My Experience So Far with the iPhone 7

Freezing and self restarting led to early replacement.

I got the iPhone 7 on launch day, September 16, 2016. From the outset, the phone would freeze two or three times a day. It was frustrating. Apple Support (via Twitter) asked me to restore as a new iPhone. I did that. It took over two hours to download the iOS through iTunes. I gather Apple’s servers must have been busy as I have a fast internet connection. I did the restoration and ran the phone only with the stock apps. The iPhone kept freezing as it had before the full restoration.

On Saturday, October 1, I had a Genius Bar appointment. The representative ran diagnostics and said the test showed the phone was restarting on its own. That’s a good description of what was happening because after the freeze, if I waited the phone, would restart on its own, Sometimes I would just do a force restart, which on the iPhone 7 is accomplished by holding the power button and the volume down button at the same time for a few seconds.

Apple replaced the phone with no hassle. Although it has only been about a day the problem has not recurred. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

Apple isn’t perfect but it has the best support in the tech industry. I love the iPhone 7. It is really fast. The fingerprint sensor has been flawless and the screen is gorgeous. Text looks like it is printed on the screen. I consider it a big step up from the iPhone 6s.

Antisemitism Scholar: New Legislation Shows Poland Has Yet to Acknowledge Country’s Holocaust History

There is no doubt that Poles have not come to terms with their country’s Holocaust history, a renowned antisemitism scholar told The Algemeiner . . . , a week after Warsaw approved legislation to make the use of phrases like “Polish death camps” punishable by up to three years in prison. Manfred Gerstenfeld, an Austrian-born Israeli who was raised in Holland, . . .

Source: Antisemitism Scholar: New Legislation Shows Poland Has Yet to Acknowledge Country’s Holocaust History

TV Series Review: “The Bureau”

A smart, stylish French spy series on iTunes.

“The Bureau” is a French spy TV series (“Le Bureau des Legendes”) on Canal+. The series concerns the daily life and missions of spies within the French Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure or DGSE. The DGSE is the French equivalent of the CIA. Its head office is in the 20th arrondissement of Paris.

Variety reports that the creators of the series had the cooperation of the DGSE and that the DGSE liked the series. The series won Best TV Series from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics.

The series begins with the return to Paris of French intelligence officer Guillaume “Malotru” Debailly (Mathieu Kassovitz) after six years as an undercover agent in Syria. Guillaume struggles to reconnect with his former life. But after learning that his lover in Syria (Nadia, played by Zineb Triki), is in Paris, Guillaume breaks agency rules and approaches her as the man he was in Damascus: Paul Lefebvre. As Guillaume begins living a double life, he opens himself up (and DGSE) to serious dangers.

I’m about half way through the first season and am enjoying every minute. Henri Duflot (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) portrays the head of the French clandestine service. He’s never himself been an undercover agent and this bothers him because he fears he lacks the respect of his operatives. At the same time, he’s very likable and down-to-earth. He wears garish neckties, which makes him seem more normal. The beautiful Léa Drucker plays a DGSE psychiatrist with a top secret clearance. Marina Loiseau (Sara Giraudeau) portrays a naïve but determined young undercover operative. The acting is first-rate and the spying seems realistic.

It’s available on iTunes. The first episode is free. Two more seasons are on the way. The series is in French with English subtitles.