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Now it pretty sure: Windows 11 will replace Windows 10, Win10 support will end in 2025 14 Jun 2021, 3:41 pm

Now it pretty sure: Windows 11 will replace Windows 10, Win10 support will end in 2025

Rumors surrounding the upcoming Windows event on 24th of June have been pretty wild lately. There has been speculation whether Microsoft will actually roll back on its promise that the Windows 10 would be the last Windows ever. Now, it seems that Windows 10 will, in deed, get a successor.

Microsoft's own Windows product page now lists the end of life date for Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home editions. Both operating systems are listed to reach their end of support life in 2025. This is pretty solid proof that Microsoft is about to release Windows 11 next week.

Windows 10 retirement date listed on Microsoft support page


When Microsoft released Windows 10 back in July, 2015, the company stated that it would be the "last Windows ever". Since then, company has kept its promise and has simply provided big feature updates to its operating system in form of semi-annual big update packs. But now, it seems that the Redmond giant has something so big in pipeline that it wont be just another update, but an entire new operating system version.

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AfterDawn's 22nd birthday 10 Jun 2021, 7:31 pm

AfterDawn's 22nd birthday

Yes. As unbelievable as it is, its been exactly 22 years since our site was officially launched back in June, 1999.

Back then, majority of the online users connected to the internet using 56k modems and 2G phones were just getting popular. Texting wasn't available in most of the U.S. networks. AltaVista was the biggest search engine...

Yes, technologies have changed over the years. Our site has evolved accordingly. We've seen the good times and bad times - and are unfortunately somewhat experiencing one of those bad times for our dear old site as of now. But as with everything that has happened during the past 22 years, we'll adapt.

I wont go into details of our past further, as I covered our site's history pretty extensively two years ago when our site turned 20. Instead, as always, I'd like to thank all of you. I'd like to thank my coworkers and my co-founders for all these years we've spent together building this site. And obviously, I'd like to thank all of our employees - past and present - for all the hard work they've put into AfterDawn. And last but not least, I'd like to thank all of you: our users, visitors and moderators who have continued to support our site from year after year.

Thank you,

-Petteri Pyyny, CEO
AfterDawn

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Hackers stole 780GB of data from EA, including source code of FIFA 21 10 Jun 2021, 7:11 pm

Hackers stole 780GB of data from EA, including source code of FIFA 21

Apparently hackers have managed to breach into gaming giant EA's servers and have stolen 760 gigabytes of data. This stolen data includes the full source code for EA's soccer game FIFA 21 as well as source code for its Frostbite engine.

Frostbite engine is used for games such as Battlefield. According to VICE, EA has confirmed the incident and the data that was stolen from the company.

User data was not stolen, just company's internal development tools, source codes and other development assets. Hackers behind this have tried to sell the material in various net's shady underground forums and commerce sites. Thus, the stolen data hasn't leaked to the wider public - at least, not yet.

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Big chunk of Internet is down: Reddit, StackOverflow, Spotify, Amazon, eBay and more (EDIT: Fixed now, culprit found) 8 Jun 2021, 1:16 pm

Big chunk of Internet is down: Reddit, StackOverflow, Spotify, Amazon, eBay and more (EDIT: Fixed now, culprit found)

About ten minutes ago, some part of the internet's structure crashed. The fingers are pointing to some of the various large CDN and cache providers - guesses at Twitter are that the culprit is Fastly.

Due this, various huge websites, such as Reddit and StackOverflow simply show 503 error for now.

According to DownDetector site, the problems started about 10 minutes ago before we published this story:

Reddit down?


The list of affected sites continues to grow: and Twitch are both down. And fingers are pointing at Fastly's server outages.



The list of affected services continues to grow. Popular European sports service, Eurosport Player seems to be down due the same problem, too:

Eurosport Player down


List on Down Detector's front page lists at least these affected sites and services: WhatsApp, Spotify, parts of the Facebook, eBay, Paypal, Twitch, Eurosport Player, Sky and CNN. Hundreds - if not thousands - of smaller sites are being affected, too.

EDIT 11:11 UTC: Problem seems to be fixed now. And as suspected, the problem was with popular CDN provider Fastly whose own status page looks like this as of now:

Fastly status


And according to various site health monitoring services, most of the affected sites seem to have recovered by now.

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Top 10 most-watched Netflix movies ever 1 Jun 2021, 12:27 pm

Top 10 most-watched Netflix movies ever

Netflix has published a list of its most popular own movies ever.

Topping the chart is the last year's action movie The Extraction with a whopping 99 million views to date. Overall, the list has tons of movies from very recent years, as number of Netflix's subscribers has steadily grown over the years, most notably, globally.

The latest entry to the list is the May 2021 release of Army of the Dead with 72 million views, climbing to the list's tied ninth place, sharing the last spot in the list with last year's George Clooney movie The Midnight Sky.

Here's the full top ten:

  1. Extraction (99M)
  2. Bird Box (89M)
  3. Spenser Confidential (85M)
  4. 6 Underground (83M)
  5. Murder Mystery (83M)
  6. The Old Guard (78M)
  7. Enola Holmes (76M)
  8. Project Power (75M)
  9. The Midnight Sky
    Army of the Dead (tied, both with 72M)


Here' the trailer of the latest entry, the zombie movie Army of the Dead:

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These Nokia phones will get Android 12 23 May 2021, 4:54 pm

These Nokia phones will get Android 12

As Android 12 first public beta is already available, it is time to take a look at current phone models expected to get Android 12 once it gets released officially.

None of the Nokia models are among the list of Android 12 beta phones, but HMD Global who manufactures the Nokia phones, has been clear about the company's Android support policy.

So, based on that update policy, Android Update Tracker has built a list of Nokia phones eligible to get the Android 12 update.

Obviously, list could change - HMD Global could very well release Android 12 also to selected older models, but this list is based on what we know right now.

Here's the list:



We'll update this list regularly as the official release of Android 12 approaches. Meanwhile, you might want to check out our Android 11 update list.

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Android 12 beta downloads available now for OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO and more 20 May 2021, 5:07 pm

Android 12 beta downloads available now for OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO and more

As Google launched the first public beta of Android 12 this week, the beta release was also released for various Android manufacturers' phones globally.

As one would expect, all Google Pixel models from Pixel 3 upwards got the Android 12 beta release (which also means that original Pixel and Pixel 2 series have noe both reached their end of life and wont get Android 12). Xiaomi released the beta for handful of its most recent high-end models, including Xiaomi Mi 11i - see full list of Xiaomi models with Android 12 beta.

Recently released Asus Zenfone 8 got Android 12 beta, too. Also selected Chinese manufacturers, such as TCL, OPPO and ZTE released the beta for some of their high-end models.

One of the bigger manufacturers among the beta team is OnePlus: their recent flagship pair OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro (read our OnePlus 9 Pro review) got the Android 12 beta, too. Unfortunately, some of the OnePlus users have already reported various problems with the beta. Most notably, some OnePlus 9 phones have been stuck into infinite reboot loop after the update. OnePlus quickly released instructions on how to downgrade back to Android 11.

Obviously, the Android 12 first beta is meant for developers and tech enthusiasts only - the official, stable, consumer-ready version of Android 12 is expected to launch in September 2021. There's a growing list of phones expected to get the Android 12 once it launches.

Meanwhile, we try to keep track on Android 11 rollout.

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Android 11 update tracker - What phones will get it? 16 May 2021, 5:39 pm

Android 11 update tracker - What phones will get it?

Android 11 was released in September, 2020. Only handful of phones in fall of 2020 were actually released with Android 11 operating system, but the list of phones announced that will get the update has grown significantly over the months.

In this list, we try to keep track of all promised, rumored and confirmed Android 11 updates to all major manufacturer phones. Some of the list is based on -Google's own list, some of the list is based on manufacturer's own announcements.

It should be remembered that even when specific phone model is promised to have an Android 11 update, it doesn't necessarily mean that your phone will get it. The models promised to get the update include typically only unlocked phones, not those customized to specific operator - it is up to operators to decide whether their custom models will get the said update or not.

Android 11 has already arrived or has been promised to arrive to these phone models:



Note! Honor and Huawei models are unlikely to ever get the Android 11 update. Both devices are getting EMUI 11 update, but it is based on Android 10, not on Android 11.

Google phones


  • Pixel 2
  • Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel 3a
  • Pixel 3a XL
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4a

All the mentioned Google phones can already get the official Android 11 update.

Samsung


OTA (over-the-air) updates already available:
  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20+
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Galaxy S20 FE
  • Galaxy Z Flip
  • Galaxy Note 20
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Note 10
  • Galaxy Note 10+
  • Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Galaxy S10
  • Galaxy S10+
  • Galaxy S10e
  • Galaxy Fold
  • Galaxy Z Fold2
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy M31
  • Samsung Galaxy A51 (OTA rolled out in Europe: 5th of Feb, 2021)
  • Samsung Galaxy M30s
  • Samsung Galaxy M21
  • Samsung Galaxy M31s
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
  • Samsung Galaxy A70
  • Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
  • Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy M01 (28th April, 2021)
  • Samsung Galaxy A41 (April 28, 2021)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020 model) (April 28, 2021)
  • Samsung Galaxy A12 (May 10, 2021)
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s (May 10, 2021)
  • Samsung Galaxy A11 (May 13, 2021)
  • Samsung Galaxy M11
  • Samsung Galaxy A50
  • Samsung Galaxy A50s
  • Samsung Galaxy A80

April 2021:
  • Samsung Galaxy M51

May 2021:
  • Samsung Galaxy A70s
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

June 2021:
  • Samasung Galaxy M40
  • Samsung Galaxy A31
  • Samsung Galaxy M11
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
  • Samsung Galaxy M01 Core
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020 model)

July 2021:
  • Samsung Galaxy A30
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

August 2021:
  • Samsung Galaxy A10
  • Samsung Galaxy A10s
  • Samsung Galaxy A20
  • Samsung Galaxy A20s
  • Samsung Galaxy A30s
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019 model)

September 2021:
  • Samsung Galaxy M10s
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019 model)


Schedule listed here is official Samsung schedule, but might change over the time. We'll update the list accordingly, if needed.

OnePlus


For these models, official, open Android 11 is already available:
  • OnePlus 8 Pro
  • OnePlus 8
  • OnePlus Nord
  • OnePlus 7T Pro
  • OnePlus 7T
  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • OnePlus 7

For these OnePlus models, Android 11 beta version can be installed:
  • McLaren Edition OnePlus 7T Pro
  • OnePlus 7 Pro 5G

For these models, Android 11 will be released later this year:
  • OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition
  • OnePlus 6T
  • OnePlus 6
  • OnePlus Nord N10 5G
  • OnePlus Nord N100

Furthermore, OnePlus 8T, 9 and 9 Pro shipped with Android 11.

Xiaomi


Android 11 is available for these Xiaomi models:
  • Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 10
  • Xiaomi Mi A3
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
  • POCO X3
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
  • Redmi K30 Pro
  • Redmi K30 5G
  • Redmi K30i 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
  • Redmi Note 8
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T
  • Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

Android 11 is promised for these models, but not available yet:
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition
  • Xiaomi Mi 9
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
  • Xiaomi Mi 9T
  • Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
  • Redmi K30
  • Redmi K20 Pro
  • Redmi K20
  • Redmi Note 9
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
  • Redmi 10X Pro
  • Redmi 10X 5G
  • Redmi 9
  • Redmi 9C
  • Redmi 9A
  • POCO X2
  • POCO M2 Pro
  • POCO C3

Nokia


Android 11 is available for these Nokia models:
  • Nokia 8.3 5G (available from 2nd of Feb, 2021)
  • Nokia 3.2 (OTA rolled out 03/2021)
  • Nokia 8.1
  • Nokia 2.3
  • Nokia 4.2
  • Nokia 2.2
  • Nokia 2.4

These models will get Android 11, according to the manufacturer HMD Global:
  • Nokia 9 PureView (Q2/2021)
  • Nokia 7.2 (Q1-Q2/2021)
  • Nokia 6.2 (Q1-Q2/2021)
  • Nokia 5.3 (Q4/2020 - Q1/2021)
  • Nokia 3.4 (Q1/2021)
  • Nokia 1.3 (Q1/2021)
  • Nokia 1 Plus (Q2/2021)


(Nokia update schedule is based on Nokia Android 11 update plan)

OPPO


These OPPO models have Android 11 available:
  • Find X2
  • Oppo F17 Pro
  • Oppo Reno 4 4G
  • Oppo F11 Pro
  • Oppo A9

These OPPO phones will get Android 11:
  • Find X2 Pro
  • Reno 3
  • Reno 3 Pro

Realme


These Realme models already have open Android 11 beta available:
  • Realme X50 Pro

For these Realme phone models, Android 11 will be released, but later:
  • Realme X50
  • Realme X3
  • Realme X2 Pro
  • Realme X2
  • Realme XT
  • Realme X
  • Realme 7 Pro
  • Realme 7
  • Realme 6 Pro
  • Realme 6
  • Realme 6i
  • Realme 6S
  • Realme 5
  • Realme 5 Pro
  • Realme 5i
  • Realme 5s
  • Realme 3 Pro
  • Realme 3
  • Realme Narzo 10
  • Realme Narzo 10A

Sony


These Sony phones already have OTA Android 11 update:
  • Sony Xperia 1 II (released in December, 2020)
  • Sony Xperia 1 (February 2021)
  • Sony Xperia 5 II (January 2021)
  • Sony Xperia 5 (February 2021)
  • Sony Xperia 10 II (January 2021)

Motorola


These Motorola models have Android 11 OTA update available:
  • Moto G Pro (February 2021)
  • Moto G Stylus
  • Moto G8
  • Moto G8 Power
  • Motorola edge
  • Motorola edge+
  • Motorola razr 5G

This is the official list of Motorola phones that will get Android 11 update:
  • Lenovo K12 Note
  • Motorola razr
  • Motorola One 5G
  • Motorola One Action
  • Motorola One Fusion
  • Motorola One Fusion Plus
  • Motorola One Hyper
  • Motorola One Vision
  • Moto G 5G
  • Moto G 5G Plus
  • Moto G9
  • Moto G9 Play
  • Moto G9 Plus
  • Moto G9 Power
  • Moto G Power

Asus phones


For these Asus phones, the stable Android 11 is already available:
  • Asus Zenfone 6 (released in end of year 2020 in some countries, most othher countries in February, 2021)
  • Asus Zenfone 7 Pro (OTA rolled out in end of March, 2021)
  • Asus Zenfone 7 (OTA rolled out in end of March, 2021)

These Asus phones will get the Android 11, as promised by Asus:
  • Asus ROG Phone 3

Huawei phones


As Huawei has been on U.S. blacklist since 2019, company hasn't been able to get official updates from Google. Huawei has rolled out EMUI 11 for its phones, but EMUI 11 is not - despite its name - based on Android 11, but instead, based on Android 10.

Are we missing something? Let us know in comments! And for more Android update details, visit Android Update Tracker.

EDIT 23rd of Feb, 2021: Updated list for Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Sony, Nokia and Motorola

EDIT 26th of Feb, 2021: Updated Motorola's status

EDIT 1st of March, 2021: OnePlus Nord updated to Android 11 as of today.

EDIT 26th, March, 2021: OnePlus 7T Pro, several Samsung models, Nokia 3.2, Moto G8 and Moto G8 Power updated to have stable Android 11 available for them. Also, Xiaomi Mi 10T and Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro hhave it, updated accordingly. Added Asus phones to the list.

EDIT 15th of April, 2021: Updated the status for several Motorola, Nokia and OnePlus models.

EDIT 16th of May, 2021: Updated Motorola and Samsung statuses.

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This Instagram tool blocks offensive, abusive DM requests 22 Apr 2021, 6:03 am

This Instagram tool blocks offensive, abusive DM requests

Instagram has provided users with a way to block out abusive messages that are sent as DM requests on its platform.

While people can avoid abusive or offensive messages in DMs on Instagram by limiting who can contact them, many users report getting abusive messages via the DM request inbox on Instagram.

A new tool can now be used that will automatically filter DM requests containing offensive words, phrases, and emojis, so you never have to see them. It will work in a similar way to the comment filters that are already available on Instagram.

Instagram worked with anti-discrimination and anti-bullying organizations to develop a predefined list of offensive terms that will be filtered from DM requests when the feature is turned on. There is also the option to create your own custom list of words, phrases, or emojis that you don't want to see in your DM requests.

All DM requests that contain these offensive words, phrases, or emojis - whether from your custom list or the predefined list - will be automatically filtered into a separate hidden requests folder. If you choose to open the folder, the message text will be covered so you're not confronted with offensive language, unless you tap to uncover it.

You can turn both comment and DM request filters on and off in a new dedicated section of your Privacy Settings called Hidden Words.

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Resident Evil 4 VR coming to Oculus Quest 2 this year 22 Apr 2021, 5:59 am

Resident Evil 4 VR coming to Oculus Quest 2 this year

Sixteen-year-old classic RE4 has been demonstrated ahead of its release for the Oculus Quest 2.

Originally released for the GameCube, Resident Evil 4 is a beloved classic of the horror series and has been ported several times already. This year it is getting the Oculus VR makeover, and we now have a glimpse of what that will look and feel like.

Weapons, ammo, and items are physical objects in the game you can reach out to manipulate or pick up. Drawing a weapon can be done with your hand rather than a menu, along with the act of reloading.

You can move Leon from your first-person perspective using the controllers or you can use a new teleportation feature that makes it easy to skip Leon's movement forward.

The game can be run at a higher framerate than the original 30FPS also, and all original characters and textures have been ported to Unreal Engine 4. More details will be available soon ahead of its launch later this year.

Take a look at the demo:

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WATCH: Enhanced video of Mars helipcopter flight 22 Apr 2021, 5:54 am

WATCH: Enhanced video of Mars helipcopter flight

There is now an enhanced version of Monday's historic first powered flight from the Martian surface.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter made history this week when it powered up and lifted off on the surface of Mars. The brief excursion into Mars' thin atmosphere is the first time a human-made device has taken powered flight from the surface of another planet, even if it was just a short hop into the air. It is important to state it is the first powered flight, as the Soviet Union achieved the first balloon flight in the atmosphere of Venus in 1985.

The first images of Ingenuity were grainy and choppy and were followed by a better video. However, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory channel on YouTube has uploaded an enhanced video with more detail.

It actually contains two separate recordings of the event, presented side by side. The view on the left uses motion filtering to show where dust was detected during liftoff and landing and the view on the right is enhanced with the motion filtering.

Here is the video:



Ingenuity serves as a technology demonstrator ahead of future missions to Mars which will involve the use of more flying probes. It may also be used to scout locations of interest and find driving routes for missions. In its current test campaign, it is expected to fly at least five times.

Part of the historic 1903 Wright Brothers' airplane is attached to Ingenuity, and the take-off and landing site on Mars has been named the Wright Brothers Field.

Img Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Free-to-play games on Xbox no longer require Gold subscription 22 Apr 2021, 5:53 am

Free-to-play games on Xbox no longer require Gold subscription

Several dozen popular free-to-play games can now be enjoyed on Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X without an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Popular titles including Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, Fortnite, Rocket League, Roblox, and many more were limited to paying Xbox Live Gold subscribers up until now. Microsoft is known to have been testing the change for weeks.

Additionally, Xbox party chat and the Looking For Groups (LFG) have been similarly liberated from the premium tier.

The move comes after Microsoft irked gamers with a planned doubling of the yearly cost of an Xbox Live subscription earlier this year. It also happens as Microsoft is phasing out the branding of Xbox Live, to be replaced by Xbox network.

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SpaceX: Starlink satellite didn't almost collide with rival sat 22 Apr 2021, 5:48 am

SpaceX: Starlink satellite didn't almost collide with rival sat

SpaceX has denied recent reports of a near-miss incident involving one of its Internet-beaming Starlink satellites, and one belonging to rival OneWeb.

The news has reignited concerns about the ambitious plans of SpaceX and others to launch arrays of satellites into low-Earth orbit in order to provide low-latency, high-speech broadband services. Critics warn that launching too many satellites into low Earth orbit increases the risk of collisions that could produce large amounts of dangerous space junk, inhibiting future space operations.

There are also concerns about the presence of satellite constellations in orbit and the effect it will have on ground-based astronomy.

In recent days news spread about a close call between a Starlink satellite, operated by SpaceX, and a OneWeb satellite. In a filing, SpaceX essentially accuses OneWeb of spreading false information about what actually occurred.

The initial reports stated that SpaceX has turned off its collision avoidance system when its satellite came within 190 feet of the OneWeb satellite on April 2. OneWeb had performed a maneuver and avoided a collision. Representatives of SpaceX and OneWeb met with FCC staff since the incident.

SpaceX told the FCC that, "OneWeb's head lobbyist recently made demonstrably inaccurate statements to the media about recent coordinations of physical operations. Specifically, Mr. McLaughlin of OneWeb told the Wall Street Journal that SpaceX switched off its AI-powered, autonomous collision avoidance system and 'they couldn't do anything to avoid a collision.'"

"Rather, SpaceX and OneWeb were working together in good faith at the technical level. As part of these discussions, OneWeb itself requested that SpaceX turn off the system temporarily to allow their maneuver, as agreed by the parties."

SpaceX went on to deny there was any close call / near miss at all.

There are currently 1,378 Starlink satellites in orbit while SpaceX is approved to operate 12,000 in orbit. It is also seeking clearance for an additional 30,000 to supplement the 12,000 satellite constellation.

The OneWeb satellite constellation has been affected by the bankruptcy of OneWeb but the project is going ahead.

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Apple's luxury luggage tag costs $449 21 Apr 2021, 7:50 pm

Apple's luxury luggage tag costs $449

Apple finally released its long anticipated AirTag device yesterday. And to be honest to its reputation, the item tracking device comes in wide variety of styles. And yes, some of those styles are insanely priced.

AirTag is essentially a small Bluetooth-like device that you can hook to your key ring, your laptop, etc and can then find your misplaced item with your phone. Similar solutions have existed before, from wide variety of manufacturers over the past few years.

The basic version of AirTag is quite reasonably priced, at $29 in U.S. But..

A genuine leather luggage tag, including a built-in AirTag and designed by famous French luxury designer Hermès is something else. It is currently available only in the United States, but it costs a whopping $449 on Apple's own store.

AirTag Hermes luggage tag price
screenshot from Apple US website


Then again, such luggage tag can be considered a steal, as some Hermès' traditional (as in: no AirTag included) leathery luggage tags cost a whopping $1,150.

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Spotify to continue deleting Joe Rogan podcast episodes, according to report 21 Apr 2021, 7:44 am

Spotify to continue deleting Joe Rogan podcast episodes, according to report

According to a report from Digital Music News last week, Spotify will resume removing Joe Rogan Experience podcasts from its inventory.

The popular podcast made the jump to Spotify at the end of 2020, with the Swedish streaming platform securing exclusivity over the existing catalog and new episodes. Some older episodes still remain on YouTube, while Spotify decided against bringing over several dozen podcast episodes. Additionally, clips from new podcast episodes are still uploaded to YouTube.

Spotify has reportedly removed 42 episodes of the podcast which features guests including provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, Gavin McInnes, comedian Chris D'Elia, and more. While Spotify did not bring over old episodes featuring Alex Jones, it still has a more recent episode online with Mr. Jones and comedian Tim Dillan, which Rogan himself described as a "big test."

The popular podcaster, comedian, and UFC commentator clashed with Spotify employees shortly after the transition to the service. Reports circulated that Spotify employees were demanding editing oversight be given to Spotify staffers, that trigger warnings be displayed for some episodes, as well as clarifications by "fact-checkers."

Since then, Spotify has removed episodes quietly and according to the DMN report, is planning to eventually remove between 15 and 20 more episodes. For now, the service has reportedly halted the purge of the episodes due to a public backlash against the removals.

Spotify is believed to have spent more than $100 million in securing the JRE exclusivity deal.

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