CEO Tim Cook has long expressed interest in augmented reality. Photo: Apple

Apple is working to have a headset capable of supporting augmented and virtual reality ready by 2020, according to a a new report from CNET, which cites an unnamed source.

Why it matters: Apple CEO Tim Cook has long expressed the company's belief that augmented reality is a big deal. An untethered headset offers lots of advantages over a smartphone for both AR and VR, but the bulk, battery life and cost of components make a mainstream consumer device currently impractical.

According to CNET, the project is code-named T288 and would feature an 8k display for each eye. Apple declined to comment in the report.

While it won't rely on a computer or phone, the headset will use a short-range wireless connection to communicate with a "box" that houses the main processor and other functions, CNET said.

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Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures. One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.

Why it matters: Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, together with a widely circulated article in The Atlantic about how bad the worst-case scenarios could get, is drawing new attention to the brutal fights that could jeopardize a final outcome.

Federal judge rules Trump administration can't end census early

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A federal judge ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration could not end the 2020 census a month early.

Why it matters: The decision states that an early end — on Sept. 30, instead of Oct. 31 — would likely produce inaccuracies and thus impact political representation and government funding around the country.

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Schools in Southern and Midwestern states are most at risk of coronavirus transmission, according to an analysis by Coders Against COVID that uses risk indicators developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The big picture: Thankfully, schools have not yet become coronavirus hotspots, the Washington Post reported this week, and rates of infection are lower than in the surrounding communities. But that doesn't mean schools are in the clear, especially heading into winter.

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