iPhone X Owners Experience ‘Crackling’ or ‘Buzzing’ Sounds From Earpiece Speaker

MacRumors reports:
A limited but increasing number of iPhone X owners claim to be experiencing so-called “crackling” or “buzzing” sounds emanating from the device’s front-facing earpiece speaker at high or max volumes. Over two dozen users have said th…

MacRumors reports:
A limited but increasing number of iPhone X owners claim to be experiencing so-called “crackling” or “buzzing” sounds emanating from the device’s front-facing earpiece speaker at high or max volumes. Over two dozen users have said they are affected in a MacRumors discussion topic about the matter, while similar reports have surfaced on Twitter and Reddit since the iPhone X launched just over a week ago. On affected devices, the crackling sounds occur with any kind of audio playback, including phone calls, music, videos with sound, alarms, and ringtones. The issue doesn’t appear to be limited to any specific iPhone X configuration or iOS version.

“The speakerphone for an $1100 phone should be at least as good as it was on the iPhone 6 and 7,” complained one user, “but instead, it’s crackly, edgy and buzzy.”

“I believe we all knew the iPhone X would be highly scrutinized,” writes Slashdot reader sqorbit, “but the reported problems appear to be stacking up.”

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Amid national focus on harassment, Trump moves unscathed

“You can do anything,” Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women. Maybe he could, but not everyone can.

“You can do anything,” Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women. Maybe he could, but not everyone can.

Sen. King gets behind Republican-backed rural health proposals

One bill was proposed by Sen. Collins.

PORTLAND — A Maine U.S. senator who caucuses with the Democrats says he’s getting behind three Republican-backed pieces of legislation that he thinks would assist rural health care in the state.

Independent Sen. Angus King says his decision comes after a year of reaching out to hospital administrators and health professionals in rural Maine to talk about subjects like lowering the costs of health coverage.

One of the proposals was introduced by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. It would extend the rural add-on payment for home health services until 2022.

The other two proposals are from Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. One would allow rural hospitals to close some inpatient beds and services while keeping outpatient and emergency services. The other would increase payments through the Medicare Low-Volume Hospital program.

Rally cars to roar, or creep, across northern New England

The cars will make stops in Bar Harbor, Bangor and Gardiner.

An annual road rally for vintage cars is coming to northern New England this summer.

The Great Race starts June 23 in Buffalo, New York, and travels through Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New Brunswick before finishing in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In Maine, the 120 teams will make overnight stops in Bar Harbor, Bangor and Gardiner, and lunch stops in Seal Cove and Owls Head.

The event featuring vintage cars and trucks isn’t a race. Rather, it’s a timed event in which teams of drivers and navigators match wits. The event has followed a different route each year since 1983. It first came to Maine in 2014, when it started in Ogunquit.

Study of 500,000 Teens Suggests Association Between Excessive Screen Time and Depression

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Depression and suicide rates in teenagers have jumped in the last decade — doubling between 2007 and 2015 for girls — and the trend suspiciously coincides with when smartphones became their consta…

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Depression and suicide rates in teenagers have jumped in the last decade — doubling between 2007 and 2015 for girls — and the trend suspiciously coincides with when smartphones became their constant companions. A recent study places their screen time around nine hours per day. Another study, published on Tuesday, suggests that suicide and depression could be connected to the rise of smartphones, and increased screen time. Around 58 percent more girls reported depression symptoms in 2015 than in 2009, and suicide rates rose 65 percent. Smack in the middle of that window of time, smartphones gained market saturation.

In Twenge’s new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, the researchers looked at two samples: a nationally representative survey by ongoing study “Monitoring the Future” out of the University of Michigan, which is administered annually to 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, and the Centers for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, a sample of high school students administered by the CDC every other year. (Both surveys began in 1991.) Altogether, over 500,000 young people were included. The study authors examined trends in how teens used social media, the internet, electronic devices (including gaming systems and tablets), and smartphones, as well as how much time they spent doing non-screen activities like homework, playing sports, or socializing. Comparing these to publicly available data on mental health and suicide for these ages between 2010 and 2017 showed “a clear pattern linking screen activities with higher levels of depressive symptoms/suicide-related outcomes and non-screen activities with lower levels,” the researchers wrote in the study. All activities involving screens were associated with higher levels of depression or suicide and suicidal thinking, and activities done away from a screen were not.

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Plan to improve lobstering data collection faces hearings

Interstate fishing regulators are holding a series of hearings on the East Coast about a plan to improve data collection in the lobster fishery.

Interstate fishing regulators are holding a series of hearings on the East Coast about a plan to improve data collection in the lobster fishery.

Plan to improve lobstering data collection faces hearings

Interstate fishing regulators are holding a series of hearings on the East Coast about a plan to improve data collection in the lobster fishery.

Interstate fishing regulators are holding a series of hearings on the East Coast about a plan to improve data collection in the lobster fishery.

Report: Man shot, injured in Old Port

The injury was minor and the suspect is in custody.

A man was injured when he was shot by another man in the Old Port at about 1 a.m. Saturday, WMTW reported.

According to the WMTW report, police said the suspected shooter was in custody after the incident, which took place near Dana and Wharf streets.

The victim was treated and released from Mercy Hospital, according to the report.

 

Police had not confirmed the report Saturday morning. This story will be updated.

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Maine horse euthanized after being hit by car, truck

State police say a horse had to be euthanized after it ran into a road and was struck by a car and a truck in Littleton.

State police say a horse had to be euthanized after it ran into a road and was struck by a car and a truck in Littleton.

Maine horse euthanized after being hit by car, truck

State police say a horse had to be euthanized after it ran into a road and was struck by a car and a truck in Littleton.

State police say a horse had to be euthanized after it ran into a road and was struck by a car and a truck in Littleton.