Apple Teases Tomorrow’s Special Event With Humorous ‘Live Stream’ of Steve Jobs Theater


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Apple is teasing its media event tomorrow with a tongue-in-cheek “live stream” of the Steve Jobs Theater on its website.



We’ve been watching the stream at a glance for around six hours now, over which time we’ve seen everything from people cleaning the stage to a video of a dancer to an incoming iPhone call from Captain America actor Chris Evans. Marvel fans will be disappointed to hear that Apple missed the call.





Apple’s keynote begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday.

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Apple playfully turns on its March 25 event live stream early, showing an empty Steve Jobs Theater


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Apple has publicly turned on its March 25 event live stream early this time around, teasing eagle-eyed viewers by occasionally raising the curtain to reveal … something.

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Elon Musk’s latest defense: Tesla says my tweets were kosher


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Elon Musk has filed another round of arguments in his month-long battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission over a February 19 tweet about Tesla’s production goals.

As part of a September settlement, Musk promised to get sign-off from Tesla lawyers for any tweets that “contain, or reasonably could contain” material information—legal jargon for information that’s significant for people trading Tesla’s stock. The SEC argues that Musk’s February tweet, stating that Tesla would produce “around 500k” vehicles in 2019, violated that requirement.

Musk disagrees. He argues that he was merely repeating Tesla’s earlier production estimates. And he insists he was entitled to use his own judgment to determine the information was not material—and therefore didn’t require pre-approval by Tesla’s lawyers.

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WSJ on Apple’s Video Service: Starz, Showtime, and HBO to Cost $9.99 Per Month, Roku May Gain Apple TV App


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The Wall Street Journal has outlined its expectations for Apple’s media event tomorrow at Steve Jobs Theater, where the company is expected to introduce subscription-based services for movies and TV shows, magazines and newspapers, and possibly games. The keynote begins Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.



As we’ve heard previously, the report claims Apple plans to unveil the first footage from some of its new original TV shows at the event. Hollywood stars such as actress Reese Witherspoon and director J.J. Abrams have been invited to attend.

The report claims Apple plans to charge a fee for its original content, despite some sources previously saying it would be free to Apple device owners.

Apple’s revamped TV app will make it easier to subscribe to networks such as Starz, Showtime and HBO, with which Apple has been “negotiating to offer their shows to users for $9.99

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Amazon drops Apple’s current 15″ MacBook Pro to $1,999 ($400 off), plus $300 off 2018 13″ MacBook Pros


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In what amounts to the steepest discount available on Apple’s six-core 15-inch MacBook Pro, Amazon has issued a $400 price drop on the standard model in Space Gray. Apple’s current quad-core 13-inch MacBook Pros are also $200 to $300 off, with prices starting at $1,599.

Apple video service may charge $10 each for HBO, Showtime and Starz


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Apple’s video service event is just hours away, but there are still a few rumors making the rounds — including, apparently, pricing. Wall Street Journal contacts claim Apple has been negotiating to offer subscriptions to channels “such as” HBO, Showtime and Starz for $10 each through its new TV app, which would also include Apple’s original programming. In that light, it would be closer to Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, where the focus is on convenient access to third party services.

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The soldier who removed his own bladder stone, and other medical history marvels


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A patient receiving dental treatment, circa 1892. There were several cases of "exploding teeth" in the 19th century that remain unexplained to this day.

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While researching his 2017 book on the history of heart surgery, medical journalist Thomas Morris perused hundreds of journals from the 19th century. One day, a headline on the page opposite the one he was reading caught his eye: “sudden protrusion of the whole of the intestines into the scrotum.” It was a bizarre case from the 1820s, involving a laborer run over by a brick-laden cart. The resulting hernia forced his intestines into his scrotum, and yet the laborer made a full recovery.

Once he got over his initial amused revulsion, Morris was struck by the sheer ingenuity displayed by doctors in treating the man’s condition. And he found plenty of other similar bizarre cases as he

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WSJ details how Tim Cook steered Apple towards Services since 2014, confirms $9.99/mo each for Starz/Showtime/HBO TV and News


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For the first time, Apple will present its Services vision to the public at tomorrow’s March 25 event. The Wall Street Journal has posted a lengthy article today detailing the timeline of how Apple got to this moment, with Tim Cook intimately involved in steering the ship towards Services as early as 2014.

The report says that Apple will charge for its original content. Subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, Starz will apparently cost $9.99 each as part of Apple’s TV app, and premium Apple News will also carry a $9.99 price tag.

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Shipwreck on Nile vindicates Greek historian’s account after 2500 years


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The hull of so-called "Ship 17," a wreck discovered in the sunken port city of Thonis-Heracleion.

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Nearly 2500 years ago, the ancient Greek historian Herodotus described an unusual type of river boat he saw along the Nile while visiting Egypt. Many archaeologists doubted his account, because there wasn’t any evidence it ever existed.  But Herodotus is getting some posthumous revenge. The discovery of just such a ship has vindicated his account. The details appear in a new published monograph, Ship 17: a Baris from Thonis-Heracleion, by archaeologist and shipwreck specialist Alexander Belov.

Herodotus was an ancient Greek historian, often called the “father of history” because his nine-volume work, Histories, essentially founded the field. Around 450 BCE, he traveled to Egypt and wrote about seeing construction of a type of cargo boat called a baris. The passage is a fragment, just

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Why you should steer clear of “Florida Man Challenge”


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This week, a viral “challenge” took Twitter and other social media by storm. The “Florida Man Challenge” called for people to:

  • Google “Florida Man” and their birthdate,
  • Find a headline about the activities of a “Florida Man” that matched their birthdate, and
  • Post that headline to their social media account.

The challenge spread like a cat meme, so much so that typing “Florida Man” into the Google search bar resulted in suggested entries that were almost exclusively calendar dates.

Doing this was, as we like to say at Ars, a really bad

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Good news for the 1,000mph car as Bloodhound gets a new owner


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At the end of 2018, things looked pretty bleak for the Bloodhound SSC land speed record project. Breaking a land speed record has never been easy, particularly if the goal is to clear 1,000mph (1,600km/h). You need a highly engineered car, a rigorous test program, and a suitable bit of land upon which to run it. Which in turn means somewhere very flat and remote enough for the neighbors not to mind, but convenient enough that you don’t have to also build a bunch of new roads to get there. Bloodhound SSC found that at the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa. But by October 2018, the project entered into administration (a UK equivalent to bankruptcy) when it ran out of funding. By December, with

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How Apple’s push into new services could strain its relationships with developers & competitors


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Ahead of Apple’s services event tomorrow, CNET is out with an interesting look at how Apple services push will affect its relationship with developers and competitors. The report dives into the pushback Apple is facing for its 30 percent cut of App Store sales, and more.

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Don’t buy a Mercedes-AMG GT R unless you plan on taking it to the track


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As a beginner or even intermediate musician, you do not hop up on stage with jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie (were he still alive). If you’re not confident in your ability to keep up with all the chord changes, where you are in the song’s form, or the sheer tempo blowing by like a runaway train, it becomes a disaster. But overcoming intimidation and stretching one’s self is part of musical growth. The Mercedes-AMG GT R is the automotive Dizzy Gillespie and taking the wheel is the equivalent of sitting in with him. The timid will run away. But then they’d never know how easy it could actually be to sit in with the jazz master.

With aggressive spoilers, a gaping and hungry toothed grille, huge tires and a pounding V8

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I played 11 Assassin’s Creed games in 11 years, and Odyssey made them all worth it


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I’ve been a dedicated fan of the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise for 11 years. It hasn’t always been a happy relationship. While the early games captured my imagination and introduced me to whole new modes of gameplay, the series’ middle years were laden with misfires, feature bloat, and other serious problems.

I often look at fans raging against the companies that make their favorite franchises—Bethesda or Blizzard are the two most common targets I see—and shake my head in bewilderment. “If you hate their work so much, why don’t you just play something else and let everyone else enjoy their games? It’s not like there’s a shortage of great games to try,” I say.

But as I looked back on more than a decade of playing Assassin’s Creed games

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What’s the best note-taking app for the Mac?


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Note taking apps for Mac are a fun category to look at because of the variety of options on the market. There are apps like Evernote which aim to be an “everything” bucket and apps like SimpleNote that only handle plain text notes. You then have apps like Bear and Apple Notes which aim to live somewhere in the middle. When I am looking for the best note-taking app for the Mac, I am looking for a few different things: sync to iOS (and web if possible), easy to add new notes, and easy to look up existing notes. I’ve used dozens of apps over the years, and I have opinions on what a note-taking app for Mac should look like for my use cases. Most of the apps offer free trials, so I advise you to check them all out. I’ll run through a few of the apps, and Continue reading “What’s the best note-taking app for the Mac?”

Local leaders cooling to Boring Company tunnel promises


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Enlarge / The Boring Company tunnel entrance with a Telsa on an elevator to lower it down to tunnel-level. (credit: The Boring Company)

Virginia state transit officials are telling The Boring Company “thanks but no thanks,” at least for now. The Virginia Mercury reported yesterday that the state’s chief of rail transportation, Michael McLaughlin, was not sufficiently impressed by his recent visit to Elon Musk’s test tunnel in California to recommend that the state work with the startup.

“It’s a car in a very small tunnel,” McLaughlin reportedly told the state’s Transportation Board public transit subcommittee this week. “If one day we decide it’s feasible, we’ll obviously come back to you,” he added.

Virginia’s Transportation Board has been contemplating billion-dollar upgrades to the state’s more populated areas, but the promise of The Boring Company is opaque enough that officials are hesitant to engage with the company, even at the cut-rate

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Tesla sues Zoox over manufacturing and logistics secrets


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On Wednesday night, Tesla sued four former employees and the self-driving startup Zoox for misappropriation of trade secrets. No, you’re not having driverless-car lawsuit déjà vu—you’re just remembering the time last year when Waymo and Uber settled their own trade secrets case after four days of trial.

Tesla’s suit, filed in the Northern California federal district court, alleges that four of its former employees took proprietary information related to “warehousing, logistics, and inventory control operations” when they left the electric automaker, and later, while working for Zoox, used that proprietary information to improve its technology and operations.

Tesla says the former employees—Scott Turner, Sydney Cooper, Christian Dement, and Craig Emigh—worked in product distribution and warehouse supervising. It alleges that they forwarded the trade secrets to their own personal email accounts or the accounts of other former Tesla employees. “You sly dog you …” Turner allegedly

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Liveblog: Apple unveils its TV service and more at the March 25 “It’s show time” event


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The event invite strongly hints at the upcoming video service.

Enlarge / The event invite strongly hints at the upcoming video service. (credit: Apple)

CUPERTINO, Calif.—At 10am Pacific on Monday, March 25, Apple and its partners will take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif., to talk about a new TV-streaming platform, a new magazine-subscription service, and possibly much more. We’ll be liveblogging the event as it happens, so join us here a few minutes before the show for all the updates.

Apple has been signaling to investors, partners, and customers for many months that it will increase its focus on services—always-available, ever-growing content and software offerings—more in the future, as that is the part of its business it expects to grow the fastest. Monday’s “It’s show time” event will be unusual in that it is expected to focus more on those services than any prior Apple event.

Some hardware announcements were strong possibilities

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