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iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: Apple releases unexpected iOS 13.1 developer beta

Macworld - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 13:52

Apple’s huge WWDC developer conference kicked off on Monday, and as expected, the company took the wraps off iOS 13. It’s the next major revision for one of the most important and influential operating systems of all time, with iOS used daily on over a billion iPhones and iPads. It looks to be a doozy.

Here are all the major new features that iOS 13 will bring to your iPhone and iPad when it releases this fall, along with details about supported devices and how to join the beta test to try it out early.

Update 08/27/19: Apple has released an unexpected developer beta built of iOS 13.1. Developers running iOS 13 beta are updated to this branch, it's not a separate beta profile. This is quite unusual; Apple typically waits for a final public release of iOS before testing point releases with developers or the public.

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Another resignation shakes LGBT Republican group after Trump endorsement

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 13:49

The first female executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans resigned this week following the group’s endorsement of President Trump’s reelection, the second official to step down in as many weeks.


Students rally in Pakistan-held Kashmir against India

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 13:44

More than a thousand students rallied Tuesday in the capital of Pakistan-held Kashmir to denounce India's downgrading of the special status of the portion of the disputed region it controls. The demonstrators chanted "We want freedom" and denounced human rights violations in Indian-administrated Kashmir. Kashmir, which is split between two countries and claimed by both, has been the cause of two of wars between Pakistan and India since they won independence from British colonialists in 1947.


UK alone will be to blame for no-deal Brexit: EU tells Johnson

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 13:40

Britain will be solely to blame if it crashes out of the EU in a chaotic "no-deal" Brexit, the bloc told Prime Minister Boris Johnson Tuesday in the latest clash between Brussels and London. With the clock ticking and Johnson adamant the EU must accept significant changes to the existing withdrawal agreement, fears are growing that Britain could leave without a deal, causing major economic turmoil. Days after Johnson and EU Council President Donald Tusk traded jibes over who would be responsible if Britain leaves the bloc on October 31 without an agreement, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker waded into the row.


WoW Classic is a step back in time—and a step back for World of Warcraft

Macworld - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 13:22
World of Warcraft Classic splits the MMO into two different games, and so shatters its unique sense of history and community.

Siri and Spotlight now providing new web answers to U.S. users

Macworld - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 13:10

As much as Siri has improved over the years, it is still frustratingly poor at simply giving you an answer to a general question. For certain bits of data, Siri will have the response, but you far too often see “I found this on the web” together with a collection of links.

If we wanted to do a web search, we wouldn’t be asking Siri!

Fortunately, it looks as though a big change may be on the way to improve this situation. First noticed by users on Reddit, it appears as though questions typed into Spotlight will now deliver a specific “Web Answer” result from a wide variety of sites, along with a “Report a Concern” link.

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Deal nears in talks with US: Taliban

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 13:03

US and Taliban negotiators moved closer Tuesday to a deal, the insurgent group said, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced guarded hope for a deal under which Washington will withdraw large numbers of troops from Afghanistan. "We have progress in this round so we are finalising the remaining points," Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told journalists outside the upmarket Doha members' club where the talks are taking place. The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 after the September 11 attacks, toppling the Taliban from power.


Palestinian Harvard student denied entry to US because 'friends posted anti-American statements'

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 12:47

A Palestinian Harvard student claims that he has been denied entry into the US because his friends had posted anti-American statements on social media. Ismail Ajjawi, 17, who is due to begin his studies at the prestigious university next Tuesday, said he was detained when he arrived at Boston's Logan International Airport on Friday night. Mr Ajjawai told the Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper, that immigration officers subjected him to hours of questioning and demanded access to his phone and computer. Mr Ajjawai, who lives in Lebanon, said he was asked about his religious beliefs and practices before officers trawled through his technology devices. The teenager said that after five hours an officer called him into a room and “started screaming" at him. "She said that she found people posting political points of view that oppose the US on my friend[s] list,” he said.   Mr Ajjawi said he stressed to the officer that he had not made any political posts himself and that he should not be held responsible for others’ posts. “I have no single post on my timeline discussing politics,” he added. However he claimed that the officer cancelled his visa and informed him that he would be deported back to Lebanon. A spokesman for Harvard University told The Telegraph that the university is working closely with Mr Ajjawi's family "and appropriate authorities to resolve this matter so that he can join his classmates in the coming days”. US immigration officials have refused to divulge the specifics of Mr Ajjawi's case or why he was denied entry into the country but confirmed that the Customs and Border Protection agency found him "inadmissible".  "Applicants must demonstrate they are admissible into the US by overcoming all grounds of inadmissibility including health-related grounds, criminality, security reasons, public charge, labour certification, illegal entrants and immigration violations, documentation requirements, and miscellaneous grounds," a spokesman for the CBP told the Crimson in a statement. "This individual was deemed inadmissible to the United States based on information discovered during the CBP inspection.” Mr Ajjawi, who was granted a scholarship by the Washington-based Amideast non-profit organisation, said that he is receiving assistance from an immigration lawyer and hopes to resolve his visa issues in time for the start of classes next week.


Israel's shadow war with Iran bursts into the open

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 12:43

The long shadow war between Israel and Iran has burst into the open in recent days, with Israel allegedly striking Iran-linked targets as far away as Iraq and crash-landing two drones in Hezbollah-dominated southern Beirut. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is looking to project strength three weeks before national elections, while Iran has taken a series of provocative actions in recent months aimed at pressuring European nations to provide relief from crippling U.S. sanctions. Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Iran-backed Hezbollah, vowed to retaliate after a drone crashed on the militant group's Beirut media office and another exploded midair early Sunday.


Climbers in Dolomites injured after picking up First World War explosives

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 12:11

Two climbers have been injured after picking up First World War munitions in an abandoned military position high up in the Dolomites of northern Italy. The Spanish climbers, both 21, were at an altitude of around 9,000ft when they noticed an opening in the rock and ice. Inside the cave-like emplacement, they found abandoned ammunition and ordnance, left over from fighting between Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces more than a century ago. One of the climbers picked up some of the munitions and the object exploded in his hands, leaving both him and his companion injured by shrapnel. Climate change is melting glaciers on the highest peaks of the Dolomites and revealing the remains of First World War battlefields, including abandoned military equipment and the skeletons of soldiers. Austro-Hungarian soldiers in the Dolomites in 1916  Credit: Getty Hikers in the area heard the explosion and went to the climbers’ aid, calling the rescue services. Alpine rescue volunteers reached them and treated their wounds before carrying them down the mountain on stretchers. They were then taken to a hospital in the town of Trento. Explosives experts from the paramilitary Carabinieri police cordoned off the area and will remove the remaining ammunition. More than 750,000 Italian soldiers were killed on the Italian front, many of them amid the crags and ridges of the Dolomites. The Italians and Austro-Hungarians engaged in fierce fighting in the mountains, with each side trying to gain advantage by constructing artillery posts, trenches and bunkers higher than the other. To try to maintain discipline, Italian generals adopted the practice of decimation – the random execution of soldiers from units that retreated or protested the senseless slaughter. The skeletons of two soldiers, believed to have been members of an Austro-Hungarian artillery unit, emerged from the ice in 2012. They were found on the Presena glacier, not far from where the climbers stumbled on the ammunition. The remains of an Italian soldier were found in 2017, also at around 9,000ft.


Pentagon in talks with Australia on rare earths plant: official

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 12:00

The push comes as China threatens to curb exports to the United States of rare earths, a group of 17 minerals found in fighter jets, tanks and high-tech consumer electronics. China is the world's largest processor and producer of the minerals accounting for more than 80 percent of global processing capacity.


This Exoplanet Has the Weirdest Orbit We've Ever Seen

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 12:00

There's no circular orbit for this giant world.


The Latest: Trump declares G-7 summit a 'great success'

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 11:51

No, first lady Melania Trump hasn't had any secret meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The White House is clarifying comments made by President Donald Trump during a news conference in France. Trump has said he'll likely meet with Kim again to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear program.


After a Georgia teenager reported a sexual assault to her school administrators, she says she was expelled for 'sexual impropriety.' Now she's suing.

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 10:51

The teenager’s lawsuit agains the Fayette County Board of Education was filed by the National Women’s Law Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.


Rosa Parks Honored With a Barbie Doll on Women's Equality Day

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 10:36

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks is being honoured with her own Barbie doll.


Uganda launches national airline with flight to Kenya

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 10:18

Uganda on Tuesday re-launched its national airline after two decades with an inaugural flight to Nairobi, becoming the latest East African nation seeking to revive their aviation industry. Uganda Airlines is launching into increasingly crowded East African skies, where both Rwanda and Tanzania have in recent years revived their national airlines in a bid to capture a slice of the booming market.


Far-Right Vies for Lead in German Regional Election, Poll Shows

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 09:00

(Bloomberg) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the German Social Democratic Party are barely holding their ground against the insurgent far-right Alternative for Germany in two states holding elections on Sunday, two polls showed.The SPD, which has governed the eastern state of Brandenburg since German reunification in 1990, gained 2 points to 21% there. It is neck and neck with the anti-immigration AfD, which also gained 2 points compared with a survey three weeks ago, according to a survey by Insa published in Bild newspaper.In Saxony, a CDU stronghold, Merkel’s party gained a point to 29% and is now four percentage points ahead of the AfD, according to a second poll in the same paper. The upstart far-right party surged more than 15 percentage points from the last election in 2014, while the SPD and CDU, both in Merkel’s coalition, together plunged by as much.Nazi Salute in Dresden Shows Cracks With Merkel, GermanyWith Merkel’s fourth-term government saddled with infighting and deep losses for the SPD, the Sept. 1 election in the two states that were once part of communist East Germany risks prompting an early collapse of CDU-led coalition in Berlin. After almost 14 years in office, Merkel has said she won’t run again for chancellor.Several leaders of the center-left SPD have blamed their poor showing in polls on their coalition with the center-right CDU, saying they’ve abandoned their traditional values.To contact the reporter on this story: Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Raymond Colitt, Iain RogersFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Andrew Yang Wants Thorium Nuclear Power. Here's What That Means.

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 09:00

Why the Democratic candidate is backing an experimental technology to fight climate change.


Tropical storm Dorian gathers strength in Caribbean as Puerto Rico braces for first hurricane

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 09:00

A tropical storm is gathering strength and is expected to become a hurricane by the time it hits Puerto Rico.A state of emergency has been declared in the US territory as residents prepare for Dorian to bring the first hurricane of the season.


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