unalaska.ipub.us http://unalaska.ipub.us en-US http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss socportals@mediacolo.com No, your pet can#039;t catch your cold but they have their own version of colds  It's still OK to snuggle with your pet on the couch when you're sick with the common cold because unlike friends and family, your pet cannot catch your cold. The cold virus is like a key that only fits into the right lock, called a receptor, and pets lack the right receptors which prevent the virus from infecting them. While pets are safe from the common cold that infects humans, they can have colds of their own. In dogs, for example, there's dog flu and kennel cough. This article was reviewed by Andrew Bowman, MD, DVM, who is an associate professor with the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at Ohio State. Got the sniffles? It's still OK to snuggle with your pet on the couch as you get better. Because unlike friends and family, your pet cannot catch your cold. No, your pet can't catch your cold Lori Teller, a veterinarian and clinical associate professor at Texas AM University, tells Insider that the estimated 200 or so viruses that cause the common cold are not contagious to companion animals, including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.  That's because the viruses that cause the common cold in people are species-specific. In other words, in the case of the cold, they can infect only humans. How it works is that a virus is like a key that only fits into the right lock, called a receptor. It must bind to that receptor on the outside of a cell to gain entry and unleash an infection. And those locks, those receptors, generally vary from one species to the next, according to Gregory Gray, an infectious-disease epidemiologist and professor at Duke University.  It means that certain species may lack the receptor that a particular virus needs to gain entry, which halts infection before it can begin. Such is the case for your cold virus and your pet. That's said, "there are lots of diseases that are potentially transmissible between humans and animals — too many to count," Teller says. For example, rabies is caused by a virus that can spread from animals, such as dogs, to humans. Moreover, diseases that are not from viruses, such as those caused by parasites, fungi, or bacteria, can also spread from animals to humans. Dogs and cats have their own version of the cold While pets are safe from the common cold that infects humans, they can have colds of their own. In dogs, for example, there's dog flu and kennel cough. The symptoms of dog flu are similar to what's seen in people, including, coughing, sneezing, running nose, and fever. "Kennel cough in dogs is recognized by a classic loud honking cough," says Kate KuKanich, a veterinarian and associate professor of internal medicine at Kansas State University. In cats, upper respiratory infections are most commonly caused by herpes virus, calicivirus, Bordetella, mycoplasma, and Chlamydophila, KuKanich says. "Cats with upper respiratory disease often have sneezing and nasal discharge and might have a fever and decreased appetite too." What to do if your pet is sick "While dogs and cats are showing clinical signs of respiratory illness, it is very important to keep them home and isolated from other pets to minimize spread of disease,"  KuKanich says. "Just as we recommend sick people with colds or the flu stay home, we also don't want sick pets going for walks to the dog park or visiting friends at doggy daycare." Teller assured that neither kennel cough in dogs nor upper respiratory infection in cats is contagious to humans. Also, there are no reports of a person catching the dog flu. Related stories about the common cold: You're most contagious with the cold virus in the first three days of infection You can't sweat out a cold, and trying to could make it harder for you to recover Vitamin C for the common cold is a myth, sort of To get over a cold fast, eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, and calcium Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: People are still debating the pink or grey sneaker, 2 years after it went viral. Here's the real color explained. http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3090187-no-your-pet-can039t-catch-your-cold-they-have-their-own-vers Fri, 22 2019 22:57:27 GMT http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3090187-no-your-pet-can039t-catch-your-cold-they-have-their-own-vers 27 new Netflix shows to expect in 2020 Netflix has announced more than 25 new TV shows currently slated to premiere in 2020. Insider is keeping a running list of the confirmed shows and what we know about them so far. They include new series from "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes and "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Netflix released dozens of new TV shows in 2019, and has even more planned for the coming year. You can see how the Netflix originals of 2019 stack up here, but now let's turn to 2020. From new series by creators Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy to anime originals and thrillers based on novels, keep reading to see all the new series arriving on Netflix next year.RuPaul is starring as a character named Ruby Red in an "outrageous" scripted comedy series called "AJ and the Queen." Synopsis: N/A Premiere date: January 10, 2020 "Ares" is a new pyschological thriller series set in Amsterdam. Synopsis: "The eight-episode psychological horror series enters the world of Ares, a secret student society in the heart of Amsterdam where best friends Rosa and Jacob surrender to a world of wealth and power. But slowly they start to realize they've entered a demonic place, built on secrets from The Netherlands' past. A place where true power comes at a terrible price." Premiere date: January 17, 2020 "Ragnarok" is a Norwegian original series with a supernatural story line. Synopsis: " The story revolves around the inhabitants of Edda, who are perhaps not all who they claim to be. With them, we experience a drastically changing world: melting poles, warm winters, violent downpours. Some might say we're headed for yet another Ragnarok. Unless someone intervenes in time..." Premiere date: January 31, 2020 Shonda Rhimes is creating a series based on Julia Quinn's "Bridgerton" novels, starring Julie Andrews and more. Synopsis: "The legendary Julie Andrews will voice Lady Whistledown — the mysterious, sharp-tongued gossip writer whose mix of social commentary and scathing insults drive the characters wild on [Shonda Rhimes'] upcoming series based on the beloved Bridgerton novels." Premiere date: TBA Katherine Langford, the star of "13 Reasons Why," will play the lead role on "Cursed." Synopsis: "An epic re-imagination of the Arthurian legend." Premiere date: TBA "Spectros" an eight-episode series written and directed by Douglas Petrie ("Buffy," "American Horror Story: Coven"). Synopsis: "[Spectros] is about five kids who discover someone is bringing back the dead and those spirits want vengeance for mistakes of the past." Premiere date: TBA "Dash and Lily" will be a new holiday-themed series based on the books by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Synopsis: "A new show based on the YA book series about a whirlwind holiday romance starring Austin Abrams, Midori Francis, Dante Brown, and Troy Iwata." Premiere date: TBA "Ginny and Georgia" is another YA series, this one helmed by showrunner Debra J. Fisher and first-time creator Sarah Lampert. Synopsis: "Angsty and awkward 15-year-old Ginny Miller often feels more mature than her 30-year-old mother, the irresistible and dynamic Georgia Miller. After years on the run, Georgia desperately wants to put down roots in picturesque New England and give her family something they've never had... a normal life. But it's not all carpool and Kombucha as Georgia's past threatens her and her family's new way of life... and Georgia will do anything to protect her family." Premiere date: TBA "Alice in Borderland" is a live-action new series based on the "the survival and thriller manga by Haro Aso." Synopsis: "Ryohei Alice (Alice), a listless, jobless and video-game-obsessed young man sees a strange light and suddenly finds himself in a mysteriously emptied out version of Tokyo along with his two best friends. They quickly discover that in this world, they must compete in one dangerous game after another in order to survive." Premiere Date: TBA "Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous" is a new animated TV show set in the familiar dinosaur theme park. Synopsis: "'Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous' follows a group of six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar. But when dinosaurs wreak havoc across the island, the campers are stranded. Unable to reach the outside world, they'll need to go from strangers to friends to family if they're going to survive." Premiere Date: TBA "The Eddy" is a musical series from Damien Chazelle, the writer and director of "La La Land." Synopsis: "A jazz club in the heart of multicultural Paris faces danger." Premiere date: TBA "Into the Night" is a new Belgian original sci-fi series from the producer of "Narcos" and "Scandal," Jason George. Synopsis: "'Into the Night' begins with a sudden solar event, as the sun inexplicably starts killing everything in its path. The show centers around the 'lucky' passengers and crew of an overnight flight out of Brussels, as they attempt to fly west — into the safety of the dark night. The plane's manifest is multinational and multilingual, with passengers rich and poor, young and old, civilian and military. The seemingly ordinary travelers share but one thing: A desire to survive the sun — and each other — by any means necessary." Premiere date: TBA "Unorthodox" is a series based on a novel by Deborah Feldman. Synopsis: "Based on the New York Times bestselling memoir of the same name by Deborah Feldman, 'Unorthodox' is a story about a girl who rejects her radicalized upbringing and leaves to start a new life. One part coming-of-age story, and one part thriller, set in the fun world of Berlin, we watch as a girl discovers all parts of life, of herself and as she follows the dark trails to uncover the dangerous mysteries of her family's past." Premiere date: TBA "Boca a Boca" is a Brazilian thriller series created by filmmaker Esmir Filho. Synopsis: "In a cattle-ranching town in Brazil's countryside, adolescents panic when they are threatened by the outbreak of an epidemic, a contagious infection transmitted by kissing. In a contemporary and dark plot, the series portrays the desires of digitally connected youth within a physical reality filled with fear and mistrust." Premiere Date: TBA "Reality Z" is an adaptation of a British horror series called "Dead Set," created by Charlie Brooker. Synopsis: "An ode to horror, humor and pop culture, the show narrates in five episodes a zombie apocalypse that imprisons participants and producers of a reality show called Olimpo, The House of the Gods, during its elimination night. The studio becomes a shelter for those who seek salvation in Rio de Janeiro where chaos and hopelessness begin to rule." Premiere date: TBA "Kid Cosmic" is an animated series created by Craig McCracken ("The Powerpuff Girls," "Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends"). Synopsis: "This is a show about a young boy who dreams of becoming a hero, and when he stumbles across some cosmic stones of power, his dreams appear to have come true! Unfortunately, the reality of being a hero vs. the fantasy of being a hero are completely different and this challenge becomes the biggest battle he has to face. The Kid may be the good guy, but he's really bad at it!" Premiere date: TBA Trash Truck is an animated series in production from Max Keane, Gennie Rim, and Glen Keane (who won the Oscar for best animated short last year). Synopsis: "Hank is a free-range, dirt-covered 6-year-old boy with a big imagination and an even bigger best pal … a giant honking, snorting trash truck. From learning to fly to going to the dentist, there is no adventure too big or too small for these two best friends."  Premiere date: TBA "Followers" is a Japanese original series from director Mika Ninagawa. Synopsis: "In a bustling city full of highs, lows and occasional danger, a group of Tokyo-ites cross paths through social media." Premiere date: TBA "The Walking Dead" actress Christian Serratos will star as music icon Selena Quintanilla on "Selena: The Series." Synopsis: "'Selena: The Series' is a coming-of-age story that follows Selena Quintanilla as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music." Premiere date: TBA "The Goop Lab With Gwenyth Paltrow" will be a docuseries taking people inside her lifetstyle brand company. Synopsis: "Gwenyth Paltrow's lifestyle site, Goop, guides the deeply curious in an exploration of boundary-pushing wellness topics." Premiere date: TBA "Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045" is a new animated series. Synopsis: "In the year 2045, after global capitalism has defaulted, Japan's elite Section 9 begins conducting covert cyber operations. Premiere date: TBA  "Eden" is another new animated series that will premiere four episodes in 2020. Synopsis: "Thousands of years into the future, there are no more humans. Only robots live in the mechanical metropolis, 'Eden 3.' Or so they thought ... One day, two farming robots find a young human girl in the city. The decision they make will change everything..." Premiere date: TBA "Ratched" is a new series from Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story," "American Crime Story") that tells the origin story of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" villain Nurse Ratched. Synopsis: "'Ratched' is an origins story, beginning in 1947, which will follow Ratched's journey and evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster. The series will track her murderous progression through the mental health care system." Premiere date: TBA "Outer Banks" is a YA series set in North Carolina, and cocreated by Jonas and Josh Pate and Shannon Burke. Synopsis: "A tight-knit group of teens from the wrong side of the tracks called the 'Pogues' embark on a mission to find their ringleader's missing father. In the process, they stumble across a treasure map that unearths a long buried secret." Premiere date: TBA "Behind Her Eyes" is an upcoming thriller miniseries based on a book of the same name. Synopsis: "[Simona] Brown plays Louise, a single mother who has an affair with her psychiatrist boss, David (Tom Bateman). When she later befriends his wife, Adele (Eve Hewson), she becomes caught in a web of secrets and lies." Premiere date: TBA "Never Have I Ever" is a new coming-of-age series inspired by cocreator Mindy Kaling's childhood. Synopsis: "'Never Have I Ever' revolves around Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations." Premiere date: TBA "Blood and Water" is a coming-of-age mystery drama based in Cape Town, South Africa. Synopsis: "'Blood and Water' follows the exploits of the intelligent yet spontaneous 16-year-old, Puleng Khumalo played by Ama Qamata ("My Perfect Family," "Rhythm City"), as she investigates the cold case of her abducted-at-birth older sister." Premiere Date: TBA Read more: 33 Netflix shows you probably missed but should definitely watch Only 18 TV shows received a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes in 2019 — here they are The 10 most-binged shows on Netflix in 2019, so far The 49 best Netflix original TV shows of 2019, ranked http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3090183-27-new-netflix-shows-expect-2020 Fri, 22 2019 23:00:50 GMT http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3090183-27-new-netflix-shows-expect-2020 How These Women Turned Creativity into Real Social Change Even if you don’t know Karen Maine, you probably know her work: She’s the filmmaker behind a short film normalizing abortion (which became this beloved 2014 feature) and another, more recent short about a teen discovering female sexual pleasure sans man. Maine makes films that “represent women in realistic ways,” but she wasn’t always the straightforward writer and director confronting societal taboos. When she arrived in New York City from Iowa to attend The New School in 2004, Maine says she was a “much more shy and insecure” version of herself. Over the course of her undergraduate study, she became better able to form and articulate her unique point of view, in large part due to the seminar teaching style at one of The New School’s five distinct colleges: Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, which requires participation and encourages critical thinking. Maine’s experience of learning how to express herself as an artist is not rare; thousands of creatively minded individuals have used what they learned at The New School to design (and, importantly, execute) tangible change. And for students like Maine, school is simply the jumping-off point for a lifetime of problem-solving and civic engagement. Ahead, hear from her and seven other graduates about their experience at The New School, how it affected their current work, and what they’re doing to ensure that art, design, and other related forms of creative scholarship can (and will) change the world.  Clarabeth Smith Clarabeth Smith didn’t waste a moment post-grad putting her degree (a master’s in fashion studies from the Paris campus of The New School’s Parsons School of Design) to work. Almost immediately, she joined the nonprofit Style Her Empowered (S H E), which works to provide new school uniforms; full-tuition scholarships; and year-round training, tutoring, and support to 180 girls in Togo, Africa. Here, she encountered a problem that she knew how to solve: The girls either could not afford the mandatory school uniform or quickly outgrew them, and thus, were consistently missing or dropping out of school. So, Smith designed a uniform that literally grows with each girl — up to six sizes and one foot in length — and also happens to be completely zero waste, a result of the emphasis on sustainability that she encountered at The New School.  “At Parsons Paris, we thoroughly examined fashion systems and cycles of consumption, and we explored the sociological and ecological damages that they incur,” Smith says. “We were encouraged to reimagine fashion as a benevolent entity. Our hope at S H E is that we can unleash the potential of circular fashion for good.”  From start to finish, Smith’s graduate study included experiences beyond the traditional classroom environment, with many lessons occurring outside of the institution: in brand houses, museums, archives, fashion shows, production agencies, and the like. Because much of her schooling occurred in unconventional settings, Smith left with a broadened perspective, something that continues to influence her work at S H E: “We were stretched to think deeper and live with an open mind and critical lens.” Linda Briceño Linda Briceño pulls double duty as an award-winning music producer for artists in Latin America and a singer-songwriter under the alter-ego Ella Bric. In 2016, she thought she was going to the College of Performing Arts at The New School to study music, but once she arrived, it was clear her education would be much more broad and encompass many different disciplines: “Not only did this inspire me, but I also found myself looking outside the box, wanting to be more than just a musician,” she says. “I was able to find a voice where music is the soundtrack of a bigger goal — creating change for a better world.” Briceño’s philosophy is rooted in connection: “I believe artists are translators to people’s stories, feelings, and needs. Not only do we reflect beauty, but we also have a responsibility to tell the story of those unheard. In a world with many social issues, a complex political climate, and our Earth crying out for help, it is our time to stand and make our voices heard to create change.” Karen Maine When Karen Maine wrote the short that would eventually become a critically acclaimed 2014 movie normalizing abortion, she gave the protagonist a happy ending — in effect, celebrating the woman who had an abortion instead of villainizing her — as a way to contradict the more commonly circulated narrative. “I think film is a really important medium to be able to put ideas out into the world that some people might not feel comfortable talking about,” she says. “By slowly seeping [those stories] in, hopefully they’ll become things not so taboo to discuss, and abortion rights won’t be on the brink of destruction like they are now.” Maine didn’t always have a penchant for promoting uncomfortable conversations in the name of social progress. She credits her studies at The New School’s Eugene Lang College with pushing her out of her shell: “By engaging with other people, you learn how to debate and be critical — even if you’re arguing just for argument’s sake — which I think is really helpful to understand multiple perspectives on a story or a social issue. Being able to think critically gave me the communication skills to become a director, where you have to communicate with several different people at the same time and make sure everything gets done. It opened my worldview.” Alex McBride Alex McBride thinks about design differently than most graduates of The New School; in her role as chief resilience officer for the city of Oakland, she’s not working on graphics or web design but rather urban infrastructure: “Building a more resilient city is very much about designing or redesigning systems and/or policies with the user (or resident) at the center. The New School’s interdisciplinary approach to study lends itself well to the way the city of Oakland thinks about resilience,” she says. McBride’s background in environmental justice led her to the graduate program in Environmental Policy Sustainability Management at The New School, where “an emphasis on solutions that result in equitable impact, and an acknowledgement of the systematic racism and oppression certain ‘solutions’ have had on marginalized populations historically,” resonated. Now, she’s interested in breaking down problems and offering realistic, tenable solutions for Oakland residents, employing tools like visioning exercises, storytelling, and design to support her community. Amanat Anand Shubham Issar  Amanat Anand and Shubham Issar built their company, SoaPen, to address a lack of accessibility to hygiene products around the world — with a pocket-sized, roller-ball soap dispenser that kids can draw with like a crayon. Notably, for every three purchased, one is donated to a school in a low-income community. It sounds simple, but their invention is helping to solve a global problem that desperately needs attention: Over 500,000 young children die every year due to infectious illnesses that could be prevented by washing their hands with soap. Anand and Issar’s design-based solution won them the UNICEF Wearables for Good Challenge, and many of the skills that enabled them to create SoaPen were acquired at The New School’s Parsons School of Design. “The main skills that we learned in the industrial design program were manufacturing processes, rapid prototyping, ideation, and time management,” Anand says. “The UNICEF competition felt very similar to our college design briefs in terms of the requirements for the submission and deadlines. One of the most valuable and challenging lessons we learned while at Parsons was time management, and that’s been really valuable in our business.”  SoaPen is the perfect example of how design can shape the future — in this case, the future of healthcare for millions of people around the world.  Angela Luna Angela Luna came away from The New School’s Parsons School of Design with one very important lesson: “No existing method or system is sacred, and design plays a key role in systems change.” As founder and creative director of her own label, ADIFF, Luna is using her design degree to actualize change in two ways: working to alleviate the refugee crisis by employing resettled refugees in ADIFF’s Athens sewing factory and combating climate change by using post-consumer fashion “waste” as the raw material for the brand’s collections. This is the sort of disruption of fashion-industry norms that is so often dreamt of and rarely implemented. “With ADIFF, we’re literally addressing major global issues through fashion, so it’s safe to say that we feel design can create change,” she says. “We’re able to create awareness and lead crucial conversations among consumers, while also applying systems design to provide actionable solutions to global issues.” Mira Jacob For Mira Jacob, writing isn’t simply a career — it’s a window into another dimension of consciousness, where one is able to see the world from a new perspective. “Can you imagine if our experiences were limited to what we did with our waking, physical bodies?” she asks. “Like dreams, stories allow us an alternate life — a way to imagine situations and even one another with a complexity we might not get to otherwise.”  Jacob believes this sort of variance in perspective is vital, nowadays, as our day-to-day political and social realities are often less than ideal. Literature helps people cope, but it also allows readers to see outside of themselves and, perhaps most importantly, empathize with each other in a world that rewards self-centeredness and greed. She credits The New School, from which she received her MFA in creative writing in 2001, as key to her success post grad: “It helped me build a sustaining and sustainable writing community. And without that — whew. I wouldn’t be able to do anything,” she says.  Empathy is central to the author’s actual output, too: Jacob was born in New Mexico to parents who moved to the States from India in 1968, and her graphic memoir Good Talk, released earlier this year, considers American identity through the lens of a first-generation immigrant. “I get a lot of letters these days from people who have read Good Talk,” she says. “Some of them say, ‘This is my story, too,’ and others say, ‘I had no idea about any of this.’ Sometimes, when I’m feeling like absolute shit about the world, I remember how many books are out there doing the exact same thing: helping people see each other just a little bit better.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3090051-how-these-women-turned-creativity-real-social-change Fri, 22 2019 21:05:20 GMT http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3090051-how-these-women-turned-creativity-real-social-change Samsung#039;s Black Friday deals are live right now — you can save up to $640 on the Galaxy Note 10 with a trade-in   Samsung makes some of the best tech devices out there, from smartphones and smartwatches to TVs and computers. Samsung is discounting some of its best tech for Black Friday and Cyber Monday — so if you're in the market for a new device, now is a good time to buy. You can save up to $640 on the Galaxy Note 10 with a trade-in, $80 on the Galaxy Watch, $700 on a QLED TV, and more. All of the deals are available now on Samsung's website, and most will last through December 1 or 2. You can check out the rest of our Black Friday and Cyber Monday coverage on Insider Picks. Black Friday is coming, and with it come some of the best deals that we're likely to see for the year. As usual, the biggest deals seem to be on tech, and if you're in the market for a new phone, TV, smartwatch, or laptop, Samsung has great deals. Samsung has discounted a wide range of products for Black Friday, so no matter what you're looking for, there should be something for you. Here's a rundown of the best Samsung deals we could find for Black Friday 2019. They are all available right now, and most of the deals run until either December 1 or 2 unless otherwise noted. 5 best Samsung Black Friday deals in 2019: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 w/free Galaxy Buds, $309.99+ (originally $949.99) [Save up to $640 now through 12/1]* Samsung Galaxy Watch, $269.99 (originally $349.99) [Save $80 now through 12/2] Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, $549.99 (originally $649.99) [Save $100 now through 12/29] Samsung Q80R QLED TV, $1,299.99 (originally $1,999.99) [Save $700 now through TBD] Samsung Notebook 7 Spin, $599.99 (originally $899.99) [Save $300 now through 11/30] *Discounts vary based on the value of the phone you trade in when you get the Note 10. If you don't have an eligible trade-in, you'll still get a $200 discount and a free pair of Galaxy Buds. Shop all Samsung Black Friday deals here. Does Samsung do Black Friday deals? Thankfully, yes. Samsung offers a range of excellent Black Friday deals at its online store and at other retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon. Does Samsung offer student discounts? Samsung does indeed offer student discounts, and if you're a student, you'll save up to 30%. To take advantage of the deals, you'll need to register with your qualifying school email address at this website.  What are the Samsung phone models? Samsung offers a huge range of smartphone models. At the high-end, you'll find the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10, which offer similar specs, though the Galaxy Note 10 is quite a bit bigger. At the low end, Samsung boasts a range of other phones, like the Samsung Galaxy M30, the Samsung Galaxy A30, and more. Shop all Samsung Black Friday deals here or read on to see our favorites.Samsung Galaxy Note 10 This deal runs now through December 1. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is one of Samsung's latest and greatest flagship smartphones, and it has a whole lot to offer. For example, you'll get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, along with 8GB of RAM and an impressive 256GB of storage. Along with those high-end specs, you'll also get a 6.3-inch screen with a small hole-punch notch, and an excellent camera. Safe to say, if you're in the market for a high-end phone, this is the way to go, especially given the discount you can get on Black Friday. You'll also get a free pair of Galaxy Buds, which are well-rated wireless earbuds. To get the Note 10 for just $309.99, you will need to trade in an eligible, recently released phone — older phones can also be traded in, but you'll get less money back and end up with a smaller discount.  If you do not trade in a phone at all, you will still get a $200 discount and free Galaxy Buds, though, which is still a good deal. We recommend clicking in to see what you can get. Get the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 from Samsung, starting at $309.99 with eligible trade-in (originally $949.99) [You save up to $640] Samsung Galaxy Watch This deal runs now through December 2. If you have a Samsung smartphone or you're buying one on Black Friday, it's worth considering the Samsung Galaxy Watch too. The Galaxy Watch actually works with any phone (Android or iPhone) and offers an easy-to-use software experience, decent fitness tracking, and more. The watch is pretty well designed too, so you'll be able to wear it in any situation and with any outfit. The $80 discount makes it even more appealing. Get the Samsung Galaxy Watch from Samsung, $269.99 (originally $349.88) [You save $80] Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 This deal runs now through December 29. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is one of the best tablets you can buy. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, along with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The device also has a 10.5-inch screen and comes with a keyboard accessory, so you can use the tablet like a laptop in a pinch. The $100 discount isn't huge, but it puts the tablet in the same range as the iPad Air. Get the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 from Samsung, $549.99 (originally $649.99) [You save $100] Samsung Q80R QLED TV This deal is available now, but the end date is unknown. Samsung makes some of the best TVs around, and the company's QLED TVs can rival even LG's OLED panels when it comes to image quality. The Samsung Q80R is no exception to that rule. Samsung's QLED tech allows for bright, vivid colors, and when combined with local dimming, you'll get deep black levels and a high level of contrast too. Safe to say, this is easily one of the better TVs you can get. The 55-inch model of the TV is now on sale for $1,299.99, which is $700 off its normal price. Get the Samsung Q80R QLED TV from Samsung, $1,299.99 (originally $1,999.99) [You save $700] Samsung Notebook 7 Spin This deal runs now through November 30. Samsung makes some great laptops too, so if you're a professional or student who needs something relatively powerful, then this deal is for you. The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is not only relatively well designed, but it's pretty powerful too, thanks to the Intel Core i5 mobile processor and 512GB of storage. Sure, it's probably not the best choice for gamers, but the laptop is still more than powerful enough for word processing, web browsing, and so on. It's even more impressive given the $300 discount. 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Oscar winner Olivia Colman is still in the middle of her reign as Queen Elizabeth in Netflix's The Crown — a role Colman herself inherited from Claire Foy, who starred as Elizabeth in the first two seasons. But like a game of musical thrones, the series has already set its sights on a new queen: Harry Potter alum Imelda Staunton, who is reportedly in early talks to star as Elizabeth in the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown. Netflix responded to the rumors by sniffing that Staunton's casting was "pure speculation" until it formally orders two more seasons of The Crown, because yeah, they must hate getting a new shelf full of Emmys every year. [Deadline]2. It's probably safe to assume most kids would be delighted to get a personal serenade of "Let It Go" from Frozen's Elsa herself. But even with the Frozen sequel on the horizon, one boy has routinely rejected the opportunity: Idina Menzel's 10-year-old son, who has initiated a ban on all singing in his presence. "He tells me to shut up in the car," says Menzel, who is set to reprise her role as Elsa in the sequel. Ice cold, kid. [People]3. The first episode of The Mandalorian ended with a big surprise: The reveal of Baby Yoda, who is so adorable that he even brought Werner Herzog to tears. If you're hoping to have a Baby Yoda of your own under the Christmas tree this year, you've so far been out of luck: As of yet, Disney hasn't released any Baby Yoda merchandise, leaving scores of bootleggers to fill the gap. But never fear: The company is reportedly working overtime to ensure that Baby Yoda "apparel and accessories," as well as preorders for a plush Baby Yoda doll, will be available before the holidays — so you can look forward to going to the mall and seeing empty shelves when all the Baby Yoda stuff sells out in four minutes. [The Hollywood Reporter]4. In Hollywood's reboot-happy climate, one classic sitcom has somehow been overlooked: I Dream of Jeannie, which ran for five seasons on NBC back in the 1960s. But for the record, Barbara Eden — who played Jeannie in the original series — thinks a reboot is long overdue. "It's a good idea. They should do it," said Eden. And at the risk of stating the obvious: If Eden really wants to see a reboot, can't she just cross her arms and blink? [People]5. Like sands through the hourglass, so continues the Days of Our Lives. Fans of the soap opera — which has been on the air for 55 seasons and counting — were horrified several weeks ago when the entire cast was let go from their contracts, putting the future of the show in question. But in a soap-opera worthy twist, NBC is reportedly on the verge of closing a deal to renew Days of Our Lives for a 56th season after all. (Unless, of course, this all turns out to have been a dream the whole time.) [The Hollywood Reporter] http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089928-daily-gossip-november-22-2019 Fri, 22 2019 21:30:00 GMT http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089928-daily-gossip-november-22-2019 An accused bank robber claims the police broke the law when they used Google location data to track him down. Privacy advocates agree. An accused bank robber's lawyer and privacy advocates say police overstepped when they requested the use of personal geographical data to track him down and make their arrest. The 24-year-old man allegedly robbed a bank at gunpoint in May and made off with nearly $200,000.  To solve the case, police requested the location data of everyone in a 150-meter radius of the bank within an hour of the robbery. Google complied.  As police narrowed down the suspect, they asked for more specific information, until they finally arrested their primary suspect.  Police used a relatively new and highly controversial tactic known as a "geofence warrant." In an interview with Insider, ACLU staff attorney Nathan Wessler worried these blanket geographic searches by police lack accountability and could violate the Fourth Amendment.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When, if ever, should police be able to gather up Google location data to track down a criminal suspect? That's one of the questions being posed by the lawyers of an alleged Virginia bank robber, who claims local police overstepped their bounds and committed privacy violations when they requested data from Google on him and 18 others near the vicinity of the crime. Privacy advocates say the implications of this case reach far beyond the alleged burglar and could affect the rights of millions of Americans using Google products.  The robbery took place this May at a Call Federal Credit Union. Surveillance footage of the robbery obtained by CBS 6 shows the burglar, armed with a handgun, charging into the bank. The Department of Justice alleges that 24-old Okello Chatrie made off with more than $195,000 dollars. Google provided police with anonymous data of 19 people near the bank  To try and crack the case, Chesterfield police requested the location data of everyone in the vicinity of the bank within an hour of the robbery. Google complied and provided the police with anonymized data on 19 individuals within a 150-meter radius, according to NBC News. Then law enforcement started digging deeper.  Investigators narrowed down their search to nine suspects and asked Google for slightly more specific information. The search was then whittled down even further to four individuals. At this level police requested additional specific data that reportedly included user names, email addresses, and phone numbers.   With all the necessary data, police moved forward with arresting Chatrie on August 13 on charges of forced accompaniment and brandishing a firearm. Chatrie could face life in prison if convicted.  Chatrie's lawyer and privacy advocates object to the police's decision to target a geographic region rather than a given individual. This method of data collection, which has grown in popularity among law enforcement in recent years, is referred to as a "geofence warrant."  In theory, the geofence warrant attempts to take the idea of a physical crime scene and reimagine it for an internet-connected world. But that can lead to situations where innocent bystanders may have their personal information sucked up by police in wholesale ways that wouldn't have happened before the ubiquity of internet-connected smartphones.  "Individuals may be caught up in this search by merely using an Android phone, conducting an Internet search using Google, running a Google application such as Google Maps or YouTube, or even receiving an automatic weather update from an Android service," Chatrie's attorney, Michael Price, wrote in an October motion viewed by the Washington Post. "Police have access to a completely new capability." Chatrie's lawyer isn't the only only one with concerns. In an interview with Insider, ACLU staff attorney Nathan Wessler expressed concern over what appears to be a lack of accountability associated with geofence warrants.   "The issue in these cases is that Google is sitting on an incredible volume of user location data," Wessler said. "That information can reveal extraordinarily private details of people's lives. There's a real risk that without proper constraints, these requests will start to resemble the types of things the framers of the Fourth Amendment were so concerned about."  Those constitution questions persist, Wessler said, regardless of whether or not Chatrie is found guilty of robbing the bank.   Wessler also disagreed with the notion that the geographic data collection is synonymous with a physical crime scene.  "When police are searching a physical crime scene, they are looking for physical evidence left behind like blood samples," Wessler said. "What we are talking about here is a digital record held by a company [Google] that millions of Americans trust to take care of their most sensitive data. Police have access to a completely new capability without comparison in the history of policing." Google weighs the privacy of its users with the requests of law enforcement Google defended the way it handles geofence warrant requests by police. In a statement provided to NBC News, Google explained their methods for striking a balance between protecting the privacy rights of its customers and complying with law enforcement requests. "We vigorously protect the privacy of our users while supporting the important work of law enforcement," Richard Salgado, Google's director of law enforcement and information security, the company said. "We have created a new process for these specific requests designed to honor our legal obligations while narrowing the scope of data disclosed and only producing information that identifies specific users where legally required." Issues surrounding personal data and law enforcement have increasingly gone to court. Last year, in what was viewed as a significant win for privacy advocates, the Supreme Court rule that police must first receive a warrant before requesting cell phone tower data on individuals from telecommunications companies. That ruling was limited to cell phone towers. Still, with an ever-increasing proportion of cell phones connected to major location service apps like Google Maps, many of those same principles may apply to tech companies as well.  Google's compliance with police demands marks a notable divergence from some of its top competitors. Apple, for example, has security features in places (like the blocking of access to an iPhone's Lightning port after an hour) that would make it more difficult for police to access the contents of a phone. In 2016, Apple made national headlines when it refused requests by the FBI to unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.  Wessler, the ACLU attorney, credited Google with trying to protect users, but said that there needed to be more official legislation written to ensure police don't overstep.  "At the end of the day Americans shouldn't have to be put in the position of having to trust negotiations between private companies and policies to protect our rights," Wessler said. "What we need is clear, strong rules from courts and lawmakers explaining what's appropriate and what's not appropriate for police to do."  Read more: Google contractors allegedly offered darker-skinned homeless people $5 gift cards to scan their faces for facial recognition software Amnesty International says Google and Facebook threaten human rights Oracle founder Larry Ellison criticizes Apple's decision to fight the FBI's request to hack San Bernardino shooter's iPhone Tim Cook said Apple's fight with the FBI in 2016 was a 'very rigged case,' and he wishes it went to court Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the network http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089892-accused-bank-robber-claims-police-broke-law-when-they-used-g Fri, 22 2019 19:45:21 GMT http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089892-accused-bank-robber-claims-police-broke-law-when-they-used-g The MTA flooded a subway stop on purpose because #039;climate change is real.#039; Here#039;s how they#039;re prepping New York for the next Superstorm Sandy. On Wednesday afternoon, New Yorkers encountered a fully submerged subway station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. One commuter tweeted out a photo of the flooded stairs, asking the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to explain themselves. The MTA responded that it had flooded the platform for four hours to test the efficacy of a new flex gate that would "seal off a subway entrance." The MTA added: "We're doing this because climate change is real. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy flooded nine subway stations and two inter-borough tunnels, causing billions of dollars' worth of damage. As our planet warms, superstorms like Sandy and other hurricanes are expected to get stronger and wetter. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On Wednesday, New Yorker Kaye Blegvad was stymied in her attempt to board the G train at Broadway Station in Williamsburg. The entrance and stairs to the subway platform at the corner of Broadway and Union Avenue were completely underwater, and there wasn't a rain cloud in sight. "The other subway entrances were dry and normal and nobody seemed to be freaking out, so I just got on the train," Blegvad told Quartz. "Only once I was on the train did I start thinking, wait, that really was quite insane." Later that afternoon, she posted a picture of her curious subway encounter on Twitter and asked the NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to "explain themselves." The NYCT Subway Twitter account, which provides 24/7 live updates about MTA service, clapped back: "we're pivoting to submarines." All joking aside, the MTA quickly followed up with another tweet that indicated it had purposefully flooded the station for four hours to test the installation of a new flex gate — a type of barrier that can hold back 14 feet of water in the event of a flood or rising waters during a superstorm or hurricane.  "We're doing this because climate change is real," the MTA said. In October 2012, storm surge from Superstorm Sandy completely flooded nine subway tubes with saltwater and submerged two Long Island Rail Road tubes linking Manhattan with Queens. The damages from Sandy are still being repaired, even as the MTA tries to prepare for future storms to the tune of $5 billion. Preparing for the next superstorm Seven years ago, Hurricane Sandy spawned over the north Atlantic and hit Category 3 status, with winds reaching 130 mph. By the time it made landfall in New York and New Jersey, it had weakened to a superstorm that spanned 1,000 miles across. With Sandy, it wasn't hurricane-force winds that wreaked havoc in the Big Apple, but the resulting storm surge. The sea level rose far above the tide line, and floodwaters reached nearly 8 feet in parts of the Jersey Shore and 6.5 feet around New York City. It readily swamped underground subway platforms and tunnels. At the time, the MTA could only bring sandbags and plywood to shore-up vulnerable subway openings. "We've learned our lesson ... won't happen again," former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said in an interview after the superstorm. In the year since Sandy, the MTA has put several solutions in place to prepare for the next superstorm. These protections include 3,000-pound, vault-like doors that can board up stations closest to the waterline, like those at Whitehall Street and South Ferry in downtown Manhattan. The MTA also has a system of interlocking flood logs that can be stacked at subway entrances and heavy fabric curtains that can block water. More than 2,000 covers are in place to shore-up subway grates. The flex gates, like the one being tested at Broadway Station in Williamsburg, are made of Kevlar. They're light enough so that a single person can install the flood barrier in minutes. 65 of them have been installed in the city so far. The MTA tweeted that the gates are designed to fully "seal off a subway entrance." The organization also told The Verge there will be more "flood tests" like the one that took place Wednesday in the future. "We're investing in capital projects around the system to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate," the account tweeted. Hurricanes are becoming stronger, wetter, and more destructive And the MTA isn't kidding itself about what the future will bring to New York. Its website notes that "with intense weather events like Superstorm Sandy expected to occur more often, we need to act now to protect this vital part of our system, so we can keep trains running safely." According to a recent study, extremely destructive storms like Sandy and Katrina have gotten far more common in the US relative to their less damaging counterparts.  "We estimate that there has been a tripling in the rate of the most damaging storms over the last century," Aslak Grinsted, the lead author of that study, previously told Business Insider. While scientists can't directly link individuals storms like Sandy to climate change, warming overall makes such storms and hurricanes more frequent and stronger than they would otherwise be. That's because oceans absorb 93% of the extra heat that greenhouse gases trap in the atmosphere, and hurricanes use warm water as fuel. So a 1-degree Fahrenheit rise in ocean temperature can increase a storm's wind speed by 15 to 20 miles per hour, according to Yale Climate Connections. Plus, rising water temperatures lead to sea-level rise, which increases the risk of flooding during high tides and in the event of storm surges. Warmer air also holds more atmospheric water vapor, which enables tropical storms to strengthen and unleash more precipitation. Generally, a stronger storm brings a higher storm surge. This resulting wall of water can flood coastal cities, as Sandy did in 2012. If a storm's winds are blowing directly toward the shore and the tide is high, storm surges can force water levels to rise as rapidly as a few feet per minute. But deployment tests like the one Blegvad saw in Williamsburg this week may ensure that future storm surges don't cause the same level of damage as they did during Sandy. "I am confident that the MTA is more prepared than ever to face storms even stronger than Sandy," Lhota said in a recent MTA press release.SEE ALSO: Here's why storms are getting stronger, slower, and wetter Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Video shows the aftermath of a NYC subway train that derailed and crashed into a wall http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089888-mta-flooded-subway-stop-purpose-because-039climate-change-re Fri, 22 2019 20:08:43 GMT http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089888-mta-flooded-subway-stop-purpose-because-039climate-change-re The 9 best airline credit cards for earning miles to book free flights If you want to book free flights, a credit card from an airline or a bank that partners with frequent flyer programs is a must. Not only will you earn miles on every purchase you make, but you can also earn a welcome bonus that can jump-start your frequent flyer account balance and help you book an award flight sooner than you'd think.  There isn't simply one best airline credit card; the right option for you depends on what airline you fly, whether you're a loyalist or want flexibility, how you want to use your miles, how much of an annual fee you're comfortable paying, and several other factors. Here are the best airline credit cards available now: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: Best for beginners The Platinum Card® from American Express: Best credit card for miles (no matter which airline you fly) AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®: Best for American Airlines flyers Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express: Best for Delta flyers United Explorer Card: Best for United flyers Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card: Best for Southwest flyers Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card: Best for Alaska flyers JetBlue Plus Card: Best for JetBlue flyers Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard: Best for Hawaiian Airlines flyers How we chose the best airline credit cards Personal Finance Insider chose its top airline card picks based on the value each card offers in relation to its annual fee. To make sure we were considering the best airline credit cards from every perspective, we also researched the recommendations and methodology of top airline card lists from other websites, including CreditCards.com, NerdWallet, The Points Guy, and Wirecutter. In many cases, each publication had a different pick for the best credit card for a given airline — and in that situation we arrived at our selection by returning to the question of which card offers the most value in return for its annual fee, excluding benefits that require spending extra money to unlock. Note that we focused on credit card options for flying with major US airlines — including the "big three" of American, Delta, and United, as well as smaller popular carriers like Alaska, JetBlue, Southwest, and Hawaiian Airlines. If you frequently fly with another airline like Frontier, you may want to look into the co-branded credit card options, though we won't discuss those here. Keep in mind that we're focusing on the rewards and perks that make these credit cards great options, not things like interest rates and late fees, which will far outweigh the value of any points or miles. It's important to practice financial discipline when using credit cards by paying your balances in full each month, making payments on time, and only spending what you can afford to pay back.  Chase Sapphire Preferred Who it's best for: Those who are new to travel rewards and aren't necessarily loyal to one airline Welcome bonus: 60,000 points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months Annual fee: $95 The Chase Sapphire Preferred earns Ultimate Rewards points that you can use to book travel directly through Chase or by transferring to various airline and hotel partners, including United, British Airways, JetBlue, and Marriott. So even though it's not an airline co-branded card, you can use the points you earn from the Sapphire Preferred to book award flights. Personal Finance Insider isn't alone in recommending the Sapphire Preferred as the best starter card for those who are new to travel rewards; other publications in the credit card space — from The Points Guy to NerdWallet — sing its praises as well. That's because it offers a very strong lineup of perks and rewards in exchange for a relatively moderate annual fee. You'll earn valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards points on all your spending, with 2x points on travel and dining. Travel includes everything from airfare to parking to hotels, while dining includes restaurants, delivery services, and even some bars. The Sapphire Preferred also offers one of the best sign-up bonuses among consumer credit cards, and you get some valuable coverage benefits as well, including trip delay insurance and primary car rental insurance. If you apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred and find that you're a fan of earning and redeeming travel points, remember that you can always upgrade to its higher-end sibling, the Chase Sapphire Reserve, after your first year. The Reserve has a $450 annual fee, but it also earns 3x points on travel and dining (vs. 2x) and offers up to $300 in annual travel credits that apply to virtually any travel purchase. Click here to learn more about the Chase Sapphire Preferred. The Platinum Card from American Express Who it's best for: Frequent travelers who want to earn as many points as possible on their airfare purchases, with some luxury travel perks to boot Welcome bonus: 60,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months Annual fee: $550 With a steep annual fee, the Amex Platinum card doesn't make sense if you only travel once or twice a year. However, if you're on the road frequently, the card's many premium benefits — from airline lounge access to up to $200 in airline fee credits each year — make it a useful pick.  The Platinum card earns a spot on our list of the top airline credit cards because it earns 5 points per dollar on flights booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel. The points you earn are in the Amex Membership Rewards program, and you can use them to book travel directly to Amex or transfer them to more than a dozen airline partners to book flight awards. Click here to learn more about the Amex Platinum card. AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard Who it's best for: American Airlines flyers Welcome bonus: 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles after you make your first purchase in the first 90 days and pay the annual fee Annual fee: $99   The AAdvantage Aviator stands out for offering a generous sign-up bonus that only requires making one purchase in the first three months. It's one of two American Airlines cards at this price point — the other is the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®. The Aviator card is currently offering a higher sign-up bonus, but it's also offering an introductory companion certificate for one guest for $99 after you make your first purchase and pay the annual fee in the first 90 days. Beyond those introductory benefits, the card also offers some perks that can improve your experience flying American, such as a free checked bag, preferred boarding, and discounts on in-flight purchases. Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express Who it's best for: Delta flyers Welcome bonus: 35,000 SkyMiles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) when you spend $1,000 in the first three months. Annual fee: $195 (increasing to $250 for applications received on or after January 30, 2020) You may wonder why we're recommending a Delta credit card that will soon have a $250 fee. Our answer is that, even with the higher fee that will take effect in early 2020, the Platinum Delta Amex offers the best value among Delta credit cards — and the fee increase comes along with some new benefits. Starting on January 30, 2020, the Platinum Delta Amex will earn 3x miles on hotels and Delta purchases, plus 2x miles at restaurants and US supermarkets. Thanks to these new and improved bonus categories, the card will now be a valuable option for everyday spending, not just for earning bonus miles on your Delta purchases. Plus, starting in 2020 the card will offer an application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, which is worth $100. That benefit alone can make up for the increase in annual fee. Other Platinum Delta Amex benefits that make it a standout pick for Delta loyalists are a first checked bag for free, an annual companion certificate, and priority boarding. Click here to learn more about the Platinum Delta Amex. United Explorer card Who it's best for: United flyers Welcome bonus: Up to 65,000 United miles — 40,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months, and an additional 25,000 miles after you spend $10,000 total in purchases in the first six months Annual fee: $0 the first year; then $95 The United Explorer card offers the perks you'd expect from an airline credit card — a free checked bag (you need to pay for the United flight with your Explorer card to get this perk), priority boarding, discounts on in-flight purchases, and bonus miles for purchases with the airline — but also some very valuable extras.  If you have this card (or any other United card), you get expanded access to United's lowest-priced "saver" awards, which could help you save miles on an upcoming flight booking. The Explorer card also offers two one-time United Club passes each year, and an application fee credit of up to $100 for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.  Click here to learn more about the United Explorer card. Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card Who it's best for: Southwest flyers Welcome bonus: 40,000 Rapid Rewards after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months Annual fee: $149 This is another instance where even though there are lower-annual-fee options for a credit card with this airline, the higher annual fee is warranted due to the value you get. Wirecutter and CreditCards.com highlight the Southwest Priority card for its overall value, and thanks to annual benefits like up to $75 in statement credits for travel on Southwest and four upgraded boardings where available, we're inclined to agree. The statement credit for up to $75 toward Southwest purchases each year effectively lowers the annual fee to $74 — lower than the annual fee for the next-cheapest Southwest consumer card, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card ($99). Plus, the Priority card offers a bonus of 7,500 Southwest Rapid Rewards points each year after your account anniversary (you can use these points to book award flights), and you'll get 20% off in-flight purchases. If you fly Southwest more than once or twice a year, this card can easily be worth the annual fee. Click here to learn more about the Southwest Priority card. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card Who it's best for: Alaska flyers Welcome bonus: 40,000 Alaska miles after you spend $2,000 in the first 90 days from account opening. Plus, get a companion fare from $121 ($99 plus taxes and fees starting at $22) after you make $2,000 in purchases in the first 90 days. Annual fee: $75 Alaska Airlines doesn't have the largest route network among US carriers, but if you live in the Pacific Northwest or another area where the airline offers extensive service — or if you fly Alaska to Hawaii — this is a great card to have.  The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card not only offers a companion fare as part of its sign-up bonus, but you can also get one each year on your account anniversary (also starting at $121). You can use this fare to bring someone along on an Alaska flight, with no blackout dates, and this benefit alone makes the card worth having if you frequently fly with this airline. You also get the standard airline credit card benefits like a free checked bag, 20% off in-flight purchases, and bonus miles on Alaska purchases — but in this case it's 3 miles per dollar spent with Alaska rather than the more standard 2x miles bonus on airline purchases available on other cards.  Click here to read our Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card review. JetBlue Plus Card Who it's best for: JetBlue flyers Welcome bonus: 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days from account opening Annual fee: $99 The standout benefits of the JetBlue Plus card are points earning — you get 6x points on JetBlue purchases, 2x points at restaurants and grocery stores, and 1 point per dollar on everything else — and a 5,000-point bonus each year after your account anniversary. Cardholders also get a free checked bag and 50% off in-flight purchases. Beyond that, the card offers an incentive for big spenders: If you spend $50,000 or more on purchases on the JetBlue Plus card in a calendar year, you'll get JetBlue Mosaic status, which gets you free drinks on board, waived change and cancellation fees, two free checked bags, and more. Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard Who it's best for: Hawaiian Airlines flyers Welcome bonus: 60,000 Hawaiian miles after you spend $2,000 in the first 90 days Annual fee: $99  If you frequently visit Hawaii, or if you live on the islands, having a card that earns you Hawaiian Airlines miles could make a lot of sense. The Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard offers a solid sign-up bonus — enough miles for a round-trip flight to Hawaii — along with a free checked bag and 3x miles on Hawaiian Airlines purchases. You'll also get 2x miles on gas, dining, and grocery store purchases, and 1 mile per dollar on all other spending. This card also offers a one-time companion discount of 50% for round-trip coach travel between Hawaiian and the mainland US. And every year after your account anniversary, you'll get a $100 discount for round-trip coach airfare between the mainland and Hawaii as well. Popular airline credit cards that just missed the cut To keep things simple, we limited our list of the best airline credit cards to one definitive pick per airline, plus a few top options that aren't affiliated with a particular airline. However, if you're open to doing some deeper comparison-shopping, these cards are also worth a look. Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card — While the Venture card is another solid option for earning miles than can be redeemed with a variety of airline partners, the partners themselves aren't necessarily the most convenient for US travelers, and the transfer ratios can get a bit confusing. Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express — This card has a lower annual fee than the Platinum Delta Amex ($95, and it's waived the first year), but also fewer benefits.  Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® — With a $450 annual fee, it doesn't necessarily make sense for all American Airlines flyers, but if you want access to American's Admirals Club airport lounges, this card fits the bill, offering Admirals Club membership along with the usual perks like a free checked bag and priority boarding. Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express — If you want to earn Delta miles on your spending without paying an annual fee, give this card a look. It earns 2x miles at US restaurants and offers 20% off in-flight Delta purchases. Starting at the end of January 2020, it will expand the 2x miles to restaurants worldwide, and it will waive foreign transaction fees. Frequently asked questions What credit card offers the best airline miles? There isn't one "best" airline credit card or one type of airline mile that's categorically better than the others, because it depends on which airline is most convenient for you. For example, if your home airport is small, you could have limited options when it comes to which airline you fly, so you'll likely want to earn whatever miles you need to fly from your hometown. If you live near a large airport where your airline choices are plentiful and you have more options for loyalty, you may want to investigate how much different airline miles are worth. We recommend The Points Guy's valuations, which attach a value (in cents) to the major airline currencies based on the types of award flights you can book through each. You'll see that Delta miles are generally worth less than Alaska miles, but keep in mind all points and miles are only valuable if you can use them — so if you don't travel to destinations served by Alaska or its airline partners, earning its miles probably isn't your best bet. Is an airline credit card worth it? If you're loyal to a particular airline, it could make sense to apply for one of its co-branded cards. For instance, United offers the United Explorer card, which gets you benefits like a free checked bag and priority boarding on United.  If you aren't loyal to a particular airline and you simply book with whichever carrier is offering the cheapest airfare, an airline co-branded card may not be the best option. You could consider a travel rewards card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Amex Platinum card instead. This way, you'll earn points that can be used to book airfare through Chase and Amex, respectively, as well as through specific airline transfer partners affiliated with the two programs. How do credit cards that earn miles work? Airline credit cards that earn you miles in a particular frequent flyer program require you to add your frequent flyer number to your card account. You're usually asked to do this during the credit card application process. Then, you'll earn miles on all your eligible credit card spending, and those earnings will be reflected in your frequent flyer account. You'll be able to access the miles you earned from your credit card directly through your frequent flyer account and use them to book award flights. What is the difference between airline credit cards and travel rewards credit cards? Airline credit cards earn you miles in a specific frequent flyer program, such as JetBlue TrueBlue or United MileagePlus. These airline co-branded cards are best for travelers who are loyal to one airline, since your main option for using miles will be for flights on that airline or its partners. Travel rewards cards, on the other hand, earn transferable points — rewards that you can transfer to a variety of airline and/or hotel partners. With travel rewards cards, you aren't locked into using your points with only one airline, but you also won't get airline-specific benefits like a free checked bag or priority boarding. More credit card coverage What's the best airline credit card? The best cash-back credit cards Southwest credit card review Best rewards credit cards Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A 45-year-long study discovered trends in successful hyper-intelligent children http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089700-9-best-airline-credit-cards-earning-miles-book-free-flights Fri, 22 2019 19:45:00 GMT http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089700-9-best-airline-credit-cards-earning-miles-book-free-flights Walmart#039;s pre-Black Friday TV deals have started Black Friday is one week away. Unless you're Walmart — then your Black Friday deals start on the Friday before Black Friday just for the hell of it. As expected, 4K TVs are one of Walmart's heavy hitters in the deals department. On top of the regular early Black Friday deals on Sony, LG, Vizio, and more, Walmart is simultaneously holding a Samsung Savings Event. It's basically just all of the Samsung TVs that are usually on sale, plus discounts on rarer models like the 2019 Q80R and Q90R series. Many are 65-inch and 75-inch models that aren't mentioned in the electronics section of Walmart's Black Friday ad, and most of them have free two-day delivery (meaning you'll have your new TV in time for Thanksgiving football or Hallmark's 24/7 feed of baby animals in front of a fireplace. You do you.) Read more...More about Samsung, 4k Tv, Vizio, Black Friday, and Mashable Shopping http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089695-walmart039s-pre-black-friday-tv-deals-have-started Fri, 22 2019 18:53:52 GMT http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089695-walmart039s-pre-black-friday-tv-deals-have-started Trump Admin Warns Sanctuary States against Barring ICE Courthouse Arrests in Letter State supreme courts in Washington and Oregon received a letter from Attorney General William Barr and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Friday warning them to reconsider “dangerous and unlawful” directives that prohibit immigration officials from detaining illegal immigrants in and around state courthouses.Last week, Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters banned ICE from courthouse arrests “to maintain the integrity of our courts and provide access to justice,” unless the agency has a criminal judicial warrant. Washington is considering adopting a similar measure.In response to Walters’s ruling, ICE said it “will continue to carry out its mission to uphold public safety and enforce immigration law.”“It is ironic that elected officials want to see policies in place to keep ICE out of courthouses, while caring little for laws enacted by Congress to keep criminal aliens out of our country,” an ICE statement read.Barr and Wolf’s letter, obtained exclusively by Fox News, disparages a claim that Walters makes in requiring a judicial warrant for ICE to make its arrests — an often-peddled sanctuary city policy that obfuscates the reality of immigration law.“Put simply, an administrative arrest warrant is all that Congress requires for authorities to make an arrest of an alien inside the United States for violations of federal immigration laws subject to the exceptions specifically delineated by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act for immigration officers to make warrantless arrests. Administrative arrest warrants —while civil in nature —are issued based on probable cause, carry the full authority of the United States, and should be honored by any state or local jurisdiction,” the letter explains.“We will further note that ICE and CBP officers are not subject to state rules that purport to restrict ICE and CBP from making administrative arrests on property that is otherwise open to the public and other law enforcement officers,” the letter continues. “Under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, such rules cannot and will not govern the conduct of federal officers acting pursuant to duly-enacted laws passed by Congress when those laws provide the authority to make administrative arrests of removable aliens inside the United States.”In concluding, Barr and Wolf urge the courts that “we should all agree that public safety should be of paramount concern.”“Court rules that would purport to further restrict the lawful operations of federal law enforcement officials only serve to exacerbate sanctuary laws and policies that continue to place our communities at unacceptable risk,” the letter ends. http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089435-trump-admin-warns-sanctuary-states-against-barring-ice-court Fri, 22 2019 16:32:32 GMT http://unalaska.ipub.us/news/3089435-trump-admin-warns-sanctuary-states-against-barring-ice-court