During a debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, Bernie Sanders asked Ted Cruz if healthcare should be a right for all Americans. Republicans are currently working to repeal the ACA, but this could lead to millions of people being uninsured.
As the Senate gets ready to make a major move on tax reform, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will participate in a CNN town hall debate Wednesday night to discuss efforts to overhaul the tax code.
CNN’s Jake Tapper, anchor and chief Washington correspondent, and CNN’s Dana Bash, chief political correspondent, will moderate the debate, which takes place in Washington at 9 p.m. ET
According to the tax reform “framework” that Republicans released last month, the plan would lower the corporate rate to 20%, reduce the number of income tax brackets from seven to three, double the standard deduction, increase the child tax credit and repeal the estate tax.
Many key details are still missing and Republicans have yet to release the full bill, waiting on the Senate to first pass a budget resolution. House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady suggested last week that the legislative process in the House would begin soon after the budget was passed.
So far Republicans have agreed to a tax cut that would cost $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. While Trump officials and Republican leaders argue that economic growth will pay for the cuts, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, has been adamant that he won’t vote for any tax reform bill that will add to the deficit.
Others, like Cruz, want an even deeper tax cut, believing it will generate even more economic growth. “I think this should be an unapologetic tax cut,” he said last week on CNBC.
The Senate is set to vote on a budget resolution later this week that will make it possible for Republicans to use reconciliation on tax reform, a process that allows them to pass it with only a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than the usual 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.
That means Republicans, who hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, could pass tax reform without any Democratic votes and still afford to lose two from their own party, with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. Reconciliation can only be used once each fiscal year, and even though Republicans used it to help pass a health care bill, they still couldn’t rally enough votes within their own party to get to a majority.
This time Republicans are hoping to get some Democrats on board in case they once again fall short. President Donald Trump has taken his tax reform message on the road to states that he won last year and have vulnerable Democratic senators up for reelection in 2018. It’s an attempt to ramp up pressure on senators like Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
Those three senators also dined with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in a bipartisan dinner in Washington Monday night, where the group discussed tax reform, more specifically the President’s push to increase the child tax credit, which has broad support across party lines.
Don’t count Sanders, however, in the mix of potential senators who might side with Republicans. The 2016 presidential candidate described Trump’s tax plan as “morally repugnant and bad economic policy” in a statement last month, saying it disproportionately benefits the wealthy over the middle class.
The goal is to pass the bill by the end of the year, and House Speaker Paul Ryan threatened last week to keep members in session on Christmas to get it done. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump also say they want to finish by year’s end, both men softened expectations in a news conference Tuesday, pointing to previous administrations that didn’t finish major legislative tasks quickly.
“The goal is to get it done this calendar year,” McConnell said. “But it is important to remember that Obama signed Obamacare in March of year two. Obama signed Dodd-Frank in July of year two.”
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President Trump solemnly addressed the nation Monday morning about Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, saying Americans are “joining together in sadness, shock and grief.”
In brief remarks from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room, Trump called the shooting, in which police say at least 58 people were killed and over 500 were wounded, “an act of pure evil.” He said he will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday, and he ordered flags flown at half-staff.
Trump praised first responders, including the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, “for their courageous efforts.” He said the speed with which they reacted to the shooting was “miraculous and prevented further loss of life.” Trump noted that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are working with local authorities on the investigation.
Trump said of the victims, most of whom were attending a country music concert, “We cannot fathom their pain; we cannot imagine their loss.” The president quoted from Scripture that “the Lord is close to the brokenhearted,” and said he and first lady Melania Trump are praying for the speedy recovery of the wounded and for the families of the victims.
“In moments of tragedy and horror,” Trump said, the nation “comes together as one.” He continued, “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil; our bonds cannot be broken by violence.”
In the afternoon, the president held a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House with the first lady and dozens of White House staffers.
Trump had been briefed earlier in the morning on the attack and tweeted, “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
The president’s schedule had called for him to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday in light of the hurricane damage there, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that is still the plan.
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
The following is a complete transcript of Donald Trump’s remarks from the White House in the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas:
My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief.
Last night a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more.
It was an act of pure evil.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.
I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired, is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.
Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one, a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you and we are here for you. And we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.
Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.
In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff. I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims. In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one. And it always has.
We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today. And always will. Forever.
In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.
Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded or lost the ones they loved so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace, and we pray for the day when evil is banished and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.
May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost, may God give us the grace of healing and may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on. Thank you. God bless America. Thank you.
— Donald Trump, 10/2/17 (see video above)
From his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Stephen Paddock would have looked down upon a crowd of more than 20,000 people, surging to the final sets of a country music festival.
He opened fire late Sunday, killing at least 59 people and injuring 527 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, the authorities said.
Legendary Michael Jordan responds to Donald Trump by saying, “One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech… we should be looking for ways to work together and support each other and not create more division. I support Commissioner Adam Silver, the NBA, its players and all those who wish to exercise their right to free speech.”
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Now, the woman at the center of it all says she and her family are being harassed and reached out to tell her side of the story.
The video starts with the woman screaming at a group of people after she was apparently upset by the presence of that veteran’s PTSD service dog, a Great Dane.
“The dog’s body was about the same height as the table. Basically, the butt was sitting in front of me at the table,” Ciara Miller, the woman seen yelling in the video, explained.
Miller says she went with her family to Kathy’s Crab House in Delaware City last week and was unable to eat comfortably with the veteran’s Service Dog right there.
In the aftermath of the incident, she claims a staff member and others immediately made the situation racial.
“6 or 7 people yelling out, (expletive) you, get that (expletive) out of here, making derogatory racial statements,” Miller claimed.
We did not hear any racial epithets in a video that’s been viewed more than half a million times, but FOX 29’s Dave Kinchen watched the video with her asking what she was thinking the whole time.
“No, actually I don’t regret how vocal I was. I reacted based on the way they reacted to me,” Miller explained.
The American’s With Disabilities Act mandates that restaurants host customers who have service animals.
The video shows people defending the veteran, identified as retired US Air National Guard Force Master Sgt. Bill Austin.
FOX 29 contacted the restaurant for comment on the claim that staff members used racial slurs, and we were told “no comment” and referred to a statement they published on Facebook. The restaurant also announced they would be organizing a fundraiser for veterans to raise awareness.
You can read their statement below:
“We would like to express at this time how sorry we are over the embarrassing turn of events that occurred earlier this week in our restaurant, here in Delaware City. It is unfortunate that some of the public are not familiar with federal regulations regarding service animals, which, in fact, do permit service animals into establishments such as grocery stores, public buildings and restaurants, giving aid and comfort to their masters in their time of need. That being said, we would like to take what may have been perceived as a negative incident and turn this into a positive opportunity, by educating and enlightening the public about the role of service animals and how they help and serve many returning veterans who have suffered serious wounds and injuries, as well as those veterans suffering from PTSD. So, at this time, we would like to announce that we will be sponsoring a fundraising effort for veterans and service animals thru the Montana Wounded Warriors. We would like to enlist your help as a sponsor, volunteer, or as a donor and help us enlighten and educate the public as well as to help those veterans in need. Details need to be finalized at this time, but as they come together, we will make additional announcements to keep you apprised of our progress.”
Ciara Miller of Delaware has gone viral in a really bad way. As seen in the below video titled “Crazy lady argues with people about PTSD dog,” Ciara is seen yelling at Delaware’s Kathy’s Crab House & Family Restaurant, all because of a military veteran who entered the eatery with his service dog. That video has gained nearly one million views as of Friday, September 22. The Facebook page of the restaurant shows Master Sergeant Bill Austin from the Delaware Air National Guard and his service dog, JP. They were the source of Miller’s rage, when she was captured on video going off about the military man bringing his big dog into the eatery.
According to TMZ, Ciara now claims that she was sitting peacefully with her husband – a man whom Miller says is white – when Austin came inside Kathy’s Crab House with his dog, visiting several tables and saying hello to people. Ciara claimed that Bill sat near her and her husband and that she tried to move away, but couldn’t eat with a “dog’s butt” in her face. Miller alleges that she tried to get up and peacefully leave when a female worker at the eatery asked if Ciara and her husband were leaving because of the dog. Miller claims that the woman called her an N-word and said that the dog has more right to be there than Ciara did. TMZ notes that Ciara isn’t apologetic for yelling and saying that the dog was “gross,” and Miller’s dubious claims are being raked over the coals on social media.
Warning: Ciara’a rant contains offensive language.
In the video, Ciara doesn’t show much regard for the ex-military man nor his dog, and says that her relatives fought in wars as well. Meanwhile, the Facebook page of Kathy’s Crab House & Family Restaurant posted an update on September 20, expressing their sorrow for the “embarrassing turn of events that occurred earlier this week in our restaurant, here in Delaware City.” The post noted that service animals are allowed by law to enter eateries such as theirs.
The eatery is getting flak for the way that the female worker was heard on the video yelling back at Miller and calling her names – even if the alleged N-word wasn’t captured on video.
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For decades, spying on another team has been as much a part of the gamesmanship of baseball as brushback pitches and hard slides. The Red Sox have apparently added a modern — and illicit — twist: They used an Apple Watch to gain an advantage against the Yankees and other teams.
Investigators for Major League Baseball have determined that the Boston Red Sox, who are in first place in the American League East and likely headed to the playoffs, executed a scheme to illicitly steal hand signals from opponents’ catchers in games against the second-place Yankees and other teams, according to several people briefed on the matter.
The baseball inquiry began about two weeks ago, after the Yankees’ general manager, Brian Cashman, filed a detailed complaint with the commissioner’s office that included video the Yankees shot of the Red Sox dugout during a three-game series in Boston last month.
The Yankees, who had long been suspicious of the Red Sox stealing catchers’ signs in Fenway Park, contended the video showed a member of the Red Sox training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and then relaying a message to players, who may have then been able to use the information to know the type of pitch that was going to be thrown, according to the people familiar with the case.
Baseball investigators corroborated the Yankees’ claims based on video the commissioner’s office uses for instant replay and broadcasts, the people said. The commissioner’s office then confronted the Red Sox, who admitted that their trainers had received signals from video replay personnel and then relayed that information to some players — an operation that had been in place for at least several weeks.
The Red Sox responded in kind on Tuesday, filing a complaint against the Yankees, claiming that the team uses a camera from its television network, YES, exclusively to steal signs during games.
It is unclear what penalties, if any, Commissioner Rob Manfred will issue against the Red Sox and whether he will order a more expansive investigation to determine the extent of the Red Sox’ sign-stealing system. It is also unclear how he will proceed with the countercomplaint.
Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball, declined to comment on the case. Attempts to reach the Red Sox were not successful. A Yankees official declined to comment on the Red Sox’ claim regarding the YES camera.
Stealing signs is believed to be most effective when there is a runner on second base who can watch what hand signals the catcher is using to communicate with the pitcher and then relay to the batter any clues about what type of pitch may be coming. Such tactics are allowed as long as long as teams do not use any methods beyond their eyes. Binoculars and electronic devices are prohibited to communicate about signs.
In recent years, as cameras have proliferated in major-league ballparks, teams have begun using the abundance of video to help them discern opponents’ signs. Some clubs have had clubhouse attendants quickly relay information to the dugout from personnel monitoring video.
With that approach, the information has to be rushed to the dugout on foot so it can be passed to the runner on second base. The Red Sox seemed to shorten the communication chain — and more quickly get the information to their batters — by sending information electronically to people in the dugout.
The Red Sox told league investigators that team personnel scanning instant-replay video were sending the pitch signs electronically to the trainers, who were then passing the information to the players.
As part of the inquiry, baseball investigators have interviewed the Red Sox team trainers and outfielder Chris Young, a former Yankees player. The Red Sox told league investigators that the team’s manager, John Farrell, general manager, Dave Dombrowski, and other front-office officials were not aware of the sign-stealing operation, the people said.
In the first game of the series in question, the first time the Red Sox got a runner on second was Xander Bogaerts, in the second inning. Rafael Devers promptly hit a home run, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. The Red Sox went 5 for 8 in the first game when they had a man on second.
Their success when they had a runner on second in the other two games was mixed: 1 for 6 in the second game; and 3 for 10 in the third game.
The video provided to the commissioner’s office by the Yankees was captured during the first two games of the series and included at least three clips. In the clips, the team’s assistant athletic trainer, Jon Jochim, is seen looking at his Apple Watch and then passing information to outfielder Brock Holt and second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was injured at the time but in uniform. In one instance, Pedroia is then seen passing the information to Young.
The Red Sox’ tactics will add to their intense rivalry with the Yankees, who closely trail them in the standings. Outside of New England, the case will be reminiscent of the Spygate controversy that erupted a decade ago when the world-beating Patriots were found to have violated N.F.L. rules by spying on opponents to gain an edge.
Mr. Manfred is in a difficult position as he decides how to discipline the team and whether to continue investigating to try to determine if the Red Sox violated rules in other games this season and whether Farrell and other team personnel knew about the scheme.
A decade ago, the N.F.L. commissioner, Roger Goodell, hastily took away a first-round draft pick and fined the Patriots and their coach, Bill Belichick, before conducting a thorough investigation. When more evidence of cheating later emerged, Goodell was accused of trying to minimize the damage and protect one of the sport’s premiere franchises. Congress eventually got involved.
In baseball, the most infamous incident involving sign stealing played out in 1951, when the New York Giants overcame a 13 and one- half game deficit in the standings over the final two months of the season to catch the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Giants went on to beat the Dodgers in a playoff for the pennant when Bobby Thomson hit a home run remembered as the “ Shot Heard Round the World.” Fifty years later, The Wall Street Journal revealed that the Giants had spies in the center-field clubhouse at the Polo Grounds who used a telescope to steal signs from the opposing catcher, which were then relayed to Giants’ players from a backup player in the bullpen.
In 1997, teams accused the Mets of planting small cameras near home plate in Shea Stadium to spy on catchers. The Mets denied that they had used the cameras to try to steal signs, and the league did not take any action.
More recently, the Philadelphia Phillies faced sign-stealing accusations in 2011, when they were one of the best teams in baseball. Several teams logged complaints with the commissioner’s office that the team used binoculars and other unauthorized methods to steal signs. The Phillies were never sanctioned by Major League Baseball.
Some in baseball would like for Mr. Manfred to take away some of Boston’s victories, a move that would be highly unusual. Others believe that a significant fine and the docking of draft picks would be sufficient.
— ⚡️ News Flash FYI ⚡️ (@NewsFlashFYI) September 4, 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a date. And if our expectations are fulfilled, Apple will unveil a trio of new phones in about a week.
On Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. PT, the company will hold its inaugural event at the Steve Jobs Theater at its newly built headquarters in Cupertino, California. The official invitation, distributed to media on Aug. 31, follows tech blog Mac4Ever’s report (later corroborated by the Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch) that Apple plans to bring out new phones at an event on Sept. 12.
As we count down the days until then, it remains clear that, despite a rush of rumors, leaked images and firmware clues, we still know next to nothing officially. Including what these phones will be called.
To wit: This weekend, veteran leaker Evan Blass tweeted that he’s “heard” the new flagship called the iPhone X — and others report that what we’ve been calling the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus may actually be the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. (The case makers’ lobby has doubled-down on the iPhone Edition for the 10th anniversary model, via MacRumors.)
Whatever they’re called, Apple hopes the new phones will cast a big iPhone-shaped shadow over Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Note 8 — and drive up sales before its financial quarter closes on Sept. 30. (The premium model is reported to start at around $1,000.) In addition to a redesigned flagship iPhone with an OLED display, new UI and facial recognition technology, we also expect see other products introduced, including the Apple Watch 3 and a new 4K Apple TV.
If the rumors are true, Apple’s new iPhones will see the light of day in about a week. We’ll continue to count down the days, assembling all of the rumors below.
iPhone 8 specs we might see:
- Three new models including two minor “S” upgrades and an all-new flagship
- Curved, edge-to-edge OLED display with True Tone technology and/or Ion-X glass
- Virtual home button
- Facial recognition alternative to Touch ID
- “Wireless” charging (i.e. inductive charging) and/or faster USB-C charging
- Dual-lens camera, possibly in a vertical configuration
- AR capabilities featuring rear-facing 3D laser for enhanced depth perception
- Support for the Apple Pencil
- Stainless steel and glass body
- Multiple color including a reflective, mirror-like finish
- Upgraded storage and memory, possibly starting at 64GB and 3GB of RAM
- Intel or Qualcomm modem
- iOS 11 (preview)
- Enhanced water resistance or waterproofing
- Higher quality earpiece for louder, clearer audio
- Apple’s next-generation processor (the A10X or A11)
- Priced between $1,000 and $1,200 in the US, available in limited quantities to start
Counting down the days
Despite months of rumors about turbulence in Cupertino and manufacturing issues in the supply chain, it appears we can stick with the Sept. 12 release date for the three new iPhones. The initial report by Mac4Ever that was corroborated by TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal added an intriguing detail: that the new Steve Jobs Theater was unfinished — and that its “construction timetable could affect the timing or location of the event.”
Yet Apple continues to move forward with its standard early September event, despite months of reports about potential postponement and even panic. The presumption is that Apple will deliver a plentiful supply of the two LCD models, while the OLED iPhone 8 may be more difficult to come by, at least initially.
The iPhone TBD
Apple usually doesn’t label its phone models, so despite an accumulating pile of authentic-looking images, we still don’t know officially what the new ones will be called. Until recently, we thought the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus were sure things; and then came new reports suggesting that Apple may call them the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. If so, the new flagship would have to be called something else. Evan Blass’ tweet only said he’s “heard” it referred to as the iPhone X, while others are guessing the iPhone Edition, and the iPhone 10 and iPhone Pro remain viable alternatives.
Bye-bye, home button?
The new iPhone may replace the home button with a new UI.
Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, among the most credible sources of Apple news, reports that the iPhone 8 may dispatch the home button concept completely, replacing it with a new gesture-based user interface. He suggests that the new phone will have an app dock similar to the one found on the iPad, with a thin software bar anchored along the bottom of the display.
Last month, Steve Troughton-Smith tweeted that the iPhone 8 will have a virtual home button, which can change its size or disappear entirely, depending on the app or task. And Ming-Chi Kuo has long insisted that the iPhone 8 would have a virtual home button but not Touch ID.
$1,000 base model
The New York Times reports that the “premium model” iPhone 8 will start at roughly $1,000. That squares with earlier predictions from Morgan Stanley, Fast Company and Goldman Sachs, who have suggested that the new flagship could cost as much as $1,200 in the US (roughly £950 or AU$1,450), which would account for upper-end models with more storage capacity (more on that below). Earlier this year, a UBS analyst reported that Apple could price the 64GB iPhone 8 as low as $850 (roughly £655 and AU$1,110) to better compete with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. The iPhone 7S and 7S Plus are expected to be priced comparably with the current generation 7 and 7 Plus, so $649 (£500 and AU$850) and $769 (£580 and AU$980), respectively.
Pencil support for the iPhone 8?
Apple could undercut one of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s greatest strengths by adding Pencil support to the iPhone 8. The long-simmering iPhone stylus rumor boiled up, as Apple filed new patent applications connecting the Apple Pencil with the iPhone (via PatentlyApple). We think this one’s a long shot for the iPhone 8 — there hasn’t been much chatter or photographic evidence to support it — but inevitable in the long run.
The game-changer: Face ID
According to developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the HomePod firmware leak confirms the existence of the iPhone 8’s facial-recognition technology; if true, you’ll be able to use your face to unlock the iPhone 8, pay for stuff and much more. Mark Gurman, the Bloomberg News technology reporter with a strong record on Apple stories, says that the company’s pitch will be that “Face ID is quicker, more secure, and more accurate than Touch ID.”
A purported image of the iPhone 8’s rumored dual camera array, which is said to enable new facial recognition technology.
Face-seeking cam on the front
To support the new facial-recognition technology, Apple has arranged the front-facing cameras in a new configuration within a cutout atop the new edge-to-edge display. According to veteran Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the setup will support AR and 3D modeling with a trio of components — a front-facing camera, infrared transmitter and infrared receiver.
Dual cams on the back
The growing consensus among the rumor watchers is that the iPhone 8 has two rear cameras arranged vertically with an LED flash in the middle. Fast Company has reported that Apple has developed a rear-facing 3D laser system that supports AR depth detection and autofocusing.
LCD or OLED displays?
The iPhone 8 may have an edge-to-edge OLED display, with a cutout along the top bezel.
Both. The 7S and 7S Plus are expected to stick with the iPhone’s current LCD technology. The next flagship is almost certain to have an OLED. (We’ve also heard that the entire iPhone lineup could go OLED in 2018.) Ironically, those OLED screens will almost certainly be supplied by archrival Samsung, which is said to control around 98 percent or more of current phone-sized OLED manufacturing capacity.
iOS 11 + iPhone hardware = big leaps in AR
We know iOS 11 is going all-in on AR. Apple delivered the public beta of the next generation mobile operating system in June (here’s how to install it) and the HomePod leak has expanded the list of cool stuff we’ve discovered. Beyond facial detection, highlights include a smarter, more capable Siri, screen recording and AR software that will overlay the virtual world on to the physical one. Read more about iOS 11 in our preview.
3 phones, 3 colors
Could this be what the iPhone 8 looks like in black, silver and gold(ish)?
Kuo reports that each of the three new models will be available in three colors — black, silver and gold. This runs counter to previous reports of an expanded palette of options that included a mirror-like, reflective finish, jet black and rose gold.
In August Troughton-Smith refined his initial leak of the iPhone 8 glyph with some precise measurements of the front of the device, with a camera cut-out along the top edge. An increasing number of images and video of dummy phones and molds show an iPhone 8 that’s bigger than the iPhone 7 and smaller than the 7 Plus; the iPhone 8’s display, rumored to extend from edge to edge, with very narrow bezels, would likely be more comparable with that of the 7 Plus. The iPhone 8 is likely to feature a combination of curved glass and stainless steel, according to Bloomberg.
Will Apple bring wireless charging to all three new models or just the iPhone 8?
Ming-Chi Kuo reports that all three new models, both the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus as well as the flagship, will support faster “plugged-in” charges, though you’ll need an add-on USB-C power adapter to take advantage of it. Noted Apple watcher John Gruber tweeted in July that “wireless” charging — that is, an inductive charge pad accessory, which, technically, still has wires — may be “sold separately” and not until later in the year, as part of a future iOS 11 update, similar to Apple’s rollout of the iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode in 2016.
According to analysts at JPMorgan (as reported by MacRumors), Apple may equip the iPhone 8 with an “enhanced receiver,” which is housed within the slit on the front of the phone where you put your ear during calls. This upgrade would ostensibly deliver louder, clearer audio as well as superior waterproofing (more on that below).
The AirPods are a $159 accessory. Could Apple include them for free with the iPhone 8?
AirPods included? Don’t bet on it
JPMorgan has also postulated that the iPhone 8 will come with AirPods included. These Bluetooth-enabled headphones currently sell as a $159 accessory (£159 in the UK and AU$229 in Australia). And so this one is a stretch. But if Apple prices the new phone high enough, there could be margin enough to make it happen. Which brings us to…
One area the iPhone 8 may end up trailing the Galaxy S8 is cellular network speed. The Samsung phone features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor or, in some markets, Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chip — both of which support Gigabit LTE. According to CNET’s Roger Cheng, Apple uses Qualcomm and Intel modems and, at the moment, the Intel version can’t deliver Gigabit LTE speed. This could force Apple to slow down the Qualcomm version to ensure all iPhones are on the same footing.
Apple waved goodbye to the analog headphone jack with the iPhone 7. And it’s probably not coming back.
Return of the headphone jack? Nope
A Barclays analyst (reported by MacRumors) has suggested that Apple will stick with its Lightning connector — and include a 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter — for the next phone. Highly doubtful. Despite the shade being thrown by competitors like OnePlus, whose new newest phone has the legacy connector, Apple is very unlikely to reverse its position on this one.
That same Nikkei Asian Review article also claims that at least one of the forthcoming iPhones will be waterproof. This follows earlier rumors, reported by the Korea Herald and others, that the next iPhone will have a higher water-resistance rating of IP68 compared with the current generation’s IP67, meaning it could be immersed in water for longer and to greater depths.
The iPhone 8 is expected to run on Apple’s A11 CPU. There’s a rumor that the company is developing its own graphics chips, too. But the time frame for phasing out its current supplier is 15 to 24 months, so it’s unlikely that an Apple-manufactured GPU will make it into the next iPhone. We’re probably looking at 2018 or 2019 for this one.
According to a listing on Chinese blogging site Weibo, Apple may dump its 32GB model, at least for the iPhone 8, and offer three storage tiers: 64GB, 256GB and 512GB; this is consistent with an earlier rumor reported by TrendForce. These reports also suggest that the company will boost the amount of memory to 3GB, though the 7S and 7S Plus will get only 2GB. These incremental bumps for the flagship would follow last year’s precedent of Apple ditching its outcast 16GB model when it released the iPhone 7.
And what about the iPhone 9?
From the outer frontier of the iPhone hype cycle, The Bell (via Korean site The Investor) reports that Apple will supersize its future phones, with the iPhone 9 featuring two variations with an OLED display — a 5.28-inch model and a 6.46-inch one. And Nikkei Asian Review suggests that all of next year’s iPhones could adopt new screen technology, not just the most high-end model.
Irma may become Category 4 hurricane while tracking across Atlantic; Will it affect the US?
— ⚡️ News Flash FYI ⚡️ (@NewsFlashFYI) September 1, 2017
While the Gulf Coast continues to deal with the devastating impacts of Harvey, emergency managers in the United States have another tropical threat to monitor by the name of Irma.
Far across the Atlantic, just west of the Cabo Verde Islands, Irma strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane as of Thursday afternoon. Irma became a tropical storm at midday on Wednesday.
“There is the potential for Irma to ramp up to an even more powerful hurricane in the coming days,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
“Irma is likely to remain a major hurricane and could become a Category 4 well before it reaches the Lesser Anteilles,” Kottlowski said.
A Category 4 hurricane has sustained winds of 130-156 mph (209-251 km/h).
Subtle changes in atmospheric conditions, such as slightly drier air and a small patch of strong winds aloft, can cause significant fluctuations in strength in even the strongest of hurricanes.
Irma will take about a week to make its trek westward across the Atlantic Ocean. Meteorologists will likely be tracking this storm through the middle of September.
“All interests in the eastern Caribbean will need to monitor the progress of this evolving and dangerous hurricane,” Kottlowski said.
“Surf will begin to build on the east-facing beaches in the Leeward and Windward islands late this weekend into early next week, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
How much seas, surf and winds increase during the first part of next week will depend on the exact track of Irma.
“While the hurricane is strong, it is relatively small in size,” Sosnowski said. “Should this small size continue, severe effects from the storm may be limited to a radius 50 miles of the center, while the storm moves through the tropics.”
Beyond early next week, there is a wide range as to where Irma may go.
“It is way too soon to say with certainty where and if this system will impact the U.S.,” Kottlowski said.
During this time, plenty of atmospheric factors will come into play to determine its path.
Possibilities range from a landfall on the Leeward Islands in the northeastern Caribbean to the Carolinas and the island nation of Bermuda – and everything in between. There is also a chance the system drifts into the Gulf of Mexico.
As of early Friday morning, Irma was located about 1,725 miles (2,775 km) east of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h).
“Steering winds will guide Irma close to the Leeward Islands and then perhaps Puerto Rico and Hispaniola around the middle of next week,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson.
Conditions are favorable for tropical development throughout the central Atlantic, heightening the threat of significant strengthening as this system approaches the U.S.
Hurricanes occur every year, and sometimes two or three hurricanes can be active at the same time. Using names for these storms makes it much easier for meteorologists, researchers, emergency response workers, ship captains and citizens to communicate about specific hurricanes and be clearly understood.
For that reason, the World Meteorological Organization develops a list of names that are assigned in alphabetical order to tropical storms as they are discovered in each hurricane season. Names can be repeated after an interval of six years, but the names of especially severe storms are permanently retired from use.
Recent and Future Hurricane Names
In the Atlantic Ocean, tropical storms that reach a sustained wind speed of 39 miles per hour are given a name, such as “Tropical Storm Fran.” If the storm reaches a sustained wind speed of 74 miles per hour, it is called a hurricane – such as “Hurricane Fran.” So, hurricanes are not given names, tropical storms are given names, and they retain their name if they develop into a hurricane. The names used for recent and future Atlantic storms are listed in the table on this page.
History of Atlantic Hurricane Names
Names have been given to Atlantic hurricanes for a few hundred years. People living in the Caribbean Islands named storms after the saint of the day from the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar for the day on which the hurricane occurred such as “Hurricane San Felipe.” When two hurricanes struck on the same date in different years, the hurricanes would be referred to by names such as “Hurricane San Felipe the first” and “Hurricane San Felipe the second.”
In the early days of meteorology in the United States, storms were named with a latitude / longitude designation representing the location where the storm originated. These names were difficult to remember, difficult to communicate and subject to errors. During the Second World War, military meteorologists working in the Pacific began to use women’s names for storms. That naming method made communication so easy that in 1953 it was adopted by the National Hurricane Center for use on storms originating in the Atlantic Ocean. Once this practice started, hurricane names quickly became part of common language, and public awareness of hurricanes increased dramatically.
In 1978, meteorologists watching storms in the eastern North Pacific began using men’s names for half of the storms. Meteorologists for the Atlantic Ocean began using men’s names in 1979. For each year a list of 21 names, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet, was developed and arranged in alphabetical order (names beginning with the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z were not used). The first tropical storm of the year was given the name beginning with the letter “A,” the second with the letter “B” and so on through the alphabet. During even-numbered years, men’s names were given to the odd-numbered storms and during odd-numbered years, women’s names were given to odd-numbered storms (see the table for recent name lists).
Today, the World Meteorological Organization maintains the lists of Atlantic hurricane names. They have six lists which are reused every six years.
The only change that is made to the list of Atlantic hurricane names is the occasional retirement of a name. This is done when a hurricane causes so much death and destruction that reuse of the same name would be insensitive to the people who suffered losses. When that happens the World Meteorological Organization replaces the name. For example, “Katrina” has been retired from the name list and will not be used again.
A list of hurricane names that have been retired since the current name list system was established in 1979 is shown on this webpage. In addition to retirements, there are a few names that were simply changed. For example, on the 2007 list the names Dean, Felix and Noel were replaced with Dorian, Fernand and Nestor for the 2013 list.
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Baltimore city contractors removed 4 Confederate statues honoring Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/pN9hT0EaR8
— ⚡️ News Flash FYI ⚡️ (@NewsFlashFYI) August 17, 2017
Four Confederate monuments were removed in Baltimore, Maryland, overnight, days after Charlottesville, Virginia, became the center of a deadly clash over the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.
The removed statues, according to ABC’s Baltimore affiliate WMAR, included the monument of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson; the Confederate Women’s Monument; the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument; and the monument of Roger B. Taney, who wrote the 1856 Supreme Court ruling that denied citizenship to African Americans.
Dozens of people cheered as the statues came down, WMAR reported.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said Monday that monuments would be taken down and moved to cemeteries, and hours later, the city council voted unanimously to have the statues destroyed, The Associated Press reported.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Pugh said the removal process began Tuesday at 11:30 p.m. and was completed today at 5:30 a.m.
Pugh said at a news conference this morning, “I felt that the best way to remove the monuments was to remove them overnight.”
She thought it was important to move quickly and quietly because of “the climate of this nation,” she said.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement Tuesday that he is asking the State House Trust to remove the Justice Roger B. Taney statue from the State House grounds.
“As I said at my inauguration, Maryland has always been a state of middle temperament, which is a guiding principle of our administration. While we cannot hide from our history – nor should we – the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history,” Hogan said.
The removal of Baltimore’s statues comes days after a protest in Charlottesville turned deadly.
White nationalists, neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members joined together in a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville to protest the removal of the Lee statue. Hundreds of counterprotesters also showed up, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.
A driver plowed into a group of people who were protesting the white nationalists, killing one and injuring many others. The suspected driver is in custody and facing charges.
Beyond Baltimore, the violence in Charlottesville has put a new spotlight on Confederate monuments around the nation, and from California, to Kentucky, to New York, there are calls for some Confederate symbols to be removed.