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Web News for June, 2017

Trends: ★★ What's in & out of Netflix in June ★★ Summer movie preview ★★ The disappearance of climate-change denial in China ★★ Mobile gigabit speeds coming to the USA ★★ New interior-design DIY trend ★★ Camera kit brings rear vision to motorcycle helmets ★★ Google Doodle celebrates queen of curvy architecture ★★ Mary Meeker's 2017 internet trends report ★★ Uber's head of finance has left the company ★★ Uber's BoD may ask its CEO to take a leave-of-absence ★★ Leaked Uber sex memo sheds light on it's frat-house culture ★★ Apple's WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off in San Jose,CA ★★ How Twitter is gamed to feed misinformation ★★ JetBlue tests face recognition to replace boarding passes ★★ Best tech of 2017 so far ★★ Amazon share price hits $1k ★★ Cars most likely to have been in an unreported accident ★★ World's fastest ship ★★ NBC has high hopes for Megyn Kelly ★★ World's fastest elevator hits 47 mph ★★ Hundai's 1st electric bus ★★ Walmart test associate home delivery in NJ & Ark ★★ Actors over 80 still killing it in Hollywood ★★ Climber completes the most dangerous rope-free ascent ever ★★ R&B-loving country star, Sam Hunt, is challenging Nashville rules, and winning ★★ Has the fitness video adapted to the YouTube age? ★★ Almost-instantly rehargeable batteries ★★ English PM calls for more internet regulation after London Bridge attack ★★ Amazon founder Jeff Bezos closing on Bill Gates for world's-richest-man title ★★ Boeing exploring jetliners that fly w/o pilots ★★ Amazon's Cloud Drive reduced fm unlimited to 1TB ★★ Detroit's Sensors in a shoebox project ★★ Mistakes to avoid while traveling ★★ Expert forgers are saving the world's heritage ★★ Google's parent, Alphabet, sells robotics firm Boston Dynamics to Japan's Softbank ★★ Woman's act of kindness goes viral ★★ Highest paid entertainers

Tech News: Podcasts (Audio)   Video: 6-1-17  6-2-17  6-5-17  6-8-17   Q&A w/Kim: 6-3-17 6-10-17 Trends indicate the way things are moving in the Web News lately and, more generally, how things are changing in our world. 

Rest In Peace: ★★ Celebrity deaths in 2017 ★★ Lola Albright (Peter Gunn) ★★ Gregg Allman (Allman Bros Band) ★★ Chuck Berry (Maybellene) ★★ Powers Boothe (Philip Marlowe) ★★ Chelsea Brown (Laugh-In) ★★ Eugene Cernan (Astronaut) ★★ Mike Connors (Mannix) ★★ Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) ★★ Dina Merrill (Operation Petticoat) ★★ Miguel Ferrer (Robocop) ★★ J. Geils (Blues band) ★★ Barbara Hale (Perry Mason) ★★ Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica) ★★ Linda Hopkins (Blues singer) ★★ John Hurt (Elephant Man) ★★ Bruce Langhorne (Tambourine Man) ★★ Mary Tyler Moore (MTM Show) ★★ Sir Roger Moore (James Bond) ★★ Erin Moran (Happy Days) ★★ Charlie Murphy (Chappelle's Show) ★★ Robert Osborn (Turner Classic Movies) ★★ Bill Paxton (Apollo 13) ★★ Don Rickles (Comedian) ★★ David Rockefeller (Chase Manhattan Bank) ★★ Butch Trucks (Allman Bros Band) ★★ Adam West (Batman) ★★ Mary White (PC Club) Famous people and friends who have died this year.

Great Ideas, Computers: ★★ Pay for things w/ your smartphone Great Ideas is where new discoveries or developments go, in this case about computers or software.

Great Ideas, Electronics:  ★★ MegaHD is here!  Get 3 times the resolution on your next phone & TV ★★ Wireless charging really works New products, research, or developments in Electronics
Great Ideas, Home: ★★ Life hacks for dog lovers ★★ Pet trackers & GPS collars ★★ Robots do housework for you ★★ Digital tile backsplashes for your kitchen Things or ideas for your house, your car, your pets, or even your pocket

Great Ideas, Medical: ★★ New sensor detects psoriasis ★★ Lamborghini lends carbon fiber expertise to search for better medical implants ★★ Deep-brain stimulation spares the surgery The latest medical research, methods, drugs, or treatments

Great Ideas, Safety: ★★ Tethered Snag tool helps police stop the bad guys safely Ideas or stories about how to stay safe

Great Ideas, Science: ★★ Can we taste water? ★★ Antimalarial drug combined w/ luminol glows blue to show blood traces ★★ Can stimulating the brain make us fall in love? Scientific discoveries, research results, new tech, how our world works; new products & techniques that may be on the way

Legal Issues: ★★ US Supreme Court ruling on printer cartridges changes what it means to buy almost anything, thanks Connie ★★ Amazon may owe you a refund ★★ Hollywood fighting plan to let you rent movies still in theaters ★★ CR finally has a tough law against mistreatment of animals ★★ Delivery drone patent packs a parachute into a shipping label ★★ Pres Trump's lawyers ask Supreme Court for an early verdict on the Trump travel ban ★★ 4 on trial in Limon for killing a US investor whose body was never found ★★ Tourism entrepreneurs oppose license & royalty payments to Canadian zipline patent holder ★★ How to take a legal sailfish trophy picture in CR ★★ Police uncover YouTube link to London terror attack ★★ Google fined$9B (£7B) by EU for rigging search results in favor of its shopping service ★★ OIJ arrests 5 US men running a call center scam in CR ★★ Guatemalans score a win vs. Canadian mining firm ★★ Atlanta woman fears deportation fm US after Obama-era project is cancelled ★★ OIJ police arrest suspected CR child porn network posing as modeling agency ★★ Should you go to jail for not revealing your phone's passcode? ★★ US asks Guatemala to extradite former VP over drug trafficing charges ★★ Tethered Snag tool helps police stop the bad guys ★★ Accused NSA leaker Reality Winner to remain in jail pending trial ★★ Prosecution rests in Cosby sexual-assault trial Articles about matters involving law enforcement, patents, or law makers around the world

Philosophical Issues: ★★ Steve Ballmer: We should have turned Microsoft into a world-class hardware company  ★★ What would Europe's fate be w/o the US?  ★★ Democrats' secret weapon: Romney voters  ★★ Choosing & approaching a mentor  ★★ Welcome to the golden age of social awkwardness  ★★ Blurring the human-machine boundary  ★★ 12-year-old Ananya Vinay fm Fresno wins Scripps National Spelling Bee  ★★ From the party of Lincoln to the party of the body slam  ★★ Lessons about seeking Middle East peace  ★★ The air is making us sick, but we could fix it  ★★ Mark Cuban says, "Don't use credit cards."  ★★  Can delivery drones help us cut down on pollution?  ★★  The effect of emojis in Emails  ★★  What if Hitler won WWII?  ★★ Who owns the internet?   ★★ What is the dark web?   ★★  Woman's change of heart transforms homeless man's life   ★★  Pres Trump's religious orientation   ★★  World's most interesting man meets its most powerful man   ★★  How to run a meeting   ★★  Remembering Mr. Rogers   ★★  LA Times article, "Our Dishonest President"   ★★  Learning another language keeps us young   ★★  The morality of family planning in the age of climate change   ★★ Is AI a threat or an opportunity?   ★★  New Yorker cartoons  ★★  Why Steve Ballmer spent $10M to build a free patriotic website ★★ Detroit imagines a citizen-led smart city ★★ Morality of family planning in our age of climate change This is a catch-all category that includes matters such as existance, knowledge, values, reason, mind, wisdom, and language. Many entries are opinions or arguments that reflect our world.
International Issues are items about countries outside of CR or the USA. International Issues: ★★ London attack: Heroism in the face of terrorism ★★ Renowned English ecologist vanished w/o a trace in Somalia on 4/1/2008 ★★ If Pres Trump dumps the Paris Accord, China will rule the energy future Obama On PCA pullout ★★ Why US abandoning Paris Climate Agreement is a disaster ★★ ?? ★★ US tech leaders (including Elon Musk, IBM, Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, & Facebook) defy Pres Trump on climate deal ★★ German chancellor regrets Pres Trump's decision, but vows to tackle climate change ★★ The convenient disappearance of climate-change denial in China ★★ Why isn't Nicaragua in the Paris agreement?  ★★ Jared Kushner discussed possibility of setting up secret & secure channel to the Kremlin w/ Russian ambassador ★★ Venezuela on edge as violent protests continue ★★ US & Japan hold major drill  in Sea of Japan ★★ China hails ★★ 1st ★★ fugitive extradition fm US under Pres Trump ★★ Macedonian MPs vote in new government after deadlock ★★ Israeli finance minister holds rare West Bank meeting w/ Palestinian PM ★★ Russians bombing militants fleeing Syria's Raqqa ★★ After Putin visit, Sec State Tillerson  snubbed top EU official ★★ The battle to unearth Iraq's mass graves ★★ Islamic State using Telegram app to brag & recruit ★★ World Health Org (WHO) is electing a new leader ★★ Venezuela's Pres Maduro to hold referendum on constitutional reform  ★★ Suicide bombers kill 9 in Cameroon  ★★ Brazil seizes 60 assault rifles fm Maimi hidden in pool heaters   ★★ Dozens dead in Philippines after armed robber sets fire to Manila casino  ★★ Bill to allow Japan's Emperor Akihito  to step down passes lower house  ★★ Leo Varadkar is on track to become Ireland's 1st openly gay prime minister  ★★ Pres Trump delays moving US embassy to Jerusalem despite election promises ★★ 4 Egyptian soldiers killed in explosion after clash w/ ISIS, days after 29 Christians were also killed ★★ Paul Allen rolls out world's largest airplane ★★ New Russian super weapons ★★ CR demonstrates renewable energy in Cuba ★★ At least 90 killed in Kabul by massive car bomb in diplomatic quarter ★★ ISIS claims Manila casino attack despite police denial ★★ German Chancellor Merkel signals deepening rift w/ US under Trump ★★ Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83 ★★ 86% of the Most Dangerous Cities are in Latin America ★★ Venezuelan youth burned to death by protestors ★★ Several Arab countries suddenly cut ties w/ Qatar for backing militant groups ★★ Pres Trump contemplates pulling out of UN Human Rights Council ★★ Will Qatar's diplomatic exile spark the next great war? ★★ Brazil has become a gangland ★★ Pres Trump's Russia scandal is swallowing his foreign policy ★★ The Arab world has never recovered fm the loss of 1967 ★★ Pope Francis briefed by bishops about Venezuelan humanitarian crisis ★★ 2 Nobel lauriates clash over Venezeuela situation ★★ 1000s of Venezuelan immigrants fleeing to Colombia ★★ 3rd London-Bridge attacker named as 22-year-old fm East London ★★ British election surprised Theresa May ★★ Britian has a hung parliament ★★ Theresa May apologizes to defeated Tory candidates ★★ What Islamic State wants in attacking Iran ★★ Islamic State kills 12 in Tehran attack on Iran's parliament

Planetary Issues & Beyond: ★★ Proof that nothing escapes fm a black hole ★★ Curiosity discovered pale zones (halos) that prove that water was present Earth as seen by Apollo 17 Earth & Moon ★★ Space will be unusable in 20 years unless junk is cleaned up ★★ NASA to launch solar probe next year to 'touch' the sun's atmosphere  ★★ Bright spots on our moon could be frost  ★★  Massive asteroid impact could have caused Saturn's moon Enceladus to tip onto its side  ★★ The darkest skies in the US for serious stargazing  ★★ NASA's 1st mission to the sun set for 2018   ★★ Space wallpaper fm   ★★ Exoplanet WASP-12b found w/ clouds of rubies & sapphires   ★★NASA Mars Rover concept vehicle  pictures   ★★ NASA's "Summer of Mars" event  ★★ To the stars by atom bomb: the Orion Project   ★★ NASA's Spacecraft-Fire Experiment (SAFFIRE-III) is being evaluated   ★★ Photos of Earth fm space in honor of World Environment Day   ★★ SpaceX launched a Chinese  experiment to the ISS, despite US ban   ★★ Secrets of the coldest object in the universe probed  ★★ Our cosmic address  ★★ NASA picked 12 new astronauts out of 18,300 applicants   ★★ VP Pence  congratulated new astronaut candidates   ★★ Can moons have their own moons?   ★★ Gravitational lensing of a white dwarf ends a decades-old debate   ★★ Near-Earth asteroids discovered by NASA These are about astronomy, findings, subspace activities, NASA, ESA, and other space agencies.

Geek Humor & Interests: ★★ The Sci-Fi Timeline ★★ Washington Post's annual neologism contest winners  ★★ Pilot Magazine Summer  Calendar   ★★ First look at  Honda HA-420  jet  ★★ Battlestar Galactica cast reunites to discuss show's legacy, thanks Connie ★★ Camp & colorful Batman (Adam West) dies at 88 ★★ Star Trek: Discovery announces its official premiere date: 9/24/2017, thanks Connie (Use VPN-US for video) This section is a catch-all for topics like aviation, science-fiction, etc. that don't fit into other topics.

Potential Products: ★★ Standalone handheld translater ★★ Android inventor unveils the Essential phone he hopes will take on Apple ★★ Google's Pixel 2 will be just as exciting as the iPhone 8 Items described on the WWW that aren't yet available for purchase

Hardware, General: General articles about hardware that don't fit into any of the specific categories listed below. ★★ WiFi vs. Ethernet: How much better is a wired connection? ★★ Online car-battery-life estimator ★★ LG's light, bright, portable laser projector hits stores

Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT): Computing devices in everyday objects that receive information from the internet. ★★ Hackers using smarthome tech to steal banking details

Hardware, Laptops: Portable computers with a hinged-lid screen that would fit in your lap. ★★ Automatically mute your MacBook when it goes to sleep

Hardware, Smart Cameras: Digital vision systems that can capture images, extract information, generate event descriptions, and make decisions. ★★ How to disable the microphone on your Netgear Arlo Pro camera ★★ What is a normal camera lens?

Hardware, Smart TVs: Internet-connected,storage-aware, digital computer TVs specialized for entertainment. ★★ Do I need new HDMI cables & gear for my new 4k TV?

Hardware, Smart Cars: Autos with advanced electronics and microprocessors used throughout the engine, drive train, and brakes. Some also have GPS, night vision, assisted parking, web & email access, voice control, & distance management. Some even drive themselves. ★★ The $1B war over maps

Hardware, Game Devices: Video-game consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo lead this category. ★★ How to reset your Nintendo Switch w/o losing your game data ★★ E3 expo June 10th ★★ Mage's Tale role-playing game (RPG) uses Oculus Touch & full-body tracking ★★ Video games are turning into multi-year quests

Hardware, Virtual Reality (VR): Immersive computer systems that generate 3D images or environments and players use special gloves to manipulate games. ★★ Gear VR owners can beam to TV via Chromecast ★★ AR & VR hand tracking w/ smartphone camera fm ManoMotion

Hardware, Peripherals: These gadgets attach to computers to amplify their usefulness (e.g., monitors, keyboards, & mice to scanners, speakers, and cameras); peripherals provide input & output. ★★ HD antenna for free HDTV ★★ Samsung unveils widest monitor around, the CHG90

Hardware, Accessories: Telephone, computer, or general accessories (e.g., cases or attachments). ★★ New Apple accessories available ★★ Do I need new HDMI cables & gear for my new 4k TV? ★★ Want fast charging? Don't use your car's USB ports

Hardware, Internals:  Things that go inside the computer go here, e.g., disc drives, memory boards, even SD cards. ★★ It's not a great time to buy an Intel CPU or motherboard ★★ This might be a good time to buy an AMD CPU ★★ Almost-instantly rechargeable batteries ★★ What to do if your RAM isn't detected by your PC

Hardware/Software: Artificial Intelligence (AI): Computer systems that are able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence (e.g., visual perception, speech recognition, language translation, etc.) ★★ Galaxy's Bixby Voice in English delayed ★★ How to turn ON Do not disturb for Amazon Echo ★★ SNL's Amazon Echo parody (VPN req'd) ★★ Set alarms & timers on Amazon Echo ★★ Lyrebird deep learning algorithm synthesizes voices ★★ The bizzarre human job of being a face for AI ★★ Apple's Siri Homepod takes on Alexa ★★ Is AI a threat or an opportunity?

Software, Browsers: Programs that present content from the WWW (e.g., Google Chrome). ★★ What is the Tor browser and is it safe?

Software, Microsoft, General News & Trivia: News items about things going on at Microsoft. ★★ See which group policies are applied to your PC and user account ★★ Updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office

Software, Microsoft, Apps: Stories about Microsoft apps being released, recalled, or features and capabilities ★★ What is conhost.exe & why is it running?

Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems: Stories about current or upcoming Microsoft OS features, releases, rumors, capabilities, or recalls. ★★ What is Windows 10 on ARM and how is it different fm Windows RT? ★★ How to disable new transparency effects in Win 10

Software, Google, Operating Systems - Android: News, releases, recalls, information & speculation about the Android OS. ★★ Always show brightness bar on Samsung Android phones running Nougat ★★ Make Cortana your default Assistant on Android ★★ Record a call on Android

Google, Operating Systems - Chrome OS: Info fm the web about Google's OS that powers it's Chromebooks. Chrome OS is in it's 57th release. ★★ Monitor Chromebook's system resources w/ Cog

Software Google, Apps: The latest information about Google apps, the Google Play store, Android apps, and G Suite. ★★ Refresh your Google Play music library & find your missing tracks

Software, Open-source, General News & Trivia: Information about the world of Open-source software packages. This includes, not only Linux, but Business Intelligence software, MySQL, replacements for Windows XP and more. ★★ Linux newbie forum ★★ Linux laptop & netbook forum ★★ Linux mobile forum

Software, Open-source, Apps: There are many useful apps available in Open Source. Search for Open Source Software to see many listed. ★★ Linux games forum ★★ Linux software forum

Software, Open-source, Operating Systems: Linux is a prominent example of free and open source software. It's a Unix-like operating system released under the GNU General Public License. ★★ Linux distributions forum ★★ Top 10 examples of open-source software

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