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Apple now lets iPhone apps use third-party payment systems in South Korea

The South Korean government passed the Telecommunications Business Act about a year ago, a new law that forces companies like Apple and Google to provide third-party payment systems in iPhone and Android apps. Last November, Google made it possible for developers to charge for digital content on Android via third-party systems. It took Apple longer to deploy its own third-party payment system for iPhone apps in the country. But the iPhone maker just announced support for third-party payment systems for apps sold in Korea.
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PS Plus free games: Free PS5 and PS4 games for July 2022 revealed

Sony’s new tiered PlayStation Plus memberships might be confusing, but the good news is that every tier still gets free games every month. The even better news is that those games continue to be high-quality. In July 2022, PS Plus members get Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, and Arcadegeddon free on PS4.
VIDEO GAMES

Waze partners with the Tour de France to improve competition traffic

The Tour de France 2022 cycling events kick off on Friday, and millions of fans will be watching for the next month. But that also means the bike races will directly impact traffic on some of the already crowded roads in France and neighboring countries. That’s where Waze can help, not just because it’s quick to surface traffic issues like a Tour de France stage in your area. But Waze is also now an official Tour de France partner. Therefore, it will have an even better reason to provide accurate travel data to the drivers traveling through France during the Tour de France.
TECHNOLOGY

This similarity between human and octopus brains has scientists shocked

Scientists believe they have discovered some key information about the octopus’ brain. We’ve known for centuries that octopuses are smarter than your everyday invertebrates. However, we never really understood why. Now, researchers have published a new study that not only provides some enlightening answers, but also left the scientists reeling from their discovery.
WILDLIFE

Apple and Google should ban TikTok, FCC commissioner says

In a letter this month addressed to the CEOs of Apple and Google, FCC commissioner Brendan Carr in so many words said President Trump was right to try and crack down in 2020 on the mega-popular video-sharing app TikTok. The gist of Carr’s letter: TikTok shouldn’t be widely available to download in the US, given the shady data-sharing practices of the app’s China-based parent company ByteDance.
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Survey says Netflix offers the least value for the money among streamers

In April, Netflix announced that it lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2022. The company expects to lose another two million subscribers in the second quarter of the year. Many factors contributed to Netflix’s slide, but a recent survey reveals that consumers now see Netflix as the worst deal of any major streaming service.
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The $300 Roomba 675 vacuum with Alexa is down to $166, but it’ll sell out soon

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Learn more. The incredible boom that the robot vacuum market has seen in recent years is fantastic. Even if you can’t find the best Roomba vacuum deals and buy less expensive models from other brands, there’s something out there for everyone.
ELECTRONICS

How to stop AT&T from selling your private data to advertisers

Reports from earlier this week suggested that AT&T is ready to follow in its rivals’ footsteps and begin selling the private usage data it collects from its subscribers’ phones to advertisers. The data in question is anonymized, according to AT&T, but it includes very sensitive information such as customers’ locations, Web browsing history, mobile app usage and more. Privacy is something of a hot button issue right now, so it is likely that a number of AT&T subscribers would prefer to not have their private data sold to advertisers.
INTERNET

Taika Waititi teases an unexpected love triangle in Thor: Love and Thunder

As the name implies, Thor: Love and Thunder is a love story that will deliver plenty of action. We know from the trailers that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is hardly over Jane (Natalie Portman), who comes back into his life in Love and Thunder. Not only that, but Thor 4 gives us a different kind of Jane. She becomes Mighty Thor and gets to rock the Mjolnir hammer that Thor lost in Ragnarok.
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Apple exec calls Samsung annoying for copying the iPhone so blatantly

The original iPhone launched 15 years ago, on June 29th, 2007, revolutionizing the industry. Other companies in the business had two choices: copy the iPhone, or stick with what they were doing. Google immediately saw the genius behind the iPhone and overhauled Android so that it was more like the iPhone instead of a BlackBerry clone. But it was Samsung that really made the most of the iPhone in the years that followed, copying everything about that original iPhone.
BUSINESS

How to opt out of T-Mobile’s creepy new data collection program

T-Mobile might call itself the “Un-carrier,” but many of its practices are identical to those of its competitors. For example, T-Mobile is happy to sell your data to third-party marketers. In fact, T-Mobile recently launched a program called App Insights that allows those marketers to buy user data directly from the carrier.
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This new K-pop group was created with AI and deepfake technology

K-pop is an unstoppable force in popular culture at the moment, in the form of everything from movies and TV dramas to music that’s sweeping the globe thanks to groups like BTS. Technology advances are also helping point toward a futuristic and potentially even more lucrative new chapter for Korean pop music. Case in point? The new K-pop deepfake group called Eternity, which recently made its debut via the song I’m Real.
MUSIC

2 tons of meat hit with recall: Check your fridge now to avoid getting sick

Certain mini parmesan salami sticks from Creminelli Fine Meats are part of a significant recall, as the product contains an egg protein known to cause allergies. The egg ingredient is part of the parmesan recipe but doesn’t appear on the salami sticks’ packaging. As a result, people who are allergic to eggs might accidentally eat the meat and experience potentially fatal side effects.
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Scientific breakthrough lets plants grow in darkness with no sunlight

Scientists have managed to make plants grow without sunlight. The process uses an artificial method of photosynthesis to let the plants grow in complete darkness. Once improved, it could allow countries without much sunlight to grow more crops. It could even allow us to grow plants in space. Artificial photosynthesis...
WILDLIFE

iPhone 14 production starts soon, as Foxconn begins Apple-related hiring spree

The upcoming iPhone series is one of the most anticipated products of the year, which is something one could say about any previous iPhone generation. But there were worries a few months ago that the iPhone 14 production might suffer from the new COVID-19 lockdowns in China. As a result, Apple would have to delay the iPhone 14 launch. Some reports went as far as to say as one of the upcoming iPhone 14 models is behind schedule, which could spell trouble for Apple’s release plans.
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The biggest movies on Netflix this week, topped by a Kevin Hart stinker

I couldn’t say for certain how many people regretted watching The Man From Toronto, the #1 movie on this week’s global Top 10 list of the most-watched Netflix movies. All I know is that even though I contributed to the 53.8 million hours of viewing time garnered by this Kevin Hart- and Woody Harrelson-led action-comedy — characterized by a made-for-TV script complete with a fart joke, lame slapstick, and ridiculous fight scenes, all neatly packaged up for credulous viewers — let’s just say I won’t soon make the same mistake again.
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