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Saturday, October 28, 2017

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Catalonia independence: Spain strips police chiefs of powers – BBC News

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Media captionBoth pro- and anti-independence groups came out onto the streets after the declaration The Spanish government has stripped Catalonia’s most senior police officials of their powers, hours after direct rule was imposed on the region. This is the first specific measure taken since the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence. PM Mariano Rajoy has also announced the dissolution of the regional parliament and the removal of the Catalan leader,…

Here’s Why Amazon, Microsoft, and Intel’s Shares Are Soaring – Fortune

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Amazon, Microsoft, and Intel all had reason to cheer Friday. Shares of these three tech giants were all booming after they reported earnings on Thursday that impressed investors. Amazon’s shares were up nearly 13% Friday to $1,100.95 while Microsoft’s shares jumped 6% to $83.81. Intel’s shares rose 7% to $44.40. Although these companies all have different business models, they share a common link—cloud computing, in which companies buy computing resources…

White House press secretary insists women accusing Trump of sexual assault are lying – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 28, 2017

President Trump’s spokeswoman maintained Friday that all of the women who have accused him of unwanted touching or kissing were lying. “Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning, and the president has spoken on it,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when asked if Trump’s position on accusations against the president was that “all of these women are lying.” Accusations against Trump arose during last year’s…

Spain Dismisses Catalonia Government After Region Declares Independence – New York Times

Saturday, October 28, 2017

As of Friday night it was unclear whether separatist leaders — who hours earlier exulted at the independence declaration — would resist. The mood in the city of Barcelona was a mix of intense joy and subdued trepidation. “We believe it is urgent to listen to Catalan citizens, to all of them, so that they can decide their future and nobody can act outside the law on their behalf,” Mr….

On taxes, Trump is an eager salesman — but the policy action is on Capitol Hill – Washington Post

Saturday, October 28, 2017

President Trump is cajoling Republican senators on the golf course. He is taking Democratic senators for rides on Air Force One. He is calling up fierce critics such as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to find common cause. He is deploying his daughter and adviser, Ivanka, to pitch activists and swing suburban voters. And he is using his megaphone, Twitter, to boast about it all. On tax policy, the most consequential…

Here’s What’s In That $300 Million Whitefish Contract – NPR

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Whitefish Energy workers restore damaged lines in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 15. A $300 million contract between the tiny company and Puerto Rico’s electric authority has come under intense scrutiny. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption toggle caption Ramon Espinosa/AP Whitefish Energy workers restore damaged lines in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 15. A $300 million contract between the tiny company and Puerto Rico’s electric authority has come under intense scrutiny….

Conservative site funded project that led to Trump dossier – The Hill

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A conservative publication set in motion the research that led to a dossier that includes unverified claims regarding ties between President Trump and Russia, the publication revealed on Friday. The Washington Free Beacon originally funded the project through the firm Fusion GPS, a connection the publication’s lawyers revealed for the first time to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday.  The Washington Examiner first reported the connection and the Free Beacon then confirmed it. The publication…

Apple debuts its first MacBook sleeve – TechCrunch

Friday, October 27, 2017

Apple has been making gadgets for decades. And as one of the world’s favorite consumer electronics makers, the company has also made plenty of cases and sleeves to protect those gadgets, most notably for the iPhone and iPad. But Apple has never made its own laptop/MacBook sleeve, until today. While many hit up the Apple website today for the launch of iPhone X pre-orders, they may not have noticed the…

Why Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar drives me bonkers – CNET

Friday, October 27, 2017

Enlarge Image The MacBook Pro Touch Bar can be used to find emoji. Stephen Shankland/CNET A year ago, Apple overhauled its high-end MacBook Pro laptops with something the computing industry had never seen before: a touch-sensitive strip with a programmable display called the Touch Bar. Its flexibility shows the function keys it replaces to be relics from computing’s dark ages — specifically 1971, when IBM added them to mainframe terminals,…

Stuck key? Learn the right way to clean your MacBook’s keyboard – CNET

Friday, October 27, 2017

When I traded my old MacBook Pro for a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, it took me a few days to get accustomed to typing on the shallow, butterfly keyboard. A few months later, I was merrily typing away — while wondering how I ever enjoyed the feel of the mushy keys on my previous MacBook Pro — when the space bar suddenly stopped working. Or, more specifically, when the…

The Zephyrus is the perfect laptop for someone who doesn’t want a laptop – The Verge

Friday, October 27, 2017

A couple months ago, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg wrote a fair and accurate review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus. It’s an astonishingly thin, ultra-powerful laptop for gamers, and it almost utterly fails at being a laptop. “Basically useless away from a desk” was Chaim’s ultimate verdict, and I agree. Also, I love this laptop. After Chaim finished his review, I asked if I could try it out. Before long, my…

Spain suspends Catalonia’s government, takes over regional police, calls for snap elections – Washington Post

Friday, October 27, 2017

People celebrate after the Catalan regional parliament passed a declaration of independence from Spain in Barcelona on Friday. (Yves Herman/Reuters) BARCELONA — Spain’s prime minister announced Friday he would dismantle the Catalan government, suspend its ministers, dissolve its parliament, take over regional police and call home any Catalan diplomats abroad — just hours after the breakaway region declared independence. The Spanish Senate gave the central government in Madrid unprecedented powers…

The Zephyrus is the perfect laptop for someone who doesn’t want a laptop – The Verge

Friday, October 27, 2017

A couple months ago, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg wrote a fair and accurate review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus. It’s an astonishingly thin, ultra-powerful laptop for gamers, and it almost utterly fails at being a laptop. “Basically useless away from a desk” was Chaim’s ultimate verdict, and I agree. Also, I love this laptop. After Chaim finished his review, I asked if I could try it out. Before long, my…

Microsoft’s plan to become a major cloud competitor is working – The Verge

Friday, October 27, 2017

Microsoft hit a new milestone in its cloud services business this quarter: it’s now able to project over $20 billion in annual revenue. While that may seem like a big but arbitrary milestone, it’s an important one for Microsoft. In 2015, a year after being named the company’s CEO, Satya Nadella said he wanted Microsoft to hit that target sometime in 2018 — a big jump up from the $6.3…

Microsoft, Amazon and Google Show Big Tech Companies Thriving – Fortune

Friday, October 27, 2017

This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. Sign up here. There have been times in years past that Amazon, Alphabet (read: Google), and Microsoft have had rough patches. Amazon has suffered quarters-long profit droughts. Alphabet has given its investors agita over profligate spending on non-core products. Microsoft’s growth—if not its profit engine—stalled for years, causing its stock to idle too. The middle…

Spain’s Senate gives Madrid power to take over Catalonia after region declares independence – Washington Post

Friday, October 27, 2017

BREAKING: Spain’s Senate gives unprecedented powers to central government to take over Catalonia after region declares independence BARCELONA — Lawmakers in Catalonia declared independence from Spain on Friday in a defiant move that has divided the breakaway region and sharply escalated a confrontation for control with Madrid. The vote came after dueling sessions of parliaments in Barcelona and Madrid that underscored the deepening showdown. The central government pressed for permission…

The Zephyrus is the perfect laptop for someone who doesn’t want a laptop – The Verge

Friday, October 27, 2017

A couple months ago, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg wrote a fair and accurate review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus. It’s an astonishingly thin, ultra-powerful laptop for gamers, and it almost utterly fails at being a laptop. “Basically useless away from a desk” was Chaim’s ultimate verdict, and I agree. Also, I love this laptop. After Chaim finished his review, I asked if I could try it out. Before long, my…

Apple invents the leather laptop sleeve – Engadget

Friday, October 27, 2017

Apple’s made iPhone cases and Apple’s made accessories to keep iPads cosy, but until today Apple’s never made a laptop sleeve. Apple stores IRL and online have ranged third-party products, but when the floodgates to iPhone X pre-orders opened this morning, the new “Leather Sleeve for 12-inch MacBook” also quietly appeared on the company’s site. Available in classic “Saddle Brown” or edgy “Midnight Blue,” it features an etched Apple logo…