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World nearing 'pivotal moment' in battle against hatred: UN chief

Top Stories - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 13:56

After a synagogue shooting in the United States and a church attack in Burkina Faso, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the world is nearing a "pivotal moment" in the battle against hatred. "As crime feeds on crime, and as vile views move from the fringes to the mainstream, I am profoundly concerned that we are nearing a pivotal moment in battling hatred and extremism," Guterres said in a statement.


US stocks tread water ahead of more earnings, Fed

Top Stories - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 13:23

Wall Street was flat but holding near record levels just after the open on Monday as investors awaited a fresh set of corporate earnings during week loaded with economic data. Markets were also absorbing an upbeat report on consumer spending for March, which showed a big jump at the end of the first quarter. The data come as the Federal Reserve is due to begin its latest-two day policy meeting on Tuesday but is overwhelmingly expected to leave interest rates untouched.


Apple plays strong privacy card in battle with parental control apps, but offers few solutions

Macworld - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 13:07

It took 12 versions of iOS to finally get parental controls and screen time tracking, but some people still aren’t happy about it. According to a report in The New York Times Saturday, numerous developers of time monitoring apps complained that Apple was limiting features and in extreme cases, straight up shutting down their apps “out of the blue with no warning.”

Out of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental control apps, the Times says Apple either removed or restricted 11 of them, leaving precious few remaining. The developers interviewed say Apple is “systematically killing the industry” by crippling apps that mimic Screen Time’s functionality. They contend that Apple is taking aim at their apps because they offer functionality beyond what Apple provides in Screen Time.

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iPhone 2019 rumors: Apple said to include 18W USB-C power adapter in box

Macworld - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 13:05

What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page will keep track of what’s being rumored as new features of the 2019 iPhones, and we’ll provide some analysis and whether or not a rumor seems feasible.

Updated 4/29/19: Mac Otakara says that all three 2019 iPhone models will come with an 18-watt USB-C power adapter and USB-C Lightning cable.

The latest: 18-watt USB-C power adapter included

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Apple is finally going to ditch the pitiful little 5-watt USB power adapter in favor of an 18-watt USB-C power adapter.

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Norwegian Officials Are Worried This Beluga Whale Escaped From the Russian Military

Top Stories - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 12:37

A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility.


Mystery data breach reportedly exposes 80 million names, addresses, and income info in U.S.

Macworld - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 11:27
A new data break has reportedly exposed personal data for up to 80 million U.S. households—and no one has any idea where it came from.

Windows could bring phone notifications to your PC

Top Stories - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 11:18

With Windows 10's latest build, Windows Insider software testers can get notifications for their Android devices sent to their computers via the Your Phone app. On Friday, Microsoft announced that the Your Phone desktop application is gaining a new feature: Notifications.


Sean Spicer: Trump has 'insurmountable edge' in key battleground states

Top Stories - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 11:11

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer lays out how Republicans are going to compete against Democrats in 2020.


United Airlines is covering up cameras on seat backs amid privacy backlash

Top Stories - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 10:29

United Airlines is covering up all the cameras on the back of customers' seats amid backlash about privacy.


US consumer spending jumps in March; inflation remains tame

Top Stories - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 09:48

American consumer spending leapt last month to post the biggest gain in 10 years, recovering from a weak start to 2019, while inflation remained tame, according to government data released Monday. The strong finish to the third quarter comes a day before the Federal Reserve is due to meet, with markets overwhelmingly expecting the central bank to leave interest rates untouched. The latest figures confirm the picture of steady economic growth in the first quarter that were released Friday in the Commerce Department's GDP report.


How to add and use stickers in Messages for iOS

Macworld - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 08:00

Stickers are a way to add flair to your conversations in Messages. After all, as the cliché goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. And you can convey a lot through a sticker.

There are tons of stickers available for Messages on iOS. Here’s how to install them on your iPhone or iPad, and how to use them.

How to install stickers on your iPhone or iPad

Sticker packs are available in the App Store. There are several different types of packs, and they are available for a small fee or for free. Here’s how to shop for sticker packs in the App Store.

1. Launch Messages in iOS.

2. Start a new message. You don’t have to add a recipient.

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How to tell which iPad model you have

Macworld - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 08:00

Update 4/26/19: The latest iPad model numbers are included, as well as some additional China-only numbers. 

You might think you know which iPad you have. The new one. The big one. the bigger one. The one in rose gold one. The mini. But when you need to know exactly which model you have, or better yet, which generation, it can get a little trickier.

You don't have to be an Apple Store Genius to figure it out, though you do have to know where to look... and what to look for. With so many lines over the years, iPads aren't nearly as easily distinguishable as iPhones are, so even if you know the size, we can help you tell whether it's an iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, or iPad Pro. 

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US STOCKS-Futures edge lower ahead of inflation data

Top Stories - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 07:56

In yet another busy week for earnings, about 160 S&P 500 companies, including Google-parent Alphabet Inc and Apple Inc, are due to report their quarterly reports. An inflation report from the Commerce Department is expected to show personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index for March to have risen 0.7% from 0.1% in February.


RevoNext QT5 review: This in-ear monitor offers tremendous bang for very few bucks

Macworld - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 07:15
The sound quality is superb—as long as you use the right eartips for your specific ears.

10 essential iPad features you need to start using

Macworld - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 07:00

The iPad isn’t really the laptop replacement Apple wants us to think it is, but anyone who outright dismisses it as a productivity device shouldn’t be taken too seriously, either. The iPad can feel magical when you have the knowledge of the right tricks at hand. Once you’ve mastered them, works sometimes feels fun. It may not be a MacBook, but you’d be wrong to dismiss it as giant iPhone.

Here’s a little introduction to the wizardry Apple conceals beneath the familiar facade of iOS. Some tips basically amount to refreshers of the tutorials, but other bits may make you whisper, “Wow.” (I’m speaking from my own experience.) Once you’ve got these tools at your disposal, you’ll understand why Apple has such a ridiculous lead in the tablet market.

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Beats' first truly wireless earbuds to launch May 10

Top Stories - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 06:16

Over the weekend, Apple's Beats headphones division announced that pre-ordering for their fitness-oriented AirPods competitor will open May 3, with the earbuds hitting shelves on May 10. While the Powerbeats Pro are powered by the same Apple H1 chip used in the second-gen AirPods and likewise support "Hey Siri," they offer nearly double the listening time at nine hours on a single charge instead of just five. The earbuds come in four colors and will put owners back $249.99, $50 more than the latest AirPods.


Remo+ RemoBell W video doorbell review: High-end features, but not best in class

Macworld - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 06:00
A passive infrared motion sensor and a remote wireless chime are attractive features, but the Remo+ app continues to be an issue.

9 awesome, unique, and extravagant Apple Watch bands we’d like to wear right now

Macworld - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 06:00

The Apple Watch itself isn’t a particularly eye-catching device, even when you slather it in gold and slap a $10,000 price tag on it. No, the true potential for expression, stylishness, and downright funkiness is in the straps. Typically, we focus on accessible, sturdy, and affordable bands (as in our roundup of the best cheap Apple Watch bands), but these are the straps we’d like to try if money—and, well, shame—were no object.

SCF Apple Watch Real Carbon Fiber Strap ($59.99)

Carbon fiber is sometimes described as a “miracle” material, as it’s around five times stronger than steel but significantly lighter. You probably know it as the trim for high-end sports cars, but these days you can also find it in a variety of straps for the Apple Watch.

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AJ Freund death: Parents of 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy due in court Monday

Top Stories - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 05:55

The parents of slain 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy A.J. Freund are scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.


FOREX-Dollar rally stalls underlining slowdown fears

Top Stories - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 05:17

A rally in the dollar faltered on Monday with strong U.S. data doing little to lift the currency or convince investors that a slowdown in activity is over. The greenback traded in a narrow range as Japan kicked off a week of holidays, typically a period of thin liquidity that can prompt spikes in volatility. A Federal Reserve policy meeting, Brexit negotiations and a raft of global data including on U.S. core inflation and payrolls could each be the trigger for big currency swings this week.


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