reading • Dark mode color scheme is coming to iPhones with iOS 13 At the end of 2018, there were 1.4 billion Apple devices actively used around the globe, the company said in late January during its quarterly earnings report. More than 900 million of them were iPhones.Meanwhile, Apple has more different operating systems than ever before. There’s iOS for iPhones and iPads, MacOS for its computers, tvOS for Apple TV and watchOS for the Apple Watch. Then there’s Apple Pay, iTunes, Apple Music, the App Store, iCloud, HomeKit and various other apps and services. It’s critical that Apple make a strong impression at WWDC with the next versions of its software. See also Apple’s annual developer convention kicked off Monday at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California (fittingly enough for fans of dark mode, the show’s opening video featured the song “I Guess I Should Go to Sleep” by Jack White). The confab is in its 30th year, and it’s the third year for Apple to hold its developer conference in San Jose. The city — the third biggest in California and 10th largest in the US — is about 50 miles south of San Francisco and only about 10 miles from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.WWDC is where Apple details its newest software and services that will arrive on devices later in the year. The company may be best known for its hardware, but the seamless integration of its hardware with its software is what sets Apple apart from rivals. Apple’s ability to control every aspect of its products — something that began when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the company in 1976 — has been key in making it the most powerful company in tech. Now playing: Watch this: Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC 46 Photos See All Dark mode for iOS 13: iPhone’s dark side never looked so good The long-rumored announcement didn’t come as much of a surprise. Just last week, leaked screenshots showing off Apple’s take on dark mode surfaced on 9to5Mac. It’s also worth noting that Google introduced a similar feature for Android Q users at its I/O developer conference last month. Dark Mode comes to Apple iOS Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad 2:45 As of February 24, 83% of Apple’s mobile devices on the market were running iOS 12, the company’s mobile software from late 2018. Another 12% used iOS 11, and 5 percent of devices ran an older version, according to the company’s developer dashboard. By comparison, only about 10% of Android devices ran Google’s latest software, dubbed Pie, as of May 7At the end of Apple’s WWDC presentation last year, the company gave a sneak peak of Project Marzipan, its effort to make it easy to take apps developed for iOS devices to Macs. Its MacOS update released in September included four of Apple’s own apps that originated on iOS — News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home.. CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this story. Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Post a comment Share your voice Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? WWDC 2019 Apple Event Tags Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now 0 • Apple WWDC 2019 With iOS 13, native Apple apps and interfaces can ditch the white backgrounds in favor of black. James Martin/CNET WWDC, Apple’s annual developers conference, brought the usual slew of software announcements meant to power Apple’s hardware through the new year. Among them: An alternative dark mode color scheme for devices running iOS 13, the newest version of Apple’s operating system for iPhones. Enable it, and your phone will replace the light-colored interfaces in native Apple apps like Maps, Mail and Messages with a much darker design. 9 Photos Mobile Tech Industry Wellness WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote
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D.C.’s quadruple murder in May is only one occurrence in the city’s rising homicide count. (AP Photo)The rise in homicides in the District has generated a robust discussion among city leaders and residents on what should be done to prevent more unnecessary killings. Statistics compiled by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, as of Aug. 11, report that there were 91 homicides in the city, compared with 71 at this point last year, an increase of 28.2 percent. D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), who is the chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, said that the rising homicide rate must be addressed by city leaders.“Reducing instances of gun violence is not just the job of the Metropolitan Police Department, but the responsibility of every government agency,” McDuffie said.The homicide rate was on a downward trajectory for about 15 years until 2013. MPD statistics report that the lowest rate in 20 years took place in 2012, with only 88 homicides, compared with 397 in 1996.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier have stated publicly that the rampant use of synthetic drugs is one of the reasons for the homicide uptick. “I think that is part of what we’re dealing with right now, is this influx of synthetic drugs and the impact that it is having,” Lanier said on June 27 after a community meeting. “You will get lots of batches of it where it is much, much more potent, and when it happens you see these spikes in overdoses and violence.”District community and law enforcement leaders agree with Lanier that synthetic drug use isn’t the only reason homicides have risen recently. “The reasons for the rise are complex,” Delroy Burton, the chairman of the D.C. Police Union, said. “One of the problems is that during the administration of Mayor Vincent Gray, the mayor and Cathy Lanier bragged about the low rate of homicides but didn’t talk about the rise in other crimes such as robberies and assaults. One crime was going way down but that was balanced by the rise in other crimes and nothing was really done about those crimes.”Burton said the MPD is operating without adequate staffing and that has an effect on fighting homicides. “Lanier said that in order to be fully manned, there should 4,000 officers on the force,” Burton said. “We have 3,869 officers and even though we have 150 officers in the police academy now, when the new officers come on duty, the force will still be short of 4,000 because of officers who are retiring, on administrative leave, on military leave and those who are being disciplined.”Burton said that the homicide rise could be that people haven’t learned to resolve conflicts amicably. “When I was younger, when a conflict arose, we fought it out with our fists and moved on,” the union chairman said. “These days, people will go get a gun and shoot someone if they feel disrespected.”Douglass Sloan, an advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 4B09, said police officers need to be more visible in the city. “We need more cops on foot patrols,” Sloan said. “Officers need to get out of their cars and engage people in the community.”Sloan agreed with McDuffie that District agencies like the District’s Department of Parks and Recreation could do more, such as opening their centers on Sundays so that young people can have a safe place to go and engage in productive activities.D.C. Council members have attempted to get the community involved in stemming the homicide tide. D.C. Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) held a community meeting with residents and police officials in his ward on July 23. McDuffie convened a public safety and crime summit on July 30 with a panel discussion including Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Vincent Cohen and District Attorney General Karl Racine.One of the possible tools in fighting gun violence and homicides is the use of body cameras by police officers. The District is in the process of requiring all its officers that are patrolling neighborhoods to have cameras and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) wants the federal government to help pay for it.“I am sponsoring a bill, “The Safer Officers and Safer Citizens Act of 2015,” Scott told the AFRO on Aug. 5. “My bill will provide $500 million over five years to help law enforcement officers afford police body cameras at an affordable price. The bill requests that the participating municipality put [contribute a] 25 percent match for the funds.”Scott said that body cameras benefit law enforcement and the community. “Cameras change behavior because statistics show that there is a 90 percent drop against police officer complaints and a 60 percent drop in the use of force against officers,” the senator said.
Baltimore Police during the unrest after the death of Freddie Gray. (Patrick Semansky/AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says the county will not seek $257,000 in reimbursement from the city of Baltimore for police and fire assistance during the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray.Last week, city officials announced they would pay surrounding counties a combined $1.8 million for their help in responding to the unrest in April and May after the death of Freddie Gray.Kamenetz says the county provided the personnel on an emergency basis with no expectation of a reimbursement.Gray died April 19 after sustaining a spinal injury a week earlier while riding handcuffed in a police van. Soon after, the city erupted in rioting, looting and arson. Members of the Maryland Army National Guard, state troopers and officers from other jurisdictions were brought in to help.
Officer Caesar Goodson. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson was acquitted of all charges June 23 in relation to the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who died while in police custody last April.Goodson faced charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Gray’s death triggered riots across the city that garnered the world’s attention.Baltimore attorney Warren Brown said he believes that the state did not have the evidence to support its allegations against Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson, who was acquitted of all charges in relation to the death of Freddie Gray. (Courtesy photo)State’s Attorney for Baltimore City Marilyn Mosby eventually brought a variety of charges against six officers who she said had been responsible for Gray’s death. Of the six officers charged, two have been acquitted and the trial for a third resulted in a mistrial. Three other officers still face charges.Following Goodson’s acquittal, the AFRO spoke with eight Baltimore attorneys from both large and small law practices about the verdict.Warren Brown, Warren A. Brown, P.A. “The state didn’t have the evidence to support its allegations…The state promised more then they delivered.”Oleg Fastovsky, Price Benowitz“[Marilyn] Mosby indicted these officers with barely a thought to it. She was just asking for problems in the long run….What was done wrong was, it [the case] was rushed.” Wyndal Gordon, The Law Office of J. Wyndal Gordon, P.A.“To be honest, this trial didn’t carry the same luster as the two previous trials, and the interest just wasn’t there community-wise. Obviously, there was some show of interest today when the verdict was rendered… Us in the legal community—we kind of knew it was a foregone conclusion that Goodson would be acquitted of the charges.I’ve said many times before that Freddie Gray was injured in the field by those officers who initially handled him. And that if anything occurred in the back of that van, it was more or less an exacerbation of some preexisting condition that began with those officers in the field. It would be very difficult for the state to prove that Goodson intentionally or recklessly caused injury to Freddie Gray… You still have to commend Marilyn Mosby for having the courage and the guts to prosecute these matters, notwithstanding the substantial burden that she had to carry and the onerous task at hand.”Thomas Maronick Jr., The Law Offices of Thomas Maronick Jr.“I think Judge Williams felt that the prosecution’s theories were unsustainable. I think the judge had a problem because he felt that the prosecution put forth a theory as to what happened in the van and that he felt that the prosecution did not offer enough evidence to prove that their theory was correct.” Joshua Ortega, Ortega Law“They should have never filed charges in the first place, I don’t think the evidence was there. Based on the evidence that was in the newspapers and what the media reported, there was no evidence to show that these officers were guilty.”David B. Shapiro, The Law Offices of David B. Shapiro“Well, I wasn’t terribly surprised about the outcome of the Goodson trial. I think that the State failed to make the case. I think they just lack sufficient evidence for Judge Williams to find a conviction on any of the seven charges. It’s unfortunate because I think there could’ve been more information out there, but for whatever reason the evidence was not presented in trial and the judge was—I think—correct in his legal finding that the officer should not be found guilty on all seven charges.”Steven D. Silverman, Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White“Based on everything that I know about the case factually, in my understanding of the applicable law and the elements that need to be proven, I’m not surprised at all by today’s verdict by Judge Williams.I think there’s a big difference between a freak accident and the intent to commit a homicide, and I don’t think the officers involved had any intent to cause harm to Freddie Gray. And if they did, there’s no evidence to demonstrate that.”Sheryl Wood, Wood Law Firm“I wasn’t surprised by the fact that the judge acquitted Officer Goodson of all of the charges. I think the State failed to present sufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt of Officer Goodson’s guilt… It isn’t an issue, in my view, of the judge being unfair or either of the criminal justice systems being unfair. It was more that there wasn’t enough evidence presented.I do agree with the judge’s reasoning and rationale for his ruling. I believe that he looked at all of the evidence and really didn’t consider some of the theatrics that were going on during the trial.”
By LISA RATHKE, Associated PressBENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An ex-Vermont legislator who resigned after receiving racial threats was the victim of racial harassment and crimes but no charges will be filed because of free speech protections and insufficient evidence, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Monday.To address incidents of racism and hate, Donovan said his office has launched a statewide reporting system for bias incidents that his office said will encourage police and prosecutors to share reports with the civil unit of the attorney general’s office. He also urged Vermont residents to stand up to racism and hate.Kiah Morris speaks at a new conference Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Bennington, Vt., about the attorney general’s investigation into racial threats against her. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)“What that means today is that we meet hateful speech coming from one street corner with more speech coming from the next street corner not with hate but with love and compassion and solidarity,” he said.Kiah Morris was Vermont’s only Black female legislator when elected. She said online and other harassment and threats followed until she resigned in 2018.“I say to you that this work is not done and that we are better than this,” she said to the crowd of community members, lawmakers and police Monday. “But it’s going to take real work and we have to have the courage to rise up and dive in. Do this work for all of us. The soul of our state is in your hands. Please take good care of it.”Midway through the press conference, Max Misch, a White nationalist who had harassed Morris, walked in. Some members of the crowd booed and protested and then raised their coats around him so that other people couldn’t see him.Misch said after the press conference that he’s an online troll out of boredom and because “it’s fun.”The two years of online threats were racist and demeaning and caused Morris to fear for the safety of herself and her family, Donovan said. The first amendment is restrictive with the power of prosecutors when the statements involve public officials, he said.“I find the statements presented to us in this matter while racist, insulting and degrading are not subject to prosecution. The constitution does not permit us to prosecute racist speech because we find it offensive.”___This story has been corrected to show that Morris was Vermont’s only Black female legislator when elected, not the first Black female legislator.
Popular on Variety Brands like Vogue, GQ and Architectural Digest are best known as classic magazine brands. But to a new generation of consumers, they’re being redefined as video destinations, too.Expanding the scope of established media brands is Job One for Dawn Ostroff, who has just been named chief content officer for Spotify. She moves to the music streaming giant after seven years as CEO of Conde Nast Entertainment, where she’s been entrusted with turning print titles into multimedia machines. She made considerable progress on that front during her Conde Nast tenure, as she explained in the latest episode of the Variety podcast Strictly Business (recorded earlier this month before her move to Spotify was announced).“The digital business for us is a real business, it’s been profitable for a few years,” Ostroff said. “It’s really a big part of the future of the company. There is no doubt for our company the digital video business is really a sound business model that has a huge amount of upside for us.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The business of building video-first brands is not a new one for Ostroff, who has led some prominent TV networks including Lifetime and the CW. But as she found out after taking the job at Conde Nast in 2011, programming for digital platforms like YouTube and Snapchat is a very different proposition than primetime TV.“It really was eye-opening to understand the way in which we make the content for the digital space has nothing to do with the way we create television ideas,” she recalled.Ostroff has heard the same old sob story in the digital content space about fighting over the advertising-revenue scraps that Facebook and Google leave behind, but she sees plenty available money in the marketplace. She credits Conde Nast for instilling a sense of financial discipline in her that digital-native ventures looking to scale at all costs may have missed. “We didn’t have the luxury of that. We were funded by our parent company,” Ostroff said. “Our mandate was to scale and be profitable at the same time. So we really had to look at our business model very differently.”Putting brands like Vogue and Glamour in a TV setting was Ostroff’s way of capitalizing on a missed opportunity Conde Nast should have seized long before she got to the company.“We have brands that never became cable networks and, if you look back, they probably should have been and they probably would have been very successful given the verticals that all these brands play in,” said Ostroff. “We have an opportunity to leapfrog over what was missed, which was cable, and create those kind of verticals and channels in the digital space.”Listen to the full podcast below.
© 2018 Phys.org An international team of astronomers has serendipitously detected a new pulsar during a search for neutron star companions to low-mass white dwarfs conducted with the use of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in Green Bank, West Virginia. The discovery is reported in a paper published June 15 on arXiv.org. Explore further More information: A Serendipitous Pulsar Discovery in a Search for a Companion to a Low-Mass White Dwarf, arXiv:1806.05889 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1806.05889AbstractWe report the discovery of a previously unidentified pulsar as part of a radio campaign to identify neutron star companions to low-mass white dwarfs (LMWDs) using the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). PSR J0802-0955, which is coincident with the position of a WD with a mass of 0.2 solar masses, has a pulse period of 571 ms. Because of its relatively long pulse period, the lack of radial velocity (RV) variations in the radio data, and GBT’s large beam size at the observing frequency of 340 MHz, we conclude that PSR J0802-0955 is unassociated with the LMWD at roughly the same position and distance. Citation: New pulsar discovered during a search for a companion to a low-mass white dwarf (2018, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-pulsar-companion-low-mass-white-dwarf.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Characteristics of PSR J0802−0955. Credit: Andrews et al., 2018. Pulsars are highly magnetized rotating neutron star or white dwarf that emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation. This radiation has a regular periodicity, usually detected in the form of short bursts of radio emission. In general, pulsars are found by using large radio telescopes. So far, thousand of these objects has been detected.Recently, a group of researchers led by Jeff J. Andrews of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas in Greece, has employed GBT for radio observations focused on finding neutron stars accompanying low-mass white dwarfs. The observational campaign, which studied stars in the Extremely Low Mass White Dwarf (ELM WD) survey, resulted in the detection of a previously unidentified pulsar with a relatively long pulse period. The newly found object received designation PSR J0802−0955.”We report the discovery of a previously unidentified pulsar as part of a radio campaign to identify neutron star companions to low-mass white dwarfs (LMWDs) using the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). (…) To search for pulsar companions to LMWDs identified in the Extremely Low Mass WD survey, we engaged in a radio wave follow-up campaign using the GBT,” the paper reads.According to the study, PSR J0802−0955 has a spin period of about 571 milliseconds and a dispersion measure of approximately 69.4 light years/cm3. The pulsar was found coincident with the position of a white dwarf star with a mass of 0.2 solar masses, known as SDSS J080250.13−095549.8.However, the researchers concluded that the newly detected object is an isolated pulsar. They noted that relatively long pulse period of PSR J0802−0955, the lack of radial velocity variations in the radio data, and GBT’s large beam size at the observing frequency of 340 MHz, indicate that this pulsar is unassociated with SDSS J080250.13−095549.8 at roughly the same position and distance.”PSR J0802−0955 shows a stable pulse period with no Doppler variations down to a precision of about 10−6 seconds for individual 35-minute subdivisions. Based on the optical radial velocity curve from the LMWD, a putative 1.4 solar mass neutron star companion would show modulations to the spin period of about 10−4 seconds over the length of our observation. We therefore conclude that PSR J0802−0955 is most likely an isolated, field pulsar,” the scientists wrote in the paper.Hence, PSR J0802−0955 is another identified object of the ELM WD survey, which seeks low-mass white dwarfs in binary systems. LMWDs are typically found in binary systems as the universe is not old enough to form them through single-star evolution. Studies show that while most LMWD companions are white dwarfs, some may be neutron stars. Astronomers observe unprecedented detail in pulsar 6,500 light-years from Earth
Satellite operator SES has closed a renewed €1.2 billion revolving credit facility, a move that the firm said strengthened the liquidity of the company. The five-year credit facility includes two one-year extension options and was arranged by 20 banks – including Bank of China, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Luxembourg and Barclays.“We are pleased to have secured this financing, which further strengthens our liquidity profile. The successful conclusion of this credit agreement reflects the market’s view of SES as a strong investment grade credit, and underlines our ability to secure funding on attractive terms,” said SES chief financial officer, Padraig McCarthy.