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Celtics look to even the series against Cavs in Eastern Conference Finals

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Good luck with that Boston . Many people picked the Wizards to knock the Celtics off in the conference semifinals. Boston does not have anyone who can guard King James . The Celtics' own the Nets' first-round pick next year, too, and barring a rapid revival in Brooklyn, that could be the No. 1 again. But, even with that being said, Thomas and company seem to think that somehow, they will beat the Cavaliers in the seven-game series. Read More »

Le numéro 2 de la Justice s'explique sur le procureur spécial — USA

Les experts sont divisés, mais si c'était avéré, cela pourrait s'apparenter à de l'obstruction de justice et peser lourd si le Congrès décidait de lancer une procédure en destitution contre Donald Trump . "Il était fou, (.)", a déclaré Trump, selon le quotidien américain, qui dit que le document lui a été lu par un responsable américain. Si la communication par Trump de telles informations n'est pas nécessairement illégale - le président est habilité à déclassifier à peu près tout ce ... Read More »

Immigration arrests up 38 percent this year

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A new report from some of the nation's top law officials suggests that the Trump administration doesn't fully understand the law when it comes to having local cops cooperate with federal immigration officials on matters of deportation. New Sanctuary executive director Peter Pedemonti said there's been a tangible uptick in local arrests. That forces agents to conduct fugitive operations on the streets and in the workplace, whereas in the past ICE could pick criminal aliens up directly ... Read More »

WannaCry Ransomware Attack Could Spark Lawsuits - But Not Against Microsoft

The episode underscores the folly of the US law enforcement demand that tech companies install backdoors into their devices and services. The tools behind the attack originated within the NSA . Some major technology companies, including Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc, declined comment on the Microsoft statement. Smith made this call in February for an worldwide convention on the use of cyberwarfare similar to the Geneva Convention rules governing war and protections of ... Read More »

Businesses brace for Monday as ransomware threat lingers

The Spanish government said several companies including Telefonica had been targeted in ransomware cyberattack that affected the Windows operating system of employees' computers. Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest NHS trust in the country, has said it was continuing to experience IT disruption, leading to delays and cancellations for patients. Read More »

Google I/O 2017: Google Releases Standalone VR Headset

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Google is about to get into this "built-in" territory with Vive and Lenovo, both of which are working on VR devices for the company's Daydream platform. "Our investments in the web mean that developers can distribute their creations to anyone, regardless of device-whether it's desktops, phones, or VR and AR enabled devices", according to Bavor. Read More »

Jewish Israelis less certain of Trump's support for their state

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Trump has provided two very distinct perspectives when it comes to foreign policy: One who sees Americans are being taken "advantage of", wants to move the U.S. Asked if he understood what Trump's Middle East policy was, one senior official replied: "I'm not entirely sure they know what it is". Trump is popular with Israelis, where he's seen as a strong man despite his less than coherent stance on the complex issues affecting the region. Read More »

The Google Assistant Just Got Stupid Convenient to Use

For instance, the company announced Wednesday that its Smart Reply feature for Gmail will begin rolling out over the next two weeks for Android and iOS mobile devices. Immediately, asking Siri to open Google Assistant felt as awkward as asking an ex for a their archrival's phone number. The company is also close to deploying a smoother mobile checkout experience for PayPal users. Read More »

CNN's Chris Cuomo: Trump's Clear Intent To Influence Russian Investigation

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Zeidenberg says he agrees with the wide array of Congress members who believe appointing the special counsel was the correct move to further the investigation following the firing of FBI director James Comey. He has served presidents of both political parties and, after taking the director job days before the September 11 attacks, oversaw the FBI's terrorism-fighting efforts over the next decade. Read More »

Google's New Initiative is to Optimize Android for Low-End Devices

GE Appliances announced a deal with Google enabling the USA tech giant's voice control home hub to be used for cooking, cleaning and other functions. and Canada for free. No word on when the feature will roll out so we guess users will just have to keep an eye out for it. "Humans are interacting with computing in more natural and immersive ways", he said. Read More »

Showers and storms continue through the weekend, cooler next week

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It looks like rain will be on radar at sunrise Saturday morning. On Thursday , a reported 19 tornadoes hit a four-state area, with the worst damage in Oklahoma. Tuesday . A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Southeast wind 6 to 8 miles per hour. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 miles per hour in the afternoon. Read More »

Iranians vote in hard-fought presidential election

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But in Iran, how much of a factor is this in the election? Long lines had already formed at polling stations around the country. More than 56 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the 63,000 polling stations set up nationwide. "The destiny of the country is in the hands of the people", said Khamenei talked to media after casting the votes . He hopes Rouhani can build on his success in reducing sanctions on Iran so that he can more easily import phones and tablets. Read More »

Mueller Investigation Will Prolong, Not Halt, Political Controversy Over Russia

He's not going to go looking for dresses and scandalous things. Trump aides said he never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor made inappropriate disclosures to the Russians. His reaction differed from Wednesday when he was quoted in a White House statement as saying: "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly". On Thursday, Reuters reported that Mr. Read More »

Google Goes After Part of Apple's Market

While I was using the app and service directory (or as Google probably calls it, "Explore"), the thought occurred to me: why don't all voice assistants have this feature? Here's some screenshots you can check out to preview the feature. Read More »

GST to make small cars and hybrids more expensive in India

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The GST Council will meet again on 3 June. "Government's decision to levy 5 per cent and 12 per cent tax for economy and business class is a very good decision which will continue to support affordable fare regime in India". However, this did not find favour with most states. With the implementation of uniform taxation across the country, the road logistic sector will see inherent advantages with easing out of various bottlenecks and complexities involved in transportation. Read More »

Times Square driver 'should have been shot' says prosecutor

He pleaded down a harassment charge in the Bronx to menacing, the prosecutor said. "I was in shock, I was screaming", witness Kristen Boyce said. The harrowing incident ended when Rojas's Honda slammed into a metal barrier at W. The severe charges facing Rojas were appropriate, he added, but not representative of the city's treatment of other crashes involving the deaths of pedestrians or cyclists, and especially of the crashes that don't result in death and are much more common. Read More »

Why Trump's combative trade stance makes US farmers nervous

Trump's newly confirmed trade representative, Robert Lighthizer , told reporters on a conference call that NAFTA has been successful for USA agriculture, investment services and the energy sector, but not for manufacturing. Trump has labeled NAFTA the worst trade deal in history. "Since NAFTA was implemented, USA agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico have tripled and quintupled, respectively. Read More »

State jobless rate edges up to 3.9 percent in April

Indiana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April dipped to 3.6 percent, down from 4.7 percent from April 2016. Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate experienced a slight uptick of a tenth of a percentage point, increasing from 4.6 to 4.7 percent. Read More »

New cyber chaos appears to have been avoided in Europe: Europol

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However, a later report has suggested that the count has gone up to 2 lakh systems in 150 countries, including India . Security agencies are hunting for those behind a crippling cyber attack which has so far hit hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide, including at government agencies , factories and health services. Read More »

Joe Lieberman Leading Choice for FBI Director

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Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT. Trump also met with former Oklahoma Gov. A person familiar with Wednesday's meeting said Trump bonded with Lieberman.... As I wrote last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs not a face-man but a professional technician: "a low-key, high-energy, uber-competent, well-experienced director". Read More »

NHS systems returning to normal after cyber attack

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Dr Wrigley was part of a team that drew up security guidelines for the government past year. Russia's central bank said it had recorded harmful software being sent en masse to Russian banks but that the attacks had been unsuccessful. "Hopefully people are learning how important it is to apply these patches", said Darien Huss, a senior security research engineer for cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, who helped stem the reach of the weekend attack. Read More »

LG And GE To Add Support For Google Assistant In Their Appliances

The example Bhat used was USA pharmaceutical giant Walgreens , whose customers can now link their Balance Rewards loyalty account with their phone number if they wish to receive loyalty points through Android Pay. Through machine learning, the feature will detect apps that behave unusually and remove them from the device. That means if you have a more limited internet package you can make it go further with Android Go and the light apps it highlights. Read More »

US security agency should take some blame for ransomware attack: Chinese media

This story doesn't feel too surprising. Back up files regularly on systems that are not connected to your main system. "Hopefully people are learning how important it is to apply these patches ", said Darien Huss, a senior security research engineer for cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, who helped stem the reach of the weekend attack. Read More »

Google has released a new version of Android

Android is still King of the mobile industry and there are over 2 billion monthly global users. Android Go is set to make its appearance in 2018 and will target Android devices with memories up to and including 1 GB. And now people are waiting to use the updated AI. Google already uses the sensors of your phone for that very goal, said Hafsteinsson. Google will zero in on Android O as the core of the phone. Read More »

Trump told Russians pressure off after firing 'nutjob' Comey

Trump told NBC two days after firing Comey, however, that he meant to do it "regardless" of Rosenstein's recommendation. Wittes claims that Comey repeatedly tried to "train" the Trump administration to only contact him through proper channels and said the White House was negligent about how involved a president should be in specific investigations. Read More »

Special counsel named to probe Trump-Russia ties

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One official said it appeared the transition aides were moving the information from the transition offices to the White House, a distance of just a few blocks. Trump ignored reporters' questions about whether he disclosed classified information. That apparently didn't happen here. Because of Trump's infatuation with Russia and his lack of discipline, he was drawn into the Russians' confidence and gave away state secrets just to prove what a great guy he is. Read More »

Android Go may come to India around Diwali

Google said its new version of emojis will be released later this year, timed with the forthcoming new Android operating system. If you're still on the fence about whether Google Home will be a great buy for a home like yours that has many smart appliances, the announcement from Google I/O today should finally convince you. Read More »

Moto E4, E4 Plus, and Z2 Play show up in leaked renders

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The new Moto E4 Plus will come with a 5.5 inch display that will feature a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and the handset will be powered by a MediaTek MT6737M processor. The C family will be available in a choice of black, gold or metallic cherry starting from Euro 89 for the Moto C and Euro 119 for the C Plus. The screen is the same 5in affair as the Moto C, but as a 1280x720p HD resolution. Read More »

How to protect yourself from the massive worldwide cyberattack

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It said the ransomware called "WannaCry" or "WannaCrypt" encrypts the computer's hard disk drive and then spreads laterally between computers on the same local area network (LAN). Among those hit were Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica and FedEx Corp.in the U.S. Cyber security firms had urged all users to update Windows software last month after hackers leaked a cyber tool stolen from the US National Security Agency. Read More »

Trump decries 'single greatest witch hunt' in US history

Other interactions between the White House and Comey illustrate what The Times depicted as an uncomfortable relationship between the two entities. With a special counsel, Congress loses authority in its role in the investigation. Trump is preparing to leave town Friday on his first foreign trip, and aides have been hopeful the journey will be a chance for the administration to get back on track after weeks of chaos and distractions. Read More »

Senators: Rosenstein knew of Comey firing before memo

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Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important". Great and famous prosecutors are measured by whom they convict and how many scalps they take. The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, first stop on his first foreign trip as president. Read More »

Microsoft accuses NSA for 'stockpiling' software exploits regarding WannaCry ransomware outbreak

Aside from $50,000 paid in BitCoin to the criminals, there were also reports of United Kingdom hospitals refusing to take all but the worst patients because their computers are suffering from the ransomware. Alex Abdo, a staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, said Microsoft and other software companies have strategically settled lawsuits that could lead to court rulings weakening their licensing agreements. Read More »