Apple and Kia May Yet do a Car Deal

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Kia logo

Despite previously stating that talks were off, a car partnership between Apple, Hyundai, and its affiliate Kia could yet happen. Reuters picked up on reports coming out of South Korea.

Online site Chosun Biz said on Friday that Apple and Kia had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last year and had agreed to pursue cooperation in eight sectors, including electric vehicles. It said negotiations on electric vehicles had not been completely cancelled. “Even if the negotiations on electric vehicles fail, there are many items that can be negotiated in other fields, so we are still optimistic about the possibility of partnership between the two sides,” Chosun cited an unnamed source familiar with negotiations between Hyundai and Apple as saying. Aside from electric vehicles, Kia and Apple are also discussing cooperation in “last mile” mobility, or transport to complete a final short distance to a destination after using another means of transportation, Chosun said

Google Adds App Privacy Labels to Gmail

· Andrew Orr · News

Gmail privacy label

This week Google has finally made progress in adding App Store privacy labels to its apps. Gmail is the second app to get a label.

How Apple is Going Back to The Future With Its Designs

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Some of the designs of recent Apple products, particularly, but not exclusively, the iPhone, leave longtime users with a sense of deja vu. Cult of Mac took a good like at how Apple is going Mac back to the future.

Specifically, Apple ditched the curved edges that graced every iPhone since 2014’s iPhone 6, reverting to the squared-off edges of previous devices. That was perfectly OK with me: The iPhone 5 remains probably my favorite iPhone design in history. By borrowing (you can’t exactly steal your own designs) some of that classic phone’s design elements, and then offering some truly up-to-date tech in the form of all-display OLED screens, 5G, and A14 chips, Apple merged old and new in a compelling package. But that’s not the end of Apple’s newfound willingness to reference what worked in the past. Apple’s next MacBook Pro apparently will take a backward leap to move forward. Rumors indicate the laptop will revive the beloved MagSafe charger. And it reportedly will restore ports like HDMI and an SD card reader that disappeared half a decade ago.

HyperGear Quake Wireless Speaker with Built-in Power Bank: $44.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HyperGear Quake

We have a deal on the HyperGear Quake, a Bluetooth speaker with a built-in 5,000mAh power bank you can use for charing your other devices while you’re listening. Aimed at outdoor use, the Quake is built to be rugged. It’s $44.99 through our deal.

If This, Then That: Apps Working Together

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac explains why he loves using IFTTT, a free platform that helps apps and services work better together.

Apple Insiders Share Steve Jobs Stories on Clubhouse to Mark His 66th Birthday

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Steve Jobs would have turned 66 on Wednesday. To mark the occasion, the Computer History Museum hosted a conversation about the Apple co-founder on Clubhouse the day before. It included contributions and never told before stories from insiders like Mike Slade, who was Mr. Jobs’s special adviser between 1998 and 2004, former Apple CEO John Sculley along with his wife Diane, and member of original Mac team Andy Hertzfeld. The full conversation is now available to watch and listen to.

Twitter Announces ‘Super Follows’ and Communities

· Andrew Orr · Link

Twitter super follows

Twitter announced a couple of features on Thursday that will arrive in the future and change the nature of its platform.

The payment feature, called Super Follows, will allow Twitter users to charge followers and give them access to extra content. That could be bonus tweets, access to a community group, subscription to a newsletter, or a badge indicating your support.

Twitter also announced a new feature called Communities, which appear to be its take on something like Facebook Groups. People can create and join groups around specific interests — like cats or plants, Twitter suggests — allowing them to see more tweets focused on those topics.

New Paramount+ Service Will be $5 a Month With Ads

· Andrew Orr · Link


Paramount+ is a rebranded and expanded version of CBS All Access. In a virtual investor event on Thursday executives revealed pricing. It launches March 4.

And they said that Paramount+ will cost $4.99 per month with ads in the U. S. (less than the $5.99 charged for CBS All Access), or $9.99 without ads and with additional sports, news and live TV content. There are also plans to bundle this with the company’s premium subscriptions, such as Showtime.

Why Apple TV+ Movie 'Cherry' is Personal for Directors Anthony and Joe Russo

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Tom Holland in Cherry on Apple TV+

Ahead of the launch of Cherry on Apple TV+ on February 26, there was a premiere on February 23. AppleInsider reported on how the story had a personal element for directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

“Like many of us, we’ve had personal experiences with loved ones who have had either addiction problems, overdose problems, even involving death,” Anthony Russo said. “So the issue of the opioid crisis was very present in our personal lives.” “But even beyond that, it felt like it was a very timely issue, something that we really wanted to address now, in the hopes of being able to play some small part in how this issue unfolds for people and evolves.”