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You can get 200GB of free iCloud storage because even Apple knows its free tier sucks

Macworld - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:03

It’s no surprise that the new iPhones are arriving next month. And as always, there are three things to do once you decide to buy one: pick your color, choose your carrier, and back up your old phone.

But if you’re on the free iCloud tier, that last one might be difficult since Apple still only grants 5 gigs of free space to each iCloud user. So if you take a lot of pics or have more than one device, you’re probably not going to have enough space to back up everything you need to take to your new iPhone. That may be why Apple is enticing users to upgrade to a paid plan by offering 200GB of iCloud space, 40 times as much storage as the no-cost tier, for free. Some major strings are attached, though.

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Give your door some brains! The most affordable August Smart Lock is $50 cheaper today

Macworld - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 09:42

Sometimes smart home devices are loved by everyone, and sometimes opinions differ. That’s the case with today’s deal, the third-generation August Smart Lock, which is $100 at Amazon today. That’s close to $32 off its most recent sale price, and a full $50 off its retail price.

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Sexually frustrated dolphin named Zafar terrorises tourists on French beach

Top Stories - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 08:23

A seaside village in Brittany has banned swimming on its beach because a dolphin in heat has been scaring tourists and locals by approaching them and trying to rub up against them. The dolphin has even tried to prevent several swimmers from getting back to the beach at Landévennec, using its nose to push one woman out of the water and up into the air.  The beast, often clearly in a state of sexual arousal, also often tries to rub up against kayaks and other small boats. The three-metre long dolphin, which locals have nicknamed Zafar, has been hanging around the Bay of Brest for months, amusing tourists with its antics as it visited the beaches and shorelines of Plougastel-Daoulas, Logonna-Daoulas and Landevennec. Children in sailing schools were delighted when the dolphin would suddenly turn up and frolic around their boats, and Zafar sometimes let swimmers grip onto his dorsal fin and go for a ride with him. But then a few weeks ago he changed. The dolphin rubs himself up against kayaks and canoes “Swimming and diving are banned on the village shoreline… whenever the presence of the dolphin is confirmed,” said a new bylaw issued last week by the mayor of Landévennec, Roger Lars. “Approaching within 50 metres of the dolphin is also forbidden,” said the text. Mayor Lars was not available for comment when contacted by the Telegraph, but he told local media that he had issued the new rules “to ensure people’s safety” after Zafar’s recent bad behaviour. “Several swimmers were frightened. He (Zafar) even lifted up a woman swimmer last Thursday with his nose,” he told Ouest-France newspaper. Local media have been awash with tales of the dolphin’s less savoury antics, with several going into some detail about aghast tourists being confronted with the animal’s sexual arousal. About | Bottlenose dolphins Dolphins do not have a particular time of year when they reproduce and may mate at any time. They appear to have frequent recreational sex and sometimes display sexual behaviour towards other species, including humans. Experts point out that they are very large wild animals and could cause serious injury - even inadvertently with a flipper - if they feel threatened. But attacks or injury to humans by dolphins are so rare that a Breton lawyer says he plans to take legal action to have what he calls the “excessive” swimming ban in Landévennec overturned. “The mayor wants to make dolphins look like almost ferocious beasts, completely unpredictable and likely to drown people,” said Erwan Le Cornec in a statement. “If you were to apply these rules across the board, whenever a pedestrian approaches a dog, even if it is on a leash, all the mayors in… France should issue bylaws banning pedestrians in town,” he said.

AirPlay 2, macOS, and the limits of the HomePod

Macworld - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 08:00

At $349 each, you’ll pay a pretty price to get two HomePods and pair them to work as stereo speakers. The stereo feature relies on AirPlay 2, which Apple pushed out to iOS, Apple TV, and HomePod in May 2018, after a long delay.

You’ll note I didn’t list macOS. That’s related to the question I received from Macworld reader Mikael. He paired his two HomePods for stereo sound, and cannot figure out how to access them from macOS as a single stereo audio destination. The reason? It’s currently not possible. (See Apple’s system requirements list for AirPlay 2.)

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Professional gamers named as victims of Florida shooting

Top Stories - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 07:56

US media have named two professional video gamers as the victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Florida.  Eli Clayton, 21, and Taylor Robertson, 27, were shot dead during the attack at the Jacksonville Landing shopping and entertainment complex on Sunday afternoon, family members and fellow gamers said.  Their names have not yet been confirmed by police. Police have named David Katz, a 24, year old from from Baltimore, as the perpetrator of the shooting. He died at the scene after turning his gun on himself. Eleven people were injured in the attack. It was earlier reported in local media that four people had been killed. Clayton and Robertson were well known players of Madden NFL, an American footballing video game, and were competing in a tournament at the GLHF Game Bar in the Chicago Pizza restaurant when they were killed. Unconfirmed reports in local media said Katz was also competing and opened fire after losing a match. Footage from the tournament's live stream showed a Clayton and another player competing in a match before shots rang out. A dozen shots were heard before the live stream was cut. An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives leaves the family home of the suspected shooter Credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP Eli, or Elijah, Clayton was a former high school football player and was known on the eSports circuit by the nickname TrueBoy.  Taylor Robertson, known to fellow gamers as Spotme, won the Madden 17 Classic last year. His Twitter feed lists him as a father, husband and pro-Madden player for DotCityGaming. Katz, who was in Jacksonville for the video game tournament, is listed by games maker, EA Sports, as a 2017 championship winner. Steven "Steveyj" Javaruski, a professional Madden player for Noble eSports, said the shooter had been competing and lost, the LA Times reported.  Mr Javaruski said he witnessed his fellow competitor target a "few people” killing at least two or three and shooting multiple others. Sheriff Williams declined to comment on what led to the third major mass shooting to hit Florida in the last two years. The two fatalities have been identified as Elijah Clayton and Taylor Robertson, the LA Times reported. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Katz had used at least one hand gun in the attack Credit:  Will Dickey/ The Florida Times-Union “RIP to Trueboy and Spotme,” Javaruski tweeted, referring to the handles they adopted for the screen. “This is the worst day of my life.” Chicago Pizza was live-streaming the tournament for the Madden NFL football video game when at least nine shots rang out, according to video of the stream shared on social media. Investigators were looking into online video that appeared to capture the scene right before the shooting began, Sheriff Williams said.  In the video, players can be seen reacting to the gunfire and cries can be heard before the footage cuts off. Just before the shots were heard, a red laser dot appeared on the chest of one of the players, who was wearing white headphones and a red sweatshirt.  Reacting to news of the shooting during the tournament involving its game, Madden 19 maker Electronic Arts Inc said it was working with authorities to gather facts. "This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved," the company said on Twitter.  David Katz, 24, killed himself and two others.  Credit: Video grab from Youtube SK Gaming, a professional online sports organisation based in Germany, said one of its players was present at the event.  The shooting has prompted calls for tighter security in the increasingly lucrative eSports industry. "It's very clear that we need to be more proactive for 2019 and beyond," tweeted Joey Cuellar, the tournament director for the Evolution Championship Series, an esports event held annually in Las Vegas. In March, organizers of the tournament called the FBI when someone wrote online: "mass shooting @EVO18 see you there." That event went off without a hitch, but Cuellar also wrote on Sunday: "The amount of undercover law enforcement at Evo was unprecedented, and we will be installing metal detectors for ALL days next year."

US strike 'kills Islamic State commander in Afghanistan'

Top Stories - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 07:35

 A US strike over the weekend killed a senior Islamic State commander in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan and US officials said Monday. The strike in Nangarhar province killed Abu Sayeed Orakzai, a senior leader in the extremist group, according to Shah Hussain Martazawi, deputy spokesman for the Afghan presidency. He said the operation showed the government's "determination to fight terrorism." Lt Col Martin O'Donnell, a spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, said American forces launched a counterterrorism strike in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday that targeted a "senior leader of a designated terrorist organization." He did not provide further details. "These efforts target the real enemies of Afghanistan, the same enemies who threaten America," he said. An Isil affiliate that emerged in Afghanistan in 2014 has carried out scores of attacks targeting security forces and the country's Shiite minority. Even with US and NATO support, Afghan security forces have struggled to combat Isil and the more well-established Taliban. 

'No one deserves to die over a video game': survivors recall chaos of Florida shooting

Top Stories - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 07:06

Police officers attend the incident at the Jacksonville Landing. A gunman who killed two people and wounded nine others before shooting himself dead at a video gamers’ tournament in Florida on Sunday was known to fellow players as an aloof and insular character who made little effort to make friends on the competition circuit. Authorities in Jacksonville were on Monday looking into one theory that David Katz, 24, opened fire in anger after losing a match at the Madden NFL 19 tournament, an event themed on the popular American football video game that was taking place in a bar at the back of a pizza restaurant at the Jacksonville Landing shopping complex.

NASA Map Reveals How This Week’s Natural Disasters Affect Aerosol Velocity

Top Stories - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 06:30

NASA is tracking even the tiniest specks of matter.

Activo CT10 high-res digital audio player review: High-end personal audio without the high-end price tag

Macworld - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 06:00
Sweet sound, compact size, superb interface, rich feature set, and a $299 price tag render this player a steal.

What to expect from Apple’s A12 processor

Macworld - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 06:00

We’re getting very close to the introduction of Apple’s new iPhones for 2018, and of course they’re certain to be powered by a new Apple-designed custom system-on-chip (SoC). In carrying on from past naming conventions, it will almost certainly be called the A12, along with a colorful descriptor (as in the “A10 Fusion” or “A11 Bionic”).

By taking a look at the improvements made in previous Apple-designed SoCs and projecting forward to the current state-of-the-art in manufacturing technology, we can get a pretty good idea of what to expect from the A12. 

Apple has been very secretive about its upcoming processor, so there’s precious little solid information out there. Call this article an educated guess.

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Obama, Bush Asked To Speak At John McCain's Funeral; Trump Told To Stay Away

Top Stories - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 04:40

Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have reportedly been asked

Daughter testifies in Hong Kong 'yoga ball' murder trial

Top Stories - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 03:18

The daughter of an anaesthetist accused of gassing his wife and another daughter to death using a yoga ball filled with carbon monoxide described her dead sister as her "soulmate" in a Hong Kong court Monday. Prosecutors have accused Khaw Kim-sun of leaving the inflatable ball in the boot of a car where the gas leaked out and killed his wife and 16-year-old daughter Lily. Khaw, 53, was having an affair and his wife would not grant him a divorce, prosecutors said.

Deported mother tells of moment  five-year-old son was taken from her by Japanese officials - 'I still cannot forget his crying voice'

Top Stories - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 01:46

Japanese immigration officials have been accused of forcibly removing a crying five-year-old boy from the lap of his Vietnamese mother before she was deported from the country. The mother was among 46 Vietnamese deported by immigration officials in February for staying illegally in Japan, with members of 12 families reportedly separated as a result. Nguyen Thi Loan Phuong, 46, told Kyodo News agency how her Japanese-born son, aged five, was tearfully removed from her lap in a room at Tokyo Immigration Bureau a week before she was put out on a chartered plane to Hanoi. Speaking in a telephone interview, she said: “My son was crying. I still cannot forget his crying voice.” Six months on, her son remains in Japan where he is being looked after by her Vietnamese refugee husband Hoang Van Hiep, 52, who is juggling childcare with night shifts at a noodle-making factory in Gunma Prefecture. Ms Phuong, who was deported from Japan on one previous occasion, reportedly returned to the country eight years ago using her sister’s passport, before marrying her husband. Mr Hiep told local media that returning to Vietnam to be with his wife was impossible due to his refugee status while their son only speaks Japanese. “My wife certainly violated the immigration law, but she regrets it,” he added. “All I want is just to live with my wife and son.” Japan is home to famously strict immigration laws, despite its rapidly ageing population and low birth rate fuelling growing concerns about the nation’s shrinking workforce. The recent situation surrounding Vietnamese families has led to accusations of parallels with immigration policies in the United States, where the separation of thousands of children from parents recently led to global condemnation. Motoko Yamagishi, secretary-general of the Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan, told the Telegraph that the departure of the Vietnamese in February was the seventh occasion the Japanese government had chartered a plane for the purpose of a mass deportation since 2013. Highlighting how many were forced to leave behind families and established lives in Japan, she added: “We strongly protest against mass deportation using a chartered plane. We believe that the human rights of everyone living in Japan should be equally respected in this society.”

The Latest: Pope: parents of gay kids shouldn't condemn them

Top Stories - Sun, 08/26/2018 - 22:11

KNOCK, Ireland (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Ireland (all times local):


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