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Netflix Could get More Expensive with New Ultra Subscription Tier

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Your Netflix subscription may soon cost more, or have fewer features. The streaming media company is reportedly considering a higher-price tier called Ultra with HDR video and HD audio support. Assuming the new tier does roll out (it’s in testing now), PhoneArena says it’ll cost US$16.99 which is $3 more than the current Premium plan. That isn’t too bad, but the change will likely see the number of simultaneously supported devices on each tier reduced as well.

Some Italian consumers say that based on promotional material they’ve received from the video streamer, the new Netflix lineup reduces the number of screens that can stream Netflix simultaneously with the Premium plan from 4 to 2. However, others in Italy who received information about the new Ultra tier say that the Premium service will continue to allow four screens to stream Netflix at the same time. If Netflix does cut the number of simultaneous screens in half for its Premium plan, that would be akin to a price hike for those who share the service with three other users.

There isn’t any guarantee the Ultra tier will survive its limited testing phase, but if it does there’s a good chance you’ll get less for you money on the current plans.

Reddit is About to See its Biggest Ban Ever Thanks to Thanos

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Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War stop reading now. With that out of the way, Reddit is going to experience its biggest forum ban ever on July 9th when the moderators of the thanosdidnothingwrong subreddit randomly ban half their members. It seems only fitting since Thanos did that very thing in the movie, but on a galactic—or universal—scale. Of course, you won’t turn to dust if you’re in the half that’s banned from the subreddit, so at least there’s that. Ironically, the forum may have more members after the ban than it did before the moderators announced the plan because people are signing up in droves just to see if they survive.

Reddit is About to See its Biggest Ban Ever Thanks to Thanos

Happy U.S. Independence Day

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In honor of Independence Day—a U.S. holiday—The Mac Observer is taking off Wednesday, July 4th. We will return on Thursday, July 5th, with our usual Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. TMO’s Daily Observations podcast is taking off the holiday, too. Enjoy the holiday!

Samsung Phones Randomly Sending Photos to Contacts is as Awkward as it Sounds

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Sharing photos with friends is cool, but not when your decides to send photos without your knowledge. That’s exactly what’s happening for some Samsung smartphone owners. Mashable says people are freaking out because the photos on their phones are being sent out to other people via SMS and they don’t even know it’s happening until the get a call or text from the recipient. From Mashable:

A few Redditors are claiming that their Samsung smartphones — in one case a Galaxy S9+ — sent photos from their camera roll to another person without their knowledge. And while this nightmare scenario has yet to be confirmed, you’d better believe that Samsung is looking into it.

Samsung is indeed looking into the problem, although it seems to be somewhat isolated. That isn’t, however, much of a consolation for Samsung smartphone users who’re dealing with photos randomly going out to people in their contacts list. Maybe it’s time for your Samsung-toting friends to delete those potentially awkward photos from their phones just to be safe.