Video By Vadim Yuryev Saturday, June 23, 2018, 09:01 am PT (12:01 pm ET) Apple was rumored to refresh its MacBook line at WWDC 2018, but with the event come and gone with nary an announcement to be heard, we know we have to wait a bit longer for new hardware. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at how our 2017 MacBook Pros have fared over the past 12 months. Let's start with one of the biggest concerns aired when Apple redesigned its top-tier laptop in 2016: dongles. A good swath of negative MacBook Pro reviews cite a distinct lack of ports as a primary issue with the line, noting most models require a seemingly endless number of USB-C dongles. Depending on the model, MacBook Pro comes with two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports, each of which relies on the USB-C connector format. At first, USB-C solutions were scarce, but if you take a look at Amazon today, the online marketplace is flooded with cables, adapters, high-speed SD Card readers and more. The affordable AmazonBasics … [Read more...] about A year with MacBook Pro: reviewing Apple’s 2017 pro laptop models
By Lester Victor Marks Saturday, June 23, 2018, 05:01 am PT (08:01 am ET) New apps and updates to existing software releases arrive in the App Store and other digital storefronts every day, with the sheer number of them too large to monitor. AppleInsider has compiled a list of some of the iOS and macOS updates and launches from the last seven days that may be worth your attention. This week's app highlights include changes to GarageBand and Final Cut Pro X, the podcasting tool Anchor arriving on iPad, and the Hopster Coding Safari teaching young children some of the core concepts of programming without learning a language. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited FreeTime Unlimited is an Amazon service that provides access to books, movies, and TV shows for children between 3 and 12. A single subscription can be shared between four kids, each with their own profile, and across multiple devices. Monitoring and filtering options are available for parents. The service is now on iPhones and iPads for … [Read more...] about App Roundup: GarageBand, Anchor, Hopster Coding Safari, Microsoft News, more!
SAN DIEGO -- It doesn't matter what you order from school cafeteria worker Debra Davis. Every meal comes with a sweetie pie. Auntie Debra, as she's known at Hoover High School, doles out a heaping helping of hospitality every lunch hour. It's just her first course of kindness. After lunch, Debra drives her '76 Chevy Malibu all over San Diego, looking for hungry homeless people. Debra says never met a homeless person who wasn't starving for her home cooking. On one day, she served more than 50 multi-course meals, all at her own expense. In order to keep up her mission, she's spending money she doesn't have. "But you don't understand the joy that I get from feeding people," she says. Because Debra is so selfless, recently the school district invited her down to the auto shop to surprise her with friends and family, as well as some better wheels to deliver those meals. A 2014 Mazda 3 was refurbished by the auto body class, but to Debra, it was like mint. "I'm not used to a new car, … [Read more...] about “Auntie Debra” doles out a heaping helping of hospitality even after lunch hour ends
WASHINGTON -- For law enforcement, cellphone data is a powerful new tool. It sent Timothy Carpenter to prison after Michigan police linked Carpenter to a string of armed robberies, retracing his steps as his cellphone connected to different cell sites. But in a major statement for privacy in a technological age, the Supreme Court on Friday threw out Carpenter's conviction, finding the government violated his rights when it monitored his movements without first getting a warrant. The Supreme Court ruled that police -- in most cases -- need a warrant to track a person's movements by cellphone location. "When the government tracks the location of a cellphone it achieves near perfect surveillance," wrote Chief Justice John Roberts. "As if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone's user." "We all carry our cellphones with us everywhere now and so what that creates is a historical log of your locations and movements overtime every day," said Alan Butler, a privacy expert. Butler said … [Read more...] about Carrying a cellphone creates a “historical log” of movements, privacy expert says
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of America's wounded warriors are being forced to pay for life insurance they don't want -- and can't even use. In 2007, six weeks after Matt and Tracy Keil were married, he was shot in the neck by a sniper in Iraq. "I currently have no feeling from the chest down but I am able to move my left arm," Matt said. "It changed everything," said Tracy. "There was nothing other than love that was the same." They were doing as well as could be expected, raising 7-year-old twins, until last February when they received a letter. It said they owe $12,791.14 in unpaid premiums on a life insurance plan Matt didn't realize the Pentagon had automatically issued to him when he left the army. That's because Matt is already covered by a free life insurance policy from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Tracy can't collect on both policies, so the one they're being billed for is worthless, and they never wanted it to begin with. "We were automatically enrolled into the … [Read more...] about Disabled veteran hit with $12K bill for life insurance plan he never signed up for