The self-proclaimed “fastest growing lifestyle media conglomerate in the industry,” 944 Media today announced the launch of 944 San Francisco—becoming the brand’s seventh regional market.“San Francisco is unlike any of our current cities, and will ultimately give 944 magazine the opportunity to explore new avenues and creative visions, while testing the waters at times to see what our readers really want,” 944 CEO Marc Lotenberg said. The San Francisco edition will have a 30,000 circulation and a monthly frequency. It will be available for free at luxury hotels, retail stores and restaurants throughout the city. In addition to San Francisco, 944 publishes editions in Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego and Orange County, California.944 Media was launched in Phoenix in 2001.
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.
Paytm usage has increased over the last few months as India pushes towards digital economy. Some users took advantage of a loophole in the online payment platform to get free credits and other benefits, which was discovered by Paytm and a stern measure was taken to prevent it. But that did not bode well for the digital wallet company.Paytm announced on Thursday that it is withdrawing two percent charge on credit cards for adding money to wallet owing to the immense inconvenience caused by the move. The withdrawal took place in just 24 hours after Paytm implemented transaction fees on credit cards in a bid to curb misuse of credit cards.The company said that some users took advantage of the free transactions to recharge their wallet using a credit card and then transfer the money back to their bank accounts. This not only added funds to the account at zero cost, it also won free loyalty points and free credits.International Business Times, India, interviewed an avid Paytm user, who spoke on the condition on anonymity, about utilising Paytm’s model to rotate money.”I recharged my Paytm wallet using my credit card, transferred the money back to my savings account and used the funds to pay by credit card bill. Although it was a one-off case, I was able to avoid hefty bank charges for non-payment and affect my credit score.”This trend affected Paytm, as it loses money. Paytm’s revenue model relies on users spending the money in their wallet within the network. The online payment solutions company said that it pays hefty charges to banks and card networks when users use their credit cards.For the sake of millions of customers!Paytm backtracked on its two percent charge on using credit card for adding money to wallet after it was met with strong resistance from a large group of users. But the One97 Communications Ltd-owned company is committed to build new features to curb any kind of misuse on its platform.”With an intent to prevent the misuse of transfer to bank facility at 0%, we had applied a refundable fee of 2% on add-money through credit cards. At the same time, we are conscious that this move caused inconvenience to a large segment of our users, including those who are using their credit card for genuine transactions,” Paytm said in an official blog post.Paytm currently has 200 million users, making it India’s largest online payment platform. The move was partly to keep its users from switching to rival MobiKwik, which promised to offer services at no cost. MobiKwik has a user base of 55 million in India.
Moudud AhmedBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) does not see any alternative to organising a mass upsurge to compel the government to hold the next general elections under a non-party neutral administration.”This government doesn’t believe in a peaceful negotiation with the opposition. That’s why we don’t have any other option but to wage a movement to force the government to hold the next polls under a neutral administration,” senior leader Moudud Ahmed said on Friday.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “We’ll have to take preparation both for the movement and the election together. I believe our demand will be met through a mass upsurge.”Zia Sangskritik Sangstha (ZISAS) arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club marking the 82nd birth anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the government is mainly working to annihilate the BNP and suppress its leaders and activists. “They’re also giving Rab and police training as to how to repress their opponents.”He said their party wants to restore democracy, people’s voting and other rights and the rule of law. “We must wage a movement under the leadership of Khaleda Zia to restore people’s rights and impendence of the judiciary,” he said.The BNP leader alleged that the government is unwilling to hold a fair and credible election in fear of facing a debacle.He regretted that the ministers are apparently in a competition to lie as they are doing negative and immoral politics.Moudud also warned that the ministers and the ruling party leaders will have to pay a heavy price someday for spreading lies among the new generation.UNB also reports: Describing Awami League as the beneficiary of the 1/11 political changeover, BNP senior leader Abdullah Al Noman on Friday alleged that the party is now trying to restore one-party rule by establishing its unilateral control on politics.”The country now lacks democracy. Awami League which is the beneficiary of the 1/11 has already snatched people’s all the basic rights. The party is making efforts to establish its unilateral supremacy on politics to restore one-party Baksal rule. But our party wants a democratic government and the good governance,” he said.Speaking at a human chain programme, the BNP leader further said, “We’re ready to engage in talks for the restoration of democracy. We’ll also wage a movement, if necessary, as we won’t make any compromise on the issue of reinstatement of democracy.”Jatiya Ganotantrik Mancha arranged the programme demanding the withdrawal of all the ‘false’ cases filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.Noman, a BNP vice chairman, warned that people will foil the government’s all plots to burry democracy by casting their ballots in favour of BNP in the next general election. “Awami League will be thrown into the dustbin of history if people can exercise their voting rights in the next polls as ballot is stronger than bullet.”He also said the government will neither be able to eliminate BNP nor suppress people with its repressive acts.The BNP leader urged the government to come to the path of understanding shunning repressive acts to hold a fair and meaningful election under a non-party neutral administration.He also urged the people of all walks of life to get united to restore democracy by establishing a pro-people government through the 11th parliamentary polls.
RapeA seven-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a teenage boy in Khaliajuri upazila of Netrakona on Thursday, reports UNB.Police arrested the accused, Hridoy Mia, 18, after the victim’s mother filed a case in this regard, said officer-in-charge of Khaliajuri police station ATM Mahmudul Haque.He said the girl was playing at her maternal grandmother’s house at Mominnagar village at noon when Hridoy raped her.The OC said they will produce the arrestee before a court and send the victim to hospital on Friday for a medical test.
Students protest, holding signs.Three teachers at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science charter school who claimed they were about to be terminated because they wanted to teach more Black history, resigned officially on Jan. 27.The school’s board of directors issued a statement verifying the resignations, but they denied the allegations that the teachers were blocked from teaching Black history.“The teaching of African and African-American history and culture was not a factor in the acceptance of the resignations. This curriculum includes a content strand centered on an enduring understanding of African cultural systems,” the statement read.The board also defended the school’s chief academic officer Angelicque Blackmon, who has been criticized for how she has handled the controversy. Blackmon, who was “recruited to Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science through a national search, has a long track record of engaging African American students and teachers in culturally responsive STEM education.”Adilah Bilal, president of Parents in Action, a parent group at the school, told the Washington Post the social studies teachers had told the group they were planning to resign. The teachers, she said, were upset the administration stymied their efforts to include more African history in a curriculum that focuses heavily on Greek and Roman history.Bilal said parents had planned to engage a mediator to help hammer out a solution, but before they could, the teachers were given termination papers in front of students, making them leave in the middle of the school day.On Feb. 2, about two dozen of the 300 students at the middle school walked out in protest, waving pan-African flags and holding signs. Some shared a list of demands, including “new social studies teachers … who will be treated with respect” and that the school “stop tracking students for school to prison pipeline,” according to NPR.