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EE adds AppleCare to its insurance plans for iPhone users
by Paul Hill
EE has announced that customers who take out its Damage Cover or Full Cover insurance products will now be covered with AppleCare services too, including Apple-certified device repairs. The newly included AppleCare Services on EE will last the lifetime of the insurance policy for peace of mind.
With the changes, customers that have taken out insurance will be able to go to Apple Stores and Apple Authorised Service Providers and get priority access to Apple experts via webchat and over the phone at any time help is needed. One of the unique things about AppleCare with EE is that any excess costs from the repair of a device in the store can be added to your mobile bill for you to pay later. If you’re not near an Apple Store, EE has expanded its in-store repair service to 85 stores across the country where you can drop your phone off.
The Damage Cover with AppleCare Services starts at £5.99 per month. You’ll be able to get a next-day replacement device or take your phone to the Apple Store to be repaired, it covers accidental damage to the phone and in-box charging accessories, you get worldwide cover, unlimited damage claims, cover for breakdowns, a multi-policy discount, and a free Minute One Accessories Bundle worth £24.99 on selected devices.
The Full Cover insurance with AppleCare Services starts at £9.49 per month and offers all the services above plus next day replacement for loss or theft of a customers’ handset. Full Cover customers will also get a Minute One Premium Accessories Bundle worth £39.99 on selected devices.
To buy either of the insurance options, just select them while you’re in the process of purchasing a new phone from EE.
By Steven P.
The 2020 Apple iPad Air is 17% off down to $499.99 today
by Steven Parker
Apple unveiled the fourth generation iPad Air last September bringing an updated design with smaller bezels and flat edges. The tablet boasts of many improvements, such as the new A14 Bionic processor, an upgrade over the A12 Bionic offered in its predecessor. It also includes a power button-based Touch ID, a first for the Cupertino giant’s devices, and right now you can get it at $100 off on Amazon in several colors.
This is for the 64GB Wi-Fi variant, a few of its highlights are listed below:
Normally starting at $599, right now it can be availed at 17% off for $499.99 in Space Gray, Sky Blue, and Green. The Silver and Rose Gold colors are not available as of writing. The iPad Air offers a design similar to the iPad Pro and also adds support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, bringing premium features to a more affordable price point.
This item qualifies for free delivery, and AppleCare+ can be added on from $3.49/month (or $69 for 2 years). It also includes standard manufacturers warranty, details of which are in the link below.
Get the 2020 Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) for $499.99 (17% off)
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By Fiza Ali
Facebook's Oculus Quest 2 will allow developers to produce mixed reality experiences
by Fiza Ali
Oculus Quest 2, Facebook’s virtual reality system, will receive an update that will allow developers to integrate real-life videos from the VR headset’s sensors into their games to produce mixed reality experiences. Its new application programming interface, Passthrough API Experimental, will make it possible for the developers to personalize how the setting of a player looks via their VR headset by exhibiting the real world onto particular in-game surfaces, and by using filters and effects.
Oculus stated that it could allow more synergic teleworking by integrating real-life keyboards and desks of workers to enhance productivity as well. Given that this is a mixed reality experience, users would also be capable of interacting with virtual content without having to give up on the capability to engage with their pets or roommates. In a forthcoming software update, Oculus said that the API will initially be available for Unity developers, "with support for other development platforms coming in the future."
Regarding privacy, the company stated:
Oculus announced that it will release a production version "later this year", implying that developers would be able to ship their games that employ Passthrough to players soon.
Source: Oculus via Gizmodo
Universal Media Server 10.8.0
by Razvan Serea
Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server. UMS was started by SubJunk, an official developer of PMS, in order to ensure greater stability and file-compatibility. The program streams or transcodes many different media formats with little or no configuration. It is powered by MEncoder, FFmpeg, tsMuxeR, AviSynth, MediaInfo and more, which combine to offer support for a wide range of media formats. Because it is written in Java, Universal Media Server supports all major operating systems, with versions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
To see a comparison of popular media servers, click here.
Universal Media Server 10.8.0 changelog:
Added youtube-dl engine which fixes support for YouTube channel feeds Added automatic names for web feeds in the user interface, and the ability to add/edit manual names for web streams Added sample web radio stream Added support for pasting YouTube channels directly, instead of needing the feed URLs Improved performance and logging for unmonitored files Fixed several web content user interface bugs Fixed sample web feeds and streams not being loaded on macOS Fixed broken sample web feeds Fixed/updated readme links Fixed web bump interface Fixed broken thumbnail caching on macOS Fixed support for mp3 radio streams on the web interface Fixed support for radio streams without thumbnails on the web interface Translation updates via Crowdin:
Danish (100%) (thanks, NCAA!) English (United Kingdom) (36%) (thanks, Pete Russell!) Finnish (100%) (thanks, Esko Gardner!) Italian (99%) (thanks, Dimitri Graffi!) Korean (100%) (thanks, VenusGirl!) Portuguese (99%) (thanks, mariopinto!) Portuguese (Brazilian) (96%) (thanks, Mauro.A!) Turkish (100%) (thanks, Burak Yavuz!) Dependencies:
Bump commons-io from 2.10.0 to 2.11.0 Bump FFmpeg to latest Git versions Bump logback-version from 1.2.3 to 1.2.4 Bump oshi-core from 5.7.5 to 5.8.0 Bump rome from 1.15.0 to 1.16.0 Bump spotbugs-maven-plugin from 4.2.3 to 4.3.0 Bump Video.js from 7.10.1 to 7.13.3 Download: Universal Media Server 10.8.0 | 161.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Other operating systems
View: Universal Media Server Website
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By Jay Bonggolto
Twitter is testing downvote and upvote buttons for tweet replies on iOS
by Jay Bonggolto
A dislike button has been one of the most requested features on Twitter for quite a while as a way to tell the service whether a tweet is relevant or not. Last year, Twitter’s product lead Kayvon Beykpour revealed that the company was considering adding a dislike button or a downvote system.
Today, Twitter announced that it's testing a downvote and upvote system for a small group of users on iOS. The new capability appears in a few different ways on top of the usual options to interact with a reply to a tweet. For some, the upvote and downvote buttons show up as up and down arrows, thumbs up and thumbs down, or a heart icon and a down arrow.
The micro-blogging platform said the new system is designed to gauge the types of tweet replies people like on Twitter. It also clarified that downvotes won't be shown to the public while upvotes will appear as likes. This means that downvotes won't trigger notifications and will be visible only to the user whose tweet reply is being downvoted. On the other hand, notifications for upvotes will show up in the Likes tab.
Contrary to popular assumption, however, Twitter's new experimental system isn't quite similar to a dislike button. The company said that the test is only part of its research to determine what type of reply seems to be irrelevant to a conversation.
Votes will also not affect the order of replies. Unlike in Reddit where votes alter the position of replies in a conversation, Twitter's implementation does not have the same impact on tweet replies. That said, this isn't the only tweet interaction that Twitter has been testing; in May, the platform was spotted experimenting with tweet reactions.