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Plex on Apple TV has been updated with new audio features that makes it far more appealing to audiophiles and other discerning music lovers.With the new software version comes support for direct playback of high-quality audio, including FLAC and AAC, as well as gapless transitions, soft pauses, and more.As well, Plex has refined some controls on iOS and previewed its new Web desktop and TV designs.The Apple TV update is the most notable part of Plex’s latest software release.Some of the features the company released for Plexamp back in December are now available on Apple TV, including the ability to directly stream high-quality audio, including music in the following formats: FLAC, AAC, MP3, ALAC, MPC, and APE.In addition, Apple TV owners will now enjoy gapless transitions on Plex, which eliminates the gap from the end of one track and the start of another.
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On Thursday, Rotten Tomatoes, the movie review aggregation site, announced that it had added a verification feature to its audience score.Going forward, audience scores for movies on the site will indicate if people who rated or reviewed that movie purchased a ticket.Before the release of "Captain Marvel," the audience score for the movie was purposely given a low rating by some internet trolls who were against the movie's progressive message.This led Rotten Tomatoes to change its policy and stop featuring audience scores for movies until they were released in theaters.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Rotten Tomatoes announced on Thursday that it had added a verification feature to its audience score, which will now show whether a user has seen the movie they've scored or reviewed.
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A Brazilian cryptocurrency crime cartel has been shut down after conning over 55,000 investors for over $200 million.The cartel ran an unlicensed financial institution without authorization from Brazil’s Central Bank.The scammers claimed to offer cryptocurrency investments and promised investors 15-percent returns on their capital, local news Correio Do Povo reports.The Federal Revenue Service said the company had managed to raise around R$850 million ($210 million) by February 2019 from would-be investors.Authorities believe the number could actually be closer to R$1 billion ($248 million), though.The illegal operation has since been dismantled following a joint operation between the Brazilian Federal Police and the Federal Revenue Agency.
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While Android and iOS have locked up the market for smartphone operating systems, a feature phone platform that has the distinction of being the world’s third biggest mobile OS is announcing a hefty round of funding to continue its expansion.KaiOS, which makes the OS that powers devices like Nokia’s feature phones and Jio’s devices out of India, has raised $50 million from Cathay Innovation (which led the round) and previous investors Google and TCL Holdings.It comes less than a year after Google invested $22 million in the the business — a strategic round that also marked KaiOS beginning the process of creating native integrations of different Google services like Maps and (more recently) Assistant into the platform.KaiOS is not disclosing its valuation but Sebastien Codeville, its CEO, confirmed to be that it is “definitely up.” (Pitchbook put it at a very modest $43.75 million last year on the back of Google’s earlier round.)We actually knew a little about this round back in February, at MWC in Barcelona, when KaiOS announced new handset partners and a raft of new features.A spokesperson for KaiOS told TechCrunch that the delay in closing the deal and making it public was due to a need to coordinate with different stakeholders.
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2019 on the big screen2019: It's another year of comic book blockbusters, serial sequels and reimagined reboots.Also, original movies are coming from a list of directors that includes Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele and The Rock.Click through the pictures for a bumper crop of exciting sci-fi, superhero, horror, action and geeky flicks on the big screen this year.Update, May 21, 2019: Added some new movies and release dates.
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Microsoft and Sony are announcing an unusual partnership today, allowing the two rivals to partner on cloud-based gaming services.“The two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services,” says a Microsoft statement.Sony’s existing game and content-streaming services will also be powered by Microsoft Azure in the future.Microsoft says “these efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community,” which sounds like both Sony and Microsoft are planning to partner on future services aimed at creators and the gaming community.Both companies say they will “share additional information when available,” but the partnership means Microsoft and Sony will collaborate on cloud gaming.That’s a pretty big deal, and it’s a big loss for Microsoft’s main cloud rival, Amazon.
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Meat has no season, really; it's braised, slow cooked and roasted to comforting perfection in the colder months, and seared over open flames on grills across America all summer.But if you don't have a reliable butcher (or good grocery store meat department), or if you're just constantly pressed for time and have trouble getting errands done, meat delivery services are here to help make your life easier and more delicious.Whether you're looking for a great value, specifically seeking out humanely raised and eco-friendly meat, or hungry to try the latest and greatest cuts (hello, American Wagyu), there is a best meat delivery service out there to fit your needs.These products and services are independently chosen by our editors.It makes a point of mentioning that it works with "the best possible meat processing facilities" and believe in fair labor practices too.In any case, you select from two different box sizes depending on how many people you're feeding (or how big your freezer is).
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The White House is scrubbing out Obamacare info, Microsoft found a major flaw, and there's a good alternative to AirPods.Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.The Trump administration is scrubbing Obamacare from government websitesPresident Trump hasn't been subtle about his distaste for the Affordable Care Act.But according to a new report, the Trump administration has been systematically wiping crucial information about the ACA from government websites over the past two years.Unlike previous attempts to undercut it—like changing funding—these modifications often happen with little fanfare or government oversight while making it incredibly difficult for Americans to access their health care resources.
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As much as Disney and AT’s WarnerMedia wouldn’t want to admit it, they have a lot in common.Both entertainment companies just went through massive mergers (Disney and Fox; AT and Time Warner), are in the midst of creating new streaming services to take on Netflix (each rolling out within the next year) that will draw on the assets of their respective companies, and within a 24-hour period, both pitched advertisers on their respective visions during their upfront presentations.One day after Disney stressed the growing importance of its brands during Tuesday afternoon’s event, WarnerMedia unveiled plans at its own presentation Wednesday morning to begin blurring the branding of its own biggest networks, a risky move that could undo years of effort to craft TBS’ comedy brand.And that’s because TBS will begin airing original dramas next year, starting with Snowpiercer, which is based on the 2013 movie.“Part of this transformation is how we think about networks.We’re going to be more flexible in our programming strategy and go where the audience is and use every programming tool and asset we have to maximize delivery and connection.”
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Apple's retail stores are all over the world — the international brand ambassador for Apple products.In recent years, Apple stores have abandoned traditional structures like checkout counters and the iconic "Genius Bar" in favor of roaming employees equipped with iPads.On a recent visit to get a Mac computer repaired, I experienced firsthand just how messy and disorganized this approach can be.Years ago, when the iPhone was still a relatively new device, Apple stores were a novel experience.They had large, open floor plans paired with the shining beacon of the "Genius Bar," and a subtly tucked away checkout counter somewhere in the back.When you walked in, products were clearly the focus — on display at every table, in distinct sections for iPhones, iPads, and various Apple computers.
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It's already been cast as an economic villain, to the tune of $2.5 trillion, disrupting "almost all marine ecosystem services" and suffocating every industry it touches.Now, plastic pollution in oceans could actually be suffocating the planet – by harming the tiny microorganisms that are "thought to be responsible for up to 10 percent of ... total global oxygen production."BREAKTHROUGH DISCOVERY COULD LEAD TO 100 PERCENT RECYCLABLE PLASTICS, SCIENTISTS SAY"We found that exposure to chemicals leaching from plastic pollution interfered with the growth, photosynthesis and oxygen production of Prochlorococcus, the ocean's most abundant photosynthetic bacteria," said the study's lead author and Macquarie University researcher, Dr. Sasha Tetu, in a statement.That means there are approximately 430 quadrillion Prochlorococcus for every single person on Earth.Multiple strains of Prochlorococcus were then exposed to the seawater and the researchers found their growth patterns had changed and the amount of oxygen they produced had changed as well.
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I december klev Stefan Lennhammer av rollen som ordförande för Truecaller.”Jag har varit väldigt engagerad i Truecaller sedan första dagen och har lagt kopiöst med tid på bolaget i perioder.Nu vill jag ta några av mina andra bolag vidare och jag har egna intressen jag vill utveckla som stått tillbaka en del.Nu känner jag att tiden är mogen”, sade han till Di Digital.Nu avslöjar techsajten Breakit att Stefan Lennhammer startat en domstolsprocess mot Truecaller, som värderats till nästan 7 miljarder.Anklagelserna kommer från Stefan Lennhammers bolag Reeda Capital Management, som äger nästan 8 procent av Truecaller.
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I december i fjol tog Amazon Web Services, AWS, sina tre svenska datacenter i bruk.Nu kan Di Digital avslöja storleken på AWS investeringar i Sverige.Under 2018 mottog det svenska dotterbolaget ungefär 2,6 miljarder kronor i aktieägartillskott och aktieägarlån från moderbolaget i USA, enligt handlingar.Merparten av pengarna ser ut att ha gått till bygget av de tre serverhallarna.Bolaget lade i fjol 2,4 miljarder kronor på förvärv av anläggningstillgångar.Det kan till exempel handla om inköp av byggnader, mark, maskiner, teknik och andra inventarier.
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Facebook is all about user privacy, its not about making money anymore, just about offering a service its users care about.It cares it was caught flamboyantly prancing around, above and all over the concept, but few will be surprised executives prioritized profits over privacy.This of course sounds very dramatic, and perhaps we are taking poetic licence, but there is at least an element of accuracy to the statement.At the conference, Zuckerberg has been outlining Facebook’s journey forward.Updates will focus on creating a more ‘private’ experience, ushering users towards groups and chat locations which, theoretically, will prevent Facebook from fuelling its data machine.It seems the new business will be focused around two of the companies most popular applications, Messenger and WhatsApp, though this could potentially kill the tried and tested Facebook business model; hyper-targeted advertising.
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Last week, developer Amir Rajan revealed an interesting Easter egg hidden in the Switch version of A Dark Room, an inventive text-based adventure that was ported to the console early last month.If you plug a USB keyboard into the system and hit the "~" key while the game is running, you get a functional Ruby interpreter suitable for coding simple programs directly on the console.In a Mastodon thread revealing the Easter egg, Rajan said the hidden in-game coding environment was "an attempt to capture the magic of coding in its purest form."In a world of complicated, Internet-connected, IDE-based game engines, he writes that he wanted to "show the next generation that magic does exist in this world.Rajan's initial announcement proudly proclaimed that the in-game Easter egg "effectively turns every consumer spec-ed Nintendo Switch into a Ruby Machine."But speaking to Eurogamer after the game was pulled on April 26, he suggested that the "simple toy sandboxed environment" created in the game is really only capable of drawing simple lines, squares, and labels, as well as playing sound files from the game itself.
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The PowerMax P18K Pop phone by Energizer only achieved 1% of its Indiegogo funding goal with $15,005 from 11 backers.The P18K Pop was meant to come with a massive 18,000mAh battery — most smartphones come with around 3,000mAh batteries.The massive battery meant the P18K Pop was about three times as thick as the iPhone X.Smartphone users want more battery life, but maybe not if their phone can be confused with a brick.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Energizer's PowerMax P18K Pop smartphone that's as thick as three iPhones stacked on top of each other has achieved only 1% of its Indiegogo funding goal.
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A glistening, glittery Patronus figure?Thankfully said Patronus is part of the smallest set in Lego’s latest wave of Harry Potter toys, all pulling inspiration from the movie adaptations of Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire, so if you want to own your very own disco stag – ahem, sorry, ethereal embodiment of positive, anti-Dementor-y aspirations – it’s not all that hard to do.Aside from the Patronus, the set – helpfully titled Expecto Patronum, and retailing for £19.99 – also comes with a young Harry to actually summon said spectral animal, as well as Sirius Black, two Dementors, and the parts to build the forest and a little bit of Hogwarts’ Great Lake to recreate the moment Harry defends Sirius from attack.If you’re a peculiar person and aren’t interested in shiny stags though there’s plenty of other sets coming in the new wave to tickle your wizarding fancy.From Prisoner of Azkaban specifically, there’s a new Knight Bus on the way (which will set you back £34.99) as well as a new version of Hagrid’s Hut based on Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s rescue of Buckbeak in the movie (£49.99).Meanwhile, from Goblet of Fire there’s a new set based on the Triwizard Tournament (£29.99) – specifically, the challenge where Harry has to secure a golden egg from fiery Hungarian Horntail.
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Home of CRN UK, Computing and others warn remaining readers to update their freakin' passwordsUK events and publishing outfit Incisive Media today urged subscribers to change their account passwords after it found an open port on a server had left it exposed to a buffer overflow or another remotely exploitable vuln.“We are sorry to inform you of a potential breach of security that may have resulted in the unauthorised disclosure of your log-in details to CRN,” the company stated in an email seen by The Reg.Incisive owns a bunch of mags in the pension and benefits, financial services and enterprise tech landscapes, and others - including Computing - are also believed to be caught up in the security snafu.As a background to the breach, the mail revealed:“One of our service providers stored your login details for your CRN account on their server.
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Taking place from May 7 to May 9, Google I/O 2019 less than two weeks away.To help attendees and viewers alike get ready for the developer conference, the Silicon Valley search giant is rolling out an update to its Android app to get it set for this year’s festivities (via 9to5Google).The Google I/O 2019 app is primarily used for checking out the conference’s schedule.In addition to that, attendees can book seats for specific sessions.As expected, the updated app utilizes the Google Material Theme for than last year’s.Below is a list of those changes from the Play Store:
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Butterflies drink the tears of turtles, sweat and human urine to survive in harsh environments and an explorer has captured incredible footage to prove it.The beautiful creatures will drink just about anything as they fight for survival in the nutrient-poor Amazon rainforest.Although the Amazon has plenty of water, the butterflies are actually seeking out sodium in their quest for the perfect drink.CLICK ON THE SUN FOR MOREInsect expert Phil Torres, often referred to as the Jungle Guy, posted footage of the butterfly turtle tear-drinking phenomenon to his Twitter page.The butterflies are said to view the eyes of turtles as a sodium source as tears are known to be very salty.
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