The Wall Street Journal has published on Apple’s media push. The company is about to a new video streaming service and an Apple News subscription on Monday. According to The WSJ, you’ll be able to subscribe to multiple content packages to increase the video library in a new app called TV — it’s unclear if this app is going to replace the existing Apple TV app. The service would work more or less like . Users will be able to subscribe to HBO, Showtime or Starz for a monthly fee. The WSJ says that these three partners would charge $9.99 per month each. According to a previous report from , it differs from the existing Apple TV app as you won’t be redirected to another app. Everything will be available within a single app. Controlling the experience from start to finish would be a great advantage for users. As many people now suffer from subscription fatigue, Apple would be able to centralize all your content subscriptions in a single app. You could tick and untick options depending on your needs. But some companies probably don’t want to partner with Apple. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll find Netflix or Amazon Prime Video content in the Apple TV app. Those services also want to control the experience from start to finish. It’s also easier to gather data analytics when subscribers are using your own app. Apple should open up the Apple TV app to other platforms. Just like you can play music on Apple Music on Android, a Sonos speaker or an Amazon Echo speaker, Apple is working on apps for smart TVs. The company has already launched iTunes Store apps on Samsung TVs, so it wouldn’t be a big surprise. The company has also spent a ton of money on original content for its own service. Details are still thin on this front. Many of those shows for Monday. Do you have to pay to access Apple’s content too? How much? We’ll find out on Monday. When it comes to Apple News, The WSJ says that content from 200 magazines and newspapers will be available for $9.99 per month. The Wall Street Journal confirms that said that The Wall Street Journal was part of the subscription. Apple is also monitoring the App Store to detect popular apps according to multiple metrics, The WSJ says. Sure, Apple runs the App Store. But Facebook faced a public outcry when people realized that Facebook was with a VPN app called Onavo.
The UK’s Department for Transport has that an expansion of drone ‘no-fly’ zones to 5km around airport runways will come into force on March 13. Anyone caught and convicted of flying a drone inside the restricted zones could face a fine and years in prison. the government said it would tighten restrictions on drones flights around airports, after the existing 1km limit was criticized for being inadequate — saying it believes expanded no-fly zones will help protect airports from drone misuse. The 1km drone exclusion zone around airports, and a 400ft drone flight height restriction rule, only came into force last . But ministers came in for sharp criticism following the when a spate of drone sightings near the UK’s second busiest airport caused a temporary shutdown of the runway and travel disruption for thousands of people right before Christmas. Heathrow, the UK’s busiest airport, also after further sightings of drones last month. “The law is clear that flying a drone near an airport is a serious criminal act. We’re now going even further and extending the no-fly zone to help keep our airports secure and our skies safe,” said transport secretary, Chris Grayling, in a statement today. “We are also working to raise awareness of the rules in place. Anyone flying their drone within the vicinity of an airport should know they are not only acting irresponsibly, but criminally, and could face imprisonment.” The government and the Civil Aviation Authority have announced a partnership with online retailer Jessops to help raise public awareness about the new drone rules — and encourage what they dub “responsible drone use” — as part of a national awareness campaign. The government also said work is continuing on a new Drones Bill. Although the planned legislation is already almost a year behind schedule — and is still only slated for introduction “in due course”. The bill will give police officers powers to stop and search people suspected of using drones maliciously above when the drone bill was first floated by the government. It re-announced its intention to beef up police powers to tackle drone misuse following the Gatwick fiasco. The government added today that the Home Office is still reviewing the UK’s approach to countering the malicious use of drones, writing that it will “consider how best to protect the full range of the , drone maker DJI announced upgrades to its geofencing systems across Europe — applying stricter and more detailed restrictions around airports and other sensitive sites after switching its mapping data provider from US based AirMap to UK based Altitude Angel.
Three years later, Xbox’s backward compatibility for older games has become one of the console’s defining features. (GeekWire Photo) Microsoft will introduce new Xbox hardware and accessories next month at the gamescom event in Germany. The tech giant teased the news in a today, with the announcement starting at 7:30 a.m. PT on August 21. It likely won’t be a new Xbox console, although the company did last month that it is working on the next version of Xbox, with will . noted that Microsoft could debut the successor to its popular Xbox Elite controller. Microsoft last month ramped up its gaming arm by and creating a new studio of its own as it plans to create more first-party titles. The company is also investing AI and cloud resources for a game streaming network.