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As electric cars and trucks appear increasingly on U.S. highways, it raises the question: When will commercially viable electric vehicles take to the skies? There are a number of ambitious efforts to build electric-powered airplanes, including regional jets and planes that can cover longer distances. Electrification is starting to enable a type of air travel that many have been hoping for, but haven’t seen yet – a flying car.

A key challenge in building electric aircraft involves how much energy can be stored in a given amount of weight of the on-board energy source. Although the best batteries store about 40 times less energy per unit of weight than jet fuel, a greater share of their energy is available to drive motion. Ultimately, for a given weight, jet fuel contains about 14 times more usable energy than a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery.

That makes batteries relatively heavy for aviation. Airline companies are already worried about weight – imposing fees on luggage in part to limit how much planes have to carry. Road vehicles can handle heavier batteries, but there are similar concerns. Our research group has analyzed the weight-energy tradeoff in electric pickup trucks and tractor-trailer or semi-trucks.

This artist’s concept of NASA’s experimental electric plane design shows 14 motors along the wings. NASA

From electric trucks to flying vehicles

We based our research on a very accurate description of the energy required to move the vehicle along with details of the underlying chemical processes involved in Li-ion batteries. We found that an electric semi-truck similar to today’s diesel-powered ones could be designed to travel up to 500 miles on a single charge while being able to carry the cargo of about 93 percent of all freight trips.

Batteries will need to get cheaper before it makes economic sense to begin the process of converting the U.S. trucking fleet to electric power. That seems likely to happen by the early 2020s.

Flying vehicles are a bit further away, because they have different power needs, especially during taking off and landing.

What is an e-VTOL?

Unlike passenger planes, small battery-powered drones that carry personal packages over short distances, while flying below 400 feet, are already coming into use. But carrying people and luggage requires 10 times as much energy – or more.

We looked at how much energy a small battery-powered aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing would need. These are typically designed to launch straight up like helicopters, shift to a more efficient airplane mode by rotating their propellers or entire wings during flight, then transition back to helicopter mode for landing. They could be an efficient and economic way to navigate busy urban areas, avoiding clogged roads.

Energy requirements of e-VTOL aircraft

Our research group has built a computer model that calculates the power needed for a single-passenger e-VTOL along the lines of designs that are already under development. One such example is an e-VTOL that weighs 1,000 kilograms, including the passenger.

The longest part of the trip, cruising in airplane mode, needs the least energy per mile. Our sample e-VTOL would need about 400 to 500 watt-hours per mile, around the same amount of energy an electric pickup truck would need – and about twice the energy consumption of an electric passenger sedan.

However, takeoff and landing require much more power. Regardless of how far an e-VTOL travels, our analysis predicts takeoff and landing combined will require between 8,000 and 10,000 watt-hours per trip. This is about half the energy available in most compact electric cars, like a Nissan Leaf.

For an entire flight, with the best batteries available today, we calculated that a single-passenger e-VTOL designed to carry a person 20 miles or less would require about 800 to 900 watt-hours per mile. That’s about half the amount of energy as a semi-truck, which is not very efficient: If you needed to make a quick visit to shop in a nearby town, you wouldn’t hop into the cab of a fully loaded tractor-trailer to get there.

As batteries improve over the next few years, they may be able to pack in about 50 percent more energy for the same battery weight. That would help make e-VTOLS more viable for short- and medium-range trips. But, there are a few more things needed before people can really start using e-VTOLS regularly.

Slide the ‘specific energy’ slider side to side to see how making batteries better can change vehicles’ energy needs.
Venkat Viswanathan

It’s not just energy

For ground vehicles, determining the useful range of travel is enough – but not for planes and helicopters. Aircraft designers also need to closely examine the power – or how quickly the stored energy is available. This is important because ramping up to take off in a jet or pushing down against gravity in a helicopter takes much more power than turning the wheels of a car or truck.

Therefore, e-VTOL batteries must be able to discharge at rates roughly 10 times faster than the batteries in electric road vehicles. When batteries discharge more quickly, they get a lot hotter. Just as your laptop fan spins up to full speed when you try to stream a TV show while playing a game and downloading a large file, a vehicle battery pack needs to be cooled down even faster whenever it is asked to produce more power.

Road vehicles’ batteries don’t heat up nearly as much while driving, so they can be cooled by the air passing by or with simple coolants. An e-VTOL taxi, however, would generate an enormous amount of heat on takeoff that would take a long time to cool – and on short trips might not even fully cool down before heating up again on landing. Relative to the battery pack size, for the same distance traveled, the amount of heat generated by an e-VTOL battery during takeoff and landing is far more than electric cars and semi-trucks.

That extra heat will shorten e-VTOL batteries’ useful lives, and possibly make them more susceptible to catching fire. To preserve both reliability and safety, electric aircraft will need specialized cooling systems – which would require more energy and weight.

This is a crucial difference between electric road vehicles and electric aircraft: Designers of trucks and cars don’t have any need to radically improve either their power output or their cooling systems, because that would add cost without helping performance. Only specialized research will find these vital advances for electric aircraft.

Our next research topic will continue to explore ways to improve e-VTOL battery and cooling system requirements to provide enough energy for useful range and enough power for takeoff and landing – all without overheating.

An experimental electric aircraft for two passengers. AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

The Democratic leadership and U.S. President Donald Trump publicly clashed in the Oval Office on Tuesday with the president threatening to shut down the government if lawmakers do not provide adequate funding for his promised wall along the border with Mexico, declaring it a response to “a national emergency.”

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security,” said Trump, then adding twice: “I will take the mantle.”

“We shouldn’t shut down the government over a dispute, and you want to shut it down,” responded Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

The top Democrat in the House, Nancy Pelosi of California, and Trump had an extended argument on the requisite votes to approve a budget and border security after she cautioned that “a shutdown is not worth anything,”

“I don’t think we should have a debate in front of the press on this,” Pelosi added.

“We’re doing this in a friendly manner,” replied Trump, prompting a grimace from Pelosi.

“Nancy, I need 10 votes from Chuck,” added the president.

“We have a lot of disagreements here,” Schumer responded and then had a heated exchange with Trump – at times declining to let the president interrupt him in the Oval Office.

“Let’s call a halt to this,” Pelosi then interjected, saying she and Schumer had come to the White House for a good-faith discussion to keep the government open.

“Let’s debate in private,” Schumer agreed.

“You need the wall. The wall is a part of border security,” contended Trump.

“That is not true,” Pelosi responded and Schumer again agreed.

“Elections have consequences, Mr. President,” Schumer later said in reference to this year’s midterms, in which the Democrats achieved a net gain of 40 seats in the House to regain control of the chamber beginning in January.

Trump agreed that elections have consequences, noting his 2016 victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton and a slew of Republicans in the primary. He also boasted that the Republicans retained control of the Senate in the November midterm and increased its majority to 53 to 47.

Emerging from the West Wing, Schumer and Pelosi made brief statements and took a few questions from reporters.

“The Trump shutdown is something that can be avoided,” Pelosi said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, following a meeting with President Donald Trump.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, following a meeting with President Donald Trump.

“The president made clear he wants a shutdown,” Schumer said and warned that if Trump sticks to a demand for $5 billion for the border wall “he will get a shutdown and no wall.”

Trump, later in the day, told reporters the Oval Office meeting was “very friendly” after the cameras were off and progress had been made. But he accused the Democrats of wanting open borders, arguing that would lead to crime and “communicable disease.”

The president reiterated he is willing to let government funding run out if he does not get adequate money for the border wall.

“If we have to close down the country over border security, I actually like that,” said Trump.

The Democratic leaders have offered the president $1.3 billion for his border project. Trump has demanded $5 billion, although he had previously repeatedly insisted Mexico would pay for it.

Pelosi, poised to return as House speaker in January, has previously characterized Trump’s planned wall as “immoral.”

Prior to the meeting the president took to Twitter to warn that the U.S. military would build the border wall if Democrats do not authorize adequate funding for it.

Trump, in one of his five messages on the social media platform Tuesday morning about immigration, also deemed a success action by his administration to halt a caravan of migrants seeking to reach the United States via Mexico.

The president – in an action that critics called politically motivated — had ordered troops to the border area prior to the November 6 congressional elections, decrying the caravan as an “invasion.”

Approved funds for the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies run out December 21. The government agencies are currently operating on a short-term spending bill approved by Congress last week. That action postponed a deadline for a government shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is calling for border security funding to be a priority for lawmakers.

“For the nation’s sake, I hope that my Democratic friends are prepared to have a serious discussion and reach an accommodation with the president on funding for border security … The reality is that the president’s request is entirely reasonable, he said on the Senate floor Tuesday morning. “Senate Republicans are working with the president and his homeland security team on a $5.02 billion targeted funding to boost security measures in specific places where DHS determines it is most needed. And make no mistake, the need is great.”

Britain has long prided itself on having strong and stable governments. But Brexit has fractured political parties, making it harder for embattled Prime Minister Theresa May to plot a course out of the Brexit maze or for European Union leaders to calculate what might happen.

“The House of Commons is divided not by parties, but by factions,” Britain’s longest-serving lawmaker and a former Conservative minister, Ken Clarke, said Monday.

He spoke after May announced she was postponing a House of Commons vote on her exit withdrawal deal, which took months of haggling with the EU to negotiate, throwing the Brexit process into further turmoil.

Both of Britain’s two storied main parties, the ruling Conservatives and Labor, are equally divided over whether to remain in the European Union, or, as importantly, how to exit. The smaller parties are more united, with the Scottish Nationalists and the Liberal Democrats wanting to remain in the bloc and the 10 lawmakers of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party wanting Britain out.

A cross-party group of Members of Parliament attend a People's Vote press conference calling for a second referendum of Britain's European Union membership in London, Britain, Dec. 11, 2018.

A cross-party group of Members of Parliament attend a People’s Vote press conference calling for a second referendum of Britain’s European Union membership in London, Britain, Dec. 11, 2018.

May runs a minority government. With the main parties splintered, the House of Commons is deadlocked, and there’s no majority for anything when it comes to Brexit, including crashing out without a deal, staying in, or holding a second referendum.

Even before May delayed the vote on an unpopular deal, no one in Downing Street, the country’s parliament, the press, or academia could predict how the Brexit process was going to end or when.

Now there’s even less certainty, more confusion and even more fear.

Recession fears

FILE - British Pound Sterling banknotes are seen at the Money Service Austria company's headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

FILE – British Pound Sterling banknotes are seen at the Money Service Austria company’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

Currency traders are reacting to the political chaos by pushing the value of the pound to its lowest point against the dollar in 20 months. Their worry is Britain will exit the EU as scheduled on March 29 without any deal, which would likely push the country into a recession.

“It’s a mess. In a world of turmoil, Brexit has become a bit of comic relief; it’s like a British comedy,” Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy of AMP Capital Investors, told Bloomberg.

But for Britons whose livelihoods are tied to what happens, there’s little to laugh about.

“Small businesses are keen to prepare [for Brexit] but they still don’t know, some 15 or 16 weeks out, what it is they have been asked to prepare for,” said Colin Borland, a director at the Federation of Small Businesses.

The latest events at Westminster have just heaped greater uncertainty, making it impossible to make decisions, he added.

“Investment plans have been paused for two-and-a-half years. Unless a deal is agreed quickly, the country risks sliding toward a national crisis, warned Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the Confederation of British Industry.

The national leaders of the 27 EU member states have closed the door on reopening negotiations.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, is greeted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at EU headquarters in Brussels, Dec. 11 2018.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, is greeted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at EU headquarters in Brussels, Dec. 11 2018.

May headed to Brussels Tuesday to seek changes and concessions in a frantic round of diplomacy. But Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission president, warned there’s “no room whatsoever” for renegotiating a Brexit deal that can’t secure a majority in the House of Commons.

Junker offered May only additional “clarifications and interpretations” of contentious parts of the 585-page agreement, mainly over the so-called “backstop solution,” which is designed to avoid customs checks on the border separating Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland.

Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Juncker said he was “surprised” May is talking about changes “because we had reached an agreement.”

Parliament has final say

In the end, the most important Brexit negotiations are to be in the British parliament and not between the British government and Brussels, say analysts.

But Britain’s House of Commons has seldom been so deadlocked.

“No division has been so central to Britain’s future since 1972, when the Commons passed by just eight votes the Bill taking us into Europe,” commentator Simon Heffer wrote in The Telegraph newspaper.

As May was in Brussels Tuesday, the talk in London was of another mutinous attempt to oust her as party leader and prime minister.

Steve Baker, one of her former Brexit ministers-turned-rebel, urged Conservative lawmakers to submit formal no-confidence letters in her leadership to trigger a confidence vote.

“What I would say to my colleagues is: you now face the certainty of failure with Theresa May. You must be brave and make the right decision to change prime minister, and change prime minister now,” he said on BBC radio.

Yesterday, at the Indian launch event of the ASUS ZenFone Max M2 and ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2, ASUS also presented forth the timeline for Android Pie update for its devices. While it was a bit disappointing seeing the new devices launched with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, Asus has promised that Android 9 Pie update for the ZenFone Max M2 and the Max Pro M2 will arrive in January 2019, which isn’t all that far away.

Even though Asus has launched its new budget and early mid-range lineup, the company hasn’t forgotten about the previous generation ZenFone Max Pro M1. The device has been confirmed to receive the Android 9 Pie update, but the update will arrive in February 2019, after the updates for its newer devices has rolled out. This is a little disappointing too, considering the fact that the Max Pro M1 runs a stock Android build without a lot of extra frills or a funky UX, so updating the phone would require comparatively lesser effort. However, better late than never in this case, we still hope the device does receive the update as per Asus’s promised timeline.

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z, the company’s current flagship, is also slated to receive its Android 9 Pie update by the end of January 2019. Competing devices around the price range, like the OnePlus 6/OnePlus 6T and the Xiaomi POCO F1 have already received their update. Again, Asus is lagging behind the competition, which takes some of the edge off of its flagship device.

Nonetheless, the current generation Asus devices, especially the ones launched in 2018, have generated considerable interest from the intended demographics i.e. the average consumer not looking to spend too much on a phone. Providing the latest update quicker would have certainly added to Asus’s track record, but as long as the updates do arrive within their promised timelines, most of their consumers would be content enough to give the company a pass. We hope Asus keeps its word in 2019.

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The most expensive Christmas tree made of whopping Rs 18 Crores in Europe will blow your mind

Winter is all about Christmas followed by the New Year’s Eve. With just 13 days left for the Christmas celebration, the entire world is prepping up for the day when Jesus was born. The birth of God’s own child took place on 25th December and is considered as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. It’s the festival of celebration when we delightfully felicitate the time with our families, decorate our houses beautifully, and party hard with our close ones.

Usually, the Christmas trees are decorated with stars, bells, chocolates, tinsel, and strings of lights, Munich gold dealer Pro Aurum changed the usual style of decorating the tree and made it extra special with sumptuous gold coins that costs worth 18crores INR.

The annual festival commemorating every year light ups the happiness but remain incomplete without the age-old tradition of setting up your own Christmas tree. And you got to admit that it was not just about X for X-mas tree in nursery classes, but we have spent our time in childhood decorating it all the way with chocolates and lights and wished of the Santa Claus to come and give us the desirable gift from his bag.

The opulent and expensive masterpiece, which is being hailed as Europe’s most expensive Christmas tree, is worth a whopping 18 Crores (2.3 million euros or USD 2.6 million). The one-ounce Vienna-Philharmonic coins are placed on an acrylic stand and the structure has a 20-ounce coin decorated like a star at the top.

As per the Global News, the beautiful 63 Kilogram pure gold-tree will be on the public display at Pro Aurum’s Munich Goldhaus until 15th of Dec.

While speaking about the Christmas tree spokesperson said, “The Christmas tree is special because of its value. At the current rate that has a value of about 2.3 million euros (USD $2.6 million).”

We are excitingly waiting for the festive eve.

Published by Shifa Naz on 12 Dec 2018

In addition, the laptop will come with either a 256GB or a 512GB SSD (and a slot for an extra one) storage, 8 or 16GB of RAM, a 72W battery and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Since the Gram lineup is known for being ultralight, LG put a lot of emphasis on its weight: it’ll apparently tip the scales at 1.34 kilos (2.95 pounds), making it the lightest 17-inch laptop on the market. When we took a look at LG’s original 15.6 Gram laptop, we found that its extreme portability had some tradeoffs, so it will be interesting to see how the 17-inch machine will fare.

The other new LG Gram device is a 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrid. It will have a Full HD touchscreen panel attached to the keyboard with a 360-degree hinge and will come with a Wacom AES 2.0 Pen. Like the 17-inch laptop, it will also be powered by an 8th-Gen Intel Core processor and will come with a 256GB/512GB SSD storage and 8GB/16GB of RAM. Both devices will have fingerprint readers and meet the US Military Standard for durability.

A Best Buy leak in early December showed that the 17-inch laptop will set you back $1,699, while the 2-in-1 convertible will cost you $1,499. Prices will likely vary between markets, though, and you can expect to pay more if you opt for a bigger storage capacity and larger RAM.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, was arrested in Canada earlier this month at the behest of U.S. authorities — and some are predicting that it could have dire consequences for Apple.

Meng was arrested on suspicion of breaching U.S. sanctions on Iran, CNN reported.

U.S. authorities allege that Meng had helped Huawei bypass those sanctions by stating that a Huawei subsidiary was, in fact, a separate company, according to Canadian prosecutors.

On the surface, the story doesn’t seem like it has much to do with Apple. But the arrest of Meng may be seen by Chinese officials as just another volley in a supposed U.S. campaign against Huawei.

You only need to look at some recent headlines from state-backed news outlet The Global Times to see how the Chinese government feels about the situation.

As the BBC points out, one Global Times headline states that “Washington’s move to stifle Huawei will undermine itself” — adding that “banning Chinese competitors like Huawei will isolate US from digital economy of the future.”

Another Global Times story used Meng’s arrest as evidence that “some Western countries are resorting to political means to resist Huawei’s attempts to enter into their markets.”

Huawei has been effectively blocked by the U.S. government from gaining any sort of significant market share in the country.

Earlier this year, law enforcement and intelligence agencies warned American consumers not to buy devices made by Huawei or other Chinese smartphone manufacturers. In August, the U.S. government banned federal agencies from using devices made by Huawei or ZTE.

The chief concern among U.S. authorities seems to be that Huawei devices could be used as spying or espionage tools by the Chinese government, given the close relationship between Beijing and Huawei.

But because of it, many market analysts are predicting retaliatory attacks against U.S. technology companies — and Apple is a prime target.

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives, for example, told the BBC that Apple must feel like it has a “bullseye” on its back. He added that the altercation could significantly impact replacement demand for Apple’s iPhones.

More than that, Ives said that Meng’s arrest may end up being the “straw that could break the camel’s back” as it continues to stoke a tense rivalry between China and the U.S.

Some Chinese companies are reportedly urging their employees to swap their iPhones for Huawei or other Chinese-produced devices. Additionally, some members of the Chinese community in Vancouver, Canada are holding protests and telling news outlets that they feel like the U.S. is bullying Huawei — and China.

The news also comes at a particularly precarious time for Apple in China. Just this week, Chinese courts granted Qualcomm an import ban against most iPhone models running iOS 11 after they ruled that Apple violated two of the chipmaker’s patents.

Huawei, which recently surpassed Apple as the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer, stated that “it was not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng.”

In a statement, the OEM also said it has “every confidence that the Canadian and US legal systems will reach the right conclusion.”

U.S. President Donald Trump has insisted on numerous occasions that his 2016 presidential campaign had nothing to do with Russia.

“Time for the Witch Hunt to END!” Trump said in a message on Twitter last Saturday. “After two years and millions of pages of documents (and a cost of over $30 million) no collusion!” Trump tweeted earlier.

But the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton has unearthed plenty of evidence connecting Trump associates with Russia. In the year and a half since Robert Mueller took over the investigation into possible collusion, charging documents have alleged that more than a dozen Trump associates – from former campaign manager Paul Manafort to son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner – communicated with Russians, in one form or another, during and after the election.

While the Mueller investigation operates under grand jury secrecy, the evidence the special prosecutor has referenced in court documents points to deeper and broader than previously thought contacts between people in Trump’s orbit and Russian operatives who sought to gain influence with the Republican president.

The latest revelation on the nexus between Trump and Russia appeared in a sentencing memo for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen who pleaded guilty last week to lying to Congress about Trump’s efforts, during the campaign, to build a Trump tower in Moscow.

FILE - Michael Cohen walks out of federal court Nov. 29, 2018, in New York, after pleading guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on an aborted project to build a Trump Tower in Russia.

FILE – Michael Cohen walks out of federal court Nov. 29, 2018, in New York, after pleading guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on an aborted project to build a Trump Tower in Russia.

Last year, Cohen told lawmakers that his efforts on behalf of Trump to win Russian approval and build a new high rise in Moscow ended in January 2016, just as the campaign was heating up, whereas in fact they continued through June 2016, shortly before Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination. In the memo, Mueller’s prosecutors wrote that Cohen, who once said he would “take a bullet” for Trump but subsequently turned on his former boss, has provided “information about his own contacts with Russian interests during the campaign and discussions with others in the course of making those contacts.”

Cohen, who broached the possibility of a meeting in New York between Putin and Trump during the U.N. General Assembly in September 2016, has told prosecutors that he had “conferred” with Trump about the idea before “reaching out to gauge Russia’s interest in such a meeting,” according to the memo.

The meeting did not take place for reasons that prosecutors did not reveal.

Russian attempts to set up such a meeting persisted, however. In November 2016, Cohen spoke with a Russian who offered “political synergy” with the campaign and “repeatedly proposed a meeting between Putin and Trump.

“The person told Cohen that such a meeting could have a ‘phenomenal’ impact ‘not only in political but in a business dimension’… because there is ‘no bigger warranty in any project than consent of [the President of Russia,]’” according to the memo.

Cohen did not follow up on the invitation, according to the court filing, explaining to prosecutors that “he was working on the Moscow Project with a different individual who Cohen understood to have his own connections to the Russian government.”

The unidentified individual is believed to be Felix Sater, a Russian-born real estate developer who worked as an adviser for the Trump Organization.

Trump’s interest in doing business with Russia goes back decades. In 2013, he brought the Miss Universe beauty pageant to Moscow. Throughout the 2016 campaign Trump repeatedly praised Putin and reveled in the Russian president’s compliments before the relationship soured after the election.

FILE - Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal courthouse in Washington, July 10, 2018, following a status hearing.

FILE – Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal courthouse in Washington, July 10, 2018, following a status hearing.

The latest filings came at the end of a whirlwind week in the Russia investigation that saw similar documents filed in criminal cases involving Manafort and former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in denying he had conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. shortly after the election and before Trump took office, at a time Russia was trying to get out from under U.S. sanctions.

The Cohen sentencing memo represents the first time the special counsel has alleged a discussion between Trump and his lawyer about a meeting with Putin during the 2016 election.It suggests that Trump remained focused on his business interests even as he was running for the White House.

“If the project was completed, the Company could have received hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian sources in licensing fees and other revenues,” the Cohen sentencing memo says.

Other Trump associates accused of interacting with Russia during and after the 2016 campaign include former attorney general Jeff Sessions who met with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign and former campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos who tried to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin during the campaign.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to tell members of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday he runs the U.S. technology giant without political preference.

“I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way. To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests,” according to remarks prepared for the hearing.

Republican committee members are expected to question Pichai about allegations Google is biased against conservative voices.

President Donald Trump is among those who have accused the company of censoring conservative content, tweeting in August Google is “RIGGED” and that “Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out.”

Pichai’s testimony comes after he angered committee members in September by declining an invitation to testify about manipulation of online services by foreign governments to influence U.S. elections.

The CEO may also be questioned about the company’s planned “Dragonfly” project, a censored search engine for China.

An international group of 60 human rights and media groups submitted a letter Tuesday to Pichai, calling on him to abandon the project, warning that personal data would not be safe from Chinese authorities.

Reporters Without Borders, a signatory to the letter, said China ranked 176 out of 180 countries in its Freedom of the Press Index.

Google shut down its search engine in China in 2010 after China insisted on censoring search results.

Click to read Pichai’s remarks in their entirety.

The OnePlus 6T has been in the news a lot lately. After being announced a couple of months ago, a new Thunder Purple color was released, a suped-up McLaren model was announced, and numerous OxygenOS updates have improved the experience. There is a T-Mobile version of the OnePlus 6T as well, but it doesn’t receive updates at the same time. Thankfully, the Tmo variant is getting some love today.

OnePlus 6T XDA Forum

Multiple T-Mobile OnePlus 6T owners are reporting an update to version A6013_34_181121. The update comes in at 110.2MB in size and includes a slew of optimizations and improvements. The full official changelog can be seen in the screenshot below.

A couple of these updates are things we’ve seen OnePlus 6T owners complain about. The in-display fingerprint scanner has been unreliable for some, despite OnePlus’ claim that it gets better over time. Hopefully, the updated algorithm will improve it. This is not a major update (it should only take 5 minutes to install), but it’s always nice to see little fixes and improvements to round out the experience. If you have the T-Mobile variant, go to Settings > System > System update > Check for update to see if it’s available.

Source: TmoNews

A building in Facebook’s Menlo Park campus was evacuated after a bomb threat early Tuesday evening. Around 5PM, the Menlo Park police department warned people to avoid the area around the 200 block of Jefferson Drive as they investigated a bomb threat. Then they said 200 Jefferson Drive, the address of Facebook Building 24 and Instagram’s headquarters, has been evacuated and a bomb unit is on the scene.

According to NBC Bay Area, a tip about a threat to the Facebook campus came from the New York Police Department’s Crimestopper Unit, which notified the Menlo Park Police.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available.

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Birthday Special: Yuvraj Singh’s Long List Of Ladies Whom He Dated Before Marrying Hazel Keech

Yuvraj Singh, one of India’s most loved cricketer is turning 37 on 12th December 2018. Yuvi has already cemented his place in the hearts of his fans all over the country. Yuvraj has one of the finest match winners that Indian cricket has ever had. After numerous affairs, Yuvraj Singh finally tied the knot with model-turned-actress Hazel Keech. His affairs have never been hidden because as he was always involved with Bollywood beauties.

Checkout some of his love affairs which happened with the B-Town divas:

1.Kim Sharma

The actress from famous movie Mohabbatein, Kim Sharma is the lady with whom Yuvraj had the longest affair. He was rumored dating Kim at early days of his cricketing career. But unfortunately, Kim, cousin of Arjun Rampal was apparently not welcomed by Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam Singh which was the big reason behind ending their four-year-long relationship.

2. Preeti Jhangiani

The other actress from Mohabbatein Preeti Jhangiani has also dated by Yuvraj Singh. Their relationship was a short one and didn’t work out for long. When they were asked about their relationship with each other none of them agreed of their supposed relationship.

3. Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia, who were the owners of the IPL Franchise, were in a serious relationship for a very long time but due to some problems, they parted ways. But both of them denied their relations and told that its just friendship between them. However, Preity was irked by the allegations and took over Twitter to express her resentment.

4. Deepika Padukone

Yuvraj has also a heart connection with the famous Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone. It was witnessed when Deepika Padukone hosted a grand party on cricketer’s birthday. Deepika also attended cricket matches to see Yuvraj play. But soon they parted ways.

5.Riya Sen

Yuvraj also fell for one more B-Town diva, Riya Sen. After his breakup with Deepika Padukone he started dating Riya. He met her a party and the two could not set their eyes off each other. The relation was not a long one and they soon parted ways.

Here’s wishing Yuvraj Singh a very Happy Birthday!!

Published by Isha Kataria on 11 Dec 2018

Liu also promised both $1 million in cash as well as the $14 million value of two Vancouver homes.

Crown prosecutors had warned that Meng could be a flight risk due primarily to her wealth and her main residence in China, which doesn’t have extradition treaties with either Canada or the US. They were also worried Liu would simply flee with his wife. Meng’s lawyer, however, had pointed to not just her family, but the political implications of fleeing — the Huawei exec would embarrass all of China if she cut and run, the attorney said.

This won’t assuage China’s demands that Meng be released for good, or stop it from accusing Canada and the US for detaining the CFO for political reasons. It might also take months before the extradition process wraps up. However, this could be interpreted as a kind (if small) gesture at a critical momen t.

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