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9to5Mac Daily: February 24, 2020 – iPhone 12 rumors, over-ear Apple headphones

9to5Mac - 2 hours 28 min ago

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Target’s inventory system also suggests new Apple TV, iPod touch and Apple Watch bands

iDownloadBlog - 2 hours 32 min ago

Various new Apple products could be on the horizon, if leaked images from Target's retail inventory system are to be trusted.
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Trump's helping Moscow muck with our elections fits the strict constitutional definition of treason

Daily Kos - 2 hours 36 min ago

Throughout the history of the Republic, traitorous and treasonous have held a broader, more generic meaning for treason than the one found in the U.S. Constitution. The rebellious founders, having themselves been traitors to the British Crown—and being fully familiar with how English treason laws had been extended and abused in what was then the not-very-distant past—the drafters wisely kept to the narrowest of definitions in the first paragraph of Article III, Section 3:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

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Apple is ‘probably the best business in the world’ says Warren Buffett [Video]

9to5Mac - 3 hours 3 min ago

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has said in an interview that Apple is ‘probably the best business I know in the world.’

His Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate is now the largest single investor in AAPL, owning 5.7% of the company and ‘increasing all the time’ …

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Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA

Slashdot - 3 hours 5 min ago
The New York Times: They asked Katherine Johnson for the moon, and she gave it to them. Wielding little more than a pencil, a slide rule and one of the finest mathematical minds in the country, Mrs. Johnson, whose death at 101 was announced on Monday by NASA, calculated the precise trajectories that would let Apollo 11 land on the moon in 1969 and, after Neil Armstrong's history-making moonwalk, let it return to Earth. A single error, she well knew, could have dire consequences for craft and crew. Her impeccable calculations had already helped plot the successful flight of Alan B. Shepard Jr., who became the first American in space when his Mercury spacecraft went aloft in 1961. The next year, she likewise helped make it possible for John Glenn, in the Mercury vessel Friendship 7, to become the first American to orbit the Earth. Yet throughout Mrs. Johnson's 33 years in NASA's Flight Research Division -- the office from which the American space program sprang -- and for decades afterward, almost no one knew her name. Mrs. Johnson was one of several hundred rigorously educated, supremely capable yet largely unheralded women who, well before the modern feminist movement, worked as NASA mathematicians. But it was not only her sex that kept her long marginalized and long unsung: Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson, a West Virginia native who began her scientific career in the age of Jim Crow, was also African-American. In old age, Mrs. Johnson became the most celebrated of the small cadre of black women -- perhaps three dozen -- who at midcentury served as mathematicians for the space agency and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Their story was told in the 2016 Hollywood film "Hidden Figures," based on Margot Lee Shetterly's nonfiction book of the same title, published that year. The movie starred Taraji P. Henson as Mrs. Johnson, the film's central figure. It also starred Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as her real-life colleagues Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.

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Apple is tightening Safari’s HTTPS certificate validity policy beginning September 1

iDownloadBlog - 3 hours 6 min ago

Apple has announced that it’ll soon stop allowing HTTPS certificates in Safari with more than 13 months of validity.
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Nevada GOPer Reveals He 'Caucused For Bernie' To Help Trump: 'It Would Be A Dream Election'

Crooks and Liars - 3 hours 25 min ago

Conservative activist Chuck Muth said that he temporarily switched parties to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses.

Muth, who spoke to the Las Vegas Journal-Review while wearing a red Keep America Great hat, explained that he had crossed over to “vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats.”

“It was kind of a way of demonstrating how absurd I think it is to have same-day registration as well as early voting for a caucus,” Muth explained. “So my wife and I last Sunday went to an early voting site, we changed parties right there on the spot. We caucused for Bernie.”

“It would be a dream election,” he added. “The nightmare would be if Sanders won, of course. But, look, if Bernie Sanders can beat Donald Trump, we’ve already lost it.”

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AirTag could charge wirelessly like Apple Watch, should be “completely waterproof”

iDownloadBlog - 3 hours 41 min ago

Apple's rumored Tile-like accessory discovered in iOS 13

Apple’s upcoming Tile-like tracking accessory, tentatively named “AirTag”, could feature wireless charging similar to your Apple Watch and be “completely waterproof”.... Read the rest of this post here "AirTag could charge wirelessly like Apple Watch, should be “completely waterproof”" is...
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Microsoft Reveals More Xbox Series X Specs

Slashdot - 3 hours 44 min ago
Microsoft revealed new details on its next-generation console, text, on Monday morning, confirming specifications on what the company calls its "superior balance of power and speed" for its new hardware. From a report: The next-gen Xbox, Microsoft said, will be four times as powerful as the original Xbox One. The Xbox Series X "next-generation custom processor" will employ AMD's Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architecture, head of Xbox Phil Spencer wrote on the Xbox website. "Delivering four times the processing power of an Xbox One and enabling developers to leverage 12 [teraflops] of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) performance -- twice that of an Xbox One X and more than eight times the original Xbox One," Spencer said. He called the next-generation Xbox's processing and graphics power "a true generational leap," offering higher frame rates -- with support for up to 120 fps -- and more sophisticated game worlds. That 12 teraflops claim is twice that of what Microsoft promised with the Xbox One X (then known as Project Scorpio) when it revealed the mid-generation console update back in 2016. Spencer also outlined the Xbox Series X's variable rate shading, saying, "Rather than spending GPU cycles uniformly to every single pixel on the screen, they can prioritize individual effects on specific game characters or important environmental objects. This technique results in more stable frame rates and higher resolution, with no impact on the final image quality." He also promised hardware-accelerated DirectX ray tracing, with "true-to-life lighting, accurate reflections and realistic acoustics in real time." Microsoft also reconfirmed features like SSD storage, which promise faster loading times, as well as new ones, like Quick Resume, for Xbox Series X.

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Huawei MatePad Pro 5G iPad Pro clone is now available [Video]

9to5Mac - 3 hours 44 min ago

We saw leaked images of the Huawei MatePad Pro 5G last year, looking almost exactly like Apple’s iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. The device has now been launched, and yep, the leaked images were right …

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Elizabeth Warren is the only candidate who can stop Bernie Sanders (if that's really your goal)

Daily Kos - 3 hours 45 min ago

This year, our nominee is going to be a progressive. Bernie Sanders is the clear front-runner right now. Even though only 1.7% of delegates have been assigned, Sanders has leads in upcoming states (including delegate-rich California). Things can change! But as of now, things are looking good for him to amass a strong plurality of delegates. 

Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, is off to a woeful start. So why is she the best positioned candidate to give Sanders a run for his money?

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Pundits keep saying the Democratic primary looks just like the GOP's in 2016. They're wrong

Daily Kos - 3 hours 46 min ago

If there’s one thing the Washington pundit class suffers from, it’s a lack of imagination. Once one person says something that everyone thinks sounds smart, it catches on like wildfire, it quickly becomes conventional wisdom, and anyone who says anything different is obviously stupid.

The latest conventional wisdom is that the Democratic primary is playing out just like the 2016 GOP primary did, with the anti-establishment candidate—Donald Trump/Bernie Sanders—running away with the whole thing while his competitors are powerless to stop him. It’s totally possible, and even probable at this point, that Sanders ultimately will win the Democratic nomination, but below are two graphs that show the Democratic primary looks nothing like the Republican primary in 2016.

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Democrats look to Super Tuesday, which could propel candidacies ... or end them

Daily Kos - 4 hours 46 sec ago

Three of the four early states—the states that go one by one and get individual attention from both the candidates and the media—have voted in the Democratic presidential primary, boosting Sen. Bernie Sanders into a clear-cut position as the leader in the race. Now the strategy changes as candidates look past South Carolina, which votes on February 29, to Super Tuesday on March 3, when 14 states vote.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is counting on South Carolina to boost him with black voters in key Super Tuesday states by showing that his candidacy is still viable. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been using his massive personal fortune to carpet-bomb the airwaves in Super Tuesday states, the first states where he will be on the ballot. Other candidates, meanwhile, are trying to shift quickly from focusing on individual states to a multi-state race.

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iPhone 12 could connect to Wi-Fi networks at gigabit speeds thanks to 802.11ay support

iDownloadBlog - 4 hours 5 min ago

This would permit the next iPhone to support Apple's rumored augmented reality headset by connecting to a dedicated box via the speedy wireless standard.
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Apple has now placed orders for mini-LED iPad, says supply-chain report

9to5Mac - 4 hours 10 min ago

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said back in September of last year that Apple was working on new mini-LED iPad models, to be launched sometime around the end of 2020, or beginning of 2021.

There’s now corroboration for that report, a supply-chain report claiming that Apple has now placed orders for these after approving earlier samples …

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Drug Dealer Loses $58M in Bitcoin After Landlord Accidentally Throws Codes Out

Slashdot - 4 hours 24 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: Between 2011 and 2012, 49-year-old Clifton Collins bought 6,000 Bitcoin using money he earned from growing and selling weed, reports The Irish Times. At the time, the cryptocurrency's price varied between $4 and $6. Today it stands at over $9,700. But Collins isn't enjoying any euphoria for the windfall -- because his landlord threw out his Bitcoin codes. The Irish Times reports that Collins was arrested in 2017 for growing and selling weed, and was subsequently hit with a five-year prison sentence. Following this, his landlord sent many of Collins' possessions to a local dump during the process of clearing out Collins' room. One such item was a fishing rod case, which housed a pice of A4 paper with â53.6 million ($58 million) in Bitcoin codes printed onto it. Cryptocurrency is bought through so-called cryptowallets. Once you buy Bitcoin, the cryptowallet issues you a code that's needed to access it. Anyone who gets that code can access and potentially steal the cryptocurrency, so buyers are usually encouraged to hide their codes somewhere safe. In 2017, Collins spread his 6,000 Bitcoin across 12 accounts in order to guard against losing his crypto-fortune, according to the Times. He printed out the codes to his Bitcoin stash on a piece of A4 paper, the same paper he stuffed into the aforementioned fishing rod case.

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Lindsey Graham Promises Even More Investigations Into Trump's 'Enemies'

Crooks and Liars - 4 hours 25 min ago

If the Republicans learned anything from the 2016 election season, it is this: threatening investigations and congressional hearings work. It doesn't matter if there have been multiple investigations already, with no findings of wrongdoing. It doesn't matter if the threat comes from the fevered brains of alt-right conspiracy sites (actually, that is preferred). It doesn't matter if it makes any frickin' sense at all.

Most Americans won't follow it carefully enough to parse out cynical political moves from authentic attempts at oversight. They'll just get the sense that there's something vaguely sinister about the subjects of the investigation and the grandstanding of calling witnesses and insinuating their affiliation with a vaguely-defined deep state. It all adds up to boffo ratings for their own particular audience of one: Donald Trump.

So even though Trump's own Justice department declined to prosecute former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Chief Trump Enabler Lindsey Graham is about to haul him and a dozen other Trump bogeymen/women to get down to the bottom of...of....something::

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A refreshed iPad Pro with a mini-LED display could arrive in the fall

iDownloadBlog - 4 hours 33 min ago

Apple's high-end iPad Pro should make a jump from the current LCD panels straight to the superior mini-LED displays that offer many of the OLED benefits while allowing for thinner, lighter designs
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Trump is prepping a massive purge of officials seen as disloyal

Daily Kos - 4 hours 33 min ago

Donald Trump continues his march to autocracy, planning his largest purge of government officials yet. And he’s getting outside help in assembling his enemies list, with a conservative activist network headed by Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, providing a stream of memos detailing how some administration officials have been insufficiently loyal to Trump.

The pieces are being put in place. Trump is getting ready to push the purge with a new head of presidential personnel—his former body man, Johnny McEntee, who was fired by then-White House chief of staff John Kelly in 2018. And Groundswell, the Ginni Thomas group, helped push former national security adviser H.R. McMaster out of office, and is not remotely done, Axios reports.

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First major iOS 14 leak: a new iPad-like grid design for the app switcher on iPhone

iDownloadBlog - 5 hours 23 min ago

iOS 14 may allow users to choose between the current app switcher backs on a deck of app cards and a new iPad-style grid multitasking.
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