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Nine interceptions and a bizarre penalty helped make the ‘Cheez-It Bowl’ an absolute calamity

The 2018 Cheez-It Bowl was one of the most memorable postseason college football games in recent memory for all of the wrong reasons. The TCU Horned Frogs took down the California Golden Bears 10-7 in an unconventionally exciting overtime affair littered with illegal plays, bizarre penalty calls, and an unreasonable number of interceptions. By the…

Smartphones in 2018: The year’s biggest winners and losers – CNET

Good phones drop all the time, but when I glance back at 2018’s greatest hits, it’s clear that this year brought us something special. The parade of top models from tried-and-true hitmakers Apple, Samsung and Google include the iPhone XR, Galaxy S9 and Pixel 3. These gems went beyond premium phones into midrange and budget devices, and…

Watergate prosecutor says Trump’s ‘poor me’ tweet on Christmas Eve echoed Nixon’s last days as president

A former Watergate prosecutor said President Donald Trump’s tweet that he was “all alone” in the White House on Christmas Eve reminded him of Richard Nixon’s final days as president before his resignation. Trump tweeted on Monday morning: “I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back…

France’s ramshackle ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters have Emmanuel Macron’s back against the wall — but they’re nervous about replacing him

In November and December French protest group the Yellow Vests (“Les Gilets Jaunes” in French) held Paris to ransom by burning cars, defacing monuments, and blocking roads across France. Their complaint: that President Emmanuel Macron and his government had abandoned the people, and needed to change course, and fast. They were quickly victorious, forcing Macron…

Doomba Transports Your Living Room to Hell – Hackaday

Despite being over 25 years old, the original DOOM is still a favorite among gamers and hackers alike. For years now, running the 1993 demonic shooter has been a critical milestone when hacking or reverse engineering a piece of gear, and at this point we’ve seen it run on everything from voting machines to cameras. But…

Couple that lost home in California wildfire gets pardoned – NBCNews.com

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.Dec. 27, 2018 / 6:36 AM GMTBy Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO — Jason Burnett said he detected a faint feeling of disappointment from his wife when California Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned him for an old drug crime less than…

The PlayStation Classic got a price cut after less than a month in stores – here’s why $60 could be the right price for one (SNE)

The best part of the PlayStation Classic is the hardware. Sony The PlayStation Classic is a miniature version of the original 1996 console — Sony’s response to the wildly successful NES Classic and SNES Classic released by Nintendo.Sony released the PlayStation Classic on December 3 for $99, with 20 built-in games included.Less than a month…

Soldiers are taking over Venezuela’s oil industry, and the country with the world’s biggest oil reserves is falling further behind – Business Insider

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro fist-bumps with oil workers during a visit to a facility in the oil-rich Orinoco belt in the state of Monagas, March 21, 2013. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace CARACAS (Reuters) – Last July 6, Major General Manuel Quevedo joined his wife, a Catholic priest and a gathering of oil workers in prayer in a…

This is the best book of 2018, according to tens of thousands of avid readers

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Book of the Month Every year, tens of thousands of Book of the Month members — particularly voracious readers — vote on one Best Book of the Year.…

Indonesia raises alert, reroutes flights around erupting volcano – Aljazeera.com

Authorities in Indonesia have rerouted all flights around the erupting Anak Krakatoa volcano, days after it is believed to have triggered a devastating tsunami that killed hundreds of people and causing widespread destruction. The move on Thursday by Indonesia’s air-traffic control agency AirNav came as the volcanic island located in the Sunda Strait between the islands of…