White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 2, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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Sellers say China’s Amazons are forcibly putting discount stickers on their stuff

June 22, 2017

Gotta keep those goods moving.Image: VCG via Getty Images As the Amazons of China try to elbow each other out of the way, a couple of retailers are coming forward to reveal some of the lengths that China’s ecommerce players will go to, to get you to add items to your cart. Liebo, a mid-sized women’s apparel brand, accused the country’s second-largest online retailer, JD.com, of forcibly slashing Liebo’s product…

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Ossoff’s liberalism just wasn’t right for Georgia district

June 21, 2017

(CNN)The Georgia special election was the Democrats’ best chance so far this year to flip a House seat and score a victory for the anti-Trump resistance. Jon Ossoff’s defeat is a major blow to well-funded liberal momentum and activism, to which GOP voters in the South responded, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” More than $50 million was spent in the special election to replace Republican Tom Price,…

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Muslims keep alive Kolkata’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Kolkata, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Kolkata’s Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israkel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians

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Going Wonder-ground: How Oh Wonder were inspired by conversations with strangers on the Tube – BBC News

June 15, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOh Wonder perform their single Ultralife for the Radio 1 Piano Sessions. Two and a half years ago, at the start of their career, Oh Wonder singer Josephine Vander Gucht fell over a gate, smashing her front teeth and breaking her nose. It forced the band to remain anonymous for almost a year: No photographs, no interviews, no videos. But there was…

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Apple gave us new Photos, Maps, and Siri: Check out what you missed at WWDC

June 6, 2017

Image: stephen lam/Getty Images June means one thing in the tech world: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is here. Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the WWDC 2017 keynote speech earlier today in San Jose, California. From the highly anticipated Siri speaker to the new iOS, Cook gave Apple superfans a lot to look forward to in the months to come. SEE ALSO: Apple finally reveals its Siri-powered Amazon Echo killer…

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Damian Marley and others buy majority stake in High Times

June 2, 2017

Image: Favre/Epa/REX/Shutterstock A group of investors including Damian Marley has purchased a majority stake in High Times, the marijuana-focused magazine, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The group, lead by private equity firm Oreva Capital, bought 60% of the company that owns and operates the magazine for $42 million. In addition to the magazine, the company runs the Cannabis Cup events series as well as the High Times website. Damian…

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I ran a half marathon with AI to test the future of trainers

June 1, 2017

AI assistants aren't quite ready for our high-level workouts.Image: Christopher Mineses/mashable I did something very dumb last weekend: I decided to challenge the limits of artificial intelligence and my own body on a 13.1-mile course to glory. My body held up fine but the AI couldn’t quite keep the pace, serving as yet another reminder that current AI tech still hasn’t caught up to the hype. I had been testing…

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Bulletin bets that online shopping brands still want storefronts

Image: bulletin What do you get when you cross a glossy fashion mag with a department store? That’s essentially the nonintuitive question Bulletin co-founders Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston inadvertently answered as they formulated their Y-Combinator-backed startup. The pair originally set out to create a shoppable magazine an online publication that would showcase up-and-coming brands to potential customers. As that spark of an idea eventually evolved into the small chain…

May 19, 2017
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Two major carmakers just added Android to their cars’ dashboards

Android Auto is coming to even more cars.Image: volvo/google Android is coming to your car and you won’t even need to bring your phone along for the ride. A year after Google teased the experience, Android-powered car infotainment systems are much closer to reality. Full Android integration is a step beyond Android Auto, where users can project car-specific versions of apps (like Maps) to a dashboard running some other software;…

May 17, 2017
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