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Former Trump Aide's Fiancee Warns White House: ‘A Lot To Come’

Apple Laptop News - 14 hours 38 min ago

The fiancee of George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last year, said there’s a lot the public doesn’t know yet.

Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 40,000 people flee

Apple Laptop News - 15 hours 29 min ago

LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano continued to spew fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent 40,000 villagers to shelter in evacuation centers.

Real ID cards available in California come with controversy

Apple Laptop News - 15 hours 54 min ago

Monday is the first day California is issuing federal real ID cards. Beginning October 1, 2020, driver's licenses and identification cards will need to be "Real ID-compliant" for anyone boarding a domestic flight.

Separate Carnival Cruise Line Accidents See One Passenger Dead and Another Missing

Apple Laptop News - 16 hours 21 min ago

One passenger went missing overboard while another fell to her death on separate Carnival Cruise Line ships

Vermont becomes ninth U.S. state to legalize marijuana

Apple Laptop News - 16 hours 56 min ago

(Reuters) - Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month. The law legalizes possession of up to 1 ounce of the drug, two mature plants and up to four immature plants by people 21 and older beginning on July 1. "Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed H. 511," Scott said in a statement, referring to the measure by its legislative number.

The Latest: Mexican Uber driver in US illegally denies rapes

Apple Laptop News - 17 hours 26 min ago

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an Uber driver accused of rape and other crimes against young women in California (all times local):

Tim Cook Discusses Apple's Partnership With Malala Fund to Support Girls' Education

Latest MacBook News - 17 hours 34 min ago
Apple today announced that it has teamed up with Malala Fund to become the fund's first Laureate partner, providing Malala Fund with the support it needs to double the number of grants it provides and expand into India and Latin America.

The Malala Fund, led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, champions every girl's right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

Following the announcement, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with iMore in a short interview in Toronto where he shared some insight into how Apple and the Malala Fund came to form a partnership. Cook says that after meeting Malala, it became clear that their values aligned. "Not only the Malala Fund and Apple, but our personal values as well," Cook said."One, equality is at the core of our belief and values and, two, that education is the great equalizer of people. If you believe both of those, it's not an extension at all to say, 'how do we help Malala achieve her vision of educating 130-million young girls around the world?'"Cook said that he loves the Malala Fund's focus on secondary education, because in some places around the world, girls receive an education until grade 6 or grade 7, and then their schooling stops. "This isn't right," said Cook. "It doesn't maximize potential and it doesn't treat people with dignity or respect."

With Apple's help, the Malala Fund will double the grants it provides through its Gulmakai Network (which supports educational programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Nigeria) and extend funding programs to Latin America and India, offering secondary education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls to start with.

Apple will provide technology, curriculum, and research into policy changes needed to help girls around the world attend school and complete their education. Going forward, Cook will also serve on the Malala Fund leadership council.

Cook's full comments on the Malala Fund and some additional commentary on Swift Playgrounds can be read over at iMore.

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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Apple CEO Tim Cook Learned to Code in College

Latest MacBook News - 17 hours 49 min ago
Under the leadership of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple has spearheaded an "Everyone Can Code" initiative designed to introduce coding curriculum into elementary schools, high schools, and colleges, so kids and adults of all ages can learn to code.

Apple CEO Tim Cook always speaks passionately about the importance of teaching coding to children of all ages, and last week in an interview, he even said that if you have to make a choice, it's more important to learn to code than to learn a foreign language.

Cook's recent comments spurred MacRumors reader El-ad to ask Cook about his own coding experience in an email, which Cook responded to. Cook says he learned to code in college because coding wasn't offered at the high school he attended.El-ad,

I learned in college. No classes exist in the high school I attended. I'm happy this is now changing.

TimThat Cook can code may not be immediately obvious as he ran Apple's worldwide operations before becoming CEO of the company, but it's no surprise. Before going to Duke University's Fuqua School of Business for his MBA, Cook graduated from Alabama's Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, a major that requires a programming background.

In October of 2017, Cook shared additional details on his coding experience in an interview with The Sun. Back when he was attending Auburn University, Cook built a system to improve the traffic lights near the university. He aimed to optimize traffic to reduce wait times while maintaining the safety of the lights. His work was a success and it was implemented by the local police force.

"That was pretty cool at the time - and it worked, Cook said. "Law enforcement implemented it."

Apple's Everyone Can Code curriculum is available in schools and colleges around the world, with many colleges offering Apple's App Development with Swift Curriculum. That course is a full-year coding course designed by Apple engineers and educators and it is designed to teach students how to code and design apps for the App Store.

For younger learners, Apple offers Get Started With Code and Swift Playgrounds curriculum, and for those who want to learn outside of a classroom, Apple offers the Swift Playgrounds app on the iPad.

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Skydiver dies after crashing into roof of California home

Apple Laptop News - 17 hours 54 min ago

"I was in complete shock," Christina Blanco, who was in the home at the time of impact, told KABC. Officials from the Perris Valley Airport did not respond to a request for comment and a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration was not available due to the U.S. government shutdown. Perris, about 70 miles (115 km) east of Los Angeles, is also the small city where law enforcement said this month a California couple kept captive and nearly starved their 13 minor and adult children.

Hong Kong bookseller detained again by Chinese authorities

Apple Laptop News - 18 hours 8 min ago

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong-based bookseller who was secretly detained in China has been taken away by Chinese authorities again after being released into house arrest last October, his daughter said Monday.

CDC director urges flu vaccinations as pediatric deaths mount

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 23:54

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Of the 30 U.S. children who have died from the flu so far this season, some 85 percent had not been vaccinated, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who urged Americans to get flu shots amid one of the most severe flu seasons in years. Also, please get your children vaccinated," said Fitzgerald, who is urging citizens "to take every advantage that you can to protect yourself." The dominant strain during this flu season is an especially nasty type called influenza A (H3N2) that in seasons past has been linked with severe disease and death, especially in the elderly and young. In its latest report, the CDC said the virus is present in every state, with 32 states reporting severe flu activity.

Pixelmator Pro Updated With Custom Aspect Ratios and Presets for Crop Tool

Latest MacBook News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 23:34
Popular photo and image editing software Pixelmator Pro was today updated to version 1.0.6, adding customizations for the crop tool along with a whole slew of other improvements and bug fixes.

According to the Mac App Store release notes, the update introduces an option for custom aspect ratios for the crop tool, which can also be saved as custom crop presets. This should make cropping to your exact specifications quicker and easier even across different projects.

With this new version of Pixelmator Pro, files exported to JPEG will be saved with a .jpg extension instead of .jpeg, and files can now also be exported in BMP and GIF formats.

Improvements have also been made to other tools, such as the Type tool, the selection tools, and the Color Selection tool, with a full list of new improvements available below:

  • Use the Crop tool to crop with your own custom ratios.

  • Create and save custom crop presets.

  • The Type tool will now be highlighted when a text layer is selected.

  • If no text is selected, clicking a text preset will now add a new text layer with the preset style applied.

  • When using the Type tool's Color Picker, pressing the Escape key will now close the Color Picker, as it should.

  • Drag shapes from the Layers view to the Shapes palette to save them to your collection.

  • The selection tools will now be highlighted if there is an active selection.

  • A number of performance improvements make the selection tools faster and more reliable.

  • You can now copy, cut, paste, and duplicate the components inside shapes.

  • The Color Selection tool now works on layers with color adjustments.

  • You can now hold down the Space bar to move selections while using the Rectangular and Elliptical selection tools.

Dozens of additional bug fixes and small tweaks included in Pixelmator Pro 1.0.6 are listed in the Mac App Store update history.

Pixelmator Pro, released in late November, is an updated and more advanced version of Pixelmator, which has been a popular photo editing app on Macs for years now. Pixelmator Pro was built from the ground up for the Mac and it takes advantage of the latest macOS software additions like Core ML, Metal 2, and more.

Compared to Pixelmator, Pixelmator Pro offers a reimagined workflow with simplified and streamlined editing tools, a single-window editing interface, intelligent image editing features powered by machine learning, a new painting engine, an improved repair tool, and much more.

Pixelmator Pro can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $59.99. [Direct Link]

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Supreme Court rejects appeal of bearded seal listing

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 23:30

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a lower court ruling that confirmed Alaska's bearded seal population as a threatened species.

Elon Musk's Boring Company Prepares First Public Pitch for Its Tunnel Plans

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 23:07

The first step in Musk's newest project.

Lawyers: Inmate awaiting execution no longer remembers crime

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 22:53

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to let the state proceed with executing a 67-year-old inmate who lawyers say has suffered strokes and dementia and cannot remember killing a police officer decades ago.

The Case For The Democratic 'Cave'

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 22:50

WASHINGTON ― After Senate Democrats voted for a three-week government funding extension Monday, Republicans and liberal progressives seemed to agree about one thing: Democrats had caved.

EU confirms new sanctions on seven senior Venezuela officials

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 22:18

By Gabriela Baczynska and Girish Gupta BRUSSELS/CARACAS (Reuters) - The European Union on Monday announced new sanctions on seven senior Venezuelan officials, saying this was an expression of the bloc's concern with the political crisis under President Nicolas Maduro. Reuters reported in November that Moreno was arrested in the late 1980s on suspicion of killing a teenager, recorded allegedly attempting to persuade a judge to free a suspected drug and arms trafficker, and found in contempt of court. Reuters found no evidence Moreno was ever tried or convicted of any criminal charges.

Apple's TestFlight App Updated With Expanded 150 MB Cellular Data Download Limit

Latest MacBook News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 22:17
TestFlight, which is designed to allow developers to provide testers with beta versions of apps ahead of their release, was today updated to version 2.0.1, introducing a handful of new features.

The update brings support for downloading apps that are up to 150 MB in size over a cellular data connection. The previous TestFlight beta app limit was 100 MB, with this updated limit bringing TestFlight apps in line with other iOS apps.

Apple officially increased the App Store cellular over-the-air download limit to 150 MB in September of 2017, but the new increased limit apparently did not apply to beta apps. With the new limit, testers will be able to download TestFlight apps up to 150 MB without needing a WiFi connection.

Today's TestFlight update also introduces support for Smart Invert Colors, an accessibility option, and it includes a revised 3D Touch peek view that offers up "What to Test" information. Apple says the update also includes small bug fixes and UI improvements.

TestFlight can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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At Least 30 Children Have Died From This Season's Flu. Some of Them Were Perfectly Healthy

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 22:10

30 U.S. children have died from influenza-related causes so far this flu season, says the CDC, and some of them were perfectly healthy.

Man Finds Lost Engagement Ring in Bizarre Twist of Fate

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 22:02

It was an astonishing turn of events that occurred within the span of only two hours.