French presidential debate proves a marathon of egalité in action

Frontrunners Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen clash during four-hour debate giving equal TV airtime to all 11 candidates

It was long – four hours of live prime-time television. It was historic – never before had 11 French presidential candidates assembled for a political debate. It was occasionally chaotic, ill-tempered, and rambling, but on the whole civilised and restrained.

Most of all, France’s second presidential debate was an example of democracy in action.

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Watch the First Trailer for the ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ Documentary

Heath Ledger would have been 38 years old today. In celebration of the late actor’s birthday, Spike TV has unleashed the official trailer for their upcoming documentary, I Am Heath Ledger, centering around the life and career of Ledger.

The moving clip is in turn filled with homemade videos captured by Ledger himself, in addition to emotional interviews with Kate Ledger (Heath’s sister), musician Ben Harper, model Christina Cauchi, filmmaker Matt Amato and Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee.

I Am Heath Ledger premieres on Spike May 17.

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North Korea launches ballistic missile into sea, says Seoul

South Korean military’s report of launch from east coast port of Sinpo comes as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping prepare for Florida summit this week

North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its east coast into the sea off the peninsula, South Korea’s military has said, ahead of a summit between US and Chinese leaders who are set to discuss Pyongyang’s arms programme.

The missile was launched on Wednesday from Sinpo, a port city, and flew about 60km (37 miles), South Korea’s office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a short statement. Sinpo is the site of a North Korean submarine base.

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iPhone 8 Predicted to Start at $850 to $900 for 64GB Model, $950 to $1,000 for 256GB Model

Apple’s widely rumored high-end iPhone with an OLED display is expected to cost upwards of $1,000, but UBS analyst Steven Milunovich believes that a base 64GB model could start at $850 to $900 in the United States. That price point would be similar to Samsung’s new Galaxy S8+, which starts at $840 to $850.

“iPhone X” concept by designer Gabor Balogh

Milunovich said the flagship iPhone could start at under $1,000 as part of Apple’s “mainstream luxury” pricing strategy. He also believes the 5.8-inch device will be competing at a screen size disadvantage compared to the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, leading him to predict Apple will adopt similar pricing as Samsung.

Milunovich thinks that a 256GB model could cost between $950 and $1,000, so the iPhone could very well be the first smartphone in the United States to have a four-digit price tag. He also predicted that the tentatively named iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will start at around $649 and $749 respectively.

An excerpt from Milunovich’s latest research note obtained by MacRumors:
Contrary to some perceptions, Apple prices quite competitively. Apple likes to position its entry-level products at the mid-market with “Pro/Plus” products close to competitors at the high end. Therefore, we do not think Apple will stray far from the price point of Samsung’s most expensive model at $840-850 and will keep the entry OLED model at $850-900. Apple’s 256GB OLED model could be $950-1,000, but the 256GB 7 Plus already is $970.

The research note cites UBS Asia hardware analyst Arthur Hsieh, who estimates the factory cost of the tentatively named iPhone 8 could be $70 to $90 higher than the iPhone 7 Plus, which starts at $769. Milunovich’s prices appear to be merely predictions based on this information, rather than inside sources.

In addition to an edge-to-edge OLED display with narrow bezels, the iPhone 8 is expected to resemble the Galaxy S8 in many ways, including wireless charging, no physical Home button, and potentially 3D facial recognition and/or iris scanning. Touch ID might be embedded in or under the True Tone display.

Milunovich maintains a “buy” rating for AAPL with a $151 price target. AAPL closed at $144.77 on Tuesday.

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Shawn Mendes Surprises John Mayer Fans By Joining His Hero Onstage! Watch Their Dream Duet!

John Mayer may still feel like Katy Perry‘s man, but on Monday night he belonged to someone else — Shawn Mendes!

During his Toronto concert, John surprised his audience by welcoming the Canadian crooner onstage to perform his hit Mercy.

Video: Shawn Gets Romantic With Camila Cabello And Ed Sheeran

And if you thought that alone was a dream for the 18-year-old superfan, Mayer then joined in with a little guitar harmony — before the two transitioned into playing John’s 2008 hit In Your Atmosphere!

Watch Shawn’s wildest dream duet (below)!

In case we didn’t explain just how much this meant to Shawn, just check out what he tweeted afterwards:

To which his bestie Camila Cabello replied:

We’re so happy for him! We just love seeing dreams come true!

[Image via Daniel Prakopcyk.]

Tesla Is Now the Second Most Valuable Car Company Behind GM

As of today, Tesla‘s market value has surpassed that of Ford’s, further inching closer to GM. Shares are now at $304 USD, as the electric car maker is currently worth $49.3 billion USD, in comparison to GM’s $51.3 billion USD.

This makes Tesla the second most valuable car company behind GM, while Ford comes in at number three with a market cap of $44.3 billion USD.

Tesla’s stock is up 22 percent over the past year and has risen 41 percent since the start of 2017.

“Let’s remember, Ford makes money – a lot of it. Tesla has yet to turn a profit. Tesla’s investor base includes speculators, many of them betting it will be bought,” Michelle Krebs, executive analyst at Autotrader, stated in an email.

“The real test is coming for Tesla when it launches the Model 3, which is intended to be a high-volume mainstream-priced electric car and the vehicle that is supposed to push Tesla to profitability.”

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