M. Night Shyamalan Discusses How 'Servant' Got Supernatural

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The second episode of season two of Servant is now available on Apple TV+. In the latest video explaining the show, creator M. Night Shyamalan discusses the unique supernatural elements in the series.

Tim Cook to Address European Data Protection Conference

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to speak at the Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference this week. Apple’s senior director for privacy, Jane Horvath, is also set to appear, 9to5 Mac reported.

As first reported by Macerkopf, Cook will appear virtually during the CPDP conference on Thursday, January 28. The focus of the CPDP conference this year is “”Enforcement of rights in a changing world,” and Cook specifically will speak at the beginning of the session in a talk titled “A path to empowering user choice and boosting user trust in advertising.” Cook will appear alongside a handful of other privacy executives and politicians, including Apple’s own senior director for privacy Jane Horvath: John Edwards, New Zealand privacy commissioner; Marcel Kolaja, vice president of the European Parliament; Lucy Purdon, policy director, Privacy International; Marshall Erwin, chief security officer, Mozilla; Jane Horvath, senior director for privacy, Apple.

The Apple TV+ Freeloading Dilemma — Media+

· Charlotte Henry · Media+

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Author, blogger, and podcaster Dan Moren joins Charlotte Henry to discuss the Apple TV+ freeloading problem. Almost nobody is paying for the service. Very few want to. How can Apple make money from streaming?

Preorder Otterbox Gaming Accessories That Ship in February

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Known for its smartphone cases, this year Otterbox presented a range of gaming accessories for mobile gamers. I was privy to the company’s video presentation at virtual CES and was impressed with these new products. Otterbox partnered with Microsoft and several of these accessories are made for the Xbox controller. However, they did inform us in the video that the mobile gaming clip is compatible with all console game controllers. You can preorder them today and they start shipping mid-February.

Preorder Otterbox Gaming Accessories That Ship in February

Twitter Client ‘Tweetbot’ Becomes a Subscription App

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Tweetbot was updated to version six on Tuesday and it brings several notable features, including the move to subscription pricing.

Even though the Tweetbot subscription isn’t expensive, I think Tapbots owes its users more than it has delivered. It’s a shame because Tweetbot remains one of the premier third-party Twitter clients for iOS. Hopefully, the lack of new features in this update will be addressed in subsequent releases.

Another subscription app that I’ll be deleting. For me, the only advantage Tweetbot has over Twitter is the lack of sponsored tweets, aka ads. While that is a notable feature worth paying for, one downside to Tweetbot includes never getting timely notifications.

HBO Max Harry Potter Series in Early Development

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A live-action Harry Potter series for HBO Max is apparently in the works. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that such a project is though in the very early stages of development.

While it’s news that executives at HBO Max and Warners are engaged in meetings to find a writer and pitch for a Harry Potter TV series, no writers or talent are currently attached as the conversations are still in the extremely early stages and no deals have been made. “There are no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform,” HBO Max and Warner Bros. reaffirmed in a statement to THR. Expanding the world of Harry Potter remains a top priority for HBO Max and Warner Bros., which along with creator J.K. Rowling, controls rights to the property. Harry Potter is one of Warners’ most valuable pieces of IP. (It’s also worth pointing out that while Harry Potter remains a beloved franchise, Rowling sparked backlash from the trans community after saying that transgender individuals should be defined by their biological sex.)

Cut Fiber Cable Causes Verizon Outage on East Coast

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A cut fiber cable has been giving Verizon Fios customers issues on the East Coast.

On Twitter, which many still were able to access, people reported they were seeing issues with their Verizon Fios Internet service. Verizon’s customer support team said on Twitter Tuesday that a fiber had been cut in Brooklyn, which could possibly account for some of the issues. The support account on Twitter quickly became inundated with customers asking why their internet was slow and bumpy.

Facebook News Rolling Out in The UK

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Facebook’s News tabs started appearing for users in the UK on Tuesday, bringing together content from a variety of outlets.

A First Look at ‘Palmer’, Coming to Apple TV+ February 29

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

A new featurette looking at forthcoming Apple TV+ movie Palmer was released Monday. The films stars Justin Timberlake, who plays a former high school football player who has left prison and ends up making an unlikely friend – a boy called Sam. It will be available from February 29.