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WWDC 2018: Everything Apple announced at its big keynote presentation

Macworld - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 20:10

This year's WWDC is all about software. That means no new Mac announcements, no low-cost HomePod, no iPhone SE...nothing but iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS. There was still plenty to get excited about. Apple's upcoming operating systems are going to deliver a host of welcome improvements and new features when they release this fall. Here's everything Apple announced at its WWDC 2018 keynote presentation, along with links to our deeper coverage.

iOS 12 Apple

Apple is rolling out iOS 12 with emoji, Memoji, improved notifications and AR features, and much more. 

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2 Boy Scouts, 2 troop leaders rescued from Washington peak

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 20:02

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Two Boy Scouts and two troop leaders spent a night inside a cave high up Mount Baker in Washington state before they were rescued and taken to a hospital with hypothermia, officials said Monday.

How the Moon's movements could give us Earthlings a 25-hour day

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:09

Many of us feel as if there are not quite enough hours in a day – but according to scientists, this could change in the future. Researchers have found that the effect of the Moon moving away from Earth causes our planet to spin more slowly, lengthening the day. A new study, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that 1.4 billion years ago, a day on Earth lasted just over 18 hours. This is at least in part because the moon was closer and changed the way Earth spun around its axis. The moon is currently moving away from Earth at a rate of 3.82cm a year, which could mean in around 200 million years’ time, each day will be 25 hours long. Stephen Meyers, a professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-author of the study, explained: “As the Moon moves away, the Earth is like a spinning figure skater who slows down as they stretch their arms out.”  This is because Earth’s movement is at least in part determined by the bodies around it, such as other planets and the Moon, which exert force on it.  How our days on Earth are getting longer Changes in this force can effect changes in the orbit Earth traces around the Sun as well as its rotation around and wobble on its axis. These variations, called Milankovich cycles, determine where sunlight is distributed on Earth, and so decide the planet’s climate rhythms.  These rhythms can be detected in the rock record, spanning hundreds of millions of years. Over billions of years, time has changed significantly on Earth, because the Solar System has many moving parts, including the other planets orbiting the Sun. Changes in the rock record can show changes in Earth’s rotation and allow scientists to map how it moved over time.  However, going back billions of years has previously proven difficult as most scientific methods do not give the precision needed for such a leap back in time. Over billions of years, time has changed significantly on Earth, because the Solar System has many moving parts, including the other planets orbiting the Sun Credit: NASA This groundbreaking new study used astrochronology, a statistical method that links astronomical theory with geological observation, to discover ancient  climate change and reconstruct the history of the Solar System while looking back on Earth’s geologic past. “One of our ambitions was to use astrochronology to tell time in the most distant past, to develop very ancient geological time scales,” Dr Meyers said. “We want to be able to study rocks that are billions of years old in a way that is comparable to how we study modern geologic processes.” Alberto Malinverno, Lamont research professor at Columbia, joined the project after hearing Dr Meyers  speaking about his work at a conference. The two combined a statistical method that Meyers developed in 2015 to deal with uncertainty across time, called TimeOpt, with astronomical theory, geologic data and a sophisticated statistical approach called Bayesian inversion. This combination of methods allowed the pair to reliably assess the direction of the axis of rotation of Earth, and the shape of its orbit, from testing layers of rock in the 1.4 billion-year-old Xiamaling Formation from Northern China and a 55 million-year-old record from Walvis Ridge, in the southern Atlantic Ocean. From this, they could determine the length of day and the distance between Earth and the Moon. Dr Malinverno explained: “In the future, we want to expand the work into different intervals of geologic time.”

Union negotiates with smaller Vegas casinos to avoid strike

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:01

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A union for Las Vegas casino-hotel workers is shifting its attention to negotiating contracts with smaller casino operators after reaching tentative labor agreements with two companies that employ most of the 50,000 employees threatening the first citywide strike in more than three decades.

Former US Navy sailor pardoned by Trump plans to sue Obama over classified information case

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:36

A Navy sailor pardoned by US president Donald Trump is planning to sue Barack Obama’s administration for improperly handling his case. Kristian Saucier was pardoned by Mr Trump, who tweeted congratulations to the former military member for his “newly found freedom,” in March 2018 after serving a year in a federal prison for taking photos of classified areas in a nuclear submarine. Saucier’s lawyers have alleged that Mr Obama, former FBI Director James Comey, and others in the administration treated Saucier’s case unfairly compared to the matter of Hillary Clinton using a private server for government emails while Mr Obama’s Secretary of State.

Our favorite new features in macOS Mojave

Macworld - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:33

It's called macOS Mojave, and the next version of our favorite desktop OS was introduced Monday by Apple software chief Craig Federighi at the WWDC keynote. While there was nothing earthshaking about the presentation, the new features we saw could improve the experience. And yes, it looks like iOS apps will eventually come to Mac, although maybe not in the way you were expecting. Here are our favorite bits:

Dark Mode Apple

We’ve been wanting it for years, and Apple has finally delivered. That’s right: macOS Mojave supports a Dark Mode.

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Next-Generation Jeep Grand Cherokee To Use Alfa Romeo Platform

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:26

The old bones need a replacement.

watchOS 5: Five awesome features that will supercharge your Apple Watch

Macworld - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:17

With rumors swirling about the first Apple Watch redesign due to land in the fall, Apple used its WWDC keynote to focus on some of the new features in watchOS 5. The new features just might keep some of those old models in circulation a little longer—though not the original Watch, which will be dropped from watchOS 5 compatibility. So if you spend 17,000 on one of those solid-gold models, you're out of luck.

From workouts to watch faces, version 5 is shaping up to be one of the best upgrades to watchOS in years, and we can’t wait to get our hands... er, wrists on it. Here are five reasons why it’ll be a must-upgrade.

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Off-Duty Oregon Firefighter Killed After Motorcycle Slams Into Bear on Remote Highway

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:57

Off-duty firefighter Rhett Larsen struck a bear with his motorcycle, then hurled into path of oncoming SUV.

Man run down, 50 years after killing girl in hit-and-run

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:37

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A woman with a history of drunken driving convictions drove her car onto a baseball field in Maine during a game, striking and killing a Vietnam War veteran who confessed five years ago to killing a 4-year-old girl in an alcohol-fueled 1968 hit-and-run, police said.

Starbucks chief Schultz retiring, may run for president

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:13

Howard Schultz, who built a small Seattle coffee shop into the global powerhouse Starbucks, announced Monday he was retiring from the company, fueling speculation he may run for president as a Democrat in 2020. Schultz, 64, has been serving as executive chairman of Starbucks since stepping down as chief executive in April. Schultz will leave the company at the end of the month and will take on the title of chairman emeritus, Starbucks said in a statement.

12 People Have Died After Doing This Weight-Loss Treatment

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 16:59

Update June 4, 2018: The Food and Drug Administration is releasing another warning to health care providers about a popular weight loss device. According to a statement issued by the FDA, five more deaths have been reported in patients with two liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems used to treat obesity, totaling 12 deaths attributed to the device since 2016. “We have been carefully tracking adverse events, including a total of 12 deaths over the past two years, that have been reported in patients ...

Israeli minister: Gaza casualties don't tell the story

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 16:15

JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli Cabinet minister on Monday rejected international criticism of Israel's open-fire policies along the Gaza border, saying the disproportionate number of Palestinian casualties does not reflect the true story.

A Complete Guide To Buying The Best Father's Day Gifts

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 16:14

It's time to celebrate the guy who taught you everything you know about

Russia not trying to split EU, Putin says before rare visit to Western Europe

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 16:09

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview broadcast on Monday, said he did not want to divide the European Union as he prepared to visit Austria in his first bilateral trip to a West European country in almost a year. "We do not pursue the objective of dividing anything or anyone in the EU," Putin told broadcaster ORF. "We are far more interested in the EU being united and flourishing because the EU is our most important trading and economic partner." Putin, who has not made a bilateral visit to a West European country since he went to Finland last July, will meet government and business leaders in Austria in a trip which officially marks 50 years since the two countries' energy firms Gazprom and OMV first signed a gas supply deal.

Apple finally tackles smartphone addiction with new Screen Time app, grouped notifications

Macworld - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:40

After vowing to address the growing concern of smartphone addiction earlier this year, Apple is now making good on its word. During the WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi took some time to spotlight some of the new features in iOS 12 designed to help users get a grip on their smartphone habits. Rather than roll out small perfunctory capabilities, Apple is jumping right into the game with a slew of major changes that put it on par with Google’s impressive efforts in Android P.

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tvOS 12: Dolby Atmos, zero sign-in, and TV app improvements make Apple TV 4K the box to beat

Macworld - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:31

With tvOS 12, the Apple TV 4K finally gets the improvements necessary to be the best streaming box on the market. Announced at Apple's WWDC keynote Monday morning,  Dolby Atmos support is a highlight, but Zero Sign-on could be the most important advance in making streaming media boxes easier to use.

Dolby Atmos

Apple TV 4K launched last year with a handful of issues, HDR and frame rate switching hiccups chief among them. Further iOS releases smoothed all of those out, but one oft-requested feature was still missing: Dolby Atmos audio support.


With Dolby Atmos support, Apple now has the only box that is both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certified.

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3 dead bodies found in kidnapping suspect's home identified

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:13

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The three dead people found at the home of a kidnapping suspect were women, and two of them had been reported missing, authorities said on Monday.

Shortcuts looks like the killer Siri feature we've been waiting for

Macworld - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:02

Leading up to WWDC, the one thing that virtually all of us wanted to see was some kind of major improvement to Siri. Fortunately, we'll get one in iOS 12 in the form of Shortcuts.

Essentially, the Shortcuts app lets you program single or multiple actions on your Apple device with a single Siri command, and if it works as well it sounds, it could make Siri much more useful for specific circumstances and activities. In essence, it virtually ensures that Siri does exactly what you want her to do. It also represents the full integration of Workflow into iOS following Apple’s acquisition of the automation service last year.

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Sara Gilbert Says She Stands Behind ABC's Decision To Cancel 'Roseanne'

Top Stories - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 14:53

Sara Gilbert spoke out publicly for the first time Monday since ABC canceled


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