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Family questions police killing of man in grandparents' yard

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 22:12

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A black man who Sacramento police say was seen breaking into at least three vehicles and later into a neighbor's home was killed by officers who fired 20 shots, igniting questions by relatives, activists and others after it turned out he was holding only a cellphone.

How to Send an Animoji as a Sticker on Your iPhone

Latest MacBook News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 21:53
If you have an iPhone X, you're probably well aware of the Animoji feature within the Messages app, which is designed to let you send cute little animated videos of emoji animals that adopt your facial expressions and voice.

What you might not have known, though, is that Animoji can also be used as simple stickers. You can send a still Animoji image in Messages as a reaction, or use it like other iMessage stickers.

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Sending a Still Animoji
Sending a non-animated Animoji with a custom expression is pretty simple -- you just need to tap.
  1. Open a Messages conversation.

  2. Tap the Messages App Store icon.

  3. Choose Animoji.

  4. Pick your favorite Animoji.

  5. Make an expression.

  6. Rather than tapping the red record button, tap right on the Animoji itself.

Once you've tapped on the Animoji, a still image of the expression you were making will be input into the chat bar, and you can tap on the blue arrow to send it to the person you're conversing with.

Using an Animoji as a Sticker
Animoji can be manipulated like any other sticker, and to do so, you're going to follow the same steps from above.
  1. Open a Messages conversation.

  2. Tap the Messages App Store icon.

  3. Choose Animoji.

  4. Pick your favorite Animoji.

  5. Make an expression.

  6. Instead of tapping, place a finger over the Animoji and drag it up into the Messages field, where it can be placed over any chat bubble, image, or sticker.

While in drag mode, an Animoji behaves like any other sticker. Keep your finger on it and use pinch gestures to make it smaller or slide a finger over the screen to rotate it to a different angle.

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The Latest: ATF: Fairly certain no packages, urges caution

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 21:36

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Austin bombings (all times local):

Quick Takes: Apple Music Debuts K-Pop Ad, iPhone SE 2 Concept, and More

Latest MacBook News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 21:08
In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Wednesday, March 21
1. Apple Music ad released with Korean girl group TWICE: The 15-second video features their 2017 single Heart Shakers and is accompanied by a link to an Apple Music playlist with their other k-pop songs.

2. Apple is an exception to nearly every rule: Dutch entrepreneur Haje Jan Kamps explains how using Apple as a template for how to build a startup is not a great idea due to its unparalleled hardware design, logistics, and even packaging.

Commentary: As the world's most valuable company, Apple has tremendous leverage over its supply chain and logistical partners like Foxconn and UPS respectively. Given how valuable a contract with Apple can be, these companies will bend over backwards to accommodate the iPhone maker in any way.

3. 3D designer Martin Hajek shares iPhone SE 2 renders: The concept imagines the iPhone SE with a glass back for wireless charging, in the same color as the gold iPhone 8. Overall, the device looks like a refined version of the current iPhone SE, which is likely what we can expect if it does receive a refresh.

For more Apple news and rumors coverage, visit our Front Page, Mac Blog, and iOS Blog. Also visit our forums to join in the discussion.

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Facebook Launching News Feed Tool to Let Users Quickly Revoke Permissions From Apps

Latest MacBook News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 20:48
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this afternoon addressed the ongoing Cambridge Analytica situation, in which Cambridge Analytica used personal data acquired from Facebook in an illicit manner by a third-party app to create targeted political advertisements during the 2016 election.

Zuckerberg outlined a multi-step response that Facebook plans to take to prevent this situation from recurring, and one feature Facebook will add is a new tool at the top of the News Feed which will let people see which apps they've used.

Any app used on the Facebook platform has access to a user's personal data, so the Facebook tool will let people see which apps have their info and it will offer up an easy way to revoke permissions.

This tool is already available through Facebook's privacy settings, but the company plans to make it more accessible to all users.

Back in 2014, Facebook implemented changes to reduce the amount of data apps had access to (the CA data was pre-2014), and Facebook says it will now investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before the platform change.We will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity. We will ban any developer from our platform that does not agree to a thorough audit. And if we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps.Zuckerberg also says Facebook plans to remove developers' access to data if an app hasn't been used in three months, and the amount of data provided to an app when a user signs in will be further restricted to name, profile photo, and email address. Access to posts or other private data will require users to explicitly approve the action.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has resulted in a massive "Delete Facebook" movement from users concerned over the data Facebook collects and how it's used, and Facebook stock has sharply declined this week.

Facebook users who are not satisfied with Zuckerberg's response can permanently delete a Facebook account by clicking this link. Before doing so, it's recommended Facebook users download an archive of their content so no photos are lost.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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Andrew McCabe Oversaw Criminal Investigation Of Jeff Sessions

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 20:38

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe authorized an investigation into

Texas Bomb Suspect's Family 'Devastated And Broken'

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 20:35

Family members of the man police suspect in a string of Texas bombings

Apple's Greg Joswiak Talks Mobile Gaming

Latest MacBook News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 20:20
In a piece covering growing consumer interest in mobile gaming, TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino spoke to Apple's vice president of product marketing, Greg Joswiak, and several prominent game developers to get opinions on the state gaming on iOS.

According to Joswiak, with developers now able to bring full multiplayer console-style experiences to iOS devices, like the recently released Fortnite and PUBG mobile games, mobile gaming is at a tipping point. Platforms like iOS are able to offer unique combinations of hardware and software that see regular updates and improvements, which has led to impressive new gaming technology over the course of the last few years.

"Every year we are able to amp up the tech that we bring to developers," he says, comparing it to the 4-5 year cycle in console gaming hardware. "Before the industry knew it, we were blowing people away [with the tech]. The full gameplay of these titles has woken a lot of people up."Joswiak says Apple is able to bring a "very homogenous customer base to developers" with 90 percent of devices running the current version of iOS, which allows developers to introduce new features and target the capabilities of new devices more quickly than on other platforms like Android, giving Apple's App Store a competitive edge.

Ryan Cash, one of the developers behind the newly released Alto's Odyssey game, told TechCrunch that there's a "real and continually growing sense that mobile is a platform to launch compelling, artful experiences.""This has always been the sentiment among the really amazing community of developers we've been lucky enough to meet. What's most exciting to me, now, though, is hearing this acknowledged by representatives of major console platforms. Having conversations with people about their favorite games from the past year, and seeing that many of them are titles tailor-made for mobile platforms, is really gratifying.According to Joswiak, gaming has always been one of the App Store's most popular categories, and the iOS 11 redesign of the App Store that splits gaming into its own category has grown interest in mobile gaming even more. "Traffic to the App Store is up significantly, and with higher traffic, of course, comes higher sales."

One aspect of the new App Store design that developers are appreciative of is the new "Today" tab that provides customers with a look at some of the work that goes into creating a mobile game.

Dan Gray, one of the developers behind Monument Valley 2, said that it lets people know that indie games really are a "labour of love for a small group of people" and not created by a corporation of 200 people. "Hopefully this leads to players seeing the value in paying up front for games in the future once they can see the craft that goes into something," he said.

SpellTower creator Zach Gage told TechCrunch that games have "never had the cultural reach that they do now" because of the App Store and "these magical devices that are in everyones pockets." He went on to say that people are beginning to recognize that "iOS devices are everywhere" and are "the primary computers of many people," which is leading to more iOS development.

The full interview with comments from Joswiak and several other game developers is over at TechCrunch and is well worth reading for those interested mobile gaming.

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Fuming Trump defends Putin embrace after damaging leak

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 20:15

US President Donald Trump stridently defended his much-criticized overtures to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin Wednesday, as White House anxiety over his embrace spilled into full public view. After aides leaked embarrassing details of Trump's shock decision to call Putin and congratulate him on re-election, the US president blamed the media for the furor and insisted Moscow can be a solid partner. "I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory," Trump tweeted.

Police identify Texas serial bombing suspect

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 19:09

Police have identified the man suspected of several package bombs in Texas as a 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt. Police say Conditt died after detonating a bomb inside his car overnight.

Austin bombing suspect blows himself up as SWAT moves in

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 18:09

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — The suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him, bringing a grisly end to a three-week manhunt. But police warned that more bombs could be out there.

Texas bombing spree ends as suspect blows self up on roadside

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 18:03

By Jon Herskovitz PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Police tracked the 23-year-old man suspected of carrying out a deadly three-week bombing campaign in Texas for a day before closing in on him on the side of a highway where he blew himself up early Wednesday, law enforcement and local media said. Federal prosecutors on Wednesday revealed that before his death they had charged Mark Conditt, 23, of Pflugerville, Texas, with unlawful possession and transfer of a destructive device. Police tracked Conditt to a hotel about 20 miles (32 km) north of Austin and were following his vehicle when he pulled to the side of the road and detonated a device, killing himself, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters near the scene.

McDonald's worker allegedly attacked by woman for wrong sandwich order

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 17:58

A McDonald's worker was allegedly attacked by a woman for giving her the wrong order.

Correction: Abortion-Mississippi story

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 17:37

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story March 19 about abortion legislation, The Associated Press erroneously identified the name of a group involved in legal action opposing the law. It is the Center for Reproductive Rights, not the Center of Reproductive Rights.

What It's Like To Date An Older Man At 17, Then Marry Him

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 17:35

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Instagram Now Allows Live Hashtags and Profile Links in Your Bio

Latest MacBook News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 17:30
Instagram today made a change to user bios, allowing "#" hashtags and "@" links to other Instagram users.

Starting today, when you add a @ or a # to your Instagram bio, it will become a live link that leads either to a hashtag page or to another profile.

Instagram says it has implemented this change to allow users to better express themselves and their interests in their profiles, adding information like #guitarlover, #pencilsketching, #makeuptutorial, and more.

To add a hashtag or link in your bio, you need to navigate to "Edit Profile" and select the "Bio" section. When typing a # or a @ here, you will see a list of recommended hashtags and accounts. Selecting a hashtag or an account you want to add will automatically link it in your bio.

For privacy reasons, Instagram says that when you mention someone else's profile in your bio, they'll receive a notification and can remove the link to their profile if desired.

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California Cops Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Man Stephon Clark In His Own Backyard

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 17:21

Police fatally shot an unarmed black man in Sacramento, California, Sunday

Skeletal Remains May Be Louise Pietrewicz, Who Vanished 50 Years Ago

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:56

Bones found in Long Island, N.Y., are believed to be those of Louise Pietrewicz.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 52 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements

Latest MacBook News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:54
Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced two years ago in March of 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 52 includes bug fixes and feature improvements for Service Workers, Loading, JavaScript, CSS, Web API, Accessibility, Web Driver, Web Inspector, WebAssembly, and Media. Today's update also removes support for running legacy NPAPI plug-ins other than Adobe Flash.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple's aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.

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Students hold vigil for Florida bridge-collapse victims

Apple Laptop News - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:53

MIAMI (AP) — Hundreds of Florida International University students gathered for a vigil Wednesday morning to remember the six victims who died in a pedestrian bridge collapse near campus.