TIME Aviation

This Is Who Decides If Your Flight Takes Off This Memorial Day Weekend

Meet the Cancellator

Summer travel is kicking off this Memorial Day weekend, and major airports around the county are preparing for roughly 3 million Americans who’ll board a flight. Not all of the travelers, of course, will make it to their destinations on time—some will be part of the unlucky bunch whose flights become cancelled or delayed.

The job of determining who will be on time and who won’t falls upon a small group of airport employees who make inputs into a computer program they call the Cancellator. Their goal is to preserve an airline’s original schedule as much as possible. And that’s no easy task—each time one flight is delayed or canceled, other flights using that plane become affected, too.

Want to know more about the software and employees behind your airport frustrations? Read TIME’s March 3, 2014 cover story on airline cancellations here.

TIME Innovation

Watch 40 Years of the Best Movie Effects Ever in 1 Minute

From Industrial Light & Magic

Oscar-winning special effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has unveiled a reel of some of their best film work spanning the past several decades.

The company, founded in May 1975 — exactly 40 years ago — is responsible for many of the special effects in hundreds of films, including the Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe and Transformers franchises.

Watch ILM’s reel above to see some familiar movies and how they’ve evolved over the years.

TIME Gadgets

Here’s When You’ll Be Able to Buy an Apple Watch in Stores

Apple Watch in Stores by June, Tim Cook Says
Justin Sullivan—Getty Images Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 9, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif.

They're currently available only through online order

The Apple Watch will be on sale in stores by June after previously being available only through online order, CEO Tim Cook said during a recent trip to China.

Cook also confirmed for the first time that the June in-store rollout will include China, 9to5Mac reports. Some early online orders for the Apple Watch have been pushed back to June, which means new customers won’t have to wait several months to bring the smartwatch home. It also means that anyone looking to purchase the Apple Watch now—shipping dates are in July—might be better off waiting until the device becomes available in a nearby Apple store.

The June target for walk-in purchases is consistent with what Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and online stores, told Apple Store employees in April, weeks before the Apple Watch first became available.

Read next: 7 Most Surprising Things About Owning an Apple Watch

TIME Spain

Father of Boy Found in Suitcase at Spanish Border Speaks Out

An X-ray image showing an 8-year-old sub-Saharan boy hidden in a suitcase. on May 8, 2015. The suitcase was carried by a young woman of 19, which was controlled around noon on May 7, 2105 when she was entering in Ceuta, the Spanish enclave in the north of Morocco.
Spanish Guardia Civil/AFP/Getty Images An X-ray image showing an 8-year-old sub-Saharan boy hidden in a suitcase on May 8, 2015, in Ceuta the Spanish enclave north of Morocco.

“Do you think any father would really allow his son to travel in a suitcase?”

A lawyer for the father of an African boy caught being smuggled in a suitcase into a Spanish enclave said Tuesday his client wouldn’t have allowed his son to illegally cross the border had he known.

Ali Ouattara has been held in police custody since 8-year-old Abou was discovered on May 7 in a wheeled suitcase at the checkpoint in Ceuta, the New York Times reports. The lawyer, Juan Isidro Fernández Díaz, said Ouattara, who lives legally on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura, believed his son would enter using an Ivory Coast passport and visa for which he paid. But after learning that his application was denied because his salary fell short of the minimum mandated by Spanish law, he went to Casablanca to find an alternative.

“Do you think any father would really allow his son to travel in a suitcase?” Díaz said. He added that the boy was “just another victim of the mafias” running Africa’s human-trafficking networks.

The incident came as European nations struggle to deal with the influx of migrants and refugees attempting to reach its shores via the Mediterranean as warmer weather sets in. A new report revealed that the militant group ISIS makes a fortune in the smuggling business.

Read more at the New York Times.


Poll Finds Support for Gay Marriage at All-Time High

The Supreme Court may rule on the issue's constitutionality next month

A record-high 60% of Americans support same-sex marriage, according to a Gallup poll published Tuesday, about a month before the Supreme Court could issue a ruling on the issue.

The results from Gallup’s Values and Beliefs poll—up from 55% support last year—arrive as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on a case that could decide the constitutionality of gay marriage. Public support has more than doubled since Gallup first asked pollers about the issue in 1996, when Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman, and which was struck down in 2013.

The poll also found that support for same-sex marriage has also reached all-time highs among Americans of all political parties: 76% of Democrats, up from 33% in 1996; 64% of Independents, up from 32% in 1996; and 37% of Republicans, up from 16% in 1996.

Read next: What’s at Stake as the Supreme Court Returns to Gay Marriage

TIME Gadgets

This is the Ultimate MacBook Accessory

The Voltus as displayed on their Kickstarter page.
Voltus The Voltus as displayed on their Kickstarter Page

A new Kickstarter project is focused on selling a portable battery for Apple's newest MacBook.

Hate lugging your MacBook electrical cord around with you? A portable MacBook charger might be the answer.

Voltus is a palm-sized battery that charges Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook as fast as a wall charger, according to the device’s Kickstarter campaign, which started Tuesday. The device connects to the laptop’s new USB-C port, which allows faster data transfer speeds and charging than the older style USB port.

Voltus says it will power a MacBook for up to 9 hours, while a Voltus Pro will power the computer for up to 13 hours. The mobile power source can also charge two other USB devices simultaneously, from iPhones to cameras to printers.

Voltus is available for pre-orders starting at $149, with the first devices expected to be shipped by August.

TIME Earnings

Etsy Stock Crashes After Reporting Huge Quarterly Loss

Etsy IPO Opens On Nasdaq
Paul Zimmerman—Getty Images General atmosphere as Etsy rings the Nasdaq Opening Bell in Celebration of IPO at Nasdaq on April 16, 2015 in New York City.

The online crafts marketplace disappointed investors with its first earnings report after its initial public offering last month.

Etsy’s stock tumbled as much as 18% Tuesday after the online crafts marketplace delivered weak quarterly results.

The company reported a quarterly loss of $36.6 million, a seven-fold increase from the $500,000 loss in the same quarter one year ago, the Wall Street Journal reports. Etsy blamed the bigger loss on a tax provision linked to corporate restructuring.

Esty also reported a 44% increase in quarterly revenue to $58.5 million, narrowly missing Wall Street forecasts of $59 million.

The results were Etsy’s first quarterly report since going public on April 16. On the first day of trading, the company’s shares opened at $31, about double its IPO price of $16. In after-hours, following the earnings report Tuesday, Etsy’s stock plunged to around $17. The shares had closed at $21 in regular trading.

TIME Apple watch

What You Need to Know About the First Big Apple Watch Update

Apple Watch Consumer Reports
David Paul Morris—Bloomberg Customers look at Apple Watches on display at an Apple Store in Palo Alto, Calif., on April 10, 2015.

1.0.1 contains bug fixes and performance improvements

Apple released the Apple Watch’s first post-launch software update on Tuesday, bringing a wide range of fixes and improvements to the smartwatch’s performance.

Watch OS 1.0.1 offers improved performance for Siri, accessibility and third-party apps, according to the software update. The fixes to third-party app usage could be the update’s most important aspect, given how many users have complained about how slow apps work on the smartwatch.

Version 1.0.1 also provides display support for new Emoji characters, and additional language support for Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai and Turkish. Two specific health tracking functions are addressed as well: Calorie counting for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, and distance and pace measurements for outdoor workouts.

The update can be installed through your iPhone.

TIME California

Los Angeles Raises Hourly Minimum Wage to $15

As many as 800,000 of the city's workers could benefit

The Los Angeles city council voted on Tuesday to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, up from the current $9, becoming the latest major American city to boost its wage above the federal base of $7.25.

The increase arrives as several cities around the nation enact or propose legislation to address the issue, the Los Angeles Times reports. As many as 800,000 workers in the city could benefit from the approval after months of debate and lobbying, which could push neighboring cities like Santa Monica and Pasadena to follow in Los Angeles’ footsteps.

“Make no mistake,” said council member Paul Krekorian. “Today the city of Los Angeles, the second biggest city in the nation, is leading the nation.”

Los Angeles joins a number of major U.S. cities, including San Francisco and Seattle, that have moved to increase their minimum wages. Several large companies, including Walmart, have also increased their base wages following months of employee protests.


TIME Innovation

There’s Something Very Special About This Ordinary-Looking Table

VIA 2015 © photo Colombe Clier

It might save you money

There’s a new way to cut down on energy costs: a table.

The Zero Energy Furniture (ZEF) table may look like your everyday table, but contains a special phase-changing material that absorbs and releases heat to keep room temperature around 71°F (22°C), WIRED reports.

The science behind the climate control table isn’t new, according to the Parisian duo behind the invention, designer Jean-Sébastien Lagrange and engineer Raphaël Ménard. But the application to everyday objects could possibly “address climate and energy issues on a furniture scale,” Lagrange said. When paired with a traditional AC unit, the ZEF table could cut up to 30% of the AC energy, according to the designers. They’re hoping to start selling it later this year.


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