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HBO Max launching in May for $15/month with new original content, classics like ‘Friends’ and ‘Veep’

9to5Mac - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 10:21

WarnerMedia has announced that its forthcoming HBO Max streaming service will launch on May 27. Coming in at $15 per month, the service will pack new original content, as well as a robust back catalog of movies and TV shows from the Warner Bros. library.

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Nintendo Accounts Are Getting Hacked and Used To Buy Fortnite Currency

Slashdot - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 10:08
Over the course of the last month, Nintendo users have been increasingly reporting that their accounts have been getting hacked and accessed from remote locations around the globe, with some users losing money as a result of the unauthorized intrusion. From a report: The account hijackings appear to have started mid-March and have reached a peak over the weekend when more and more users started receiving email alerts that unknown IP addresses have been seen accessing their Nintendo profiles. The way accounts are getting hacked is currently unknown. It is unclear if hackers are using passwords leaked in data breaches at other sites to also gain access to Nintendo accounts. Some users reported using complex passwords generated through a password manager, passwords that were unique to their accounts, and not used anywhere else. This suggests hackers might be using more than the classic credential stuffing, password spraying, or brute-force attacks. Nintendo has yet to release a formal statement about the attacks; however, the company has advised users earlier month on Twitter and Reddit to enable two-step verification (2SV) for their accounts, suggesting that this might prevent intrusions.

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Sonos Radio launches with free music, sports, news, and original programming

9to5Mac - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 09:51

Sonos is out today with a software update that brings a free new feature to its HiFi smart speakers, Sonos Radio. The new way to listen offers both ad-supported and ad-free content and includes music, news, and sports along with original programming by DJs and artists.

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eBay for iOS implements the private Sign in with Apple option, adds other new features

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 09:48

You can now sign up for eBay with the Sign in with Apple option that keeps your email address private.
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Apple planning to boost iPhone production over last year whatever sales levels

9to5Mac - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 09:26

Apple has reportedly told several suppliers that it plans to boost iPhone production over last year’s levels, despite fears that the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis could significantly dampen demand.

Analysts had widely predicted a ‘supercycle’ of around 220M iPhone sales this year when the company launches its first 5G models, but with a global recession now expected due to coronavirus lockdowns, and record unemployment in the US and other countries, that idea has been thrown into doubt …

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Retrofuturistic concepts imagine classic Macs that never existed

9to5Mac - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 09:21

Ask just about any longtime Apple fan, and they’ll be quick to tell you about their favorite classic Mac hardware. Some are fond of the legendary Macintosh SE/30, others will never forget the Apple Extended Keyboard II. Less remembered are the Macintosh Quadra 950 Pro and its lattice ventilation that predates the 2019 Mac Pro by 27 years. And nobody talks about the Apple Overextended Keyboard II. These funhouse products come from the mind of one designer with a knack for Photoshop and a love of computing history.

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Coronavirus pandemic allegedly delays Apple’s firsts 5G iPad with mini-LED into 2021

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 09:04

Mini-LED tech brings more local dimming zones than using a single backlit panel to illuminate the entire screen.
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Uber Argues 'Fraud' Absolves It From Paying Star Engineer's $179 Million Fine

Slashdot - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Uber argued in a recent court filing that former employee Anthony Levandowski committed fraud, an action that frees the company from any obligation to pay his legal bills, including a judgment ordering the star engineer to pay Google $179 million. Uber's fraud claim was part of its response to Levandowski's motion to compel the ride-hailing company into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will have to shoulder the cost of the $179 million judgment against him. The motion to compel arbitration, and now Uber's response, is part of Levandowski's bankruptcy proceedings. It's the latest chapter in a legal saga that has entangled Uber and Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that is now a business under Alphabet. In this latest court filing, Uber has agreed to arbitration. However, Uber also pushed back against Levandowski's primary aim to force the company to stand by an indemnity agreement. Uber signed an indemnity agreement in 2016 when it acquired Levandowski's self-driving truck startup Otto. Under the agreement, Uber said it would indemnify -- or compensate -- Levandowski against claims brought by his former employer, Google. Uber said it rescinded the indemnification agreement several months prior to the inception of Levandowski's bankruptcy case "because it was procured by his fraud," according to the court filing. Uber revoked the indemnification agreement after Levandowski was indicted by a federal grand jury with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets while working at Google, where he was an engineer and one of the founding members of the group that worked on Google's self-driving car project.

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Pixelmator for iOS adopts Files document browser, new image size presets

9to5Mac - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 08:59

With today’s update, Pixelmator for iOS is replacing its custom gallery with the system native Files document picker. This means the app can now better integrate with iCloud Drive and other file providers, with a common UI seen across the system.

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Apple’s new release movie sale takes 50% off, 4K films $5, more from $1

9to5Mac - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 08:56

A fresh batch of movie deals this morning at Apple is highlighted by some of the most recent releases dropping by 50% to $10 each. This includes new hits like Little Women, Bombshell, and The Call of the Wild. You’ll also find a smattering of deals below from $5 along with this week’s $1 HD rental. Hit the jump for all of our top picks and more.

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iPad Pro Diary: First impressions of the Magic Keyboard with trackpad

9to5Mac - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 08:36

I guess first impressions of the Magic Keyboard with trackpad can be thought of as layered. There’s the ordering experience, otherwise known as: did I really just pay £349* – more than the price of the entry-level iPad – for a keyboard?

*Usual reminder: In the UK, VAT (sales tax) is included in the list price. So the UK price is £291 without sales tax, which is the equivalent of $359. This compares with a US price of $349, to which sales tax needs to be added.

Then there’s the set up experience …

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As sober as a judge: Let’s Talk iOS #340

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 08:00

Apple is shipping a new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro and a new iPhone SE. How good is that new iPhone anyway? And then there is this rumor of not one, but two versions of the rumored Apple over-the-ear headphones.
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How to set up and play Spotify on Alexa

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 07:30

Amazon Alexa Linked to Spotify

If Spotify is your music app of choice and an Amazon Echo is the speaker you like, here’s how to get Spotify on Alexa to start listening to your tunes.
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Sileo v1.7.5 beta 1 adds repo exporting, tweak editorials, & bug fixes

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 07:14

The Sileo Team has released a new beta of its package manager for public testing dubbed version 1.7.5 beta 1.
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How to customize your Share Sheet on iPhone and iPad

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 07:00

iPhone Safari Share Sheet

Editing your Share Sheet on iPhone and iPad will make it more useful, and will help you share items quicker and easier.
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Ticketmaster Preparing Refund Plan For Thousands of Postponed Shows

Slashdot - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 06:00
Ticketmaster is finalizing a plan to begin offering refunds to concertgoers who purchased tickets to an event canceled or indefinitely postponed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Vulture reports: Starting May 1, per Billboard, ticket-holders will be alerted to their concert or show's new date, then given 30 days to request a refund. If they don't seek a refund, their ticket will be valid for the event on its new date. If their event has been straight-up canceled, well, then their refund will be returned to them either way. If that's not enough options for you, however, Live Nation has two other suggestions for those fans whose shows have been canceled: receive credit for a future ticket through their "Rock When You Are Ready" program, up to 150% of your initial ticket's value, or donate the value of your refunded ticket to health-care employees battling COVID-19 through the company's Hero Nation program. As for when we'll all actually be packed into a stadium again, singing along to Taylor Swift's "Lover," truly, only time will tell. The plan comes after the company came under fire by concertgoers for quietly changing its refund policy to cover only canceled events -- not the many functions that promoters have indefinitely "postponed" or rescheduled to a date/time that some ticketholders cannot make.

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Report: 5G iPad Pro with mini-LED display likely delayed to next year

9to5Mac - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 05:24

As a consequence of the coronavirus supply chain disruption, Apple has reportedly delayed the release of the first 5G iPad to 2021. Economic Daily News reports that the product was originally meant to launch in the fall, but the epidemic has interfered with the roadmap.

You can expect that Apple is prioritizing the 5G iPhone 12 launch above all else, as it is the company’s central revenue and profit driver. We have already heard how flagship iPhone testing is behind schedule, and may launch weeks later than planned. Originally, the rumor mill was indicating that there would be two iPad hardware updates in 2020, with a fall iPad Pro to follow up on the 2020 iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard releases. However, it now seems like that is no longer on the cards.

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Apple launches App Store, Music, Arcade, Podcasts, and iCloud in new countries

9to5Mac - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 03:37

Apple officially expanded the reach of its services offerings today, bringing key content businesses to more countries.

The expansion sees the App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Podcasts, and iCloud launch in 20 new countries. Meanwhile, Apple Music debuts in a total of 72 new markets. Users signing up to the Apple Music free trial in 52 of the new countries will be able to use the service for free for six months, compared to the usual three-month trial offers.

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Apple announces many of its most popular services are now available in more countries

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 03:34

The App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in 20 more countries, while Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries.
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By 2023, Some GM Facilities In Michigan Will Run On 100 Percent Renewables

Slashdot - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 03:00
On its way to being net-zero carbon neutral by 2050, General Motors announced today that some of its southeast Michigan facilities will be fully powered by renewable energy by 2023. CNET reports: The carmaker said on Monday it will strengthen a partnership with DTE Energy to buy another 500,000 megawatt-hours worth of energy in the next few years. That's on top of 300,000 mWh already purchased, making a total of 800,000 mWh, or enough clean energy to take C02 from 63 million gallons of gasoline burned out of the air. Facilities first targeted for fully renewable energy include GM's downtown Detroit-based Renaissance Center headquarters and two assembly plants: Orion and Detroit-Hamtramck. The Warren Technical Center is also on the shortlist for 100% green energy in fewer than three years. Clean energy powering Orion and Detroit-Hamtramck suits the plants, too. Orion builds the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Detroit-Hamtramck will build the GMC Hummer EV along with future electric cars. GM's investment will help fund two new solar parks DTE plans to build, which the company said will create 1,500 jobs during the construction period.

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