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  2. Later this month, Blondie are releasing a definitive box set collection called Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982 that includes a whole bunch of rarities. They’ve already rustled up a cover of the Doors’ “Moonlight Drive” and the previously unreleased demo “I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer.” View the full article
  3. Back in 2020, the Las Vegas musician Stu Folsom worked with a bunch of other musicians, including Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen, on a ferociously evil metallic hardcore album called Pagan Rhythms. That album was credited to SpiritWorld, a band that was really just Folsom’s one-man project. Since then, SpiritWorld have become more of a regular band, and they’ve started playing shows. Today, they’ve teamed up with an all-time master of ferociously evil metallic hardcore on a new single. View the full article
  4. Next month, Kurt Wagner is releasing a new Lambchop album, The Bible, the follow-up to last year’s Showtunes. We’ve already heard its lead single “Police Dog Blues,” and today Wagner is sharing another song from it, the soft-focus ballad “So There,” which comes with a music video directed by Isaac Gale that, like his previous one, messes with visual effects software. View the full article
  5. Matt Lee got into the Rolling Stones as a 12-year-old kid. His obsession grew to the point that he's now in the Guinness Book of World Records and counts Ron Wood as a good friendView the full article
  6. Lamont Dozier, one third of one of the greatest songwriting teams of all time, has died. Dozier was part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland trio, and he co-wrote and co-produced 14 different Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers. As Rolling Stone points out, Dozier’s son Lamont Dozier Jr. confirmed his father’s death on Instagram. No cause of death has been reported. Dozier was 81. View the full article
  7. Open Mike Eagle has announced a new mixtape called Component System With The Auto Reverse, coming October 7 via his own label, Auto Reverse Records. Following 2020’s Anime, Trauma And Divorce, the Chicago rapper’s latest is, according to a press release, “part solo album and spiritual mixtape, part green room cipher, and part showcase for Eagle’s Auto Reverse Records.” It’ll feature his previously released collaborative single “Multi-Game Arcade Cabinet” with R.A.P. Fererria, Still Rift, and Video Dave, plus the late 2021 single “Burner Account” featuring Armand Hammer. View the full article
  8. The Detroit hitmaker was behind countless foundational pop classics with Holland-Dozier-Holland, including 10 Supremes chart-toppersView the full article
  9. Dating can be difficult. Sometimes you want to make the first move, but you don't want to appear too eager. But if you play it too cool, you risk getting ignored all together. The whole process can be frustrating and intimidating, especially if you don't know how to start. If you're lost, we recommend trying online dating. There are a lot of great sites out there that can help you find someone special. The only really issue is that with all of the options, it can sometimes feel like there's too much choice. Throw in busy lives and daily responsibilities, and the thought of combing through loads of profiles sounds like the last thing you want to do. We get it, we really do. What makes online dating difficult?One aspect of online dating dynamics poses a challenge for both men and women, but from different angles: If it's a lady you're pursuing, chances are she's received more than a few unsolicited messages already. For women, maneuvering around creeps is often more work than it's worth. For men, the responsibility to not be one of those guys can add a heightened intimidation factor. What do you need to know before dating online?The internet is plagued with tales of nasty messages and creepy opening lines from men. Avoiding the creep factor with someone you just matched with shouldn't be hard — simply don't be pushy about sexting, getting their number, or meeting up, and definitely don't harass someone about not wanting to hang out. As for devising an opener that will grow into a nice conversation, the harmless intent to be funny or flattering can go south quickly. Choosing the right dating app can make all the difference for men who are a little rusty or generally shy about messaging first. For men who need a point in the right direction when it comes to conversation starters, dating sites with user profiles more extensive than a rushed Tinder bio could make a world of difference. The ability to see someone's hobbies, favourite movies, career goals, or even political views before even talking to them opens up a wealth of clever ice breakers. Tinder can be the right app for some singles, but if you find yourself constantly deleting it and re-downloading Tinder every other month despite the fact that you hate the app, a different site might make better use of your time. What is it that's not working about your current dating site of choice? Is it too entrenched in hookup culture? Is it not focused on hookups enough? Do you find yourself getting intentions mixed up with people who aren't looking for the same thing? Each dating site serves a different purpose, and things are a lot easier when you're mingling with people who want what you want. What is the best dating site for men?After going through many dating sites and apps, we have narrowed down the best options for single men looking for something casual or a long-term relationship. You can rest assured that these sites offer the best potential for finding a great match. We looked at a number of factors that make a dating app worth using, including visibility, popularity with singles, ease of use, lifestyle, and success rate with matches to find the ones that matter to single men the most. Whether you're looking for a casual fling or a committed relationship, we have a dating site for you and the matches you want. These are the best dating sites and apps for men looking for love in 2022. View the full article
  10. The online world isn't always the friendliest of places for women, particularly when it comes to trolling and misogyny on social media. From Twitter reply guys, to other forms of online harassment, to straight up cyberstalking, letting women exist in peace seems to be a hard concept to grasp. When it comes to dating apps specifically — where others often assume that a dating app profile means that one is willfully subjecting themselves to creepy comments — the chance of women enduring such unsettling experiences feels doubled. The onslaught of men grasping at straws for attention with messages saying "think they saw you somewhere" or requesting nudes in their opening line is an online dating specialty. Is it easier to shoot your shot by simply using a hot selfie on your Instagram story as bait for your crush? That's a classic tactic that'll never die. But unless you and said crush are already in some sort of flirtationship and already follow each other on social media, finding love, a hookup, or someone to grab a drink with could happen a lot faster with the right dating app (as opposed to waiting to meet someone at work or agreeing to a blind date). This means not deleting and re-downloading Tinder after every breakup or every time you ghost (or get ghosted by) your current entanglement. Tinder can truly be a great place to meet genuine people who are open to getting serious, to find a reliable friend with benefits, or to get a good-old-fashioned confidence boost from a mutual right swipe. But if you're frustrated with horny users disguising themselves as relationship seekers or relationship seekers who can't handle it when you say you're just looking for a hookup, opting for a dating site more finely-tuned to what you're looking for means you'll spend less time dealing with people who aren't looking for the same thing. Maybe you can't stand starting every conversation from scratch. Maybe your biggest fear is ending up on a date with someone who doesn't care about cats. Instead of a lazy bio, dating apps that delve into someone's hobbies, favourite movies, career goals, or political views before even talking to them opens up a wealth of clever ice breakers, and ensures that you aren't going into things blindly. Are dating apps trying to make dating safer?Meeting someone from the internet in person for the first time is nerve-wracking for anyone. But for women, it can dredge up the same fear that occurs when walking alone past a big group of men. Match Group is making strides toward a safer dating experience: Tinder was the first to unveil new features coming out of its partnership with Noonlight, a safety app that tracks the location of users and notifies authorities if there are concerns. Before heading out on a date, Tinder users can log info about where they're going and who they're meeting, as well as hit a panic button to alert authorities if there's an emergency. Match Group plans to roll out the same features for its other apps, like Hinge and OkCupid, later. In March 2021, Tinder announced plans to let users run a background check on their matches. Has the pandemic changed dating?COVID changed online dating dynamics forever. Being vaccinated becoming a genuine turn-on is the obvious addition to 2022 dating checklists, but there's something about dating discourse that we think could positively affect communication between strangers in the long run. Waiting to meet each other and getting to know a match through FaceTime is kind of the norm now — and people don't really want that to change, even once the pandemic has fully subsided. For the women who'd prefer to gather crumbs of someone's vibe before meeting in person, online dating's shift to video dating in 2020 could prove comforting. It goes without saying that you're never required to meet up with a match in person immediately, but it'd be nice not to be pestered about it. The communication skills gained through hashing out COVID-related issues aren't nothing, either. People have gotten comfortable with bringing up personal boundaries and bonding over universal anxieties with someone they met on a dating app — both of which could benefit women online. Tinder thinks the honesty will carry over when things are back to normal, and hopefully the creeps will continue to weed themselves out. Do you need to pay for dating apps?There are plenty of free dating sites and apps out there, and the likes of Tinder and Hinge are popular options with massive networks of users. You can easily enter the online dating game without spending anything, but you get what you pay for with dating sites and apps. For the best experience with the greatest possibility of finding exactly what you're looking for, you are probably going to need to cough up some cash. The best dating sites don't come cheap, and whilst you can still find a hookup with a free app, you should upgrade is you're looking for compatibility tests, chat rooms, videos, and a greater level of control. What are the best dating sites for women?Whether you're looking for a fun time or your next long-term relationship, we have picked out a wide range of apps and sites for different types of daters. So whatever you're looking for, we have you covered with this guide. We have done the tough stuff, looked at all the facts and figures, and worked out which sites are the best options for every single type of woman out there. We have narrowed it down to the best sites, and reviewed the likes of eharmony, Match, Lumen, and AdultFriendFinder for your consideration. These are the best dating sites for women in 2022. View the full article
  11. TL;DR: As of August 9, you can get the MagellanTV + VPN Unlimited + StackSkills Lifetime Subscription Bundle for just $199 instead of $5,184 — that's a 96% discount. How much of your time on the internet is split between streaming, browsing, and learning something new or exploring a hobby? However much it is, you might be able to bump those numbers up with MagellanTV + VPN Unlimited + StackSkills Lifetime Subscription Bundle. This pack of three gives you a documentary streaming service, a VPN for browsing privacy, and access to over 1,000 eLearning courses with a huge range of topics, and it’s all on sale for $199. Explore documentaries, browse discreetly, and learn something newThe first name in the pack is MagellanTV, and as its name implies, it lets you navigate the world of documentaries and educational content. MagellanTV gives you access to huge content collections of history, nature, science, space, crime, and more. Explore your interests or just take a deep dive into something completely new. The library already has over 3,000 videos, but more content is still added every week. It's available on mobile platforms (Android and iOS), media streaming devices (Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku), and smart TVs (LG, Samsung, Vizio, and those powered by Vewd OS) Second but no less exciting in this pack is a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited. Whether you’re browsing on public or private WiFi, conceal your browsing activity with this VPN. Access servers just for popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, or use P2P Torrent servers for fast, safe downloads. If your VPN connection ever drops, the kill switch works for iOS, macOS, Android, and Windows platforms. Last among the deals in this pack is lifetime access to StackSkills Unlimited. Peruse a library of over 1,000 courses on topics running the gamut from IT to cryptocurrency to piano to conquering writer’s block. Work through classes that inform upon a hobby or get certified and use that qualification on job applications. Save on three ways to change what you do on the internetFor a limited time, get the MagellanTV + VPN Unlimited + StackSkills Lifetime Subscription Bundle on sale for $199 (Reg. $5184). Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: MagellanTV MagellanTV + VPN Unlimited + StackSkills Lifetime Subscription Bundle (opens in a new tab) $199 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
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  13. His lawyer says a warrant for his arrest was dismissed but, due to miscommunication between departments, failed to be withdrawnView the full article
  14. The rapper previously planned to take an indefinite break from music to pursue other creative endeavors after releasing her final album End of an Era last yearView the full article
  15. Nearly four years ago, the frighteningly talented Atlanta rapper JID released his hugely promising full-length DiCaprio 2. Since then, JID hasn’t released anything resembling an album, but his career has continued to grow anyway. JID stands out on posse cuts from crews like Dreamville and Spillage Village, both of which count him as a member, and he’s been annihilating every guest verse he’s attempted, including his spot on Imagine Dragons’ “Enemy,” the hit theme song from the Netflix show Arcane. Later this month, JID — who has apparently dropped the two random-ass periods from his name — will finally come out with The Forever Story, his long-awaited new LP. View the full article
  16. As part of the incomparable songwriting team Holland–Dozier–Holland, the Detroit native co-wrote some of Motown's most enduring songsView the full article
  17. There is no better way to spend your free time than sitting back and watching your favourite sport, preferably surrounded by mountains of snacks and refreshments. You simply can't escape sport these days, as every news channel, social media platform, and panel show constantly pumps out the latest highlights from all over the world. Global sport has never been easier to follow, which has resulted in a growing contingent of fans who follow sports and teams from other countries. We're all for following your passion, but this interest does cause an issue. What if your favourite sport is not readily available in your location? It's all well and good checking in on your team from time to time online, or maybe watching the highlights from last night's game on YouTube, but this just isn't going to be enough for the most dedicated of fans. This group will need to watch games live, which can be tricky if you're based on the other side of the planet. Whether you desperately want to follow the NBA, NFL, NHL, or some other three-letter acronym, there is a solution to your problem. No, we're not going to suggest that you try and find some dodgy stream that throws even dodgier ads your way. Instead, you should consider investing in a VPN. Do you need a VPN to watch the NBA?The NBA League Pass provides a solution for anyone who wants to watch their favourite teams live online. However, if you live in U.S. or Canada, NBA LP blackouts prevent you from watching certain live games. There is only one way to watch every single NBA game of the season, and it's with the NBA International League Pass. Unfortunately, this service is geo-restricted due to broadcasting rights, meaning you can’t access it if you live in the U.S., Cuba, or some countries in the Middle East. The only way to get around these geo-restrictions is with a VPN. These security services encrypt all of your data, protect your identity, and hide your real IP address. By connecting to server in a country with full access to the NBA International League Pass, you can trick the site into thinking you are based in a location that isn't blocked. This is the same technique used by absolutely loads of VPN subscribers to access more libraries of streaming sites like Netflix. It's still worth considering a VPN if you live in a country with access to the NBA International League Pass. This is because you can find much cheaper subscription deals if you sign up from a server in another country. There are always new deals dropping, but at one point you could have saved 75% on an annual subscription from India. It's quick and easy to switch your location to India with a VPN, meaning you could access the best deal in a matter of seconds. It's important to point out that you will always need a subscription to the NBA International League Pass if you want to watch every game. A VPN can bypass geo-restrictions and save you a lot of money on a subscription, but they do not grant you access to everything for free. What are the most important features for streaming sport?The world of VPNs can be a complicated and frankly overwhelming place to be if you don't know what's going on. This is where we can help. We've researched everything you need to know about VPNs, and highlighted a selection of features that actually matter when it comes to streaming sport: Connection speed: If there is one thing that completely ruins a sport streaming session, it's buffering. Every VPN is going to cause a drop in connection speed, but it shouldn't result in lag or buffering. Make sure you select a VPN with consistently strong connection speeds so that you can watch the NBA without interruptions. Number of connections: This feature isn't the most important if you only ever use one device, but if you're in a large household with loads of devices, it's better to subscribe to a VPN with an unlimited number of multi-logins. This means you can connect an unlimited number of devices simultaneously with the same account, so everyone can watch their favourite sport at the same time. Not many VPNs offer unlimited connections, but most of the best services let you connect at least five devices simultaneously, which is probably enough for most people. Server network: VPNs provide access to literally thousands of servers located all around the world, and it's these servers that grant you access to things like the NBA International League Pass. It's important to pick a VPN with a large and diverse selection of servers so that you can always find a reliable and speedy connection. Bandwidth: The best VPNs do not place monthly caps on network bandwidth, but there are some cheap services that only let you download a certain amount of data. Obviously, you should avoid these services. You should only consider VPNs with unlimited bandwidth, so you can stream as much sport as you wish. It's important to take all of this into consideration when selecting a VPN for streaming any sort of sport from around the world. The best strategy is to think through these important features, and weigh them against your own set of personal priorities. Then you should have a clearer idea about what really matters to you. Should you use free VPNs?Before we get into the best VPNs for watching the NBA, it's worth tackling to most common question when it comes to VPNs. Should you pay for a VPN, or try a free service? There are plenty of free VPNs out there that offer a decent set of features, but these almost always have limits on data, server network, and connection speed, so if you want to stream freely, we really wouldn't recommend them. The good news is that there are a lot of cheap plans on offer from the leading services, especially if you're willing to commit to long contract. The cheapest monthly rates are reserved for the longest contracts, so if you find a VPN that ticks all of your boxes, it might be worth signing up for a lengthy plan. What is the best VPN for watching the NBA? There are a lot of VPNs that provide a user-friendly viewing experience for the NBA, but we know you're only interested in the very best. That's why we have lined up a selection of the best VPNs for streaming sport, including the best deals on popular services like ExpressVPN and CyberGhost VPN. There should be something for everyone and every budget on this list, so all you need to do is consider the options we have highlighted, and pick the service that suits you best. These are the best VPNs for watching the NBA in 2022. View the full article
  18. We hate to break it to you, but the online world is full of restrictions, surveillance, hackers, and advertisements. You might think that you can navigate this world freely, but unless you're using a VPN, you're wrong. VPNs are clever security tools that encrypt all of your internet traffic. This means that all of your online activity is hidden and your data is protected. The best VPNs also offer a wide range of advanced security features like ad blocking, malware defence, and much more. Cybersecurity is obviously absolutely vital these days, but there's another reason that these services are getting more and more popular, and it concerns streaming. VPNs hide your real IP address, which means you can bypass online restrictions to access more of the content you love. Whether you want to stream films, shows, or sports, VPNs can unblock leading sites from around the world, significantly boosting your content options. This is particularly useful if you follow a sport or team from another country, because you can use a VPN to watch live games without relying on a seriously dodgy stream with adverts, viruses, and other nasty online threats. Do you need a VPN to watch the NFL?If you’re looking to watch the Super Bowl or any other NFL fixture, the NFL Game Pass is your best option. You can subscribe to this service from anywhere though, so why do you need a VPN? Annoyingly, the U.S. version of the NFL Game Pass does not allow live streaming of games, plus some games are blocked in parts of Europe. This means that the only way to get access to every game from any location is with a VPN. By connecting to server in a country with full access to the NFL Game Pass, you can trick the site into thinking you are based in a location that isn't blocked. This is exactly the same technique used by absolutely loads of VPN users to access more libraries of streaming sites like Netflix. It's still worth considering a VPN if you live in a country with full access to the NFL Game Pass, because you might be able to find a cheaper subscription deal if you sign up from a server in another country. For example, the NFL Game Pass tends to be a lot cheaper in Asia-Pacific countries, with prices dropping to under £100 per season in places like India. It's easy to switch your location to India with a VPN, meaning you could access the best deal in a matter of seconds. We should point out that you will still need a subscription to the NFL Game Pass if you want to watch every game. A VPN can bypass geo-restrictions and save you a lot of money on a subscription, but they do not grant you access to everything for free. What are the most important VPN features for streaming sport?We know that the world of VPNs can be a complicated place, so we've researched everything you need to know about these services. We've done all of the hard work for you and highlighted a selection of features that matter when it comes to streaming sport: Connection speed: Every VPN is going to cause a drop in connection speed, but it shouldn't result in lag or buffering. This interference completely ruins a streaming session, so you should make sure you select a VPN with consistently strong connection speeds. Number of connections: Some VPNs let you connect an unlimited number of devices simultaneously with the same account, so everyone can securely watch the NFL at the same time. Most of the best services let you connect at least five devices simultaneously, which is still great for large households or people with multiple devices. Server network: The best VPNs provide access to thousands of servers located all around the world. It's important to pick a VPN with a large and diverse selection of servers so that you can always find a reliable and speedy connection to the NFL Game Pass. Bandwidth: There are some cheap services that only let you download a certain amount of data per month. These should be avoided at all costs, because it simply isn't possible to stream with a limit on your bandwidth. Instead, you should opt for a VPN with unlimited bandwidth, so you can stream and download as much sport as you want. Take all of this into consideration when selecting a VPN for streaming the NFL. Weigh up these features against your own set of personal priorities, and then you should have a much clearer idea about what really matters to you. Do you need to pay for VPNs?We have some good news for you: There are plenty of free VPNs on offer that provide users with a decent set of features. There is a catch though, and it's that these free VPNs always come with limits on data, server network, and connection speed. There are free trials available that don't have limitations, but these don't tend to last very long. What we're saying is that if you want to stream sport freely, we really wouldn't recommend a free VPN (unless you're using a free trial for one game). Fortunately, there are a lot of great deals available on the leading services, especially if you're willing to commit to a particular provider. The cheapest monthly rates are reserved for the longest contracts, so if you find a VPN that works for you, it might be worth making a big commitment. If you want something that lets you stream without constant interruptions, whilst providing you with advanced online protection for your data and identity, you're going to have to pay. That doesn't mean it needs to be expensive though. Be patient, because new deals drop all the time. It's all about taking your time and picking your moment to invest. What is the best VPN for watching the NFL? There are plenty of VPNs out there that claim to be great for streaming sport, but only a small selection of services provide everything you need and more. We have checked out everything on offer and matched up providers against the most important features for streaming, and highlighted the best VPNs for the NFL. There should be something for everyone and every budget on this list, with popular providers like ExpressVPN and CyberGhost VPN making the cut. All you need to do is consider everything on this list, and pick something that works for you. These are the best VPNs for watching the NFL in 2022. View the full article
  19. Hinge has a new FAQ guide full of advice specifically about LGBTQ dating. Launched Tuesday, the dating app's NFAQ (Not-so-Frequently Asked Questions) guide is full of answers to questions relating to LGBTQ dating and identity, including how to manage when you've misgendered someone while flirting, how demisexual people can set sexual expectations, how to affirm your gender in the early stages of dating, and how to navigate dating when you're not quite ready to come out. The NFAQ guide sits in the app's Help Centre for Hinge users, but is also accessible for anyone on the Hinge website. SEE ALSO: 3 helpful tips for when you plan to come out online You'll find answers to a collection of questions in blog and video form by a range of experts in various fields including Vacancy Project founder and hair stylist Masami Hosono, emergency medicine physician Dr. Darien Sutton, Be Not Afraid of Love author and artist Mimi Zhu, former Out magazine editor Phillip Picardi, licensed social worker and therapist Shahem McLaurin, and Grown-ish actor, writer, and filmmaker Tara Raani. Some answers are in blog form, others in video. Credit: Hinge For example, Zhu writes the answer to the question: "How can I better affirm my gender in the early stages of dating?" "I am transparent on the first date because the person’s reaction usually allows me to discern the trajectory of our connection," Zhu writes. "While nerve-wracking, it allows me to feel empowered in my agency in pursuing meaningful intimacy. I wear an outfit that makes me feel the most gender euphoric of the day, and I put myself before the assumed desires of another. If somebody is uncomfortable with my truth, then it reveals more about them than it does about me. I prefer to get this done early, because I know how precious my time is, and how uncompromising I am about my need to be respected in my fullness." A look at Hinge's new NFAQ guide. Credit: Hinge In Hinge's own study, the app found 80 percent of LGBTQ users found it difficult to find answers to their dating questions. "For LGBTQIA+ people, our experiences are so unique that the typical answers to dating questions don't meet our needs. NFAQ is a transformative resource that will support queer daters with creating and maintaining authentic relationships," said Moe Ari Brown, Hinge love and connection expert and licensed marriage and family therapist, in a press statement. "For LGBTQIA+ people, our experiences are so unique that the typical answers to dating questions don't meet our needs." "NFAQ is making the necessary space to not only answer LGBTQIA+ folks' burning questions but to also cultivate an atmosphere of celebration and inclusivity on Hinge and beyond our app." Hinge has indeed taken steps to make its app more queer-friendly, particularly in recent months, working with GLAAD in January to release new Prompts (conversation starters that let you express your personality and interests) specifically for LGBTQ users to display on their profile. In May, Hinge launched a fund to support therapy access for LGBTQ and BIPOC daters. Plus, the app allows users to select from more than 50 gender options (or write your own) and you can include your pronouns and sexual orientation. GLAAD also recently worked with dating app Bumble in July to move beyond the app's "women make the first move" experience to let nonbinary users message anyone first. View the full article
  20. A long time ago, before the notch came along to adorn the top of their displays, Apple's iPhones had the ability to show battery percentage in the status bar. When enabled, you'd see the battery icon showing you, roughly, the current state of your device's battery charge, and next to it was the exact percentage you have left. With the iPhone X, Apple killed this feature, presumably as the status bar got significantly smaller with the advent of the notch. You could still see the battery percentage, but you had to swipe down from the upper right corner for it to show up. SEE ALSO: How to check your iPhone's battery health Now, in the latest iOS developer beta (iOS 16 beta 5), the feature is coming back, but with a slightly different design. Instead of the percentage figure showing to the left of the battery icon, it is now lodged within it. I haven't yet tested the feature, but the percentage appears to be slightly harder to discern than before. Still, it's (probably) better than nothing. Interestingly, the battery-percentage-in-status-bar feature isn't coming to all phones. According to MacRumors, only the following devices are getting it: iPhone X, iPhone XS and XS Max, iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max. This leaves out all of the iPhone mini phones, the iPhone 11, and the iPhone XR. Notably, the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models are rumored to have a dual hole cutout for the front camera and Face ID sensor instead of the notch, which would leave a little more space for icons in the status bar. This being a developer beta, everything about the feature, including its availability and design, could change by the time it becomes a part of a widely available iOS release. View the full article
  21. Indie rock group was joined by Lifeguard, Friko and Post Office Winter for the concert View the full article
  22. Ever played Framed, the Wordle-style game where you guess a movie based on key images? Well, Kumail Nanjiani does. Plays it every day, apparently. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Obi-Wan Kenobi and Eternals star told guest host Rob McElhenney that he was playing Framed on the morning of his anniversary while at work, worrying about what to get his wife after he'd learned that she'd got him a present despite their agreement not to buy gifts for each other. "The first screen pops up and it's a wide shot of Chicago, and I'm like, 'I think this is the movie Emily and I did together, The Big Sick!'" says Nanjiani in the clip above. "On our wedding anniversary, the movie we made about us meeting and falling in love. What are the odds? Crazy, right? Amazing!" Feeling good about the day again, Nanjiani explains that he called his wife as soon as she was up to tell her about their movie being on Framed. "So 8 a.m. I call her and I say, 'Hey Emily, you should play Framed today.' And she says, 'I know. Happy anniversary.'" Now that is how you do an anniversary present. View the full article
  23. When he's not starring in big upcoming releases like Beast and Three Thousand Years of Longing, or making documentaries and semi-autobiographical comedy series, Idris Elba is well-known for his DJ skills. So much so, he made a whole Netflix series based in part on his own experiences. The last wedding he DJed? Oh, just Meghan and Harry's Royal Wedding. Suffice to say, Elba knows a thing or two about which songs land on a dancefloor, which have the ability to clear one, and which is the best last song of the night (DMX's "Party Up,"), so when he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, the star was asked for his perfect tracks to play in certain situations. Which song goes off at any wedding (including royal ones)? Arrow's "Hot Hot Hot." The perfect song to propose to? Cheryl Lynn and Luther Vandross' "If This World Were Mine." Got dumped? Mark Morrison's "Return of the Mack." Though the occasion calls for it more than once, Elba refuses to dance this time on The Tonight Show. "No, I'm going to sit down, I always dance on your show," he says, sticking to armchair moves. View the full article
  24. Since its launch last year, HBO Max has been arguably the very best streaming service you could throw your money towards. That may not last forever. That’s because HBO Max, as we know it, probably won’t exist by this time next year. In an earnings call last week, HBO Max’s parent company Warner Bros. Discovery announced that the streaming service known for its high-quality selection of great content would merge with Discovery+, a reality TV-focused streaming service. This is all sudden and difficult to grasp, so let’s take some time to break down what this means for you and why this is happening in the first place. Wait, is HBO Max going away?The answer to that question is sort of, but not really. To put it simply, by summer 2023, HBO Max and Discovery+ will merge into a new streaming service that doesn’t yet have a name or (rather importantly) a subscription price. For reference, HBO Max costs $10/mo with ads and $15/mo without them, while Discovery+ is $5/mo with ads or $7/mo without them. Launching a new combined streaming service at around $20/mo would be a risky play for Warner Bros. Discovery, but we can’t discount the possibility right now. It's also possible that existing subscribers will get grandfathered in with their current subscriptions, but again, it's too early to say that for sure. As for what content will be available on this new app, expect a combination of what’s already on the two existing apps, with some things perhaps being removed between now and summer 2023. Heavy hitters like HBO Max’s Harry Potter and DC Comics franchises will surely join Discovery’s popular shows like Deadliest Catch and Property Brothers, but we’ll find out more about the catalog over the next year. As for that remark about content being removed, that’s not idle speculation — it’s already happening. Warner removed six streaming-only movies from HBO Max recently, including Seth Rogen’s An American Pickle and Melissa McCarthy’s Superintelligence. Stunningly, Warner also canceled the release of Batgirl last week. That movie had been shot and was in post-production with a budget of $90 million before Warner decided it wouldn’t be seen by anyone. The one constant connecting all of those titles is that they were HBO Max originals, so perhaps the strategy going forward will focus more on movies and shows that were released theatrically or aired on actual cable television. If the upcoming third season of Warrior is shelved because of this, I might just move to the woods and give up on the streaming future. Why are HBO Max and Discovery+ merging?That’s the million-dollar question, and it mostly boils down to cold, hard business. Warner Bros. and Discovery merged back in April to form the corporate entity behind all these moves. Since then, the company has cut back on $825 million worth of content, per SlashFilm. The idea, as explained by IndieWire, is most likely to use removed or canceled content as tax write-offs and recoup some of those investments during hard economic times. Maintaining one streaming app instead of two could be seen as another cost-cutting measure. It’s ruthless and doesn’t seem like something you’d do if you cared about art, but it’s right in line with what you’d expect after seeing this…questionable slide from Warner’s earnings call last week: Come for the word "genredom," stay for the, uh, interesting notion that women broadly prefer less thematically substantial or "prestigious" content. SEE ALSO: It was tough, but we found the 20 best movies on HBO Max Again, to the C-suite people at companies like Warner Bros. Discovery, this is all about business. And sometimes business means intentionally slashing your own tire when you’re seemingly leading the race. View the full article
  25. "You're like, 'I'm Idris, I need to be on that Jay-Z album.'" View the full article
  26. As the first major legal subscription streaming service on the Internet, Netflix paved the way for a streaming revolution. The company began competing with piracy from the get-go, branding itself as a superior alternative. In the early years, the strategy paid off. Millions of subscribers switched from casually consuming pirated content on unlicensed platforms in favor of a convenient and reasonably-priced legal alternative. Piracy never went away, but downloading Netflix content illegally seemed silly. Streaming Wars In the years that followed the legal streaming landscape became more crowded. Inspired by Netflix’s success, new streaming portals such as Amazon, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Paramount+, and Peacock started competing for a share of the lucrative streaming market. The media often refers to this competition as the “streaming wars,” but the real threat may not come from legal streaming services but illegal pirate sites. The suggestion that “subscription fatigue” may motivate people to start pirating again isn’t new. We have highlighted this issue in the past and it has been confirmed by research, but it’s now reaching a point where it’s hard for Hollywood to ignore. Piracy tracking firm MUSO recognizes the problem too. In addition to doing anti-piracy work for major copyright holders, the UK company also helps major players such as Amazon, Lionsgate, and Sony, to understand the latest piracy trends. Piracy is Appealing Once Again In an op-ed, MUSO CEO Andy Chatterley highlights that increased fragmentation in the streaming ecosystem, paired with higher prices, is starting to make piracy more appealing again. And without an option to pay for everything, people are seeking out alternatives. “[F]aced with an increasingly fractured streaming landscape, the consumer does the math and realizes that having access to all the shows they want to watch is not a justifiable expense when their grocery bill has doubled and they’re cycling or carpooling to work to save money on fuel,” Chatterley says. “And in the absence of a one-stop shop like Spotify is to music lovers, and now that piracy sites have evolved to become sophisticated, easy-to-use experiences, people who have never resorted to piracy before are finding it more appealing than ever. Everything you could ever want to watch, all in one place, only a few clicks away and all for free. What’s not to like?” Netflix Piracy Thrives Chatterley notes that copyright holders should be aware of this potential shift in user behavior, which is backed up by data. Earlier this year Netflix reported that its subscriber numbers had dropped for the first time in history and piracy continues to grow. According to MUSO’s data, Netflix content was good for an 11.4% U.S. piracy market share in June. Globally, this number is even higher, with Netflix content making up 16% of the worldwide piracy demand. “Now, imagine if they could convert those pirate consumers into paying customers,” Chatterley comments. MUSO’s messaging is in part out of self-interest as the company offers piracy insights as a commercial service. This is serious business for Muso. Just last week the company announced that it had secured a $3.9M investment from Puma Private Equity. A One-Stop Streaming Solution? That said, the fact that a company working with several Hollywood players is prepared to highlight the dangers of too many subscriptions is quite something. Especially when that company started as a fairly traditional anti-piracy outfit roughly a decade ago. Instead of pointing a finger at pirates, Chatterley focuses more on the shortcomings of the TV and movie industry. Piracy can be lowered by offering a one-stop solution for a fair price but somehow that seems to be a pipe dream. “By offering a service that is both comprehensive and good value for money, you render piracy a much less attractive option,” he writes. “But with content providers investing billions in their platforms and determined to keep their shows exclusive to them, this seems fanciful. And so the drop off in subscribers seems set to continue, with piracy sites continuing to welcome them with open arms,” Chatterley concludes. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  27. “Until learning about Plaintiffs’ claim in 2017, I had never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ and had never heard of that song or the group 3LW,” she addedView the full article
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