Apple Posts First Look Featurette for Palmer [Video]

Apple has posted a first look featurette for Palmer, a new film starring Justin Timberlake.

After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie’s past threatens to ruin his new life and family.

Palmer will arrive exclusively to Apple TV+ on January 29.

Take a look at the featurette below…

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Twitter’s new Birdwatch is an attempt to crowd source a fix for fake news

What you need to know

  • Twitter has launched Birdwatch in an attempt to cut down on the amount of misinformation on the social network.

But it’s a separate website, not built into Twitter.

Twitter today launched Birdwatch, a new feature of sorts, that allows users to flag and add notes to tweets that they believe help share misinformation.

Essentially a crowdsourced fix for the misinformation problem Twitter has been battling for years, Birdwatch is initially a separate website to Twitter, but the social network says that the idea is to eventually make things like notes related to tweets visible to all.

Birdwatch allows people to identify information in Tweets they believe is misleading and write notes that provide informative context. We believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable. Eventually we aim to make notes visible directly on Tweets for the global Twitter audience, when there is consensus from a broad and diverse set of contributors.

Notably, it seems that Twitter isn’t at all convinced that Birdwatch is the way forward. In the very post announcing Birdwatch, Twitter goes on to say that this crowd-sourced method is “a model worth trying.”

We know this might be messy and have problems at times, but we believe this is a model worth trying. We invite you to learn alongside as we continue to explore different ways of addressing a common problem.

Jack Dorsey and co definitely don’t know how to instill confidence, do they?

You can head over to the Birdwatch site and see the whole thing for yourself. So long as you’re in the United States, that is. Misinformation in the rest of the world is just fine, apparently.

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Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones are back down to $278, matching holiday pricing

The best price on Sony’s popular WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones has returned, with top online retailers knocking $72 off the over-ear headset that pairs well with Macs for work-from-home calls.

Both B&H and Amazon are currently offering the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones for $278. Typically retailing for $350, the headphones have some of the best active noise cancellation available, and they have high-quality audio and extra features to boot.

  • Sony WH-1000XM4 at B&H – $278
  • Sony WH-1000XM4 at Amazon – $278

While the headphones don’t match the luxurious design of AirPods Max, Sony tweaked the design to make this 2020 update feel more premium than its predecessors. The cans support Sony’s 360-degree audio for compatible tracks, and the headphones can change the noise-canceling mode depending on your location. The companion app includes a customizable equalizer and various audio effects.

The headphones include a full-sized case and an audio cable in the box. They charge via USB-C.

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Evercore raises Apple price target increase to $160

Apple got a price target increase to $160 from $145 from Evercore ISI analyst Amit Daryanani who said the Cupertino Colossus’ proposed Apple Car could have the same disruptive impact as the company’s iPhone.

Apple Park in Cupertino, California
Apple Park in Cupertino, California


Analyst Amit Daryanani, who kept an outperform rating on the shares, said in a note to investors that his near-term “bullish bias” is driven by expectations for an iPhone supercycle, the monetization of its installed base and gross margin expansion, according to the Fly.

The analyst also said that recent discussions around Apple Car “have become louder” and sees increased odds that Apple will have a product in the automotive space in the next five years.

Daryanani said the auto market will be a driver for multiple expansion given the potential for Apple to “disrupt the Automotive market much as it did the phone industry.”

“iPhone was a computer in your pocket,” he said. “Car will be a computer on wheels.”

He estimated a car could add $36 billion to Apple’s sales.

MacDailyNews Take: Earlier this month, Bloomberg News reported that Apple has a team of hardware engineers working on an actual vehicle, but “Apple Car” development is still in at an early stage, at least five years away. So, any Apple price target increase isn’t based on Project Titan, but, rather, the 5G-spurred Mother of All iPhone Super Cycles.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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Apple TV+ shares first look featurette for ‘Palmer,’ coming Jan. 29

The cast and crew of upcoming life-after-prison drama “Palmer” sit down in a new featurette to discuss the Apple TV+ film’s characters and narratives.

Apple’s “Palmer” follows Eddie Palmer, who returns to his hometown after serving a 12-year-long prison sentence. While facing judgment and scorn from the community, he attempts to put his life back together, but everything changes when he meets Sam, a young boy who has been abandoned by his mother.

The two-minute-long featurette gives the audience a closer look at the relationship Eddie Palmer, played by Justin Timberlake, has with Sam. The cast remarks how a large part of the film’s story will focus on acceptance and redemption.

“Second chances are possible,” says Ryder Allen, the actor who plays Sam. “You can be whoever you wanna be.”

“Palmer” joins Apple’s growing library of shows, movies, and documentaries, including alternative-history drama “For All Mankind,” psychological thriller “Servant,” and sports comedy “Ted Lasso.”

The movie is set to release on January 29 exclusively on Apple TV+.

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Race Dash puts your live racing game stats on your iPhone & iPad

What you need to know

  • You can see your race position and lap times among other things, right on your iPhone and iPad.
  • PlayStation, Xbox, and PC are supported.

Racing never seemed so realistic.

Playing racing games like F1 2020 and Project CARS 2 is great for those who not only enjoy racing cars but also all of the statistics that they collect as they go. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could see those statistics on your iPhone and iPad instead of on your TV or PC screen?

Why yes. Yes, it would. And Race Dash makes that happen. Multiple games are supported and you can see the full list to check that your favorite racer is on there. But assuming it is, there’s a lot to enjoy once you have Race Dash installed.

  • 43 different screens available in total (each game has a subset of these depending on supported features)
  • Add up to 10 dashboards to your selection at any one time (per game) and quickly swipe between them for fast access. F1 2018 onwards, and PCARS/2 allow for the dashboard switching to be done from the controller/steering wheel.
  • Display key data such as speed, gear, RPM, fuel level, ERS, laptime and lap delta
  • RPM lights are customisable to suit your preference and the whole display can flash at the gear shift point
  • Non-dashboard screens include timing screens, circuit maps and warning flag displays (game dependent)

Race Dash also now supports iOS 14’s App Clip feature, allowing gamers to test this all out. The feature is only available to F1 2020 gamers, however.

Rae Cash is free to download and basic dashboard data is included. Each compatible game requires an in-app purchase to unlock once you’re hooked. Download Race Dash from the App Store now.

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Coronavirus game dev blasts Apple’s blanket ban of COVID-19 apps

When Florian Mueller submitted his latest game to the App Store, he didn’t think it would end with him filing a complaint against Apple with the European Union, the U.S. Department of Justice and other antitrust authorities around the world.

But that’s exactly what happened after Apple rejected his Corona Control Game due to its COVID-19 theme. Google, which barred Mueller’s game from the Google Play store, is also named in his complaints.

Germany-based Mueller, who has another career as a blogger on legal issues, is not happy with how Apple and Google handled his game submission.

“When [Apple and Google] rejected the game at the beta-testing stage, I was indeed surprised that they took issue with it in such a fundamental way they wouldn’t even let us distribute it to testers,” Mueller, 51, told Cult of Mac.

It comes as little surprise that people would develop coronavirus-themed apps and games. But Apple’s handling of such topical games lends credence to complaints about the company’s iron grip on the App Store — as well as perceived inconsistencies in its application of its own rules.

Apple told Cult of Mac that, since the start of the pandemic, the company has been careful to only feature coronavirus-themed apps from recognized entities such as government organizations, health-focused nongovernmental organizations, companies deeply credentialed in health issues, and medical or educational institutions.

Google did not immediately respond to Cult of Mac’s request for comment on its handling of Mueller’s game.

Theme Park, the coronavirus version

When COVID-19 burst onto the scene in a big way, games like Plague Inc. surged up the App Store rankings. Similarly, movies like 2011’s Contagion shot back onto the iTunes charts. People, perhaps searching for a way to control their fears about coronavirus, actively sought out ripped-from-the-headlines entertainment.

In Mueller’s game, players must react to the COVID-19 pandemic by distributing masks, enforcing social distancing, quarantining infected persons, and imposing lockdowns. It looks a bit like Theme Park, the classic theme park management sim, only with a more topical (and infectious) spin.

“When we started to develop this game, we were aware of … Plague Inc. having been on both app stores for many years,” Mueller said. “The main game of Plague Inc. has an objective that amounts to bioterrorism: Infect the world. So our conclusion was that if a destructive virus strategy game is allowed, there wouldn’t be any problem with a game that demonstrates the problem of viral contagion and is designed to promote disease-control measures.”

Corona Control morphs to Viral Days

Apple and Google clearly thought differently. Last year, Apple established a ban on games that used coronavirus as a source of entertainment.

“Entertainment or game apps with COVID-19 as their theme will not be allowed,” Apple said in March 2020. Games more broadly about pandemics — such as Plague Inc. — stayed in the U.S. App Store. (However, that game was banned in China by demand of the government.)

Apple and Google subsequently accepted Mueller’s app, but only after he stripped out the coronavirus topic. He renamed it Viral Days, and now you can find it on both app stores. He said that it’s still, essentially, the same game — but the forced rebranding fundamentally changes it.

“They [essentially] forced us to reshoot the Titanic film without the Titanic ship,” he said. “Just imagine watching the Titanic movie if it’s named Sinking Ship, and what you see in it is some unidentifiable, unnamed vessel.”

Apple’s control of the App Store

But as private companies, should Google and Apple not be able to enforce rules as they see fit?

“The App Store is the only way to distribute apps to a billion iOS users,” Mueller said. “The Google Play store accounts for 90% of all app downloads made with billions of Android devices, except China, which has its local app stores. It would be a different situation if Apple and Google allowed alternative app stores, which Apple rules out entirely and Google limits to device makers’ stores, which are relatively small.”

Mueller said he is not the only person to face this problem with Apple’s coronavirus policy.

“It’s not only about my game but about COVID-related apps in general,” he said. “Just a few days ago, the developers of an app named Coronavirus Reporter brought a lawsuit against Apple in U.S. federal court. Their complaint says they know about several other cases of COVID-related apps that were rejected not because the apps themselves were problematic, but because Apple and Google only allow governmental entities and healthcare providers to publish such apps.”

More broadly, Mueller called the companies’ clampdown on COVID-19 apps and games a misguided mistake with negative consequences for humanity.

“It’s not just that tens of millions of developers can’t offer products just because of a blanket rule,” he said. “The worst part is that society at large is deprived of the useful contributions such apps could make.”

Mueller said he hopes his complaints — which land atop a growing pile of objections to the power Apple and Google wield — will bring change. The government agencies he filed the complaints with can take action if they want. Whether that will happen remains to be seen.

In the meantime, you can download Viral Days for free.

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Go behind the scenes with ‘Palmer’ in this new featurette

What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ has shared a first look featurette for Palmer.

Hear what Justin Timberlake and others say about the movie.

Apple TV+ today shared a new first look featurette for the upcoming movie Palmer. Set to land on Apple TV+ this coming Friday, Palmer stars Justin Timberlake as the titular character.

The movie follows Palmer as he is released from prison and goes about getting his life back on track.

After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie’s past threatens to ruin his new life and family. Coming exclusively to Apple TV+ on January 29.

Apple continues to add new content to the Apple TV+ service and Palmer looks set to be another popular arrival, joining the likes of For All Mankind, The Morning Show, and more.

Palmer will be available on Apple TV+ this coming Friday. The streaming service is available for $4.99 per month unless you’re still enjoying your trial. It’s also part of the new Apple One subscription bundle as well.

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Apple’s Jeff Williams and Jay Blahnik talk new ‘Time to Walk’ feature

Apple Fitness+’s Time to Walk feature aims to encourage people to walk and connect with interesting people, Apple COO Jeff Williams and Fitness and Health technologies director Jay Blahnik, with the new Apple Watch addition meant to mimic going for a walk with someone.

On Monday, Apple launched the Time to Walk audio workouts for Apple Fitness , a walking workout led by a celebrity talking about their lives as the user ambles around. In an interview, Williams and Blahnik offered someone extra thoughts behind the creation of the feature.

On the subject of how the feature functions, namely a celebrity speaking to the user with occasional images appearing on the Apple Watch screen, Blahnik told The Independent that there was a “lot of ways that the creative execution of this could have gone, but in the end, having just the guest felt like the right thing.”

“The conversations you would have with another person if you were really walking with them are different to the way an interview might go or a big group conversation can happen,” Blahnik adds.

According to Williams, “If you ask somebody to tell you a life story, they will almost always involve challenges and, because we all face those, it’s wonderful to hear about other people’s challenges and how they’ve dealt with them. It’s such a part of the human connection.”

Williams further proposes the feature could be useful for those stuck working from home or restricted by social distancing measures. “I think this is useful anytime, but one of the things with shelter-in-place is it can drive isolation.”

“I think people yearn for social connection and Time to Walk encourages people to get out and walk and offers this sense of connection to interesting people,” the COO adds. “I’ve found that within a couple of minutes of an episode, I feel like I’m out walking with someone.”

The Apple Fitness+ service was designed “to be welcoming to everybody,” according to Blahnik, “whether it was an add-on to a really hardcore fitness program or the on-ramp to the first time you’ve done fitness.” While there’s good feedback indicating it is covering both ends of the fitness spectrum, there’s also users who are motivated but “just need someone to lead them through a 10-minute yoga session.”

For Time to Walk, Blahnik thinks there will be hardcore users taking advantage of it, but also those who “really enjoy walking their dog and this makes it more interesting.” Blahnik also thinks this could push people to go for longer walks and to get more exercise, especially for those new to fitness.

“I think for a lot of people this may be the best on-ramp. They start walking and then they graduate to other things in Fitness+, the director proposed.

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Apple Shares First Look at Upcoming Movie ‘Palmer’ Starring Justin Timberlake

Apple today shared a first look feature of “Palmer,” an upcoming Apple TV+ film that stars Justin Timberlake taking on the role of a former college football phenomenon who returns to his hometown to get his life back on track after a stint in prison.

Described as a story of “redemption, acceptance, and love,” “Palmer” will be released on ‌Apple TV+‌ this Friday.

After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together–and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie’s past threatens to ruin his new life and family.

Along with Justin Timberlake, “Palmer” stars Juno Temple, Alisha Wainwright, June Squibb, and newcomer Ryder Allen. The screenplay was written by Cheryl Guerriero, and it is directed by actor Fisher Stevens.

Apple recently announced plans to extend all ‌Apple TV+‌ free trials until July 2021, giving people more time to watch the available original content before making a decision on whether to subscribe. ‌Apple TV+‌ has been available for free since November 2019 for those who purchased an eligible Apple device in September 2019 or later.

Without the free trial, ‌Apple TV+‌ is priced at $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, but Apple is also currently crediting paid subscribers as well. ‌Apple TV+‌ is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Macs, consoles, and other set-top boxes, as well as smart TVs from brands like Samsung, Sony, and LG.