Will Ferrell revives excellent George W. Bush impression on 'SNL' to remind us that George W. Bush was…not good

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The best thing about former Saturday Night Live players returning to their old stomping grounds to host is we can bet dollars to donuts they’ll revive classic characters we know and love.

Former president George W. Bush we know. Love? Well, Will Ferrell has some thoughts on that.

“According to a new poll my approval rating is at an all time high,” Ferrell as Bush says in the cold open. “Donny Q. Trump came in and suddenly I’m looking pretty sweet by comparison.”

“A lot of people are saying, ‘Man, I wish George W. Bush was still our president right about now,'” faux Bush continued.

“I just wanted to address my fellow Americans tonight and remind you guys that I was really bad. Like, historically not good.” Read more…

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Apple's 'I'm sorry' for throttling old iPhones isn't good enough for Congress

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The drama surrounding Apple’s old iPhone batteries isn’t over yet. 

Four U.S. House Republicans sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday asking for answers on batterygate. 

In December, Apple admitted to throttling the speed of older iPhones to increase battery performance, a long-time conspiracy theory among iPhone users that turned out to be true. As a result, Apple issued an apology to its customers, and announced reduced pricing for out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement, from $79 to $29. 

But the apology and explanation from the billion dollar company wasn’t enough for House Republicans, who want more answers on the subject, according to ReutersRead more…

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He was a lawyer and a boxer in good health, then Apple Watch saved his life

Apple is putting a big emphasis on the abilities of its Watch wearable to track your fitness and health, and is currently engaged with Stanford University to study irregular heart rhythms of Watch wearers, and their cardiopredictive abilities. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook himself is a fitness nut, getting up in the wee hours of the morning to get his training on before the packed day has started, and often touts this or that health-related feature of Apple gadgets.

It’s not all in vain, or a marketing trick, as one Scott Kilian, an attorney, but also a guy dabbling in law enforcement …

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander missed their own wedding for a pretty good reason

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To be fair, the World Series is a pretty big deal.

Kate Upton and her husband Justin Verlander appeared on The Tonight Show on Friday night and revealed what is possibly the biggest ever double-booking of their lives. On the day the couple were meant to be wed in Italy, Verlander was actually scheduled to play game seven of the World Series.

Considering the fact that Verlander’s team the Houston Astros went on to win, it was probably a good call. Read more…

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Unlimited plans introduction brought both good and bad news to U.S. Cellular

US Cellular, which is the fifth largest carrier by subscriber numbers, after Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, released very pleasant for investors quarterly results last week, and saw its stock jump significantly. It turns out, unlimited data plans are to “blame” for the carrier’s stellar performance. After introducing them back in February, U.S. Cellular saw a 51% data consumption increase on its network, but also a jump in subscriber rates.
Nearly a third of its Total plan users are on the unlimited option now, and the average subscriber goes through 3.1 GB …

Samsung's new wireless earbuds are good, but they're no AirPods

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Even if you still have a phone with a headphone jack, chances are you’re interested in true wireless earbuds — they’re the ones without a cable connecting the two nubs that go into your ears — because who actually likes wires?

There’s a ton of wireless earbuds flooding the market this holiday season. Most are aimed at Apple’s AirPods, like Samsung’s new Gear IconX 2018.

At $199, they’re pricier than AirPods, too. So how do they stack up?

The IconX 2018’s are Samsung’s second stab at true wireless earbuds. The original ones took a fitness-first approach, cramming in a heart rate sensor inside. Read more…

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Ai Weiwei debuts 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors' in NYC in response to the refugee crisis

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Chinese artist, filmmaker, photographer, and activist Ai Weiwei premiered his latest installation of public art in New York City this week. The piece is curated by Public Art Fund New York. ‘Good Fences Make Good Neighbors’ will be up from October 12th to February 11th all over the city. In order to draw attention to the global migrant and refugee crisis, Weiwei has created cages in spaces where New Yorkers wander freely, to symbolize the obstacles refugees all over the world are facing. The piece features three large structures, one in Central Park, one in Flushing Meadows, Queens, and one in Washington Square Park. Read more…

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Nokia phone sales off to a very good start, on path to reach 10 million in first year

Nokia is back. The phone company that dominated the early 2000s has been resurrected and we have both smartphones and feature phones like the re-imagined Nokia 3310 available for purchase, but how popular are they and are they selling well?
HMD Global introduced the first Nokia phones in February 2017 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and ever since than it has sold “millions” smartphones and “tens of millions” features phones, according to the company’s own Pekka Rentala. This official confirmation came on September 2nd and accounted …

'Mother!' takes a 'Black Swan' dive at the box office, but that might be good news

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Black Swan didn’t open big either, for what it’s worth.

Mother!, the latest mindf*ck from writer/director Darren Aronofsky with stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, is off to a seemingly slow start at the box office. Despite opening this weekend in more than 2,300 theaters, the current three-day domestic estimate is $7.5 million. 

That’s less than one-third of the movie’s reported $30 million budget. It’s still enough to land Mother! in the #3 slot on the weekend box office charts, behind fellow newcomer American Assassin ($14.8 million) and record-breaking horror champ It ($60 million). Read more…

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Aaron Sorkin's 'Molly's Game' is a good time dragged down by out-of-touch gender politics

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Aaron Sorkin thinks Molly’s Game is his version of The Crucible

How do we know this? Because he references Arthur Miller’s famous play about the Salem witch trials—which was written as a commentary on the Hollywood Blacklist—multiple times over the course of the movie, at one point having the titular heroine echo one of its most famous lines. 

Sadly for Sorkin, Molly’s Game is not The Crucible, one of the great works in the American canon. It’s often a zippy, fun time, however—that is, if you can convince yourself to overlook its self-congratulation and mildly regressive gender politics.

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