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Coronavirus Growth in Western Countries: March 3 Update

Kevin Drumm - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:39

Here’s the officially reported coronavirus death toll through March 3. The raw data from Johns Hopkins is here.

Categories: Politics

The YouTube app no longer works on the third-generation Apple TV, please use AirPlay instead

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:37

It's not just YouTube, the third-generation Apple TV has been losing access to key apps. HBO and MLB previously pulled their apps, and CBS All Access will soon do the same.
Categories: Geek

Hands-on with Marshall’s first true wireless earbuds: Mode II was worth the wait

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:33

Today, Marshall is unveiling the latest addition to its collection of retro-themed audio products. Marking the first time the brand is getting into the true wireless earbud space, the new Marshall Mode II arrive with all of the usual vinyl-wrapped stylings you’d expect, but also with transparency mode, a compact design, and up to 25-hour playback per charge. Head below for all of the details on the new unveils as we take a hands-on look at the latest that Marshall has to offer.

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Racist Scrabble Game Lands Teachers In Hot Water

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:31

The five teachers from the private Christian School District near St. Louis (40 years of Biblical education) had a picture of themselves posted to social media holding up cards with the block letters spelling out "COONS." The St. Louis chapter of the NAACP was not amused.

Source: KSDK, Missouri

The St. Charles County branch of the NAACP and several parents are calling for change after five teachers were pictured on social media holding up a racial slur.

"I'm angry, I'm hurt because I trust you with my child," said one parent with a child in the Christian School District.

It started as a game of human Scrabble. The photo shows faculty from the https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/education/christian-school-district-ra... rearranging letters to form the word "coons." Someone then posted it to social media, parents said it was even on the school district's website. However, Principal Jake Ibbetson told 5 On Your Side Wednesday that wasn't the case. He said the photo was never posted to the school's website or any of the school's social media accounts.

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HTTPWTF

Hacker News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:27

Article URL: https://httptoolkit.tech/blog/http-wtf/

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26343577

Points: 248

# Comments: 49

Categories: Geek

UK Competition Watchdog Investigates Apple's App Store

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:23
U.K. authorities have launched an investigation into Apple's App Store over concerns it has a dominant role that stifles competition and hurts consumers. From a report: The Competition and Markets Authority said Thursday it was looking into "suspected breaches of competition law" by Apple. The announcement adds to regulatory scrutiny of the iPhone maker's app distribution platform, which is also the subject of three antitrust probes by the European Union's executive Commission. Apple said the App Store is "a safe and trusted place for customers" and a "great business opportunity for developers." The investigation was triggered in part by complaints from app developers that Apple will only let them distribute their apps to iPhone and iPad users through the App Store. The developers also complained that the company requires any purchases of apps, add-ons or upgrades to be made through its Apple Pay system, which charges up to 30% commission. "Millions of us use apps every day to check the weather, play a game or order a takeaway," Andrea Coscelli, the authority's CEO, said in a statement. "So, complaints that Apple is using its market position to set terms which are unfair or may restrict competition and choice -- potentially causing customers to lose out when buying and using apps -- warrant careful scrutiny." The watchdog said it would consider whether Apple has a "dominant position" in app distribution for Apple devices in the U.K., and, if it does, whether the company "imposes unfair or anti-competitive terms on developers" that results in less choice or higher prices for consumers buying apps and extra.

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Ron DeSantis Is Selling Vaccines To Rich Floridians

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:21

Thank God there's at least one prominent Democrat in Florida to speak out about this disgusting "donations for vaccines" practice by Trump mini-me Ron DeSantis. The state agriculture official called it "corruption at its worst."

The Miami Herald reported yesterday that former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner made a $250,000 campaign contribution to Ron DeSantis last week after the high-end Florida Keys community where Rauner owns a home were among the first in the state to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Via the Sun-Sentinel:

Rauner’s connection to the favorable treatment first was reported Wednesday by the Miami Herald, which obtained a memo the management of the exclusive Ocean Reef Club sent to residents noting that its medical center had vaccinations for residents age 65 and over while most Floridians struggled to access the shots. DeSantis has used the state’s vaccination program to open special distribution sites in select communities while skipping state and local vaccine registration logs, various Florida news outlets have reported..

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Categories: Politics

House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act before shutting down due to possible militia plot

Daily Kos - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:19

The House of Representatives worked late Wednesday night to wrap up key business before closing on Thursday due to warnings of a conspiracy theory-driven militia plan to attack the Capitol on March 4. Despite those fears, the House passed two important bills on Wednesday night: the For the People Act, a wide-ranging voting and election reform bill, and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

“There is a systemic problem with policing in the United States. By enacting transformative reform on a national level, we have a chance to address it,” Rep. Karen Bass, the author of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act wrote in a USA Today op-ed. ”Though named in his honor, Congress must not pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to honor one man—but to honor all the unarmed people who have been brutalized or killed by police since his death and the many more who were brutalized or killed prior.”

Categories: Politics

Over 900 Haitian immigrants were deported by Biden’s DHS, and that was just in February

Daily Kos - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:15

Despite Joe Biden’s promise to increase the number of refugees admitted into the U.S., deportations continue nationwide—along with halts in travel. Refugees and immigrants coming to the U.S. have been taken off flights because Biden has yet to sign the determination making the modifications to the current refugee gap official. According to CNN, in the past week at least 60 refugees were unbooked from their flights and more than 200 were forced to postpone trips. Additionally, refugees and immigrants who came to the U.S. seeking asylum are facing deportation.

Among those being deported are Haitian immigrants who “may face harm” upon returning to their home country. Due to violent crime and political instability, many Haitians have sought refuge in the U.S. According to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News, the country’s condition has only worsened in the past few months, putting these immigrants even more at risk, a fact officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have acknowledged. 

Categories: Politics

Hands-on: iOS 14.5 beta 3 changes and features [Video]

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:05

Apple released the third iOS 14.5 beta to developers Tuesday afternoon, and although the release didn’t go as smoothly as normal, all ended up well. This latest beta sees the return of the default music player requests via Siri that was available in the initial iOS 14.5 beta release, but was unavailable in beta 2.

The release also brings about a new Find My Splash Screen, the Item tab in the Find My app to track third-party accessories and Apple’s upcoming AirTags, Item Safety Alerts functionality, and more. Watch our iOS 14.5 beta 3 changes and features video walkthrough for the details, and be sure to subscribe to 9to5mac on YouTube for more videos.

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Categories: Geek

CarPlay on a motorbike? Indian Motorcycle touts 7-inch display for Apple’s iPhone infotainment feature

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:04

We’ve been fans of CarPlay at 9to5Mac since 2014, and I started riding motorcycles in my free time last summer. So it’s an understatement to say I was intrigued when news of a new model of Indian Motorcycle with Apple CarPlay crossed the wire.

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Eve unveils 3 new HomeKit accessories with Apple-supported Thread connectivity

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:00

Last month, Eve shared a deep dive into how Thread works and why it could be the future of smart home devices. Now the HomeKit-only device maker has announced today three new products that are getting upgraded to include the useful Apple-supported Thread connectivity.

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Pence Is Trying To Curry Favor With People Who Wanted To Kill Him

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:44

Alysin Camerota summed it up. "Former vice president Mike Pence has broken his silence in an op-ed about the election. and a new election law. His op-ed cries out for a reality check and John Avlon is here to oblige," she said.

"There's not a phrase in English for what former VP Mike Pence did yesterday. He emerged himself with an op-ed trying to curry favor with some of the same people who wanted to kill him at the Capitol," Avlon said.

Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!

"I mean, this is more than a fool's errand or exercise in political masochism. Listen to the first part of the first line. 'After an election marked by significant voting irregularities, I share the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election.' He's trying to dignify the Big Lie. The same one that almost got him killed. Because, of course, there were not significant voting irregularities.

"You need more evidence than the 60 court cases Team Trump lost, listen to election officials nationwide or former AG Bill Barr, Chris Wray. Pence knows a certain truth. Why is he doing it? Stockholm syndrome is when you start to identify with your captors. This is way worse. Listen to him trying to meet the mob halfway.

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Apple TV+’s ‘Wolfwalkers’ earns 10 Annie Award nominations; Billie Eilish doc sets new viewer record

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:43

Apple TV+ continues to grow. The Golden Globe-nominated Wolfwalkers animation has earned 10 Annie Award nominations, including Best Animated Feature. Stillwater, another Apple TV+ series, also landed a nomination for Best Preschool Series. Apple has also detailed some viewership numbers for its recent Billie Eilish documentary.

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Categories: Geek

iOS version of What3Words app now uses Apple Maps

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:41

If you’re not familiar with the What3Words app, it’s a clever idea designed to make it easier to tell people exactly where you are. Every three-meter square in the world has a unique three-word code, and the iOS app now uses Apple Maps instead of Google Maps for its displays and directions …

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SpaceX Launches 60 New Starlink Satellites

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:40
SpaceX has launched another batch of its Starlink satellites -- the usual complement of 60 of the low Earth orbit spacecraft, which will join the more than 1,000 already making up the existing constellation. This is the fifth launch of Starlink satellites for SpaceX this year, and the 20th overall. From a report: Earlier this year, SpaceX opened up Starlink access to anyone in a current or planned service area via a pre-order reservation system with a refundable up-front deposit. The company aims to continue launches like this one apace throughout 2021 in order to get the constellation to the point where it can serve customers over a much larger portion of the globe. SpaceX COO and President Gwynne Shotwell has previously said that the company expects it should have coverage over much of the globe at a constellation size of around 1,200 satellites, but the company has plans to launch more than 30,000 to fully build out its network capacity and speed. While SpaceX is making good progress on Starlink with its Falcon 9 launcher, it's also looking ahead to Starship as a key driver of the constellation's growth. Starship, SpaceX's next-generation launch vehicle currently under development in South Texas, will be able to deliver 400 Starlink satellites at a time to orbit, and it's also being designed with full reusability and fast turnaround in mind.

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Launch HN: Alinea (YC W21) – Invest in stocks you believe in

Hacker News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:38

Anam, Eve, and Nikhil here, co-founders of Alinea (https://alinea-invest.com/). Alinea is an investing app for those who want to understand the companies they are investing in. We explain how each company makes money, how they treat their stakeholders, and their environmental impact on the world so customers can buy stock in companies they believe in.

Despite our different backgrounds, the three of us struggled with the same problem. We knew we had to invest our money to build wealth, but when we tried, we felt intimidated and lost. We had so many questions - What kind of stocks do we invest in? Where do we find accurate information? And quickly realized we’re not alone, our friends and other people were also experiencing the same problem.

So in early 2020 we started working on a new approach to investing. We wanted to build an experience without the hassle and complexity of charts and financial jargon. We also wanted to move away from a gamified experience which tends to cause stress and anxiety around investing - so we’ve gone as far as removing red and green from the app entirely.

There’s a lot of misinformation and confusion around how to start investing in stocks so we guide our users through the process. First, we match you to stocks based on your interests so you can better understand a company. Second, we simplify hard to find research into bite-sized formats, so you can evaluate if it's a good investment. Lastly, we show you the impact of your investment on our environment, society, and workplace. We do the homework, so you can make an informed decision.

Underneath the hood, we’re using Drivewealth for stock prices and executing trades and extract data from ISS reports to offer visibility on a companies’ environmental, social and workplace impact scores. We sort through SEC filings and earnings reports to consolidate and synthesize information. We’ve custom built UI in native swift in“swipeable cards” so the information is easy and quick to digest.

In the past months, we’ve seen the power of retail investors who want more choices than just putting their money in ETFs, we provide the tools for them to make informed stock investments. We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on what we’re building!

Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26342977

Points: 64

# Comments: 80

Categories: Geek

Laura Ingraham's Racist Rant: Dems Want To 'Repopulate America'

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:19

During an unhinged rant Tuesday evening, Fox News host and all around racist Laura Ingraham flailed at the immigration bill the Biden administration sent to Congress.

She began by hitting Biden for reopening immigration centers which had been previously closed before moving on to her real point.

"Democrats need to keep this crisis under wraps for as long as possible, because they know if the real truth gets out about this situation, their amnesty bill is sunk," she explained.

She continued, "What's happening is a purposeful repopulation of America and the exploitation of migrants for cheap labor." Oh Laura. Projection much?

"As for ordinary citizens of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and colors just trying to make a decent life for themselves, and maybe make a decent living, well you are out of luck," she went on, as if she actually cared about anyone other than those white folks who anxiously tune in to hear about how awful it is to share with others.

You know who talked about "repopulating Detroit" with Syrian immigrants? Yeah, that was Republican 2016 hopeful Jeb Bush. And boy howdy, did National Review rip him for it, too. And here is noted neo-Nazi Richard Spencer suggesting that Manhattan should be "repopulated" with Black people.

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