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Apple releases iPhone 15 design with “action button”

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Apple enthusiasts worldwide watched on as the tech giant unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, during the “Wonderlust” iPhone 15 Event.

These cutting-edge devices introduce a stunning titanium chassis, the formidable A17 Pro chip, an innovative Action Button, and an array of other impressive features.

Titanium Elegance

One of the standout features of the iPhone 15 Pro lineup is its titanium chassis with a brushed finish. Not only does this make the device lighter than any previous Pro model, but it also significantly enhances its durability. The contoured frame edges provide a more comfortable grip, and the bezels around the display have been slimmed down for a sleeker look.

Action Button for Enhanced Control

In a bold move, Apple has replaced the mute switch with an Action Button on the iPhone 15 Pro. Users can now toggle between ring and silent modes with a press and hold, accompanied by haptic feedback for confirmation. This multifunctional button allows users to initiate voice memos, access the camera, activate favorite accessibility features, or run shortcuts, enhancing overall usability.

Apple’s A17 Pro chip takes center stage with a groundbreaking 3-nanometer process. Featuring a six-core CPU, it boasts a 10% faster CPU performance and an astonishing 20% faster GPU performance. The 16-core neural engine accelerates machine learning tasks, capable of processing a staggering 35 trillion operations per second. Additionally, a redesigned GPU with hardware-accelerated ray tracing and Mesh shading brings console-like gaming experiences to the iPhone.

Photography enthusiasts will appreciate the iPhone 15 Pro’s improved camera system. The main camera flaunts a larger sensor, reduced lens flare, and enhanced low-light performance for Portraits and Night mode. The 24MP super-high-resolution default mode promises breathtaking shots. The Pro Max model offers a 5x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, and advanced autofocus capabilities. The Ultrawide camera has an anti-reflective coating and improved Night mode and Smart HDR.

Fast Data Transfer

Both iPhone 15 Pro models feature a USB-C port for lightning-fast charging and data transfer, supporting up to 10Gbps transfer speeds. The A17 Pro chip enables seamless transfers of ProRaw photos and ProRes videos to external storage devices, with support for 4K60 recording.

The iPhone 15 Pro introduces a next-generation Portrait mode that detects subjects after taking a photo. Focus and depth control tools enable post-capture adjustments. Night mode and Smart HDR improvements ensure stunning shots in any lighting conditions. The second-generation Ultra Wideband chip extends connectivity, and support for Wi-Fi 6E, Qi2 charging, and Thread opens doors to future Home app integrations.

Safety and Convenience

Emergency SOS via Satellite allows users to connect to a satellite for roadside assistance. Audio quality during calls has been enhanced with advanced machine learning.

The iPhone 15 Pro lineup is available in Black Titanium, White Titanium, Blue Titanium, and Natural Titanium. The iPhone 15 Pro starts at $999 for 128GB of storage, while the iPhone 15 Pro Max starts at $1,199 for 256GB of storage.

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U.S. planes told to land immediately as outage spreads

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Major U.S. carriers including American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines issued ground stops on Friday morning.

They are blaming communication issues, less than an hour after Microsoft resolved its cloud services outage that impacted several low-cost carriers.
It was not immediately clear whether the call to keep flights from taking off were related to the earlier Microsoft cloud outage. Apart from American and Delta, UAL and Allegiant Air too grounded flights.
The FAA did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Frontier said earlier that a “major Microsoft technical outage” hit its operations temporarily, while SunCountry said a third-party vendor affected its booking and check-in facilities, without naming the company.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said the department was monitoring the flight cancellation and delay issues at Frontier, adding that the agency will hold the company and all other airlines “to their responsibilities to meet the needs of passengers”.
Frontier cancelled 147 flights on Thursday and delayed 212 others, according to data tracker FlightAware. 45% of Allegiant aircrafts were delayed, while Sun Country delayed 23% flights, the data showed. The companies did not give details on the number of flights impacted.
Microsoft said its outage started at about 6 pm ET on Thursday, with a subset of its customers experiencing issues with multiple Azure services in the Central U.S. region as several countries reported massive IT disturbances. “There are delays to check-in and flight operations had to be cancelled until 10:00 am (0800 GMT),” the spokeswoman said, adding however that she could not say when they would resume

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Major Microsoft outage shuts down airlines, news and cloud servers worldwide

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A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks and telecommunications companies.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
 
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to Downdector.com, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines

 

The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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Twisters takes the box office by storm as Disney’s Captain America mirrors recent U.S. political events

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Sequels, nostalgia, and the changing face of cinema

The recent surprise hit Twisters has taken the box office by storm, defying expectations and cementing itself as a standout success in a summer crowded with high-profile releases. This sequel to the 1996 classic Twister has captivated audiences with its blend of thrilling storm-chasing action and heartfelt storytelling.

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