Apple Watch Series 3 is having connectivity issues

The new Apple Watch hasn’t shipped yet, but it’s already running into some issues.

Apple on Wednesday confirmed the new Apple Watch Series 3 is having problems connecting to LTE networks.

“We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular,” an Apple spokesperson told CNN Tech. “We are investigating a fix for a future software release.”

The built-in cellular connection, a first for the Apple Watch, has been a major selling point for the Series 3.

The watch is designed to rely less on the iPhone, and lets users answer calls, get texts, talk to Siri and access third-party apps without being tethered. Soon, users will be able to stream Apple Music from the device.

The tech giant unveiled the Series 3 last week, alongside the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

The latest watch also has a bigger focus on fitness and health. For example, it alerts users when it detects an elevated pulse. In addition, it’s launching an Apple Heart Study later this year with Stanford Medicine to identify irregular heart rhythms.

The Series 3, available in stores starting Friday, will cost $329 without cellular and $399 with cellular.

It works with the four major carriers in the U.S. Subscription plans start at $10 monthly,

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FEMA vows to remain in Keys for as long as needed after Irma

As the recovery process from Hurricane Irma continues for residents in the Florida Keys, thousands have already applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A mobile FEMA unit is set up on Simonton Street in Key West with representatives on site to help answer questions and guide survivors through the process.

“A lot of our response has to do with dealing with everybody in the general public and helping them understand what kind of disaster assistance they need,” FEMA representative Kevin Sur said.

For many, it’s overwhelming. Many are dealing with FEMA for the first time, waiting in long lines just to apply for assistance. They’ll have to wait another week before they’re contacted by a representative.

Part of the challenge is that many Keys residents live on boats, many of which were destroyed in the storm.

“We’re going to need to know, not only the address of the marina, but we need to directly specify where their boat was — we need to know what dock, what slip — so that we can, you know, identify them and speed their recovery,” FEMA representative James Taylor said.

FEMA’s mobile unit will soon become a disaster recovery center, with the promise of being there as long as it is needed.

Elaine Duke, acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, recently visited the Monroe County Emergency Operations Center with Gov. Rick Scott. She assured residents that FEMA will continue to receive funding to help residents return to normal.

“We have no indication that we won’t have everything we need from Washington, D.C.,” she said.

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One major reason Graham-Cassidy health bill could pass

When it comes to the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, there is one thing Republicans agree on right now: It’s their last shot to repeal and replace Obamacare.

That may be all the motivation they need to pass it.

In recent days, an intense operation to sell the bill to few key holdouts has gotten underway. But most of those conversations are happening under the radar.

On Wednesday, the bill’s sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, briefed Alaska Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski. Arizona Sen. John McCain, another holdout, is also under pressure to get to “yes,” with Graham, a close friend, taking the lead on trying to convince him.

One White House official stressed that leaning on Graham wasn’t a bad thing, adding: “I wouldn’t say that’s all we’re relying on. Lindsey has good relationships that we can leverage.”

By and large, however, many Republicans seem to be shrugging “yes” to Graham-Cassidy, a health care bill that was released a week ago and would repeal the individual and employer mandates and turn the federal funding for Medicaid expansion and the subsidies into a block grant program.

And in large part, it’s because time is running out. According to the chamber’s parliamentarian, senators only have until the end of the month to pass a bill with just 51 votes under the procedure known as reconciliation, and the Senate’s last-ditch exercise isn’t all that different than the one that ultimately resulted in a health care bill being passed in the House.

“You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered,” Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley told local reporters, according to The Des Moines Register. “But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.”

So far, the full-fledged public airing of grievances that once dominated the Senate process isn’t nearly as visible. Conservatives and moderates aren’t openly sparring — although deeply divided over cuts to Medicaid, the size of insurance subsidies and whether or not to keep Obamacare taxes. Some notable Republicans are even papering over concerns, crossing red lines they once set for themselves in the name of getting something — anything — across the finish line.

If they have concerns, they are bringing them to leadership quietly. Vice President Mike Pence is taking the lead on affirming some of the softer “yes” votes, a senior adviser said. And, President Donald Trump doesn’t seem to have any concerns about the policy of Graham-Cassidy as long as it gets him a legislative win.

“I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare. Money direct to States!” he tweeted Wednesday morning.

The race to the finish line, however, gives members both the distinct advantage and danger of not fully knowing how the bill will affect one-sixth of the economy. If they do vote next week, senators are expected to bring Graham-Cassidy to the floor without having a full Congressional Budget Office assessment that estimates how many Americans would lose coverage, something many dismiss now as unnecessary.

“We have more than enough information,” Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin and a co-sponsor of Graham-Cassidy, said about not having a CBO score. “We’ve been highly disappointed in how CBO has really conducted themselves throughout this health care process.”

One big advantage of Graham-Cassidy is that the bill outsources many of the toughest decisions about health care — what to prioritize, how to regulate the marketplace and cover health care for the poor — to the states. Graham-Cassidy allows individual senators to imagine health care policy in their own image even if outside groups have warned a number of states — some even led by Republicans — would lose federal dollars if the bill passes.

The rapid pace of the bill, however, has left the party vulnerable to criticism even among its own members.

McCain has said the expedited process is deeply disturbing. And Republicans — at times — have had a tough time managing the public perception about a bill they haven’t had time to craft a message on.

On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel, a late-night comedian, called Cassidy a liar on national television.

And ask almost any senator how the bill affects their state, and many admit they are still grappling with complex data.

“Digging, digging, digging,” Sullivan said Tuesday afternoon.

Seema Verma, the administrator for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid, has been tasked primarily with getting members answers when they need them. But outside analysis from groups like Avalere that show states like Alaska, Arizona and Ohio losing money under Graham-Cassidy aren’t making it easier for members to vote “yes.”

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a member of the Republican leadership and a doctor, also made headlines after telling NBC’s Katy Tur that “there shouldn’t be” a requirement for insurers to cover essential health benefits.

Essential health benefits include things like maternity care, substance abuse treatment, hospitalization and prescriptions and became popular under Obamacare.

“There are not protections for essential health benefits in this bill,” MSNBC host Katy Tur began in an interview earlier this week.

“And there shouldn’t be,” Barrasso said, explaining that they increased prices of insurance.

On Capitol Hill, Republicans seem to be most concerned with getting a vote at the moment. The rest they can understand later. Former hill staffers and lobbyists warn that’s a dangerous game, however.

“Nobody writes perfect legislation,” one lobbyist who used to work on the Hill told CNN. “And nobody can perfect legislation in two weeks, let alone legislation as consequential as this.”

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Nest branches out with alarm system and face-detecting doorbell

Nest wants to keep you from being robbed, as well as help you track your kids and let your dog out to pee at 3 a.m.

The Alphabet-owned company announced a trio of new products on Wednesday, all designed keep your home safe with a combination of motion sensors and constant video monitoring. They include optional face detection to tell who is outside your house, ringing your doorbell, or making waffles in your kitchen.

It’s launching Nest Secure, a home alarm system, Nest Cam IQ, a new version of its outdoor camera, and Nest Hello, a doorbell that includes a tiny security camera. Nest is also adding the ability to talk to Google Assistant through its indoor camera.

Nest Secure security system

The Nest Guard is the hub of the security system. It looks like a decapitated Google Home with a keypad on top, and replaces the usual wall-mounted security keypad. If triggered, the Guard blares its internal alarm.

Use one of the so-called Nest Tags — discs with NFC sensors that go on a keychain — to disarm and arm the system instead of entering a code. If you give a tag to a friend or dog walker, you can program it to only work during certain hours. You can also turn it on and off with the Nest app, or go ahead and enter a code with your human fingers.

In addition to the motion sensor in the Guard, the separate Nest Detect door and window sensors can send alerts to the app or trigger the alarm, as well as detect people walking by. The Detect looks like a little robot finger with a button for a nail, which you can press if you want to open a door without triggering the entire alarm system.

There will be an option for professional round-the-clock monitoring by MONI but no prices have been announced. The Nest Secure system, available in November, will cost $499 for the base, two tags and two door sensors. Extra tags cost $25 each, and sensors are $59 each.

A doorbell that watches

The Nest Hello doorbell looks like an Amazon Dash button and features a camera that can see who’s at the door. You can get alerts when anyone is at your door and watch them from the app. It will also have optional face detection.

The idea is far from original. Startup Ring currently dominates the connected doorbell market, and August announced its own version earlier this week. To stand out, Nest is adding a Naptime option to mute the ringer for a spell. There’s also an option to reply to the person standing outside with a canned response like “You can leave it, thanks!” in the usual Nest robotic voice.

The device won’t be out until sometime next year, and Nest did not release a price.

Face detection comes to the outdoor camera

Nest Cam IQ outdoor includes features recently added to the company’s indoor camera. It can tell the difference between people and things, and can zoom in and follow subjects. If you pay for the optional Nest Aware service, the camera adds face detection, which uses the same technology found in Google Photos. Nest says its face-library is stored separately from Google’s on Nest’s own servers.

The $349 device looks the same as the earlier version, but now you have to drill a hole to connect the power cable, which can be an extra layer of security or a bigger hassle.

Same aesthetic, new direction

It’s been a busy year for the 7-year-old company, which released a cheaper version of its thermostat last month and updated indoor camera in May. However, it has been slow to release original products.

After it was acquired by Google in 2014 for $3.2 billion, Nest struggled with internal drama and complaints about founder and CEO Tony Fadell’s management style. Fadell resigned in 2016, and now the company is being led by Marwan Fawaz, who was previously a technical adviser to home security company ADT.

So far the devices appear to be faithful to the Nest brand. They all work together via the app, and have that Nest look. Clean, rounded and boring, like how sci-fi movies imagine rich people live in the future.

Your home is secure, but how about your data?

A house outfitted with Nest products can gather a ton of data about its occupants, including faces if the cameras use face-detection. Michele Turner, a general manager at Nest who has overseen development of the security devices, says the company has gone to great lengths to keep that data safe. In addition to adding “extra layers of encryption,” Nest has gone through a Google security audit.

“Google’s security is probably some of the best in the world, and everything we do passes their security audit,” Turner told CNN Tech. “We execute to their standards.”

The company also will not use or sell the information it collects, says Turner.

“Your data is private. We are fanatical about that.”

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Hurricane Maria strengthens as it heads toward Turks, Caicos

Hurricane Maria regained strength Thursday morning as it continued to ravage the Caribbean, with the Turks and Caicos islands next in its crosshairs.

The Category 3 storm lashed the northern coast of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and 115-mph winds.

It is likely to strengthen over the warm waters of the Turks and Caicos, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said. The low-lying islands are particularly at risk of high storm surges.

The best case scenario, he said, is that the storm could skirt the island chain 40-50 miles to the east.

The storm has left a trail of destruction over the past few days, devastating the island nation of Dominica and the US and British Virgin Islands before slamming into Puerto Rico.

Here’s what has happened on the islands that have already felt Maria’s impact:

Dominican Republic Bracing for flooding

Dominican officials said they were taking a cue from neighboring Puerto Rico’s experience — and were concerned about the potential for flooding from the heavy rainfall.

After Hurricane Irma passed through the country just days ago, the ground is still saturated and the rivers swollen.

As Maria regained strength early Thursday, the country was not expecting a direct landfall — the center of the storm was about 43 miles (70 km) west of Punta Cana, a popular resort city.

Airports have been shut down but are expected reopen at noon Thursday.

Stranded tourists have been moved into interior rooms of their hotels, leaving oceanfront suites and villas empty.

Puerto Rico: ‘100% without power’

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said Maria is the “most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in modern history.”

The island’s energy grid took such a severe blow from Maria that restoring power to everyone may take months, he told CNN.

The US territory has been through a long recession and is deeply in debt and has a state-owned power grid that is “a little bit old, mishandled and weak,” Rosselló told “Anderson Cooper 360˚.”

“It depends on the damage to the infrastructure,” he said. “I’m afraid it’s probably going to be severe. If it is … we’re looking at months as opposed to weeks or days.”

Retired army veteran Manuel Torres called the devastation of Maria the worst he’d ever seen. His mother’s house in La Perla, an oceanfront community in old San Juan, was completely destroyed. Emerging after the storm had passed, Torres found their three-story home reduced to two stories, and was missing a roof.

Angela Magaña, a UFC fighter who lives in the area, said neighbors were helping each other.

“We need cleanup, water, food, and generators,” she told CNN.

“There are a lot of old people here who are going without necessities. We need to rebuild and restructure, and we need prayers. Any kind of help we can get because it’s a mess right now.”

While the winds have subsided as the hurricane continues to move to the northwest, continued heavy rain in the mountainous country means there is still heavy flooding.

The National Weather Service in San Juan tweeted in the early hours of Thursday that the island is now “completely under a Flash Flood Warning. If possible, move to higher ground NOW.”

The weather service also tweeted: “catastrophic flash flooding continues with multiple Flash Flood.”

The island’s airports are closed until Friday if not Saturday, CNN’s Derek Van Dam said, pending proper inspection.

US President Donald Trump sent a message to Rosselló via his verified Twitter account, saying the US government is “with you and the people of Puerto Rico. Stay safe!”

Dominica: Nation in ‘survival mode’

At least 14 people are dead after the hurricane barreled through the island nation and many of those who survived have “gone into survival mode,” Charles Jong, a spokesman for Dominica prime minister’s office, told CNN.

Jong said he had exhausted his supplies of food and water, and that there was widespread looting on the island.

The spokesman said he has been through “Hurricanes Hugo, Gilbert, Lenny, and many others in St. Kitts, but being in Dominica for Maria was the most horrifying experience.”

Jong said the island’s prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, is “homeless,” and is “bunking up in an area called St. Aroment.” He added that Skerrit is considering moving into the “State House where the president lives.”

For the island’s 73,000 residents, there are urgent needs for water, food and medical equipment.

“The need is great,” Philmore Mullin, head of Antigua and Barbuda’s National Office of Disaster Services, said. “Damage is severe and widespread. We know of casualties, but not in detail. We’ve heard of many missing, but we just don’t know much at the moment.”

A flight Wednesday over the island nation revealed that the storm showed no mercy. CNN saw thousands of trees, snapped and strewn across the landscape, the island was stripped of vegetation.

CNN also saw evidence of dozens of landslides, although not in population centers. The usually blue green seas in many places are now a muddy brown from the earth swept down hillsides and into the water.

Virgin Islands: Homes destroyed

Images showed the scale of the destruction that Maria caused as it barreled past the US and British territories.

Retired NYPD Detective Austin Fields, who has lived in the US Virgin Islands for 17 years, told CNN that his home was trashed by the storm.

He was staying with friends when Hurricane Maria came through St. Thomas, so he wasn’t able to see what happened to his house until this afternoon.

“My home is no longer a home,” he said. “Hasn’t hit me yet, but it will.”

Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the US Virgin Islands and ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts.

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson rode out Hurricane Irma in his wine cellar on his private island in the British Virgin Islands. He spoke to CNN’s “New Day,” giving the message: “Climate change is real.”

“Look, you can never be 100% sure about links,” Branson said after CNN anchor John Berman asked if he saw a correlation between the recent hurricanes and climate change.

“But scientists have said the storms are going to get more and more and more intense and more and more often. We’ve had four storms within a month, all far greater than that have ever, ever, ever happened in history.

“Sadly, I think this is the start of things to come.”

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State suspends license of Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills

A Hollywood nursing home in the midst of a criminal investigation into the deaths of nine residents after Hurricane Irma had its license suspended Wednesday.

The Agency for Health Care Administration announced Wednesday that it issued an emergency suspension order on the license of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

According to the order, residents at the facility had body temperatures of more than 100 degrees when they arrived at Memorial Regional Hospital, across the street from the nursing home.

Justin Senior, secretary for the state agency, wrote in the order that the facility also made many “late entries” into patients’ medical records, claiming that the entries were made “under dubious circumstances” hours after a nurse visited the patients.

One of the people who died last week had a body temperature of 109.9 degrees Fahrenheit, while others had body temperatures of 108.5, 108.3 and 107 degrees Fahrenheit, the order claims.

Hollywood police said Tuesday that a ninth person died after an air conditioning issue that nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo blamed on “a prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility’s air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane.”

The AHCA previously banned the facility from admitting new patients and from receiving Medicaid. The nursing home has filed a lawsuit trying to block those orders.

“As more information has come to light on this egregious situation, this facility absolutely cannot continue to have access to patients,” Senior said in a statement. “This facility failed its residents multiple times throughout this horrifying ordeal. It is unfathomable that a medical professional would not know to call 911 immediately in an emergency situation. The facility also entered late entries into medical records claiming safe temperatures for patients while those same patients were across the street dying in the emergency room with temperatures of over 108 degrees Fahrenheit.”

According to the order, several residents suffered respiratory or cardiac distress between 1:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Sept. 13 at the nursing home, which was using eight portable coolers and fans in the halls while it was without air conditioning.

“The action AHCA took today to close the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center sends a clear message — if you do not protect the patients that are entrusted in your care, you will be held accountable,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. “The more we learn about this facility’s reckless behavior, the more concerning it becomes that the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center made the decision not to immediately call 911 or evacuate to one of the state’s largest hospitals located across the street — which never lost power. We will not stop demanding answers to these questions on behalf of every family who lost a loved one.”

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