iPhone 11's Portrait Mode sets a high bar for the Pixel 4

Taken with iPhone 11 ISO 500 | 1/30 sec | F1.8 The bokeh-imitation effect that's all over your Instagram feed is a few generations old, but it's still a relatively young technology. Portrait Mode, as Apple calls it, is a computational feature that mimics the shallow depth of field closely associated...

Elizabeth Warren trolls Facebook with 'false' Zuckerberg ad

The Guardian | 2019-10-12

Ad claims CEO backs Trump – then admits it’s not true – after company admits letting politicians make false statements Facebook has been taking heat all week for its decision to allow politicians to make false statements in paid advertisements. Now the Democratic senator and presidential candidate...

Shopmatic: Everyone can sell online on this e-commerce venture

Yahoo Daily News | 2019-10-13

Shopmatic is a fast-growing e-commerce venture that helps business owners sell their products and services online. From developing a unique web store, to listing businesses on marketplaces and social media channels, to giving insights on how to sell online, Shopmatic helps business owners manage the...

Hong Kong Bond Connect scheme could play crucial role in getting China’s onshore bonds into ...

Bond traders and portfolio managers say liquidity in the China onshore bond market has improved over the past year, partly because the Hong Kong Bond Connect scheme has given investors easier access.A record 338.6 billion yuan (US$47.6 billion) of Chinese onshore bonds changed hands in...

Domestic rabbits plagued by diseases and poor diets, study finds

The Observer | 2019-10-13

They are often thought of as the perfect pets for children: cute, fluffy and low-maintenance. But many of the UK’s 1.5 million domestic rabbits lead miserable, disease-ridden lives, research has shown. Overgrown nails and teeth, gut stasis and dirty backsides – which can result from poor diets and...

People who walk slowly at 45 have older brains, bodies: Study

The Siasat Daily | 2019-10-12

Washington: Walking slowly could be a sign to identify how quickly your brain and body are likely to age, suggests a study. Slower walkers were shown to have “accelerated aging” on a 19-measure scale devised by researchers, and their lungs, teeth and immune systems tended to be in worse...

Djokovic loses to Tsitsipas in Shanghai quarterfinals

Rocky Mount Telegram | 2019-10-11

SHANGHAI (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s semifinal streak in Shanghai is over. The defending champion from Serbia, a four-time winner of the Shanghai Masters who had reached the semifinals in all eight of his appearances at the tournament, lost to sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Friday in...

Federer survives five set points to reach Shanghai quarters

Canada Dot Com | 2019-10-10

Roger Federer had to fight his way into the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals, surviving five set points in the opening set before eliminating Belgium’s David Goffin 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Thursday in China. The second-seeded Swiss moved on to the final eight to face German No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev,...

Kenya's Brigid Kosgei smashes 16-year women's marathon world record in Chicago

Russia Today | 2019-10-13

Brigid Kosgei broke the world record set 16 years ago Britain's Paula Radcliffe as the Kenyan won the Chicago women’s marathon. Kosgei’s time of 2:14:04 was 81 seconds quicker than the time recorded at the London Marathon in 2003 and comes just a day after her compatriot Eliud Kipchoge became...

Rugby World Cup: coach Warren Gatland admits Wales were 'poor' but glad to avoid injuries against Uruguay

The National | 2019-10-13

A scrappy Wales were made to work hard for victory against Uruguay but prevailed with a bonus point 35-13 win in Kumamoto on Sunday to top Pool D and set up a World Cup quarter-final with three-times finalists France. Wales clung to an eight-point lead with seven minutes left until a strong carry by...

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Esper says Trump orders US troops to leave northern Syria

Pioneer Press | 2019-10-13

WASHINGTON — Amid growing chaos in Syria, President Donald Trump has ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from the country’s north to avoid a bloody conflict...

The US is rethinking the 50-plus nuclear weapons it keeps in Turkey

Quartz | 2019-10-13

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The Irish Times | 2019-10-13

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John Henry Newman is first Briton to be canonised in 43 years

The Guardian | 2019-10-13

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Poles to vote in one of most important elections in decades

Federal News Radio | 2019-10-13

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Hundreds of Algerians stage sit-in to protest hydrocarbon draft law

Xinhua | 2019-10-13

ALGIERS, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Algerians on Sunday staged a sit-in in front of the parliament in the Algerian capital of Algiers to protest the draft...

Damascus has undeniable responsibility in Syria civil war, but that doesn’t mean we should let ...

Russia Today | 2019-10-13

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Al Jazeera | 2019-10-13

Why I nominated Abiy Ahmed for the Nobel Peace Prize

The prize not only acknowledges the Ethiopian prime minister's commitment to peace, but encourages...

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Should the NBA stand up to China?

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Al Jazeera | 2019-10-12

US could have prevented Turkey's military action on Syria

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