Obsessed with the Trump-Russia drama? You're doing it right.

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Maybe your spouse is worried about you. Perhaps it’s your employer. They’ve noticed marked declines in your attention in recent weeks. Just stop refreshing the New York Times and Washington Post, they say. Turn off CNN. Or if you’re into the harder stuff: Stop. Checking. Twitter

Maybe you too have started to wonder whether you’re getting too obsessed with the Trump-Russia storyline right now. The news is coming so thick and fast, it can be hard not to stare slack-jawed at each new development. 

But do you absolutely have to read every new drop of information about Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Did you really have to watch that whole mad-ass Carter Page interview, instead of just the edited bit, where the Trump associate admitted meeting that same gentleman from Moscow at the GOP convention?  Read more…

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What happens when the LGBTQ community celebrates? A 24-hour party and great photos.

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The streets of Sydney ran rainbow with plenty of sequins and leather on show Saturday night as the city hosted the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The parade, which celebrates LGBTQ culture and activism, began as a march and protest in 1978. Met with police violence at the time, the annual event now draws crowds from around the world. 

Getty Images has covered the event since 2000, and this year, photographer Brendon Thorne chose his top 10 images of the night for Mashable.

“Sydney’s Mardi Gras is one of the most thrilling and enjoyable events to photograph,” he said. “Everyone is ecstatic to be involved in the celebration, and the atmosphere is truly alive and buzzing. A highlight of the night is definitely seeing everyone express themselves, whether it be through the breathtaking wardrobe choices or an unforgettable drag queen look.” Read more…

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Petrochemical Products And It's Uses



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Petrochemical and petroleum products are the second level products being derived from crude oil after several refining processes. Crude oil is the basic component to produce all petrochemical and petroleum products after a long process of refinement in oil refineries. The major products, crude oil produces after refining process are asphalt, diesel fuel, fuel oil, gasoline, kerosene, lubricating oil, paraffin wax, LPG and petrochemicals. Here I want to share a brief discussion about petrochemical products and it’s uses.

Petrochemical products:

On the basis of chemical structure, petrochemicals are categorized in to three categories of petrochemical products olefins, aromatics and synthesis gas. Ethylene and propylene, the major part of Olefins are the basic source in preparation of several industrial chemicals and plastic products whereas butadiene is used to prepare synthetic rubber. Benzene, toluene and xylenes are major components of aromatic products. These aromatic petrochemicals are used in manufacturing of secondary products like synthetic detergents, polyurethanes, plastic and synthetic fibers.Synthesis gas comprises of carbon monoxide and hydrogen which basically used to produce ammonia and methanol which are further used to produce other chemical and synthetic products.

The largest share of petroleum products produced from refineries are fuel oil and gasoline which are widely used as the energy carriers worldwide. As per the uses, petrochemicals are used for production of several feedstocks and monomers and monomer precursors. The monomers after polymerization process creates several polymers which ultimately used to produce gels, lubricants, elastomers, plastics and fibers.

Business aspects of petrochemical products

As petrochemical products are basic manufacturing component of several industrial and daily use products so these products itself have their business importance. There are several businesses which are entirely dependent on petrochemicals and always have a great demand of suppliers, exporters and manufacturers. B2B e-marketplaces are the best solution to search for the best supplier or service provider in very short time and very cost effectively. These online marketplaces are equipped with several product listing in the desired category as here is the petrochemical products. Every product listing shows the company name, product title and a short description to get an overview of product and the offers given.


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Forget Facebook and Google: The ad world thinks this tech giant is 'terrifying'

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The mad men and women of the ad industry have plenty of reasons to toss and turn at night.

Money is increasingly trickling from television commercials to digital media — a market that Facebook and Google currently have in a duopolistic chokehold. Inter-agency competition is at a fever pitchUnconventional upstarts are eating their lunch. If Don Draper were around today, there’s a good chance he’d work at Facebook.

But it’s not internet advertising giants that keep the industry’s top chief up at night. Nor is it his three-month-old daughter.

It’s…Amazon?

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Kate McKinnon plays Jeff Sessions as Forrest Gump in 'SNL' cold open

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In the immortal words of Mr. Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

So if you’re Octavia Spencer, you just might serve a very special kind of pie to Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions on Saturday Night Live

Spencer made an unusual host cameo in tonight’s cold open. She showed up as her Oscar-winning character from The Help, Minny, all to deliver a hot slice of “chocolate” pie to Kate McKinnon’s Sessions in a hilarious Forrest Gump send-up.

For those who haven’t been following recent events, the attorney general is in a spot of bother right now over meetings he had with the Russian ambassador. Meetings Sessions apparently failed to disclose during his Senate confirmation hearing.  Read more…

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Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway will sit and text just about anywhere on 'SNL'

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If a meeting with representatives from historically black colleges wasn’t important enough for Kellyanne Conway to get off her damn phone and take her feet off the couch, an hour and a half of live television ain’t gonna do it either. 

Conway has been a fixture on Saturday Night Live this season, with Kate McKinnon playing the president’s advisor in increasingly erratic fashion as the weeks go by. 

But tonight, instead of a whole sketch dedicated to the photo that broke Twitter (this week, anyway), McKinnon popped up in character throughout the episode, sitting in the now iconic pose.  Read more…

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Louis Tomlinson arrested for battery so yes of course One Direction fans are calling for justice

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Like the old adage goes: Nothing’s sure in life but death, taxes, and One Direction fans going ride-or-die for their boys, no matter what.

According to TMZ, erstwhile One Direction member Louis Tomlinson was arrested Friday, after allegedly pulling a overbearing paparazzo to the ground at LAX. After the altercation, the photographer reportedly made a citizen’s arrest, and Tomlinson was later arrested at an LAPD precinct, on charges of simple battery.

Not eager to be dragged down, the singer’s legal team quickly released a statement in Tomlinson’s defense. “The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis,” it said. “It’s not the first time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity.” Read more…

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This Uber executive sure sounds defensive about not taking the fall for Uber's harassment crisis

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Uber has spent the past two weeks embroiled in its biggest PR (and HR) crisis ever. 

But according to a report in Business Insider, the company’s head of operations, Ryan Graves, has been missing from the office. Graves used to oversee HR in his role in operations, and was Uber’s first CEO before Travis Kalanick. 

As per a Business Insider source, Graves has “vanished from the office, hasn’t been seen or heard from in days.” Uber employees speculated to BI that Graves’ absence meant he could be the one taking the fall for Uber’s harassment scandal.

Uber’s current mess of problems started when Susan Fowler Rigetti, a former engineer at the company, published a blog post outlining the discrimination, harassment, and sexism she and other women faced at Uber. Her blog post was followed by similar stories from other women who worked at Uber, then, allegations that Uber was trying to discredit her, a video of Kalanick yelling at an Uber driver, and to top it all off, news that Uber ran a secret program to evade government officials who were using the app.  Read more…

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Report says Alexa to add speakerphone and intercom capabilities

Virtual voice activated personal assistant Alexa has become extremely popular. Motorola is making a Moto Mod speaker with built-in access to Alexa. And future Motorola handsets will include a native Alexa app,. Last month, Huawei said that its next flagship phone offered in the U.S. will feature a native Alexa application. Amazon has apparently cashed in a long shot lottery ticket with Alexa, and according to a new report recently published, it plans to expand the capabilities of its personal AR assistant.

The report says that by the end of this year, Amazon will be offering at least one …

Review the Latest Tablet PC and Compare Tablet Computer


A tablet personal computer (tablet PC) is a portable personal computer equipped with a touch screen as a primary input device. Comparing laptops, tablet personal computers may not be equipped with a keyboard, in which case they use a virtual onscreen substitute. All tablet personal computers have a wireless adapter for Internet and local network connection. The term was made popular as a concept presented by Microsoft in 2001, yet the Tablet computer market was invigorated by Apple through the introduction of the iPad device in 2010. Apple’s iPad, are readying their own devices for what is already proving to be a rapidly growing marketplace. According to Apple, the company shipped “4.19 million iPads during the quarter.” During the Q3 earnings call, in the first full quarter in which the iPad was available, that number stood at just over 3 million. The iPad only weighs 1.5lbs, gives you a display of 9.56 in (24.3 cm) × 7.47 in (19.0 cm) and is only 0.5 inches thick. The battery Life of iPad is up to 10 hours. These dimensions couldn’t be any handier and puts the iPad in a class of its own. iPad use of the iPhone OS and its clever data-entry scheme – virtual keyboard, multitouch gestures and all – turns the iPad into an immeasurably more usable device than any Windows-based tablet PC we’ve seen. In general, the iPad it’s not a Netbook killer, but it will take away revenues from that market. Meanwhile, Dell Streak tablet device, perhaps is basically just a smartphone. Its five-inch touchscreen puts it somewhere in between an iPhone (screen size: 3.5 inches) and an iPad (9.7 inches). The Streak’s operating system is limited. Like many current and future iPad competitors, it uses Google’s Android OS. In this case, however, the Streak is using an older version of Android, version 1.6. The latest version of Android is Android 2.2 (also known as “Froyo”), so Streak gets a late pass.

Then, Samsung is readying its new tablet, the Galaxy. It is a true tablet, with a touchscreen that measures 7 inches diagonally. When it is released in late October or early November, it too will be sold through mobile carriers — all four big ones (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon), in fact. The Galaxy will run on Android version 2.2.
Many of the apps available in the Android Market, when scaled to fit on the Galaxy’s comparatively gargantuan 7-inch display, are not going to look all that pretty, if they look like anything at all.There is another Android upgrade in the works (Android 3.0, a.k.a. “Gingerbread”), which may play more nicely with tablets like the Galaxy.

HP is coming a webOS-based tablet unofficially dubbed the PalmPad for release early next year. Things get very muddled, however, when the talk turns to HP’s Android tablet and Windows tablet PC plans.

For starters, design is less a factor for tablets than in the other categories. A tablet is supposed to be a mostly featureless panel of glass: that is the whole point. The hardware will also be fairly standardized (display, cameras, microphone, chipset). The only question will be who has the most and best apps.And if that is the key (and it is), then consumers are not actually the people that tablet makers should be concerned about right now — it is the app developers. Win them over, and the shoppers will follow.


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