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Wonders of the West from Above

The U.S. National Park Service helps preserve and protect some of America’s most beautiful and historic land and waterscapes for all to enjoy and learn from, including many sacred Native American spaces. National parks traveler Mikah Meyer got a chance to explore some of those sites — from a variety of perspectives – during a trip to Utah and Arizona. He shared highlights with VOA’s Julie Taboh. … Read the referenced story here: Wonders of the West from Above

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From Golden to Green: Inside CA’s Eco-Fundamentalism

Rupert Darwall, EncounterGerman energy policies, French labor regulation, Italian public debts, and a Scandinavian cost of living premium: Subtract Silicon Valley and Hollywood, and America’s most populous state has distinctly European features. California had been a pioneer in the preservationist movement dating back to John Muir and the founding of the Sierra Club in 1892, and for the better part of a century California had it both ways. Preservation of the Yosemite Valley, the Sierra Nevada, stretches of the coastline, and its redwoods did not put a brake on the…

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From the Editor’s Desk: Android 8.1 and Oreo’s AI future

Pixel Visual Core and Mate 10 event offer clues about what’s next for Android and AI. Google hasn’t yet (explicitly) announced Android 8.1 Oreo. But reading between the lines of two recent Android announcements, it gives us a small glimpse of the first Oreo maintenance release. Most significantly, expect a major focus on AI APIs that could bring exciting new features for Google Pixel 2 and Huawei Mate 10 owners. For starters, we’re about due an Android maintenance release before the end of the year. Just as Android 7.1 landed…

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Indonesia Seeks Answers From US as Top General Denied Entry

Indonesia’s government is seeking clarification from the U.S. after the Indonesian military chief was denied entry to the country, an official said Sunday.   Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said the Indonesian Embassy in Washington had sent a diplomatic note to the State Department.   Nasir said the U.S. ambassador to Indonesia was not in the country and his deputy has been summoned to provide more information on Monday.   Military spokesman Wuryanto, who goes by one name, said military chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo and his wife had planned to…

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Get away from it all in this weekend’s comments thread

No shirt, no shoes, no problem. But no arguing over displays! Google’s big week is over. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are in the wild, and everyone has an opinion about them. Of course they (we) do because that’s what we always do. Samsung may sell the most phones but it seems like Google’s are the ones that generate the most talk. Something about arguing over a phone you have no intentions of buying is fun until it stops being fun. It’s pretty much stopped being fun. The…

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Get 20% off PS4 games from Amazon Warehouse when you buy 2 or more

Yo dog, I heard you like video games. For a limited time, pick up two or more used games from this Amazon Warehouse sale and you’ll get 20% off. There are almost 5,000 games to choose from, so no matter what console is your favorite, you should check this sale out. Note that some of these games only have a handful in stock. Make sure you head to Amazon sooner rather than later for the best selection. Your discount will be applied automatically during checkout. Some notable offers with prices…

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