‘It’s Been a Rout’: Apple’s iPhones Fall Flat in World’s Largest Untapped Market

Global smartphone sales are flattening, which is why Apple and others are looking to India and its millions of newly minted consumers for growth. Yet the tech giant’s market share is falling, revenue is coming in well below expectations and its top leadership ranks are in turmoil.
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Apple’s top new iOS 11 features 

Apple’s top new iOS 11 features Apple announced new features at the WWDC 2017. Here are the top 10 features to look out for this fall: The Apple Pay Cash Card will let users pay and receive peer-to-peer money transactions in iMessage. Siri will be able to translate in various languages, like English, French, Chinese, German, Spanish and Italian. Siri Male and Female voice get an update to sound more natural. “Intelligence” feature will let Siri make suggestions on what you might find interesting. Users will be able swipe up to get access to the redesigned control center, and use 3D touch to expand the options. …



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Here’s what’s new: Apple’s High Sierra 

Here’s what’s new: Apple’s High Sierra At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017, Apple claimed that the new macOS High Sierra will have the fastest desktop browser to date. Safari is said to be 80 percent faster than Chrome, and will have an autoplay blocking feature. For those who are concerned about Internet privacy, High Sierra will have an Intelligent Tracking Prevention tool. Mail also got a few updates, including “Top Hits” in Spotlight, and Split View keeps messages you are replying to on the right side and mail on the left. One of the most promising updates is designed to speed up the file system. …



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Here’s The Diabolical Plot Behind Apple’s Ever-Changing MacBook Chargers

That new Macbook is pretty sweet, huh?

No, not that one. The new, new Macbook — you know, the one with the radically different charger port for no apparent reason.

Oh, wait. There is a reason: “Because f**k you, that’s why!” So say the comedians at College Humor, who put together this satirical video explaining Apple’s eagerness to poke you in the eye.
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When We Picked Apples Last Autumn

When We Picked Apples Last Autumn


At twenty-eight, Josh Adams has more than a few secrets and personal demons. Hes an international traveler and doesnt think hell ever be ready for the serious attention handsome and heroic airline pilot Benny Mills is ready to pay him. Their shared near-death experience seems to clarify everything for Benny, who wants nothing more than to share his stunning home in an idyllic Wisconsin apple orchard with Josh. Benny offers commitment and a contented life of peaceful, loving comradeship far from the high-flying hazards of foreign travel. But for sexy love-em-and-leave-em-hot Josh, only another life-and-death adventure can convince him that the smoking heat of their mutual attraction is destined to be more than a hit-and-run entertainment. With time running out, finding refuge from his increasingly dangerous world just might be what Josh needs after all. Especially when his and Bennys very lives depend on it.

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Aisle View: Four Bites of the Apples

The greatness of Richard Nelson’s The Apple Family Plays (now at the Public, with all four in rep through December 15) is not that the author manages to weave them around four pivotal dates in his characters’ — and his audiences’ — lives. This is a portrait, in four slices, of an American family. Not a typical American family, mind you. These are upper middle class, New York liberals: Baby Boomers dealing with life, family, death, and politics 60 years after the Boom.

The events in question certainly lend the plays an immediacy. That Hopey Changey Thing — titled borrowed from a Dangerous-to-Democrats political rabble-rouser of the time — took place, and opened, on Election Night 2010 (the night the Republicans and their Tea Party won the House). Sweet and Sad occurred on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Last fall’s Sorry, again, centered on and opened on Election Day, 2012. (Obama beat Romney.) The final installment, Regular Singing, opened last Friday, the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The sheer feat of writing these plays before the fact — all started previewing prior to the actual event, with playwright/director Nelson making changes to keep up with fast-changing current events — is beyond impressive, especially when things turned out so well.

But The Apple Family Plays are about family, in this case a family as American as apples. (Nelson — with a bow to Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya: Scenes from Country Life — subtitles his Apple plays Scenes from Life in the Country.) The leader of the family — at least during the seven hours or so of playing time, or maybe due to the power of Maryann Plunkett’s performance — is Barbara, a schoolteacher who lives in Rhinebeck, New York. She shares her house with her divorced sister Marian (Laila Robbins) –also a schoolteacher — who moved in between the first and second plays. Younger sister Jane (Sally Murphy) is a writer, who lives apart but is closely tied to her sisters. Richard (Jay O. Sanders), the man of the family, is a lawyer who drifts from job to job and talks a good game but can’t really win a point against the Apple girls. They are joined by Uncle Benjamin, a famous former actor (Jon DeVries), and Jane’s boyfriend Tim (Stephen Kunken), a nonfamous actor who as of last week — when Regular Singing takes place — was working as a waiter at the Beekman Arms.

Regular Singing is built around an unseen guest: Marian’s ex-husband Adam, who is not a character in any of the plays, is dying in a room upstairs. (Given a brief life expectancy by his doctor, he determined to stay alive until the day of the Kennedy anniversary — just about the only not-quite-convincing aspect in Nelson’s four plays.) This, understandably, brings up numerous family issues, including the unexplained suicide of Marian and Adam’s twenty-year-old daughter between the first two plays. At the same time, the three sisters are worried about their failing uncle — who was moved to an assisted living facility after Sorry — and their flailing brother, who is now working in Albany and sprinkles the evening with Cuomo jokes that are far more interesting to him than to anyone else.

The acting company has played a key role in the creation of the plays; one feels that by the third Nelson was writing not only for the characters but for the actors playing the characters. Ms. Plunkett — who is best remembered hereabouts as a wisp of a thing singing, dancing, and winning a Best Actress Tony Award opposite Robert Lindsay in the 1986 Me and My Girl — gives a monumental performance as the bedrock of the family. She is matched by Mr. Sanders. (Given the thrust staging of the play, I spent at least 20 minutes of the play directly behind Sanders seated at a table. Who knew that you could fully feel the strength of a performance by staring at someone’s back?) Robbins — distracted by her estranged, dying husband upstairs and the ghost of her daughter in the kitchen — gives yet another impressive performance.

The current Public productions of all four plays in rotation bring two newcomers to the group. Ms. Murphy makes a winning Jane, tiptoeing around one of the never-to-be-answered skeletons in the family cupboard (which is to say, is favorite Uncle Benjamin actually her father?). Mr. Kunken has the largest shoes to fill, those of Shuler Hensley who is presently supporting the Messrs. McKellen and Stewart in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land. (When Hensley was unavailable last year for Sorry, his character was simply said to be out-of-town doing a show.) Kunken is fully equal to the rest as this member of the family who is not quite a member of the family. The prize of the evening, though, is DeVries as the gentle elder struggling with severe memory loss, smiling graciously when the memories slip away from him.

The political landmarks are the posts on which Nelson’s four plots are staked, but it is the interwoven strands of character and family history that make The Apple Family Plays so very moving. And they are what make the plays viable individually; viewing all four in succession will obviously add to your comprehension, but they more than stand on their own. (I would select Sorry as the most indispensable, with Regular Singing a close second.) Taken alone or as whole, they mark a distinct peak in modern-day American playwriting. There are obvious parallels to Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle and Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County, not only in familial subject matter but in quality. And that’s a mighty strong group to be in.
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