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SiriusXM Premier is Free Through May 15

1 hour 18 minutes ago

Announced by Howard Stern, Sirius XM is giving people free access to Premier content through May 15, starting today.

Listeners will have free access to more than 300 channels of dynamic programming, featuring the acclaimed The Howard Stern Show , hundreds of exclusive ad-free music channels, and vital news and information sources.  SiriusXM is also adding entirely new curated content, and bringing back some beloved music channels by top artists.


Andrew Orr

Zoom Meetings Aren’t Encrypted End-to-End, Despite Marketing

5 hours 24 minutes ago

Along with recent news that Zoom sent your data to Facebook (although it stopped) now we learn that its video calls don’t use end-to-end encryption, despite the company marketing it as such.

…But despite this misleading marketing, the service actually does not support end-to-end encryption for video and audio content, at least as the term is commonly understood. Instead it offers what is usually called transport encryption, explained further below.

It just keeps getting worse for Zoom. It’s unfortunate the company has chosen such tactics, because it really is one of the better video calling apps out there.


Andrew Orr

Tangerine Can Help You Form Good Habits

5 hours 37 minutes ago

Identifying and doing things that are good for you or make you happy is relatively easy. Turning that behavior into a habit is harder. That’s the point of Tangerine. It’s a habit and mood tracking app. It’s a bit like Streaks – add something you want to do regularly and see how many days in a row you can do it for. You can create reminders, designate tasks to different days and so forth. Tangerine has won various accolades form Apple, including being named App of the Month in March. The app is free to download and use, and is available for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. A Premium subscription gives you additional access to Insights and Stats as well as iCloud syncing. That costs $29.99 annually or $4.99 per month.


Charlotte Henry

Marriott Hit by Second Data Breach Affecting up to 5.2M People

10 hours 59 minutes ago

Hotel chain Marriott International has suffered a second data breach, exposing the personal data of up to 5.2 million guests.

The breach, which began in mid-January 2020 and was discovered at the end of February 2020, saw contact details, including names, addresses, birth dates, gender, email addresses and telephone numbers exposed. Employer name, gender, room stay preferences and loyalty account numbers were also exposed.

Marriott has also said that at present it does not believe passports, payment details or passwords were exposed in the data breach.

It sounds like login credentials of two employees were stolen, likely through a social engineering attack.


Andrew Orr

Russia Postponing Introduction of Rules Forcing iPhones to Have State-Approved Apps

11 hours 50 minutes ago

Russia has postponed the introduction of new legislation that required devices, including iPhones, to have state-approved apps pre-installed. AppleInsider reported that this is likely due to the current coronavirus outbreak. The legislation is now slated to come into force on January 31, 2021.

“When we buy complex electronic devices, they already have individual applications, mostly Western ones, pre-installed on them,” co-author of Russia’s legislation, Oleg Nikolayev said at the time. “Naturally, when a person sees them, they might think that there are no domestic alternatives available. And if, alongside pre-installed applications, we will also offer the Russian ones to users, then they will have a right to choose.”


Charlotte Henry

Key Apple Supplier Raising $200 Million From Unknown ‘Customer’

12 hours 16 minutes ago

A key Apple supplier, Japan Display, has raised $200 million from a “customer”, Reuters reported.  There is speculation that the unknown source of cash was, in fact, Apple itself.

The $200 [sic] fund will come in the form of the customer purchasing equipment at Japan Display’s main smartphone screen factory in central Japan, the company said in a statement. As Japan Display owed Apple more than $800 million as of last year for the $1.5 billion cost of building the plant, the fund to be raised would be used for repayment, the sources have said.


Charlotte Henry

TMO UK Associate Editor Charlotte Henry (#5) – TMO BGM Interview

1 day ago

Charlotte Henry is a London-based technical journalist. A self-described media junkie, she writes about Apple — and now for the Mac Observer as well as our UK Associate Editor. She has also written for City A.M., Computer Business Review, the Independent on Sunday and CapX. Her new book is: Not Buying It.

In this episode, Charlotte and I discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the TV entertainment and streaming industry. We look at the diversion of theatrical releases to streaming, whether indoor theaters will ever return to normal, possible changes to production methods, throttling of streaming speeds, a possible return to more feel-good movies, the impact on binge watching, series vs. movie watching during lock-down, and Charlotte’s reaction to Disney+. Plus, John reveals a very personal secret!


John Martellaro

Apple Posts Video for Upcoming Series ‘Trying’

1 day 3 hours ago

Apple uploaded a trailer for an upcoming British comedy series on Apple TV+ called Trying. It will be available to stream Friday, May 1. It co-stars BAFTA award winner Imelda Staunton, Ophelia Lovibond, and Oliver Chris. It was written by Andy Wolton.

All Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall) want is a baby—but it’s the one thing they just can’t have. How are they going to fill the next 50 years if they can’t start a family? They already went through The Sopranos in a weekend. After ruling out every other option, Nikki and Jason decide to adopt and are confronted by a world of bewildering new challenges. With their dysfunctional friends, screwball family, and chaotic lives, will the adoption panel agree that they’re ready to be parents?


Andrew Orr

12.9″ iPad Pro 2020 Gets The Teardown Treatment

1 day 4 hours ago

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the iFixit teardown of the 12.9″ iPad Pro 2020. Not even the Coronavirus lockdown in California would stop the guys from getting into the device! In particular, this video shows us exactly what a LiDAR scan looks like.


Charlotte Henry

Apple TV+ British Comedy ‘Trying’ Arriving May 1

1 day 4 hours ago

The trailer for Apple TV+ show Trying has arrived. It tells the tale of a British couple who look to adopt a child after they are unable to conceive. They need to grow up themselves though before they can look after a child. It’s a rather dark comedy and does actually seem pretty good – not that I’m biased, give it’s the first UK show! All episodes will arrive on May 1.


Charlotte Henry

Decode the True Power of Microsoft Excel Training Bundle: $49.99

1 day 4 hours ago

We have a deal on the Premium A to Z Microsoft Excel Bundle featuring Alan Jarvis and Chris Dutton. This training package includes 10 courses covering Excel basics to advanced Excel training, and those courses have hundreds of lectures spanning 43 hours. This bundle is $49.99 through our deal.


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