Apple’s latest iPhone ad promises privacy matters


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In a follow-up to its trolly CES banner ads, Apple just debuted a new commercial that again centers the iPhone as a more privacy-conscious option than the competition. Titled “Privacy on iPhone — Private Side,” it focuses on how much we all value privacy, whether you’re a wiseguy in a diner or a kid passing notes in class. It’s tied up with the tagline “If privacy matters in your life, it should matter to the phone your life is on.”

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Apple will finally unveil its streaming video service on March 25th


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It turns out rumors of an Apple spring event were true: the company’s next event will happen on March 25th at the Steve Jobs theater on Apple’s Cupertino campus. And judging by the event invite, we’ll finally hear about Apple’s long-rumored video service. The rumblings had pointed to a Spring event that would see the launch of Apple’s news and video services, but the invite doesn’t quite make it clear whether we’ll actually get any info on that news product. There’s also a chance we’ll see new iPads, as Apple has refreshed its lineup in March for several years now, but one thing is for sure: we’ll be there bringing you the news live as it happens.

Apple will add 1,200 jobs in Qualcomm’s hometown


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Tim Apple may have a new way to challenge Qualcomm outside of the courtroom: by luring some of the rival company’s employees. The company has unveiled plans to add 1,200 jobs in Qualcomm’s hometown of San Diego over the next three years, a 20 percent increase over previously mentioned numbers. The city will become a “principle engineering hub” for the company, with people focusing on “specialty” hardware and software projects.

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Apple’s streaming video service might finally arrive in April


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Apple’s video service might finally be ready to launch. A report from CNBC says that the company’s first video subscription service will launch in April and will feature a combination of original programming as well as “add-on” options for popular existing services like Showtime, Starz and some Viacom channels.

Most of the talk around Apple’s streaming video plans has focused on the original content the company has been planning; it feels like barely a week goes by without some new development deal being announced. But we haven’t heard much about how Apple may integrate other services in with its own. Today’s report seems to indicate users will be able to bundle some premium channels along with what Apple offers, with all the content living in one app.

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Video: To make 1997’s Blade Runner, Westwood first had to create the universe


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Shot by Sean Dacanay and edited by Justin Wolfson. VFX by John Cappello. Click here for transcript. And if you want a close-up peek at the awesome Ladd-style logo Aurich cooked up for this video, you can get that right here.

Welcome back to “War Stories,” an ongoing video series where we get game designers to open up about development challenges that almost—but not quite—derailed their games. In this edition, we focus on a genre particularly near and dear to my dead, black Gen-X heart: the adventure game.

And not just any adventure game—we were lucky enough to be able to sit down with Louis Castle, co-founder of legendary game developer Westwood Studios. Castle’s hands were on some of the most famous titles of the 1990s, including Dune II, the Legend of Kyrandia series, and, most famously, the Command & Conquer franchise. But as wonderful as those

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New emoji for 2019 include wheelchairs, waffles and sloths


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It’s that time of year when the Unicode Consortium decides which new emoji you’ll see, and this year’s selection of 59 new base emoji (230 if you include all gender and skin variations) is both inclusive and eclectic. To start, Apple’s accessibility emoji play a central role: you’ll find wheelchairs, guide dogs and deaf people, among other additions. Beyond those, you’ll find many different couple combinations based on skin color and gender.

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Trump’s missile defense strategy: Build wall in space, make allies pay for it


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It has been 36 years since President Ronald Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), an effort to develop technologies to counter intercontinental ballistic missiles, including orbital systems that could detect and take out ICBMs with lasers or kinetic weapons. That program, dismissively called “Star Wars” by Senator Ted Kennedy, was seen as massively destabilizing from a strategic perspective—until the Soviets stopped objecting in 1987 because they realized it would never work. SDI was officially terminated in 1993, as the US focused instead on the threat of shorter-range ballistic missiles by “rogue states” in the wake of the Gulf War.

In 2019, “Star Wars” is back. While President George W. Bush got the ball rolling in 2002 with the formation of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and an exit from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, President Donald Trump’s new missile defense strategy seeks to

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FaceTime bug lets you listen in before a call starts (updated)


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Apple’s FaceTime might make it a little too convenient to drop in on a friend. Reports have emerged of a bug that lets you listen to the other side’s audio before a call has even started. All you have to do is start a FaceTime call, add a person, and choose your own phone number when prompted. If you try that, you effectively start a group call while the other side’s device is still ringing. It’s not necessarily eavesdropping, especially when the other side can hear you, but it could easily lead to catching someone off-guard.

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Shuffle Music Players with Five iTunes Alternatives for Macs


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If you’ve been using iTunes for a long time, you may have noticed how it changed from a good music player into a strong multimedia player, became a music, video, and app store, as well as a file and device manager for syncing, backing up, and restoring iOS devices.

Lost in all the changes was its original strength: simply playing and managing media on a Mac.

If iTunes now seems a bit unwieldy to you, there are alternatives available that can likely meet most of your needs. The key word here is “most” of your needs. As far as I’ve seen, there’s no single iTunes replacement that can do everything iTunes does. But if your main interest is playing media, or organizing your multimedia library, there are quite a few alternatives available. If you’re looking for an app to manage your devices, perform backups, and transfer files between devices, there

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Samsung Announces iTunes Movies and TV Shows App and AirPlay 2 Support for Its Smart TVs


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In a first among TV manufacturers, Samsung has announced that its 2019 TVs will ship with an iTunes Movies and TV Shows app in over 100 countries as well as AirPlay 2 support in 190 countries. 2018 models will receive the same support via a firmware update.

With the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas just around the corner, Samsung’s US newsroom site issued a press release stating:

With the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app on Samsung Smart TVs, Samsung customers can access their existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes Store to buy or rent from a selection of hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes — including the largest selection of 4K HDR movies. iTunes Movies and TV Shows will work seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, such as Universal Guide, the New Bixby and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform.

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Video: Total War: Rome II devs built all of Europe—and the AI ignored most of it


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Creative Assembly’s Total War franchise has been around for so long that it’s old enough to drive, vote, and even drink in most countries. For the three people reading this who haven’t played at least one title in the series, the games provide a blend of real-time strategy and turn-based resource management that manages to scratch a number of itches simultaneously. You can direct the conquest of large regions from a god’s-eye overhead view and then step down to the battlefield and move units around like Command and Conquer.

As technology and the 2000s progressed, new entries in the series became more sophisticated; by the time 2013 rolled around and Creative Assembly was working its magic on Total War: Rome II, the design goals were ambitious indeed. Designers wanted to give players total freedom to

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Apple Mac Mini review (2018): A video editor’s perspective


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The Mac Mini has had a rough few years. Its last update, in 2014, was disappointing. After offering quad-core CPUs on the 2011 and 2012 editions, the 2014 model was stuck with a dual-core CPU. This meant it was actually slower at some tasks than the computer it was supposed to replace. Add in the fact that aside from storage it was not upgradable, and you had a computer that left a lot of users unhappy. Amazingly, until last month the 2014 Mini was still available on Apple’s web store for $500. The lack of updates over the past four years left a lot of us wondering if we’d ever see a new model.

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Video: How to Upgrade Memory in 2018 Mac mini


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The Mac mini is upgradeable again! The new powerful Mac mini from Apple features upgradeable memory. This new model is easier to upgrade than previous generations, with a more simplified inside requiring less steps to upgrade. We put together a video with complete instructions to help you upgrade the memory in your 2018 Mac mini to get better performace at a better price. 

More Memory, Better Performance
The powerful new Mac mini from Apple features upgradeable memory slots for up to 64GB, and OWC is offering customers incredible savings off factory upgrade prices. New Mac mini owners can save up to 50% on memory upgrades through OWC’s Memory trade-in rebate program. Upgrading memory in a Mac mini boosts performance levels and allows users to run more apps, work with larger files, speed up render times, and manipulate larger data sets.

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AP: Video expert says White House clip of CNN reporter was likely doctored


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Expert: Sarah Sanders tweeted altered Acosta video

Video expert Abba Shapiro told the Associated Press that he believes the White House circulated a doctored video of an interaction between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and a White House intern.

In the above video, Shapiro walks frame by frame through the AP’s unaltered clip of the incident and the clip of the incident that the White House circulated. The beginning of the clip has extra frames that would be indicative of an alteration to slow the clip down, and then the actual moment of the incident is sped up to make Acosta’s actions look more aggressive than they actually were.

On Wednesday, a White House intern tried to take a microphone away from the Acosta as he was asking President Trump questions that the president didn’t want to answer. Acosta held on to the microphone, but how aggressively he held that microphone

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Apple’s new Mac mini is all about increased power


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Yes, it’s actually happening: Apple is releasing a new Mac mini after four years of leaving the tiny desktop virtually untouched. The new design is familiar on the surface, outside of its space gray finish, but boasts a huge performance upgrade with a minimum four-core 8th-generation Intel desktop processor (with an option for six cores), up to 64GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. It’s up to five times faster in raw computing power, with 60 percent faster graphics. And it doesn’t skimp on connectivity. You’ll find four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI, audio and Ethernet (including a 10Gbps option).

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iPhone XR teardowns take a peek at its XL battery


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Now that Apple’s iPhone XR is officially available, the usual cast of characters are waiting to tear the device apart and see what’s inside. The first teardown video came courtesy of the Germans over at kaputt.de, while iFixit is also busy with its own look inside that includes a few shots take via X-ray. Either way you look at it, the iPhone XR, once pulled apart, shows its status as a device straddling generations.

It has hints of the iPhone X, with a rectangular logic board, but also an iPhone 8-style rectangular battery. Speaking of that cell, at 11.16Wh, it’s larger than the iPhone XS (10.13), iPhone 8 Plus (10.28) and smaller than the iPhone XS Max (12.08). Since it’s also driving a lower-res 6.1-inch LCD screen than the OLED-equipped XS phones, we’d expect the excellent battery life seen in our review Continue reading “iPhone XR teardowns take a peek at its XL battery”

OWC ThunderBlade Cuts Production Time, Costs During Filming of ‘Playing God’


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Wyatt Cagle’s world revolves around data.

As the Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) on the Ralph Smyth Entertainment feature film “Playing God” starring Michael McKean and Alan Tudyk, Cagle is responsible for, among other things, ensuring each day’s footage is safely secured from set and quickly backed up on multiple RAID-enabled hard drives. He’s also responsible for distributing that data from set to the offsite editor who needs to quickly transcode the footage into proxies.

And in order wrangle, ingest and deliver huge amounts of data to the film crew without hindering tight production deadlines, Cagle needs the fastest hardware possible. But while hardware had long caused a bottleneck in film production workflows, forcing crew members to sit idly while data is ingested, DITs like Cagle have a new weapon at their disposal: the OWC ThunderBlade.

Getting Dailies, Daily
The OWC ThunderBlade external SSD provides transfer speeds up to 2800MB/s, making

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