No, Apple AirTags weren’t announced today. We can still hope for November though


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Apple’s Oct. 13 virtual event has come and gone. We got a slate of new devices — the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 MiniiPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, as well as the HomePod Mini smart speaker. But we’re still without the tech giant’s long-rumored smart tracker tag competitor, thought to be called AirTags. 

We’re crossing our fingers that AirTags might finally make their grand entrance at Apple’s rumored November event, when the tech giant is expected to announce the first Mac laptop with Apple silicon. Otherwise, it might not happen until March 2021, by tech analyst Jon Prosser’s estimations.

The AirTag tech was hinted at in the code for iOS 13 last summer, but rumors were circulating even before that

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Japan start-ups see hope on horizon

Hampered by cautious investors and a rigid corporate culture, Japan has produced just a handful of major start-ups. But there are signs that could be changing, industry insiders say.

Despite being the world’s third-largest economy, Japan is far behind the United States and China when it comes to producing “unicorns” — new comapnies valued at more than $1 billion in private funding.

There are nearly 500 unicorns worldwide, from Silicon Valley rental giant Airbnb to Bytedance, TikTok’s Beijing-based parent company.

But only four of these firms are Japanese, according to the latest list compiled by US analytics platform CB Insights.

“Relative to its GDP, Japan should have at least 50 to 60 unicorns,” said Gen Isayama, head of World Innovation Lab, a California-based company that provides advice and capital to start-ups, with a focus on Japan.

“In Japan, innovation efforts have always been led by big corporations,” he explained, with

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Will iPhone 12 have USB-C? We’re guessing no but really hope we’re wrong

Will the iPhone 12 use a USB-C connection or stick with Lightning? Lightning has been around since the iPhone 5 in 2012, when it debuted as a replacement for the old 30-pin charger that had been around since the iPod. Lightning had its advantages, way back: It was small, and enabled faster data transfer. But we’ve been living in the era of USB-C for years now. Lightning feels old by comparison.

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Apple’s iPad lineup has started to shift: the iPad Pro first, now the iPad Air this year. MacBooks have all moved to USB-C/Thunderbolt 3. I can charge an iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia controller and Oculus Quest 2 all from common charge cables. And then Lightning for the rest.

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Squadrons’, And I Hope It Works

Star Wars Squadrons is a game. Developed by Motive and published by EA, it released on October 2 to solid reviews and plenty of praise from long time fans of Star Wars starfighter games, the likes of which we haven’t seen for a good long time. It costs $40, and it’s available on PS4, PC, and Xbox One. And, as far the story of where this game is going, that’s sort of it. Here in 2020, that’s a remarkable thing.

Bug fixes and the like aside, EA and Motive have no plans to introduce new content for Star Wars Squadrons, a strategy that’s nearly unheard of in the modern industry for anything but smaller, bite-sized indie games. Creative director Ian Frazier outlined the approach in an interview with Upload VR, where he doesn’t completely close the door to more stuff—the video game industry is

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Technology And Science Provide Hope In ‘Asteroid Hunters’

While most of space is vast and empty—hence the name “space”—the reality is that there are countless asteroids, comets and other debris zooming through our solar system as well. Most keep a safe distance, but many do, in fact, crash into Earth. A new IMAX movie, “Asteroid Hunters,” takes a look at the threat of a large asteroid impact on Earth, and what scientists can do to either prevent such a catastrophe, or at least properly prepare to survive with a minimal loss of life.

NASA does its best to monitor asteroids and their paths, and to keep track of those that enter Earth’s atmosphere and impact the planet’s surface. There are about

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Buy Some Costco Stock Now, ‘Hope’ It Comes Down

Costco posted much stronger-than-expected sales data for the month of September.

Costco said net sales for the five weeks ending on October 5 were up 16.9% from last year at $16.84 billion, while comparable store sales surged by a much better-than-expected 15.5%. E-commerce sales, Costco said, rose by staggering 90.3% from last year as customers increasingly used online shopping, as well as curbside pickup, to buy home-based staples amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“September sales were positively impacted by two holiday shifts, Labor Day in the U.S. and Chuseok/Moon Festival in Asia,” Costco said in a statement. “The estimated positive impact on September sales was slightly less than 100 basis points worldwide, half relating to each holiday.”

The September sales figures extended a trend the Costco updated last month with stronger-than-expected fiscal fourth quarter earnings of $3.04 per share, a 13% increase from last year, as revenues reached $52.3 billion thanks

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It’s Not Just Hope for Stimulus That’s Driving the Buying

It was another extremely strong day for the market, with small caps leading the charge. What was particularly impressive was breadth, which was around four-to-one positive.

The easy explanation for the strong market action is that there is renewed optimism about some sort of stimulus deal. No one knows what will happen, but it is widely believed that something will be passed sooner or later.

That is part of what is going on, but it is not just hope of stimulus that is driving the buying. There is a high level of liquidity combined with reasonably priced stocks and poorly positioned market players. We are climbing the wall of worry, while at the same time expecting some solid earnings reports.

The easiest way to navigate this market is to stay focused on the price action and not to try too hard to compose a narrative to explain it. You can

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How teaching hope in school may be the elusive key to success

  • Richard Miller is an expert in child development and a professor at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamic at Arizona State University.
  • He says science has documented how teaching hope as both a cognitive function and a practice can be a powerful strategy for success.
  • Miller believes that teaching children to imagine their goals encourages the brain to plan and prepare for future challenges and opportunities.
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On Erin Gruwell’s first day as a high school English teacher, she faced a classroom of 150 “at risk” freshmen. Most of these kids, statistically, were going to fail. They were tough, their young lives already defined by poverty, gangs, violence, and low expectations. These students, she wrote, knew nearly every “four-letter word” except one: hope.

Yet four years later, every one of her “at risk” students at Wilson High School in Long

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US stocks climb as mega-cap tech companies soar on stimulus hope

  • US stocks climbed on Thursday on continued fiscal stimulus negotiations, led by mega-cap tech giants like Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft.
  • House Speak Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin had multiple conversations on Thursday, as the two try to work out a fiscal stimulus deal before the upcoming recess in Congress.
  • Any fiscal stimulus deal will include another round of direct stimulus checks, according to Mnuchin.
  • Initial weekly jobless claims fell to 837,000, which was lower than expected and suggested that the economic recovery is trudging along.
  • Watch major indexes update live here.

US stocks climbed on Thursday, led by mega-cap tech giants like Alphabet, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon.

Stocks were boosted by continued hope of another round of fiscal stimulus being passed by Congress ahead of their upcoming recess. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin had multiple conversations throughout the day.

Any fiscal

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There is hope for the future: Create USAID 2.0

John F. Kennedy inspired America with his big vision for a bold America. In his first year of office, President Kennedy established the United States Agency for International Development to serve as a beacon for freedom, a counterweight to the Soviet Union, and a model for newly independent nations breaking free from the bondage of colonialism. The agency soon became a respected leader throughout the world – serving as a lodestar of a powerful, generous, and influential America abroad.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: There is hope for the future: Create USAID 2.0

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There is hope for the future: Create USAID 2.0

That vision – and success – persisted for decades.


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Then Donald Trump became president. Under his administration, the USAID has been practically irrelevant as a global thought leader, excluded from the White House COVID-19 Task Force, and beaten down at the staff level.

America cannot shape the next generation if it abandons the institutions and the values

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