Every fall, Apple introduces a new Watch — and the nerds among us keep an eye on what case materials they are using for the luxurious “Edition” models. The first Apple Watch Edition was famously made of 18-karat gold and cost a whopping $10,000, but since then Apple has offered more affordable premium models made of ceramic and, as of last year, titanium. This year, with the Apple Watch Series 6, we’re once again saying goodbye to the ceramic Apple Watch.
This isn’t the first time, either. After making ceramic an option for the Series 2 and Series 3 (in 2016 and 2017, respectively), Apple unceremoniously dropped it in 2018 for the Series 4. It made a bit of a surprise return last year (as pictured above), though, along with those titanium models, as Apple seemed interested in expanding the case options.
Trump vs. Biden first presidential debate: date, time, and how to watch the live stream
On Tuesday, September 29th at 9PM ET, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will square off in the first presidential debate of 2020. The event will take place at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, part of a joint health campus between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic is also serving as the health security advisor for all four general election debates.
The debate will be broadcast by all major TV networks, but campaigns are particularly attuned to the response on YouTube, which a growing portion of younger voters rely on for news. On Monday, The Sports Grind Entertainment broke news of the Biden campaign’s “rebel alliance” project, meant to cultivate YouTube outlets that are more friendly to the vice president’s candidacy.
The debate will air on all major TV networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-Span. It will also be available on each network’s corresponding apps, if you’re watching on an OTT service like Apple TV, Roku, or Android TV.
The networks will also be broadcasting live streams of their coverage on YouTube, which has devoted a section of its front page to authoritative coverage of the event. The C-Span live stream is embedded above as an authoritative source, although other networks will be providing their own commentary and coverage for the broadcast, including analysis before and after the event. Other YouTube streams include CBS, ABC, and Fox News.
The debate is scheduled to start at 9PM ET and will run for approximately 90 minutes.
Moderator Chris Wallace announced the following six topics as a focus for the debate, with roughly 15 minutes to be devoted to each topic, in whatever order Wallace deems appropriate.
- The Trump and Biden records
- The Supreme Court
- The economy
- Race and violence in our cities
- The integrity of the election
A number of Democrats have criticized Wallace for not addressing the climate crisis as an issue, given the extreme hurricane season on America’s Atlantic coast and ongoing wildfires on the West Coast.
Great Game of Thrones game goes into what the show left out
Defending the Wall that separates the undead from the land of the living has never seemed easy, but if you go by what happens in the Game of Thrones television series, managing the Night’s Watch might seem straightforward. Jon Snow doesn’t do much actual managing on the show, instead often focusing on the bigger issues at hand.
But being in charge is more complicated than that. Think about it: The Wall is huge, far away, and close to an endless number of threats. The sheer act of maintaining things requires a million tiny decisions we never get to see in the show, though the books themselves spend a bit more time talking about Jon’s day-to-day duties. There’s a part early on in A Dance with Dragons, for example, where Jon talks at length about how he’ll manage rations for his men. No surprise that this bit of administrative pabulum didn’t make the show; it wouldn’t exactly be riveting to watch.
But it does make for a deliciously stressful video game, as I’ve found out over the last week while playing Apple Arcade’s Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows. I now know that trying to lead the Night’s Watch is a shit job full of awful decisions. The game takes place way before the show does, when the Watch is young. In fact, one of the earliest things you do in the game is bind the Wall with magic, establishing the Night’s Watch’s eternal servitude to the realm.
From there, you get to play out multiple generations of Lord Commanders who must make all sorts of decisions about the stoic group. Much of the game is spent sending men out on expeditions, whether that’s to gather resources or to investigate a nearby landslide. Tale of Crows unfolds in real time, meaning that once you send a group out to do a task, you have to come back later to see how things turn out.
All expeditions will run into hiccups. Perhaps a man got hurt during an unexpected battle. Maybe some wildlings came out of nowhere and stole all their stuff. Sometimes, you’ll get chance encounters where, say, an old crone offers an exchange of prophecies for some of your men’s rations. Every time, you have to tell the Night’s Watch what to do via a raven — and then wait to see if your choice was a smart one. Every expedition you send out has a leader who might give you unique options to tackle a problem, but even when you’ve got someone suited for the task at hand, it’s never a guarantee.
You will inevitably lose men. You may even lose yourself! During one expedition, the Watch dug up a blue woman frozen in a lake. I asked them to bring her back, and set her up in my chambers. I thought I would be given the option to maybe talk to a maester about it or something, but no. I watched as my Lord Commander slowly lost his mind instead.
Soon, I had to pick a new Lord Commander to lead the pack. The game takes place over the course of multiple generations, with each Lord Commander leading different eras with different challenges.
One of the biggest strengths of Tale of Crows is that, by virtue of existing so far beyond the scope of the show or books, it escapes the long shadow cast by them both. There’s a lot of room for the game to depict all sorts of situations, because while they may never be referenced in canon, there’s an easy explanation for it. Hey, the Wall’s been around for a very long time. Who knows how much history has been lost along the way?
However, knowing what we do about where things end up also makes for some juicy decisions. I have been asked multiple times what to do with the seemingly useless knowledge about dragonglass. Nobody understands why I want to keep that information well-documented, but still. Let’s keep passing it down, boys!
Tale of Crows is a must-play for any Game of Thrones fans — it’s good, yes, but more importantly, the game easily fits into any schedule. I like to check it during any downtime I have during the day, because it only takes a few minutes to see what new headache has befallen the Night’s Watch. You wouldn’t believe all the different things that can happen in a single day. I am now convinced Jon Snow had it easy.
‘Dead by Daylight’, ‘Celeste’ and others join Stadia Pro’s free game lineup
Google wants more people to check out Stadia Pro, the subscription-based version of its video game streaming service. To that end, the company is adding six titles to its freebie lineup on October 1st, including Dead by Daylight. The asymmetric horror game, which is already available on other platforms, pits four survivors against another human-controlled menace. The Stadia version will support cross-play and Crowd Choice, a streamer-focused feature that allows viewers to vote on what happens next. “Select whether they play as the Killer or a Survivor in Dead by Daylight, then pick which Killer or Survivor they’ll become,” Google teased in a blog post.
Other Stadia Pro additions include Celeste, a critically-acclaimed indie platformer, Human: Fall Flat, a party game with intentionally-bad controls and physics, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, an isometric take on the franchise, Mind Control Delete, a time-bending expansion to Superhot, and Jotun, an action-adventure game about a deceased viking warrior. They’re not the biggest games — not in September 2020, anyway — but generally high quality and worth playing if you haven’t got around to them already.
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