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Coming soon to iOS: Facepalm, shrugs and more

Are you frustrated by the upcoming presidential election? Did the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians make a bone-headed move during the World Series? Did your kid back his junker car out of the garage and into your brand-new SUV?

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Daily events beg for instant, accurate emotions, and Apple is providing new emojis that cover a wide range of them — a shrug, crossed fingers, and the facepalm. 

On Tuesday, Apple released its first beta version of its iOS 10.2 software update for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch products. The developer preview will include 72 new emojis. Other additions include job descriptions like teacher, astronaut, scientist, firefighter and pilot. 

Apple has not announced an official release date for the iOS 10.2 software, but the new symbols, approved as part of Unicode 9.0 in June, are expected to be available later this month. 

So when you hear something ridiculous that makes you want to roll on the floor laughing, well, Apple will have the emoji available for you to express your feelings.

Buzzfeed compiled a complete list of the new emoji, covering the bases from clown faces to avocados.

Apple patent blocks iPhones from recording at concerts

Apple was awarded a U.S. patent in June for a system that can force iPhones into disabling video-recording functions at concert venues.

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The system uses infrared signals to send messages to the smartphones to force them to shut down video recording capabilities. Apple's patent illustration shows a phone at a concert with the words "recording disabled" on screen. 

Various artists have been outspoken about fans filming their shows, with many claiming that it spoils the experience for other fans.

During a show this summer, Adele publicly told a fan who was filming the performance: "You can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera ... I'd really like you to enjoy my show because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in."

It's not known whether Apple plans to put the patent into use. 

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Yondr is another company with a mission to eliminate cellphone distractions at concerts.

The company creates "phone-free spaces" at events where attendees must seal their cellphones in one of the company's lockable pouches. The pouch stays locked inside the phone-free zone but unlocks once you leave it.

"If you haven't been to a phone-free show, you just don't know what you're missing. There's something about living in real life that can’t be replicated," Yondr founder Graham Dugoni told The Washington Post.

Ill children can now see the world without leaving St. Jude Hospital

Video includes clips from Expedia.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Expedia have teamed up in a seriously cool way to help sick children.

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The "St. Jude Dream Adventures" campaign, the 360-degree virtual experience room at the Memphis, Tennessee, location, lets children too sick to leave the hospital experience what it's like to travel the world.

Here's how it works: An Expedia employee will travel to the child's dream location, which can be anywhere from an underwater tour to watching wild horses in Argentina.

Once there, children will have the experience in real time with the employee, which gives kids the opportunity to ask questions and learn from tour guides.

 

The project is the brainchild of the 180LA creative agency. While this initial exhibition only featured four children, the agency said it's talking with the hospital about making it a permanent installation.

180LA, St. Jude and Expedia have teamed up before. A few years ago, the trio released an ad where Santa flew coach around the world so he could donate his Expedia+ points to the hospital.

Google gives itself a doodle, new logo

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Google's identity has changed once again.

After it recently announced its allegiance to Alphabet, the know-it-all, do-it-all company has unveiled its new logo Tuesday.

Of course it didn't happen without another infamous (albeit simple) doodle.

Also new are Google dots and the 'G' icon.

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Google's reasoning behind the change to its insignia is to be more compatible and prevalent on a wider variety of platforms (i.e., mobile, TV and even cars!).

The dots represent action and the 'G' has more color to it now as well.

The logo itself has animation now as well.

The font, called Product Sans, is a Google original.

Apple's iOS8 includes new 'killswitch' to curb theft

Apple's new operating system, iOS 8, comes with a "killswitch" feature already activated—unlike all the systems before it. 

The lock is a part of Apple's "Find My iPhone" app, which allows users to not only lock the phone that has been stolen but also prevents thieves from wiping the phone clean. Phones that operate on iOS 7 have the lock option, but they have to turn it on for it to work.

The difference with iOS 8 is that when anyone installs the new software, the activation lock will be on by default.

Although Apple has made this change to its software with this latest update, many in the law enforcement community claim the major tech brands have been dragging their feet on this feature. 

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"This was not a matter of urgency. You had Ray Kelly, the police commissioner of New York City, Kathy Lanier, the chief of police of Washington, D.C., ... haranguing them saying look the minute you make this – not a smartphone – a really dumb phone, a paperweight, the thefts stop."

And there seems to be some tangible evidence to support this claim. The San Francisco District Attorney gathered data from New York City, London and San Francisco which shows since Apple unveiled "Activation Lock" last year, iPhone thefts have dropped significantly. 

The evidence was so convincing to California lawmakers who crafted a bill signed into law last month that it requires all tech companies make the "killswitch" feature standard on all smartphones sold in the state after July 2015.  

As it stands, Samsung and Apple devices have the killswitch feature available, while Windows and Android devices do not; though they both say they plan to build in the feature. 

Success, roadblocks for many pre-ordering iPhone 6

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Maybe the most highly anticipated Apple release ever, the iPhone 6 went on sale at midnight on Friday, Sept. 12. As expected, a large number of people logged on to order or upgrade their phones. Some find it surprisingly simple, and others had predictable difficulties. 

Read below for a sampling of posts from social media about shoppers' experiences trying get their orders in for the new phones.

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Kaedy's Conversations - David Coverdale

Kaedy Kiely interviewed David Coverdale of Whitesnake back in 2000 - listen to part one.

She asked about Coverdale’s relationship with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, since he had worked with Jimmy Page on the Coverdale/Page project.(listen)

 

 

After recording two solo albums, former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale formed Whitesnake around 1977. In the glut of hard rock and heavy metal bands of the late '70s, their first albums got somewhat lost in the shuffle, although they were fairly popular in Europe and Japan. During 1982, Coverdale took some time off so he could take care of his sick daughter. When he re-emerged with a new version of Whitesnake in 1984, the band sounded revitalized and energetic. Slide It In may have relied on Led Zeppelin's and Deep Purple's old tricks, but the band had a knack for writing hooks; the record became their first platinum album. Three years later, Whitesnake released an eponymous album (titled 1987 in Europe) that was even better. Portions of the album were blatantly derivative -- "Still of the Night" was a dead ringer for early Zeppelin -- but the group could write powerful, heavy rockers like "Here I Go Again" that were driven as much by melody as riffs, as well as hit power ballads like "Is This Love."Whitesnake was an enormous international success, selling over six million copies in the U.S. alone.

Before they recorded their follow-up, 1989's Slip of the Tongue, Coverdale again assembled a completely new version of the band, featuring guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. Although the record went platinum, it was a considerable disappointment after the across-the-board success of Whitesnake. Coverdale put Whitesnake on hiatus after that album. In 1993, he released a collaboration with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page that was surprisingly lackluster. The following year, Whitesnake issued a greatest-hits album in the U.S. and Canada focusing solely on material from their final three albums (as well as containing a few unreleased tracks).

In 1997, Coverdale resurrected Whitesnake (guitarist Adrian Vandenberg was the only remaining member of the group's latter-day lineup), issuing Restless Heart the same year. Surprisingly, the album wasn't even issued in the United States. On the ensuing tour, Coverdale and Vandenberg performed an "unplugged" show in Japan that was recorded and issued the following year under the title Starkers in Tokyo. By the late '90s, however, Coverdale once again put Whitesnake on hold, as he concentrated on recording his first solo album in nearly 22 years. Coverdale's Into the Light was issued in September 2000, featuring journeyman guitarist Earl Slick. After a lengthy hiatus that saw the release of countless "greatest-hits" and "live" collections, the band returned in 2008 with the impressive Good to Be Bad. Coverdale and Whitesnake toured the album throughout Europe and Japan. The band returned to the recording studio in 2010 with new members bassist Michael Devin (formerly of Lynch Mob) and drummer Brian Tichy, who appeared alongside guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, and guest keyboardist Timothy Drury (as well as Coverdale's son Jasper on backing vocals on various tracks). The band's 11th album, Forevermore, was preceded by the issue of the single, "Love Will Set You Free," and released in the spring of 2011. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi

Wing & Rock Fest

 

This seventh year event will bring together chicken wing restaurants & classic rock cover & tribute bands for an all day FREE outdoor music & food festival in downtown Woodstock on June 2nd and 3rd.  The festival will feature wings from metro Atlanta wing experts like Wing Zone, Buffalo's Southwest Cafe, RuChDa, Keegan's Public House, California Dreaming & lots more as well as ice cold beer and frozen margaritas/daiquiris for sale.

  • Families with kids can check out the Kidzone with multiple jumpies & slides.
  • Enter the wing eating contest for a chance to win some great prizes by signing up at the 97.1 The River booth.
  • Stay tuned to 97.1 The River in the near future for your chance to win a reserved table or sign up here for a reserved table for your group!
  • So all all singles, couples & families should mark your calendar now & plan on great fun the weekend after Memorial Day.
  • Please, No outside food and beverages allowed, but plenty will be for sale!

2012 Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, June 2nd

Sunday, June 3rd

Gazebo Stage Sat and Sun Live music from various kid bands from Rock U School of Music Performance

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