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Trump Stands by ‘Fantastic’ Kavanaugh as He Seeks G.O.P. Votes

NY Times - 59 min 48 sec ago
In a radio interview with Geraldo Rivera to be broadcast Monday, the president cast doubt on the sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.

Trump says he stands by his Supreme Court nominee ‘all the way’ following second accusation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh

Washington Post - 1 hour 33 sec ago
The president’s comments in support of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh came after Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called for a delay in proceedings following a second accusation of sexual misconduct that surfaced in a New Yorker story Sunday night. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. This is a […]

Tiger Woods: Hasn't been easy

CNN - 1 hour 10 min ago
In an interview with CNN's Patrick Snell, Tiger Woods reflects on his first PGA Tour victory since 2013, saying "I didn't know if I'd be able to do this again."

Playlist: The Playlist: Unreleased Chris Cornell, and 12 More New Songs

NY Times - 1 hour 12 min ago
Hear new music from Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, Kesha, Rosanne Cash and others.

Bill Cosby to be sentenced this week

CNN - 1 hour 14 min ago
The questions have been looming since Bill Cosby was convicted in April of three counts of assault: Will he go to prison, and, if so, for how long?

$18 million in cocaine hidden in bananas donated to prison

CNN - 1 hour 20 min ago
This shipment of bananas donated to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was ripe for contraband.

The Daily 202: Can Kavanaugh survive? 10 questions after a second woman accuses him of sexual misconduct.

Washington Post - 1 hour 21 min ago
Four Republicans to watch as Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify on Thursday.

iPhone Storage is 'Absolutely the Most Profitable iPhone Feature' says Analyst

MacRumors - 1 hour 23 min ago
A new report out this morning by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Ian King takes a look into Apple's pricing strategy for the storage capacities on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Specifically, Bloomberg says that the biggest upsell for the iPhone XS and XS Max is the new 512GB storage option, which will help Apple make $134 more per iPhone than the 64GB option.


512GB is the highest storage capacity that Apple has yet to release on an iPhone, and the company charges customers a lot more for NAND storage chips than it pays suppliers. IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam explains that storage costs Apple about 25 cents per gigabyte, and the company charges customers about 78 cents per gigabyte. Because of this, Lam says that storage "is absolutely the most profitable iPhone feature."

In research compiled by Bloomberg, the 64GB iPhone XS cost Apple $23.68 for the NAND storage specifically, the 256GB cost $66.24, and the 512GB cost $132.48. In terms of revenue, the 512GB storage option is estimated to make Apple $134 more per iPhone than the 64GB tier, an increase from $107 for the 2017 models.

According to data from InSpectrum Tech, the market price of NAND flash memory is half of what it was a year ago, but Apple's storage tiers for the iPhone have not reflected these savings.
“Storage is one of their levers to create more revenue and is absolutely the most profitable iPhone feature,” says Wayne Lam, an analyst at researcher IHS Markit Ltd. Adding more isn’t much work for Apple, because it just means swapping a chip, he adds, “whereas when you increase the screen size, you have to completely re-engineer the phone.”

The 78¢-per-gig charge hasn’t budged since last year. Of course, Apple uses contracts to lock in the price of such components as Nand flash, so it may not be benefiting yet from recent price declines. So far, though, storage costs customers more on an iPhone than on, say, a Samsung Note 9. Samsung Electronics Co. charges 65¢ a gig to move from the 128GB Note 9 phone to the 512GB model. With more storage, users can save more photos, videos, documents, music, movies, podcasts, books, and more on their iPhones, without having to worry about deleting old items for more space. Of course, Apple also offers iCloud storage at $0.99/month for 50GB, $2.99/month for 200GB, and $9.99/month for 2TB. This means that if a 512GB iPhone XS or XS Max user wants to back up most of the content on their device, they will need to opt for the $9.99/month option.

In terms of the prices for these new iPhones, which begin at $750 for the not-yet-released iPhone XR and increase to $1,449 for the 512GB iPhone XS Max, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the company is aiming to "serve everyone." In an interview with Nikkei, he explained that "if you provide a lot of innovation and a lot of value, there is a segment of people who are willing to pay for it," referring to the steeper prices of this year's iPhone XS and XS Max.

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Does being a parent make you more conservative?

Futurity.org - 1 hour 29 min ago

Parents may display more conservative attitudes, according to new research.

Parental advice like “Look both ways before you cross the street,” or “Don’t run with scissors,” can be considered examples of a certain perspective that portrays the world as a dangerous place—a perspective parents might use to instill caution in their children.

Some evidence supports the idea that socially and morally conservative values may arise from perceived threats or danger, says Nicholas Kerry, a PhD student in the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering.

Research shows that “people get more conservative with age,” Kerry says, “but there weren’t a lot of satisfactory explanations to this. It occurred to me that parenting might have a role in this. It would make sense for it to change our motivations and attitudes.”

In a study of 1,500 participants, Kerry and coauthor Damian R. Murray, an assistant professor in the psychology department, conducted four online surveys that examined attitudes to political topics that typically divide liberals and conservatives, such as reproductive rights and the military.

The researchers hypothesized that parents display more conservative attitudes because they are more often risk-averse, likely in the interest of protecting their children. They not only found differences between parents and non-parents, but also that people who felt more warmly toward children reported more socially conservative attitudes.

What’s more, these differences appeared to explain some of the increases in conservatism with age. However, parenting or not parenting is unlikely to cause wild swings in political or social opinions.

“We’re likely talking about fairly small and gradual changes over the course of several years,” Kerry adds.

The research is ongoing, and further work has found that reduced interest in short-term mating and increases in belief in a “dangerous world” may explain the relationship between parenting and social conservatism.

The research appears in Personality and Individual Differences.

Source: Tulane University

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California Today: California Today: Introducing Our New Correspondent

NY Times - 1 hour 32 min ago
Monday: Jill Cowan joins California Today, Christine Blasey Ford agrees to testify, and a Cambodian refugee opens a restaurant in Oakland.

Trump says no decision on whether to fire Rosenstein

Washington Post - 1 hour 40 min ago
In radio interview, the president says he’s still looking at reports that the deputy attorney general proposed secretly recording the president and pushed for his removal from office.

Analysis: A presumption of perfection derails Trump's sure bet

CNN - 1 hour 45 min ago
The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Republican golden boy with insider connections, had seemed so inevitable that in May 2016 when then-candidate Donald Trump released his first list of Supreme Court possibilities, journalists and political commentators seized on the absence of Kavanaugh's name.

SiriusXM to Buy Pandora for $3.5 Billion

NY Times - 1 hour 49 min ago
SiriusXM had already invested $480 million in Pandora, which has struggled to grow in the face of competition from Spotify and Apple.

The Met Is Creating New Operas (Including Its First by Women)

NY Times - 1 hour 59 min ago
Turning the page with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, its first new music director since 1976, the Met is readying new works — and planning forays into its city.

Apple Watch Series 4 Teardown: 4% More Battery Capacity, Hidden Barometric Sensor, and Streamlined Internals

MacRumors - 2 hours 2 min ago
iFixit has completed a teardown of the Apple Watch Series 4, providing a look inside a larger 44mm model with LTE.

Image Credit: iFixit
The repair experts believe that while the original Apple Watch was awkwardly layered together and used too much glue, the Series 4 lineup feels "much more thoughtfully laid out," likening it to the iPhone 5.Apple pundit John Gruber has compared this to the leap in design brought by the iPhone 4, and we might even go a bit further and call it an iPhone 5: a device that knows its priorities, and wants to look as elegant inside as out.At first glance, the internal design of Series 4 models looks more or less the same as previous models, with the battery and Taptic Engine taking up most of the space. Dig deeper, however, and the changes become evident.

Image Credit: iFixit
Teardown highlights:
  • 291.8 mAh battery, which is 4% more capacity than the 279 mAh battery in 42mm-sized Apple Watch Series 3 models.
  • A thinner and longer Taptic Engine, but iFixit says it still takes up a lot of space that could have gone to a larger battery.
  • The barometric sensor may have been relocated to the speaker grille for access to the outside atmosphere. The sensor had its own dedicated hole beside the microphone on Apple Watch Series 3 models.
  • The new Apple S4 chip is secured only with screws, whereas the processor is also "fiercely glued" in previous Apple Watch models.
  • The golden ring is likely a streamlined antenna system, as iFixit says it has not seen the usual fiddly brackets or golden gaskets.
  • The entire rear casing pops off more easily.
  • The display is not only larger, but also thinner.
iFixit says the Apple Watch Series 4 is nearing iPhone levels of repairability, with the highly-glued display being the primary remaining obstacle. Beyond that, they say the battery is straightforward to replace.

Image Credit: iFixit
All in all, the Series 4 received a "solid" 6/10 on iFixit's repairability scale, with 10 being the best possible score. That's the same repairability score iFixit gave the iPhone XS and XS Max in its teardown of those devices.

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