Moderate House Republicans suspected they were being played. For weeks they’d been negotiating with Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows in a quest to clinch an immigration deal that could pass the House. But whenever the two sides got close, they said, immigration hard-liners would ask for more. Then, on the morning of a scheduled June 21 vote, moderates got their hands on an explosive missive from the Freedom Caucus’ top staffer: an email warning group members that voters would punish them for backing any bill with a whiff of “amnesty.” Story Continued Below “This is bull—-,” Rep. Tom MacArthur scolded Meadows at a meeting in Speaker Paul Ryan’s office that day. The New Jersey Republican, who had worked closely with Meadows in the past and wanted a deal, demanded to know why Meadows appeared to be backing away from a bill he helped craft. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), a leader of the pro-immigration reform centrists, read the Freedom … [Read more...] about ‘I thought you were my friend’: Immigration meltdown exposes GOP hostilities
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Do you prefer smartphones made of glass or metal? It was an innocent question, a response to what we’re seeing as a current trend around the smartphone industry, as flagships – possibly even including the coming Pixel 3 – go for all glass front and back, leaving the days of metal behind. And those are the only two materials that are being seen in most new phones that we cross paths with. The days of polycarbonates and plastics seem to be over, while ceramic was tried but makes are moving away from it given the additional weight that material inflicts on a device.Now, it’s not like this hasn’t been coming for awhile. Roughly two years ago, we asked you to tell us your favorite material for a smartphone, with metal/aluminium smashing the competition. Glass was in distance in second. Of course, there is a tradeoff here. Unlike metal shields, glass is far more permeable for radio signals for improved wireless and LTE performance, along with the much … [Read more...] about We asked, you told us: Metal vs Glass, so why did Plastic get you talking?
We’re chugging along with Why’d You Push That Button. We’ve got a few more episodes left in the season, and today’s is about music social networks. Kaitlyn loves stalking her friends’ Spotify feeds, whereas I keep my account hidden from everyone. I just want to listen to Britney Spears in peace. I can’t have Kaitlyn texting me every time I listen, you know? Spotify used to let people direct message tracks, but it has since removed that feature, which just leaves us with the friend feed. Why isn’t Spotify building out its social features? Does the company hate us? We brought Jordan McMahon, a social music fan, as well as The Verge’s own Micah Singleton onto the show to discuss why they like seeing their friends’ activity. Then we talk to Charlie Kaplan, the CEO of Cymbal, a social music app, about why his company is shutting down and why it’s so hard to make a sticky social music experience. You can listen to the episode here … [Read more...] about Why did the Instagram of music fail?
Sonam Sheth, provided by Published 11:41 pm, Monday, April 9, 2018 Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters News that the FBI seized work product between Michael Cohen and his clients could pose significant ramifications for President Donald Trump, who is one of Cohen's longtime clients. If investigators find that certain communications aren't covered under attorney-client privilege, they could theoretically be used in a criminal investigation. Cohen's mounting legal exposure also raises the possibility that he will "flip" against Trump. Cohen is a central figure in several investigative threads as they relate to Trump, his personal dealings, and the Trump administration. Trump refused to rule out firing the special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday, indicating that Mueller is inching closer to the "red line" Trump said Mueller would cross if the special counsel investigated his finances. The revelation that the FBI seized work product between Michael Cohen and his clients, which … [Read more...] about Why the FBI’s raid on Michael Cohen’s office could spell trouble for Trump
Being able to stream millions of songs from the cloud to your phone is a fantastic aspect of the modern era, but when you really get down to it, the music-listening experience is essentially the same as it’s always been: You press play on a song or album, toggle between different tunes, adjust the volume, etc. Beyond those options, there’s limited interaction with the music itself. But, if Moodelizer has its way, that could all change soon A Swedish-born company, Moodelizer Music Technology has developed a new way to interact with music called Dynamic Playback. Accessed via the Moodelizer mobile or desktop app, Dynamic Playback allows you to adjust the style, intensity, variation, and tempo of a new kind of audio recording, in real-time. With Moodelizer, toggling between which instruments play in the background of your selfie video can be as easy as dragging your finger across a touchscreen, and you can even shoot video and tinker with the music in real-time. … [Read more...] about Why just listen when you can play? How Moodelizer makes music malleable