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HOMEKIT:
TECHNOLOGY FOR
THE REAL WORLD
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NEXT BIG LEAP
FOR APPLE:
AUGMENTED REALITY
APPLE POSTS
STRONG 3Q, PROVIDES
UPBEAT FORECAST
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LAURENE POWELL JOBS,
STEVE JOBS’ WIDOW,
BUYS THE ATLANTIC
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TESLA DELIVERS FIRST LOWER-COST MODEL 3 CARS 08
INTEL’S 2Q RESULTS TOP ANALYST VIEWS, LIFTING STOCK 28
HUNDREDS SHOW UP FOR JOBS AT AMAZON WAREHOUSES IN US CITIES 32
THREAT OF A BITCOIN SPLIT AVOIDED, FOR NOW 44
SPRINT POSTS RARE PROFIT, SAYS A DEAL MAY BE COMING SOON 74
HBO PROGRAMMING STOLEN IN CYBERATTACK 78
IS THERE FINALLY SOME RELIEF FROM ANNOYING ROBOCALLS? 80
DISCOVERY AND SCRIPPS SEEK TO TIE UP IN $12 BILLION TV DEAL 90
‘DUNKIRK’ CONQUERS BOX OFFICE FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK 114
GAME OF THRONES: DOESN’T ANYONE HERE WANT TO MAKE ANY MONEY? 124
JIM PARSONS HAILS ‘YOUNG SHELDON’ STAR AS ‘IN CONTROL’ KID 130
FATHER, SON PREPARE FOR ECLIPSE AFTER MISSED 1979 VIEWING 134
JUDGE RECOMMENDS CONTESTED GIANT HAWAII TELESCOPE FOR PERMIT 140
CLIMATE CHANGE BEFORE YOUR EYES: SEAS RISE AND TREES DIE 156
COMPANIES SAY APPLE REMOVED THEIR PRIVACY APPS FROM CHINA 164
INDONESIA LIFTS THREAT TO BAN ENCRYPTED APP TELEGRAM 166
DON’T TRY THIS: THIEVES STEAL iPHONES FROM MOVING TRUCK 172
TOP 10 APPS 94
iTUNES REVIEW 98
TOP 10 SONGS 146
TOP 10 ALBUMS 148
TOP 10 MUSIC VIDEOS 150
TOP 10 TV SHOWS 152
TOP 10 BOOKS 154
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TESLA DELIVERS
FIRST LOWER-COST
MODEL 3 CARS
Tesla Inc. has finally made its long-promised
affordable electric car. But it could take years to
get it to all the people who want to buy it.
Tesla delivered the Model 3 small car to its first
30 customers - all employees - at a company
party Friday (29) night. CEO Elon Musk said
Tesla will build the cars as fast as it can, but
acknowledged that supply issues and other
complexities will make it tough to reach his goal
of making 500,000 cars next year. Fourteen-yearold Tesla has never made more than 100,000
cars in a year.
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“We’re going to go through at least six months
of manufacturing hell,” Musk told reporters
Friday at Tesla’s Fremont factory. “It’s going to be
quite a challenge to build this car.”
With its $35,000 starting price - half the cost
of Tesla’s previous models - and range of up to
310 miles (498 km), the Model 3 could bring
hundreds of thousands of customers into the
automaker’s fold, taking it from a niche luxury
brand to the mainstream.
Musk said around 500,000 people worldwide
have already put down a $1,000 deposit to
reserve a Model 3. People ordering a car now
likely won’t get it until late 2018. Cars will go first
to employees and customers on the West Coast;
overseas deliveries start late next year, and righthand drive versions come in 2019.
The Model 3 has long been part of Palo Alto,
California-based Tesla’s plans. In 2006, Musk said
Tesla would eventually build “affordably priced
family cars” after establishing itself with highend vehicles like the Model S, which starts at
$69,500. This is the first time many Tesla workers
will be able to afford a Tesla.
“It was never our goal to make expensive cars.
We wanted to make a car everyone could buy,”
Musk said. “If you’re trying to make a difference
in the world, you also need to make cars people
can afford.”
For the base price, customers will get a Model 3
with 220 miles (322 km) of range. But the price
can rapidly increase from there. Black is the only
standard color, for example; any other color is
$1,000 extra. A fully loaded Model 3 with 310
miles of range and Tesla’s full semi-autonomous
Autopilot system costs a hefty $59,500.
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That could be a stretch for some buyers,
especially since there are limits on the $7,500
U.S. tax credit for electric cars. Once an
automaker sells 200,000 electric cars in the
U.S., the credit phases out. Tesla has already
sold more than 126,000 vehicles since 2008,
according to estimates by WardsAuto, so not
everyone who buys a Model 3 will be eligible.
Potential customers also could lose faith if
Tesla doesn’t meet its aggressive production
schedule, or if the cars have quality problems
that strain Tesla’s small service network. The
compact Model 3 may not entice a global
market that’s increasingly shifting to SUVs,
including all-electric SUVs from Audi and others
going on sale soon.
“There are more reasons to think that it won’t
be successful than it will,” says Karl Brauer, the
executive publisher for Cox Automotive, which
owns Autotrader and other car buying sites.
But Musk says Tesla worked hard to make the
Model 3 simpler and cheaper to make than
Tesla’s previous vehicles. It has one dashboard
screen, not two. It doesn’t have the fancy door
handles that caused problems on the Model S,
or the gull-wing doors of the Model X SUV.
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It’s made primarily of steel, not aluminum. It
has no instrument panel; the speed limit and
other information normally there can be found
on the center screen. It doesn’t even have a key
fob; drivers can open and lock the car with a
smartphone or a key card.
Tesla’s fans are confident. Robin Santucci was
one of the first in line to order a Model 3 at the
Santa Monica, California, Tesla store in March
2016. He still doesn’t know when he’ll get a car
or exactly what it will look like, but he’s already
installed charging equipment in his garage.
“I believe in the vision Tesla has,” said Santucci,
who works in digital advertising.
Sam Abuelsamid, a senior researcher with
Navigant Research, said even if it doesn’t meet
its ambitious targets, Tesla has done more than
anyone to promote electric vehicles.
“A decade ago they were a little more than golf
carts. Now all of a sudden, EVs are real, practical
vehicles that can be used for anything,” he said.
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NEXT BIG LEAP
FOR APPLE:
AUGMENTED
REALITY
Apple’s iPhone may be ready for its next big
act - as a springboard into “augmented reality,”
a technology that projects life-like images into
real-world settings viewed through a screen.
If you’ve heard about AR at all, it’s most likely
because you’ve encountered “Pokemon Go,” in
which players wander around neighborhoods
trying to capture monsters only they can see
on their phones. AR is also making its way into
education and some industrial applications,
such as product assembly and warehouse
inventory management.
Now Apple is hoping to transform the
technology from a geeky sideshow into a massmarket phenomenon. It’s embedding AR-ready
technology into its iPhones later this year,
potentially setting the stage for a rush of new
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apps that blur the line between reality and digital
representation in new and imaginative ways.
“This is one of those huge things that we’ll look
back at and marvel on the start of it,” Apple
CEO Tim Cook told analysts during a Tuesday
conference call. Many analysts agree. “This is the
most important platform that Apple has created
since the app store in 2008,” said Jan Dawson of
Jackdaw Research.
There’s just one catch: No one can yet point
to a killer app for AR, at least beyond the yearold (and fading) fad of “Pokemon Go.” Instead,
analysts argue more generally that AR creates
enormous potential for new games, homeremodeling apps that let you visualize new
furnishings and decor in an existing room,
education, health care and more.
For the moment, though, we’re basically stuck
with demos created by developers, including
a “Star Wars”-like droid rolling past a dog
that doesn’t realize it’s there; a digital replica
of Houston on a table ; and a virtual tour of
Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom .
AUGMENTING THE iPHONE
At Apple, the introduction of AR gets underway
in September with the release of iOS 11, the next
version of the operating system that powers
hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads
around the world
Tucked away in that release is an AR toolkit
intended to help software developers create
new AR apps.
Those apps, however, won’t work on just any
Apple device - only the iPhone 6S and later
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ChaiOne Houston ARkit
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models, including the hotly anticipated
next-generation iPhone that Apple will release
this fall. The 2017 iPad and iPad Pro will run AR
apps as well.
Apple isn’t the only company betting big on AR.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg talked up
the technology at a company presentation in
April, calling it a “really important technology
that changes how we use our phones.” Apple
rivals such as Google and Microsoft are also
starting to deploy AR systems .
WAITING FOR APPLE’S NEXT BIG THING
Apple has been looking for something to
lessen its dependence on the iPhone since the
2011 death of its co-founder CEO Steve Jobs,
the driving force behind the company’s
innovation factory.
Cook thought he had come up with a
revolutionary product when Apple began selling
its smartwatch in 2015, but the Apple Watch
remains a niche product.
For now, the iPhone remains Apple’s dominant
product, accounting for 55 percent of Apple’s
$45.4 billion in revenue during the three months
ended in June. The total revenue represented a
7 percent increase from the same time last year.
Apple earned $8.7 billion, up 12 percent from
last year.
AN AR EXPLOSION ... MAYBE
Tim Merel, managing director of technology
consulting firm Digi-Capital, believes Apple’s
entry into AR will catalyze the field. His firm
expects AR to mushroom into an $83 billion
market by 2021, up from $1.2 billion last year.
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That estimate assumes that Apple and its rivals
will expand beyond AR software to high-tech
glasses and other devices, such as Microsoft’s
HoloLens headset.
For now, though, nothing appears better suited
for interacting with AR than the smartphone.
Google already makes AR software called Tango
that debuted on one Lenovo smartphone last
year and will be part of another high-end device
from Asus this month.
But it will be years before Tango phones are as
widely used as iPhones, or for that matter, iPads.
Most of those devices are expected to become ARready when the free iOS 11 update hits next month.
Nearly 90 percent of Apple devices powered by
iOS typically install the new software version
when it comes out. Assuming that pattern
holds true this fall, that will bring AR to about
300 million Apple devices that are already in
people’s hands.
BEYOND THE iPHONE
If the new software wins over more AR fans as
Apple hopes, analysts figure that Apple will
begin building AR-specific devices, too.
One obvious possibility might be some kind of AR
glasses tethered to the iPhone, which would allow
people to observe digital reality without having to
look “through” a phone. Once technology allows,
a standalone headset could render the iPhone
unnecessary, at least for many applications.
Such a device could ultimately supplant
the iPhone, although that isn’t likely to
happen for five to 10 years, even by the
most optimistic estimates.
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INTEL’S 2Q
RESULTS TOP
ANALYST VIEWS,
LIFTING STOCK
Intel Corp. more than doubled its second-quarter
profit as sales of its personal computer chips
strengthened and the company made further
inroads in promising new areas of technology.
The world’s largest chipmaker also brightened
its outlook for the remainder of the year.
The report released last week drew a lukewarm
reaction from investors as Intel’s stock edged up
13 cents to $35.10 in extended trading.
Intel earned $2.81 billion, or 58 cents per share
during the three-month period ended July 1.
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That compared to net income of $1.33 billion, or
27 cents per share, at the same time last year.
If not for one-time items unrelated to its
ongoing business, Intel said it would have
earned 72 cents per share. That figure
exceeded the average estimate of 68 cents
per share among analysts surveyed by Zacks
Investment Research.
Intel’s revenue rose 9 percent from last
year to $14.76 billion, above the average
analyst estimate of $14.41 billion, according to
Zacks. Last year’s revenue included a security
division that Intel has since spun off into a
separate company. If Intel hadn’t owned that
division last year, revenue for the latest period
would have been up by 14 percent, according
to the company.
Sales in Intel’s division that includes personal
computer chips posted revenue of $8.2 billion,
up 12 percent from last year’s second-quarter.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the company’s
efforts to expand into product lines catering
to the still-developing fields of artificial
intelligence and self-driving cars are also
gaining momentum.
For the current quarter ending in early October,
Intel expects its per-share earnings to range
from 75 cents to 85 cents, above analyst
estimates. Intel also raised its earnings estimates
for the entire year.
The Santa Clara, California, company said it
expects revenue in the range of $15.2 billion to
$16.2 billion for the fiscal third quarter. Analysts
surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of
$15.35 billion.
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HUNDREDS
SHOW UP FOR
JOBS AT AMAZON
WAREHOUSES IN
US CITIES
Hundreds of people showed up Wednesday for
a chance to pack and ship products to Amazon
customers, as the e-commerce company held a
giant job fair at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.
Though it’s common for Amazon to ramp up
its shipping center staff in August to prepare
for holiday shopping, the magnitude of the
hiring spree underscores Amazon’s growth
when traditional retailers are closing stores
- and blaming Amazon for a shift to buying
goods online.
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Amazon planned to hire thousands of people on
the spot. Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 packing,
sorting and shipping jobs at Amazon will be full
time. Most of them will count toward Amazon’s
previously announced goal of adding 100,000
full-time workersby the middle of next year.
The bad news is that more people are likely to
lose jobs in stores than get jobs in warehouses,
said Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown
University’s Center on Education and
the Workforce.
On the flip side, Amazon’s warehouse jobs
provide “decent and competitive” wages and
could help build skills.
“Interpersonal team work, problem solving,
critical thinking, all that stuff goes on in these
warehouses,” Carnevale said. “They’re serious
entry-level jobs for a lot of young people,
even those who are still making their way
through school.”
The company is advertising starting
wages that range from $11.50 an hour in
Chattanooga, Tennessee, to $13.75 an hour
in Kent, Washington, near Amazon’s Seattle
headquarters. The $11.50 rate amounts to
about $23,920 a year. In Washington state, the
current minimum wage is $11.50 but by 2020
this will increase to $13.50. By comparison,
the warehouse store operator Costco raised its
minimum wage for entry-level workers last year
to $13 to $13.50 an hour.
Many of the job candidates Wednesday were
looking to supplement other income.
Rodney Huffman, a 27-year-old personal trainer,
said the $13-an-hour job in Baltimore would pay
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enough to help cover bills while he starts his
own company.
“I’m looking to do the night shifts and then run
my own company during the day,” he said.
At one warehouse - Amazon calls them
“fulfillment centers” - in Fall River, Massachusetts,
the company hired 30 people on the spot in
the first two hours. Amazon was looking to
hire more than 200 people Wednesday, adding
to a workforce of about 1,500. Employees
there focus on sorting, labeling and shipping
what the company calls “non-sortable” items
- big products such as shovels, surfboards,
grills, car seats - and lots of giant diaper
boxes. Other warehouses are focused on
smaller products.
While Amazon has attracted attention for
deploying robots at some of its warehouses,
experts said it could take a while before
automation begins to seriously bite into its
growing labor force.
“When it comes to dexterity, machines
aren’t really great at it,” said Jason Roberts,
head of global technology and analytics for
mass recruiter Randstad Sourceright, which
is not working with Amazon on its jobs
fair. “The picker-packer role is something
humans do way better than machines
right now.”
Steve King, 47, a job candidate in Fall River,
agreed: “I don’t think robots are up to snuff
yet. I think they will be. Hopefully I can get
in before the robots get that good and
get above the robots in administration
or something.”
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In recent years, reports have emerged about
difficult working conditions at Amazon’s
warehouses, including deaths at two Amazon
warehouses in 2014. The company also came
under fire in 2011 for extreme heat at its
warehouses that caused “heat-related injuries”
among workers. Amazon said at the time that
it took emergency actions during heat waves
and subsequently installed cooling systems in
its warehouses.
But those who showed up Wednesday
were excited by the prospects of health
insurance and other benefits, as well as
advancement opportunities.
“I like to be busy, so I know Amazon is busy and
they want hard workers,” retired police officer
Brian Trice said.
Trice was among those who stood in line in
Baltimore on a hot day, as Amazon contractors
passed out bottles of water and an ice cream
truck played music nearby. In Fall River, a line
snaked out of the warehouse and under a tent.
Amazon is also holding events at shipping
sites in Etna, Ohio; Hebron, Kentucky; Kenosha,
Wisconsin; Robbinsville, New Jersey; Romeoville,
Illinois and Whitestown, Indiana. It’s also seeking
candidates for part-time positions in Oklahoma
City and Buffalo, New York.
Amazon is “insatiable when it comes to filling
jobs at warehouses,” Roberts said. He said
Amazon’s job offers could also help drive up
wages at nearby employers, including grocery
stores and fast-food joints.
“It has a relatively healthy effect in the
surrounding area,” he said.
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APPLE POSTS STRONG 3Q,
PROVIDES UPBEAT FORECAST
Apple’s earnings climbed 12 percent to $8.7
billion in the company’s latest quarter amid
rising demand for iPhones while the iPad
snapped out of nearly four-year sales slump.
Revenue increased 7 percent from last year to
$45.4 billion.
The fiscal third-quarter results announced
Tuesday exceeded analysts’ projections for the
period spanning from April to July 1.
Just as importantly, Apple predicted revenue
for its current quarter ending in September
will range from $49 billion to $52 billion.
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That’s better than Apple’s performance last
year when its popular line of iPhone 7 phones
came out.
The upbeat forecast is likely to ease concerns
that production problems might delay the
release of Apple’s next-generation iPhone,
which typically comes out in late September.
That model is expected to boast a higher-quality
screen and several other new features.
If the release of the next iPhone was going to be
delayed until October or even later, analysts were
expecting Apple to lower its revenue projections
for the current quarter to below $45 billion.
Luca Maestri, Apple’s chief financial officer,
declined to comment on the timing of the next
iPhone during an interview.
Besides a bigger and better screen, the next
iPhone is expected to include wireless charging
and facial recognition technology to unlock the
device, based on software coding that Apple
mistakenly leaked.
People are still snapping up the iPhone 7
and iPhone 7 Plus that came out last
September, according to Maestri. He said
those models are the main reason Apple sold
41 million iPhones in the past quarter, a 2
percent uptick from last year.
In a long-awaited turnaround, Apple sold
11.4 million iPads in the quarter, a 15 percent
increase from last year. It’s the first time
Apple’s quarterly sales of iPads have improved
from the previous year since the final three
months of 2013. Maestri cited Apple’s efforts to
sell more iPads in classrooms as the main reason
for the comeback.
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THREAT OF
A BITCOIN
SPLIT AVOIDED,
FOR NOW
On the eve of a major change in bitcoin, a
threat of a split in the digital currency has been
avoided - for now.
A move by users to force a change in the
computer code by Monday (31) has worked.
A majority of “miners” - the core bitcoin users
who verify bitcoin transactions around the
world - has signaled support. Though the
change is designed to improve capacity on the
increasingly clogged network, some miners had
objected because it could reduce transaction
fees they collect.
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The show of support has helped reverse a slide
in the value of bitcoin from around $1,900 two
weeks ago to roughly $2,800 on Monday.
However, some uncertainty still remains. A May
agreement between large bitcoin companies
effectively pushes the threat of a split off until
November. And one proposal to launch an
alternative currency, Bitcoin Cash, is sowing fears
of scam trades.
Here’s a look at the current dispute.
WHAT IS BITCOIN, AGAIN?
Bitcoin is a digital currency that’s not tied to
any bank or government . Like cash, it lets users
spend or receive money anonymously, or mostly
so; like other online payment services, it also lets
them do so over the internet.
The coins are created by miners, who operate
computer farms that verify other users’
transactions by solving complex mathematical
puzzles. These miners receive bitcoin in
exchange. It’s also possible to exchange bitcoin
for U.S. dollars and other currencies.
Bitcoin has been touted as a currency of the
future, but so far it hasn’t proven very popular as
a way to pay for goods or services.
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WHAT’S BEHIND THE FUSS?
In a word, speed.
The bitcoin network is limited in how quickly
it can shuffle around digital money. As bitcoin
has grown, payment delays have become more
common and worrisome.
Some software developers came up with a way
to speed things up by reengineering bitcoin’s
universal ledger, a file called the blockchain.
Supporters of the new method include Microsoft,
the bitcoin exchange Coinbase and a variety of
other bitcoin proponents who would like to see
the currency used more widely in commerce.
Reformers had threatened to stop recognizing
transactions confirmed by miners who hadn’t
adopted the upgrade.
WHAT WOULD A SPLIT MEAN?
Generally speaking, chaos - though mostly
limited to those who use or squirrel away
bitcoin. People who use bitcoin couldn’t be sure
which version they held, or what might happen
if they spent it or accepted bitcoin as payment.
Taking bitcoin, for instance, could leave you with
currency you couldn’t spend freely - and that
might disappear entirely if it ended up being the
“wrong” kind.
That’s one reason the community-supported
website Bitcoin.org had warned users not
to accept any bitcoin up to two days prior
to Monday’s deadline and to wait for
confirmation the situation had been resolved
before trading again.
But the change now has the support needed to
proceed, so a disruption isn’t likely this week.
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WHAT ARE THE REMAINING ISSUES?
A separate group of developers sought to solve
the speed issue by proposing a new currency
called Bitcoin Cash. It effectively rewards every
owner of bitcoin with an equal amount of the
new currency using a system that can handle
much higher volumes of trades.
But some digital currency exchange operatorsincluding Coinbase and Bitstamp - have said
they won’t support Bitcoin Cash. And Cornell
computer science professor Emin Gun Sirer says
savvy traders can game the system to create free
money for themselves.
Bitcoin Cash was slated to launch Tuesday. As
of Monday the price of Bitcoin Cash futures was
about one-tenth of bitcoin itself.
Meanwhile, major companies that came
together on the May agreement committed to
a second change by November that could still
result in a split of bitcoin into two incompatible
currencies if a significant number of miners
don’t agree.
“The big drama has thus been postponed,” Sirer
said in an email Monday.
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HOMEKIT HAS CHANGED THE GAME
In 2014, with the release of iOS 8, Apple
announced HomeKit, a new software
framework that allowed developers to
connect smart home technology to users’
smartphones. Users could design their rooms
and integrate smart-home appliances as and
when they wanted them and then enable
automatic actions using Siri and through taps
within apps.
Quickly, HomeKit (known as Apple Home on
iOS) became a hit, and today, despite criticism
from some technology bloggers, it has
dominated the smart home market. With vast
competition from the likes of Google Home
and Amazon Echo, there’s never been a better
time for Apple to up its smart home game
and make it easier for users to connect their
devices. But how does it work, and how can
you make the most out of HomeKit without
spending thousands of dollars on expensive
light bulbs and thermostats that replace your
cheaper legacy alternatives?
HOW HOMEKIT WORKS
If you’ve purchased your first HomeKit
compatible product, the chances are that
you’re curious as to how it works. Every
product that features the certification has
been tested by Apple for both its security and
functionality – and every product will connect
with devices like your Apple Watch and
iPhone so that you can control it using your
voice, Siri or a tap.
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Home App — Welcome Home
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LEGACY APPLIANCES VS.
SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY
Investing in smart technology can be expensive.
Indeed, you only have to visit the dedicated
HomeKit section of the Apple website to
see how pricey the technology can be. Add a
thermostat, a couple of ambiance bulbs and a
lock to your basket, and you can easily spend
a thousand dollars on making your home
easier to manage – without installation or
maintenance. Because of this, many people see
the technology as “something for the future”
and that, just like LCD and LED televisions, it
will one day be cheaper and more accessible.
For fans and enthusiasts, on the other hand, it’s
an expensive opportunity to become an “early
adopter” and pay for the privilege of accessibility
and innovation.
However, new technology is beginning to
enter the market which will make it easier than
ever to make your home smarter – without
spending a small fortune. The new Leviton
light controls system, for example, allows you
to control your existing lamps and lights from
the same place – and integrates HomeKit in an
invisible and easy-to-manage way. The device
removes the need to purchase separate smart
bulbs and install each one on your smartphone
– instead, it serves as a “middle man” between
legacy and new technologies.
Apple’s HomeKit has made it easier than
ever for developers to create these new
hybrid technologies and switchboards, which
effectively save you hundreds of dollars and
allow you to enjoy the same benefits of smart
technology without investing in new products
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for every room of your property. You can still
automate and control your home from your
smartphone – like monitor your temperature,
CO2, humidity, and smoke – but instead do
so without separate integrations. The Eve
Degree takes this one step further, and view
your temperature and humidity through a
screen, meaning that you won’t need to reach
for your iPhone every time you get too warm.
It works as a hybrid between smart and legacy
home technology.
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Elgato Eve Degree - Temperature
& Humidity Monitor
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Elgato Eve - Know your Home
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THE INTRODUCTION OF HOMEPOD
With competitors like Amazon and Google
already establishing their smart home hubs
Echo and Home, Apple was late to the game
when it announced the HomePod earlier this
year – but it proved that you don’t always
have to be first to be the best. Apple’s new
hub, which is expected to hit the market in
December, offers unmatched high-fidelity
sound, which is powered through seven
tweeters and a high-excursion woofer to
play a wide depth of deep, rich bass. It’s
this technology that sets the HomePod apart
from its competitors – but it, of course, offers
the same smart assistant and links with smart
home appliances as the Amazon Echo and
Google Home.
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When the hub launches, you’ll be able to ask
Siri to turn off your speaker or open your door,
and, although Apple hasn’t made any HomeKit
accessories of its own, there are thousands
of appliances that you’ll be able to pair it
with. Earlier this year, the firm introduced a
new ‘works with Apple HomeKit’ scheme,
allowing developers to use and test the
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technology before they invest in a license. Of
course, when developers want to send their
technology to market, they’ll need to submit
it to Apple for approval as part of their MFi
(Made for iPhone) licensing, but the changes
reduce the barrier to entry and make it easier
than ever for developers to invest in the Apple
Home platform.
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THE FUTURE OF HOMES
With the smart home hub market growing faster
than ever (the global market is expected to
clock in at $327 million by 2022), it’s clear that
the future of our homes is in technology. We can
already control our temperatures, music, and
lighting using our smartphones, watches, and
voices – but what will come next?
Humanoid robots are one of the latest
developments. Of course, you can already
purchase robot vacuum cleaners to keep
your home clean, and Germany has developed
a fully-robotic bartender named Carl, who’ll
serve you drinks as and when you request
them. But what if robots could do more – keep
your home clean, prepare your food, babysit
your children and walk your dog? The future
of robotics is exciting and opens an array of
opportunities. You only need to check out the
hit AMC show Humans to see just how much of
an impact robotic technology could have on our
everyday lives - but not all of that impact would
be positive, with many claiming that a humanrobot hybrid could blur the lines between
technology and human life.
Nowadays, we have more smart appliances
than ever before – refrigerators, washers, dryers,
and sensors all allow us to control what we do
with ease – and they make technology more
convenient. But the more devices we connect
to the internet, the more questions we have to
ask about our privacy and security. Do we really
want our refrigerator manufacturer to know
what we’re eating, when we’re eating it and how
often we restock? It may seem as though there’s
no harm in letting companies access such data,
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but giving them control over your shopping
habits and everyday choices, a la Amazon’s
smart ‘internet of things’ dash buttons, could
change the way we live and shop.
There are, of course, benefits to smart home
technology. Not only does the technology offer
convenience and time- and cost-savings, but
increased safety, too. Facial recognition software,
which is expected to be featured in the new
iPhone 8, could allow you keyless entry into
your home or workplace, and make it a safer
place for all involved.
Whatever the future holds for homes, it’s
clear that Apple’s HomeKit will play a role. As
brands invent new, more complex appliances,
they’ll look to players like Amazon and Apple
to integrate their technology. It’s obvious
that Apple is onto yet another winner with its
HomeKit and HomePod ecosystems – even if
they come a couple of years late to the party!
by Benjamin Kerry & Gavin Lenaghan
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SPRINT POSTS
RARE PROFIT, SAYS
A DEAL MAY BE
COMING SOON
Sprint said that it should be able to “strike a
deal” in the “near future,” driving up shares of the
fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier.
The Overland Park, Kansas, company also
posted its first quarterly profit in three years as it
cut costs.
Debt-heavy Sprint has been trying to turn its
business around, and CEO Marcelo Claure said
on a call with analysts Tuesday that it could
“sustain itself” alone. But he said that the cost
savings and potential benefits of hooking
up with another phone company or a cable
company would leave Sprint in a better position.
Claure said that “we think in the near future, we
should be able to strike a deal with one of the
different players.”
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Earlier this week, cable company Charter said
it was not interested in buying Sprint after
published reports said Sprint had proposed an
acquisition by Charter. Claure said he was “a
bit surprised” to see that announcement and
that Charter talks were part of a “bigger play.”
The company is having discussions with other
companies, he said. A deal with rival T-Mobile
has long been predicted.
Sprint has long sought a deal as it is unprofitable
and the wireless market has gotten more
competitive. Most Americans already have a
cellphone, and carriers have been trying to
lure them with discounts and the return this
year of unlimited-data plans. Sprint has offered
some big promotions recently, like a year of
free service.
In its latest quarter, Sprint added 88,000
customers that pay a monthly bill, its most
lucrative customers, versus 173,000 the year
before. It gained prepaid customers compared
with a loss the year before.
Overall, the company reported fiscal first-quarter
net income of $206 million, or 5 cents per share.
In the same period a year ago, it reported a net
loss of $302 million, or 8 cents per share.
The results beat Wall Street expectations for
a loss of 1 cent per share, according to Zacks
Investment Research.
Revenue rose about 2 percent to $8.16 billion,
missing the $8.19 billion analysts expected,
according to Zacks.
Shares of Sprint Corp. rose 82 cents, or 10
percent, to $8.80 in late morning trading.
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HBO
PROGRAMMING
STOLEN IN
CYBERATTACK
HBO has had some of its programming stolen in
what is being described as a cyber incident.
The company says that it is working with law
enforcement and cybersecurity firms.
HBO CEO Richard Pepler says in an email to
the network’s employees that “proprietary
information” was stolen in the hack. Spokesman
Jeff Cusson would not comment on which
specific TV episodes, movies or other video the
hackers made off with.
Hacking Hollywood can have significant
repercussions. Sony struggled in the aftermath
of its huge hack in 2014, which leaked employee
emails as well as films.
In April, a hacker claimed to have released
episodes of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”
before their release by the streaming site.
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IS THERE FINALLY
SOME RELIEF FROM
ANNOYING
ROBOCALLS?
For Michael Rizzo, answering the phone is too
often a waste of time.
His Sports City Pizza Pub in Buffalo, New York,
depends on customers calling to order wings,
pizza and potato skins. But much of the time,
it’s an automated message pushing a scam . “It’s
getting to the point where it’s blocking other
callers from coming in,” the 24-year-old bar
owner said.
Help is coming, if slowly. Over the past year,
prodded by the government, cellphones have
added new tools to counteract unwanted
“robocalls.” The Federal Communications
Commission has proposed letting phone
companies block more spam and is hoping to
deter scammers with big fines.
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Experts say these steps are not a cure-all, but
they’re a good start.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
The federal and state “Do Not Call” lists are
supposed to protect people from unwanted
calls from telemarketers. But scammers don’t
care about breaking the law.
Scammers reach people cheaply and easily
using “autodialers,” which spew out a large
number of calls automatically. It’s estimated that
Americans receive tens of millions of robocalls
every day. Not all of them are fraudsters, of
course. Pharmacies send automated messages
about prescriptions being filled. But too often,
it’s this: you owe the IRS money; it’s Microsoft
calling to fix your computer; free cruises!
And spam callers have tricky technology that
makes a phone’s caller ID display a local or
important-looking caller, like the IRS. Cracking
down on “spoofed” numbers would make
running a scam more difficult and save U.S.
consumers millions of dollars, a group of state
attorneys general said in an FCC filing.
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WHAT PHONE COMPANIES ARE DOING
Phone companies and independent apps can
screen or block unwanted calls by checking them
against databases of known problem numbers
and analyzing suspicious behavior, like a number
that’s calling lots of people on Do Not Call lists.
Wireless carriers also have tools that flag
incoming calls with warnings like “scam likely,”
but they aren’t available on all phones, or to
many prepaid customers. The versions from
Verizon and Sprint cost extra.
A few Android phones, including Google’s Pixel,
screen spam calls for free.
Jen Vargas, 39, a multimedia producer from
Orlando, Florida, said her AT&T app flags and
blocks some fraudulent calls to her cellphone,
but she’s given up with the landline.
“Very rarely do I pick up a call from a number I
don’t know,” Vargas said.
Apps including YouMail and Nomorobo
offer relief on home phones for free, with
limitations. With YouMail, your carrier must allow
“conditional call forwarding,” which forwards
calls if a line is unanswered or busy. Nomorobo
isn’t available through all home phone providers
and won’t work with older, copper-based
landlines. You can also buy gadgets , some
pretty clunky, that block calls on home phones.
Verizon is also testing warnings about suspicious
calls on a home phone’s caller ID display.
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HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT
Phone companies can already block some calls
that are being faked. The FCC has proposed
rules to formalize that practice and permit
them to block other calls they suspect are
scams. That means Verizon can block a toll-free
number that accepts calls for a bank but never
initiates a call. Carriers would also be able to
block calls they know aren’t legitimate, like a
number with a 911 area code. The rules still
need to be finalized.
Maureen Mahoney, a public policy fellow
at the nonprofit Consumers Union, said the
development is “promising,” but won’t protect
consumers from all unwanted calls.
For one thing, “Do Not Call” lists don’t apply to
certain types of callers, such as debt collectors
and political campaigns. In addition, Mahoney
said, the FCC rules would cover only faked
numbers. Not all robocalls are spoofed.
Consumers Union wants phone companies
to make call-blocking tools available to all
consumers for free.
In the longer term, the FCC supports industry
efforts to verify that callers are really who they
say they are. Perhaps one day, you’ll see a green
checkmark on your smartphone when the caller
is legitimate. U.S. Telecom, the phone-company
lobby, says rolling this out could take a few years,
but would prove powerful against robocallers.
The FCC is also seeking ways to stop annoying
calls from dogging consumers when they change
numbers. Today, if you sign up for Do Not Call
but then get a new number, a marketer may not
know and could pester you on your new line.
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WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Robocallers aren’t going away, said Aaron Foss of
Nomorobo, a call-blocking service for cellphones
and home phones. “These guys are criminals
and they’re going to find their way around any
system. But it’s our job to make sure we make it
as difficult for them as possible.”
There are common-sense measures for
consumers to follow.
- Don’t answer the phone if you don’t recognize
the number. (Yes, this is impractical on business
phone lines, like Sports City’s.)
- Hang up on unwanted callers. Don’t talk to
them or press any buttons. If you engage with
them, they might flag you as someone who’s
responsive and inundate you with more calls.
Block the number after the call, if possible.
- Use call-blocking apps. If you have privacy
concerns, check the app’s policy to see if it’s
sharing your call or contacts data with marketers.
- Don’t give callers personal information, like
bank account or Social Security numbers.
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DISCOVERY AND
SCRIPPS SEEK
TO TIE UP IN
$12 BILLION TV DEAL
Discovery Communications will buy Scripps
Networks for close to $12 billion, tying together
two powerful stables of TV shows ranging from
Animal Planet to the Food Network.
The deal, announced this week, puts the
combined company in a stronger position to
draw more women viewers and to navigate an
increasingly chaotic entertainment landscape,
where cable companies and streaming services
like Netflix and Hulu fight for eyes.
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Discovery owns TLC and the Discovery Channel.
Scripps owns HGTV and the Travel Channel,
among others. The combined company will
house five of the top pay TV networks for
women and account for more than 20 percent
share of women watching prime-time pay
TV in the U.S.
By combining the content of each company,
Discovery has more power to create “skinny
bundle” options for viewers, which offer fewer
channels and are cheaper for people unwilling
to shell out for a big, monthly cable bill.
The companies on Monday (31) said they will
produce approximately 8,000 hours of original
programming each year, and possess 300,000
hours of library content. They have the potential
to generate 7 billion short-form video streams
monthly, according to Discovery.
The transaction is valued at $90 per share,
about a 4 percent premium to Scripps’ Friday
closing price of $86.91. The per-share price
includes $63 per share in cash and $27 per
share in Discovery’s Class C shares. The
transaction also includes approximately
$2.7 billion in Scripps’ debt.
The companies said that they expect about $350
million in cost savings.
The buyout, which still needs approval from the
shareholders of both companies, is targeted to
close by early next year.
Shares of Discovery Communications Inc., based
in Silver Spring, Maryland, rose 2.6 percent
before the market opened. Shares of Scripps
Networks Interactive Inc., based in Knoxville,
Tennessee, edged up slightly.
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Trailer
Movies
&
TV Shows
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King Arthur:
Legend of the Sword
King Arthur was robbed of his birthright,
and is brought up the hard way in the back
alleys of the city. However, after pulling the
sword from the stone, he comes face to face
with his true identity – whether he likes it or
not. The story is the first in a supposed sixpart series and was directed by Guy Ritchie.
It features Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, and
Aidan Gillen.
FIVE FACTS:
1. This is the first movie in a planned
six-film series.
by Guy Ritchie
Genre: Action & Adventure
Released: 2017
Price: $19.99
2. It reportedly took three hours and thirty
minutes before director Guy Ritchie’s
first cut.
188 Ratings
3. Actor Charlie Hunnam said he was
his biggest ever when filming, reaching
190 pounds.
4. The film was originally due to be called
Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.
5. Charlie Hunnam and Aidan Gillen
reunited, after working together on Queer
as Folk.
Rotten Tomatoes
28
%
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Excalibur Fight Scenes HD
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Kung Fu Yoga
Jack (played by Jackie Chan) is a worldrenowned archaeology professor, who,
along with his team, is on a mission to track
down the lost ancient Indian treasure. On
their journey, they’re ambushed by a team
of mercenaries and are left for dead, so it’s
up to Jack to use his knowledge and kung
fu experience to race around the world and
beat the mercenaries to finding the treasure.
Can Jack defeat the enemies and protect the
treasure, or will it end up in the wrong hands?
FIVE FACTS:
1. Aamir Khan was reportedly considered for
the role but had to turn it down because of
scheduling conflicts.
2. The film is known as Gong fu ya jia
in Mandarin.
by Stanley Tong
Genre: Action & Adventure
Released: 2017
Price: $9.99
3. Kung Fu Yoga had a $65 million budget
and took more than $250 million at the
box office.
4. Principal photography and filming took
place in Beijing, Dubai, India, and Iceland.
5. The film reunites Jackie Chan with director
Stanley Tong, who was worked on projects
like Rumble in the Bronx and Supercop.
Rotten Tomatoes
56
%
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Trailer
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Goosebump | Kung Fu Yoga |
Jackie Chan, Sonu Sood, Disha Patani & Amyra
Dastur | Fazilpuria | Rossh
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“Everything Now”
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Music
Everything Now
Arcade Fire
Serving as the fifth LP from the Canadian indie
rock band, Everything Now is Arcade Fire at its
best and boasts of collaborations with Thomas
Bangalter from Daft Punk, and Steve Mackey
from Pulp. The album was preceded by singles
Everything Now, Creature Comfort, Signs of
Life, and the new single Electric Blue, with the
band embarking on a European and American
tour to celebrate the release of the album.
Genre: Alternative
Released: Jul 28, 2017
13 Songs
Price: $10.99
190 Ratings
FIVE FACTS:
1. The band teamed up with Google to
create the first ever HTML 5-powered music
video for We Used to Wait.
2. Arcade Fire recorded a special version of
WakeUp for the movie trailer of Where the
Wild Things Are.
3. The band can play a total of sixteen
different instruments.
4. Despite forming more than sixteen years
ago, Everything Now is only the band’s
fifth album.
5. There are eight former members of
the band, including Josh Deu, Brendan
Reed, Tim Kyle, Howard Bilerman, and
Sarah Neufeld.
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“Creature Comfort”
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Every Mile Mattered
Nichole Nordeman
Described by Today’s Christian Music as
her“career album,” Nichole Nordeman releases
Every Mile Mattered as her fifth full-length
record and seventh overall album. The
collection features the single Dear Me, and
serves as a reflective look at her life’s path
to becoming the woman she is today – it’s a
journey through the ups and downs of life, and
how she managed to look back without regret,
and instead with gratitude.
FIVE FACTS:
1. Nichole wrote the song Hold On (Love
Will Find You), which was recorded by
Paul Brandt.
2. Nichole began her career by playing piano
in church, and then entered a Gospel Music
Association Contest in Los Angeles.
3. The singer won four Dove Awards in 2003.
4. She released her debut album Wide
Eyes in 1998; Every Mile Mattered serves as
her seventh.
5. The singer releases her book, Slow Down,
later this month.
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Genre: Christian & Gospel
Released: Jul 28, 2017
11 Songs
Price: $10.99
58 Ratings
“Every Mile Mattered”
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“Dear Me ”
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‘DUNKIRK’
CONQUERS
BOX OFFICE
FOR SECOND
STRAIGHT WEEK
“The Emoji Movie” has a happy face after
overcoming bad reviews to debut in second
place at the weekend box office, but not the big
grin “Dunkirk” has after claiming the top spot for
two weeks in a row.
The Christopher Nolan World War II drama
added another $26.6 million to its haul over
the weekend, bringing its domestic ticket total
over $101 million in just two weeks. The riotous
R-rated comedy “Girls Trip” also maintained its
momentum in its second week of release.
“Atomic Blonde,” featuring Charlize Theron as a
lethal spy, opened in fourth place.
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The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters
Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution
studio, gross, number of theater locations,
average receipts per location, total gross and
number of weeks in release, as compiled
Monday by comScore:
1.
“Dunkirk,” Warner Bros., $26,611,130,
3,748 locations, $7,100 average,
$101,317,350, 2 Weeks.
2.
“Emoji Movie, The,” Sony, $24,531,923,
4,075 locations, $6,020 average,
$24,531,923, 1 Week.
3.
“Girls Trip,” Universal, $19,646,305,
2,648 locations, $7,419 average,
$65,085,525, 2 Weeks.
4.
“Atomic Blonde,” Focus Features,
$18,286,420, 3,304 locations,
$5,535 average, $18,286,420, 1 Week.
5.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Sony,
$13,261,372, 3,625 locations,
$3,658 average, $278,168,177, 4 Weeks.
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6.
“War For The Planet Of The Apes,”
20th Century Fox, $10,472,252,
3,374 locations, $3,104 average,
$118,784,881, 3 Weeks.
7.
“Despicable Me 3,” Universal,
$7,592,560, 3,030 locations,
$2,506 average, $230,292,465, 5 Weeks.
8.
“Valerian And The City Of A
Thousand Planets,” STX Entertainment,
$6,360,085, 3,553 locations, $1,790 average,
$30,186,232, 2 Weeks.
9.
“Baby Driver,” Sony, $3,971,018,
1,961 locations, $2,025 average,
$91,967,206, 5 Weeks.
10.
“Wonder Woman,” Warner Bros.,
$3,340,667, 1,651 locations,
$2,023 average, $395,244,373, 9 Weeks.
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11.
“The Big Sick,” Lionsgate,
$3,177,951, 1,589 locations,
$2,000 average, $30,222,605, 6 Weeks.
12.
“Cars 3,” Disney, $956,031,
861 locations, $1,110 average,
$146,384,124, 7 Weeks.
13.
“Wish Upon,” Broad Green Pictures,
$950,553, 907 locations,
$1,048 average, $12,929,464, 3 Weeks.
14.
“Transformers: The Last Knight,”
Paramount, $557,519, 538 locations,
$1,036 average, $128,791,998, 6 Weeks.
15.
“De Pere en Flic 2,” Entertainment
One Films, $396,580, 90 locations,
$4,406 average, $3,675,644, 3 Weeks.
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16.
“A Ghost Story,” A24, $368,289,
329 locations, $1,119 average,
$927,508, 4 Weeks.
17.
“Fidaa,” BlueSky Cinemas, $350,788,
102 locations, $3,439 average,
$1,306,243, 2 Weeks.
18.
“Detroit,” Annapurna Pictures,
$350,190, 20 locations,
$17,510 average, $350,190, 1 Week.
19.
“Maudie,” Sony Pictures Classics,
$331,974, 228 locations,
$1,456 average, $4,650,614, 7 Weeks.
20.
“Mubarakan,” Sony Pictures
Releasing International,
$310,162, 128 locations, $2,423 average,
$310,162, 1 Week.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast
Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics
are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney,
Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned
by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are
owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units
of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors
including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn;
Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by
AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
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GAME OF THRONES:
DOESN’T
ANYONE HERE
WANT TO MAKE
ANY MONEY?
The Iron Bank on “Game of Thrones” could make
a lot of money hoarding dragonglass. And
Samwell Tarly is sitting on a potential goldmine
with his breakthrough cure for greyscale.
Most fans of the HBO hit series were enthralled
on Sunday to see “Mother of Dragons” Daenerys
Targaryen finally meet the resurrected Jon Snow.
But as media writers, we mostly saw missed
opportunities. Doesn’t anyone on this show
want to make a bundle?
We discuss the Iron Bank’s investment strategies
and Littlefinger’s long-game plotting on our
weekly audio show, “The Wealth of Westeros.”
Stream it here.
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On Sunday’s episode, the fearsome Iron Bank
of Braavos doubled down on its so-far moneylosing commitment to the Lannister family,
whose main asset is exhausted gold mines.
Yet much better investment opportunities
abound: They could quietly purchase mining
rights to the ground beneath the majestic
Dragonstone castle, which is packed with
dragonglass. The obsidian-like material can kill
the marauding white walkers and their zombie
army gathering in the North.
And a modern bank would also provide
opportunities for master-trainee Tarly, a longtime fan favorite, to monetize his medical
breakthrough. Greyscale is a painful, gruesome
disease that typically has no cure. But Tarly has
dug one up from obscure medical texts and
cured Ser Jorah Mormont.
The bank’s focus on low-growth lending - to
governments and slave traders - epitomizes the
forces that have kept Westeros economically and
technologically stagnant. There is no infrastructure
to support new or expanding businesses.
Still, the Iron Bank’s representative, Tycho
Nestoris, did take one position that made sense:
His reluctance to back Daenerys over Cersei
Lannister. The bank has earned its intimidating
reputation by financing rebellions against
monarchs who are unable to repay their debts.
But for all its quiet power, the bank is in a tough
spot. Cersei’s position doesn’t look great on
paper - she is facing an army with three huge
dragons. But the alternatives of Jon Snow and
Daenerys aren’t so hot either. Snow does not
really care about the Iron Throne, and Daenerys
may not want to pay back the crown’s debts.
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“Who’s your alternative?” asks Evan Burfield,
CEO of startup incubator and venture capital
firm 1776, an avid Game of Thrones fan and the
guest on this week’s audio show. “They’re going
to have to double down on Cersei, because even
though she’s a bad bet, she’s kind of the only
play they have to get their core capital back.”
And as Cersei notes, Daenerys is a “revolutionary”
who wants to upend the existing order.
“In your experience, how do bankers usually fare
with revolutionaries?” Cersei asks.
Historically, not very well. There is even a
modern economic concept of “odious debt,” a
term that describes borrowing by dictatorships
or colonial governments that successive
governments, particularly more democratic
ones, try to disavow.
An early example was the aftermath of
the Spanish-American War, when the U.S.
government, having won temporary control of
Cuba, argued that Cuba should not have to pay
debts incurred by its Spanish colonial rulers.
If Daenerys ultimately takes the Iron Throne, the
Iron Bank could need a bailout.
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JIM PARSONS
HAILS ‘YOUNG
SHELDON’ STAR AS
‘IN CONTROL’ KID
Jim Parsons, who plays quirky genius Sheldon
Cooper on the CBS comedy “The Big Bang
Theory,” can draw many distinctions between
himself and young Iain Armitage, who plays
his character as a child on CBS’ new spin-off,
“Young Sheldon.”
Parsons finds Iain much more “in control as a
human being” and more mature than he was
at age 9.
Hearing Parsons during a TV critics conference
on Tuesday, Iain thanked him but graciously
replied, “I don’t think so.”
Laughing, Parsons noted that Iain hadn’t
known him back then. They have much more in
common these days, insisted Parsons, than they
ever would have had when he was a youngster.
Parsons as adult Sheldon narrates “Young
Sheldon,” which premieres Sept. 25. He continues
on “The Big Bang Theory,” beginning Season 11.
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LAURENE POWELL
JOBS, STEVE JOBS’
WIDOW, BUYS
THE ATLANTIC
Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow
of Apple founder Steve Jobs, is buying a majority
stake in The Atlantic magazine.
The Atlantic was founded in Boston in 1857.
David Bradley bought it 1999 from New York
Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman for $10
million, according to an Atlantic story Friday (28).
He moved the magazine to Washington in 2005.
Bradley’s company says he will continue to run
the Atlantic for the next three to five years, and
its editor-in-chief, president and publisher will
keep running daily operations.
Emerson Collective, which focuses on education,
immigration reform and environmental causes,
has other media investments and grants in film,
TV production and journalism.
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FATHER, SON
PREPARE FOR
ECLIPSE AFTER
MISSED 1979
VIEWING
The last time a total solar eclipse blacked out the
sun in Oregon nearly 40 years ago, Gene Brick
was working in a timber mill that refused to shut
down for the spectacle.
The World War II veteran and amateur
astronomer was devastated when his friends
raved about experiencing a pitch-dark sky in the
middle of the day.
“Everyone who was outside got to see it, and
they enjoyed telling me all about it - and I was
hurt by that,” said Brick, now 92. “But work is
work, you know.”
Brick will get another chance to witness history
this month, when a total solar eclipse begins its
path across the U.S. in Oregon.
The one he missed in 1979 covered the Pacific
Northwest and parts of Canada. This total eclipse
will be visible from coast to coast across the nation
- something that hasn’t happened in 99 years.
Brick plans to watch the event with his son using
two telescopes: a fancy new one and one the two
crafted together 53 years ago in their basement.
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The men will peer at the sun through both during
the eclipse’s totality, when the moon’s shadow
completely covers the sun for just over two minutes.
They also will use special filters to photograph the
eclipse through the newer machine.
For Brick, who survived a kamikaze attack on the
USS Drexler during the Battle of Okinawa, the
opportunity is the experience of a lifetime.
“I always loved to look at the moon,” he said,
after peering through the telescope the pair
crafted in 1964. “I still do.”
The Bricks will have a prime location for their
father-son moment. The town of Madras, in
central Oregon, is in the high desert, where
summertime skies are often clear and cloudless.
Up to 100,000 people are expected to flock to
the town and surrounding Jefferson County
for the Aug. 21 event, creating worries about
overcrowding and traffic.
Brick’s son, Bartt Brick, is on the Madras City
Council and will be on call during the eclipse.
But taking the time to watch the event with
his father is important to him. The elder Brick
got the last four credits he needed for his high
school diploma by signing up for the U.S. Navy
and never attended college - but even in his 90s,
he’s studying particle physics.
The pair decided to build the telescope when
the younger Brick was 14, after finding a piece
of glass in his late grandfather’s garage that was
hand-ground into a concave lens for a telescope.
Gene Brick worked long, hard days cutting logs
at the mill then stayed up into the night working
on the project with his teenage son.
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four or five months, we had a telescope,” Bartt
Brick recalled on a recent summer day.
“I’d sleep about half the night,” his father added
with a chuckle.
The two dragged the telescope outside on the
night they finished, aimed it toward the heavens
by propping it on a stepladder, and peered into
the night sky until they spied the Ring Nebula,
a dying star in a constellation about 2,000 light
years from Earth.
“We were so excited, we ran in and told Mom.
But at 2 o’clock in the morning, she wasn’t as
thrilled as we were,” the younger Brick said.
Over the years, the telescope got a lot of
use from the family and from a string of
neighborhood children who lined up most
evenings to peer at the moon.
But when the 1979 total solar eclipse came
along, the elder Brick was working, the younger
Brick no longer lived at home, and the telescope
went unused.
When Bartt Brick moved back to Madras three
years ago, the stars aligned for another crack at a
shared celestial show.
On Aug. 21, three generations of Bricks will
assemble. They’ll have a sleek black, new telescope
equipped with a remote control and a USB cord for
snapping photos through a computer.
But they’ll also have on hand the unassuming,
unmounted metal cylinder they worked on so
long ago.
“Dad’s had a message for me ever since I was 2
years old, and it was, ‘Be curious,’” Bartt Brick said.
“And boy, did I learn how to be curious with this.”
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JUDGE
RECOMMENDS
CONTESTED
GIANT HAWAII
TELESCOPE
FOR PERMIT
A construction permit should be granted for a
giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain
summit that some consider sacred, a hearings
officer recommended.
Retired judge Riki May Amano, who is
overseeing contested-case hearings for the
Thirty Meter Telescope, had been weighing facts
in the case since June, after hearing oftentimes
emotional testimony that spanned 44 days.
The $1.4 billion project has divided those who
believe the telescope will desecrate land atop
Mauna Kea held sacred by some Native Hawaiians
and those who believe it will provide Hawaii with
economic and educational opportunities.
This isn’t the final say on whether the embattled
project will proceed.
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Now that Amano has issued her 305-page
proposed decision and order, the state
land board will set a deadline for telescope
opponents and permit applicants to file
arguments against her recommendations. The
board will later hold a hearing and then make
the final decision on the project’s conservation
district use permit.
Gov. David Ige said his office was reviewing the
conditions Amano put on her recommendation,
including that employees attend mandatory
cultural and natural resources training and that
employment opportunities be filled locally “to
the greatest extent possible.”
“Regardless of the (land board’s) ultimate
decision, I support the co-existence of
astronomy and culture on Mauna Kea along
with better management of the mountain,” Ige
said in a statement.
This second round of contested-case hearings
was necessary after the state Supreme
Court invalidated an earlier permit issued by
the board.
The telescope’s board of directors held public
meetings before selecting Mauna Kea as the
preferred site in 2009. In 2011, opponents
requested so-called contested-case hearings
before the state land board approved a permit
to build on conservation land. The hearings
were held, and the permit was upheld.
Opponents then sued. In December 2015,
the state Supreme Court revoked the permit,
ruling the land board’s approval process
was flawed. That meant the application
process needed to be redone, requiring a
new hearing.
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“TMT welcomes the recommendation that
a state permit be issued and we respectfully
look forward to the next steps,” said Executive
Director Ed Stone. “We appreciate that Judge
Riki Amano worked carefully and tirelessly
to ensure all voices were heard during the
contested case hearing.”
Telescope officials have said they plan to build
in Spain’s Canary Islands if they can’t build in
Hawaii. The nonprofit international partnership
wants to resume construction next year.
Kealoha Pisciotta, one of the leaders fighting
against the telescope, said she’s disappointed
but not surprised. “They’re far from done,” she
said. “They still have to go before the board. We
still have the right of appeal - before anyone can
even begin to contemplate any action or earthmoving on Mauna Kea.
Protests disrupted a groundbreaking and
Hawaiian blessing ceremony at the site in
2014. After that, the protests intensified.
Construction stopped in April 2015 after 31
protesters were arrested for blocking the work.
A second attempt to restart construction a
few months later ended with more arrests and
crews retreating when they encountered large
boulders in the road.
The telescope has become one of the most
divisive issues in the state, with some telescope
supporters saying they are afraid to publicly
express their stance on the project.
Telescope officials say Mauna Kea, a dormant
volcano, is the best location in the world for
astronomy. It’s Hawaii’s tallest volcano and its
summit provides a clear view of the sky for 300
days a year, with little air and light pollution.
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DESPACITO (FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER) [REMIX]
Luis Fonsi & DaDDy yankee
STRIP THAT DOWN (FEAT. QUAVO)
Liam Payne
SLOW HANDS
niaLL Horan
ATTENTION
CHarLie PutH
THERE’S NOTHING HOLDIN’ ME BACK
sHawn menDes
BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD
sam Hunt
BELIEVER
imagine Dragons
FEEL IT STILL
PortugaL. tHe man
UNFORGETTABLE
tHomas rHett
PRAYING
kesHa
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(ORIGINAL TV MOVIE SOUNDTRACK)
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ATOMIC BLONDE
(ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK)
Various artists
EVERYTHING NOW
arCaDe Fire
EVOLVE
imagine Dragons
TROLLS
(ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK)
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VERSE 2 - EP
JJ ProJeCt
÷ (DELUXE)
eD sHeeran
POWER OF PEACE
tHe isLey BrotHers & santana
21 TOTALLY 80S HITS
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DESPACITO (FEAT. DADDY YANKEE)
Luis Fonsi
LITTLE RED CORVETTE
PrinCe
FETISH (FEAT. GUCCI MANE)
seLena gomez
WOMEN
DeF LePParD
RASPBERRY BERET
PrinCe
LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD
sHania twain
SMOOTH
FLoriDa georgia Line
1999
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OUTRO
nF
THE FIGHTER (FEAT. CARRIE UNDERWOOD)
keitH urBan
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tHe reaL HousewiVes oF orange County, season 12
RICKMANCING THE STONE
riCk anD morty, season 3 (unCensoreD)
MEN TELL ALL
tHe BaCHeLorette, season 13
LOW KEY
teen mom, VoL. 18
SURPRISE!
teen mom, VoL. 18
THE RICKSHANK RICKDEMPTION
riCk anD morty, season 3 (unCensoreD)
MUDMARE
suits, season 7
SAID THE SPIDER TO THE FLY
teen woLF, season 6
BAD MOON RISING
miDnigHt, texas, season 1
HAVA NAGILA, HAVA TEQUILA
sHaHs oF sunset, season 6
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nora roBerts
DELECTABLE
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THE LATE SHOW
miCHaeL ConneLLy
BEFORE WE WERE YOURS
Lisa wingate
HOUSE OF SPIES
DanieL siLVa
THE MEDICAL EXAMINER
James Patterson & maxine Paetro
CRIME SCENE
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THE GLASS CASTLE
Jeannette waLLs
DEVIL’S CUT
J.r. warD
ONCE STALKED
(A RILEY PAIGE MYSTERY—BOOK 9)
BLake PierCe
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CLIMATE CHANGE
BEFORE YOUR
EYES: SEAS RISE
AND TREES DIE
They’re called “ghost forests” - dead trees along
vast swaths of coastline invaded by rising seas,
something scientists call one of the most visible
markers of climate change.
The process has happened naturally for
thousands of years, but it has accelerated in
recent decades as polar ice melts and raises sea
levels, scientists say, pushing salt water farther
inland and killing trees in what used to be
thriving freshwater plains.
Efforts are underway worldwide to determine
exactly how quickly the creation of ghost forests
is increasing. But scientists agree the startling
sight of dead trees in once-healthy areas is an
easy-to-grasp example of the consequences of
climate change.
“I think ghost forests are the most obvious
indicator of climate change anywhere on the
Eastern coast of the U.S.,” said Matthew Kirwan, a
professor at Virginia Institute of Marine Science
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who is studying ghost forests in his state and
Maryland. “It was dry, usable land 50 years
ago; now it’s marshes with dead stumps and
dead trees.”
It is happening around the world, but
researchers say new ghost forests are
particularly apparent in North America, with
hundreds of thousands of acres of salt-killed
trees stretching from Canada down the East
Coast, around Florida and over to Texas.
The intruding salt water changes coastal
ecosystems, creating marshes where forests
used to be. This has numerous effects on the
environment, though many scientists caution
against viewing them in terms of “good” or “bad.”
What benefits one species or ecosystem might
harm another one, they say.
For instance, migratory birds that rely on coastal
forests have less habitat. And the death of the
trees makes soil microbes release nitrogen,
which adds to nitrogen already occurring from
other sources, including agricultural runoff, to
contribute to algae blooms and reduced oxygen
that can sicken or kill fish.
But the conversion of forest into marshland
produces “extremely productive” wetlands that
feed and shelter fish and shellfish.
The Atlantic croaker fish, for instance, was rare
15 years ago in southern New Jersey waters
but now is abundant, said Ken Able, a Rutgers
University professor.
“There is a lot of change going on,” said Greg
Noe, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological
Survey. “It’s dramatic and it’s changing faster than
it has before in human history.”
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Quantifying the rate of increase in ghost
forests is a major focus of Able’s research. Some
scientists say the increase began around the
time of the Industrial Revolution, while others
say the speedup began more recently than that.
In the past 100 years, Kirwan said, 100,000 acres
of forest in the Chesapeake Bay has converted
to marshland. Photographs show the rate of
coastal forest loss is four times greater now than
it was during the 1930s, he said.
Seas off the East Coast have risen by 1.3 feet over
the last 100 years, said Ben Horton, a Rutgers
University professor and expert on sea level rise.
That is a faster pace than for the past 2,000 years
combined, he said.
Some of the most dramatic anecdotal evidence
of the acceleration in ghost forest creation is
along the Savannah River between Georgia and
South Carolina, Noe said.
When his team first got there 10 years ago, “it
looked like the trees were under a little stress,
but they were all alive,” he said. “But five years
later, the vast majority of them were dead. That
happened right in front of our eyes, much faster
than we expected.”
Marcelo Ardon, a biology professor at North
Carolina State University, studied one site called
the Palmetto Pear Tree Preserve on Albemarle
Sound in North Carolina from 2006 to 2009.
When he returned in 2016, he said, “what used
to look like a healthy cypress swamp, now the
trees are dead and the water level is a lot higher.
The place has completely changed. I’ve checked
overhead satellite photos and you can see the
trees dying.”
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In southern New Jersey, the most affected
species is the Atlantic white cedar, which was a
mainstay of the shipbuilding industry because
of its resistance to rot. Farther south, cypress,
loblolly pines and Eastern red cedar are dying.
Large storms can drive salt water further inland
and kill trees; 2012’s Superstorm Sandy is
believed to have led to the deaths of some trees
in southern New Jersey, Able said.
The difference, Kirwan said, is that in the past,
flooded areas would dry out before salt water
killed most of the trees.
“That same storm 100 years ago would also
have killed trees,” he said. “But 100 years ago that
same land wouldn’t have been so wet that new
trees couldn’t get established and replace the
dead ones. That’s a big part of where sea level
rise comes in.”
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COMPANIES SAY
APPLE REMOVED
THEIR PRIVACY APPS
FROM CHINA
China appears to have succeeded in eliminating
software programs that enable its people to view
an uncensored internet.
Companies that let people avoid the government
filters said Saturday (29) that their programs have
been removed from Apple’s app store in China.
ExpressVPN, one of the companies, posted on
its corporate site a message from Apple saying
that its program was illegal in China. The British
Virgin Islands-based software company says
that all major virtual-private network apps were
removed from the Apple app store in China.
ExpressVPN claimed Apple was “aiding China’s
censorship effort.”
Star VPN, another company, said it also received
notice of being removed.
Apple said in a statement that China began
requiring this year that developers of virtualprivate networks have a government license.
The Califronia-based tech giant said it had
removed apps “in China that do not meet the
new regulations.”
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INDONESIA LIFTS
THREAT TO
BAN ENCRYPTED
APP TELEGRAM
The Indonesian government lifted its threat to
ban the encrypted messaging app Telegram
because it’s taking steps to block “negative”
content that includes forums for Islamic State
group supporters. But it warned other sites
could now face scrutiny.
Rudiantara, the Minister of Communications
and Information Technology, who met Tuesday
with Telegram co-founder Pavel Durov
announced that “we have agreed to keep
Telegram accessible.”
Many other social media sites, messaging apps
and file and video sharing systems are used
Indonesia, he said, specifically mentioning
Facebook and Google as platforms that could be
scrutinized in the “near future.”
Earlier this month, the ministry said it was
preparing to shut down Telegram in Indonesia,
where it has several million users, if it didn’t
develop procedures to block unlawful
content including pro-Islamic State group
discussion groups.
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As a partial measure, it asked internet
companies in the world’s most populous
Muslim nation to block access to 11 addresses
offering the web version of Telegram. Durov
apologized for failing to quickly respond to
the Indonesian government’s requests for
apparent terror content to be blocked, blaming
a miscommunication.
Rudiantara, who uses one name, said the
ministry and Telegram will put in place standard
operating procedures that improve the ability to
“address the negative content in Telegram.” The
blocking measures against web Telegram could
be lifted next week, he said.
Suspected militants arrested by Indonesian
police have told authorities that they
communicated with each other via Telegram
and received orders and directions to carry out
attacks through the app, including from Bahrun
Naim, an Indonesian with the Islamic State
group in Syria accused of orchestrating several
attacks in the past 18 months.
Critics of the government’s threat said it would
make more sense to monitor the IS discussion
groups for possible intelligence than banning
the app.
Durov told reporters there would a line of direct
communication between the ministry and top
people in Telegram but also said he wouldn’t
have come to Indonesia if the government
had made any requests that would require
Telegram’s encryption to be compromised.
“The basis of Telegram is a 100 percent promise
of encryption. This is why our company exists,”
he said.
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“We’ve discussed ways to block the public
channels available for the propaganda of
terrorism, which is something that we are
committed to do globally, and particularly
Indonesia,” Durov said.
The free messaging service can be used as a
smartphone app and on computers through a
web interface or desktop messenger. Its strong
encryption has contributed to its popularity
with those concerned about privacy and
secure communications in the digital era but
also attracted militant groups and other
criminal elements.
Durov said about 20,000 people sign up to use
Telegram in Indonesia daily. It has at least 100
million users worldwide, a figure released by
Telegram in February 2016.
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DON’T TRY THIS:
THIEVES STEAL
iPHONES FROM
MOVING TRUCK
Dutch police arrested five Romanian men
suspected of stealing iPhones worth 500,000
euros ($590,000) in a dangerous heist on a
moving truck, a spokesman said Monday (31).
The five men, aged from 33 to 43, allegedly
stole the iPhones in a late-night raid a week
ago by driving a modified van so close to the
delivery truck that one of the suspects was able
to clamber across the van’s hood and break into
the truck while it drove along a Dutch road,
police spokesman Ed Kraszewski. He said the
suspect then passed boxes of iPhones back to
the van through a hole cut in its roof.
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Kraszewski said police have long been
investigating thefts from trucks but remained
skeptical that such a heist could succeed.
Not anymore.
“The truck was taking its freight from A-to-B and
did not stop. Even so, (the phones) were gone,”
he said. “So it must have happened that way.
And now we finally have the evidence, with the
van and the loot.”
The men were arrested Saturday at a holiday
park in the central Netherlands, where police
also recovered iPhones and the van they believe
was used in the theft. The suspects were to
appear Tuesday before an investigating judge.
Such raids have been reported elsewhere in
Europe, almost always targeting high-end
smartphones, but there have been no arrests in
the other cases, Kraszewski said.
Dutch police plan to send fingerprints of the
suspects to European colleagues to check for
matches in previous thefts.
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