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What's under this box at the Apple announcement? #AppleLive

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This big white box is the talk of the town for iLovers

Is it U2?
Is it a giant Apple trojan horse filled with Apple Geniuses that will be deployed to remotely exterminate ISIS extremists?
Is it a TARDIS? An iTardis?
We will all find out in less than 30 minutes time.
Go to apple.com to watch the festivities.

Garrison Keillor to Undergo Surgery

Garrison Keillor, the host and creator of “A Prairie Home Companion” will undergo a medical procedure forcing him to cancel his Sept. 27 edition of the show.

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Garrison Keillor, host of “A Prairie Home Companion”

In a release Thursday announcing the cancellation of the Fitzgerald Theater show, 72-year-old Keillor said, “If you’ve noticed my upstairs bathroom light go on at 10 p.m., 10:10, 10:25, 10:40, etc., you know all you need to know. It’s no way to live, so I’ve found an excellent surgeon who will fix everything, and by October, I will be thinking more about truth and beauty and less about plumbing,” the Pioneer Press reports.
Those with tickets to the Sept. 27 show should contact the Fitzgerald Theater box office by email (fitzgerald@mpr.org) for refunds.
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Nicholas Alahverdian and Keillor, 2014

Keillor celebrated the 40th anniversary of the show this summer. The new season of “A Prairie Home Companion” kicks off Saturday Sept. 20 with a street dance and a live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater. The free event will go on as planned.
The shows at the Fitzgerald run through Oct. 18. In November, “A Prairie Home Companion” will go on the road for broadcasts in Minneapolis, Duluth and Rochester. All other shows will go on as scheduled, MPR News says.

It's Primary Day in Rhode Island

Rarely has solidly Democratic Rhode Island seen such political drama: To date, the race to be the next Rhode Island governor has already seen party switching, two political dynasties and an Olympic figure skater star in a campaign spot.
The race began in earnest when incumbent Lincoln Chafee, a former GOP senator whose father was former Governor and Senator John Chafee, switched parties from Independent to Democratic. Chafee was hoping to draw support from the state’s powerful Democrats, but soon withdrew from the race when it became clear such support was not going to materialize.
That left the field wide open, with three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination on Tuesday: State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Clay Pell, the 34-year-old grandson of beloved late senator Claiborne Pell. Taveras held a slight lead in polls going into the summer, but with the help of Emily’s List—and impressive fundraising—Raimondo pulled ahead in at least one recent poll.
“I think it’s going to be close. Raimondo has a small lead and benefits from Tavares and Pell splitting labor. I expect Raimondo to win, but there is some belief that Pell is surging,” says Jennifer Duffy, who tracks gubernatorial races for the non-partisan Cook Political Report. “If he does pull off an upset, then the general is probably pretty competitive. If Raimondo, or less likely Tavares, is the nominee, then Democrats have an advantage.”
A Fleming & Associates poll conducted Aug. 11 to 14 showed Raimondo leading with 32.2% of the vote to Taveras’ 26.8% and Pell’s 25.6%. That said, Pell has been surging in recent weeks, in part thanks to a television commercial where his wife, figure skater Michelle Kwan, promotes his record on women’s issues. In a similar poll conducted in May, Pell drew only 11.5% of the vote.
On the Republican side, Ken Block, a moderate who ran for governor in 2010, is taking on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who was the first Asian American mayor in Rhode Island and would be the first Asian American governor of Rhode Island, if elected.
And there are also a slew of independents running. The only serious candidate in contractor Todd Giroux. The four other independents include a Moderate Party candidate and a candidate for the Compassion Party.
The race is already the most expensive in Rhode Island history with candidates raising more than $12 million by the end of June, the latest date available for financial disclosures.
With coverage from TIME

Success of Apple’s iWatch May Rely on Health Care Partnerships

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is trying to have another iPod experience.
The company was not the first to create a digital music player when it introduced the iPod 13 years ago. But the device, with its click wheel and slick integration with the iTunes software that ran on a computer, took digital music into the mainstream.
Nor will Apple be the first to introduce a so-called smartwatch when it unveils its much-anticipated wristband device on Tuesday, along with two iPhones. But if the company gets it right, it could be the first to make average people want to buy one of these devices.
Wearable computers — attached to a wrist, a belt, a lapel or even a head — have so far been the property of serious gadget enthusiasts and calorie-counting fitness buffs. While a lot of attention has been paid to Google Glass, for example, the computer-in-eyewear is as well-known for the privacy controversy it has caused as for its technical trailblazing. Continue reading Success of Apple’s iWatch May Rely on Health Care Partnerships

Apple's Answer to Google Wallet Expected Today

Apple is continuing its autumn tradition by unveiling the iPhone 6 and a smart watch (expected to be called iTime) on Tuesday. The devices reportedly will add mobile payments to compete with companies like Amazon and Square that are using the new technology.
The iPhone 6 and smart watch will use near field communication technology to allow users to buy things by scanning their devices on sensors in certain stores like the Apple retail shops, coupled with tokenization that generates a one-time use payment code, according to industry blog Bank Innovation.
apple watch graphic nicholas alahverdianThis combination may boost convenience and decrease fraud, but linking payments with mobile phones also raises privacy concerns. Apple’s addition of a fingerprint scanner to its iPhone 5S last September sparked concern about granting the tech giant greater access to users’ personal information.
The iPhone 6 also will have a larger display to meet growing consumer demand for bigger screen size and an easier browsing experience on phones. A patent granted to Apple indicates the smart watch may be called iTime.
Companies are trying to make devices fashionable, in part to make up for the perception that wearables can’t yet rival the convenience of a smartphone, says Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at market analysis group Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Milanesi expects Apple’s watch to have a fashion design that appeals to men and women, but the image included in the patent resembles the basic detachable watch band available as an accessory for the company’s iPod nano.
Apple also will likely preview a new iOS 8 operating system Tuesday to follow the new HealthKit and HomeKit platforms it debuted in June. Health monitoring is expected to be a major part of the smart watch, since fitness tracking is the most successful feature of the growing wearables sector.
Competition on wearables comes from companies including Google, which unveiled its Android Wearoperating system earlier this year. The system includes features like voice search and fitness monitoring, and operates on wearables designed by Intel and Motorola.
With coverage from U.S. News