Coalitions Laboresque Budget paves way for election day

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The delivery of the 2019-20 budget by Scott Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition, and the budget-in-reply speech made by Labor leader Bill Shorten have both contributed to setting out some of the battle-lines between the major parties for the forthcoming national election.The electoral context in which these two significant pre-election speeches were made could not be more difficult for the Coalition government. Having suffered a severe anti-government swing at the 2016 election that reduced the Coalition margin in the lower house to the barest minimum, neither the Liberal nor National parties can afford to lose any more seats to Labor. Indeed, the Coalition must win back some seats, either from the Labor party or by regaining seats like Indi and Wentworth that are currently held by independents.All these objectives look like forlorn hopes. Opinion polls have been indicating a persistent majority two party vote for the Labor opposition for nearly three years. Labor needs only a uniform two-party swing of one per cent to secure the seats necessary for a lower house majority. This election really is Labor’s to lose.In light of this, the budget really was the last chance for the government to try to reverse what looks like a slide towards a substantial defeat. This reality was actually a key theme to Australian treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s budget, and resonated with the promises made in the treasurer’s speech to bring forward tax cuts and to expedite a major infrastructure construction program. The promise to spend large amounts of money on rail and roads sounded almost Laboresque in its grandiosity.The Frydenberg budget, should it be enacted, would result in a significant stimulation of the economy. Clearly the government hopes that this implied promise of better times via stimulation of public infrastructure will appeal to an electorate that has had to contend with stagnant wages and rising costs. The Coalition has targeted the hip-pocket in the hope of resurrecting its political fortunes.Bill Shorten’s approach, meanwhile, was based less on emphasising state economic boosterism. Instead, the opposition leader targeted low income earners with promises of more generous tax cuts than those proposed by the Coalition. He also sought to return attention to Medicare with extensive promises to enhance the public health system particularly with respect to treating cancer.This was an interesting aspect of the budget-in-reply. The opposition leader is clearly of the view that voters prefer Labor to the coalition when it comes to health policy. Indeed, there is a view that Labor’s strong commitment to Medicare was one of the reasons why it did so well against the Malcom Turnbull-led Coalition back in 2016.Be this as it may, there was also a sense that, in outlining an extensive array of measures designed to alleviate the cost of cancer treatment under the auspices of the public health system, Labor presented a budget based on a commitment to expanding the welfare state. Labor is probably as committed to state boosterism and infrastructure provision to an extent equal to or greater than that of the Liberal party. The emphasis in the speech on welfare provision and a commitment to expanding Medicare did contribute to the sense that the Labor approach was quite different to that of the Coalition approach and its emphasis of macro-economic stimulation.READ MORE: Greek gifts in the 2019 BudgetThere was another interesting side to the budget-in-reply. Labor has spent a lot of time projecting itself as a party committed to greenhouse gas emission reductions as part of its climate change policy. The budget in reply made some passing reference to climate change, but the emphasis on detailing health policy circumvented the need to be more forthcoming on environmental policy. This was a clever tactic. The budget-in-reply was targeting swinging voters in the outer suburbs and the regional cities. Labor’s obsession with climate change is more about its battle with the Greens in the inner city electorates of Melbourne and Sydney.The difference in emphasis so obvious in the budget and the alternative budget seeks to re-enforce a sense of difference between Labor and the Coalition at a time when both sets of parties seem willing to cut taxes and encourage infrastructure provision.The budgets thus give the beginning of the election campaign the feel of being about policy. It remains to be seen how long this nuanced approach will last. In all likelihood, it won’t last very long. Labor’s real objective will be to highlight the Liberal and National disunity particularly over its leadership. The Coalition’s objective is to exploit the fact that opinion polls show the voters do not like or trust Bill Shorten. The campaign might have started with an emphasis on policy as a consequence of the close proximity of the budget to the calling of the election. This won’t last once the election is called.* Dr Nick Economou is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Monash University.last_img read more

Les chimpanzés ne seront quasiment plus utilisés pour la recherche aux EtatsUnis

first_imgLes chimpanzés ne seront quasiment plus utilisés pour la recherche aux Etats-UnisSelon un document publié sur leur site internet, les Instituts nationaux américains de la santé (NIH) ont décidé de ne quasiment plus utiliser de chimpanzés pour la recherche bio-médicale.Alors que l’expérimentation animale reste encore aujourd’hui un vif débat, les Instituts nationaux américains de la santé (NIH) ont pris une décision de taille. Sur leur site internet, ceux-ci ont indiqué : les NIH “informent la communauté de la recherche qu’ils acceptent les recommandations de l’Institut de Médecine (IOM) et qu’en conséquence ils ne financeront plus aucun nouveau projet de recherche se servant de chimpanzés”. Ils vont même plus loin en précisant qu’ils comptent revoir toutes les recherches en cours utilisant des chimpanzés, bien que celles-ci soient rares puisque sur les 94.000 projets de recherche financés en 2011 par les NIH, seuls 53 étaient conduits sur ces singes. Parallèlement, les NIH préparent des instructions pour mettre en œuvre les recommandations de l’Institut de Médecine émises en décembre 2011, ajoutent-ils dans le document mis en ligne mardi soir sur leur site. Les conclusions des experts indépendants consultés par l’Institut de médecine indiquaient en effet que “si par le passé les chimpanzés ont été très utiles à la recherche médicale, leur usage aujourd’hui n’est pas nécessaire dans la plupart des recherches médicales”. Les expériences scientifiques sur les chimpanzés n’étant pas indispensables, elles devraient donc être strictement limitées. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, ces primates pourraient encore être utilisés dans des domaines tels que la génomique comparative entre ces singes et les humains ou des maladies infectieuses émergentes, ont estimé les experts. En ce qui concerne la recherche sur un vaccin contre l’hépatite C, en revanche, les scientifiques ne sont pas parvenus à un consensus sur la nécessité ou pas de conserver des chimpanzés.Une expérimentation interdite dans plusieurs pays et dans l’UE Il faut préciser que les Etats-Unis restent aujourd’hui le seul pays industrialisé à utiliser des primates pour la recherche médicale. En 2011, ils étaient 937 à être utilisés pour la recherche aux Etats-Unis et les recherches étaient financés à 50% par les NIH et à 50% par des laboratoires privés. L’Union européenne a quant à elle interdit l’utilisation des singes en laboratoire depuis 2010, suivant l’exemple du Japon, de l’Australie et d’autres pays.Le 25 janvier 2013 à 09:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

A Beer a Day Keeps the Cardiologist Away

first_imgStay on target For more than a hundred and fifty years you’ve been hearing that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Now it turns out that a nice pilsner, stout, or kolsch can do the exact same thing.That’s right, people: medical researchers have concluded that beer is good for you. Specifically, they determined that folks who enjoy a pint of beer every day decrease their chances to develop a number of serious heart and circulatory conditions.Among them: abdominal aneurysm, heart attack, heart failure, unstable angina, peripheral arterial disease, and stroke. In the U.S., heart attacks alone are responsible for roughly one in four deaths.This isn’t just some gimmicky new health trend that Dr. Oz fans are raving about, either. The study used a massive dataset. Health records for more than 1.9 million British adults were examined, which is far more than any previous study on the subject. That’s according to Dr. Steven Bell, who led the joint team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and University College London.The results were also published in an actual peer-reviewed journal. Previous studies — like this one conducted in China and this one from the European Journal of Epidemiology — have come to similar conclusions. One not-so-scientific experiment carried out by the great Yankee hurler David Wells also proved that beer can make you a better pitcher (in some cases, anyway, like if you’re already as good at pitching as David Wells).It’s pretty clear, then, that you should add a daily pint to your after-work routine… right? Not exactly, says Dr. Bell. In an interview with The Independent, he noted that “there are safer, more effective ways to lower risk of heart disease, such as a healthy diet.” Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer last_img read more

Dengue Fever contained says Ministry of Health

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 2, 2017 – Grand Turk – The Turks and Caicos Ministry of Health says they are confident Dengue Fever in Grand Turk is contained. During a media meeting officials confirmed extra fogging and exposed that they uncovered some spots at the school where mosquitoes were breeding. As many as 15 people were suspected to be with dengue fever in the Capital last month; the Minister said this old enemy is just as unwelcomed as Chikungunya and Zika which are both transmitted by the same Aedes mosquito or the house mosquito. Another bit of advice from Environmental Health Director, Kenrick Neely: ‘change up your bug sprays because the world’s deadliest animal builds resistance to your regular repellant.’#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

How did Apple outsmart the rumor mill

first_img The first is that some, or perhaps all, of the rumors were false. I’ve come across suggestions that Apple may have purposely disseminated misinformation, but this to me feels unlikely because it wouldn’t make sense for Apple to spread rumors that the new iPhone would have cool new features only to disappoint. There’s also just so much more information out there for journalists and analysts to sift through, and sometimes bad information slips through, gets picked up on and run with.There’s also the possibility that products such as the tracker will be released later on this year. After all, timelines for products can change, or maybe Apple just felt that the event was too crammed as it was.Or maybe Apple just wanted to mess with journalists. Who knows.Do you think Apple carried out a deliberate disinformation plan, or are analysts and pundits too desperate for information? Let me know your thoughts.See also:iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max: What are the differences?Apple iPhone 11 models unveiled: Specs, features, and pricesApple unveils new camera, err, I mean smartphoneForget the smartphone and get yourself a satellite phone that will work anywhere on the planetA credit card never needed cleaning instructions… then Apple came alongHow to speed up your old Windows 10 PC or MacHow to get the longest life out of your battery (and help prevent it from bursting into flames) If you’re one of those people who has been diligently keeping up with Apple rumors over the course of 2019, you will have noticed that a number of predictions made by normally reliable sources fell short. What happened? Did Apple outsmart the rumor mill?Must read: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max: What are the differences?If you’re not one of the people who have been following things closely, here’s a rundown of a few things that were predicted that were a no-show at the event.First, while visually the camera array looked like the renders that came out, some of the predicted features were missing. It’s possible that Apple could roll out new features in future iOS updates, but given that it did offer a teaser for one key feature that is coming later on, this is unlikely. The reverse wireless charging rumor seems to have also been baseless, as was the rumor that the Apple Watch would become a sleep tracker.Also missing was the much-anticipated Apple tracker tag. While it’s normal for many of the rumors and predictions to fall by the wayside, some of these predictions came from normally very reliable sources, such as Bloomberg.So, what happened here? There are a few possibilities.last_img read more

Telangana State police bag six medals at All India Police Duty

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana State Police have bagged six medals at the 62nd All India Police Duty Meet- 2018 in Lucknow from July 16 to 20. The event was organised by the Uttar Pradesh Police which was inaugurated by UP Deputy Chief Minister on July 16. Chief Minister Yogi Adithyanath attended the event as the chief guest for the closing ceremony. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Telangana police bagged six medals including two gold, two silver and two bronze at the event. All India Police Duty meet is organized annually by the All India Police Sports Control Board, New Delhi with the aim to improve the standards of professional skills of the police force in India. Initially it was started as rifle and shooting competition, but gradually various aspects of investigation of crime, particularly those relating to scientific and technical aids to investigation, computer awareness, professional video and photography, Anti-sabotage check and dog competition have been included.last_img read more

6 univ students sued over ragging

first_imgThe Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) authorities filed a case against six students, who had been expelled for life for ragging two first-year students, reports UNB.Assistant proctor Nazmul Haque filed the case at Sadar police station under the Digital Security Act on Tuesday night, said Officer-in-Charge Md Monirul Islam.The accused are – Shipon Ahmed, Shahin Mia, Nadim Islam, Hridoy Kumar Dhar, Turzo Hawladar and Ashiquzzaman Limon. They all were second-year students of electronics and telecommunication engineering department.BSMRSTU authorities expelled them on Monday after an investigation found that they had tortured two first-year agriculture department students physically and mentally on 2 February.A video footage of the ragging went viral on Facebook, triggering much criticism from various quarters and demands for the punishment of the accused.last_img read more

Thai cops shut down journalists discussion about Rohingya

first_imgIn this Monday 10 September 2018, photo, a Thai policeman stands inside Foreign Correspondents` Club of Thailand during an event titled: `Will Myanmar`s General Ever Face Justice for International Crimes` in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: APPolice in Thailand shut down a forum organized by foreign journalists to discuss whether senior military officers in Myanmar should face justice for alleged human rights abuses committed by their forces against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities.About a dozen policemen showed up ahead of Monday evening’s scheduled panel discussion at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand and ordered the panellists not to speak. The scheduled speakers included Tun Khin, a prominent U.K.-based Rohingya activist; Kobsak Chutikul, a former Thai diplomat; and Kingsley Abbott, a representative of the International Commission of Jurists, a rights advocacy group.Last month a specially appointed UN human rights team recommended that Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya. Critics of Myanmar’s military have also accused it of carrying out ethnic cleansing and other war crimes.Some 700,000 Rohingya fled across the border to Bangladesh after the army launched a counterinsurgency campaign in response to attacks by Rohingya militants last August.Myanmar’s army, which for decades has been accused of violating the human rights of various ethnic minorities, denies having committed organized rights abuses.The police at the Bangkok event handed over a letter requesting the panel discussion on “Will Myanmar’s Generals Ever Face Justice for International Crimes?” be canceled because it could damage national security, affect foreign relations and a give a third party the opportunity to create unrest.However, Police Col. Thawatkiat Jindakuansanong told the organizers: “We are not asking. We are ordering you to cancel the event.”Dominic Faulder, the president of the Foreign Correspondents Club, expressed his disappointment and said he had no choice but to announce the cancellation.It is believed to be the sixth time police have forced a cancellation of one of the group’s programs since Thailand’s military seized power from an elected government in 2014. Politically sensitive events in other venues have also been stopped.Scheduled panellist Abbott, a senior international legal adviser with the International Commission of Jurists, chided Thai authorities for the shutdown.”This is an issue of global concern and Thailand, as Myanmar’s neighbour and a leading voice in ASEAN, should be taking a leadership role in addressing the situation,” he said. ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a 10-member regional grouping.”Thailand’s decision to order the event not to proceed is enormously disappointing and represents a lost opportunity to discuss the situation and identify possibilities for accountability in an open forum in the region,” he said.last_img read more

Cardinal Law Former Archbishop Of Boston At Center Of Sex Abuse Scandal

first_img Share Gregorio Borgia/APCardinal Bernard Law (right) speaks with unidentified prelates as he attends Pope Benedict XVI’s last general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican in 2013Updated at 8:30 a.m. ETCardinal Bernard Law, the former Archbishop of Boston — once widely seen as America’s most influential prelate before resigning in disgrace amid the growing clergy sexual abuse scandal — has died in Rome.The Holy See’s press office confirmed Law’s death “after a long illness.” He was 86.In a carefully worded statement, reflecting the ongoing anger at the longtime prelate for his role helping to cover up the sins of pedophile priests, his successor, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said, “I recognize that Cardinal Law’s passing brings forth a wide range of emotions …particularly … all who experienced the trauma of sexual abuse by clergy.” He offered “sincere apologies [and] continued prayers and … support.”O’Malley went on to say, “It is a sad reality that for many, Cardinal Law’s life and ministry is identified with one overwhelming reality, the crisis of sexual abuse by priests … because his pastoral legacy has many other dimensions,” from civil rights and ecumenical work, to his care for the poor and immigrants.The Vatican today also released a statement expressing condolences, praying “for the repose of his soul,” but making no mention of the clergy’s sexual abuse scandal.Law was at ground zero of the crisis when it exploded in Boston in 2002. He remained the face of the scandal, as it swelled to the tsunami that engulfed the Catholic Church worldwide.Law’s response to the growing crisis only fueled the rage. For example, shortly after the scandal broke, he showed little compunction, issuing a carefully worded, Nixonian concession.“Judgments were made … which in retrospect were tragically incorrect,” he said. Even as allegations and protests continued to mount, parishioners seethed that Law “still didn’t get it.”“These are not easy days to serve in the pastoral role that is mine,” he allowed at a special Mass in Boston in April 2002.It was only after almost a year, when even his own priests were publicly calling on him to quit, that Law did so after 19 years as head of the Boston Archdiocese. Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation.“To all those who have suffered from my shortcomings and mistakes, I both apologize and from them beg forgiveness,” he said in a statement announcing his resignation. “The particular circumstances of this time suggest a quiet departure. Please keep me in your prayers.”It was a shattering fall from grace.“This was a man who came to Boston with great promise and hope, and people were talking about him being the first American pope,” recalls attorney Eric MacLeish, who represented hundreds of clergy abuse victims and made the once-venerated and powerful cardinal squirm through days of depositions.“He ended up in disgrace,” MacLeish said.Law also left behind parishioners in a crisis of faith, and a church in financial crisis. The archdiocese would ultimately sell some of its most valuable real estate, including the cardinal’s residence, to pay about $85 million in settlements to more than 500 victims.In 2003, Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly issued a scathing report saying “the mistreatment of children was so massive and so prolonged that it borders on the unbelievable.” The report estimated that nearly 800 children had been abused by at least 237 priests over a period of six decades.“Time after time … when [senior clergy] were tested … and faced with the choice between protecting children or protecting the reputation of the church and the priest abusers, they chose secrecy,” Reilly said. “In effect, they sacrificed children for many, many years.”While Reilly said the archbishop could not be prosecuted under the weak laws in place at the time, the attorney general said Law “bears the ultimate responsibility” for what happened. Reilly added that Law did not “bear sole responsibility.”Indeed, it would come out later that countless others in the church transgressed as well. But James Post, who founded the lay activist group Voice of the Faithful in response to the scandal, said Law will be remembered for the sins of them all.“He was the poster child for a church that was in denial and refused to acknowledge the facts of this terrible abuse,” said Post.The scandal eclipses Law’s long career as a minister and self-described “meddler” in politics. He was as well-connected in Washington, D.C., as he was in Rome and outspoken on everything from abortion and affordable housing to foreign policy.He was a staunch advocate for immigrants and the poor and having started his career in Mississippi in the 1960s, he was a champion for civil rights and better race relations. Law was also known for his ecumenical work, building bridges to the Protestant and Jewish communities.But David Clossey, who was national director of the victims’ advocacy group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said Law’s legacy will forever be stained by his failure to protect his flock.“Bishops’ No. 1 goal is to follow the example of Jesus Christ, safeguarding the most vulnerable,” he said, fighting back tears more than a decade after the scandal broke.“I get choked up about this because imagine how this would be different had Cardinal Law said [to church officials] ‘You’ve got to report anything you know or suspect,’” Clossey said.Born in Mexico, to an Air Force pilot and a mother who converted to Catholicism, Law was known as a stalwart of Catholic orthodoxy. His desire to guard against dissent led him to be influential in the creation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.While he struck many as autocratic and arrogant, Law saw himself as a loyal servant, defending the church and its top-down hierarchy, according to James Bretzke, Boston College professor of moral theology.“He considered himself to be a prince of the church and responsible for upholding the dignity of the church and protecting it as an institution,” said Bretzke. “I think that was part of his overall corporate mentality.”With time, some people are hoping the cardinal will come to be seen in a more sympathetic light, as a product of a different era.“I personally don’t believe he could possibly have been indifferent to the children,” said the Rev. Joseph M. Hennessey, who has known Law since the early 1980s, adding that in the priesthood, as in other walks of life, there was a time when people “would be kind of slapped on the wrists, so to speak, for these kinds of crimes.”Law, “like so many people, came to believe that you could just send a priest away to a treatment facility and as long as he came back with a good report, then he was ready to be thrown back into the front lines,” Hennessey said. “And then [he] found out the hard way that that didn’t work.”Law had barely been seen or heard since he left Boston for the Vatican in 2004, facing potential criminal charges. At the Holy See, he served as archpriest of a basilica until 2011. His last years were likely filled with both pain and penance.As Boston businessman, philanthropist and former Law confidant Jack Connors, notes, Catholicism teaches that all sins can be forgiven. “I think a lot of us have crossed a bridge here, and forgiven Cardinal Law’s decisions that put children in harm’s way,” he said. “But I don’t think any of us are ever going to forget it.”The ultimate judgment, Connors added, will come from a higher authority.Pope Francis, during his weekly general audience on Wednesday, did not mention Law’s passing, but the pontiff “was expected to send an official telegram of condolence later in the day and celebrate Law’s funeral Mass, an honor accorded to all Rome-based cardinals,” The Associated Press reports.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Microsoft is Finally Killing Off the Kinect

first_imgPour one out for the Kinect! In an exclusive interview with Co.Design, Alex Kipman, creator of the Kinect, and Matthew Lapsen, GM of Xbox Devices Marketing, revealed Microsoft has ceased production of its often-ridiculed peripheral.The original Kinect was released on the Xbox 360 during a time when motion controls were all the rage. Despite its current status as an industry joke, Kinect was initially a success — selling well over 35 million units since 2010. Because of that, Microsoft saw fit to bundle every Xbox One console with the device; a decision that tremendously backfired. In the beginning, the Kinect was integral to the Xbox One experience. However, the device was largely the reason for the console’s exorbitant $500 price point. Microsoft would eventually release a lower-priced Xbox One console without Kinect. The fact Xbox One S and Xbox One X do not have dedicated Kinect ports speaks volumes.Kinect ultimately failed as a gaming device, but its technology lives on. Microsoft’s HoloLens uses Kinect technology. The Kinect also proved it is possible to have an inexpensive depth camera. The technology’s ability to recognize faces, voices, and bodies is something that is also very important. Much like virtual reality, Kinect technology will have a bigger impact in fields outside of gaming.If you’re worried you can no longer use Kinect, fear not. The device is still compatible with Xbox One systems, and will continue to have support via updates. Though Xbox One S and Xbox One X do not have dedicated Kinect ports, you can still use the device on these systems if you have an adapter. Kinect units currently out in the wild are the last ones folks can buy. If (for some reason) you’re in the market for a Kinect, you may want to snatch one up now before they’re all gone.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

VIDEO Celtic great Robert Parish says Paul Pierce was a better offensive

first_img Advertisement Robert Parish had front row seats to Larry Bird’s greatness on some all-time great Celtics title teams, but when asked who was the better offensive player between Bird or Paul Pierce, the Chief surprisingly gave the nod to Pierce.Parish explained to USA TODAY Sports’ Jared Weiss:“I just feel like Paul was more creative. He was the better scorer than say Larry or John Havlicek. I think Havlicek and Larry and Paul were probably the best offensive players that the Celtics ever had.I think Paul tops that list, in my opinion.” That Parish would side with Pierce over a guy he won 4 titles with will surprise many, especially longtime Celtic fans who consider Bird among the city’s canonized sports saints. Regardless, Parish has spoken.Robert Parish explains why he thinks Paul Pierce was a better offensive player than Larry Bird. pic.twitter.com/YFnLQZl4o1— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) February 10, 2018last_img read more

Is Apple Customer Service Good 2019 Rating

first_img Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. 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Casey, This year, we asked Apple’s technical support agents about enabling macOS Mojave’s new Dark Mode feature, disabling automatic updates and turning off the webcams inside Apple’s laptops. While our calls confirmed that Apple doesn’t offer a means to completely disable the webcam, it still showed us how to restrict access on an app-by-app basis — a useful trick if a malicious app has taken root in your MacBook.Despite minor issues, Apple continued to top most of the competition in this year’s Tech Support Showdown. Laptop Tech Support Showdown! Our 2019 RatingsWhich laptop companies offer the best tech support? We tested top brands such as Apple, Dell and Lenovo to find out.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-tech-support?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2402:24Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭 Phone Hours (ET): 24/7 Web Support, App and Live Chat (54/60)Apple’s best online support is found in its live chat, because its Apple Support database may not be optimized for your questions. For example, instructions for enabling Dark Mode in macOS popped up when I searched for “Dark Mode,” but I couldn’t get instructions for adjusting webcam preferences, even when I tried five different search phrases (including “disable webcam”). In the end, I’ve figured out the solution was tied to the phrase “camera on your mac” and not “webcam.”AdvertisementThe Apple Support app provided similar results, since it’s plugged into the same database as Apple’s site. The database provided instructions for turning off system updates, inside of the post focused on enabling said updates.I had better results with Apple’s live chat agents. When I asked Brandon about disabling automatic updates, he walked me through the process in 9 minutes, but stopped short of showing me how to stop the system from checking and downloading updates (which Apple’s phone support showed me how to do).Jacqui needed a mere 4 minutes to show me how to change which apps can access the webcam, explain there was no kill switch and tell me she just used a sticky note to cover hers. Erica took 4 minutes to walk me through the steps to enable Dark Mode — one of macOS Mojave’s new features.Apple Support is keeping its social media presence restricted to Twitter; it has yet to wade into Facebook (and with the companies’ fractious relationship, I bet they won’t). This is especially true as Apple waited until 2016 to help folks out via social media, when its competitors had been helping for years.And, fortunately, its Twitter agents provided the answers I needed in a timely fashion. For example, I waited only 19 minutes before an agent sent me instructions about how to control app-by-app access to the webcam.Phone Support (37/40)Apple’s over-the-phone tech support provides correct answers in a timely manner, though one of its recurring issues is still there. Since Apple’s support phone number (1-800-275-2273) isn’t prominently placed on its website, most will find themselves navigating to http://support.apple.com, and then clicking through a short series of prompts and filling in the contact information to arrange a phone call.I attempted my first call, at 4:52 p.m. EDT, using Apple’s Support Contact page. And like clockwork, I hit the same hiccup that was present last year and got an error message that said, “We’re unable to schedule your call. Please try again or choose a different solution.” Recognizing what was wrong — on the page where you enter your name, email address and phone number, the last field didn’t have the words “phone number” — I started over from support.apple.com and scrolled down to click Contact Apple Support.After that, Apple’s phone-based customer support proved that it’s still able to answer questions in a friendly manner without making you wait. I probably picked up too fast, though: A prerecorded voice asked me to press 1 to confirm I wasn’t a call-screening app.I then pressed 1 to confirm I wanted to talk to an agent and was given four options for what kind of hold music I preferred (pop, classical, jazz and silence). After tapping 3 for jazz, I waited about 30 seconds before Shane in Texas got on the line. As we laughed and talked about how motorized scooters are worsening traffic in Austin (I had just visited for South by Southwest), Shane answered my question about how to activate Dark Mode, which I mentioned in the call setup page. After he gave me the final instruction, Shane put me on hold for less than a minute while he handled something at his office. When he got back on, Shane told me he’d be emailing the details of our call, and I was off by 5:02 p.m., 5 minutes after the call started (and 10 minutes after I tried to start the call).For my next call, I opened the Apple support page at 9:49 a.m., went through the basic steps to set up a call (no error this time) and got the call a moment after requesting it. After hitting 1 to confirm I needed to speak to an agent, I was almost instantly on the line with Larry, a nice, affable fellow in Northern California.Larry was surprised when I told him I wanted to disable the MacBook Air’s webcam. After saying he typically just puts tape over his webcam, Larry asked me to wait for 3 to 5 minutes while he checked to see if anything else were possible. Two minutes later, Larry was back on the call to walk me through the System Preferences app and show me how to disable webcam access, app by app. He also noted there might be a “fancier” way to disable the webcam via the Library (it’s actually in the Terminal program), but that this was easier.His suggestion is the only option that Apple lists online, and it’s probably the best for most; the steps to disable the webcam in Terminal are very annoying and laborious, and require you to enter line after line of complicated code. Plus, it takes just as much work to undo it if you ever need the webcam for anything. In total, the call was 6 minutes long, and Larry even had time to tell me how to find free instructional how-to e-books about the Mac online.My third call with Apple, where I talked to Shari in California, was my shortest overall, beginning at 12:04 p.m. and ending at 12:08 p.m. Since Apple’s site didn’t give me a chance to write in my issue (I simply chose Macs > Laptops > Updates), I got to ask the bubbly Sheri how to disable forced and automatic updates.MORE: Best Apple LaptopsAfter asking me to click through the steps to check which macOS version I was using, Shari asked if she could place me on hold while she looked up the steps. A little over a minute later, she walked me through the steps to get to the Advanced section of the Software Update in System Preferences, where she told me I could uncheck as many update options as I wished.WarrantyApple offers 90 days of complimentary telephone technical support. If you need more than that, you can pay for three years of hardware service and telephone support coverage via AppleCare+ (formerly the AppleCare Protection Plan), which costs more than it did a couple years ago.AppleCare+ costs $249 (a one-time purchase) for the MacBook and MacBook Air, but you now have to spend $269 (formerly $249) to protect the 13-inch MacBook Pro and $379 (up from $349) for the 15-inch MacBook Pro.You can find out how much time is left on your AppleCare+ plan with our Apple Warranty Check guide.Bottom LineThis year, the calls I made to Apple took 37 percent less time to finish than last year — 4 minutes less, on average — and the company kept its telephone record at 100 percent, providing correct and complete solutions for every problem. Further, Apple’s over-the-phone agents continued to display one of their best traits, imparting valuable technical support while maintaining a friendly, personable tone.I’m not sure why the support.apple.com site glitched that one time, but I was happy to see the issue disappear after I restarted the process. If Apple wants an even better score next year, I’d recommend that it update its support database to understand more synonyms, as not everyone uses the word camera to describe a webcam. Oh, and Facebook support would be nice — not everyone is on Twitter.Overall, Apple’s technical support agents continue to deliver impressive service, giving users reason to trust the tech giant. Long live the king of laptop tech support! Apple’s got a history of agents answering issues accurately with a polite, friendly manner. While we’d love it if Apple would answer questions on Facebook (there’s a lot of business communication tech in Messenger), the combination of Twitter, live online chats, its support app and phone calls provides a solid base for the company’s support. Oh, and there’s also the Genius Bar, which is widely available, thanks to its placement in every Apple Store. Henry T. Casey, onlast_img read more

Microsoft Patches Critical Windows 10 Bug Update Now

first_imgHere’s one less thing you shouldn’t have to worry about this week: hackers remotely taking over your computer.Microsoft yesterday (Aug. 13) released a new round of security updates that address multiple bugs. The biggest offenders, two weaknesses within Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Service, allow for systems to be exploited remotely without any authentication or user interaction. These bugs not only affected all users of Windows 10, but also Windows 7, 8.1, Windows Server 2008 (R2 SP1), and Windows Server 2012.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/exploit-patch-windows-remote-desktop-bugs?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 These Remote Desktop Protocol flaws are “wormable,” meaning that an attacker might be able to craft malware that could spread from one machine to another on its own, without any human intervention at all. There’s no evidence that anyone has exploited either of these flaws yet, but now that they are public, someone probably will within a few days.While the range of machines affected is quite long, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 are not exploitable by the vulnerabilities, according to Microsoft. If the updates aren’t applied automatically, you should install them manually as soon as possible by going into Settings and/or Control Panel and looking for Updates or Windows Update.It’s best to update your systems immediately than risk becoming a victim. While the two Remote Desktop bugs are of high priority, they join a list of 91 other software fixes this month. There’s one caveat: If you’re running Norton/Symantec antivirus software on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, you won’t be able to get the August security patches quite yet. That’s because Symantec doesn’t support the SHA-2 encryption algorithm on Windows 7 or Server 2008, and Microsoft has now moved exclusively to SHA-2 to digitally “sign” its software updates. Symantec, to its discredit, has had six months to prepare for this day, which Microsoft announced back in February. Symantec said in a blog posting today that “an upcoming version of Symantec Endpoint Protection” would support SHA-2, although it didn’t say when we could expect that, or whether Norton antivirus software (Symantec’s consumer line) will get the update too.Image credit: Ivan Afanasev/Shutterstock by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYCeline Dion Discusses Her Recent Weight Loss: ‘Everything’s Fine’TODAYUndoCIO for DOMOBrandPost: How AI Can Make You a Next-Generation CIOCIO for DOMOUndoAdvertisement Hunter Fenollol, Hunter Fenollol is Laptop’s editorial intern, where he covers the latest industry news and products. With a public relations degree from Long Island University, Hunter worked as a publicity specialist for independent game companies prior to joining the team. When he’s not working, you can find Hunter catching some sun at the beach with friends, babysitting his two little sisters or playing the latest video games.center_img Author Bio Hunter Fenollol, onlast_img read more

Sagittarius A Black Hole At The Center Of Milky Way Galaxy Suddenly

first_img Ads by Amazon All ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Search DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller ENDS IN Wow facts 2Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementDo and colleagues, however, eventually realized the source of the flare was the black hole. They were also able to capture the strange brightening in a timelapse.”The black hole is always variable, but this was the brightest we’ve seen in the infrared so far,” Do posted on Twitter. “It was probably even brighter before we started observing that night!”What Causes Black Holes To Light Up?Black holes do not emit radiation that can be detected by current instruments, but objects nearby do that when the black hole’s gravitational forces produce immense friction that in turn produce radiation.When viewed from a telescope that uses the infrared range, this radiation is translated into brightness. Thus, something may have gotten close enough to be pulled by gravity when the surroundings of a blackhole flare brightly.S0-2 Star And Gas Cloud G2The researchers think of two objects that may have caused the unusual flare. One is the S0-2 star, which made its closest approach to the black hole during its 16-year elliptical orbit around Sagittarius A*. The star may have passed too close to the black hole last year that it changed the way gas flows into the black hole.The other object is a gas cloud called G2, which approached within 36 light-hours of the black hole in 2014.The researchers hope that more observations of Sagittarius A* could shed light on what the black hole is doing.Additional multi-wavelength observations will be necessary to both monitor Sgr A* for potential state changes and to constrain the physical processes responsible for its current variability,” the researchers wrote in their study to be published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. TAG Black Holes, milky way, Galaxy, Sagittarius A* AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Close Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, all of a sudden became 75 times brighter in near-infrared wavelengths in May. What possibly caused the unusual brightening? ( Gerd Altmann | Pixabay ) Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is relatively quiet, usually exhibiting only minimal fluctuations in brightness.Sagittarius A* Black Hole 75 Times Brighter Than NormalThe black hole, however, was caught acting strangely in May this year. Astronomers who were observing the skies using the Keck Observatory in Hawaii noticed that the black hole all of a sudden became 75 times brighter in near-infrared wavelengths before subsiding back to normal levels.Tuan Do, from the University of California Los Angeles, said they initially thought that the flare was from the nearby star S0-2 because scientists who have been observing Sagittarius A* over the past two decades have never observed it to be that bright. Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

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