Verizon Moto G4 Play gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat after being stuck on 6.0.1 for a long time

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Motorola’s excellent track record with updating devices fell by the wayside as it became part of Lenovo and started releasing more device variants than anyone can keep track of each year. Nothing is better proof of that than the Moto G4 Play’s situation. The device, which was released on September of 2016, has been stuck on Marshmallow 6.0.1 for months and months as owners gave up on even getting an update.

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How to Remove Stuck Music Player Widget from iPhone Lock Screen

How to Remove Stuck Music Player Widget from iPhone Lock Screen

Recently, I found music player widget being stuck on the Lock screen. It was a bit annoying and sort of marred my music time. I tried a few solutions, and luckily one of them worked in removing the stuck music player widget from the iPhone Lock screen.

Have you experienced this issue as well? I assure that you will be able to resolve the problem by following the below-mentioned solutions. Head over to try them out!

How to Remove Stuck Music Player Widget from iPhone Lock Screen

How to Remove a Stuck Music Player Widget From your iPhone Lockscreen

The rule: start with the first solution and if it’s able to resolve the problem—Wonderful! If it fails to work, move to the next one and keep trying until you have found success.

Solution #1. Force Quit the Music App

One of the main villains of this issue could be the music app you recently used on your iOS device. Whether it’s Apple Music or Spotify, force quit it. Simply double-click the Home button to access App Switcher. Then, swipe up on the app card to kill the app.

On iPhone X, you need to swipe up from the bottom of the display and pause to bring up the app switcher. Next, locate the app you wish to close. Next up, tap and hold on it and then on the red minus icon to remove it.

Force Quit Apps on iPhone X

Once you have force-quit the music app, check out if the issue is fixed. If you don’t see music widget on the Lock screen, that means you have resolved the problem. If it’s still stuck there, move on to the next solution.

Solution #2. Reboot your iPhone

Try rebooting your device. This little trick comes handy in resolving many problems. Hence, it’d be wise to give it a chance as well.

Just press and hold the ON/OFF button on your iOS device and then swipe to power off. On your iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, you need to press and hold the side button and either volume up or down button. Then swipe to power off.

After your iOS device has restarted, the problem could be gone. If it has, great! If it hasn’t, head over to the next solutions…

Solution #3. Delete the Problematic Music App

It’s time to delete the problematic music app and reinstall it. You can delete not just third-party music app but also Apple’s music app. Simply touch and hold on the app. When it starts wiggling, tap on the “X” button. Then tap on Delete in the pop-up to confirm. Next up, click the Home button to get out of the edit mode.

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On your iPhone X, you need to tap on Done at the top right corner to stop apps from wiggling.

Solution #4. It could be a Bluetooth issue

Your car’s Bluetooth stereo might be behind this problem. At times, music widget tends to get stuck on the Lock screen even after you are out of your car or not using it anymore. Unpair both the devices and disconnect them from each other’s settings.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Tap on Bluetooth.

Step #3. Now, you need to tap on the “i” button next to your car stereo.

Step #4. Next, tap on Forget This Device and confirm.

Then, head over to your car stereo, open settings. Up next, unpair your iPhone and reboot it.

If this trick is able to troubleshoot the problem, huzzah! But if the music widget is still stuck, disconnect your device from all the Bluetooth accessories.

Solution #5. Restore Your Device

Having encountered this issue on a few occasions, I can say that you won’t have to take this radical step in most cases. But if none of the above-explained tricks have clicked for you, go for the kill and restore your device as new. Don’t forget to back up your iPhone or iPad before getting started.

Restore iPhone 8-8 Plus using iTunes

That’s done!

Wrapping up:

Let us know which one of the solutions helped you in troubleshooting this problem. If you have found any other trick (not mentioned above) of resolving it, do tell us about that as well in the comments below.

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A bill to put more self-driving cars on U.S. roads is stuck in the Senate

California’s own senator isn’t convinced the technology is ready.

An ambitious attempt by U.S. lawmakers to put more self-driving cars on the country’s roads has stalled out in the Senate, where some Democrats are raising new doubts about the technology.

For a few senior party lawmakers, the fear is that these computer-driven vehicles aren’t yet ready for major roadways or might be susceptible to cyber attacks. So they’re standing in the way of a Senate vote on the bill, demanding changes that they say are essential to protect riders’ safety.

Chief among the critics is Sen. Dianne Feinstein, whose state of California is a home base and critical testing ground for companies like Uber, Tesla and Google.

In December, Feinstein sounded off in early opposition to lawmakers’ self-driving car bill. And in an interview Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol, the Democratic lawmaker doubled down — stressing that she is “apprehensive as to whether we’re ready” for a world in which highly autonomous sedans share the road with humans.

“It seems to me that you have to have a period of time where these cars are put on roads, but not necessarily heavily impacted California freeways that are going 65 to 75 miles an hour,” she said. “That’s my view, and I’m a driver, and I know I wouldn’t feel very comfortable.”

In California, though, Google search giant’s self-driving car division, Waymo, racked up roughly 636,000 miles’ worth of rides on local roads just last year. In a sign of the stakes, the company even paid Feinstein a visit in Washington, D.C., this week to try to pitch her on the technology.

“People need to be assured, and they need to be assured over time,” Feinstein told Recode. “And you can’t just dump something on a freeway and have people looking over saying, ‘My God, there’s no driver.’”

Members of Congress first set their sights on autonomous vehicles this spring, beginning in the House. Lawmakers there specifically sought to help tech giants and automakers obtain special exemptions so that they could test droves of new experimental vehicles around the country — without adhering to the same safety standards that apply to older cars. Their bill, called the Self-Drive Act, won swift, broad approval from House Democrats and Republicans alike.

But the Senate has squabbled a bit more over its own proposal, the AV START Act. Since last fall, chamber pols have raised a litany of objections, from the protections afforded to driver data collected by cars to the effects they might have on the trucking industry.

And when architects like Republican Sen. John Thune sought to bring the bill up for a speedy, final vote, some skeptical Democrats and Republicans intervened to hit the brakes, placing official holds on the measure that prevented it from being considered and approved.

Among those expressing skepticism at the time was Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who told Recode in a statement that autonomous-driving technology is still “an emerging and unproven technology.”

“As it stands, this bill does not include enough protections to keep drivers, passengers and pedestrians safe,” he said in December, “but I’m hopeful we can strengthen these safeguards while allowing for limited testing and continued innovation.” His office did not comment this week as to whether the senator remains opposed.

Last month, Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey similarly raised a formal objection with the bill. And on Thursday, an aide to the Democratic lawmaker said he still has his doubts — and aims to “strengthen provisions in the bill related to automotive defects, cyberattacks, and consumer privacy, especially on the privacy provisions.”

Despite those setbacks, the authors of self-driving car legislation said this week that they’re hopeful. “We’re willing to work with people who have objections, and address their concerns, if it can be done in a way that doesn’t undermine the purpose and the basic framework of the legislation,” Thune told Recode in an interview.

But even he acknowledged that the toughest roadblock of all might be Feinstein.

“I don’t know if she’s asked for anything in particular; she just doesn’t like the bill,” he said of his Democratic colleague on Wednesday.


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Why artificial intelligence is stuck in the backseat


Let’s be honest, on a day-to-day basis, does anyone interface with artificial intelligence (A.I.) cool enough to merit all the hype? Unless you own a self-driving car or work for the NSA, the answer is probably “no”. But that is not to say that A.I. isn’t everywhere, because it is. It is at work whenever you get targeted with an ad online, when your phone autocorrects spelling mistakes, and when Facebook organizes your newsfeed. These applications of A.I. are helpful, but do not seem to merit the non-stop hype and fear mongering about robots taking over the world (or at…

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Blue Apron is stuck in a dangerous cycle that has nothing to do with Amazon

“Perishable food isn’t a widget, right?”

One of the clouds hanging over Blue Apron since its IPO has been the looming threat of what an Amazon-Whole Foods combination could mean for its business.

But when Blue Apron’s stock got hammered on Thursday, falling more than 17 percent by day’s end, that had nothing to do with it; it was the company’s disappointing financial forecast for the back half of the year that was the culprit.

The company is in the midst of a vicious cycle that goes something like this: Blue Apron is experiencing warehouse issues that are causing customer satisfaction issues that are causing retention issues that are causing marketing issues that are causing revenue issues.

Got that? Let’s go piece by piece, starting at the top.

Blue Apron announced on Thursday that it has encountered “unexpected complexities” with the opening of a new, highly automated warehouse in Linden, N.J., and that the transition from its previous New Jersey warehouse is taking longer than expected. (This probably explains the exit of the company’s co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Matthew Wadiak, which was announced just last month.)

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At the same time, Blue Apron has been adding new technology and processes to its other warehouses that require a lot of training.

“[W]e have over 5,000 employees who are all being trained in new processes and new systems that are more advanced than the systems that they are used to working with,” said CEO Matt Salzberg, who will sit for an interview at Recode’s Code Commerce event on September 13, on a call with analysts.

“There is … cost associated with that training of people who are not doing day-to-day proactive work while they’re being trained,” he added, “as well as impact from people who are doing work who are just early in their life cycle of being trained.”

The result has been mistakes that are hurting Blue Apron’s OTIF rates — that is, the percentage of orders that arrive on time and with all the correct ingredients (in full), the company said.

What happens when a new customer tries out Blue Apron for the first time and gets a late delivery or wrong ingredients? Yep, they bail.

And when Blue Apron’s new customers are bailing at a higher rate than before, Blue Apron’s marketing investments become less efficient. Or, said another way, the company wastes marketing dollars.

And when you’re a newly public company spending heavily on marketing as it is, you’re going to reduce marketing spend when you know it’s not going to be as effective as you would like.

But what happens when you plan to aggressively ramp down marketing, from 20 percent of revenue in the first half of the year to around 15 percent in the back half? Your revenue forecasts suffer.

Blue Apron generated $ 421 million in revenue in the second half of 2016; now, the company is only forecasting $ 380 million to $ 400 million for the second half of 2017. Ouch.

When you go from $ 80 million to $ 800 million in revenue in two years, stuff is bound to break. And for Blue Apron, it has.

“[W]hen you’re dealing with something like perishable food, it makes it even more complex because perishable food isn’t a widget, right?” Salzberg said on the analyst call. “Quality really matters. The kind of supply chain that you build really matters.”

The good news Blue Apron is trying to pitch to investors is that they believe most of the warehouse hurdles are behind them and that the new facility is taking on more and more of the company’s volume.

That trend will be crucial, since the company’s ability to roll out new product enhancements — like the choice of ordering two meals a week instead of three — is crucial to it building a sustainable business that can retain existing customers and attract new ones affordably.

But if unexpected warehouse issues can so disrupt operations once, how bad would things get if they aren’t fixed or happen again? With a market cap now under $ 1 billion, Blue Apron doesn’t want to find out.


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