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Carr fire: California wildfires will only get worse in the future because of climate change, experts say

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 14:05

Nearly 20 major wildfires have torn through California in the last month, killing at least six people and causing thousands more to flee their homes. “What we’re seeing over the last few years in terms of the wildfire season in California … [is] very consistent with the historical trends in terms of increasing temperatures, increasing dryness, and increasing wildfire risk,” Stanford Earth System Science Professor Noah Diffenbaugh told The Independent. California recorded 9,560 wildfires in 2017 – about 2,000 more than the year before, according to the US Forest Service.


MacOS Mojave: Apple releases fourth public beta

Macworld - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:51

Apple next major revision to its Macintosh operating system is called macOS Mojave. The company revealed the update at its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and it features several user interface improvements to make the experience on the Mac better.

In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS Mojave: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc. We’ll add more details to this article as they become available.

Updated 7/31/18: Apple on Tuesday released the fourth public beta of macOS Mojave. The new beta includes Dark Mode wallpapers, and the ability to enable from the Finder an eGPU on a per-application basis.

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AirPods are now available on Amazon for the lowest price we've ever seen

Macworld - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:50

There was a time not too long ago when the very fact that you could find Apple’s AirPods on Amazon counted as news, as the beloved Bluetooth headphones sold out within hours after they appeared. Now, though, we’re starting to see the first noteworthy discounts. Head over to Amazon today, and you can get them for just $144.99, down from the usual price of $159.00.

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iPhone 2018 rumors: iOS 12 beta 5 references dual-SIM support

Macworld - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:11

Updated 07/31/18: 9to5Mac found references to dual-SIM devices in iOS 12 beta 5, lending weight to the rumor that at least one of this year's iPhone models will offer dual-SIM capabilities.

Now that we’re well into 2018, rumors about the next iPhone have started to pile up. We’ll keep track of everything that’s being said and analyze what seems feasible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

Dual-SIM iPhones on the way

The fifth beta of iOS 12 went out to developers on July 30 and it only took one day for the tipsters at 9to5Mac to spot an intriguing bit of code that points to dual-SIM enabled hardware on the way.

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Voting rights advocates wary of Kavanaugh's nomination to Supreme Court

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:09

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, to the Supreme Court drew instant criticism from women’s rights groups that consider him a potential fifth vote to curtail or overturn the right to abortion. But ahead of his confirmation hearing, voting rights advocates, alarmed about the trend toward disenfranchising young, poor and minority voters, are joining the #SaveSCOTUS and #StopKavanaugh movements.


Ancient pottery factory unveiled in Israel

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:07

Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday unveiled what they said was a major pottery plant which produced wine storage jars continuously from Roman to Byzantine times. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said that excavations near the town of Gedera, south of Tel Aviv, revealed the factory and an adjacent leisure complex of 20 bathing pools and a room used for board games. Excavation director Alla Nagorsky told journalists at the site that from the third century AD the plant produced vessels of a type known to historians as "Gaza" jars for an unbroken period of 600 years.


This awesome surge protector with individually controlled outlets is 50% off today

Macworld - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:00

In a home filled with PCs, monitors, and smart speakers, having enough outlets is key. But protecting those plugs is just as important, so if you're looking for a surge protector with lots of control, the Tripp Lite seven-outlet power strip provides individual outlet switches for that very purpose. And right now, it's cheaper than ever at $18, down from a list price of $34Remove non-product link.

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Police investigating after young pit bull left to drown in cage on river's edge

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 11:52

New Jersey authorities are searching for a suspect who they say left a young


Gay Couple Told To Leave Alaska Airlines Flight So Straight Couple Could Sit Together

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 11:48

A gay man has accused Alaska Airlines of giving a straight couple


Mountain lions lurk outside California family's front door

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 11:17

Poway family surprised to see cougars come right up to their house just after midnight; officials unsure if recent wildfires are pushing animals out of their natural habitats and closer to homes.


The 81 Most Delish Lasagnas

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 11:02


These Elon Musk Parody Accounts Prove That Twitter Can't Ban Tesla's Trolls

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:20

"taxes are for Le Proletariat... not for moi... honhonhon'


Elon Musk Reveals Why Tesla is Hiring a Hard Drive Expert

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:00

Dave Morton comes from Seagate.


Market sharing: The Apple Watch by the numbers

Macworld - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:00

How exactly do you spin a story about a huge increase in shipments of an Apple product negatively? Let’s find out!

Writing for the very nice people and possessed cymbal-banging monkeys over at Business Insider, Isobel Asher Hamilton definitely has that “market share is the most important thing ever” BI house style down pat.

“The Apple Watch’s dominance is under threat.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter.)

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Google takes on Apple, Windows with Chromebook attack ad as Amazon slashes Pixelbook prices

Macworld - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:42
Google is running a new ad spotlighting Chromebooks' advantage over Mac and Windows PCs, namely longer battery life, less lag, and no viruses.

Porsche confirms Taycan specifications

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:33

The name Taycan might not mean much at the moment, but it certainly will when this production version of the Porsche Mission E concept goes on sale towards the end of next year. Orders are already being taken for this exciting new Porsche, and the German automaker has just revealed some of the figures associated with this groundbreaking new model. When it finally goes on sale, the Taycan will be the first production electric vehicle from the legendary performance brand.


Donald Trump Echoes Rudy Giuliani: 'Collusion Is Not A Crime'

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 08:35

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that “collusion is not a crime,” echoing his attorney Rudy Giuliani’s comments a day earlier.


Here's What Happened After I Was Sexually Assaulted While Sleeping On A Plane

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 08:30

In the early morning of July 17, somewhere 40,000 feet above one of the Great


Losing 60 pounds with Apple: Putting Apple-compatible fitness devices through a trial by fire

Macworld - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 08:00

Apple calls the Apple Watch “the ultimate device for a healthy life.” It plays up the way corporations weave it into their fitness programs, and it trumpets how the watch’s numerous third-party apps “help monitor nutrition and fitness.” Gosh, it sounds so perfect.

But is it really so helpful as all that? As an overweight guy who’s rapidly hurtling toward middle age, I’m a little skeptical about its usefulness. Much of the marketing for the Apple Watch showcases folks who are already fit. If they're not fit, they're usually at least thin. The message that comes across is that the Apple Watch helps them stay in shape; whenever activities and practices led to their current appearance were already in place.

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Outrage as Aloha Poke Co tells Hawaiians to stop using 'aloha' with 'poke'

Top Stories - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:56

Hawaii residents have criticized a Chicago-based poke chain after it tried to stop other US restaurants selling the trendy sushi bowls from using “aloha” in their business names, accusing the company of cultural appropriation. In May, lawyers for Aloha Poke Co, sent cease-and-desist letters to a native Hawaiian family business in Anchorage, Alaska, ordering it to stop using “aloha” or “aloha poke” in its name, Aloha Poke Stop.


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