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Is the economy about to slow down?

CNN News Feed - 48 min 17 sec ago
America's cruising economy is about to hit a speed bump, says Darius Dale, a senior macro analyst with investment research firm Hedgeye Risk Management.
Categories: Money

Valle d'Aosta, Italy: 3 Michelin Starred Restaurants 2018 to Discover

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - 48 min 54 sec ago
Discover the Vecchio Ristoro, Le Petit Restaurant, La Clusaz, three culinary jewels in this small mountainous region.
Categories: Restaurants

Amazon urged to stop selling face recognition technology to law enforcement

CNN News Feed - 57 min 54 sec ago
More than two dozen civil rights organizations are calling on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling its facial recognition technology to the government, according to a letter made public Tuesday by the ACLU.
Categories: Money

EPA blocks CNN and Associated Press journalists from attending Pruitt speech

CNN News Feed - 1 hour 4 min ago
The Environmental Protection Agency blocked reporters from several news outlets from a national summit on Tuesday where Scott Pruitt, the agency's chief, was speaking.
Categories: Money

Zuckerberg's European Parliament testimony criticised

BBC Business News - 1 hour 5 min ago
The Facebook founder faces questions from European lawmakers over the data scandal and fake news.
Categories: Business

Zuckerberg's European Parliament testimony criticised

BBC Business News Feed - 1 hour 5 min ago
The Facebook founder faces questions from European lawmakers over the data scandal and fake news.
Categories: Business

New report highlights massive pay gap between CEOs and typical workers

CNN News Feed - 1 hour 6 min ago
Read full story for latest details.
Categories: Money

Runner 3 Review: A Bit Of A Trip

Gamespot News Feed - 1 hour 8 min ago

Out of the numerous games to spring up under the Bit.Trip umbrella, it's not exactly a surprise that the most accessible of the bunch, Bit.Trip Runner, would be the one to transcend its retro-styled roots. In bringing the Runner games' mechanics to a fancier playground on the Switch, developer Choice Provisions has made its most ambitious game yet--but in doing so, may have revealed the limits to how far it can push the concept. It's also the most difficult, and if you haven't already invested in a good sturdy case for the Switch that might stand up to having the system thrown at terminal velocity out of a living room window, now would be a good time.

On paper, the gameplay is as deceptively simple as it's always been. Your character runs forward automatically, and it's up to you to jump, duck, slide, and kick down obstacles until you reach the finish line. The secret sauce of the Runner series is that every action and every item in a stage is plotted to work with its music, a whole game trekking along to simple melodies. Stages can be unpredictable, but if you have any sense of rhythm whatsoever, losing yourself to the music can get you through the tougher moments.

None of Runner 3’s tunes are terribly catchy, and quite frankly, it makes me wistful for the innovative chiptunes that accompanied the original Bit.Trip Runner. Most of the tracks settle for rudimentary and quirky when they could’ve absolutely gone big and eclectic. The furthest Runner 3 branches out in that regard is in the Danny Elfman-like haunted house tunes that accompany much of the second area of the game. At most, the music does the bare minimum: providing a beat for you to follow.

Most people will be able to blast through the first few stages easily, but Runner 3 ramps up the difficulty early on. Around the halfway point of the first area, stages start changing perspectives to an angle, but the shifts in viewpoint can make some of the jumps trickier than they need to be and obscure some obstacles. At its most aggravating, it's difficult to suss out where it's safe to land or what the timing needs to be to kick something out of your way. There are also moments where the game is too complex for its own good; for example, a machine that builds platforms as you run along, making anticipation impossible except through sheer trial and error--which can feel immensely cheap, especially as you get closer to the finish line.

That problem is made worse by the sheer length of each level. Although there are fewer stages in Runner 3, they go on longer than ever--a perfect run with no deaths can sometimes stretch on for four or five minutes. There are still checkpoints at the midpoint of each stage (and as before, if you like living dangerously, skipping the checkpoint gives you a ton of points), but each stage is so densely packed with obstacles this time around that those two minutes to get to safety can feel like an eternity. On top of that, the difficulty is wildly inconsistent; you might get stuck on an early stage that throws bizarre off-kilter obstacle patterns at you, and the next two stages could be walks in the park.

Compared to the relative austerity of the previous titles, Runner 3's environments go full-tilt wacky, overloaded with comical flourishes. The very first stage has you running through a breakfast island, a place where the palm trees are slices of cantaloupe and grapefruit, the rivers flow with milk and cereal, and the high roads are paved with waffles and toast. Later, another stage in Foodland sends you running through a giant refrigerator, bouncing off Jell-O cubes and jogging past some of the most outlandish and gross fake food products imaginable (personal favorites: Fish Errors, Beefmilk, and Cup O' Lumps in Milk Brine). Runner 3's levels are so immensely packed full of random amusements that you're equally likely to fail because you were busy staring at some visual gag happening off in the distance.

For those who do want more of a challenge, there are Hard variations of each stage, and ironically, there's a more gradual climb in difficulty with these than in the normal stages. In addition, the branching Hard routes tend to be where most of the game's collectibles are hiding, giving even more incentive for multiple playthroughs of an area. Said collectibles unlock a sizable amount of content, from the truly infuriating Impossible stages to new runners--with recurring characters from previous games rubbing shoulders with Shovel Knight and, for some reason, Eddie Riggs from Brutal Legend--to Retro stages which are built on a Hanna-Barbera aesthetic.

The greatest compliment to be paid to a game like Runner 3 is that after feeling the urge to toss a controller, it's hard to think of anything else except trying again. Runner 3’s greatest strength is in rewarding that perseverance. Getting through each stage means more jokes to see, more characters to play around with, and more secret stages to explore. Runner 3, over time, reveals itself to be a veritable buffet of weird and whimsical environments, and thrilling, precision-based gameplay, but make no mistake: you will have to work for your meal.

Categories: Games

Hammond to pledge superfast broadband for most homes

BBC Business News - 1 hour 40 min ago
The Chancellor pledges full-fibre connections for most homes and businesses by 2025.
Categories: Business

Hammond to pledge superfast broadband for most homes

BBC Business News Feed - 1 hour 40 min ago
The Chancellor pledges full-fibre connections for most homes and businesses by 2025.
Categories: Business

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Sedan Packs a 429-HP Inline-Six

Motortrend News Feed - 2 hours 3 min ago

For the past few years, the Mercedes-AMG E 43 has been the car you buy when the regular E 300 won’t do and the E 63 S is a little too much. With a twin-turbo V-6 cranking out 396 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, and a quick-shifting nine-speed transmission, the E 43 offered more performance than most people would use, as well as surprisingly agile handling. But soon, the E 43 will be phased out in favor of a new model: the Mercedes-AMG E 53.

Mercedes already showed off the E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet at the Detroit auto show, but now it’s giving the sedan the same AMG-lite treatment. Inside, it’s still your typical E-Class cabin, but Mercedes did update some of the E 53’s exterior styling. The hood, for example, gets two power bulges, and around back, the bumper and diffuser have been restyled.

As the name suggests, the biggest changes are under the hood. Like the CLS 53, the E 53’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six is good for 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. A 48-volt mild-hybrid system can supplement the engine’s power thanks to an electric motor that makes 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes also added an electric auxiliary compressor that works with the exhaust-driven turbocharger to minimize turbo lag.

A nine-speed AMG transmission still sends power to all four wheels, and according to Mercedes’ estimates, the E 53 sedan hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. That’s only slightly quicker than the current E 43, although fuel economy should also improve. Mercedes expects the coupe version to hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, with the cabriolet matching the sedan’s time. All three top out at an electronically limited 130 mph. Optional 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels are available, with 14.2-inch brake discs included on all four corners.

Pricing isn’t available at the moment, but Mercedes says the E 53 sedan will go on sale in the U.S. toward the end of this year.

Source: Mercedes

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Categories: Property

American banks had their most profitable quarter ever

CNN News Feed - 2 hours 18 min ago
American banks are hauling in record-setting profits just as Congress prepares to cut regulations.
Categories: Money

Entrepreneur: Follow These Tips to Survive Facebook's Ad Changes

Business Now Mag - 2 hours 18 min ago
These tricks will ensure your business can weather the Facebook ad adjustments.
Categories: Business

BBC Business News Feed: Zuckerberg apologises to European Parliament for 'harm'

Business Now Mag - 2 hours 28 min ago
The Facebook founder faces questions from European lawmakers over the data scandal and fake news.
Categories: Business

Inspired and Equinox complete £13m Luton PDR purchase

Property Week News Feed - 2 hours 31 min ago
The joint venture between Inspired Asset Management and Equinox Living has completed the purchase of its second seed asset, the £13m Maxet House in Luton.
Categories: Property

Entrepreneur: This Female Leader Shares Why She Never Let 'No' Stop Her

Business Now Mag - 2 hours 48 min ago
This is how I got a seat at the table.
Categories: Business

Ousted Ford exec Raj Nair lands at firm that builds Ford GT

Auto Blog News Feed - 2 hours 50 min ago

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Raj Nair, the former president of Ford North America who left the company earlier this year following an internal investigation into "inappropriate behavior," has a new gig as a top executive at the Canadian auto supplier that builds the Ford GT.

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This Town in the Hamptons Is One of New York’s Best-kept Secrets

Travel and Leisure - 2 hours 52 min ago
<p>Joey Wölffer is quick to acknowledge that the Hamptons have a reputation. “I’m tired of people thinking of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-hamptons" target="_blank">Hamptons</a> as a party destination,” she told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “There is so much here. It’s real.”</p><img alt="Joey Wölffer "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1526489212/JOEYWOLFFER%28171of178%29%202.jpg?itok=6BT4oX8t"><p>Wölffer is the proprietor of <a href="https://www.wolffer.com/" target="_blank">Wölffer Estate</a>, a winery founded by her father in 1988 that helped put Long Island on the wine-world map. Exciting things are happening at Wölffer since she took the helm — for example, the estate has gotten in on the distilling game and plans to release a brandy this fall — but Wölffer is also deeply conscious about the winery's ties to the town where it was born.</p><p>Growing up around the vineyard, she was deeply immersed in a side of the Hamptons people don't often see. Sag Harbor, the closest hamlet to the estate, is the place she still calls home — “an old whaling town where all the buildings are in their original state.” And despite tourism and vacation-home development in the surrounding parts of the Hamptons, that soul is still palpable. “Sag Harbor still has a genuine feeling to it,” said Wölffer. “I'm all about authentic — things that are natural, are what they <em>are</em> — and this is a real, authentic town.”</p><p>Sag Harbor isn't just a symbol of the “old” way of life amid celebrity mansions and seasonal vacation travel. It's a destination in its own right, one of the best-kept-secret small towns on Long Island.</p><p>“There is so much to do here,” said Wölffer. “Nature preserves, beaches, events, museums. People have no idea how much art is out here, how much history.” And, with nearby Bridgehampton an easy ride from the city on the Long Island Rail Road, you can discover the community spirit of the old Hamptons without breaking the bank.</p><p>Here are Joey Wölffer's suggestions for how to see Sag Harbor like a local.</p><img alt="waterfront in Sag Harbor the hamptons long island "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1526489212/GettyImages-86466593.jpg?itok=arq6Cgq8"><h2>Find the perfect waterfront retreat.</h2><p>There are plenty of inns and bed-and-breakfasts around town, but for a classic stay right on the harbor, Wölffer suggests <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g48541-d296313-Reviews-Baron_s_Cove-Sag_Harbor_Long_Island_New_York.html" target="_blank">Baron’s Cove</a> — a recently renovated 67-room property with beach access and a saltwater pool.</p><p>“It's on the water, which is really special,” but still an easy walk into the main town. Plus, said Wölffer, “it has a fun vibe to it, kind of a ‘<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/dirty-dancing-hotel" target="_blank">Dirty Dancing</a>’ feel.” Indeed, the original 1960s-era hotel was a swank haunt for the likes of Truman Capote and Willem and Elaine de Kooning.</p><h2>Take advantage of the restaurants in town.</h2><p>For warm-weather travelers, Wölffer says <a href="http://www.beaconsagharbor.com/" target="_blank">The Beacon</a> — a seasonal restaurant that's been feeding Sag Harbor for 20 summers — is a must. “It's one of the only restaurants in town that's on the water,” she said. “It's a great spot to have a drink at sunset.” Other favorites include family-friendly <a href="https://ltburger.com/" target="_blank">LT Burger</a>, whose off-the-wall offerings include a Kobe beef hot dog, and <a href="http://www.docksidesagharbor.com/" target="_blank">Dockside Bar &amp; Grill</a>, a seafood-focused favorite with harbor views. “It's really low-key with a super local crowd — plus, great fish tacos.” Her family also operates a restaurant, <a href="http://sagharbor.wolfferkitchen.com/" target="_blank">Wölffer Kitchen</a>, serving up wines from the family's estate and food from local producers. Her recommendation: “après-beach rosé and oysters at the raw bar.”</p><img alt="street in Sag Harbor the Hamptons Long Island "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1526489212/GettyImages-141858489.jpg?itok=Ds7rRDBy"><h2>Unearth some vintage treasures.</h2><p>Sag Harbor is one of the best stops in the Hamptons for <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/blogs/amazing-vintage-shopping-around-the-world" target="_blank">vintage shopping</a> and antiquing — a fact that Wölffer takes seriously at her own boutique in town, <a href="https://www.joeywolffer.com/" target="_blank">Joey Wölffer</a>, which houses a rotating vintage section curated by a local dealer. Her favorite must-stop vintage shops include <a href="http://blackswansouthampton.com/" target="_blank">Black Swan</a>, an antique-hunter's paradise filled with vintage goods and industrial materials. Wölffer also recommends <a href="https://www.rubybeets.com/" target="_blank">Ruby Beets</a>, housed inside a historic silent movie theater, which is “a little more modern” with a vintage collection supplemented by locally hand-made pottery and bespoke furniture.</p><h2>Bring your kids along.</h2><p>Wölffer says Sag Harbor is one of the kid-friendliest towns in the area, with plenty of shops, parks, and activities for little ones. Children will get a kick out of the <a href="http://www.wharfshop.com/" target="_blank">Wharf Shop</a>, an old-school toy store, and the Sag Harbor Variety Store (known locally only as the <a href="http://www.sagharborvariety.com/" target="_blank">Five &amp; Dime</a>) — which she calls “the best store in town, especially if you have kids. It's a local staple.” Toys in hand, they will enjoy getting dressed up at one of the many quirky kids clothing shops in town, like Wölffer's choice <a href="http://www.stellaandrubyhamptons.com/" target="_blank">Stella &amp; Ruby</a>. Wölffer's own <a href="https://www.joeywolffer.com/locations/#section-2" target="_blank">roving fashion truck</a> will even be popping up around town this summer stocked with styles for babies and children.</p><img alt="the wolffer family at wolffer estate vineyard in long island "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1526489212/resized-medium_markweinberg_20160706_Z4A9306%202.jpg?itok=pMvUXdmB"><h2>Get outside.</h2><p>In the end, you'll want to visit Sag Harbor to get a little peace, quiet, and sea air. Spend as much time as you can outdoors, exploring quaint streets around town and heading down to the water. Wölffer says "stopping at the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/sagharborfarmersmarket/" target="_blank">Farmer’s Market</a> is always a great activity on the weekend" — you'll find produce, baked goods, local dairy products, and crafts from Sag Harbor artisans. Spending time on the water is also a must. “We have a canoe, but it's sometimes nice to just sit and watch the boats go out from the <a href="http://breakwateryc.org/" target="_blank">Breakwater Yacht Club</a>,” she said.</p><p>In addition to nearby green spaces like North Haven Park and <a href="https://www.longhouse.org/" target="_blank">LongHouse Reserve</a> — "one of the most beautiful art gardens in the country" — you can spend some time in the sun at the <a href="https://www.wolffer.com/" target="_blank">Wölffer Estate</a> vineyards. Take a tour before heading to the tasting room to enjoy the winery's latest offerings, like the newly-released canned editions of their beloved <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://drizly.com/wolffer-estate-no-139-dry-rose-cider/p25438" target="_blank">rosé cider</a> or the forthcoming red cider and red wine for their <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://drizly.com/wolffer-summer-in-a-bottle-rose/p7528" target="_blank">Summer in a Bottle</a> series (debuting this August).</p>
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Kimora Lee Simmons Graduates From University of Hartford

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 2 hours 53 min ago
The fashion mogul took to Instagram to share a clip of her wearing a medal around her neck as she tossed her cap to her eight-year-old son, Kenzo.
Categories: Celebrity