Apple TV app goes live on Amazon’s Fire TV Stick devices

Amazon confirmed the Apple TV app is available on most Fire TV devices, starting today. Depending on their location, owners of Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick 4K can download and start using the brand new Apple TV app.To get the app, simply search for “Apple TV” or say “Alexa, find the Apple TV app” into the Alexa Voice Remote or a paired Echo device. Once the app is installed, if you want to open it quickly, just say, “Alexa, open the Apple TV app.”Amazon mentions that Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick 4K customers can download the Apple TV app starting today … Read more:

Shopify CEO offers an internship to an esports pro purely because he respects StarCraft skill

An ex-pro player of StarCraft II has been offered an internship at Shopify by its billionaire CEO, Tobi Lütke on Twitter. And I’m just as confused as you are. After ex-StarCraft pro Kevin Ryoo – also known as SeleCT – tweeted that he was looking for an internship in the general field of software engineering, Lütke, CEO of the ecommerce site Shopify straight up offered him a position on their internship program. Kevin Ryoo wasn’t just a StarCraft II pro. In his pro days, he came top in some Warcraft 3 tournaments and Dawn of War competitions, alongside from his Terran victories. After leaving a career of notable success in videogames, he has turned to coding as a passion and is …

An Introduction to Persuasive Advertising vs. Informative Advertising

Out of all the entertaining ads that played during Super Bowl 53, there’s only one commercial that I woke up thinking about the next morning: Pepsi’s “More Than OK”. “More Than OK” poked fun at how Pepsi usually takes a back seat to Coke, especially at restaurants. And by featuring a star-studded cast that included Steve Carell, Lil Jon, and Cardi-B (who hilariously and fervently backed up Pepsi’s OKness) their boldness to call people out for undermining Pepsi’s quality got a lot of laughs and persuaded a massive audience to reconsider their own perception of the soft drink. As marketers, we know that if we want to persuade an audience, we need to evoke an emotional response from them. But …

Moto’s foldable Razr might launch next month

Motorola might finally give us want we’ve been asking for – a reincarnated Razr phone. According to a report by CNET, the company has sent an invite for an event scheduled for next month that hints towards a flip phone’s launch. The invite shows a device folding and unfolding with “An original, unlike any other” tagline. CNET adds the invite says, “You’re going to flip.” Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been hearing rumors of Motorola bringing the sexy back with a foldable Razr. We’ve even got a couple of glimpses of how the phone looks too. Unlike Google’s… This story continues at The Next Web Read more:

Creepiest Alexa and Google Assistant security fail yet

Because we don’t have enough concerns about our digital privacy these days, it seems Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home both gave thumbs up to apps that could be used to eavesdrop on users and phish for their passwords. As reported by Ars Technica, whitehat hackers at Germany’s Security Research Labs developed four apps, called “smart spies,” for each device that passed muster with Amazon and Google’s respective vetting processes, meaning they were approved for public use.  SRLabs disguised these malicious apps as useful tools like horoscope apps and random number generators. They were even given vague, generic names like “Skills” (for Alexa) and “Actions” (on Google Home).  Read more… More about Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Google Home, Eavesdropping, and Phishing …

This unsettling DIY ‘skin’ interface will definitely end up on a sex robot

Welcome to the Mariana Trench of uncanny valleys. A team of researchers led by engineer Marc Teyssier recently developed a ‘human skin’ interface that allows you to control your phone by stroking, pinching, and tickling its fleshy backside. Called ‘Skin-On,’ the silicone-molded faux flesh was developed as a novel method of human-computer-interface. The idea, according to the team’s research paper, is to push the bounds of intuitive interactivity: There is a long history of research into the design of artificial skin in the field of Robotics, either to help with environment exploration, or to endow robots with human-like sensing capabilities. Artificial… This story continues at The Next Web Read more:

Vatican launches smart rosary, someone already found a security flaw

Last week, the Vatican announced it was getting into the Internet of Things with an “eRosary.” Naturally, it didn’t take long for someone to find a major security flaw. The Click to Pray eRosary is a smart device that functions as a sort of Fitbit for prayer — and also as just a plain ol’ Fitbit, kind of. It’s activated when you make the sign of the cross, and tracks your steps, calories, and location. When you wish to pray, you can use the Click to Pray app to pick a particular rosary. According to the Vatican’s press release, “Once… This story continues at The Next Web Read more:

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City! Bravo Announces Newest Housewives Franchise at BravoCon

It’s official! There’s a new Housewives show on the way! Andy Cohen announced the premiere of the latest installment of the popular franchise: The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City! “We’ve always tried to choose a city that has completely unique personalities and we also try to throw a little curveball now and then. Pick somewhere you weren’t expecting,” said Cohen. “We are very excited to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah!” Cohen promised fans that the new location would provide plenty of unexpected entertainment. “You didn’t see it coming but I have to tell you, in Utah, you have the majesty of the mountains, the Mormon religion, an exclusive community of people who have very successful businesses who live in their …

Daily Deal: iMazing iOS Device Manager

If you’ve ever upgraded or had to switch phones, you know the pain of leaving data behind. iMazing calls itself the Swiss Army Knife of iPhone, iPad, and iPod management because it lets you truly manage your mobile data the way you want to. This all-purpose tool lets you easily browse and manage your backups, extract and print your text messages, drag and drop songs to your iPhone. It’s on sale for $20. Note: The Techdirt Deals Store is powered and curated by StackCommerce. A portion of all sales from Techdirt Deals helps support Techdirt. The products featured do not reflect endorsements by our editorial team. Permalink | Comments | Email This Story Read more:

The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is T-Mobile’s second 5G phone

Image: OnePlus OnePlus has announced its second 5G phone, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, and it’s set to be exclusive to T-Mobile in the US. OnePlus announced the 7T Pro and the McLaren variant earlier this month, but at the time, it made no mention of a 5G version of the device. The McLaren Edition of the phone is similar to the standard 7T Pro model, but it features an orange-and-black color scheme and increases the amount of RAM from 8GB to 12GB. It’s available as a 4G-only model outside of the US, while T-Mobile’s version will support both 4G and 5G. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was T-Mobile’s first 5G device This will be T-Mobile’s second 5G device …

‘My love affair with rail’: the rewards of romantic travel

Memories of seaside getaways, encounters with runaways, and the ability to unlock the creative space required to write; travel journalist and editor Dan Kieran explains why train travel is as much about the journey as the destination Walking briskly towards Salisbury station, I double checked the Trainline app on my phone for my departure time. I would make it. Just. I waved my phone with the digital ticket at the man on the barrier and jogged to the carriage. A sense of relief swept over me. I could see an empty table farther down. I took one of the window seats, unpacked my computer, and exhaled as the doors closed and we drifted away. For the past 30 years, I …

DXC is betting IT apps and services will stay on-premises

DXC Technology, the massive service provider formed in the 2017 merger of HPE Enterprise Services (formerly EDS) and Computer Sciences Corp., has a new CEO who is focused on shedding distraction businesses and focusing on core businesses of IT outsourcing. That means looking at “strategic alternatives,” including the possible divesture of three of its businesses it feels are a distraction and slowing the company’s growth. The company feels most IT apps and services will remain on-premises and will focus on supporting that business. Last week’s conference call with financial analysts to discuss Q2 earnings was the first for new CEO Mike Salvino, who joined the company in September after 22 years at Accenture. DXC did not have a good quarter. …

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Renewed For Season 8 Before Season 7 Premieres

NBC has renewed Brooklyn Nine-Nine for season 8, ahead of season 7’s premiere in February. The acclaimed comedy series has traveled a surprising path so far, beginning with its development in the early 2010s. Creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur originally pitched the show to NBC, but the network passed and it landed at Fox instead. Five seasons later, Fox cancelled the beloved series due to its less-than-stellar ratings, only for NBC to step in and save it at the last minute. Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 6 premiered on NBC back in January and immediately enjoyed a ratings boost from season 5. As a result, the Peacock Network ultimately renewed the series for a seventh season, setting it to return in …

You bank accounts are safe, Samsung fixes fingerprint issue on the Galaxy S10 and Note 10

It looks like Samsung has kept its promise and rolled out an update that fixes the fingerprint issues on its Galaxy S10 and Note 10 flagship smartphones, Reuters reports. As some of you might already know, a Galaxy S10 user discovered a bug that allowed it to be unlocked regardless of the fingerprint registered in the device when certain conditions were met.Both Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series are affected by the issue but only when their displays are covered with a silicone screen protector. The problem is that while wearing a silicone screen protector, anyone can unlock these phones using … Read more:

Google confirms ‘quantum supremacy’ breakthrough

Google’s Sycamore quantum processor, which was behind the breakthrough. | Credit: Google Google has officially announced that it’s achieved quantum supremacy in a new article published in the scientific journal Nature. The announcement comes exactly one month after it initially leaked, when Google’s paper was accidentally published early. Now, however, it’s official, meaning the full details of the research are public, and the broader scientific community can fully scrutinize what Google says it’s achieved. Google says that its 54-qubit Sycamore processor was able to perform a calculation in 200 seconds that would have taken the world’s most powerful supercomputer 10,000 years. That would mean the calculation, which involved generated random numbers, is essentially impossible on a traditional, non-quantum computer. U… …

Mozilla’s new Lockwise app will free your passwords from your web browser

Like many users, we prefer to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox over either Edge or Safari. Problem is, if you use a third-party browser to store your logins and passwords, move to your iOS device and they aren’t stored in your keychain. Recent iOS changes have enabled third-party password managers to be granted access to any login on your device, so for this reason Mozilla has launched Lockwise which will separate your stored Firefox passwords from your browser. Mozilla Lockwise was launched as part of Firefox 70, but separate apps, for iOS and Android, have been made available. These… [Continue Reading] Read more: