Disney+ Now Has More Content With Addition of Star

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Disney+ subscribers users in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Europe now have more content after the Star brand launched Tuesday. (The service has  launched in Singapore on the same day with the added content.) Shows like Grey’s Anatomy are now part of a subscription, and there will be originals too. The cost of a subscription is going up though (it’s £7.99 per month not £5.99 in the UK.)

Disney+ Now Has More Content With Addition of Star

'Ted Lasso' Stars to Appear at PaleyFest LA 2021

· Charlotte Henry · News

Ted Lasso on Apple TV+

Members of the Ted Lasso cast and crew, in including Bill Lawrence and Jason Sudeikis will appear in a discussion at PaleyFest LA 2021.

Spotify CEO Discusses 'Play[ing] Nice' With Apple and Other Rivals

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek

Spotify is expanding its slate of original podcasts. However, CEO Daniel Ek explained to The Verge that his firm wants its content across all platforms, including Apple’s operating systems, and is unlikely to make its own hardware.

I would have been a lot more concerned if consumers were locked into just one ecosystem. If it was just an Apple, or just a Google, or just an Amazon that kind of owned the consumer across their entire ecosystem. That is a very concerning development, if it were to be true. But I think the good news is what we’re finding is that while Apple, for instance, is very strong on mobiles in many markets, we’re finding Amazon is very strong in their homes, and most of the cars today are being built on Android Auto, which is Google’s ecosystem. And the one thing that is true about Spotify is we play nice on all of them, and I believe we’re the only player that has that relationship where we’re now on 2,000 devices, and we play nice on all of them.

T-Mobile Announces New ‘Magenta MAX’ 5G Plan

· Andrew Orr · Link

5G iPhone 12

T-Mobile announced on Monday the release of its new Magenta MAX 5G plan. It includes 40GB of mobile hotspot.

Magenta MAX delivers unlimited Premium Data — 4G and 5G — on your smartphone. That means you can’t be slowed down based on how much you use. Plus, Magenta MAX is made for video streaming with UHD (ultra-high definition) streaming up to 4K resolution and Netflix on Us on all MAX plans, now including single line customers. And Magenta MAX comes with the industry’s most generous smartphone mobile hotspot at 40GB of high-speed data included for consumers.

Chick-fil-A Uses FaceTime and iPads to Speed Up Drive-Thru

· Andrew Orr · Link


Chick-fil-A has been experiencing big drive-thru lines during the pandemic and it’s using Apple technology to speed it up.

The chain stands out from the drive-thru crowd in large part thanks to its workers with iPads who take orders from cars even before they reach the window.

“Some restaurants are using [FaceTime] during extreme weather as another measure to protect Team Members and/or for additional social distancing during COVID,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement.

M1 Mac Users Report Hard Drive Health Readings That Could Limit Device Life Span

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Some M1 Mac users have started to highlight hard drive health reports that might possibly indicate severe life span problems for the device. iMore rounded up some of the issues.

The issue of ‘TBW’, or total bytes written, refers to the lifespan of an SSD… If the readings being given out from these machines is correct, developer Hector Martin says it could indicate that some machines “aren’t going to last half a year”… Martin does however state this is “definitely” a bug, however its unclear if that relates to the readings being given, or macOS behavior which is causing the readings to be abnormally high (but accurate). As PC Gamer notes in its report, smart monitoring tools “are notorious for misreporting” and this could be an M1 teething problem.


Facebook Turns The News Off And on Again - Media+

· Charlotte Henry · Media+

The Mac Observer's Media+ Podcast Logo

Host Charlotte Henry is joined by media critic Mic Wright to discuss the recent clash between Facebook and the Australian government, which saw news content removed from the social network in Oz. It is now being restored, but what are the wider implications?

New Apple Watch Series 6 Video Shows its Workout Tracking Capabilities

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple shared a new video showing off how the Apple Watch Series 6 helps them exercise. Called Workout, it highlights the ability to track exercise, even under water and boasts “the future of health is on your wrist.” The clip is soundtracked by the song Dreams by Shey Baba.

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