What to expect from Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ new ‘iPhone 12’ event on October 13

Apple’s second fall special event, “Hi, Speed,” has been announced , and is expected to feature new “iPhone 12” models alongside some other products. Here’s what Apple could offer up during the presentation.

The presentation, most likely a virtual one similar to its previous “Time Flies” show and the WWDC 2020 keynote. As the earlier two examples were highly produced and filmed in advance without a live audience, it is highly probable the next one will follow the same pattern.

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Probability: Near certainty

Mock-ups of the 'iPhone 12' and 'iPhone 12 Max,' though the names may change.

Mock-ups of the ‘iPhone 12’ and ‘iPhone 12 Max,’ though the names may change.

The fall special events are known primarily to be the launch venue of that year’s main iPhone models. Four models are anticipated: The “iPhone 12,” the “iPhone 12 Max,” the “iPhone 12 Pro,” and the “iPhone 12 Pro Max,” though there is the suggestion the non-Pro models

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PSA: First Free Year of Apple TV+ Subscriptions Ending, Expect Charges on October 31

With the launch of the iPhone 11 lineup and the introduction of the Apple TV+ subscription service in the fall of 2019, Apple gave those who purchased an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV a free year of Apple TV+.

For those who signed up for Apple TV+ right when it was available on November 1, 2019, those free year-long Apple TV+ accounts are expiring at the end of October. A year is a long time to remember to cancel a subscription, so we wanted to warn MacRumors readers not interested in keeping Apple TV+ that charges are imminent. The first subscribers will be charged for Apple TV+ on October 31, 2020.

For Apple TV+, Apple did not allow subscriptions to be canceled right after signup because doing so would end the subscription right away, so there are many potentially active Apple TV+ subscriptions out there. Here’s how to cancel.

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Look up Tuesday night! Mars hasn’t been this bright in October in over 30 years

Look up Tuesday night! Mars hasn't been this bright in October in over 30 years
Look up Tuesday night! Mars hasn’t been this bright in October in over 30 years

Mars has been growing brighter in the night sky throughout the year so far. On Tuesday night, the planet will be at the brightest we’ve seen it in October in 32 years.

According to NASA, on October 6, 2020, Mars will be 62.1 million kilometres away from Earth. That’s the closest it’s come to us since July and August of 2018, when it reached a distance of 57.6 million km on July 31.

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21868 Mars 2018-2020 revised metric NASA

Mars was just 57.6 million km from Earth on July 31, 2018, the closest since 2003. By August 21, 2018, it was farther away than it is now, in October 2020. Credit: NASA/Scott Sutherland

According to NASA, Mars came even closer to Earth in 2003 – 55.7 million km on August 27 – which was the

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Houston Arboretum rolls out Science Spooktacular for families in October

Take heart, Houston families. Not all of our Bayou City Halloween celebrations are lost due to the pandemic.

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is rolling out a week-long event for children and families October 19-24 called “Science Spooktacular: A Week of Halloween Fun!” Science Spookacular is actually being held in lieu of the Arboretum’s popular ArBOOretum fall festival, which won’t happen in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Science Spooktacular promises a cool Halloween alternative for kids with activities ranging from spooky bedtime stories to creating slime in a fun science show in both virtual and socially distant on-site offerings.

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“While we are disappointed that we can’t welcome our usual crowds to the beloved ArBOOretum Fall Festival, we believe Science Spooktacular will be an excellent alternative, spreading out science education and the fun of

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Vivo V20 India launch confirmed for October 13, likely to be first smartphone with Android 11

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Vivo V20 India launch has been confirmed for October 13, four days before the Google Pixel 4a launch, which might make former the first smartphone to come with Android 11 out of the box. The company confirmed the launch on October 13. The Vivo V20 series should also include the V20 SE and V20 Pro. The smartphone will be a successor to the Vivo V19 launched earlier this year. 

The launch teaser also confirms that the Vivo V20 will feature a 44MP selfie camera. Another teaser suggested that the smartphone will be available for purchase via Flipkart soon after its launch. We can expect the Vivo V20 sale to start during the Flipkart Big Billion Days starting October 16. 

The Flipkart teaser page suggests that it will be the ‘slimmest phone’ with an ‘anti-glare matte glass’ back panel which is ultra-smooth. As always, the company

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Business Insider’s top advertising and media stories for October 5

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for October 5. Lucia Moses here, filling in for Lauren Johnson.

Today’s news: Tech chiefs to testify, why Pepsi isn’t following Coke into hard seltzer, and Triller user numbers disputed.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, left, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

AP/Jacquelyn Martin; AP/Jose Luis Magana

The CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter will all testify before Congress, days before the election, over legal protections for internet companies

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PepsiCo’s CEO explains why it’s shying away from hard seltzer even as Coca-Cola moves into booze

Pepsi and Coke have been taking different paths when it comes to selling beverages to pandemic-weary consumers.

PepsiCo is focused “100%” on its strategy in energy drinks, CEO Ramon Laguarta said on the company’s earnings call Thursday in response to a question about

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“West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative and AT&T Hosts A Free Community Technology Repair Pop-Up Event on October 3-4, 2020” | News

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, in partnership with the NerdiTNow Foundation and Samuel Consultancy Group, are holding a Technology Repair Pop-Up Event in West Philadelphia. The team is providing free technology repair to residents, employees of small businesses working remotely, K-12 students and jobseekers looking for work but lacking access to the best technology. With properly functioning technology, students, employees, and prospective employees can work virtually and be less vulnerable to catch COVID-19 by reducing the possibility of in-person transmission of the disease.

The event will require on-site visitors to maintain social distancing, as well as allow for drop off or drive-in services to repair the most common technological problems. The available services include virus removal, screen repair for phones, tablets, or laptops, camera repair, keyboard repair, and operating system install and updates.

This event is sponsored by AT&T through its ‘Believe

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The 1-Minute Market Report – October 2, 2020

What’s happening now, and what it may mean going forward.

A quick summary

  • The dip-buyers are back, but they are not as committed as before.
  • The latest employment report was disappointing.
  • Earnings are improving, but they’re based on lowered expectations.
  • Inflation is rising from a very low base.
  • Big Tech is still leading but has lost a little horsepower.
  • A cheap and effective COVID vaccine is not yet in sight.

10 Major Indices and How They Performed Over Time

The next three charts come from my new favorite market analytics provider StockRover. We start with 10 major indices, including a new one – the Nasdaq Veles Water Index. You are undoubtedly familiar with the other nine.

I sorted the list by YTD returns from best to worst. You can see that the Nasdaq is still the frontrunner this year, but the up-and-coming Water index isn’t far behind. I also highlighted

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$1.25 Million On October 10

A little extra money would come in handy in today’s tough economic times.

So a mobile game is giving away up to $1.25 million on October 10. There’s a grand prize of $1,000,000 for a player who completes a portals game within the app on their very first try, and there are multiple other prizes totaling $250,000 if you miss out on the grand prize.

App giveaways appear to be a thing these days.

“MrBeast” gave away $25,000 recently with the Finger on the App contest, where the last player to keep his or her finger on a moving zone of their phone’s screen won the cash.

Now Press Play Slots is getting in on the action.

“We’re giving $1 million away next Friday

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Whoopie pie festival goes virtual throughout October

The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival — which attracts thousands of visitors to Piscataquis County every year — was yet another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but the state’s official treat hasn’t been forgotten by the event’s organizers.

Originally scheduled for June 27 and then postponed until Oct. 3, the annual event based in Dover-Foxcroft is being replaced by a month-long virtual celebration dubbed “WHOOPtoberfest” just getting underway.

“Our fallback date was Oct. 3rd, but obviously it became clear that we couldn’t bring 7,000 people from all around New England to Dover-Foxcroft this year,” organizer Patrick Myers said. The festival has grown since its origin in 2009 to become the largest single-day event in Piscataquis County each year.

WHOOPtoberfest will include a variety of activities designed to highlight the whoopie pie, as well as its bakers, vendors and consumers. One highlight is a page on the event’s website —

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