This year’s MWC just wrapped up a few days ago, but for almost a week, news from the event dominated our feed. Numerous individual product announcements occurred in Barcelona this year, now that it’s over, we’ve handed out seven awards to different manufacturers. Some of them are things you can buy now, some of them are things you can buy later, and some are for things you’ll never be able to purchase.
MWC 2018 is now over. We gave out FoneArena Awards to some of the latest products and innovations that were introduced at the event. We gave these awards under several categories such as Best Product, Best Smartphone, Most Innovative Product and Editor’s Pick of MWC 2018. The Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ won the Best Product of MWC 2018 award. Even though the new S9 series resemble the S8 series, most of the internals of the phones have been upgraded. These have new variable aperture camera that can adjust the aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on the lighting conditions. The Galaxy S9+ also gets a secondary 12MP telephoto lens for portrait shots. There is a new Super Slo-mo 960fps mode and there also also some software enhancements. HMD Global introduced five smartphones including three Android One phones, an Android Oreo (Go edition) phone and a 4G VoLTE feature phone at the MWC 2018 this year. The Nokia 8 Sirocco won the Best Smartphone of MWC 2018 and the Nokia 7 Plus was one of FoneArena Editor’s pick. Compared to the last year’s Nokia 8, the new Nokia 8 Sirocco Edition has a new glass body. It also gets a new 5.5 inch Quad HD pOLED panel, 12 MP …
The ceremony starts at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT.
The 90th Academy Awards show is tonight, Sunday, March 4, starting at 8 pm ET / 5:00 pm PT, with comedian and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel serving as host.
As in previous years, the Oscars won’t be the easiest show to stream online. ABC, which televises the Oscars, will offer a livestream on its website, abc.com, and via the ABC app for various mobile and smart-TV platforms.
But in a show of how much ABC still really wants you to watch the Oscars via an old-school TV service, the stream is restricted to people living in specific markets who subscribe to participating TV providers.
Those markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. The provider list includes the major companies: Comcast, Charter Spectrum, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon and DirecTV, as well as YouTube TV.
By the way, you can watch it for free if you have an antenna attached to your TV. Crazy, right?
In addition, DirecTV subscribers in some other markets will also be able to access the stream, according to ABC’s Oscars FAQ. Those are: Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah and West Palm Beach.
The broadcast will also be available to stream through a Sling, Hulu Live TV or YouTube TV subscription.
This year, you’ll be able to watch some red carpet and backstage moments through Facebook Watch starting at 6:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm PT. The Oscars livestream, or what Facebook and ABC are calling “The Oscars: All Access,” will be on both The Academy’s page on Facebook Watch and ABC’s Facebook page, as well as on Oscar.com and ABCNews.com.
ABC is touting that this year “the Facebook community watching the ‘The Oscars: All Access’ live stream may also receive a digital autograph from one of their favorite stars on the red carpet.” We’re not sure exactly what that means, but if you try it out. let us know.
Amazon is also making a play for Oscar coverage. Alexa is prepared to answer any questions you have, like “Who is going to win Best Picture?” and “When are the Oscars airing?” Alexa users can also enable skills for Oscar trivia and challenge each other on past Oscar winners by asking “Alexa, Play Best Picture Oscars.”
One big award to watch: Everyone’s favorite actress, Meryl Streep, is nominated for Best Actress, again. She’s breaking her own record this year with her 21st Oscar nomination.
Happy viewing and may the best Meryl win.
In the year of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, and Time’s Up, politics is likely to edge into the ceremony
Apple in a tweet on Wednesday announced its role as the official digital music partner of the 2018 BRIT Awards, and took advantage of the position with special ads, Apple Music playlists, interviews and more.
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The 2018 BRIT Awards, which just wrapped up, featured performances from artists like Justin Timberlake, Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Liam Payne and Rita Ora, Dua Lipa, and Foo Fighters.
To celebrate the BRIT Awards, Apple has a dedicated section in iTunes and the Apple Music app under “Browse” that highlights music from BRIT Award nominees and winners along with exclusive playlists and album compilations. An exclusive live performance from Rag’n’Bone Man is also included in the Apple Music app.
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) February 21, 2018
Stormzy’s Gang Signs & Prayer won the award for British Album of the Year, and Stormzy was also named best British Male Solo Artist. The award for best British Female Solo Artist went to Dua Lipa, and Gorillaz was named the best British Group.
Dua Lipa was named British Breakthrough, and the Critics’ Choice Award went to Jorja Smith. British Single of the Year was Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Human,” Lorde was named International Female Solo Artist, and Kendrick Lamar was named International Male Solo Artist. Billboard has a full list of winners.
The full Apple Music section dedicated to the BRIT Awards is worth checking out if you’re looking for a curated selection of playlists and albums from BRIT Award winners.
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In preparation for the 90th Academy Awards in March, Apple has updated the iTunes Store with a variety of discounts for films that have previously won an Oscar, including $ 19.99 movie bundles based on the categories they triumphed within, as well as numerous others available to buy for less than $ 10 each.
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Following a discount on bundles for movies in the Cloverfield and Mission: Impossible franchises earlier this week, Apple on iTunes has now launched a collection of “Award Winning” film bundles focused on categories from the Academy Awards. The sale is debuting just under one month before the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4.
The categories include Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, and vary from time periods like Classic to Contemporary. Each HD bundle is priced at $19.99, allowing those interested to grab four movies for the price of about two.
There are also a few “Under $10” Oscar film categories lined throughout the iTunes Movies store, broken into sections including “Best Original Screenplay” and “Best Adapted Screenplay.” In the list below you’ll find all of the Award Winning bundles, a few films from the Under $10 categories, and some other recent releases on iTunes that received notable discounts this week.
$19.99 Award Winning Bundles (HD)
Classic Best Pictures – Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An American in Paris, Ben-Hur
Classic Best Actor – Yankee Doodle Dandy, Captains Courageous, Sergeant York, The Philadelphia Story
Classic Best Actress – Gaslight, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, Jezebel, Cabaret
Musicals – Gigi, The Great Ziegfeld, Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris
Contemporary Best Pictures – Argo, Unforgiven, The Departed, Chariots of Fire
Contemporary Best Actress – Driving Miss Daisy, The Blind Side, Million Dollar Baby, The Color Purple
Contemporary Best Actor – The Aviator, Shine, Mystic River, Training Day
Dramas – Gravity, A Streetcar Named Desire, LOTR: The Return of the King, Network
2018 Oscar Nominations
Blade Runner 2049 (4K) – $14.99, down from $19.99
Under $10 Oscar Winners
La La Land (4K) – $6.99, down from $19.99
The Pianist – $7.99, down from $12.99
The Imitation Game – $7.99, down from $12.99
Django Unchained – $7.99, down from $9.99
Manchester by the Sea – $7.99, down from $14.99
The Big Short – $9.99, down from $14.99
Recent 4K Price Drops
It (2017) (4K)- $14.99, down from $19.99
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (4K) – $14.99, down from $19.99
Deadpool (4K) – $9.99, down from $14.99
For more of the Oscars-related discounts on iTunes, you should be able to find the Award Winning bundles and Under $10 films featured heavily in the storefront’s rotating carousel and just below the New and Noteworthy section, respectively.
If you don’t yet have the Apple TV 4K to watch 4K iTunes movies on, don’t forget that DirecTV Now’s sale on the device remains ongoing in 2018 after initially launching last November. With the offer, when you sign up for four months of the streaming TV service at an upfront cost of around $140, you’ll get the 32GB Apple TV 4K for free.
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This means that you can get the latest 32GB Apple TV 4K for about $40 cheaper than its traditional price point of $180, and if you’re not a fan of DirecTV Now when the four months end, you can cancel the service at any time. Check out our original blog post on the DirecTV Now/4K Apple TV offer for more information, and head over to our full Deals Roundup to discover other sales happening this week.
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