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Affected Spotify Premium subscribers can re-subscribe after their account has been moved to the free membership tier. | Nick Barclay / The Verge It’s been over seven years since Spotify stopped allowing new customers to subscribe to its Premium tier membership through Apple’s in-app purchase system, and now the streaming giant is dropping support for the payment method entirely. As reported by Variety, Spotify has recently emailed legacy Premium subscribers who are still paying through the Apple App Store to notify them that they will need to resubscribe to the service using an alternative payment system, like PayPal or a credit card, at the end of their final billing period. “We’re contacting you because when you joined Spotify Premium you…
Illustration: Alex Castro / The Verge An important deadline just passed for the biggest tech platform companies in the world to notify the European Union (EU) that they are gatekeepers under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Seven companies have officially acknowledged they meet the criteria: Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, ByteDance (TikTok), Meta (Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp), Microsoft, and Samsung. Companies on the list have a market capitalization of over €75 billion ($82 billion) and own a social platform or app that has at least 45 million monthly users or 10,000 active business users. The statement published by EU commissioner Thierry Breton says it “will now check their submissions and designate the gatekeepers for specific platform services by 6 September,” and after…
Ransomware gang LockBit claims it has breached Apple chip supplier TSMC — but TSMC says no, the group only got into a minor supplier's systems and nothing of the processor firm's was taken.LockBit has recently been targeting Apple Silicon in its ransomware attacks. Now it claims to have successfully gone after TSMC, the manufacturer that makes Apple Silicon processors.According to TechCrunch, TSMC confirmed the data breach after the LockBit group publicized that its hack. The ransom demanded to prevent the stolen data being published is $70 million — but TSMC says the Russian-linked gang did not succeed in getting any of its data. Read more...
Niantic, the game developer behind the popular augmented reality title 'Pokemon Go', is moving ahead with major layoffs even as the company co-founder and CEO calls out Apple Vision Pro for laying the groundwork for an even more robust AR future.Pokemon GOThe founder and CEO of the company, John Hanke, recently published an email he originally sent to Niantic employees detailing the major organizational changes coming to the company. Those will include layoffs from across the company, an entire studio shutting down, and games not called Pokemon Go getting cancelled altogether. Read more...
Macworld Apple’s list of currently available content for Apple TV+ continues to grow, and so does the list of upcoming projects in the works. Films, limited series, specials, and multi-season series—Apple’s got lots of irons in the fire. Some of these projects have been officially announced and acknowledged by Apple, while others have been reported by the Hollywood press, which always has its ear to the ground about what projects actors, directors, and producers are involved in. We’ve divided this list in two: Coming Soon is a list of shows for which Apple has given an official release date or release window, and Further Out compiles content that is still in production or perhaps haven’t even begun yet. Updated 06/29/23:…
Macworld Apple’s list of currently available content for Apple TV+ continues to grow, and so does the list of upcoming projects in the works. Films, limited series, specials, and multi-season series—Apple’s got lots of irons in the fire. Some of these projects have been officially announced and acknowledged by Apple, while others have been reported by the Hollywood press, which always has its ear to the ground about what projects actors, directors, and producers are involved in. We’ve divided this list in two: Coming Soon is a list of shows for which Apple has given an official release date or release window, and Further Out compiles content that is still in production or perhaps haven’t even begun yet. Updated 06/29/23:…
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