Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will be one of the first Wi-Fi 6 phones – The Verge

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will be one of the first smartphones to support the faster Wi-Fi speeds offered by Wi-Fi 6. Regulatory filings from Samsung, spotted by Droid Life, reveal that three models of the upcoming phone will include support for the brand-new Wi-Fi standard.

Those speed gains won’t do much right away, though. Almost no one has a Wi-Fi 6 router, and you’ll need one to take advantage of Wi-Fi 6’s improvements. Wi-Fi 6 also doesn’t offer immense speed gains for individual devices. It’s supposed to improve performance in homes or on Wi-Fi networks where a ton of devices are connected (say, a home with a bunch of smart gadgets installed), and those devices will need Wi-Fi 6 to really see benefits, too.

Still, it’s a feature worth having. It makes the phone a bit more future-proof, and if you buy a new router in the next couple of years, it’ll likely bring Wi-Fi 6 support to your home.

There haven’t been many Wi-Fi 6 devices so far, but the Galaxy S10 suggests that could be about to change. The phone likely comes with Qualcomm’s new top-of-the-line processor, the Snapdragon 855, which includes support for Wi-Fi 6. That chip isn’t being widely used yet, but it should end up in many of this year’s flagship Android phones, bringing some of the first Wi-Fi 6 devices to the market.

Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S10 at the end of the month. We’re expecting three models at launch: a standard S10, a larger S10 Plus, and a lower-cost S10E. A 5G version is also expected later on.

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Demi Lovato Leaves Twitter After Backlash for 21 Savage Memes – XXLMAG.COM

Demi Lovato’s tweet about all the 21 Savage memes that surfaced after he was arrested by ICE on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3) didn’t sit well with the hip-hop community. Now, after facing a lot of backlash for the tweet, Lovato has deactivated her Twitter account.

After Lovato tweeted and deleted her comments about the jokes circulating on Twitter last night (Feb. 3), Lovato tried to defend the tweet before deactivating her account. Lovato then switched over to her Instagram stories to give more context for her initial tweet and simultaneously call out those who made fun of her previous battle with drug addiction.

“Wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported. I know that’s not a joke.. not have I EVER laughed at that. The meme I posted/was talking about was of him being writing with a feather pen. Sorry if I offended anyone. But it’s no excuse to laugh at someone’s addiction let alone their OD,” Lovato said in her Instagram story.

The Lovato comment that initially caused some controversy was one seemingly comparing the perceived excitement surrounding 21 Savage memes to the relative lack of action in the 2019 Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams.

“The 21 Savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl,” Lovato wrote at the time.

Before she backtracked on the tweet, one of 21 Savage’s managers, Kei Henderson, along with 21’s fellow rappers like Wale, Offset, Talib Kweli and more swiftly advised her that the Atlanta rapper’s immigration situation is no joke.

“Why is somebody freedom funny … I don’t get the joke,” Wale tweeted at Lovato. “A lot of people were sending you love light , prayers etc . When people were making jokes about u at a rough time. A lot of people .Bless up.”

Check out reactions to Lovato’s tweet, as well as her controversial social media posts about 21 Savage memes below.

See Responses to Demi Lovato’s Tweet About 21 Savage Arrest Memes

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State of the Union 2019: What time Trump begins and what to watch for – USA TODAY


Despite a turbulent start to the year marked by the longest government shutdown in history, President Donald Trump will tout the nation’s strength when he delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday and look to strike a unifying tone. (Feb. 4)

WASHINGTON – A week late and $5.7 billion short. 

When it comes to the State of the Union address, that was the net effect of the 35-day partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump was forced to postpone his annual speech, originally scheduled for Jan. 29, until Tuesday because of the shutdown, after he and Democratic lawmakers were at an impasse over his demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall on the southern border. 

Trump had planned to go ahead with the speech despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging him to reschedule over “security concerns.” But after she flatly told him that he’d have to wait, he backed down. The shutdown finally ended on Jan. 25, without the wall money Trump wanted, and the speech was rescheduled.

But the deal only funded the government through Feb. 15. So, Trump will deliver his delayed address as the clock is ticking for Congress to come up with a deal to avert another shutdown. 

Here is a rundown of how to watch, and what to watch for, as Trump delivers the State of the Union under unprecedented circumstances

Timing: This is not the first time the State of the Union wasn’t ‘on schedule’

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Time and channels 

Trump will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House of Representatives at 9 p.m. EST. on Tuesday.

There will be no shortage of places to watch. All the major networks and all the cable news channels will broadcast the speech, as will public broadcasting networks and C-SPAN. 

The speech will also be broadcast on most public radio and news radio stations. And it will be streamed live on the White House website and on Facebook.  

Has a SOTU ever been postponed before? 

The State of the Union was delayed in 1986 when the Challenger space shuttle exploded on the day President Ronald Reagan was scheduled to deliver his address. 

And for most of American history, the State of the Union was not a speech at all, but a written address submitted annually to Congress. 

But this appears to be the first time in history that a president was forced to delay the address over a standoff with Congress. 

More: This is not the first time the State of the Union wasn’t ‘on schedule’ or ‘on location’

What Trump is expected to say 

With the threat of another government shutdown looming, Trump is certain to address his concerns about border security and immigration, and to explain how a wall is the right fix for those problems. The president has addressed the nation twice on those issues in recent weeks and he is likely to repeat those speeches’ focus on crime prevention and drug interdiction. 

According to an excerpt of the speech released by the White House, Trump plans to call for unity and bipartisan cooperation. 

And since every president likes to focus on the positive in their addresses, Trump is almost certain to tout the continued success of the economy and recent positive jobs numbers. He also likely highlight the criminal justice reform bill that the White House helped pass with bipartisan support. 

More: Donald Trump to call for ‘unity’ in State of the Union address to Democratic House

What to watch for

Trump had hinted that he might use the occasion to declare a national emergency at the southern border in order to secure the funds for his wall and get around congressional Democrats’ opposition. He is not expected to do more than repeat his threat of such a proclamation, but the president has a demonstrated willingness to surprise. 

Whatever Trump says, the unusually bitter and deep partisan divides within Congress could mean some pretty hostile responses to Trump’s remarks (though perhaps not on the level of Republican Rep. Joe Wilson’s infamous “You lie!” exclamation amid an address to a joint session of Congress by then-President Barack Obama). At the very least, expect some withering looks from Pelosi, who will be sitting just behind the president, next to Vice President Mike Pence. 

More: Trump says there’s a ‘good chance’ he’ll declare an emergency for border wall

Who is delivering the Democratic response? 

Stacey Abrams, who lost a tough gubernatorial battle in Georgia’s 2018 midterm election, will deliver the Democratic response to Trump’s address. 

Who is Stacey Abrams?: Meet the Georgia Democrat who will respond to Trump’s State of the Union


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Trump Embarks On State-By-State Effort To Challenge GOP Opponents – HuffPost

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign.

The nascent initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and includes taking steps to change state party rules, crowd out potential rivals and quell any early signs of opposition that could embarrass the president.

It is an acknowledgement that Trump, who effectively hijacked the Republican Party in 2016, hasn’t completely cemented his grip on the GOP and, in any event, is not likely to coast to the 2020 GOP nomination without some form of opposition. While any primary challenge would almost certainly be unsuccessful, Trump aides are looking to prevent a repeat of the convention discord that highlighted the electoral weaknesses of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter in their failed re-election campaigns.

To defend against that prospect, Trump’s campaign has deployed what it calls an unprecedented effort to monitor and influence local party operations. It has used endorsements, lobbying and rule changes to increase the likelihood that only loyal Trump activists make it to the Republican nominating convention in August 2020.

Bill Stepien, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, calls it all a “process of ensuring that the national convention is a television commercial for the president for an audience of 300 million and not an internal fight.”

One early success for Trump’s campaign was in Massachusetts, where Trump backer and former state Rep. Jim Lyons last month defeated the candidate backed by Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, a Trump critic, to serve as the state party chairman.

“We have a constant focus on tracking everything regarding this process,” Stepien said. “Who’s running, what their level of support for the president is and what their vote counts are.”

The campaign’s work extends beyond state party leadership races, which are taking place in many key states in the coming weeks. Trump’s team plans to organize at county and state caucuses and conventions over the next 18 months to elevate pro-Trump leaders and potential delegates. Ahead of the convention, it aims to have complete control of the convention agenda, rules and platform — and to identify any potential trouble-makers well in advance.

That sort of organization is a leap from Trump’s 2016 delegate operation, which faced challenges by anti-Trump activists in the party. Trump aides say it’s the most aggressive effort ever launched to protect an incumbent.

Nick Trainer, a White House veteran named last month as the campaign’s director of delegates and party organization, is leading a team of three to coordinate with state and local parties in the run-up to the convention.

Yet the efforts to protect Trump simply highlight his vulnerability, said an adviser to one potential Republican opponent.

“They’re not talented, but they’re not idiotic. They rightfully understand that he could be badly damaged or lose in a nomination battle. They’re doing too much. It looks weak,” said John Weaver, a senior adviser to former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, one of the few high-profile Republicans seriously contemplating a primary challenge.

Trump’s campaign is closely monitoring the intentions of Kasich and other potential primary challengers, and aides said they expect someone to mount a campaign for the nomination. But they insist their efforts are not borne out of fear that Trump is vulnerable.

Primary challenges against incumbent presidents have never been successful in the modern era. And Trump’s poll numbers among Republican voters have proven to be resilient. Still, his aides said they are taking lessons from one-term leaders who lost their re-elections after embarrassing nominating fights.

Those in the past who challenged a president both distracted the incumbent from the November campaign and offered a voice to intraparty discontent, seeding weaknesses that were exploited by a general-election rival.

Pat Buchanan’s campaign against Bush in 1992 focused in part on highlighting Bush’s broken pledge not to raise taxes, a vulnerability that dogged Bush throughout the campaign. In a show of party unity Buchanan was awarded the opening night keynote at that year’s GOP convention. He delivered a “culture war” speech that Bush loyalists believed contributed to his loss.

As an incumbent, Trump already wields control over the Republican National Committee, which voted last month to express its “undivided support” for Trump and his “effective presidency.” But he’s getting a boost from well-placed allies at the state level.

In Iowa, the state Republican Party adopted new rules more than a year ago to seize control of the delegate selection process in direct response to the messy convention floor fight in Cleveland in 2016. Virtually all of Iowa’s delegates had preferred Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and they fought unsuccessfully to oppose Trump at the convention.

“It was embarrassing. It was troubling. To be honest with you, it made me mad,” said Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufman, a strong Trump supporter. “Donald Trump won the Republican nomination fair and square. That was about people not accepting a loss.”

The new rules, made in consultation with the White House, would make it much more difficult for a Trump challenger to install anti-Trump delegates after the caucuses. Smart campaigns with energized activists, like Cruz’s and Ron Paul’s before him, had been able to send their own loyalists to the national convention regardless of the wishes of party leaders or caucus voters. No more.

Going forward, a nominating committee that’s already been named by the pro-Trump state central committee will control the delegate selection process.

Kaufman said that technically, he and the rest of the state GOP would be neutral should Trump face a primary challenge. He makes clear, however, that he’s been a strong supporter of the president and doesn’t see a serious primary challenge on the horizon.

It’s much the same in New Hampshire, where party leaders must technically remain neutral to preserve their status as the first-in-the-nation primary. But the Trump campaign backed Saturday’s election of new state GOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek, who served as Trump’s state co-chairman in 2016.

Stepanek was the preferred choice over former state chair Jennifer Horn, who emerged as an outspoken Trump critic since leaving the chairmanship after the 2016 election.

Meanwhile, states like South Carolina and Kansas are openly discussing cancelling their primaries and caucuses, but the Trump campaign insists it is staying out of those discussions, noting that state parties in some states are required to foot the bill for nominating contests.

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WA measles outbreak soars to 48 cases while other states grapple with the disease – KPAX-TV

So far this year, Washington state is averaging more than one new measles case a day as officials try to help stop the disease’s spread.

Since January 1, Clark County Public Health has confirmed 47 cases of measles. In King County, home of Seattle, at least one confirmed case was reported.

A vast majority of those who came down with measles — 41 — were not vaccinated against the disease, Clark County officials said. One patient did receive a vaccination against MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), but the health agency declined to provide more details on that case “to protect the patient’s privacy.”

Most of the Washingtonians affected — 34 — are children between the ages of 1 and 10.

“Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room,” the agency said.

Washington isn’t the only state grappling with a disease. At least eight other states have reported measles cases this year: Hawaii, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Colorado, California and Georgia.

New York is experiencing a measles outbreak within observant Jewish communities stemming from travel to Israel.

The New York State Department of Health has reported at least 209 cases since October: 64 cases in Brooklyn and 145 cases in Orange and Rockland counties. Public health officials have spoken with parents, pediatricians and rabbinical leaders both in the United States and Israel to promote vaccination.

The measles vaccine — known as the MMR vaccine — is very effective. One dose is about 93% effective at preventing measles if you come in contact with the virus. Two doses are about 97% effective.

Experts recommend children receive the vaccine in two doses: the first between the ages of 12 months and 15 months, and the second between 4 and 6 years old.

-Holly Yan reporting for CNN

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