Limited Series Based on Downfall of WeWork Coming to Apple TV+

Apple has picked up a limited series based on the story of WeWork for Apple TV+, according to a new report from Variety. The upcoming show is based on the six-part Wondery podcast called "WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork."


WeWork in early 2019 was valued at close to $50 billion as it prepared for an IPO, but the company crashed and burned after a series of articles highlighted mismanagement and odd behavior from CEO Adam Neumann, who was quickly ousted. WeWork's IPO was canceled and the company's valuation plunged to $5 billion.

From the podcast that the show is based on:
The founders of WeWork thought they were on the brink of making history. The company was valued at $47 billion dollars, it was ready for a huge IPO, and its charismatic CEO Adam Neumann thought it was going to change the world. Adam had a prophet-like vision for WeWork that he sold to some of the world's savviest investors -- but did his vision ever match the company's reality? Hosted by David Brown of the hit podcast Business Wars, WeCrashed is a six-part series about the rise and fall of WeWork. It's a story of hope and hubris, big money and bigger screwups, and the lengths people will go to chase "unicorns."
Lee Eisenberg, known for ‌Apple TV‌+ show "Little America," is co-writing and executive producing the series alongside former Warner Bros. executive Drew Crevello, who has produced films like "The Grudge 2."

Popular Mobile Game Plague Inc. Removed From App Stores in China

Ndemic Creations today released a statement acknowledging that its popular mobile game Plague Inc. has been removed from App Stores in China.


The company says it received a notice saying that Plague Inc. "includes content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China," but no further information on regulators' objections to the game have been shared.

It's possible and perhaps even likely that the removal is linked to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak that originated in China, with regulators possibly concerned that a game intended to entertain is hitting a little too close to home given the severe ongoing impacts in that country.

As Ndemic Creations points out, however, Plague Inc. has been recognized by the U.S. CDC and other organizations for its educational impact that helps players understand how diseases spread.
It’s not clear to us if this removal is linked to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that China is facing. However, Plague Inc.’s educational importance has been repeatedly recognised by organisations like the CDC and we are currently working with major global health organisations to determine how we can best support their efforts to contain and control COVID-19.

We are working very hard to try and find a way to get the game back in the hands of Chinese players - we don’t want to give up on you - however, as a tiny independent games studio in the UK, the odds are stacked against us. Our immediate priority is to try and make contact with the Cyberspace Administration of China to understand their concerns and work with them to find a resolution.
Despite having been released eight years ago, Plague Inc. has seen regular updates and remains a massively popular game on the App Store, placing near the top of the paid apps chart in Apple's 2019 rankings.

Apple Pulls Shadow Cloud Gaming Service From App Store for Violating Guidelines

Cloud gaming service Shadow has had its apps removed from the App Store after it was found to be in violation of Apple's guidelines.


For those unfamiliar with the service, Shadow allows subscribers to play triple-A titles on their smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes and computers, while high-end remote servers take the burden of processing the graphically intensive games.

The French company that runs the service confirmed via a Reddit post that Apple has removed its streaming apps for iOS and Apple TV from the ‌App Store‌ for a "failure to act in accordance with a specific part of the Apple ‌App Store‌ Guidelines." The Shadow app for Macs was unaffected by the other apps' removal and remains available on the Shadow website.

In the announcement, the company said it was "currently investigating the situation" and would be working on a plan to bring Shadow back to Apple device users as soon as possible.

It's unclear what aspect of Apple's ‌App Store‌ policy the service has contravened, but the situation sounds similar to when Apple rejected Valve's Steam Link app in May 2018 due to ‌App Store‌ review guideline violations related to in-app purchases.

Valve's app eventually returned to the ‌App Store‌ a later, but only after it removed the option to purchase games from within the app.

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Some urBeats3 Customers May Have Been Denied Service Due to Serial Number Error

Some urbeats3 devices may have incorrect serial numbers that could lead to service being denied, according to information provided to Apple Authorized Service Providers.


Apple has informed AASPs that a "limited number" of urbeats3 were released with an incorrect serial number that results in an error when looking them up in the repair database.
A limited number of urBeats3 devices have the incorrect serial number printed on them that results in a 'Serial Number Unrecognized' error when looking up a device.

When faced with this issue, check whether the fifth digit of the serial number is an 'E'. If so, validate proof of purchase and attempt to create the repair by substituting the fifth digit 'E' in the serial number with a 'Y'.
To provide service to urbeats3 devices exhibiting this problem, Apple recommends Apple Authorized Service Providers validate proof of purchase by replacing the "E" located in the fifth spot of the sequence with a "Y."

Apple introduced urbeats3 in September 2017, and has sold them since then. Priced at $60 and often available on sale for less, urBeats3 are Apple's most affordable Beats-branded earbuds.

Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 6.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.2 update to developers, one week after seeding the second beta and a month after the release of watchOS 6.1.2 with bug fixes.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌‌Apple Watch‌‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.


To install the update, the ‌‌‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌‌‌ needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌.

watchOS 6.2 introduces ‌Apple Watch‌ App Store support for in-app purchases, which will allow developers to create and sell ‌Apple Watch‌ apps that offer in-app purchase options and subscriptions.

Code in iOS 13.4, the companion update to watchOS 6.2, suggests that both the ‌iPhone‌ and the ‌Apple Watch‌ will in the future have a “CarKey” feature that will let them be used in lieu of a car key to unlock NFC-capable vehicles. It’s not clear if this feature will be available when watchOS 6.2 launches, but it is in the works.

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Apple Seeds Third Beta of Upcoming tvOS 13.4 Update to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 13.4 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the second beta and a month after the release of tvOS 13.3.1.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 13.4 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌Apple TV‌ using a profile that's installed using Xcode.


tvOS updates are typically minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than major outward-facing changes.

The tvOS 13.4 update introduces some minor design changes to streamline the look of the TV app interface, plus it introduces Family Sharing integration so users can access iTunes content purchased by family members without having to leave the app.

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Deals: Anker's New Sale Has $32 Portable Batteries, $17 Wireless Chargers, $21 Bluetooth Speakers, and More

Anker has a new batch of discounts on Amazon this week, with savings for Bluetooth speakers, wireless chargers, portable chargers, and a Eufy security camera. Some of these sales have been applied automatically, while others do require a discount code to enter at the checkout screen, which we've detailed below.

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Top picks in the sale include Anker's PowerCore 15,000 mAh portable battery for $32.29, down from $39.99. Anker's portable batteries are some of the most reliable accessories and perfect for fueling up Apple products like iPhone and iPad while you're traveling.

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Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains.

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RIAA: Streaming Music Revenue Increased 25 Percent Last Year, But Cash From Digital Downloads Continued to Shrink

Music streaming revenue increased by 25 percent last year and now accounts for 61 percent of all the cash brought in from recorded music in the United States, according to a new annual study from the Recording Industry Association of America (via Variety).


The RIAA study found that recorded music revenues hit a total of $11.1 billion in 2019, up from $9.8 billion the previous year. Of that, paid streaming music services like Apple Music and Spotify accounted for $6.8 billion in revenue during 2019.

That figure rises to $8.8 billion when including ad-supported streaming revenue, or nearly 80 percent of the overall cash made in the recorded music business last year.

The number of paid streaming subscriptions increased by 29 percent, with 60.4 million in 2019, compared to 46.9 million the previous year. That's over five-fold increase in music subscribers since 2015, when the total number of monthly subscribers was just 10.8 million.

Physical sales now account for just 10 percent of the marketplace, according to the RIAA, although the vinyl boom ensured that it wasn't the worst performer in recorded music revenue. Digital downloads have fared even worse, and adding up to just 8 percent of revenue. The RIAA says 2019 was the first year since 2006 that the money brought in from paid downloads was less than $1 billion.

‌Apple Music‌'s subscriber count last June was over 60 million, while Amazon Music recently claimed it has more than 55 million customers worldwide, although that figure includes a tally over several tiers, including Amazon Music for Prime subscribers and its free ad-supported plan. Spotify announced in September that it had 113 million paying customers.

Apple Adds Colorful Tech 21 Cases, Golf Sensor and Sonos Port to Online Store

Apple today updated the accessory section of its online store to add a new golf sensor, Sonos Port, and series of colorful new cases designed by Tech21.


The Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors, priced at $180, offer a shot detection algorithm that increases accuracy. The system features 14 ultralight sensors that attach to golf clubs and grips, with the sensors connecting to the iPhone to analyze every shot that's made.

The Sonos Port, available for $500, is designed to allow users to stream music from a traditional stereo while also controlling it with the Sonos app or Apple AirPlay 2. It is also designed to make expanding sound systems easier with support for streaming vinyl, CDs, and stored audio files to Sonos speakers in all rooms of the house.


The colorful Tech21 cases are available for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, and are priced at $40. There are a range of bright colors and styles available for each of Apple's latest iPhones. Apple has been selling Tech21 cases for years, and Tech21 is a popular and well-known ‌iPhone‌ case company.


All of the new products can be found in the Accessories section of Apple's online store. Many of these accessories will also soon be available in Apple retail stores.

Apple's Research App Gains AirPods Pro Support for Hearing Study

Apple today updated its Research app for the iPhone and the iPad to add AirPods Pro support for an ongoing hearing study.


According to Apple's release notes, the app now supports ‌AirPods Pro‌ and includes an improved VoiceOver experience for those participating in the hearing study plus battery life improvements on Apple Watch.
This update includes new features, improvements and bug fixes and is recommended for all users:
- Support for ‌AirPods Pro‌ in the Apple Hearing study
- Improved experience for VoiceOver users while participating in the Apple Hearing study and the hearing test
- Battery life improvements with the latest watchOS update
Apple's Research app launched in November with three studies related to heart and movement, women's health, and hearing.

The hearing test in particular is designed to examine factors that impact hearing health, and it is being conducted in partnership with the University of Michigan.

Apple is collecting hearing data over time to understand how everyday sound can impact hearing.

RTRO Camera is a New Video Editing App From the Makers of Moment Lenses

Moment, the company behind the popular Moment photo editing app and the Moment line of lenses designed for iPhones, today announced the launch of RTRO, a new app designed for capturing fun video clips.


RTRO features a 60 second timeline that can be stacked with multiple short clips, with the end goal of creating a video ideal for Instagram Stories or TikTok. RTRO was created to be simple and intuitive to use, but there are also some advanced features like real-time subject tracking and retro frame rates.


The app is free to download and there are some basic capabilities included, but additional features will cost $1.99 per month or $14.99 per year to unlock.

Free features include three vintage looks to add to videos with adjustable intensity, front and back camera support, an edge-to-edge shooting experience, full access to the 60-second recording feature, and support for multiple formats.

Paid features include the three default looks plus additional new looks, retro frame rates (6, 12, 18, and 24fps), an option to remove the watermark, and real-time subject tracking.

RTRO is available for download as of today.

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Deals: Apple's 256GB Wi-Fi iPad Air Hits Low Price of $549 on Amazon ($100 Off)

Amazon today has a solid deal on Apple's latest iPad Air, discounting the 256GB Wi-Fi model to $549.00, down from $649.00. This $100 off sale is the lowest we've ever tracked for this version of the 10.5-inch iPad Air among the major Apple resellers online.

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The discount is only available in Space Gray at this time, while other colors and versions of the iPad Air remain around original prices on Amazon. There is another sale on the 64GB cellular model, for $579.00, down from $629.00 ($50 off), but stock is limited.

Apple updated the iPad Air nearly one year ago in March 2019, with a new 10.5-inch display size, a Touch ID Home button, A12 Bionic processor, and support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. In the entire iPad family, the iPad Air sits between the low-cost 10.2-inch iPad and high-end iPad Pro.

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