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macOS 10.14: Improvements that Apple’s Mac operating system could use

Macworld - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 06:00

It’s that time of the year when we pull out our prognosticating hats—you were issued yours, right?—and try to imagine what Apple might announce a couple of weeks hence when they take the stage at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

The main event at WWDC is generally the future of Apple’s software platforms, most crucially macOS and iOS. So, with that in mind, it’s time to whip out that old standby: features that Apple’s platforms still need.

This week we’ll start with macOS, which just celebrated an important milestone, as the current generation of macOS (formerly OS X and Mac OS X) has now been shipping as long as the classic Mac OS was when Mac OS X first arrived on the scene. Seems like only yesterday, doesn’t it? 

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ICE expands controversial partnerships with local law enforcement

Top Stories - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 05:00

ICE’s 287(g) program, which is being expanded, deputizes local police and sheriffs to enforce immigration law in some localities. Critics say it leads to racial profiling and unjust detentions.

Canada restaurant blast: Bomb explosion injures 15 people in Mississauga as two suspects flee

Top Stories - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 04:31

Canadian police are hunting for two men who set off a homemade bomb in an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, injuring 15 people on Thursday evening.  Footage released by police shows the two suspects entering the city's Bombay Bhel restaurant with an object resembling a paint can moments before the bomb went off. The pair fled the scene late on Thursday and a manhunt is under way. The motive for the attack is unknown and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Explosion: Multiple people injured following reports of an explosion at Bambay Bhel Restaurant 5035 Hurontario St near Eglinton in Mississauga. pic.twitter.com/1Tb9ODag88— Tony Smyth (@LateNightCam) May 25, 2018 "Nothing was said by these individuals," said  Peel Regional Sergeant Matt Bertram. "It appears they just went in, dropped off this device and took off right away."  Two separate family parties were going on at the restaurant at the time of the attack with children under the age of ten present. A CCTV image released by police shows two suspects walking in the Bombay Bhel restaurant before the bomb exploded. One is carrying an object Credit: Peel Regional Police Three of those hurt had what were described as "critical blast injuries". Rafael Conceicao, a student from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was near the restaurant when the explosion occurred.  "Glass was broken in the street ... Everything was destroyed. Lots of blood on the floor. Many people were screaming. They were trying to run out from the restaurant," he said. Officials said three Indian-Canadians suffered critical injuries but are in a stable condition in hospital.  The remaining 12 victims suffered minor and superficial injuries, police said. The ages of the injured range from 23 to 69.  A police officer walks in front of shattered glass at the restaurant on Thursday evening Credit: MARK BLINCH /Reuters The two male suspects were described as around 5ft 10in to 6ft tall with light skin. Their faces were covered during the attack.    One of the suspects was described as "stocky" and in his mid-20s, while the other was of thin build, police said. Both men were wearing blue jeans and dark hoodies, with their faces covered. Emergency services outside the Bombay Bhel restaurant Credit: MARK BLINCH /Reuters "There is no indication that this is a terrorism act. There is no indication that this is a hate crime at this time. We haven't ruled anything out as we start our investigation," said Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans. "Every police resource is being used right now to locate the people responsible for this horrendous act." Peel Regional Police said they received a call at just after 10.30pm local time (3.30am BST). Heavily armed tactical officers were part of the large police response at the scene. Police are seeking to establish a motive for the attack on Thursday Credit: MARK BLINCH /Reuters The plaza where the restaurant is located remained sealed off on Friday. "It was an extremely horrific and sad incident that happened at our Hwy 10 location," the restaurant said in a Facebook post. Mississauga, which is Canada's sixth largest city and has a population of 700,000, is near Lake Ontario and about 20 miles west of Toronto. The explosion in Mississauga comes a month after a driver ploughed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15. 

Toronto restaurant bombing: Police hunt two men after 'IED' injures 15 diners

Top Stories - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 01:44

Two unidentified men walked into a restaurant on Thursday in the Canadian city of Mississauga and set off a bomb, wounding more than a dozen people, and then fleeing, authorities said. The blast went off in the Bombay Bhel restaurant at about 10:30 p.m. Fifteen people were taken to hospital, three of them with critical injuries, the Peel Regional Paramedic Service said in a Tweet. The two male suspects went into the restaurant and detonated their improvised explosive device, Peel Regional Police said in a Tweet.

Roger Stone Pressed For Damaging Emails About Hillary Clinton From WikiLeaks: Report

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:27

Donald Trump's former campaign adviser Roger Stone pressured an acquaintance

North Korea still open to talks with US as Donald Trump threatens Kim Jong-un after scrapping summit

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:46

North Korea said on Friday it was still open to talks with the US despite Donald Trump's threat of military action after cancelling their June 12 summit in Singapore.  Pyongyang described the US president's decision to pull the plug on the highly anticipated meeting as "extremely regrettable". "The abrupt announcement of the cancellation of the meeting is unexpected for us and we cannot but find it extremely regrettable," Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister, said in a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency. "We again state to the US our willingness to sit face-to-face at any time in any form to resolve the problem," Mr Kim added. The US president said on Thursday the American military was “ready if necessary” to react with its allies should North Korea take any “foolish or reckless acts”. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the completed railway that connects Koam and Dapchon, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency Credit: Reuters He softened his tone on Friday morning after North Korea's response, tweeting: "Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea. We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!" On Thursday Mr Trump shocked many as he announced he had formally scrapped the summit through a letter released by the White House.  The US president wrote to Kim: “We were informed that the meeting was requested by North Korea, but that to us is totally irrelevant. I was very much looking to being there with you. “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.” Mr Trump said “this missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history” and appeared open to the talks being rearranged, saying: “If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.” Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jung Un. pic.twitter.com/qEoi9ymUEz— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018 But the US president also issued a clear threat: “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.” Mr Trump later said he had talked to James Mattis, the US defence secretary, and the US joint chiefs of staff, adding that “our military… is ready if necessary”.  South Korea's Unification Minister said on Friday that Seoul would press ahead with improving ties with North Korea. "Our government will do its part in carrying out the Panmunjom Declaration," Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told reporters according to Yonhap, referring to the landmark agreement to bolster ties and push towards denuclearisation signed last month by Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "It appears that (the North) remains sincere in implementing the agreement and making efforts on denuclearisation and peace building," he added. The latest twist in the diplomatic dance on the Korean peninsula came on the same day North Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels at its nuclear test site. North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at the Punggye-ri site, which consists of tunnels dug beneath Mount Mantap in the northeast of the country. A small group of international media selected by North Korea witnessed the demolition, which Pyongyang says is proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing. The destruction of the site began at about 11 a.m. with the blowing up and collapsing of a tunnel and an observation post. North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA reported there was no leak of radioactive materials or any adverse impact on the surrounding ecological environment. "Dismantling the nuclear test ground was done in such a way as to make all the tunnels of the test ground collapse by explosion and completely close the tunnel entrances, and at the same time, explode some guard facilities and observation posts on the site," KCNA reported.

The Steam Link app for iOS is dead, rejected by Apple

Macworld - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 19:46

And just like that, Apple has killed the the Steam Link app. Earlier this month, Valve, the owner of the wildly popular gaming digital marketplace Steam, announced that it would soon release a Steam Link app that would allow players to stream games from gaming PCs directly to their iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs (as well as Android devices). The Android app made it into the wild last week, but for the last few days we’ve been patiently waiting for the app to make it through Apple’s approval process. This afternoon, Valve sent an email to Macworld letting us know that Apple had rejected it.

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Man Discovers Handgun Impaled In Front Bumper Of Car

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 19:23

This brings new meaning to the term "gunning your engine."

Prosecutors add lewd conduct charges to tortured kids case

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 18:20

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday added four charges of lewd conduct against a father accused of torturing his children in a Northern California home where prosecutors say 10 children lived in filth and neglect.

US denies involvement in Syria missile strike which kills 12 

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 18:17

A dozen pro-regime fighters were killed in an air strike on Syrian army positions a monitor said Thursday, claiming the attack was carried out by the US-led coalition, but the Pentagon denied the report. State media reported the overnight air raid in an area where both the regime and coalition have been battling holdout jihadists, but said it only caused material damage. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a broad network of sources across Syria, said the strike had hit army positions south of Albu Kamal, a town on the border with Iraq. "At least three vehicles were destroyed by the strike," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman. He said the 12 pro-regime fighters killed were not Syrians, but he could not provide more details on their identity. A military source quoted by state news agency SANA said "some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes". A United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation military observer uses binoculars near the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Credit: BAZ RATNER/Reuters The Pentagon denied the strikes were carried out by the coalition fighting the Islamic State group. "These reports are false, the coalition did not strike any Syrian army positions in eastern Syria," said Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner. "The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS (IS) in designated parts of Iraq and Syria, and to set conditions for follow-on stability operations. This mission has not changed." Less than 24 hours after the overnight strikes, missiles targeted a weapons depot belonging to Lebanon's Hezbollah movement at an airbase in the central province of Homs, according to the Observatory. A member of the pro-government forces puts a portrait of the Syrian president on a military weapon Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/AFP Its director Abdel Rahman said the missiles "would have been fired by Israel". SANA said Syrian air defences had intercepted the missiles in Homs, but reported explosions in the area. Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh lie in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province, where Russian-backed Syrian troops and the US-led coalition have been waging separate offensives against IS. A "de-confliction" line in place along the Euphrates River since last year is meant to keep the two assaults from crashing into each other. Loyalist troops are present west of the river while the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the east. A military source from forces allied to Syria's government said the strikes had targeted two regime military positions near a frontline with IS. Syrian security forces enter the town of Rastan in the central Homs province on May 16, 2018 after rebels and their relatives were evacuated Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/AFP "There are no Iranian or Lebanese fighters among the dead," the source said. Iraqi Shiite militia are also fighting alongside Syrian regime forces in the area. The Observatory said the government was sending reinforcements. It was not immediately clear whether jihadists were active in the area at the time, nor whether the pro-regime casualties may have been accidental. The coalition has carried out several deadly strikes against Syrian government forces and allied fighters in recent months. In February, coalition bombing raids in Deir Ezzor province killed at least 100 regime and allied fighters, including Russian nationals, in retaliation for an attack on SDF positions. And in September 2016, US-led strikes on regime military positions in the east left more than 60 Syrian troops dead. The coalition later said it had mistaken the fighters for IS jihadists. Syria: timeline of British involvement since 2013 The Islamic State group has lost nearly all the territory it once controlled in Syria and Iraq but it still holds some villages in the Euphrates Valley area. On Monday, Syrian troops and allied forces ousted IS from the last districts it held in the capital Damascus. After a fierce month-long battle, an evacuation deal saw the remaining jihadists bussed out of the city towards small pockets of land still held by IS in the Badiya, a vast desert area stretching from central Syria to its eastern border with Iraq. The day after the transfer, IS fighters in the Badiya attacked a nearby government position, leaving more than two dozen Syrian troops and allied fighters dead. The Observatory said the IS fighters responsible were from the group that had just been transferred out of the Yarmuk area in southern Damascus.

United reaches settlement with family over dog's death in overhead bin

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 17:55

United Airlines has reached a settlement with a family whose puppy died after a flight attendant insisted it be placed in an overhead bin.

Border Agent Fatally Shoots Migrant Woman In Texas

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 17:27

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a migrant woman Wednesday in the Texas

9 Safest Luxury SUVs for 2018

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 16:09

Maduro vows to free some jailed activists, raise Venezuela oil output

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:48

By Vivian Sequera and Andreina Aponte CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's newly re-elected President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday pledged to release some jailed opposition activists, boost the OPEC member's tanking oil production and open dialogue with business leaders. Maduro won a Sunday election that critics at home and abroad condemned as a farce cementing his autocracy, at a time when the oil-rich nation is suffering from increasingly dire food shortages, health crises, and mass emigration. Opposition politicians have said it is unlikely that he will make significant changes to the crumbling state-led economic model inherited from his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez.

Mike Pompeo fires back when was asked if Trump has conflicts of interest

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:42

While testifying before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked if President Trump has any conflicts of interest.

Harvey Weinstein Expected To Turn Himself In To The NYPD For Sex Crimes

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:42

Harvey Weinstein plans to turn himself in to New York City law enforcement on

The Story Behind The Best Photo From The Royal Wedding

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:03

Brian Mulroney, a pageboy at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's nuptials last

Missile that downed MH17 plane came from Russian military: investigators

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:47

Investigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said Thursday for the first time that the missile which brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine originated from a Russian military brigade. The Joint Investigation Team "has come to the conclusion that the BUK-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia," top Dutch investigator Wilbert Paulissen said.

Rudy Giuliani: Trump Won't Interview With Mueller Until We Get ‘Spygate’ Report

Top Stories - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:59

WASHINGTON ― After weeks of describing June's planned meeting with North Korea


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