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Turkey steps up assault on Kurdish militia in Syria

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:12

Turkey on Monday intensified its offensive against Kurdish militia targets in Syria as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed there would be no stepping back in a campaign that has stoked concern among Ankara's allies and neighbours. The Turkish military on Saturday launched operation "Olive Branch", its second major incursion into Syrian territory during the seven-year civil war. The operation, where Turkish war planes and artillery are backing a major ground incursion launched with Ankara-backed Syrian rebels and Turkish tanks, aims to oust the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia from its enclave of Afrin.


iPhone X Accounted for 1 in 5 Smartphones Sold by Apple in United States Last Quarter According to Survey

Latest MacBook News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:12
Every one in five smartphones sold by Apple in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2017 was an iPhone X, according to data shared with MacRumors by research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.


Below is the exact model-by-model breakdown of Apple's total iPhone sales between October and December, based on the firm's survey of 500 consumers who purchased an iPhone in the United States during that period.

  • iPhone 8: 24 percent
  • iPhone 8 Plus: 17 percent
  • iPhone X: 20 percent
  • All other iPhone models: 39 percent

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners co-founder Josh Lowitz says the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X's combined 61 percent share of Apple's total smartphone sales is 11 percent lower than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus accounted for in the year-ago quarter, but there are several caveats to consider:At 61%, the three newest iPhone models together represented a somewhat smaller share of total US iPhone sales in the quarter, compared to 72% for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus a year ago. Yet, comparisons to earlier launches are tricky at best. First, iPhone X wasn’t available for the full quarter. The Apple model pie is further divided, as they now offer eight models, the most ever. And, Apple launched the new phones on a different schedule, announcing three new models at once, but delaying the lauch of the most advanced and expensive one, iPhone X, for five weeks following the launch of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.Apple doesn't disclose iPhone sales on a model-by-model basis, so this survey only serves as a rough estimate. However, analysts and investors will be listening for any clues about the sales mix during Apple's next quarterly earnings call on February 1.

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Turkey expects swift campaign against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:12

By Mert Ozkan HASSA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush the U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fighters who control the Afrin region in an air and ground offensive that President Tayyip Erdogan said Russia had agreed to. Amid growing international concern over the three-day-old military operation, President Tayyip Erdogan said there would be "no stepping back" from the campaign, which has opened up a new front in Syria's complex civil war. Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies began their push to clear YPG fighters from the northwestern enclave on Saturday, despite concern from the United States, which urged both sides on Monday to show restraint.


A Nurse Already Serving a Life Sentence Was Charged With Killing 97 More Patients

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:03

Niels Hoegel was convicted of two murders and two attempted murders in 2015


Deutsche Bank denies Manager Magazin report on Kushner

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:54

Deutsche Bank on Monday denied a magazine report that said that the bank had reported to German banking supervisors suspicious funds associated with Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor. German monthly Manager Magazin reported last week that Deutsche Bank has indications that Kushner, or people or companies close to him, have identified suspicious flows of funds through the bank. The report also said that Deutsche Bank reported its suspicions to German financial watchdog BaFin.


Target Discounts Apple Watch Series 1 to $180 While Staples Marks Down 9.7-Inch iPad to $260

Latest MacBook News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:49
Target has kicked off the week with a discount on the Apple Watch Series 1 from 2016, offering the 38mm model for $179.99 and the 42mm model for $209.99. Each device is available in aluminum with a Sport Band in either White or Black.

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The Apple Watch Series 1 typically sells for $250 in 38mm and $280 in 42mm, so today's sale represents savings of $70 in both case sizes. Target's sale is a match for the same low prices seen during a pre-Black Friday sale at Macy's last year, as well during Target's own Black Friday sale. At the time of writing, all models are available to ship for free, and store pickup is also available depending on stock at your local Target.

Another notable Apple device sale that went live today is at Staples and centers on the 9.7-inch iPad from 2017. In the sale, customers can get $30 off instantly and then an additional $40 off using coupon code "84761".

This marks the 32GB 9.7-inch iPad down to $259.00, from $329.00, and the 128GB model down to $359.00, from $429.00. As a comparison, retailers like B&H Photo are selling the same models for $299.00 and $399.00, respectively. Color options for the 32GB include Space Gray, Gold, and Silver, while the 128GB is only available in Gold and Silver.


Staples' sale ends on January 27 and is available on the retailer's website or by phone order. Additionally, only one coupon code can be used per customer. To apply the coupon code to an order, add one of the iPads to your cart, then click "Add/Edit Coupons" under the Order Summary section of your cart.

Visit our full Deals Roundup for more sales going on this week, including discounts on the stainless steel versions of the Apple Watch Series 2 at Best Buy.

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Kam Air left reeling by deadly Kabul hotel attack

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:49

Afghanistan's Kam Air has been left reeling after nine personnel including five pilots were killed in the Taliban attack on a Kabul luxury hotel where the airline housed its foreign staff. Forty Kam Air employees were at the Intercontinental Hotel Saturday night when gunmen opened fire on guests and employees, killing at least 22 people including 14 foreigners. The Taliban assault lasted for more than 12 hours until the attackers were killed by Afghan security forces.


Serial Stowaway Charged Following Latest Arrest at O`Hare Airport

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:43

A 66-year-old woman, who has been arrested several times for sneaking onto planes without a ticket and even a passport, is back at it again. This time she made it from Chicago to London before she was caught.


Turkish troops face fierce battles in Syrian Kurdish enclave

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:30

HASSA, Turkey (AP) — Intense clashes erupted Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in Syria, the third day of the Ankara offensive aimed at ousting the U.S.-backed Kurdish militia from the area, the militia and a war monitoring group said.


Progress being made in effort to release FISA memo?

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:22

Rep. Dave Joyce calls the reported government surveillance abuses 'disturbing.'


Bishop tells Russians not to vote for Putin in rare church dissent

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:14

A Russian Orthodox bishop has advised the faithful not to vote for Vladimir Putin when he stands for re-election in March, a nearly unheard of occurrence in the loyal church. The angry statement marked the first time an acting bishop has spoken against supporting the current president, according to the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, but it was motivated by Mr Putin's perceived impiety rather than political differences.  Bishop Yevtikhy Kurochkin of the epiphany cathedral in the Siberian city of Ishim wrote on his page on VK, Russia's most popular social network, that he could no longer follow his “desire to vote for Putin” following “blasphemous” remarks by the president. “'If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is your darkness!' are the words of Christ,” Mr Kurochkin wrote. “And will I go against Christ to vote for darkness or advise anyone to do this? No, no and no!” Bishop Yevtikhy Kurochkin The bishop was angered by comments in a state television film about Valaam, an island of monasteries and churches in Lake Ladoga where the president has a holiday home. Mr Putin had argued that the Soviet regime had “adapted” Christian ideas for its communist ideology, including in its mummification of Vladimir Lenin, whose body remains on display on Red Square. “They put Lenin in the mausoleum. How does this differ from the relics of saints for Orthodox believers or Christians in general?” Mr Putin said. “When they tell me no, there is no such tradition in Christianity, how is there not? Go and look in Athens, there are the relics of saints there, and we have the relics of saints here too.” While the Russian Orthodox church has been growing increasingly influential in recent years, it has usually been supportive of the ruling regime. This goes back to a tradition of loyalty in tsarist times, when the official ideology was “Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality”. Mr Putin submerges himself in an icy lake as part of a popular Orthodox ritual on Thursday Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP Photo/Sputnik Mr Putin has promoted conservative values during his 18 years in power and frequently appears at religious events. On Thursday, he was photographed taking a dip in an icy lake as part of an Orthodox ritual observed by many Russians.  Also on Monday, a court shut down the foundation of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has sought to challenge Mr Putin for the presidency but was barred from the race. He has called for protests around Russia on Sunday. Mr Navalny has used the foundation to pay campaign workers and organise rallies. The authorities “want to transform our finely tuned electoral machine into a chaos of volunteers” by banning the foundation, Mr Navalny told The Telegraph in an interview last week.  He said his campaign would devise other “partisan methods” to continue its work.


Philippine volcano explodes, villagers flee back to shelters

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:48

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano ejected a huge column of lava fragments, ash and smoke in a thunderous explosion Monday, sending thousands of villagers back to evacuation centers and prompting a warning that a violent eruption may be imminent.


Chung stuns Djokovic in Australian Open

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:36

By Martyn Herman MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Six-times champion Novak Djokovic bowed out of the Australian Open in the fourth round as relentless South Korean Chung Hyeon ground him down to claim a stunning 7-6(4) 7-5 7-6(3) victory on Monday. The 21-year-old Chung, ranked 58th in the world, proved an immovable object, absorbing everything the former world number one could throw at him and returning it with interest. Two years after losing in straight sets to Djokovic on the same Rod Laver Arena, the bespectacled Chung turned the tables to claim the biggest victory of his career.


The Latest: EU slaps sanctions on 17 more North Koreans

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:34

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):


New Ferrari 488 will be faster than the LaFerrari: report

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:34

Not every automaker is able to sell out a production run of a new vehicle before one is even built, and without having to do any media advertising. At a gathering of Ferrari dealers and VIP customers recently, the invitees were presented with some of the key specifications of the staggering new Ferrari 488 that's been in the pipeline for almost a year now.


Monday's Morning Email: What You Need To Know As The Government Shutdown Drags Into The Work Week

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:30

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Boston TV Station Posts Aaron Hernandez Photo To Celebrate Patriots' Win

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:21

Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB tweeted the New England Patriots’ AFC title game victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday with an action photo of the late Aaron Hernandez.


Trump's Deputy Drug Czar Is A 24-Year-Old With A Flimsy Work History

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:10

A 24-year-old appointed to a top position in the White House drug policy office has come under scrutiny in recent days for his scanty résumé and lack of qualifications.


'Executed' North Korean pop diva takes Olympic spotlight

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:09

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Just a few years ago, she was reportedly executed by a North Korean firing squad. Now, Pyongyang's top pop diva is a senior ruling party official and a surprise headliner in the run-up to the South Korean Winter Olympics.


The Paleo diet could be a healthy option for post-menopausal weight loss suggests new study

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:21

Carried out by Caroline Blomquist, a doctoral student at Umeå University, Sweden, the study followed 70 post-menopausal women for a two-year period, looking at the effect of two different diets on weight loss. Half of the women followed a diet according to Nordic nutrition recommendations, which is high in cereals, bread, potatoes, fruits, and vegetables, low in fats and sweets, and includes a moderate amount of dairy, meat, fish, eggs, and beans. The other half of the participants followed the popular Paleo Diet, which recommends plenty of fruit and vegetables and a high intake of protein and unsaturated fats, such as lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, shellfish, seeds, nuts, oils.


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