Netflix says it won’t carry likely Russian propaganda channels despite laws

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Netflix says it won’t be streaming 20 Russian TV channels despite a law that might require it.
Streamers with more than 100,000 customers in Russia are required to offer the channels.
Netflix told Variety that it won’t be streaming the channels ”given the current situation.”

Netflix says it won’t be sharing content from 20 free-to-air Russian TV channels.

Netflix says that it won’t be adding the 20 free-to-air channels that local Russian law could require it to after surpassing the 100,000-subscriber mark.

The growth of Netflix in Russia means that it is now large enough to be required by law to carry the free-to-air channels that offer sports, news, and entertainment, according to a Variety report. Netflix was added to the list of outfits that must stream the content in December of last year, although it wasn’t thought that the law would actually kick in until tomorrow — March 1.

However, Netflix tells Variety that it won’t be doing so given Russia’s i…

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Here’s everything you need to know about how to use the Clock app on iOS

The Clock app on iOS can do more than just tell you the time.

A world clock, an alarm clock, a stopwatch, and a timer: Apple’s Clock app for iPhone and iPad lets you keep track of what time it is or how long it’s been, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. It wakes you up and makes sure you don’t leave anything in the oven long enough to burn. Next, it lets you keep track of your laps or endurance. Finally, it makes sure you rest just the right amount of time between sets.

But how do you do all of these things? Don’t worry, we show you everything you need to know about the Clock app right here.

Clock app for iOS:

Using the World Clock
Setting the alarm clock
Using the stopwatch
What is Bedtime?
Setting the timer
Using Clock with Siri

How to use World Clock on iPhone and iPad

About to call the grandparents in the Old Country but aren’t sure of the time? Long-distance romance just going into or just getting out of class? Are you about to travel and want to keep trac…

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Podcasters, rejoice — iZotope RX finally added Apple silicon support

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Pro audio app iZotope RX has added support for Apple silicon.
Early testing shows a massive speed increase over using Rosetta emulation.
The update is a paid one for users of older versions.

Podcasters just got quicker at fixing audio.

If you’re a podcaster who uses iZotope RX and also happens to have a Mac running Apple silicon, today is your lucky day — because the app now finally supports Apple’s M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips, removing the need for Rosetta.

The audio tool is often used heavily by podcasters because it can do some pretty magical things when removing noise from recordings, as Jason Snell of SixColors points out when sharing the news earlier.

I use iZotope’s RX audio utilities constantly. They clean up background noise, remove buzzing and humming, and even remove the reverberations from echoey rooms. There was even that one time when someone played three hours of D&D with a sump pump beeping in the background every 30 seconds, and…

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Twitter begins labeling tweets that link to Russian state-affiliated media

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Twitter has confirmed that it is beginning to label tweets that link to Russian state-affiliated media.
Twitter also says that it is taking steps to reduce the circulation of content from untrustworthy media outlets.
Ukraine continues to battle an ongoing invasion attempt by Russia.

Twitter is making moves to make sure that people know whether news can be trusted or not.

Twitter has confirmed that it is beginning to label tweets that link to Russian state-affiliated media websites in an attempt to prevent the spread of misinformation.

In a series of tweets today, Yoel Roth, Twitter head of site integrity, said that the company is also ”taking steps to significantly reduce the circulation of this content on Twitter.”

Today, we’re adding labels to Tweets that share links to Russian state-affiliated media websites and are taking steps to significantly reduce the circulation of this content on Twitter.We’ll roll out these labels to other state-affiliated …

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Tim Cook has penned a lengthy piece in an Italian magazine discussing tech

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Tim Cook has appeared in the first Login magazine in Italy.
Cook discusses health and technology in the lengthy text.
Cook manages to squeeze an ad for Apple Watch in, too.

Cook discusses health and more in the new piece.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has penned a lengthy piece for the first issue of a new technology magazine. The Italian magazine is available online and in stores now.

In the piece for Login, first spotted by 9to5Mac, Cook explains how he feels that young people are now able to shape their future using technology, whether that’s based around privacy, health, or something else.

Cook also told a story about an Italian who wrote to him to say his Apple Watch discovered a heart condition, allowing him to begin treatment.

Our commitment to humanity is also why Apple invests more than ever in health. Just recently, I received an email from a 29-year-old in Rome who told me he was being treated for a serious heart condition discovered only because his …

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With a possible Apple event next month, here’s what we want to see

Apple always has a spring event, and the next one could be happening next month. Here’s what I hope we get out of it.

Spring is approaching, and you know what that means — it’s time for an Apple event. The rumors are that we’re probably going to see something on March 8, though that date is not confirmed (yet), but we’re confident something will be happening next month. After all, Apple has historically held a spring event in either March or April every year, so definitely coming, regardless.

According to reports, there are three things that we should be expecting: a new iPhone SE, a new iPad Air, and a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. But perhaps Apple could drop some surprises at such an event too. Either way, here’s what I want to see at Apple’s March event.

A new iPhone SE along with new iPhone 13 colors

This is a given, and even though I have no plans on purchasing a new iPhone SE, I’m still excited to see one. I know several people in my life who still prefer an iPhone with a H…

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TikTok is rolling out 10-minute videos whether anyone wants them or not

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TikTok has announced that videos can be up to 10 minutes long.
Videos posted to TikTok were previously limited to three minutes.

People don’t seem too keen on the idea, though.

TikTok has confirmed that it is extending the length of videos to a whole ten minutes, whether people actually seem to want that, or not.

News broke last week that TikTok was testing longer videos and that people weren’t convinced that was the way to go. Now, the video-based social network has announced that it’s forging on regardless.

In a statement to TechCrunch, TikTok said that the extension comes after the outfit set about thinking of ”new ways to bring value” to its users.

”We’re always thinking about new ways to bring value to our community and enrich the TikTok experience. Last year, we introduced longer videos, giving our community more time to create and be entertained on TikTok,” a spokesperson from TikTok said in a statement. ”Today, we’re excited to start rolling o…

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Tweetbot 7.1 adds notifications for quote tweets, new followers, and more

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Tweetbot 7.1 adds support for new notification types.
Tweetbot’s icons have had a bit of a refresh.
The updated Tweetbot is available for download now.

Now you won’t need to rely on the Twitter app so much.

The hugely popular Twitter app Tweetbot has received a new update, bringing the version number all the way to 7.1 And while this isn’t as big as some previous updates it does add a couple of very notable improvements around notifications.

While some people still use the official Twitter app, Tweetbot is one of the best iPhone apps that takes advantage of the latest Twitter API capabilities to create an improved experience. Now, the new version 7.1 update builds on the foundation of version 7.0 by adding support for new notification types:

New Follower notifications
Quote Tweet notifications
Enable notifications when specific users Tweet

All of those require the new Background Refresh notifications to be enabled — using the old push notification sy…

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Apple hit with its sixth $5.7m Dutch App Store fine

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Apple has been hit with another fine over its spat with a Dutch watchdog.
Apple has been told to allow dating apps to accept payments outside of the App Store.
Apple says it has complied although no apps can actually allow third-party payments yet.

It’s all starting to add up.

Apple has today been hit with its sixth $5.7 million fine over its lack of compliance with a demand by a Dutch watchdog to allow some developers to offer third-party payments via the App Store.

In a story that’s now been running for weeks, Apple has been hit by another weekly fine of 5 million euros after the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) in the Netherlands reported that it feels there has been no change in Apple’s position — just hours after the iPhone maker sent a letter arguing that it has indeed complied with the ACM’s demands.

While Apple has set about making it possible for developers of dating apps to offer third-party payments in the App Store, the ACM says tha…

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Show off your pictures with a smart digital photo frame

We’re lucky enough to have some of the best digital cameras ever made at our disposal these days. Wouldn’t it be nice to display those fancy photos or help the grandparents see fresh images without paying for printing and shipping? You can do just that with digital photo frames. They take up less room than photo albums, have built-in smart features, and look great in any home. You’ve upgraded from a flip phone to a smartphone and maybe from a desktop to a laptop, right? Why not step up from old-fashioned photo frames to digital? I’ve handpicked the best digital photo frames of the year, and I can’t wait to show them to you.

A smart frame

Nixplay 10.1 Smart Digital Photo Frame

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Some products are billed as smart are lacking intelligence. That’s not the case with this sleek Nixplay digital frame. It’s a generous 10.1-inches and is viewable from across a room. You share photos and videos to the frame via the free Nixplay app and Wi-Fi, and it updates your collection…

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