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No Sex Please, We’re Apple: iPhone Giant Seeks TV Success on Its Own Terms - WSJ
Apple’s entertainment team must walk a line few in Hollywood would consider. Since Mr. Cook spiked “Vital Signs,” Apple has made clear, say producers and agents, that it wants high-quality shows with stars and broad appeal, but it doesn’t want gratuitous sex, profanity or violence.
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‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ comes to iPad, as education features expand to mainstream version of game – GeekWire
At the same time, Microsoft is drawing attention to features initially developed only for Education Edition that have started crossing over to consumer Minecraft. The first is the Chemistry Resource Pack, which was announced for schools in January and uses game-based learning to introduce chemistry concepts. It features a full periodic table and a compounding table, similar to Minecraft’s crafting table.
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4 weeks ago by leolaporte
2018 iPhone Pre-orders to Take Place on September 14 According to German Carriers - Mac Rumors
Apple typically unveils new iPhones on Tuesdays rather than Wednesdays, but because Tuesday falls on September 11, there has been some speculation that Apple will avoid holding an event on that day.

Back in 2012, when September 11 also fell on a Tuesday, Apple opted to hold its event on Wednesday, September 12 instead, and it's believed Apple will do the same thing this year.

Following the September 14 pre-order date, iPhones will begin delivering to customers the following Friday, September 21, which will probably be the official launch date for the device.
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4 weeks ago by leolaporte
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon miss out on money as Millennials share passwords
Hill and Magid said 35 percent of millennials share passwords for streaming services. That's compared with 19 percent of Generation X subscribers and 13 percent of Baby Boomers. Take those password-sharing rates, the tens of millions of paying subscribers for various services and the monthly subscription cost of a service like Netflix, and that can add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue that streaming companies aren't booking.
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4 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini - Bloomberg
The new laptop will look similar to the current MacBook Air, but will include thinner bezels around the screen. The display, which will remain about 13-inches, will be a higher-resolution "Retina" version that Apple uses on other products, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing products still in development. Apple spokesman Bill Evans declined to comment.
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4 weeks ago by leolaporte
Netflix tests a bypass of iTunes billing in 33 markets | TechCrunch
TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Netflix, in its own words, is “testing the iTunes payment method” in 33 countries. More specifically, Netflix is testing how to bypass iTunes. Until September 30, new or lapsed subscribers in selected markets across Europe, Latin America and Asia will be unable pay using iTunes. They are instead getting redirected to the mobile web version to log payment details directly with Netflix.
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4 weeks ago by leolaporte
Arm Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 - Taking Intel Head On
The A76 being a 2018 product – and we should be hearing more on the first commercial devices on 7nm towards the end of the year and coming months, Deimos is its 2019 successor aiming at more wide-spread 7nm adoption. Hercules is said to be the next iteration of the microarchitecture for 2020 products and the first 5nm implementations. This is as far as Arm is willing to project in the future for today’s disclosure, as the Sophia team is working on the next big microarchitecture push, which I suspect will be the successor to Hercules in 2021.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
PSA: 2018 MacBook Pro “Speaker Crackling” Issue Is Related to the CPU / Apple’s Patch Did Not Fix All CPU-Related Issues : macbookpro
Along with George, fellow audio engineer John Marshall suggests the artifacts could be due to CPU-related deferred procedure call (DPC) latency issues, which are typically only found in Windows-based PCs. In Windows, this can usually be mitigated "by disabling C-States in the BIOS so that the CPU clock is constant." George states, "It's not as often discussed in the Mac world since there aren't really any OS tweaks or driver adjustments in Mac that change DPC performance."
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Melbourne teen hacked into Apple's secure computer network, court told
The Children’s Court heard on Thursday that he had downloaded 90gb of secure files and accessed customer accounts.

His offending from the age of 16 saw him develop computerised tunnels and online bypassing systems to hide his identity until a raid on his family home uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder titled “hacky hack hack”.

The teen’s defence lawyer said his client had become so well known in the international hacking community that even mentioning the case in detail could expose him to risk.
The Crown prosecutor also acknowledged that Apple was “very sensitive about publicity”.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple probed in Japan over anti-competitive behavior - Nikkei Asian Review
The Fair Trade Commission and the industry ministry began receiving reports from Yahoo last fall about issues surrounding its Game Plus platform. The web-based service, launched in July 2017, lets users play games without needing to download apps. For developers, the service features much looser restrictions surrounding sales, fees and software updates than Apple's App Store.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not
For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like “chocolate chip cookies,” or “kids science kits,” pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude — accurate to the square foot — and save it to your Google account.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Invisible Mouse Clicks Let Hackers Burrow Deep into MacOS | WIRED
Apple responded by patching Wardle's mouse-key hack. But when he later tried testing ways to get around that patch, he stumbled into an even stranger bug. A synthetic click includes both a "down" command and an "up" command, which correlate to clicking a mouse and then releasing it. But Wardle accidentally copied and pasted the wrong snippet of code, so that it performed two down commands instead. When he ran that code, the operating system mysteriously translated the second "down" into an "up," completing the click. And those "down-down" synthetic clicks, Wardle discovered, aren't actually blocked when used to click on an "allow" prompt for installing a kernel extension.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple delays FaceTime group chats from iOS 12 to a ‘future software update’ - The Verge
Apple is delaying its FaceTime group chats feature. While FaceTime group chats were originally scheduled for the iOS 12 release, developer Guilherme Rambo has revealed the feature has been removed in the latest iOS 12 beta 7 release today. “Group FaceTime has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12,” reads a note from Apple to developers, posted by Rambo. Apple says the feature “will ship in a future software update later this fall.”
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Netflix, Amazon Video, and Xfinity are accidentally re-creating cable TV - The Verge
This is a big deal for Amazon, which had previously refrained from partnering with any US pay-TV service to offer Amazon Prime Video. (The full scope of the deal is unclear at this point; neither partner revealed financial terms.) It’s arguably a bigger deal for Comcast, however. The partnership lets it remain relevant by allowing it to at least temporarily bypass the existential terror felt by cable providers in response to cord-cutting, the trend for viewers to shift from traditional cable television to streaming services.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Why Apple had a secret meeting with app developers in New York to discuss the App Store - INSIDER
The new way Apple wanted to promote: Instead of users paying for apps once, they'd pay on a regular basis, putting money into developer coffers on a regular schedule. Apple would still get a 30% cut of the subscription's cost, but if a customer continued to subscribe after a year, Apple's cut would go down to 15%.

At the meeting, Apple underscored that the app model was changing. The meeting touched on topics including launching, customer acquisition, testing and marketing, engagement, retention, monetization, and paid search ads.

An Apple representative said at the meeting that paid apps represent 15% of total app sales and is on the decline, according to a person who was there who did not want to be identified to maintain their relationship with Apple.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
A digital birth control app blamed for dozens of pregnancies just got FDA approval – VICE News
This is the first time the FDA has allowed a birth control app to market itself as a contraceptive.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte

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