Thomas Markle cannot stop telling the paparazzi how mad at him Meghan is for continuing to talk to the paparazzi. But this time, he’s coming for the royal family. In a recent interview with The Mail on Sunday, Markle said he’s definitely not as bad as Prince Harry: “I’ve pleaded with her to pick up the phone. I wrote her a two-page letter and sent it by certified mail via her representative in Los Angeles. I asked her why she was believing the lies. I also pointed out the Royals haven’t always been perfectly behaved. I wrote that I’ve never played pool naked, nor have I dressed up as a Nazi.” Or Prince Charles: “Everyone says, why don’t I just shut the f*** up? That Meghan can’t speak to me because I’ll give away secrets. But that’s bull****. I’ve been accused of every terrible thing you can think of. In one magazine they had an awful story about Prince Charles right beside one about me. But no one … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle’s Dad Just Keeps Talking: “The Royals Have Done Far Worse Things”
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In April 2017, German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported that Cristiano Ronaldo in 2010 reached a $375,000 settlement with a woman who said he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. The story barely made a ripple in the sports world, even after Der Spiegel followed up the initial story a week later by reporting on the existence of text messages that suggest Ronaldo, who has denied the accusations, knew about the settlement. Fast forward a year and a half, past dozens of powerful men who have been held accountable for their actions amid the Me Too movement, past Stormy Daniels challenging the validity of her settlement and nondisclosure agreement with President Trump, and past thousands of other women who have spoken out, in ways big and small, about their own sexual assaults, to Der Spiegel’s latest story: The woman who accused Ronaldo of rape, Kathryn Mayorga, speaking on the record about that night in 2009 and its aftermath. That story, published one week ago, had an effect … [Read more...] about Q&A: Reporter Antje Windmann On Convincing Ronaldo’s Rape Accuser To Speak, And Why Media Was So Slow To Pick Up The Story
I’m not talking about when your mom calls. If your mom calls, you should answer the phone, and actually, you should just probably call your mom more often so she doesn’t have to call you. (HI MOM!) What I want to know is what you do when a number you don’t know calls. Do you answer the phone? This week, a company called First Orion published a blog post summarizing an analysis of 50 billion phone calls. The company claims that by 2019 nearly 50 percent of calls to mobile phones will be scams, up from just 3.7 percent in 2017. That’s an astonishing number that we should look at very skeptically since First Orion sells “phone call and data transparency solutions” of precisely the kind that might help with an absurd future in which half of all calls are malicious junk. That said, it feels believable! Each day I get a half-dozen spam calls. The ‘Scam Likely’ notifications from my carrier and apps like Nomorobo help, but they are far from … [Read more...] about Do You Answer the Phone?
Featured stories iPhones, iPads, MacBooks: What new hardware will Apple unveil next week? Do you have to wear those AirPods all the time? To be a microservice: How smaller parts of bigger applications could remake IT New 2018 iPhone, iPhone XS, iPhone X Plus, iPhone 9: Rumors, leaks, launch date, and everything we know so far There has been a lot made of the fact that Google has outsold Amazon in global smart speaker sales during the first two quarters of this year. According to a study by Canalys, Google sold 1.3 million units more than Amazon last quarter (5.4 million vs. 4.1 million). And you have to hand it to Google for leveraging support for global languages, and lower global pricing, to expand the overall market reach of smart speakers.Also: The Alexa-Cortana integration: Why wasn't this bigger news?While Google has picked up the pace with a couple of nice quarters under their belt, I don't think that is a sign that interest in Echo devices and Alexa are waning. It's … [Read more...] about Alexa’s land-and-expand strategy is racking up the numbers
In a show dominated by smart sound systems and headphones, there was also some standout design and genuine breakthroughs to get the real audiophiles excited at this year’s IFA tech expo. Below we pick out the sonic highlights that found a way to be heard above the bedlam in Berlin.1. Bang & Olufsen Beosound EdgeIt came as no surprise to find Danish design guru B&O provided the show’s most eye-catching example of audio gear at IFA 2018. Drawing inspiration from the venerable British pound coin (yes, really), the waist-height spherical smart speaker is designed to be positioned in two ways - like a standing coin on its edge or hanging from a wall like a railway clock via a set of brackets. The brainchild of London-based designer Michael Anastassiades, the Beosound Edge also has a pretty unique control system, requiring you to rock the speaker back or forth to controls its output.It’s not all about the aesthetics however, with the speaker boasting a huge, … [Read more...] about IFA 2018 Audio round up: The best headphones, smart speakers and cinema sound from Sony, Sonos, JBL and more