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1. Apple’s new iPads cling to old Apple Pencil18:21[−]

When a company, in this case, Apple, replaces one simply named product like the Apple Pencil with an identically titled successor, you’d usually be forgiven for assuming that the old product is about to be discontinued. Otherwise, advertising things like “Apple Pencil support” would become super confusing for people who are shopping for a new iPad. You’d think so, but Apple apparently has no such qualms. Today, it introduced an updated iPad mini and a new iPad Air. Both of them arrived six months after the launch of the second-generation Apple Pencil, and both offer compatibility only with the first-generation Apple Pencil.

The trouble with Apple’s Pencils is that they’re not cross-compatible. The first model works with...

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2. How The Dragon Prince’s creators retooled the show’s animation18:00[−]

Netflix’s animated series The Dragon Prince, co-created by Avatar: The Last Airbender head writer Aaron Ehasz and Uncharted series game developer and director Justin Richmond, just dropped its second season, and it’s a powerful step forward for the fantasy series. I recently spoke at length to Ehasz and Richmond about the stylistic changes and narrative leaps forward the show took in season 2.

In part one of this interview, Ehasz and Richmond discussed some of the major story beats from season 2, including how they balanced their villains to make them so appealing, what effects dark magic has on its users, and why season 2 has so many long, wordless sequences as part of the storytelling process. In part two, they discuss the show’s...

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3. How phones went from $200 to $2,00017:58[−]

Phones are more expensive than ever. Flagship devices from Apple, Samsung, Google, and other top manufacturers can now cost hundreds of dollars more than they did just a couple of years ago. Now, with the arrival of foldable phones, which are being priced at $2,000 and above, it looks like the upper limit for phone prices is going to keep growing.

There are a few different reasons why phone prices have been skyrocketing over the past several years. The first is simple: it’s just sticker shock. In the United States, flagship phones used to cost $200 as part of a mobile phone contract, while their real cost was hidden away in monthly fees. Now that those contracts are dead, phone prices are all stated outright. That explains why, several...

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4. YouTube took down an ‘unprecedented volume’ of videos after New Zealand shooting17:18[−]

YouTube dealt with an “unprecedented volume” of videos after last week’s mass shooting in New Zealand, as the platform struggled to remove videos with the footage, YouTube’s chief product officer told The Washington Post.

Friday’s killings at two mosques in Christchurch were recorded and posted to social media channels around the world as part of a plan that was seemingly designed to spread the footage online. As the footage made its way around the internet, it was reuploaded repeatedly. Yesterday, Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos of the attack in the first 24 hours after the shooting.

While YouTube did not say precisely how many videos it ultimately removed, the company faced a similar...

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5. The majority of Britons don’t know the UK is blocking porn for users under 18 next month16:25[−]

Next month, the UK is scheduled to introduce its so-called “ porn block,” a controversial piece of legislation that aims to block access to online pornography for those under the age of 18. But new research suggests that most UK citizens don’t even know the law is on its way.

According to a survey from YouGov, 76 percent of Britons are unaware that the porn block is scheduled to take effect in April. Unsurprisingly, those who said they “never” watched porn were most likely to be in the dark. (In this group, 85 percent said they didn’t know about the law.) But even among the most frequent porn watchers (those who said they watched porn “every or most days”), awareness is low. Less than half of this group (47 percent) said they knew about...

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6. Apple fears how its TV shows might use its products16:11[−]

Studios that are working on content for Apple’s forthcoming streaming service are reportedly experiencing a culture clash in their dealings with the Cupertino-based company, according to The New York Times. Apple is said to be too controlling when it comes to the portrayal of Apple products such as iPhones and MacBooks in the shows while being uncommunicative when it comes to basic details like release dates and marketing plans.

This lack of communication is proving frustrating for production companies that are apparently used to having more open communication with other companies. Apple, meanwhile, is a company that fiercely guards its technology secrets and forthcoming launch plans, and it has had at least 12 people arrested for...

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7. Apple brings back the iPad Air with new 10.5-inch display and Apple Pencil support16:02[−]

Apple is bringing back the iPad Air today with a bigger model. Alongside a new iPad mini, Apple is launching a 10.5-inch version of the iPad Air with support for the original Apple Pencil (not the modern second-generation Apple Pencil). This new model will be powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, and it will slot into the iPad lineup between the larger iPad and iPad Pro models. Apple is making the iPad Air available starting at $499 for the Wi-Fi model and $629 for the Wi-Fi and cellular version.

Apple originally replaced its iPad Air 2 with a device simply called the iPad nearly two years ago, but the company has bumped the screen size from 9.7 inches to 10.5 inches for this new model. The move to support the older generation of Apple...

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8. Apple updates $399 iPad mini with Apple Pencil support15:39[−]

Apple has updated the iPad mini for the first time in three and a half years, refreshing the tablet with a new processor and support for the Apple Pencil stylus. The iPad mini now has last year’s A12 Bionic processor, instead of the A8 from 2014. Its storage is decreasing to 64GB, but its price remains the same at $399. Alongside the iPad mini, Apple also announced a new 10.5-inch iPad Air for $499.

The overall shape and design of the iPad mini remain the same as ever, so there are still big thick bezels on the top and bottom of the screen. But the screen has received a number of upgrades: the new model gets brighter, can display more colors, and includes Apple’s True Tone tech for automatically shifting the color temperature to match...

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9. Henrik Fisker delays his luxury sports car and announces ‘mass-market’ electric SUV15:00[−]

Henrik Fisker, the man behind the ill-fated Tesla-challenging Karma hybrid sports car and current CEO of Fisker Inc., has announced a new electric SUV with “close to 300 miles” of range that will start “below $40,000.” The car, which is the second that Fisker Inc. has announced, is due in the back half of 2021. It will also be the first of three mass-market electric vehicles, according to the company, though Fisker Inc. didn’t mention specific production or sales targets.

The company’s first car — the all-electric luxury sedan known as the EMotion — has been delayed, though. Originally meant to ship at the end of 2019 or early 2020, it now won’t be released until after this new mass-market car hits the road, in part because the company’s...

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10. Donald Trump is reportedly no fan of self-driving cars14:08[−]

US president Donald Trump, a man habituated to being driven everywhere he goes, is reportedly not a fan of self-driving car technology. Citing four sources who’ve seen and heard Trump commenting on autonomous vehicles, Axios says the president’s attitude in private is one of express antipathy: “Yeah that’s cool but I would never get in a self-driving car. ... I don’t trust some computer to drive me around,” Trump is reported to have said to an enthusiastic new Tesla owner at his Bedminster golf club in 2017.

In other conversations on Air Force One and at the White House, the US president is said to have acted out hypothetical self-driving car accidents,...

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