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Leaked images show two iPhone XS models and Apple Watch Series 4

Macworld - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 15:47

9to5Mac has a pair of scoops today that claim to show actual legit Apple images, mistakenly leaked (or made available to those who know where to look), of the upcoming OLED iPhones and the Apple Watch Series 4.

9to5Mac say it can “report with certainty that iPhone XS will be the name” (probably from the metadata or the way the images were found). It is their belief that the large and small version will be called the iPhone XS—we don’t know what the 6.1-inch LCD model will be called. Get your “iPhone excess” jokes ready.


9to5Mac got ahold of what it says is Apple’s own image of the iPhone XS.

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Harley-Davidson F-150 Making a Comeback

Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 15:19

Harley-Davidson F-150 Making a Comeback Celebrating 115th years with something big and loud Behold the ultimate Harley-Davidson swag: the H-D pickup truck! The bike maker, in collaboration with custom truck shop Tuscany Motor, has unveiled its 115th

Netgear Orbi Voice is a hybrid mesh Wi-Fi access point and Alexa-powered smart speaker

Macworld - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 15:00
Harman Kardon collarborated with Netgear to design the speaker portion of the new Orbi satellite, which was announced today at IFA in Berlin.

Nike is offering 20 percent off all its Apple Watch Series 3 models

Macworld - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:57

True, the Apple Watch is many different things to many different people, but first and foremost it’s a fitness tracker. Apple itself tries to conceal that behind Hermès luxury bands, but Nike (as you might expect) embraces it with bands and watch faces that are all its own. And if you, too, share that call-a-spade-a-spade vision, you can take 20 percent off every Nike+ Apple Watch Series 3Remove non-product link by using the code APPLE20 at checkout.

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Chris Watts Murder Case: Man Claims He Had Affair With Dad Accused of Killing Wife, Kids

Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:46

Trent Bolte says he had a 10-month relationship with Watts, who revealed to him that he was trapped in a loveless marriage.

Man who threatened to ‘shoot Boston Globe reporters in the head’ arrested by FBI

Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:27

A man in California has been arrested by the FBI after allegedly threatening to murder Boston Globe reporters and echoing the rhetoric of President Donald Trump by calling the press the “enemy of the people”. Sixty-eight-year-old Robert Chain, of Encino, reportedly began calling the offices of the Boston newspaper on 10 August, when the newspaper announced that it would publish an editorial — alongside dozens of other news outlets — pushing back on the president’s labelling of the media as enemies of the people. Mr Trump, in response, tweeted even more attacks, and targeted the Globe specifically in those tirades.

What to expect from Apple’s September event

Macworld - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:00

For the last several years, Apple has held an event on the second Tuesday or Wednesday of September to announce the new iPhone. This year is no exception; invitations have now been sent to the media for an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on September 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

What will Apple announce? With a company as secretive as Apple, nobody ever really knows for sure. But the rumor mill has been buzzing for months, and we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Here’s a brief summary of what you can probably look forward to in on that Wednesday.

Three new iPhones

Top of the list will be a trio of iPhones. We can expect a 5.8-inch iPhone nearly identical in design and size to the current iPhone X, along with a larger 6.5-inch “Plus” model. If the rumors are right, the 5.8-inch model will cost between $800 and $900, coming down from the $1,000 iPhone X starting price. The 6.5-inch Plus model will fill in the $900 to $1,000 range (it will probably be $100 to 150 more than the 5.8-inch one).

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Apple announces ‘Gather round’ event for September 12

Macworld - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:59

Apple on Thursday sent invitations to select members of the media and special guests for an event on September 12. The invitation features a circular symbol labeled, “Gather round” and notes that the event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater, which is located on the new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.


The invitation does not say anything about what will be announced at the event, but based on Apple’s history, the star attraction will probably be new iPhones. There’s been plenty of speculation as to Apple’s plans for the iPhone, with the most prevalent rumor being that Apple will release three new versions: two OLED-based iPhones, one with a 6.5-inch screen and another with a 5.8-inch display; and a 6.1-inch LED model that’s at a lower price point than the OLED phones. Here’s a roundup of iPhone rumors.

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Trump govt backs suit alleging Harvard anti-Asian admissions policy

Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:28

The US Justice Department accused Harvard University Thursday of discriminating against Asian applicants, ramping up the Trump administration's opposition to widespread policies seeking to manage racial balance among students. The department filed a statement with the Boston federal court endorsing a lawsuit by an Asian students group that charged the prestigious university with preferring whites, blacks and Hispanics at the expense of more academically deserving Asians. The move came two months after the Trump government announced it was cancelling the previous Obama administration's support for so-called "affirmative action" programs, by which universities seek to boost the numbers of under-represented minorities, particularly Hispanics and African-Americans.

Pick up a George Foreman Grill from Walmart on sale for just $19.99

Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:26

George Foreman has impacted two major spaces: the boxing ring and the kitchen. Regarding the latter, the Foreman Grill has been one of the most popular kitchen appliances for years. And if you've been looking to add one to your kitchen, or have a kid who's soon heading out into the world on their own, Walmart has a great sale right now for you. SEE ALSO: Best Instant Pot cookbooks on Amazon: Traditional, vegan, Weight Watchers, and more The George Foreman Electric Grill and Panini Press is currently available at Walmart for $19.99, saving you $15.91 from the listed price of $35.90. This compact grill is super versatile. Despite the size, it can prepare enough grilled veggies, meats, and more for the whole family. And thanks to its simple, sloped design and nonstick finish, you won't have to worry about cleanup or grease build-up. If you encounter a particularly messy meal and need to give the grill a once over, the plates are easily removable. Image: George Foreman Grills George Foreman Electric Grill and Panini Press — $19.99 See Details

20 Tweets That Perfectly Capture The Struggle Of Being Broke As Hell

Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:11

At some point in our lives, we've all felt the frustration of finally making

Experts: Unusual factors in ex-Texas cop's murder conviction

Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:06

Every case is unique, as is every jury. But experts say several factors seemed to stack up against former Texas police officer Roy Oliver this week when, in an extremely rare outcome, he was convicted of murder for a shooting that occurred while he was on duty.

The fantastic TP-Link Kasa home security cam just hit an all-time low on Amazon

Macworld - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:03

Home security cameras can provide peace-of-mind even when you're away from home, and the TP-Link Kasa Cam is no exception. We love this camera, andtoday you can snag one for by far the lowest price we've ever seen it: $74.25, down from a list price of $110Remove non-product link.

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Garmin Vivosmart 4 vs. Fitbit Charge 3: Design, specs, smarts, and more

Macworld - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:53

Garmin isn’t about to let Fitbit snatch up all of the holiday fitness sales without a fight. At IFA in Berlin Thursday, Garmin unveiled the Vivosmart 4, which builds on the new design Garmin introduced with last year’s model while also giving it some new smarts and sensors you wouldn’t normally find on a $129 fitness tracker. Here's how the two devices stack up:

Garmin Vivosmart 4 vs. Fitbit Charge 3: Design and display

Both the Vivosmart 4 and Charge 3 have vertical screens and buttonless bracelet designs, and both are made to have appeal beyond athletes. Last year’s Vivosmart 3 emphasized fitness over fashion, but the fourth-generation model is much sleeker, with a metal frame around the screen and a slimmer design. Size-wise, the two devices are similar, though the Vivosmart is definitely smaller:

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Russia to hold major drills in Mediterranean off Syria as UN warns of 'perfect storm'

Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:10

Russia has announced it will hold a week-long military drill in the Mediterranean off the coast of Syria, as the UN warned a “perfect storm” was brewing in the battle for the country’s last rebel stronghold. Moscow’s defence ministry said it will deploy 25 ships, including a Marshall Ustinov missile cruiser, and 30 jets for the exercises, which would focus on anti-air and anti-submarine defence. The armada is the biggest task force sent by President Vladimir Putin’s government since Russia’s intervention in the Syrian conflict in 2015. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the drills were justified by the situation around the Idlib, the northwestern province where Syrian and allied Russian forces are expected to soon launch an offensive. "The situation in Syria has the significant potential of exacerbating,” Mr Peskov said. “Nothing good can come out of this terrorist hotbed that formed there, if no one acts. So tightened security measures are totally justified and reasonable.” Syrian army soldier stands at a check-point as Russian military police vehicle, right, passes by near the village of Almajdiyeh, Syria, Credit: AP The manoeuvring in the Mediterranean came as Russia accused Britain and the US of preparing a “false-flag” chemical attack in Idlib to frame the Syrian government and justify a a Western attack on its forces. Russian embassies and a network of Kremlin-owned media outlets have been pushing stories of potential chemical attacks as part of a large-scale disinformation campaign. The Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets said the buildup was connected to the prospect of an attack by the US, which last week sent guided-missile destroyer USS Ross to the eastern Mediterranean. Nato has expressed concern about the naval manoeuvering. Civil defense members carry out search and rescue works after the airstrikes in Idlib province Credit: Anadolu "We will not speculate on the intention of the Russian fleet, but it is important that all actors in the region exercise restraint and refrain from worsening an already disastrous humanitarian situation in Syria," said Oana Lungescu, Nato’s chief spokeswoman. Government forces have been massing around Idlib for days and looked poised to launch what could be the last major battle of the seven-year civil war. Some 2.7 million people are living in Idlib under the control of several thousand jihadists and other more moderate rebels. A major military operation would pose a particular humanitarian nightmare because there is no opposition territory left in Syria where people could be evacuated to and the country’s border with Turkey has been closed. 'There is a perfect storm based on warnings, counter-warnings (from the US and Russia)," said Staffan de Mistura, UN envoy to Syria. "There is no other Idlib," he added, stressing the need to ensure civilians can evacuate to nearby areas under government control, with guarantees their rights will be respected once they get there. "It would be a tragic irony frankly if at almost the end of... a territorial war inside Syria, we would be witnessing the most horrific tragedy to the largest number of civilians." Mr de Mistura offered to personally travel to Idlib to help ensure civilians can leave through a humanitarian corridor, though did not say to which safe area they would lead.  Syrian onlookers gather around rescue teams clearing the rubble in the morning of April 10, 2018 at the site of an explosion in the northwestern city of Idlib.  Credit: AFP The envoy said there were an estimated 10,000 al-Qaeda and affiliated fighters in Idlib, along with their families. The most powerful of them, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), appeared to leave the door open to a negotiated settlement on Thursday during last-ditch talks. "We in HTS are striving to find an effective solution in the liberated Syrian north that would protect our people from a possible offensive by the criminal regime and its allies," read a statement published on its propaganda agency Ibaa. Turkey, which backs the Syrian opposition, has been in talks with Russia and Iran to prevent an offensive, which it fears would send millions more refugees its way. Russia, in return, has demanded that Ankara remove all al-Qaeda elements, such as HTS, before any deal is made. While Turkey actively sponsors rebel forces in Idlib, its influence over HTS is less clear and experts warned the chances of success were slim.

By way of comparison: Apple scared, Samsung innovative

Macworld - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 09:00

No matter how well Apple does, you can always be sure that someone will write about how everything is coming up Samsung.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and halfway house for the criminally irony-deficient, Ewan Spence says the “New iPhone X Leak Reveals A Trapped And Scared Apple.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Michael Simon, Bill and David.)

Uh… OK, just for clarification, we’re talking about the same Apple that’s worth a trillion dollars, right? Just… uh… because… well.

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China says no plans to deploy troops to Afghanistan

Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 08:03

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday denied reports that it plans to deploy troops to Afghanistan, saying the neighbors are engaged merely in "normal military and security cooperation."

The problems with older Apple displays and Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pros

Macworld - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 08:00

I sometimes forget how many working Apple displays of all vintages remain out in the world. What reminds me is the regular email from Macworld readers asking about connecting them up to the Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro laptops that Apple started shipping in late 2016.

Today’s question is about power, but because we receive so many queries, I want to review the overall legacy display issues for everyone, before digging into that specific answer.

The current series of MacBook Pros offer super-high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connections over the USB-C plug standard, and can work with a variety of monitors that support DisplayPort, a now long-running video display protocol, via direct USB-C connections and through adapters.

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Couple arrested after friend's body parts found in bags

Top Stories - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 07:19

Investigators say a woman was beaten to death and chopped up by her best friend's boyfriend, while the best friend allegedly helped.


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