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Good news, earthlings! Puerto Rico telescope still guarding the galaxy despite Maria – Miami Herald

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

While the vast majority of Puerto Ricans are living in a technologically deprived state without power and poor communications, there’s one high-tech oasis on the island that wasn’t blown back to the dark ages by Hurricane Maria. The Arecibo Observatory, a massive radio telescope built in 1963, featured in films and nestled in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, was raked by the eye of the storm but survived almost…

Prisoners allowed to use laptops to order meals from their cells, inspection report reveals – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

HMIP said: “Access to in-cell telephones and secure laptops that eased access to administrative systems was, in our view, the way forward and an example of good practice.” The inspectorate described the introduction of in-cell phones as a “positive development”, helping prisoners who were far from home to stay in touch with their families during the evenings. There are also plans to introduce a limited amount of video calling from…

Microsoft Monday: Surface Book 2, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Arrives, Age of Empires Delayed – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bill Gates speaking at the Gates Foundation Inaugural Goalkeepers event. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images) “Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about Bill Gates retaining the #1 spot on the Forbes 400 2017 Richest Americans and investing $1.7 billion in public education, 13 original Xbox One games being added to the backwards compatibility list, the Surface Book 2 announcement,…

New teardown brings more smoke to reports of a touchscreen … – Ars Technica

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

reader comments 44 Sections of code within a recent update to the Google app seem to bolster reports that Google is working on a competitor to Amazon’s Echo Show smart speaker. An Android Police teardown of the Google app’s v7.14.15 beta update uncovered several references to functions and commands that can be performed by a device or feature codenamed “Quartz.” The code suggests that Quartz is activated through voice commands…

Steve Rossi retiring as CEO and president of Digital First Media – The Denver Post

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Digital First Media, owner of The Denver Post, has named Guy Gilmore as the company’s chief operating officer following the retirement of chief executive Steve Rossi. “I wish to express my sincere thanks to all of you who work so hard to assure the company’s success. It has been a real pleasure to serve the company in this role, and to work with you. There are many exciting challenges ahead,…

Apple suppliers upping production of AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPUs for iMac Pro launch – 9to5Mac

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Apple is reportedly ordering the parts it needs for the iMac Pro in volume, as it readies for the debut of the new lineup. Back at WWDC, Apple officially announced the iMac Pro would be released in December (it also introduced new 2017 iMacs for consumers). The iMac Pro uses high-end GPUs from AMD including the Radeon Pro Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards; these parts are packaged using a…

OmniHub tries to fix the MacBook Pro’s port shortage with magnets … – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Earlier this month, my five-year-old MacBook Pro finally gave up the ghost. After traveling the world and surviving several CESes, it was time to finally lay the thing to rest. I had some misgivings about replacing the old workhorse with one of the new models, not the least of which was the company’s fairly unpopular decision to ditch all existing ports for a quartet of ThunderBolt 3 ports, which felt…

Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pros as low as $2199 ($200-$320 off); 10.5" iPad Pros for $599 ($50 off); 27" iMac 5K (Apple … – AppleInsider (press release) (blog)

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Exclusive discounts are in effect now on Apple’s Mid 2017 15″ MacBook Pro. Save $200 to $320 on popular configs with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or snap up a 10.5″ iPad Pro and save $50 to $130. The Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) in Space Black is now shipping for $749, while Apple refurbished 2014 27″ iMac 5Ks are $1,149. Readers looking for the lowest…

I have a problem with my MacBook Pro keyboard — and Apple’s … – Business Insider

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro use a custom keyboard design. Sometimes, dust or other small particles can get stuck under the spacebar and make it unresponsive. Apple’s recommended fix is to basically turn the entire keyboard nearly vertical and blast it with air until the particle eventually falls out.  Hollis Johnson/Business Insider New Apple laptops released in the past two years have a keyboard design that enables the laptops to…

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $1110, Amazon Kindle Sale from $50, iPhone X cases $4, more – 9to5Mac

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. 9to5Toys Lunch Break delivers the best deals every day of the week at 12:30PM EST. This includes price drops on all sorts of Apple products from iPad to MacBook and everything in between, as well as HomeKit gear, accessories of all kinds…

A Timeline — And Questions — About The Niger Firefight That Killed US Troops – NPR

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to reporters about the Niger operation during a briefing at the Pentagon on Monday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption toggle caption Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to reporters about the Niger operation during a briefing at the Pentagon on Monday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Amid growing political fallout, the Department of…

Politically charged murder trial of Mexican immigrant starts in San Francisco – Nasdaq

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Shutterstock photo Oct 23 (Reuters) – The trial of a Mexican man accused of murdering a woman while illegally in the United States began in San Francisco on Monday, a case that President Donald Trump has cited as an example of the dangers posed by lax border security. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, also known as Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, has said he shot…

Trump’s call to one widow has dominated the news. Here are the other US soldiers killed in Niger. – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

President Trump’s phone call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson has dominated the news for the better part of a week, opening up a rift with the fallen soldier’s family, pulling White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly into the controversy and raising uncomfortable questions about the president’s treatment of Gold Star families.  But the political debate that exploded over the call has overshadowed the other lives lost that day: the three other U.S….

Former Harvey Weinstein Assistant Breaks NDA, Details History of Cover-Ups – Hollywood Reporter

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Zelda Perkins, who worked as Weinstein’s assistant in Miramax’s London office, claims in a new interview with Financial Times that her boss sexually harassed her and assaulted her female colleague, leading them to a settlement and strict NDA. Dozens of women have come forward in recent weeks with claims against Harvey Weinstein, accusing the veteran film mogul of sexual assault, harassment, misconduct and rape. Many of their stories carry the…

California Senate hires lawyers and human resources consultant to look into sexual harassment allegations – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León will hire two outside firms to look into allegations of a widespread culture of sexual harassment in the state Capitol. De León announced Monday he has hired the law office of Amy Oppenheimer to conduct an external investigation into harassment and assault allegations, and the consulting firm CPS HR Consulting to review Senate policies on harassment, discrimination and retaliation. The Senate leader…

It’s been 10 years since Microsoft invested in Facebook — now Facebook is worth almost as much as Microsoft – Recode

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

A decade ago this week, on Oct. 24, 2007, Facebook announced that Microsoft would invest $240 million in the fast-growing social network, expanding an advertising partnership between the companies. It was a big deal at the time. For one, because Microsoft had competed for the deal with Google — this was back when Microsoft competed with Google all the time — and won. But mostly because the investment assigned Facebook…

OmniHub tries to fix the MacBook Pro’s port shortage with magnets … – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Earlier this month, my five-year-old MacBook Pro finally gave up the ghost. After traveling the world and surviving several CESes, it was time to finally lay the thing to rest. I had some misgivings about replacing the old workhorse with one of the new models, not the least of which was the company’s fairly unpopular decision to ditch all existing ports for a quartet of ThunderBolt 3 ports, which felt…

Apple suppliers upping production of AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPUs … – 9to5Mac

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Apple is reportedly ordering the parts it needs for the iMac Pro in volume, as it readies for the debut of the new lineup. Back at WWDC, Apple officially announced the iMac Pro would be released in December. The iMac Pro uses high-end GPUs from AMD including the Radeon Pro Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards; these parts are packaged using a newer 2.5D technology … Try Amazon Prime 30-Day…

I have a problem with my MacBook Pro keyboard — and Apple’s … – Business Insider

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017

Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro use a custom keyboard design. Sometimes, dust or other small particles can get stuck under the spacebar and make it unresponsive. Apple’s recommended fix is to basically turn the entire keyboard nearly vertical and blast it with air until the particle eventually falls out.  Hollis Johnson/Business Insider New Apple laptops released in the past two years have a keyboard design that enables the laptops to…