Apple is bringing Steve Carell back to TV

Steve Carell is finally making his return back to the small screen after reportedly signing a deal to join one of Apple’s new TV shows. Apple struck a deal with Carell to star alongside Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon for its comedy TV series about a struggling morning TV show. The role will be Carell’s […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Group FaceTime for Mac is nearly ready for launch

Beta testing for macOS 10.14.1 began the day after the launch of its predecessor, macOS Mojave. A month later, the release of this new version could be drawing close. Developers just got their hands on the fifth beta. Which might be the last. Apple is about to release the iPhone XR this Friday. The debut […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

The dark web: Staying safe on the internet you don’t see

This post is presented by Dashlane. On the web you don’t see, hackers constantly upload lists of passwords, usernames, Social Security and phone numbers, addresses and other personal information every day. Do you know if your data is being bought and sold on the dark web? Using a service like Dashlane can give you the […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Standing in line now the only option to get an iPhone XR on Friday

If you haven’t already pre-ordered an iPhone XR, the only way to get one on its release date is to head to a nearby Apple Store and hope they have one in stock. Pre-orders for this handset started last Friday, and until now devices were arriving on Oct. 26. Not any more. When attempting to […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Facebook Pares Back Messenger's Bloat for the Better

Facebook today revealed a new version of Facebook Messenger featuring a cleaned-up user interface that the social network hopes people will find more appealing. To start, Messenger 4 will dial back the number of tabs from nine to three with an emphasis on existing one-to-one and group conversations. These fall under the Chats tab. The camera controls have been moved so they are easier to find and interact with while…

FCC Proposes Changes for Use of 3.5GHz and 6GHz Bands

The FCC today proposed two separate actions meant to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband use. The first covers the rules governing the 3.5 GHz band (Citizens Broadband Radio Service). The agency believes simplifying the already-established 2015 rules will make the 3.5 GHz band more attractive for investment. Most importantly, the FCC wants to change the size of Priority Access Licenses (PAL) from census tracts to counties and extend…

FCC Sues Company $63M for Using Lifeline Funds to Buy Ferrari

The FCC today proposed a fine of more than $63 million against American Broadband and Telecommunications Company for violating rules regarding the Lifeline program. The company, a wireless reseller based in Ohio, "improperly sought and received Lifeline funding by creating numerous ineligible Lifeline subscriber accounts." For example, the company created accounts for some 12,000 deceased persons, as well as manipulated the personal data (names, social security numbers) of existing Lifeline…

Google Updating Your Movies to 4K for Free

Google today said movies people own via the Google Play Store will automatically be upgraded to 4K at no extra cost. When Hollywood studios make their titles available in 4K, Google will upgrade previous purchases, even if those purchases were for originally SD or HD resolution. Google indicated that 4K movies will begin to cost less when purchased in the Play Store. The 4K content should be easier to watch…

Motorola Solutions Supercharges Talkabout Walkies with Phone-Based App

Motorola Solutions today announced the Talkabout T800 walkie talkies and accompanying mobile application. The concept is to let outdoor adventurers keep in touch -- and, more importantly, share precise location data -- when cellular networks are not available. In order to use the T800s effectively, owners need to install the Talkabout mobile app on their iPhone or Android device and then connect their phone to the T800 via Bluetooth. The…

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