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Apple Unveils New MacBooks, AirPods, and $5 Music Service

At what ostensibly was part two of the company’s annual virtual product launch, Apple introduced two new MacBooks, new AirPods, and a $5 music-streaming service.
The new MacBook Pro laptops, which come equipped with 14” and 16” displays, are powered by new Apple silicon.  They address many of the complaints customers have had about the current MacBook lineup until now by restoring several connectors including the MagSafe power connector that had …

‘Moulin Rouge’ Sweeps 2021 Tony Awards, ‘The Inheritance’ Wins Best Play

“Moulin Rouge” won best musical, best actor and best actor in a featured role, as well as a host of technical prizes at the 2021 Tony Awards, and ‘The Inheritance’ captured four Tonys, including best play and best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play.
Held for the first time in over two years, the 2021 Tony Awards honored shows that had opened before the start of …

Siri Now Works Without an Internet Connection – Here’s How to Use It

Siri, the Apple digital assistant, now processes audio on-device by default in iOS 15, the mobile operating system released earlier in the week.
Processing audio inputs on the device makes using Siri more private, Apple says.
Offline Siri is only available on iPhones and iPads with the Apple A12 Bionic chip or later and this includes the iPhone XS, SR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 smartphones including Pro and Max …

New Lucid Air EV Gets 520 Miles on a Charge, Beating Tesla in EPA Rating

Lucid Motors, a start-up in EVs compared to Tesla, has beaten its competitor at its own game, namely extending the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a single charge.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range can go 520 miles (837 kilometers) on a single charge.  The Tesla Model S Long Range, which previously was the record holder, has a range of 402 miles …

Apple Unveils New iPhone 13, Smartwatch, and Tablets

At what’s become the company’s annual virtual product launch, Apple introduced several new iPhones and a new Apple Watch.
While Apple CEO Tim Cook last year was able to welcome the line of high-speed, 5G-capable iPhones and a new design, this year’s batch of iPhones has a more vibrant screen, improved cameras, faster microprocessors, and a larger, longer-lasting battery as well as the new A15 Bionic microprocessor.
The Apple Watch 7 has …

T-Mobile CEO: Data-Security Breach Was ‘Humbling’

The CEO of T-Mobile made a public apology Friday for the recent security breach that allowed a hacker to access over 50 million customer records, and promised to take steps to take the company’s cyber security efforts “to the next level.”
In an open letter to customers, Mike Sievert said that the cyberattack was “humbling for all of us,” adding that he was “truly sorry.” Sievert further said that the company …

After a Week of Glitches, Amazon (Finally) Updates iOS Shopping App

If your Amazon app wasn’t working properly over the past week, you were not alone.
Amazon (finally) updated its shopping app for Apple iOS after a significant number of users experienced glitches that prevented them from viewing order information for almost a week.
The problem did not affect Amazon’s app for Android users.
Multiple users on Twitter and at least two here at Frequent Business Traveler and The Travelist reported that parts of …