Actualidad breaking news Actualidad News Fri, 19 Apr 2024 13:08:20 GMT President Biden, You Have Leverage That Can Save Lives in Gaza. Please Use It. President Biden is sounding tougher toward Israel these days and showing more compassion for people starving in Gaza. “There are a lot of innocent people who are in trouble and dying,” Biden said. “And it’s got to stop.” But it’s not going to stop on its own — indeed, it may get worse if Israel invades Rafah, or if hunger tips into famine. And Biden’s concern for Palestinians rings hollow to me because he has been unwilling to lean hard on Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make it stop. So we’re now in a bizarre situation: American bombs and American aid are both falling from Gaza’s skies. In 1948, the United States and its allies undertook the famous Berlin Airlift to rescue West Berlin from a Soviet blockade. Now we are engaged in another humanitarian airlift — this time because of the actions not of an enemy but of our partner. Israel is insisting on painstaking inspections of every aid truck going into Gaza. A senior administration official told me that Israel was turning back entire truckloads if they contained emergency birthing kits, apparently because these include a small scalpel for cutting umbilical cords. UNICEF tells me that Israel is refusing to allow it to bring in portable toilets. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Jeff Merkley visited the Gaza border and found that Israel has blocked water purifiers. A British member of Parliament said that Israel had blocked 2,560 solar lights. Because Biden couldn’t persuade Israel to ease up on this nonsense and allow in enough aid to avert starvation, he moved to airdrops and a sea corridor — better than nothing and also woefully inadequate. Cindy McCain, head of the United Nations World Food Program, warns that road access to Gaza is essential, and that “if we do not exponentially increase the size of aid going into the northern areas, famine is imminent.” Sign up for the Israel-Hamas War Briefing. The latest news about the conflict. Get it sent to your inbox. Diplomacy is about arm-twisting as much as persuasion, but Biden seems unwilling to act in ways that give force to his words. Simply put, Netanyahu ignores the White House because there is no cost to doing so. That’s not entirely new. “Our American friends offer us money, arms and advice,” the Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan told a visiting American Zionist leader in 1967. “We take the money, we take the arms, and we decline the advice.” Avi Shlaim, the historian, recounts that the visitor asked what would happen if America said that Israel would get aid only if it took the advice. Dayan replied: “Then we would have to take the advice, too.” ... Mon, 18 Mar 2024 03:00:00 GMT Tesla FSD beta v12.3 rolling out to thousands of customers Tesla is rolling out the latest version of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta to customers in the U.S., as the company continues the deployment of its highly anticipated version 12. On early Saturday morning, close Tesla software follower Teslascope announced that the FSD beta v12.3 is rolling out to thousands of customer vehicles in the U.S., including to some on the East Coast. The account notes that all vehicles included in this wave of v12 deployment are on software versions 2023.44.30.8 and 2023.44.30.14, as can be seen in the post below. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Within the last hour, <a href="">@Tesla</a> deployed Full Self-Driving (Beta) V12.3 to thousands of customer vehicles across the United States, including the east coast. ¿<br><br>All vehicles in this wave are originating from 2023.44.30.8 and 2023.44.30.14. <a href=""></a></p>— Teslascope (@teslascope) <a href="">March 16, 2024</a></blockquote> <InvalidTag async src="" charset="utf-8"></script> Notably, the update appears to be rolling out to FSD beta customers in every U.S. state, with many users in the thread sharing that they gained access to the version in their region of the country. In Canada, however, the update is currently only available to Tesla employees, although Teslascope expects new FSD beta versions to be rolling out to the country soon. Teslascope also noted in the thread that, for the first time ever, Tesla customers with HW4-equipped vehicles are not yet getting the new update, despite the version having rolled out to the Tesla employees and special testing group with HW4. When another person asked if this is due to performance issues with the HW4, Teslascope notes that the employees they’ve spoken to have only had good things to say about the software: <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hw4 lagging in performance the most likely explanation?</p>— Pan Dan (@PanDan02216285) <a href="">March 16, 2024</a></blockquote> <InvalidTag async src="" charset="utf-8"></script> Tesla began deploying the FSD beta v12.2.1 to customers about a month ago, and users largely also had positive things to say about that software’s progress, despite a few small regressions. Some pointed to the software version’s ability to comfortably make U-turns and low visibility turns as major improvements, highlighting the v12 shift to full neural network control of the vehicle. ... Mon, 18 Mar 2024 03:00:00 GMT I Replaced My iPhone With a Nokia Flip Phone. It Made Me Anxious CLICK TO UNMUTE Can I Live With a Nokia Flip Phone in 2024? Recently I gave up my iPhone 15 Pro Max and used the Nokia 2780 Flip for a week. I was curious whether I could survive, and maybe even thrive, with an updated take on a classic flip phone in 2024. In a smartphone-saturated world, it felt like an ambitious undertaking. Nokia stopped making phones itself in 2014, but HMD has licensed the name to make new models. So this phone is from HMD which -- fun fact -- rebranded itself as Human Mobile Devices during Mobile World Congress 2024. Read more: Barbie Flip Phone Is Coming From Mattel, HMD to Highlight Your Dreams With its quintessential flip-phone design, the Nokia 2780 Flip is reminiscent of the Nokia 2760 from the late 2000s (which, of course, CNET reviewed in 2008). But it also has newer features like YouTube and Google Maps, which made this challenge feel a bit more feasible for this day and age. It costs $90, has 4G connectivity and runs on major carriers and MVNOs in the US (like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Boost). In addition to calling, texting, watching YouTube videos and navigating with Google Maps, you can use this phone to surf the web, send emails, take photos and listen to music. There are also several utility features, including but not limited to weather, calendar and notes apps. And it wouldn't be a Nokia phone if it didn't have Snake. There's also a folder with other predownloaded games, like 2048 and Whack-a-Mole. As I was transferring my contacts and music onto this flip phone, FOMO kicked in. I was scared I would miss something important without my iPhone. But that didn't stop me from moving forward with the challenge anyway. So I put my iPhone in a very hard-to-reach drawer and adopted the Nokia 2780 Flip full-time. And I became a little less nervous once I realized it did a great job of carrying out a phone's most important function -- that is, making calls. ... Mon, 18 Mar 2024 03:00:00 GMT Starbucks Discontinues Its NFT Program 'Odyssey' Starbucks has decided to discontinue its NFT program "Odyssey," which was in beta testing phase, to prepare for future developments in the program's evolution. Starbucks Discontinues Odyssey NFT According to the FAQs provided by Starbucks on the discontinuation of the program, it is stated that the Starbucks Odyssey Beta program will be ending to make way for what lies ahead as they continue to develop the program further. The program's closure is scheduled for March 31, and users have until March 25 to complete any remaining activities or "journeys" within the program. Participants in the program will not have another Benefit Selection Period, as their points will expire once the program is closed. However, Starbucks will email a final benefit to Odyssey members who are Level 1 and higher at the end of March. Regarding Stamps' fate after Odyssey's shutdown, it is clarified that Stamps will remain accessible on Nifty Gateway. Users who have not previously logged into Nifty Gateway can request a password reset using their Starbucks Rewards email. The Odyssey marketplace will transition to the Nifty marketplace, where users can continue to buy, sell, and transfer Odyssey stamps. Members can also withdraw their Stamps to an external wallet and trade them on other platforms. Additionally, the Starbucks Odyssey Discord server will remain open until March 19, after which it will be closed. However, Starbucks assures its members that they are considering the community's needs as they evolve the program and are working towards providing a place for members to connect in the future. ... Mon, 18 Mar 2024 03:00:00 GMT