It’s hard to imagine this report aging well, honestly. This many months into a pandemic, some performers may very well transition into more frequent livestreamed performances, particularly to tap into the online world’s unlimited crowd sizes, as opposed to cramped comedy clubs. And Hollywood is already eager to snap up the biggest streaming-exclusive hits of the pandemic, with John Krasinski’s Some Good News turning into a CBS exclusive this past week. With momentum like that, a startup like Rally won’t be alone in the space for long. … [Read more...] about When COVID-19
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Let's start with an example of where OnePlus's newfound scale in the late 2010s actually made things better for those enthusiasts: the company's exemplary track record for software updates. A couple of years back, OnePlus joined the Android beta program, and pushed out upgrades to Android 9 and Android 10 faster than just about anyone else. Now granted, Android itself is a different beast compared to five years ago, thanks to endeavors like Project Treble. But if you look at what the much smaller OnePlus achieved in 2015... well, let's just say that OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 owners were in for a much, much longer wait for those OTAs. … [Read more...] about From the Editor’s Desk: OnePlus, growing up and keeping your soul
Pears is a former BBC reporter who garnered early success with his art-history mysteries featuring fictional detective/art historian Jonathan Argyll. Those novels are light and quite fun, but with Fingerpost, Pears attains a whole new level of thematic complexity. It's almost as if he started out writing a simple tale of a 17th-century Oxford murder, only to be carried away as that world and its denizens came alive for him. It's been justly compared to Umberto Eco's 1980 bestselling novel The Name of the Rose, although I prefer Fingerpost. … [Read more...] about Ars’ summer reading guide for our very surreal summer
Nearby Nice There’s no denying that the Principality of Monaco is a strange place. At less than one square mile in size, you could feasibly walk across it in an hour. Hotel and Airbnb options are slim and laughably overpriced, so I stayed in nearby Nice, France, which offers its own picturesque views of the French Riviera and a much wider array of affordable hotel options. Only a half-hour train ride from Monaco, it is an ideal home base for Grand Prix weekend. (Do not, under any circumstances, try to drive into Monaco on race day; the train is a much, much better experience.) … [Read more...] about Can a trip to the iconic Monaco Grand Prix cure an F1 cynic?
The office of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has apparently decided that, in the absence of any way to sue a virus, the next best course of action is to take to court the entire nation where the disease originated. To that end, Schmitt's office said yesterday it had filed a lawsuit against "the Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party, and other Chinese officials and institutions" for the COVID-19 pandemic. … [Read more...] about Missouri sues China over coronavirus, claims nation “lied to the world”