How to stop ‘Time to Walk’ episodes from automatically downloading to your Apple Watch

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How to stop ‘Time to Walk’ episodes from automatically downloading to your Apple WatchIf you have an Apple Fitness+ subscription, you might’ve been startled to see singer Shawn Mendes’ face appear in the Workout app on your Apple Watch today. (It’s okay, I felt the same way whenever Camila Cabello would randomly emerge from a corner of the room throughout the entire Shawn Mendes: In Wonder documentary.)

Anyway, you’re probably wondering why this happened and how you can turn it off. 

It’s all part of a new podcast-like feature Apple just added to Fitness+ called Time to Walk. The first batch of episodes treats users to a specific celebrity anecdote, related images (which appear on your Watch), and curated music playlists for about 25 to 40 minutes — all while simultaneously tracking your metrics throughout your walk.  Read more…

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Apple warns iPhone 12, MagSafe users with medical implants to keep a safe distance

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Apple warns iPhone 12, MagSafe users with medical implants to keep a safe distanceEarlier in January, a medical study done by the Heart Rhythm Society (first spotted by MacMagazine) suggested the iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories can interfere with medical devices — such as defibrillators and pacemakers. Now, a few weeks after the study was published, Apple has updated its support documentation with more information related to the issue.

In case you’re unfamiliar, Apple first announced that its MagSafe technology was included in the iPhone 12 at an October 2020 hardware event. Basically, each of the new iPhones comes with an array of magnets around the wireless charging coils, allowing you to clip it onto any of Apple’s new wireless “MagSafe” chargers. Read more…

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Italy cracks down on TikTok following child’s tragic death

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Italy cracks down on TikTok following child's tragic deathItalian regulators turned their eyes toward TikTok this week following the tragic death of a 10-year-old girl.

On Thursday, the Italian Data Protection Authority (GPDP) ordered makers of the popular social media app to stop processing the data of any user within the country “whose age could not be established with full certainty.” This move essentially places an immediate hold on all but age-verified accounts. 

The temporary measure is set to run through Feb. 15, at which time the GPDP will announce how it intends to move forward in the long term. According to TikTok’s European privacy policy, “TikTok is not directed at children under the age of 13.” Read more…

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Amazon tried to profit off the latest Bernie meme. Here’s what Bernie thinks of Amazon.

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Amazon tried to profit off the latest Bernie meme. Here's what Bernie thinks of Amazon.When attempting to co-opt a meme, it’s perhaps best to first make sure the focus of said meme doesn’t absolutely despise you. Or, you could take the Amazon approach. 

On Friday morning, the Amazon Pay Twitter account attempted to get in on the two-day old meme of Senator Bernie Sanders sitting alone at the inauguration of now-president Joe Biden. Someone at the company, for some reason, apparently thought a picture of the senator sitting next to the text “How to register for Amazon Pay” was just the thing to get people excited about Amazon Pay.  

“It’s that easy,” reads the buck-wild tweet which, perhaps unsurprisingly, was deleted just before 4 p.m. PST. “Thanks #BernieSandersMittens” Read more…

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Congress blasts Facebook’s algorithm as rotten to its core in scathing letter

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Congress blasts Facebook's algorithm as rotten to its core in scathing letterFacebook’s disinformation problem is not the result of a few bad apples. 

So argue two members of Congress in a scathing letter aimed at the tech giant. Representatives Anna G. Eshoo of California and Tom Malinowski of New Jersey hit Facebook with a written broadside Thursday, accusing the company of systemic failures which radicalized the “insurrectionist mob” behind the Jan. 6 attack attack of the U.S. Capitol building. 

Addressed directly to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the letter makes clear that the Representatives hold him personally responsible for the current abysmal state of the digital information ecosystem.  Read more…

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Porsche unveils new electric Taycan under $100,000

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Porsche unveils new electric Taycan under $100,000Make way for the Porsche Taycan, the latest version of the German automaker’s first electric sports car. 

Announced this week, the “standard” Taycan comes with the simple name “Taycan” as opposed to the 4S or the Turbo S. It will come out later this year in the U.S. as the most basic option of the electric Taycan lineup. It will also be the cheapest mode, starting at $79,900. That’s finally close to the Tesla Model S, which starts at around $70,000.

Previously the Taycan 4S was the “budget” Taycan  with a starting price of more than $103,000. The ‎Taycan Turbo and ‎Turbo S cost $150,000 and $185,000 respectively. Read more…

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Here’s how to watch Inauguration Day 2021

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Here's how to watch Inauguration Day 2021This year, Inauguration Day promises to be unlike any other. Not only are we swearing in President-elect Joe Biden as the nation’s 46th president only 14 days after an attempted coup, we are also swearing in Kamala Harris as the very first woman, Black person, and South Asian person as vice president. Huzzah! 

The event is expected to begin around 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and will feature performances from Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez. In the evening, a primetime special entitled Celebrating America will air for 90 minutes from 8.30 p.m. ET. It’ll be hosted by Tom Hanks and will feature Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, and Foo Fighters among others. Read more…

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Apple sued to remove Telegram from App Store over anti-Semitic posts

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Apple sued to remove Telegram from App Store over anti-Semitic postsTelegram’s star is on the rise, but as the secure messaging app used by protest organizers, political dissidents, revenge porn seekers, and white supremacists alike gets even more popular, reaching more than 500 million active users worldwide in recent days, it faces wider scrutiny. 

Those irked by Telegram’s limited content moderation in the past — researchers have nicknamed it “Terrorgram” due to a glut of Nazi extremists — have been complaining into the internet void for years, but a lawsuit filed Sunday adds a new spotlight to the controversy and a unique twist. 

A former U.S. ambassador and White House liaison for the Secretary of State has filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming that by hosting Telegram in its App Store, Apple is inflicting emotional distress upon him as an iPhone XR owner. Apple is also disregarding its own policies by letting App Store users download Telegram, the lawsuit states. The ambassador, Marc Ginsburg, who filed the suit along with his anti-extremism advocacy group The Coalition for a Safer Web, wants Apple to boot Telegram from the App Store and at least $75,000 in damages. Read more…

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12 cool classes to take on Khan Academy for free

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12 cool classes to take on Khan Academy for freeThere were times I’d be sitting in my college classes frantically scribbling away in my notebook, hand cramping, making sure I had every note from the lecture recorded for when I’d have to study for the inevitable exam.

Every now and again I’d look around the lecture hall and notice one or two people just sitting back, taking in the info on the PowerPoint slides and listening intently to the professor talk. Sometimes they’d jot down some notes; sometimes they wouldn’t. And I was completely beside myself at the idea that someone could appear so calm and stress-free in class when I felt so much pressure to do well. Read more…

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Facebook bars events close to the Biden inauguration, state capitols

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Facebook bars events close to the Biden inauguration, state capitolsFacebook is taking steps to avoid a repeat of what happened on Jan. 6.

When Donald Trump supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. for a mass gathering that eventually ended in the sacking of the U.S. Capitol, many of the groups that attended used social media platforms like Facebook and Parler to organize. Now, ahead of President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, Facebook is pulling the plug on events.

“We are blocking the creation of any new Facebook events happening in close proximity to locations including the White House, the US Capitol building and any of the state capitol buildings through Inauguration Day,” the social network wrote in a Friday update to its post covering Jan. 20 preparations.  Read more…

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