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A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.

Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

Apple Announces iPhone SE


Today, Apple announced the iPhone SE. The iPhone SE is a 4.7-inch Retina HD display. This is the same size as the iPhone 8. The iPhone SE still has a Touch ID sensor, so if you are accustom to that and do not want to upgrade to a phone with Face ID, this is definitely the model you should be looking at.

The biggest difference between the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE is the internals. The iPhone SE has an A13 Bionic. This is the same processor as the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Having an A13 means that you can use many of the same feature of iOS that the iPhone 11 line can. This includes

There are some other tidbits about the iPhone SE to know about. The iPhone SE can be charged wirelessly using a Qi charger, and get up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with fast charging.

The iPhone SE has Portrait Mode with all six modes (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, and High-Key Mono) including controlling the depth mode of the photo. Along with this, there is Portrait mode on the front-facing camera, which was not available on the iPhone 8. For connectivity, the iPhone SE feature is that the iPhone SE has 802.11AX, also known as WiFi 6.

The last feature to mention is that the iPhone SE has dual-sim support. A physical sim as well as an e-sim. So if you need to have multiple carriers for some reason, the iPhone SE can accommodate.

The iPhone SE is available in 3 colors, Black,White and (PRODUCT)RED. Unlike previous phones, the front face is black on all three of the phones, where as previously most models had a white faceplate.

The iPhone SE comes in three sizes, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The prices for these are $399, $449, and $549 respectively.The iPhone SE can be ordered starting at 5AM Pacific Time on Friday, April 17th. AppleCare for the iPhone SE is $3.99 per month, or $79 for two years. AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss is $7.99 per month or $149 for two years.

With the release of the iPhone SE, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are no longer available for purchase as new, but may be available as refurbished.

Source: Apple

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