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Whale meet nations in flare up over Brazil project

Top Stories - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:57

Supporters and opponents of whale hunting were at loggerheads late Wednesday at a meeting of the 89-nation International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Brazil. Japan's acting commissioner Hideki Moronuki said Tokyo could not support host country Brazil's vision for the future of the IWC -- the Florianopolis Declaration -- because it made no provision for lifting a 32-year moratorium on commercial whaling.

First iPhone XS cases: What you can buy right now

Macworld - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:26

Along with the new iPhone XR, Apple announced two premium models: the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XS is a 5.8-inch model and the direct successor to the iPhone X. (For all the details, read our full rundown of the iPhone XS.)

With a starting cost of $999, you’ll want a case to protect it. Fortunately, there are already quite a few nice options out there you can order right now. We rounded up some of our top picks. As more cases become available, we’ll update this article. So watch this space.

    1. Thin iPhone XS Case View
    2. Thin iPhone XS Leather Case View
    3. Shell Case II View
    4. Access Case III View
    5. Wallet S iPhone XS Case View
    6. Manta iPhone XS Tough Case with Tempered Glass View
    7. Liquid Crystal iPhone XS Case View

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As Trump Boasts About Economy, New Data Show Poverty Rate Virtually Unchanged

Top Stories - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:23

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that, despite overall increases in

New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV Adds Space and Tech to Close Gap With Rivals

Top Stories - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 17:47

Mercedes-Benz today unveiled its next-generation GLE SUV, adding a range of convenience, performance, and safety technologies, along with some all-new engines. The automaker says the midsized GLE...

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Macworld - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 17:30

New iPhones, new Apple Watch and more: We react to Wednesday’s Apple event. We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 621.

Today’s episode of the Macworld Podcast is sponsored by Sophos Home, which provides business-grade cybersecurity for home users. You can learn more at home.sophos.com.

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After months of tensions, US and Germany talk trade

Top Stories - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:55

Top economic advisors to US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- whose relations have been strained at best for months -- met Wednesday at the White House to boost trade ties. Since taking office in January last year, and especially in recent months, the US leader has not held back, attacking Germany and Merkel on trade, Berlin's military spending (too low for Trump) and immigration. Senior White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow and his German counterpart Lars-Hendrik Roller met to "deepen bilateral economic and trade relations between our two countries," US spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

The 5 iPhone XS features that matter most

Macworld - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:34

On Wednesday, Apple announced its latest high-end premium phone: the iPhone XS. As the name implies, it’s something of an upgrade to the iPhone X, with a handful of improvements but the same overall design and features. 

That doesn’t mean it’s a bore. Quite the contrary: For those who found last year’s iPhone X just a little too expensive for what you get, this year’s improvements might be enough to win you over. Here are the five ways the iPhone XS really differs from the iPhone X. 

It comes in two sizes

The iPhone X only came in one size: 5.8 inches. That sounds big, but the taller, narrower aspect ratio enabled by the slim-bezel design and removal of the Home button makes the phone considerably narrower than the 5.5-inch Plus-sized iPhone models.

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Ousted EPA head Pruitt denies getting improper gifts, income

Top Stories - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:26

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former Environmental Protection Agency chief, denied on Wednesday that he had obtained any out-of-the-ordinary gifts as a result of his Cabinet-level post, dismissing allegations he received perks in office ranging from much-sought sport tickets to a job for his wife.

5 reasons why the iPhone XR is a worthy upgrade to the iPhone X

Macworld - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:17

The iPhone XR is technically Apple’s “budget” phone from this year’s lineup, but you’d have a hard time telling that from specs alone. After all, it’s quite similar in specs to the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. At $749, it’s also still relatively pricey, partly because so many of the innards are the same. The differences are mainly exterior, such as its LCD screen, its single rear camera, and its aluminum casing.

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France to put 8 billion euros into fighting poverty: report

Top Stories - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:09

French President Emmanuel Macron's government plans to spend 8 billion euros ($9.3 billion) to tackle poverty, its spokesman said in a newspaper interview released on Wednesday. "Our poverty plan is worth 8 billion euros, spread over four years," government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told the free newspaper 20 Minutes.

New Hampshire primary: Bernie Sanders’ son Levi loses bid in congressional election

Top Stories - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:08

Levi Sanders, son of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, has lost his bid in New Hampshire’s congressional primary on Tuesday. The younger Sanders was one of the 11 Democratic candidates vying for the nomination for the state’s 1st Congressional District. The current Democrat in the seat, Representative Carol Shea-Porter, is retiring.

Meet the new iPhone SE, better known as the iPhone 7

Macworld - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:56

While we had been hearing for months that Apple would be updating its budget 4-inch iPhone SE sometime this year with a new design and screen, it seems that that plan has been scrapped. In fact, any reference to the phone is gone from Apple’s website.

Click on the previous landing page for the iPhone SE and you’ll be taken to the general iPhone page, where all mention of the iPhone SE has been scrubbed. In its place at the bottom of the pack is the two-year-old iPhone 7, which now starts at $449 for the 4.7-inch model with 32GB in black, silver, gold, or rose gold.

That’s $100 more than the $349 iPhone SE, but you’re also getting a bigger screen, newer chip (A10 Fusion vs A9), better rear camera with optical image stabilization and front camera (7MP vs. 1.2MP), IP67 water resistance, and a barometer. What you won’t get is a headphone jack, though Apple includes a pair of Lightning EarPods in the box. In fact, since Apple has stopped selling the iPhone 6s as well, you won’t find an iPhone with a headphone jack anywhere in Apple’s lineup.

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HomePod to get new Siri Shortcuts, phone calls, and other Siri features in upcoming update

Macworld - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:55

At Wednesday’s “Gather round” event, Apple announced that its HomePod wireless speaker will be received several new features in a free software update. The features mostly involve improvements to Siri, to further enhance the HomePod’s ability as a digital assistant.

The Siri improvements in HomePod will be available on September 17 and include:

  • Song search by lyrics: HomePod users will be able to make song search based on the lyrics of a song. You can ask, “Hey Siri, play the song that goes…” and then you can state the lyric. No word on if the lyrics field in your iTunes library will need to be completed for this feature to work.

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Everything Apple announced at its September 12 'Gather Round' event

Macworld - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:53

It’s that time again! Time for Apple to unveil its latest iPhones and get us all excited about the steady march of technological progress.

This year, Apple had plenty to cover. There are three new iPhones, all of them with the the powerful A12 Bionic processor and TrueDepth camera and Face ID system that was previously exclusive to the $1,000 iPhone X. There’s also a hot new Apple Watch Series 4.

You’ll be able to watch a recording of the live event on the Apple Special Events page, but if you don’t want to (or can’t), here’s a brief summary of all the major announcements made at the September 12 event.

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Armstrong out at Verizon's Oath after integrating AOL, Yahoo

Top Stories - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:40

Tim Armstrong, head of the Verizon unit that included faded internet stars AOL and Yahoo, is leaving the company at the end of the year, the telecom and media giant announced Wednesday. Armstrong was the first chief executive at Oath, the name chosen when Verizon acquired Yahoo and incorporated the internet pioneer into a new division that had promised to innovate in online media.

Boston-Area Catholic Priest Charged With Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

Top Stories - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:13

A Roman Catholic priest and Boston hospital chaplain has been charged with

Apple Watch Series 4: Six reasons to upgrade (and one big reason not to)

Macworld - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:12

For the first time since its introduction four years ago, the Apple Watch has a new design—and we don’t just mean the addition of a red dot on the Digital Crown. The new fourth-generation watch includes a larger screen and a slightly bigger case, but still retains the classic styling that has made the Apple Watch a worldwide hit.

But the beauty of the new Apple Watch isn’t skin deep. We can’t wait to get our fingers on that new display, but there’s way more to it than a few extra pixels. Here are six more reasons you’ll want to upgrade to a new Apple Watch and one reason why you might want to wait:

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Apple sets release dates for iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave

Macworld - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:05

At its “Gather round” event on Wednesday, Apple announce the release dates for its operating systems: iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The company has slated September 17 for the release of iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. MacOS Mojave 10.14 will be released on September 24. The upgrades are free.

iOS 12 release: September 17

iOS 12 is the next major version of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 12 include improvements to Maps, Siri, FaceTime, CarPlay, and the Photos app, as well as revamped Stocks, News, Voice Memos, and Apple Books apps. iOS 12’s Messages includes new Animoji characters and Memoji, and there’s also a new AR-based Measure app.

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Pressure Mounts On Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski To Block Brett Kavanaugh

Top Stories - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 14:39

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has received 3,000 coat hangers in the mail.


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