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Russia Warns U.S.: Don’t ‘Meddle’ In Upcoming Presidential Election

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:23

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government has issued a warning to the U.S.: Don’t “meddle” in the country’s upcoming election.

iMac Pro Base Model Teardown Reveals 2x SSD RAID Configuration and Four 8GB DIMM Modules

Latest MacBook News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 12:37
While we await iFixit's inevitable comprehensive teardown of Apple's new iMac Pro, third party Mac component supplier OWC has just published its own teardown video, providing some interesting tidbits on the internal configuration of the non-user upgradeable machine.

Whereas standard 27-inch iMacs have a small hatch in the back that allows the RAM in the machine to be upgraded after purchase, the iMac Pro does not. Fortunately, an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider is able to open up the iMac Pro and swap out the RAM, and here's what they can expect to find upon doing so.

Four DIMM memory modules (left) and two solid-state drives (right)
The teardown reveals that in the 32GB base model, there are four 8GB DIMM modules, a configuration type that appears to be mirrored in the 64GB (4 x 16GB) and 128GB (4 x 32GB) models. The good news is that this means the iMac Pro supports quad-channel memory, but the bad news is that it also means users looking to upgrade from, say, 32GB to 64GB will have to replace all four modules to do so.

The teardown also reveals that in the iMac Pro 1TB base model, Apple has chosen to use two 512GB SSDs in a RAID configuration. Rather than soldering the flash storage on the main board, both drives exist as separate modules that are attached via screws, so replacing them is at least technically feasible, even if Apple does not make it easy.

OWC says that in the near future it will be offering a DIY memory upgrade kit for the iMac Pro, although most users are likely to hand over such an undertaking to a qualified service provider. For more details on the iMac Pro's internals, including the Intel Xeon W eight-core processor, be sure to watch the video embedded above.

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WhatsApp to Pull Support for Older iPhones From Next Year

Latest MacBook News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 11:20
WhatsApp announced on Thursday that its mobile app will stop working on some older smartphones from next year, as it concentrates on developing new features for the popular messaging platform.

The decision means that from January 1, 2018, WhatsApp will pull support for the app on iPhone 3GS and older models, as well as iPhones running iOS 6 and earlier. The list of unsupported phones also includes Android 2.1 and 2.2, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Phone 7.

Explaining its reason for the move, WhatsApp said that when it was founded back in 2009, the mobile landscape was very different.

"About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia," the company said. "Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft - which account for 99.5 percent of sales today - were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time."

Apple's iPhone 3GS was released in June 2009, while iOS 6 was released on September 19, 2012, followed by iOS 7 in 2013. According to Apteligent Research, less than 0.04 percent of iPhone users are currently using iOS 6. Apple's most recent mobile OS, iOS 11, was released on September 19, 2017, and accounts for over 75 percent of active iOS users.

(Via Sky News.)

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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review: Huge Bang for Your Buck

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 11:00

The new Camry Hybrid gives back to drivers what they sacrificed for years in the name of social consciousness—mainly trunk space eaten up by a battery and powertrain smoothness in exchange for hi...

Snapchat Stories May Soon Be Shared Online Like Embedded Tweets

Latest MacBook News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:54
Snap is reportedly working on a new Snapchat feature that will let users share stories outside of the mobile app, in an effort to boost Snapchat's presence in the social media space (via The Verge).

Called "Stories Everywhere", the feature should see Snapchat's premium video and editorial content appear on news sites and elsewhere online. The move aims to bring greater visibility to the brand, in the face of increasing competition from the likes of Facebook and Instagram.

Live streaming news network Cheddar reports that former Storyful CEO and News Corp executive Rahul Chopra is leading the "Stories Everywhere" project. Chopra's job is to attract more active users to the social platform – similar to how, in 2011, Twitter began letting people embed tweets off-platform for the first time, for example.

The strategy comes at the end of a bad year for Snap, which saw third quarter revenue fall after its March initial public offering failed to excite investors, many of which struggled to understand how the app works. In response, the company earlier this month released a redesigned Snapchat app that aims to offer a more personalized user experience that's easier to navigate, especially for new users, with brand and friends' content kept separate.

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Turkey's Erdogan holds out olive branch to Germany, EU

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:51

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed hope for a better relationship with Germany and the EU after a fractious 2017, saying Ankara needs to reduce its enemies and increase its friends, in an interview published Thursday. The past year has seen Turkey's long-running bid to join the EU grind to a virtual halt and a crisis in relations with Germany over the crackdown that followed the failed July 15, 2016 coup. "Of course, we want to have good relations with the EU and with EU countries," Erdogan told Turkish journalists on his presidential plane while on a visit to Africa.

Couple and two young children found dead in New York basement with throats slashed in 'possible quadruple homicide'

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:27

A couple and two young children have been found dead in a basement in Troy, New York State with their throats slashed. The victims, a same-sex couple aged 36 and 22 were found in a basement alongside the older woman’s 11-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter on 27 December in the Lansingburgh neighbourhood of the city. Police have described the case as a "possible quadruple homicide" and say the family were targeted.

Twixtmas ideas: what to cook between Christmas and the New Year

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:21

On the menu | This week's recipes As a child, I hated the days between Christmas and New Year. They were the flat days. My grandparents would leave on the day after Boxing Day and the house would suddenly feel empty. Life went back to normal, which, in our house, meant a lot of tidying up. Those who disliked Christmas (my mum) wanted to get the place shipshape again. She would tut as she found yet another piece of stray wrapping paper, and the tree (was it doing it to spite her?) shed its needles faster than she could hoover them up. I felt sorry for it, dying despite its adorned branches. We ate turkey sandwiches until we could eat no more, then turkey à la king (basically turkey and mushrooms in a white sauce with added sherry to make it fancy), then turkey curry. I could never understand why we cooked such a big turkey if it took five days to finish it. The making of stock and soup relieved the sense of anticlimax, though. The steam fugged up the kitchen windows, making the place warm, filling it with the smell of leeks and parsley. Maybe it’s age, but now I love the period between Christmas and New Year, precisely because it’s empty. I yearn for fresh flavours, crisp textures and big winter salads These are the glorious ‘days between’, days of freedom. You can hibernate in the corner of the sofa with all your new books, or go for walks during which you have time to enjoy the smell of cold earth or examine how much frosty grass glitters (get right down and have a look). And the cooking – the poking-around-in-the-fridge kind – is a joy. You can fry up the turkey stuffing with potatoes and nduja (a spicy Calabrian pork paste – you can get it from Ocado) or chorizo and stick an egg on top, or make cheesy fritters with leftover Jerusalem artichokes, potatoes and Stilton. Get cooking | Diana Henry’s latest recipes Because the Christmas Day meal is such a number, afterwards you can have friends round and give them a single homely dish, such as turkey and ham pie or little puff-pastry parcels of cheese and leeks (it’s a good idea to stash some packets of puff pastry in your freezer at this time of year). Stock can be made as it’s perfect soup weather and you have an abundance of bones (and, if you’re lucky, stock from cooking a ham as well). I yearn for fresh flavours (Asian spices, chilli and citrus fruits), crisp textures (raw fennel, apple, celery) and big winter salads. The Christmas meal gives you a thirst that goes on for days, leaving you yearning for anything juicy. As you gear up for another celebration (New Year), do and eat exactly what you want to. Pea, parsley and ham soup Credit: Haarala Hamilton My mum always makes lentil soup after Christmas from the ham stock, but I wanted to try something fresher tasting. This has both ballast and lightness. You can also make this with chicken or turkey stock but ham stock is better – nice and sweet and slightly fatty. If your stock is very salty then add enough water to make it palatable and use the amount stipulated in the recipe. SERVES 6-8 INGREDIENTS 50g butter 1 large onion, chopped 1 carrot, diced 1 stick celery, diced 1 large potato (about 200g), peeled and diced 1.6 litres fresh ham stock 750g frozen peas 15g bunch parsley, leaves only squeeze of lemon (optional) 200g shredded ham hock or ham from a joint drop of double cream or crème fraiche (optional) METHOD Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the onion, carrot, celery and potato. Sauté gently for a few minutes, then add a splash of water and cover the pan. Cook on a very low heat until the onion is soft but not coloured. Check every so often to make sure the mixture is still moist and not about to catch and burn on the base of the pan. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Season (careful with the salt). Stir in the peas and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the parsley. Whizz, in batches, in a blender (being careful to do it in small amounts or the heat will push the blender lid off – you can also leave it until it cools before you blend it) for a gorgeous smooth soup. Taste – you might find it needs some lemon (anything from a squeeze to the juice of ½ lemon – it can brighten the flavours). Stir in the ham and heat through again before serving. You can have it as it is or add a drop of double cream or crème fraiche. Eastern spiced turkey and noodle soup Credit: Haarala Hamilton You can add other ingredients to this, such as sliced shiitake mushrooms, spinach leaves or prawns. It is one of the best ways of using up leftover turkey, though, and these flavours are just what you need in the gap between Christmas and New Year. SERVES 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1.2 litres turkey or chicken stock 4 chillies, 2 of them halved, deseeded and finely chopped, the other 2 finely sliced into rounds to garnish 4cm cube ginger, peeled and sliced 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised 2 kaffir lime leaves 1 tbsp caster sugar juice of 1 lime (you may need more) 3 tbsp fish sauce 2 heads pak choi, sliced 250g cooked chicken or turkey, shredded 3 spring onions, finely sliced on the diagonal 10g bunch coriander, leaves only 200g vermicelli noodles wedges of lime, to serve METHOD Bring the stock to the boil with the chopped chillies, the ginger, lemongrass and lime leaves. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Strain. Add the sugar, lime juice and fish sauce. Taste. You need a hot, sour, salty, sweet balance so you may have to adjust by adding more of something. Bring to a vigorous simmer again. Add the pak choi and cook for 1 minute, then add the meat and spring onions and heat through. Throw in the coriander. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Divide between four to six bowls and ladle the soup on top. Add the rest of the chilli and serve with wedges of lime. Fennel, apple and blackberry salad Credit: Haarala Hamilton Fresh, crisp, slightly sweet-sour. I know blackberries aren’t in season now but they appear to be available all year round and they taste good (unlike out-of-season strawberries). Good with cold cuts, cheese, even smoked salmon. SERVES 6 as a lunch or side salad INGREDIENTS 2 small fennel bulbs juice of 1 lemon 2 celery sticks, with leaves if possible, washed and trimmed 2 small eating apples 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (use a fruity one over a grassy one) 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar ¼ tsp Dijon mustard ¼ tsp honey (optional) 75g blackberries 15g halved hazelnuts, toasted METHOD It’s best to prepare and assemble this salad quickly, so the elements don’t discolour. Quarter the fennel, trim the tops and the bases and remove any coarse outer leaves. If there are any little fronds, remove and reserve them. Using a mandolin – or a very sharp, fine-bladed knife – slice the fennel very thinly and put it into a large bowl with the lemon juice. Slice the celery finely on an angle, reserving any leaves. Quarter and core the apples, then change the setting on your mandolin and slice them into slightly thicker pieces. Toss the celery and apples in the lemon juice too. Add any fennel fronds and celery leaves you reserved. Mix the olive oil with the balsamic vinegar, mustard and some salt and pepper. If you want to use honey – a little bit of sweetness is good with the blackberries – add it now. Taste. Toss the dressing into a broad shallow serving bowl with all the other ingredients, except the blackberries and hazelnuts. Taste the salad for seasoning, and adjust if necessary. Just before serving, scatter the hazelnuts and blackberries on top.

Russia hit by several terrorist attacks in 2017

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 09:57

Russia has suffered several terrorist assaults this year, including a deadly attack on the Saint Petersburg metro in April that left 15 dead and dozens wounded. - On April 3, a bomb in the Saint Petersburg metro killed 15 people and wounded dozens. The deadly blast was the first in Russia since October 31, 2015, when a bomb exploded on a plane carrying Russian holidaymakers from Egypt, killing all 224 people on board.

Turkey's Erdogan seeks to mend strained ties with Europe

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 09:08

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he wants to mend strained ties with several European nations, saying Turkey is forced to "decrease the number of enemies and increase friends."

N. Korean boat skipper 'charged over Japan theft'

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 08:30

Japanese prosecutors reportedly charged a North Korean fishing boat captain for theft on Thursday, accusing him of making off with items ranging from home appliances to solar panels. The 45-year-old was among 10 North Korean "fishermen" spotted aboard a tiny wooden boat struggling in bad weather off the northern island of Hokkaido in late November. Some of them admitted to "taking out" some electronic products from a remote Japanese island where they landed briefly to take refuge.

Roy Moore Files Lawsuit Contesting Alabama's Senate Election Results

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 08:27

Former Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore filed a lawsuit on Wednesday night contesting the outcome of the state’s special election.

Box Truck Blocks Media's View Of Trump Getting 'Back To Work' (a.k.a. Playing Golf)

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 07:57

Day after day, CNN’s team of political journalists have set up cameras on the same public road to catch glimpses of President Donald Trump hitting the links at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

US Republican explains call for FBI 'purge' over anti-Trump bias

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 04:00

After saying he supported a "purge" of the FBI and Department of Justice a Republican US lawmaker on Wednesday toned down his call but still said he was "frustrated" with investigators he thinks may be biased. "I'm very concerned that the DOJ and the FBI, whether you want to call it 'deep state' or what, are kind of off the rails," Rooney said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Earned $102 Million in 2017, Must Now Fly Privately for Security Reasons

Latest MacBook News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 02:43
In fiscal 2017, Apple CEO Tim Cook received a salary of $3.06 million plus $9.33 million in bonuses and stock worth $89.2 million for a total compensation package of approximately $102 million, reports Bloomberg.

The data was shared today by Apple in a proxy statement filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of the company's annual shareholders meeting, which will take place on February 13, 2018.

Executive officers at Apple, which included Luca Maestri, Angela Ahrendts, Johny Srouji, Dan Riccio, and Bruce Sewell, all received bonuses of over $3 million, bringing their compensation, including salary and stock awards, to approximately $24.2 million each, provided each stays with the company long enough for awarded stock to vest. Angela Ahrendts, Apple's retail chief, was the highest paid executive, bringing in $24,216,072.

In addition to covering executive compensation, today's proxy statement also says that Apple's board now requires Apple CEO Tim Cook use private aircraft "for all business and personal travel." The flight policy was implemented in 2017 "in the interests of security and efficiency" based on Cook's "highly visible" role as CEO.

Over the course of 2017, Cook's personal air travel expenses amounted to $93,109, and Apple spent an additional $224,216 in personal security costs provided to Cook.

The proxy statement also includes six proposals that will require shareholder action at the upcoming shareholders meeting in February. Proposals cover standard actions like re-appointing Apple's public accounting firm and re-electing board members, along with two shareholder proposals covering proxy access amendments and the establishment of a Human Rights Committee.

Apple's board of directors is recommending shareholders vote against both shareholder proposals, with the full text of all of the proposals available in the proxy statement filed with the SEC.

Shareholders who wish to attend the shareholders meeting, which will be held at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, will need to register using Proxyvote.com starting at 8:00 a.m. on January 22, 2018. Apple plans to accept registrations on a first-come, first-serve basis as space is limited.

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Judge praises teen for progress since killings when he was 8

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 02:17

ST. JOHNS, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona judge and the family of a teenager who fatally shot two men in 2008, including his father, heaped praise on him Wednesday for the progress he's made as his time on probation comes to an end.

Source Code for Apple's Lisa Operating System to be Released for Free in 2018

Latest MacBook News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 01:57
The Apple Lisa, released in 1983, was one of the first personal computers to come equipped with a graphical user interface, and soon the operating system that ran on the Lisa will available for free, courtesy of the Computer History Museum and Apple.

As noted by Gizmodo, Al Kossow, a software curator at the Computer History Museum, recently announced that both the source code for the Lisa operating system and the Lisa apps have been recovered. Apple is reviewing the source code, and once that's done, the museum will be releasing the code publicly.Just wanted to let everyone know the sources to the OS and applications were recovered, I converted them to Unix end of line conventions and spaces for Pascal tabs after recovering the files using Disk Image Chef, and they are with Apple for review. After that's done, CHM will do an @CHM blog post about the historical significance of the software and the code that is cleared for release by Apple will be made available in 2018.

The only thing I saw that probably won't be able to be released is the American Heritage dictionary for the spell checker in LisaWrite.Back when the Lisa was first released, Apple charged $9,995, with the machine aimed at business users. It was equipped with a 5MHz Motorola 68000 CPU, 1MB of RAM, and a 5MB hard drive. Given its high price, Apple only managed to sell about 100,000 of the Lisa computers. Though Steve Jobs originally denied it, he later said the Lisa was named for his daughter, Lisa Brennan.

Apple's Lisa operating system featured the text-based Workshop for developing software and the Lisa Office System, which had seven apps that included LisaWrite, LisaCalc, LisaDraw, LisaGraph, LisaProject, LisaList, and LisaTerminal.

The Lisa computer was followed by the Macintosh in 1984, and the Macintosh was essentially a more affordable, improved version of the Lisa, which allowed it to outsell the Lisa. Though Apple did introduce additional versions of the Lisa computer at a lower price tag, it was ultimately discontinued only a few short years after its introduction.

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A Last-Minute IRS Notice Could Hurt Filers Who Prepay Their 2018 Property Taxes

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 01:09

The IRS announced that filers could claim their 2018 property tax payments on their 2017 federal taxes only if bills had been assessed in 2017

La. Man Survives Fiery Christmas Eve Crash That Killed Pregnant Fiancée and Their Infant Son

Apple Laptop News - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 01:06

A 19-year-old mother and her 7-month-old son were killed on Christmas Eve in a car crash after an impaired driver slammed into their car.