Multiple rumors have been claiming that Apple will not include the charger or EarPods in the iPhone 12 box, which seems even more likely after the company removed the power adapter from the Apple Watch box this year. With iOS 14.2 beta 2, which was released today for developers, the company has given us a hint that all these rumors are true.
iOS has a radio frequency exposure disclaimer within the Settings app, which brings some safety warnings for the user on how to use the device and its included accessories.
As noted by MacRumors, iOS 14.2 comes with a new version of this file that mentions only “headphones” instead of “supplied headphones,” suggesting that Apple is about to release a new iPhone that doesn’t come with EarPods.
Prior to iOS 14.2 beta 2, this was what the RF Exposure menu mentioned:
To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories.
And now, after today’s update:
To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, headphones, or other similar accessories.
Ming-Chi Kuo first suggested that Apple will not include the EarPods in the iPhone 12 box to boost AirPod sales, which was later corroborated by the trusted leaker @L0vetodream, who also said the wall charger will be removed from the box. The leaker said this will apply not only to the iPhone 12 but also to other iPhone models such as the iPhone SE.
The recently released Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE don’t come with the charger in the box, but just with the USB cable. Apple highlighted this during its September event as a way to protect the environment, claiming that most users already have a compatible charger.
iPhone 12 is expected to be announced in mid-October, but the more expensive models might arrive in stores only in November. This year’s iPhones will be redesigned with flat edges, and they will all support 5G network.
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Costco has stopped carrying products from a pimento cheese brand owned by a South Carolina mayor who called the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements “terror organizations.”
Brian Henry, the mayor of Pawleys Island and owner of Palmetto Cheese, told the Georgetown Times that the company’s products were being pulled “as a matter of normal business” and that the wholesale retailer rotates items in and out regularly.
“We remain optimistic that Palmetto Cheese will be back on the shelves in the not-too-distant future,” Henry told the Times.
When reached for comment, a Costco representative declined to comment on the Palmetto Cheese brand.
The Georgetown Times published a photo of a sign in the Myrtle Beach Costco store stating that the products were “discontinued and will not be re-ordered by Costco,” adding that the products were being removed from more than 120 Costco locations.
Palmetto faced calls for a boycott from some consumers following Henry’s controversial Facebook post, in which he tied the protest movements to the unrelated fatal shooting of a father and daughter following an auto crash. The victims were white, while the accused killer is Black.
The Georgetown chapter of the NAACP called Henry’s post “racist” and called for him to resign.
With the release of watchOS 7, Apple has added several new features to compatible Apple Watch models, such as new watch faces and sleep tracking, but it also drops support for the Force Touch gesture that some users may have come to think of as a second nature interaction on their wrist.
When users firmly pressed their Apple Watch screen, Force Touch technology would sense the extra pressure exertion and display additional content and controls depending on the context. But in watchOS 7, Apple has removed all Force Touch interactions from the UI, making the Force Touch sensor gasket in Apple Watch Series 5 and earlier models effectively redundant.
Below, we’ve collected 10 new functions in watchOS 7 that replace our favorite Force Touch features on Apple’s digital timepiece. Some are more well known than others, but hopefully you’ll learn at least one thing about what a firm press on your Apple Watch screen used to do, and what you need to do now that it’s gone.
1. Clear All Notifications
The Apple Watch’s notifications dropdown can get busy pretty fast, especially if you often forget to dismiss an incoming alert after reading it. Rather than deleting notifications one by one, a Force Touch gesture let you clear them all with a tap.
Now you have to swipe down to scroll to the top of your notifications and then tap the Clear All button.
2. Create and Remove Watch Faces
To create a custom watch face with a background picture, you still open the Apple Watch Photos app and select a photo.
Instead of pressing firmly on the display like you used to, tap the Create Watch Face icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen instead, and then select Kaleidoscope or Photos.
3. Compose a New Message
On opening the Mail and Messages apps, you used to be able to reveal the option to compose a new message with a Force Touch gesture.
Now that’s gone, you need to swipe down to reveal the New Message button at the top of your messages list.
4. Change Move Goal and Get a Weekly Activity Summary
Using Force Touch on the Activity app’s main screen used to reveal a Weekly Summary showing how many times you’ve beaten your daily move goal so far this week. Pressing down on this screen again revealed a Change Move Goal button to adjust the amount of calories you’re aiming to burn.
Both of these options have been replaced by individual buttons that you’ll find right at the bottom of the Activity app’s main screen, below today’s activity stats.
When viewing a message in the Messages app, using Force Touch allowed you to quickly share your location with the message sender or view more details about the contact.
These options can now be found at the very bottom of the message screen, directly below the Instant Replies.
6. Switch Between App Grid View and List View
Force Touch in the App View would switch between the default honeycomb-style Grid layout and the alternative List View.
In watchOS 7, you can find both options in the Settings app under App View.
7. Hourly Temperature Forecast and Chance of Rain
The standard forecast display on the Apple Watch’s stock Weather app shows the general weather conditions for the day ahead. Prior to watchOS 7, using Force Touch in the app displayed buttons for switching between weather conditions, chance of rain, and temperature.
Fortunately, you can still access these views just as easily by tapping the 12-hour forecast to cycle through them.
8. Control Camera Settings Remotely
With the Apple Watch Camera app open, Force Touch would reveal a hidden submenu offering access to your iPhone‘s HDR, Flash, Live Photo, and Flip controls.
In watchOS 7, all of these controls are accessed by tapping the three dots in the bottom-right of the screen, which reveal a vertical scrolling menu.
9. Switch Calendar View
Prior to watchOS 7, changing view options within the Calendar app could be done using Force Touch.
These options are now found in the Settings app under Calendar -> View Options.
10. Switch and Edit Watch Faces
Out of all the changes following the removal of Force Touch, this is almost certainly the least abrasive, and involves an almost identical gesture.
To switch between watch faces or customize the currently selected one, simply long press on the watch screen to invoke the watch face selector.
Force Touch was one of those Apple Watch features that was so discreet and unassuming that this arguably worked against it in the long run. Apple hasn’t said why it removed the firm-press gesture in watchOS 7, but it could be that not enough users were aware of it for it to be genuinely useful.
That’s a shame, because just like 3D Touch on iPhone, Apple implemented the haptic feedback technology across the entire watchOS interface, putting additional functionality right at your fingertips. Of course, 3D Touch went the same way as Force Touch on Apple Watch when the iPhone XR was launched, which some would argue suffered from the same lack of discoverability.
The iPhone XR introduced Haptic Touch to replace 3D Touch. While Haptic Touch (aka long press) is essentially a feedback mechanism, 3D Touch offered genuine input options like Peek and Pop. This change has since expanded to the entire iPhone lineup, which has allowed Apple to remove the capacitive layer integrated into the iPhone display.
Will you miss Force Touch after updating your Apple Watch to watchOS 7? Are there any other Force Touch gestures we missed? Let us know in the comments.
When you see “only 6%” trending on Twitter, the next obvious question is “only 6% of what?” Only 6% of dogs wear shoes? Only 6% of cats are plotting to stage a coup d’état in your house? Only 6% of what Tinder profiles say is true?
“Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.”
For example, a Twitter account named Mel Q (not to be mistaken as a sixth member of the Spice Girls along with Mel B and Mel C) tweeted out the following:
Yeah, the Q doesn’t stand for “quahog” or “quick, say Yosemite.” It seems to stand for QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory that claims among other things that a network of Satan-worshiping pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and supposedly engaged in a “secret war” versus U.S. President Donald J. Trump, as Mike Wendling described for the BBC News.
Speaking of Trump, is that the Donald J. Trump that retweeted the Mel Q tweet? Looks that way because the account is called @realDonaldTrump as opposed to @notreallyDonaldTrump. So if the President retweeted the Mel Q statements then it’s got to be credible, right?
If you want to know why the original Tweet was inaccurate or misleading, just read the rest of what the CDC indicated after the 6%: “For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.” Take a gander at what these additional conditions or causes are. They include things such as adult pneumonia, respiratory distress syndrome, respiratory failure, respiratory arrest, other diseases of the respiratory system, and sepsis. Hmmm, these sound very much like the things that Covid-19 can lead to and what can ultimately kill people with severe Covid-19.
So, for example, say a person gets a Covid-19 coronavirus infection, which eventually progresses to pneumonia, ARDS, respiratory distress, other organ failure, and death. Then there’s a decent chance doctors will indicate more than one of these conditions as a cause of death. After all, when you go to the grocery store, come back with a bunch of food and 5,000 rolls of toilet paper, and are asked, “where have you been and what have you been doing,” you don’t tend to just say, “I got into the car.” Instead, you tell the whole story.
This is a reminder that the virus can trigger a series of events that can ultimately take a person’s life. In fact, with Covid-19 leading to all sorts of problems in the body, the probability is high (say over 90%) that something else will then be recorded as a cause of death in addition to Covid-19. It would actually be unusual to simply put Covid-19 as a cause of death without specifying what led to the patient’s demise.
Nevertheless, a flurry of Twitter activity ensued, as @mollyhc pointed out:
In the words (or the word) of Keanu Reeves, “Whoa.” This Twitter activity included Tweets like the following that suggested that only 6% of those who died from Covid-19 didn’t have pre-existing conditions:
As you can see, @drdavidsamadi mentioned that “many men have been affected by Covid-19,” just in case you didn’t know that, and that he’s a “men’s health expert.” It’s probably better than someone else saying “as a clothing expert, many people wearing clothes have been affected by Covid-19,” and then rendering an opinion about the CDC data. Nevertheless, what the CDC said on its website did not necessarily mean that “94% of the deaths were in cases with pre-existing conditions,” as @drdavidsamadi stated.
Other people (or Twitter accounts in case they were not real people) suggested that people no longer need to take recommended public health precautions such as this Tweet:
Now is @TheDamaniFelder (versus @ADaminiFelder) implying that anyone who has worn a mask is a sheep? Wouldn’t that include Trump, who has worn a mask at least once during his visit Walter Reed? Lone Ranger Sheep doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.
Then there was this Tweet:
No, again, that’s not what CDC said. If you are claiming that most of the “COVID” deaths are not “real,” maybe you should visit some of the friends and family members of those who have died from Covid-19 and tell that to their faces. Plus, if you think this means masks off and schools open, then, in the words of Judas Priest, you’ve got another thing coming. Others tried to use this opportunity to bash, surprise, surprise, the media and scientists:
Even the actor who played Hercules in the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys jumped into the fray:
Not exactly a legen, wait for it, dary Tweet.
This was only a small fraction, oh say, less than 6%, of the Tweets on Sunday about the topic.
At the same time, others tried to clarify what the CDC really meant, because misrepresented information could be kind of bad for your health. For example, @ASlavitt (versus @TheSlavitt) tweeted the following:
And @MaxKennerly offered a lesson on coding, not app coding but medical coding:
Indeed, just look how many deaths are falling into these other conditions and causes that are Covid-19-related such as 68,004 in the “Influenza and pneumonia” category and 54,803 in the “respiratory failure” category. @Aiims1742 re-emphasized that nowhere does the data suggest that many Covid-19 deaths have not been real:
Misrepresentation of CDC statements and statistics? Tweets telling you to disregard public health recommendations? Someone bashing the media and scientists? The President retweeting something said by a QAnon supporter? Sigh, just another 2020 day in the Twittersphere. And only less than 6% of
JoJo has removed Tory Lanez from her album after Megan Thee Stallion accused him of shooting her in the foot in July.
The Too Little Too Late singer collaborated with Lanez (born Daystar Peterson) on the song Comeback for her album, Good To Know, which was released back in May.
But in the wake of Megan’s accusation JoJo (born Joanna Levesque) confirmed she doesn’t plan on working with the rapper in the future and that he won’t be featured in the upcoming deluxe edition of her album.
Taking a stand: Singer Jojo confirmed she is removing Tory Lanez from her album after Megan Thee Stallion accused him of shooting her in the foot in July
When one fan asked her to remove him from the deluxe version – which will drop later this month – the Vermont native, 29, wrote on Twitter: ‘Def took him TF off.’
Megan (born Megan Pete) accused Lanez of shooting her this week, after having previously remained silent on who her alleged shooter, even after he was being charged with carrying a concealed weapon at the time.
The incident reportedly happened after attending a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s mansion back on July 12.
During an Instagram Live on Thursday, August 20, The Hot Girl Summer, star alleged that Lanez’s publicist had been spreading false information about the incident, which prompted her to come forward with her version of events.
‘Since y’all hoes so worried ’bout it, yes, this ***** Tory shot me,’ she said.
Not having it: JoJo (born Joanna Levesque) confirmed she doesn’t plan on working with Lanez (born Daystar Peterson) in the future
Scary situation: Megan Thee Stallion, 25, was reportedly shot in the foot after attending a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s mansion on July 12
Megan added: ‘You shot me. And you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying and s***. Stop lying. Why lie? I don’t understand. I tried to keep the situation off the internet, but you dragging it. You really f****** dragging it.’
Megan went on to explain that they were both in a car with several other people when an argument broke out, and that he shot at her after she decided to get out and start walking away.
‘Everybody in the car arguing. I’m in the front seat, this ***** in the back seat,’ the Texas native, 25, explained.
‘I get out the car, I’m done arguing. I don’t wanna argue no more. I get out, I’m walking away. This *****, from outside the back seat of the car, start shooting me. You shot me!’
Megan’s Instagram Live came shortly after the Los Angeles Times reported that the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is considering filing charges against Tory for allegedly shooting Megan.
More charges? The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is considering filing charges against Lanez for allegedly shooting Megan, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office said the city temporarily removed Columbus statues from both Grant Park and the Little Italy neighborhood a few miles away “until further notice.” It was not immediately clear where the statues were taken.
The removals come “in response to demonstrations that became unsafe for both protesters and police, as well as efforts by individuals to independently pull the Grant Park statue down in an extremely dangerous manner,” the statement said. “This step is about an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space for an inclusive and democratic public dialogue about our city’s symbols.”
On July 17, a clash between protesters and police at the Grant Park statue resulted in injuries of both demonstrators and officers.
Lightfoot, a Democrat, originally said she didn’t think the Grant Park statue should come down. “Look, I know that the issue of Columbus, Columbus Day is an issue of great discussion but I think that the way in which we educate our young people in particular about the history is to educate them about the full history,” Lightfoot said in June, according to NBC Chicago.
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But on Monday, the mayor said she would announce a plan to take inventory of monuments and other symbols in the city.
“In time, our team will determine there are no monuments to African Americans in this city,” Lightfoot said. “There are no monuments to women. There are no monuments that reflect the contributions of people in the city of Chicago who contributed to the greatness of this city,” the mayor said, according to NBC Chicago.
The statement on Friday said the mayor and city “will be announcing a formal process to assess each of the monuments, memorials, and murals across Chicago’s communities, and develop a framework for creating a public dialogue to determine how we elevate our city’s history and diversity.”
Both Columbus statues that were taken down Friday had been vandalized last month, NBC Chicago reported.
Like Confederate monuments around the country, statues of Columbus have been targeted in recent protests over the Italian navigator’s history of colonization, enslavement and violence toward native peoples in the Americas.
Trump directed federal agents to Portland following an executive order to punish those who vandalize federal monuments or government property. In widespread, nightly demonstrations in the city, residents have protested the presence of federal agents.
Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.
WASHINGTON — Facebook on Thursday removed advertisements posted on its platform by the Trump campaign that prominently featured a symbol used by Nazis to classify political prisoners during World War II, saying the imagery violated company policy.
The Trump campaign had used the ads, with a picture of a large red triangle, to inveigh against antifa, a loose collective of anti-fascist protesters that President Trump has blamed for violence and vandalism during the nationwide protests against racial injustice. There is scant evidence that antifa has been involved in any coordinated campaigns during the demonstrations.
“Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups are running through our streets and causing absolute mayhem,” the campaign’s Facebook ads said. Beneath the text was the red triangle, a symbol that Nazis used to identify Communists and other political prisoners in concentration camps, just as they used a pink triangle to identify people they labeled as homosexual.
It was not clear if the Trump campaign was familiar with the origin of the symbol, which was reclaimed after World War II by some anti-fascists in Britain and Germany, in the same way that various political groups over the years have reclaimed words and symbols used to oppress them.
“We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate,” Facebook said in a statement. “Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.”
Before their removal, however, the advertisements gained more than a million impressions across the Facebook pages of Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. They began running on Facebook on Wednesday and were flagged by a journalist for Fortune magazine on Thursday.
Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director, defended the advertisements. “The red triangle is a common Antifa symbol used in an ad about Antifa,” he wrote in an email. “Pretty straightforward.”
He also said that a similar red triangle was a standard emoji, and provided links to merchandise for sale online, like water bottles and phone cases, decorated with symbols described by the sellers as “anti-fascist red triangles.”
Mr. Murtaugh noted that the red triangle was not listed in the database of hate symbols maintained by the Anti-Defamation League.
But the Anti-Defamation League said its database is not used to keep track of historical Nazi symbols, and only lists symbols commonly used by modern extremists and white supremacists in the United States. The group denounced the Trump campaign for using the image.
“Whether aware of the history or meaning, for the Trump campaign to use a symbol — one which is practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps — to attack his opponents is offensive and deeply troubling,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League. “It is not difficult for one to criticize their political opponent without using Nazi-era imagery. We implore the Trump campaign to take greater caution and familiarize themselves with the historical context before doing so.”
The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum also weighed in on Twitter, noting that the red triangle was “the most common category of prisoners registered at the German Nazi #Auschwitz camp.”
Mark Bray, a historian at Rutgers and the author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” said that “the origin of the symbol is universally agreed to be with the Nazis and the concentration camps.” He added that the red triangle was not part of the symbolism of antifa in the United States.
The fact that the triangle has been reclaimed by some anti-fascists, Mr. Bray said, does not give the Trump campaign license to use the same symbol to attack antifa. “This is a symbol that represented the extermination of leftists,” he said. “It is a death threat against leftists. There’s no way around what that means historically.”
Facebook has removed Trump campaign ads in the past, for different reasons. In March, for instance, the company took down a number of posts that contained misleading information about the U.S. census, which violated Facebook’s rules.
Mr. Trump and his campaign have often charged forward with little regard for the impact of hateful symbols in their messaging, leaving critics with the impression that they are posting purposefully incendiary and racist content online.
In 2016, Mr. Trump tweeted and then deleted an image of Hillary Clinton’s face with $100 bills in the background and a six-pointed Star of David, the symbol that Nazis forced Jews to wear on their clothing. At the time, Mr. Trump defended himself by saying that the star was the shape of a sheriff’s badge.
Randal Pinkett, who was the first African-American winner of Mr. Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice,” said Mr. Trump had lost the benefit of the doubt. “When you’re already perceived or painted as a racist, everything you do that is insensitive only adds to the narrative that you’re a racist,” he said.
Last week, the president postponed a planned campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., that had been scheduled for Friday, which is the holiday Juneteenth. He and his top aides said they did not realize the significance of holding the rally on a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in America, in a city that was the site of one of the country’s most violent racist episodes. The event was pushed to Saturday.
Nick Corasaniti contributed reporting from New York, and Mike Isaac from San Francisco.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, April 22, 2020 after Amazon extended the closure of its French warehouses until April 25 included, following dispute with unions over health protection measures amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said it was removing certain images after messages using extremely strong racist abuse appeared on some listings on its UK website when users searched for Apple’s (AAPL.O) AirPods and other similar products.
The message sparked outrage on Twitter, with the topic “AirPods” trending in the United Kingdom.
“We are removing the images in question and have taken action on the bad actor,” an Amazon spokeswoman told Reuters on Sunday. She did not elaborate more on the “bad actor”.
Screenshots and video grabs of the messages were trending on Twitter, with users sharing the images.
The listings with the abusive messages were no longer visible on the Amazon UK website and it was not clear how long they were there for.
In April, several of Amazon’s foreign websites, including the UK domain, were added to the U.S. trade regulator’s “notorious markets” report on marketplaces known for counterfeiting and piracy concerns.
Amazon strongly disagreed with the report at that time, describing it as a “purely political act.”
Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; Editing by Frances Kerry