In addition, Facebook could roll the Messenger back into the main mobile apps, Acer announced a whole new set of things, future Android updates could come from Google Play, the successful landing of Falcon Heavy and much more.
Disney + Details Revealed: Price, Release, and Catalog
Yesterday, Disney revealed all (or at least most) details we've all wondered about the upcoming streaming service. First, the important thing: it costs $ 6.99 a month and will be available from the 1
The price issue was the biggest issue, with speculation on a broad front (and often on the high side). So it's a pleasant surprise to see her arrive at seven dollars a month. Disney Chairman Direct-to-Consumer also said it's "likely" that Disney will offer a package with Disney +, Hulu and ESPN + at a lower price. However, this price has not been announced.
Let's talk about the content now. As expected, you receive tons of content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and NatGeo. On the first day, 100 Disney movies will be streamed, along with more than 7,500 episodes from current and past Disney Channel television programs. From now on also 25 original series and ten original films are available. By the fifth year, the content catalog is expected to grow to over 10,000 episodes and over 500 movies. There was also a surprise: All 30 seasons of the Simpsons will also be available on Disney +. That's how many Simpsons (19459008).
While we're at it, it's probably worth talking a little bit more about the original content. We already know from the beginning that Falcon and Winter Soldier are getting spinoff shows, and it's rumored that Loki and Hawkeye will also get shows. It's no surprise that Disney will be all-in on the Marvel stuff … especially after I ripped it off Netflix in a way I'm still a little salty for. I already miss Punisher and Daredevil.
But I digress. There's another big money-maker in the Disney portfolio: Star Wars. The Mandalorian will be available on Disney + on the first day, and a new season of The Clone Wars is being produced for this service. In addition to the Star Wars universe, a live-action version of Lady & the Tramp comes with many original content from NatGeo used.
While price and content are the key ingredients, here's the question where – how devices get access to the platform. Disney briefly showed all compatible devices: smart TVs, mobile devices (phones and tablets), Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox and of course the Internet. According to 9to5Google the service can also get to Android TV. That … covers pretty much the entire area.
So there you are, and you go: everything we know so far about Disney, which is pretty much everything. It has come home for a great price, although I absolutely assume that the price will increase with the catalog. However, $ 6.99 is quite a bit of money for the couch, especially for the amount (and quality) of content that you will end up receiving.
Apple News: You Need to Confirm App Subscriptions Now
It's been too easy to accidentally subscribe to subscribe to recurring subscriptions on Apple devices – especially if you're using TouchID or FaceID. Now the company is adding a kind of "fail-safe" affirmation – just to make sure you want to subscribe to the thing you just want to subscribe to. I am genuinely shocked that this is not something that was not already there. [via Engadget]
Microsoft News: Screen Sharing for Skype Mobile
Yesterday announced for Insiders, the latest beta release of Skype for Android and iOS provides a quick way to share the screen. That's a pretty good deal. [Microsoft]
Google and Android News: Future OS Upgrades May Originate from the Play Store
Plus, the Galaxy S10's ultrasound fingerprint scanner will get faster. Home speakers get a little more control over your phone. Google and Huawei have to pay for information about problems with Nexus 6P and more.
- In its latest "APK Insight", which demolishes Android Package Kits for code release, 9to5Google found suggestions that future Android OS updates may come from the Google Play Store. Interesting. [9to5Google]
- Samsung updates its biometric apps for the S10 family to improve the speed of its ultrasound fingerprint scanner. Well, if only it were safer. [XDA Developers]
- You can now ask your Google Home to put your phone to sleep. Very well. [XDA Developers]
- Google and Huawei have agreed to file a class action lawsuit and must pay the owners of Nexus 6P up to $ 400, depending on their problems and the evidence they can provide. Click on the link for all details. [Android Police]
- We are still a few months away from the Pixel 3 successors, but that does not prevent these leaks from breaking the lid. The code names for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL have recently appeared in AOSP: Hello Coral and Flame. [9to5Google]
- The Nova Launcher 6.1-Stable has been released with some new features and bug fixes. [TeslaCoil Apps]
- Good news: Samsung can not handle the exchanges of S10 properly, and people are upset. Wait, that's not good news. [Android Police]
- A new app lets you change media tracks using the volume keys. There is no root required. Neat. [XDA Developers]
The idea of Google moving system updates to the Play Store is interesting. This could potentially be a bigger step for Project Treble and more time-consuming updates on all devices – but it's unclear whether the feature would even be available on devices outside Pixel and Android One, as indicated in the code.
Currently, details on this topic are inherently lightweight, as they often occur when only small tidbits indicate potentially emerging new features. Still, it's an interesting topic that we should consider and something we'll stay on the right track.
Other news: Acer showed all sorts of new stuff
Plus Facebook could also take a step back and plan for a move NVIDIA was back in the mainstream applications, NVIDIA showed Ray-Tracing on older GPUs, the Pinkerton lawsuit Rockstar Games has been discontinued and much more.
- Acer announced a lot of new stuff at its Next @ Acer event yesterday. Here is the breakdown:
- ConceptD, a new professional PC product line. [Engadget]
- A closer look at the ConceptD 500 PC. [The Verge]
- And the ConceptD laptops. [The Verge]
- The Predator Helios 700 gaming laptop with wild sliding keyboard and trackpad. [The Verge]
- The all-aluminum Chromebooks 714 and 715. [Android Police]
- A Massive 43-inch game monitor with a variable frame rate of 144 Hz. [Engadget]
- NVIDIA showed Raytracing on older GTX cards, and it looks not very good. [Engadget]
- Years ago Facebook removed messenger conversations from the main app of Facebook. Now you may be trying to reunite the two to unify messaging across all of their networks (Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp). I am not at all concerned with this idea. I like the standalone messenger. [The Verge]
- The modern Pinkerton agency filed against Rockstar Games and the RDR2 publisher Take-Two the setting of the name Pinkerton. Take-Two and Rockstar then filed a retaliatory action, which was dropped now. Nobody sues anyone, and I think everything is cool again. To be honest, pretty anti-climactic. [The Verge]
- LinkedIn has just received feedback. Impressive. [Digital Trends]
- While Falcon Heavy had some trouble landing the center core last year, the side intensifiers and center core are all in their last flight. That's a win. [Wired]
- In science-related news, a discovery in Peru suggests that whales used to be four-legged and split time between land and sea. Can you imagine a whale running around on a beach somewhere? Wild man. [The Next Web]
Acer is such an exciting brand for me as it is often considered a "budget" PC maker, but it also offers truly innovative experimental designs. As a tech journalist, I have often reported crazy designs from Acer over the years – like the Predator gaming tablet or the insane 21-inch Predator gaming laptop – but that's what I do about the brand most love. While many manufacturers keep things simple, Acer is not afraid to risk anything to see what happens. That's great!
The new ConceptD computer line proves that, but it's also very interesting, because trying to create new and unique designs is not something we often think about when it comes to developers' devices. The crazy designs are usually reserved for gamers (which was also abundant at the Acer event). It's fantastic when Acer goes out of the box with ConceptD. Well, everything except the stupid name.
Of the things announced yesterday, however, the Predator Helios 700 is by far the coolest – the "HyperDrift keyboard," as Acer calls it, is just cute. In the "normal" position it looks like a standard laptop with a conventional keyboard and a trackpad. But if you push it forward, the hidden fans will be visible, which in turn improves cooling and performance – two things that have long been a problem for gaming laptops. The Verge has excellent pictures that show it.
Although Acer does not sell a ton of these units (which, to be honest, it's unlikely to start at a starting price of $ 2,700), it's still very fresh, unique, and practical in design. Good for you, that you always break out of the norms, Acer.