125 million, I'm sure they're well acquainted with some of the most luxurious creature comforts the world has to offer.

What we really want to know, though, is if the Gates children were ever granted access to Apple products. If we go back in time a bit, you might recall that Melinda gates back in 2013 made headlines when she said that her children receive Windows products even though they sometimes clamor for Apple devices. "Of course they ask [for Apple products]," Gates said, "but they get Windows technology. The wealth from our family came from Microsoft so why would we invest in a competitor." A few years earlier, Gates expressed a similar sentiment during an interview with Vogue, noting that her kids were not allowed to use either iPhones or iPods.

It's actually a brilliant parenting strategy when you think about it. If you're not allowed to have a smartphone until you're 14, and if your time on the device is limited once you finally get one, you'll probably be content with any device you can get your hands on. Alas, the same couldn't always be said for Melinda Gates who, in the same Vogue interview, said that she sometimes feels pangs of jealousy for iPhone owners.

“Every now and then I look at my friends and say 'Ooh, I wouldn't mind having that iPhone’,” Gates said. Of course, given how far iPhone competitors have come since then, we imagine that the Gates family is doing just fine in a presumably Apple-less world.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - How the hell should you use your tax refund?

How the hell should you use your tax refund?It might be here already. Since Tax Day has already come and gone, we hope it's at least on the way. But when you finally get that sweet, sweet refund, what the hell is the best thing to do with it? If you have overdue debts to pay, or you've been putting off visiting the podiatrist or something, you'll want to take care of those necessities first. But, if you have a bit — or a lot — left over, here are a few ideas. SEE ALSO: Wow, some stranger just gave us Trump's tax return and it's really weird 1. Make a donation. Perhaps you meant to budget for charity at the beginning on the year, but it didn't quite pan out. That's okay; no one is mad at you (we assume). You can still use your tax refund to catch up a little. With this donation, try going local: for example, if you want to donate to Planned Parenthood, consider giving directly to your local Planned Parenthood health center. And if your donation is tax-deductible, be sure to keep record for next year's taxes. Bet you can't wait for those. 2. Learn something cool, like how to make pasta. Investments aren't limited to bonds and stocks. If you learn a cool new skill, you're making yourself a better human, which is what you want anyway, right? Finally take that cycling class you've been relentlessly Googling, or pull a Master of None and learn to make pasta or really good bread. Image: Dave Kotsinsky/Getty Images 3. Refresh something you use every day If your mattress is constantly giving you backaches or your couch is making weird cracking noises, consider this your opportunity to upgrade — or at least start saving to do so.  If you know your chosen item is a smart purchase that will vastly improve your quality of life, but still fear its price tag, calculate cost per use. If it's a new mattress, for example, figure out cost per night's sleep — you might find that the juice is worth the squeeze after all. For the couch, calculate the cost per episodes of Chewing Gum watched, or cost per accidental naps taken. Whatever works for you. 4. Don't adopt a dog; buy a plant instead. When the sun is shining and you're feeling rich, it might seem like a good idea to adopt a dog. And maybe that is good. But, if you were unsure you could afford to take care of a dog before you got your tax refund, you certainly cannot afford one now. Instead, consider adopting some plants. Find one that works well for your home (or office), research proper care, and pray you don't have a black thumb.  A post shared by Garden Answer (@gardenanswer) on Apr 18, 2017 at 8:18am PDT But, if you do ... at least it's just a plant, and you can go back to doodling pictures of good dogs in your journal. 5. Pay for your news. You know how everyone's talking about the need to support journalism in the Trump era? That is a real thing. If you've been waging a pop-up blocker war with your favorite online publication for a while now, it might be time to bite the bullet and subscribe.  6. Go see some stuff you have not seen before. Okay, travel is a cliché option, but clichés rose to prominence for a reason (looking at you, "My Heart Will Go On"). If you want to break away from the crowd a little, consider an under-the-radar destination.  Image: Frasier Hall/Getty ImagesYou don't need to go very far away to take a vacation, either ... and now also seems like a good time to support your local national park, yes? 7. Ugh, just save your damn money. We had to say it — no matter how many bath bombs and iPhones you want to buy (for me, it is one thousand), saving is always a great option. Everyone needs an emergency fund, after all, and it's always good to have a small pool saved for unexpected medical expenses.  If you're a renter, you could even save your refund for the next time you move — it'll give you a nice financial cushion for movers, boxes, and replacements for all the wine glasses you will inevitably break. Or ... you could spend it all on candy. WATCH: An astronaut made a treasure map from space, and this man is hunting the gold


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - How Elon Musk Started SpaceX

How Elon Musk Started SpaceXThe entrepreneur starts off by defining a goal and understanding what that goal is and why it is a good and valid goal.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - French expatriates vote ahead of knife-edge election

French expatriates vote ahead of knife-edge electionA day before France votes for a new president, expatriates and residents in overseas territories in the Western Hemisphere cast their ballots Saturday, with some hoping to stop a global wave of right-wing nationalism from claiming their country. Hundreds of thousands of French nationals are eligible to vote in the United States, Canada and Latin America in one of the most unpredictable elections in decades, seen as crucial for the future of a deeply divided country and the European Union. Voting also began Saturday in many of France's overseas territories, such as the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Nine killed in drug gang shootout in Mexican mountain village: prosecutors

Nine killed in drug gang shootout in Mexican mountain village: prosecutorsNine people were killed in what prosecutors said on Sunday was a gun battle between rival drug gangs in the mountains of Mexico's west coast state of Michoacan. The battle took place Saturday and in an isolated village of the municipality of Churumuco, which borders on Guerrero state, where eight bodies were found on the main street and another in the nearby sierra, the state prosecutor's office said in a statement. The region, especially Guerrero state, is the site of the worst violence in Mexico in recent years as gangs battle over fields of opium poppies, which are used to make heroin.