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14-Year-Old California Girl Dies After Fall From Arizona's Horseshoe Bend Overlook

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 12:21

After falling from an overlook in Arizona, a teenage girl from California is dead.


3 charged in shooting at gender reveal party for woman who wasn't pregnant

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:47

Three men were charged in the 2017 deadly gender reveal party shooting for a woman who was not pregnant to begin with.


Billionaire LinkedIn co-founder apologises for funding 'Russian-style' disinformation group in Alabama Senate race

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:13

Billionaire Reid Hoffman apologised on Wednesday for funding a group linked to a “highly disturbing” effort that spread disinformation during last year’s Alabama special election for US Senate, but he said he was not aware that his money was being used for this purpose. Mr Hoffman’s statement is his first acknowledgement of his ties to a campaign that adopted tactics similar to those deployed by Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential election. In Alabama, the Hoffman-funded group allegedly used Facebook and Twitter to undermine support for Republican Roy Moore and boost Democrat Doug Jones, who narrowly won the race.


Russia Says Syria's Assad Is Popular, Likely to Win New Vote

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 10:53

“He’s fairly popular, if he wasn’t, the results of the last few years would have been different,” President Vladimir Putin’s envoy to the Middle East, Mikhail Bogdanov, said in an interview in Moscow this week. “Of course, I think so,” he added, when asked whether the Syrian leader can triumph in the next presidential vote. Work is scheduled to start early next year on a new constitution for Syria ahead of UN-supervised elections.


I survived conversion therapy as a child. Now, I'm part of the movement to ban it for good.

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 10:25

The 'treatment' actually consisted of physical and emotional abuse. Ending this discredited therapy is a matter of life and death for today's youth.


Apple's gaslighting over bent iPads is a stunning response to a serious problem

Macworld - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 10:22

If the new iPad Pro you got for Christmas is bent in the center, don’t bother booking an appointment at the Apple Store. Just return the tablet, because the genius at the bar isn’t going to care. Why? Because, apparently, Apple doesn’t want you to think the bend is a problem.

It started like this: A couple of weeks ago, people began complaining on forums that their new iPads Pros were bent. Then photos began making the rounds, showing iPads that were clearly bent at the center, with one side perceptively higher than the other when lying flat on a table. At first it seemed like a nothing story. My initial reaction was that it was the result of a production defect that presumably affected a small batch of devices. Affected devices would be replaced at Apple Stores, the bent units would make their way through the channel and then peter out entirely, and business would proceed as usual.

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UAE reopens Damascus embassy after seven years

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 10:13

The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus Thursday, the latest sign of efforts to bring the Syrian government back into the Arab fold. The UAE broke ties with Syria in February 2012, as the repression of nationwide protests demanding regime change was escalating into a devastating war. An acting charge d'affaires has already started working, an Emirati statement said, stressing that the UAE was "keen to put relations back on their normal track".


Wall Street falls at open after Dow's record-breaking surge

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 10:05

Stocks fell sharply at open on Thursday following a major rally a day earlier that helped the Dow surge more than 1,000 points for the first time ever.


Wrong About Franken, Right About Trump in 2018

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 09:30

1. I predicted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would complete his investigation in the fall of 2018, and that although there would be further indictments, no one would be charged with a substantive offense related to the reason Mueller was appointed. Evaluation: Pretty much false.


Bad medicine: The Apple Watch problem

Macworld - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 09:00

First Apple ruined computers by making them for everyone. Then it ruined humanity by making everyone addicted to smartphones. Now it’s ruining medicine by… well, you have to read this to believe it.

Writing at The Motley Fool, Danny Vena asks “Is the Apple Watch Causing a Run on Emergency Rooms?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

Is insulin saving lives and creating an overpopulation problem? Are puppies making people too happy? Where does it all end?!

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Amazon’s surprise discounts on the Apple Watch Series 3 and 4 are still available today

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 08:42

Amazon manages to surprise us around Christmastime each and every year, and in 2018 it was no different. The nation's top online retailer offered several bigger-than-normal discounts on Apple products, which is a big deal since new Apple devices rarely go on sale. Some of those deals, like this discount on the current-generation iPad, are even still available now despite the fact that Christmas is over. You can still save on more than just iPads, though. There weren't many notable deals on the Apple Watch on Amazon during Black Friday and Cyber Week, but the company surprised us earlier this week when it slashed the prices of the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple's new Apple Watch Series 4. If you were busy running around and you missed those deals, we have good news: they're still available now! Amazon is offering a sizeable $50 discount on the Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS + Cellular, and the deal is good on either the black sport band or the white one. The discount on the Apple Watch Series 4 isn't quite as sizeable, but Series 4 sales are quite rare so it's still better than paying $429 plus tax to Apple. ## Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 44mm) * GPS * Over 30% larger display and 50% louder speaker * Electrical and optical heart sensors * Digital Crown with haptic feedback * S4 SiP with faster 64-bit dual-core processor * Improved accelerometer and gyroscope for fall detection * Swimproof ## Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular, 42mm) * GPS + Cellular * Optical heart sensor * Digital Crown * S3 with dual-core processor * Accelerometer and gyroscope * Swimproof * watchOS 5


UK defence minister says he has grave concerns about Huawei: Times

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 08:23

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said he had "grave concerns" about Chinese company Huawei providing technology for Britain's planned 5G telecoms networks, the Times newspaper reported on Thursday. Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, is facing intense scrutiny in the West over its ties to the Chinese government and concerns its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. Williamson said a closer examination of security threats was needed before Huawei could be allowed to participate in the upgrade of Britain's mobile network, becoming the first senior British minister to have aired such concerns, the Times said.


How to rearrange app icons on your iPhone

Macworld - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 08:00

You’re going to spend a lot of time using your iPhone, so it’s a good idea to set up the icons on the Home Screen to suit your needs. You can move the icons around so the ones you use the most are easy to access, and apps that aren’t used as much are on a secondary Home Screen or a folder.

Here’s how to rearrage your app icons on your iPhone.

How to move an app icon

1. On your Home Screen, press on an icon until it is highlighted and hold it. The icons on the screen should start to jiggle.

2. Here are your options to rearranging your app icons.

  • To move an icon, tap and hold it. Then drag it to the desired location. Let go of the icon to place it.
  • To move an icon to another Home Screen, tap and hold an icon, and then drag it to the right edge of the screen. This will add a new Home Screen page.
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  • To put an icon in a folder with other apps, tap and hold an icon, and then drag it on top of another icon. This will create a folder with both apps. You can then drag other icons into the folder. Remember to rename the folder
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  • To remove an icon, tap the X icon on the upper left of the icon. Some Apple apps (such as Safari) cannot be removed.

3. Tap Done at the upper right of the screen when you are finished.

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What to do whe you caot type certai letters o your MacBook

Macworld - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 07:00

The Mac 911 mailbag has recently included a number of letters about missing letters—people either can’t type or encounter strange keyboard problems or other oddities.

One email began, “I am cotactig you because my Mac Book Pro keyboard has decided it does ot like to type the letter that appears betwee L ad M o the keyboard.” (Sadly, the writer even had an “n” in her name.)

These kind of keyboard problems are easy to diagnose, because Apple’s had a spate of problems with its MacBook and MacBook Pro models. It chose a new keyboard design starting with the 2015 12-inch MacBook, and then brought to the 2016 overhaul to the MacBook Pro line. Its revised its design once, but not with much improvement.

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More holiday travel troubles: Airlines waive fees ahead of winter storm.

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:46

Airlines are waiving ticket change fees for travelers due to fly to, through or from several airports in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota


Tesla charging stations to cover all of Europe in 2019

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:41

Tesla's CEO-influencer Elon Musk has a habit of making major announcements on social media, particularly via Twitter, and yesterday was no different. Further down in the thread, he even announced that the station expansion will make its way into Africa in 2020.


Can You Trust Your Car Repair Shop?

Top Stories - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:00

Sitting in the customer lounge waiting to hear the potentially expensive news about your car can be nerve-wracking. That’s probably because you feel like you’re at the mercy of the mechanic. But ...


The 2018 cord-cutter awards

Macworld - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:00
The cord-cutter awards: How the best streaming services and devices got better in 2018.

4K HDMI cables: How to cut through the marketing lingo and figure out what you actually need

Macworld - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:00
You probably don’t need to buy a HDMI cable to go with your new TV, but here’s how to tell for sure.

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