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iPad 2018 rumors: Goodbye Lightning, hello USB-C?

Macworld - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:09

When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.

But the fundamental design of the iPad hasn’t changed much in years. That could all change in 2018, as Apple gives use the first holistic new iPad design in a very long time.

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Major Idlib raid could spark worst catastrophe of 21st century: UN

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:33

The UN's new humanitarian chief warned Monday that a large-scale military operation against the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib could create "the worst humanitarian catastrophe" of this century. "There needs to be ways of dealing with this problem that don't turn the next few months in Idlib into the worst humanitarian catastrophe with the biggest loss of life in the 21st century," Mark Lowcock told reporters in Geneva. Since 2015, Idlib has been home to a complex array of anti-regime forces: secular rebels, Islamists, Syrian jihadists with ties to Al-Qaeda -- and their foreign counterparts.


Pennsylvania explosion: Evacuations and destroyed homes near Pittsburgh after huge gas line blast

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:28

Residents have been forced to evacuate after a gas line explosion outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania destroyed buildings amid massive flames. There have been no reported injuries as yet but the 5 am explosion and fire affected the approximately 30 homes within a half-mile radius. The line is operated by a company called Energy Transfer in Center Township, a suburb approximately 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.


Nissan Design Chief Suggests a New Z-Car Is Coming

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:19

A replacement for the 370Z is long overdue, and it is on its way.


Murder charge still possible for officer involved in wrong apartment shooting

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:18

The Texas Rangers, a law enforcement agency assigned to conduct an independent investigation of the case, obtained an arrest warrant against Guyger, 30, on Sunday on suspicion of manslaughter.


Apple supplier stocks dip as Trump tweets threats over China tariffs

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:18

Donald Trump has seemingly triggered a drop in the shares of China-based suppliers of Apple Inc after threatening price increases against the tech giant on Twitter. The president claimed "prices may increase" for the world's most popular smartphone provider thanks to "massive tariffs we may be imposing on China," in a message calling on Apple to manufacture its products in the US. "Apple prices may increase because of the massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China - but there is an easy solution where there would be ZERO tax, and indeed a tax incentive," he wrote on Saturday afternoon.


9/11: Then and now — 17 years later

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:04

Yahoo News recently returned to the scenes of many memorable images taken in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.


Amazon is selling the awesome Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $160, its lowest price ever

Macworld - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:33

Video doorbells are a vital piece of a secure smart home, and right now one of favorites is at an all-time low. Amazon is selling the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $160 todayRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $199.

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Sweden Shows No Country Is Immune To Far-Right, Anti-Immigrant Backlash

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 09:15

Sweden has long been one of the world's most generous and tolerant countries.


Mark Warner Says Senate Report On Russia Interference Won't Come Out Before Midterms

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 08:48

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence


Trump's tweet doesn't convince Ford to build small crossover SUV in US

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 08:06

A tweet from the Oval Office on Sunday wasn't enough to convince Ford Motor Company to build a new compact crossover SUV version of its Focus in the U.S. President Donald Trump responded to Ford's announcement last month that the administration's tariffs on goods including cars imported from China prompted it to cancel plans to import the 2020 Focus Active. “Ford has abruptly killed a plan to sell a Chinese-made small vehicle in the U.S. because of the prospect of higher U.S. Tariffs.” CNBC.  This is just the beginning. This car can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A. and Ford will pay no tariffs! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2018 A Ford spokesman responded on Twitter. “It would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the U.S. given an expected annual sales volume of fewer than 50,000 units and its competitive segment," Ford spokesman Mike Levine said. The Focus Active, Ford's answer to the popular Subaru Crosstrek, will still be assembled in China for other global markets. The automaker said earlier this year that as part of its $11 billion restructuring, it will stop selling its Ford Fusion, Taurus, Fiesta, and Focus in the U.S. and cancel all of its sedans and hatchbacks over the next couple of years to sell more profitable crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks.  Assembly of the Focus in the U.S. ended in May and the automaker plans to cut off Fiesta and Taurus production during the 2019 model year. Its Fusion mid-size sedan will continue for about another year and the nameplate may morph into a crossover SUV


How to transfer music between two iOS devices

Macworld - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 08:00

File transfers between iOS devices typically rely on iCloud, which can be inefficient if all you have are iOS devices and no desktop to act as a conduit.

Macworld reader Patty wrote in with one such quandary. She has a bunch of music files on her work iPad, but she’s leaving that job and returning it. Patty wants to transfer that music to her personal iPad, but doesn’t own a computer. What to do?

The only way I can think of to transfer without a desktop system in sight is to use iTunes Match, which is $25 for a one-year subscription. Even then, this won’t work without a Mac or Windows copy of iTunes in the mix, but I’ll tell you why in a moment.

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Uganda's Museveni blames 'external forces' for opposition unrest

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 07:31

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has accused "external forces" of trying to foment trouble by funding his political opponents in a bid to undermine the country's image abroad. In an hours-long televised speech late on Sunday, the 74-year-old railed against the opposition and accused "external forces" of seeking to "sabotage" Uganda's growth. Museveni, who took power in 1986, claimed "foreign money" was being funnelled to his political opponents by unnamed NGOs to foment trouble by paying youngsters to burn tyres and throw rocks at police.


GOP Candidate For Florida Gov. Spoke At Events Organized By White Race War Theorist

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 07:24

Rep. Ron DeSantis, the Republican contender for Florida's gubernatorial race


Mofuu Portable Charger for Apple Watch: Watch charger made with portability in mind

Macworld - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 07:00

When I got the Mofuu Portable Charger for Apple Watch, the timing couldn’t be better. I have an original Apple Watch, and it’s over three years old. As you’d expect, the battery doesn’t last as long as it used to. I need to charge the watch during the day, and I try to do so when I know I’ll be sitting at my computer for a while.

The watch includes Apple’s Magnetic Charging CableRemove non-product link, and I could buy another one to stash in my backpack, but I think Mofuu’s charger is a better product to carry. Its magnetic charging base is embedded in a plastic case that also serves as a cable holder. The cable itself is three inches, and you can wrap the cable around the case and tuck the USB-A connector into a slot.

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VAVA Home Cam review: This crowd-funded camera delivers solid security

Macworld - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 06:00
Customizable motion detection and a 12-month rechargeable battery are this indoor/outdoor camera's strengths.

5 fantastic Fitbit features I hope to see in the Apple Watch Series 4

Macworld - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 06:00

We still have a couple more days to go until we get our first official look at the new Apple Watch Series 4, but we already have a pretty good picture of the new device. For the first time, Apple will reportedly be tweaking the design of its iconic wearable, extending the screen closer to the edges and slimming it down few millimeters while still keeping the same overall size and shape.

But there’s still plenty we don’t know about the Series 4 Apple Watch. Aside from how it looks on the outside, we can be assured that the new watch will have a slew of new tricks on the inside that take it to the next level. And I hope some of them are features we’ve seen before—on a Fitbit. Over the past 12 months Fitbit has proven that it’s a worthy competitor to Apple Watch’s dominance, with the Ionic, Versa, and upcoming Charge 3 all bringing features that you won’t find on any other smartwatch. Here are five that I’d like to see Apple borrow for it’s new watch:

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Man arrested after seven wounded in Paris knife attack

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 05:38

French police detained a man who wounded seven people in a knife attack in central Paris late on Sunday, police and judicial sources said Monday.


Sweden faces hung parliament as hard-Right nationalists gain ground

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 04:59

A Swedish nationalist party with neo-Nazi roots made major gains in elections on Sunday, robbing the mainstream centrist parties of a majority and pushing the country towards a hung parliament.  Sweden Democrats, which has blamed a recent surge in rapes, sex attacks and riots on immigrants, is set to secure 18 per cent of the vote. The ruling centre-left Social Democrats were in the lead with 28 per cent of the votes, down from 31 per cent in the 2014 election and its lowest score in decades.  Meanwhile the centre-right Moderates scored just 19 per cent.  Stefan Lofven, the Swedish prime minister, will have heaved a sigh of relief at the result for the nationalist Sweden Democrats, which according to earlier polls could have reached first place.  The hard right party, led by 39-year-old Jimmie Akesson, has called for a two-year ban on asylum seekers and wants to ban the niqab, or face veil.  Sweden Democrats party leader Jimmie Akesson arrives at the TV-channel TV4 in Stockholm Monday Credit:  TT News Agency Sweden Democrats also claim immigrants put undue pressure on the country's cherished welfare state and are are diluting Swedish culture and values. If they are confirmed as the largest party, the Social Democrats are likely to form a coalition with the pro-refugee Left party, which has risen in the polls due to its pro-refugee stance, and the Green party.  The centre-right bloc of parties, known as the Alliance, could unseat Mr Lofven if they joined forces with the Sweden Democrats -  but they have so far refused to do.  Far-right parties have made significant gains throughout Europe in recent years after a refugee crisis sparked by civil war in Syria and ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and parts of Africa. Sweden has taken in more refugees per capita than any other country in Europe, a statistic frequently deployed by the Sweden Democrats on the campaign trail as they called for a border shutdown.  As Mr Lofven cast his ballot in Stockholm on Sunday, heurged Swedes not to vote for the "racist party". "It's ... about decency, about a decent democracy. And the Social Democrats and a Social Democratic-led government is a guarantee for not letting the Sweden Democrats extremist party, racist party, get any influence in the government," he said. At the Sweden Democrats' last rally before polls opened, Mr Akesson accused the socially liberal prime minister of prioritising the needs of asylum seekers over Swedish citizens. "This government we have had now, they have prioritised, during these four years, asylum-seekers...Sweden needs breathing space, we need tight responsible immigration policies," he said. Supporters attend the Social Democratic Party's election night party in Stockholm Credit: TT NEWS AGENCY Once a far-right party with links to neo-Nazi and fascist groups, such as Keep Sweden Swedish, Sweden Democrats has undergone a major detoxification campaign. The group's old logo of a burning touch, similar to that of the British National Front, has been swapped for a blue and yellow flower, while a "zero tolerance" policy on racism has been adopted. Some voters in Stockholm, a liberal stronghold, said the Sweden Democrats were a welcome shake-up to mainstream politics as they were not afraid to attack immigration policy.  "They should be taken seriously, they have raised serious issues, not just immigration but health care too," 46-year-old voter Henrik, a doctor, told AFP.  Prime minister and party leader of the Social Democrat party Stefan Lofven speaks at an election party in Stockholm Credit:  TT News Agency "It's a problem for democracy if the other party leaders refuse to talk to a party that represents the views of so many people," his wife Josefine added. "We need to close the borders. It’s what people want - even the Moderates and the Social Democrats. But they refuse to talk about it as an option and we do," Peter Wallmark, chairman of the Sweden Democrats Stockholm division, told the Telegraph.  "At the moment they are saying they won’t form a coalition with us but that’s because we’re in the middle of a campaign. I’m very confident we will get about 25 per cent of the vote and then they will have to talk to us," he said .  "I think we could form a coalition with the Moderates. They won’t admit that yet though. He added: "There is a serious problem with Islamic fundamentalists, and we need to address that."


Turkish authorities detain 60 over alleged Gulen links

Top Stories - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 03:39

Turkish authorities on Monday detained 51 soldiers and nine others over alleged links to the U.S.-based cleric who Ankara says orchestrated the failed coup in 2016 against President Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul police said. Authorities have carried out such sweeps against suspected supporters of the cleric Fethullah Gulen on a regular basis since the July 2016 coup attempt, in which 250 people were killed. Gulen denies involvement.


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