There is a new streaming service available. It’s called Movies Anywhere, and it sounds like it’s too good to be true. It doesn’t only put your online movies in one place, it puts them everywhere. Which is kind of confusing at first glance. But think of it this way – it’s like a digital bridge between the big four online video vendors: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. Letting you access their content – anywhere. Movies Anywhere is backed by Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, Sony, and Fox. Which means films produced by these studios will appear in the Movies Anywhere app – regardless of where you originally purchased them.
The app works on iOS and Android devices – including Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast and on Roku devices. Movies Anywhere said that more platforms and retailers are still to come. It also works in your browser so if you don’t have any of the above-mentioned devices, you can still use it.
It still sounds complicated, doesn’t it? Let’s look at an example – let’s say you bought “The Dark Knight”, which is a Warner Brothers movie on iTunes. If you link your iTunes account with Movies Anywhere, that movie will then be available through the Movies Anywhere app AND the Vudu, Google Play, and Amazon apps. Which means you can, for instance, get movies that you bought on iTunes through non-Apple devices like Roku and Android phones for the first time. … Read the rest
An official with the Department of Justice took aim at encryption of consumer products by saying that encryption creates “law-free zones”. They are specifically targeting companies like Apple when talking about this. They are suggesting that companies should create and implement “responsible encryption” that allows law enforcement to access data. This sounds an awful lot like something Donald Trump would say, and not necessarily someone from the DOJ themselves.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a speech at the US Naval Academy about this topic.
“Warrant-proof encryption defeats the constitutional balance by elevating privacy above public safety. Encrypted communications that cannot be intercepted and locked devices that cannot be opened are law-free zones that permit criminals and terrorists to operate without detection by police and without accountability by judges and juries.”
Rosenstein, you may have suspected, was nominated by the President to be the DOJ’s second highest ranking official, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Which further backs my point earlier about who might have actually said this. Rosenstein’s speech makes several references to Apple. Last year, Apple refused to help the government unlock and decrypt a phone that was used by a gunman. The government was able to access the data without Apple’s assistance, but why is this Apple’s problem? Apple is giving people a safe way to store their data, without fear of it being leaked. This shouldn’t be such a huge fight with the government, considering how much personal data has been leaked in the last couple of months.… Read the rest
You’re probably aware that there aren’t really any good ways to listen to podcasts directly from your Apple Watch anymore. A lot of people have been grumbling about this since watchOS 4 was introduced. The reason for this is that Apple killed a key programming function that allowed background audio apps to run and provide good controls. Since then, podcast apps for the Apple Watch have become few and far between. Overcast is no longer available as a stand-alone on the Watch. And Pocket Casts suffers from problems when attempting to listen directly from the Watch. But there is one app that is providing a good listening experience – with one or two caveats. The app is known as Watch Player.
With Watch Player, you can install your podcasts straight to your Apple Watch without any workarounds or hacks. The app allows you to search for your favourite podcasts or add them by URL. What it can’t do is read directly from your Podcasts app. Once you have your podcasts lined up for transfer, you just have to tap the top left outbox-looking icon. Your podcast episodes will start loading on your Watch.
This is where it gets complicated. The transfer process is speed-controlled by iOS and watchOS. And there’s no way to give it a priority. Which means, there’s no way of knowing how long it’s going to take to be ready to listen to your podcasts from your Apple Watch.… Read the rest