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Everything you need to know to tweak additional battery life from your Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

If you want to tweak the most battery life you can from your iPhone, iPad or MacBook (Pro) you’ll want to review these tips, some can squeeze a little more time from limited charge, but others you need to use early for best results.

iPhone, iPad, iOS battery life tips

Here are some of the best tips to squeeze extra power from an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch).

Up to date

Make sure your iOS is kept up-to-date to ensure your device is utilizing Apple’s latest battery life preserving tweaks.


Battery usage

Get to know your battery. Open Settings>Battery and wait for your Battery Usage data to load. You’ll be able to see which apps use the most power and switch them off.

Reduce Brightness

Open Settings>Display & Brightness and disable Auto-Brightness. You should also reduce the brightness of your device using the slider here (or in Control Center).


You will save some power by setting your device to lock in the shortest available time, which is 30-seconds. You achieve this in Settings>Display & Brightness>Auto-Lock.


Use AirPlane Mode to control connectivity

If you don’t need to use Bluetooth, Cellular, or Wi-Fi, then you should swipe up from the bottom of the display to raise Control Center and then tap the Airplane Mode button to on.  If you need to use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi you can always enable them using their settings in Control Center, as even limiting cellular connection will save a little more power. If you are in a location with poor cellular coverage you’ll save significant power by disabling the cellular radio in your device – this is because it constantly seeks a strong connection, using battery power as it does. You can enable and disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi manually inside Control Center if you need to keep cellular coverage. Wi-Fi uses less power than cellular, Apple claims.

Switch off AirDrop

You can disable AirDrop manually in Control Center. Just swipe up to get to Control Center, tap the AirDrop item, and set it to ‘Receiving Off’. This saves a good amount of energy as it works by scanning for nearby devices when it is active. That’s also why Apple disables it in Low Power Mode (see below).


Switch it down

You’ll also want to switch down the volume on your device and turn off Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent to further trim power need. You can also switch off Background App Refresh in Settings>General, though this is done automatically for you in Low Power Mode, which may be better if you’re likely to forget to switch this one again.

Reduce Motion and other stories

Apple’s parallax and other visual effects can be disabled to save a little energy. Once again, Apple’s Low Power Mode will do this, but here’s how to do it yourself:

Settings>General>Accessibility, and switch on Reduce Motion.


You can also try switching off Spotlight settings in General>Spotlight Search where you can define which sites and apps it uses to search.

Notifications control

Do you have apps set to share Notifications that you don’t read or don’t use? You probably do. Open Settings>Notifications to find an extensive list of all the apps capable of sharing notifications through your device. Tap on the ones you aren’t interested in and selecting None to prevent receiving items from that app, or switch off Allow Notifications from that app to disable it completely.

Don’t push that Mail

When you want to maximize battery life you will want to disable Push email, as this requires plenty of power. To do so in Settings>Mail>Contacts &Calendars choose Fetch New Data and turn Push to Off. You can now choose to check for emails at certain intervals, or switch it to Manually for best control (and best power saving). Once again, this is what Low Power Mode does for you.


Silence Siri

Open Settings>Siri and switch it off. You’ll miss it, but doing so may help conserve a little more power.

Location Services

In Settings>Privacy>Location Services toggle these to off. You will no longer be able to use all your apps and services, but you will also stop your device trying to figure out where it is. Alternatively disable location services for those apps you won’t need to use.

Browser control

Every Safari website has its own scripts, ads and ‘other stuff’. These don’t take up too much power, but the combined demand mounts up. If you want to extend battery life it makes sense to close any browser window you don’t need to use. You don’t need to quit Safari (the apps themselves make little difference when conserving power), but it is worth quitting some websites.


Ditch Facebook

I continue to believe you will save significant power by deleting the Facebook and Messenger apps from your device. You can always check the site and your messages using Safari.  

Automatic Downloads

You’ll want to open Settings>iTunes & App Store and switch Automatic Downloads off.

Other things to avoid

It may sound a little obvious, but avoiding media playback, games and camera usage will all help you squeeze a little more use out of your device.

The very best tip: Low Power Mode

The most useful power saving measure you’ll find is only available on iOS devices and is called Low Power Mode.


It works like this: When your battery level falls to 20 percent your smartphone will warn you about it and let you enter the power-saving mode with one tap. When in this mode, display brightness will be reduced, Mail and other apps will not download content in the background, and features like iCloud Sync and AirDrop will be disabled. Device performance and system animations are also optimized.

You can still make calls, access the ‘net and uses messages and email in this mode, but you’ll find your battery life lasts a whole lot longer. You can also enable this mode before your power runs down.

Why Apple hasn’t built a similarly effective tool for Mac users to use to tweak battery life out of their systems eludes me.

Mac battery life tips

At time of writing, Apple’s mobile Macs include the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Here are some of the ways in which you can get more usable time from your battery. Read this article for effective advice on understanding and maintaining battery condition.


The basic tricks

Always keep your Mac software up-to-date using Software Update. Apple routinely applies enhancements to your system performance, often enabling better battery life when it does.

You should also get to know System Preferences>Energy Saver. This offers several settings that can help reduce power demand:

The ‘turn display off after’ slider helps you save power by reducing the amount of time your display remains active when not in use. To maximize usable time and reduce power demands you should also tick 'Put hard disks to sleep when possible', and 'Slightly dim the display while on battery power'.

Cut demand

You can also reduce power draw by disabling any system features you don’t need to use.

You can dim your screen; turn off Bluetooth; turn off Wi-Fi and Mute sound. You will also save a little more power by disconnecting any peripheral devices. If you are using a Mac with an optical drive, make sure to eject a disk you may have inside.



When you are using the apps you like to use most often and you are connected to power (ie. Not when you are trying to reduce power draw), launch Activity Monitor and take a look at the CPU and Energy readings. You will probably find Safari, Mail, and any imaging or video editing apps have consumed the most power. Another thing you can do is tap on the Battery Power indicator in Menu. When you do you will be shown a list of apps that are using significant quantities of power. You will certainly want to quit any power-hungry apps (if possible) when you want to maximize battery life. You should also quit any app you don’t need to use at the time, and also avoid power-hungry Websites such as most social networks and video sharing sites. Following these steps significantly reduces power draw.

Browser tips

Every website you have open in Safari probably consumes some system resources. This is why you should close any web pages or browser windows you don’t need when trying to tweak battery performance.

Another useful tip: In Safari Preferences>Advanced enable the Stop plug-ins to save power setting.

Activity Monitor

Launch Activity Monitor and select CPU>All Processes. If you find any app, website, or process that is taking c.70 percent of power you’ll want to disable it. To do so, select the item in the list and then tap the X button top left. This quits the app/process. (You’d be surprised how some poorly-built websites also suck power from your Mac, get to know which ones they are and avoid them when you need more battery time).


Invert colors

You may get a little more battery life if you can work with in this mode. The first step is to open System Preferences>Desktop & Screen Saver>Desktop>Solid Colors and choose the white tile. Next you select System Preferences>Accessibility and tick Invert colors. You’ll end up with a low power demand but very black display.

More Accessibility

There are some other settings you may want to change in the Accessibility pane. I find the all-dark Mac hard to work with, so I sometimes tick the ‘Use grayscale’ item to switch to an all gray Mac. You should also reduce power demand by ticking the ‘Reduce Motion’ and ‘Reduce Transparency’ items here.

Turn it off

There are some application settings you can disable to save a little more power:

If you use a Mac with an illuminated keyboard you may want to turn down the brightness or switch this feature off. Open System Preferences>Keyboard and uncheck ‘Adjust keyboard brightness in low light’.

Limit the apps that can check for Notifications in System Preferences>Notifications. (Or switch on Do Not Disturb to disable them completely).


Stop Mail from automatically checking for new messages in Mail Preferences>General, where you should switch Check for New Messages to ‘Manually’.

Some Mac users also disable their Spotlight preferences by dragging their Mac disk across to the Privacy pane in Spotlight System Preferences.

Feature request

Surely Apple can create a single power saving pane that lets Mac users change all these settings from one place? It could call it Low Power Mode…

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Source: This article was published on computerworld.com

Original Story, 5/9/17 at 4:11 p.m: For serious Starbucks go-ers, their mobile app makes paying for your Grande iced coffee easy as can be - but users who chose to link their Starbucks account to their banks are finding themselves victims of a major scam.

A reporter at Buzzfeed explained that last week she received an email saying that she had reloaded $100 onto her Starbuck mobile app from the credit card she had on file. The thing is, she hadn't actually reloaded her card. So when she opened her app, she found that someone had gained access to her information, added the $100 and made three charges in San Diego that wiped her account.A reporter at Buzzfeed explained that last week she received an email saying that she had reloaded $100 onto her Starbuck mobile app from the credit card she had on file. The thing is, she hadn't actually reloaded her card. So when she opened her app, she found that someone had gained access to her information, added the $100 and made three charges in San Diego that wiped her account.


According to Twitter, this reporter isn't alone. Dozens of people have taken to the social media platform complaining of the same issues.

Hey @Starbucks my app got hacked and someone has been using it in a state I don't live in. What do I do?
Somebody hacked into my moms @Starbucks app and spent her gift card money!!! She had $74 on there! Poor thing
If you use @starbucks mobile app - beware! My account was hacked and both reloaded balances and rewards have been swept to rogue accts

CNN explained that criminals break into users' accounts online and then add a new gift card and transfer the funds to themselves. They can then repeat the process by reloading the card.This isn't the first time this has happened. In 2015, Starbucks confirmed that criminals have been gaining access to customers' rewards accounts and making unauthorized charges. CNN explained that criminals break into users' accounts online and then add a new gift card and transfer the funds to themselves. They can then repeat the process by reloading the card.

My @Starbucks app was just hacked. Charged my account $300 and then transferred money to another card that's not mine. Anyone else
PSA: if you have the @Starbucks app on your phone, check your transaction history and the CC attached. I was hacked of $100 last night.
@Starbucks my app was hacked, $105 gone from my account. 7 calls to customer service, still isn't sorted out. What must I do?!
My @Starbucks app was hacked and someone reloaded my card with $25 SIX TIMES.
explained to CNNMoney that these hacks were likely a result of weak customer passwords, as the company itself had not been hacked at the time. Still users who have had their accounts broken into say Starbuck's needs to up their security measures.Starbucks explained to CNNMoney that these hacks were likely a result of weak customer passwords, as the company itself had not been hacked at the time. Still users who have had their accounts broken into say Starbuck's needs to up their security measures.


"I think it's too easy to dip into someone's bank account," Kristi Overton, whose Starbuck account was hanked into in 2015, told CNN. "The Starbucks app's security measures need to be updated."

Starbucks told Buzzfeed, "While we do not share specifics on future security protocol timelines or practices, our security and anti-fraud teams actively continue to develop, and invest in, enhanced protection measures, further strengthening our platforms.When asked nearly two years later about rolling out a two-factor authentication, Starbucks told Buzzfeed, "While we do not share specifics on future security protocol timelines or practices, our security and anti-fraud teams actively continue to develop, and invest in, enhanced protection measures, further strengthening our platforms."

the Good Housekeeping Institute, suggests always switching up your log-in information even if it may be hard to remember.In the meantime, Rachel Rothman, Chief Technologist in the Good Housekeeping Institute, suggests always switching up your log-in information even if it may be hard to remember.

"Try to pick different passwords for the different applications or websites you use, so that if someone does guess one of your passwords, they can't access everything," she says.


If you are concerned that your Starbucks Mobile account has been hacked, you can contact their customer service line at 1-800-782-7282.

GoodHousekeeping.com has reached out to Starbucks and will update this post as new information becomes available.

Update, 5/9/17 at 5:22 p.m.: GoodHousekeeping.com reached out to Starbucks for comment and the company gave the following statement:

"First and foremost, the security of our customer's information is critically important and Starbucks remains resolute in protecting that information and has a team of engineers dedicated to advancing security and fraud prevention, given unauthorized account activity is an industry-wide challenge. As a result, we see only a tiny fraction of one percent of account holders impacted, significantly reducing fraudulent activity to a level vastly better than industry average. We strongly encourage our customers to follow best practices to protect their accounts and, if we are made aware of any unauthorized activity, we work with our customers directly to ensure that their account remains whole."

[h/t: Buzzfeed]


Source: This article was published Good Housekeeping By Lindsey Murray

1- Free Full Length Movies: The Top Five Websites

Free, full length movies are abundant on the Web; that is, if you know where to look. Lots of websites promise free films, but we've sorted through it all to show you the top five very best sites that will deliver great video right to your desktop. These sites all offer free movies that you can watch from within your Web browser on any Internet-connected device; each offers a different unique experience as well as a very wide variety of selection. Don't look at these sites expecting the latest Hollywood blockbuster (although those are offered eventually on most of the sites listed here); these resources offer movies that have been out for a while, went straight to video, or were the work of an independent filmmaker. Regardless, if you're looking for good value (or simply scouting out a new way to procrastinate!), these sites are a good bet. 


2- Hulu - Free Movies, TV Shows, and Original Series

Hulu is the first place many people go online when they want to find quality multimedia. They've got a good selection of movies here, and they are all easy to find with good organization. Hulu makes it very easy for you to view movies on the Web - just click to their film section and you're pretty much all set. From action to mystery to romance, you'll be able to find pretty much anything you might be in the mood for at Hulu, and the viewing experience is top-tier. Nicely organized by category and each movie is in very high quality....keep reading


3- The Internet Movie Database

IMDB, also known as the Internet Movie Database, has added free full length movies and TV shows to its already large and informative site. IMDB offers plenty of great movies trailers; however, you're going to have to do a little bit of sleuthing in order to find them. Your best bet? Go straight to the Channels page and look to the right - you'll see a whole list of really interesting subjects that you can then click on and find movies you might be interested in.As of this writing, there were more than one hundred movies available; they are all hosted on the site and in good quality. Best part about watching multimedia on IMDB? If you see an actor or actress that you're interested in, you can instantly look up their information on IMDB....keep reading


4- YouTube

Yes, you can absolutely find and watch full-length movies on YouTubeWhile most people use YouTube to watch videos, it's pretty easy to find movies on YouTube as well, if you know how to frame your searches cleverly. One thing users should pay attention to that can be somewhat inconvenient is that movies that are uploaded without studio permission can be taken down without warning; keep that in mind when searching for your favorite film. You can find movies at YouTube pretty easily; simply by going to the Advanced Search and changing the drop-down "Duration" menu to "longer than twenty minutes"; you can further refine your search parameters to find a particular movie you are interested in.....keep reading


5- OVGuide

OVGuide is a multimedia search engine that scours the Web for high-quality videos, movies, TV shows, and films. OVGuide connects to more than 3000 movie and video sites, organizing content into an easy to use multimedia directory. There are literally hundreds of movies; keep in mind that since all these movies are links to other sites, not all of the movies will work. However, out of five movies we randomly picked to test this site, all of them worked with no problems at all.


6- Vimeo

Vimeo allows you to watch videos and short films uploaded from the community, purchase films, series, and support film creators, in addition to the ability to watch and share videos on any device you might have. It's one of the web's most supportive community of creators as well, with plenty of support for creating and sharing videos; users will also get to take advantage of high-quality tools for hosting, sharing, and streaming videos in  HD and 4K with no advertisements.



Source: This article was published on lifewire.com

A new day, and a new set of iPhone 8 renders are here to gawk at. This time around it’s not a concept that a designer created based on rumors. Instead, we’re looking at high-quality 3D renders that were created using leaked factory CAD images of the OLED iPhone.

According to BetaNews, the United States continues to lag behind many other nations when it comes to broadband penetration and access speeds. To make matters worse, Americans pay more for Internet than many countries with faster speeds.

BroadbandNow.com, which has helped over 1M people search for Internet, takes your zip code and helps you find the best Internet providers in your area, analyzing their plans, prices and rating for all available providers.

It’s a Texas based startup, and provides all relevant broadband information, from provider footprints to local pricing statistics, on what kind of coverage is available for your current or prospective address. The company was founded by Duane Anderson and Nick Reese, who after founding a successful email marketing company Gwun, which later served over 400 realtors and marketed thousands of luxury properties, decided that he wanted to make a larger impact.


“We still have over 800,000 Americans without access to any broadband connection of 3mbps or higher, even wireless. One of our primary goals is to bring attention to under-served areas to help raise awareness and foster competition,” says Nick Reese.

broadbandCo-Founder Nick Reese

To solve this challenge, BroadbandNow spends countless hours crunching relevant governmental data, over one billion rows of data to be exact, to help customers make an informed decision of what is available in their area. Instead of contacting 30 different providers yourself to analyze which coverage is best for your needs, BroadbandNow gives you an analysis of different plans, prices and ratings for all available providers.


BroadbandNow is also the only company that provides an API to access broadband availability data at an address level and gives access to an ever-growing amount of provided proprietary data including: More than 486,212 On-Net and Near-Net addresses; over 2,569 provider footprints; and Information on 1,200+ datacenters. The startup also creates a host of resources that have been sourced by the US House of Representatives to local state offices.

“Whether you’re looking for service at new location or you’re shopping for alternative providers at an existing location, finding which providers have network near you is key to expanding your Internet options,” Reese continues. “ With our “Calculated Near Net” results, we’ve streamlined this process to show you a rough estimate of how far away a provider’s network is from your location.”

broadbandFounders (L) Nick Reese and (R) Duane Anderson

Founders Nick Reese and Duane Anderson tend to lean away from the cameras, however they’ve long been recognized as leaders within the entrepreneurial community. Nick earlier spoke at the White House about what it takes to build a business in a tough economy, and in a prior life also co-authored a book with New York Times best selling author Chris Brogan. He’s also the CEO of Microband Media, a company that builds profitable web assets, and has mentored over 100 entrepreneurs who have built businesses with with more than $100K in revenue.


Source : This article was published in Sociable.co By CONRAD EGUSA

Facebook, with its tech cohorts Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft and Amazon, have huge pools of data about their users, which lend considerable network advantages over smaller players. Credit Noah Berger/Associated Press

There is a growing drumbeat that the five leading tech behemoths have turned into dangerous monopolies that stifle innovation and harm consumers. Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook — what the tech columnist Farhad Manjoo calls the Frightful Five — have a combined market capitalization of more than $2.7 trillion and are an increasing part of everyday life.

They are each assembling enormous pools of data about their users — which they use not just to sell more targeted advertising, but to improve and personalize their services, increasing their network advantage against smaller players.


But while these firms are increasingly formidable and deserve scrutiny, over all their market power appears less durable than infrastructure-based monopolies of previous generations. As David Evans and Richard Schmalensee note in “Matchmakers,” dominant digital platforms are “likely to be more transient than economists and pundits once thought.”

In most tech markets, multiple players reach viable scale. And consumers often have an incentive to switch between competing services, based on convenience and price.

Not only are these titans vulnerable to regular existential threats (recall Microsoft’s unbreakable hegemony over PC software that didn’t translate to mobile computing), they are also all converging — therefore competing — with one another.

All five of these firms are in a broad race to dominate consumers’ digital lives at home and at work. They all offer a suite of connected services — for instance, some combination of music, video and communication services — which increasingly overlap with one another. They are each expanding their market opportunity, but also straying out of their zones of competitive advantage into areas of increasing rivalry. This convergence in strategy, products and tactics is a powerful inoculation to anticompetitive outcomes.

Many of the recent monopoly arguments rely upon narrowly defining markets to make a rhetorical case, as well as hypothetical consumer harm. Ben Thompson, who writes the tech newsletter Stratechery, for instance, argued recently that Facebook has a monopoly in the “content provider market.”


It is easy to see how commentators get worked up about Facebook, given it controls several large, overlapping networks including WhatsApp and Instagram. But the claim that it has a monopoly over content providers, is risible. Even if Facebook were the singular acquirer of content, that would make it a monopsonist, not a monopolist. This distinction is critical because a monopsonist — who is the only buyer for a given set of suppliers — uses its power to squeeze input prices (like the sole employer in a town, keeping wages low). Whereas a monopolist uses its power to raise consumer prices.

Facebook’s importance as a major traffic source for many content sites is self-evident, but publishers still go directly to consumers and use other significant intermediaries — notably Google, which is owned by Alphabet. The woes of the publishing industry are because of the impact of the internet, not Facebook.

Mr. Thompson unconvincingly asserts that Facebook’s power over publishers produces a “dead weight loss” (where monopoly taxation leads to a waste of resources) and that consumers are afflicted by Facebook’s stifling of innovation. But Facebook users are not suffering under the yoke of oppressive masters. On the contrary, they are benefiting from a period of intense competition.

The same applies when it comes to entertainment. Netflix isn’t one of the big five, but it enjoyed a brief honeymoon as a monopoly after it crushed Blockbuster. But just a few years later, it faces intense competition around the globe. While the Netflix chief executive, Reed Hastings, may say that “sleep” is his company’s major rival, in reality, Amazon and Alphabet — not to mention Hulu, HBO and myriad local players — prevent Netflix from running away with the market.

Commentators often conflate ubiquity, or narrow market dominance, with a broad-based monopoly. Amazon regularly gets tarred with this brush. About 80 million people now take a Prime subscription bundle, according to industry estimates. Weaving together multiple products and services under one compelling offering gives Amazon a formidable advantage to which its rivals are scrambling to react. But even so, Amazon is so far only exhibiting signs of market dominance in the market for books. And even there, as Paul Krugman has noted, it looks more like a monopsonist exerting market power than a monopolist exploiting consumers.

For diapers, dog food, videos, music, cloud-computing services, voice technology and so forth — it faces extreme competition from other tech companies, not to mention traditional retailers. Walmart alone is still four times its size in retail (albeit much smaller online). In video and music, Amazon is an order of magnitude smaller than Netflix and Spotify. And in cloud computing, Amazon faces serious competition from Alphabet and Microsoft and others, which offer similar services, also on a grand scale.

It is blindingly obvious that traditional retailers are suffering. But holding Amazon responsible for the decline in brick-and-mortar retail is like blaming Craigslist for the death of print classifieds. The natural gravitational pull of the internet caused those problems, not one company.


While almost all of the hand-wringing about tech monopolies is overblown. The player that perhaps warrants the closest scrutiny today is Alphabet, and in particular its Google search engine.

Google’s overwhelming dominance of search (it has 90 percent market share in United States search revenue) is particularly critical given search’s centrality to the web’s commercial ecosystem. Google, however, has not been sensitive enough in handling its power — especially with its history of bringing the fight to smaller, narrowly focused rivals, like Yelp in the local reviews market. Its strategy in certain verticals resembles the old survival maxim: First, eat what the monkey eats, then eat the monkey.

There is no denying that the leading tech companies are riding high. The recent signal by the Federal Communications Commission that it intends to ditch net neutrality has fueled concerns that the Frightful Five will further stifle competition from start-ups. While these firms have all been public advocates for net neutrality (they don’t want to be taxed by Comcast or Verizon), they won’t have any trouble affording whatever “tax” the carriers might impose. Instead, the companies at some risk of real disadvantage will be start-ups we haven’t heard of yet.

However, as consumers continue to migrate to mobile, neutrality matters less. Mobile carriers already use “zero rating” (whereby certain services don’t count toward data caps) to advantage their own content (or that of their partners). And unlike in fixed broadband, consumers are afforded some protection by the real choice they have in mobile carriers.

Plainly there is no cause to be Pollyannaish. It’s sensible to be wary of acquisitions and potential overreach. And there may be specific cases that cross the line and should be reined in. Over all though, the kind of competition we see among Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft tends to sort things out naturally and brutally.


The only surefire winner from this battle is the consumer.

Source : This article was published in nytimes.com By JEREMY G. PHILIPS

China will further tighten its internet regulations with a pledge on Sunday to strengthen controls over search engines and online news portals, the latest step in President Xi Jinping's push to maintain strict Communist Party control over content.

Xi has made China's "cyber sovereignty" a top priority in his sweeping campaign to bolster security. He has also reasserted the ruling Communist Party's role in limiting and guiding online discussion.

The five-year cultural development and reform plan released by the party and State Council, or Cabinet, calls for a "perfecting" of laws and rules related to the internet.


That includes a qualification system for people working in online news, according to the plan, carried by the official Xinhua news agency.

"Strike hard against online rumors, harmful information, fake news, news extortion, fake media and fake reporters," it said, without giving details.

Xi has been explicit that media must follow the party line, uphold the correct guidance on public opinion and promote "positive propaganda." The plan comes on top of existing tight internet controls, which includes the blocking of popular foreign websites such as Google and Facebook.

    The government last week issued tighter rules for online news portals and network providers. Regulators say such controls are necessary in the face of growing security threats, and are done in accordance with the law.

    Speaking more broadly about the country's cultural sector, the plan calls for efforts to reinforce and improve "positive propaganda".

    "Strengthen and improve supervision over public opinion," it added.


    The plan also calls for more effort to be put into promoting China's point of view and cultural soft power globally, though without giving details.

    Source : This article was published in newsweek.com By REUTERS

    Monday, 08 May 2017 12:26

    New iPhone 8 Details Will Anger Users

    Exciting leaks and images about 2017’s new iPhones have users so excited Tim Cook claims they have caused iPhone sales to slow in anticipation. But the latest news from financial giants JPMorgan Chase will leave users feeling far from happy…

    iPhone 8 concept based on leaks prior to the JPMorgan report is much more exciting

    In a lengthy report obtained by 9to5Mac, the multinational giant claims Apple AAPL +1.65%’s plans to introduce three new models: an iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus and new flagship iPhone 8 will prove underwhelming.


    In contrast to the widely published, eye popping iPhone 8 renders seen recently, JPMorgan claims Apple the new device will not have tiny 4mm bezels around the display. Instead the smartphone will be more like Samsung’s Galaxy S8 with an edge-to-edge panel horizontally and reduced, but clearly visible top and bottom bezels. It published the following diagrams to illustrate this:

    JPMorgan claims the iPhone 8 will look more like a Galaxy S8 than a radical redesign


    In addition to this JPMorgan says the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus will retain the same basic design Apple has used since the iPhone 6, but marry its aluminium sides with glass backs like the iPhone 8.


    This tweak is to enable the phones to support wireless charging, though talk of the switch to glass is a move which is controversial given it was a major structural vulnerability on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S before being dropped. The iPhone 8 will mesh stainless steel and glass to a slightly more premium finish.

    JPMorgan also indicates that Apple’s well reported move to integrate Touch ID into the front panel remains in the balance. In fact in its summary table for the iPhone 8, it simply leaves a question mark over this feature:

    How Touch ID will be integrated into the iPhone 8 remains a major - and literal - question.


    More positively JPMorgan reiterates that the iPhone 8 will use an L-shaped battery which will result in 30% larger capacity and rear dual camera, which is backed up by previous reports. Though it states all these upgrades will lead to a $75-80 manufacturing cost per unit (excluding construction), which ties in with expectations of a higher price - possibly in excess of $1,000.

    And yet for users who are angry at what JPMorgan is presenting as a significantly less ambitious iPhone 8 than some had expected, there is a flaw in its reasoning which suggests any frustrations be directed at it instead: it concludes the iPhone 8 will come bundled with AirPods.

    Quite frankly, I find this preposterous. Other than the dent this would add to Apple profits (and be a needless expense to anyone already owning quality earphones/headphones), is the fact it makes no logistical sense.

    Ever since their release, Apple has suffered major supply issues with AirPods and even at the time of publication buyers are told to expect a six week shipping delay. So the thought Apple could fix this to the extent that AirPods will be supplied in the 60-80M iPhone 8 units Apple is predicted to sell in its first quarter is comical.


    So keep calm and keep the faith...

    Source : This article was published in forbes.com By Gordon Kelly

    Consumer-grade drones have been booming in popularity in recent years. Why? Maybe because people like piloting these unmanned aerial vehicles while they still can. You know, before the drones become self-aware and enslave humanity. Until then, however, you can purchase a decent drone for anywhere from $500 to $3,000. Although you shouldn't think that you can simply buy a drone and fly it where you please. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)—the government entity that regulates all air traffic in the United States—places several restrictions on the use of consumer drones. So with this in mind, here are some of the drone-related activities that could get you an all-expenses paid visit to the hoosegow.


    Using drones for profit

    Yes, your pet photography business may benefit from aerial shots. What client wouldn't want to see photos of their adorable dog Muffy from 400 feet? Keep in mind, however, that the FAA prohibits drone hobbyists from using their aircraft for commercial gain unless you apply for an exemption. How strict is the FAA with this rule? In 2015, a drone hobbyist in Tampa, Florida received a cease-and-desist letter from the FAA for posting his drone videos on YouTube. The FAA's argument was that, since YouTube contains ads, the videos were for commercial use.



    No, you can't use your drone to spy on your ex's wedding. Privacy and drones mix like Harrison Ford in a slapstick comedy…poorly. In September 2015, a Valdosta, GA police officer was fired, arrested, and charged with felony eavesdropping for using his personal drone to spy on neighbors. In short, stick to Facebook stalking. It's way safer for everyone, you creep.

    Interfering with manned aircraft

    Flying your personal drone around an airport is a pretty bad idea. There is a high possibility that your drone can cause an accident by distracting a pilot or simply colliding with another aerial vehicle. Plus, no one wants the jet engine of a Boeing to rip their drone to shreds. The FAA recommends that hobbyists do not fly their drones within five miles of an airport. Also, it prohibits pilots from flying drones higher than 400 feet. In 2015, a hobbyist in Los Angeles was given three years probation and had his drone confiscated after he obstructed a police helicopter that was searching for a suspect. 


    Flying in a crowd

    The FAA recommends keeping drones away from groups of people. Crashing a drone into someone's head at top speed is a great way to ruin an otherwise peaceful picnic. Not only might you get sued for this, but also arrested. In September 2015, a man was arrested for reckless endangerment after flying a drone into a seating area of a New York City park. 

    Photographing famous landmarks

    Taking aerial pictures is probably the most popular use for consumer drones. But this can land you in trouble, too. First of all, flying a drone near a landmark presents a national security hazard. Second, there's a good chance you can crash your drone if you don't know what you're doing. In February 2016, a man was arrested for reckless endangerment after inadvertently crashing his drone into the Empire State Building. Trust us, a night in the slammer with Bubba is not worth a few photographs that you easily download from Flickr. 


    Abjectly stupid things

    You aren't Walter White. You'll get caught and arrested. As did two men in August 2015 who were trying to smuggle drugs and pornographic DVDs into a Maryland state prison. Their buddy on the inside will have to wait for parole before he can see the latest in high-quality adult entertainment. Stick to flying your drone in the park and call it a day.

    Futuristic cities already being built

    All over the world, new metropolises are being built with everything cool you could possibly think of, like state-of-the-art conveniences, high-tech utilities, and—fingers crossed—public bathrooms that are clean. These cities provide a snapshot of what our future will have in store for us, providing we don't, you know, die in a cyborg and/or zombie apocalypse in the meantime.

    Source: This article was published on grunge.com 

    Much like old humans, old iPhones have a tough time holding their juice -- and part of the reason why is how you charge them. "Charging my phone is a breeze," you say. "What could possibly go wrong?" you say. As it turns out, some of our seemingly harmless habits are doing slow, silent, deadly damage to those precious lithium-ion batteries.

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