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iOS WWDC preview, new iPod touch, and your hot takes

Macworld - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 08:00

On the show, we talk about the new iPod touch and preview Apple’s WWDC19 by talking about what could happen with iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad. Plus, Leif shows us an iPhone tip, and we wrap up the show with your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds.

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The Real Reason Negotiations Between America and North Korea Are Stuck

Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 07:24

American-North Korean negotiations are at a stalemate. United States President Donald Trump met North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un twice—once in Singapore in 2018, and once in Hanoi in 2019. Neither summit returned much empirically. There was much goodwill expressed, a few minor swaps struck, and a lot of general relief that the two sides were talking rather than threatening each other as in 2017.But there has been almost no movement on the core strategic issues, defined as nuclear warheads, the missiles to carry them, and the launchers from which to fire them. Denuclearization has not occurred, nor does it appear to be imminent. After the failure of the Hanoi summit a few months ago, no one really quite knows where the process stands. U.S.-North Korea engagement seems to be drifting. There may yet be a third Trump-Kim summit, but after two summits with little to show for them, expectations should be correspondingly low for any further meetings.


WaterField Designs Tech Rolltop Backpack review: A pouch with a slouch

Macworld - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 07:00

How can a bag feel so perfect yet so flawed? That’s what I kept asking myself during my time with WaterField Designs’ new full-sized Tech Rolltop Backpack, which is made from solid materials and holds a ton of stuff but sports a ill-designed “convenience” pocket that threatens to undermine the excellence of the bag as a whole. It’s not a bad bag, but it’s certainly a puzzling one.

WaterField’s signature thoughtful design reveals itself in every other feature. There’s its water-resistant waxed canvas, for one, which also now comes in a less rugged-looking shade of blue. (If you’re looking for something better suited to the boardroom than the backwoods, you can also get it in a “black ballistic” nylon fabric.) It’s attractive for a rolltop bag, although I miss the heavy leather accents WaterField tends to use for its bags. Here, you’ll only find them on the leather handle and the strip for the logo.

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Teacher writes 'WTF is this?' on child's homework

Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 06:13

A teacher is being investigated after writing “WTF” on a student’s homework.The science tutor penned the missive – text-slang for “what the f***?” – after apparently finding the pupil’s science assignment somewhat underwhelming.“WTF is this?” she wrote. “Absolutely no credit.”But after the pupil's mother complained, the unnamed teacher – at Rutherford High School in Florida’s Bay County – has been told the incident will be investigated.“It wasn't anything about not getting the credit, it was more so the language…that was very inappropriate and not acceptable for a teacher whatsoever," said Melinda Smith, whose son received the unflattering feedback. “I think for sure she needs to be reprimanded. I believe that something should be placed in her file.”Neither her son’s name or age have been revealed.Rutherford High's principal, Coy Pilson, said the school was taking action.“Once we were notified, I notified district officials and our HR has been involved and they're currently investigating the situation," he told regional TV station WJHG. He would not be drawn on what action may be taken but suggested the incident was out of character for the member of staff involved.“She was apologetic and it was a mistake on her part,” he said. “All of the teachers at Rutherford High School are caring, loving teachers and we're also human and so, we make mistakes."But we understand that we are called to a high professional standard and when we make mistakes, we try to correct those mistakes and move forward.”


Taiwan's military trains for a Chinese invasion on the beach

Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 06:01

FANGSHAN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese tanks and soldiers fired at simulated Chinese forces and assault helicopters launched missiles in an anti-invasion drill Thursday on a beach on the island's southern coast.


Samsung Q900 smart TV review: This 8K TV will make you forget all about 4K

Macworld - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 06:00
Samsung's best TV yet shows what's possible with 8K video. It also upscales lower-resolution material with aplomb.

7 tools to make sense of cord-cutting

Macworld - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 06:00
These cord-cutting apps will help you figure out which streaming services to get and what to watch on them.

Wrong time zone shown in Photos in iOS? It’s a timely bug

Macworld - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 06:00

Time is an illusion that helps us make sense of many things, including when we took pictures and shot video. On an iPhone, iPad, or nearly any camera, a timestamp is embedded into the image or video metadata based on the current time and timezone of the device you’re using.

iOS allows automatic timezone updates based on your current calculated location. But if you forget to change the timezone on a standalone camera, you can wind up with your photos and movies appearing at the wrong time or day or in the wrong order in Photos or other photo apps. That’s especially apparent if you mix together media captured on a smart phone and a camera.

Photos for macOS and iPhoto both have easy ways to fix timezones, however, which I wrote about in a previous column. There’s a third-party tool that can help, too.

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The Next Best Thing to an F-35?: Check Out Russia's 'New' MiG-35

Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 04:35

With Russia’s MiG-29 nearing the end of its shelf life as Russia’s staple multirole fighter, the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) are taking an increasing interest in its successor: the MiG-35.For years, its manufacturer has marketed the MiG-35 as a “4++” fighter: “I would say that this is a new plane that surpasses our foreign competitors. In other words, this is a 4++ level plane,” stated Mikoyan General Director Ilya Tarasenko in a recent interview.Russian President Vladimir Putin echoed this sentiment at a Kremlin conference: “I note that the new multipurpose MiG-35 fighter has enhanced flight and technical characteristics and is equipped with the very latest weapons systems. You know this better than I. It can follow from 10 to 30 targets at once, and can operate over land or sea. This is a genuinely unique and promising aircraft, 4++, you could say, very close to being fifth generation.”But what exactly does “4++” mean, and is the MiG-35 really a hair’s breadth away from being considered a fifth-generation fighter?A recent documentary from T24, a Russian state-funded television channel, sheds light on the MiG-35’s capabilities while offering plenty of high-fidelity footage of the plane in action.


Disney says it won't make any more films in Georgia if draconian abortion laws come into force in the US state

Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 02:57

Disney's chief executive has warned Georgia that the company's film and TV productions are likely to abandon the state if its controversial abortion bill becomes law. Bob Iger said it would be "very difficult" for the entertainment giant to continue working in the state if the so-called "heartbeat bill", which outlaws terminations from as early as six weeks, comes into force. The Walt Disney Company has shot some of its biggest films in the US state, including Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame. Speaking to Reuters, Iger said: "If it becomes law, it'll be very difficult. "I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. "Right now we are watching it very carefully." Sen John Milkovich speaks outside the State Capitol in Louisiana where the House passed Milkovich's 'fetal heartbeat' bill Georgia has been dubbed the "Hollywood of the South" after it lured production companies with favourable tax laws. The state offers a tax credit that has lured many film and TV productions. The industry is responsible for more than 92,000 jobs in Georgia, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and some 455 productions were shot in Georgia in 2018, according to the state. However, its proposed abortion laws have caused fury across the industry, with leading stars lining up to condemn the bill. Netflix has also warned it could pull out of the state. Georgia's bill bans abortions in cases where a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks. It is due to come into effect on January 1 2020, although campaigners have already said they will fight it in the courts. It came as last night Louisiana on Wednesday also passed a bill banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, becoming the seventh state to do so. The bans are expected to be blocked in lower courts, but supporters plan to appeal such decisions until they reach the Supreme Court.


Explainer: China's rare earth supplies could be vital bargaining chip in U.S. trade war

Top Stories - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 01:16

Rare earth elements are used in a wide range of consumer products, from iPhones to electric car motors, as well as military jet engines, satellites and lasers. Rising tensions between the United States and China have sparked concerns that Beijing could use its dominant position as a supplier of rare earths for leverage in the trade war between the two global economic powers. WHAT ARE RARE EARTHS USED IN?


The Latest: Border activist who helped migrants now on trial

Top Stories - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 21:08

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the federal trial against a border activist charged with harboring migrants in Arizona (all times local):


Missouri agency cites concerns at St. Louis abortion clinic

Top Stories - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 19:13

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health department said Wednesday that the license for the state's only abortion clinic is in jeopardy because of a litany of problems, including "failed surgical abortions in which patients remained pregnant" and concerns about patient safety.


Oklahoma, Arkansas face flood of 'historic magnitude' after storms

Top Stories - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 18:49

More than a week of violent weather, including downpours and deadly tornadoes, has lashed the central United States, bringing record-breaking floods in parts of the two states, turning highways into lakes and submerging all but the roofs of some homes. "This is a flood of historic magnitude," Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told a news conference on Wednesday, joined by state and federal emergency officials. Of the Arkansas River, he said: "It's a beautiful sight until it comes to get you." Flooding has already closed 12 state highways, the governor said, and 400 households have agreed to voluntary evacuations.


Apple’s defensive App Store page aims to win the court of public opinion

Macworld - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 18:30

Apple has been a vertically integrated “walled garden” for a long time. But with Apple’s growth in size, influence, and scope, it has come under fire as a de-facto monopoly. As it sells more of its own products and services than ever before, the ability for outsiders fairly compete with Apple’s own software and services is being called into question.

The recent Supreme Court ruling in Apple v. Pepper has determined that consumers have standing to bring a class-action suit against Apple for its App Store pricing practices. Also, the EU is launching an investigation into Apple’s practices after complaints made by rival music service Spotify.

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Arkansas River communities preparing for historic flood

Top Stories - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 18:08

The US Army Corps of Engineers, city, state, federal officials, residents, among many others coming together to help each other during flooding.


Ethiopian pilot pleaded for training after Lion Air Boeing 737 Max crash

Top Stories - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 18:01

Just days after a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max nosedived in Indonesia, an Ethiopian Airlines pilot began pleading with his bosses for more training on the Max.


With A 2017 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide You Can Take Things Smooth

Top Stories - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 17:45

Imagine this bike on a wide, open road to adventure. There are few bikes which can rival the comfort and convenience of this 2017 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide. This particular bike is in excellent condition, plus it has a sinister yet classic look everyone loves.


Israel to hold unprecedented second election after Netanyahu fails to form a coalition

Top Stories - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 17:37

Israel is heading for an unprecedented second election in less than six months after Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition before a Wednesday night deadline and instead forced through a bill to dissolve parliament.  Mr Netanyahu won the most votes in April’s election but has spent the last six weeks struggling to convince smaller Right-wing parties to join his coalition and help him form a majority government.  After a series of frantic last-ditch negotiations broke down, a stony-faced Mr Netanyahu returned to parliament shortly before midnight on Wednesday and voted in favour of a bill to hold new elections on September 17.  The bill passed 74-45. Moments after the vote, Mr Netanyahu condemned the new elections as “superfluous, wasteful elections that nobody needs and nobody wants because the people already spoke”. Israel has never before been forced to hold two elections in a single year and the political chaos is a potentially seriously blow to Mr Netanyahu, who managed to win the April elections despite facing criminal corruption charges.  Parliament voted to dissolve itself and hold new elections Credit: ABIR SULTAN/EPA-EFE/REX The prime minister, who has held power for 13 years, had hoped to use his new government to change the law and shield himself from prosecution. Instead, he finds himself fighting an unwanted second election.      The turmoil in Israel is likely to have repercussions on the White House’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.  The economic half of the plan is due to be unveiled at a summit in Bahrain next month, while the more controversial political half was expected to be rolled out at a later date. It seems likely the political component will now be delayed or potentially shelved completely.   Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and point man on the peace process, is due to meet with Mr Netanyahu on Thursday.     The Israeli prime minister’s woes centred around Avigdor Lieberman, his mercurial former defence minister who leads the small Yisrael Beiteinu Right-wing party.  Letters from Jerusalem RHS Mr Lieberman, an avowed secularist, said he would only join Mr Netanyahu’s government if the prime minister pledged to move ahead with a law that would increase the numbers of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men conscripted into the Israeli military.  Ultra-Orthodox Jews are currently exempted from military service as long as they can show they are involved in full-time religious studies.  Mr Lieberman’s demands were flatly rejected by the ultra-Orthodox political parties, whom Mr Netanyahu also needed to form a majority government.  The prime minister spent weeks trying to broker a compromise between the two sides but was ultimately unsuccessful, despite an intervention from Donald Trump who said he was hoping for a deal. Mr Lieberman accused the prime minister’s Likud party of caving before the ultra-Orthodox, also known as the haredi.  “The Likud surrendered completely to the haredi,” he said, shortly before the parliamentary vote. Mr Netanyahu blasted Mr Lieberman, saying he was dragging the country to elections “because of his own whims”.


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