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After backlash, Sonic the Hedgehog director vows to alter character’s design

After backlash, Sonic the Hedgehog director vows to alter character’s design

The internet kicked up a huge stink over the last few days after seeing the first trailer for Paramount Pictures’ live-action Sonic the Hedgehog film, and with good reason – the beloved Sega mascot’s character design in the movie is a blue nightmare.
Ryan Reynolds is perfect as Detective Pikachu in new Pokémon trailerOriginal Sonic the Hedgehog available for Nintendo Switch in collectionThe Sega Genesis Mini gets a release date and a priceFrom his ghastly human teeth to his oddly buff legs and small feet, the film version of the speedy video game hedgehog barely resembles the character we all know and like (let’s be honest, ‘love’ is a bit strong for Sonic). Well, pat yourselves on the back, internet, because you’ve won – Paramount and the film’s director, Jeff Fowler, have heard your concerns and have vowed to alter the character’s design in time for the film’s release. Fowler took to Twitter to assure fans that he and the studio will do whatever it takes to make sure the movie version of Sonic does justice to the character.
While this is undeniably a win for fans and will surely result in a better film in the long run, we do feel sorry for the film’s animators, who’ll probably have to work their butts off in order to get Sonic the Hedgehog ready in time for its November 8 release. That said, at least Sonic won’t look like this anymore…

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The best TV shows on Foxtel Now: the top television series to stream right now

The best TV shows on Foxtel Now: the top television series to stream right now

Joining Netflix and Stan in the Australian streaming landscape, Foxtel Now gives Australians the easiest way to access Foxtel to date – especially if you own a Foxtel Box.Offering an unparalleled selection of TV shows in its library (so long as you’ve subscribed to the right packages), Foxtel Now is currently providing access to some of the biggest and best shows of any streaming service in Australia. In fact, if you have multiple packs in your subscription, you may find yourself with an overwhelming amount of content.
You can buy the Foxtel Now Box for $99 from Dick SmithWith that in mind, we’ve created this TechRadar guide to the best TV shows to stream on Foxtel Now at the moment (in no particular order). We’ll keep this best TV show list constantly updated with the latest series that you should be watching and also tell you why.
Perhaps the biggest show in the world at the moment (especially as its in its final season), Game of Thrones is required viewing for fans of fantasy and prestige television. Based on George RR Martin’s best selling series of fantasy novels, the show follows a number of powerful families as they wrestle for control over the fictional realm of Westeros. While they’re all doing this, the undead threaten to destroy the entire world. Will they come together to prevent this from happening? It doesn’t seem likely… If you haven’t gotten around to watching it yet, Foxtel Now has all eight seasons available to stream in an instant. If you hurry, you might be able to catch-up before its highly-anticipated ending is spoiled!Available in the Drama and Pop packs
One of the most relevant and gripping television shows of our time, Mr. Robot follows a group of hackers who attempt to take down the world’s biggest corporation. We follow Elliot (Rami Malek), hacker-extraordinaire and cybersecurity engineer, as he orchestrates the biggest hack in history, all while battling social anxiety disorder and clinical depression, among other problems. But is he really the one in charge, or other there darker, more sinister forces pulling the strings? A modern masterpiece of television. Available in the Drama pack
Set in the formerly gritty New York City of the 1970s, this new series from David Simon (The Wire, Generation Kill) follows a number of characters operating around Times Square during its sleazy heyday. This includes a pair of twin brothers (James Franco in both roles), a college dropout (Margarita Levieva), several hookers (including Maggie Gyllenhaal) and their pimps (including Gbenga Akinnagbe and Black Thought from The Roots) and a cop who’s tired of corruption in the force (Lawrence Gilliard Jr). An eye-opening look at the sexual revolution and the dawn of New York’s porn industry, The Deuce is similar in tone and style to Simon’s other HBO masterpiece, The Wire. Available in the Drama and Pop packs
This Australian drama has picked up a decent local following and has even aired in New Zealand and the UK. Inspired by the Australian 80s soap opera series Prisoner, Wentworth is set in a contemporary re-imagination of the same fictional women’s detention centre. Following a mother who has been separated from her daughter after being convicted of the attempted murder of her husband, the series tracks her introduction to life within the Australian correctional system.Available in the Drama and Pop packs
Supergirl is one of the best shows in the CW’s ‘Arrowverse’, and regularly features cameos from the likes of The Flash and Arrow. What makes the show great however, is its progressive storytelling, which puts issues like sexism
and racism in the spotlight and deals with them in a way that only Supergirl (perfectly played by Melissa Benoist) can. That it also occasionally brings spectacular heroes like Superman and Martian Manhunter into the mix is just the icing on the cake. Available in the Pop pack
A terrific NZ/Australian drama starring Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Handmaid’s Tale), Top of the Lake: China Girl sees Robin Griffin (Moss) investigate the murder of a young girl found on Bondi Beach. Joining her in this season is Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as a Sydney detective who helps Griffin on the case. One of Foxtel’s best original shows. Available in the Drama pack
Based on Michael Crichton’s classic science fiction movie of the same name, the HBO version of Westworld expands the mythology of the universe, in which rich people visit a Wild West themed resort filled with incredibly lifelike robot NPCs. The show explores the inner workings of the park, as well as a robot revolution that is on the cusp of taking place. A fantastic series that rivals Game of Thrones in terms of budget and scope, Westworld is highly recommended. Available in the Drama and Pop packs
The Sopranos is a highly regarded American-Italian mob show based in New Jersey in the early 2000s. Tapping into the psychologically introspective culture of New York and the classic family/crime dynamic found in many mobster films, The Sopranos explores the difficulties of juggling both a functioning crime syndicate and a nurturing family environment, through the prism of a psychologist’s chair.Available in the Drama pack
Featuring the most jaw-dropping houses in the country, Grand Designs Australia follows host Peter Maddison as he showcases a number of people who attempt to construct their dream homes. The kind of show that makes you simultaneously entertained and envious, Grand Designs Australia is a terrific Foxtel Original. Available in the Lifestyle pack
Based on a comic book series of the same name, The Walking Dead is an American horror drama set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. Former Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Grimes heads up the survival party attempting to find his wife, daughter and shelter from the impending danger of this new world. We hope you enjoy watching your favourite characters ruthlessly killed on a near-weekly basis, because The Walking Dead delights in shocking its fan-base. Available in the Pop pack
If uncomfortable comedy is your bag, you’re going to love Curb Your Enthusiasm, starring Seinfeld co-creator Larry David as himself. Imagine Seinfeld, only with a much more insufferable protagonist, sans laugh track and with a tonne of swearing and you get the idea of what this show’s about. After a hiatus of several years, the show is back with a brand new 9th season which Foxtel Now fast-tracks as new episodes arrive. If you ask us, that’s pretty, pretty, pretty good.Available now in the Pop pack
An action-packed series that dials its violence and sex up to ludicrous levels, Banshee sees an ex-con (Antony Starr) released from jail after 10 years only to immediately assume the identity of a dead sheriff in an Amish country town called Banshee. Before long, he’s up to his eyeballs in trouble involving a local gangster (Ulrich Thomsen), and an ex-lover (Ivana Miličević) who has put her criminal past behind her, all while trying to keep his real identity under wraps. Trashy and addictive, Banshee is almost too entertaining!Available in the Drama pack
From Mike Judge (Office Space, Idiocracy) comes Silicon Valley, a hilarious show about a young startup called Pied Piper and its various misadventures navigating the tech capital of the world. Whether it’s internal struggles or outside pressure from tech giant Hooli (a clear Google stand-in), the team must do everything it can to keep its company afloat in an incredibly competitive landscape. A must-watch for tech enthusiasts. Available in the Pop pack
Regarded by many (this writer included) to be the greatest television series of all time, The Wire paints a portrait of an American city (in this case, Baltimore) the way that no other show has done so before. Framed against the backdrop of America’s ‘War on Drugs’, The Wire shows both sides of the struggle, focusing on the environment that produces street dealers and turns innocent children into hardened killers, while also examining the issue from the police’s perspective, showing how bureaucracy prevents it from affecting any real change. Raw and uncompromising, The Wire is unlike any other crime series you’ve seen.Available now in the Drama pack
HBO’s western series Deadwood was devastatingly cancelled before its time, but thankfully we can relive the show’s harsh and brutal world on Foxtel Now in its entirety. Ex-lawman Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant, clearly loving his status as a cowboy hero) arrives in the lawless frontier town of Deadwood to start a hardware business and provide for his dead brother’s family. Before long, the crime and corruption of this town, headed by bar owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), forces Bullock back into the life he tried so desperately to leave behind. A truly magnificent show, Deadwood is binge-worthy bliss. Also, with news that a Deadwood follow-up movie could be in the works, now’s a great time to reacquaint yourself with this classic series. Available in the Drama pack

Spotify boasts twice as many paid subscribers as Apple Music

Spotify boasts twice as many paid subscribers as Apple Music

Less than a month ago, it was revealed that Apple Music had overtaken Spotify in terms of paid subscribers in the US – a milestone for the music streaming service – but Spotify’s latest earnings report shows that it’s still well and truly dominating the overall global market.“Premium Subscribers grew up to 100 million, up 32% year on year,” the report reads, a figure that’s double that of Apple Music’s last reported subscriber count, from January of this year.The report attributes the growth, at least in part, to the success of certain promotions such as Family Plan offers, bundles with the Google Home Mini in a variety of regions, and Hulu partnerships in the US.
Apple Music overtakes Spotify’s paid subscribers in the USIt’s worth considering that Spotify offers a free tier on its service, whereas Apple Music does not, and when factoring these figures in, Spotify’s total global listenership more than quadruples Apple’s, with 217 million monthly active users (a growth of 26% from last year).In Apple’s defense, the most recent figures that it has officially released date back to the end of 2018, so Spotify has a four-month advantage on these numbers in terms of paid subscribers, although this may change during Apple’s anticipated Q2 earnings report.It’s no secret that the two competing services are feuding, with Spotify officially complaining about Apple’s alleged anti-competitive practices, but with Amazon tipped to be launching a hi-res audio streaming service as well as a free ad-supported service, there’ll soon be a new kid on the block that’s likely a serious threat to both. 
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Apple defends its removal of habit-breaking apps from the App Store

Apple defends its removal of habit-breaking apps from the App Store

With the growing ubiquity of smartphones in everyday life, it’s unsurprising that users are forming bad habits and even addictions with their devices that ultimately affect their mental wellbeing. In response, there have been a number of developers making apps to limit an individual’s phone usage, even tech giants such as Google have introduced similar features for their own products, but a recent report from The New York Times suggests that Apple has been combating these services in its App Store.
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Apple is another tech giant to have its own usage tracking software, with the Screen Time function seeing its release in iOS 12, but the Times’ report suggests that the Cupertino firm has made it deliberately difficult to run a competing app for the iPhone.“Over the past year, Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps”, the report reads. “Some app makers with thousands of paying customers have shut down. Most others say their futures are in jeopardy.”When speaking with the developers of the affected apps, the Times’ noted that the “executives at the app makers believe they are being targeted because their apps could hurt Apple’s business. Apple’s tools, they add, aren’t as aggressive about limiting screen time and don’t provide as many options.”
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Apple’s vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller has responded to a question from a MacRumors reader addressing the issue, claiming that the apps in question were using a format that was fundamentally unsecure for their users.The apps utilized MDM (Mobile Device Management) in order to track every user action on their iPhone, a technology that was intended to be used purely for companies wishing to install their own software on employee devices in order to monitor their usage.The system would allow the developers of such monitoring apps to “have unrestricted access to manage your child’s device, know their location, track their app use, control their mail accounts, web surfing, camera use, network access, and even remotely erase their devices”, according to Schiller’s response.Apple, upon learning of the misuse of MDM technology, since contacted the app developers who were employing it in order to ask them to stop, according to Schiller, although he doesn’t mention explicitly what actions were taken after that.While it is well-known that Apple prides itself on its users’ security, it’s understandable why developers are seeing the timing of the removal of their competing addiction-breaking apps as suspicious.
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2019 London Marathon live stream: how to watch coverage from anywhere in the world

2019 London Marathon live stream: how to watch coverage from anywhere in the world

Get stretching and prepare the shiny silver foil blanket – the 2019 London Marathon is here. 26.2 gruelling miles around the UK’s capital city, with elite athletes and fun runners all pushing themselves to the limits. And thankfully getting a 2019 London Marathon live stream is far, far easier than trying to compete in the thing.
And the 2019 edition is likely to be one of the most watched in recent years, thanks to the presence of one Sir Mo Farah. Yep, Mo’s back again.
But with the fastest marathon time of 2hrs 1mins 39secs set by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin last year, he’s the one to watch. Will it be misery or the Mobot? Either way, TechRadar will tell you how to live stream all the Marathon action.But the London Marathon isn’t just about the so-called elite runners. It’s the fun runners, wheelchair athletes and plethora of weird and wacky fancy-dress costumes that make the event so iconic. Around 40,000 people will be running today, the vast majority fulfilling long held dreams.And the great news is that getting a live stream of the 2019 London Marathon is really easy, as the BBC has the rights to show it in all its glory – just as it has since the inaugural year in 1981. And even if you live outside the UK keep reading as we’ll show you how to live stream the London Marathon 2019 from wherever you are in the world.
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Stream the London Marathon from outside your country
We’ve got your UK and US watching options covered in this article. But if you try to watch the 2019 London Marathon and you’re abroad, you’re going to be out of luck – coverage will be geo-blocked.Luckily, there’s an easy way around even this hurdle. Simply download and install a VPN to change your IP address to a server back in your country. That way, your laptop, mobile or streaming device will think it’s back at home and thus the geo-block will be avoided. Lovely!

How to watch a 2019 London Marathon live stream in the US
If you’re in the US and want to watch this year’s London Marathon, then you’re in luck as you have several ways to watch the event. NBC Sports will air all the action on the day with the Elite Men’s race starting from 5.10am ET, 2.10am PT.If you’d prefer to stream the London Marathon on your computer, streaming devices or on mobile, the NBC site and NBC Sports App will also be streaming the event. If you want more athletics for your buck and plan on tuning into the Diamond League as well as the rest of the IAAF Championships, NBC Sports Gold also offers a Track and Field Pass for $74.99 a year. The service lets you stream all of the top marathons and other athletic events without commercial interruptions and if you happen to miss an event, you can always watch it later on-demand.

The best cheap 4K TV deals and sale prices in the US – April 2019

The best cheap 4K TV deals and sale prices in the US – April 2019

We’ve gone through top retailers such as Amazon and Walmart to find the best cheap TV sales and deals that are currently going on (we’ve also got a roundup of UK retailers). You can find Black Friday like prices on a variety of best-selling 4K TVs from brands such as Samsung, Sony, LG and more. You’ll find discounts on 4K TVs, smart TVs, different model sizes, and a variety of prices that will fit any all TV viewing needs.
You will find all of our curated deals below. We’ve divided them into three different size categories as well as our pick for the best cheap TV deal of the week. These days you really don’t have to pay much more to get a Ultra HD 4K set instead of an older-style HD one. If you’re after the hottest tech in TV though, you may want to take a look at the cheapest OLED TV prices.Whether you want a small TV with a price tag to match or something to show all the colors of the rainbow (and a few million more) with HDR, we’ve found plenty of options. Read on to find the TV you want at a great price!

TechRadar’s cheap TV deal of the week
Cheap TV deals (40-49 inch)
Cheap TV deals (50-59 inch):
Cheap TV deals (60-85 inch):
More cheap TV sales:
Not found the right cheap TV for you today? Or maybe you’d prefer to directly browse the TVs at your favourite retailers instead of our highlights of the best cheap TV deals? We’re updating this page on a regular basis, so you may have better look another day. If you want to take a look for yourself now though, here are the direct links to a the full collection of TV deals at multiple stores. 
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Facebook is cracking down on ‘apps with minimal utility’

Facebook is cracking down on ‘apps with minimal utility’

It’s been over a year since the Cambridge Analytica scandal hit Facebook, and the social media giant is definitely trying to do whatever it can to safeguard user information, announcing a new set of platform policies that developers will need to follow. Under the new changes, frivolous apps like personality quizzes will receive more scrutiny before being allowed to go live on the platform, with Facebook’s product management director Eddie O’Neil stating that apps like personality quizzes “may not be permitted on the platform”.Facebook has also published a list of APIs that will be removed from the platform. New apps will lose access to those APIs on April 30, while existing apps that utilize those APIs won’t be able to access them starting June 30.
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If you recall, it was through a quiz app that data firm Cambridge Analytica was able to get their hands on information of over 87 million users without permission. While these apps aren’t the problem themselves, the issue then was that Facebook let them collect user information for years without enforcing privacy policies.While Facebook has promised to take a closer look at personality quizzes and the like, the company hasn’t elaborated on the criteria it will use to examine these apps. All we know for now is that apps won’t be allowed to collect user data if that information “doesn’t enrich in-app experience”.Moreover, any app that does not use its data access permissions within 90 days will have its privileges revoked. Facebook will also run periodic reviews and audits of apps and, if necessary, remove expired permissions.
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Apple AirPods 2 release date, news and rumors

Apple AirPods 2 release date, news and rumors

We thought we were getting the AirPods 2 when Apple announced a new version of the true wireless buds…but it turns out, we’ve only got the new AirPods (2019), an updated version of the originals. While the AirPods (2019) do sport some cool new features like the ability to charge wirelessly, they aren’t the AirPods 2 we were hoping for. The good news is that the next-generation of Apple AirPods could be right around the corner. We’ve heard rumors about water-proof, noise-cancelling earbuds for nearly a year at this point and now analysts are saying that they’ll arrive by the end of the year or, at the very latest, early on in 2020. In fact, the latest report from TF International Securities’  analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that we could be getting two more headphones in that time – another updated version of the base model Apple AirPods and the fully featured AirPods we’ve been hearing so much about this past year. Here’s what we know so far.
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What are they? The long-awaited AirPods 2 (not to be confused with the recently updated AirPods (2019) true-wireless earbuds.)When are they out? Our best guess is early 2020, but nobody knows for sure.How much will they cost? We’d expect them to be similar to the AirPods (2019), which start at $159 (£159/AU$249).Apple AirPods 2: release date
Now that Apple has released an updated 2019 version of the original AirPods, we’re not expecting the AirPods 2 to be coming out any time soon. Back in 2018, tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the an improved pair of the true wireless buds with support for wireless charging would arrive in 2019, to be followed by a major upgrade in 2020, with an all-new design. So, could these be the AirPods 2 we’ve been waiting for? So far, Kuo’s predictions have been pretty accurate, right down to the AirPods 2019 connectivity upgrade, so we’re betting on an early 2020 release for the AirPods 2. We originally expected the upgraded 2019 AirPods to be significantly different from their predecessors thanks to trademark and Bluetooth SIG filings, but we now know that’s not the case. That doesn’t mean we won’t ever see these features, however. We wouldn’t be surprised if Apple was saving features like biometric sensors, new color schemes, and waterproofing for the AirPods 2.Before we go into the features we’re expecting from the AirPods 2 in 2020, let’s take a look at what’s new with the current AirPods:
The original Apple AirPods and the AirPods (2019) (Image credit: Apple)AirPods 2 price and availability
Our best guess is that the AirPods 2 will be priced similarly to the current AirPods, which cost $159 / £159 / AU$249 / AED679 with the standard charging case, and $199 / £199 / AU$319 / AED829 with the new Wireless Charging Case bundled in. It’s possible that the AirPods 2 will be more expensive than their predecessors, but we’d be very surprised if they exceed $200. The final price will likely come down to the features that the new AirPods 2 sport. Before we go into the features we’re expecting from the AirPods 2 in 2020, let’s take a look at what’s new with the current AirPods:
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Apple hasn’t changed much in terms of design in it’s latest update to the AirPods – instead, the next-gen improvements seem to be largely under the hood.Inside the buds there is a newly-designed H1 chip which Apple has built specifically for the headphones. It improves connectivity pairing times, the efficiency of the battery life, and allows for hands-free “Hey Siri” functionality.New for the AirPods 2019 is the wireless charging case for the earbuds, which means you can use Qi-compatible charging mats to power the case without having to stick a cable in. As for sound quality, the 2019 upgraded AirPods are no different from the ones you could get in 2016. 
AirPods (2019) (Image credit: Apple)Apple AirPods 2: rumors
Previous trademark filings suggest that the second generation AirPods would be a health and fitness device, in addition to being a pair of true wireless earbuds. Now we know that the updated AirPods don’t have these features, we think we will see them in the AirPods 2 in 2020. Back in July 2018 Apple filed a patent for biometric sensors which would allow the AirPods 2 to take on fitness tracking capabilities like those seen in the Jabra Elite Wireless. This followed another patent filed in March, which further fueled the rumors.We also heard separately that the AirPods 2 would come in black and white, be both waterproof and offer active noise-cancellation. Another patent from July suggested that Apple was working on some pretty nifty tech for how the earbuds handle outside noise as well as dissipating pressure from inside the ear canal. The patent outlined a valve system that would allow sound to escape your ear canal to avoid that weird reverberating effect that occurs when you speak with earbuds in your ears. It then goes on to describe how the earbuds would handle ambient noise, using a microphone to filter in noise from the outside world so that you can remain aware of your surroundings while still hearing your music.One rumor that did prove to be accurate however was wireless charging and Bluetooth 5.0 – but instead of being an improved thanks to an updated W2 chip, Apple has designed a brand new H1 chip, which is made for headphones specifically.
Image credit: AppleApple AirPods 2: what we want to see
Noise-cancellationOnly a couple of years ago, companies were struggling just to get true wireless earbuds working, but now the goalposts have already shifted to packing more and more functionality into their shells. The Sony WF-1000X manage to include noise-cancellation technology inside their diminutive shells, and we were hoping see similar functionality make it to the second generation of AirPods. Apple’s fancy ambient noise technology outlined above suggested the company is thinking along these lines, and as it didn’t make the cut for the 2019 upgrade, we’re expecting to see noise-cancellation in the AirPods 2.
The Sony WF-1000X feature noise-cancellation technology (Image credit: Sony)More physical controlsApple isn’t much of a fan of buttons, but there are some cases where they save you a lot of time and effort, and headphones are one of these instances. On-board controls have become an almost essential feature in headphones in recent years, allowing us to control music playback and volume without having to struggle to get our phones out of our pockets. Now the 2016 AirPods did allow you to control music in a sense, but they relied entirely on Siri, Apple’s voice assistant. New to the 2019 upgraded AirPods is the ability to double tap the right earbud to start your music up if it’s paused or skip to the next track if you’re currently playing a track…and that’s it. We’d like to see the AirPods 2 take this further, allowing you to skip backwards and forwards more easily. What would be really great, would be to put those long stems to use and add in some swipe volume controls. 
The B&O Beoplay E8 feature touch-sensitive controls to allow you to control your music (Image credit: TechRadar)Changeable ear tipsApple likes to rely wholly on sleek white plastic, but we aren’t a fan of the lack of rubber tips on the AirPods, especially when there’s no cable to catch them if they fall.We want any true wireless earbuds to feel nice and secure in the ears, and including a number of changeable ear tips so we can select those that perfectly fit our ears would be the ideal way of achieving this. One individual in the TechRadar office even went to the length of fixing some rubber tips from an alternative pair of headphones onto their AirPods to make them feel more secure. We weren’t expecting Apple to change it’s rather rigid design aesthetic with the 2019 update, but here’s hoping it will for the AirPods 2. 
Better Android pairingGiven that Apple likes to ensure all its products are designed to work as a family this has little chance of happening, but we’d love to see the AirPods play slightly nicer with Android phones. On iPhones, pairing is a dream. You simply hold the AirPods near your phone and they connect more or less automatically. However with Android the process is a lot more complicated and involving jumping into settings menus to select the AirPods manually. We’d love to see Apple simplify this process for the AirPods 2, though we’re not holding our breath.Different designs and colors We get it, Apple likes white things. But in an era where iPhones and iPads are available in a range of different colors we’d love to see this same courtesy extended to the AirPods. We just want our headphones to match our phone and our Apple Watch; is that so much to ask?Although Apple has experimented with different colors for its various devices, its earbuds have always stayed the same iconic white. Still, the AirPods 2 are rumored to be coming in black. 
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Latest Google Chrome update draws government and telecom concerns

Latest Google Chrome update draws government and telecom concerns

The encrypted version of Google’s Chrome browser has raised concerns among a number of internet safety watchdogs and intelligence agencies who fear the move could endanger the safety of children online.Critics of the encrypted version of the browser, which is currently available for download but not the default version, argue that it could make it more difficult for companies to block harmful material online as it will bypass most parental control systems.As it stands now, harmful materials like terrorist propaganda and child-abuse images are blocked by internet companies through filters that scan the web’s domain name servers. 
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Encrypted Chrome
According to The Sunday Times, talks will be held in May where broadband providers including BT, Virgin, Sky and TalkTalk will come together with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to discuss the risks posed  by the encrypted version of Chrome.Intelligence and law enforcement officials also fear that the new Chrome will allow Google to collect even more details on users’ browsing habits.A government official voiced their concerns to The Sunday Times, saying: “Google will have a lot more than their searches — it will have their entire browser history. That’s an incredible amount of data,” he said. It will also be able to track devices rather than just household accounts.” Google responded to the Times’ argument against it by saying that it has not made any changes to the default behavior of Chrome.Via The Drum
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APC’s May 2019 issue is on sale now!

APC’s May 2019 issue is on sale now!

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