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APPLE GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH


SMALLER iPHONE AND iPAD PRO MODELS

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WORLDS COLLIDE IN
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

EMOJIMANIA: FANS AND BRANDS


CRYING TEARS OF JOY

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FBI: ATTACKERS
PHONE POSSIBLY
ACCESSIBLE WITHOUT
APPLE HELP

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NAVY FUNDS AUTISM-SCREENING APP, HOPING FOR HELP WITH PTSD 08


GOOGLE HELPS OFFER VASTLY FASTER INTERNET IN CUBA 30
ONLINE LODGING SERVICE AIRBNB OPENS CUBA LISTINGS TO WORLD 36
HIGH COURT WONT HEAR APPEAL IN NFL VIDEO GAME LAWSUIT 44
iPHONE SE: SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, TOO 72
FACEBOOKS ZUCKERBERG MEETS WITH CHINAS PROPAGANDA CHIEF 80
TWITTER MARKS 10TH BIRTHDAY SEARCHING FOR FOLLOWERS, PROFITS 94
BOX OFFICE TOP 20: ALLEGIANT FALTERS, MIRACLES ASCENDS 120
JOHNS HOPKINS RESEARCHERS FIND FLAW IN IMESSAGE ENCRYPTION 140
NEW RULES PROMISE TO SPICE UP CONTEST IN F1 146
SCIENCE: SPACE STATION CARGO LAUNCHES BY LIGHT OF NEARLY FULL MOON 158
HEALTH: J&J EXPANDS PROJECT THAT AIMS TO PREDICT, PREVENT DISEASES 164
TAXI PROTEST CAUSES TRAFFIC CHAOS IN INDONESIAN CAPITAL 184
EXPERTS SEE LITTLE CHANCE OF CHARGES IN CLINTON EMAIL CASE 188
US CHARGES 3 IT TIES TO SYRIAN ELECTRONIC ARMY FOR HACKING 198

TOP 10 APPS 100


iTUNES REVIEW 104
TOP 10 SONGS 174
TOP 10 ALBUMS 176
TOP 10 MUSIC VIDEOS 178
TOP 10 TV SHOWS 180
TOP 10 BOOKS 182

NAVY FUNDS AUTISM-SCREENING


APP, HOPING FOR HELP WITH PTSD

The Navy is paying for research into an app


to screen for autism in the hopes that it could
eventually be tweaked to look for signs of posttraumatic stress disorder.
While developmental and trauma disorders
might at first appear strange bedfellows, the
researchers and a PTSD expert for the VA say it
could be an exciting new direction.
Facial expressions can indicate the presence of
autism, PTSD and other disorders. The Autism &
Beyond app uses a smartphone camera and an
algorithm to read childrens facial expressions
and assess their emotional responses.
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The app, which uses a general algorithm, could


be expanded to PTSD to monitor people over time
if speech and other signals are taken into account,
according to Pedja Neskovic, who oversees the
project in the Office of Naval Research.
It can find patterns, not just in facial
expressions but in different kinds of data sets,
such as brain signals and speech, and it can
be used on a continuous basis, he said. Its a
completely new world.
William Unger, a PTSD expert and clinical
psychologist at the Providence VA Medical
Center, sees potential for an app to be used to
help screen for PTSD if it can prove reliable for a
large population over time. Its always good to
have additional tools, he said.
This is a technology in its infancy. You dont know
where it will go, he said. So does this science and
this study really then lead to additional questions,
additional technological developments which
help us to move forward? It very well may. So Im
very excited, even though Im saying its very far
off from having utility.
M. David Rudd, an expert in suicide prevention
and PTSD in military personnel, is skeptical.
Rudd said he cant see the extrapolation to PTSD,
calling it a pretty big gap to leap. He worries
about an app rendering erroneous results, a
concern Unger also expressed.
Its the introduction of technology where
technology is not particularly needed and not
particularly useful, said Rudd, president of
the University of Memphis. As a society, this is
what we do. Its kind of the medicalization of a
problem thats emotional and interpersonal in
nature. I just dont get it.
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The Navy has been working with the researcher


who developed the algorithm for the app,
Guillermo Sapiro, for about 20 years, supporting
his research on image processing and data
analysis. The Navy has invested hundreds of
thousands of dollars in the app, Neskovic said.
PTSD often goes undiagnosed. Patients may
not recognize the link between their symptoms
and a traumatic event they experienced or may
not be willing to talk about that event, while
sometimes symptoms are obscured by other
issues, according to research published by the
American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Some veterans dont want to feel like theres


something wrong with them and try to cope on
their own, Unger said.
The app, as its designed for autism, shows funny
videos designed to make children smile, laugh
or express emotions. The way their head, lips,
eyes and nose move is recorded, encoded and
analyzed with the camera and app. If a child isnt
responding, thats also classified.
Duke University is studying whether its feasible
for caregivers to screen kids for autism using
a mobile phone at home. The app can be
downloaded for free.

Image: Gary He

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Unlike a tool like WebMD, where the user needs


to identify their symptoms and know the right
questions to ask, the app does the behavior
analysis automatically. The user just has to
watch the videos, said Sapiro, an electrical
engineering professor at Duke. He stressed that
the app isnt meant to replace specialists; its a
pre-screening tool.
The institutional review board at Duke
approved the research. The initial results show
that people are willing to use the app and
theyre sending high-quality, usable videos,
Sapiro added.
Neskovic and Sapiro envision developing a
PTSD app within five years. Theyre investigating
whether it could also possibly reveal signs of
mild traumatic brain injury and depression.

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EMOJIMANIA:
FANS AND
BRANDS CRYING
TEARS OF JOY

When it comes to emojis, the future is very,


very ... Face with Tears of Joy.
If you dont know what that means then you: a)
arent a 14-year-old girl. b) love to hate those tiny
pictures that people text you all the time. Or c)
are nowhere near a smartphone or online chat.
Otherwise, here in 2016, its all emojis, all the
time. And Face with Tears of Joy, by the way, is a
bright yellow happy face with a classic, toothy
grin as tears fall.
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Image: Christian Hartmann

The Face was chosen by Oxford Dictionaries


as its 2015 word of the year, based on its
popularity and reflecting the rise of emojis to
help charitable causes, promote businesses
and generally assist oh-so-many-more of us in
further expressing ourselves on social media
and in texts.
The Beyhive knows. The collective fan base of
Beyonce recently spammed Amber Rose with
little bumblebee emojis when they sensed a diss
of their queen.
Taco Bell also knows. Emoji overseers approved
a taco character last year after a yearlong
campaign by the company to get one up and
running, rewarding users of said taco on Twitter
with gifts of free photos, GIFs and other virtual
playthings to celebrate.
So whats it all about? Heres a look at the past,
present and rosy future of emojis:

WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?


While theres now a strict definition of emojis as
images created through standardized computer
coding that works across platforms, they have
many, many popular cousins by way of stickers,
which are images without the wonky back end.
Kimojis, the invention of Kim Kardashian, arent
technically emojis, for instance, at least in the
eyes of purists.
In tech lore, the great emoji explosion has
a grandfather in Japan and his name is
Shigetaka Kurita. He was inspired in the 1990s
by manja and kanji when he and others on a
team working to develop what is considered
the worlds first widespread mobile Internet
platform came up with some rudimentary
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characters. They were working a good decade


before Apple developed a set of emojis for the
first iPhones.
Emojis are either loads of fun or the bane of
your existence. One thing is sure: Theres no
worry theyll become a language in and of
themselves. While everybody from Coca-Cola
to the Kitten Bowl have come up with little
pictographs to whip up interest in themselves,
emojis exist mainly to nuance the words regular
folk type, standing in for tone of voice, facial
expressions and physical gestures - extended
middle finger emoji added recently.
Words arent dead. Long live the emoji, long
live the word, laughed Gretchen McCulloch, a
Toronto linguist who, like some others in her
field, is studying emojis and other aspects of
Internet language.
Emojis have been compared to hieroglyphs, but
McCulloch is not on board. That ancient picturespeak included symbols with literal meaning,
but others stood in for actual sound.
Emoji enthusiasts have played with telling wordfree stories using their little darlings alone and
translating song lyrics into the pictures, but
they cant be put together like letters to make a
pronounceable word, McCulloch said.

THE EMOJI OVERSEERS


Back when Kurita was creating some of the
first emojis, chaos already had ensued in trying
to make all the pagers and all the emerging
mobile phones and the newfangled thing
called email and everything else Internet-ish
that was bubbling up speak to each other. And
also to allow people in Japan used to a more
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Image: Miguel Medina

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formal way of communicating make themselves


understood in the emerging shorthand.
Enter the Unicode Consortium, on the coding
end. Its a volunteer nonprofit industry
organization working in collaboration with the
International Organization for Standardization,
the latter an independent non-governmental
body that helps develop specifications for
all sorts of things, including emojis, on a
global scale.
Unicode, co-founded and headed by Mark Davis
in Zurich, has a big, big mission, of which emojis
have a place: making sure all the languages in
the world are encoded and supported across
platforms and devices.
The key word here is volunteer. Davis has a
whole other job at Google, but he has dedicated
himself to the task above. He also co-chairs the
consortiums emoji subcommittee, a cog in a
vetting process for new emojis that can take up
to two years before new ones are put into the
Unicode Standard for the likes of Apple, Google,
Microsoft and Facebook to do with what
they wish.
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Where does Davis sit with the rapid rise


of emojis?
It has been a surprise. We didnt fully
understand how popular they were going to be,
he said.
At the moment, Unicode has released 1,624
emojis, with more options when you factor in
modifiers for such things as skin tone. The emoji
subcommittee fields about 100 proposals for
new emojis a year. Not all make it through the
vetting process.
We dont encode emoji for movie or fictional
people, or for deities. And were not going to
give you a Donald Trump, Davis said.
Gender, he said, is among the next frontiers
for emojis. Demand for a female runner, for
instance, will be voted on in May as critics
have questioned a male-female divide. The
consortium is trying to come up with a way to
more easily and quickly customize emoji for
gender, hair color and other features, Davis said.
Personally, I am very much looking forward to a
face palm emoji, he joked.
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EMOJI LOVERS AND HATERS


Meet Elle Brown. Shes a 9-year-old kidpreneur
from Plant City, Florida. She makes emoji-theme
jewelry and key fobs that she sells at school and
church, and that her mom sells from her desk at
an insurance firm.
My favorite one is the poo emoji, and the
money emoji, said Elle.
People of all ages buy from her mom, Zee Brown.
Its like having Girl Scout cookies. People come to
me, she said.
While marketers are all over emojis these days,
professional brander Kevin Winslow in Boise,
Idaho, was a reluctant adopter.
I thought they were rather silly. It didnt seem
to me like something a grown-up would use,
he said. Now theyre a necessity in social media
campaigns. Sometimes they help do away with
the exclamation point, which I also despise.
Vivian Rosenthal is founder and head of Snaps,
a platform on which keyboards full of branded
images are launched, including marketing
campaigns intended to support social causes,
such as the plight of refugees.
With nearly half of all Instagram posts now
including at least one emoji and with more than
270 billion text messages sent a day across all
mobile devices, brands are trying big time to
monetize emojis, Rosenthal said.
Basically, messaging is social 2.0, she added.
People want to convey more and more
emotion. The language of the future is a
visually based language. Its very universal
and democratic.
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Rosenthal estimated somewhere around 6


billion emojis and stickers are sent every day
across devices and services.

EMOJIS AND THE YOUNGINS


Clearly, emojis are the darlings of the Millennial
and GenZ generations. Other age groups are in
the game, but Tayfun Karadeniz said age isnt the
entire story.
Hes the founder and head of EmojiXpress,
a third-party app for iOS that supplies users
with every emoji available in the Unicode
Standard. Hes also a new voting member of the
Unicode Consortium.
Of roughly 50 million downloads of his app over
the last three years, 80 percent of his users are
female. Are they just about the fun? Are we, in
the grand scheme, now dependent on emojis in
some profound way?
I wouldnt say our society would break down if
we didnt have them, but you could also ask why
do we need art, why do we need TV shows?
Akash Nigam, the 23-year-old co-founder and
chief executive of Blend, a group messaging
app focused on Millennials and GenZers, thinks
emoji use among those age groups has a slightly
more urgent element.
Theyre integral to their daily lives, he said.
With this audience, its kind of like the punch
line. Whoever uses the most unique emojis
alongside a very witty text kind of gets the most
kudos. Everybody is always pounding their
keyboards looking for emojis that havent been
used. I mean, yeah, you could paint a picture or
write an essay, but it doesnt feel the same.
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GOOGLE HELPS
OFFER VASTLY
FASTER INTERNET
IN CUBA

Google is opening a cutting-edge online


technology center at the studio of one of Cubas
most famous artists, offering free Internet at
speeds nearly 70 times faster than those now
available to the Cuban public. President Obama
says Googles efforts in Cuba are part of a wider
plan to improve access to the Internet across
the island.

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The U.S. technology giant has built a studio


equipped with dozens of laptops, cellphones
and virtual-reality goggles at the complex run
by Alexis Leiva Machado, a sculptor known as
Kcho. President Barack Obama said Sunday that
Google was also launching a broader effort
to improve Cubans Internet access across the
island. Neither he nor the company gave details.
In an exclusive tour of the site with The
Associated Press on Monday, Googles head
of Cuba operations, Brett Perlmutter, said the
company was optimistic that the Google+Kcho.
Mor studio would be part of a broader
cooperative effort to bring Internet access to the
Cuban people.
We want to show the world what happens
when you combine Cuban creative energy with
technology thats first in class, he said.
The studio will be open five days a week, from 7
a.m. to midnight, for about 40 people at a time,
Kcho said.
The project has limited reach but enormous
symbolic importance in a country that has long
maintained strict control of Internet access,
which some Cuban officials sees as a potential
national security threat. Officials have described
said the Internet as a potential tool for the
United States to exert influence over the islands
culture and politics.
The connection at the Kcho studio is provided
by Cubas state-run telecommunications
company over a new fiber-optic connection
and President Obamas comments indicate
that the new Google-Cuba relationship was
negotiated at the highest levels of the U.S. and
Cuban governments.
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Image: Sarah L. Voisin

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Perlmutter declined to comment on any broader


plans by the company, but said that the Kcho
center would feature upload and download
speed of 70 megabytes per second, blazingly
fast in comparison with the public WiFi available
to most Cubans for fees of $2 an hour, nearly a
tenth of the average monthly salary, for an hour
of access at roughly 1 megabyte per second.
Kcho said he was paying for the new connection
himself but declined to say how much he was
being charged.
Google has been trying for more than a year to
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other developing countries. Kcho has long


maintained close relationship with the Castro
government and became the first independent
source of free Internet in Cuba last year when he
began offering free WiFi at his studio.
Soon after, the Cuban government announced
that it was opening $2-an-hour WiFi spots across
the country in a move that has dramatically
increased Cubans access to the Internet,
allowing many to video-chat with families
abroad and see relatives for the first time.
Cuba still has one of the worlds lowest rates of
Internet penetration.

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ONLINE LODGING
SERVICE AIRBNB
OPENS CUBA
LISTINGS TO
WORLD

Online lodging service Airbnb is allowing


travelers from around the world to book stays in
private homes in Cuba after the San Franciscobased company received a special authorization
from the Obama administration, Airbnb
announced Sunday.
Airbnb was the first major American company to
enter Cuba after Presidents Barack Obama and
Raul Castro declared detente on Dec. 17, 2014.
The service handles online listing, booking and
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payments for people looking to stay in private


homes instead of hotels. Cuba has become its
fastest-growing market, with about 4,000 homes
added over the last year.
Airbnb had only been allowed to let U.S.
travelers use its services in Cuba under a
relatively limited Obama administration
exception to the half-century old US trade
embargo on the island. The expansion of that
license gives Airbnb the ability to become a
one-stop shop for travelers seeking lodging
in private homes, which have seen a flood of
demand from travelers seeking an alternative to
state-run hotels.
Airbnbs new authorization was announced
on the morning of an historic three-day trip by
Obama to Cuba and a day after Starwood Hotels
announced that it had signed a deal to run
three Cuban hotels, becoming the first U.S. hotel
company in Cuba since Fidel Castro took power
in 1959 and took over the islands hotels. Airbnb
said world travelers could begin booking in
Cuba in April 2, the anniversary of the countrys
start of operations on the island.
Also on Sunday, Marriott International Inc. said it
had gained Treasury Department authorization
to pursue a deal in Cuba. The hotel company,
which is based in Bethesda, Maryland, said
it is in talks with potential partners on the
island. Its CEO, Arne Sorenson, is in Cuba with
Obamas delegation.
All hotels in Cuba are now owned by
government agencies and many are known for
poor service and decrepit infrastructure. Foreign
hotel chains operate some of the islands larger
and more luxurious hotels, which are running at
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full capacity thanks to a post-detente boom in


tourism that saw visitor numbers surge nearly 20
percent last year.
One of the first openings in Cubas centrally
planned economy came when the government
allowed families to rent rooms in their homes
for a few dollars a night, starting in the 1990s.
That has become a full-blown private hospitality
industry, with many Cubans using capital from
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transform crumbling homes into the equivalents


of small boutique hotels.
Many websites allow foreigners to book Cuban
private homes, known as casas particulares, but
none has emerged as a dominant player. Many
travelers still find it hard to guarantee bookings
and make electronic or credit card payments.
Airbnb is promoting its service as a solution to
those problems in Cuba.

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HIGH COURT
WONT HEAR
APPEAL IN NFL VIDEO
GAME LAWSUIT

The Supreme Court is staying out of a dispute


between game maker Electronic Arts Inc. and
former National Football League players who
accuse the company of using their likenesses
in the popular Madden NFL video game series
without approval.
The justices on Monday let stand an appeals
court ruling that said the companys use of
the players likenesses was not protected as
incidental use under the First Amendment.
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The former players sued Electronic Arts in 2010


over the companys use of historic teams and
players in Madden NFL games from 2001 to
2009. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled
in 2012 that the player lawsuit could proceed.
Electronic Arts previously settled a similar case
brought by college football and basketball
players for $40 million.

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ALL OF THE EVENTS AND REACTION


FROM THE MARCH 21 KEYNOTE
So, it happened: the latest big Apple keynote,
at the companys Cupertino campus on March
21, and its fair to say that what we got tallied
pretty well with what we expected. The headline
announcements were undoubtedly those of
new, smaller versions of the iPhone and iPad Pro
that harked back to Apple models of the recent
past in more ways than simply their dimensions.
However, there were many other events from
the stage to get Apple fans of all stripes excited.

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED


In the run-up to the Cupertino giants Easter
event, there was - as per usual - plenty of
speculation about what would be unveiled,
centering on the prospect of a 9.7-inch version
of the normally 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a 4-inch
iPhone bearing the SE name and updates to the
MacBook and iMac ranges. Sure enough, the first
two possibilities came to fruition in some style,
although we got also new bands and a price
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drop for the Apple Watch, an updated tvOS for


the Apple TV and the release of iOS 9.3.
Having said that, there was inevitably a certain
elephant in the room at Infinite Loop, one that
CEO Tim Cook wasted little time in banishing.
After a timeline flashback to mark Apples 40th
birthday, Cook reiterated his companys staunch
position on customer privacy and security in
reference to its high-profile squabble with the
FBI over the locked San Bernardino iPhone.
Cook certainly couldnt be accused of trying to
downplay the issue, declaring the seriousness
with which Apple took the matter - and what
he regarded as its responsibility to protect user
data - just one day before its court date with the
United States government to discuss it. But of
course, this was a product launch keynote rather
than a political rally, so it was appropriate that
by about five minutes after the event started,
Cook had already reminded the audience that
the number of Apple devices around the world
had now exceeded one billion.
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FROM ENVIRONMENTAL WORK TO


RESEARCHKIT AND CAREKIT
If you needed any more evidence of Apples
pride over its self-perceived role in helping to
make the world a better place, you only needed
to note that Cooks statements in relation to
San Bernardino were swiftly followed by the
appearance of Lisa Jackson - the companys
Vice President, Environment, Policy and Social
Initiatives - to talk about its environmental goals.
Jackson, formerly Administrator of the US
Environmental Protection Agency appointed
by President Barack Obama, is the woman
charged with overseeing Apples efforts to
reduce its environmental impact, and she
duly impressed with her declaration that 93%
of Apples centers around the world are now
powered by renewables. This comes just two
years after the company set a goal of 100%
renewability, that maximum percentage having
already been reached in 24 countries, including
the US, China and United Kingdom.

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Shifting her focus to reuse and recycle


programs, Jackson then spoke about a new
research and development program, Liam, a
robot that helps to disassemble the iPhone into
its component parts for recycling purposes. She
also announced a new recycling promotion,
whereby Apple device owners wouldnt need
to pay a thing to hand back their old devices to
the company.
ResearchKit was another of the lower-key
subjects of interest at the keynote, with
Apple hailing the positive impact that it had
already had on healthcare in the US, citing
its role in the early identification of autism in
children. Then, 20 minutes into the keynote,
the company announced CareKit, a framework
for the development of apps for both carers
and self-carers, along with news that the first
CareKit app would be for Parkinsons disease.

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APPLE WATCH AND TV ALSO COME IN


FOR SOME LOVE
As convinced as many attendees were of
the very real importance of projects like
CareKit, they also knew that it would not be
what hogged the following days newspaper
headlines - and nor would the Watch, which
in line with widespread expectations, was not
the subject of any new hardware or software
developments. Instead, Cook was back to
announce various new wrist straps for the
device, including Woven Fabric straps and new
Sport band colors.
Watchers of the Watch who hadnt yet taken
the plunge with a purchase may have also been
pleased to hear that the stylish timepiece just
became a bit more attainable, the 38mm Apple
Sport Watch now priced at a mere $300 - $50
less than before. Of course, those with their eyes
on the 18-karat-gold Apple Watch Edition still
face the prospect of a more than $10,000 hole in
their bank account.
Cook then moved onto the subject of the Apple
TV, stating that there were now more than 5,000
apps for the device available to download. It
was then revealed that tvOS was receiving a
free update for owners of the latest TV, reducing
the amount of on-screen text at the same time
as introducing a folder system to empower
users to make their home screen even cleaner
and better-organized. The new tvOSs version
of Siri also now supports voice dictation for
such purposes as searching through apps and
password commands.

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THEN, IT WAS TIME FOR THE BIG


ANNOUNCEMENTS
Finally, the unveilings that the gathered press
corps had truly come to see! About half an hour
into the keynote, Apple was ready to start talking
about the latest 4-inch iPhone. In the words of
Apples Vice President of product marketing
Greg Joswiak, Some people simply love smaller
phones. And the 4-inch phone is often their first
iPhone. Some people asked and pleaded with
us. So were calling it the iPhone SE. Our most
powerful 4-inch phone ever.
Although we will go into more detail about
the technical specifications of the iPhone SE
in a later issue, it largely resembles a smaller
iPhone 5s with some of the 6s design
features. Its choice of space gray, silver and
gold metallic finishes is the same as that of
the iPhone 6, except that rose gold has also
been added. The smaller handset also houses
the 6ss 64-bit A9 chip, so there should be few
complaints about performance. The 16GB base
model will retail for $399, with the 64GB version
rising to $499.

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Then, theres the small matter of the iPad Pro.


Again, it represents a bet by Apple that devices
fitting its more traditionally favored proportions
will be a hit with buyers, its 9.7-inch screen being
the same size as the original iPads and current
iPad Airs. Purchase a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, then, and
you will benefit from many of the 12.9-inch Pros
most distinctive features, including Apple Pencil
support, an A9x processor and four speakers - or
Pro Sound, to use Apples favored term. Prices
in the US will start at $599 for the 32GB with WiFi model, while the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model
will go for $729. Again, we will cover the new
iPad Pro more in-depth in a future issue.

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WHY APPLE MAY HAVE DECIDED


TO DOWNSIZE
As you might expect, much of the commentary
in relation to the keynote centered on the
new headline-grabbing iPhone and iPad
models. Apples decision to release a smaller
screen size on an iPhone for the first time
since the September 2014 release of the 4.7inch iPhone 6 might seem curiously contrary
in a smartphone market that has been
characterized in recent years by ever-increasing
display proportions. However, this only
hardened the certainty of many observers that
the device is aimed at existing Apple users as
much as it is the market as a whole.
Those targeted users would appear to be the
owners of smaller Apple handsets - such as the
iPhone 5, 5s and 5c - 60% of whom have not yet
upgraded to an iPhone 6 or newer, according
to Cooks own estimate. Apple is evidently
convinced on the basis of this that there is a
strong market to tap into for the SE, a conviction
that would seem further supported by the lack
of industry competition.
With so many other smartphone manufacturers
having pursued the bigger is better approach
with the screen sizes of their recent devices, the
alternatives for prospective SE owners from the
likes of Samsung, HTC and Motorola are generally
poorer quality, more budget-oriented versions
of their larger brethren, rather than the almost
flagship-quality phone that the SE represents.

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WHAT INDUSTRY OBSERVERS MAKE


OF THE SE
By contrast to such cheaper alternatives, Apple
has clearly priced the SE to catch the eyes of
potential switchers from iPhones as old as the
4 or 4S, without plunging right into a budget
market that would compromise its signature
premium products for premium pricing
approach. If theres anything for the Cupertino
giant to fret about, it is surely whether there
will be sufficient demand for such a smaller, but
still high-priced handset in a global market that
has - in the words of analyst Gartners Annette
Zimmerman - definitely consolidated around
five and six inch devices.
A research director at the firm, Zimmerman
added that the SE was not really conceived to
capture a trend, but these people who are on an
iPhone 4 or 5 and are quite happy with the size.
Its a way to upgrade them and obviously selling
a phone with a smaller screen size helps with
the margins on these devices. I dont think it will
lead to the sort of strong growth we saw after
the iPhone 6 came out - that would be really
difficult to top.
The BBCs North America technology reporter,
Dave Lee, came to similar conclusions, observing
that With iPhone sales slowing, Apple needed
to capture some new customers and the iPhone
SE will likely do just that. Although he added
that the device was aimed at the types of
people whose budget cant quite stretch to
a new premium iPhone, he noted that the
SE departed significantly from Apples previous
attempt at a more affordable iPhone - the SE in rejecting that handsets cheap and cheerful
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colors in favor of a premium look more akin to


top-of-the-line iPhones.
However, not everyone was convinced that
Apple had struck the right formula with the SE,
one of the sternest critics being Editor-In-Chief
and CEO of 24/7 Wall St., Douglas A. McIntyre,
who mused that Apple management gambles
that a cheap product should not undermine
its image, a long-shot decision. A revenue lift
from the iPhone SE comes with a brand value
downgrade. However, he was writing his words
prior to the official unveiling of the device.

NO SHORTAGE OF HUMOR ON THE


SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES
Apple may have a certain clean image, but it is
not one without humanity, as its aforementioned
efforts to help make the world a better place so
well demonstrate. The actual owners of Apple
devices are also a very down-to-earth lot, as
shown by the humorous responses online to
various aspects of the keynote.
One Reddit user, for instance, asked How
does one pre-order Liam?, adding I dont see
anything up on the store yet, in a post that were
not even entirely sure was a joke - although
many of the responses, such as I want it in rose
gold and The camera bump kills it for me, just
made the thread all the more brilliant. There
were also many comedic responses to the
smaller size screen, such as one tweet that
showed a doctored screenshot of the Apple
website with the words, iPhone SE. Fine, we
made a small one again.

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A LOW-KEY EVENT, BUT AN


IMPORTANT ONE
Could the March 21 keynote have been slightly
more... dramatic? Couldnt we have had some
more outlandish products? Have Apples
product launches even become... dare we say it...
boring? After all, this was another Apple keynote
that focused on relatively minor changes to and
reinterpretations of existing devices, instead of
presenting an entry into an all-new category.
However, thats not necessarily a bad thing,
according to SlashGear writer Chris Davies. While
admitting that Familiarity breeds contempt
and The Internet had, collectively, braced
itself for an underwhelming Apple event today
and... was unsurprisingly unsurprised, Davies
posited that to some extent, he and other
technology industry watchers were our own
worst enemies. Our expectations are so vast, so
all-encompassing, its hard to imagine, short
of wheeling out a self-driving car with the
Apple logo, how Tim Cook & Co. might have
satisfied us.

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Encouraging updates, Davies added, isnt sexy


in the same way that new, segment-busting
software is. But its arguably more important. He
was far from the only informed observer to feel
this way, CCS Insights Geoff Blaber insisting that
A new price point and new hardware should
not be underestimated. The iPhone SE and iPad
Pro 9.7 could be viewed as largely iterative but
nonetheless they are still crucial products for
Apple as it looks to bolster growth across two
crucially important categories.
Sometimes, then, even merely incremental
updates can be vital, and even more than that,
with its latest keynote, Apple has demonstrated
that looking back to the past can sometimes
be the best way to look forward. We certainly
cant wait to get our own hands on the iPhone
SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, not least as if theres
any company that has consistently shown the
beauty and worth of gradual, step-by-step
improvements in delivering the very best
products, it is Apple.

by Benjamin Kerry & Gavin Lenaghan

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iPHONE SE:
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, TOO

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As it struggles to match the success of its bigscreen iPhones, Apple is now contending that
small can be beautiful, too.
The giant tech company showed off downsized
versions of its signature iPhone and iPad Pro
tablet on Monday, hoping theyll appeal to firsttime buyers and those who have shied away
from the bigger-screen models Apple has sold in
recent years.
At a time when overall smartphone sales are
slowing, Apple touted its new four-inch iPhone
SE as the most affordable new phone the
company has offered. While it comes with an
upgraded camera, faster processor and other
features, the SE has a starting price of $400,
or $50 less than the older iPhone 5S that its
replacing. By contrast, the iPhone 6S Plus, which
had been Apples newest and biggest phone,
starts at $750.
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The company also knocked $50 off the price of


its Apple Watch, showed off some new bands
for the wearable gadget, and announced some
software enhancements for its mobile devices
and the Apple TV system.
Apples spring product event came one day
before the tech giant is set to square off with
authorities in federal court over the FBIs
demand for help unlocking a mass shooters
encrypted iPhone. The dispute has dominated
headlines in recent weeks, as Apple CEO Tim
Cook acknowledged in brief remarks at the
opening of Mondays event.
We did not expect to be in this position, at odds
with our own government, he said. But we
believe strongly that we have a responsibility to
help you protect your data and your privacy.
Few of Mondays announcements surprised
industry experts. Analysts say Apple clearly
hopes the new devices will broaden its appeal
and get more people to use the latest versions
of its lucrative online services - such as Apple
Pay, Apple Music and the mobile App Store - at a
time when overall sales of Apples sleek iDevices
are leveling off.

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Were at a point, in a mature market, where


its about having niche products that satisfy
different needs, said veteran tech industry
watcher Bob ODonnell of Technalysis Research.
Apple is packing some new features into these
smaller packages. The new SE, for example,
has the same four-inch screen as the iPhone 5S
that Apple began selling in 2013. But the new
phone has the companys latest A9 processor,
a 12-megapixel camera and a secure chip that
allows the use of Apple Pay, the companys
digital payment service. Apple Pay was
previously only available with iPhone 6 and
6S models.
Apple hopes the phone will appeal to first
time buyers as well as those who find larger
models cumbersome, said Apple executive Greg
Joswiak. He said the company sold 30 million
4-inch iPhones last year.
But most analysts expect the new phone to
sell modestly compared to the companys
other models. And while they may give Apple
a boost during the historically slow spring and
summer months, analysts say the new devices
may not be new or different enough to
command the excitement Apples other recent
releases have enjoyed.
Its not going to be a big blockbuster,
said ODonnell.
Several financial analysts had projected Apple
could sell about 15 million of the new model this
year, although most were expecting it to have
a higher starting price. By comparison, analysts
estimate Apple has sold 265 million of the larger
iPhone 6 models over the last two years.

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Image: Gary He

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While shoppers bought a record 74.8 million


iPhones in the final three months of 2015,
Apple has signaled demand in the current
three-month period will fall short of the 61
million iPhones sold in the January-March
quarter last year. Overall smartphone sales
are slowing around the world, as most people
already own one.
Apple also showed off a new version of its iPad
Pro, with a 9.7-inch screen and many of the
features Apple offered with the 12-inch iPad Pro
tablet that Apple introduced last year - including
the ability to work with a detachable keyboard
and stylus. The smaller screen Pro has a starting
price of $600 without cellular capability, while
the bigger Pro starts at $800.
While sales of Apples iPad have been declining
for several years, its rival Microsoft has
successfully launched a new line of Surface
Pro tablets that come with a detachable
keyboard. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller
argued Monday that the iPad Pro is the
ultimate replacement for computers running
Microsoft Windows.
Apple is also promoting new uses for its
devices, particularly in health care. On Monday,
for instance, the company announced CareKit,
a set of tools for developers who create
mobile apps for medical use. Such apps could
help patients monitor chronic conditions
such Parkinsons disease and share that data
with their doctors. Last year, Apple released
ResearchKit, similar tools for apps that collect
data for health research.

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FACEBOOKS ZUCKERBERG
MEETS WITH CHINAS
PROPAGANDA CHIEF

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg


held a rare meeting with Chinas propaganda
chief, at a time when Chinese authorities are
tightening control over their cyberspace.
Liu Yunshan told Zuckerberg in their meeting
Saturday that he hopes Facebook can share its
experience with Chinese companies to help
Internet development better benefit the people
of all countries, Chinas official Xinhua News
Agency reported. Zuckerberg was in Beijing to
attend an economic forum.
China has called for the creation of a global
Internet governance system and cooperation
between countries to regulate Internet use,
stepping up efforts to promote controls that
activists complain stifle free expression.
Facebook and other Western social media,
including Twitter, are banned in China.
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Image: Shu Zhang

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Zuckerberg has long been courting Chinas


leaders in a so far futile attempt to access the
country with the worlds largest number of
Internet users - 668 million as of last year.
China has been increasing control over its
Internet, dubbed the Great Firewall because
it is already heavily censored. Liu, a member
of the Politburo Standing Committee, the
ruling Communist Partys top leadership
panel, recently said that all Internet users
must not cross the baseline when discussing
Chinas governance.
Chinese censors have introduced a slate of
new regulations to better enable them to
police digital and social media as closely as
traditional publications. The countrys top
Internet regulator has repeatedly warned that
an untamed cyberspace would pose a risk to
domestic security, and that the government
should decide who to allow into its house.

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WORLDS COLLIDE IN
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

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Zac Snyders thundering and grim Batman v


Superman: Dawn of Justice offers the kind of
blunt, mano-a-mano faceoff usually reserved for
Predators, Godzillas and presidential candidates.
And just as has often been said of this election
year, Batman v Superman takes a once
almost charming tradition and plunges it
into the gutter. Long gone are the telephone
booths, corn fields or any other such tokens of
innocence. And given the prevailing climate,
Snyder may have judged the rockem-sockem
moment wisely. Gentlemen, keep your fists up
and your capes neatly tucked.
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Batman v Superman, as heavy and humorless


as a Supreme Court decision, is an 18-wheeler
of a movie lumbering through a fallen world.
It hurtles not with the kinetic momentum of
Mad Max: Fury Road nor the comparatively
spry skip of a Marvel movie, but with an operatic
grandeur it sometimes earns and often doesnt.
This is Paradise Lost for superheroes. It twists
and grinds two of the most classic comic
heroes, wringing new, less altruistic emotions
out of them until their dashing smiles turn to
angry grimaces.
After a handsome, impressionistic montage
of Batmans iconic childhood, the film picks
up where Snyders Superman reboot Man of
Steel left off but from a different perspective.
Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) is driving through
the falling debris of Metropolis while Superman
(Henry Cavill) careens carelessly above.

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Snyder has channeled the backlash over the


high death-toll finale into Wayne, who bitterly
watches Superman from the dust-filled air on
the ground - a cheap evocation of Sept. 11
designed to add solemnity where there isnt any.
Months later, the two are still distrustfully
circling each other. Snyder, working from a script
by Chris Terrio (Argo) and David Goyer (Man
of Steel), delves into their opposite natures:
one a godlike power from another planet who
favors primary colors, the other a well-equipped
human prone to a darker palette.
At a party thrown by Lex Luthor (the badly
miscast Jesse Eisenberg), the billionaire-inventor
whos secretly weaponizing Kryptonite, their two
alter-egos are surprisingly passive aggressive.
Kent, the reporter, queries Wayne about the
bat vigilante problem, while Wayne, citing the
laudatory coverage of Superman in the Daily
Planet, voices his distaste for freaks who dress
like clowns.

Image: Gary He

Both are combating a new environment for


superheroes best articulated by none other than
astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who, on TV,
describes supermen as altering mans assumed
supremacy in the universe like Copernicus
discoveries did. Were criminals, Alfred, Batman,
fresh from torturing a foe, tells his butler (Jeremy
Irons, adding an icy flare to the character).
Weve always been criminals.
Luthors plot gradually brings the heroes into
the same orbit, along with Wonder Woman (Gal
Gadot). But its the genuine rigor of Snyders
engagement with the psychology of Superman
and Batman that keeps the film grounded
and the rivalry plausible. Seeing the two warp
toward villainy may be a trick, like Seinfelds
Jerry and Kramer switching apartments,
but Batman v Superman is serious about
contemplating the curious positions these allpowerful beings occupy in a world that has
grown to resent their might.

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Its in some ways an ideal film for Snyder, an


exceptionally un-subtle filmmaker with the
sensibility of a car crash. But as the director of
300, he knows his way around a ramming
collision. And unlike Marvel films, DC Comic
adaptations have, for better (Christopher Nolans
Dark Knight trilogy) and worse (Man of Steel),
been works of distinct directors.
Snyders command is less sure when it comes
to, well, normal life. Batman v Superman would
rather spend its lengthy running time in the
throes of myth than somewhere like the offices
of the Daily Planet, where the eminently pert
Amy Adams (Lois Lane) breezes in and out.
As for the much discussed casting of Affleck,
Keaton and Bale have little to worry about.
But Affleck is a worthy heir to the part, albeit
with a chin thats a dead giveaway in the
suit. If anything, theres only so much room
for individual performance here; when
armored, Afflecks already beefed-up Batman
looks like a tank.
Theres an elemental fun in positing the winners
of superhero square offs. Is the Flash faster than
Superman? Is Aquaman or Wonder Woman the
better tipper? Is everybody just kind of weirded
out by the Silver Surfer?
Such debates are predicated on their inherent
silliness, something the self-serious Batman v
Superman ignores. Snyders task is considerable
in that hes marrying the realistic crime world
of Batman and the more fantastical realm of
Superman, plus providing the requisite cameos
(including Jason Momoas Aquaman and Ezra
Millers Flash) to tease movies to come.

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But whats there to fight about anyway? The most


important battle was already decided: Batman,
long our favorite, already has top billing.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a Warner
Bros. release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion
Picture Association of America for intense
sequences of violence and action throughout,
and some sensuality. Running time: 151
minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.
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TWITTER MARKS 10TH BIRTHDAY


SEARCHING FOR FOLLOWERS, PROFITS

Happy birthday, Twitter.


The social media site famous for hashtags
and a 140-character tweet limit turned
10 years old Monday, having evolved from
what was originally billed as a microblogging
site into one of the Internets most influential
means of communication.
The worlds first tweet, which was sent by
co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006,
read just setting up my twttr.
When Capt. Chesley Sullenberger safely landed
a disabled US Airways plane with 150
passengers into a frigid Hudson River in January
2009, witnesses tweeted photos of passengers
being rescued from the floating plane. At the
time, it seemed unthinkable that Twitter didnt
exist just a few years earlier.
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Now presidents - and the Pope - have


Twitter accounts.
But after a long streak of robust growth that
turned it into one of the Internets hottest
companies, Twitters expansion has slowed
dramatically over the past year and a half.
At the end of 2015, it had about 320 million
active users, far short of social networking
leader Facebook and its 1.5 billion users.
Twitter Inc. executives have acknowledged
their struggle to convince people the service is
essential. They have tweaked Twitters format
in a bid to make it easier and more engaging to
use. Thats seen as key to expanding Twitters
user base, which would in turn allow it to sell
more advertising and to begin to make money
for the first time.
The San Francisco-based company last year
added a Moments feature, a tool that bundles
video, photos and links to news stories,
making it easier for people to find hot topics of
discussion without needing to figure out whom
to follow to receive updates.
It also got rid of its star icon signifying a
favorite tweet, in favor of a heart icon, similar
to Facebooks like button. Twitter then changed
the user timeline, showing first the popular
tweets related to people users follow, then the
real-time feed, a feature users can turn off.

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Hardcore Twitter users seemed mostly dismayed


by the new changes and were borderline
apoplectic when rumors circulated that the
company was considering doing away with the
140-character limit.
The company rehired Dorsey for a second stint
as CEO last summer, and he signaled his resolve
to make Twitter profitable by laying off 336
employees, or 8 percent of its workforce.
But company lost another $90 million during
the final three months of last year, preserving its
profitless history.
That lackluster performance has hammered
Twitters stock, which is trading at less than $17
per share, down from nearly $50 per share a
year ago. Twitters November 2013 initial public
offering price was $26 and it reached $70 per
share in early 2014.

Image: Gary He

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#01 Basketball Stars


By Miniclip.com
Category: Games
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#02 NCAA March Madness Live


By NCAA Digital
Category: Sports
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#03 Snapchat
By Snapchat, Inc.
Category: Photo & Video
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#04 Damn Daniel


By Josiah Jenkins
Category: Games
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#05 Color Switch


By Samuel Ratumaitavuki
Category: Games
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#06 Messenger
By Facebook, Inc.
Category: Social Networking
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#07 Facebook
By Facebook, Inc.
Category: Social Networking
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#08 Instagram
By Instagram, Inc.
Category: Photo & Video
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#09 Clash Royale


By Supercell
Category: Games
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

iOS
100

#10 Unison League


By Ateam Inc.
Category: Games
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#01 OS X El Capitan
By Apple
Category: Utilities
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.8 or later

#02 Xcode
By Apple
Category: Developer Tools
Compatibility: OS X 10.8.4 or later

#03 Microsoft Remote Desktop


By Microsoft Corporation
Category: Business
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

#04 Kindle
By AMZN Mobile LLC
Category: Reference
Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later

#05 Slack
By Slack Technologies, Inc.
Category: Business
OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

#06 The Unarchiver


By Dag Agren
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.0 or later, 64-bit processor

#07 App for Instagram


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#09 Full Deck Solitaire


By GRL Games
Category: Games
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later

#10 OneDrive
By Microsoft Corporation
Category: Productivity
Compatibility: OS X 10.9.0 or later, 64-bit processor

Mac OS X
101

#01 Minecraft: Pocket Edition


By Mojang
Category: Games / Price: $6.99
Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#02 Face Swap Live


By Laan Labs
Category: Photo & Video / Price: $0.99
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#03 Heads Up!


By Warner Bros.
Category: Games / Price: $0.99
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#04 Goat Simulator


By Coffee Stain Studios
Category: Games / Price: $0.99
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#05 Geometry Dash


By RobTop Games AB
Category: Games / Price: $1.99
Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#06 Facetune
By Lightricks Ltd.
Category: Photo & Video / Price: $3.99
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#07 NBA 2K16


By 2K
Category: Games / Price: $7.99
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#08 Bloons TD 5
By Ninja Kiwi
Category: Games / Price: $2.99
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#09 Akinator the Genie


By Elokence
Category: Entertainment / Price: $1.99
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

iOS
102

#10 PAW Patrol Pups Take Flight


By Viacom International Inc.
Category: Education / Price: $2.99
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

#01 GarageBand
By Apple
Category: Music / Price: $4.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later

#02 AntiVirus Sentinel Pro


By Calin Popescu
Category: Utilities / Price: $9.99
ompatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

#03 Logic Pro X


By Apple
Category: Music / Price: $199.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.8.4 or later, 64-bit processor

#04 Disk Cleaner


By Pocket Bits LLC
Category: Utilities / Price: $5 .99
Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

#05 Final Cut Pro


By Apple
Category: Video / Price: $299.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.10.4 or later, 64-bit processor

#06 OS X Server
By Apple
Category: Utilities / Price: $19.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.10.5 or later

#07 Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro


By Systweak Software
Category: Photography / Price: $0.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later

#08 BetterSnapTool
By Andreas Hegenberg
Category: Productivity / Price: $2.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor

#09 Document Writer


By xiong feng
Category: Business / Price: $9 .99
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later

#10 Affinity Photo


By Serif Labs
Category: Photography / Price: $39.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

Mac OS X
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Trailer

Movies
&

TV Shows

104

The Revenant
A frontiersman is left for dead by his team
after being mauled by a bear during a fur
trading expedition. This movie follows his
struggle for survival against the elements,
rival hunters, and even some members of his
own team...

FIVE FACTS:
1. The Revenant resulted in Leonardo
DiCaprios sixth Oscar nomination, and his
long-awaited first ever win.
2. Director Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu, who is
famed for being belligerent with his crews, has
also directed Birdman (2014) and Babel (2006).
by Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu
Genre: Drama
Released: 2015
Price: $14.99

3. Partially based on real events a man


named Hugh Glass was attacked by a grizzly
bear in August 1823 and was left for dead by
fellow trappers.
4. Rumours spread that DiCaprio slept in
the gutted carcass of an actual horse whilst
filming that particular scene. This rumour was
dispelled soon afterwards by producers they
actually used a prosthetic carcass.

281 Ratings

5. The trailer crossed over 7 million views less


than 36 hours after its release on July 17, 2015.

Rotten Tomatoes

82

%
105

Cast Interview

106

107

The Hateful Eight


A bounty hunter and his fugitive captive
are set to travel to the town of Red Rocks,
where the prisoner will be brought to
justice. However, a blizzard results in the
pair, alongside two hitchhikers they pick
up along the way, becoming trapped in a
haberdashery store alongside four other
strangers. Chaos ensues, and it becomes
more and more doubtful that the team will
make it to Red Rocks after all...

FIVE FACTS:
1. Director Quentin Tarantino provides the
voice of the narrator.
2. This movie takes place in the same
universe as Django Unchained (2012), but is
not a sequel.
3. Ennio Morricone composed the score
for the movie, making it the first western
movie scored by him in 40 years. Morricone
is famed for his compositions, including the
score for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,
and The Thing (1982), amongst many others.

by Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Action & Adventure
Released: 2016
Price: $14.99

233 Ratings

4. This movie has the longest title for a


movie directed by Quentin Tarantino all of
the titles of his previous movies only have
two words.
5. Quentin Tarantinos eighth studio movie.

Rotten Tomatoes

75

108

Trailer

109

110

Cast Interview

111

Used To Love You

Music
112

This Is What the


Truth Feels Like
Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefanis third studio album, and her first
in a decade, is a triumphant return to form.
Featuring comeback singles Used to Love You
and Make Me Like You, its a must for any fan
of pop music, or any fan of Stefanis older work.

FIVE FACTS:
Genre: Pop
Released: Mar 18, 2016
12 Songs
Price: $10.99

1341 Ratings

1. Hollaback Girl, one of Stefanis most


well-known songs, became the first US
digital download to sell one million copies
back in 2005.
2. Stefani has won 46 awards for her music
in total, including Grammy awards for Best
Rap/Song Collaboration and Best Pop
Performance by a Duo or Group.
3. Gwens brother Eric founded No Doubt
(Stefani also provides vocals for these), but
left to become an animator for The Simpsons.
4. Stefani also provides vocals for ska rock
band No Doubt. Founded in 1986, the band
has had several hits, including Just a Girl
and Dont Speak. The band has been on
hiatus twice, once from 2004-2008, and then
again from 2013-2015.
5. Her other ventures include acting, fashion
design, and a perfume line, to name a few.

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Make Me Like You

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Post Pop Depression


Iggy Pop
Punk legend Iggy Pop teams up with some
familiar faces for his seventeenth studio album
to date. Its a must-buy for any fans of Iggys
vast back catalogue, or for fans of any of the
other notable artists featured.

FIVE FACTS:
1. The other artists that contributed towards
the albums creation are Josh Homme of
Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys
drummer Matt Helders, and Dean Fertita a
member of Queens of the Stone Age and The
Dead Weather.
2. Iggys band, The Stooges, were inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
The band was active from 1967-1974,
reuniting once again in 2003.
3. The album was recorded in secret, and
was only announced at the start of 2016, two
months or so before its release.
4. Iggy has created several successful singles
as a solo artist, including China Girl, The
Passenger, and Lust for Life, which was used
in the introduction of infamous British drama
film Trainspotting.
5. His legacy is impressive, with other notable
acts including The Sex Pistols, R.E.M., and Rage
Against the Machine covering his work.

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Genre: Rock
Released: Mar 18, 2016
9 Songs
Price: $10.99

110 Ratings

The albums announcement on The Late Show

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BOX OFFICE
TOP 20: ALLEGIANT
FALTERS, MIRACLES
ASCENDS

The Divergent Series stumbled this weekend


as the third movie in the four-picture series,
Allegiant, opened to only $29 million - a far cry
from the previous two films that both debuted
in the same time frame to over $50 million.
Allegiant took second place to Disneys
Zootopia, which held on to the top spot in its
third weekend with $37.2 million, pushing its
domestic total past the $200 million mark.
Sonys faith-based Miracles From Heaven
debuted in third place with a robust $14.8
million as well. The film starring Jennifer Garner
cost only $13 million to produce and has made
$18.4 million since its Wednesday opening.
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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.

Zootopia, Disney, $37,164,158, 3,959


locations, $9,387 average, $200,929,655,
3 weeks.

2.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant,


Lionsgate, $29,027,348, 3,740
locations, $7,761 average, $29,027,348,
1 week.

3.

Miracles From Heaven, Sony,


$14,812,393, 3,047 locations, $4,861
average, $18,369,446, 1 week.

4.

10 Cloverfield Lane, Paramount,


$12,506,539, 3,427 locations, $3,649
average, $45,183,178, 2 weeks.

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5.

Deadpool, 20th Century Fox,


$8,011,984, 2,924 locations, $2,740
average, $340,953,367, 6 weeks.

6.

London Has Fallen, Focus Features,


$6,848,377, 3,011 locations, $2,274
average, $50,044,197, 3 weeks.

7.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Paramount,


$2,801,718, 2,079 locations, $1,348
average, $19,272,558, 3 weeks.

8.

The Perfect Match, Lionsgate,


$1,974,056, 925 locations, $2,134
average, $7,380,235, 2 weeks.

9.

The Brothers Grimsby, Sony,


$1,420,281, 2,235 locations, $635
average, $5,932,951, 2 weeks.

10.

The Revenant, 20th Century Fox,


$1,207,791, 935 locations, $1,292
average, $181,144,329, 13 weeks.

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17.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens,


Disney, $966,071, 568 locations,
$1,701 average, $932,324,258, 14 weeks.

18.

Anomalisa, Paramount, $758,136,


573 locations, $1,323 average,
$3,442,820, 12 weeks.

19.

Eddie The Eagle, 20th Century


Fox, $602,325, 682 locations, $883
average, $14,728,827, 4 weeks.

20.

Spotlight, Open Road, $423,465,


443 locations, $956 average,
$44,000,003, 20 weeks.

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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FBI: ATTACKERS PHONE POSSIBLY


ACCESSIBLE WITHOUT APPLE HELP

The government has been adamant for weeks:


FBI investigators need to unlock an encrypted
iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino
attackers, and Apple Inc. was the only one that
could do it.
In a stunning reversal on Monday, federal
prosecutors asked a judge to halt a muchanticipated hearing on their efforts to force
Apple to unlock the phone. The FBI may have
found another way, and Apples cooperation
may no longer be needed, according to court
papers filed late Monday, less than 24 hours
before Tuesdays hearing.
An outside party came forward over the
weekend and showed the FBI a possible method
to access the data on Syed Rizwan Farooks
encrypted phone, according to the filing.
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Testing is required to determine whether it is a


viable method that will not compromise data on
Farooks iPhone, the filing said. If the method
is viable, it should eliminate the need for the
assistance from Apple.
If its viable, that also means the government has
significantly undermined its arguments against
Apple, said Kristen Eichensehr, a
visiting law professor at the University of
California, Los Angeles.
If they found another way into the phone,
that doesnt just weaken their case. It means
they cant satisfy the legal standard to sustain
the courts order, said Eichensehr, referring to
Magistrate Judge Sheri Pyms Feb. 16 ruling
compelling Apple to create software that would
disable security features on the phone.
Pym granted the governments request to
postpone Tuesdays arguments in the case and

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stayed her previous order. She ordered the


government to file a status report by April 5.
The development raised more questions than
it answered. Its unclear who is helping the FBI
with the phone and why it took so long for a
possible solution to be identified.
One thing seems clear - that the government
likely would not have disclosed it had found
another possible way to unlock the phone
unless it was almost certain the method would
work, said Robert Cattanach, a former U.S.
Department of Justice attorney who handles
cyber-security cases for the Dorsey & Whitney
law firm.
He said the disclosure alone weakens the
governments case by introducing doubt that it
could only access the phone with Apples help.
Theyve created ambiguity in a place where
theyve previously said there is none, he said.

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In a conference call with reporters, Apple


attorneys said its premature to declare victory
in the case because authorities could come
back in a few weeks and insist they still need
the companys help. The attorneys spoke under
an Apple policy that wouldnt allow them to be
quoted by name.
The company hopes the government will tell
Apple about whatever method it uses to access
the phones encrypted files. But the attorneys
said it may be up to the FBI to decide whether to
share the information.
Lawmakers, civil rights advocates and other tech
companies have criticized the FBI for not doing
more to try to crack the iPhone itself before
seeking to force Apples hand.
To me, it suggests that either the FBI doesnt
understand the technology or they werent
giving us the whole truth when they said there is
no other possible way of examining the phone
without Apples help, said Alex Abdo, staff
attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Both of those are scary to me.
The ACLU has filed a court brief supporting
Apples position.

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Prosecutors have argued that the phone used


by Farook probably contains evidence of the
Dec. 2 attack in which the county food inspector
and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, slaughtered 14 at
a holiday luncheon attended by many of his
work colleagues. The two were killed in a police
shootout hours later.
The FBI has said the couple was inspired by the
Islamic State group. Investigators still are trying
to piece together what happened and find out if
there were collaborators.
The couple destroyed other phones they
left behind, and the FBI has been unable to
circumvent the passcode needed to unlock
the iPhone, which is owned by San Bernardino
County and was given to Farook for his job.
Apple has argued that the government was
seeking dangerous power that exceeds the
authority of the All Writs Act of 1789 it cited, and
violates the companys constitutional rights,
harms the Apple brand and threatens the trust
of its customers to protect their privacy. The
18th-century law has been used on other cases
to require third parties to help law enforcement
in investigations.

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Its not clear what method the government now


wants to test. But even as the FBI has insisted
that only Apple is able to provide the help it
needs, some technical experts have argued
there are other options.
The most viable method involves making a copy
of the iPhones flash memory drive, said Jonathan
Zdziarski, a computer expert who specializes in
iPhone forensics. That would allow investigators
to make multiple tries at guessing the iPhones
passcode. A security feature in the phone is
designed to automatically erase the data if
someone makes 10 wrong guesses in a row.
But if that happens, Zdziarski said, investigators
could theoretically restore the data from the
backup copy they have created.
The data itself would remain encrypted until the
phone is unlocked, but it would remain viable
while investigators continued to guess the
passcode, he added.
Its a lot more involved than it sounds, Zdziarski
cautioned, and no one has demonstrated that it
would work in this case.
Some experts have also suggested that
investigators could use lasers and acid to
deconstruct the phones memory chip, in order
to physically examine the encrypted data and
the encryption algorithm, in hopes of cracking
the code. But hardware experts say that method
has a high risk of destroying the memory during
the process.

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JOHNS HOPKINS
RESEARCHERS FIND FLAW IN
iMESSAGE ENCRYPTION

Much has been made of both the benefits and


dangers that come with strong encryption,
especially the methods used by Apple to secure
its devices. But new research shows that Apples
security isnt as impenetrable as both the
company and its critics claim.
A team from Johns Hopkins University says
it found a security bug in iMessage, the
encrypted messaging platform used on Apples
phones and other devices. The bug would
allow hackers under certain circumstances to
decrypt some messages.
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The teams paper is extremely critical of


iMessages encryption technology, citing
significant vulnerabilities that can be exploited
by a sophisticated attacker. And it argues that
in the long term, the technology needs to be
replaced with a more modern mechanism.
The paper was published on Monday after
Apples release of a patch fully fixing the bug.
The Johns Hopkins team reported its findings to
Apple in November.
But perhaps more significantly, the discovery is
a blow to government arguments that Apples
encryption technology makes it impossible for
law enforcement to access information stored
on devices connected to criminal investigations.
Apple itself maintains that iMessages encryption
is top-of-the-line and the same kind used by
banks and the military.

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The main point is that encryption is hard to


get right, said Ian Miers, a computer science
doctoral student at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore
and one of the papers authors. Imagine the
number of things that could go wrong if you
have more complicated requirements like a
back door.
Some government and law enforcement
officials argue that companies that use
encryption in their products and services
should be required to include a so-called
back door, which would give law
enforcement officials armed with warrants
a way to access encrypted information
as part of investigations. But efforts to pass
legislation that would do that have failed to
gain traction.

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Apple has come under fire for refusing to


create and provide the government with a
software tool that would help investigators
unlock an encrypted iPhone used by one of the
killers in the San Bernardino mass shooting.
The company and its supporters have argued
that doing so would threaten data security for
millions by creating essentially a master key
that could later be duplicated and used against
other phones.
A federal magistrate will hear arguments from
both sides on Tuesday.
Apple Inc. released a statement Monday saying
that it appreciated the Johns Hopkins teams
efforts in identifying the bug and bringing it
to its attention. It also noted that some of the
problems identified in the paper were fixed with
the fall release of iOS 9. Mondays release of iOS
9.3 included additional protections.
Security requires constant dedication and were
grateful to have a community of developers and
researchers who help us stay ahead, Apple said.

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NEW RULES
PROMISE
TO SPICE UP
CONTEST IN F1

Mercedes got off to the best possible start to


the Formula One season with a one-two finish at
the Australian Grand Prix, yet the events of the
weekend have sown some uncertainty into the
teams bid for a third straight title.
Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton at the
Albert Park street circuit - his fourth straight
victory over his world champion teammate
dating back to last season - but the win owed
more to the red flag suspension of the race
at one-third distance and an ill-advised tire
strategy by Ferrari.
As cars sat in the pits awaiting the clearing of
wreckage from a spectacular crash by McLarens
Fernando Alonso, tire changes were made and
race leader Sebastian Vettel went for the supersoft rubber for his Ferrari while second-place
Rosberg and then seventh-place Hamilton chose
the hardest-available medium compound.
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That effectively decided the race, as the


Mercedes were able to continue uninterrupted
to the checkered flag while Vettel was forced
into an extra pit stop.
The intrigue over tire choices was full vindication
of the rule change to allow teams a choice
from three different compounds for their dryweather tires, up from two in previous years. As
a result, five of the top six cars used different tire
strategies, and half of the finishers used all three
compounds during the race. Pirelli motorsport
chief Paul Hembery justifiably called the new
regulations a resounding success.
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Another rule change that had a positive impact


on the race was the restriction on drivers to
use one clutch paddle at the start, putting a
premium on driver technique and bringing back
the drama to race starts. Pole sitter Hamilton was
slow off the grid and had been shuffled back to
seventh on the opening lap, while Vettel got off
the line superbly and speared right between the
two Mercedes cars.

Image: Gary He

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It was probably a number of things


combining to create some fairly poor starts,
Mercedes technical director Paddy Lowe said
to motorsport.com. The objective of the
regulation change ... is to make starts more
variable, and that is what weve seen.
Mercedes will closely review whether the
slow start by Hamilton, and to a lesser extent
Rosberg, was a technical issue or down to clutch
technique or slow reactions. If Ferrari has come
up with a better solution to the new rule, then
red cars at the front after one lap could become
a regular occurrence.

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The efficacy of the tire and race-start rule


changes was welcome for F1 officials after the
debacle of the new qualifying system, which has
been abandoned as hastily as it was adopted.
The format of eliminating the slowest cars every
90 seconds produced a reasonably exciting
but at times confusing spectacle in the Q1 and
Q2 segments, but the Q3 segment to decide
the top places on the grid was a flop, as many
drivers elected not to participate and thereby
save tires for the race. With minutes still left in
the session, drivers were out of their cars and the
grandstands emptying.

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Team bosses have elected to immediately


return to the old qualifying format and,
provided that gets approval from the F1
Commission, it should be in place for the next
grand prix at Bahrain on April 3.

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Fresh supplies shipped out late Tuesday for


the International Space Station, where the
shelves finally are getting full after a string of
failed deliveries.
Launching beneath the light of a nearly full
moon, the unmanned Atlas V rocket provided
late-night sparkle as it headed north with its
precious cargo and paralleled the East Coast on
its way to orbit.
Orbital ATKs Cygnus capsule holds nearly
8,000 pounds of food, equipment and scientific
research for NASA, including a commercialquality 3-D printer anyone can rent and
experimental robotic grippers modeled after the
thousands of sticky hairs on geckos feet.
Theres also a fire experiment that will remain on
the Cygnus.
Researchers will ignite a large-scale blaze,
in a contained box, to see how it spreads in
weightlessness. The fire will not be set until
the Cygnus departs the space station in May,
full of trash for a destructive re-entry. First, the
Cygnus needs to get to the station and its six
inhabitants; its due there Saturday.
Named after the swan constellation, the Cygnus
is one of two commercial vehicles used to stock
the 250-mile-high space station. Both haulers
have lost shipments to rocket failures over the
past 1 years and are still working to catch up. A
Russian shipment also ended up destroyed.
Orbital ATK has been using another companys
Atlas rockets to keep the station supplies
flowing in the wake of its October 2014 launch
explosion at Wallops Island, Virginia. This is the
second Cygnus assigned to an Atlas; the first
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flew from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station


in December. The company hopes to resume
supply runs from Wallops this summer with its
own Antares rockets.
SpaceX, meanwhile, is aiming for an April 8
launch of its Dragon cargo carrier; the last one
was destroyed in a June launch accident. It will
be the first time both a Cygnus and Dragon are
at the orbiting outpost at the same time.
Orbital ATK named this capsule after the late
Rick Husband, commander of the doomed space
shuttle Columbia. He piloted the first shuttle
docking at the International Space Station, in
1999. His widow and two children were on hand
for the launch.
Godspeed SS Rick D Husband! astronaut Terry
Virts said in a tweet from NASAs Mission Control
in Houston.
NASA contracted out space station cargo
deliveries - and beginning as early as next year,
crew taxi flights - to concentrate on getting
humans to Mars in the 2030s. Earlier this month,
U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly returned from a
yearlong stay at the station, helping to push that
goal forward.

Online:
NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/mission-pages/
station/main/index.html
Orbital ATK: http://www.orbitalatk.com

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The project is remarkable in an industry whose


bread and butter is medicines that patients with
chronic diseases take for years.
The idea is to first discover biomarkers measurable biological and molecular signs in
blood and other patient samples - indicating
a disease will develop or is beginning. Next,
scientists would develop affordable and easy-touse diagnostic tests for those biomarkers.
Finally, researchers would develop new
therapies, or determine which existing
ones would work, to head off full-blown
disease in those people. Those could include
medicines, nutrition changes and physical or
psychological therapy.
If successful, those strategies could be used
much as cholesterol tests are given to patients,
with those who have a problem being
prescribed statin drugs to prevent a heart attack
or stroke.
This is the way to go, said Dr. Robert Hardi,
president of the Academy of Physicians in
Clinical Research. If anybody can pull it off, they
can - with help from partners.
He noted that researchers already are
developing biomarker tests in areas such as
cancer that help doctors pick the best treatment
for each patient.
It may well save a lot of money and a lot of
suffering, added Hardi, a gastroenterologist in
Chevy Chase, Maryland.
One of the newest projects piggybacks on
existing research at Boston University School of
Medicine. Its been working since 2011 under
a Defense Department grant to identify which
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military members and veterans will develop


lung cancer. That group has a high risk because
many are heavy smokers and theyre exposed
to fuel fumes and other dangerous substances
while deployed, said Dr. Avrum Spira, a
pulmonologist heading that study.
Its been testing blood and skin cells and
doing chest scans on hundreds of participants,
aiming to link changes in those tests over time
to which people later develop lung cancer. J&J
has given Spiras group $8 million to test 1,000
civilian smokers, to identify cell changes in the
individuals who eventually develop chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes
emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Theyll
then test therapies to stop further destruction
of lung airways.
With another $2.1 million from J&J, Spira said,
his team is studying how the immune system
fails in the early development of lung cancer
and whether new drugs that fight cancer by
boosting the immune system could prevent it.
Another new collaboration is seeking
biomarkers indicating which pregnant women
likely will develop gestational diabetes, so
they can be treated to prevent it. Half those
women would otherwise develop Type 2
diabetes within 10 years, and their babies have
an eightfold risk of developing it eventually,
Wiegand said.
Preventing diseases or treating them early
on is much cheaper than trying to save
people diagnosed with advanced disease, so
Wiegand believes that insurers will cover the
diagnostic tests being developed and new,
proven treatments.
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Johnson & Johnson, based in New Brunswick,


New Jersey, is a leading maker of diagnostic
tests, as well as vaccines, surgical equipment
and prescription medicines, putting it in a
good position to offer products for many of the
disorders being studied.
For the project to have a big impact, the U.S.
must to address the shortage of primary care
doctors, said Dr. Wanda Filer, president of
the American Academy of Family Physicians.
She said pediatricians, family doctors and
internists, along with nurse practitioners, already
focus on preventive care such as vaccines, so
theyre best suited for identifying and helping
at-risk patients.
With patients more focused on medical costs as
they bear more of them now, Filer said, theyll
need to be convinced new diagnostic tests and
pre-emptive treatment are worth the cost.
This could be transformational, she added.
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7 YEARS

Lukas Graham

DANGEROUS WOMAN

ariana Grande

MY HOUSE

FLo rida

NO

meGhan Trainor

STRESSED OUT
TwenTy one piLoTs

YOUTH

Troye sivan

LOVE YOURSELF

JusTin BieBer

WORK FROM HOME (FEAT. TY DOLLA $IGN)

FiFTh harmony

ONE CALL AWAY

CharLie puTh

CAME HERE TO FORGET

BLake sheLTon

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HAVE IT ALL (LIVE)

BeTheL musiC

25

adeLe

TRAVELLER

Chris sTapLeTon

INCARNATE (DELUXE)

kiLLswiTCh enGaGe

PURPOSE (DELUXE)

JusTin BieBer

FIRED UP

randy houser

BLURRYFACE
TwenTy one piLoTs

US AND THE NIGHT

3 doors down

A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS

CoLdpLay

ARRANGINGTIME

peTe yorn

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CAKE BY THE OCEAN

dnCe

THIS ONES FOR ME AND YOU


(FEAT. NEW EDITION)

Johnny GiLL

THE SOUND OF SILENCE

disTurBed

UPTOWN FUNK (FEAT. BRUNO MARS)

mark ronson

WORK FROM HOME (FEAT. TY DOLLA $IGN)

FiFTh harmony

WHEN IM GONE

Joey+rory

WATCH ME (WHIP / NAE NAE)

siLenT

HELLO

adeLe

HANDS TO MYSELF

seLena Gomez

STRESSED OUT
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The waLkinG dead, season 6

NOT TOMORROW YET

The waLkinG dead, season 6

YOL

vikinGs, season 4

THE FISH ROTS FROM THE HEAD

sCandaL, season 5

ALL EYEZ ON ME

Greys anaTomy, season 12

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA

The peopLe v. o.J. simpson: ameriCan Crime sTory

CLEAR

QuanTiCo, season 1

GLOVES OFF

BeTTer CaLL sauL, season 2

WHOS BEEN NAUGHTY WHOS BEEN NICE

The reaL housewives oF aTLanTa, season 8

KNOTS UNTIE

The waLkinG dead, season 6

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James paTTerson & mark suLLivan

FEBRUARY

audrey CarLan

FILTHY BEAUTIFUL LOVE

kendaLL ryan

MARCH

audrey CarLan

THE WIDOW

Fiona BarTon

HAWKE

sawyer BenneTT

JANUARY

audrey CarLan

NEITHER HERE NOR THERE

BiLL Bryson

APRIL

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DARK PROMISES

ChrisTine Feehan

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TAXI PROTEST CAUSES TRAFFIC


CHAOS IN INDONESIAN CAPITAL

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Thousands of taxi drivers caused traffic


chaos in the Indonesian capital Tuesday
in a rowdy protest against what they say is
unfair competition from ride-hailing apps
such as Uber.
TV footage showed long lines of taxis and
three-wheel minicabs blocking a central
expressway, men setting tires alight and
jumping on vehicles that refused to join in the
protest. An Associated Press reporter witnessed
drivers surrounding one taxi, forcing its
terrified female passenger on to the road with
her luggage.
It is the second major protest by taxi drivers in
Jakarta this month. They say competition from
ride-hailing apps, which dont face the same
costs and rules as regular taxis, has severely
reduced their income. Many come to Jakarta
from other parts of Indonesia and support their
families as taxi drivers.
Driver Jeffrey Sumampouw said his earnings
have slumped more than 60 percent since Uber
and other apps starting getting popular in
Jakarta about a year ago.
The government must defend us from illegal
drivers who have stolen our income, he said.
We almost cry every day because its difficult
to get passengers.
Smartphone-based apps such as Uber have
turned the public transport industry on its
head worldwide. In the U.S. and Europe, the
apps have been acclaimed by urban customers
tired of struggling to find cabs, while taxi
companies accuse the mavericks of running
unlicensed services.
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Uber has been making a big push into Asia,


intensifying competition in a region where
there already was a slew of ride-hailing
apps such as Malaysia-based Grab, which
operates in several Southeast Asian
countries including Indonesia. An Indonesian
startup Go-Jek, which hails motorcycle
taxis, has also exploded in popularity in the
past year.
The demonstrations Tuesday elicited little if
any sympathy from commuters in a city that
already suffers massive congestion.
This protest is so terrible. They really are rude
and overbearing. I was very hurt, said Dewi
Gayatri, who missed her flight for a business
trip to Makassar in eastern Indonesia.
I still like Uber, and hope the government
protects Uber, because its so easy to order
and cheaper, she said.
Officials have given mixed signals recently
about how ride apps would be regulated.
Indonesias president Joko Jokowi Widodo
has previously defended the Go-Jek app in
particular as making life easier for Jakarta
residents and refused calls to ban it.
Haryono, a driver for the Blue Bird taxi
company who goes by one name, said he
wanted to keep on working but couldnt
avoid the protest.
I was forced to stop and join with them,
he said. I cannot do anything because they
look angry. It would be dangerous for me, my
passenger and my vehicle if I denied
their request.

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EXPERTS SEE LITTLE CHANCE OF


CHARGES IN CLINTON EMAIL CASE

Asked earlier this month whether shed be


indicted over her use of a private email server as
secretary of state, Hillary Clinton responded, Its
not going to happen.
Though Republicans characterized her
response as hubris, several legal experts
interviewed by The Associated Press agreed
with the front-runner for the Democratic
presidential nomination.
The relatively few laws that govern the handling
of classified materials were generally written
to cover spies, leakers and those who illegally
retain such information, such as at home.
Though the view is not unanimous, several
lawyers who specialize in this area said its a
stretch to apply existing statutes to a former
cabinet secretary whose communication
of sensitive materials was with aides - not a
national enemy.
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During her tenure as the nations top diplomat


between 2009 and 2013, Clintons work emails
were routed through a private computer server
located in the basement of her New York home.
The State Department now concedes that a
small percentage of those messages contained
sensitive national security information, including
some later determined to be top secret.
Computer security experts say the
arrangement could have left the messages
vulnerable to hackers, including those working
for foreign intelligence agencies. Clinton has
called her decision to rely on the home server a
mistake, but has also repeatedly asserted that
none of the messages was marked as classified
when she sent or received them.
The FBI has for months been investigating
whether the sensitive information that flowed
through Clintons email server was mishandled.
The inspector general at the State Department
has also been reviewing the issue. Regardless of
the outcomes, theres no question the probes
have created a major distraction as Clinton
campaigns for her partys nomination.
One potentially relevant statute carrying up to
a year in prison makes it a crime to knowingly
remove classified information and retain
it at an unauthorized location. Former CIA
Director David Petraeus pleaded guilty to that
misdemeanor offense last year after providing
eight black binders of classified information
to his biographer. He was sentenced to two
years probation as part of a plea deal, and
prosecutors made clear in that case that
Petraeus knew he was turning over highly
classified information.
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With Clinton, though, I look at something


which requires knowledge, and the first
question Ive got to ask is, How do they prove
knowledge? said Bill Jeffress, a Washington
criminal defense lawyer.
While knowledge that information is classified
is a critical component, it can likely still be
established even in the absence of classification
markings on the emails in question, said Nathan
Sales, a Syracuse University law professor who
used to work at the departments of Justice and
Homeland Security and who thinks that the
investigation raises important legal issues.
Sometimes information is so obviously sensitive
that you can infer knowledge from the content,
in which case the lack of markings may not
matter for the purpose of establishing liability,
Sales said.
A separate law makes it a felony to handle
national defense information with gross
negligence, by causing it to be removed
from its proper place of custody or to be
lost, stolen or destroyed. But that statute is
part of the Espionage Act, a law used against
former National Security Agency contractor
Edward Snowden thats generally intended
for people the government believes intended
to harm U.S. national interests. Proving gross
negligence requires showing an act was more
than just a mistake.

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One has to put this in perspective of what


types of prosecutions have happened under
the Espionage Act, said Jon Michaels, a national
security law professor at UCLA. And the universe
of prosecutions under the Espionage Act is quite
small compared to the amount of information
transferred through non-secure means.
Brad Moss, a Washington lawyer who deals
regularly with security clearance matters, said
the Justice Department could conceivably
look to bring charges in the Clinton email case
but prosecutors would have to decide if they
really want to take that gamble. Inquiries into
mishandling of classified information generally
end with a security clearance revocation rather
than a criminal charge, he said.
But Ronald Sievert, a former federal prosecutor
and University of Texas adjunct law professor,
said an argument could be made that Clintons
creation of a private email server amounted to
gross negligence.
Its a jury issue, Sievert said.

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Each prosecution of classified information


cases has turned on different facts, making
it hard to reliably predict outcomes, and the
disparate punishments have frustrated efforts
to draw meaningful parallels.
Petraeus got probation for knowingly
mishandling classified information while a
former State Department intelligence analyst,
Stephen Kim, was sentenced in 2014 to more
than a year in prison for disclosing classified
materials to a reporter. Kims lawyer, Abbe
Lowell, urged for Kims release in light of what
he said was a profound double standard.
The Clinton case indicates a dysfunctional
system of overclassification, Lowell told the AP.
One of the perpetual problems with the
investigation or prosecution of so-called leaks
cases about classified information is that the
law doesnt recognize as a defense that the
material should not have been classified in the
first place, he said.
Regardless of the legal question, if Clinton
secures the Democratic presidential nomination
shes certain to be dogged by the issue through
the November election.
Ultimately, the real risk for the secretary
might not be legal as much as it is political,
Sales said.

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US CHARGES 3
IT TIES TO SYRIAN
ELECTRONIC ARMY
FOR HACKING

Three current or former members of the socalled Syrian Electronic Army have been charged
with computer hacking-related conspiracies
that targeted the U.S. government, media
and private-sector companies, the Justice
Department announced Tuesday.
The criminal charges against three Syrians were
unsealed in U.S. Eastern District Court of Virginia.
None are in custody.
Prosecutors allege that Ahmad Umar Agha,
22, and Firas Dardar, 27, tricked email users
into revealing their usernames and passwords
to compromise domestic and international
computer systems from 2011 through 2014.
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They used a common technique known


as spear-phishing, in which they forged
convincing-looking emails baiting the
recipient to click on an included link and
reveal their passwords.
The government said Agha, known online as
Th3 Pr0, and Dardar, known as The Shadow,
are members of the special operations division
of the Syrian Electronic Army, a group of
hackers responsible for computer intrusions
intended to punish perceived detractors of
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and publish
pro-Assad propaganda.
A $100,000 reward is being offered for
information leading to their arrests and theyre
believed to be in Syria.
In April 2013, they allegedly sent a tweet from
the Associated Press account on Twitter falsely
claiming a bomb had exploded at the White
House and injured the president. The message
caused the stock market to dip significantly
before the tweet was quickly determined
to be a hoax.
They allegedly altered Harvard Universitys
website home page, substituting an image of
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with a message
saying Syrian Electronic Army were Here.
They are accused of creating a false online
post on the Washington Post; unsuccessfully
targeting members of the Executive Office
of the President; defacing a blog and Twitter
account belonging to Microsoft; sending false
news tweets from Reuters Twitter account and
posting a false report on a journalists blog;
and posting messages on Human Rights Watch
criticizing its own reports on Syria as false.
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Other media the two allegedly compromised in


spear-phishing efforts include National Public
Radio, CNN, The Onion, E! Online, the Daily Dot,
New York Post, Time magazine and Vice. They
also allegedly managed to take down the New
York Times website after compromising its
technology vendor.
They also allegedly redirected the U.S. Marine
Corps recruiting website to an online page
controlled by them encouraging marines to
refuse your orders and inviting them to fight
alongside the Syrian Army and attempted to
access NASAs network.
Pierre Romar, 36, was also charged separately
for his role in an extortion hacking scheme from
2013 through 2014. He was believed to
be in Germany.

Image: Gary He

Romar allegedly was inspired by the hacking


activities perpetrated by Agha and Dardar
and wanted to join the Syrian Electronic Army,
reaching out to Agha for help with a cyberattack
he was planning against targets in Sauidi Arabia,
Turkey and Qatar. According to the complaint,
Agha connected him with Dardar on Facebook
and the two worked together on an extortion
scheme targeting U.S. and international
computers and send victims threats to pay up
after gaining access to their system through a
spear-phishing attack.
Romars location, in Germany, helped facilitate
transferring the money to Syrian Electronic Army
members in Syria because of U.S. sanctions.
Dardar allegedly demanded more than
a total of $500,000 from 14 victims but

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ultimately accepted smaller amounts in many


circumstances. Victims included an online
gaming company, an online entertainment
service, a Swiss web hosting provider, a United
Kingdom-based web hosting company,
a Europe-based web hosting company, a
California-based web hosting company. In the
last case, the company and some of its clients
Internet traffic was redirected to a site that
said they had been hacked, alleged to have
downloaded all their data and threatened to
sell the databases for $100 to other hackers if it
failed to comply.
The California-based company, which was not
identified, ultimately paid about $1,500 to Peter
Romar in Germany through Western Union after
their bank denied the transfer to Syria - despite
an initial demand of 105,000 euros.
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