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Why Apple’s New Screen Time Feature Doesn’t Shock Me

Once Apple announced that it was introducing Screen Time, a new feature in its iOS 12 operating system for the iPhone and iPad, I was inundated with calls from researchers and journalists asking my opinion about both the feature and also the “surprising” findings people using the beta version were reporting.
As some of our readers know, I spent over a dozen years as chief analyst at Basex, a think tank, …

Cardless ATMs Come of Age

In a world where contactless payment seemed like something out of a Jules Verne story until Apple Pay and Google Pay came along, banks are now on the edge of what could be a major revolution in how we interact with them, at least at the branch level.
The change: automated teller machines that don’t require an ATM card for such tasks as deposits, checking balances, transfers, and cash withdrawals. This …

Lobby Bar – June 15: Clara Peller, Orson Welles, Three Stooges, and Rabbits Who Like Chocolate Milk

The band that stayed for dinner. “The Band’s Visit” swept the Tony Awards this week. Only problem is they are still stuck in Beit Hatikva and the show may be renamed “Groundhog Day: Israel” instead.
Nyuk. Nyuk. Nyuk. John F. Kennedy International Airport debuted its new Emergency Operations Center, which came about after multiple crises occurred during a winter storm. The new directors – Larry, Curly, and Moe – spoke at …

Apple Announces New Features for iPhone, Apple Watch, at Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple introduced a slew of new tools and software at its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.
The Cupertino-based company is adding tools to the iPhone to combat Information Overload, releasing new operating systems for the Apple Watch and iPhone, introducing a feature in the Safari web browser that makes it harder for websites to track visitors, and updating Siri to allow the virtual assistant to catch up to the competition.
The …

Aging Boeing 737 in Cuba Crash Had Strong Safety Record, Unlike the Airline Operating It

The Boeing 737-200 that crashed shortly after taking off from Aeropuerto Internacional José Martí in Havana was one of the oldest passenger airliners still in operation and was believed to be airworthy although questions remain about the operator of the flight, a little-known Mexican charter company hired by Cubana de Aviación.
Founded in 1929, the story of Cubana de Aviación, Cuba’s flagship carrier, mirrors that of the island nation. As so …

Hello? It’s Me, Robocaller. Here Are 3 Tips to Combat the Machines

The ingenuity of the presumed humans behind robocalls oftentimes seems boundless, a fact that is small comfort to the humans whose mobile phones and legacy (landline) instruments are flooded by call after call.
Just to review, in case you’ve been on an extended Martian holiday, a robocall is a phone call placed by computer to deliver either a human being or a sometimes interactive pre-recorded message. They are typically associated with …

Eurowings Launches New York-Düsseldorf Service

Eurowings Launches New York-Düsseldorf Service

Eurowings announced on Saturday the start of its new non-stop service linking New York and Düsseldorf.
The new flight will operate six days a week except Tuesday, departing New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 10:30 p.m. and arriving the following day at Düsseldorf Airport at 11:55 a.m. Departures on Saturdays will be at 6:55 p.m. with an 8:20 a.m. arrival. Return flights depart Düsseldorf at 11:05 a.m. and arrive …