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When Will the Pandemic Truly Be Over?

President Biden’s premature statement that the pandemic was over and the White House’s awkward pivot has fueled a discussion of how we will know when the pandemic is over.
Apparently, the fat lady has not yet sung.
I’m an historian by training and degree and, just as when looking for when a paradigm shift took place, the end of the pandemic can only be determined in the rear-view mirror.
There won’t be a …

That iPhone ‘On Us’ Offer? There’s No Such Thing as a Free iPhone 14

The introduction of the new Apple iPhone 14 and its siblings has brought with it a spate of offers from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon that appear to offer the latest iPhone for free.
“Get the new iPhone 14 Pro On Us” screams a current and very enticing T-Mobile offer on the carrier’s webpage.  The phrase “on us” implies something that’s not confirmed in the fine print. That something is “free.”
If you’re …

With New iPhones, Apple Is Offering Services It Hopes You Never Need to Use

Apple is already known for what legitimately could be considered its life-saving smart watch that has located and helped lost hikers, passengers involved in a small plane crash, someone who fell into a frozen stream, and even somehow a person who somehow got trapped in a trash compactor.
Indeed, such emergency scenarios took center stage at Apple’s recent launch event where it introduced the new iPhone 14 family of smartphones as …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 25: Shanghai Declares Victory Over Covid, Congress Passes Bill Giving Kids Free Meals

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 25: Shanghai Declares Victory Over Covid, Congress Passes Bill Giving Kids Free Meals

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 807th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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Both houses of Congress passed a bill that would extend free meals and other food assistance to children and the legislation now awaits the president’s signature.  The Keep Kids Fed Act was passed …

Tens of Thousands Stranded Abroad Amid Hundreds of Flight Cancellations, London Mayor Blames Brexit

Tens of Thousands Stranded Abroad Amid Hundreds of Flight Cancellations, London Mayor Blames Brexit

Tens of thousands of travelers returning to Britain after the four-day bank holiday weekend celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee have been left stranded at various airports across the European continent after hundreds of flights were cancelled.
The cancellations were reportedly due to staff shortages and Covid absences.
On Sunday, British Airways, Wizz Air, and easyJet grounded dozens of flights.
Over the past several weeks, British Airways has cancelled on average more than …

Apple’s Iconic iPod Hits the End of the Road, But Its ‘Spirit Lives On’

The Apple iPod – first introduced in October 2001 – is the forefather of the Apple iPhone and a device that changed the Cupertino, California company’s trajectory from computer manufacturer to more personal devices and an entry into the music industry, where it revolutionized the sale of music.
Compared to the then-prevalent ways of listening to music, which included far more cumbersome MP3 players, not to mention CDs and CD players, …

Apple AirTag Batteries Start to Fail, Without Alerting Users

For Apple users who are used to an audible notification, such as a chime, when their MacBook Pro battery is dangerously low or a stern message to that effect on an iPhone, it may come as a surprise that there is no active alert when an AirTag – which may be stored away in an automobile or bag or on a dog’s collar – no longer works.
As we noted in …