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What not to do when installing iOS 8

The rollout for Apple’s iOS 8 has finally come, and early adopters are feverishly downloading the new mobile operating system.

If you haven't downloaded it just yet, though, you might want to heed at least this one word of caution. 

Several sites are now warning iOS 8 users not to enable Apple’s new iCloud Drive feature during the installation process. 

The reason being, it’s not quite ready to play with other OSs in the Apple family.

Lifehacker explains, “iCloud Drive is only compatible with iOS devices running iOS 8 and Macs running OS X Yosemite.”

According to Apple, Yosemite isn’t slated to be released until sometime later this year. So until it comes out, iCloud Drive won’t properly sync your apps across devices.

If you haven’t yet heard of Apple’s new iCloud Drive, Mashable explains it’s basically the company’s answer to cloud-services like Google Drive and Dropbox. (Video via

And it’s an important part of the new OS. CBS calls it “integral,” noting, “You can start working on a document on your iPhone, then pick up the project later on your iPad or other device ... Crop or color-correct a photo in one device, and you'll see the latest version in all devices connected to iCloud Drive.”

Of course, issues with iCloud Drive don’t have to stop you from grabbing the new OS. 

As 9to5Mac notes you can simply tap “Not Now” when asked if you’d like to upgrade to iCloud Drive, then simply upgrade later under the Settings tab.

There are a few other issues you might run into during the update, though, depending on what you've got on your phone. Some users say they simply don't have enough space for the new OS.

The Verge writes, “While previous iOS updates have always required around 1GB of free space, a large number of iPhone and iPad owners are noticing that iOS 8 requires up to 5.7GB of free space to install.”

On top of that, if you’re grabbing the new OS you’ll definitely want to look out for any bugs. And, as always, be sure to back up your data.

This video includes an image from Getty Images. 

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:34:21 -0400

Charlotte Independence introduced as new pro soccer team

Charlotte was introduced Wednesday night to the new pro soccer team for the Queen City: the Charlotte Independence.

The new ownership will be led by Jim McPhilliamy, the current president and managing partner of Major League Lacrosse team the Charlotte House.

The option to purchase the franchise was exercised officially in July. The new team, owned and operated by Queen City Soccer Club, will start playing in 2015.

The Queen City Soccer Club purchased the rights to the USL PRO franchise held by the Charlotte Eagles. The franchise was held by the Charlotte Eagles for the last 22 years.
The team is currently taking votes for their logo. Click here to see the options and vote.

Starting in 2015, the Charlotte Eagles men’s soccer team will participate in the Premier Development League of the United Soccer Leagues.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:59:04 -0400

What goes into a U.S. military airstrike?

The U.S. has already carried out some 150 airstrikes in Iraq, most prominently in the effort to take back the Mosul and Haditha dams from ISIS militants. (Video via U.S. Central Command)

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was grilled Monday on which other countries would also be carrying out airstrikes alongside the U.S. after anonymous White House officials told multiple outlets several Arab states were on board.

JOSH EARNEST VIA THE WHITE HOUSE: "If the shoe were on the other foot, and there probably is the press secretary for an Arab government being asked what the United States is actually going to do, and I would take umbrage if that individual would make commitments on behalf of the United States."  

But regardless of what other countries may or may not do, it's worth examining what the U.S. military has done and how exactly those airstrikes work. 

U.S. airstrikes against ISIS have so far been coordinated by U.S. Central Command — which is based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. It's one of nine military command bodies, and its assigned region is the Middle East. (Video via U.S. Department of Defense)

Commanders ultimately authorize airstrikes based on intelligence provided from Joint Terminal Attack Controllers — JTACs — who are in turn advised by forward observers, who keep track of enemy troop movements and provide reconnaissance. (Video via AiirSource)

Given the lack of U.S. troops on the ground to provide that information, the military has relied on unmanned aerial recon through remotely piloted aircraft — or RPAs — which provide the JTAC remotely with video to coordinate. 

Nevertheless, some analysts say the effectiveness of airstrikes against ISIS does have its limits. 

CHRISTOPHER DICKEY VIA CNN: "What you cannot do with airpower is hold the ground that you have won. You can keep ISIS at bay in many areas, you can drive them back in some areas, you then have to move troops in to hold that ground."

Then there's the added complication of ISIS militants adapting their tactics in response to U.S. airstrikes, which military commanders have addressed. (Video via Euronews)

LT. GEN. WILLIAM MAYVILLE JR. VIA FOX NEWS: "One of the things that we have seen with the ISIL forces is that, where they have been in the open, they are now starting to dissipate, and to hide amongst the people. The targeting of this is going to become more difficult." 

Congress is expected to vote on whether to fund the other part of the president's plan — training and equipping Iraqi, Kurdish and Syrian forces — this week. 

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:32:36 -0400

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