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February 7, 2019

Howard Schultz just had his very own "please clap" moment.

During a speech at Purdue University on Thursday, the potential 2020 independent candidate commented on the school's falling cost of education. "Under President [Mitch] Daniels, the cost of an education here will be less expensive in nominal dollars in 2020 than it was in 2012," he said. "Congratulations." Nobody seemed to care, and so Schultz was met with dead silence.

"You've got to clap for that," he told the audience, which proceeded to do as he said, as reported by the Independent Journal Review's Josh Billinson. The New York Times' Astead Herndon writes that this was the "first real applause of Howard Schultz's speech," event though it came "20 minutes in."

That wasn't even the only time Schultz asked the audience to clap. Later, after pledging that he would release his tax returns if he runs for president, NBC's Allan Smith reports Schultz told the Purdue audience, "you can clap for that."

This, of course, echoes one of the most memorable moments from the 2016 Republican presidential primaries: when candidate Jeb Bush was met with awkward silence after delivering a line he thought would prompt applause, only to ask the audience to "please clap." Bush, the early 2016 favorite, dropped out of the race less than three weeks later.

Schultz has not yet decided whether to enter the 2020 race, but a recent CNN poll found that his favorability rating is 13 percent, with almost half of respondents never having heard of him. Brendan Morrow

September 12, 2018

Apple held its annual product launch Wednesday at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. The company announced improvements to its HomePod speaker system, new video partners for AppleTV, and a coming redesign for Mac OS. Notably missing from the event was any news on wireless charging; Apple announced an AirPower charging mat at its product launch last year but has yet to roll out the product.

But the biggest news of the day was Apple's unveiling of a new Apple Watch, as well as three new iPhones. Here's all you need to know. Kathryn Krawczyk

Apple Watch Series 4: The Series 4 watch has a larger screen that bleeds over the edge of the watch face. Its speaker is louder, its microphone will provide clearer calls, and it features a faster processor. Series 4 improves Apple Watch's health tracking capabilities, too, and can notably track when a wearer has fallen and contact emergency services. Heart monitors can alert a wearer if their heart rate is too slow, and the watch can take an electrocardiogram test to detect heart issues — all with FDA approval.

iPhone XS and XS Max: The iPhone XS has a stronger glass screen that's more waterproof than ever. Its 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display is bigger than a Plus-size iPhone's, but the device itself is smaller. There's also an iPhone XS Max, with a 6.5-inch display. Both phones feature more accurate FaceID, increased gaming power on a faster processor and higher-definition screen, and better photo quality with a dual lens system. For those who want the capabilities of two phones in the convenience of one, iPhone XS can support two SIM cards for two separate phone numbers. XS starts at $999 and the Max starts at $1,099, and they'll ship starting on Sept. 21.

iPhone XR: This lower-grade iPhone is made of aluminum and comes in six colors. It shares the XS camera system and has a 6.1-inch display, but starts at $749. It'll ship starting Oct. 26.

February 28, 2018

Schoolhouse Rock is so 1976. Apropos of nothing, the hip Utah House of Representatives set out to explain "how a law is made ... with a surprise twist," and in doing so they inexplicably forced a couple rhymes to The Fresh Prince of of Bel-Air theme song. "Share so all your friends can know how laws are made!" they optimistically tweeted.

One thing is for sure: It really is surprising! You have to give some of the lawmakers props for getting really, really into it:

Still, it might not be fair to call this much of an "update" to the classic "I'm Just a Bill," seeing as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was canceled in 1996. Then again, at least this means we were all spared an explanation of the legislative process set to "Bodak Yellow." Watch the entire video below. Jeva Lange

May 30, 2017

On Tuesday, CBS News reported that Jeb Bush, who had seemingly bought the Miami Marlins baseball team in an unlikely partnership with Derek Jeter, had not, in fact, bought the Miami Marlins with Derek Jeter:

Last we reported, the Bush-Jeter team had enough money to put down "about $200 million of equity" and were "running around looking to raise money." Alas, it appears no one wanted to take a gamble on this beautiful, impossible dream. Jeva Lange

April 25, 2017

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and retired New York Yankees star Derek Jeter have won the auction to purchase the Miami Marlins baseball team, a person familiar with the deal told Bloomberg. The sale contract has not yet been signed, and the person with knowledge of the situation did not reveal how much Bush and Jeter will pay for the team.

The family of President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly had a "handshake agreement" to buy the Marlins from the current owner, Jeffrey Loria. Only, for a series of reasons including a rumored ambassadorship for Loria and the potentially thorny nearness of the baseball stadium to the president's preferred residence, the Kushner family dropped out.

Jeter has dreamed of owning a baseball team since he retired in 2014, Bleacher Report writes. "In my mind, this is the greatest sport in the world," Jeter said. "I think baseball is taking somewhat of a back seat to some of the other sports. Some of the other sports are the sexy sports." Bush, on the other hand, wanted to be president but apparently owning a baseball team is the next best thing.

Loria purchased the Marlins for $158 million in 2002. On Tuesday, Forbes reported the Bush-Jeter team have enough money to put down "about $200 million of equity and are currently 'running around looking to raise money.'" Jeva Lange

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