Tuesday, 01 October 2019 15:48

New to view 2019: A fall TV preview

Fall TV premiere season is upon us!

Granted, the whole concept of the “new fall lineup” has increasingly become less of a thing with the proliferation of streaming services willing to drop entire seasons in one go and networks becoming more and more flexible with regards to when a series can and should debut, but whether it is by design or simply through inertia, we still see a whole lot of new material hit the airwaves in the autumn.

As per usual, this preview addresses only those shows entering their debut seasons. This isn’t about all the exceptional television that is returning for a second or third or fifth or tenth season – this is about stuff we haven’t seen before. It’s a chance to look ahead at what’s coming and think about what content – if any – we might be willing to invest our limited leisure time into.

It’s a mixed bag for sure. We’ve got broadcast and we’ve got streaming and you’d better believe we’ve got HBO. We’ve got comedy and drama. We’ve got prestige fare and we’ve got mass appeal. We’ve got highbrow, lowbrow, middlebrow – all the brows you could ever desire.

Will all of these shows be good? Absolutely not. Should you watch them all? Also – no. And this is far from everything. But if there’s even one or two gems among the flotsam, that’s a big win. And honestly, it looks like there might be a couple of winners here.

Or maybe it’s all just poorly-conceived adequately-executed entertainment detritus. Who can say?

Let’s have a look at a few of 2019’s fall TV premieres.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 10:58

Apple's stores getting new look

SAN FRANCISCO Apple is getting ready to unveil a stylish new product that's not for sale a new look for its stores.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:56

Kutcher takes on tech idol Steve Jobs in jOBS'

PARK CITY, Utah Ashton Kutcher says playing Steve Jobs on screen 'was honestly one of the most terrifying things I've ever tried to do in my life.'

The 34-year-old actor helped premiere the biopic 'jOBS' Friday, which was the closing-night film at the Sundance Film Festival.

Kutcher plays the Apple Inc. founder from the company's humble origins in the 1970s until the launch of the first iPod in 2001. A digital entrepreneur himself, Kutcher said he considers Jobs a personal hero.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:33

High-tech product announcements for fall

It's high season for consumer electronics. Apple, Nintendo and other manufacturers of various gadgets are unveiling their holiday lineups. Some products surrounding a new version of Windows are also coming out.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 15:51

Quad-Core Hipster Power Pro

A new MacBook put through the gauntlet

I finally broke down and joined the dark side. Citing high-demand professional needs, I broke the bank and invested in a new MacBook Pro. Now, surely you're all thinking that this computer (whom I fondly refer to as Wheatley and/or The Intelligence Dampening Quad-Core) was obviously going to raise my productivity to new heights at work.

Pfft. No. Gaming.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 16:02

Apple's $1B patent verdict could corner market

SAN JOSE, Calif. - It was the $1 billion question Saturday: What does Apple Inc.'s victory in an epic patent dispute over its fiercest rival mean for the U.S. smartphone industry?

Analysts from Wall Street to Hong Kong debated whether a jury's decision that Samsung Electronics Co. ripped off Apple technology would help Apple corner the U.S. smartphone market over Android rivals, or amount to one more step in a protracted legal battle over smartphone technology.

Many analysts said the decision could spell danger for competitors who, like Samsung, use Google Inc.'s Android operating system to power their cellphones.

Published in Tekk
Monday, 11 June 2012 11:34

Computer Room adds iCracked services

BREWER You fumble your phone. You topple your tablet. You just plain drop one of the most expensive pieces of equipment you've bought this year. You hold your breath, hoping it's OK. But it's not. The screen's cracked and your day has just gotten all manner of worse.

It used to be you'd have to drive down to Portland or mail your phone away to get fixed. But not anymore.

Chris Downs, owner of the Computer Room, has become a new member of the iCracked team, and he can fix your iPhone or iPad quickly and cheaply.

'I can save people time and money. In Bangor, you'd either have to send the phone away or drive to Portland. I can fix the phone and hand it back to them,' said Downs.

Published in Tekk

Apple is the world's most valuable company. The Dow Jones industrial average is probably the world's best-known stock index. So don't they deserve each other?

Consider this: If Apple had been added to the Dow in June 2009, the last time there were serious rumors that it would happen, the average would be about 2,500 points higher than it is today and well above its all-time high.

Paul Hickey of Bespoke Investment Group, which crunches numbers about the markets, says the Dow would be at 15,360, about 1,200 points above its record of 14,164, set in October 2007. The Dow closed Wednesday at 12,835.

Not only would investors be perkier, but everyday Americans watching the Dow set one record after another would probably feel wealthier. That might inspire them to spend more money and help the economy grow faster.

Published in Biz


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