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Florida family grieves as Trump spreads debunked conspiracy theory to attack MSNBC host

Washington Post - 2 hours 26 min ago
The president has tweeted multiple times in recent days to falsely suggest the congressman-turned-television host Joe Scarborough murdered an employee whose death was ruled an accident.

Covid-19 cases surge in some states as Americans celebrate Memorial Day weekend

CNN - 2 hours 27 min ago
Just because you can go to the beach or bars doesn't mean it's time to let your guard down. In fact, some states are seeing new spikes in coronavirus cases.

Legendary college basketball coach dies

CNN - 2 hours 29 min ago
Eddie Sutton, the first college basketball coach to lead four different schools to the NCAA tournament, died on Saturday, his family said in a statement. He was 84.

Opinion: The one vital message of nearing 100,000 US deaths

CNN - 2 hours 45 min ago
On this somber Memorial Day weekend, America is approaching the grim milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths in a population of 330 million. Six Asia-Pacific nations -- Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam -- have just over 1,200 coronavirus deaths in a combined population almost the same as the US, 328 million. On May 23, the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker shows that America recorded 1,208 new deaths, while the six Asia-Pacific countries recorded just 13 deaths: 12 in Japan, 1 in Australia, and 0 in the others.

Despite Coronavirus, Hong Kong Protesters Rally Against China

NY Times - 2 hours 54 min ago
Marchers defied social distancing rules and a water cannon to demonstrate against Beijing’s plan for new security legislation in the territory.

Afghan Sides Agree to Rare Cease-Fire During Eid al-Fitr

NY Times - 3 hours 1 min ago
The Taliban’s announcement of a three-day cessation of violence, after months of intensifying attacks, was welcomed by President Ashraf Ghani.

Former US Rep Allen West injured in a motorcycle accident

CNN - 3 hours 7 min ago
Former Florida US Rep. Allen West is in the hospital after he was injured in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, according to a series of posts on his verified social media accounts.

Cuomo says New York State is 'decidedly in the reopening phase'

CNN - 3 hours 8 min ago
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the state will take steps toward reopening this week even as the battle against the coronavirus continues.

In Los Angeles, Relief And Caution As Locals Return To Venice Beach

NPR All Things Considered - 3 hours 16 min ago

Sun bathing was prohibited and face masks were required. But Venice Beach otherwise felt like its usual eclectic self this Memorial Day weekend.

(Image credit: Saul Gonzalez/KQED)

Opinion: The coronavirus has made me anxious. Just not in the way I thought.

CNN - 3 hours 17 min ago
When our country  -- and the world  --  started to shut down in mid-March as a way to slow the spread of coronavirus, I anticipated a big rush of anxiety.

100,000: The Names Behind a Grim Toll

NY Times - 3 hours 20 min ago
Readers express their appreciation for what one calls a “heartbreaking, breathtaking memorial.”

Can the world's oldest profession survive the age of social distancing?

CNN - 3 hours 24 min ago
Don't kiss. Tell clients to wash their hands before they touch you. Wear a mask. Avoid face-to-face positions. And even: Put on a nurse costume and pull out a thermometer -- if his temperature is normal, make it part of the game. If he has a fever, end the session.

Dr. Birx's Covid-19 advice on what US needs to do next

CNN - 3 hours 25 min ago
White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said that there is "clear scientific evidence" that masks work, adding that the US needs to do much better at finding asymptomatic cases as the country reopens.

The Coronavirus Doesn't Mean We Can Forget Our Promise to Veterans

NY Times - 3 hours 28 min ago
As the number of deaths in their ranks continues to rise, we need to revisit our enduring commitment to their care.

App Recap: Voice Dream Reader, SmartGym, BIAS FX 2, and Major App Updates

MacRumors - 3 hours 31 min ago
In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week.


Apps to Check Out

  • Voice Dream Reader (iOS, $9.99) - Voice Dream reader, a text-to-speech app featured in the Today section of the App Store, has been one of the most popular accessibility apps since its launch eight years ago. The app supports the reading of PDF files, Web articles, plain text files, and more. Upon purchasing the app, users are welcomed with both 36 built in iOS voices in 27 languages and one premium Acapela voice, and over 200 other premium voices are available through in-app purchases. Voice Dream Reader also features several tools such as bookmarking, text highlighting, and annotations. There are several different reading styles that can also be customized to the likings of the user such as contrast, font size, auto-scrolling, and more. Outside of the accessibility space, the app's reading style can also be set to one of several unique settings.

  • SmartGym: Gym & Home Workouts (iOS, Free) - SmartGym, a popular fitness app, is being updated soon with several new features. The app lets users create and manage workout routines, view over 250 pre-installed exercises, view many pre-made workouts tailored to the interests of the user, and more. In addition, the standalone Apple Watch app can be used for tracking the health data of the user. It's worth noting that the free version of the app only provides access to two routines, 10 histories, and two measures. To access unlimited routines, measurements, and histories, users have the option to subscribe to monthly or yearly plans, which start at $4.99 and $29.99 respectively. The app's update will feature a new Smart Trainer feature which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to create personalized workouts for the user, plus additional exercises, a new design, and more.

  • BIAS FX 2 (iOS, Free) - BIAS FX 2, the successor to the popular Guitar Amp and Effects app BIAS FX, was recently released with an updated library of amps and effects. The updated library features new versions of pedals, HD studio rack effects, and effect modelers, which gives users a multitude of options when creating their own unique sound. In addition, the Looper feature was introduced as part of the update, which is a songwriting tool that allows users to practice and record directly from an iOS device. The app is free to download, but additional effects require in-app purchases.




App Updates

  • Copilot (iOS) - Subscription based finance and budgeting app Copilot this week announced support for importing Apple Card data directly into its app. Apple Card users are now able to take advantage of Copilot's budgeting and transaction monitoring tools without having to copy over the data manually into the app.

  • Google - Google this week updated its Google Search app with Dark Mode support. It is also worth noting that users still running iOS 12 can utilize the feature by enabling the setting within the app.

  • Photoshop (iPad) - Adobe this week updated its Photoshop app with two new features. Curves allows users to adjust several aspects of an image while preserving its quality. Users with an Apple Pencil will also notice new pressure sensitivity adjustments that allows for more precision when using brush-based tools.

  • Twitter - Twitter this week announced that it has starting testing new settings that allow users to control who can reply to a tweet. Users can select everyone, people you follow, and only people you mention as options for who can reply to a specific tweet. The feature is currently being tested within a small number of users globally, and Twitter plans to roll the feature out to all users should testing prove successful.

    Testing, testing...

    A new way to have a convo with exactly who you want. We’re starting with a small % globally, so keep your 👀 out to see it in action. pic.twitter.com/pV53mvjAVT

    — Twitter (@Twitter) May 20, 2020

    Reply if there’s a better app

    — Twitter (@Twitter) May 20, 2020

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Apple Promotes Apple TV+ for Kids in New Ad

MacRumors - 3 hours 40 min ago
Apple today shared a new "The Next Generation" ad that showcases Apple TV+ content for kids.



"Original series and films to inspire the next generation of dreamers, explorers, and believers. All on ‌Apple TV‌+," the video description says.

The ad features the ‌Apple TV‌+ kids shows "Ghost Writer," "Helpsters," "Snoopy in Space," and the short-film "Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth."

The ad is part of Apple's drive to increase ‌Apple TV‌+ subscriptions amid heated competition from other rival streaming services, such as Disney+ and Netflix, which have a wealth of content aimed at children. Earlier this week, it rumors suggested Apple is considering buying some older shows, in addition to its original productions, to make the ‌Apple TV‌+ library more competitive.Tags: Apple ads, Apple TV Plus
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