MicroLED vs. TFT and OLED: Why Apple is interested in new display tech for future iPhone or Apple Watch

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Reports suggest that Apple is getting closer to implementing MicroLED in its future product releases, including the Apple Watch, with the display technology potentially offering a number of benefits compared to other methods. AppleInsider explains how the current TFT and OLED display technologies work, and how MicroLED differs.
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Apple Reportedly Interested in Obama Series if Netflix Fails to Clinch Content Deal With Former President

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Netflix is said to be in advanced negotiations with former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to produce a series of high-profile shows for the streaming service, with Apple said to be waiting in line if a deal between the two parties falls through.

The New York Times reports that Netflix is offering to pay the Obamas to produce the exclusive content, according to people familiar with the discussions, although it’s unclear how much is on the table given the couple’s lack of experience in the media business.

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However, rather than use the shows to respond to President Trump or conservative critics, Obama is reportedly interested in treating them as a platform for topics that dominated his presidency, such as health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, and climate change.

Another program could feature Mrs. Obama on topics, like nutrition, that she championed in the White House. The former president and first lady could also lend their brand — and their endorsement — to documentaries or fictional programming on Netflix that align with their beliefs and values.

Several people familiar with the Netflix discussions said that executives from Apple and Amazon, which have their own streaming services, have also expressed interest in talking with Mr. Obama about content deals.

The New York Times notes that Obama retains close ties to Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. Sarandos is married to Nicole A. Avant, an activist who served as Obama’s ambassador to the Bahamas. Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, was also close to Obama while he was president and an attendee at state dinners, according to the report.

Apple has been comparatively slow at securing original content for its television offering, but the company now has at least 10 television shows in the early stages of development, including an untitled morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and an “Amazing Stories” reboot from Steven Spielberg.

Other shows on the tech giant’s books include an untitled space drama from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore, a series written by “La La Land” creator Damien Chazelle, a Kristen Wiig comedy series, See, an epic world-building drama, Home, a docuseries focusing on incredible homes, and “Little America,” an anthology series from “The Big Sick” creators Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

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Netflix is reportedly in advanced talks to secure a slate of shows produced by former President Barack Obama, but if negotiations fall through, Apple and a handful of other streaming service providers are supposedly waiting in the wings.
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Report: President Obama nearing content deal with Netflix, but Apple is also interested

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People are more interested in sex around Christmas — and there’s a baby boom nine months later

People really do have more sex around Christmas — and there’s a baby boom nine months later to match, according to new research that looks at Google searches and Twitter posts.

Researchers looked at web searches about sex from 2004 to 2010 and 10 percent of public Twitter posts from 2010 to 2014. (The results were published this week in the journal Scientific Reports .) The data came from 130 countries and both hemispheres, which is crucial to show that the increase in birth rates is because of cultural factors related to a holiday, and not simply biological factors related to more or less daylight being available.

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Comcast is also interested in buying most of Fox’s assets

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Weekend poll: Knowing what we know now, are you interested in the new Pixels?

Google’s event is coming, so we probably don’t have much longer to wait before the company’s next phones are announced. But it seems like plenty of information has already leaked out. We could still be in for some surprises, but the odds are that we have a good idea of what to expect.

We know what they (probably) look like. We think it will likely have some interesting additions like a squeezable frame, and we have a decent idea about the specs that should be included.

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Interested In An Ipad? Check This Out.

Do you like to game? Are you in school? Do you work a lot? Do you want to look and feel better? Expecting a baby? The iPad has apps for all of this and more! It is full of apps, but so much more. The below article has a ton of advice you can’t live without.

If your iPad holds sensitive data, a feature can be enabled that lets you erase all of that data on your device. This is only triggered if a person incorrectly inputs the password 10 times. To set this up, go to Settings. Look under General for Passcode Lock. Then, go to Erase Data.

Take Apple’s iTours to get yourself familiar with your new iPad. It is fun to have all these exciting new apps, but sometimes you could use a little help figuring out how to use them. Apple has an online video tour for every app that comes preinstalled on your device, so be sure to take a look at them.

Do you need to switch from one app to another? You should activate the multitasking gestures in the general tab of your settings. You will then be able to swipe left or right to switch apps, swipe up to see your multitasking bar and pinch your fingers if you want to access your home.

Do you have multiple users on the same iPad? You may not want them to view your online history. You can delete the browser history quickly. Open the Settings app and tap on Safari. Once Safari is open, then tap on the Clear History button. This will clear the cache and all cookies.

Make sure you set up your browser’s auto fill settings on your iPad. Go to Safari’s Settings menu and select AutoFill. Once you are there, you can enable Safari to automatically fill forms using your contact information. You can also select an option to automatically remember your login IDs and passwords for websites you visit frequently.

If your iPad turn by turn directions are too soft or loud, change them in settings. Some people may need a little extra volume for these directions, while others like them softer. No matter your need, you can make adjustments right in your iPad settings. You can even turn off the voice if you don’t want it.

If you have young children who will be using your iPad, you might want to restrict their access to mature content. Even by accident, it is easy for a child to access an inappropriate website unless you do this. Simply go to your settings, and then click on general. There you will find “enable restrictions.” Tap on this and you will find a list of restrictions that you can select from.

Put a screen protector on your iPad. It does not interfere with the visibility of the display. The screen protector protects your iPad from oils and dirt from your fingers. It is great way to prevent your screen from permanent scratches. If the protector is scratched, it can be easily replace.

Sync pages using iTunes to share documents with both a Mac and a PC. Thanks to iTunes, it’s easier than ever to share documents with a computer. It is also quite easy to send your PDF’s over the Internet and then download them from a remote system.

Use Folders. You can now put folders on your iPad. Simply press down on one icon until it begins to jiggle, and then place it “on top” of another icon. You will then create a folder that includes both of those icons. This can be a quick way to organize all of the things you have on your iPad.

You do not have to access the second screen of your keyboard if you need an apostrophe. You should instead tap and hold the exclamation point key and an apostrophe will appear for you to select. You can also make typing easier by purchasing a wireless keyboard or even a case with a built-in keyboard.

When using your iPad as a camera, you can easily change the focus and light meter with just a tap. Simply tap the subject of the photo and the iPad will automatically adjust to bring the subject in focus. This also adjusts the light meter to the area around the subject giving you a great photo.

Using your iPad in different locations means you will likely need to change the brightness setting often. Fortunately this is easy on the iPad. The normally bright screen can be dimmed by tapping the Home button twice and swiping until you see the brightness setting. You can alter the brightness and save some battery life.

Sort your apps rather than displaying each and everyone on the iPad’s home screen. Hold your finger down on the app until its icon makes a quick shaking motion. You can then drag the app and drop it on top of another app icon. You will then be prompted to create a folder. Sorting related apps into folders makes it much easier to quickly locate what you are looking for without endless swiping.

Kids need to be protected from the Internet. Go to Settings/General/Restrictions. Next, you will tap ENABLE RESTRICTIONS. Now your child is protected from exposure to age inappropriate content. Anything adult will be blocked.

Do you get annoyed by all the Wi-Fi notifications? These can easily be turned off. You can go to settings, then turn the networks join feature off. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this means you can’t voluntarily join a network. It is still possible to do so; the only thing that will change is you will not receive continual notifications.

This article has provided you with some insight to build from. You are always going to be using your iPad, whether it is to check the weather or get tips on purchasing holiday gifts. You will discover that this device can literally do it all, which will allow you to get rid of your useless gadgets.

Weekend poll: Would you be interested in an Android Police “premium” subscription that removes ads?

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Late last week, we announced that we were ending our trial run of Google’s Contributor 2.0 platform. The system, which sounds great in theory, allows readers of a website to remove ads from it in exchange for paying a small amount of money per pageview. In reality, the system is quite buggy and presents a number of serious user experience issues, and as such, we’ve decided that it’s not worth the headache.

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Shoppers Interested in HomePod More Likely to Buy Amazon Echo

A rough third of people in the U.S. are interested in Apple’s new HomePod speaker in theory, though are more likely to purchase an Amazon Echo in practice, according to a new survey published Wednesday.

Out of 2,200 people polled, roughly 33 percent of them said that they were either somewhat or very interested in the HomePod, according to the survey conducted June 8 through 12 by Morning Consult. For current Apple users, the number of interested individuals jumped up to 45 percent — though that number apparently slipped to 40 percent after a side-by-side comparison of the devices. Similarly, the number of people interested in HomePod slipped to 30 percent after a similar comparison.

Notably, and a bit surprisingly, interest was even higher among those who already owned Amazon Echo or Google Home owners. As Marketing Land’s Greg Sterling put it, “while the absolute numbers are smaller, the intensity of the interest is higher among those who currently own the competing devices.” For owners of Amazon Echo devices, the number of interested people reached 64 percent, while for Home owners, that number jumped to 73 percent. When it came to which device consumers will actually buy, the numbers changed a bit. Among the group, 17 percent said that they were more likely to buy an Echo (with 11 percent focused on the cheaper Echo Dot device). About 9 percent said that they’d purchase a HomePod, slightly lower than the 11 percent who said they’d buy a Google Home.

As far as which variables in a home speaker consumers held to be the most important, price won out — with 57 percent of respondents saying that price was “very important” in a smart speaker. That might not bode well for Cupertino, as Apple’s HomePod is a premium device at $ 349. By contrast, Amazon’s cheapest Echo is only $ 39.99, and the Google Home is $ 129. On the other hand, 51 percent of those polled said that speaker or audio quality was also “very important” — and, according to early reviews, the HomePod has the clear advantage in that category.

You can view the full results from the Morning Consult survey here and here.

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