Apple’s Focus on Value Helps Company Achieve Record Mac Sales

Lineup of Apple computers

Lineup of Apple computers

Earlier Tuesday, Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, adding slightly faster Intel Haswell processors. But the real emphasis from Apple has been on value: The company trimmed $100 off the starting price of the top-of-the-line 15-inch configuration, and also made 16 gigabytes of RAM standard for all 15-inch models.

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also comes with added value, doubling the default RAM to 8 gigabytes. The RAM upgrades alone represent a significant discount over what Apple had previously charged for those specifications.

And Apple also slashed $100 off its legacy non-Retina MacBook Pro, selling it for just $1,099.

Tuesday’s moves are not surprising: Value has been the primary focus for Apple thus far throughout 2014. In April, Apple boosted the processors on its MacBook Air lineup by just 100 megahertz, but cut $100 off the models to reach a new starting price of $899 for the 11.6-inch model. Continue reading

Mother Who Engaged her 2 Daughters in “Naked Prayer Sessions” with Pastor Loses Custody to Father

Phil and Colleen Livingston are leaders of Light of the World Ministries in Wauconda, Ill. Their "Light Therapy" sessions were at the center of a court case in which a man was granted custody of his daughters after their mother engaged the minors in Livingston's naked prayer sessions. (Photo: nakedapostles.org)

Phil and Colleen Livingston are leaders of Light of the World Ministries in Wauconda, Ill. Their “Light Therapy” sessions were at the center of a court case in which a man was granted custody of his daughters after their mother engaged the minors in Livingston’s naked prayer sessions. (Photo: nakedapostles.org)

An Illinois appeals court granted a man custody of his two daughters whose mother was involved in church rituals where members would engage in naked prayer therapy sessions with their pastor. Continue reading

Anti-Jewish Grafitti in Rome Has Little to Do With Israel and Gaza, and Everything to do With Europe’s Ugly History of Anti-Semitism

Rome (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty)

Rome (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty)

There is still a faint black stain in the shape of a swastika on the Jewish memorial plaque along the Via Lungara near the Vatican in Rome.  The plaque marks the spot where Rome’s Jews were held until they could be transferred in cattle cars to Auschwitz, and the inscription says simply, poignantly:  “The 16th of October 1943 whole families of Roman Jews dragged from their homes by the Nazis were concentrated in this building and deported to the extermination camps. Of one thousand persons only sixteen survived.”

Someone tried to scrub the October 16 plaque clean, but over the past few nights across Rome more than 70 disturbing hate messages were scrawled with black and red paint on Jewish businesses and throughout the so-called Jewish Ghetto around the city’s main synagogue.  Phrases like “Anne Frank Was A Liar,” “Dirty Jews,” “Jews your end is near,” and “Israel executioner” were written in spray paint alongside Celtic crosses and rows and rows of swastikas.

“It’s like 1933,” Riccardo Pacifici, the head of Rome’s Jewish community told reporters. “This morning Rome woke up in the worst possible way. Its walls have been defaced by dozens of graffiti praising neo-Nazi hatred towards Jews.”

Rome’s streets are the latest in Europe to become bulletin boards for anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic sentiment. But unlike hate events in France, which have become violent and often involve the children of immigrants with Muslim backgrounds who claim Palestinian sympathies, Italian anti-Semitism is being blamed on Italians of European descent. Italy’s counterterrorism law enforcement agency DIGOS (Divisione Investigazioni Generali e Operazioni Speciali) says that the extreme right and extreme left wings of the Italian political spectrum have joined forces to spread the hate, issuing an alert warning “there is new solidarity between the opposite extremists.”

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SOURCE: Barbie Latza Nadeau 
The Daily Beast