| |1. Austria Drafts Law That Makes It Illegal To Leave Internet Comments Anonymously03:52[−]
Online comments, despite being just words, can be malicious and hurtful, so much so that we’ve seen how internet trolls have driven several celebrities off social media platforms. It is unclear if these kinds of malicious comments will ever go away, but over in Austria, the country is looking to do something about it.
The government has drafted a law that would essentially make it illegal to leave comments on websites anonymously. This essentially would require users to register their real names and addresses when making online comments, which presumably would hold internet users more accountable to the things that they say online.
You could still use public nicknames, but since they are now registered, it makes it easier to trace malicious comments back to their owners. If the law were to come to pass, it will only apply to websites that have more than 100,000 registered users, or who make more than €500,000 per year or receive press subsidies larger than €50,000.
|↑|2. Official Documents Suggests HTC’s 5G Smartphone Will Launch In H2 201903:50[−]
With 5G being the talk of the town, it didn’t come as a surprise to learn that many Android handset makers would be launching 5G variants of their phones. In fact, dating back to 2018, it was reported that HTC could have such a device in the works. Unfortunately, save for the HTC 5G Hub launched at MWC 2019, the company has yet to make any of their plans official.
However, the good news is that it looks like HTC is still working on the device because according to a sighting on the Bluetooth SIG website, a HTC handset with the model number 2Q6U10000 has been spotted. How do we know that this is the 5G model? Earlier, leakster Evan Blass had tweeted that HTC had a 5G smartphone in the works with the model number 2Q6U, so the appearance on the Bluetooth SIG suggests that the phone is still alive and in development.
|↑|3. Samsung Galaxy Fold Launch In China Might Have Been Postponed Due To Issues03:47[−]
As some of you might have heard, the Samsung Galaxy Fold has run into some issues with its early review units where reviewers have experienced some problems with its display. It was definitely not a good start for the company, especially for a phone that costs close to $2,000. Now it looks like Samsung could have delayed the phone to address those problems.
This is according to a tweet by Ice Universe who alleges that two of the Galaxy Fold’s launch events in China have apparently been postponed. Samsung had apparently claimed that they were having issues with one of the venues, but to have two events postponed does seem a bit suspect.
Samsung has yet to offer any additional comment, but it has been speculated that the postponement could be to allow Samsung to make some changes to the packaging of the handset. Previously, the problem that reviewers were experiencing was that some of them accidentally peeled off the protective layer on their phone’s display, thinking that it was just a screen protector.
Samsung has since issued a statement on the matter where they stated that they would be making some changes to convey this information to their customers better, which could potentially explain the handset’s delay as Samsung would need to change its packaging materials.
|↑|4. Netflix Reportedly Has More Beyonce Specials After ‘Homecoming’Вс., 21 апр.[−]
Netflix’s deal with one of the biggest stars in music may go beyond just one special. Beyonce’s behind-the-scenes Coachella documentary titled Homecoming is reportedly not the only special that the singer extraordinaire has signed up with Netflix for. It’s actually said to be a three-project deal.
Variety hears that Netflix has inked a $60 million three-project deal with Beyonce, the first of which is the Homecoming special. It’s a behind-the-scenes documentary of her 2018 Coachella performance. HBO is said to have been interested in this project as well but had to back out when Netflix made a more generous offer.
The Homecoming special provides a detailed look at the artist’s work ethic and her life off the stage which is largely obscured from the public eye. It will also delve into the preparations for the spectacular Coachella show. What’s not known right now is what the other two specials will cover and when they’re going to be out.
|↑|5. Secret Marvel’s Spider-Man Easter Egg RevealedВс., 21 апр.[−]
There are quite a few easter eggs in Marvel’s Spider-Man that players can discover. They include a Stan Lee cameo as the owner of Mick’s restaurant and the Avengers tower. However, there has been one easter egg that has gone by unnoticed and it has now been revealed by an Insomniac Games engineer.
You may not have noticed this easter egg when playing the game, particularly on a Sunday as it forces on pedestrians who walk around the streets of New York in the game. It’s the Orthodox Jews in particular that players will run into as they make their way around the game.
Orthodox Jews don’t work or go outside on Saturday due to the Sabbath and this has been recreated in the game. If you go out in the game with Peter Parker and try to find these NPCs, you won’t be able to because they don’t venture out even in the game on Saturday.
|↑|6. LG’s Software Upgrade Center Hasn’t Delivered On Its Promise Of Fast UpdatesВс., 21 апр.[−]
The fragmentation in Android OS updates often sees users having to wait a considerable amount of time for software updates. To fix this problem for its customers, LG launched a Software Upgrade Center about a year ago with the promise of speeding up Android updates for people who own LG smartphones. It turns out that the center hasn’t really delivered on that promise.
When LG announced this ‘Global Software Upgrade Center,” it said that this will be the industry’s “first such facility aimed at providing customers worldwide with faster, timelier smartphone operating system and software updates.” Its performance leaves a lot to be desired, though.
As ComputerWorld notes, the first release from the Software Upgrade Center was Android 8.0 Oreo for the LG G6 in the United States. This firmware was released for the device almost nine months after Google had initially rolled it out. It took another six months to get the update for the G5. Even though LG released the V50 over two months after Pie was released, the handset shipped with Android 8.1 Oreo, and the handset has still not received Pie.
|↑|7. Uber Rolling Out New Features To Improve Campus Safety For RidersВс., 21 апр.[−]
In response to the tragic murder of a college student who entered a vehicle she mistakenly thought to be her Uber, the ride-hailing company is now rolling out a set of safety features aimed to improve campus safety for riders. Uber’s Campus Safety Initiative has been launched in partnership with the University of South Carolina. It’s a national effort aimed at helping students learn how to avoid fake rideshare drivers.
The new safety features in app include a push notification which will remind users of the Check Your Ride steps just before their car arrives. The alert will first go live in Columbia, South Carolina before rolling out nationwide in the coming days. The steps include making sure you’re getting in the right car by matching the license plate, car make, and model as well the driver photo with the information that’s presented in the app.
The app will also display a clear message from the moment the rider is matched with a driver until the moment the trip starts to remind the rider that they have to confirm the right car. This reminder will be kept in place for a few weeks and Uber will initiate it “periodically” in the future.
|↑|8. Netflix To Spend $100 Million On New York Production HubВс., 21 апр.[−]
Netflix is going to make its presence felt in New York in a significant way. The online streaming giant has confirmed that it’s going to invest $100 million to build a production hub in New York. It will also be hiring hundreds of new staffers in the process, a statement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reiterated.
The company’s new production hub will span a new Manhattan office with six sound stages in Brooklyn which will create hundreds of new executive positions and thousands of production crew jobs in New York over the next five years. Some of the hit shows that the company already products in New York include Orange Is the New Black, Private Life, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and others.
“New York has created a film-friendly environment that’s home to some of the best creative and executive talent in the world, and we’re excited to provide a place for them at Netflix with our production hub,” said Netflix’s director of Worldwide Studio Operations & Real Estate, Jason Hariton.
|↑|9. macOS 10.15 May Bring A Handful Of iOS FeaturesВс., 21 апр.[−]
The upcoming macOS 10.15 update appears to be a feature-packed one from all of the reports that we have seen so far. A new report claims that Apple is going to add a handful of iOS features to the update, features like Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, and more. Apple is due to unveil macOS 10.15 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June this year.
9to5mac reports Apple will bring the Siri Shortcuts feature to macOS 10.15 and this will likely include the Shortcuts app as well. This feature enables users to create custom voice commands for Siri which can perform actions in a particular app. The different actions can also be chained together with each Shortcut having multiple apps as well.
While the Shortcuts feature may be available on macOS, it may only work in apps that Apple has brought over from iOS to the platform, such as Apple News and Home. Apple is expected to bring over more apps down the line.
The Screen Time feature on iOS lets users see the amount of time they have spent on their device and individual apps throughout the day. The app also lets them set usage limits. Apple is said to expand this functionality to macOS with the upcoming release.
|↑|10. T-Mobile Money Checking Account Officially LaunchedВс., 21 апр.[−]
Magenta announced its T-Mobile Money checking account service in November last year and it has now launched the service for customers in the United States. It has now been widely launched following the soft launch last year. Customers can expect some notable perks with this service if they do decide to sign up for it.
T-Mobile is offering a complete checking account solution that has FDIC insurance for balances of up to $250,000. Customers can also get a Mastercard debit card in addition to the ability to send paper cheques from a companion app.
It has previously said that this account won’t have any maintenance fees, no minimum balance requirements, no account fees as well as no fees for withdrawals at more than 55,000 ATMs of the Allpoint network. Customers are even offered a $50 overdraft protection feature which covers accounts when they go over but it has to be paid back within 30 days.
|↑|11. No, NYC Subway Isn’t Using ‘Real-Time Face Recognition’Вс., 21 апр.[−]
New York Times analyst Alice Fung tweeted a photo recently which shows a rather large monitor with the words “Please Pay Your Fare” and the warning “RECORDING IN PROGRESS” on a video feed of subway commuters. Fund asked if the MTA was sharing this recording with anyone, prompting concerns that it was doing real-time facial recognition of commuters. The MTA has now clarified that this isn’t the case.
The monitor mentioned Wisenet’s name, which is a company that makes no secret of the fact that it offers facial recognition solutions. The video feed even traced around the subjects’ faces further playing into the idea that it was real-time facial recognition.
“There is no capability to recognize or identify individuals and absolutely no plan” to do so using NYC subway cameras, confirmed MTA spokesperson Maxwell Young. The MTA has said that these are not facial recognition cameras, this is only a track that’s meant to scare fare dodgers into paying their due.
|↑|12. HP Introduces 15 Inch Chromebook For $449Вс., 21 апр.[−]
HP has come out with the biggest Chromebook it has ever made. As the name suggests, the HP Chromebook 15 has a 15 inch touchscreen display with a full-size keyboard and number pad. It joins the likes of ASUS and Lenovo that have also released 15 inch notebooks that are powered by Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS.
HP has confirmed that prices for the Chromebook 15 start at $449. Under the hood you get an Intel Pentium Gold 4417U processor with 4GB of DDR5 RAM and 64GB of storage. It also has B&O dual speakers, an HD webcam, and a backlit keyboard.
Connectivity options include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, 2 USB 3.1 ports and one USB 3.1 port, etc. The company says that it’s good for up to 13 hours of battery life on a single charge but your mileage may vary in the real world.
|↑|13. Audi Delays First Electric Car Due To Battery ShortageВс., 21 апр.[−]
According to a new report, battery shortages have forced Audi to delay the delivery of the E-tron, its first flagship fully electric vehicle. The company has apparently not been able to source enough batteries from LG Chem, the company that’s supplying this crucial component for its electric vehicles.
LG Chem is quite a significant player in this market. It supplies lithium-ion batteries to some of the world’s largest car manufacturers including but not limited to Mecedes-Benz and Audi. The company is believed to be taking advantage of this dominant position by raising prices for lithium-ion batteries meant for electric cars.
The Brussels Times reports that wait times for batteries from LG Chem surged from just two months to “6 to 7 months.” This will result in Audi have to cut down on production as well. The additional delay will hamper Audi’s plans to put out thousands of additional units of its E-tron this year.
|↑|14. Amazon’s Delivery Drivers Now Required To Take SelfiesВс., 21 апр.[−]
In an effort to reduce fraud, Amazon is now having its delivery drivers take selfies. The company will then use facial recognition to verify the drivers’ identities to ensure that they really are who they say they are. This new requirement has already appeared on the Amazon Flex app for drivers, it notifies them that they need to take a selfie before they can continue to work.
The drivers are obviously warned in the app that they shouldn’t be taking the selfie when they’re driving. Ideally, they will do it either before driving off or pulling over somewhere safely before taking the picture.
The simple idea behind requiring drivers to take selfies is to ensure that multiple people are not sharing the same account. This will help prevent anyone from driving for Amazon who is otherwise not qualified to deliver packages. For example, criminals could use Amazon Flex to conduct reconnaissance on victims’ homes.
|↑|15. SiriusXM Essential Streaming Plan Introduced For $8 Per MonthВс., 21 апр.[−]
A new streaming music plan is available for SiriusXM users which is called SiriusXM Essential. At $8 per month, it provides access to more than 300 channels that range from talk radio, music, comedy, sports, and more. A notable exclusion from this package are Howard Stern’s two channels. Those who want access to those channels will have to pay more for the Premier service.
SiriusXM has traditionally served drivers with its radio service so it has created this new tier to appeal to a more younger generation. “We’ve now created the Essential subscription as an appealing option for the many people, particularly younger consumers, who don’t have a car or don’t spend a lot of time in their car,” the company said in a statement.
Moreover, the SiriusXM Essential plan is primarily meant to be used for online streaming. So even if your car has got satellite radio, this plan can’t be used with it. With that out of the way, you can use this tier to get ad-free music listening online, whenever you want.
|↑|16. Millions Of Instagram Passwords Were Stored In Plain TextВс., 21 апр.[−]
Facebook reported a security lapse last month in which it claims that “tens of thousands” of Instagram users’ passwords were stored in plain text and people who had access to certain internal systems could view them. The company has quietly revised the figure upwards considerably. It now says that “millions” of Instagram users’ passwords were stored in plain text in addition to “ hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users” and “tens of millions of other Facebook users.”
Passwords are normally stored in an encrypted format which enable the website to confirm that the accurate password has been entered without actually reading it. However, various errors in Facebook’s systems caused them to store passwords in plain text since 2012.
The company has said in March that it has addressed the issue. The passwords that were stored in plain text on Facebook’s servers were accessible to over 20,000 employees. Facebook says that it has investigated the access to the passwords and finds “no evidence of abuse or misuse.”
|↑|17. Alleged iPhone 11 Molds Show Off Triple Camera SetupВс., 21 апр.[−]
One of the rumored features of Apple’s 2019 iPhones is that they are expected to see an improvement on the camera front. By that we mean that there have been reports claiming that Apple could be adding a third camera to the rear camera setup, and now thanks to new photos, it seems to be lending credence to the rumors.
The photos were originally posted on Weibo and shared on Slashleaks where it shows off the production molds that will be used to help produce the 2019 iPhones. We have seen some renders in the past where it shows how the triple camera setup could be designed, but these molds are suggesting that it will be different.
The molds also show off two versions of the iPhone, which are presumably the regular version and the Max version. At the moment it is unclear as to what the naming scheme of the iPhones will be, especially since iPhone XI and XI Max doesn’t particularly roll off the tongue. In any case it’s probably best to take it with a grain of salt for now, especially since it’s not that hard to fake images these days.
|↑|18. Instagram Could Be Testing A Co-Watching FeatureВс., 21 апр.[−]
One of the features of Facebook is its Watch Together feature where users can watch Facebook videos “together”, kind of like if you were gathered around in real-life. It looks like Instagram is now testing out the feature as well, according to a tweet by researcher Jane Manchun Wong who shared screenshots of the feature in action.
This is actually not the first time we’ve heard about Instagram testing out this feature. It was initially reported back in March 2019 where it was Wong who had made the discovery, but now it looks like the feature’s UI has been revealed. From what we can tell, it lets users watch Instagram feed videos with a friend, where your faces will be shown at the bottom where you can watch each other’s reactions and talk to each other using your voice.
|↑|19. Job Listings Hint At OnePlus Phones Coming To Verizon, AT&T, SprintВс., 21 апр.[−]
If you wanted to get your hands on a OnePlus handset through a carrier, T-Mobile was pretty much your only choice, otherwise you’d just have to buy the handset at full price directly from OnePlus or retailers. However, there is a good chance that this could change in the near future, thanks to a variety of job listings.
According to job listings posted on OnePlus’ website, it seems that the company is looking to hire account managers for other carriers in the US, such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. This suggests that the company could be looking to launch their future handsets on the networks of the carriers mentioned above.
The job listing description reads, “We are looking for a Senior Technical Account Manager with a deep understanding of carrier product development. The individual should have experience with the overall carrier product approval process, including technical acceptance management, carrier requirement comprehension, 3rd party lab coordination, and device validation management.”
|↑|20. OnePlus CEO Teases Announcement For An AnnouncementВс., 21 апр.[−]
The OnePlus 7 is coming soon and if the rumors are to be believed, the handset could be officially announced on the 14th of May. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen, but it looks like in the meantime, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has teased that more information will be shared next week.
According to a tweet posted by Lau, he asks his followers to check back with him next Tuesday, which is the 23rd of April, 2019. As per his announcement, this will not be the official launch of the OnePlus 7, but rather it appears that this will simply be a date for the launch of the handset, which will most likely end up being the 14th of May.
As some have pointed out in the comments, this is an announcement for an announcement, but either way it’ll still be official. The OnePlus 7 will mark the company’s first flagship smartphone for the first half of 2019. Based on the rumors, we have heard that there could be multiple variants of the handset, including a “Pro” version with triple cameras, and another version that could launch with support for 5G.
|↑|21. Apple Pulls 4K LG UltraFine Displays From Online StoreСб., 20 апр.[−]
Several years ago, Apple discontinued its Thunderbolt displays. Instead, they turned to LG who started to make monitors specifically designed for Apple’s computers in the form of 4K and 5K UltraFine displays. However, it seems that maybe Apple’s own displays could be close to making a comeback.
According to a report from MacRumors, they have noticed that Apple has stopped selling the 4K LG UltraFine display on its website, where they have also pulled the listing for it. This is an odd thing to do because if it had been sold out, they would have kept the listing. As we said, this seems to suggest that maybe Apple’s own displays are making a comeback soon.
We had previously heard rumors that Apple could be looking to launch their own displays, and that one of the rumored models is a 31.6-inch 6K display. Now, this is just speculation on our part because for all we know, maybe the 4K model isn’t doing as well and Apple is simply focusing on the 5K version.
|↑|22. Students Develop A ‘Watch’ That Comes With A Built-In Epinephrine ShotСб., 20 апр.[−]
If you’re someone who suffers from adverse allergic reactions, like to peanuts or bee-stings, for example, then having an EpiPen on your person could be the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, these devices aren’t the easiest to carry around, meaning that you could lose them, or if they’re in a bag, they might be difficult to find.
Thankfully, it seems that students at Rice University have come up with a clever idea, which is by creating a “watch” which comes with its own epinephrine shot. This means that in the event of an emergency, users will be able to quickly administer themselves a shot (or someone could do it for them) by accessing it from their wrist.
Dubbed EpiWear, this device was developed by bioengineering majors Albert Han, Alex Li, Jacob Mattia, Justin Tang, and freshman Callum Parks. According to Tang, “The idea came from me, because I suffer peanut allergies. I’m very self-aware and worried about my life, but it was always difficult for me to bring something as bulky and obtrusive as this when going to dinner with friends or just going out at night.”
EpiWear is expected to be capable of delivering 0.3 milliliters of epinephrine per shot, the same as commercially available devices. It is capable of being folded into three parts which can then be fitted into a watch on the wrist. At the moment the prototype is a bit big, but the team claims that this is due to the 3D printing process.
|↑|23. Apple Begrudgingly Admits Qualcomm’s Tech Is ‘The Best’Сб., 20 апр.[−]
For a while, it looked as though Apple’s legal spat with Qualcomm could be dragged on for years on end, similar to Apple’s legal battle against Samsung. However, to everyone’s surprise, Apple and Qualcomm settled their dispute where it was reported that Qualcomm will actually supply Apple with 5G modems for its 2020 iPhones.
Now thanks to a report from The Washington Post, it seems that Apple’s settlement with Qualcomm was not a matter of if, but rather a matter of when because it sounds like Apple actually really needed Qualcomm and its tech. This is based on internal memos that were submitted as part of the lawsuit where Apple’s vice president of hardware, Johny Srouji wrote, “Engineering wise, they have been the best.”
An accountant from 2009 had also written in a memo that says that Qualcomm was “widely considered the owner of the strongest patent portfolio for essential and relevant patents for wireless standards.” What’s interesting about these revelations is that in public and as part of their defense, Apple had attempted to try and write Qualcomm’s tech off as being “worthless”, but as we can see based on these memos, Apple might have actually needed Qualcomm more than Qualcomm needed Apple.
|↑|24. Netflix Testing Out Allowing Users To Watch Random EpisodesСб., 20 апр.[−]
Image credit – Android Police
One of the appealing aspects of Netflix compared to regular TV channels is that you get to choose what to watch and when to watch. However, perhaps in a bid to encourage users to discover new content and episodes they might have missed, it seems that Netflix is testing out the ability for users to watch episodes at random.
This change was reported by Android Police who found that in the Android version of the app, Netflix was allowing users to watch episodes of shows at random. This isn’t a random choice of a show, but rather a random episode within a show that you’ve chosen. To be honest, we’re not sure what the point is.
In fact, playing shows at random might be a good way for users to find new shows that they have missed, but perhaps if this is your tenth time rewatching the entire season of Friends, maybe playing episodes at random could be useful if you’d rather not watch it in sequential order.
|↑|25. Samsung Galaxy S10 Updated With Dedicated Night Camera ModeСб., 20 апр.[−]
One of the features of the Samsung Galaxy S10 is how it comes with a feature called Bright Night. For those unfamiliar, it is basically Samsung’s answer to Google’s Night Sight mode on its Pixel 3 smartphones, but the only problem is that it is an automated feature where it enables itself in extremely low-light situations.
While we suppose that’s not a bad idea, we understand that users might want to have control over their cameras. The good news is that according to a report from SamMobile, Samsung has started to roll out an update to its Galaxy S10 smartphones where they are now introducing a dedicated Night camera mode.
This Night mode will feature the same image quality that one might expect from Bright Night, except that now the feature is fully in your control. This means that you can activate and use it whenever you want instead of relying on Bright Night to activate itself. The update has been pushed out in Switzerland but we expect that it should eventually start finding its way to other countries and customers soon enough.
|↑|26. EA Shares Updated Visuals For Command & Conquer RemasteredСб., 20 апр.[−]
Over the years, EA has released games related to their Command & Conquer franchise, such as a web version of the game and also a version for mobile. However, fans were pretty chuffed when last year, the company announced that they would be remastering some of the older versions of the game.
Given how great we’ve seen how some remasters look, like Capcom’s Resident Evil 2, safe to say that we are pretty excited to see what it could bring to the table. Thankfully, EA has decided to share some of their progress where in a post on Reddit, EA Producer Jim Vessella shared artwork of the upcoming Construction Yard building.
According to Vessella, “Now, if you’ve been reading our previous posts, our primary goal with the visual approach is to maintain the authenticity of the original in-game asset. It’s worth calling out that if there’s a conflict between the in-game asset, cinematic asset, or UI portrait, we’re always going to side with the in-game asset. That being said, if there are opportunities to pull in details from the cinematic footage to enhance an asset, we’ll do our best to incorporate those details.”
|↑|27. Google Will Soon Block Logins From Embedded BrowsersПт., 19 апр.[−]
Apps on our mobile devices like Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and so on come with their own built-in browsers. The idea is that this will help keep users using their app even when they have clicked a link. However, the problem with embedded browsers is that they can be exploited and used with man-in-the-middle attacks.
Google is aware of this and come June, the company has announced that they will be blocking logins from embedded browsers. “MITM intercepts the communications between a user and Google in real-time to gather the user’s credentials (including the second factor in some cases) and sign in. Because we can’t differentiate between a legitimate sign in and a MITM attack on these platforms, we will be blocking sign-ins from embedded browser frameworks starting in June.”
For those who are unfamiliar with MITM attacks, basically, it is where the hacker (the person in the middle) will steal your credentials when you enter them. This is commonly found in phishing emails where you receive an email you think might be from your bank, but it isn’t, and when you click the link to the website (that looks legit) and enter your credentials, that’s where it gets stolen.
|↑|28. macOS 10.15 Could Expand Apple Watch AuthenticationПт., 19 апр.[−]
The Apple Watch can be used to make payments with Apple Pay. How it authenticates the user is that it “registers” the user through the heart rate sensor underneath the watch, and as long as the user has entered their passcode and the watch remains on their wrist, they are considered to be authenticated.
It can also be used to help Mac users log into their computers, giving them an alternative to logging in besides the use of passcodes or Touch ID (found on newer MacBooks). Now according to 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo, Apple might be looking to expand Apple Watch authentication with macOS 10.15.
Based on sources familiar with the development of the next major update to macOS, it seems that Apple might want to allow the Apple Watch to authenticate users beyond just logging into their machines. It is unclear as to what this could entail, but it has been suggested that whatever Touch ID can authenticate at the moment could be replicated with the Apple Watch.
|↑|29. Ad-Supported YouTube Music Now Available Google HomeПт., 19 апр.[−]
If you’ve ever wondered if you should sign up and pay for a YouTube Music subscription, the good news is that now you won’t have to if you own a Google Home device. This is because Google has announced that starting today, YouTube Music will be free for users who stream it through a Google Home speaker.
However, the catch is that this version of YouTube Music will be supported by ads. This means that if you listen to YouTube Music through its free tier, don’t be surprised if ads popup every now and then. What’s interesting about this is that just recently Amazon also announced a free ad-supported listening tier for Amazon Music.
Previously, these services were only available through a paid subscription (free trials do not count). We’re sure that this might have put some users off from subscribing to them, but as we said, if you own a Google Home speaker, you can now stream it for free if you don’t mind ads. At the moment, most music streaming services are paid-for, with the exception of Spotify which offered users a free listening tier, which we imagine probably helped them stay ahead of the competition.
|↑|30. Alleged Official Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL Renders LeakedПт., 19 апр.[−]
Image credit – Android Headlines
Word on the street has it that Google could be prepping a more affordable variant of the Pixel 3 smartphone. The handset in question is rumored to be called the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, and last we heard, it could be announced on the 7th of May, a day before Google I/O 2019 is expected to kick off.
Now thanks to the folks at Android Headlines, it appears that they have managed to get their hands on what appears to be the alleged official renders of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, pictured above to the left and right respectively. From a glance it doesn’t appear that the phones are too different from each other, but based on the rumors, we know that the Pixel 3a XL will be bigger, although based on the renders, marginally so.
What’s interesting about these renders is that if they are real, they mention the 7th of May date on them, giving some credence to the previous rumors. Apart from that, the phones appear to be pretty standard in terms of design. Unlike the Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel 3a XL will not sport a notch and both phones appear to be packing some pretty big bezels.