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Will Apple announce a podcasts subscription service?

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Eagle-eyed Apple fans think something big is about to happen.

Apple may announce a podcasts subscription service according to Vox‘s Peter Kafka and findings in the beta of iOS 14.5.

Eager-eyed users believe it may be about to happen.

The Podcasts app in iOS 14.5 features a new account button on the “Listen Now” tab.

This will presumably include other account and subscription information.

Apple has not yet announced a release date for iOS 14.5 – but we know it is nearing the end of its testing process.

It is likely that a release candidate of iOS 14.5 will follow the Apple event, along with an update on when iOS 14.5 will fully roll out.

Apple has already begun launching a number of original podcasts such as “The Line,” some of which focus on its Apple TV+ output.

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Gucci goes big in metaverse with new Vault Art Space

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Forward thinkers who love fashion, this exhibit is for you

Luxury brand Gucci has opened a Vault Art Space as it continues to explore the art world and the metaverse

Gucci inaugurated the gallery in a partnership with NFT marketplace SuperRare

The debut exhibit is titled “The Next 100 Years of Gucci”

Spring Cry by Alanna Vanacore

Keep your eye out for a special selection of NFT artworks, each a collectible fragment of Gucci’s heritage.

The artworks are showcased and auctioned off directly on Vault’s website in three drops between now and the end of July.

All sales will be in Ethereum.

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Samsung penalised for misleading Galaxy phone users

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Samsung Electronics Australia will pay $14 million after admitting that it misled customers about its phone’s waterproof capabilities

The false or misleading claims were made about the water resistance of several phones, including the S7, S7 Edge, and Note 8 Samsung Galaxy phones.

It’s understood there were more than 3.1 million of these Galaxy phones sold in Australia.

The company says if the phones were submerged in pool or sea water there was chance of the charging port being corroded and stop working if the phone was charged while still wet.

“The phones would display a warning message to discourage consumers from attempting to charge the phones while water was in the charging port,” the company said.

“The phones also had inbuilt systems to minimise the prospect of corrosion if the phones were attempted to be charged while water remained in the charging port.”

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Australia’s consumer watchdog says they reviewed hundreds of complaints from customers who experienced issues with their Galaxy phones.

“The case only relates to a prospect of corrosion of the charging port (if charged while pool or
sea water remained in the charging port), and only following submersion in pool or sea
water. It does not relate to water resistance generally,” the company explained.

Affected customers are urged to contact Samsung.

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Netflix laying off 150 employees amid low revenue and subscriber loss

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Netflix is set to implement new cost cutting measures citing the low revenue growth

The largest streaming platform is laying off 150 staffers across the company with most of the cuts focused on the US office.

The layoff represents nearly 2% of the company’s total workforce of 11,000 employees.

One of Netflix’s representatives, while talking about the layoff, told CNBC

These changes are primarily driven by business needs rather than individual performance, which makes them especially tough as none of us want to say goodbye to such great colleagues.

This comes less than a month after the company recorded a fall in the number of subscribers.

Netflix shares have gone down significantly since January and the forecast shows further subscriber loss in the next quarter.

The company likely plans to introduce ads to the service or any one of its tiers after being ad free for years.

There might also be actions to prevent password sharing or charging users for doing so.

Shreya Vats contributed to this report

 

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