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first_img It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service The company’s revamped TV app will be on Macs, iPads and, of course, iPhones. The app brings together various streaming services — except, notably, Netflix — in one place and serves up recommendations for what you should watch next. “Everything you saw is amazing on iPhone,” said Peter Stern, Apple vice president of services. The TV app even will come to smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony and Vizio and streaming video boxes from Roku and Amazon. “Now that you’ve seen the new Apple TV app, you’re going to want it on all of your screens,” Stern added.Apple didn’t specify where its biggest news of the day, its TV Plus streaming video service, will be available when it goes live, but it’s likely to be found in the same places as the TV app, a feature of iOS, MacOS and smart TVs. Even Oprah made an appearance to promote why she’s working with Apple on Apple TV Plus. Hint: It has a lot to do with the iPhone. “A billion devices, y’all!” Oprah told the crowd. Apple remains the iPhone company. Colin Gillis, analyst, Chatham Road Partners CNET editors break down Apple’s TV Plus event For now, though, those people are out of luck. On Monday, Apple didn’t say a word about any of its services coming to Android or Windows devices. It didn’t even say if its TV content could be accessed through a desktop web browser. And an Apple spokesperson said the company didn’t have more information to share beyond what it said on stage Monday.”People are used to watching content on any device they have at the time, and it’s not always on Apple devices,” Technalysis Research analyst Bob O’Donnell said. “Apple can’t make services truly successful if it’s only on its own devices.”Tiptoeing outside the walled gardenThere are signs Apple may not be a completely walled garden for long. The company has long created a version of its iTunes service that works on Windows computers. That proved to be a smart move from the start, with downloads jumping when iTunes became available on Windows PCs in late 2003, about six months after the service launched on Macs.Since then, however, Apple’s services have primarily stayed inside the Apple ecosystem, aside from Apple Music. There’s an Apple Music app for Android, which Apple first offered as a beta before rolling it out broadly. And in December, the company rolled out Apple Music for Amazon Echo speakers, allowing users to ask the Alexa voice assistant to play tracks from Apple’s streaming service.But Apple’s Android app doesn’t work as flawlessly as the iOS version, and new features often appear months or even years after they hit the iOS app. In January at CES, Apple made yet another step into putting its services on rival devices by partnering with major TV makers. Samsung’s smart TVs will offer support for iTunes movies and TV shows beginning this spring. Samsung TVs will also support AirPlay 2, Apple’s upgraded Wi-Fi audio streaming technology, allowing customers to stream videos, music and other content directly to their TV from an Apple device.While Samsung is the only TV maker to offer iTunes TV and videos on its sets, other companies — LG, Vizio and Sony — will let users stream content from their iPhones, iPads and Macs to their televisions. Phones Tablets Computers Digital Media TV and Movies Overall, Monday’s event was big on hype and short on details. Aside from Apple News Plus, nothing announced could be accessed right away. Apple touted partner after partner for its gaming and TV services, but it didn’t give many details about pricing or when we can subscribe to them. One thing, however, was supremely clear: Despite Apple’s declarations that it wants to become a services powerhouse, at heart it’s still “the iPhone company.”About two-thirds of the company’s revenue comes from its smartphone, an influx of money that helped it become the first trillion-dollar US company. That reliance has become a problem because people have upgraded their devices less often. Apple’s no longer valued at over a trillion dollars, and earlier this year, it reported a rare miss in quarterly sales because of weaker iPhone demand. Apple has an opportunity with its new services to woo people who just like to watch TV, read the news or play games on their mobile devices. People who own iPhones, iPads and Macs already buy into Apple’s message. It’s everyone else, those Android and Windows device owners, who Apple could target as an opportunity for real expansion. • Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors At its event Monday, Apple went even further. Its redesigned TV app will land on Samsung smart TVs this spring, then move to LG, Sony and Vizio TVs. Roku and Amazon Fire TV streaming-video devices also will be supported.But that’s where its openness ends. At least in the beginning, none of the services appear to work with Android or Windows.Closing itself off from Android and Windows devices shuts Apple off from a significant percentage of the phone, tablet and PC markets. About 85 percent of all smartphones run Android, according to IDC, and that’s not changing for the foreseeable future. More than half of the world’s tablets also use Android, according to Net Applications, and over 85 percent of all desktop and laptop computers in the world run Windows, the researcher said.Apple likely will eventually make its services run on rival devices. If it’s serious about becoming more than an iPhone maker, it has to.But no matter how much it does in services, Apple’s reliance on the iPhone isn’t ending anytime soon.”Video streaming is not going to save shares of [Apple] if the iPhone market declines,” Chatham Road Partners analyst Colin Gillis noted. “Apple remains the iPhone company.”The story originally ran at 5 a.m. PT.  Tags 97 Photos 10 Apple is expanding the services it offers, but most of its sales still come from the iPhone.  Screenshot by CNET Apple just can’t shake that iPhone addiction.At a flashy event on Monday, the company time and time again stressed how great its services will work on its mobile devices. For its premium Apple News Plus subscription package, magazines have been designed to take advantage of the iPhone or iPad, adding animated covers and automatically downloading content for convenience. “I can read full magazine issues no matter where or when, right from my phone,” said Wyatt Mitchell, Apple’s director of design for applications, during Monday’s event.The Apple Arcade game subscription service will give Apple device users unlimited access to more than 100 new and exclusive games. “You won’t find these games on any other mobile platform or any other subscription service,” said Ann Thai, a senior product manager for the App Store.And Apple’s new no-fee credit card, Apple Card, requires an iPhone to work. “It can do all sorts of things no other credit card can do,” said Jennifer Bailey, head of Apple Pay. “For starters, you don’t have to wait days to get your card. Just sign up on your iPhone.” Commentscenter_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple See also reading • Apple Card, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade: It’s just another way to say iPhone Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 6:58 Now playing: Watch this: See All Apple TV Plus is the ultimate test of Apple’s brand magic Apple event 2019: Apple Card, TV Plus, News Plus, Arcade and everything just announced Apple TV app coming to Macs, Roku, smart TVs in 2019 Share your voice iOS 12 Android 10 (Android Q) Amazon Google LG Microsoft Roku Samsung Sony Vizio Apple Windows 10last_img read more

Star Trek on Mars NASA spots Starfleet logo in dune footprint

first_img“Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo,” the team quipped.The intriguing Mars formation has a long geologic history. It started as a crescent-shaped dune that became an island in a sea of lava, but the sand eventually blew away in the wind. “These are also called ‘dune casts’ and record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava,” planetary scientist Ross Beyer explained. A wider MRO view of the landscape shows more of the insignia-like impressions.marsdunefootprintEnlarge ImageThese “dune footprints” have some accidental Star Trek flair. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Beyer made sure to point out the resemblance to the Star Trek logo is “only a coincidence.” There is no credible evidence of Star Trek fans having reached the surface of Mars. Yet. Share your voice 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Enlarge ImageThis Mars dune cast looks like it should be on Captain Kirk’s chest. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter looks down on the Red Planet and sees all sorts of fantastical formations that resemble everything from Beaker the Muppet to Pac-Man. A new MRO view will inspire you to whip out your Vulcan salute.The MRO HiRise camera team at the University of Arizona on Wednesday highlighted a Martian sand dune formation that could be a doppelganger for the classic swooping Starfleet logo. Tags Comments 43 Photos Caption Spotlight (12 Jun 2019): Dune Footprints in HellasEnterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo.More: https://t.co/CAq5xBbDwfNASA/JPL/University of Arizona#Mars #science pic.twitter.com/N5MfKQPiYt— HiRISE (NASA) (@HiRISE) June 12, 2019 Sci-Tech 8 NASA Space Star Treklast_img read more

Agents and family members get up to 70 off New Zealand airfares

first_imgAgents and family members get up to 70% off New Zealand airfares Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Friday, March 24, 2017 Tags: American Airlines, New Zealand VANCOUVER — American Airlines is making New Zealand more accessible to Canadian travel agents through an exclusive travel fare.For a limited time IATA or CLIA registered agents are eligible to receive up to a 70% discount on New Zealand airfare and can more easily take a step to become a certified Tourism New Zealand NZ Specialist.The promotional fare is valid for currently employed travel agents contracted with American Airlines. Sub-agents may also take part in the program as long as employment has been verified by the contracted agency. A valid IATA or CLIA card is required. Tickets must be issued on or before May 31 for travel by May 31. All segments must be confirmed in O and Q class; O discount 70% and Q discount 60%. The deals is valid only on AA operated flights and on AA’s transpacific flights 82/83. AA*/codeshare flights are not permitted.Up to three family members or one travelling companion may purchase this fare too, however all passengers must travel on the same flights, dates, itinerary as the agent, with no exceptions.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme is designed to help travel agents build knowledge and better sell New Zealand. The free program provides online training modules, webinars, and informative videos about New Zealand’s diverse regions and what they have to offer. A trip to New Zealand is a requirement of the certification.“We are dedicated to educating more travel agents across the U.S. and Canada about New Zealand as a destination,” says Bjoern Spreitzer, General Manager Americas & Europe for Tourism New Zealand. “This deal is a great opportunity for travel agents to experience the country first-hand and see how New Zealand’s breathtaking landscapes, unique Maori culture and award-winning food and wine make it the perfect destination for North American consumers.”Once in New Zealand agents can receive further discounts on tourism products and activities by signing up to Tourism New Zealand’s Explore New Zealand Programme. The program enables accredited international travel sellers travelling independently to enjoy a range of New Zealand products and experiences.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoDiscounts are offered for accommodation, attractions, activities, tours and transport. Typical discount offers are 50% off or two-for-one offers for the Explore pass holder and their partner. Offers are available throughout New Zealand, allowing agents to explore off-the-beaten track regions as well as New Zealand’s most popular destinations.For more information on these special agent discounts, to start the New Zealand Specialist training and to sign up for the Explore program visit traveltrade.newzealand.com.last_img read more

WhatsApp Stops Supporting Older Versions of iOS and Android Handsets

first_imgAdvertisement WhatsApp has stopped supporting older iPhone 3GS or iOS 6 and Android 2.1 or 2.2 handsets to ensure that it could continue to introduce new features and stay secure, which relies on the app being used on newer operating systems.The company has advised that anyone with one of those older handsets who want to keep chatting with friends simply has to buy a newer phone.WhatsApp had initially said that all BlackBerry models and some Nokia handsets would also find themselves unable to get onto the chat app. But it went back late last year, apparently in response to complaints. – Advertisement – “We are extending support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017,” the company wrote in an update to its blog.The changes are thought to be in large part to allow WhatsApp to more deeply integrate encryption and other privacy services. Such technology stops messages from being read, and has led to WhatsApp facing criticism from governments who believe that WhatsApp conversations should be made public, the report said.last_img read more