Blog

MacBook Pro’s space bar mercilessly mocked in song – CNET

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Does that look like 75 degrees to you? Looks like 74 to me. Jonathan Mann/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Works of art can be temperamental. They need the right light, the right temperature, the right atmospheric conditions. So it is with Apple’s lovely MacBook Pro. Especially, some believe, its keyboard. Some people maintain that it’s…

YouTube Singer Follows Up ‘iPhone Antenna Song’ With Sticky MacBook Keyboard Tune – Mac Rumors

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Popular YouTube singer-songwriter Jonathan Mann has uploaded a humorous Apple-related tune that is currently doing the rounds on social media and tech blogs. Mann originally rose to prominence among Apple watchers for catching the eye of Steve Jobs, who opened his iPhone 4 press conference by playing to the audience Mann’s 2010 “iPhone Antenna Song”, which criticized parts of the media for its “Antennagate” fixation. But it’s unlikely Mann’s latest…

Microsoft says its new laptops are twice as powerful as the MacBook Pro — here’s what that means – Business Insider

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Both Apple and Microsoft are making expensive pro-level laptops.Microsoft Microsoft is mounting a direct challenge to Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops. In recent years, Apple’s MacBook Pros have been the high-end notebook of choice for those who need a high-performance laptop.  Now, Microsoft wants its Surface Book to be that device. The company best known for Windows is making direct comparisons to Apple’s aluminum juggernaut.  Here’s how Microsoft’s corporate VP of devices Panos…

Trump offered a grieving military father $25000 in a phone call – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

President Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said. Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, said that Trump called him at his home in Zebulon, N.C., a few weeks after his 22-year-old son and two fellow soldiers were fatally shot by an…

Spain threatens to take over Catalonia’s government as constitutional crisis looms – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

BARCELONA — Spain’s central government announced Thursday it would quickly move to take control of the autonomous Catalonia and restore “constitutional order” after the region’s president refused to back away from a push for independence. Facing a deadline imposed by Spain’s central government to answer the question whether Catalonia was declaring independence or not, the regional president replied Thursday that Madrid should stop threatening to seize control of the autonomous…

University president: Richard Spencer hoping for violence to build movement – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE White nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak Thursday in Florida, his first speech since the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Video provided by Newsy Newslook White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks to select media in his office Aug. 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Va. Spencer is speaking at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.(Photo: Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images) GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The president…

5 things for October 19: Maryland shooting, Niger, health care, Richard Spencer, bugs – CNN

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds.

FBI in St. Louis arrests four alleged sex traffickers, rescues teenage girl – STLtoday.com

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

ST. LOUIS • FBI officials here announced Wednesday that they rescued a teenage girl and arrested four alleged sex traffickers as part of a four-day nationwide effort to combat underage human trafficking. The FBI-led multi-agency law enforcement effort Operation Cross Country ended Oct. 15 with the agency and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children announcing the rescue of more than 84 underage victims and the…

5 Deals on Desktops, Laptops and More to Upgrade Your Home and … – WIRED

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

The holidays are fast approaching and every day is a little shorter than the last at this time of year. If you’re starting to get in the mood to treat yo’ self to some new tech for the winter, we have a few bargains for you this week. These picks come from our friends at TechBargains and were curated by the team here at WIRED. Dell XPS 8910 desktop PC…

Samsung’s phone-as-desktop concept now runs Linux – Engadget

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

It’s not quite the same as your typical Ubuntu or Debian install. Linux on Galaxy launches through an app, and it’s using the same kernel as Android itself in order to maintain performance. And it almost goes without saying that you’ll really want a DeX setup, since most Linux apps are expecting a large screen, mouse and keyboard. As it stands, you’ll have to be patient. Linux on Galaxy isn’t…

Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality: everything you need to know … – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Microsoft is launching its own answer to virtual reality today, taking on HTC and Oculus in the process. Windows Mixed Reality will be available in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and headsets are now available to buy. Here’s everything you need to know about Windows Mixed Reality. While Microsoft has picked the “Mixed Reality” naming for its initial headsets, they’re only capable of virtual reality experiences right now. Microsoft’s…

You’re doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early – The Register

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

A few weeks ago, Google paid Microsoft $7,500 after Redmond’s security gurus found, exploited and reported a vulnerability in the Chrome browser – a flaw that would allow malicious webpages to run malware on PCs. Now Microsoft isn’t entirely happy with the way Google handled it, and having been schooled a few times on security by the web giant, the Windows goliath has taken the opportunity to turn the tables…

Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life – The Register

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Microsoft says testing of Qualcomm-powered laptops running Windows 10 is well advanced and suggest it will be possible to use the devices for multiple days without charging their batteries. Qualcomm revealed its tie-up with Microsoft in December 2016, when it promised Windows-10-ready 64-bit ARMv8-compatible Snapdragon system-on-chips would be ready in the second half of 2017. News from Qualcomm’s 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong this week suggest that deadline could be…

Study finds lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital devices – New York Post

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released Thursday. The report by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media on the viewing habits of more than 1,400 children nationwide age 8 and under found that less-affluent youngsters spend nearly three-and-a-half hours daily watching TV and using varied devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops…

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is what the next MacBook Pro should be (but almost certainly won’t) – ZDNet

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

(Image: CNET) Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 is a beast. Once again Microsoft is schooling Apple on what a modern laptop should be. Must read: Here’s why your old iPhone feels slow — and what you can do about it Apple has gone from leading the way when it came to high-performance laptops to getting mired in mediocre updates and gimmicks such as the Touch Bar. On the other hand,…

There’s now a song about the sticky MacBook keyboard to get stuck in your head [Video] – 9to5Mac

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jonathan Mann of ‘Song a Day’ fame has a new hit on his hands. “I Am Pressing The Spacebar and Nothing Is Happening” is his latest jingle, and it’s a brilliant tune about keys on the MacBook keyboard having a tendency to get stuck when exposed to debris or crumbs or, well, in some cases, air. Sony A6500 The lyrics are simple but relatable for anyone who has used the…

Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push – BBC News

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tough choices: How will Carles Puigdemont (L) answer Mariano Rajoy’s ultimatum? Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont is facing a final deadline to drop a secession bid, with Spain warning it will suspend the region’s autonomy if he fails to do so by 10:00 (08:00 GMT). After a referendum on 1 October, he signed an independence declaration but then suspended it, asking for dialogue. Reports suggest he…

Don’t hit the panic button, the Dodgers are in a good spot with Kershaw on the mound in Game 5 – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Strangest night of October. Cody Bellinger took the final big swing, yet somewhere down the right-field line he stopped running, stared at the sky, and rubbed his head as if lost. Chris Taylor had the final slide, yet when he stood up at second base, he was swarmed by celebrating Chicago Cubs, leaving him dusty and outnumbered. Weirdest moment of the playoffs. The Dodgers lost. The Chicago Cubs won. Wrigley…

Does Trump want to destroy our health-care system? He can’t seem to decide. – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press) Everybody says they want bipartisan solutions to complex problems, but what happens when a bipartisan solution actually shows up? In Donald Trump’s Washington, the answer is that whether it actually comes to fruition depends on the shifting whims of a president who doesn’t understand the issue and can’t even figure out what he wants to do. President Trump is facing a dilemma: Does he want to…

Trump’s Condolence Call to Soldier’s Widow Ignites an Imbroglio – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump dragged his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, into the dispute. He told reporters that Mr. Obama had not called Mr. Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, when his son Second Lt. Robert Kelly was killed in action in 2010 in Afghanistan. Mr. Kelly, who has long been reluctant to talk about the loss of his son, did not comment on the issue. But the White…