System Update: Now is the time to buy into Nintendo’s New 3DS XL

When Nintendo's 3DS arrived on the market four years ago, it was a solid portable console with an intriguing gimmick: All games could be viewed in 3D. But it's not until this year, 2015, that the portable console is truly an easy device to recommend. Gaming console refreshes are a way of life these days, and with Nintendo's third try at the 3DS, the New 3DS XL, fans finally get everything they've been craving. That means dual analog sticks (well, sort of), a noticeable boost in processing juice, and a more pleasant 3D viewing experience overall. Add in a vast and terrific library of games, and you have a portable console that will make any hardcore gamer happy. The definitive edition to the 3DS comes in the form of the C-stick, a tiny nub nestled right above the standard X, Y, B and A buttons on the right side of the device. It's small and unassuming, but terrifically responsive; it will serve you well in titles such as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Camera control has long been an issue for Nintendo's latest portable, but the C-stick solves that problem in an elegant way, without destroying the shape and feel of the console. Other additions are less noticeable but equally thoughtful. The volume slider has been moved off the bottom of the device, onto the top, where it's less likely to be accidentally shifted during gameplay. The Start and Select buttons have also been moved away from the Home button on the bottom panel, making them easier to utilize in game action and preventing accidental presses of the Home button. The quality of the 3D effects on the New 3DS XL also takes a major step forward. The first two iterations of the 3DS featured solid 3D with one major shortcoming: You essentially had to find that "perfect" viewing angle and never move in order to appreciate the feature. The New 3DS XL delivers eye and head tracking, subtly adjusting the intensity of the 3D if and when you move. It's still far more Continue Reading

VIDEO: Detroit-area 2-year-old walks into convenience store alone at night to buy candy

The parents of a candy-craving Detroit-area toddler have been warned by cops after she walked to a gas station by herself at night to buy some sweet treats. Astonishing surveillance footage caught the 2-year-old girl walking into the Citgo convenience store in Highland Park, Mich., at 11 p.m. on Thursday night. Outlet owner Mohamad Bazzi said he was stunned to see the youngster place two pennies on the counter and ask for some food, reports “Inside Edition.” He called cops, who took custody of the youngster. Her parents, who lived across the road from the business, were tracked down and came to collect the terrified tot from a police station an hour later. It emerged that they'd not noticed the infant leaving home, reports Local 4. Police Chief Kevin Coney slammed the duo for not keeping a proper eye on their child. "There's a (2)-year-old girl walking across the street at night! To a gas station! Fully dressed! And you come in, like, 'So what?'" he allegedly told them. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

City Council bill would ban landlords from repeatedly trying to buy tenants out

A new City Council bill would ban landlords from trying to buy tenants out of their apartments if the tenants have already told them to get lost. Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s legislation, which will be introduced Tuesday, would make the repeated buyout offers a form of illegal tenant harassment. Landlords who could make big bucks by putting rent-stabilized apartments on the free market sometimes make high-dollar cash offers to try to persuade long-time tenants to move — but many have complained the demands get aggressive and intimidating when they decline to move. Under the bill, once a resident has said they don’t want a buyout, the landlord would have to stop making offers or face a harassment complaint that can bring a $1,000 to $10,000 fine. “Tenants should not be hounded by repeated, unwanted buyout offers from landlords – period,” Mark-Viverito said. “For too long, aggressive landlords have used these offers to harass tenants into leaving their apartments -this legislation will begin to change that by giving tenants more options to protect themselves.” Other tactics already counted as illegal harassment under the law include cutting off heat or hot water to get tenants to move, removing their possessions from the apartment or threatening them physically. Continue Reading

Buying American: How to choose a car, truck, or SUV that is ‘Made in America’

During the weekend prior to America’s celebration of 241 years of independence, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will hold a race at Daytona International Speedway. Contestants will drive vehicles that are styled to resemble the Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry, and after racing ‘em on Sunday, these car companies hope that NASCAR fans will buy ‘em on Monday. Here’s a red, white, and blue trivia challenge: Can you guess which member of this trio is the most American car of the three? If you think the Camry is the most American, give yourself a fist bump and grab a cold one, because you’re right. According to American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington D.C., the Camry’s “total domestic content” measures 78.5%, while the Ford Fusion’s measures 48.5%. What about the Chevrolet SS? Now discontinued, the SS was not included in American University’s “Made in America Auto Index 2017.” Last year, however, the Chevy SS mustered a TDC of just 13.5%. So what, exactly, is going on here? After all, the Camry is a Japanese midsize sedan, right? It’s not as easy as that. People realize that no vehicle sold in the U.S. is 100% American. People also realize that it is almost impossible to quantify which of the parts came from where, and what percentage of the total effort involved in creating the vehicle, from the sketch on the drawing board to the final product rolling off of an assembly line, qualifies as “American.” Therefore, consumers simplify the definition of what makes a car American, ultimately qualifying any given vehicle by where the profits from the sale will flow. Thus, a Ford Fusion built in Mexico is American, but a Toyota Camry made in Kentucky is not. Then there is the conundrum of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which Continue Reading

British couple buys rare Beanie Baby at flea market for $15, could be worth almost $100K

A British couple is in shock after finding out that an old Beanie Baby they bought at a flea market for a few bucks could actually be worth almost $100,000. Leah Rogers and Ryan Flanaghan were selling their own items at a market in Bude, Cornwall, England, when they spotted the purple teddy at another vendor's stall, reports the Independent. Eagle-eyed Flanaghan immediately bought it for $15 after recognizing it as a limited-edition Princess Diana version. Only 100 of the toys, which were created in 1997 to commemorate the death of the English royal, were made. It features a poem on the tag that refers to the late Diana as an "angel." Flanaghan thought he may be able to make a tidy profit on the item. But the 22-year-old builder was stunned after he researched how much they were fetching on eBay - and discovered that one had been listed for an astonishing $95,000. "We couldn't believe it. We picked it up for £10 ($15) and it could be worth tens of thousands," beauty therapist Rogers told the Daily Star. The couple, from Launceston, is now auctioning the bear off. The starting price is $30,000, and the duo say all the cash raised will go towards buying a new house. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Charter Communications will buy Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion

NEW YORK — Charter Communications will spend $55.33 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable in a cash-and-stock deal that would instantly create one of the largest TV and Internet providers in the U.S. The deal comes a month after Comcast walked away from a bid for Time Warner Cable after intense pressure from regulators. There has been a wave in consolidation in the cable industry. Providers are beginning to lose TV subscribers, costs for TV, sports and movies are rising and they are facing more pressure from online video services such as Netflix and Hulu. The deal for Time Warner Cable was backed by John Malone’s Liberty Broadcast Corp., giving the cable pioneer a jewel he has pursued for years. It also puts Charter in the same league with Comcast, the country’s biggest cable provider and the owner of NBCUniversal. The bigger Charter will have nearly 24 million customers, compared with Comcast’s 27.2 million. Charter on Tuesday also said it would buy Bright House Networks, a smaller cable provider, for $10.4 billion as part of the deal. Liberty Broadband is expected to own about 20 percent of the bigger Charter. Charter Communications Inc., based in Stamford, Connecticut, will provide $100 in cash and shares of a new public parent company equal to 0.5409 shares of Charter for each outstanding Time Warner Cable Inc. share. The transaction values each Time Warner Cable share at about $195.71. The companies on Tuesday valued New York-based Time Warner Cable at a total of $78.7 billion, including debt. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Sixteen Manhattan biotech workers who pooled their cash to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets have hit a $58 million jackpot

It’s a biotech bonanza. A group of 16 workers at a Manhattan biotech company who pooled their cash to buy Mega Millions tickets have won a $58 million jackpot, lottery officials announced Wednesday. The ceremonial prize check will be presented to the group Thursday at the store where they bought the winning Quick Pick Millions ducat — Carlton Cards in Penn Plaza on March 24. Lottery officials declined to disclose the winners’ names before the press conference. The store on the bottom floor of the busy transit hub has become the unofficial Lottery gaming center of New York; more Lottery tickets have been sold there than at any other location in the state, records show. Carlton Cards is decorated with signs proclaiming big Lottery wins — including two $1 million jackpots — at the shop, which will get a $10,000 bonus for hawking the winning ticket. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Sen. Chuck Schumer seeks law to bar suspected terrorists from buying guns

Sen. Chuck Schumer is pushing for legislation to bar suspected terrorists from buying guns. “There’s a major loophole in the federal law that will make your jaw drop. A person on a terrorist watch list or a no-fly list can walk into a gun store and buy guns, no questions asked,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday. Of more than 500 gun buyers who underwent background checks and matched a name on the terror watch list in 2013 and 2014, 94% were allowed to proceed, because suspected terrorists aren’t included in the federal database that blacklists certain potentially dangerous buyers, Schumer said. Continue Reading

These are the things you can buy with $10K instead of an 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition

Tim Cook announced Monday that the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition would go on sale starting at $10,000 and it would be available in limited quantities. Depending on which band the consumer gets with the smartwatch the price could go up to $17,000. Quite frankly, any price above $10,000 is way too much money for a smartwatch, but there's no doubt that people will still want to buy the gold-covered watch. Here's a list of things that Daily News staffers would buy with $10,000 instead of a gold smartwatch: Laura Thompson @wawawomp: With $10K I could buy 5,000 $2 scratchers and have 5,000 chances at $1K a week for life (Similar to this teen). Robert Shields @rshields37: Apparently, a pony costs around $1,000 … So I’ll say 10 ponies. Arielle Landau @arilandau: I'd buy .97 carat Tiffany’s earrings … Or a trip to Bali. Rent a hut, sit on the beach, eat lychee … ahhhhh. Sean Keane @SpectacularSean: Assuming each new video game console is about $450, I could buy one from the next 22 years for $10,000, with change left over for games. Zayda Rivera @RiveraZayda: Apple stock. Ryan Beckler @RyanBeckler: A 14-day cruise of the Mississippi or Chipotle every day for three years. Meredith Engel @MeredithEngel: That's easy — I would pay off some wedding bills. Getting married is expensive!! Ethan Sacks @ethanjsacks: Next year’s season tickets to the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers. Plus a hot dog and beer. Victoria Taylor @vic_taylor: I would rent a villa in Tuscany for a week. Colin DeVries @colin_devries: The will to live. Nina Lin @nlinphoto: I would take a year off to go on a vacation! For that kind of money you could visit every country twice. Alejandro Alba @MrAlexAlba: I'd buy a water thrusting jet bike ... or produce a low budget film with the potential to become a huge success.  Thomas Shea Continue Reading

Manhattan man sued by British lawyers who helped him buy defective yacht

A Manhattan entrepreneur who unsuccessfully sued his British lawyers for malpractice after they helped him buy a defective yacht is now being sued by those same attorneys for legal fees. Under British law, the losers pay the winner's legal bill. Michael Hirtenstein, a Manhattan based telecom exec and entrepreneur, owes the London firm Hill Dickenson LLP roughly $581,000 for trying to hold them accountable for repair expenses on the clunker, according to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Hirtenstein sued the law firm for negligenceand won that battle, but the British courts ruled that the negligence had not caused him any financial loss. Under British law, that meant the law firm was entitled to the legal fees that it paid to defend itself from the angry sailor.  The British court set that amount last December when it determined that Hirtenstein was not entitled to $2.1 million that he spent to replace the engines on the luxurious 150 foot vessel which sleeps 12. According to court papers, Hirtenstein originally tried to buy the yacht in 2009 but decided it was too expensive at $26 million and waited for the price to fall, telling the British lawyers he would buy when "it's down to give away status." The following summer, after another deal for the yacht went through, the seller, developer Christian Candy, offered it to Hirtenstein for $5.5 million but he would have to buy it "As Is Where Lies" without any test runs. "Whoa!!! I sure would strongly consider that," Hirtenstein replied in an email cited in court papers. When he asked why the fire sale, Candy's lawyers said he wanted to sell it quickly so the new owner could use it over the summer or else Candy could be stuck paying winter maintenance until the next selling season. Over the next two weeks, the contract was drafted as Hirtenstein eyeballed the boat and made plans to propose to his girlfriend on it. Hirtenstein was exuberant when he saw the yacht and told his Continue Reading