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Apple makes move into movies, Apple powers Android Wear, Ashley Madison lives on, Giffiti adds GIFs, and the Back to the Future trilogy distilled down to its barest bones.
Apple Plans Original Programming
I'm all for original Apple TV programming, but what has the App Store taught us about Apple's content policies?
— Sean ? (@StarFire2258) September 1, 2015
Apple is reportedly planning a move into original programming. According to Variety, Apple is actively in talks with Hollywood executives about forthcoming efforts to produce their own movies and television shows. Details are thin on the ground, but this move could have a profound effect on Apple and its competitors.
The current suggestion is that Apple will set up a new division dedicated to developing and producing original content, and hire industry alumni to staff it. However, the company’s plans from there on are rather cloudier, with no one quite knowing how ambitious Apple is with regards to creating and distributing original programming.
Apple could plan to make movies and TV shows and then sell them directly to customers through iTunes. Or this could be the start of a streaming service designed to compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Instant Video. After all, new Apple TV hardware is expected to be launched later this month.
Proof of how serious Apple is about this new venture comes with the news the company bid to secure the services of former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. The trio ended up signing with Amazon, but a new version of Top Gear would have been an impressive launchpad for Apple’s ambitious efforts.
Would you be interested in subscribing to an Apple-powered streaming service?
Android Wear Now Works on iOS
Assuming you haven’t yet purchased an Apple Watch, which given the rumored sales figures seems likely, then Google has just increased your options quite significantly. This is because Android Wear is now available on iOS, and a handful of new Android Wear smartwatches are compatible with your iPhone.
The Huawei Watch, the Asus ZenWatch 2, and the LG Watch Urbane are all now compatible with your iPhone. All Android Wear smartwatches manufactured from now on will also be compatible with iOS devices. While they aren’t capable of doing as much as the Apple Watch, the list of functions and features means they’ll cater to most people’s needs for a smartwatch.
While the first-generation Apple Watch looks a certain way, Android Wear smartwatches vary wildly. They also come with different price points, starting at just $149. Which is significantly cheaper than the $349 base model Apple Watch. All of which means iPhone users who desire a smartwatch now have more than one option open to them, Thanks to Google.
If you’re an iPhone user, would you ever consider buying an Android Wear smartwatch?
Ashley Madison Fights Back
Ashley Madison has had quite the time of it of late; being hacked, having the data dumped online, and then accused of creating fake profiles for non-existent females. However, the site is fighting back, with parent company Avid Life Media claiming everything is still looking rosy.
Avid Life Media maintains that “hundreds of thousands” of new members have joined Ashley Madison since the hack and subsequent data dump. The company also denies men outnumber women to the extent claimed by some, stating:
“The ratio of male members who paid to communicate with women on our service versus the number of female members who actively used their account (female members are not required to pay to communicate with men on Ashley Madison) was 1.2 to 1. These numbers are the main reason that Ashley Madison is the number one service for people seeking discreet relationships.”
If people are still signing up to Ashley Madison given everything that has gone down then more fool them. However, it does add weight to the old adage that, “There is no such thing as bad publicity”. And that one that suggests, “There’s a sucker born every minute”.
Do you believe Avid Life Media’s claims that people are still signing up to Ashley Madison?
Giffiti Helps You Animate Your Photos
Giffiti [No Longer Available] is a new iOS app which lets you place GIF animations on top of existing photographs. You simply upload a photo from your camera roll, and place a GIF or GIFs on top of it, resizing them and moving them around as you see fit.
There are hundreds of GIF animations available to use, with more being added all the time. According to TechCrunch, Nalin Mittal, the app’s creator, eventually hopes to allow people to submit their own animations, and make some money selling premium GIFs.
If you download Giffiti, why not share your creations in the comments below!
Back to the Future in 1 Minute, 21 Seconds
And finally, the Back to the Future trilogy is one movie series we recommend everyone watch, no matter what their age. However, if you haven’t got the time or inclination to sit through three films in quick succession, this video offers an alternative.
It shows the whole of the Back to the Future trilogy in less than one minute and 21 seconds. Including a brief appearance of the legendary hoverboard. Sure, you don’t get the characterization and the tasty plot twists, but you do get to see the basic storylines of all three films. Which is, quite frankly, astonishing. [H/T Sploid]
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