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Unannounced ‘AirPods X Generation’ reportedly appear in Target inventory systems for $399

9to5Mac - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 10:22

Several reports have suggested that Apple is planning to release new over-ear headphones during the first half of this year, likely to complement the rest of its AirPods lineup. Now, YouTuber Jon Prosser has shared an image on Twitter claiming to show new Apple headphones in Target’s inventory system.


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Categories: Geek

Our new Director of National Intelligence didn't mention he was a shill for a corrupt oligarch

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 10:20

Richard Grenell, the incompetent buffoon and erstwhile Twitter troll who Donald Trump selected this week to oversee our entire National Intelligence apparatus, previously worked as a paid consultant for a corrupt Moldovan oligarch, and authored multiple articles for mainstream rightwing media outlets the either defended that oligarch or placed him in a more favorable light. According to reporting by ProPublica, he did this without telling anyone about his work for that oligarch, in potential violation of a federal anti-corruption statute.

President Donald Trump’s new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanctions imposed last month by the State Department.

In 2016, Grenell wrote several articles defending the oligarch, a Moldovan politician named Vladimir Plahotniuc, but did not disclose that he was being paid, according to records and interviews. Grenell also did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which generally requires people to disclose work in the U.S. on behalf of foreign politicians.

For the record, FARA is the same statute that a certain federal prisoner named Paul Manafort was convicted of violating.

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How to get Cydia running alongside Sileo on checkra1n

iDownloadBlog - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 10:05

You can now install Cydia alongside Sileo on your checkra1n device. In this tutorial, we show you how it’s done.
Categories: Geek

Wait, The Press Actually Thinks Barr's Going To Stand Up To Trump?

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 10:03

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Stressing that a "standoff" between Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr had "intensified" in recent days, the Beltway press spent this week whipping itself into a mini-frenzy, suggesting some sort of dramatic showdown was looming on the horizon. This is the kind of purposefully naïve news coverage that helps normalize Trump's dangerous behavior. It also propagates the myth that Republicans like Barr are actually concerned by Trump's destructive ways.

The modest public jousting between the two men this week came after Trump eviscerated the Department of Justice with lots of shouty tweets. Trump's furious that his former adviser Roger Stone is now facing more than three years in prison after being convicted of felonies in connection to the 2016 election.

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Trump Is Running The Government With Unqualified Temps To Keep His Quasi-Dictatorial Power

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 10:03

Impeached president Donald Trump has replaced the former acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire with another acting truly atrocious selection who will also only be in the job as an acting DNI. That's because he is so bad and so unqualified for the job that he couldn't be confirmed even by Mitch McConnell's Republicans. That and Trump just likes to have unqualified temps who are loyal only to him running things.

A Washington Post analysis highlights the churn in Trump's administration, and the fact that there hasn't been a permanent DNI in more than six months. According to the Post, "Trump has kept acting officials in charge of top agencies and departments so much that they've accounted for 1 out of every 9 days in those positions." That means that in the 22 cabinet-level jobs there have been so many acting officials that they've served a combined 2,736 days, which amounts to seven years. That means that in three years' time, Trump "has had acting officials serve more than three times as much as did [President] Obama" did in eight years.

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Anderson Cooper Calls 'Bullshit' On Blagojavich's 'Alternative Universe Of Facts'

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 09:30

Trump issued Rod Blagojevich clemency this week — one of a number of outrageous abuses of his pardoning power — in a move that many interpret as a harbinger of even more grotesque pardons to come.

Blagojevich, in turn, appeared on Anderson Cooper's show Friday evening to whine about having been treated unfairly by prosecutors, going so far as to frame it as an experience that gave him empathy with Black and Latinos who are "oversentenced" in the criminal justice system. Yeah, how many of THEM are getting presidential pardons, Blago?

Not only was Cooper not having it, he told Blagojevich he should have done something about that when he "mattered" — as in, when he was GOVERNOR of a state that was oversentencing and Black and brown people. Finally, Cooper was so disgusted, he called Blago's entire framing of his story "bullshit."

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Sileo Team launches Diatrus’ Cydia fork, permitting Cydia & Sileo on the same device

iDownloadBlog - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 09:09

The Sileo Team has officially met the jailbreak community in the middle, allowing checkra1n jailbreak users to have both Cydia and Sileo on the same device.
Categories: Geek

uLouder, Calendar by 44, Familiar, and other apps to check out this weekend

iDownloadBlog - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 09:00

Apps of the week

In this edition of our Apps of the Week roundup, we have a hyper-local social network, a speedy calendar app and a face-swapper for GIFs. And as always, we've selected two great new games for you to check out.
Categories: Geek

Apple @ Work: Would an ‘Intel NUC’ like Mac desktop make sense for the enterprise?

9to5Mac - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 09:00

In the past month, I upgraded my Plex server from the 2017 version of the Nvidia Shield to an 8th generation Intel NUC, and I couldn’t be happier. As I was setting it up, I couldn’t help but wonder: why hasn’t Apple made a product like this? Would it be useful in the enterprise? Could it be called the Mac Mini Air? more…

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Everything we know so far about Apple’s Tile-like ‘AirTag’ item trackers

9to5Mac - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 08:42

With iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, Apple introduced an all-new “Find My” application that makes it easy to locate your devices and friends. Last year, 9to5Mac exclusively reported that Apple is also developing a Tile-like personal item tracker that will also integrate with the Find My app. Read on as we round up everything we know about Apple AirTags


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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 08:01

Calculated Risk: Projections for first quarter GDP growth are all over the map.

Mock, Paper, Scissors: Evangelist Jim Bakker could have helped Donald Trump with his “personal Vietnam.”

ACA Signups: A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows Obamacare is more popular than ever.

Zandar Versus the Stupid: Chancellor Angela Merkel denounces white supremacist violence in Germany as “poison” even as New Jersey raises its domestic terrorism threat level.

Speaking of which, your quote of the day:
"You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people on both sides." (Donald Trump, on the violent right-wing demonstration in Charlottesville, August 15, 2017.)

Guest blogging Mike's Blog Round Up this week is Jon Perr from Perrspectives. Send your tips, recommendations, comments and angst to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

Categories: Politics

Here's More Evidence That Trump Will Debate In The Fall

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 08:00

I wrote a post in December titled "No, Trump Won't Skip the Debates," and I stand by every word of it. Trump will debate his Democratic opponent this fall -- I'm certain of it. This New York Times story about Trump's rally last night in Colorado includes several indications of his intent to debate.

“I don’t know if anybody watched last night’s debate,” Mr. Trump said shortly after he took the stage. “It got very big ratings, and you know what? Mini Mike didn’t do very well last night. I was going to send him a note saying, ‘It’s not easy doing what I do, is it?’”

It’s not easy doing what I do -- Bloomberg debated poorly, and that was Trump's comment. This tells me that Trump will debate for the most obvious reason: He thinks he's really good at it.

Mr. Trump spent a substantial amount of time regaling the crowd with stories of his 2016 campaign, calling Dan Scavino — his social media manager and “the most powerful man in politics,” the president said — up to the stage to hand him a stack of news clippings. The president read aloud from them individually, insulting journalists who had declared he had done poorly on the debate stage against Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent that year....

“I did great in the debates,” Mr. Trump said. “I became president because of the debates.”

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After Inspecting 50 Airplanes, Boeing Found Foreign Object Debris in 35 Fuel Tanks

Slashdot - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 08:00
Boeing has found debris in the fuel tanks of 35 of their 737 Max aircraft. After inspecting just 50 of the 400 planes which were awaiting delivery to customers, Boeing found debris in "about two-thirds" of them reports the Wall Street Journal, citing both federal and aviation-industry officials. "The revelation comes as the plane maker struggles to restore public and airline confidence in the grounded fleet." Materials left behind include tools, rags and boot coverings, according to industry officials familiar with the details... [T]he new problem raises fresh questions about Boeing's ability to resolve lingering lapses in quality-control practices and presents another challenge to Chief Executive David Calhoun, who took charge in January... Last year, debris was found on some 787 Dreamliners, which Boeing produces in Everett, Washington... Boeing also twice had to halt deliveries of the KC-46A military refueling tanker to the U.S. Air Force after tools and rags were found in planes after they had been delivered from its Everett factory north of Seattle. Their report include this observation from an Air Force procurement chief last summer. "It does not take a rocket scientist to deliver an airplane without trash and debris on it. It just merely requires following a set of processes, having a culture that values integrity of safety above moving the line faster for profit." But "This isn't an isolated incident either," argues long-time Slashdot reader phalse phace. "The New York Times reported about shody production and weak oversight at Boeing's North Charleston plant which makes the 787 Dreamliner back in April." A New York Times review of hundreds of pages of internal emails, corporate documents and federal records, as well as interviews with more than a dozen current and former employees, reveals a culture that often valued production speed over quality. Facing long manufacturing delays, Boeing pushed its work force to quickly turn out Dreamliners, at times ignoring issues raised by employees... Safety lapses at the North Charleston plant have drawn the scrutiny of airlines and regulators. Qatar Airways stopped accepting planes from the factory after manufacturing mishaps damaged jets and delayed deliveries. Workers have filed nearly a dozen whistle-blower claims and safety complaints with federal regulators, describing issues like defective manufacturing, debris left on planes and pressure to not report violations. Others have sued Boeing, saying they were retaliated against for flagging manufacturing mistakes.

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Categories: Geek

Apple support document details HomeKit router features, complicated setup process

9to5Mac - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 07:57

Apple announced HomeKit support for routers at WWDC last year, but since then, many of the more specific details have remained a mystery. A new support document recently published by Apple, however, offers new information on how HomeKit routers will work, the setup process, and more.


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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Russian interference takes center stage

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 07:30

The Abbreviated Pundit Round-up is a daily feature at Daily Kos.

Today is the culmination of the Nevada primary. may the best candidate win, and without Russian interference. Oh, btw, that interference is the story of the month, and maybe the election.

Categories: Politics

Bernie Sanders Is Way Ahead in Nevada

Kevin Drum - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 07:14

As we head into the fine, bright morning of the 2020 Nevada caucuses, Real Clear Politics tells us that Bernie Sanders is way ahead of the pack:

If we’re all being honest, what we’re really interested in is whether Nevada has botched its vote reporting tech the way Iowa did. I hope not. I don’t care all that much about the Nevada caucuses, but I am a technophile and this kind of thing gives tech a bad name.

One warning: the RCP poll aggregation is based on only two recent polls, so take it with a grain of salt. It’s also worth noting that you have to reach a threshold of 15 percent in order to be viable, and there’s practically a trainwreck of candidates clustered around 10-15 percent. Second choices could be really important here.

Categories: Politics

ReachCC13 opens Control Center with iOS’ native Reachability gesture

iDownloadBlog - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 07:00

With a new jailbreak tweak called ReachCC13, you can easily invoke Control Center from the bottom of your display instead of the top with a new gesture.
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Saturday Morning Open Thread: I Unreservedly, Absolutely {Heart} Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Balloon Juice - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 06:25

She’s set an excellent example for the rest of the current field…

But I still miss Kamala Harris, too:

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Categories: Politics

‘Sad and pathetic and hypocritical…’

Balloon Juice - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 06:01

Anderson Cooper burns Blago to the ground, whisks the ashes into a dustpan, deposits them in a toilet and flushes…

Well done, Anderson Cooper!

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Categories: Politics

Trump Is Descending Into Full-Scale Paranoia

Kevin Drum - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 05:15

One of the classic maneuvers in the intelligence business is to paralyze your enemy by making them think that moles are everywhere. Here in the US, for example, James Jesus Angleton became convinced during the Cold War that the Soviet Union had massively infiltrated the CIA and became so paranoid that he did considerable damage to the CIA with his endless hunts for Soviet spies that didn’t exist.

But it doesn’t just happen in intelligence agencies. It can happen anywhere:

President Trump has instructed his White House to identify and force out officials across his administration who are not seen as sufficiently loyal….Johnny McEntee, Trump’s former personal aide who now leads the effort as director of presidential personnel, has begun combing through various agencies with a mandate from the president to oust or sideline political appointees who have not proved their loyalty, according to several administration officials and others familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

….McEntee spent part of this week asking officials in various Cabinet agencies to provide names of political appointees working in government who are not fully supportive of Trump’s presidency, according to administration officials.

….Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a senior adviser in the White House, has played a central in the push, concentrating more power in the West Wing and working to combat leaks, officials said.

Fabulous. I hope Trump becomes so paranoid that he fires every semi-competent official working for him, thus becoming even less able to execute any of his nutball plans. It’s true that there’s danger in having a bunch of inept toadies running the executive branch, but in this case it’s probably a blessing overall.

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