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Apple Moves to Trademark ‘Slofie’

2 hours 36 minutes ago

Apple wants to trademark ‘slofie’, it’s term for slow-motion video clips you can now take with iPhone 11.

Apple has applied to the USPTO for a trademark on the term “Slofie” in terms of “downloadable computer software for use in capturing and recording video.” Don’t worry, it’s not trying to own the cultural landscape — rather, this is largely to prevent app developers and phone makers from ‘borrowing’ the term for their own features.

At least Apple isn’t trying to pull an Ohio State University, which was recently denied its effort to trademark the word “the.”


Andrew Orr

California Governor Signs AB5 Bill Into Law Protecting Gig Workers

2 hours 48 minutes ago

AB5 is a bill that could one day give full employee status to gig workers from companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash. Today, California’s governor signed it into law.

While a major victory for the organized labor movement in California and in the U.S. broadly, the passing of AB5 is by no means a guarantee drivers in the state will become employees. Drivers or individual cities will need to challenge these businesses in court to apply the aforementioned ABC test, and Uber has already adopted an offensive posture in that regard, claiming that drivers are not core to the company’s business model—one of the stipulations of the ABC test.

Drivers in a ride-sharing company are not core to Uber’s business model. Wow.


Andrew Orr

Facebook Launches New Surveillance Devices For Your Home

3 hours 5 minutes ago

Today Facebook launched Portal video chatting devices that definitely won’t be used to spy on you and your loved ones. They will let Facebook users watch television together over a video call. Andrew Bosworth, VP of AR/VR at Facebook, said:

I think that in a couple years’ time, if you have a smart streaming device that doesn’t have a camera allowing you to video call people, you’re not going to have a competitive product. I think this is the killer feature for a device like this.

Bosworth also touted privacy protections like local processing of smart features on the devices, which means most user data will not be sent back to Facebook servers.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.


Andrew Orr

Should you upgrade to the iPhone 11 if you own an iPhone XR?

3 hours 47 minutes ago


The just-launched iPhone 11 is similar to the iPhone XR in many respects, but still has its fair share of upgrades from the earlier model. AppleInsider weighs up whether it's a good idea for iPhone XR owners to move over to the newest model in Apple's iPhone lineup.

iOS 13.1: Beta 4 has been released for developers and public beta testers

4 hours 34 minutes ago

We’re still weeks away from the release of iOS 13, and Apple has started beta testing iOS 13.1. It’s a highly unusual move; we can’t recall Apple ever starting external beta tests of its iOS point releases well before the the prior version is finished.

This first major update to iOS 13 will bring several features that appear not to be in the initial iOS 13 release. The early timing makes us think that iOS 13.1 will be release relatively quickly after iOS 13, perhaps even by late September when the new iPhones are expected to release.

Updated 09/18/19: The fourth beta of iOS 13.1 has been released for both developers and public beta testers.

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Jason Cross

These 2019 Vega MacBook Pro deals deliver unbeatable prices

5 hours 33 minutes ago


Markdowns on 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops are going on now, with exceptional savings on high-end, Vega-equipped models. Save up to $550 with instant and coupon savings -- plus take advantage of bonus perks like no interest financing, final prices for shoppers in 46 states, and even discounted AppleCare at select retailers.

Podcast App Pocket Casts Moves to a Subscription

7 hours 39 minutes ago

Popular podcast app Pocket Casts is now free with an optional US$0.99/month or US$10/year subscription. The previous price was a one-time fee of US$3.99. Pocket Casts CEO Owen Grover told TechCrunch: “We understood pretty clearly that we were limiting our reach and limiting the number of users that could enjoy the quality and power of the app and the platform. It felt penny wise and pound foolish to continue to collect a few dollars at the top … We have the benefit of these owners who are supporting us in a way that allows us to grow our audience, habituate new listeners and deliver a pretty terrific user experience.” App Store: Pocket Casts – Free


Andrew Orr

Fortnite Adds Party Hub and Split View on iPad

7 hours 55 minutes ago

Fortnite added a Party Hub and split view support for iPad in a recent update. The Party Hub tells you which friends are online for voice chat, according to Cult of Mac. Split View support means you can have another up running along side the game on compatible iPads.

The Party Hub is the first thing you’ll see when you load up Fortnite on an Android or iOS device (after installing the latest update). And it shows you instantly which of your friends is online. You can then voice chat with any of those friends — even if they’re in a game and you’re not. You can also start a party to voice chat with multiple friends before jumping into a match together. Party Hub works across platforms, so you can chat to friends who play on console and PC. And you can quickly transfer your party from your smartphone or tablet to another device.

 


Charlotte Henry