Apple No Longer Sells a MacBook Pro Without a Touch Bar

With the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro being refreshed with a Touch Bar and other new features today, Apple no longer sells a MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar in its current lineup. In other words, it is no longer possible to buy a new MacBook Pro with a physical escape key directly from Apple. The Touch Bar has been a controversial feature since its debut on the 15-inch MacBook Pro in October 2016, with some critics describing it as a gimmick. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro was until now a way around the Touch Bar, with its physical escape key earning it the nickname of “MacBook Escape.” A physical escape key remains available on MacBook Air models.Related Roundup: MacBook ProTag: …

Entry-Level 13-Inch MacBook Pro Updated With 8th-Gen Processors, Touch Bar, Touch ID, and T2 Security Chip

Apple today announced it has updated its entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with the latest 8th-generation Intel Core quad-core processors for up to two times faster performance. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro also now features the Touch Bar and Touch ID, True Tone, and the Apple T2 security chip. Pricing continues to start at $1,299 in the United States, or $1,199 for qualifying students through Apple’s education store. This is the first update to the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro since June 2017 and likely corresponds with the mystery FCC filing uncovered by MacRumors last week. Apple also refreshed the MacBook Air today with a True Tone display and a lower starting price of $1,099, down from $1,199. Related Roundup: MacBook ProBuyer’s …

Poorer primary school students narrow Sats test gap

51% of children eligible for free school meals met reading, writing and maths standards Children from disadvantaged families in England are slowly closing the gap with their better-off peers in primary school attainment, although children from better-off backgrounds are more likely to get top results, according to new figures. A detailed breakdown of results from key stage two national tests – known as Sats – taken in the final year of primary school show that 51% of children eligible for free school meals met the government’s expected standards in reading, writing and maths, compared with 70% of other pupils, a slightly narrower gap than in previous years. Continue reading… Read more: theguardian.com

What I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child With ADHD

Parenting a child with ADHD can be challenging. A mom shares what she wishes people knew about her son and his ADHD. She says he doesn’t misbehave or act disrespectfully on purpose—and that if he could control himself, he would. Hear why the hardest thing for this mom is feeling judged, when what she really needs is acceptance. This video is based on an anonymous blog. For the full text of the blog, visit https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/blogs/what-i-wish-id-known-sooner/2016/10/20/8-things-i-wish-people-knew-about-parenting-a-child-with-adhd?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=optimize&utm_campaign=blogread_test037_adhd. Helpful links: ADHD Parenting Strategies https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/add-adhd/adhd-strategies-you-can-try-at-home?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=optimize&utm_campaign=blogread_test037_adhd Understanding ADHD https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/add-adhd/understanding-adhd?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=optimize&utm_campaign=blogread_test037_adhd The ADHD Brain https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/add-adhd/at-a-glance-adhd-and-the-brain?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=optimize&utm_campaign=blogread_test037_adhd Copyright © 2019 Understood.org USA LLC. All rights reserved. Read more: youtube.com

Closing soon: inspection issues not fixed

Im closing in a few days. Due to some issues with the due diligence (sellers issues), we didn't do an immediate inspection after repairs were completed. Therefore will be doing a final walkthrough/combo inspection. ​ ​ Ive serious doubts one of the issues was fixed completely. They used a handyman which for 90% of the rest was fine. The issue is with the HVAC being a control or electrical issue (we left it up to them to solve). Based on how my inspector and I identified it, I've reason to believe they just ran the HVAC and said no issues. It takes some time (which during an inspection you have) for it to show up. ​ What are my options …

Google reportedly talking with Dish about partnering up on Boost Mobile purchase

As you most likely know by now, the $26.5 billion merger of T-Mobile and Sprint has three final hurdles to clear. One is approval from the California Public Utilties Commission, another is a lawsuit filed by 14 state attorneys general in an attempt to block the deal, and the third bar to clear is obtaining Justice Department approval. The trial might not start until October, which could delay the merger if the judge presiding over the case issues a temporary restraining order blocking the deal from closing until the trial ends. A decision by the California PUC could happen any day. And last … Read more: phonearena.com

Fitbit debuts Summer Sale, offers discounts on multiple smartwatches

Fitbit is running a sale on its US website, so if you’re looking for a smartwatch, now would be a good time to check out these deals. Although you won’t be saving that much, every wearable device included in the sale is getting at least a 15% discount.Besides offering discounts on many of its wearable devices, Fitbit also announced that every customer who purchase anything from the website that’s worth at least $50, will get free 2-day shipping with code SPLASH. Fitbit’s summer sale will end on July 30, so there’s plenty of time to decide whether or not it’s worth getting a smartwatch … Read more: phonearena.com

HALESTORM Members Perform Acoustic Set At Nashville Bar (Video)

Three-quarters of HALESTORM — Lzzy Hale, Joe Hottinger and Josh Smith — played a five-song acoustic set Saturday night (July 6) at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee. Fan-filmed video footage of their performance can be seen below. HALESTORM and GODSMACK will join forces for a month-long U.S. tour in the fall. The trek will kick off on September 20 in Green Bay, Wisconsin and end on October 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. HALESTORM’s 19-date summer tour with ALICE COOPER kicks off on July 17 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. HALESTORM’s latest album, “Vicious”, was released in July 2018 via Atlantic. The disc was recorded at Nashville, Tennesse’s Rock Falcon recording studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz. HALESTORM was nominated for a “Best …

Bugis Street Brasserie, London | Jay Rayner

A London hotel where Singapore Airlines’ crew go for a taste of home is worth checking out Bugis Street Brasserie, Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London SW7 4LH (020 7331 6211). Soups and starters £5.50-£9; mains £8.50-£17; desserts £6; wines from £18 Good things can come from bad. The bad thing in this case was the hopeful but inevitably hopeless trip I made a couple of weeks ago to the Holiday Inn on London’s Cromwell Road. I went for dinner, a word I’d put inside quotation marks to indicate irony, if the whole damn thing hadn’t traumatised the wryness out of me. To recap, I was invited by the executive chef and thought it would be rude to decline; as it turned …

Faith and freedoms: why evangelicals profess unwavering love for Trump

The faithful have been ardent supporters who turn a blind eye to the president’s moral indiscretions in favor of agenda When Donald Trump took the stage last month at a mega-conference for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the country’s largest organization of evangelical Christians, he was granted an extraordinary welcome by the group’s chairman, Ralph Reed. “We have had some great leaders,” Reed said, to cheers. “There has never been anyone who has defended us and fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J Trump. We have seen his heart and he is everything he promised he would be, and more.” Continue reading… Read more: theguardian.com

The problem with co-opting ‘queer’

During Pride Month, a 40-year-old cisgender heterosexual guy friend, who’s dating on OK Cupid, sent me a Gchat asking me to decode what it means to identify, as a prospective online match of his did, as “a straight, queer, sapiosexual, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, person who uses they/them pronouns.” As Gen Xers, this profilee’s earnest, messy mouthful made us laugh. “What?!” we guffawed like old people who don’t get it. The person of interest is 26 years old, a young millennial whose sensibilities probably align better with those in the Generation Z demographic, (those born after 1997), 35% of whom (according to Pew) know someone who uses gender neutral pronouns. Read more: cnn.com

Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for Thai tomato salad with peanut crumbs | The New Vegan

Mediterranean courgettes and tomatoes take surprisingly well to the Thai papaya salad treatment In April, I was lucky enough to learn how to make the classic Thai som tam salad at the century-old Mandarin Oriental cookery school in Bangkok. From the first bite, it hit me from all angles. It was cold and crunchy, but also hot, sour, salty and sweet, which was exactly perfect for the 38-degree heat. It’s not particularly easy to find raw papaya here, so this recipe uses courgettes and tomatoes instead – a taste of Bangkok, but via an English allotment. Serve cold, with an even colder Chang beer. Continue reading… Read more: theguardian.com

Kawhi Leonard picks Clippers after ‘historic commitment’ to acquire Paul George – Woj | SportsCenter

Adrian Wojnarowski says the LA Clippers trading a “record breaking” number of draft picks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George was a necessary move in order to acquire Kawhi Leonard. Woj says George asked to be traded to the Clippers in order to play with Leonard. ✔ Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔ Subscribe to ESPN FC on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoESPNFC ✔ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: http://es.pn/YouTubeTV Exclusive interviews with Rachel Nichols https://urlzs.com/jNURe Stephen A. Smith on ESPN https://urlzs.com/W19Tz ESPN on Social Media: ► Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/espn ► Like on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/espn …

Britain’s story of empire is based on myth. We need to know the truth | Priyamvada Gopal

If we were taught just how much the UK was shaped by its colonies, the shared history would unite rather than divide us These days we’ve become wearily accustomed to depictions of Brexit Britain as oppressed by a villainously imperial Europe. Annexed “without permission”, Nigel Farage claimed melodramatically, defending Brexit party MEPs against charges of “disrespecting” the European Parliament. In a particularly far-fetched comparison, Ann Widdecombe MEP has compared Brexit with the resistance of “slaves against their owners” and “colonies against empires”. Prime ministerial frontrunner Boris Johnson too has spoken of Britain’s supposed “colony status” in the EU though, with a familiar double standard, he also believes that it would be good if Britain was still “in charge” of Africa. …

Coco Gauff keeps Wimbledon dream alive with thrilling comeback win

• Gauff, 15, beats Polona Hercog 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5• American teenager saves two match points in the second set Wimbledon has found itself a new star. Coco Gauff had already shown everyone she could play dazzling tennis, her victory over the five-times champion, Venus Williams, in the opening round signalling her arrival on the world stage. But last night, the 15-year-old, already the youngest player to ever qualify for the main draw, showed the kind of grit and fight that champions are made of as she came from a set and 5-2 down and saved two match points to beat Polona Hercog of Slovenia 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 for a place in the fourth round. Continue reading… Read more: theguardian.com

Don’t Look Now review – Roeg’s scary movie can still make you jump

From its red stalker to its eerie strangers, this suspenseful classic set a template for horror – but its sexual intimacy adds a dramatic counterpoint few films can match This week sees the restored rerelease of Nicolas Roeg’s eerie masterpiece Don’t Look Now from 1973, adapted by Allan Scott and Chris Bryant from the short story by Daphne du Maurier. It’s a film that apart from everything else popularised the classic scary-movie template: start off with a family tragedy, follow it with an apparently therapeutic retreat or escape, an illusory easing of the sadness burden, then pivot to a horror nightmare, in such a way that the grotesque denouement appears to flower as a mysteriously logical escalation of that initial …