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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Monday said that they will not be joining the Apple TV service. He had confirmed that his company will not sell subscriptions or offer existing content to customers through an Apple branded video streaming service expected for unveiling on March 25.

Hastings told the reporters at the company’s offices in Hollywood, “Apple’s a great company. We want to have people watch our shows on our services”. “We have chosen not to integrate with their service”, he added.

A television and video service was expected to be unveiled by Apple, at an event on March 25th. As per reports, the company might have as many as 11 shows ready to preview at the media gathering.

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The Apple – Spotify war continues! Swedish audio streaming company finally calls the Tech giant a ‘monopolist’. Spotify had given complaints against Apple in the European Union, claiming that Apple is illegally involving in App store.

Apple is charging a 30 percent to the developers for subscriptions, and Spotify is not happy in this. It said that it’s designed to give Apple Music an unfair advantage in the marketplace. The Spotify had launched a website called Time to Play Fair, and had outlined the complaints against Apple.

Apple reacted to Spotify’s claims saying “wants all the benefits of a free app without being free”. Spotify reportedly said, “Every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong and will argue that they have the best interests of competitors and consumers at heart”. “This is evident in Apple’s belief that Spotify’s users on iOS are Apple customers and not Spotify customers, which goes to the very heart of the issue with Apple”.

Spotify is a Swedish audio streaming platform that provides DRM-protected music and podcasts from record labels and media companies. As a freemium service, basic features are free with advertisements or automatic music videos, while additional features, such as improved streaming quality, are offered via paid subscriptions.

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Apple Inc has united up with Ant Financial Services Group and several local banks to offer interest-free financing. Apple hopes to revitalize sales in China, by the collaboration with Ant Financial which is the world’s largest financial-technology company.

It is its first such move in the country as it looks to boost waning smartphone sales. With this China website, apple comes with a new scheme in which the customers can pay 271 yuan ($40.31) monthly, for buying an iPhone XR and 362 yuan monthly for purchasing iPhone XS. The customers trading in old models can avail cheaper installments.

Interest-free financing schemes are offered for the customers who buys an Apple product worth a minimum of 4,000 yuan. They can pay the money with three, six, nine, 12 or 24 months, as the website says.

Ant Financial Services Group, formerly known as Alipay, is an affiliate company of the Chinese Alibaba Group. Ant Financial is the highest valued fintech company in the world, and the world’s most valuable unicorn (start-up) company, with a valuation of US$150 billion.

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Apple Inc on Monday said that it will issue a software patch later this week for an error that allows iPhone users to hear the audio from users that have not yet accepted a video call. The bug, initially outlined by Apple product and review website 9to5Mac.com, was reported by several media outlets.

Apple announced the feature last summer, but then removed it from early test versions of its iOS 12 operating system. The bug appears to rely on Apple’s group video calling feature. Apple released the feature to the public in late October. An Apple statement quoted in US media said that the iPhone producer was aware of this issue and they have also found a fix that will be releasing later this week.

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Apple is preparing to release new over-ear headphones in 2019, combining HomePod and AirPods technology in high-end cans. The new headphones are expected to offer ‘studio-quality’ sound and ‘Hey Siri’ support. The higher-priced premium AirPods is said to be offering better noise-cancellation, and water resistance.

It is said that Apple is trying to increase the range that AirPods can work away from an iPhone or iPad.

According to Kuo, these high-end over-ear headphones will make Apple’s acoustic accessory lineup more complete. The name of these ‘over-the-ear headphones’ is yet to be announced by Apple.

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Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola are reuniting for a new feature-length film named ‘On the Rocks’. The film leads with the story of a young mother who rejoins with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York. “On the Rocks” is the first film to come out of the partnership between Apple and A24. The movie production will be starting in this Spring season at New York.

The details regarding the film’s debut and distribution is yet to be announced by Apple. Top Hollywood actors and filmmakers have been clustering to Apple to create content for Apple’s upcoming originals platform.


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