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Of frying pans and fires: Despite mistakes, Apple’s still better on privacy

Macworld - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 08:00

One of the favorite tropes of the serial jerkery The Macalope covers is the repeated insistence that any one event taken in isolation from everything else will doom Apple forever.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and Carnival Barker Academy, Gordon Kelly says “Apple Just Gave 1.4 Billion iPad, iPhone Users A Reason To Leave.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Daniel and SamT.)

Like they needed another.

Earlier this month, Facebook gave its 1.3 billion users the perfect reason to delete their accounts. Now Apple appears has [sic] done the same for its 1.4 billion iPhone and iPad users worldwide.

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Kashmiri doctor arrested after warning blackout could cause deaths

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 07:55

A Kashmiri doctor who warned the three-week curfew and communications blackout in the state would lead to critical medication shortages and deaths has been arrested. Omar Salim, a urologist at the Government Medical College in the state capital of Srinagar, said life-saving medicines were running out and new orders could not be placed.  Dr Salim was detained on Monday, ten minutes after speaking to the media in Srinagar, and his whereabouts is unknown.  Efforts to contact him have been unsuccessful because of the blackout. It was reported he was holding a placard that said he was making a “request and not a protest” as he was arrested.  Kashmir has been under curfew and a communications blackout since the Indian authorities revoked Article 370 and 35A of its constitution on August 5, bringing the Muslim-majority state under central rule for the first time since independence in 1947. Kashmiris claim that medical supplies are running out and that patients can't access emergency care because of the curfew Credit: Rakesh Bakshi/AFP “I have a patient who required chemotherapy on August 6, he came to us on August 24 but could not obtain the chemotherapy medicine," Dr Salim said.   “Another patient whose chemotherapy drug has to be obtained form Delhi was unable to place an order for the drug. His chemotherapy has been postponed indefinitely.”  Dr Salim also warned kidney dialysis patients could only receive treatment once a week and Kashmiris could not purchase medicines because ATMs had run out of money.  “If patients don’t receive dialysis, they will die. If cancer patients don’t receive chemotherapy, they will die. Those patients who can’t be operated on can die,” he said. The Jammu and Kashmir Department of Information and Public Relations dismissed reports of medicine shortages claiming all government approved drugs are still available in both state-owned shops and private retailers. This was contradicted by two groups of Kashmiri medical professionals who separately published open letters last week warning the curfew was preventing patients from accessing emergency medical care and that supplies were running out.  The Indian authorities claim there have been no civilian deaths since it removed the state’s autonomous status.  Local media reports say there have been at least three deaths from tear gas and shotgun pellets and that doctors have “received clear verbal instructions” from the authorities to record alternate causes of death.  The Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, told The Indian Express the curfew and blackout had been necessary to maintain peace and that “we don’t foresee this going on for too long.”  The Indian Army has taken to the streets to hand out flyers listing the 11 positives the removal of autonomy would make.  These included compulsory education for women, the construction of new hospitals and hotels and the central implementation of law from Delhi which would include a crackdown on corruption.


iOS 13: Don’t forget to customize your iMessage profile. Here’s how

Macworld - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 07:00

Beginning with iOS 13, you can automatically beam your preferred name and photo (or Memoji) to other iOS users when they chat with you in the Messages app—although they can choose whether to use them or not. Not only does this option let your friends and contacts see you as you want them to see you, but it also eradicates some of the more tedious steps of adding new people to your Contacts app.

Here’s how to do it.

How to set a custom name and photo through the Messages app

You can set this up straight through the Messages app, which is super convenient when you want to swap photos on the fly. You’ll have to do a little extra leg work for the first-time setup (which is what we’re focusing on here), but it’ll get a lot simpler afterward.

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A flight from the UK to Portugal was forced to make an emergency landing after the pilot reportedly fainted

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 06:33

A Jet2 plane from Manchester, England, to Madeira, Portugal, diverted to Porto. The First Officer landed the plane, and an off-duty pilot helped.


Israel’s Strategy against Tehran: Revealing the Iranian Threat

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 06:30

On Thursday, August 22, members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force took a drone to an area near the Golan Heights, seeking to attack Israel. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) monitored the men, took video of them walking through a field, and struck back two nights later. The air strikes targeted a villa in southern Syria that Jerusalem says was being used by the IRGC and Shiite militias. This includes Hezbollah, a Lebanese ally of Iran that has played a major role in Syria in recent years.The air strike is part of an increasingly firm stand Israel is taking against Iran’s regional ambitions in the Middle East. This includes several recent air strikes in Iraq that Iranian-linked paramilitaries have blamed on Israel. It also includes near-daily reports in media from Lebanon to Kuwait asserting that Israel is targeting Iran’s network of proxies and their bases in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria. Jerusalem is no longer secretive about this widespread campaign. In January former IDF chief of staff Gadi Eizenkot said Israel had carried out thousands of air strikes on Iranian targets.Now IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani has warned Israel that these strikes will be Israel’s last. Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah has threatened retaliation. This is part of a rising Iranian-backed chorus against Jerusalem, which includes real threats such as continuing rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza. It also includes threats by Iranian proxies such as Iraqi-based Kata’ib Hezbollah against U.S. forces in Iraq.What is Israel’s strategy in all this? The goal is to draw Iran and its allies out of the shadows. Over the past decade, inflamed by the 2015 Iran deal, Tehran has increased its weapons transfers to Hezbollah, sent thousands of advisers to support the Syrian regime, and helped mobilize a network of militias in Iraq. Some of this was used to fight ISIS, or enemies of Bashar al-Assad. But with the ISIS war and Syrian conflict winding down, these groups are turning their threats toward Iran’s adversaries. Tehran is obsessed with destroying Israel, as can be seen in its frequent statements and militaristic parades. It has launched drones from Syria into Israel in February 2018, rockets in May 2018, and a rocket in January 2019. Hezbollah threatens that its 150,000 rockets can strike all of Israel.Air strikes on Iran’s network of proxies force the network out of the shadows. It can’t hide in villas in southern Syria, or launch drones at night, or stockpile ballistic missiles in Iraq if it is looking over its shoulder and increasingly making mistakes through its aggressive and open threats. Iran is used to playing a double game of moderates and hard-liners, sending its smiling foreign minister to the recent G7 while boasting of its allies’ drone technology striking Saudi Arabia.The Israeli air strikes couple well with the Washington-led campaign of “maximum pressure.” Iran now faces two fronts, the sanctions and strikes, that together are designed to blow the lid on its regional strategy. Tehran will be tempted to make a misstep in its otherwise calculated reactions. Iran has a playbook: If a Western power seizes its tanker, as the U.K. did in July, Iran seizes a tanker. It downed a sophisticated U.S. drone in June but hasn’t harmed anyone in six sabotage operations on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. More than anything, Iran wants to preserve its regional power, based in proxies and allies that are often Shiite coreligionists. Its long-term goal is to get Hezbollah and its Shiite paramilitary allies in Iraq into more government positions and build up their parallel-state structures of armed fighters and bases. A war with the U.S. or Israel, or a direct confrontation with Saudi Arabia, as opposed to using proxies such as the Houthis, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, is not in Tehran’s interest. This is the strategic calculation that underpins Israel’s actions, but it can go only so far. A game of whack-a-mole against Iran’s drones and missiles is just a setback for Tehran. If Tehran doesn’t gamble on a major conflict with Israel, it will continue its creeping annexation of neighboring states.


Beijing confirms arrest of Australian for spying

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 06:03

An Australian academic has been arrested in China for spying, Beijing said Tuesday, prompting Canberra to demand the country upholds "basic standards" of justice. Yang Jun, who also goes by his pen name Yang Hengjun, was detained in January shortly after making a rare return to China from the United States. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said earlier on Tuesday that she was "very concerned" that Yang -- a former official turned author -- had been arrested on "suspicion of espionage".


Monoprice Monolith desktop balanced headphone amplifer review: A high-value, high-performance audio component

Macworld - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 06:00
This desktop headphone amp with THX AAA technology will bring out the best performance from your headphones.

Imagining a mid-range iPhone

Macworld - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 06:00

Apple’s phones are among the most expensive phones you can buy, especially for something that is ostensibly supposed to be a “mainstream” product. Apple, it could be argued, doesn’t even attempt to make a mid-range iPhone.

Apple makes the best phones it can, prices them such that the company makes a healthy profit, and if that’s too expensive, you can just buy last year’s model...or the one before that.

There’s a constant simmering furor from those who lament the passing of the iPhone SE. A large contingent of prospective iPhone buyers would be happy for a new SE, that follows the same formula: cram last-year’s hardware into some old design, preferably as small as possible, and sell it at a discounted price. Some may argue that the iPhone XR (and whatever this year’s replacement will be) makes the SE obsolete, but at a starting price of $749 and with a screen size over six inches, I think there’s plenty of room in the lineup for a new iPhone that sits well beneath it.

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Sri Lankan Islamic clerics seek clarity on face veil ban

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 04:32

Islamic clerics in Sri Lanka asked Muslim women on Tuesday to continue to avoid wearing face veils until the government clarifies whether they are once again allowed now that emergency rule has ended four months after a string of suicide bomb attacks. Clerics are wary of the Muslim community being targeted again for violence, as it was in the aftermath of April's Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 260 people, said Fazil Farook, spokesman for All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama, Sri Lanka's largest group of Islamic clerics.


Amazon fires: Effort to quell rainforest blaze hampered by hostile ground and defiant Bolsonaro

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 03:37

Millions of dollars in aid are being pledged. Hundreds of soldiers are heading into the jungle. The Amazon is burning - and the world has taken notice.Now comes the hard part.


Bangladesh rules women need not say if virgins on marriage certificates

Top Stories - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 02:20

Bangladesh's top court has ruled that women need no longer declare if they are virgins on marriage certificates after a five-year legal battle by women's rights groups trying to protect women's privacy and potential humiliation. Marriage laws in the Muslim-majority country in South Asia had required a bride had to state on her marriage certificate if she was a "kumari" - meaning virgin - a widow, or divorced. Ainun Nahar Siddiqua, one of two lawyers involved in the case, said the case dated back to 2014 with the filing of a writ petition to change in the form provided under the 1974 Bangladesh Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.


Indonesia to move capital from sinking Jakarta to Borneo

Top Stories - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 22:31

Indonesia's president says the country's capital will move from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to a site in sparsely populated East Kalimantan province on Borneo island, known for rainforests and orangutans. President Joko Widodo said Monday intense studies over the past three years had resulted in the choice of the location on the eastern side of Borneo island. The new capital city, which has not yet been named, will be in the middle of the vast archipelago nation and already has relatively complete infrastructure because it is near the cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda, Widodo said.


21-Year-Old Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murdering Stranger Outside Colorado Restaurant

Top Stories - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 21:45

A 21-year-old woman was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of first degree murder.


Australian arrested in China for 'espionage'

Top Stories - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 20:46

An Australian academic has been arrested in China on suspicion of "espionage", foreign minister Marise Payne said Tuesday, in a development sure to deepen tensions between the two countries. Yang Hengjun had been held in Beijing for several months without charge, but Payne said the author and scholar had been formally arrested on 23 August. Yang, an outspoken pro-democracy activist, was detained in January shortly after making a rare return to China from the United States.


Someone Has Killed More Than 40 Wild Burros in a California Desert. There's a $10,000 Reward for the Gunman

Top Stories - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 20:24

A burro is simply a wild donkey. They are considered to be an enduring symbol of the Southwest region of America, according to the Associated Press


Source: Prostitute arrested in 3 deaths, including head chef found dead in Queens

Top Stories - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 18:51

A law enforcement source says a woman is under arrest in connection to three deaths -- including a head chef of a well-known NYC restaurant who was found dead last week.


Candidate who wanted city as white 'as possible' withdraws from council race in Michigan

Top Stories - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 18:48

Marysville Mayor Dan Damman said Jean Cramer submitted a letter withdrawing Monday, after she said she wanted the town to be as white "as possible."


Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says Russia denied him a visa

Top Stories - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 18:11

A U.S. senator from Wisconsin who has publicly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia has denied him a visa to visit as part of a congressional delegation. Ron Johnson said he had planned to speak with government officials, American businesses and others during his trip. The Republican is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation.


5 Facts About Queen Elizabeth's Scottish Summer Retreat

Top Stories - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 17:46

The monarch is currently hosting Prince William and Duchess Kate at Balmoral Castle


Two Children Were Left Alone For Eight Days After ICE Arrested Their Parents During Mississippi Raids

Top Stories - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 17:45

Two children were left alone for eight days after both their parents were arrested by ICE during sweeping workplace raids in Mississippi.


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