Netflix continues to lock down plans to offer ad-supported service. As The Hollywood Reporternotes, company co-chief Ted Sarandos confirmed to guests at the Cannes Lions festival that Netflix is adding an ad-backed tier with a lower price. He stressed that the option wouldn't bring ads to Netflix "as you know it today" — as with rivals like Peacock, you'll still have the option to avoid marketing altogether. This is just for people who "don't mind advertising," he said.
Sarandos didn't share further details. However, The Wall Street Journalsources recently claimed Google and NBCUniversal are the "top contenders" to help Netflix build the ads-included plan. Either would likely have an exclusive arrangement to serve and (at least in NBCU's case) sell ads. Roku has also had early discussions, according to tipsters. Industry executives talking to Netflix supposedly haven't learned specifics, such as the amount of ads you'll see each hour or whether there will be ad targeting. We've asked Netflix for comment.
The future option is an acknowledgment that Netflix left a large group of customers "off the table," according to Sarandos. The company lost subscribers for the first time in a decade this past quarter, and it's eager to return to growth quickly. An ad-supported plan could help with that goal by drawing in customers put off by Netflix's regular pricing.
It seems that its bad news for those in the US waiting on the launch of Nothing’s Phone (1) in mid-July because it has now been confirmed that the brand will skip the North American market in its entirety. Serial leaker, Evan Blass, first alluded to Nothing choosing not to launch the Phone (1) in […]
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Those unlockable Telegram features that showed up with the app's beta version in May will soon be available for paying users. Telegram founder Pavel Durov has confirmed that the app is launching a subscription plan called Telegram Premium sometime this month. While Durov didn't discuss the specific benefits that come with the plan, he said it will give paying users extra features, speed and resources, as well as first access to the app's latest offerings.
Durov explained that a lot of people have been asking the service to raise the limits on its chats, media and file uploads. However, doing so for everyone would lead to massive traffic and server costs beyond what it could afford. Telegram apparently came to the conclusion that the only way it could give its "most demanding fans" more while keeping its existing features free is to offer those raised limits as a paid option.
The service's founder has also assured users in his announcement that Telegram will still be releasing new free features despite having a paid tier. Further, even free users will be able to enjoy some of the Premium option's new futures, including being able to view larger-than-usual documents, media and stickers sent by paying members. A previous report by tech publication Beebom says Premium subscribers will have the capability to upload files up to 4GB in size and will enjoy up to twice a non-paying users' limits when it comes to the number of channels they can join, among other things. Beebom also says a Premium subscription will cost $ 5 a month, though we won't know for sure until the option launches.
Durov ended his announcement with:
"While our experiments with privacy-focused ads in public one-to-many channels have been more successful than we expected, I believe that Telegram should be funded primarily by its users, not advertisers. This way our users will always remain our main priority."
Samsung has confirmed it recently suffered a security breach that saw hackers nab internal company data linked to its popular Galaxy devices.
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Samsung has finally confirmed the rumors about a February Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in 2022. We’re almost certain to see the S22 and other devices.
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Nintendo has confirmed that it will expand its Super Nintendo World theme park at Universal Studios Japan with a new Donkey Kong section. The new zone, which is reportedly already under construction, is set to open sometime in 2024 and will expand the park size by 70 percent, Nintendo said.
"The area will feature a roller coaster, interactive experiences and themed merchandise and food," Nintendo wrote in a press release. "Guests will be able to take a walk on the wild side through the lush jungles where Donkey Kong and his friends live."
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Super Nintendo World opened in March of 2021 after a delay due to COVID-19, with mask-wearing, temperature checks and hand sanitizer requirements in place. However, a surge in the pandemic prompted a temporary closure a month later. As it stands now, travel to Japan is banned for tourists and other travelers.
Nintendo plans similar attractions at the Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore Universal Studios parks. Key attractions at the Japan park are the Mario Kart: Kuppa's Challenge rollercoaster and Yoshi Adventure. Guests also get a "Power-up Band" that lets them collect coins and have other interactive experiences.
"I am very happy to be able to make the world of Donkey Kong a reality following the world of Mario," said Nintendo Donkey Kong creator Shigeru Miyamoto. "I am looking forward to creating a thrilling Donkey Kong experience with the amazing team at Universal. It will take some time until it is completed, but it will be a unique area for not only people who are familiar with Donkey Kong games, but for all guests."
We’ve seen Samsung promise up to three years of OS upgrades to phones ranging as far back as the Galaxy S10, which is a huge improvement over its previous reputation as a brand that didn’t seem to care much about its customer’s needs. Seemingly ready to take up that particular mantle is Motorola whose list […]
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Boston Dynamics is now officially part of Hyundai Motor Group. The Korean conglomerate has struck a deal with Softbank to acquire a controlling interest — an 80 percent stake — in the robotics company for $ 1.1 billion. Softbank will retain a 20 perce…
It was only a week ago that the absence of Samsung’s logo from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit was a sign that the Galaxy S21 would be powered by the Exynos 2100 processor in every region. But what fools we were. I say this because having passed through the FCC to achieve its certification, the Galaxy S21 […]
Come comment on this article: The Samsung Galaxy S21’s trip to FCC confirms the presence of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888
On Friday, the live-action Mulan flick will be available via a “premium VOD” offer on Disney+ where subscribers can pay $ 30 to stream the flick at the same time it debuts in theaters worldwide. Current CEO Bob Chapek called the even a “one off” as th…
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After a leak from an Irish retailer gave up the goods, Microsoft has confirmed the news — Halo Infinite will include a free-to-play multiplayer mode, and it’s running at 120FPS. This news wasn’t revealed during last week’s Xbox Series X gameplay show…
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For years, people have been buying brand new iPhones in September, typically weeks after a splashy press conference at Apple’s ring-shaped headquarters. Not so, this year. During a customary post-earnings conference call, Luca Maestri — the company’s…
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It’s a question that OnePlus fans have been asking since, well, seemingly forever; where is the Always-on-Display feature? It’s always been a surprising omission on OnePlus’s part considering that it has used AMOLED displays since the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus X. There is finally good news at hand, though, because after running its IDEAS campaign […]
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Many people might be disappointed that the OnePlus 8 Pro will be shifting away from the company’s unique design with pop-up cameras and a circular rear camera module, you can’t deny they’re not going all out with color options this time around. Here’s yet another leak showing off how the next OnePlus phone will look […]
Come comment on this article: More OnePlus 8 Pro leaks show off a new color, and Pete Lau confirms it won’t be more than $ 1000
Ring has responded to the US Senators demanding answers to the security issues it's facing in a letter, which was obtained by Motherboard. In it, the Amazon-owned company has admitted that it had to fire employees for watching customers' videos beyon…
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It’s just a couple of months since Huawei launched the Mate 30 Pro in Munich, Germany, a phone that was pretty much universally accepted as being outstanding with a single, fatal flaw – the conspicuous lack of Google apps and services thanks to the ongoing US ban. In a show of resolve, or perhaps just […]
Come comment on this article: Huawei’s Richard Yu confirms P40 Pro to launch in March next year without Google apps
Fast on the heels of more Pixel 4 camera leaks and hands-on videos comes confirmation that Google is holding a MadeByGoogle launch event on October 15th in New York City. We can expect Google to unveil the Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL alongside the PixelBook 2 and the Google Nest Mini 2 at the event. Despite […]
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Earlier this year OnePlus announced that they’ll be releasing a OnePlus TV device, but that was pretty much the extent of the announcement. They didn’t talk about specs, features, or much of anything else besides it being a connected TV device. They’re opening up a little more today, explaining what operating system they’re choosing to […]
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The OnePlus 7T has been ramping up its leaks lately, and now we’re getting an official look at the phone for the first time. The leak confirms some of what we’ve heard about the phone, but adds a few more details ahead of the official September unveiling. The backside of the phone features a triple-camera […]
Come comment on this article: OnePlus 7T leak confirms a triple camera system, indirectly confirms a higher price tag
Huawei’s Developer Conference kicked off earlier today with the big news that its homegrown operating system is called HarmonyOS, as covered by Oscar here. As interesting HarmonyOS is, though, Huawei handset owners will be more excited that the company also revealed when we could expect the Android Q/EMUI 10 beta program to begin. Despite its […]
Come comment on this article: Huawei confirms which handsets will get EMUI 10/Android Q, P30 beta program begins September 8th
While announcing plans to build a "range" of electrified vehicles at its Castle Bromwich, UK plant, Jaguar confirmed that the first new EV to roll off the line there will be an all-electric version of its flaship sedan, the XJ. Development of the new…
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Whether or not you actually need 8GB of RAM in a smartphone is a conversation and a half on its own, but when Samsung said that the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ would all have at least 8GB of RAM, that’s what buyers are expecting. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a ton of misinformation, software weirdness, and […]
Come comment on this article: Despite some confusion, Samsung confirms at least 8GB of RAM in all Galaxy S10 and S10+ models
When Google's chief privacy officer admitted to the Senate that the company is working on a secret project called 'Dragonfly,' he refused to say what it is. According to previous reports, Dragonfly is the codename for the censored search engine Googl…
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We’ve been hearing rumors about a Pixel Watch for a while, which originated as rumors of a Nexus Watch way, way back. But up to this point, Google has never actually made their own smartwatch like they’ve done with phones and tablets. They’ve left Wear OS to third-party partners, for better or worse. Unfortunately for […]
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Now that Android Pie has been officially announced and is rolling out, we can start pestering manufacturers about when their devices will get the upgrade. HTC has dropped some info already, confirming the Android 9.0 update and which devices will get it. It’s (hopefully) not a comprehensive list of everything in HTC’s portfolio, but if […]
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This week, Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore confirmed the rumor that Windows 10 S would no longer be standalone software. Instead, users will be able to access the platform as a "mode" within existing full Windows 10 installations.
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LG has announced its plan for MWC this year, and if CES wasn’t a big enough clue for you, it’s going to be totally centered around smartphone AI. With smart assistants in vogue right now, every major OEM is building out artificial intelligence solutions for daily problems and tasks, and LG couldn’t pass up that […]
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It’s inevitable that a new and improved processor will come with the Samsung Galaxy S9, but only Samsung knows the specifics. Well, that was until they won a CES 2018 Innovation Award for it and now it’s out in the open. The Exynos 9 Series 9810 will likely power the upcoming Galaxy S9 series, although […]
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This week HTC’s social media staff were busy working on responding to interested consumers who wanted to know what the company’s plans were for updating some of their more recent devices to Android 8.0 Oreo. Perhaps sensing it might be easier to issue a single statement instead of spending time on multiple responses, the company tweeted […]
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The Galaxy Note 8 wasn’t the only device to be announced today, although it does seem like it was the only one that was supposed to be shown off. During all the commotion, Samsung’s Spanish website listed the Gear Fit 2 Pro before pulling it back down. Was it supposed to be announced with the Note 8 […]
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Samsung has officially told us when to expect a Galaxy Note 8 announcement, which means we’re about to see a ton of rumors blow up while there’s still some mystery to the device. Although, with this latest render, it doesn’t seem like there’s much left that we don’t know. This leak comes from a case […]
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Before a device really makes its rounds through the rumor mill, we’ll typically see some benchmarks or very early reports bearing the new name or model number. In this case, we’re getting a glimpse at the Google Pixel XL 2, which we aren’t expecting very soon. With that being said, the benchmark seems mostly plausible, even by […]
Come comment on this article: Potential Google Pixel XL 2 benchmark confirms Snapdragon 835, ultra tall screen
The mobile industry is full of trends, but not every company immediately follows them. There are still multiple big players that don’t care to include a two-camera setup on their flagships. OnePlus, however, is going to join the craze this summer. Previous reports pointed to it, but now we have nearly clear confirmation that the […]
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We’ve heard quite a bit about the Galaxy S8, but considering there are two models, both of which will reportedly have curved screens, we don’t know exactly what Samsung is planning on doing about the name. At least, we didn’t until a logo leaked online. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 both launched with Edge […]
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According to Autocar, we'll be seeing the first production hybrid Lamborghini soon. The publication reports that Lamborghini's research and development chief, Maurizio Reggiani, confirmed that the Urus SUV will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powert…
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The popularity of Huawei‘s budget conscious e-brand, Honor, has grown in leaps and bounds in 2016, spurred on by the warm reception the Honor 8 received when it launched back in August, helping it sell more than 1.8 million units. It’s recently been rumored that the company would soon launch a successor to the 5X, […]
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Google has confirmed it will be announcing a new device (and possibly more) on October 4. It is now official that the company will be hosting a launch event in San Francisco for the Pixel and Pixel XL, the two flagship devices positioned to replace the Nexus line that we’ve known for years. Hit the break for the […]
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LG has just confirmed that it’s currently working on a mobile payment system, which it hopes will challenge both Android and Samsung Pay. Unfortunately, no details were given with regards to when the service will launch, but recent speculation suggests that there will be an opt-in public beta test in South Korea next month.
Judging from the details provided by LG in its official statement, it looks like its payment platform is set to support MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and NFC (Near Field Communication), which will deliver an identical tap-to-pay experience to Samsung Pay. However, LG claims its service will excel in terms of software.
Not only is it boasting that the service will be more convenient than its competitors, but the South Korean company also claims that it will be more versatile and functional due to the application’s extremely intuitive, easy-to-use interface.
LG owners: Are you excited to hear that the company is working on its own payment platform? Are you planning on using it? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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The fact that your Apple Watch now takes heart rate readings less often than it used to is actually a feature not a bug, according to an updated support document on the Apple website.
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