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Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) Destroys Expectations, Stock Soars

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

Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) stock catapulted 9 percent higher in after-hours trading on Monday after a blowout fourth-quarter earnings report that showed dramatically more subscriber additions than Wall Street expected. Netflix also surpassed the $100 billion valuation mark in after-hours trading.

Prison directors push to end inmates use of cell phones

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

A South Carolina corrections director and a medically retired officer are working with Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to change the law that prohibits cell phone jamming technology in state and local correctional facilities.

Teen Says MSU Is Still Billing Her Family For Appointments Where Nassar Assaulted Her

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:48

The 95th witness to deliver an impact statement at the sentencing hearing for disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar said the school is still billing her family for appointments where she was allegedly sexually abused.

Liberals Fume At 'Worst Negotiator' Chuck Schumer After Deal To End Shutdown

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:48

WASHINGTON ― Democrats provided votes to fund the government on Monday in exchange for an assurance from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that he would put an immigration bill on the floor in the coming weeks.

Trump says to make immigration deal only if good for U.S.: White House

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:45

President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would make a deal on immigration only if he sees it as beneficial for the country. "We'll make a long-term deal on immigration, if and only if it is good for the country," Trump said, according to a statement read to reporters by spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

Apple Launching New Internal Fitness Challenge for Employees, Prize is a Unique Apple Watch Band

Latest MacBook News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:44
Starting in February, Apple will be hosting an internal company wide fitness challenge for all of its employees, with a prize that includes a unique fitness-themed Apple Watch band.

The band, as seen in a photo shared by 9to5Mac, appears to be similar to Apple's Woven Nylon bands. It comes in a solid black color but has an accent loop in a dark pink/red shade, lime green, and light blue, the three colors that represent the Activity rings on the Apple Watch.

The red colored ring tracks a person's overall movement and calorie burn throughout the day, and the amount of movement necessary to fill it up will vary based on each person's personal goal. The green ring represents exercise and can be completed with 30 minutes of exercise per day (based on an elevated heart rate), while the blue ring represents how many hours out of the day an Apple Watch user stands up and moves. One minute of standing movement per hour is required to fill the stand ring.

To earn the special Apple Watch band, employees will need to complete the challenge at the "gold" level, earning points by filling their Activity rings for a set number of days.

Apple last year hosted a "Close the Rings" Apple Watch fitness challenge for employees. Rewards for completing that challenge included pins in gold, silver, and bronze, awarded based on performance, along with a T-shirt that included the colorful Activity rings and the phrase "Close The Rings Challenge 1.0."

The prize for the 2017 employee-only "Close the Rings" challenge.
While this will be the first activity challenge that rewards employees with a unique Apple Watch band, Apple has done employee-only Apple Watch bands in the past. In 2016, for example, Apple provided employees with exclusive rainbow-colored Apple Watch bands at the LGBT Pride festival in San Francisco.

Unique Pride band provided to employees in 2016
Apple made a similar version available in 2017, so it's always possible these special Apple Watch bands could be released to the public at some point.

The February fitness challenge is internal only and will be limited to employees, but Apple has done many other public fitness challenges. One of the most recent challenges was the "Ring in the New Year" activity challenge that asked Apple Watch owners to close all activity rings for seven days in a row in January to earn a special badge in the Apple Watch app on iPhone.

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Amazon Go Officially Opens to the Public

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:44

With the launch of its first Amazon Go retail location, the company is allowing customers to buy groceries without ever checking out

US immigration officers arrest Michigan doctor who has lived in US for 40 years

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:44

A respected doctor who has been in the United States for nearly 40 years has been picked up by American immigration agents after the Trump administration denied his attempt to renew his green card. Lukas Niec, an internal medicine doctor known for long hours at the hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, was picked up by Immigration and Customs enforcement agents over the weekend. Mr Niec, an internal medicine doctor at Kalamazoo’s Bronson Methodist Hospital, moved to the United States nearly 40 years ago when he was five years old.

NBC's Kelly says Fonda has 'no business' lecturing her

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:30

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's Megyn Kelly lashed out at actress Jane Fonda Monday in a simmering dispute over an interview gone awry, even invoking the old "Hanoi Jane" nickname.

Mike Pence Defends His President's Racist 'Shithole' Comments

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:30

Vice President Mike Pence argued on Monday that he knows President Donald Trump didn’t mean to be racist when referring to Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” because “I know what’s in the president’s heart.”

'A Kick in the Stomach.' These Liberals Are Not Happy with Senate Democrats Over the Shutdown Deal

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:59

Heading into day three of the shutdown, activists on the left had one message for Democrats: hold the line. It was not one they heeded.

Turkey detains 24 over 'terror propaganda' against Syria operation

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:47

Turkish authorities have detained 24 people on suspicion of disseminating "terror propaganda" against Turkey's military operation inside Syria, the interior ministry said on Monday. The suspects are being held in a nationwide crackdown on those posting social media messages deemed to be supportive of terror groups, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. The arrests come after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged national unity over the operation, in which one Turkish soldier was killed on Monday, warning those who respond to calls for protests will have to pay a "heavy price".

How to Get More Battery Life Out of Your Apple Watch

Latest MacBook News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:39
The Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the market, yet battery life has never been its strong suit. That said, Apple has made improvements in this area with successive models, and while the company still only promises all-day battery life on a single charge, many Series 2 and 3 owners find they can get a lot more.

Of course, how long a given Apple Watch lasts between charges depends almost entirely on how it's used. With that in mind, this article aims to help wearers optimize their usage and get the best battery life they can reasonably expect based on their individual needs. Read on for some of our favorite power-saving tips for Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Display Settings
Wake Screen on Wrist Raise
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Apple Watch's OLED display draws a significant amount of power. If it tends to light up when you least expect it, and you'd rather manually activate it with a button press or by tapping the display, then try turning off the automatic wake screen feature. To do so, open Settings on your Apple Watch, tap General -> Wake Screen, and toggle off Wake Screen on Wrist Raise. (You can also find this setting in the Watch app on your iPhone.)

Theater Mode
To some users, turning off the automatic wake screen feature might seem like overkill. Perhaps you only accidentally wake the screen during certain times of the day – when you're in bed, for instance.

In that case, you're better off making selective use of the Theater Mode. To enable it, swipe up from the bottom of any clock face to reveal the Control Center, and tap the symbol showing two theater masks. Note that Theater Mode also silences notifications, which is why it's best kept for bedtime or trips to the movies.

Adjust Brightness
Many Apple Watch owners find that they can easily get along with the OLED display set at its lowest and least energy-sapping brightness level. To adjust the brightness, select Settings on your Apple Watch, tap Brightness & Text Size, and alter the level to suit. (You can also find this setting in the Watch app on your iPhone.)

OLED panels don't expend energy on displaying true black colors – those pixels simply remain unlit. In other words, the more screen space your chosen clock face takes up (if it displays a photo, say) the more likely it is to drain battery whenever it's activated. For this reason, you might want to consider using a more minimalist watch face and disabling any complications you don't need to see every time you raise your wrist.

Apple Watch Apps
Apps and Complications
Another good reason to minimize your use of complications is that many of them require frequent refreshing in order to display up-to-date information, which uses additional power. So if you rarely tap it, then turn it off using the clock face customize mode, which is activated with a single long press on the clock face screen.

The same goes for third-party apps, many of which frequently refresh in the background whether you use them or not. If you find yourself regularly reaching for your iPhone to check social media, then ask yourself, do you really need that Twitter function on your wrist? Only install apps on your Apple Watch that benefit you by being there.

Installation Creep and Refresh Management
These days many third-party iOS apps include an Apple Watch component which gets added automatically upon installation. To prevent this default behavior, open the Watch app on your iPhone, select General and toggle off Automatic App Install.

Another way of restricting the number of apps that draw power is to selectively control which ones refresh in the background. You can manage this on an individual basis from the Watch app on your iPhone: Select General -> Background App Refresh, and toggle the sliders for each installed app. Remember, only leave this enabled for apps with a functional dependency on up-to-date data, such as weather and calendar apps.

Notifications come down to personal preference, but every additional alert on your wrist sucks a bit more power from your watch's battery. Look at your usage and try to assess which notifications are worthwhile, and which ones could just as easily be picked up on your iPhone at a later time.

To manage notifications on an app-by-app basis, open the iOS Watch app and select Notifications. Pay particular attention to third-party apps, listed in the second column, and turn off any pointless permissions that mirror your iPhone alerts.

With judicious use of these settings, you should be able to recognize if or when your needs change over time. For example, some app notifications have a shelf life – if they start to bug you, turn them off. That includes Activity and Breathe reminders. Be ruthless.

When it comes to email alerts, you may find they're only worth the bother if the emails come from specific addresses. So add these to your VIP list in the Mail app, and then disable all watch Mail notifications except for VIP alerts.

Other Power-Saving Settings
Heart Rate
If you're only interested in tracking distance or speed (or both) during running or walking workouts, Apple recommends turning on Power Saving Mode to disable the heart rate sensor. To do this, open the Watch app on your iPhone, go to My Watch -> Workout, and toggle on Power Saving Mode. (The same setting can be found on your Apple Watch in Settings -> General -> Workout.) Note that when the heart rate sensor is off, calorie burn calculations may not be as accurate.

If you're training for a marathon or regularly participate in long-duration workouts, consider using a Bluetooth chest strap instead of the built-in heart rate sensor. To connect the Bluetooth chest strap to your watch, make sure it's in pairing mode, then open Settings on your Apple Watch, select Bluetooth, and choose from the list of Health Devices.

Hey Siri
Like on your iPhone, the "Hey Siri" feature on your Apple Watch allows you to use voice search and control other features without touching the device. Your watch's mic only listens for the magic phrase when the display is activated, but it does use a bit more power. So if you simply don't use the function, turn it off. To do so, open Settings on your Apple Watch, select General -> Siri, and toggle it off.

Remember, you can still activate Siri anytime by long-pressing your watch's Crown. Using the same Settings menu above, you can also make Siri respect Silent Mode when it's on, as well as limit spoken responses so you only hear them when headphones are connected.

Haptic, Silent Mode and Do Not Disturb
Theater Mode, mentioned earlier, offers a middle ground between two additional settings: Silent Mode and Do Not Disturb. Silent Mode mutes audible alerts and can be turned on permanently if you're happy to rely on haptic vibrations for alerts, calls, alarms, and timers.

With Do Not Disturb enabled, your watch activates the same mode on your iPhone, silencing audible and vibration-based alerts across both devices unless they come from people in your Favorites contact list. Some Apple Watch users turn on both Theater Mode and Do Not Disturb when wearing their devices to bed, particularly if they track their sleep using a third-party app like AutoSleep.

To turn on Silent Mode on your Apple Watch, swipe up from any clock face to reveal the Control Center, and then tap the button with a bell symbol, so that the button turns red and the bell is crossed out. To activate Do Not Disturb from the Control Center, tap the button with a crescent moon so that it turns purple.

Note that you can also adjust haptic strength on your watch by going to Settings -> Sounds & Haptics. Many users find the lowest haptic setting, which draws the least power, to be perfectly adequate, with or without the Prominent Haptic option turned on.

Fixing Persistent Battery Issues
Check Your Bluetooth
If you've had no luck improving the battery life of your Apple Watch using the above tips, there are still a few steps you can take.

It's worth noting at this point that disabling Bluetooth on your iPhone increases the battery drain on your Apple Watch, so keep Bluetooth enabled on your phone and see if that helps. Also, make sure you're updated to the latest software: Open the Watch app on your iPhone, and select General -> Software Update.

If your watch battery drains unusually fast, try a hard reset: Hold down both side buttons for about 10 seconds until the display goes off and the device reboots. If that doesn't work, it's time to try resetting the watch to factory defaults.

Reset Apple Watch to Factory Default Settings
To do this on your Apple Watch, open Settings and select General -> Reset. (The same option lies at the bottom of the iOS Watch app's General menu.) This action erases everything off your watch, including any media, data, settings, messages, and so on. You'll also need to re-pair the watch with your iPhone after the process is complete, so treat it as a last resort.

Note that after a new pairing or update, your watch may take a few days to learn and adapt to your usage, before smoothing out into a more consistent balance between battery life and performance.

If none of these tips work, check to see if your Apple Watch is still under warranty. A standard one-year warranty is included with every Apple Watch (Stainless Steel, Aluminum, and Nike+) and a two-year warranty is included with Apple Watch Edition and Hermès models. All warranties include service coverage for a defective battery. If your watch is out of warranty, Apple offers a battery service, although prices may vary depending on where you live.

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Man charged with DUI after trying to order burrito at bank drive-through window

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:34

A Florida man was charged with driving under the influence after he tried to order a burrito at a Bank of America drive-through window.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Embraces ‘Saturday Night Live’ Impression

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:31

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg opens up about Kate McKinnon’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ impression of her.

Volunteer arrested after border agents seen dumping water

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:07

PHOENIX (AP) — A volunteer for an organization that tries to prevent immigrants from dying in the Arizona desert was arrested several hours after the group released videos showing Border Patrol agents kicking over water bottles left for those crossing into the U.S. illegally.

How Not To Hide Your Pregnancy In An Underwear Ad, A Kylie Jenner Story

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:55

Nothing gets between Kylie Jenner and her Calvins, except a blanket, an oversized denim shirt, sister Khloe Kardashian’s thigh and literally whatever else can distract from her pregnancy.

USA Gymnastics Board Members Resign Amid Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Scandal

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:50

Just days after powerful testimony from some of Nassar's victims

Tim Cook Makes First Trip to Canada as Apple CEO With Surprise Visit to Toronto

Latest MacBook News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:44
Tim Cook made his first appearance in Canada today as the head of Apple with an unannounced visit to Toronto this morning.

Just before noon local time, Cook made a surprise visit to the company's retail store at the Eaton Centre shopping mall, reports The Globe and Mail. Cook was pictured alongside young students attending an Apple Field Trip, an in-store initiative that introduces kids to coding, podcasting, and other creative skills.

@tim_cook is at the Toronto Eaton centre Apple store! pic.twitter.com/3rQAKmSChV

— Anthony Neal Macri (@AnthonyMacriSEO) January 22, 2018
Cook's stop in Toronto follows a trip to Harlow College near London, England on Friday, in line with Apple's announcement that its Everyone Can Code initiative has recently expanded to 70 colleges and universities across Europe. Last week, Cook also visited Reno, where Apple broke ground on a new data center.

Cook has served as Apple's CEO since August 24, 2011, after the late Steve Jobs resigned from the position for a final time.

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Vermont Makes History By Legalizing Marijuana, But Its Law Comes With A Catch

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:36

For the first time, a U.S. state has legalized marijuana with the stroke of a pen, not a vote at the ballot box.