The iPhone XS Max (left) and XS (right) with the new Smart Battery Case on. Sarah Tew/CNET If you spend $750 or more on a phone, you probably don’t want to buy a $129 battery case. I’ve gotten more angry tweets about Apple’s just-released smart battery cases for the current-generation iPhones than I can recently remember. Apple’s cases have arrived months after the iPhones debuted in September and October, and after reports that battery replacements may have been a cause of dropping iPhone sales during the last iPhone cycle.I reviewed Apple’s first Smart Battery Case years ago. It was good, and it gave the iPhone 6S enough juice to last through my toughest commutes.I now have Apple’s newest Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, both in black, to test-drive. I’ll have the iPhone XR version soon, too. Here are my thoughts after just a day or so. reading • Apple’s Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS and XS Max: Review in progress Unboxing Apple’s Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS/Max Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See All Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Phones Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments 12 Photos 9 • Tags So far, they’re… fine. Like the previous Smart Battery Cases, they’re made of rubberized outer material, and a soft microfiber inner lining. They attach to the iPhones by bending the top of the case back, sliding the phone in, and docking with the inner Lightning connector. The case charges via Lightning, or wirelessly via Qi docks. The case can be recharged on its own, in case you’re using the iPhone separately. A little LED light inside the case glows orange and then green when fully charged.The case battery discharges before the phone. Just like many other battery cases, the case battery is used up first, leaving the phone fully charged.It’s a dust magnet. The rubberized coating picked up all the particles on my dusty coffee table, and in my bag it ended up covered in stuff. In cold weather with lots of static, bring a good cloth.Yeah, it bulks up the iPhone. It’s not a big deal with the iPhone XS, but the XS Max ends up feeling huge with the case on. The grip of the case is comfy, but it’s a lot to put in a pocket.There’s Lightning pass-through, and button overlays. The Lightning port is built into the case, and isn’t recessed. The iPhone X fits in the XS case, but you’ll need to update to 12.1.2. At first, the iPhone X said it was being put in an unsupported accessory, and nothing happened. But after an iOS update, everything seemed OK. I didn’t see any problems: it charged, and while the bottom microphone holes aren’t quite the same (the XS has few holes on one side), buttons and camera lens all fit fine, and the phone fit correctly, too.How much battery life does it give? I’m trying the XS Max case first. After a morning of use (up at 7 a.m.), the case’s battery was down to about 47 percent by 11 a.m. By that early measure, don’t expect 100 percent more battery. Both the XS and XS Max battery cases have the same battery capacities: 1,369mAh/10.1 Wh. I’m a little disappointed that the Max battery case didn’t also have more battery life, but the case is the same price as the smaller XS version. The XS Max’s larger battery is bound to not charge up as much as the XS.Behold the bulge. Sarah Tew/CNET Do you even really need an iPhone XS Max or XR battery case?It’s odd that Apple made an iPhone XS Max case, because that phone has enough battery life to generally handle fine through a day. It might be needed for a crazy all-week affair like, well, the trip to CES in Vegas I just flew back from. The new case seems like the best fit for XS owners (that phone’s battery life isn’t great). The iPhone XR already has great battery life, and Apple made a battery case for that phone, too. I don’t think I’d need it, and I doubt you would unless you’re planning on traveling for days away from a charger. And in that case… what about a cheap battery pack? Consider whether a simple, affordable battery pack (or a less expensive battery case) might make the most sense. Mophie’s also-expensive iPhone case is arriving soon, but won’t save you any money. Apple
Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani, on Sunday, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a new naval shipbuilding facility in the state. Initially, the company plans to invest Rs 5,000 crore in the state-of-the-art facility.The facility, which will expand the company’s presence in the defence sector, will be built at Rambilli, along the east coast near Vizag, Anil Ambani said.”At an initial investment outlay of Rs 5,000 crore, it will represent the single-largest investment at one location anywhere in Andhra Pradesh,” Ambani said at the CII Investor Partnership Summit.Ambani said that it would “complement” the company’s existing facility at Pipavav in Gujarat and will clearly focus on setting up “strategic assets” for the Indian Navy.”It is estimated that Indian Navy will spend over Rs 3 lakh crore or nearly Rs 20,000 crore a year on acquisitions and fleet modernisation of submarines and aircraft carriers over next 15 years, creating a huge pipeline of opportunity for the proposed world-class naval facility,” Business Standard quoted Ambani as saying.Reliance Group has already invested Rs 15,000 crore in the state across various sectors, including telecom and power, he said.Stating Vizag as the ideal place for the manufacture of strategic assets such as nuclear sub-marines and aircraft carriers, Ambani said that the city has emerged as one of the busiest harbour cities in Asia.”One of the most important part of India’s policy of a “credible minimum deterrence” is SSBN or a nuclear submarine and the proposed Vizag facility will play in critical role in complementing this mission and bringing it to fruition,” said the billionaire industrialist.He further said that it will also improve Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ mission in the defence sector.”The world-class naval facility will also help translate Make In India into Make In Andhra Pradesh and leapfrog the state to the top of the manufacturing revolution in India’s defence sector,” Ambani added.Ambani said India can emerge as “regional superpower” only by strengthening maritime capabilities.”The US today has 10 aircraft-carrier groups operating around the world to project its power and protect its interests and was on course to add another three, while India had barely one,” he said.”The Indian Navy has today just one nuclear submarine on lease as compared to China’s dozen. Further, nearly 90 per cent of the conventional fleet in the Indian Navy is over 20 years old and due for urgent upgrade and refitment,” he added.
Share TORONTO — At Vacation.com’s 18th annual Canadian Fall Regional Conferences, taking place in Ontario next week and Alberta and B.C. in mid-month, members will have the opportunity to hear about the upcoming benefits that the ‘Power of One’ will bring under the TL Network brand.Building on its branding, the theme for this year’s series of Fall Regional Conferences is ‘Focus on Success’. Registration is still open and there is limited space available for all four upcoming Regional Conferences:Toronto East/Markham, Oct. 4, Edward Village, 50 Valhalla Drive, MarkhamToronto West, Oct. 6, Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel, 801 Dixon RoadVancouver, Oct. 18, Terminal City Club, 837 Hastings St.Edmonton, Oct. 20, Matrix Hotel, 10640 100 AvenueEvents will feature over three hours of classroom sessions that will cover the technology, marketing and selling tools available to members, front line agency training, and Vacation.com program updates.New to the upcoming Fall Regional Conference is Power Speaker Jim Nathan, Vice President of Marketing, Vacation.com, who will lead the Power Speaker Sessions by providing valuable industry and marketing insights to teach members how to strategically leverage marketing programs and social media tools to help grow business.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong Kong“Vacation.com’s Canadian Fall Regional Conferences provide ideal opportunities for both our owner/managers and front-line agents to maximize each program and to learn how to tailor them to their own business needs,” said Christine James, Vice President, Canada for Vacation.com. “Each will offer an memorable day of learning and networking that has proven both popular and successful year after year. In the process, they’ll be encouraged how to ‘focus on success’ to help grow business and get the most out of their valuable Vacation.com membership.”Following the educational sessions for each conference, members will meet and network with more than 30 partners during a one-hour trade show, followed by a full-course plated dinner, where several grand prizes will be drawn.All attendees will be eligible to win one of the several travel prizes including a pair of airline tickets courtesy of Sunwing Airlines and WestJet Vacations, gift cards and more.“The ultimate goal for Vacation.com members who attend a Canadian Fall Regional Conference is to learn realistic ideas that will make a positive impact on their business and are easy to implement. We strongly encourage our members to sign up today and take advantage of every opportunity they have to network with our supplier partners who are here to help them grow,” added James.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalMembers should visit agentuniverse.com for full details and to register for the events. Tags: Vacation.com Posted by Vacation.com members invited to ‘Focus on Success’ at fall regionals Friday, September 30, 2016 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: New York Friday, December 29, 2017 By: Colleen LongSource: The Associated Press Tightest security ever for Times Square’s New Year’s after attacks Share NEW YORK — Police are promising a bigger security detail than ever before in Times Square for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration, which will cap off a year that saw a number of deadly attacks on innocent crowds, including a vehicle rampage at the very spot where revelers will ring in 2018.In addition to its usual army of snipers, bag-inspecting officers and metal detectors, the department this year is relying on help from a growing corps of “vapour wake” dogs, which are trained to sniff out trace amounts of explosive particles that trail behind someone carrying a bomb.All 125 parking garages in the vicinity of Times Square will be emptied in advance of the celebration and sealed off, so no one has a chance to sneak in a car bomb, police said.Detectives already have been assigned to all of the dozens of high-rise hotels in the area, with the aim of preventing the type of attack that happened in Las Vegas in October, when a gunman firing from a casino hotel killed dozens of people at an outdoor concert below. Police wouldn’t discuss whether guests at area hotels would be screened in advance of the celebration, but Police Commissioner James O’Neill said officers already are working with hotel security.“This is going to be one of the most well-policed, best-protected events at one of the safest venues in the entire world,” O’Neill said.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The extra precautions follow two recent terrorist attacks in the city. A man detonated a bomb in the city’s subway system on Dec. 11, injuring only himself. On Halloween, an Islamic State-inspired attacker drove down a bicycle path, killing eight people before he wrecked his truck and was shot by police.Times Square itself was targeted in May by a man, said by police to be high on drugs, who drove through crowds of pedestrians for more than three blocks, killing an 18-year-old tourist from Michigan. The speeding vehicle was eventually stopped by one of the squat metal barriers that have been installed around the square’s pedestrian plazas.Those attacks were reminders that New York City’s massive security apparatus can only do so much, but city officials insisted they will be able to keep people safe on New Year’s Eve.“The fact is, they will absolutely be safe,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat.The police department doesn’t reveal the strength of its security force for the event, but it gave some details about the operation at a news conference Thursday.Officers will have help from roughly 1,000 security cameras installed in and around Times Square.An area roughly 22 city blocks long and three long blocks wide will be sealed off from both vehicle and pedestrian traffic with cement blocks, sand-filled garbage trucks and other vehicles blocking the streets leading into the area.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backPartygoers entering that secure zone will be screened at a dozen access points where they will encounter metal detectors, the vapour wake dogs and officers with portable radiation detectors. Large backpacks are not allowed. All small bags will be searched.From there, people go through a second round of security screening when they enter spectator pens where they are essentially confined for the night. People who leave the pens aren’t allowed to re-enter – so no bathroom breaks.Those who make it through will get to see live performances from Andy Grammer, Nick Jonas and Mariah Carey. A cascade of confetti and fireworks will ring in the new year when the Waterford Crystal ball drops.In addition to the officers at the scene, dozens of analysts will be combing Islamic State propaganda and deciphering data.Police also will be out in force at Coney Island, where live music and fireworks were expected to draw large crowds, and at a midnight event for runners in Central Park.“The takeaway from our preparations is this: People will be safe, and they should feel safe, too,” O’Neill said. “Because the NYPD and our partners are well-prepared.”