Apple reports battery problems for some 2016 and 2017 MacBook laptops

The Organization of Users and Consumers (OCU) has reported on a notice from Apple about a problem with some of their laptops. The tech company has warned that some MacBook Pro laptops manufactured between 2016 and 2017 does not load more than 1%.

According to the OCU, the battery of these computers does not charge despite being connected for a long time. From the organization they remember that this It is not the only problem that computers of this brand and model have presented with their battery, because some time ago there was another battery overheating alert.

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Laptops affected by this battery issue are as follows Models:

– MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, two and four Thunderbolt 3 ports)

– MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, two and four Thunderbolt 3 ports)

– MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)

– MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)

For check if your laptop is affected, the OCU explains that you have to access the Apple menu, and select About this Mac to see if the model matches those that have reported problems.

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Another option is see “Battery status”: in the affected models the status appears the message «Recommended repair». If the battery status is “Normal”, this problem does not affect you.

To solve the problem, you need to contact Apple, the manufacturer of the computer. The company has released an update to its macOS operating system to resolve the incident. The OCU recommends updating to macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 or a later version, or install the macOS Catalina 10.15.7 Supplemental Update.


Rolls-Royce falls after warning it will take longer than expected to recover

The aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has advised that their recovery will take longer than expected, as stricter travel restrictions will be implemented to curb the spread of new variants of Covid-19 affecting the travel industry. The company’s shares plummet about 8%.

“The restrictions are delaying the recovery of long-distance travel in the coming months compared to our previous expectations, which exerts a increased financial pressure about our clients and the aviation industry in general, all of which is affecting our own cash flows in 2021, “said Rolls-Royce in a statement sent to the London Stock Exchange.

In this environment, they see that “financial forecasts remain very sensitive changes in external conditions and, although we continue to drive cost reduction, our current forecasts indicate a free cash outflow in the region of 2 billion pounds in 2021 “They add that they continue to expect cash flow to be positive sometime during the second half.

Rolls-Royce further notes that, with a liquidity of approximately 9 billion, “it is confident that, despite the most challenging market conditions in the short term, it is “well positioned for the future”.

The company raised around 5 billion in funds at the end of last year through an issue of rights and new lines of credit. At the time, Rolls-Royce set three possible scenarios, including worst-case for recovery, in which engine flight hours recovered to 35% of 2019 levels in 2020 and 45% this year. At the end of the third quarter, they were running at 42%.


European markets supervisor warns of dubious practices after Brexit | Markets

The European Securities and Markets Authority has detected attempts by financial companies to “evade” the Mifid 2 regulation as a result of Brexit.

Although the European market regulator has not specified the nationality of these companies, it has indicated that the practices detected have been detected as a consequence of the end of the transition period with the United Kingdom, which ended on December 31.

Specifically, ESMA has indicated that it has detected “questionable practices” in relation to the reverse application, which occurs when a product or service is marketed at the sole initiative of the client.

“Some firms appear to be trying to evade Mifid 2 requirements by including general clauses in their commercial terms or by using ‘I accept’ drop-down boxes where clients ensure that any transaction is executed at the sole initiative of the client,” he said. the regulator alerted.

In this regard, ESMA has reminded companies that when a company from a third country requests clients in the European Union or promotes investment services there, they should not be considered as a service provided at the sole initiative of the client. This also applies even if there are contractual clauses stating otherwise.


What to expect from post-Brexit | Opinion

The bars of Radetzky’s march in Vienna have announced to us in this new year that the United Kingdom completed its unilateral separation with the European Union, ending a relationship of almost half a century. Thus, the British and EU negotiators closed a post-Brexit free trade agreement of minimums on Christmas Eve. A prestigious English newspaper recently published a cartoon depicting Boris Johnson as the Pied Piper of Hamelin enchanting, to the tune of Brexit, much of British society to follow him to the precipice of the unknown. To reach people you have to show them the promised land and, for that, there is nothing like a good story that draws an idyllic world.

His speech has prevailed over English pragmatism. For the prime minister, as well as for other English politicians, Brexit has always been a bargaining chip to gain power because it is the tactic that has provided the most electoral performance: invoking patriotism and blaming all its ills on the EU. In this sense, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, stated: “The decision to leave Europe, this Brexit, is the product of a lot of lies and false promises.” He recently claimed that, following the withdrawal from the EU, Britain would recover enough money to alleviate the weakened NHS (National Health Service).

In the UK the trade agreement is not going to be celebrated with the same joy by everyone. For the more than 16 million who voted to remain in the EU, their feelings are sad and desolate. On the contrary, for the 17 million eurosceptics it is of satisfaction for the victory as Boris Johnson has recently stated in one more proof of his peculiar populism: “The fate of this great country now resides firmly in our hands as we regain control. and sovereignty ”. It should not be forgotten that the UK has as much right to withdraw as others to stay.

Now, once outside the EU, and in order to hide the magnitude of the economic crisis produced by Brexit, it is trying to blame Covid-19 for its consequences. Once again, those responsible for his erratic management are everyone else except him. But it will not be able to mask for long the perfect storm due to a multifactorial crisis that the United Kingdom is experiencing, formed by the three Cs (customs – customs – crisis and coronavirus) as the English public opinion calls it. The Bank of England and various government studies warn of serious post-Brexit economic “shocks”.

The EU, for its part, has not welcomed the loss of an important partner such as the United Kingdom, although it has felt some relief. Since joining the European Economic Community in 1973, he has always been an uncomfortable member. If the achievements of an organization are the sum of individual efforts, the United Kingdom has been a drag on the process of political and economic integration.

There is an Andalusian song that says: “Something dies in the soul, when a friend leaves.” The British Prime Minister never tires of repeating that they are our most faithful friends, but they have concealed it very well in all this time. Life experience teaches us that true friends are known by their actions. Therefore, it should be remembered that the United Kingdom did not participate in the Schengen Agreement (1995), rejected the euro and the Economic and Monetary Union (2002), did not sign the Treaty for the Stability, Coordination and Governance of the EMU (2012 ) and rejected the European pact to reinforce fiscal discipline (2013). More recently, he has refused a new referendum when the previous one was, in my opinion, based on lies and had a not very high turnout (71%). While those under 50 years of age voted against Brexit, those over 50 did so in favor, especially in rural areas. Withdrawal from the EU is a deeply selfish and discriminatory decision from a generational point of view. Possibly with that background and without Brexit, the outcome of the European summit last July, in which the European Union Solidarity Fund was approved to deal with serious public health emergencies, would have been very different.

Polls in the UK say that the British want more talk about the pandemic, economic revival and social protection. However, the nature of the new relationship between the UK and the EU means that many things will be different.

The trade agreement avoids the tariffs that are imposed on goods, but it does not save more paperwork for companies and people traveling to EU countries. There will be more additional controls at the borders, as well as customs and security declarations. In short, more bureaucracy, more obstacles and more costs.

The free movement of people, between the two sides of the English Channel, will end and will be replaced in the UK by a ‘point-based’ immigration system for both the EU and people from other parts of the world. Also, anyone from the UK who wants to stay in the EU for more than 90 days, in any 180-day period, will need a visa.

Despite Boris Johnson’s promises and a House of Lords Committee for the EU report warning that the benefits of the Erasmus program would be very difficult to replace with a national program, the country has sadly announced that You will no longer participate in that program and will replace it with a new one. According to Johnson, students “would have the opportunity not only to go to European universities, but to go to the best universities in the world.” It was not necessary to leave the EU for this. Nothing prevented the British from establishing a program of their own to travel to universities other than the EU.

Nor have the government’s promises that the UK would maintain “exactly the same benefits” as it had as a member of the EU, and that they could never have been realized. However, the country will continue to be in a worse situation than it was while it was in the EU, and there is still uncertainty about what will happen to the banking and services that represent 80% of its economy. In certain areas, the UK has always sought to maintain a special position. Like that community of neighbors in which one of its owners decides not to pay, but wants to continue enjoying the services.

There is a phrase from Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister, that adequately defines the current sentiment of the United Kingdom: “You must know that, if we have to choose between Europe and the open seas, we will always choose the open seas.”

Vicente Castelló is Professor at the Jaume I University and member of the Interuniversity Institute for Local Development


How to make the Apple Watch warn you if you spend training | Gadgets

Smartwatches have become the perfect device to control our daily activity, workouts and even certain data on our health. In this sense, one of the reference devices is the Apple Watch, which in addition to allowing us not to miss anything that comes to our mobile phone, has become one of the best fitness wearables.

The latest version of the Apple Watch, the Series 6, came with certain improvements and news. Among all of them, its ability to measure oxygen saturation level in our blood. A function that has been talked about a lot, since it could help control this data to those infected by COVID-19 and thus avoid further complications. Of course, this should be used as a guideline and never as a diagnosis.

However, there is no doubt that this is important information for those who do sports on a daily basis. In this way, we can have much more control over our aerobic capacity during exercise.

With the recent arrival of the WatchOS 7.2 and with iOS 14.3, Apple has introduced a new health feature called Cardio Fitness Levels, or what amounts to the same as Aerobic capacity levels in Spanish. A function with which the Apple Watch can calculate our aerobic capacity and show us a warning if the level drops.


The watch is capable of tracking or measuring this data through the heart rate sensor, the accelerometer and other sensors with which it is equipped. In this way, the moment it detects a level below normal, it will send us a notification.

How to activate these notifications on the Apple Watch

In order to receive a warning in the event that our aerobic capacity level falls below normal values, it is necessary to activate this function from the Health application and execute iOS 14.3 and WatchOS 7.2 on mobile and Apple Watch respectively.

If we meet these requirements, then we can open the app Health on our iPhone. The normal thing is that a notice appears with the new function Aerobic capacity levels, in which case all we have to do is tap on the option Set up. In the event that it does not appear, we will have to go to Explore and then Heart.

Once inside the configuration of this option, where we will be explained what it consists of, we must continue to the step where we are offered the possibility of activate notifications. Once activated, our Apple Watch will already notify us if the capacity level is below normal.


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Barrage of lies about covid vaccines | Blog Facts

The propaganda machine against a future covid vaccine, which has not yet been approved although there are dozens of trials, has been in place for months. False information about the damage caused by artificial inoculation against SARS-CoV-2 has been spread through social networks. The uncertainty in the absence of a method that immunizes against the new coronavirus has been taken advantage of by anti-vaccine groups to add supporters to a cause, that of not vaccinating, whose only result is the defenselessness of the population against diseases against which there is protection. . These are some of the most widespread hoaxes about the future coronavirus vaccine:

1. The flu vaccine causes covid-19

False. The photo of a man dressed in a green coat and mask holding a sign stating that “SARS-CoV-2 has to do with flu vaccination” and that has circulated on social networks is a montage whose only the end is to misinform. The trick is already hackneyed: pretending that a health worker – by the outfit – tries to alert the population of the lies that the Government spreads about the coronavirus in a scenario that appears to be an operating room. But the supposed operating room could well be the waiting room of any office. And the alleged doctor, who does not identify himself, anyone who has a clothing similar to that of a sanitary.

The poster held by the man in the picture contains at least four lies. In addition to linking deaths from covid-19 with the flu vaccine, something that lacks scientific basis, he affirms that hospitals are empty, that PCR tests to detect positives for coronavirus are not efficient and that masks are harmful to health. All of this is false.

It is not the only hoax that links the flu vaccine with covid-19. The documentary Plandemic (a play on words in English between “plan” and “pandemic”) ensures that “flu vaccines increase by 36% the chances of contracting” the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The protagonist of the documentary, Judy Mikovits, a questioned American doctor in biochemistry, alludes to a scientific study carried out by the United States Army that investigates the relationship between the flu vaccine and the possibility of contracting other respiratory viruses, carried out during the season flu 2017-2018. The study itself concludes that the results do not show that the flu vaccine is related to an increased risk of contracting another virus that affects the respiratory tract.

2. The future vaccine against covid-19 will cause sterility

False. The platform Doctors for Truth, created last July and disseminating various hoaxes about the coronavirus, has recently published a video in which it warns against the dangers of a future vaccine against the disease. One of its members, Dr. María José Martínez Albarracín, has assured that future vaccines may cause sterility to those who are inoculated, an argument that lacks scientific basis. The platform, to which the General Council of Official Associations of Physicians of Spain has opened a file in case its denial of the coronavirus violates articles of the Code of Medical Deontology, has expanded other fallacies such as the dangers of using a mask or the benefits of using the chlorine dioxide to cure covid, which is illegal to use as a medicine in Spain and in other countries.

3. Pneumonia vaccines protect against coronavirus

False. Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs that causes the body not to get all the oxygen it needs. It can be caused by different bacteria or viruses, including SARS-CoV-2. However, the most widespread vaccines to prevent pneumonia, such as pneumococcal or Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine, do not protect against the new coronavirus, warns the World Health Organization (WHO), which tries to counter the messages spread through social networks that reported to the contrary.

4. The vaccine damages the human genome

False. The video of an interview with a man who identifies himself as the Argentine doctor “Luis Marcelo Martínez, geneticist and president of the Argentine Society of Medical Genetics”, has spread the hoax that the “new vaccine against covid-19″ tries ” manipulate ”on a massive scale the human genome, a practice that would cause“ irreparable damage ”. Martínez assures that vaccines based on adenovirus vectors, such as the one being developed by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, “try to reproduce sequences of genetic information in the genetic information of the human being”, which could cause “unpredictable damage, transmissible to the offspring ”. The vaccine, however, according to experts, cannot affect genetic information.

5. Killed in Ukraine from vaccine trials

False. The Australian Institute of Strategic Policy has detected how the pro-Russian spread has designed a strategy for anti-vaccine groups in the world to spread lies about the coronavirus vaccine. The institution refers, as an example, to a false document published last July – replicated in different languages ​​in Facebook groups – that pretended to be an official press release of the self-proclaimed people’s – and pro-Russian – republic of Lugansk. It falsely claimed that the United States had tested the vaccine with citizens of the new state and that some of them had died.


The United Kingdom claims Brussels the investigation of the merger of Telefónica O2 and Virgin | Companies

The British competition authority, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), has asked the European Commission to transfer to the United Kingdom the investigation and the final decision on the merger of O2 and Virgin Media, British subsidiaries of Telefónica and Liberty Global, respectively.

In a statement, the CMA recalls that Telefónica and Liberty notified their plans for the operation to the European Commission on September 30. Brussels gave until November 5 to make a decision.

The British authority believes that in this case, the file should be transferred to the United Kingdom because the potential impact on competition will only be in some retail and wholesale telecommunications markets in the country itself.

Furthermore, the CMA warns that, although Brussels has had a strong interest in the past to ensure consistency in various mergers in the telecommunications sector, now the Community position is no longer relevant given the imminent end of the transition period for the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

The CMA indicates that the initial limit for Brussels to respond to this requirement is on November 19, 2020. The British competition regulator states that it has been in close contact with the European Commission in its investigation to date and will continue to do so in should Brussels decide that jurisdiction over the case should not be transferred.

In principle, the fact that it is the British authorities instead of Brussels who investigate the operations, would be more favorable for obtaining the go-ahead. Last May, in the announcement of the merger, José María Álvarez-Pallete, president of Telefónica, defended that the operation will not affect competition, recalling that another very similar operation, the purchase of Everything Everywhere by BT in 2015, which involved the integration of a mobile operator with a fixed broadband telecom, was approved by the British authorities with hardly any conditions.

A resolution that contrasted with the decision of the European Commission in 2016 to block the sale of the aforementioned O2 to Hutchison Three because it meant reducing the number of mobile network operators from four to three, affecting British users. This community decision, which penalized Telefónica’s debt reduction plans, came just weeks before the Brexit referendum, where UK voters voted in favor of leaving the European Union.

The official request of the CMA has done well for Telefónica on the Stock Market. Its shares rise more than 3% after noon, to 3.24 euros, and maintain the rebound of the last days, after having lost the level of three euros last week.

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