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  • Paramount+ ad-free set for $9.99 monthly, ad-supported for $4.99

    I’ll be interested to see what happens to the CBS/Showtime bundle in tv Channels. Most of Showtime will not be absorbed into Paramount+, so if they don’t continue the bundle, then I’ll probably drop Showtime until there’s something new I want to watch on it.
  • Release of 8K displays held up by ongoing supply chain disruptions

    Howdy, where is it documented that the Thunderbolt ports on Apple Silicon Macs support DisplayPort 2.0?
    My understanding is that support for the USB 4 spec requires it. So when Apple says the M1 Macs support “Thunderbolt / USB 4” it means they support DisplayPort 2.0. 
  • Windows on Apple Silicon is up to Microsoft, says Craig Federighi

    All Microsoft has to do is make Office and Teams run on those machines. And Their CRM. Who needs Windows but to run applications? If these applications run as well on iOS, I would say Windows is not necessary.
    Don’t forget Microsoft Remote Desktop. That is the critical piece of the puzzle for anyone working remotely, away from an office. 

    Years ago, my better half used to have Windows installed on her Macs to be able to work from home or on the road. It was a pain. Those days are gone. It is totally unnecessary now, and the pandemic has just cemented it. If she needs her work computer, a Windows machine sitting in an office in NYC, she just connects to it. These days, working full time from home, she uses it pretty much all day. Works flawlessly.
  • Apple One will manage users with multiple Apple IDs, but questions remain

    doggone said:
    How do you find out if you have 2 different Apple IDs?  It is unclear to me whether my @Mac.com, @me.com and @iCloud.com are the same or different.  Sometimes when I am buying products on Apple.com the order confirmation does not go to my .Mac account.  
    I don't think it is possible for your Mac/me/iCloud addresses to be separate Apple IDs. Because if you have all three addresses, you have maintained a continuous .Mac/MobileMe/iCloud account from 2008 to now. So whatever problem you're having, it's not that.

    Here are the criteria (as of 2016) for having all three addresses: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201771

    There are two ways to sign into iCloud, using the iCloud address and using the Apple ID associated with your iCloud account. In my case, my Apple ID is my Mac.com address, but the "primary email" used for notifications is the me.com address. I'm sorry, but I'm unwilling to experiment with changing those settings, since everything works perfectly for me in a home with multiple Mac/me/iCloud accounts used for different purposes.


    The support page is here:


    The point of this AI article is that some of these things, which have been stable since 2012, may be changing with Apple One, especially with regard to iCloud. It should all work seamlessly, but you never know. I know in my case I have multiple iCloud accounts that I pay for increased storage on, and obviously I'd like to consolidate them all into "One" ...
  • Apple opens the door to game streaming services with new App Store guidelines

    The Ars Technica thread on this is fascinating — the initial rush of hot-take comments are overwhelmingly negative and any attempt to actually assess what Apple is doing here is downvoted to the point that the comment is hidden. But later on, more measured and thoughtful discussion becomes possible. I’m not sure I would recommend the thread, but it does show that Apple needs to do a better job of communicating anything that involves gaming — that sector is different, and Apple’s usual approach to PR must adapt. The baseline of trust Apple has earned in other areas doesn’t exist here.

    My own view is that this is a wait-and-see moment — yes, it means that Google and Microsoft will have to do some extra work, possibly a lot of it, to bring Stadia and xCloud to iOS/iPadOS and tvOS [?], but no, it does not mean it won’t happen, which is what most of the aforementioned hot takes assume. 

    None of the negative commenters there seem to grasp that it’s entirely possible that the end result will be that the user experience in these high-end game-streaming apps will be better on Apple devices due to this integration, not worse. I mean, to me, these guidelines mostly just point to where Apple is heading with Screen Time.