Farc eyes Colombia’s 2018 elections as it seeks new political dawn

Party faces uphill battle for political acceptance by voters who experienced it as a terror threat over decades of violence

Colombia’s Farc guerrilla group has officially recast itself as a political party, redesigning its logo as a rose but keeping the acronym that many Colombians equate with its violent past.

After a five-day founding congress in Bogotá, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia became the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, which in Spanish retains its controversial acronym.

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Alexa and Siri Escalate Battle of Virtual Assistants

Apple and Amazon.com are bolstering the teams that run their Siri and Alexa virtual assistants, part of a string of recent moves by technology giants to step up competition in an area seen by many as the future of computing. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://www.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7014.xml

Zendaya, Now 21, Explains Why She Will NOT Start Drinking!

Zendaya turns 21 years old today!

But before you ask what she’ll be drinking to celebrate the occasion, you should know something about the former Disney starlet — she doesn’t partake!

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The Spider-Man: Homecoming actress took to her personal website to explain her decision not to drink alcohol. Not because it’s illegal but because it’s her call!

She wrote:

“Today I turn 21! Holla!!! But just because I’m now the legal drinking age, doesn’t mean I’m going to start throwing ‘em back. I don’t plan to start drinking.

My life is too stressful to need help with relaxing by having a cocktail. This industry is way too nuts for me to not be in control of myself and my decisions, so I just don’t want to introduce drinking! Plus, I don’t want drinking to become a vice. Why try something if you don’t need it?!”

It’s a very prudent line of reasoning. But also, do you really want to knock it before you even try it?

Her rumored-but-probably-not-really boyfriend Tom Holland obviously knows about her decision, though he doesn’t share her concerns. He wrote to her on her bday:

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Leaked Apple Document Outlines Apple’s iPhone Repair Rules

A leaked Apple “Visual/Mechanical Inspection Guide” shared this afternoon by Business Insider provides some insight into how Apple’s repair policies work, highlighting how Apple determines when to offer an in-warranty repair, an out-of-warranty repair, or a denial of service.



Dated March 3, 2017, the document is known internally as the “VMI” and covers the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7, along with Plus models. An Apple technician told Business Insider that there’s a similar document for all of its products, and that it’s generally used for training.



The guide is divided into three sections. The green section denotes problems where Apple will provide a warranty service, the yellow covers issues where Apple will offer out-of-warranty repairs, and the red section contains examples of issues Apple will refuse to fix.



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Debris under the display glass, a pixel anomaly, FaceTime camera foam misalignment, and a single hairline crack to the front glass are all problems that Apple will fix under warranty, even if there’s additional accidental or liquid damage to the device. These are the only issues that can be fixed automatically even with additional damage to a device.



Apple will provide out-of-warranty replacements for liquid damage confirmed by the user, evidence of corrosion, LCD fractures, camera damage from lasers, cracks at a point of impact, damaged Lightning/audio/microphone components, extreme abrasion or puncture holes, and a bent or split enclosure.



Devices that have user-replaced parts, intentional tampering or damage, non-Apple batteries, or catastrophic damage are not eligible for service at all. Enclosure damage, like scratches and scuffs, is not covered and cosmetic problems do not warrant a replacement or repair if there are no other issues.



Apple also has a special set of rules for water damage. Employees are instructed to look for signs of water damage both internally and externally when diagnosing issues, and if there is evidence of contact with water, employees are told to deny some in-warranty repairs and instead offer an out-of-warranty repair.



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According to Apple employees, the VMI isn’t often used unless there’s an “oddball issue,” and it’s also more of a guide than a hard and fast rule when it comes to replacement, as there are many issues that arise that aren’t covered here. “There are always those one-off issues that the phone is technically not covered under warranty but we swap the phone anyways under warranty,” an Apple technician told Business Insider.



These rules don’t apply to devices covered by AppleCare+, as that warranty entitles users to two device replacements or repairs, even for accidental damage, so long as the fee is covered. For out-of-warranty repairs, Apple charges $130 to $150 for screen repairs and $300 to $350 for other damage. With AppleCare+, a screen repair costs $29 and other damage costs $99 to fix.


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Serena Williams Welcomes a Baby Girl!

Serena Williams welcomes a baby girl with fiancé Alexis Ohanian on Friday (September 1st). The baby was born at Saint Mary Medical Center in West Palm Beach weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces.

The 35 year old, tennis pro announced her pregnancy in April on Snapchat on a boat, wearing a black one-piece and showing off her 20-week baby bump.

 

 

The 23 Grand Slam title winner will be enjoying her maternity leave with her husband for the rest of 2017, but says she will be back to play in January for the Australian Open. This is Williams and Ohanian’s first child.

Now the question remains, what do you think the baby’s name will be?

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