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A man who held up a bank demanding his own money becomes an unlikely hero

Many in Lebanon can't access their life savings because of the economic crisis. A hostage-taker in Beirut surrendered in exchange for some of his funds, which he needed for his father's medical bills.

A man who held up a bank demanding his own money becomes an unlikely hero

Many in Lebanon can't access their life savings because of the economic crisis. A hostage-taker in Beirut surrendered in exchange for some of his funds, which he needed for his father's medical bills.


'Laal Singh Chaddha' review: Bollywood's 'Forrest Gump' remake is full of heart

Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump was released 28 years ago, transforming "from film to phenomenon" since landing in cinemas in 1994. Robert Zemeckis' film, based on Winston Groom's novel, strung together themes of redemption, tradition, and hope, to create the sweet, iconic pop culture moment that would win hearts across countries and generations.Laal Singh Chaddha (LSC), Bollywood's adaptation, is faithful to its roots; there's a similar, tear-inducing sweetness to the Aamir Khan-starring film. Directed by Advait Chandan and released through Paramount, the movie follows Laal (Khan) as he unwittingly finds himself in the midst of pivotal events in Indian history (like Forrest living through American history), oblivious to the magnitudes of what he witnesses and yet a key player throughout.The bulk of the story takes place on a moving train, as Laal, an Indian-Sikh, unveils his life story to fellow passengers who are at once reluctant and enthralled. Viewers of the film may feel similarly, particularly given recent press: some domestic critics have delivered a lukewarm response to the movie; threats of boycotting LSC have emerged since before its release, prompted by social media users and leading #BoycottLaalSinghChaddha to trend on Twitter. This is largely due to Khan's articulation about religious intolerance in India, following his 2015 movie PK that sparked widespread protests by Hindu nationalists. SEE ALSO: 28 years after 'Forrest Gump', Bollywood offers a remake LSC may suffer from these challenges commercially or otherwise. But simply as a piece of cinema, this universally relevant film deserves to be watched by a global audience. If nothing else, there's a level of curiosity such an ambitious project evokes. How does a quintessentially American movie translate to the Indian landscape?

'Laal Singh Chaddha' review: Bollywood's 'Forrest Gump' remake is full of heart

Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump was released 28 years ago, transforming "from film to phenomenon" since landing in cinemas in 1994. Robert Zemeckis' film, based on Winston Groom's novel, strung together themes of redemption, tradition, and hope, to create the sweet, iconic pop culture moment that would win hearts across countries and generations.Laal Singh Chaddha (LSC), Bollywood's adaptation, is faithful to its roots; there's a similar, tear-inducing sweetness to the Aamir Khan-starring film. Directed by Advait Chandan and released through Paramount, the movie follows Laal (Khan) as he unwittingly finds himself in the midst of pivotal events in Indian history (like Forrest living through American history), oblivious to the magnitudes of what he witnesses and yet a key player throughout.The bulk of the story takes place on a moving train, as Laal, an Indian-Sikh, unveils his life story to fellow passengers who are at once reluctant and enthralled. Viewers of the film may feel similarly, particularly given recent press: some domestic critics have delivered a lukewarm response to the movie; threats of boycotting LSC have emerged since before its release, prompted by social media users and leading #BoycottLaalSinghChaddha to trend on Twitter. This is largely due to Khan's articulation about religious intolerance in India, following his 2015 movie PK that sparked widespread protests by Hindu nationalists. SEE ALSO: 28 years after 'Forrest Gump', Bollywood offers a remake LSC may suffer from these challenges commercially or otherwise. But simply as a piece of cinema, this universally relevant film deserves to be watched by a global audience. If nothing else, there's a level of curiosity such an ambitious project evokes. How does a quintessentially American movie translate to the Indian landscape?


Google Meet will finally stop messing up your hat

Google is stepping up its background effects in Google Meet. The company's videoconferencing software has been offering all sorts of effects for a while now, allowing you to blur your background or remove it entirely, adding a virtual background instead. But the way these effects worked left a lot to be desired. OK, I'll be frank, they sucked. Now, they're getting better. In a blog post Monday, the company said it has improved the background and foreground separation, allowing for more accurate effects such as background blur, background replace, and immersive background and styles. SEE ALSO: You can now be a cat in Google Meet calls The company demonstrated these new capabilities in a GIF, below, showing how you can finally attend a Meet call while wearing a hat and not having your virtual background look totally weird.

Google Meet will finally stop messing up your hat

Google is stepping up its background effects in Google Meet. The company's videoconferencing software has been offering all sorts of effects for a while now, allowing you to blur your background or remove it entirely, adding a virtual background instead. But the way these effects worked left a lot to be desired. OK, I'll be frank, they sucked. Now, they're getting better. In a blog post Monday, the company said it has improved the background and foreground separation, allowing for more accurate effects such as background blur, background replace, and immersive background and styles. SEE ALSO: You can now be a cat in Google Meet calls The company demonstrated these new capabilities in a GIF, below, showing how you can finally attend a Meet call while wearing a hat and not having your virtual background look totally weird.


Have a sky-high summer adventure with this 4K camera drone for under $100

TL;DR: As of August 16, you can get the Global Drone 4K Platinum Version for just $98.95 with code DRONE

Have a sky-high summer adventure with this 4K camera drone for under $100

TL;DR: As of August 16, you can get the Global Drone 4K Platinum Version for just $98.95 with code DRONE


Best Cell Phone Trade-In Options for iPhones and Android Phones - CNET

Looking to get the best value for your old phone? Here are your best options.

Best Cell Phone Trade-In Options for iPhones and Android Phones - CNET

Looking to get the best value for your old phone? Here are your best options.


The 10 Biggest Banks in the US - CNET

We've listed the biggest banks in the US based on their total assets owned.

The 10 Biggest Banks in the US - CNET

We've listed the biggest banks in the US based on their total assets owned.


Judge Approves Apple's $30.5M Settlement Over Employee Bag Checks - CNET

The class action lawsuit argued that hourly retail workers deserved compensation for time spent going through mandatory bag and equipment checks.

Judge Approves Apple's $30.5M Settlement Over Employee Bag Checks - CNET

The class action lawsuit argued that hourly retail workers deserved compensation for time spent going through mandatory bag and equipment checks.


See Endangered Red Wolf Pups Caught on Camera in Rare Footage - CNET

US Fish and Wildlife estimates there are only about 20 of the animals in the wild.

See Endangered Red Wolf Pups Caught on Camera in Rare Footage - CNET

US Fish and Wildlife estimates there are only about 20 of the animals in the wild.


Title X advocates worry that birth control may go the same way as abortion

A Supreme Court ruling overturned Roe v. Wade. Now there's a big push to increase funding for Title X, a federal program that offers birth control and other reproductive care to low-income patients.

Title X advocates worry that birth control may go the same way as abortion

A Supreme Court ruling overturned Roe v. Wade. Now there's a big push to increase funding for Title X, a federal program that offers birth control and other reproductive care to low-income patients.


Over the river from a Russian-occupied nuclear plant, a Ukrainian town fears a spill

The small town of Nikopol, Ukraine, sits across the river from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Attacks are causing serious alarm for the community.

Over the river from a Russian-occupied nuclear plant, a Ukrainian town fears a spill

The small town of Nikopol, Ukraine, sits across the river from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Attacks are causing serious alarm for the community.


This massage gun is on sale for under $100

TL;DR: As of August 16, you can get the truRelief Impact Therapy Device

This massage gun is on sale for under $100

TL;DR: As of August 16, you can get the truRelief Impact Therapy Device


Capri Sun Recall: Check if Your Juice May Be Contaminated With Cleaning Solution - CNET

Thousands of wild cherry juice pouches have been recalled.


'Wordle' today: Here's the answer, hints for August 16

The week's in full swing and there's a new Wordle to solve. Our daily Wordle help is here as well, just in case you need a nudge or two in the right direction.The answer to the August 16 Wordle, puzzle #423, can be found at the end of this article. Before you get there, though, there are a couple of subtle clues to help you narrow it down, and as you scroll down, you'll see we've gathered a selection of the best tips and strategies from our previous reporting to help you every day.Where did Wordle come from? Former Reddit engineer Josh Wardle came up with the game in 2021 as a bit of fun for him and his word game-loving partner. It eventually became a staple of their family WhatsApp messaging, and that's when Wardle started to suspect he might have something special enough to merit a wider release.Thousands of people around the globe now play this game each day, and fans have even created alternatives to Wordle inspired by the original format. This includes music identification game Heardle, Hollywood nerd faves Actorle and Framed, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once.Not the day you're after? You'll find the Wordle answer for August 15 here.What's the best Wordle starting word?We have some ideas to help you pick the perfect first move. Such tips include choosing a word with at least two different vowels to rule those building blocks in or out, plus a few common consonants such as S, T, R, or N.

'Wordle' today: Here's the answer, hints for August 16

The week's in full swing and there's a new Wordle to solve. Our daily Wordle help is here as well, just in case you need a nudge or two in the right direction.The answer to the August 16 Wordle, puzzle #423, can be found at the end of this article. Before you get there, though, there are a couple of subtle clues to help you narrow it down, and as you scroll down, you'll see we've gathered a selection of the best tips and strategies from our previous reporting to help you every day.Where did Wordle come from? Former Reddit engineer Josh Wardle came up with the game in 2021 as a bit of fun for him and his word game-loving partner. It eventually became a staple of their family WhatsApp messaging, and that's when Wardle started to suspect he might have something special enough to merit a wider release.Thousands of people around the globe now play this game each day, and fans have even created alternatives to Wordle inspired by the original format. This includes music identification game Heardle, Hollywood nerd faves Actorle and Framed, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once.Not the day you're after? You'll find the Wordle answer for August 15 here.What's the best Wordle starting word?We have some ideas to help you pick the perfect first move. Such tips include choosing a word with at least two different vowels to rule those building blocks in or out, plus a few common consonants such as S, T, R, or N.


2023 Mazda3 Earns Small Power, Price Bumps - CNET

Naturally aspirated models net an extra 5 horsepower, but the base 2.0-liter engine is no longer available.

2023 Mazda3 Earns Small Power, Price Bumps - CNET

Naturally aspirated models net an extra 5 horsepower, but the base 2.0-liter engine is no longer available.


The best VPNs to partner with your iPhone

VPNs are great tools for anyone concerned about diminishing privacy on the internet. These days, it's difficult to surf the web without leaving behind a trail of your activity.While there's certainly no foolproof privacy option, VPNs are a popular way to shroud your web identity, and they're available for almost any device that connects to the internet, including iOS devices like the iPhone.What is a VPN?A VPN forms a protected tunnel that you send all of your information through. Instead of sending and receiving information in the open, it happens under the cover of an encrypted connection between your iPhone and the websites and services that you are visiting. Nobody can see your data, and all of your activity is protected against online threats like viruses, hackers, and malware.Do you need a VPN for your iPhone?An iPhone is an expensive purchase, and therefore something that you should really be protecting at all costs. To keep your data protected in transit, you need a VPN. With a VPN's protection, nobody can see or tweak your network traffic, not even the network's owner. VPNs encrypt your traffic before it leaves your phone. This encrypted data stream travels to a server owned by the VPN company, where it's decrypted and sent on its way. This keeps your activity under wraps. What is the best VPN for your iPhone?Whether or not you need a VPN

The best VPNs to partner with your iPhone

VPNs are great tools for anyone concerned about diminishing privacy on the internet. These days, it's difficult to surf the web without leaving behind a trail of your activity.While there's certainly no foolproof privacy option, VPNs are a popular way to shroud your web identity, and they're available for almost any device that connects to the internet, including iOS devices like the iPhone.What is a VPN?A VPN forms a protected tunnel that you send all of your information through. Instead of sending and receiving information in the open, it happens under the cover of an encrypted connection between your iPhone and the websites and services that you are visiting. Nobody can see your data, and all of your activity is protected against online threats like viruses, hackers, and malware.Do you need a VPN for your iPhone?An iPhone is an expensive purchase, and therefore something that you should really be protecting at all costs. To keep your data protected in transit, you need a VPN. With a VPN's protection, nobody can see or tweak your network traffic, not even the network's owner. VPNs encrypt your traffic before it leaves your phone. This encrypted data stream travels to a server owned by the VPN company, where it's decrypted and sent on its way. This keeps your activity under wraps. What is the best VPN for your iPhone?Whether or not you need a VPN


Here are the key primary election results from Wyoming

Voting concludes Tuesday in the Wyoming primary elections, including notable races for governor and a House congressional district.

Here are the key primary election results from Wyoming

Voting concludes Tuesday in the Wyoming primary elections, including notable races for governor and a House congressional district.


Sterling K. Brown recounts being totally starstruck by Meryl Streep

Sterling K. Brown dropped by The Tonight Show to chat with host Jimmy Fallon about his upcoming new film Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. In an unrelated but relatable moment, the This Is Us actor also recounted getting utterly starstruck in the vicinity of Meryl Streep.

Sterling K. Brown recounts being totally starstruck by Meryl Streep

Sterling K. Brown dropped by The Tonight Show to chat with host Jimmy Fallon about his upcoming new film Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. In an unrelated but relatable moment, the This Is Us actor also recounted getting utterly starstruck in the vicinity of Meryl Streep.


Best Back-to-School Student Internet Deals and Discounts - CNET

Let CNET help you sift through the available broadband deals for this coming semester, including discounts for AT&T, Cox, Xfinity and more.

Best Back-to-School Student Internet Deals and Discounts - CNET

Let CNET help you sift through the available broadband deals for this coming semester, including discounts for AT&T, Cox, Xfinity and more.