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Hands-on: LumaFusion – this is the iPad video editing app we’ve been waiting for [Video]

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If you’ve never heard of LumaFusion ($19.99), I won’t fault you for that. I hadn’t heard of it either until commenters on our YouTube channel vehemently encouraged me to give the app a shot.

Pardon me for initially being skeptical, as I’d heard this story numerous times before: “So and so has produced an amazing app that finally lets you truly edit videos on the iPad.” As a Final Cut Pro X devotee who’s often seen tethered to a Mac, I guess you can say I have trust issues when it comes to such lofty claims.

I’ve tried a handful of video editing apps on iPad, and have walked away disappointed every single time. Most of them promise something that they simply can’t deliver, while others show promise, yet ultimately fail in some key area.

The most competent video editing app that I’ve seen up until now — Corel’s Pinnacle Studio — featured way more power user features than competing apps like iMovie, but it sorely lacked in presentation and ease of use. Speaking of iMovie, Apple has the presentation part down pretty well, but the app falls laughably short in all but the most basic of features — “Final Cut Lite” it is not.

So there’s the backstory to my video editing woes on iPad. Thus, you can imagine how thrilled I am to be able to say that LumaFusion is an absolutely amazing video editing app on iPad (it also works on iPhone!), with a very bright future.

This, folks, is an app that not only has the power and the features, but is actually fairly easy to use, and isn’t fiendishly ugly to stare at for hours on end. LumaFusion shows what’s possible on the iPad, and like Affinity Photo for photo editors, LumaFusion isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely shaping up to be an absolute must-have for iPad video editors. Have a look at our hands-on video as we step through a dozen features that make this app so promising.

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First and foremost, I want to say that I’m currently testing the beta version of LumaFusion on my 10.5-inch iPad Pro. With that said, some of the features that I talk about and showcase, such as keyboard shortcut support, won’t be immediately available on the current App Store version. The team at LumaTouch seems to be very active in developing their app, however, so I wouldn’t imagine that any new features will take very long to appear in the public version.

Create projects with 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p and 60p frame rates

Let’s start with the basics. Instead of locking you in to 30p projects, LumaFusion allows you to set the frame rate for your project. You can even enable a global setting that will set all new projects to your desired frame rate so that you don’t have to adjust it with each new project.

Mark in and out points

While using the source viewer to preview clips that you might want to insert into a current project, you can easily mark in and out points to select a specific portion of a clip before inserting it into the project timeline. You can use the built-in in and out buttons, or use handy swipe gestures to establish your in and out points. The current beta version that I’m testing also allows you to use handy keyboard shortcuts for marking in and out points.

Video walkthrough

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Multiple audio and video/audio tracks

LumaFusion allows for up to six simultaneous timeline tracks. Users can insert up to three mixed audio/video tracks, and up to three audio-only tracks.

Voiceover recording

You can easily record a voiceover within Luma as the timeline plays back. Voiceover settings include sample rate along with stereo/mono input selection. Advanced users have the option of using AudioShare or other apps as an input source. Of course, Luma plays nice with any microphone supported in iOS. I find that the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter is a must have for connecting external microphones. Alternatively, you can use a Lightning enabled microphone like the Shure MV88 or the Shure MV5.

Split clips at playhead using two-finger tap gesture

LumaFusion isn’t the first video editing app on iOS to support gestures for splitting clips at the playhead, but I find the app’s two-finger tap is more accurate and easier to use than the gesture employed by apps like iMovie.

Ripple and Slip edits

If you have insert editing enabled on the timeline, then you can easily perform ripple edits simply by dragging the handles of a selected clip. Like Final Cut Pro X’s magnetic timeline, LumaFusion will ensure that the clips stay locked together while insert editing is enabled.

LumaFusion also allows for slip editing, which is accessible via the tool box on the right side of the timeline. When you select a clip and enter the slip edit interface, you can easily move the preset area that encompasses the clip.

Frame and fit editor

Double tapping on a clip in the timeline will enter the frame and fit editor. From here you can use pinch to zoom to zoom into a image (helpful when working with large 4K media that you intend on exporting at a lesser resolution) and adjust the rotation of the image.

Keyframes

I have to be honest and say I was shocked to see keyframe implementation on an iOS video editing app. But it’s here, and it works fairly well. Obviously keyframe editing isn’t quite as robust as a full desktop video editing app, but the editor in LumaFusion is good enough to get the job done. Simply set the initial keyframe, move the playhead, and any subsequent adjustments will automatically create a new keyframe along with corresponding animation.

Frame by frame adjustments

Since iOS doesn’t feature mouse support, gaining the needed precision to competently edit footage is of paramount importance. Thankfully, LumaFusion has implemented a wheel that allows editors to move the playhead frame by frame for accurate editing.

Color presets and adjustments

When it comes to managing color, LumaFusion is no DaVinci Resolve. In fact, it’s not even on the level of Final Cut Pro’s built-in color tools. Yet, LumaFusion does feature basic color management features, which is pretty incredible for an iOS app. You can take advantage of a bevy of color presets and fine tune things like brightness, contrast, saturation, RGB levels, gamma, hue, and tint. You’ll need to be more careful with your source footage, since there’s less room to make fine-grained adjustments via LumaFusion in post.

Copy and paste attributes

Anything that can help save editing time is a win in my book, which means that I’m very happy to see the ability to quickly copy and paste attributes between clips. Instead of having to go in and fine tune individual clips, you can easily replicate effects and settings across one or more clips with just a few taps.

Keyboard shortcuts (beta)

The gestures in LumaFusion are largely intuitive, but nothing can replace a keyboard for efficiency and speed. Having things like JKL editing, play/pause, and quick access to popular tools makes something like Apple’s Smart Keyboard well worth the investment. Unfortunately, keyboard support is not yet available in the public version, but it’s in the latest beta, which means it should be arriving sooner than later.

Conclusion

It should come as no surprise that LumaFusion is produced by the original creators of the aforementioned Pinnacle Studio App, which makes sense given how powerful that app was. But unlike Pinnacle Studio, which wasn’t very intuitive to use or nice to look at, LumaFusion is a much more powerful video editing application that focuses on the big picture, but doesn’t forget the subtler features that video editors demand.

LumaFusion isn’t perfect — I’ve experienced a few crashes here and there — but to be fair I am running a beta, and this could likely be the result of said beta. For the record, I have also used the non-beta version of LumaFusion, and I did experience a crash once during my usage there. Keep in mind that this isn’t a review as much as it is a feature overview, but during my time with the app, I’ve been largely satisfied with the way it’s performed on my iPad Pro.

When it comes to editing video on the iPad, most users are prepared to make loads of compromises, or simply resolve that such an activity can’t be done on the iPad. That’s no longer true. No, it’s not Final Cut Pro X, there’s no masking (which would be great with the Apple Pencil!), no histograms, etc. But despite what it lacks when compared to a desktop NLE, I think you’ll be utterly shocked at how many genuinely useful and practical features LumaTouch managed to squeeze into this app.

The bottom line is that if you have ever dreamed of editing videos on the iPad (or iPhone), or if you have the slightest passing interest in doing so, you need to own LumaFusion. It’s not perfect, but it’s far and away the best video editing app that I’ve ever tried on a mobile device, and it’s only $19.99 on the App Store.

In the future, LumaTouch is planning to release LumaConnect — a desktop app that will allow you to import your work into a desktop NLE. Yes, that potentially means exporting XML for Final Cut Pro for completing projects that you started in LumaFusion. If the idea of such a feature makes you giddy, be sure to let the folks at LumaTouch know that you’re anxiously awaiting it.

This post just covered a few of my favorite features, but there’s a whole lot of additional content, like cloud storage support, transitions, titles, L and J cuts, and much, much more that I did not cover. Needless to say, we’ll have more hands-on videos about LumaFusion in future posts.

What do you think? Would owning LumaFusion make you consider editing videos more often on the iPad?

Apple & Tim Cook celebrate #Pride2017 in cities around the world [Gallery]

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As it has done in past years, Apple this week celebrated Pride 2017 in a handful of cities around the world, participating in parades in San Francisco, New York City, and Toronto. Tim Cook also commemorated the parades with a tweet….


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Apple handed out t-shirts with a rainbow Apple logo to those who participated in the parade. In San Francisco, Apple showcased a sign reading #ApplePride where participants wrote messages such as “Orlando Strong,” “Out and Proud,” and more. In a tweet, Tim Cook wished happy Pride 0217 to “all our employees, their families, and customers around the world.”

Apple has long expressed its support for LGBTQ initiatives. The company has participated in Pride parades for several years now, handing out things such as t-shirts and exclusive Apple Watch bands. In past years, Tim Cook himself has participated in the San Francisco Pride parade.

Earlier this month, Apple released a “Pride Edition” woven nylon Apple Watch band, similar to what Pride parade participants were given last year. The company is donating proceeds from sales of the band to LGBTQ advocacy groups. Apple’s Pride Edition Woven Nylon band is available for $49 in both 38mm and 42mm versions for any Apple Watch.

In addition to its participating in Pride events, Apple has used its voice to oppose controversial legislation that enable LGBTQ discrimination. The company has called out controversial legislation several times, while also supporting legislation that centers on LGBTQ anti-discrimination efforts. Tim Cook has been honored for his efforts pertaining to social issues such as LGBTQ rights.

Outside of Apple, Tim Cook has personally been involved in other LGBTQ equality efforts. He’s made personal donations to equality campaigns and used social media to voice his opinions, often reiterating that Apple is open and accepting of anyone. Of course, Cook came out himself in a public essay about equality back in 2014.

Check out a few images of Apple’s participation in Pride parades below and let us know if you participated and saw it first-hand.

Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell & Greg Christie recount creation of original iPhone interface & more in new video

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This month marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone being released to the public. In honor of the anniversary, former Apple executives Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell, and Greg Christie have sat down the The Wall Street Journal to offer some backstory on the device’s inception and the development process…


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The video follows Forstall’s appearance at a Computer History Museum event last month were he talked about the iPhone’s creation and weighed in on the skeuomorphic design debate.

In today’s video, Forstall explains that one of the factors that played a role in the iPhone’s creation was the idea of the iPod and what Apple thought could eventually cannibalize the device’s sales in the long term.

The iPod was selling better and better. It was probably 50 percent of our sales around this time. So we kept asking ourselves, ‘What concerns do we have about the iPod success long term? What will cannibalize iPod’s sales? ‘And one of the biggest concerns was cell phones.

Fadell also offers some backstory on the idea of an iPod + phone with a click wheel interface, an idea that we’ve seen prototypes of in the past.

At first, we were making the iPod + phone with, you can say in a way, a hardware keyboard because it was using the interface of the iPod. We tried 30 or 40 ways of making the wheel not become an old rotary phone dial and nothing seemed logical or intuitive. To actually dial  areal number, it was so cumbersome.

From there, Forstall and Christ recount the pressure that Steve Jobs placed on teams during the process of designing the iPhone’s user interface. As Forstall notes, none of the designs the user interface team was coming up with were good enough for Jobs, who placed an ultimatum on the team:

Scott Forstall: There was a time in 2005 that we’d been doing a lot designs, but the designs weren’t quite there yet. It didn’t feel complete. And Steve came to one of our design meetings and he said, ‘This isn’t good enough. You have to come up with something so much better. This is not good enough.”

Greg Christie: Steve said, ‘Start showing me something good soon or I’m going to give the project to another team.’

Scott Forstall: And he said you have two weeks. So we went back and Greg assigned specific ownership of different pieces of the design  to different people and that team worked 168 hours per week for two weeks. They never stopped. When they did stop, greg got them a hotel room across the road so they wouldn’t have to drive.

At the end of two weeks, I remember looking and thinking, ‘This is phenomenal, this is it.’

Christie then recounts the first time Jobs saw the new user interface for the iPhone and was taken aback:

The first time he saw it, He was completely silent. He didn’t say a thing and he didn’t gesture. He didn’t ask a question. He sat back and said, ‘Show me it again.’ So we go through the whole thing again and Steve is pretty much blown away by the demonization. So our reward for doing well on that demonstration to was to kill ourselves over the next two and a half years.

The full video is definitely worth a watch and can be seen below.

25 Unique Baby Names We’ve Never Heard Before

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Naming a child is a challenge that parents everywhere have to face at least once. And, as many of us know, it can be a seriously daunting task! You want to give your child a name that will serve them well in life but also one that means something to you, maybe a moniker that reflects your personality or the personality of your family.

A modern conundrum that many millennial parents are now facing is the desire to give their baby a name that’s one-of-a-kind. With so many people (famous or otherwise) giving their babies’ unique names, it probably seems like we’re running out of creative monikers!

If you’re struggling to think of a name that will really help your child stand out of the crowd, we’ve got 25 fresh, new baby names that are beautiful and totally unheard of. Take a look and make sure to write down your favorites.

1. Adley (Unisex)

KwizooOrigin: Hebrew

 Meaning: “Judicious”

People with this name are famously compassionate about family and have a deep inner desire to be a part of a stable, loving community. They tend to be quiet observers and are very sympathetic towards others. They tend to be shy, patient, and often very trusting.

Bearers of this name are also very detail-oriented and can find change stressful.

2. Arlo (Male)

Origin: Old English, Latin

Meaning: “Fortified Hill”

It’s said that people with this name have a deep inner desire for peace and tranquility. They have a need to analyze the world around them, which allows them to explore deeper truths.

Arlo’s are often fantastic leaders. Their ability to stay focused on goals allows them to experience a life of determination and success. However, their courageous attitude can often intimidate others around them.

3. Armelle (Female)

Deposit PhotosOrigins: French

Meaning: “Bear Prince” or “Princess”

This elegant, unconventional name was only given to five girls in the U.S. in 2015.

It has been noted that people with the name Armelle are playful, outgoing and optimistic. Bearers of this name are also known to inspire and motivate others around them. They do not have a one-track mind, as their brains tend to wander with creativity.

4. Agustine (Male)

Origins: Latin

Meaning: “To Increase”

The original Roman variations of this New Age moniker are Augustus and Augustinus. People with this name are naturally creative and have a deep inner desire to be very much involved in conventional, safe activities. People who hold this name are also born leaders; they have very powerful personalities. They tend to be goal-oriented, creative, and determined.

Additionally, bearers of this name are extremely protective and can sometimes come off as aggressive. As creative, unique individuals, they tend to resent authority and are sometimes stubborn, proud and impatient.

5. Bexley (Unisex)

Deposit PhotosOrigin: Old English

Meaning: Byxe “Box Tree” + Leah “Woodland Clearing”

In the U.S., only 396 people have Bexley as their first name, so this is an extremely rare name perfect for unique parents. People with this name are known to love adventure, and they are very determined and original. They are also natural born leaders and yearn to establish their individuality early on in life.

6. Britta (Female)

Origin: Old Norse

Meaning: “Strong”

There are a few variations of this lovely name, like the Swedish name Birgitta, the Irish Gaelic name Brighid, or the English name Bridget.

It’s said that people with this name have a deep inner desire to be leaders. They have strong personal independence, and would rather spend their time focusing on larger, more important issues. These people love to delegate, analyze, and understand and therefore make excellent managers. They are excellent at analyzing, understanding and learning from others.

7. Bodhi (Male)

Origin: Sanskrit

Meaning: “Awakened” or “Enlightenment”

This rare has Buddhist roots; the concept of Bodhi is a spiritual awakening and freedom from the cycle of life. Bodhi is also the name of the sacred ficus tree (ficus religiosa) under which Lord Buddha sat and obtained his enlightenment. This unique, spiritual name often give babies an adventurous spirit, plus a love of travel and meeting new people.

8. Calla (Female)

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “The Most Beautiful”

People who hold this name are said to have a deep inner desire for stable love and companionship. According to the numerology of Calla, people with this name are also idealistic, highly imaginative, and spiritual. They seek after spiritual truth and long to be peacemakers.

9. Crew (Male)

oksun70 via Deposit PhotosOrigin: Welsh

Meaning: “From the castle or fortress by the water”

People who hold this name are said to be ambitious, determined and goal-oriented. They are also sometimes thought to be materialistic and have the ability to sense trends. They have a zest for lust and are notoriously independent.

10. Delaney (Female)

Origin: Irish

Meaning: “Black and Slaine for the River Slaine (Slaney)”It’s said that people with this name are spiritual beings who inspire others in a higher cause. And who couldn’t use a little inspiration

It’s said that people with this name are spiritual beings who inspire others in a higher cause. Bearers of this name tend to excel in artistic subjects and are often the center of attention everywhere they go. They are sometimes reckless with both money and energy.

11. Embry (Unisex)

DPCOrigin: English

Meaning: “Work Rule”

From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded that only 596 babies were born with the name Embry in the United States.

According to the numerology of Embry, people with this name can be easily compelled by intense desires. They are also very versatile, clever, and analytical, however, they have difficulty directing their interests, as they do not have the patience and practicality for systematic hard work and attention to detail.

12. Elian (Male)

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “God; God is family”

Elian is a variant of the English and Hebrew name Elijah; it has great historical and spiritual significance. Though uncommon, the name Elian saw a small rise in popularity in the early 2000’s.

13. Harlyn (Female)

Flickr via user ARINGOrigin: Old English

Meaning: “Grey Land; Hare Land”

This is the feminine variation of the male name, Harlan, and is a wonderful choice for parents looking for something a little out of the ordinary, but still completely beautiful. People with the name Harlyn are known to attract success and money. They are lovers of nature, and are also extremely organized and are capable of great achievement in business affairs. They are bold, inquisitive and very interested in meeting new people.

14. Keon (Male)

Origin: Hawaiian

Meaning: “God is Gracious”

This name is a great choice for a baby boy, as it’s not only unique but is also very spiritual in meaning.

People with this name are said to have a deep inner desire to inspire others and to share their views on spiritual matters. They are very passionate, intuitive, romantic, and tend to have magnetic personalities. They are also usually seen in humanitarian roles, but because they are overly affectionate and giving, they can be easily taken advantage of.

15. Kaia (Female)

Origin: Hawaiian

Meaning: “The Sea”

People with this name are known to be very spiritual and strong-willed. They are dedicated to building their lives on a solid foundation of order and service. Something you may come to appreciate as your little girl grows older and helps you around the house and also takes care of her elders.

According to the numerology of Kaia, bearers of this name also value truth, justice, and discipline, and may not see eye to eye with those whose values aren’t in line with theirs. Their practical nature makes them good at building things in the material world, and they tend to be very successful in business affairs.

16. Knox (Male)

Origin: Scottish

Meaning: “From the Hills”

The name is not only original but also just sounds powerful. Only 258 parents chose this name for their child in 2015 alone.

It’s said that people with this name are excellent planners, and because they are born leaders, they tend to be successful at initiating events. They are also very goal-oriented, and they have the ability to implement new ideas with efficiency and determination.

17. Lace (Female)

pitrs10 via Deposit PhotosOrigin: English

Meaning: Derived from the common female name, Lacey

Originally seen as a surname, Lace is a new age first name that is beautiful while still remaining unique.

It’s said that people with this name excel in environments where they are able to work with others. They are drawn to the arts and are often the center of attention wherever they go. Because they know how to enjoy life, bearers of this name tend to become involved in many different activities. They are energetic, spontaneous and will sometimes take on more than they can handle.

18. Lathan (Male)

Origin: English

Meaning: “Hebrew Nathan”

It’s said that people with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and need to work with others in order to achieve satisfaction in life. Bearers of this name also tend to be quiet, cooperative, and sympathetic. They are balanced, adaptable and easily intimidated by others. Their trustworthiness makes them excellent partners, however, they can become victim to their own insecurities if they are not paired with a compatible partner.

19. Mireya (Female)

Flickr via JoshuaOrigin: Spanish

Meaning: “Miracle”

People who hold this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving environment and need to work with others in order to feel appreciated. This name also reflects competent, practical, successful, and wealthy people. They are often able to complete any goal because of their strong ability to focus on what they want.

20. Maxton (Male)

Origin: English

Meaning: “Greatest”

This name is an alternative to the very popular Max, which is seen as one of the most adorable new age short forms of Maximus and Maxwell.

According to the numerology of Maxton, people with this name are very compassionate about humankind. They are community-minded, with a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family. Bearers of this name are also very sensitive and their loving nature can be easily taken advantage of.

21. Rowen (Unisex)

DepositPhotosOrigin: Gaelic

Meaning: “Red Haired”

It’s said that people with this name have a deep inner desire for peace and quiet, and often try to analyze the world they live in. They are spiritual beings and love to learn deeper truths. And, hey, it’s especially fitting if you have a little redhead!

According to the numerology of Rowen, people with this name tend to be successful in business and commercial affairs and are able to achieve their goals very easily. Because they often focus so strongly on business and achievement, they may neglect their private lives and relationships.

22. Sena (Female)

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Blessed”

We love how this name has an ultra-feminine feel but is still totally unique. This name is great for a child with a fighting spirit, someone who will not be cowed to others. It’s said that people who hold this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family. They tend to be creative and their expressive nature allows them to excel in the artistic limelight.

23. Roderick (Male)

Origin: Welsh

Meaning: “Famous Power”

This name is often seen as a surname, but it also makes an incredible first name. According to the numerology of Roderick, people with this name are known to be visionary and are excellent at inspiring others. They are highly imaginative, idealistic and their spirituality allows them to seek for deeper truths.

Bearers of this name also have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and their natural healing ability is one of the best qualities about them. However, if they fail to develop their potential, they may be unable to meet the high expectations they set out for themselves.

24. Zayley (Female)

Origin: American

Meaning: Derived from “Hayley”

If you love the name Hayley, this is a fresh alternative to that popular name. According to the numerology of Zayley, it’s said that bearers of the name are peaceful, trustworthy and compassionate. They are extremely intelligent beings, and because of their exceptional leadership abilities, they tend to resent authority or anyone who tries to overpower their personality.

25. Zaire (Male)

Flickr via user NsrnatikOrigin: African

Meaning: “River that swallows all rivers”

Zaire is the former name of the Congo River, so it has a rich historical meaning as well as a fantastic sound.

It’s said that people who hold the name Zaire are free-spirited and love to explore new surroundings. They are adaptable, easy going, and very intellectual. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected motion and may stir up some action if there’s not enough around.

Bearers of this name enjoy being around people who are like them fun-loving and adventurous. They are generally very persuasive and their rebellious nature can sometimes work to their disadvantage.

 

What do you think of this creative baby names? Make sure to share your favorites on this list and other unique names that you love with us!

Campfire Chex Mix

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Think back on your childhood memories of summer nights sitting around a crackling campfire — can’t you just taste those cinnamony grahams, melty chocolate, and marshmallows? We wanted to recreate nostalgic s’mores flavors in a portable, snackable party mix — so we teamed up with Chex® to make this sweet and indulgent Campfire Chex® Mix that takes the concept over the top. Clusters of crispy Cinnamon Chex® cereal coated with a caramelly crunch, studded with mini peanut butter cups and marshmallows, and drizzled with white and milk chocolate make this one mind-blowing mix.

The thing we love about Chex® Mix is that it makes party prep so quick and easy — you can have this one ready in just 20 minutes. Plus, you gotta love a dessert recipe that doesn’t monopolize your oven space while you’re cooking other party food, since it’s made entirely with the microwave.

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No one will be able to walk by a bowl of your Campfire Chex® Mix without grabbing a handful or two, whether you’re passing this mix around a campfire, a party, or just across the couch on movie night. (And when we say passing around, we mean fighting over — because these are kid-friendly flavors that will turn even adults who “aren’t that into sweet stuff” into a bunch of bowl-hogging kids.)

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This is a sponsored post, paid for by our partner, Chex®.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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Well, school is out! Kids will be doing what teachers have dreamed about since last fall—getting outdoors, moving, and enjoying sunny days.

What more special gift for that special graduate than a car, and what better car than a VW Jetta? The Jetta is a four-door sedan that is comfortable for adults and kids and fun to drive.


The Jetta GLI is motivated by a 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine that delivers 210 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. Either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic dual-clutch (DSG) transmission partners with the turbo engine.

My test vehicle came with the DSG auto. The Jetta delivers 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for a 27 mpg average. Four-wheel independent suspension keeps the car firmly planted on the road. 

Outside, Jetta has a sleek and athletic profile. Its heated power side mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires help to make your drive safer.

Speaking of safety, a rear-view camera, Park Distance Control, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Traffic Alert, tire pressure monitor, and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System add to that safe feeling. These are all standard features on the GLI.

Leatherette seating surfaces and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with shift paddles make for a nice, soft feeling of luxury. Don’t worry if the “little ones” spill a drink or drop some buttery crackers; it cleans up nicely without a trace.

The Jetta GLI is equipped with a 6.3-inch touchscreen navigation system. Audio sources include AM/FM/HD Radio, CD player, plus SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

The Fender Premium Audio System fills the air with high-fidelity sound, and at the same time complements the colored multi-function display with trip computer.

I liked the Car-Net App-Connect feature. The system allows you to link select smartphone apps and have them shown and controlled on the dash touchscreen. These include essential apps like maps, messaging, and music, making them accessible right before the driver at all times.

The GLI is the premium model of the Jetta line and is priced at $28,995. At the opposite end of the price scale, the base Jetta S is priced as low as $17,895.

A step forward is the SE trim, featuring items like push-button start and a sunroof, and priced at $21,995. The SEL just under the GLI has lots of features, like the Discovery Media touchscreen navigation system with proximity sensor, starting at $24,995.

The Jetta has a nice, quiet ride and superb fuel efficiency. The split-folding rear seat with armrest pass-through allows easy access to the 15.7 cubic feet of trunk capacity.

The Jetta GLI sits low and tight, having all the features of the other trims plus some extras as previously mentioned. So every turn, every open expressway, and every curvy country road makes driving all the more pleasurable and fun.

However, the legroom in the rear can be a little tight although the headroom is adequate.

A new car for the summer sounds great. With Jetta, don’t worry about the heat. Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control will keep you cool. Even the glovebox is air-conditioned.

Do something cool and fun this summer. Drive a Jetta!

Warranty
3-year/36,000-mile New Vehicle Warranty
5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
3-year/36,000-mile 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
12-year/120,000-mile Corrosion Perforation Warranty
 
Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this newspaper or at [email protected]

2017 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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Well, school is out! Kids will be doing what teachers have dreamed about since last fall—getting outdoors, moving, and enjoying sunny days.

What more special gift for that special graduate than a car, and what better car than a VW Jetta? The Jetta is a four-door sedan that is comfortable for adults and kids and fun to drive.


The Jetta GLI is motivated by a 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine that delivers 210 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. Either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic dual-clutch (DSG) transmission partners with the turbo engine.

My test vehicle came with the DSG auto. The Jetta delivers 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for a 27 mpg average. Four-wheel independent suspension keeps the car firmly planted on the road. 

Outside, Jetta has a sleek and athletic profile. Its heated power side mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires help to make your drive safer.

Speaking of safety, a rear-view camera, Park Distance Control, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Traffic Alert, tire pressure monitor, and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System add to that safe feeling. These are all standard features on the GLI.

Leatherette seating surfaces and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with shift paddles make for a nice, soft feeling of luxury. Don’t worry if the “little ones” spill a drink or drop some buttery crackers; it cleans up nicely without a trace.

The Jetta GLI is equipped with a 6.3-inch touchscreen navigation system. Audio sources include AM/FM/HD Radio, CD player, plus SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

The Fender Premium Audio System fills the air with high-fidelity sound, and at the same time complements the colored multi-function display with trip computer.

I liked the Car-Net App-Connect feature. The system allows you to link select smartphone apps and have them shown and controlled on the dash touchscreen. These include essential apps like maps, messaging, and music, making them accessible right before the driver at all times.

The GLI is the premium model of the Jetta line and is priced at $28,995. At the opposite end of the price scale, the base Jetta S is priced as low as $17,895.

A step forward is the SE trim, featuring items like push-button start and a sunroof, and priced at $21,995. The SEL just under the GLI has lots of features, like the Discovery Media touchscreen navigation system with proximity sensor, starting at $24,995.

The Jetta has a nice, quiet ride and superb fuel efficiency. The split-folding rear seat with armrest pass-through allows easy access to the 15.7 cubic feet of trunk capacity.

The Jetta GLI sits low and tight, having all the features of the other trims plus some extras as previously mentioned. So every turn, every open expressway, and every curvy country road makes driving all the more pleasurable and fun.

However, the legroom in the rear can be a little tight although the headroom is adequate.

A new car for the summer sounds great. With Jetta, don’t worry about the heat. Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control will keep you cool. Even the glovebox is air-conditioned.

Do something cool and fun this summer. Drive a Jetta!

Warranty
3-year/36,000-mile New Vehicle Warranty
5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
3-year/36,000-mile 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
12-year/120,000-mile Corrosion Perforation Warranty
 
Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this newspaper or at [email protected]

Father Buries the Wrong Man After Coroner’s Error

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A father in California buried the wrong man and paid for a $20,000 funeral after a coroner error.

Frank Kerrigan, 82, got a call from the Orange County coroner, who said his 57-year-old son who is also named Frank had died. He told the OC Register that they told him his son died of an enlarged heart and had fluid in his lungs. He even looked at his so-called son’s body just days before a funeral ceremony. According to The Associated Press, the younger Frank is mentally ill and homeless.

“I took a little look and touched his hair. I didn’t know what my dead son was going to look like,” he told the paper. “When somebody tells me my son is dead, when they have fingerprints, I believe them.”

The coroner’s office told him that he didn’t need to go down there to identify him, saying that fingerprints confirmed who he was.

“If he wasn’t identified by fingerprints I would been there [to identify him] in a heartbeat,” he added.

After the funeral, a family friend, Bill Shinker, called him Kerrigan to reveal that his son was actually alive.

“Bill put my son on the phone,” Kerrigan recalls saying. “He said, ‘Hi Dad.’”

Now, the family is demanding answers as to how this could happen.

“The people that we put in place to handle things, when they make these kind of mistakes, they have to be held accountable,” family attorney W. Douglas Easton said.

Frank the younger’s sister, Carol Meikle, believes he was treated differently because he’s homeless.

“He was not given the dignity and the due-diligence in the process that a normal citizen of Orange County would get,” she said. “We lived through our worst fear. He was dead on the sidewalk. We buried him. Those feelings don’t go away.”

Father Buries the Wrong Man After Coroner’s Error

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A father in California buried the wrong man and paid for a $20,000 funeral after a coroner error.

Frank Kerrigan, 82, got a call from the Orange County coroner, who said his 57-year-old son who is also named Frank had died. He told the OC Register that they told him his son died of an enlarged heart and had fluid in his lungs. He even looked at his so-called son’s body just days before a funeral ceremony. According to The Associated Press, the younger Frank is mentally ill and homeless.

“I took a little look and touched his hair. I didn’t know what my dead son was going to look like,” he told the paper. “When somebody tells me my son is dead, when they have fingerprints, I believe them.”

The coroner’s office told him that he didn’t need to go down there to identify him, saying that fingerprints confirmed who he was.

“If he wasn’t identified by fingerprints I would been there [to identify him] in a heartbeat,” he added.

After the funeral, a family friend, Bill Shinker, called him Kerrigan to reveal that his son was actually alive.

“Bill put my son on the phone,” Kerrigan recalls saying. “He said, ‘Hi Dad.’”

Now, the family is demanding answers as to how this could happen.

“The people that we put in place to handle things, when they make these kind of mistakes, they have to be held accountable,” family attorney W. Douglas Easton said.

Frank the younger’s sister, Carol Meikle, believes he was treated differently because he’s homeless.

“He was not given the dignity and the due-diligence in the process that a normal citizen of Orange County would get,” she said. “We lived through our worst fear. He was dead on the sidewalk. We buried him. Those feelings don’t go away.”

Two Toddlers Die After Mom Left Them in Hot Car as Punishment

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Two toddlers died after their mom got angry with them for playing in the car and left them inside as punishment, police told CNN.

Cynthia Marie Randolph, the toddlers’ mother, was arrested on Friday in Parker County, Texas. She was charged with two felonies for causing serious injury to a child.

Randolph’s two-year-old girl Juliet Ramirez and 16-month-old boy Cavanaugh Ramirez were found dead inside a hot car on May 26. Randolph left them in the hot car parked on the 200 block of Rambling Loop, near Lake Weatherford, while she went home to smoke cannabis and sleep for at least two hours.

Meanwhile, the temperature outside was 96 degrees while the children suffered inside the car. According to the police, the mother also made up lies to make the her children’s deaths look like an accident.

Her first version of the events was that the children were playing and when she couldn’t find them, she searched the property and found them in the car, according to NBC. Her story changed in subsequent accounts and she implicated herself on Friday.

According to the version of events she described on Friday, Randolph saw her children playing in the car around 12:15 p.m. and used a profanity to order them out of the vehicle. When her daughter refused, she shut the door, but believed the children would figure out how to get out when they’ve learned their lesson.

Later that day, after Randolph smoked cannabis and slept for two or three hours, she called the police after she discovered her children in the car. The toddlers were pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m.