Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments • Apple Sprint Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple iMac 2019 is a millennial trapped in the body of a baby boomer AirPower’s failure won’t hurt Apple. But these 3 things already are Apple’s origins: An oral history from inside the loop In other Apple news $999 Best Buy The canceled AirPower wireless charging mat. Apple Apple last week did something it rarely ever does: It canceled an already announced project. Specifically, AirPower, a wireless charging pad that would charge up the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods all at once. After 18 months, not a single AirPower device saw the light of day. The unexpected death of AirPower is an uncommon occurrence for Apple, which so carefully nurtures its buttoned-up public image. It’s rare for the company to announce a product so far in advance and even more rare that it publicly cancels a project before it ships.The AirPower misstep sticks out among Apple’s hit parade over the last 20 years. From iTunes, iMovie and FaceTime to the iPod, the iPhone, the Apple Watch and the MacBook Air, Apple has consistently rolled out great apps and devices for several decades. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It After AirPower’s death we highlight Apple’s other fumbles The iPhone 4’s stainless-steel frame and gap. Angela Lang/CNET Antennagate, aka ‘You’re holding it wrong’ (2010)The iPhone 4 employed a stylish stainless-steel frame that wrapped around the device and housed the phone’s antennas — and when gripped just right (or just wrong, as the case may be) reduced the phone’s signal strength when it shipped that June. Amid rumors of a recall and software updates, and even free phones bumpers from Apple to keep fingers off the frame and its gaps, Apple apologized and said iPhone 4 owners could return their phones if they wanted. The loneliness of iTunes Ping (2010)Ping was a social network designed to connect you to your friends and favorite musicians as part of a big iTunes update. Before its release, Apple showed Ping with hooks into Facebook, but when Ping shipped, Facebook integration had been pulled from Apple’s attempt at social networking. Without Facebook, finding your friends on Ping was challenging. And once you did find them, you often discovered their musical tastes were as bad as you feared.Wobbling MobileMe (2008)There was much to like about MobileMe, Apple’s collection of online services users could subscribe to for $99 a year. With it, you could sync your calendar and contacts. It offered online storage, Find My iPhone, a photo gallery and even an easy-enough-to-use web design tool called iWeb. Unfortunately, the service got off to a terrible start, with potential subscribers unable to sign up and then were unable to access it once they did subscribe. The service never quite recovered, and Apple replaced it a few years later with iCloud.MobileMe includes a handy web-publishing tool called iWeb. Apple iPod Hi-Fi sky-high price (2006)Intended to replace your home’s stereo system, the iPod Hi-Fi was a bulky, expensive speaker that lacked an AM/FM radio, came with a limited remote and a precariously docked an iPod on top. It sounded fine as an audio device, but potential buyers balked at its cost (at $349, it cost $50 to $200 more than competing products), its design and the inability to use it with non-Apple audio players.G4 Cube, cracks and all (2000)The striking G4 Cube. Apple The G4 Cube was arresting, housed in acrylic glass, worthy of being in a museum. The boxy Mac was also expensive, didn’t come with a monitor, required external speakers and could form cracks that marred the exterior of the Mac. It barely was around a year when Apple discounted it in 2001.Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (1997)An all-in-one design that seemed more oppressive than elegant, The Twentieth Anniversary Mac packed just about everything you’d want in a computer: An LCD display, FM radio and a TV tuner, a CD-ROM drive, a Bose sound system, and leather palm rests. It was also expensive, with a $7,500 price tag at launch, and didn’t quite look right. It didn’t sell, and Apple reduced its price by almost 75 percent a year later to $1,995 to clear out stock. Pippin, an all-in-one that never took off (1996)The Pippin gaming console. Apple It was going to be a gaming console, an internet appliance, a set-top box — a way for Apple to get into the living room. The Pippin, however, never caught on with buyers, software developers or the hardware makers that would license the multipurpose design. In 1997, Apple moved on.Attack of the clones (1995)For the Mac’s first decade, Apple resisted licensing the Mac OS to third-party manufacturers. But in 1995, as its market share dwindled, Apple signed up a handful of tech companies to license System 7 and manufacture and sell Macintosh clones, with the goal of growing the Mac market. The clone makers were scrappy and competitive (“You can take my Mac when you pry my cold dead fingers off the mouse!” read one Power Computing ad), but instead of growing the market, the clones mainly took sales from Apple. When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he ended the cloning experiment for good, and Apple went back to tightly controlling its ecosystem. Copland, the star-crossed OS (1994)In the mid 1990s, the original Macintosh operating system was starting to show its age, so Apple began work on its replacement. Code-named Copland, the project would give Apple a modern system that it could use to compete against Microsoft’s Windows PCs. The Copland designs were ambitious and far ranging — it was rumored at one point that Copland would be able to run Windows apps — and for several years Apple worked to bring it all together. However, the plans for Copland were too ambitious, and Apple wasn’t able to release anything stable to developers or Mac users. In the summer of 1996, Apple management canceled the Copland project, deciding instead to release the usable bits of Copland piecemeal through updates to its existing Mac OS. The collapse of the Copland project, however, left Apple with an aging OS and no clear path going forward. Deciding that the faster way to replace the Mac operating system was to buy one instead of build it, in a “stunning move,” Apple bought NeXT Computer, the company Steve Jobs founded after leaving Apple. With the purchase of NeXT, Apple got its replacement operating system and next CEO, Steve Jobs.Newton shows the future (1993)The Apple Newton. Apple The Apple Newton — Apple CEO John Sculley’s defining project — pointed to the future of handheld devices. The pioneering personal digital assistant fit in your hand, came with task-management apps, and could recognize handwriting on its screen. It was also overpriced and suffered from various glitches, so instead of being seen as pushing the edges of technology, the PDA became an easy joke. Steve Jobs killed the Newton project when he returned to Apple but applied its lessons to the iPhone and iPad, and even reused its handwriting recognition in the MacOS.More Apple goofsCNET editors also remember these infamous issues from the distant and not-so-distant past.FaceTime bug. A glitch in Apple’s video-conferencing app allowed a caller to eavesdrop on a conversation on the other end before the recipient answered (2019).Butterfly switch keyboards. A keyboard flaw caused keys to stick or otherwise not work as expected on some 2015 to 2017 MacBook models (2015).Magic Mouse 2 charging port position. You needed to flip over Apple’s wireless mouse to recharge it, making it unusable while powering up (2015).Misplaced iPhone 4. Even before Antennagate the iPhone 4 was off to a rocky start, with an Apple worker accidentally leaving a prototype at a bar, which eventually found its way into the hands of Engadget (2010).Apple USB mouse caused repetitive stress. The translucent hockey-puck mouse looked great, especially when attached to the first colorful iMacs. It was also miserable to use (1998).Overpriced Macintosh TV. Apple’s first attempt at embracing television was too expensive and had too many design compromises to succeed (1993).The late and expensive Apple Lisa. It was groundbreaking inside and out, but the much-delayed Apple Lisa was overpriced and was eclipsed by the Mac when it shipped a year later (1983).Apple III, delayed and problematic. Meant to build on the success of the Apple II, the Apple III was instead Apple’s first serious flop (1980). Now playing: Watch this: See It $999 Boost Mobile $999 Steve Jobs Apple Apple iPhone XS But once in a while — as with the AirPower charging mat — the company stumbles with a product design or launch. Here are 15 times Apple probably wished it had a do-over.Apple did not respond to a request for comment.Apple cancels AirPower wireless charger before its release (2019)Announced in 2017, Apple’s wireless charging mat was designed to charge iPhones, Apple Watches and AirPods simultaneously, and the devices could communicate to ensure everything was charging efficiently. But the ambitious power mat missed its 2018 release date, and late last Friday Apple announced it was canceling the project.(If you’ve been waiting for AirPower, check out these alternative charging pads you can buy.)The AirPower, in action. Apple iPhone batteries, throttled; and MacBook batteries, exploding (2017)Following reports of older iPhones becoming unusually sluggish, Apple admitted it was slowing down older iPhones to conserve battery life. iPhone owners were, hmmm, displeased to learn that Apple had made that decision without their knowledge and consent. As a way to make good, Apple offers to replace affected batteries for $29.99, swapping in 11 million new batteries by the end of 2018. Along with iPhone batteries, Apple has had, over time, to deal with scattered reports of exploding batteries in MacBooks and Powerbooks.Bendgate warps iPhone 6’s upright reputation (2014)Shortly after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus shipped in late September 2014, YouTube seemed full of iPhone owners bending their Apple devices. It was shocking, and you couldn’t look away. Apple claimed only a handful of iPhone owner had flawed and bendable devices, but said it would replace phones that showed manufacturing defects. For a year or two after, the over-bendability of a new phone was a concern.The iPhone 6, under stress. Angela Lang/CNET iTunes spammed you with U2 (2014)To promote U2’s new album, Apple pushed the supergroup’s Songs of Innocence to 500 million iTunes libraries for free. Instead of thanking Apple and U2 frontman Bono for the gift, many felt imposed upon at best, or violated at worst. Stores that were counting on album sales became upset, as were other musicians who believe people should pay for music, not expect it for free. Then there was a good chunk of Apple’s 500 million customers, who felt Apple spammed them with an album they didn’t want or consent to.Apple Maps’ growing pains (2012)Designed to replace the preloaded Google Maps on iPhones, Apple Maps came as the default map app for iPhone and iPad in 2012. Unfortunately, Apple Maps also came with a collection of serious issues, from faulty directions to oddly distorted images. Apple Maps was CEO Tim Cook’s first fiasco following the death of Steve Jobs in 2011, and it got so bad that Cook apologized for the unsteady app. 25 Share your voice reading • Apple’s worst failures of all time, from AirPower to Bendgate to the Newton Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See All See it Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 2:45 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags Phones Audio TVs Culture Laptops See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018Top afternoon stories:Beto O’Rourke Visits Houston MattersAs part of its series of interviews with candidates running in major political races, Houston Matters interviewed U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Senator Ted Cruz. O’Rourke talked about a myriad of issues ranging from President Donald Trump to voting rights and the Texas economy.O’Rourke (D-TX) said he wants to work with Trump on topics such as increasing mental health care to veterans and expanding protected public lands in Texas. “Where I can find a partner in the White House or across the aisle, I’ll be there, with anyone, any place, any time.”“But we also have to be able to stand up against this President and his worst impulses where we must,” the Congressman added in reference to the critical comments the President has made about Mexican immigrants and asylum seekers, and his defense of some people who participated in the white supremacist rally that was held in Charlottesville last year.Click HERE to listen to the interview. Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneLupe Valdez gives her victory speech after defeating Andrew White in the Democratic runoff for governor on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.Police Had Lupe Valdez’s Missing Gun All AlongDallas County authorities say a new inventory search has turned up former Sheriff Lupe Valdez’s gun that was reported missing after she stepped down to run for Texas governor.The Dallas County sheriff’s department Tuesday apologized to Valdez for “any distress and hardship” after the Democratic nominee for governor faced questions surrounding the whereabouts of her on-duty weapon.The 9mm Berretta was found in the department’s property room. Spokesman Raul Reyna says Valdez “did what she was supposed to do” in returning the gun.Valdez was sheriff for 13 years. She resigned in December to mount a longshot challenge against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.Abbott’s campaign had attacked Valdez over reports of the missing firearm, tweeting that Valdez wants to run Texas “but can’t even keep track of her gun.” Dave FehlingThe Big Brown power plant in Freestone County burns coal mined nearby.Texas Could Soon Have More Authority to Regulate Coal Plant EmissionsTexas could have more authority to regulate coal plant emissions under a new proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, which would formally replace the Clean Power Plan.In the audio above, Houston Matters learns what the new rules could mean for Texas industries and the environment from Victor Flatt, director of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center, and Felix Mormann, professor of law at the Texas A&M School of Law._____________________Top morning stories:Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston responds to Pope FrancisJohn L. Mone/APIn this March 30, 2017 image taken from video, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo of the Archdiocese of the Houston-Galveston, speaks during an interview in Houston.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is adding his voice to calls against alleged sexual abuse within the Catholic church.Cardinal DiNardo was responding to Pope’s Francis’ letter. It addressed suffering caused by alleged abuse within the Catholic Church and failure to respond. Post Oak Little League team eliminated from World SeriesHouston’s Post Oak Little League baseball team is returning home from Pennsylvania after a stretch of games in the Little League World Series. The team lost 7-6 to a team from Peachtree, Georgia. Texas A&M adopts new sexual-assault policiesShelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneStudents on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.Texas A&M University officials say the school is creating tougher sanctions for students found responsible for sexual assault.The school was criticized over the summer for how it handles cases of sexual assault, with multiple women sharing their stories online. The scrutiny prompted an internal review of university policies.Officials say the changes include a streamlined reporting process, a predetermined range of sanctions and more investigators. Students found responsible for sexually-based violence or rape will have to serve a minimum one-year suspension, and if they return to campus, they would also be barred from receiving scholarships or representing the school. Attorney General moves to limit abilities of immigration judgesA decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making it harder for immigration judges to postpone hearings for immigrants while they wait for special petitions that would allow them to stay in the country legally.Lawyers say they expect, as a result, some immigrants will be deported while they wait on petitions that would have allowed them to stay in the country. Federal disaster assistance appears to widen the racial wealth gapWhites who live in counties badly damaged by natural disasters on average gain nearly $126,000 in wealth. Minorities, on the other hand, lose tens of thousands of dollars.This happens even when you control for income, education and a range of other factors, according to a study from Rice University and the University of Pittsburgh. Sara Tubbs/UHMusician Stephanie Rice performs at Houston Public Media. Rice appeared in the 12th season of NBC’s The Voice.Stephanie Rice: ‘If I Didn’t Perform I Would Die’When Stephanie Rice came out to her parents ten years ago at age 18, she received the one response she was most afraid of: rejection. They told her “they couldn’t choose their daughter over God,” and they’re estranged to this day.And, as she later recounted on her blind audition for season 12 of The Voice, she finds music is the best way for her to channel her emotions over that painful moment in her life.Rice graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in biology and worked for a time as a researcher at Baylor College of Medicine. She would often work 50-60 hours a week and then play a couple gigs each week.“It was a really crazy time in my life where I would go into work with a lab coat on and be running out and changing into my leather pants and going to a gig,” she said. Share
One more such award went to writer Dr Kusum Ansal. Ansal was felicitated with the prestigious Women of Substance award at the Kamani auditorium on Wednesday. Ansal was recognised for her outstanding contribution in the field of Indian literature. She was conferred with the award for her exceptional work that includes books like Beyond Silence and Widows of Vrindavan.Beyond Silence, her first novel, depicts the story of Indians in South Africa. It is a tribute to those who revolted against racial discrimination in the country. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dr Ansal has written about 25 books which include novels, short stories, poems and travelogues. One of her novels, Ek Aur Panchvati, has been adapted into a film Panchvati by Dr Basu Bhattacharya, with Suresh Oberoi, Deepti Naval and Farooq Sheikh as the lead actors. A couple of her novels have also been adopted into TV serials and three of her stories have been adapted into plays by Faizal Alkazi and others.Her books have been translated into Punjabi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Greek, Russian and French. Besides Hindi and English, she writes in Punjabi too.Apart from Ansal, a team of other women achievers were also felicitated. The cultural evening also saw a dance performance by yesteryear actress Vyjayantimala Bali. Her dance performance left the audience spellbound and was the perfect amalgamation of dance and soul.
On Monday, Eran Davidovich, a System Operations Engineer at Waze and Théo Chamley, Solutions Architect at Google Cloud shared their experience on using Spinnaker for canary deployments. Waze estimated that canary deployment helped them prevent a quarter of all incidents on their services. What is Spinnaker? Developed at Netflix, Spinnaker, is an open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform that helps developers to manage app deployments on different computing platforms including Google App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, AWS, Azure, and more. This platform also enables you to implement advanced deployment methods like canary deployment. In this type of deployment, developers roll out the changes to a subset of users to analyze whether or not the code release provides the desired outcome. If this new code poses any risks, you can mitigate it before releasing the update to all users. In April 2018, Google and Netflix introduced a new feature for Spinnaker called Kayenta using which you can create an automated canary analysis for your project. Though you can build your own canary deployment or other advanced deployment patterns, Spinnaker and Kayenta together are aimed at making it much easier and reliable. The tasks that Kayenta automates includes fetching user-configured metrics from their sources, running statistical tests, and providing an aggregating score for the canary. On the basis of the aggregated score and set limits for success, Kayenta automatically promotes or fails the canary, or triggers a human approval path. Canary best practices Check out the following best practices to ensure that your canary analyses are reliable and relevant: Instead of comparing the canary against the production, compare it against a baseline. This is because many differences can skew the results of the analysis such as cache warmup time, heap size, load-balancing algorithms, and so on. The canary should be run for enough time, at least 50 pieces of time-series data per metric, to ensure that the statistical analysis is relevant. Choose metrics that represent different aspects of your applications’ health. Three aspects are very critical as per the SRE book, which includes latency, errors, and saturation. You must put a standard set of reusable canary configs in place. This will come in handy for anyone in your team as a starting point and will also keep the canary configurations maintainable. Read Next Thunderbird welcomes the new year with better UI, Gmail support and more Introducing Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 with better UI, Azure SQL support and more! AIOps – Trick or Treat?
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 CALGARY — Hamilton will be seeing a lot more of WestJet next year – 40% more exactly. The airline has announced that it will be increasing capacity out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport by 40% in 2017 with the return of nonstop service to Edmonton and Halifax, as well as a new route to Winnipeg.Four-time weekly service to Edmonton returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28, while daily service to Halifax returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28. Three-time weekly service to Winnipeg starts Jan. 17 and ends on Oct. 26.By January, WestJet will offer 27 weekly departures to seven nonstop destinations out of Hamilton to meet increasing guest demand.“We are pleased to hear that WestJet will be expanding its domestic service offerings from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport starting in 2017,” said Vijay Bathija, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, President & CEO. “These services will provide more options for passengers in Hamilton and the surrounding area seeking to experience the ease and convenience of flying from Hamilton International to a number of popular Canadian destinations.”More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFrom Halifax Stanfield International this winter, the airline will offer 19 daily flights on 15 routes. Year-over-year in January, the airline will have added more than 15% additional capacity out of Halifax.“It’s great to see WestJet growing in our region once again following their successful expansion of air service last year. Providing our passengers with additional travel options remains one of our top priorities and we look forward to WestJet continuing to play a crucial role in achieving our objective,” said Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President and CEO.With the addition of the nonstop Winnipeg-Hamilton route, WestJet will offer 25 daily flights on 20 nonstop routes from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.In addition, WestJet is now Edmonton International Airport’s largest air carrier with almost 75% more seats than the next largest carrier. Overall, passengers in Edmonton have a total of 55 daily departures to 28 different destinations to choose from.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAll flights will be operated on Boeing 737NG aircraft. For more information go to westjet.com/hamilton. Posted by Travelweek Group Share WestJet ramps up service out of YHM with Edmonton, Halifax & Winnipeg routes Tags: Edmonton, Halifax, WestJet, Winnipeg << Previous PostNext Post >>
Twenty-first Century Fox (21CF) has named Lachlan Murdoch (pictured) as the executive chairman and chief executive officer for the proposed ‘New Fox’, which will be established as Disney purchases Fox assets in the coming year.Lachlan MurdochThe new structure will also see Rupert Murdoch serving as co-chairman and John Nallen, 21CF’s chief financial officer, taking a broader role as New Fox’s chief operating officer.In his new role role, Lachlan Murdoch works directly with the company’s senior management and board of directors in developing global strategies and setting the overall corporate vision. He has served as executive chairman of 21CF since 2015.‘New Fox’ will be home to branded properties such as Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Boradcasting Company, Fox Sports, Fox Televisions Stations Group and sports cable networks FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and Big Ten Network.The new entity will be formed after shareholder and regulatory approval of the proposed transaction between 21CF and Disney.“We have worked through the winter ‘standing up’ a reimagined independent Fox. The strengths of the new company, a leader in News, Sports and Entertainment, present truly unique opportunities,” said Lachlan Murdoch.“I am also personally very pleased that John has agreed to take on the role of chief operating officer, and together we look forward to making further announcements as to the management and structure of this new Fox as we get closer to closing our proposed transaction with Disney.”