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Should You Upgrade to iOS 11?

iOS 11 has finally released to apple users across the globe, but many users are torn on whether downloading it is worth the trouble. In the past users have had to endure many glitches from files disappearing to limited phone access, leaving people wondering what iOS 11 has to offer. I, myself was skeptical at first too, but after having downloaded it, I’m glad that I did. iOS 11 came jam packed with new features affecting almost every aspect of your mobile device, from display to siri, to google maps, everything is running smooth, fresh, and to be desired.

In the upper left corner the signal display now consists of bars rather than bubbles
iMessages have been redesigned
The Contact app has been redesigned
The App Store has been completely remodeled inside and out.
iMessage Stickers are now correspondent with the apps you have downloaded.
Password and In call screens have been updated
Tool Bar has been given a new look and is now 100% customizable.
Notifications window is now using your lock screen picture as a backdrop.

Siri has been given a new design.
You can now type your question rather than using your microphone.
Siri has new voices that sound more human.
Siri now collects information about you to tailor your mobile experience to your needs similarly to Google Now.
Siri can now translate five languages that include, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Spanish.

Google Maps
Now there is one handed zoom, where you can zoom using only one finger.
All new “flyover mode” that allows you to get a top 3D view of any location.

Screenshots now appear in the lower lefthand corner of the screen and are now able to be edited by clicking on the screenshot as it appears.
You can now record all activity on your screen in real time.
Live photos can now be trimmed and edited just like videos
Live photo thumbnails can be changed.
Camera now comes with a leveling tool.
Camera now has a built in QR code reader which eliminates the need for a third part app.

There is now an all new files app.
Allows you to organize and edit icloud files on your mobile device.
Safari has disabled the ability for you to be tracked from one website to another for the use of soliciting ads.
All of your Health app information can now be uploaded to the cloud and accessed from any of your devices.

New Features
New “Do Not Disturb While Driving” setting that detects when you are in a vehicle and silences notifications to prevent distractions while driving.
Wifi Quick password sharing now allows you to connect a fellow iphone user to the wifi without entering a password.
Automatic App removal is a new feature that detects when you are running low on storage and will remove one of your less used apps and then redownload it when you have sufficient storage restoring all information so you do not lose any progress.
SOS calling can now be activated by clicking the power button 5 times, and information will be sent to your emergency contact as well as your local police department.
New keyboard options for one handed typing, the keyboard will shift to the left or the right to allow for easier access with one hand.
Money can now be sent through imessage with a fingerprint identification.

iOS 11 For iPads
A new expanded doc that is now accessible by sliding up no matter what you are doing on the device.
A new app switcher makes switching between apps run smoother.
New drag and drop feature allows you to drag an item from one app and drop into another.
Quicktype keyboard now makes it easier to switch between letters and symbols with a flicking motion.
Systemwide support for the Apple Pen

iOS 11 came packed with features, updates, and all new ways to run your mobile device efficiently and simply. Apple has yet again, released an update that will sit well with users, with new features that benefit every type of person. iOS 11 is the next step in a simple yet elegant future for the mobile device experience.

Saint Patrick’s Day

Every year on March 17th, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, the arrival of Christianity and Irish culture. St. Patrick’s Day has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

Who was Saint Patrick and why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures – but despite his fame, his life remains a mystery.

According to the Confession of Patrick, he was captured by Irish pirates at the age of 16 and brought to Ireland as a slave – where folklore states he tended to pigs and sheep on Slemish Mountain in County Antrim. During this period, it is said he developed a profound Christian faith. After six years, Patrick claimed he heard a voice telling him that he would soon go home and that his ship was ready. Fleeing his captors, he travelled to a port 200 miles away, where he persuaded the captain of the ship to let him on. After three days of sailing, they landed in Britain, where Patrick walked for 28 days. Eventually, he returned home to his family before moving to France to study for the priesthood. Patrick was then ordained a priest and then a bishop. He returned to Ireland and played a big part in converting the country to Christianity. Patrick is said to have died on March 17th in the year 461.



Olympic Runner Inspires Barberton High School’s 9th Grade Class

On Tuesday, February 14th Makorobondo “Dee” Salukombo was welcomed into Barberton High School to share his story and inspire our ninth grade class. Ninth grader, Mavis, came to America from Ghana 5 years ago and had the honor of introducing our speaker.

Dee shared his story about being a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and coming to the United States in 2004. He faced many hardship in the Congo and as a refugee in Uganda. Despite all of his difficulties, his parents were passionate about him receiving a strong education. He and his family came to America with nothing but a second chance at a new life while Dee strived to make the most of his educational opportunities. Dee started an organization called, “Project Kirotshe,” after graduating from Lakewood High School and Denison University. The organization was named after his hometown in the Congo.

The video attached represents Dee’s kind heart and down-to-earth personality. He has passed down his traits with not only the children in Congo, but now the ninth graders at Barberton High School. We would like to thank Dee for inspiring our teachers and students and sharing his incredible story.


Items You Might Not Know Were Invented by African Americans

Imagine a life without potato chips, the traffic signal, elevators, and many other things that have become a part of people’s everyday life. African Americans have invented and improved so many of these important things. It’s never a bad thing to look back on and think about the items you have and the history behind them. In celebration of Black History Month, here are some things that wouldn’t exist or be what they are now without African Americans.  

Garrett Morgan was an astonishing man who invented and improved many items that the world would be very different without. One of his most prominent inventions is a respiratory device that later helped develop the blueprint for the gas mask. Other notable inventions and improvements include a hair-straightening product, the traffic signal, and the sewing machine. Morgan definitely paved the way for other black inventors and has had a huge impact on the safety of people fighting in wars, and others as well.

Potato chips have been a favorite snack of people around the world for a long time. They’re sold and consumed everywhere, and we have an African American man to thank for that.  In 1853, George Crum was working as a chef in a restaurant in New York. Dissatisfied with a customer’s complaint about how his fries were made, Crum cut the potatoes into super thin slices, fried them to an almost burnt crisp, and added a generous amount of salt. To his surprise, the customer actually enjoyed the creation. When Crum opened his own restaurant a few years later, every table received a bowl of them. The next time you eat a chip, remember Crum and how one person’s criticism led to the invention of a beloved snack.

When you think of inventions such as the lightbulb and the telegraph, you think of Thomas Edison, or maybe even Alexander Graham Bell. One person you probably haven’t heard of though, is Lewis Latimer. He is just as memorable as these other men and worked alongside theme as well. He helped Edison with the invention of the light bulb and the telegraph, and came up with improvements for the light bulb. Although his work isn’t very well known, it was very prominent and should not be forgotten.

Madam C.J. Walker was a brilliant woman that is an example to all that there are no limits to what you can do. Walker created a line of hair care products, mainly for African Americans, that changed the world of beauty and hair. To promote her products, she even traveled the United States to get the word out about them. She went on to become the first American woman to become a self made millionaire.

Alexander Miles is another great inventor that improved elevators drastically. Before him, elevator doors had to be manually opened and closed. Without his improvements, people would fall down elevator shafts while trying to get on. The mechanism he invented made elevator rides safer by triggering the doors to open and close. Elevators aren’t as dangerous as they were when first invented, and we have Miles to thank for that.

Even through times of hardship and mistreatment, these people used their great minds to change the world for the better. These African American inventors are inspirational and are names that should not be forgotten.

Valentine’s Day

St Valentine’s Day happens this Tuesday on February 14. It’s a day where people show their love and affection for another person- usually in the form of cards, flowers, gifts and messages.

It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring an early saint named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

What’s Cupid got to do with it all? Cupid is also known in Latin also as Amor (”Love”) . His Greek counterpart is Eros and he is just one of the ancient symbols associated with St Valentine’s Day, along with the shape of a heart, doves, and the colors red and pink. Cupid is portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow which he uses to strike the hearts of people. People who fall in love are to be ‘struck by Cupid’s arrow.’


Didn’t Watch The Super Bowl? Here’s What You Missed.

On Sunday, February 5th, Super Bowl 51 filled the TV’s of many football lovers. The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons took the field leaving many people on the edge of their sofa’s the entire game. The New England Patriots have participated in 9 total Super Bowls, and as of Sunday, won five of them. But sitting through the game, we expected a different turnout. At halftime, The Falcons were in the lead with a 21-3 score. The Patriots slowly crept up on the Atlanta team during the second half making it the first Super Bowl to go into overtime. The game ended 34-28 with the Patriots turning the game around and defeating the Falcons.

Football wasn’t the only exciting part about Super Bowl 51. Lady Gaga flew into halftime and took every one by surprise. Yes, she actually flew. Gaga started her show on the roof with a mash-up of “God Bless America” and “This Land is Your Land” before jumping down to the field bonded by a rope. Making it to her set, she performed many well known songs, while including a new one. “Poker Face,” “Born This Way,” “Hello, Hello,” “Just Dance,” “Million Reasons,” and “Bad Romance” were iconically sung and danced to while she hugged fans between songs. The performance included many costume changes and several backup dancers. It was truly fun to watch and quickly took over the internet.

With The Patriots making a significant comeback defeat against The Falcons, Lady Gaga putting on an amazing halftime performance, and Tom Brady now having enough NFL championship rings to fill one hand. Super Bowl 51 is now one for the books.

Meitu Makes Its Way To BHS from Japan

Teens everywhere are obsessed with selfies. The interest and attention towards using cute or funny filters as a form of entertainment has exploded among high school students. Snapchat is always there to provide a laugh or a smile with their clever and amusing filters, such as adding dog ears or vomiting rainbows. However, Snapchat isn’t the only app to provide this service.

Meitu is a Japanese photo filter app. It’s been out for a few years overseas, but is just now gaining attention and popularity in the United States. The app turns your selfies into anime looking ones and can be fun and entertaining. It can add sparkles to your eyes and make them larger, give you porcelain skin, and sharpen your jawline to make you look more like an anime character than yourself. Barberton High School senior, Michael Holtzapple, got ahold of the app and gave BHS staff members makeovers using it. The video below shows the aftermath of his experiment.

BHS freshman Michael Kelley had this to say about the app.

“The app is an interesting one to use, but requires you to download more apps to make it more entertaining.

– Michael Kelley


The company is definitely proud of the app’s success and boasts about its millions of downloads. Is it worth a try?

If you do use the app, make sure you use it with caution. Alfred Ng, CNet author, spoke of the privacy concerns, “for a photo-editing app, Meitu has some rather unusual lines of code in its iOS version. And the Android version asks for an awful lot of permissions. This has raised concerns the company could be spying on users in order to sell data to ad-targeting firms.” Some say it asks for too many permissions and too much private information; but that’s for you to decide.

“for a photo-editing app, Meitu has some rather unusual lines of code in its iOS version. And the Android version asks for an awful lot of permissions. This has raised concerns the company could be spying on users in order to sell data to ad-targeting firms.”

-Alfred Ng

Currently, BHS doesn’t seem to be inundated with Meitu users. It’s just now beginning to catch fire in the United States, so only time will tell. Judging by the video below, there seems to be fun to be had with the app if the user is not concerned with the privacy issues.


2016 Hottest Year on Record

Sixteen of the seventeen hottest years on record have occurred since 2000.

-UN World Meteorological Organization

2016 set a global heat record for the third year in a row. Climate scientists say that greenhouse gas pollution, which humans are creating by burning fossil fuels and chopping down rain forests, contributed to the 2016 record, but the biggest contribution is pollution and its long term effects. A pollutant is a substance that when in the environment, poisons our air, land and water and it’s chemicals have poisoned all of the world, harming humans, wildlife, and plant life, on land, sea and air.  

NASA recently released a video of the earth as it appears when scanned through carefully placed sensors all across the globe. It shows that while our home is known as the “blue planet,” it hardly has any blue (cold spots) remaining on it. It is mostly covered in bright yellow hues marking moderately warm temperatures and red zones indicating extremely hot temperatures.

If this trend continues, it is uncertain what the future holds for this planet. This is why the topic of global warming continues to be one frequently discussed today, and a hot button issue with the new president.

”Global warming has never ‘paused’ and we are anticipating an acceleration of temperature changes within a few decades.”

-Dr. Gavin Schmidt

Women’s March on Washington Takes America by Storm

Thousands of men and women across America gathered in the biggest cities in order to show their support for women’s rights after President Donald Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017. It was during these protests that people voiced their opinions and oppositions against the newest president. An estimated 500,000 people attended the Women’s March on Washington alone, along with large gatherings in Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, New York, St. Paul, and Los Angeles. According to on sight witnesses, the protest was as peaceful as it gets as thousands of people descended on the National Mall, with zero arrests, which is sharp in contrast to the 230 arrests during the anti-Trump protest the Friday earlier. Reports show that police were civil while participants were spreading positivity about their cause. Celebrities including Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony, Miley Cyrus, Madonna, and Ariana Grande made their appearance at marches across the country, showing their support for Planned Parenthood, women’s rights, and the fight against misogyny. Madonna gave a speech in Washington, expressing her beliefs, and ending it with “I hope that people don’t just forget today. I don’t know what will come of it legally, but for it just to disappear is not okay.”

“The Women’s March making history as the largest protest in US history with an estimated 2.9 million Americans is undeniable proof that the people of our nation will never lie down and give up their rights as humans nor will we continue to allow anyone to oppress the rights of others. To me the march is ultimately a symbol of hope and compassion for humanity and will certainly leave its mark on our country and its politics in the coming years.”

 – Madelyn Scoville, 12th grade


“As a teenager and a feminist, it was extremely encouraging and comforting to know that there are millions of other people who are willing to speak up for the issues that directly affect and concern me

– Lily Metsker, 10th grade

Trump’s President…Now what?

Donald Trump’s inauguration took place January 20th, 2017 around noon in Washington D.C. During his speech he discussed the, “power being given back to the people” and how, “the people are once again the rulers of this country.”

 America as a whole must team up against gangs, drugs, and violence that has stolen so many lives because their suffering is our suffering since America is one nation

-Donald Trump

With the media, many of those who don’t know him personally, spouting negatives on Trump, many question, what is Trump really like? It seems no one really holds a clear, unbiased opinion. Logically, no one should want Trump to fail because this would lead to the failure of America as a whole.

It appears people are far from happy with the results of the election. Multiple people parading around with signs saying, “Not my president.” Others protesting Trump’s title.  Meanwhile President Barack Obama talked about Trump in his farewell speech and the crowd started to boo. He quickly told the crowd not to boo him and even promised that president elect will have a smooth transition and that his cabin/ council will make sure of it.

Ray Brown also met with trump, “I fell in love with him because he really talks about helping African-American, black people and that’s why I’m here,” Brown told news station CNN after the meeting. He later admitted that while he didn’t personally vote for Trump, he admires him for “surviving” the election.

Many others who have differences with Trump also were able to sit down with him and discuss their differences and not a single one of them endured a negative experience. This may cause people to wonder if Trump’s method is a way of getting attention, does he actually mean it, or is it all a cover? Only time can tell where America will end up with Donald Trump.