Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 9.05.57 AMJustin Lin is preparing to boldly go where… several men have gone before.

J.J. Abrams has handed the keys to the rebooted Star Trek series to Lin, the beloved director of the Fast & Furious franchise. The third installment of Stark Trek is slated for next summer — and now, just about a year before its premiere, Lin has revealed both the first image from the film and its title via Twitter.

As Lin writes in the tweet, Kirk and Spock’s next voyage will be called Star Trek Beyond — presumably with no hyphen, a la Star Trek Into Darkness. The title implies that the franchise’s next entry may focus more on exploration rather than character origin stories (like the first Abrams Star Trek) or trying to convince us that Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t playing Khan (like Into Darkness, or at least its marketing efforts).

The “LLAP” hashtag — “live long and prosper,” natch — is also a nice touch that nods toward original Trek star Leonard Nimoy, who died in February.

Star Trek 3 screenwriter and costar Simon Pegg previously kinda-sorta-accidentally revealed that the film would be called Star Trek Beyond in a blog post published in May.

 

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iPhone_6_Space_Grey-21Apple‘s manufacturers have reportedly started production on the next-generation iPhones, and they’re apparently bringing over Force Touch pressure-sensitive screens from the Apple Watch.

According to a Bloomberg report, manufacturing is already underway and will ramp up even more in July.

Apple typically releases an iPhone hardware update in late September, so the news falls in line with the company’s established rhythm. The next-generation device is presumed to be called the iPhone 6S.

Force Touch, a feature new to Apple’s MacBook and the Apple Watch, makes the screen sensitive to varying levels of pressure, so it can tell whether you’re tapping lightly or pressing firmly. The new feature would make certain actions on the phone easier to pull off, like pressing firmly when you want to drop a pin in Maps. The report indicates Apple has been working to build pressure sensitivity into the iPhone’s display for two years.

The next iPhones will likely look the same as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Because it is an “S” year for iPhones, Apple is expected to pack the next models with internal hardware upgrades but keep the designs intact. Last year, of course, we saw a big redesign that introduced two versions of Apple’s flagship device, one with a much larger screen and both with slimmer, rounded bodies.

Force Touch was first unveiled during the Apple Watch announcement in September 2014 and made its way to the ultra-slim new MacBook’s trackpad soon after. On the watch, the feature is used to access hidden options within apps. On the MacBook, Force Touch streamlines features like link previews, word definitions and fast-forwarding through videos.

The next iPhone is also rumored to use a harder kind of aluminum currently used in the Apple Watch Sport, and there could be a shiny new rose gold colored iPhone. The camera might see a bump to 12 megapixels, up from eight.

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TrafficWith high temperatures forecast early this week throughout metropolitan Los Angeles, City of West Hollywood Government is providing a Cooling Center at Plummer Park’s Community Center Senior Lounge, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
The Cooling Center was activated  June 29, and will be open until 7pm. Hours will be extended for additional days if high temperatures persist.

The City reminds residents and community members to take precautions to keep as cool as possible throughout the warm summer months. If possible, stay out of the sun; avoid strenuous activity; drink plenty of water; and wear lightweight clothing.
The Cooling Center is available for quiet activities. People using the Cooling Center are encouraged to bring books or board games. Staff members at Plummer Park are available to direct people to the Senior Lounge.

The City of West Hollywood provides free transportation to Plummer Park through its Cityline service. Cityline is a friendly and accessible alternative to the larger bus system and all shuttles are ADA-accessible. Cityline operates Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and shuttles arrive approximately every 30 minutes. For additional information and a detailed route map, visit www.weho.org/cityline — route maps are also available on Cityline shuttles and at West Hollywood City Hall. For more info, call (323) 848-6308.

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