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    Back in 2020, our country music correspondent Marissa R. Moss picked The Dream, the second album from the Iowa-born singer and songwriter Hailey Whitters, as the year’s best country LP. Last year, Stephen Deusner named Whitters’ follow-up Raised one of the year’s best country albums. One of the songs from that album is “Everything She Ain’t,” an elegantly written leave-your-girl song that combines traditional country instrumentation with drum-machine handclaps. That song became Whitters’ first country-radio hit, and last night, she got to sing it on network television.

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    The bugged-out New Jersey Artist To Watch Fatboi Sharif found underground fame on the strength of Gandhi Loves Children, the splatter-happy expressionist rap album that he and producer Roper Williams released in 2021. A few months ago, Fatboi Sharif followed that album by teaming up with producer Noface for the experimental mixtape Preaching In Havana. Now, Sharif and Roper Williams have reunited for a new EP, and it’s a good one.

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    The Swedish band Ghost might dress up in black metal-style corpsepaint, but they’ve always been way more of a harmony-heavy arena-rock band in spirit. In recent years, Ghost have become an arena-rock band in practice, too — big enough that Papa Emeritus IV is out here throwing out the first pitch at baseball games. Now Ghost have released a new version of “Spillways,” one of the singles from their 2022 LP Impera, that features guest vocals from Def Leppard frontman and arena-rock king Joe Elliott.

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    The veteran experimental producer and composer Tim Hecker is busy these days. Last year, Hecker collaborated with Arca and scored the BBC series The North Water. This year, Hecker has done the music for Possessor director Brandon Cronenberg’s new film Infinity Pool, which is supposed to be both excellent and gross. Hecker also has live shows coming up, including a stop at Austin’s Oblivion Access Festival, and he’s just announced the new album No Highs.

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    I’ve never cared about Smashing Pumpkins. I remember hearing “Siva,” from their 1991 debut album Gish, on WSOU, the college hard rock/heavy metal station we listened to in the shipping and receiving department at Barnes & Noble, where I worked at the time. It sounded like imitation Soundgarden with a much less compelling vocalist than Chris Cornell; Billy Corgan sang like he was trying to power through a bad cold. I was aware of their subsequent singles — “Today,” “1979,” “Tonight, Tonight” — but those were even less to my taste. Eventually I stopped paying any attention to them at all. I don’t think I even noticed when they broke up after 2000’s Machina/The Machines Of God, an album I had to look up in order to remember its title.

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    A year ago we bemoaned Cordae’s descent into prestige-rap faux-profundity, but today he’s showing us how much fun a classicist approach to hip-hop can be. “Two Tens,” Cordae’s new single, is produced by J. Cole, a guy who can fall prey to some of the same self-serious tendencies that drag Cordae down. It finds the former YBN affiliate trading bars with Anderson .Paak over a smoky, jazzy, metropolitan loop like they’re Tip and Phife or something. It’s way more entertaining than I expected. Check it out below.

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  7. 16-inch notebook concept product with touch-integrated OLED of Samsung Display

    Enlarge / A concept laptop with Samsung Display's new 16-inch OLED touchscreen. (credit: Samsung Display)

    As plenty of laptop makers proved at CES earlier this month, there will be plenty of OLED laptops to choose from in 2023. The technology's high-contrast, rich image quality has tempted creatives and power users alike. A new year means new ways to entice shoppers, though, so one approach Samsung plans to take with its next series of Galaxy Books concerns the screen's physical build.

    On Tuesday, Samsung Display, which makes display panels for various companies, including parent company Samsung Electronics, announced that it started mass production of a new touch-capable OLED laptop screen. Samsung Display is calling it the first On Cell Touch AMOLED (OCTA) screen for laptops. Per a Google translation of the South Korea-based company's announcement, these screens use embedded touch sensors, whereas other OLED laptop panels use adhesive to apply a film screen with touch sensors. According to Samsung Display, the film represents 6 to 11 percent of the screen's thickness.

    Because it uses fewer materials, Samsung Display also claims its OCTA technology is more environmentally friendly than the previous design and will weigh less due to a "simplified" panel structure.

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    Markus Popp, the pioneering German electronic producer known as Oval, has a new LP dropping this spring. Romantiq is billed as Popp’s spin on romantic sounds, and judging by its lead single, he is coming at the word from a unique angle, however you define it. “Touha,” out today, builds up and tears down bustling clatter around a recurring piano melody that reminds me of a TV mystery show or science documentary hiccuping and glitching. It’s hypnotic stuff, and you can hear it below.

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  9. The 14- and 16-inch M2 MacBook Pros.

    Enlarge / The 14- and 16-inch M2 MacBook Pros. (credit: Apple)

    In our review of Apple's new M2 MacBook Pros, our testing showed that the laptops' internal storage speeds were higher than those in the M1 MacBook Pros they replaced. But that won't be true for all models—9to5Mac has discovered that for the entry-level models with 512GB of storage, the M2 MacBook Pro's storage is slower than that in the M1 version.

    The high-level Blackmagic Disk Speed Test shows the 512GB version of the M1 Pro MacBook Pro with a 4,900 MB/s read speed and 3,951 MB/s write speed, while the M2 Pro version shows a 2,973 MB/s read speed and 3,154.5 MB/s write speed. That's a drop of 40 percent for read speeds and 20 percent for write speeds.

    The difference appears to come down to the NAND flash memory chips Apple is using for its SSDs. The old MacBook Pro, per its iFixit teardown, used four 128GB NAND chips in a 512GB SSD, while 9to5Mac's M2 Pro MacBook Pro appears to use a pair of 256GB NAND chips. Fewer chips likely mean lower costs for Apple—but also fewer places for the SSD to read from and write to simultaneously, which reduces overall speeds.

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  10. Apple allegedly still holds a ‘grudge’ against Google ever since co-founder Steve Jobs called its rival Android operating system a "stolen product."

    Enlarge / Apple allegedly still holds a ‘grudge’ against Google ever since co-founder Steve Jobs called its rival Android operating system a "stolen product." (credit: FT montage/Reuters)

    Apple is taking steps to separate its mobile operating system from features offered by Google parent Alphabet, making advances around maps, search, and advertising that have created a collision course between the Big Tech companies.

    The two Silicon Valley giants have been rivals in the smartphone market since Google acquired and popularized the Android operating system in the 2000s.

    Apple co-founder Steve Jobs called Android “a stolen product” that mimicked Apple’s iOS mobile software, then declared “thermonuclear war” on Google, ousting the search company’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt from the Apple board of directors in 2009.

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    UK rapper slowthai has announced his third studio album, UGLY (an acronym for “U Gotta Love Yourself”), set for release on March 10. This follows last November’s one-off / Beats By Dre ad sync “I Know Nothing,” which is not featured on the tracklist. UGLY follows 2021’s Tyron and features production by Dan Carey and frequent collaborator Kwes Darko. Along with the news is a lead single, the chaotic, propulsive “Selfish.”

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