I had temporarily forgotten my purpose, so I shook myself and tried to espy the iPhones. It was then that I realized there weren't any. In the far distance, I could see quite a few Samsungs on display. The iPhone section, however, was a truly sad sight, wires protruding, enticements entirely lacking, as if a mob of surly burglars had made off with them all. … [Read more...] about I went to see Apple’s new phone. T-Mobile did what AT&T couldn’t
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Below the temporary grandstands is a complicated maze of steel support beams, with an atmosphere that feels more like a high school football game than the most prestigious race on Earth. Monegasque teenagers stand at makeshift concession stands selling cheap ham-and-cheese baguettes, and you could even pick up a $5 beer (music to the ears of someone accustomed to American stadium pricing). The whole arrangement is in stark contrast to the extravagant yacht views above, and it’s actually rather charming. … [Read more...] about Can a trip to the iconic Monaco Grand Prix cure an F1 cynic?
"In Missouri, the impact of the virus is very real—thousands have been infected and many have died, families have been separated from dying loved ones, small businesses are shuttering their doors, and those living paycheck to paycheck are struggling to put food on their table," Schmitt said in a statement, alleging that Chinese authorities "lied to the world" and "must be held accountable." … [Read more...] about Missouri sues China over coronavirus, claims nation “lied to the world”
In neither the T-Mobile nor the AT&T case, however, did the salespeople evince uncontrolled rapture. They were all extremely charming, even if the gentleman at AT&T was slightly over-excitable. So over-excitable that he admitted he had Verizon on his personal phone because the AT&T reception was so poor where he lived. … [Read more...] about Galaxy S10 selling surprisingly well? I went to T-Mobile and AT&T to find out
If you're looking for something a little further off the beaten path, I've also been enjoying a series called The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells. I'm only a couple of books into the five-book series, but Wells' description of a confused rogue AI in a cyborg body, with absolutely everything designed, maintained, and forcibly supplied by the lowest bidder, is both charming and engaging. The Murderbot has its own desires, needs, and goals—it's just not too clear what those are, beyond doing as half-assed a job as possible in order to leave more time for trashy soap-opera consumption.Jim Salter, Technology Reporter … [Read more...] about Ars’ summer reading guide for our very surreal summer