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  1. Fans will be able to drink Swift-inspired drinks and chat with a tarot card reader at the Chicago eventView the full article
  2. The bill is the most notable pushback to date on MSG's controversial policy, which used face-scanning tech to identify attorneys at opposing firms before removing them from venuesView the full article
  3. The 65th annual Grammy Awards air Sunday at 8pm ET on CBS. Here's how to stream the show and performances online View the full article
  4. In his latest TikTok teaser, the singer strums an acoustic guitar and sings about the downfall of a relationship from the front steps of a houseView the full article
  5. Enlarge / Google's Fuchsia OS, circa 2018, running on a Pixelbook. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Google is still reeling from the biggest layoff in company history last Friday. Earlier cost cuts over the past six months have resulted in several projects being shut down or deprioritized at Google, and it's hard to fire 12,000 people without some additional projects taking a hit. The New York Times has a report about which divisions are being hit the hardest, and a big one is Google's future OS development group, Fuchsia. While the overall company cut 6 percent of its employees, the Times pointed out that Fuchsia saw an outsize 16 percent of the 400-person staff take a hit. While it's not clear what that means for the future of the division, the future of Fuchsia's division has never really been clear. Fuchsia has been a continuous mystery inside Google since it first saw widespread press coverage in 2017. Google rarely officially talks about it, leaving mostly rumors and Github documentation for figuring out what's going on. The OS isn't a small project, though—it's not even based on Linux, opting instead to use a custom, in-house kernel, so Google really is building an entire OS from scratch. Google actually ships the OS today to consumers in its Nest smart displays, where it replaced the older Cast OS. The in-place operating system swap was completely invisible to consumers compared to the old OS, came with zero benefits, and was never officially announced or promoted. There's not much you can do with it on a locked-down smart display, so even after shipping, Fuchsia is still a mystery. Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments View the full article
  6. Enlarge / The iPad Air 2 (left) and iPad mini 4 (right) will still get iPadOS 15 updates, but Apple's newer iPads will have to upgrade. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) If you use an iPad that can run iPadOS 16 and you've been sticking with iPadOS 15 for one reason or another, you should get ready to upgrade soon. The iPadOS 15.7.3 update, which provides security-only fixes to the older OS, is only compatible with iPads that can't run iPadOS 16, namely 2014's iPad Air 2 and 2015's 4th-generation iPad mini. Apple had been supporting all iPads with iPadOS 15 updates, whether they could run iPadOS 16 or not—the last of these updates was iPadOS 15.7.2, released in mid-December. Apple releases these updates for a while so that cautious users can stay protected against vulnerabilities while they wait for major bugs to be resolved in the newest major OS release. But that grace period usually only lasts for a couple of months. Newer iPhones were pushed to update to iOS 16 in December when the 15.7.2 update dropped support for them. The release of iPadOS 16 came a month after the release of iOS 16 this year, which is why the 15.7.2 update still supported newer iPads. Read 1 remaining paragraphs | Comments View the full article
  7. Enlarge / The backs of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple released iOS and iPadOS 16.3, macOS Ventura 13.2, and watchOS 9.3 today. The updates focus primarily on bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements, but there is one notable addition: Apple ID got support for hardware security keys. Once they've updated to the new software, a user can opt to make a device like a YubiKey a required part of the two-factor authentication process for their account. It's unlikely most users will take advantage of this, of course, but for a select few, the extra security is welcome. Other additions in iOS 16.3 include support for the upcoming new HomePod model, a tweak to how Emergency SOS calls are made, and a new Black History Month wallpaper. Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments View the full article
  8. The Virginia MC on why he decided to honor the late rapper with a new track titled "Serenity"View the full article
  9. After releasing his experimental album 'Cometa' last year, the singer-songwriter is embarking on a tour across the U.S. and EuropeView the full article
  10. Lil Uzi Vert previously said he felt "really weird" about releasing a posthumous collab with XXXTentacion, whom he once called his "only competition"View the full article
  11. SEAR, out of North Carolina and featuring members of South Carolina screamo bombardiers To Forget, have emerged today with their debut release. It’s hard to say whether to call Grief In V Stages an EP or an album. On the one hand, it’s only five tracks; on the other, it’s an immersive experience, documenting the emotional fallout from a loved one’s death via the five stages of grief. Rather than songs named after denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, we simply get five Roman numerals, but even without verbal guideposts they trace out a familiar turmoil. View the full article
  12. Folk musician Aoife O’Donovan released a new solo album last year, Age Of Apathy. O’Donovan picked up three Grammy nominations for it for Best Folk Album, Best American Roots Performance, and Best American Roots Song. Later this week, she’s releasing a deluxe edition of her latest album, and it includes a handful of new recordings. Among those is a cover of Sharon Van Etten’s “I Love You But I’m Lost,” off her 2014 album Are We There. Check it out below. View the full article
  13. Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) Microsoft will stop selling downloadable licenses for Windows 10 on its website on January 31, according to a message on the product pages for Windows 10 Home and Pro. Although Windows 10 will continue to be supported with new security updates until at least October 2025, Microsoft is pushing anyone buying or building a new PC to use the newer Windows 11 instead. Other retail sites will presumably keep selling physical and digital copies of Windows 10 for at least a little while, but even if all Windows 10 sales went away at the end of the month, people who really wanted it should still be able to get it. For owners of older Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs who want to upgrade—and you should, since both operating systems received their final regularly scheduled security updates earlier this month—Windows 10 should continue to install and run just fine on those computers at no additional cost. This is an artifact of the years-old Windows 10 upgrade offer. Microsoft officially stopped offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 in 2016, but the company never took any steps to stop the upgrades from working. Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments View the full article
  14. The Dillinger Escape Plan, the New Jersey mathcore pioneers, used to play the occasional cover; I remember them ending a Baltimore show with a version of Nine Inch Nails’ “Wish” that practically singed my eyebrows off. But people don’t really cover the Dillinger Escape Plan too often. That’s not because Dillinger didn’t have great, beloved songs. It’s because Dillinger tracks were way too fast and complex for practically any other band to attempt. Today, though, we get to hear what happens with a band of complex-hardcore all-stars gets together to salute the Dillinger Escape Plan. View the full article
  15. Cruel World, the goth and new wave nostalgia festival put on by Goldenvoice, got off to a bit of a rough start after its inaugural edition was announced right before the pandemic. Two years later, the fest finally made its debut in 2022, and now the organizers are ready to do it again. View the full article
  16. At the end of this week, the Montreal-based musician Jonah Yano is releasing his sophomore album, Portrait Of A Dog, which was made with the amorphous Toronto band BADBADNOTGOOD. Yano is a longtime BBNG collaborator, first teaming up with them on his debut EP nervous, which came out in 2019. Yano has been rolling out the upcoming LP for a couple months now, and today he’s offered up one more advance track, the free-flowing “the ordinary is ordinary because it ordinarily repeats.” Check it out below. View the full article
  17. On New Year’s Eve, two side projects spun off of the great Virginia screamo band Infant Island teamed up to release a bugged-out new song. Mattachine is the militant queer hardcore band fronted by my buddy Alexander Rudenshiold, who plays guitar in Infant Island. Infant Island drummer Austin O’Rourke is also in Mattachine, and he plays in the erratic DC-based math-metalcore band Mikau. Mattachine and Mikau’s collaborative song was called “Unlucky Channel,” and it was available on floppy disc. That song wasn’t a one-off; we’re getting a whole split EP soon. View the full article
  18. Next month, Los Angeles musician Noah Weinman is releasing a new album as Runnner, Like Dying Stars, We’re Reaching Out. He’s shared three tracks from it so far — “i only sing about food,” “bike again” and “NYE” — and today he’s back with one more, the sweeping and weepy “runnning in place at the edge of the map.” (Admire the commitment to misspelling!) View the full article
  19. Long before he started Cold Cave, Wes Eisold was the leader of American Nightmare, a hugely important Boston hardcore band. In the early ’00s, American Nightmare seemed almost like mythic figures. The band broke up in 2004, but they reunited to play live shows in 2011. They came out with an impressive self-titled reunion album in 2018, and they followed that with a 2020 single that featured new song “Life Support” and a cover of the Lemonheads’ “Left For Dead.” Today, American Nightmare announces plans for another EP, and they’ve got a ripper of a new song. View the full article
  20. The singer-songwriter Heather Woods Broderick has announced a new album, Labyrinth, her proper follow-up to 2019’s Invitation. “Blood Runs Through Me,” the song she shared last fall, appears on it, and today she’s put out a gliding new song called “Crashing Against The Sun.” View the full article
  21. All told, it looks like every other recent MacBook. [credit: Samuel Axon ] One of the interesting side effects of Apple's move toward using its own silicon in the Mac is that the Mac update cycle now looks a lot more like the iPhone's: mostly predictable, regular updates that offer modest generation-to-generation boosts to performance and maybe a few additional refinements or new features. That's very much the case with the 2023 MacBook Pro. For most intents and purposes, it is the 2021 MacBook Pro. The only difference is the inclusion of the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips for boosted CPU, graphics, and machine learning performance over 2021's M1 Pro and M2 Max, plus some connectivity upgrades that directly address some of our very minor quibbles with the otherwise excellent 2021 models. That said, the 2021 MacBook Pro was far from a disappointment when it launched, and the market hasn't changed enough in the past two years to make the mostly similar 2023 models any less attractive. These are still the best laptops you can buy for many use cases—provided you don't mind spending a small fortune, that is. Read 12 remaining paragraphs | Comments View the full article
  22. Enlarge / Apple's 2023 Mac mini. If you've seen one, you've seen them all, but it's what's on the inside that counts. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Apple's Mac Studio was its most interesting desktop in years. It lacks the internal expandability of the Mac Pro, but the raw performance and power efficiency of the M1 Max and M1 Ultra plus a great port selection make it a viable option for plenty of people who would have bought a fully loaded 27-inch iMac or a low-to-mid-end Mac Pro in the Intel era. But the $2,000-and-up desktop is still overkill for a lot of people, even for pros and power users. There was a lot of room between the cheapest Studio and the best M1 Mac mini for a cheaper-but-more-capable system, something for people who could benefit from pro-level performance and extra ports occasionally but who don't need them often enough to justify dropping the money on a Mac Studio. Enter the new Mac minis. Both the M2 and M2 Pro versions are augmented in ways that will benefit multi-monitor multitasking workstations, and they can do so for substantially less money than the Studio—the M2 mini starts at $599, $100 cheaper than the M1 mini and cheaper than any Mac mini has been since 2014. Apple sent us the M2 Pro version of the mini to review, and for many price-conscious power users who prefer or require macOS, it injects just the right amount of Mac Studio performance into the mini's 13-year-old design. Read 24 remaining paragraphs | Comments View the full article
  23. Flowers from Oprah and Axl Rose, mourners from Minnesota to Canada, and a somber mood in Memphis as thousands gather to pay their respects to the daughter of Elvis PresleyView the full article
  24. Lisa Marie Presley, musician and the only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, passed away earlier this month at age 54. She was honored at a memorial ceremony that took place on Sunday in Memphis, Tennessee. The event included performances by Axl Rose, Billy Corgan, and Alanis Morissette. Her mother Priscilla read a poem that was written by one of her granddaughters. Elvis director Baz Luhrmann was in attendance with his wife. View the full article
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