Monday, October 21, 2013

Apple's Oct. 22 event: Join us Tuesday (live blog)

Apple's holding an event tomorrow in San Francisco. New iPads, Macs, and software are expected. Join CNET for live coverage.

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, where Apple's event will take place.

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, where Apple's event will take place.

(Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)

It's Apple event time again, and this is your best place to get the news as it happens.

Apple's holding its event in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday, and CNET will be there to bring you live photos and news updates.

Expected are new iPads, updates to several Macs, along with a formal price and release date for Apple's new Mac Pro computer and OS X Mavericks, both of which were announced at a developer event earlier this year. For more on that, check out our full rundown of what we believe Apple will show off.

The presentation is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. PT. We'll start our live blog about an hour before Apple officially kicks off its event, along with a live video show from CNET's headquarters just a few blocks away from the venue.

You can tune in to the live blog by clicking the image below, which also includes a way to schedule an e-mail reminder:

Apple held a similar event almost exactly one year ago in San Jose, Calif., where the first iPad Mini appeared. The company has used this particular venue in downtown San Francisco several times before, including for the first iPad's introduction in 2010.

Tags: james franco   michigan football   Ichiro Suzuki   Elmore Leonard   2 Guns  

Facebook Users Don't 'Like' This: Status Update Error Messages

If you tried to post a status update on Facebook or "like" someone else's Monday morning, you probably got a message like this:

"There was a problem updating your status. Please try again later."

You are not alone. The Miami Herald reports:

"Facebook users are reporting trouble logging in and posting updates Monday morning.

"Some users are seeing a 'temporary disruption of service' warning.

" 'Servers are down,' one user posted on Twitter.

" 'So, it's not just me,' posted another."

The site "Downrightnow" said, indeed (as of 10:40 a.m. ET) that Facebook was having some problems.

And here's an example of the sort of reaction trending on the rival Twitter under the hashtags #GetWellSoonFacebook and #RIPFacebook:

The Two-Way has reached out to Facebook for comment, but we haven't heard back yet.

Update At 11:50 a.m. ET. Facebook: 'Now Back To 100%'

"Earlier this morning, while performing some network maintenance, we experienced an issue that prevented some users from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time," a Facebook spokesman says in an email to NPR. "We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We're sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused."

Tags: jay cutler   Julius Thomas   powerball winning numbers   Ryne Sandberg   lollapalooza  

Firaxis backpedals on in-app purchases with new Ace Patrol game, to charge a real price

Firaxis backpedals on in-app purchases with new Ace Patrol game, to charge a real price

Firaxis is set to release their newest iOS game from legendary designer Sid Meier, a sequel to this past May's Sid Meier's Ace Patrol. Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies is the new game, and they're taking a different approach with pricing in this go-round, according to Polygon.

Ace Patrol puts you in charge of a flying squadron. It's an innovative turn-based game in which you use different pilots with different skill sets depending on the mission. Each move gives you the opportunity to move, turn, perform aerobatic maneuvers and shoot at your computer-controlled oppoonents. It was an iMore app pick of the week earlier this year.

The game is a lot of fun to play, but it was launched as a free-to-play title with limited missions. To unlock all content, players have had to make multiple purchases. And Firaxis and Meier have learned from that experience:

"A lot of feedback we got from players of the original game, especially on iOS, was, 'I just want to buy the whole game. Don't give me little pice [sic] here, a little pice [sic] there,'" he said. "And that's how we're comfortable selling games, but again we're exploring this new marketplace and trying out different things."

The new Pacific Skies game will feature new artificial intelligence and new airplane designs and new maneuvers to master, and of course a brand new setting to explore.

Do in app purchases in games turn you off? Are you more likely to pay one price up front for a title you think you might like, or are you gun-shy from spending money on apps at all? Sound off in the comments.

Source: Polygon


Tags: Toy Story of Terror   hocus pocus   bradley manning   H&m   helen thomas  

Egypt to raise stimulus by a third, implement minimum wage by January

Egypt will spend 29.6 billion Egyptian pounds on a stimulus package to get its moribund economy going, a third more than previously planned, according to a Finance Ministry statement on Monday.

The original plan announced in August had provided for around 22.3 billion pounds in additional spending on a variety of projects, but the ministry said the increases would not push this year's budget deficit above the previous goal.

"This financial package will not increase the budget deficit of the state from the government target of 10 percent due to the success of reforms taken lately and the effects of the Arab aid packages," the statement said.

The economy of the Arab world's most populous country has been crippled by social and political turmoil since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011 but has been helped in recent months by funding from several Gulf Arab States.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates promised a combined $12 billion in loans, grants and fuel shipments after the army, prompted by mass protests, overthrew the country's first democratically elected president Mohamed Mursi on July 3.

The statement also said that the government plans to implement a minimum wage early next year which would cost the country 18 billion pounds annually.

"The government is committed to implementing the minimum wage starting from next January which will cost the public treasury around 9 billion pounds during the second half of the current financial year, rising to 18 billion pounds annually," the statement said.

Egypt's Trade and Industry Minister told Reuters earlier this month that Egypt plans a second stimulus package by early next year that will likely be equal or larger than the 22.3 billion pounds announced in August.

Category: Ray Rice   Kendra Spears   Xbox One Release Date   Hasnat Khan   Justin Bieber Spits On Fans  

Prohibition-Era Passion: Three '20s Books On Trailblazing Loves

On both sides of the Atlantic, the 1920s saw strict gender roles bend — and break — as new kinds of relationships were tested in life and literature. Here, British actor Leslie Henson and his wife Madge Saunders show off the spirit of subversion in November 1920.

Brooke/Getty Images

On both sides of the Atlantic, the 1920s saw strict gender roles bend — and break — as new kinds of relationships were tested in life and literature. Here, British actor Leslie Henson and his wife Madge Saunders show off the spirit of subversion in November 1920.

Brooke/Getty Images

The 1920s were a time of literary liberation. In the footsteps of pioneers like May Sinclair, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, writers dabbled in new subjects and new styles, creating characters who would have been controversial — if not downright unthinkable — in the Victorian era: promiscuous women and effeminate men, businesswomen and stay-at-home fathers, atheists and revolutionaries.

There was a price for this freedom, however. It's not easy to break free from the constraints of tradition or to stand up as the lone supporter of a new and unsettling belief. For both the authors and their characters, such acts took bravery — a bravery most poignantly portrayed on the battleground of love. Whether writing about a man who loves his children and despises his work, a missionary more interested in his neighbors than his God or a girl wondering how to initiate a romance, these 1920s authors explored every variety of love.

The Home-Maker

This 1924 novel tells the story of an American couple trapped in a grim, dysfunctional marriage. Evangeline, a woman of boundless energy, is held captive by the drudgery of housework and motherhood. Lester, sensitive and poetic, is a slave to his mindless job at a department store. The first part of the novel is so depressing that it's difficult to read. But then Lester, while trying to put out a chimney fire, falls off a roof and is paralyzed from the waist down; suddenly he must stay home while Evangeline finds work. The intense emotions that these two characters experience in their reversed roles — the joy that Lester derives from taking care of his children, the triumphant fulfillment that floods Evangeline when she becomes a saleswoman, the love that flourishes because of their twin emancipations — have a tremendous impact on the reader. Few books offer this degree of satisfaction, and the novel's unexpected conclusion still seems profound, even revelatory, 90 years later.

Mr. Fortune's Maggot and the Salutation

Published in 1927, this is a short, strange and heartbreaking novel about a British priest, Timothy Fortune, who travels to a small Pacific island as a missionary. Though tasked with bringing Christianity to the islanders, Timothy is a gentle and curious man, more interested in exploring the beauties of the place and its inhabitants than in foisting his own beliefs onto the natives' already vibrant culture. Timothy's conventionality, his timidity and his dedication to God are all immense — but God is remote, and the islanders fascinate him. One in particular, a young man named Lueli, offers Timothy his full devotion, and as Timothy confronts his own growing love for Lueli, he must also face his increasing discomfort with what was once the mainspring of his life: his religious beliefs. Sylvia Townsend Warner, an eccentric and accomplished novelist, brings this story to life with unforgettable vividness.

Dusty Answer

Rosamond Lehmann's first novel, published in England in 1927, was a spectacular success. The story revolves around Judith Earle, a bookish young woman who falls in love with a whole family: the Fyfes, four boys and a girl who live next door and are unlike anyone Judith has ever met. The power of the book lies in Lehmann's dream-like, sensuous prose and in the astonishing immediacy of Judith's world. Her many and varied experiences will be familiar in some form to nearly everyone — adoration from afar, the thrill of confessing a crush, the sadness of revisiting past relationships. Lehmann has a generosity of spirit that allows her to grant equal importance to love from all over the romantic spectrum, even the passionate friendship that Judith develops with a female friend at college, and the result is an extraordinary portrayal of a woman learning to accept and control her own emotions.

In the early 20th century, there were many loves that dared not speak their names. The dramatic social shift following World War I allowed these loves some freedom, but they still faced countless obstacles. The gifted authors of the '20s played a crucial role in bringing such struggles to light — and their stories still resonate today.

Ursula DeYoung is the author of Shorecliff.

Tags: steelers   Jane Addams   Lincoln Memorial  

Oil rises above $101 as growth rebounds in China

The price of oil rebounded to above $101 a barrel Friday, boosted by a bounce in China's economic growth and as traders awaited the release of official figures on U.S. stockpiles of crude and gasoline.

By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was up 68 cents at $101.35 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

On Thursday, the contract dropped $1.62 to close at $100.67 as investors assessed the economic impact of the 16-day government shutdown that ended after an eleventh hour budget deal late the day before.

The main support for oil prices on Friday came from figures released by the Chinese government showing that the world's second-largest economy grew by an annual 7.8 percent in the third quarter of the year, improving on the two-decade low figure of 7.5 percent posted in the second quarter.

While analysts at Sucden Financial saw the Chinese data "verifying hopes about a recovery in the oil demand from Asia," others warned that the uptick may only be temporary as it was due mainly to additional spending by the government.

With the regular supply report from the Energy Department postponed this week by the shutdown, traders took cues from the industry-funded American Petroleum Institute instead. The API said that U.S. stocks of crude oil rose by 5.9 million barrels last week, about twice the build expected by analysts and suggesting demand might have been reduced by the shutdown.

The Energy Information Administration figures, which are considered more reliable, will be released on Monday.

Brent crude, the international benchmark, was up 93 cents at $110.04 a barrel on the ICE futures exchange in London.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline rose 2.8 cent to $2.6624 a gallon.

— Natural gas dropped 5.4 cents to $3.703 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil added 3.33 cents to $3.0219 a gallon.

Similar Articles: clemson football   The Blacklist   iOS 7 download   harry potter   meteor shower tonight  

India Arrests Crew Of U.S. Ship For Carrying Weapons

Indian policemen escort crew members of a U.S.-owned ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio outside a court in Tuticorin, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on Friday.


Indian policemen escort crew members of a U.S.-owned ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio outside a court in Tuticorin, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on Friday.


The crew of a U.S.-owned ship has been arrested at a port in India for allegedly trying to enter territorial waters illegally carrying what's been described as a "huge cache" of weapons.

The 35 crew members on MV Seaman Guard Ohio, owned by Washington, D.C.-based AdvanFort, were detained on Saturday by the Indian Coast Guard. The vessel is currently at anchor in the port of Tuticorin in the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu.

The company's website says it offers "comprehensive maritime security solutions to the commercial shipping industry."

The BBC says Indian authorities intercepted the craft off the coast of Tamil Nadu and allegedly "found weapons and ammunition on board, which had not been properly declared. Officials say the vessel was not authorized to carry arms in Indian waters and that it never produced the necessary paperwork."

In a statement a day later, the company said the crew of British, Estonian, Ukrainian and Indian nationals had been hoping to "take on fuel and escape the effects of [cyclone] Phailin."

The ship owner thanked the Indian government for keeping the ship safe and explained that the crew "routinely provides armed counter-piracy protection" and had aboard "uniforms, protective equipment, medical kits, rifles and ammunition — all of which is properly registered and licensed to AdvanFort."

On Thursday, the ship owner issued another statement (pdf), citing "continued confusion" in the media over the incident. It said it had received a certificate from Indian maritime authorities that cleared the vessel and its crew.

The BBC says:

"On Friday, police said that 33 crew members had been taken to a local police station for questioning. Two had been allowed to remain on the vessel in port at Tuticorin.

"Six of the crew members are Britons and the British high commission in Delhi said consular officials had been in touch with them by email and with the local authorities, but they were still trying to clarify exactly what had happened and on what grounds they had been detained.

"The US embassy told the BBC it had 'no comment' to make."

Related Topics: demarco murray   chicago fire   pittsburgh steelers   Jason Heyward   Hyperloop