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A new MacBook may be on the way, but I'm not buying one until Apple dumps Intel for its own chip

Macworld - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:55

Apple has finally sent out invitations for its semi-annual fall event that expects to be loaded with new products: an all-new iPad Pro with USB-C, slim bezels, and Face ID. We may also see a new Mac mini allegedly geared at pro users, refreshed iMacs, and a new low-priced MacBook.

While an updated Mac mini will be the kind of pigs-flying release that I'll believe when I see, I'm most intrigued by the MacBook. Not since the days of the polycarbonate iBook G4 and original MacBook has Apple sold a true budget notebook. Sure, the current MacBook Air retails for $999, but there are a lot of compromises there: a non-retina screen, outdated processor, and aging ports. And above that is the plain MacBook, which is hardly a bargain with its $1,300 starting price.

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Woman charged in death of toddler found buried in park

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:38

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A toddler's caregiver was charged with murder in the suffocation death of the baby whose body was found partially buried in a public park with the top of her head exposed, police said Thursday.


French foie gras makers say they are ready if bird flu returns

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:30

French foie gras makers, still recovering from two severe bird flu crises that ravaged flocks, said on Thursday they would be able to face any new outbreak thanks to strict security measures but prices will remain high to make up for increased costs. France, which has one of the largest poultry flocks in the European Union, is one of the countries that was most affected by the H5N8 bird flu virus that spread through wild birds across the continent last year. Of course some cases may break out at any time but by no means we will be in the same situation, we'll be able to deal with it very quickly," Marie-Pierre Pe, director of French foie gras makers group CIFOG, told reporters.


Georgia Teacher Accused of 'Inappropriate' Relationship With Student Kills Himself

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:38

Zachary Meadors had a warrant out for his arrest at the time of his death.


Cops Give Doughnuts to the Homeless After Finding Stolen Krispy Kreme Van

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:53

Of course, they also enjoyed some for themselves.


Key Afghan police chief killed in shooting at governor's compound after meeting with US general

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:59

A powerful Afghan police general has been assassinated in an insider attack, robbing president Ashraf Ghani of a key security official and threatening his fragile grip on southern Afghanistan. Gen Abdul Razik was shot dead alongside the Kandahar spy chief and provincial governor shortly after a meeting with the top US military commander in the country. The Taliban said they were behind the attack which saw one of the provincial governor's bodyguards open fire after a meeting with Gen Scott Miller, the top Nato and US commander in Afghanistan. Gen Miller was unhurt, but two Americans were wounded. The assassination dealt a severe blow to Mr Ghani's security forces less than 48 hours before he attempts to hold nationwide parliamentary elections against a backdrop of brutal insurgent violence. Gen Raziq had been the most powerful government figure in southern Afghanistan for much of the past decade, where as Kandahar police chief he had been an aggressive opponent of the Taliban. A NATO helicopter lands at the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan Credit: MOHAMMAD ISMAIL/REUTERS His young age and boyish looks belied a ruthless commander and he was accused of systematic torture, extrajudicial killings, and enforced disappearances. He denied the accusations. However Western commanders considered him a bulwark against the encroaching Taliban and one of their most effective partners as he brought a measure of stability to Afghanistan's second city. He estimated he had survived dozens of assassination attempts. The Taliban named the attacker as Abu Dujana and said: “The brutal police chief of Kandahar has been killed along several other officials.” Said Jan Khakrezwal, the head of the provincial council, told Reuters: "Provincial officials including the governor, the police chief and other officials were accompanying the foreign guests to the plane when the gunshots happened." The shooting wiped out the top of Kandahar's security apparatus at a stroke, also killing the province's intelligence chief Abdul Mohmin and provincial governor Zalmay Wesa. The killings came only a day after a prominent politician, Abdul Jabar Qahraman, became the tenth election candidate to die ahead of Saturday's polls when a Taliban bomb was hidden under his chair. Graeme Smith, a former UN political analyst in Kabul said: “The incident will make the military balance in southern Afghanistan considerably more fragile, as Raziq was often at the forefront of government efforts to slow the Taliban’s advances.” Saturday will see Afghanistan's only third parliamentary election since the Taliban were ousted. The insurgents have vowed to disrupt what they call a bogus poll.


President Avenatti? Lawyer for Stormy Daniels and Julie Swetnick wants the 2020 Democratic nomination, arguing that no one will swing harder at Trump

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:41

Michael Avenatti would like to turn his newfound fame into political power, in order to take down the man who did precisely that two years ago.


Trump Threatens To Order Military To 'Close Our Southern Border' Over Immigration

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:09

President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to shut the U.S.-Mexico border,


A bit different: You can be successful and not be Apple

Macworld - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:00

You’ve heard that Microsoft is the new Apple and that Google is the new Apple and probably some other companies are the new Apple. Well, now the site that noticed you just bought a 65-inch HDTV and thinks maybe you’d like to buy some other 65-inch HDTVs is the new Apple.

Writing for The Motley Fool, Harsh Chauhan says “Here’s How Amazon Is the New Apple.. (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

The Macalope is so old he remembers when saying you were “so old” that you remember something that actually happened quite recently was a hilarious way to point out society’s collective short-term memory. Unrelated to that, though, let’s remember that it was just four years ago that Amazon introduced the Fire Phone.

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WaterField Air Porter laptop bag review: A carry-on you’ll want to carry forever

Macworld - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 07:00

Is there such a thing as a bag with too many pockets? You’ll never catch me uttering such blasphemy, but I can easily imagine someone pointing to the WaterField Air Porter as proof of decadence most dire. It has 10 interior pockets, 4 exterior pockets, and even more pockets in an optional removable sleeve. Depending on how you interpret the term, it even has pockets in some of the pockets.

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New Banksy Video Suggests Shredded Painting Stunt Didn't Go Entirely To Plan

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:56

Banksy stunned the art world this month with the partial shredding of his


Provocateur Stormy Daniels Takes an Unexpected Turn in the National Spotlight

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:30

Porn star Stormy Daniels remains in the spotlight as her alleged affair with President Donald Trump continues to make waves.


Washington Post publishes missing journalist's last op-ed

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:19

Jamal Khashoggi warned of the lack of a free press in the Arab world in his last column. ABC News' Janai Norman reports.


Apple TV to PlayStation Vue: You complete me

Macworld - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:00
PlayStation Vue is the first live TV streaming service with deep Apple TV integration, and it's pretty neat.

Thirteen modern classics to stream for Halloween

Macworld - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:00
A selection of chillers—and suggestions for double-features—from recent years to help you celebrate the spookiest of holidays.

Where the Apple Watch could go from here

Macworld - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:00

Apple seems to have finally figured out exactly what the Apple Watch is for, and built just the right hardware to do it. Apple Watch isn't a little smartphone-lite on your wrist, but is now more narrowly focused on being a heath and fitness accessory that provides lots of quick, glanceable information.

The Series 4 hardware is the first true “generational” update since the original Apple Watch, and it’s a great expression of that new focus. The much faster processor makes interactions instantaneous, smooth, and precise. The upgraded sensors have the kind of fidelity and range to enable all kinds of new health and fitness tracking. The larger, higher-res display can show more complications and makes text and icons easier to read. And the upgraded mic and speakers make voice interaction truly useful.

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Republican candidates trying to have it both ways on Obamacare

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 05:00

Some GOP candidates running this cycle who have or are trying to gut Obamacare are still running on the importance of protecting people with pre-existing conditions.


Twitter's Plea To 'Be Sweet When You Tweet' Quickly Flies Off The Rails

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 04:55

Twitter made a simple request on Wednesday, but many users of the social


Girl baked grandfather's ashes into cookies and gave them to classmates, police say

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 04:51

A high school student mixed her cremated grandfather's ashes into homemade biscuits and gave them to classmates, police in California have said. The youngster and a friend shared the cookies with nine other pupils at Da Vinci Charter Academy in the city of Davis. "She had mentioned her grandpa's ashes before," said Andy Knox.


Joe Biden Says He Hopes Democrats Don't Act To Impeach Trump While Mueller Investigating

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:01

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he hopes Democrats don't move forward


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