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★ Tim Cook Appears Alongside Trump in Re-Election Campaign Ad Shot in Mac Pro Plant in Austin

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Donald Trump, tweeting a re-election video shot during his tour of Apple’s Mac Pro assembly plant today:

Today I opened a major Apple Manufacturing [sic] plant in Texas that will bring high paying jobs back to America. Today Nancy Pelosi closed Congress because she doesn’t care about American Workers! [sic]

I’ve been on board with Cook’s stance on engaging Trump. Participating in Trump’s technology council does not imply support for Trump. Engaging Trump personally, in private phone calls and dinners, does not imply support. But appearing alongside Trump at an Apple facility in a staged photo-op is implicit support for Trump and his re-election.

This wasn’t a promotion for the Mac Pro or its assembly plant. It was a promotion for Trump. This video makes it look like Trump’s trade policies have been good for Apple and that Tim Cook supports Trump. Both of those things are false. Even Trump’s predictable claim that this is a new facility is false — Apple, in what at the time was a high-profile shift, has been manufacturing Mac Pros at the same facility since 2013. Apple isn’t bringing Mac Pro assembly back to the U.S. because of Trump’s trade policies; Apple is keeping Mac Pro production here solely because Trump granted Apple an exemption to his tariffs — tariffs that he himself clearly does not understand.

But Cook went into this knowing that this is how Trump would play it — a big pile of nonsensical horseshit all the way down.

This is how Apple chose to unveil the packaging for the Mac Pro — in a poorly-shot overexposed propaganda video by the White House, scored with bombastic music that sounds like it came from an SNL parody of a Michael Bay film. Think about how it feels to work on that team at Apple.

Jack Nicas, in an acerbic news analysis piece at The New York Times:

On Wednesday, Mr. Trump called Mr. Cook a “very special person” because of his ability to create jobs. He turned to Mr. Cook and said, “What would you say about our economy compared to everybody else?”

Mr. Cook replied, “I think we have the strongest economy in the world.”

“Strongest in the world,” Mr. Trump said.

The president then took questions on the impeachment inquiry and launched into a tirade against “the fake press.” Mr. Cook stood silently nearby.

“Mr. Cook stood silently nearby.”

A low moment in Apple history, and a sadly iconic moment for Tim Cook. I hope avoiding those tariffs is worth it.

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WebWrangler
189 days ago
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I thought it was Tim Apple.
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More delays for Boeing’s new space capsule for astronauts

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing’s new space capsule for astronauts faces more launch delays. The Starliner capsule was supposed to make its debut this month, after a series of postponements. But the first test flight is now off until August. And the second test flight, with astronauts, won’t occur until late in the year. […]
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WebWrangler
423 days ago
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Wonder if that will come with all the available safety features, or if those will be made available only for an extra charge.
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American ‘crypto-anarchist’ is killed in Mexico’s ‘murder capital’

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A man who went by the name John Galton and his girlfriend were on the run from drug charges in the United States, they had said.





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WebWrangler
481 days ago
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Someone sadly stumbles upon one of the drawbacks of anarchy.
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Can you live without a smartphone? This flip phone fan has done it for 13 years and will teach you how geekwire.com/2019/can-live-…

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Can you live without a smartphone? This flip phone fan has done it for 13 years and will teach you how geekwire.com/2019/can-live-…


Posted by geekwire on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 6:44pm


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WebWrangler
499 days ago
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He’d like to teach me to live without a smartphone? SERIOUSLY? My first telephone was an 8 party line, I had to listen for a dial tone before I started dialing in case a neighbor was already using the phone. I know how to live without a smartphone and I don’t want to!
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The Impossible Burger 2.0 Is a Plant-Based Beef Replacement That Uses Soy Instead Wheat Protein To Take On New Forms

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Science: During a press event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Impossible Foods showed off its new plant-based ground beef replacement by offering a selection of foods from traditional sliders to the ambitious tartare. Thanks to a change in formula, the new Impossible Burger 2.0 goes beyond simple patties and aims to take on ground beef with every recipe, from lasagna to tacos. The first tastes are very promising. Back in 2016, the original Impossible Burger debuted as a veggie burger that could almost pass as beef. Its meaty secret was a molecule called heme, which contains iron and is largely responsible for the flavors we associate with cooked flesh. But, according to Impossible CEO Pat Brown, it requires a protein to bind it. The original Impossible Burger used wheat protein, which worked, but had some drawbacks. First, it meant the Impossible Burger wasn't gluten-free, but it also put some limitations on the meat's form factor. The wheat worked for burger patties that stayed in a relatively static shape, but it couldn't crumble or take on other shapes -- like meatballs -- without losing its integrity. The solution was a switch to soy. The resulting Impossible Burger 2.0 product has 14 grams of fat and 240 calories in a single quarter-pound serving (whether it's a patty, ball, or glob of tartare). Impossible also claims that the Burger 2.0 has the same amount of bioavailable iron and protein as its cow-derived cousin. According to Brown, the levels of amino acids are "at least on-par" with typical ground beef and, in some cases, exceed what real meat can offer. As for taste, Popular Science's Stan Horaczek says "it works best as a burger with a thin patty so you don't get a whole mouthful of soy at once, but once you introduce a bun and some toppings, you might not even notice the differences with real beef." The Impossible Burger 2.0 will be served at a few restaurants starting this week, with a wider roll out starting on February 8 when it will be available to all U.S. restaurants through food distributors. It's also planning to have its products in some U.S. supermarkets by later this year.

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WebWrangler
506 days ago
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Why do vegans need their non meat to be like meat?
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Wyze Cam

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I ran across this great low-cost high-functionality security camera a few months ago. Having grown disenchanted with the pricey subscription fees for my pricey Nest Cams, I found this great tool to be just what I needed…and more. The basic stationary camera is only $19.99, yet it has a surprising array of features. Recording at 1080p full high-definition, you can live stream from their mobile app anytime anywhere, and you can pinch in to an 8X digital zoom! And it has IR night vision, motion detection, and notifications. And a couple of unique features like smoke alarm and carbon monoxide monitor alert algorithms. It also has two-way audio and time-lapse capability. And the best part (the part that really sold me, other than the great price) is the free rolling 14-day cloud storage. Or you can stick in your own microSD card and get continuous recording and storage on your own. I know, that all sounds almost too good to be true.

But you will be astounded when you consider their upscale model, the Wyze Cam Pan. This guy has all the same features as the basic Wyze Cam but also offers 360-degree horizontal panning and 93-degree vertical tilting. And it can be set to automatically track motion items in its field of view, that’s right, it will literally follow your puppy, or you as you walk around the room! At these prices, you can afford to install a fleet of video monitors at home or office, all for less than the price of one camera from the higher priced alternatives.

-- Randy Cantu

Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera ($26)

Wyze Cam Pan ($38)

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WebWrangler
513 days ago
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I have 5 of these now and couldn’t be happier. Replaced my nest cameras over the weekend. Motion alerts work much better than nest.
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mxm23
513 days ago
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Can confirm. Good camera. Only lacks a way to watch / change settings from a computer. (Must use the mobile app.)
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