Share your voice $599 LG’s 5G-rocking V50 ThinQ and G8: Editors react Now playing: Watch this: The LG G8 ThinQ, which launched in April, features a slim, sleek design and sports some unique biometric features, like letting you unlock the phone by having it scan the veins in your hand. It’s also water-resistant and has a headphone jack, a rarity among premium phones.”LG continues to deliver innovative features that our customers enjoy,” said US Cellular’s Mark Vitale in a release. “The LG G8 ThinQ incorporates multiple forms of biometric security features, touchless controls, along with its industry-leading camera and sound technology that make this device a very strong smartphone in our lineup.”While CNET reviews editor Lynn La says the LG G8 ThinQ is an “objectively great phone,” she found it doesn’t quite measure up to more affordable competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S10E. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7:44 AT&T Wireless Tags Mentioned Above LG G8 ThinQ (128GB, aurora black) Comment See it See It LG G8 is a Galaxy S10 alternative, available April 11 Phones See It $829 Amazon 1 News • Enter for your chance to win* an unlocked LG G8 ThinQ phone Review • LG G8 ThinQ review: LG’s flagship can’t beat the Galaxy S10E LG G8 ThinQ 35 Photos $835 The LG G8 ThinQ is water-resistant and has a headphone jack. Angela Lang/CNET The LG G8 ThinQ has found its way to US Cellular. LG’s latest flagship phone is available online and in stores from US Cellular starting Thursday. The phone costs $800 if you want it on a prepaid plan. As part of a promotion, US Cellular is offering $200 off the cost of the phone, in the form of a monthly bill credit, to new and existing customers who purchase it on a 30-month contract plan. The deal runs through July 7. LG US Cellular
A Japanese university is planning what it says will be the world’s first research centre devoted to ninja — the black clad assassins known for secrecy and stealth.While mostly confined to history books and fiction, ninja have been enjoying something of a resurgence as Japanese authorities increasingly deploy them to promote tourism ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.Now, Mie University in central Japan — the region considered the home of the feudal martial arts masters — has announced that a ninja research facility will be established in July.It plans to compile a database of ninja and encourage cooperation between scholars from different disciplines who study ninja, according to Yuji Yamada, a professor of Japanese history at the university.”We’ll conduct research on ancient documents and collaborate with science researchers to be able to apply the wisdom of ninja to modern society,” Yamada, who is setting up the centre, told AFP on Thursday.”For instance, ninja burnt Japanese incense before going out to avoid evil things.”We assume the incense could boost concentration and thus ninja could avoid injuries,” he said, adding that research on such fragrances might prove useful in today’s world.The facility will be located in Iga — 350 kilometres (220 miles) southwest of Tokyo — a mountain-shrouded city that was once home to many ninja.Yamada also said that the centre plans to publish its research in English and well as Japanese so as to make it accessible for interested researchers and fans overseas.Amid the ongoing ninja boom, Aichi prefecture last year began hiring full-time ninja, including a foreigner, to promote tourism in the area known for historic Nagoya castle.In 2015, governors and mayors from prefectures around the country traded their usual suits for ninja costumes to announce the launch of a “ninja council”.
Share Image via Flickr/Roy Luck The Harris County legal complex, with courthouses and jails, sprawls across the north side of downtown Houston.Innocent until proven guilty is a core principle of the U.S. legal system. But what happens when you’re no longer considered guilty, but have not yet proven innocent? That’s just one factor in a complicated case in Houston.Alfred Brown was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. The case, including the death sentence, was vacated in 2015 when evidence that supported Brown’s claim of innocence was found and reviewed. Now, Brown is seeking compensation for his wrongful conviction and the time he was imprisoned. Because he has been released, but not declared innocent, he is suing Harris County.Keri Blakinger, a reporter covering the story for the Houston Chronicle, says there’s a difference under the law between having a sentence vacated, and being declared innocent of a crime.“At no point did the district attorney declare him ‘actually innocent.’ And that’s what’s necessary in order to trigger being able to get money under this statute,” Blakinger says.The compensation law entitles a wrongly convicted person to receive around $80,000 for each year of imprisonment, plus an annuity thereafter. In Brown’s case, that could add up to $2 million, Blakinger says.Harris County wants Brown’s lawsuit dismissed. They claim it was not filed within the allowed timeframe, but the applicable timeline is disputed by Brown.His attorneys say Brown’s case is an example of the county’s “conviction at any cost” attitude. Blakinger says one of the prosecutors in the case is accused of pressuring witnesses to change their testimony in order to convict Brown.Written by Shelly Brisbin.