Show 356 – October 13, 2020
Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael
Our Aussie Apple Ramblings
Apple to extend Apple TV+ free year trials through February 2021
9TO5Mac reports ~ If you purchased a new Apple device from September 2019 last year — like an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV — you were automatically eligible for a free year of Apple TV+. These trials would begin expiring at the end of October.
If you are in that group, it turns out you are going to get a few more months to enjoy the service at no charge. Apple will be extending all Apple TV+ trials through February 2021. The company will also be giving store credit for people on TV+ monthly plans during this period.
These refunds and extensions will be automatically applied to user’s accounts, so customers won’t have to do anything at all to take advantage of Apple’s generosity. Email notifications will be sent out in the coming days.
Here’s the breakdown. If you started a free year of Apple TV+ between November 1st and January 31st, your end date for your free trial will now last until the end of February, giving you up to an extra three months of free access. If you signed up in February or later, there will be no change as your trial already lasts beyond the February date.
If you are on a yearly plan of Apple TV+ through that ‘extra 3 month’ period, you will be automatically credited for those months. Similarly, if you pay for Apple TV+ monthly between November and January, your Apple ID will be credited with the same amount ($4.99 per month in the US, for instance). This credit can be spent on anything from the iTunes Store, like a Hollywood movie rental, or the App Store or used to pay for any Apple service billed to your account. (Credits will also be distributed if you are paying for Apple TV+ a la carte before November 1st and then migrate to an Apple One bundle plan, which is set to launch later this year.)
Story 2 ~
DuckDuckGo’s privacy-focused Apple Maps integration gains driving and walking directions
9TO5Mac again ~ Privacy-focused browser DuckDuckGo has been using Apple Maps since early 2019 and has been improving the integration steadily. Now DuckDuckGo has launched driving and walking directions to further complete the feature set while keeping your location searches completely private.
DuckDuckGo announced the news in a blog post this week:
We’ve been providing users with mapping features within DuckDuckGo Search for many years, along the way improving them with greater accuracy, dark mode, local re-querying and more. Now we’re excited to announce a big step forward with the introduction of directions – private, as always, and like our embedded maps, powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework and already familiar to millions of users.
This means that when DuckDuckGo users search for location and map searches they’ll see private route overview, distance, and travel time for driving or walking.
Gaming #1 ~
Zarn talked about some old games he was still playing.
Also about Apple reminding him of new games in the Arcade.
Entertainment #1 ~
Apple Music gets dedicated Disney page for soundtracks, playlists, radio stations
Again 9TO5 Mac ~ Disney and Apple have had a close relationship over the decades and the latest integration between the two sees Disney gain a dedicated destination on Apple Music that features the best place to listen to your favourite soundtracks, radio stations, and playlists. The new page also includes seasonal updates, with the current one being a Disney Halloween theme.
The ties between Apple and Disney have been close for decades. Former Disney CEO Bob Iger (who served on Apple’s board until 2019) even said that the two companies would have likely merged under Steve Jobs. Disney has done a great job with the Disney+ streaming service integration on Apple devices. And just this week, we saw Disney update its catalog of films to 4K in iTunes.
The latest collaboration between the two companies sees a dedicated Disney destination on Apple Music, making it easy for fans to listen to their favourite soundtracks from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars films, and more.
There will be seasonal updates and right now there is a Disney Halloween feature for October. Disney shared the specifics in a press release:
Beginning today, Apple Music subscribers can discover the magic of Disney’s timeless legacy with a unique collection of 30+ playlists, classic soundtracks, radio stations, and more. This new destination gives Apple Music’s users an opportunity to engage with content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and beyond in a brand new way. The Disney destination on Apple will be updated regularly. At launch, Disney Halloween will be featured for spooky season.
Other content includes Apple Music radio stations and exclusive interviews.
The launch also includes a Disney Hits Radio special on the new Apple Music Hits radio station. Hosted by Hollywood Records’ artist Sofia Carson, the radio show celebrates nearly 80 years of Disney excellence by highlighting music from the Disney Hits playlist, plus exclusive interviews with artists discussing their experiences creating iconic moments in Disney’s musical history. Conversations include Oscar®, GRAMMY®, Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning composer and songwriter Alan Menken, GRAMMY Award-winning artist Christina Aguilera, Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Beauty and the Beast), and many more!
link to Disney Apple Music page
Entertainment #2 –
Apple TV+ announces second season of ‘Dickinson’ to debut January 8, third season in development
The anachronistic drama/comedy ‘Dickinson’ was one of Apple TV+’s launch shows, with all ten episodes airing on Apple TV+ launch day, November 1st 2019. Now, the streaming service is again leading with Dickinson as it today announced that the show’s second season will premier on January 8th.
This makes Dickinson the first of Apple TV+’s flagship roster to get an official season two release date. Previously, the company released a teaser trailer for season two of For All Mankind but is yet to announce a firm date for the series’ return.
How To #1 ~
iOS 14: How to translate websites on iPhone and iPad
One of the less flashy but valuable upgrades that arrives with Safari this year is built-in translation. Follow along for a look at how to translate websites on iPhone and iPad in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.
In addition to the dedicated new Translate app for iPhone and iPad in iOS 14/iPadOS 14, Safari also gets the ability to translate entire websites with the latest software. The feature is in beta but working well, and it’s great to see Apple adding features like this that Google’s Chrome browser has offered for some time.
As we noted in our hands-on with iOS 14’s new Translate app, 11 languages are supported for now with Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The same is likely true for Safari’s translate feature.
With Apple’s new website translation feature in Safari still being in beta, it naturally isn’t perfect, but it works well overall already and is available for most of the websites we’ve visited in a foreign language
Story 3 ~
Apple quietly stops selling Bose, Sonos and some Logitech gear — only Apple audio remains
THE VERGE reports ~ Apple just made its rivals disappear — in its own retail store, anyhow. As Bloomberg reports, the company has abruptly stopped selling Bose, Logitech, and Sonos audio products, including the popular Bose noise-canceling headphones that would almost certainly be a direct competitor to the headphones that Apple has repeatedly been rumoured to be ready to announce sometime this year.
When you go to find a product like the Logitech Ultimate Ears Megaboom speaker or those Bose headphones, you’ll find messages like these instead:
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Google drops curated news plans in Australia over ‘unworkable’ policy
engadget reports ~ Google’s dispute with Australia over online news is about to claim a major feature as a casualty. The internet giant has decided to freeze plans to launch its curated News Showcase in Australia over claims the draft News Media Bargaining Code is “unworkable.” It still objected to what it called a “must include, must pay” approach in the code where it not only has to pay news outlets it links to, but is obligated to carry those outlets for free.
The company argued it would deal with payment demands that would “not [be] financially sustainable” for any firm. It also argued that the code was too broad and could prove costly if there’s a claimed violation, with Google potentially paying up to 10 percent of its Australian revenue for a single infraction.
Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) previously said that a Google open letter decrying the code “contains misinformation,” and that the company wouldn’t be required to charge for free services or share data with news organisuations like the letter suggested.
This isn’t Google’s only fight over news. However, it could serve as a bellwether for rollouts elsewhere. If Google is willing to put an entire feature on hold for a country over what it sees as unfavourable terms, you could see a similar response elsewhere.
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