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California Today: California Today: Crosswords for California Life, From Silicon Valley to Sauvignon Blanc

NY Times - 2 hours 54 min ago
Monday: Executives and activists speak out about a tax proposal, U.S.C. settles a sex abuse suit, and a new California-themed crossword puzzle.

Analysis: Trump gets revenge on Ted Cruz

CNN - 3 hours 35 sec ago
On Monday night in Houston, Donald Trump will dunk on Ted Cruz one last time.

California’s Underwater Forests Are Being Eaten by the ‘Cockroaches of the Ocean’

NY Times - 3 hours 2 min ago
Climate change is ravaging California’s underwater kelp forests. That’s caused what one scientist called a “perfect storm” in the ecosystem.

The Daily 202: Generic Democrats in Midwest faring better than more fiery liberals in Sun Belt

Washington Post - 3 hours 5 min ago
Michigan governor’s race shows the left’s willingness to rally behind anyone with a “D” after their name in 2018.

iPhone XR Repair Fees Without AppleCare+: $199 for Screen Damage, $399 for Other Damage

MacRumors - 3 hours 8 min ago
Apple has detailed out-of-warranty repair fees for the iPhone XR ahead of the smartphone's launch on Friday.

In the United States, Apple will charge $199 to repair a damaged iPhone XR screen and $399 to repair other damage to the device, unless it is a manufacturing defect covered by Apple's standard one-year limited warranty. Prices vary in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and other countries.

How that stacks up to Apple's out-of-warranty repair fees for other iPhones:

  • iPhone XR: $199 for screen damage, $399 for other damage
  • iPhone XS: $279 for screen damage, $549 for other damage
  • iPhone XS Max: $329 for screen damage, $599 for other damage
  • iPhone X: $279 for screen damage, $549 for other damage
  • iPhone 8: $149 for screen damage, $349 for other damage
  • iPhone 8 Plus: $169 for screen damage, $399 for other damage

    These prices do not apply to customers who purchase AppleCare+ for the iPhone XR, starting at $149 in full or $7.99 per month.

    AppleCare+ is an optional warranty plan that extends an iPhone's warranty coverage to two years from the purchase date of the plan. AppleCare+ adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a lower service fee of $29 for screen repairs and $99 for any other damage.

    As with any form of insurance, AppleCare+ provides peace of mind, but only yields savings in the event it is used.

    If the screen cracks on an iPhone XR, for example, the repair fee with AppleCare+ is up to $178, savings of at least $21. If the back glass shatters, the repair fee with AppleCare+ is up to $248, savings of at least $151. Those prices are based on the full $149 cost of AppleCare+ for iPhone XR plus deductibles.

    If a customer pays for AppleCare+ in monthly instalments, there is the potential for even more savings versus the out-of-warranty fees.

    iPhone XR pre-orders began last Friday in over 50 countries. The first deliveries to customers and in-store availability will begin Friday, October 26. The colorful device starts at $749 in the United States.

    Related Roundup: iPhone XRTag: AppleCareBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Buy Now)
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  • Trump’s Plans to Deter Migrants Could Mean New ‘Voluntary’ Family Separations

    NY Times - 3 hours 14 min ago
    New policies to deter illegal immigration include a plan that would ask migrants to choose between their children and longer detention.

    Kim Kardashian remembers when she found out about Caitlyn Jenner

    CNN - 3 hours 23 min ago
    In a recent interview with Alec Baldwin, Kim Kardashian West opens up about the first time she found out about Caitlyn Jenner and how she thinks Kanye West's support for President Trump played a role in the pardoning of Alice Marie Johnson.

    World's longest sea-crossing bridge to open

    CNN - 3 hours 29 min ago
    A $20-billion bridge connecting Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai is set to finally open this week, marking the completion of the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built, nine years after construction began.

    Opinion: Banning plastic straws is a little like spitting in the wind

    CNN - 3 hours 37 min ago
    The world is heating up dangerously and the oceans may be dying. In this context, the UK's proposed plan to ban plastic straws feels a little like spitting in the wind.

    Photographer accidentally captures Yosemite engagement

    CNN - 3 hours 46 min ago
    Photographer Matthew Dippel is searching for a couple after he captured their engagement in Yosemite National Park.

    Ryanair Under Fire for Ignoring Passenger’s Racist Rant

    NY Times - 3 hours 49 min ago
    Video of the incident prompted calls to boycott the budget airline, and British officials promised to raise it in Parliament.

    Trilobites: With Piranha-Like Teeth, This Prehistoric Predator Never Bit Off More Than It Could Chew

    NY Times - 3 hours 51 min ago
    A fossil discovered in southern Germany is the earliest known flesh-eating bony fish.

    Elon Musk tweets a date for the opening of his first Los Angeles tunnel

    Ars - 3 hours 52 min ago

    Enlarge / An image of the Hawthorne test tunnel under construction. (credit: The Boring Company)

    On Sunday night, Tesla, SpaceX, and Boring Company CEO Elon Musk tweeted "The first tunnel is almost done," adding that the tunnel will open December 10. "The first tunnel" refers to the initial tunnel that The Boring Company has been digging under the streets of Hawthorne.

    Work began on that project around the start of 2017, when Musk moved excavation equipment into what was then SpaceX's tiny employee parking lot and began digging. Since then, Musk has purchased a boring machine to tunnel under the Los Angeles neighborhood with the hope of making modifications to the machinery that will allow tunnels to be dug more quickly.

    According to The Boring Company website, the Hawthorne tunnel "leaves SpaceX property (parking lot east of Crenshaw Boulevard and south of 120th Street), turns west under 120th Street, and remains under 120th Street for up to 2-miles." Musk tweeted last night that pods in the tunnel will achieve a top speed of 155mph (250km/h). The CEO added that there will be an opening event on the evening of December 10 and free rides for the public on the following day.

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