Now playing: Watch this: All of Apple's new hardware announcements 1:22 Say goodbye to the iPad Air. It's just the iPad now. Apple announced Tuesday morning that it's replacing the aging iPad Air 2 with a new 9.7-inch model that's simply called "iPad." The new iPad, which features a faster processor than the Air 2, starts at $329, £339 or AU$469 for the 32GB iPad, and $459, £469 or AU$669 for the 32GB model with 4G LTE. That's a $70 price cut from the price of the outgoing Air 2, and the most affordable iPad in Apple's revised iPad lineup. The previous budget champion, the $269 iPad Mini 2, has been dropped. The 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models remain unchanged, and the iPad Mini 4 gets a bump to 128GB (from 32GB) for the same $399 base price (£419, AU$579). The new iPad gets a speed boost, courtesy of a 2015-era A9 processor (replacing the Air 2's 8X). Except for losing an antireflective coating, however, it appears otherwise identical to 2014's iPad Air … [Read more...] about Apple’s new iPad is really the iPad Air 2.1 with a price cut
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Remember when the only phones that cost $1,000 or more were made of leather, ruby and sapphire crystal? Thanks to Apple and Samsung, those days are over. The iPhone XS and Galaxy Note 9's $999 starting price tags cemented the thousand-dollar phone as the new normal. 5G phones and foldable designs seen in the upcoming "Galaxy X" will make the cost of phone ownership more expensive.This new wave of higher prices for top-tier devices is part of a larger trend that affects the prices of most phone brands, including Google, Huawei and OnePlus. But the problem doesn't end with a higher initial starting price. Level up your storage capacity and the prices only climb. For example, if you want an iPhone XS with 512GB storage capacity, you'll pay $1,349 -- that's 35 percent more. In the UK that high-spec phone is a whopping £1,349 or AU$2,199 in Australia. And let's not even get started with the even more expensive iPhone XS Max.Premium models aren't the only products getting more … [Read more...] about Why your iPhone or Android phone will get more expensive in 2019
Baseball All-Star Alex Rodriguez travels everywhere with his iPhone and iPad, enjoys engaging with his 2 million Instagram followers, is thrilled with his investments in Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix, and describes the issues facing Silicon Valley -- like privacy and security -- as short-term "noise" around companies and services that are "not going anywhere."And while he thinks there's a lot to learn from data -- or sabermetrics, the use of stats to track and analyze baseball -- A-Rod also believes tech creates a "blind spot" that doesn't factor in people's passion and commitment. Tech shouldn't override people and their instincts when choosing players and strategies, which is also why he's against using automated strike zones in baseball instead of having human umpires call balls and strikes. "I'm not a fan of it," Rodriguez said in an interview Tuesday. "It's a human game."After spending the morning with Jennifer Lopez at Stanford University to recruit for the real estate and … [Read more...] about Alex Rodriguez ‘not a fan’ of tech in the strike zone
Editor’s note: For this story, we commissioned The Takeout ’s art department for original illustrations inspired by Harry Potter and the food depicted in the series. I’m in a noisy, crowded place. Parents are yelling. My mouth tastes like batteries, my skin is clogged with sunscreen. This is a landscape of plastic, price tags, and corporate synergy; in the last 90 seconds, I’ve heard the voice of the donkey from Shrek and the theme from The Simpsons. Places like this are hell for someone like me, but here I am at Universal Studios Hollywood, lonely and terribly anxious, feeling fat and old and conspicuously alone. I’m standing here, in this place that makes me itch, to enjoy the view before me: a gate, and a train, and Hogwarts. My little brother tossed J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone on top of the living room bookshelf, unread, sometime in 1999. He didn’t even shelve it. It sat there for months, gathering dust, … [Read more...] about A muggle eats her way through Harry Potter’s magical universe
How do you like to wear your fingernails? Whether you prefer them elongated, clipped to the quick or occasionally chewed, you may have wondered how long they would grow if you left them alone. And by "left alone," we mean for a really, really long time. As our Brainstuff video host Josh Clark explains in the video above, discovering the lengths to which fingernails can grow is an inexact science bolstered only by those who have spent years grooming their fingernails into winding, coiling lengths. Long fingernails in Havana, Cuba. Doug Steakley/Getty Images First, though, let's take a closer look at how fingernails work. Each fingernail is made of keratin, a strong substance that also comprises hair. A fingernail has five parts: • Nail plate: the visible part of the fingernail, commonly what we refer to as the fingernail • Nail folds: the skin on each side of the nail plate • Cuticle: a protective layer of tissue at the bottom of the fingernail that covers new … [Read more...] about How Long Can Human Fingernails Grow?