Mitchel Broussard

Mitchel is a Contributing Editor at MacRumors. Southern Louisiana-born, he lives off of bad TV, good books, and great video games. Despite a few close calls, he has yet to forget the face of his father.



Valentine's Day Sales: Save on iPhone Cases, Bluetooth Speakers, and More

In celebration of Valentine's Day today, February 14, numerous companies have launched sales for a variety of products, ranging from iPhone and MacBook accessories to Bluetooth speakers and more. Below we've rounded up a few of the sales going on today, most of which will be ending by midnight tonight or early tomorrow. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Gazelle Gazelle shoppers today can get $20 off any certified pre-owned devices priced at $200 or more on Gazelle's website, including Apple products like recent MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones. You'll see the discount applied automatically at checkout. Incipio Take 20 percent off sitewide at Incipio using the promotional code LOVE20 at checkout. The accessory company has launched separate Valentine's Day guides for Her and Him, but the promo code will work on any product across the website. DirecTV Now DirecTV Now's updated Apple TV 4K offer is still ongoing this Valentine's Day, and remains the best sale price for the 32GB device available online, regardless of whether or not you decide to keep paying for the streaming TV service once the prepaid period ends. With the deal, if you sign up for three months of DirecTV Now at an upfront cost of around $105, you'll get the 32GB Apple TV 4K for free. DirecTV Now starts at $35/month for the "Live a Little" package, which adds up to $105 for three months of service. So the limited time offer means that you can get

'Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration' Coming to Mac This Spring

Just over two years after "Rise of the Tomb Raider" first launched as an Xbox console exclusive in late 2015, Feral Interactive today announced that it will bring the definitive edition of the game to macOS and Linux this spring. Called "Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration," the Mac game will be a port of the same title that launched for PS4 in late 2016, bundling the base game with all special add-on and DLC pack content. "Rise of the Tomb Raider" is a sequel to the series reboot "Tomb Raider" from 2013, letting players control Lara Croft in a new adventure as she seeks an artifact rumored to grant immortality and believed to be located in the lost city of Kitezh. Players control Lara through what developer Crystal Dynamics refers to as "guerrilla combat," configuring Lara's loadout with new tools and weapons, including customizable items like poisoned arrows and explosive shotgun shells. Downloadable content found in the 20 Year Celebration edition includes add-ons like Blood Ties and Baba Yaga, two standalone stories that place Lara at home in Croft Manor and in the Siberian wilderness, respectively. There are also a pair of horde mode levels set in the same locations, called Lara's Nightmare and Cold Darkness Awakened, where players fight off waves of infected enemies. Other modes and add-on content includes: Endurance Mode: Two players team up to survive the dangerous forest while plundering crypts for relics. Extreme Survivor Challenge: In the hardest difficulty setting for the main campaign, players overcome difficult limits of save points,

How To Play and Control Podcasts on HomePod With Siri

Siri on HomePod lets you listen to any show found in Apple's Podcasts catalog with a few voice controls that are similar to those for Apple Music playback. In this guide, we've listed some of the most useful Siri controls for Podcasts, along with basic commands that will help you do things like pause and rewind parts of a Podcast you might have missed, subscribe to a podcast, change the volume, and more. Podcast Commands "Hey Siri, play the Game Scoop podcast." "Hey Siri, play the newest episode of Lore." "Hey Siri, play the first episode of Anna Faris is Unqualified." "Hey Siri, play my newest podcasts." "Hey Siri, what podcast is this?" "Hey Siri, subscribe to this podcast." "Hey Siri, subscribe to NPR News Now." Controls "Hey Siri, pause." "Hey Siri, jump back 10 seconds." "Hey Siri, skip forward one minute." "Hey Siri, raise/lower the volume." "Hey Siri, play it twice as fast." As with Apple Music, HomePod will source the Podcast data you ask for from the Podcasts app on iPhone or iPad, or the Podcasts section of iTunes. Using the app, you can listen to podcasts directly on your iOS device, browse deeper into your library, and look for new

Apple Goes to Court With French Tax Activist Group That Paints Company as The Empire From Star Wars

Last month, Apple sued French tax activist group "Attac" for occupying its flagship Parisian store during a protest of what Attac called "wide-scale tax evasion." Today, Apple has asked the court in Paris to ban the group from its French stores and prevent any further stunts from happening. In response to the court filing, Attac today mobilized in front of the court in further protest, sporting a Star Wars theme that equates Apple to The Empire and Tim Cook to Emperor Palpatine (via The Guardian and MacGeneration). Image via @attac_fr The court will rule later in February on the case, and Apple is said to hope for a full ban to prevent any Attac members entering or being near its Apple retail locations. Apple said the group "vandalizes" its stores and potentially "endangers" staff and customers. One protest in November 2017 saw Attac write "Apple pay your taxes" on a window at Apple Aix-en-Provence. Following Apple's claims, the group said its protests are "good natured." At the height of the Christmas shopping period last December, about 100 Attac volunteers arrived at Apple’s Paris store at Place de l’Opéra. Some danced the conga, others unfurled a huge banner saying “We’ll stop when Apple pays” and some brandished huge cardboard cheques in reference to the European commission ruling in August 2016 that the iPhone maker must reimburse the Irish state a record €13bn (£11.5bn) to make up for what it considered to be unpaid taxes over a number of years. In the case filing, Apple said that it has "a long tradition of supporting individuals and groups that peacefully

'Alto's Odyssey' Launching on iOS and tvOS February 22

iOS game developer Snowman today announced that "Alto's Odyssey" will launch on the iOS and tvOS App Stores on Thursday, February 22. With the confirmation of a release date, Apple today shared a new card on the iOS App Store noting the launch, along with snippets of an interview with the game's developers (via TouchArcade). The game was originally set to debut in the summer of 2017 but got delayed because "it takes longer to build things right." Alto's Odyssey is a sequel to the original 2015 game "Alto's Adventure," and will introduce a few new pieces of gameplay into the endless runner formula from the first game, like wall jumping, balloon bouncing, and more. Characters can be unlocked and each will have their own abilities, and players will be able to relax a bit with a "Zen Mode" that removes all coins, power ups, and scores to focus on exploration. "We want to make sure both games feel connected," says Harry Nesbitt, lead artist and programmer for the eight-person Team Alto. "They're part of the same world, so they need to feel like they're painted with the same brush. But we also want to celebrate the new desert environment and explore everything it has to offer." Instead of a snowy location, Alto's Odyssey takes place in a desert and players will control Alto through the franchise's "one-touch trick system" to chain combos and complete level goals. The sequel also has a Photo Mode, where players can pause the game and take pictures of their trips through the desert to share online with friends and family. Alto's Odyssey is a universal iOS app, and

Apple Joins Group Investment in OLED Microdisplay Company eMagin Amid Ongoing AR/VR Efforts [Update: Not True]

Update: EMagin's Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Lucas told Bloomberg that Apple has not invested in the company, despite the document filed with the Securities and Exchange commission. Emagin listed the companies in the document because it "has had discussions with them at industry events." Lucas says Apple did not actually invest in the company and the filing was misinterpreted. Apple has joined a group of companies investing in OLED microdisplay maker eMagin, believed to be part of Apple's overall virtual and augmented reality hardware strategy. LG, Valve, Immerex, and Stillwater Holdings have all joined in on the investment with Apple, which is said to be worth up to a total of $10.6 million (via TechCrunch). eMagin confirmed the investment, stating that it will use the money for "working capital and general corporate purposes." The company created "a new kind of display" to use in VR headsets that allows for sharper images, which it believes will help fuel the "next generation" of AR and VR devices. eMagin’s technology is notable in that it has created a new kind of display that can be used in VR headsets, which provides a sharper image by using a denser layout of lines (versus the pixels commonly used in existing products). This helps reduces the so-called “screen door” effect on the display and makes what you see up close through the headset much sharper. “We believe that our direct patterning technology is a key differentiator for enabling next generation AR/VR hardware for the consumer and enterprise segments because of the brightness and

Google 'Embracing' Notch Design in 2018 Android Update, Preparing for New Wave of iPhone X Clones

Google's upcoming software update for its Android smartphone operating system will "embrace" an iPhone X notch-like design, according to people familiar with the company's plans speaking to Bloomberg. With the software, referred to as Android P, Google is readying a "new generation" of Android smartphones that will be "mimicking" the iPhone X's front-facing camera cutout design. Just like iPhone X, this cutout is believed to be where Android smartphone makers will be placing cameras and other sensors to help Android phones compete with Apple devices in the high-end market. While Google controls the Android software, many other companies manufacture Android devices and have the ability to tweak the software as they see fit. Because of this, Bloomberg pointed out that "not all Android phones will have notches." In total, Google's plan for Android P -- shortened from Pistachio Ice Cream -- is to convince more iOS users to switch sides by "improving the look of the software." While Android dominates the middle and low-end of the global smartphone market, Apple controls much of the high-end with users who spend more on apps and other services. Embracing the notch may help change that. The design will mean more new Android phones with cutouts at the top of their screens to fit cameras and other sensors. That will likely support new features, helping Android device makers keep up with similar Apple technology. [...]building notch capabilities into Android suggests Google expects the iPhone X look to catch on more broadly. Otherwise, Android P will reportedly

How to Ask Siri on HomePod to Play Apple Music Playlists, Genres, Moods, and More

One of the main uses for Siri on HomePod is to control your Apple Music collection. There are Siri voice commands for accessing content like playlists, genres, moods, liking or disliking songs, playing more music based on something you've heard, starting a new radio station, and much more. Because the list of Siri commands is so extensive, this guide won't be covering every possible option and genre supported by available through Siri, but it should serve as a good starting point when getting to know what exactly your HomePod can do with your Apple Music library. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Playlists and Library Your playlists may be the content you'll interact with most often in Apple Music, and Siri on HomePod can play any Apple Music playlist you've made in the past on an iOS device or Mac. Siri can also play Apple Music's personally curated mix playlists. For items in your library, use the "play my" command and Siri will play albums and songs already added to your library. For everything else, Siri will play any songs available on Apple Music, even if they aren't in your library yet. "Hey Siri, play my Book Time playlist." "Hey Siri, shuffle my Book Time playlist." "Hey Siri, add this song to my Book Time playlist." "Hey Siri, add this to my library." "Hey Siri, play My New Music Mix." "Hey Siri, play the A-List Pop playlist." "Hey Siri, play my music from Sam Smith." "Hey Siri, play the newest music from Vance Joy." Genres, Moods, and Radio Siri can understand a wide range of commands requesting various musical

Siri on HomePod Correctly Answered 52.3% of Queries in New AI Test

In a new test shared today by Loup Ventures, Apple's HomePod was put through its paces in categories including Siri, sound quality, and ease of use. For Siri, Loup Ventures' Gene Munster reported that while the AI assistant understood 99.4 percent of queries asked of it, it answered only 52.3 percent of them correctly. Loup Ventures tested three separate HomePods and asked 782 queries total. Compared to previous tests of rival speakers, HomePod is "at the bottom of the totem pole" in the AI assistant performance category. Google Home answered 81 percent correctly, Amazon's Alexa answered 64 percent correctly, and Microsoft's Cortana answered 57 percent correctly. Munster broke this information down further, stating that Siri is good for "local" and "commerce" queries, like asking about nearby coffee shops or assisting in buying new shoes. In this area, Siri beats Alexa and Cortana but still falls behind Google Assistant on Google Home. Despite the low percentage of correctly answering the 782 total queries asked of it, Munster said Siri's overall performance rose above expectations "given the limited scope of HomePod's music focus." Chart via Loup Ventures The researchers explained that over time HomePod and Siri should grow to match, or surpass, rival assistants by simply adding query domains like calendar, email, calling, and navigation. Some domains like navigation, calendar, email, and calling are simply not supported. These questions were met with, “I can’t ___ on HomePod.” Also, in any case that iPhone-based Siri would bring up Google search

How To Make Notes and Reminders With Siri on HomePod

There are many commands that Siri can understand on the HomePod that make it super simple to take quick notes and set up reminders for later, which all sync to any iOS device connected to the smart speaker. As long as you allowed the HomePod access to Contacts, Messages, Reminders, and Notes in the initial pairing process, you'll be able to ask Siri to do the commands in this guide. First, make sure that your iOS device and HomePod are on the same Wi-Fi network, so that the Notes and Reminders apps get synced to the requests you make to Siri on HomePod. Then, check out the commands below that you can speak to Siri so you can create new notes and reminders on your iPhone or iPad. Siri Commands for Reminders The basic starter command for the Reminders app when speaking to Siri is "Hey Siri, remind me to..." After that, you can follow up with essentially any everyday task that you want to be sure to remember. Reminders can be more specific, as well. You can add a specific time of day or future date when you want the reminder to appear as a push notification on your iOS device, and use places that are in your Contacts to set off a reminder. "Hey Siri, remind me to clean the kitchen." "Hey Siri, remind me to tell Sam happy birthday tomorrow at 10:00 a.m." "Hey Siri, remind me to pack for the beach Monday afternoon." "Hey Siri, remind me to text Dad when I leave the house." "Hey Siri, mark take out the trash as complete." If you have some pre-set lists in your Reminders app, you can also ask Siri to add items to it. One of the most common lists to create is one

Uber and Waymo Agree to Settle Case Involving Uber's Alleged Theft of Self-Driving Technology

Over the past five days, Uber and Waymo have been entangled in a court case over Waymo's allegations that Uber stole its self-driving LiDAR system. Today, the two companies have announced that they reached a settlement agreement, under which Uber will pay Waymo a 0.34 equity stake, "amounting to about $245 million at Uber's recent $72 billion valuation" (via CNBC). Additionally, Uber has agreed that it will not incorporate Waymo's self-driving technology into any of its own hardware or software. Alongside the settlement, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a letter that the company "does not believe that any trade secrets made their way from Waymo to Uber," nor that Waymo's tech was used by Uber in any way, but expressed regret for the ongoing trial over the past year and the events that led up to it. To be clear, while we do not believe that any trade secrets made their way from Waymo to Uber, nor do we believe that Uber has used any of Waymo’s proprietary information in its self-driving technology, we are taking steps with Waymo to ensure our Lidar and software represents just our good work. While I cannot erase the past, I can commit, on behalf of every Uber employee, that we will learn from it, and it will inform our actions going forward. I’ve told Alphabet that the incredible people at Uber ATG are focused on ensuring that our development represents the very best of Uber’s innovation and experience in self-driving technology. Waymo's lawsuit concerned Uber and its acquisition of self-driving trucking startup Otto, with Waymo believing that employees at Otto

DirecTV Now Sweetens Deal: Prepay Three Months of Service for $105 and Get a Free 32GB Apple TV 4K

DirecTV Now has updated its Apple TV 4K deal today with an even lower price point: if you prepay for just three months of the streaming TV service for a total of about $105, you'll get the 32GB Apple TV 4K for free. The deal is an improvement on the original DirecTV Now offer of prepaying for four months of the $35/month service (that's the entry price point), which ended up costing $140 for the 32GB Apple TV 4K. This makes DirecTV Now's deal the best sale price currently available online for the Apple TV 4K, with the $105 price tag up to $75 cheaper than the device's current going rate of about $170 to $180 at retailers like B&H Photo and Best Buy. You could also opt for the higher cost packages of DirecTV Now when prepaying for three months, with the service increasing to $50/month, $60/month, and $70/month for additional channels. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Once ordered, the Apple TV 4K arrives in the mail within a few weeks, and if you don't want to continue to pay for DirecTV Now at the end of the three month prepaid period, you can cancel it before you're billed again and keep the Apple TV 4K. The offer is limited to new DirecTV Now subscribers in the United States, but existing customers can take advantage of it by using a different email address. There's also a limit of one offer per DirecTV Now account and two per shipping address. Below you'll find more of the fine print on the refined deal: 4K Apple TV

PayPal on eBay Has $100 App Store & iTunes Cards on Sale for $85

Following a Target BOGO deal earlier in the week, PayPal on eBay has now launched a better discount on App Store & iTunes cards: you can get the $100 iTunes card for $85 while supplies last. Similar to previous sales on PayPal's Digital Gifts eBay storefront in the lead up to Christmas last year, you'll get the iTunes code delivered to you via email, and it's valid only on purchases made in the United States App and iTunes Stores. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. You will need a PayPal account to complete the purchase, but a promo code is not required. As usual with email delivery sales on iTunes cards, you can either enter your own email address and send the code to yourself, or enter the email of a friend or family member to send it as a gift. These iTunes card sales are a great way to stock up on iTunes credit at a cheaper price, which you can then use to rent and buy movies on iTunes, pay for your Apple Music and iCloud subscriptions, purchase a new app, expand your iBooks collection, and much more. Head over to our full Deals Roundups for more of this week's

Hulu Begins Rollout of 60fps Live Streaming for Select Channels on iPhone, Apple TV, and More

Hulu on Reddit this week announced that it will begin rolling out support for 60 frames per second live streams on its "Hulu With Live TV" cord-cutting service, launching in time for viewers to stream the Olympics and March Madness. Hulu said it was aware that 60fps streaming was "one of the most-requested features" by its viewers, leading to this week's announcement (via Cord Cutters News). The company explained that the update will see a launch in phases, and began yesterday with Phase 1, including the following channels now supporting 60fps on Hulu With Live TV: CNN, CNN International, HLN, TNT, TBS, TCM, TruTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, all SHOWTIME channels, "about half" of available FOX affiliates, all NBC affiliates, and New England Channel News. Due to the dependencies required to enable 60fps, we’ll be rolling it out in phases to get you these higher-quality streams as quickly as possible. By offering our live streams at this frame rate, our goal is to provide a significantly more immersive viewing experience for Live TV. You’ll notice the difference most when watching sports or news, so we’re excited to have this in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics and March Madness (NBC and Turner channels, respectively). Hulu noted that individual affiliates "may temporarily revert back" to 30fps streams when adjusting for internet speeds, giving viewers a more stable experience. Phase 1 will include Hulu apps on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Xbox One, Fire TV, Samsung Tizen TV, and Nintendo Switch. The company hasn't yet indicated when Phase 2 will begin, or what

Snapchat Launches 'Create Your Own Lens' Studio Within iOS App, Adds New Caption Styles for Snaps

Yesterday Snapchat announced its first-ever live television event coverage, aimed at key highlights coming out of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Today, the company is revealing an enhanced version of its custom Geofilters with a new paid "Create Your Own Lens" studio that lets users build and edit their own personalized selfie Lenses for major events and parties. Snapchat's "Create Your Own Lens" on iOS Available today in the iOS app and on the web, the new section of Snapchat will allow users to create their own custom selfie Lenses and Filters, which friends and family members within a designated location will then be able to use in their own Snapchat apps. The studio includes over 150 templates at launch, amassed from Snapchat's well-known selfie Lenses and Filters that have previously appeared in the camera section of the app. "Create Your Own Lens" on the web Users will be able to navigate to "Settings" in the iOS app, select "Filters and Lenses," choose their desired Filter or Lens, customize it with text, enter the time of the event with the location, and checkout at least three hours before the event begins. The company said that prices for each creation start at $9.99, and vary due to factors like location size and duration. As of now, Snapchat is keeping the Create Your Own Lens studio aimed at consumers only, and noted that brands trying to use it for advertising purposes will not get their submissions approved. In the same update, Snapchat users on both iOS and Android will begin seeing new caption styles today and a new user interface to go along

Upcoming Mobile Game 'Mario Kart Tour' Will Be Free-to-Start

Nintendo last week announced that its next mobile game will be "Mario Kart Tour," but with a launch date aimed at any time before the company's fiscal year ending March 2019, not much information is known about the game. Today, DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu was reported as saying that Mario Kart Tour will be free-to-start (via TouchArcade and The Wall Street Journal). The "free-to-start" terminology is somewhat vague, but when compared to Nintendo's previous use of the phrase it could suggest where Mario Kart Tour is headed. For example, Nintendo currently describes Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp as free-to-start on the game's website, while Super Mario Run's website explains that "you can download and enjoy a portion of Super Mario Run for free." DeNA CEO said "Mario Kart Tour," a Nintendo-DeNA smartphone game planned for FY18, will be free-to-start.— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) February 8, 2018 While far from a definitive answer, this suggests Nintendo might lean towards its recent trend and make Mario Kart Tour a game that's free to play, with in-app purchases that help with certain tasks. Out of Nintendo's four mobile games so far, three have followed this model (Miitomo, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp), while only Super Mario Run has used the pay-once price

iTunes Launches $20 'Award Winning' Movie Bundles Ahead of 90th Academy Awards

Following a discount on bundles for movies in the Cloverfield and Mission: Impossible franchises earlier this week, Apple on iTunes has now launched a collection of "Award Winning" film bundles focused on categories from the Academy Awards. The sale is debuting just under one month before the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4. The categories include Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, and vary from time periods like Classic to Contemporary. Each HD bundle is priced at $19.99, allowing those interested to grab four movies for the price of about two. There are also a few "Under $10" Oscar film categories lined throughout the iTunes Movies store, broken into sections including "Best Original Screenplay" and "Best Adapted Screenplay." In the list below you'll find all of the Award Winning bundles, a few films from the Under $10 categories, and some other recent releases on iTunes that received notable discounts this week. $19.99 Award Winning Bundles (HD) Classic Best Pictures - Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An American in Paris, Ben-Hur Classic Best Actor - Yankee Doodle Dandy, Captains Courageous, Sergeant York, The Philadelphia Story Classic Best Actress - Gaslight, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, Jezebel, Cabaret Musicals - Gigi, The Great Ziegfeld, Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris Contemporary Best Pictures - Argo, Unforgiven, The Departed, Chariots of Fire Contemporary Best Actress - Driving Miss Daisy, The Blind Side, Million Dollar Baby, The Color Purple Contemporary Best Actor - The Aviator, Shine, Mystic River, Training Day Drama

Snapchat Announces Live Feature for Major Events Coverage, Starting With 2018 Winter Olympics

Snap Inc. today announced an all-new Live feature that will allow users of the iOS and Android apps to stream key snippets of major televised events, the first partner being NBCUniversal in time for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Beginning this Saturday, February 10, Snapchat users will see these live streams of the Olympics in the app's Discover page. NBCUniversal will also be Snapchat's first media partner to create custom Context Cards surrounding a major live event. These cards include behind the scenes looks at the event from athletes, schedule of the Games, earned medals for nations and individual athletes, and more. Snapchat has provided coverage of the Olympics before, through Stories of the 2016 Rio Olympics, but this will mark the first time that the app will be live streaming key moments from a television event. Additionally, this is the first time that NBC has ever distributed live Olympics programming outside of its own platforms. The coverage will include two original shows from NBC Sports as well, called Pipe Dreams and Chasing Gold, which were created exclusively for Snapchat. The Olympic updates will start on Friday, February 9 with themed lenses, filters, and stickers, before the new Live feature launches on Saturday. Snap said this coverage will last throughout the Olympics and users can expect one major moment from the Games to be shared on the app every day. As Live support for the Olympics debuts, the company is also still rolling out a major app redesign to its user base around the world. The Olympic-related news comes

HomePod Music Streams Don't Count Toward Apple Music and iTunes Device Limits

Yesterday, reviews for the HomePod launched online and with them new details about Apple's smart speaker began emerging ahead of its release date on February 9. One new tidbit of information came from Rene Ritchie's review of the speaker on iMore, which confirmed that any music streamed via HomePod does not count toward an Apple Music subscription's device streaming limit. Additionally, HomePod does not count toward the 10 device limit placed on devices associated with an Apple ID. This means that subscribers with single memberships to Apple Music will be able to ask Siri to play a song on HomePod while listening to music on another iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Prior to HomePod, if single membership users streamed Apple Music on an iPhone and then began listening to music on a Mac, for example, the iPhone would disconnect from the music and serve up a warning about the new stream. #HomePod doesn’t count against any simultaneous device or streaming limits.Set up 10 of them. Leave the house. Listen on your iPhone. Everyone at home can still listen on any/all HomePods.(That part’s glorious.) https://t.co/6u4sQbU5Pm— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) February 6, 2018 When users get their HomePods this weekend, it appears that they won't have to worry about the speaker taking up similar streaming limits on their Apple Music accounts. Apple Music family plans already support simultaneous streaming across multiple devices, but the HomePod feature should work the same for those users as well. That includes HomePod not counting against any Apple Music device or concurrent stream

Developers Report Recent Enforcement of Stricter Rules for Emoji Use in iOS Apps

Over the past few weeks, iOS app developers have been sharing stories on Twitter about their apps getting rejected by Apple's App Review team because emojis were used in "non-keyboard based situations." So if an app displayed an emoji in its user interface, where the user did not type it in with a keyboard, Apple said it was not complying with its trademark and Apple Emoji imagery guidelines. As accounts of similar situations begin to build, Emojipedia this week reported on the topic, and attempted to make sense of the new rules, with a handful of examples of apps that have been using emoji within their UI and are now being rejected by Apple. In the iOS app "Reaction Match," a Game Center error screen saw the use of the loudly crying face and alien emojis become problems for developer Eddie Lee. He eventually removed all instances of the emojis, and the App Store reviewers then accepted the app. Image of Reaction Match's rejected (left) and approved (right) app screens via Emojipedia Github client app GitHawk faced similar issues, with Apple rejecting the app for its use of emojis as "media" in various parts of the app. As developer and software engineer Ryan Nystrom explained, these instances of "non text input" emoji use got flagged, but once he removed the emojis and used them only as "content" and as text input examples, the app was approved. Approved it, shouldn't use emoji as "media" (the Inbox Zero screen), but as "content" its ok pic.twitter.com/JWHwv3ZgNa— Ryan Nystrom (@_ryannystrom) January 23, 2018 Like other newly discovered App Store guidelines,