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Readers this week can exclusively save $ 1,000 on Apple’s Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro in Space Gray with an upgraded 2.9GHz processor and 512GB of storage space. Priced at just $ 1,899 after the discount, this deal also includes free shipping, and B&H will not collect sales tax in most states.
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CNN’s Christiane Amanpour needed a break — so she traveled the world, talking about sex

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Amanpour got the idea for “Sex and Love Around the World” while brushing her teeth.

Celebrated international TV journalist Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, knows where she was when she decided to make a show about sex: Brushing her teeth, listening to a radio story about the Syrian refugee crisis.

“What I thought was, ‘Self, you have done all this extreme reporting in the most extreme parts of the world,’” Amanpour recalled on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. “‘You’ve watched and reported individuals cope with sniping and shelling and genocide and disease and famine and natural disasters. You’ve told that story.’”

“As I was listening to this radio thing, I thought, ‘What about women and girls?’” she added. “What about how you live, how you maintain your dignity, how you maintain your intimate relations, how do you keep your partnership going? How does a mother keep her daughter safe and not off to some forced marriage? Do they talk about sex, mothers and girls in villages in Afghanistan?”

The resulting series, which premieres tonight on CNN, pointedly avoided the TV-ready world of sex workers and adult film stars, focusing on regular people in places like Berlin, Delhi and Japan. Speaking with Recode’s Kara Swisher in front of a live audience at South By Southwest 2018, Amanpour said the experience of filming it convinced her that men are “liberated to respect us as human beings.”

“We cannot do this without the support of our male relatives, our male bosses, our male friends, whoever it might be,” she said. “This is not women against men, men against women. This has to be the beginning of a real joining at the hip, to win this struggle once and for all.”

On the new podcast, Amanpour also talked about the era of “false news,” which she stressed did not begin with Donald Trump. However, the American president has weaponized falsehoods to the detriment of journalism, she said.

“[He] has therefore lowered the bar of what’s acceptable, in terms of treating journalists and fact, and has also empowered the worst kinds of leaders around the world, who have no respect for independent journalism or the truth,” Amanpour said, “That’s all a problem. Now we understand that, we just have to keep up the good fight. We all need to be implicated in this, we all need to be involved in this.”

When Swisher noted that the leading social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have resisted calling themselves media companies, Amanpour was surprised.

“Well, it’s just bullshit, isn’t it?” she said of YouTube’s aversion to the label. “And it’s just lies. When you’re under attack, you have to figure out how to get out the whole and fortify your boundaries. I don’t understand why they keep saying that and why they keep letting stuff happen to them. How much bad publicity can they take? How many devastating consequences in society do they want to be blamed for?”

If you like this show, you should also sample our other podcasts:

  • Recode Media with Peter Kafka features no-nonsense conversations with the smartest and most interesting people in the media world, with new episodes every Thursday. Use these links to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts.
  • Too Embarrassed to Ask, hosted by Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode, answers the tech questions sent in by our readers and listeners. You can hear new episodes every Friday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts.
  • And Recode Replay has all the audio from our live events, including the Code Conference, Code Media and the Code Commerce Series. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts.

If you like what we’re doing, please write a review on Apple Podcasts — and if you don’t, just tweet-strafe Kara.

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Android Head Of Security Claims The Platform Is “Now As Safe As The Competition”

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Google’s 2017 Android Security report is out, and alongside it, the company’s head of Android security David Kleidermacher has claimed that Android is now “as safe as the competition” despite high profile security issues that have dogged the platform for years, including the past 12 months.

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Sunday debate: Notch vs full bezel

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Ivan: The notch gives character. When the Apple iPhone X came out in the Fall of last year we were split on “The Notch” and the controversy hasn’t stopped ever since. I’m pretty sure most people (along with my colleague at the opposite end of this argument) find the notch ugly and pointless. But I find it kind of attractive, weird as that may sound to most people. It gives the iPhone X a character of its own, a face even. It’s an iconic design already, much like the round home button was. I’ve subsequently bought an iPhone X and I’ve not once found the notch a hindrance…. – Latest articles

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Nissan’s electric SUV concept will enter production

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Nissan's current electric car lineup revolves almost exclusively around the Leaf, but it's ready to diversify its selection. The company's European design chief Mamoru Aoki has revealed to Autocar that a production version of the IMx concept SUV (abo…
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iOS 11.3 inches closer to launch with sixth beta

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The public launch of Apple’s biggest iOS update in 2018 so far might be just a few weeks away, now that developers just received another beta build for iOS 11.3. Apple seeded iOS 11.3 beta six to developers this morning, bring a bunch of bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements to the iPhone and iPad. Developers […]

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Apple’s New Patent Discusses the Possibility of Replacing Physical Keyboards with Touch-Based Capacitive Keyboards

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Apple has filed a new patent with the USPTO, detailing a capacitive keyboard that can work just like a physical keyboard. However, there are a few challenges to conquer before bringing this into fruition as Apple mentions in the patent filing. Apple recently talked about developing a crumb-resistant keyboard in a patent filing. Continue reading
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Charge your phone on the way to your destination with iOttie’s $42 QI Wireless Car Mount

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Stay safe and charged up with the iOttie Easy One Touch.

iOttie’s Easy One Touch QI Wireless Car Mount is on sale for only $ 42.46 at Amazon right now when you enter the promo code S9SAVE15 at checkout. That saves you $ 8 off its regular price which hardly ever sees a discount.

This phone mount features wireless charging and can fit most devices securely. It has a telescopic arm that can extend up to eight inches and pivot up to 255 degrees. It also has a built-in USB port so you can charge a second device with it.

Almost 450 reviewers rated this item with 3.9 out of 5 stars at Amazon.

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Review: RAVPower HyperAir 7.5-Watt Wireless Chargers

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We’re starting to see more 7.5-watt wireless chargers hitting the market, and RAVPower is another popular charging accessory manufacturer that’s getting into the mix. RAVPower’s previous Fast Wireless Charger has been one of my favorite chargers for the iPhone X, but the company has also been working on improvements leading to a recently launched series of chargers under “HyperAir” branding. The lineup includes flat charging bases, a charging stand, and even a power bank that can wirelessly charge your iPhone.

RAVPower promotes its new HyperAir accessories as supporting both 7.5-watt iPhone and 10-watt Android charging with optimal efficiency, using intelligent temperature monitoring and improved heat dissipation to maintain charging speeds for longer periods of time.

RAVPower notes that the iPhone uses a narrow fixed frequency for its wireless charging, and HyperAir chargers are optimized to match that frequency for fast charging. Upon placing an iPhone on a HyperAir charger, the charger quickly identifies the device and optimizes its charging profile, allowing for a complete charge in two and a half to three hours.

I’ve been testing three different types of chargers from the HyperAir lineup, and I’ve come away impressed with several of them. I’m always on the lookout for stand-style chargers, and the new HyperAir stand is a good one. It has an unobtrusive black finish but with a little bit more style than Anker’s stands, with rear and bottom supports that appear distinct from the main body, and it’s completely silent with no integrated fan. The lack of active cooling could result in temperature issues, but RAVPower’s temperature sensing and management technology helps overcome some of those challenges.

RAVPower HyperAir stand

In my testing, the HyperAir stand charged my iPhone X battery from 10 percent to 51 percent in an hour, well ahead of most other chargers and second only to Anker’s new PowerWave stand in that metric.

RAVPower HyperAir stand

A horizontal LED on the front of the stand pulses green during charging, briefly shines solid red when first plugged in, and can flash red if there’s a charging problem.

RAVPower HyperAir pad

I also tested RAVPower’s HyperAir pad, and somewhat surprisingly I found that it wasn’t able to charge my phone as quickly, reaching just 41 percent after an hour. That’s pretty much in line with charging speeds I’ve seen on many other chargers including those running at 5 watts, so I’m not entirely sure why it wasn’t quite able to match its stand sibling. The HyperAir pad is a fairly standard looking pad with a slim design and a similar horizontal LED to the one seen on the stand model, capable of shining green or red to let you know its status.

As with Anker’s PowerWave chargers, RAVPower’s HyperAir stand and pad each come with an 18-watt power adapter that supports the Quick Charge 3.0 standard. The chargers require a Quick Charge 3.0 adapter to function, and will not work with other power adapters or USB ports. RAVPower includes a really nice braided micro-USB cable in the box as well.

The HyperAir stand is normally priced at $49.99 and the pad at $39.99, but RAVPower is offering a special limited-time Amazon deal of 20 percent off for MacRumors readers, bringing the cost of the stand down to $39.99 with promo code MACRPC69 and the pad down to $31.99 with promo code MACRPC66.

In addition to the stand and pad, RAVPower’s HyperAir lineup also includes a 10,400 mAh portable power bank with built-in wireless charging pad, listed at $67.99 on Amazon but currently very short of stock. The power bank lets you charge up to two devices simultaneously, one wirelessly by setting your phone on top of the power bank and a second through a 2.4A USB port. At 10,400 mAh, there’s a decent amount of power available for charging multiple devices multiple times.

RAVPower HyperAir power bank

My charging test saw the power bank only push my iPhone X battery to 42 percent, which isn’t quite as good as some of the wired HyperAir and PowerWave chargers, but not bad considering this is for charging on the go.

Wireless charging on a power bank can be tricky if you’re out and about, as you need to keep the phone aligned with the charging pad, but if it works for your needs, this is a solid option and there aren’t a ton of these types of accessories on the market yet. The USB port also lets you fall back to wired charging if you need to charge without a stable surface around to set things up on. It feels like a pretty large price premium over standard power banks just to add wireless charging, but it might be worthwhile for some users.

The design is a fairly simple black plastic that’s nothing special, but it does the trick and has a non-slip surface for charging pad. There’s an LED on the side that lets you know the wireless charging status with the same green and red colors as the other HyperAir chargers, and the charging state of the power bank itself can be determined from a set of four small blue LEDs on the top surface. RAVPower includes a flat micro-USB cable and a USB-C to micro-USB adapter in the box, but there’s no included power adapter. RAVPower recommends you use at least a 2A adapter for maximum recharging speed.

RAVPower tells me it is applying to the WPC for Qi certification on these new chargers and hopes to receive it by the end of next month.

Note: RAVPower provided the wireless chargers to MacRumors free of charge for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon and may earn commissions on purchases made through links in this article.

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Apple sends out invitations to developers for workshop in Paris

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Apple has begun sending out a limited number of invitations to a developer workshop. It’ll be held next week at the Station F start-up incubator in Paris.



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