The frightening future of robocalls: Numbers and voices you know

New York (CNN Business)It’s a scene from a modern-day horror movie: The call is coming from inside the house. It was an automated pre-recorded message from “Microsoft” claiming my computer license was expiring. Knowing the drill, I wasn’t surprised to hear I had 24 hours to respond before going to jail. I get more scam calls than actual calls — after all, nearly 30% of all calls made each day are robocalls — but a call from my own number was a new one for me. Yet some experts warn this is just a mild taste of bigger dangers to come: a world where you receive robocalls calls from numbers you recognize and the person on the other end sounds …

Republicans Attack Puerto Ricos Plan To Go 100 Percent Renewable

Republicans on Tuesday pilloried The nine-term congressman, who’s performatively gobbled one at a news conference. Later, he suggested the Green New Deal was tantamount to “ Yet, on Tuesday, he blamed Puerto Rico lawmakers for playing politics with the state-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.  “PREPA has been hamstrung by political demands,” he said. “One of the problems of PREPA in the past is political interference when your primary goal is [to] provide abundant and affordable energy.” At least 13 states have passed or are considering plans that set 100% clean-electricity targets, according to a report last month by the consultancy EQ Research. But Puerto Rico’s circumstance is unique. In September 2017, hurricanes Irma and Maria shredded the island’s aging …

Family finds hidden camera livestreaming from their Airbnb in Ireland

(CNN)After arriving at their Airbnb in Cork, Ireland, a family from New Zealand made an unsettling discovery: a hidden camera, livestreaming from the living room. “It was such a shock. It was just a really horrible feeling,” Nealie Barker told CNN. She called Airbnb to report the camera. “They had no advice for us over the phone,” she said. “The girl just said that if you cancel within 14 days, you won’t get your money back.” Next, Andrew Barker called the owner of the property. When confronted with the family’s discovery, Nealie Barker said, the host hung up. Later, he called back, insisting the camera in the living room was the only one in the house. “We didn’t feel relieved …

Why the remarkable stock market recovery could just be getting started

New York (CNN Business)US stocks are closing in on all-time highs. And stock market bulls don’t expect to be disappointed anytime soon. “This won’t be an easy ride, and we fully expect some volatility, but this is definitely a bullet point for the bulls in 2019,” he said. A diversified portfolio of stocks is always the best strategy for investing for the long-term. That’s the best insurance policy against market dips like the one that took place between October and January. But most market analysts expect stocks that perform well in a strong economy will continue to do well throughout 2019. Some concerns remain. There are still questions, for example, about how much markets have priced in what is set …

Can you have frictionless trade in a customs union?

Image copyright Getty Images That means that goods exported from Norway into the EU must meet rules of origin requirements, to demonstrate that they do not contain more than the maximum permitted level of parts and components from elsewhere. Norway’s border with Sweden, for example, is one of the most frictionless in the world between two countries that do not have a customs union – but it still takes about 20 minutes on average for a lorry to pass through its main border crossing, at Svinesund. Sir Oliver told BBC Reality Check: “I am of course assuming that the Chequers arrangement for a single market in goods is also part of the deal, as both Mr Corbyn and Mrs May …

Handling a crisis is always hard. Here’s how companies can do better

(CNN)Anyone running a business should be prepared to manage a real crisis at some point. Plan ahead with a crisis team and rehearse the protocols in place. The CEO is not always the best person to lead the team or be the public face of a crisis. Not telling the truth is one of the worst mistakes a company can make. It’s hard to predict when a crisis may strike or how it will come about.It may stemfrom human error, negligence, a bad actor or Mother Nature. And it can take many forms:health and safety issues, fraud, sexual harassment, racism, financial cover-ups, environmental disaster, data breaches, a viral video of an employee mistreating a customer … the list goes on. …

The humble billboard is having a moment

They were talking about how tweets (in particular one of David Cameron’s) can get lost amid the noise of the internet. They wondered: “Can we make sure it wasn’t forgotten about?” Four months on, the group has hired more than 240 billboards across the UK, having raised over £340,000. The posters feature old tweets or quotes from politicians who have been involved in the Brexit process. Image copyright Led By Donkeys Image caption A banner in Dover shows a quote during a 2011 debate on the UK’s relationship with the EU There’s another point, he added – not everyone who is politically engaged is on social media. “Taking [the words] off the digital, makes them more tangible. That move from …

I Wont Be Buying Groceries For A Full Year. Heres How Im Surviving.

As I’ve done all this I’ve become increasingly fascinated by our food system, from the fact that we can get out-of-season strawberries or watermelons any time we desire them by just going to a store to the crazy amount of food we waste (much of it perfectly edible) and the plastic packaging all this stuff comes wrapped in. First and foremost, I needed somewhere to live that had outdoor space in my new home city of Orlando, Florida. This was quickly resolved when I went to an herbal conference and met Lisa, a 62-year-old Orlando resident who had a lawn that she worried was going to waste. Rob Greenfield A typical harvest. Growing and foraging all your own food when …

Pennsylvania’s proposed $540 million nuclear bailout sparks national debate

FILE – In this file photo of Nov. 2, 2006, cooling towers of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant are reflected in the Susquehanna River in this time exposure photograph in Middletown, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) The long-awaited legislation would update the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004 to allow carbon-free energy producers — including nuclear power plants — to take advantage of a credit program that would bring them additional revenue. Under the existing law, the state’s about 200 electricity suppliers must purchase alternative energy credits from two tiers of producers — including sources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric — and those credits must equal 18 percent of their electricity sales by 2021. UNCERTAINTY SHADOWS …

Apathy, anger and relief: How voters around the country are processing the end of Mueller

(CNN)Brandon Wolf is ready to move on. Terry Dittrich, the Republican chairman in Waukesha County — a massive source of Republican votes in southeastern Wisconsin — said Republicans in his county see the Mueller probe as “a witch hunt” but that “people would like to move on” and “we don’t need to do any more investigating.” “Why do people call it the Swamp? Well this is a good example. It looked very vindictive. It looked very partisan. And it looked like there was an aimless investigation,” he said. “The first comment people make to me is, how many millions did we spend? They’re very upset about the spending side of this.” The same sentiment was felt by voters in Virginia, …

Bernie opposes court packing

**Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: Bernie opposes court packing – Time Out: Black hole IRL – White House scramble to blunt border closure costs – House Dems green light subpoena for Mueller report – Mimosa Capri Sun or nah? BERNIE OPPOSES COURT PACKINGWaPo: “Packing the Supreme Court remains as radical and unrealistic an idea in 2019 as it was when Franklin Roosevelt tried it in 1937, derailing the start of his second term, but several of the liberals running for president have jumped on this bandwagon… Not Bernie Sanders. The senator from Vermont might be the only Democrat running for president who doesn’t need to pander to the left to be able to win the nomination. …

U.S. Hackers Helped UAE Spy On Al Jazeera Chairman, BBC Host

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – A group of American hackers who once worked for U.S. intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against the Gulf state of Qatar. The Raven operatives — who included at least nine former employees of the U.S. National Security Agency and the U.S. military — found themselves thrust into the thick of a high-stakes dispute among America’s Gulf allies. The Americans’ role in the UAE-Qatar imbroglio highlights how former U.S. intelligence officials have become key players in the cyber wars of other nations, with little oversight from Washington. …

If You Were Waiting For Apple AirPower, We Have Bad News

Apple fan who has waited a year and a half to snag an AirPower It was originally promised in September 2017, but Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering confirmed the decision in a statement to the tech blog: Unlike the conventional, readily available wireless charging mats that have already saturated the market, Apple promised its AirPower mat could charge multiple devices at once, regardless of their placement on the pad.  “This is a major black eye for Apple,” Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives RELATED COVERAGE Apple Gives iPads And Macs A Much-Needed Refresh Here's What Experts Say About The New Apple Credit Card

Is Prince Harry right on Fortnite ban?

Of Fortnite, he said: “That game shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household? “It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible. “It’s like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorsteps and families being broken down.” He added that social media was “more addictive than alcohol and drugs”. What is Fortnite? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are an estimated 32.4 million gamers in the UK. “Games fire up response systems in your brain and other things don’t bring you as much joy,” he told the MPs. “I was thinking, ‘Why would I …

Huawei’s profits jump by 25%, despite US efforts to curtail its business

Shenzhen, China (CNN)Huawei made bumper profits in 2018, but reported negative growth in its carrier business — a potential sign of strain in the face of a US-led campaign against the company. But growth in its carrier business, the segment that provides telecommunications products including 5G equipment to carriers around the world, dropped by 1.3%. At a press conference on Friday, rotating chairman Guo Ping said the decline was mainly because the company upped investment in research and development last year, as well as investment cycles in the global telecom industry. Huawei suing US government over federal ban The United States has been leading an effort to curb Huawei’s ambitions to become the global leader of next generation wireless technology, …

Lyft falls below IPO price on second day of trading

(CNN)Lyft fell below its IPO price on its second day of trading. Although analysts have expressed optimism about Lyft’s market share gains relative to Uber and the potential of the broader ride-hailing market, there are some red flags for the company. Lyft’s net loss climbed to $911 million in 2018, which is more than any other US startup has lost in the year prior to its IPO. Uber lost $1.8 billion in 2018. “This is staggering what we’re seeing here. Staggering,” Kathleen Smith, principal at Renaissance Capital, which manages IPO-focused exchange-traded funds, previously told CNN Business. “The profitless prosperity model doesn’t work in the public market.” Lyft’s Wall Street debut is seen as a bellweather for the long list of …