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Google’s premium Home Max smart speaker goes on sale

Looks like Google’a premium smart speaker has hit the market just in time for the holidays. The Home Max is now available through a handful of online retailers, including Best Buy. The big box retailer says it will be able to deliver the Assistant enabled smart speaker as early as tomorrow, if you choose expedited shipping. The product was announced ...

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84yo Korean War vet who sleeps with gun under pillow kills home intruder ‘with single shot’

Published time: 9 Dec, 2017 13:19 An 84-year-old Pennsylvania man turned out to be a challenge for burglars after he fought two intruders who broke into his house. The Korean War veteran, who sleeps with a loaded gun under his pillow, killed one of the attackers with a single shot. Don Lutz, who lives in Ellport borough some 50 km ...

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Sanctions forcing Russian tycoons to bring money back home

Published time: 6 Dec, 2017 09:45 Rich Russians are nervous that their money will be frozen because of new US sanctions, and are preparing a plan to repatriate their wealth, according to reports by Reuters and Vedomosti. There are several reasons for Russian tycoons to do this, according to Reuters. Next year, Washington can impose more sanctions against key Russian ...

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Germany offers rejected asylum seekers up to €3,000 to go home before March

The German Interior Ministry is offering rejected asylum seekers a hefty bonus to go to their country of origin voluntarily rather than face deportation. This is a new effort to turn back the refugee tide brought on by Angela Merkel’s “open door” policy. The offer is intended to supplement the existing program dubbed ‘StarthilfePlus,’ which provides help to those migrants ...

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Google is working on a fix for a bug that’s causing Home Minis to crash at high volume

It’s been a bugged-filled couple of months for Google’s hardware team. The list of issues hitting devices announced at the company’s Pixel 2 event in October just grew by another, as users have begun reporting Home Mini crashes when the smart speaker is played at maximum volume. Slashgear spotted a growing chorus of complaints on Google’s message board this week, ...

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Google Home learns how to multitask

Google’s smart speaker got a little smarter this week, with the addition of a multitasking feature. The new capability makes it possible for the device to accomplish two different missions at the same time. It was rolled out with little fanfare and first noted by CNET. We’ve since confirmed the addition with Google. It’s a bit surprising that the company ...

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‘Sh*t apple redneck’: Video shows Kentucky cops assaulting gay couple at their home

A disturbing police bodycam video recently resurfaced showing a gay couple in Kentucky verbally assaulted and arrested in their home in the middle of the night. The pair had allegedly called the Graves County Sheriff’s Department too many times. The footage, which appeared online in early November but only gained public attention three weeks later is worthy of a gripping ...

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60% of kids referred for mental healthcare in England sent home without treatment

Published time: 27 Nov, 2017 11:06 A new report has revealed that the majority of children who are referred for specialist mental healthcare in England are being denied the treatment they need. Data from nearly half of the organizations within England’s National Health Service (NHS) has shown that around 60 percent of under-18s who are referred to Child and Adolescent ...

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Robbing rodent: Girl-and-hamster gang suspected of several home burglaries in Russia

Published time: 17 Nov, 2017 02:19 Edited time: 17 Nov, 2017 02:22 Not exactly Ocean’s Eleven, a gang comprised of a woman, a 10-year-old girl and a hamster have nevertheless succeeded in starting a crime spree in the city of Barnaul in Russia’s Altai Region, the police said. The group uses creative tactics to get into apartments without breaking in ...

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Cosmic communities? Newly discovered exoplanet could be home to alien life

Published time: 15 Nov, 2017 19:02 Whether life exists beyond Planet Earth is still a mystery – but if aliens really are out there, there’s a good chance they’ll be found on Ross 128b. The newly discovered exoplanet seems to have all the right qualities for extraterrestrial existence. It may seem like an out-of-this-world claim, but if there was ever ...

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