Traveling domestically in 2018? Make sure you have the right credentials!

By now, you’ve probably heard of the REAL ID Act. Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act establishes “minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards,” according to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

So what does this mean for domestic air travel in 2018?

Well, it means if you possess a state-issued driver’s license or identification card that is not REAL ID compliant and your state has not been granted an extension by DHS, you will not be allowed to use that form of identification for domestic air travel effective January 22, 2018. You will be required to present an alternative form of TSA Acceptable Identification.

Beginning October 1, 2020, all travelers will be required to present state-issued REAL ID compliant identification or another form of TSA Acceptable Identification for domestic air travel.

How do I know if my state is compliant?

To check if your state is REAL ID compliant, visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id.

My state is listed as COMPLIANT. I should be okay, right?

If your state is listed as compliant, check your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website or contact your state’s DMV office to make sure your current issued driver’s license or identification card is a REAL ID compliant card.

Your state’s DMV office will likely issue REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards when your current card is renewed or replaced (which will require a trip to the DMV to present certain documents). As such, your current card may not be REAL ID compliant. If your current card is not REAL ID compliant, your state’s DMV website or office will be able to provide you with the information necessary to apply for a REAL ID compliant card.

My state is listed as EXTENSION. What does that mean?

If your state has been granted an extension by DHS, you will be able to continue using your current state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel until October 10, 2018. Note that states must re-apply for extensions and DHS grants extensions only on an annual basis. Check your state’s DMV website or with your state’s DMV office for updates on when REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards will become available.

My state is listed as UNDER REVIEW. What does that mean?

If your state is listed as UNDER REVIEW, it means DHS is reviewing your state’s request for an extension for extensions that expired on October 10, 2017. In the meantime, you can continue using your current state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel until January 22, 2018. Check back on the DHS website and your state’s DMV website for further updates.

I have a state-issued Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Enhanced Identification Card (ENDID). Will this be acceptable for domestic air travel or will I need to get a REAL ID compliant card?

A state-issued Enhanced Driver’s License or Enhanced Identification card are “designated as acceptable border-crossing documents by DHS under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative,”  according to DHS and are considered TSA Acceptable Identification for domestic air travel.

Is it me or does REAL ID compliance seem complicated?

Unfortunately, it does seem complicated and there’s a lot of information (and at times confusing information) out there. The best thing to do is stay informed! If your state is not yet compliant, check back on the DHS website and your state’s DMV website for the latest updates. If your state is compliant, just make sure your state issued driver’s license or identification card is REAL ID compliant before you use it for domestic air travel. If you can’t get clear information from your state’s DMV website, contact or visit your state’s DMV office.

Additional Resources:

REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions for the Public

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‘Tis the season . . . Z100 New York & iHeartRadio announce 2017 Jingle Ball line-up

A little over two decades ago, Z100 – New York’s #1 Hit Music Station started what has become one of iHeartRadio’s biggest music events of the year – Jingle Ball. The annual holiday music event features some of the biggest names in music performing their hit songs. Jingle Ball has gone from a Z100 New York annual holiday music event to an iHeartRadio national multi-city Jingle Ball tour. The 2017 Jingle Ball tour will take place across twelve cities.

Earlier this evening, Z100 New York announced this year’s line-up for Z100’s 2017 Jingle Ball presented by Capital One in NYC. The line-up includes: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Halsey, Fall Out Boy, Demi Lovato, Logic, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We. Z100’s iHeartRadio sister stations part of the 2017 Jingle Ball Tour announced their respective line-ups as well. 

Z100’s 2017 Jingle Ball presented by Capital One will take place on Friday, December 8th at Madison Square Garden.

Capital One cardholder pre-sale kicks off tomorrow, October 11th at 10am ET and public on-sale kicks off on Monday, October 16th at 12pm ET.

For more information on Z100’s 2017 Jingle Ball, click here. For a complete list of all cities part of the iHeartRadio 2017 Jingle Ball Tour & their respective line-up as well as how to purchase Jingle Ball tickets, click here.

ThinkPad goes retro for 25th Anniversary

Lenovo is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ThinkPad with the release of a limited special edition retro-designed ThinkPad aptly named ThinkPad 25

The first ThinkPad was released back in 1992 by IBM. IBM ultimately sold their personal computer division, including the ThinkPad brand, to Lenovo in 2005. ThinkPads are popular business machines and are known for their performance & durability.

ThinkPad 25

The 25th Anniversary ThinkPad 25 is a fine blend of ThinkPad retro-design with modern technology. The ThinkPad 25 is a variation of Lenovo’s current ThinkPad T470 series.

The ThinkPad 25 comes in one configuration at the base price of $1,899. The ThinkPad 25 features include:

  • A 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (2.70GHz 4MB)
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS
  • 14.0″ FHD PPS AntiGlare Multitouch LED (1920×1080) Display with Integrated Camera
  • 16.0GB DDR4 SODIMM (2133MHz) RAM
  • 512GB PCIe SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 940MX Graphics Card with 2GB RAM
  • Bluetooth Version 4.1
  • 3 cell Li-Ion (Fixed) + 3 cell Li-Ion (Removable) Batteries
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • 7-row Classic Backlit English Keyboard with Blue Enter key
  • Intel Wireless-AC 8265 (2×2)
  • 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, 1 x 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet, 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, MMC, SDHC, SDXC)
  • Special Edition ThinkPad 25 logo and special ThinkPad 25 packaging

The 25th Anniversary ThinkPad 25 is on sale now. As this is a special anniversary edition ThinkPad, the ThinkPad 25 will be available for a limited time and in limited quantities. 

For more information, visit Lenovo’s website – http://www.lenovo.com.

Apple releases macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update; patches security flaws

Apple released a macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update today which “includes improvements to the stability, reliability and security of your Mac,” according to the software update release notes.

The release notes further state that the update:

  • Improves installer robustness
  • Fixes a cursor graphic bug when using Adobe InDesign
  • Resolves an issue where e-mail messages couldn’t be deleted from Yahoo accounts in Mail

macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update

The supplemental update also patches two significant security flaws recently identified in macOS High Sierra.

macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update

The first security flaw involves Disk Utility and APFS encrypted volumes where a password could be improperly stored as the hint if a hint was setup in Disk Utility during the creation of an APFS encrypted volume.

Apple’s article regarding the security content of macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update states “If a hint was set in Disk Utility when creating an APFS encrypted volume, the password was stored as the hint.”

The second flaw could allow hackers to use malicious third-party applications to extract keychain passwords. According to the same article “A method existed for applications to bypass the keychain access prompt with a synthetic click.”

Apple recommends all macOS High Sierra users install the macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update. Users can download and install the free update by going to the App Store, selecting “Updates” and then clicking on “Update” next to the macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update.

Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1; addresses watchOS 4 LTE/Wi-Fi connectivity bug

Even before Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE hit the shelves, Apple acknowledged an issue with the new LTE devices.

In a statement to The Verge, Apple stated:

“We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular. We are investigating a fix for a future software release.” 

If you are experiencing this issue with your Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE and are awaiting a fix or you decided to hold off on buying an Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE until the bug was fixed, you don’t need to wait any longer!

Apple released watchOS 4.0.1 today which addresses this bug.

For instructions on how to update your watchOS, refer to the Update your Apple Watch support article from Apple.

Apple Releases iOS 11.0.2 Update; fixes crackling noise/static on iPhone 8/8 Plus

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Apple released the iOS 11.0.2 update today. It’s the second update to iOS 11 since the release of the new version of iOS two weeks ago.

iPhone 8/8 Plus users experiencing a crackling noise or static when using the earpiece on their devices will be thrilled to get this update as this particular issue is addressed in this update.

According to the software update release notes, “iOS 11.0.2 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad.” The update fixes/addresses the following issues:

  • Fixes an issue where crackling sounds may occur during calls for a small number of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices
  • Addresses an issue that could cause some photos to become hidden
  • Fixes an issue where attachments in S/MIME encrypted e-mails would not open

Users can update to iOS 11.0.2 wirelessly on their iOS devices by going to Settings | General | Software Update then clicking on “Download and Install” or by connecting their iOS devices to their computer and downloading and installing the update through iTunes. As a best practice, you should always perform a current backup of your devices before installing iOS updates.

Missed the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival? Catch it on the CW!

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival, a two-night music festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, took place last month (Sept. 22nd & 23rd) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

This year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival featured artists including: Coldplay, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Kings of Leon, Big Sean, P!NK, Chris Stapleton, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Niall Horan, David Guetta, Thomas Rhett, Harry Styles and Kesha with featured Special Guest Collaborators: Macklemore, Khalid, Bleachers, Bebe Rexha and Louis Tomlinson.

If you missed or want to relive moments from the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival, you’ll have an opportunity to catch the television broadcast this week. The CW will air some of the biggest moments and performances from this year’s two-night festival on Wednesday, October 4th and Thursday, October 5th from 8pm to 10pm ET/PT.

To find your local CW station, visit the link below:

http://www.cwtv.com/thecw/stations