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Samsung is said to be in preliminary discussions with entertainment companies to deliver a live global television subscription service delivered over the Internet to its web-connected TVs, reports Bloomberg. If it is successful in putting together a package for its customers, it would potentially beat Apple to market with such a service. Apple had been considering a similar service, but has yet to find a way forward in delivering the content it wants to deliver, at a price that it believes customers will be willing to pay.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has continued his tour of India with a new television interview. Among his talking points with the show's host on India's NDTV, Cook made it clear how important the Indian market is to Apple, explaining that it is a top-five priority for the Cupertino-based company. In this latest interview, Cook also kept on point with the messages he has been reiterating throughout the week-long tour, which is that Apple is playing a long game with Asia generally, and is firmly committed to expanding its presence in the region.
Apple has produced another ad in its growing series of TV spots featuring the Siri vocal assistant feature found in iOS products. The latest is titled "Thank You Speech," and features How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris in a 30-second ad that shows off the "Hey Siri" feature -- in this case having Harris ask for a specific note, containing his thank-you award speech, to be read aloud. He then follows along with the recitation, holding a suit brush as a stand-in for the award he presumes he will get.
Dish has launched a new package as part of its Sling TV online streaming service, one that seemingly offers more than the existing base package. The second package, priced the same $20 rate as the original, is providing access to a number of channels from the Fox broadcast network alongside other channels already offered by the service, though this time Sling TV is introducing the option of viewing multiple streams from the package simultaneously.
There's an updated video app, and -- no, we can't do it. Listen, we're begging you: when you shoot video on your iPhone, do it with the phone in landscape. Do it for us. Do it for America. Do it for every time you've seen a member of the public get astonishing access to a major event, but they've shot in portrait -- so you just get a sliver of image, and the poor news TV show has to fill in four-fifths of the screen. We're on our knees. Landscape. Anyway. So there's this an updated video app, Vizmat 3.0.6, and it's worth your having a look.
Apple has confirmed that it will partner with TV executives Howard T. Owens and Ben Silverman, along with artist Will.i.am on a documentary series that explores the "app economy" of developers and markets created by Apple and expanded by rivals. Although this is the first confirmed report of Apple's involvement in a video series, the company is also said to be helping develop a mini-series featuring Apple executive Dr. Dre that will feature the company's streaming Apple Music service.
Usually you can't readily separate Netflix, the service, from Netflix, the apps that you use to watch it on but we can now because only one of those has changed. The service is as it was, give or take various films and shows that it's gained and lost rights for, but the iOS app is now Netflix 8.0.0 and the improvements since the last version could've been made specifically to address our criticisms of how it works on the iPad Pro.
Supporting rumors that Apple was at one time hoping to offer its own low-priced package of TV channels that would not require a cable TV subscription, ESPN President John Skipper has revealed that his network is still working with Apple on trying to create "a great television experience" but has been "frustrated" by its inability to secure deals with networks and content creators. He told the Wall Street Journal that he did not expect to see an Apple package being offered in 2016.
Netflix doesn't hang about with updates to its iOS software, but it also doesn't add a great deal: the new Netflix 7.2.5 app for iPhone and iPad is a bug-fix release. We were hoping it would improve how the service looks on iPad Pro, and we were half-expecting it to support iOS 9's picture-in-picture feature, but neither has happened. Nonetheless, it's a good app with access to a ridiculously great number of films and TV shows to watch.
There's an irony in how the Tizi company makes TV products that are simple to setup and use, but necessarily come with a bucketful of complexity just based on where you live, what device you have, and whether you get the software from Apple or directly from the developer. The shortest answer is that US readers are mostly out of luck, and that this is another case where you shouldn't buy from the Mac App Store. Tizi.tv is a television tuner and DVR that is work well on our UK Macs receiving the Freeview DTT service.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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