March 19, 2018 brianradio2016

A self-driving Uber vehicle fatally struck a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Ariz., early Monday. The woman was walking outside a crosswalk, according to ABC 15 ; she was taken to a nearby hospital and died there. The vehicle was in autonomous mode when the crash occurred, but a vehicle…

March 19, 2018 brianradio2016

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Apple recently sent out invites to an event, where the company is expected to announce new products and services. The event is taking place in an entirely new city — and at a somewhat unusual venue.

Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s latest event.

Must read: Apple preps education event for Chicago

Apple’s March 27 event: When is it and where is it?

Apple’s event will take place on March 27 at 11am EST.

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Instead of holding the event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif., Apple is holding the event Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, Ill. The event invite specifically asks attendees to “Join us to hear new creative ideas for teachers and students.”

Education it is, then.

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Apple’s March 27 event: How to watch

Apple has yet to confirm if a livestream of the event will be available. In the past, however, you could tune into the event through Apple’s website or on an Apple TV via the Apple Events app.

Read also: Apple announces WWDC, opens registration for developers

Apple’s March 27 event: What to expect


With the event focused on education, we can expect Apple to announce new iPads. The biggest question about the upcoming iPads is whether they will be a new iPad Pro or more standard iPad that’s more affordable for the education industry.

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Just a few weeks ago, we reported Apple had two new iPads ready for release, thanks to filings with Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Previous reports have speculated Apple plans to release new iPad Pro models with its face-unlock feature, FaceID, later this fall.

Apple No. 2 Pencil

Beyond looking at the location of the event, the Apple logo on the invite itself screams Apple Pencil with its flowing lines.

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Since its debut, speculation about the Apple Pencil expanding to more devices, including the iPhone, has followed it. We could very well see a new Apple Pencil with expanded compatibility for lower-end iPads.


Apple’s classroom tools and coding apps should also see an update.

Currently, Apple’s Classroom service provides the means to manage students, classroom projects, lectures, and share iPads with multiple students. Additionally, the Swift Playgrounds app used to teach users how to code games and apps in a playful manner could see an update.

Read also: iOS 11.3 is coming: Get your iPhone and iPad ready for the upgrade

Given iOS 11.3 is currently in beta, and Apple’s history of releasing hardware alongside software updates, it’s almost a given we will see the release of iOS 11.3. Apple has updates ready for Apple TV, Macs, and the Apple Watch.

One of the more notable features in the upcoming OS release is the introduction of a new battery health tool. Through the tool, iPhone users can view battery health and whether the device is being slowed down. If that’s the case, the user can disable any throttling.

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Here’s how to disable Emergency SOS on iPhone and Apple Watch

Apple’s iOS 11 includes a great SOS feature for when you feel unsafe in an emergency, but you may want to disable the feature on your iPhone or Apple Watch to avoid accidentally calling 911.

iOS 11 is such a mess, Apple showcases a bug in latest iPhone X ad

iOS 11 bugs are now so commonplace that they appear in Apple’s ads for the iPhone X.

March 19, 2018 brianradio2016

Video: How to check if your iPhone battery needs to be replaced

When Apple released iOS 11 in the fall, it included a feature called Emergency SOS on iPhone and Apple Watch. It enables users to automatically call for help and alert contacts in the event of an emergency. If you hold down the iPhone’s side button and volume button long enough, emergency services will be contacted.

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ios11-iphone7-general-settings-emergency-sos.jpg Here’s how to disable auto emergency calls on iPhone and Apple Watch (Apple)

When Auto Call is enabled on an iPhone and an emergency call is started, your device begins a countdown and sounds a loud alert. After the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls 911 in the US.

Change the setting on iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings app in iOS.
  2. Tap Emergency SOS
  3. Turn Auto Call off or on.

Change the setting on Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap General > Emergency SOS.
  3. Turn off or on Hold to Auto Call.

Even with Auto Call disabled, you can still use the Emergency SOS slider to make a call after holding the side button and volume button on iPhone X and iPhone 8.

To make a call on iPhone 7 or earlier, rapidly press the side button five times, and the Emergency SOS slider will appear.

To make a call on Apple Watch, press and hold the side button on your wearable until the Emergency SOS slider appears.

The Verge recently reported several incidents of people triggering a call to emergency services unknowingly. Police responded in one case, and were apparently accustomed to the accidental calls.

In February, our sister site CNET detailed an influx in recent months of false alarm 911 calls to Sacramento, Calf., emergency dispatchers from an Apple repair center in nearby Elk Grove, Calif. Dispatchers receive as many as 20 accidental emergency calls a day from Apple.

Jamie Hudson, a police dispatcher, told CBS Sacramento:

“We’re able to see quickly where the call is coming from, so when we get one from Apple, the address will come up with their location.

The times when it’s greatly impacting us is when we have other emergencies happening and we may have a dispatcher on another 911 call that may have to put that call on hold to triage the incoming call.”

Apple responded in a February statement: “We’re aware of 911 calls originating from our Elk Grove repair and refurbishment facility. We take this seriously and we are working closely with local law enforcement to investigate the cause and ensure this doesn’t continue.”

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iOS 11 is such a mess, Apple showcases a bug in latest iPhone X ad

iOS 11 bugs are now so commonplace that they appear in Apple’s ads for the iPhone X.

The 10 best smartphones of 2018

CES and MWC are over and it’s time to clear the dust and see what smartphones are leading the pack this year.

March 19, 2018 brianradio2016

Think iOS is buggy? You’re not alone, and the bugs are now so commonplace that Apple didn’t even spot the cameo appearance of one in its latest ad for the iPhone X.

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The bug, which was spotted by the eagle-eyes of Benjamin Mayo of 9to5Mac, involves the text of an iMessage briefly appearing outside of the notification bubble on the lock screen.

What’s doubly embarrassing for Apple is that Mayo says that he reported this bug “months ago” and Apple closed the bug report.

Here’s the ad (the bug is briefly visible at the 50 seconds mark):

Here’s a closeup of the bug in action:

iOS 11 bug

iOS 11 bug

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this is a small thing. Compared to some of the bugs that iOS has suffered as of late (and for that matter, some of the bugs it still has), this is nothing. But it’s significant for a number of reasons:

  • First, it made it into an Apple ad
  • No one noticed the bug (or, alternatively, cared that it was visible)
  • It’s been reported for months and not fixed

A report earlier this year claimed that Apple was postponing some of the major features it had planned for iOS 12 in order to concentrate on fixing bugs in the code. That might be for the best, but it’s an indictment of Apple that it let things get into such a mess in the first place.

Just over the last few weeks of the year, we saw both macOS and iOS hit by several high profile bugs. And what’s worse is that the fixes that Apple pushed out themselves caused further problems.

And this is just a selection of the bugs that users have had to contend with over the past few months. I’ve written at length about how it feels like the quality of software coming out of Apple has deteriorated significantly in recent years.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, bugs happen. It’s a fact of life. But over the past few years we’ve seen a serious decline in the quality and cleanliness of the code coming out of Apple. And while it’s easy to make excuses for the many — many — visual bugs in iOS, it’s also hard to escape the fact that a lack of care over the small things leads to bigger and more serious problems.

Here’s what I wrote back in December of 2017:

“Apple owes a lot of its current success to its dedicated fanbase, the people who would respond to Windows or Android issues with ‘you should buy Apple, because that stuff just works.’ Shattering that illusion for those people won’t be good in the long term, which is why I think Apple needs to take a long, hard look at itself in the run up to 2018 and work out what’s been going wrong and come up with ways to prevent problems from happening in the future.”

That time is now.

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March 19, 2018 brianradio2016

ASP.Net Core provides support for various types of caching. In addition to in-memory caching and response caching, it provides built-in support for distributed caching. In one of my previous articles here, I discussed in-memory caching in ASP.Net Core. In this article we will examine how we can work with distributed caching in ASP.Net Core. We will discuss both supported implementations, i.e., using Redis as well as SQL Server as the cache stores.

What is a distributed cache

Distributed caches are used to improve the performance and scalability of applications. Typically, a distributed cache is shared by multiple application servers. In a distributed cache, the cached data doesn’t reside in the memory of an individual web server. Rather, this data is stored centrally so that it is available to all of the application’s servers. If any of the servers go down or stop responding, other servers will still be able to retrieve the cached data. Another advantage of a distributed cache is that the cached data survives server restarts. You can add or remove a server without impacting the cache or the cached data.

To take advantage of a distributed cache when working on ASP.NET Core applications, we will use the IDistributedCache interface. We’ll examine how the IDistributedCache interface differs from the IMemoryCache interface in the section that follows.

The IDistributedCache interface

March 19, 2018 brianradio2016

Google’s Android Oreo release is full of fresh flavor for your phone, but some of its most useful options are out of sight and easily overlooked.

Whether you’ve had Oreo for months or are just now getting a taste — like owners of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, whose Android 8.0 rollout is at long last kicking off as we speak — now’s a fine time to learn something new about what your device’s software can do. (And if you’re among the many still waiting and hoping your phone’s manufacturer gets its act together soon, hey, you can always save this page for future reference.)

So pour yourself a tall glass of milk and prepare to dunk into maximum productivity: Here are 18 advanced tips and tricks for Android 8.0 and 8.1, Oreo.

(Note that these tips are written specifically as they apply to Google’s core Android Oreo software. Many device manufacturers modify the operating system to put their own spin on the features and interface, which could result in some elements looking different or even being entirely absent on certain devices.)

March 18, 2018 brianradio2016

The Apple Watch Series 3, see our full review, is one of the best smartwatches available and if you have an iPhone there is nothing better.

Apple sells very expensive bands, but many of us want to switch them often to match clothes, activities, or for other occasions and that is why I am always on the lookout for affordable options.

Southern Straps has 10 $35 nylon styles and two $75 leather styles to choose from. Matthew sent along three nylon bands and the black leather band for me to try with my 42mm Apple Watch.

Note on the website that you get one free nylon band if you purchase two bands so that’s a great deal if you want a variety of bands for your Apple Watch.

March 18, 2018 brianradio2016

A data analysis firm employed by President Trump’s 2016 campaign tapped the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, allowing it to capitalize on the private social media activity of a large portion of the US electorate, reports the AP . One of the largest data leaks…