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How Cohen and Manafort will redefine this fall's 'corruption' campaign. (Plus: A reality check on Trump's 'red wave')

How Cohen and Manafort will redefine this fall's 'corruption' campaign. (Plus: A reality check on Trump's 'red wave')Everything you need to know this week about Election 2018.



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Rebel Wilson ordered to pay back $3 mn plus interest

Rebel Wilson ordered to pay back $  3 mn plus interestHollywood actress Rebel Wilson was ordered to return almost $ 3.1 million with interest to an Australian publisher Wednesday after a defamation payout was slashed on appeal. The “Pitch Perfect” star was awarded Aus$ 4.5 million ($ 3.3 million) in damages against Bauer Media last September over articles claiming she lied about her age and background to further her career. It was the largest defamation win in Australian legal history and Bauer appealed, arguing the size of the settlement set a dangerous precedent and there were errors of law in the judgement.



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Man drives van into restaurant in Germany, killing two plus himself

Man drives van into restaurant in Germany, killing two plus himselfBy Elke Ahlswede MUENSTER, Germany (Reuters) – A German man drove a van into a group of people sitting outside a restaurant in the old city center of Muenster in western Germany on Saturday, killing two of them before shooting himself dead, police and state officials said. Herbert Reul, interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, home to Muenster, told German television the suspect was a German citizen and there was “no indication of an Islamist background”. Reul said the three dead included the perpetrator.



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Man gets life in prison plus 50 years in student's slaying

Man gets life in prison plus 50 years in student's slayingSAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man avoided a possible death penalty by agreeing Saturday to a sentence of life in prison plus 50 years for the kidnapping, rape and killing of nursing student Holly Bobo.



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Man gets 4 life terms plus 280 years for Rockford murders

Man gets 4 life terms plus 280 years for Rockford murdersA northern Illinois man was sentenced Friday to four life terms plus 280 years in prison in the 2014 killings of his ex-girlfriend, her two young sons and her boyfriend.



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10 Affordable Plus Size Costumes For the Best Halloween Ever

10 Affordable Plus Size Costumes For the Best Halloween Ever



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Andmesh’s cool elastomer cases are finally available for the iPhone 7 Plus

Andmesh’s cool elastomer cases are finally available for the iPhone 7 Plus

We’ve covered Andmesh's elastomer iPhone cases a few times before here on the site. They’re like no other cases out there, both in terms of their design and the material they’re made from. Elastomer is a cool rubbery substance that’s harder than silicone but still flexible and grippy. The pattern is another unique aspect, with a cool design that spreads different sized holes across the back of the phone. It still covers your iPhone, but you can still see the Apple logo through the case.

Andmesh makes its cases for a bunch of different iPhone models, but it hasn’t ever made one for the iPhone 7 Plus… until now. If you’re looking for a cool and original case that protects your phone as well, definitely give the Andmesh Elastomer iPhone 7 Plus Case a shot.

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • A stylish layout and design: This design covers up the buttons and yet it still allows you to reliably operate them with a minimum amount of effort, not hindering in any way its usability. Its tiny hole is big enough that it resembles the Apple mark, so the Apple mark is still slightly visible in this design.
  • Made from excellent materials: Made with Japan-produced elastomer, which is neither too hard nor too soft, and doesn't feel sticky on the hands. This evolved iPhone7 has an appropriate case which has an additional water-proof quality.
  • A reliable durability: The hemispheres which are set in the lateral sides of its interior have been strengthened in order to protect it from any impact. It even passes the United States Military Standard drop test.
  • A comfortable and solid grip: It has a rounded finish which is pleasant to the grip. It covers the LCD screen with a thickness of over 1mm, and this guarantees the protection of the fragile space between the LCD screen and the case.
  • Supported model: iPhone 7 Plus Supported Weight: Approx. 40g Raw materials: Japan-made elastomer Type: Case Color: Four colors (Red / Black / Gray / White)



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After two weeks with the Galaxy S8, I still think the iPhone 7 Plus is the world’s best phone

After two weeks with the Galaxy S8, I still think the iPhone 7 Plus is the world’s best phone

It's funny how months of leaks and rumors can paint what appears to be a complete picture of an upcoming smartphone. But then, once the device is finally announced, a different picture forms. All of the components and details that leak never quite seem to accurately portray the finished product, and this was exactly the case with Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Months of leaks and rumors left precious few surprises when Samsung finally unveiled its new flagship phones last month, yet we were all still completely blown away.

If you've read my in-depth Galaxy S8 review, then you know just how impressed I am with these new phones. And if you bought one yourself over the weekend, you've now experienced firsthand what the future of smartphone design feels like. But as incredible as Samsung's new design is, and as impressive as its hardware has become, I still can't call the Galaxy S8 the world's best smartphone.

As I explained in my review, the Galaxy S8 is vastly superior to Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in terms of hardware design. Vastly. Samsung's curved edges on the front and back combined with incredibly narrow bezels result in a design that really looks and feels like the future of smartphones. As I also explained in a separate article, going back to my iPhone 7 Plus after using the Galaxy S8 feels like going back to an old tube TV after having used a flat-screen TV.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 looks better than the iPhone. It feels better than the iPhone. The display is much, much better than the screens on Apple's iPhones. But overall, it's still not the better device.

Now, I'm not suggesting that the Galaxy S8's beauty is only skin deep. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are by far the smoothest and most powerful Android phones the world has ever seen. What's more, Samsung's latest version of TouchWiz (now called Samsung Experience) is its best yet, and Samsung's own Android apps have improved as well on Android 7.0 Nougat. But still, Nougat is no iOS and the Galaxy S8 is no iPhone.

Now that I've been using the Galaxy S8+ for nearly two weeks, I can safely say Apple's iPhone 7 Plus is still the best smartphone on the planet. While the Galaxy S8+ beats (nay, destroys) the iPhone 7 Plus where design and display quality are concerned, the phone's meaningful advantages end there, for the most part.

Here are five key areas where the iPhone 7 Plus still has the edge:

  1. Software is important, and iOS is still better and smoother than Android. Even with Samsung's new and improved Samsung Experience, the iPhone still has a clear advantage. Samsung Connect is also a nice start, but Apple's Continuity features are miles ahead of Samsung in terms of carrying the user experience across devices and platforms. Some might argue that software is the most important thing on a smartphone, and Apple has a huge edge here.
  2. Apps are important, and iOS apps are still better and smoother than Android apps. Perhaps it's Google's loose third-party developer guidelines, or perhaps the company's developer tools aren't on par with Apple's. Whatever the case, the Android app experience remains terribly inconsistent, and iOS versions of apps are always more refined and simpler, even when the same app is available on both platforms.
  3. Performance is important, and the iPhone 7 Plus still outperforms the Galaxy S8+. Take one look at this real-world performance test and you'll see that Android still can't keep up with iOS, even when it's being propelled by next-generation processors like the Snapdragon 835.
  4. Battery life is important, and there's still nothing else out there that can touch the iPhone 7 Plus. I wasn't able to get a good feel for the Galaxy S8+'s battery life for my review since Samsung sent my review unit late, but I've now spent more time with the phone. It'll carry most people through a full day, but Apple's phablet outlasts the S8+ by a healthy margin.
  5. Customer care is important, and there isn't a consumer electronics company in the world that can even approach Apple in this key area. The company continues to invest heavily in after-sales service, and that investment will always pay off big time. Samsung has gotten better and its on-device customer service feature is a nice addition, but it's still nothing like dealing with Apple support.

Many people are tied to Android and Google's ecosystem, which is perfectly fine. For these people, the Galaxy S8 is as good as it gets. Google's services are the best in the world, and they're free. While most Google products are available on iOS these days, they'll never be as deeply integrated on the iPhone as they are on Android phones. But if you want the best overall user experience from top to bottom, there's only one place to turn. Samsung's Galaxy S8 is impressive, but the reigning king hasn't yet been dethroned.



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Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 7 Plus speed test: It’s not even close

Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 7 Plus speed test: It’s not even close

Last week we showed you one of the first real world speed test videos to pit the new Galaxy S8 against the reigning speed champion, Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. Unfortunately, we also explained why it was one of the worst speed test videos we had ever seen. None of these YouTube speed test videos are scientific, of course, but some tests are far more controlled than others. In this particular test, the narrator just tapped a bunch of apps and tried to eyeball which one opened faster each time.

We were still waiting for some of the more experienced YouTube gadget vloggers to share their speed test results, and now we have a much better test to share. And to be quite frank, the results are shocking.

Each year when new flagship Android phones are released, tech fans scratch their heads as they fail to best Apple's iPhones. On paper, iPhones have much less impressive specs, and yet Apple always manages to deliver the smoothest possible user experience time and time again.

This year, Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ completely crush Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in terms of multi-core benchmark tests, though they still lagged behind Apple in single-core tests. In theory, that should mean Samsung's new phones might be slower than iPhones at simple tasks, but the new Galaxy S8 phones should be clear leaders when it comes to heavy lifting like launching games and rendering 4K video. According to the results of a new real world speed test from YouTuber EverythingApplePro, that's not the case at all.

The speed test video below shows the Galaxy S8 pitted against the iPhone 7 Plus in a number of different ways. While the competition is close at times, it's not close at all in the long run. The most interesting parts of the video show that Apple's iPhone 7 Plus is much faster than the Galaxy S8 when it comes to things like rendering 4K video and launching graphics-heavy games. Anyone who had seen earlier multi-core benchmark tests would certainly have expected the opposite to be the case.

Check out the full video, which is embedded below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn-2B82B1mg



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The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will lead Samsung to record-breaking profits

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will lead Samsung to record-breaking profits

2016 was a year of ups and downs for Samsung. Early on, the company was sitting pretty as consumers were snatching up Galaxy S7 devices en masse. In fact, thanks to incredibly strong demand for the S7 and the S7 Edge, Samsung's profits during the second quarter of 2016 reached a level the company hadn't seen in years.

By the time August rolled around, Samsung was poised to reach even greater heights when it released the Galaxy Note 7, a device universally praised by tech reviewers and users alike. Of course, as we all now know, it wasn't long before we began seeing sporadic reports of Galaxy Note 7 devices catching fire and exploding. While these reports initially seemed to be isolated incidents, it soon became apparent that Samsung's flagship phablet suffered from a fatal design flaw. Ultimately, Samsung had no choice but to issue a worldwide recall, a move which wound up costing the company billions in lost revenue in the process.

Samsung may have been down, but it has since managed to put last year's Note 7 fiasco behind it for good, an impressive feat to say the least.

Last week, the company introduced the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus, two devices which have Android users excited to upgrade and which will reportedly help Samsung reach record profitability during Q2 of 2017.

According to a new research note from IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung-woo (via ZDNet), Samsung this quarter may post an operating profit in the $ 11 billion range, representing a year-over-year increase of nearly 50%. As a point of reference, Samsung during its second fiscal quarter of 2016 posted an operating profit of $ 7.22 billion.

If Samsung can reach the $ 11 billion projection for operating profits, it will mark the company's most successful quarter to date, easily besting the existing record set back in 2013 when it posted an operating profit of $ 9.2 billion thanks to the wildly popular Galaxy S4.

Of course, Samsung is a conglomerate with income coming in from every direction imaginable. That said, the company's semiconductor business and swelling OLED panel business will also help it achieve record profitability over the next few weeks. As we reported earlier in the week, Apple has reportedly inked a massive deal to purchase upwards of 70 million OLED panels from Samsung for the upcoming iPhone 8.

The larger takeaway here, though, is that Samsung has seemingly pulled off the impossible. Aided by the passage of time, Samsung has successfully managed to help people forget about what is arguably the most embarrassing and harrowing product recall in tech history, all in a matter of seven months no less. I suppose a side-effect of an industry that moves at breakneck speed is that consumers tend to have relatively short memories.



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