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Steve Wozniak, Vint Cerf and Friends Tell the FCC: You Don’t Understand How the Internet Works

Internet experts, leaders, and pioneers, including “father of the internet” Vint Cerf and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, are urging Congress to reconsider its plan to repeal net neutrality.

In an open letter published Monday and signed by more than 20 individuals, the signatories accuse the plan of being “based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology.”

Read: FCC Head Ajit Pai Jokes About Being Verizon’s ‘Puppet’ Ahead of Net Neutrality Rollback

The plan in question, the proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order, seeks to remove net neutrality protections that were introduced in 2015. These protections sought to ensure that internet service providers (ISPs) like ATT, Comcast, and TimeWarner treat web content equally and do not block or prioritize some content over others in return for payment. The FCC is scheduled to vote on the order on December 14. It is expected to be approved.

The letter notes that these flaws and inaccuracies had already been documented in detail in a 43-page comment, which had been “signed by over 200 of the most prominent Internet pioneers and engineers” and submitted to the FCC on July 17 of this year. Nevertheless, the letter highlights a few of the issues with the proposed plan, noting that, among others, it would allow Internet providers to block content, affect the speed of services, and would repeal oversight over other “unreasonable discrimination and unreasonable practices.” Most importantly, the plan does not include implementing an “adequate replacement” for existing FCC oversight, which protects consumers, markets, and innovation.

Read: Commentary: Like Streaming Football Games? Then You Should Be Against Net Neutrality.

The letter also criticizes the FCC’s procedure for determining the vote, noting that more than 23 million comments were submitted by the public, which the FCC “could not possibly” have considered adequately. Further, the FCC has not hosted any public forums from which to hear from the public. Finally, with regard to a number of issues with the online comment system including bot-generated comments and an “unexplained outage,” the FCC “failed to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests about these incidents.”

The signatories conclude by calling for the vote to be canceled, saying, “The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed Order to abolish net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the Internet we worked so hard to create. It should be stopped.”

Techno-freaks can soon see Steve Jobs’ Blue Box at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

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What’s the Blue Box?

To New Yorkers, the Blue Box is a classy cafe painted robin’s-egg blue at the flagship store of Tiffany’s, known for selling costly baubles in blue boxes.

To Acuity Brands in Atlanta, it’s a trade-marked line of electronic switches. And to denizens of Windsor, Ont., it’s the name of their city-wide recycling program.

But to fans of computer history, the Blue Box led to the founding of Apple Computer — and it soon will be on display at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.

Museum officials said Friday they acquired a rare 1972 Blue Box in an auction in New York City. This one was one of the earliest collaborations between the founders of Apple — Steve Wozniak and the late, legendary Steve Jobs.

“It was designed and built by Steve Wozniak and marketed for sale by Steve Jobs,” said a news release about the purchase. The partners built dozens of the boxes — accounts differ as to how many — and sold them to people seeking to make free long-distance calls by fooling the telephone company, according to the news release. So, in effect, Apple began with a product that encouraged phone fraud, although the early users tended to be electronic experimenters and pranksters, said Patricia Mooradian, president and CEO of The Henry Ford.

“Blue Boxes were the first joint business venture between the two innovators, three years before the founding of Apple Computer Inc. in 1976. The new acquisition joins The Henry Ford’s collection, which also includes an original 1976 Apple I Computer. The Blue Box was purchased at Bonhams’ History of Science and Technology Sale,” Mooradian said in the release.

“At the time when this device was created, they were just young adults who had an unbridled passion for learning how things worked, and making things for their own use,” she said, adding: “This artifact speaks to ingenuity, curiosity and resourcefulness and fits perfectly within The Henry Ford’s Archive of American Innovation.”

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According to online histories of phone pranking, Blue Boxes worked by artificially supporting the voltage of a phone line, slipping past the involvement of ATT switchboard operators and allowing users to place free incoming calls. Users of the devices were called “phone phreakers.”  The future Apple founders sold their Blue Boxes in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas.

“The Blue Box played an essential role in the growth of hacker culture, electronics, information exchange (and) led to Apple Computer Inc,” said Kristen Gallerneaux, curator of communications and information technology at The Henry Ford.

“It’s an artifact that speaks not only to how one of the most innovative American companies came to fruition, but it also documents the 1970s-era “phone phreaker” as a cultural force — or even as cultural hero. These sophisticated pranksters tested and broke down the boundaries of technological systems.” Gallernerneaux said in the museum’s news release.

The museum’s newly acquired Blue Box was once owned by David Claxton, brother to Bill Claxton, who helped Wozniak build the the boxes in 1972, according to information from the auctioneer. Just a year later, the FBI began paying close attention to the telephone tricksters and confiscated many of the devices.

“Because of this, as well as the illegal nature of the devices, not many have survived,” The Henry Ford’s release said. The museum declined to disclose the purchase price of the Blue Box, although the tab was less than the museum’s historic Apple 1 computer, which cost nearly $1 million, a museum spokeswoman said.

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Steve Lacy Talks New Internet Album, Singing Hooks With Syd

Steve Lacy had a huge year in 2017.

In addition to dropping his excellent Steve Lacy’s Demo, he also contributed to albums from some of rap’s elite, like Tyler, The Creator‘s Flower Boy and Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. Today, he spoke with Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 and discussed his big year, shared some new details about the next album from The Internet, and spoke about his new project with PP favorite Ravyn Lenae.

After each member of The Internet focused on solo projects in 2017, he says, “I think we’re about to get back in soon. I feel like after this one last weekly run it’ll be at 95%. It’s exciting, it’s scary, it’s so many things. And really I’m just thinking about the change component. Because I know off of Ego Death to where I am now it’s been a dramatic shit. It’s not the same as it was when that came out. I feel like this is on a higher echelon than Ego Death. I love Ego Death, that was a great record, but I know this one is a step up.”

Addressing the title of the next Internet album, he says, “Before we started making it I was like ‘dude, I think this should be the self-titled joint’. But I guess we’re having a problem with looking it up: ‘The Internet’… ‘The Internet’. But yeah, that’s the conflicting thing with the name.”

After being more of a background player on Ego Death, Lacy says he’ll be singing on the next album more: “Well I’m singing on the album a bit more with Syd. I sing on a hook with her. Dang, I feel like I ruined the surprise now…”

Lacy also talked about producing Ravyn Lenae’s new album: “I do everything production wise and she comes in […] It was dope because she’s so young and she’s not locked into a certain style or vocal range so anything I’d give her she’s like ‘I got you.’ It’s also a different producer side of me. It’s entirely produced by me, the first thing that I’m entirely producing. When I got the opportunity I looked at is as like—Yes, this is my Pharrell/Kelis, my Timbaland/Aaliyah, my J*Davey moment. I had to take it.”

You can listen to the interview above and hear the first single from that Ravyn Lenae project below.

Steve Wozniak says Tim Cook sent him an iPhone X, compares Steve Jobs to Elon Musk in new interview

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Speaking at the Pivot Summit in Geelong, Victoria today, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak shared a few new tidbits about his experience with the iPhone X so far and his thoughts on Face ID vs. Touch ID. Woz also offered up a few anecdotes about his years working with Steve Jobs. Wozniak is one of several speakers at the one day conference focused on providing insight about emerging technology.


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Speaking prior to the launch of the iPhone X, Wozniak expressed that he wasn’t interested in picking up the phone on day one, offering little explanation as to why. Apple CEO Tim Cook decided to remedy the situation himself and personally sent Woz an iPhone X to try out. His verdict? “I kinda like it.

Woz followed up his comments by saying he still prefers Touch ID over the iPhone X’s Face ID, wishing a fingerprint sensor had been embedded in the back of the phone, as was widely rumored before launch.

When asked about Steve Jobs, Wozniak compared his former colleague to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, saying that the two weren’t similar in ideas, but had a similar vision. He explained that building products for your own needs usually leads to a better result – in Apple’s case, the iPhone, and in Tesla’s case, electric vehicles.

Finally, Wozniak amusingly revealed that he was an early investor in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, wanting to experiment. After having seven Bitcoin stolen, he gave up the investment. Woz might be wishing he’d persevered however, as Bitcoin continues to rise in value. Just today, the wallet app Coinbase became the most downloaded app in the United States.

Check out a few more photos and tweets from the interview below. We’ll update this post if a full video of the event becomes available online.


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Hornets coach Steve Clifford to take leave of absence to address health

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hornets coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for an undetermined period of time to deal with a “health issue.”

The team made the announcement Wednesday in a release.

The 56-year-old Clifford missed Monday night’s game against Orlando because he was not feeling well. Associate head coach Stephen Silas filled in for Clifford against the Magic.

Clifford has battled heart problems in the past, but a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press the issue was not heart-related. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team has not released details of Clifford’s health issue.

The team said there is no timetable for Clifford’s return and that officials would have no further comment.

Silas will continue to coach the team with Clifford out. The Hornets fell to Golden State 101-87 on Wednesday night.

“I just want to send him my best wishes,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Obviously I have been through some issues, and I don’t know what his health issues are, but it’s no fun. I’m wishing him well and I hope he gets back on the sideline soon. But more importantly I hope that he’s healthy.”

If the players know what is wrong with Clifford, they aren’t saying.

“I feel like Cliff is one of those guys, no matter what is going on his life, he’s always going to be here,” Hornets forward Marvin Williams said. “So for him to not be here now is a little bit concerning. I have texted back and forth with him a couple of times and he’s texted back every time. He seems in good spirits. Whatever is going on with him, I’m sure he’s fine. If he has to step away to make sure he’s OK, that’s what is most important.”

Williams said the team has confidence in Silas.

“We will continue to follow his lead,” Williams said.

Clifford underwent a procedure in 2013 — his first year as Charlotte’s head coach — to have two stents placed in his heart, but he returned to coaching just three days later. The procedure came after Clifford began experiencing chest pain while eating at a Charlotte restaurant and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Clifford has since changed his diet and has been eating healthier.

The Hornets were playing well at home under Clifford, but they are just 9-13 overall heading into Wednesday night’s game. They have struggled on the road, where they are 1-10 this season despite the play of All-Star Kemba Walker. The point guard is turning in another impressive season, averaging 22.7 points and 6.3 assists per game.

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Hornets coach Steve Clifford away for ‘immediate future’ to address health issues

A few hours before the Charlotte Hornets took on the Orlando Magic Monday night, it was announced that Steve Clifford would not be coaching due to an illness. 

Unfortunately, it turns out that whatever Charlotte’s coach is dealing with is not a short-term problem. The Hornets announced on Wednesday morning that Clifford will be stepping away from the team for the “immediate future” to deal with a health issue. They did not give a timetable for his return. Via NBA.com/Hornets:

The Charlotte Hornets announced today that Head Coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for the immediate future to address his health. Currently, there is no timetable for his return. Hornets Associate Head Coach Stephen Silas will serve as acting head coach. Out of respect for Clifford’s privacy, the Hornets will have no further comment at this time.

Stephen Silas, who served as head coach against Orlando, will remain in charge during Clifford’s absence. Silas has been in the league as a scout or assistant coach since 1999, and has served as an assistant with the Hornets since 2010. 

Hopefully whatever Clifford is dealing with isn’t a serious issue and he’s able to rejoin the Hornets soon. 

The internet has the weirdest questions for Dustin and Steve from ‘Stranger Things’

One of the most unexpected things to come out Season 2 of Stranger Things was the unlikely partnership between Steve and Dustin. It was like a ’80s buddy cop movie viewers never knew they wanted. Complete with a spiked baseball bat!

Wired got both Gaten Matarazzo and Joe Keery together to take part in a autocomplete interview.  Google’s autocomplete function suggests some common searches on the internet and we get to see our favorite pairing on Stranger Things answer some hard hitting questions.

The first question asked if Stranger Things was based on a true story. Matarazzo explained that the story was based on a government lab located in Montauk, New York, rumored to be doing human experiments during the Cold War. Matarazzo also drops some gems about Stephen King references sprinkled throughout the second season.

Stranger Things fans, let’s hope Steve and Dustin get more time together in Season 3.

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How Corning’s Crash Project For Steve Jobs Helped Define The iPhone

Prior to the iPhone, plastic screens were standard fare on smartphones. The iPhone delivered a whole new design metaphor, introducing a glass touchscreen as the main user interface. That, perhaps more than anything else, opened the door for the device to be used like a computer that fits in your pocket. The Gorilla Glass defined the feel of the user’s finger moving around on the touchscreen. For many, it was that tactile experience, combined with the rapid and smooth response of the software, that was the iPhone’s magic.

After Gorilla Glass was used in the iPhone, other smartphone makers quickly followed suit in switching from plastic to glass to cover the front of their devices. Corning says that since 2007 it’s delivered 58 square miles of Gorilla Glass–the equivalent of 28,000 football fields.

While many other smartphone makers have crowed about using Gorilla Glass, Apple has rarely (if ever) publicly acknowledged Corning as the maker of the iPhone’s glass cover.

The Gorilla’s Future

Over the years Corning has strengthened Gorilla Glass exponentially: Gorilla Glass 5 can survive a drop from a height four times higher than the Gorilla Glass used in the original iPhone.

I asked Bayne what the future holds for Gorilla Glass. Smartphone vendors continue to ask for thinner and lighter glass, he told me, which makes the glass even more susceptible to breakage. So the current goal is to develop a thin and light piece of glass that’s virtually unbreakable. Bayne believes Corning will achieve that within the next two to three years.

Gorilla Glass has become more important to Apple and other smartphone vendors as more new smartphones—such as the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X—have glass on their backs as well as their fronts. This is needed to enable the wireless charging features coming out in new models. Since glass is RF (radio frequency) neutral, it allows various radio and electromagnetic signals to be transmitted through the back of the phone.

Steve Alexander: Windows 10 may cut speed of browsing

Q: The latest version of Windows 10 seems to be reducing my internet speed. What can I do?

Bruno Mattedi, Woodland Park, Colo.

A: The newest versions of Windows 10 can slow down your internet browsing because of how they handle software updates and control the flow of data.

You can reduce the slowdowns by adjusting the latest incarnations, which are the Creators Update, introduced in April, and the Fall Creators Update, introduced in October.

The first thing to adjust is a Windows 10 feature called “auto-tuning,” which debuted in 2016’s Anniversary Update of the operating system. Auto-tuning makes the Windows app store more responsive to your PC’s needs, but it does so by giving app downloads and updates priority use of your internet connection. Whenever app updates are active, your Web browsing will be slowed. You can correct this by disabling auto-tuning (see tinyurl.com/yawr6wry).

Another way to increase your Windows 10 internet speed is to change the “quality of service” settings within the operating system’s “local group policy editor.” You should set incoming internet data (called “inbound TCP traffic”) to “maximum throughput.”

Besides adjusting settings to increase your browsing speed, make sure you have the proper software drivers for the latest versions of Windows 10. For example, an internet slowdown could be caused by an outdated driver for your PC’s network card. (To check, see tinyurl.com/y8hso6so).

It’s also a good idea to check the other equipment that stands between you and the internet. If you use a wireless router, adjusting its Wi-Fi settings may speed up your Web browsing. See “modify the network configuration” at tinyurl.com/yawr6wry for specifics.

Q: My wife and I have been using Google’s Picasa photo editing and sorting program on our laptops for years. The Picasa program on my computer still works, but the program on hers gives the error message “CBlockFile::Restore err=2,albums_index.db.” Is this caused by Google’s decision not to support Picasa any longer? If so, how can we get access to all the photos we have modified with Picasa? And, for the future, where can we find a replacement program?

Curt Lawson, Dayton, Minn.

A: The problem with your wife’s laptop isn’t caused by Google ending technical support for Picasa. It’s the result of data corruption in the laptop’s Picasa database, which contains the information for sorting and labeling photos.

Fortunately, that database can be rebuilt (see tinyurl.com/m487fs8), although some of your existing photo labeling information may be lost. (If you are asked to uninstall Picasa as part of rebuilding the database, make sure you have your original copy in your “downloads” folder so you can reinstall it. The program is no longer available online.)

Because your laptop’s Picasa program has no problems, you can keep using it. Photos you stored in the online Picasa photo gallery are now in Google Photos (see tinyurl.com/oxcpvl5).

For potential Picasa replacements, see tinyurl.com/y98wkgrn and tinyurl.com/y9rzbwfn.

E-mail tech questions to steve.j.alexander@gmail.com. Include name, city and telephone number.

Steve Alexander: Windows 10 may cut speed of browsing

Q: The latest version of Windows 10 seems to be reducing my internet speed. What can I do?

Bruno Mattedi, Woodland Park, Colo.

A: The newest versions of Windows 10 can slow down your internet browsing because of how they handle software updates and control the flow of data.

You can reduce the slowdowns by adjusting the latest incarnations, which are the Creators Update, introduced in April, and the Fall Creators Update, introduced in October.

The first thing to adjust is a Windows 10 feature called “auto-tuning,” which debuted in 2016’s Anniversary Update of the operating system. Auto-tuning makes the Windows app store more responsive to your PC’s needs, but it does so by giving app downloads and updates priority use of your internet connection. Whenever app updates are active, your Web browsing will be slowed. You can correct this by disabling auto-tuning (see tinyurl.com/yawr6wry).

Another way to increase your Windows 10 internet speed is to change the “quality of service” settings within the operating system’s “local group policy editor.” You should set incoming internet data (called “inbound TCP traffic”) to “maximum throughput.”

Besides adjusting settings to increase your browsing speed, make sure you have the proper software drivers for the latest versions of Windows 10. For example, an internet slowdown could be caused by an outdated driver for your PC’s network card. (To check, see tinyurl.com/y8hso6so).

It’s also a good idea to check the other equipment that stands between you and the internet. If you use a wireless router, adjusting its Wi-Fi settings may speed up your Web browsing. See “modify the network configuration” at tinyurl.com/yawr6wry for specifics.

Q: My wife and I have been using Google’s Picasa photo editing and sorting program on our laptops for years. The Picasa program on my computer still works, but the program on hers gives the error message “CBlockFile::Restore err=2,albums_index.db.” Is this caused by Google’s decision not to support Picasa any longer? If so, how can we get access to all the photos we have modified with Picasa? And, for the future, where can we find a replacement program?

Curt Lawson, Dayton, Minn.

A: The problem with your wife’s laptop isn’t caused by Google ending technical support for Picasa. It’s the result of data corruption in the laptop’s Picasa database, which contains the information for sorting and labeling photos.

Fortunately, that database can be rebuilt (see tinyurl.com/m487fs8), although some of your existing photo labeling information may be lost. (If you are asked to uninstall Picasa as part of rebuilding the database, make sure you have your original copy in your “downloads” folder so you can reinstall it. The program is no longer available online.)

Because your laptop’s Picasa program has no problems, you can keep using it. Photos you stored in the online Picasa photo gallery are now in Google Photos (see tinyurl.com/oxcpvl5).

For potential Picasa replacements, see tinyurl.com/y98wkgrn and tinyurl.com/y9rzbwfn.

E-mail tech questions to steve.j.alexander@gmail.com. Include name, city and telephone number.

Warriors’ Steve Kerr says gun laws should be considered ‘a public health issue’


Steve Kerr has spoken out on gun laws in the past. (Ben Margot/Associated Press)

In the wake of a mass shooting Sunday at a Texas church, Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich told reporters after a San Antonio game that his team’s win over the Suns was “pretty meaningless.” In fact, he said, “talking about basketball tonight is probably pretty inappropriate,” and with that, he quickly ended his postgame comments.

On Monday, the Warriors’ Steve Kerr, perhaps second only to Popovich as the NBA coach most likely to speak out on social issues, offered more expansive remarks before his team played a game against the Heat. Asked about gun laws, the 52-year-old former NBA player likened the situation to “a public health issue,” and he cited the example of how increased regulations eventually made cars and roads much safer.

“I think too often we get caught up in political rhetoric — Second Amendment rights, NRA [National Rifle Association] stuff,” Kerr told reporters, after expressing his condolences to the families of the more than two dozen victims. “We have to look at this as it has nothing to do with partisanship, political parties. This has got to be a public safety issue, a public health issue.”

Kerr said he had “read a great article” Monday that compared the state of gun laws to “the automobile industry.” He added, “Apparently, in the 1950s, about nine or 10 times more people then died in auto wrecks than die now.”

“So, what changed over 70 years? Safety measures, right?” Kerr said. “Speed limits, auto regulations, seat belts, car seats, driver’s license, registration and making sure people deserve to drive.

“All these things are just safety issues, and I think we have to somehow get our government to cut through all the crap and get right to the point — the point of fact — which is safety. Which means a lot of things we can do without taking away people’s Second Amendment rights. Let’s do the sensible thing.”

It’s not the first time that Kerr, who has won two NBA titles since taking over the Warriors in 2014, has spoken at length about gun laws. In 2016, shortly after Golden State fell to Cleveland in the NBA Finals, he asked for some extra time on a sports podcast to do something he said he didn’t often do — “get political.”

“When 90 percent of our country wants background checks on gun purchases, and we’ve got our Senate and our House not only voting it down, but using the Bill of Rights as a reason for people to have rights to carry these automatic weapons, and we’re getting people murdered every day at an alarming rate. I just have to get this off my chest — our government is insane. We are insane,” Kerr said.

“And what bugs me is this adherence to the right to bear arms. That was back in 1776. People didn’t own automatic rifles, you had to have a musket in case the redcoats were coming. And the beautiful thing about the Constitution is they left open amendments to change things, because things change over time.

“I kind of think our forefathers would not have okayed automatic weapons to be sold to everybody, if they existed back then. Let’s have some checks. I mean, it’s easier to get a gun than it is a driver’s license. And it’s insane.”

On the podcast, Kerr referred to his father’s 1984 death by gunshots while he was the president of the American University of Beirut. “As someone who’s had a family member shot and killed, it just devastates me every time I read about this stuff, like what happened in Orlando, and it’s even more devastating to see the government just cowing to the NRA,” he said. “The rest of the world thinks we’re insane. We are insane.”

On Monday, Kerr said that “our government has to lead the way, and they can’t just cave in to the NRA just because the NRA wants to make money.” He said that lawmakers “have to put people’s safety and health over the interests of the gun lobby and the gun industry.”

“So, it doesn’t seem like it would be that far of a stretch,” Kerr told reporters, “but for whatever reason, we’re paralyzed, and we’re unable to do anything to protect our citizens. It’s disgusting and it’s a shame.”

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Why Steve Kerr likened gun violence to a ‘public health issue’

OAKLAND — The message might sound repetitive. But that is because the United States suffering another mass shooting involving gun violence. So if he has said it already, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will say it again.

With an armed man killing a reported 26 people on Sunday at a Texas Church, Kerr likened gun violence to a “public health issue.”

“Too often, we get caught up in political rhetoric, 2nd amendment rights, NRA stuff,” Kerr said before the Warriors (7-3) hosted the Miami Heat (4-5) on Monday the Oracle. “We have to look at this as it having nothing to do with partisanship, political parties. It’s got to be a public safety issue, a public health issue.”

Kerr then referenced a New York Times article that argued gun use should be regulated in the same way that automobiles are. According t the article, there were 9.35 auto-mobile related deaths per 100 million vehicle miles travel in 1950 before dropping to 1.18 deaths at the same distance traveled in 2016. Various regulations, including speed limits, seatbelts, airbags and driver’s license registration contributed to drop in deaths.

So though Kerr considered it a “tough question” on what it will take for the United States not to have as many mass shootings, the Warriors’ coach also found an obvious solution.

“All these things are safety issues and I think we somehow get our government cut through all the crap and get right to the point — the point of fact, which is safety,” Kerr said. “Which means a lot of things we can do without taking away people’s 2nd amendment rights. Let’s do the sensible thing.”

Kerr then offered his own skepticism on why that will not happen.

“Our government has to lead the way and they can’t just cave into the NRA just because they want to make money,” Kerr said. “They have to put people’s safety and health over the interest of the gun lobby and the gun industry. It doesn’t seem like it would be that far of a stretch. But for whatever reason, we’re paralyzed and unable to do anything to protect our citizens. It’s disgusting and it’s a shame.”

Kerr has been outspoken about various current events, including President Donald Trump. Kerr’s outspokenness toward gun violence traces back to his own upbringing, though. Kerr’s late father, Malcolm was an American academic who specialized in Middle Eastern affairs before he was assassinated in Beirut in 1984 in an act of terrorism.

Before speaking out on the latest mass shooting, Kerr offered sympathy.

“First I want to express my condolences to the people involved, the victims, the survivors, the people directly affected,” Kerr said. “It’s just awful. that’s the prevailing sentiment from all of us today.”

Why Steve Wozniak won’t buy the iPhone X

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in an interview this week that he has no plans to upgrade to the iPhone X as soon as it becomes available (it will become available for pre-order on Friday, Oct. 27).

“I’d rather wait and watch that one. I’m happy with my iPhone 8 — which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me,” Wozniak said at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas. “For some reason, the iPhone X is going to be the first iPhone I didn’t — on day one — upgrade to. But my wife will, so I’ll be close enough to see it,” Wozniak added.

In addition, Wozniak reportedly also expressed doubts that the iPhone X’s highly touted Face ID feature would operate up to the standards users are hoping for, according to CNBC.

This is hardly the first time Wozniak has admonished Apple, the empire he helped create along with the late Steve Jobs. When the company launched the iPhone 7 in late summer 2016, Wozniak told the Australian Financial Review that, “[if] it’s missing the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people.”

“I would not use Bluetooth … I don’t like wireless,” he added. “I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.”

Apple didn’t spend much time heeding his words of caution — when the company launched the iPhone 7, lo and behold, it was void of a separate headphone jack altogether.

Wozniak — the technology brain behind Apple’s original computer, who left the company in 1985 — has also taken the Apple Watch to task. “[It’s] taken us into a jewelry market where you’re going to buy a watch between $500 or $1,100 based on how important you think you are as a person. The only difference is the band in all those watches … Well this isn’t the company that Apple was originally, or the company that really changed the world a lot,” Wozniak said in a Reddit discussion last year.

Other CEOs and executives have criticized their former employers as well, after leaving the organizations they once ran. For instance, CNN founder Ted Turner wrote in 2004 that the priorities guiding the organization — which he was forced out of in 2001 — had changed seismically since his time at the top.

“When CNN reported to me, if we needed more money for Kosovo or Baghdad, we’d find it,” Turner wrote. “If we had to bust the budget, we busted the budget. We put journalism first and that’s how we built CNN into something the world wanted to watch … After we sold [parent company] Turner Broadcasting to Time Warner, we came under such earnings pressure that we had to cut our promotion budget every year at CNN to make our numbers,” he complained.

And legendary “Star Wars” director George Lucas openly spoke of his disheartenment at the franchise’s reboot in the 2015 film “The Force Awakens.”

“[Disney] wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that. I like — every movie, I worked very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships — you know, to make it new,” Lucas told journalist Charlie Rose in an interview.

In a more incendiary remark, Lucas went after Disney executives who purchased his Star Wars franchise for $4 billion in 2012. “I love [the movies], I created them, I’m very intimately involved in them and I sold them to the white slavers…,” Lucas concluded.

iPhone X: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he won’t be rushing to buy new phone on release date

Apple’s new iPhone X might have some important problems, according to one of its most important critics.

The new iPhone is expected to be in huge demand, and so little supply that people are likely to be waiting for weeks to actually get hold of it, if they’re not in the queue outside stores. But at least one person won’t be waiting in the queue – the co-founder of Apple.

Steve Wozniak, who built the company with Steve Jobs, has said that he isn’t excited about the iPhone X. Mr Wozniak is usually a fixture of the queues outside Apple Stores in California, waiting to get his hands on the new phone – but this time is different, he said in remarks quoted by CNBC.

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“I’d rather wait and watch that one. I’m happy with my iPhone 8 — which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me,” said Mr Wozniak. “For some reason, the iPhone X is going to be the first iPhone I didn’t — on day one — upgrade to. But my wife will, so I’ll be close enough to see it.”

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As well as his fears that the new phone will be mostly the same as the iPhone 8, with which it shares most of its components, Mr Wozniak shared a worry that the new features might not actually work properly.

The Face ID facial recognition technology might not work in the way that Apple is saying it will, he suggested. That feature is one of the two big headline features of the iPhone X – alongside its brand new screen technology – and so any problems would be significant.

Apple has acted to calm worries about that new feature, releasing details about how exactly the facial recognition works to make sure it will quickly see its owner but also keep the phone and their facial data safe.

Mr Wozniak’s comments came just days before pre-orders for the new phone opened on 27 October. The phone goes on sale properly a week later – though it’s not clear how many of them will actually be available on that date.

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iPhone X Pre-Order: Even Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Is Skeptical About New Smartphone

Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak says the new iPhone X is the first edition of the long-running smartphone that he will not buy on launch day.

Speaking at the Money 20/20 in remarks quoted by CNBC, Wozniak said: “I’d rather wait and watch that one. I’m happy with my iPhone 8—which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me.”

“For some reason, the iPhone X is going to be the first iPhone I didn’t—on day one—upgrade to. But my wife will, so I’ll be close enough to see it.”

According to CNBC, Wozniak is skeptical that the new facial recognition feature on the phone—perhaps its most significant distinguishing feature from previous generations—will work properly.

Wozniak, known affectionately as “Woz” within the tech community, co-founded Apple alongside the late Steve Jobs in 1976. He worked on the influential Apple I and Apple II personal computers.

In a 2012 interview with Gizmodo he revealed himself as a smartphone fanatic who carries multiple models, including Apple products, with him at all times.

But this isn’t the first time Wozniak has had sharp words for the company he helped set up.

In 2016, he criticized the Apple Watch, Apple’s flagship piece of wearable tech, saying in a reddit interview : “I love my Apple Watch, but—it’s taken us into a jewelry market where you’re going to buy a watch between $500 or $1100 based on how important you think you are as a person.

“The only difference is the band in all those watches. Twenty watches from $500 to $1100. The band’s the only difference? Well this isn’t the company that Apple was originally, or the company that really changed the world a lot.”

Apple launched the iPhone X at a long-awaited press event last month, staged at its new Steve Jobs Theater. The phone will be available for pre-order from October 27.

Aside from facial recognition features—which allow you to unlock the phone with a scan of your face, and send animated emojis (animoji) to friends—the phone marks a design change for the iPhone in that it removes the “home” button, allowing for a larger screen, and a new ultra-high quality “super retina display.”

But the innovation comes with a price tag. The 64GB iPhone X will retail at $999, £999, and AU$1,579. The 256GB model will set you back $1,149, £1,149, or AU$1,829.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: iPhone X is the first iPhone I won’t buy on ‘day one’

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he’s not in a hurry to buy the next iPhone — even though he usually rushes out to upgrade on opening day.

“I’d rather wait and watch that one. I’m happy with my iPhone 8 — which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me,” Wozniak said, speaking from the sidelines of the Money 20/20 conference. “For some reason, the iPhone X is going to be the first iPhone I didn’t — on day one — upgrade to. But my wife will, so I’ll be close enough to see it.”

Wozniak — who is known to carry several new phones at once — made the remarks just ahead of preorder sales, which open on Oct. 27.

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For more than a year before it was released, the iPhone X was hailed as a revolutionary new form factor that could spark a “super cycle” of sales. The phone, unveiled in September, features an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch bright, sharp display, with a smaller chassis than the iPhone 8 Plus. It also has facial recognition.

But Wozniak also said he was skeptical that the Face ID feature would work the way it is supposed to.

Wozniak isn’t the only onlooker who’s uncertain about the new handset. Because the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X were not released at the same time this year, some analysts have struggled to get a handle on how well the phones will sell.

Surveys show that a high percentage of consumers plan to purchase a new iPhone in the next three months but that the iPhone 8 series is accounting for a smaller share of sales than the new iPhones this time last year, according to UBS analyst Steven Milunovich.

“This softness could be good or bad depending on whether users are waiting on the iPhone X,” Milunovich wrote in a Monday note.

Venture capitalist Gene Munster noted that Google searches for “iPhone” seem to have declined 10 percent year over year. But Munster said his firm’s surveys show “positive data points for Apple.”

“The release of the iPhone 8 was underwhelming compared to past iPhone launches, but this is not bad news for Apple. This year’s iPhone cycle will have its units and revenues split between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X,” Munster wrote. “Historically about half of the iPhones purchased in a given year are the most recently released model. This bodes well for iPhone revenue growth.”



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There have been all kinds of rumors flying around that the iPhone is outselling the iPhone 8 and that the iPhone X is having difficulty ramping up production, but putting the noise and clamor aside, Apple fans are impatiently waiting for the iPhone X to arrive at their local Apple Stores.

 

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A few new photos surfaced from a Reddit fan a few days ago and we’re presenting them below mixed in with some great photos from Mashable I had never seen before that I thought you might enjoy if you happened to miss them too.

 

A Reddit fan site talked about new photos of the Steve Jobs Theater on Friday and we were able to track them down and present them to you below.

 


The Steve Jobs Theater showroom continues with the Apple Park’s theme of a spaceship-like design as noted below. Here we see simple elegance, a white and grey finish with circular bands of lights that keep the focus on new Apple products. The glass rotating elevator gives the showroom that extra futuristic look.

 




 

Added Photos from Mashable

 

When the original Mashable photos of the theater were first published I missed them like so many others. Below is another round of wonderful photos of the Steve Jobs Theater to compliment those from Imgur, an image sharing site. From what I could gather, the Imgur images were credited on Reddit to a fan known as ajsayshello.

 



 

 



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