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Gadget blog says it obtained next-generation iPhone

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WASHINGTON — Technology blogs were buzzing on Monday after gadget site Gizmodo published pictures of what it said was Apple’s next iPhone.

Gizmodo said the next-generation iPhone was found “lost in a bar in Redwood City” near Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, and turned over to the popular website.

Gizmodo said the phone was disguised as the previous iPhone model, the iPhone 3GS, which came out last year.

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“We get false tips all the time,” Gizmodo’s Jason Chen wrote in a blog post.

“But after playing with it for about a week… there is so much evidence stacked in its favor that there’s very little possibility that it’s a fake,” Chen said. “In fact, the possibility is almost none.

“We got it. We disassembled it. It’s the real thing,” he said.

Chen said new features of the phone include a front-facing video camera for video chat, a camera flash and an improved regular camera with a larger lens.

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He said it uses a micro-SIM card instead of a standard SIM card.

Chen said the phone has a slightly smaller screen than the last iPhone, a flat back instead of curved back, is thinner than the 3GS, three grams heavier and has a battery that is 16 percent larger.

Apple is notoriously secretive about its products, refusing to divulge details about them until they are publicly unveiled.

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Technology blogger John Gruber said in a post on his Daring Fireball blog that “it’s been an open secret to those of us in the racket that Gizmodo purchased this unit about a week ago, from those who claimed to find it.

“I called around, and I now believe this is an actual unit from Apple — a unit Apple is very interested in getting back,” Gruber said. “It is my understanding that Apple considers this unit stolen, not lost.”

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Former Fed Chair Paul Volcker wrote a blistering critique of Trump shortly before his death

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Paul Volcker, who was 92 when he died in New York City on Sunday, December 8, was an economic policy adviser under both Democratic and Republican presidents. The New Jersey native served as chairman of the Federal Reserve under President Jimmy Carter from 1979-1981 and President Ronald Reagan from 1981-1987 and headed the Economic Recovery Advisory Board under President Barack Obama from 2009-2011. But one U.S. president Volcker was not fond of was Donald Trump, and CNBC’s Jeff Cox reports that three months before he died, Volcker wrote a “scathing critique” of Trumpism.

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There’s a big problem if Joe Biden only wants to serve one term as president

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Former Vice President Joe Biden may intend to only serve one term if elected president in 2020, a new report from Politico found on Wednesday.

The idea of eschewing a second term had previously buzzed around the campaign, as well as the related notion that Biden could announce a one-term pledge. But according to Politico, Biden is currently against the “pledge” and is instead only saying privately that he “will almost certainly not run for a second term.”

If this is true, it’s a huge mistake.

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Unhinged Trump supporter yells about his .357 Magnum after reporter asks about impeachment

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A Trump supporter was caught on camera this week yelling about the .357 Magnum he owned after a reporter asked him about the prospect of President Donald Trump being removed from office.

In an interview with CBS News, the unidentified Trump supporter insisted that the Senate would never convict the president even if the House voted to impeach him.

"He's not going to be removed," the supporter said. "He's not going to be removed! He's not going to be removed!"

"Do you feel confident in that?" the reporter asked.

"My .357 Magnum is comfortable with that!" he said. "End of story!"

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