Apple’s next iOS 14 beta will begin forcing developers to ask for permission to track you

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Apple’s new privacy feature requiring developers ask for permission to track iOS users for ad targeting is at last going live in the next iOS 14 beta with a planned full release some time this spring for non-beta users, the company tells The Verge.

The announcement coincides with Data Privacy Day, as well as a speech on privacy from Apple CEO Tim Cook later today at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference in Brussels. Apple initially planned for the feature to go live with the launch of iOS 14 last fall, but it delayed its implementation to 2021 in September of last year to give developers more time to comply. Today’s announcement narrows the launch window to this spring, but Apple is not commenting further on when…

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Author: Nick Statt

Garmin says the Lily is ‘the smartwatch women have been waiting for’

Garmin’s Lily smartwatch on an actual person

Garmin has released a new smartwatch called the Lily, and its main selling point is that it’s designed by women, for women. The Sport Edition, which is made of aluminum and has a silicone band, costs $199, while the stainless steel Classic Edition is $250 and comes with a leather band.

Garmin claims it’s “the smartwatch women have been waiting for,” which seems based on its size and design, which is very fashion-forward. However, as reviewer Lily Katz from Android Authority points out in her review of the Lily, the watch may have given up a few important features to achieve those looks.

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To its credit, the Lily looks very much like a regular watch.

One of the Lily’s main selling points is that…

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Author: Mitchell Clark

WallStreetBets Subreddit At Heart Of GameStop Stock Spike Back Up After Going Private

After briefly going private, subreddit r/wallstreetbets is back up. Moderator user zjz posted a response to why the subreddit was briefly taken private alongside the account’s Discord server being banned.

“We wrote software to do most of the moderation for us but that software isn’t allowed to read the Reddit new feed fast enough and submit responses, and the admins haven’t given us special access despite asking for it,” zjz writes. “We’re suffering from success and our Discord was the first casualty. You know as well as I do that if you gather 250k people in one spot someone is going to say something that makes you look bad.”

They continue: “We blocked all bad words with a bot, which should be enough, but apparently if someone can say a bad word with weird unicode icelandic characters and someone can screenshot it you don’t get to hang out with your friends anymore. Discord did us dirty and I am not impressed with them destroying our community instead of stepping in with the wrench we may have needed to fix things, especially after we got over 1,000 server boosts. That is pretty unethical.”

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Author: Jordan Ramée

A Game of Thrones Animated Series Is In Development At HBO Max

HBO is getting ready to explore the greater world of Westeros in the upcoming Game of Thrones sequel series House of Dragons, but the network is already prepping a second series, according to a report from Variety; this time, though, it’s animated.

HBO has not commented on the story, so we know nothing apart from that. Whether the show is sequel, prequel, or side story, and whether it deals with characters we know, are all up in the air.

The animated series, along with the recently-rumored Dunk and Egg series, according to THR, is “part of a larger strategy to expand the world of creator George R.R. Martin’s fantasy drama,” with network execs working directly with the author to expand his world.

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Author: Eric Frederiksen

r/WallStreetBets has been made private

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The WallStreetBets subreddit, which has seen a significant increase in attention in recent days following the meteoric rise in GameStop’s stock driven in part by traders on the forum, has been made private. Reddit confirmed to The Verge that the subreddit’s moderators were the ones to make it private.

If you try to access the subreddit as of 7:06PM ET, you’ll see a page with this message:

We are experiencing technical difficulties based on unprecedented scale as a result of the newfound interest in WSB. We are unable to ensure Reddit’s content policy and the WSB rules are enforceable without a technology platform that can support automation of this enforcement. WSB will be back.

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Author: Jay Peters

Mario Is Coming To Animal Crossing: New Horizons, But What Will The March Update Include?

Nintendo is following Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ January update with another free content update in March. The company has shared very few details about that patch as of yet, other than confirming it will introduce some Mario content to the game, but here’s what we can generally expect.

Although Nintendo hasn’t shared much information about Animal Crossing’s March update, the company had previously announced that a line of Mario-themed furniture will be added to the game that month. We don’t know exactly how many pieces of furniture will be added or just what they’ll look like, but Mario items have been a staple of the Animal Crossing series since the beginning. Previous entries have featured wallpaper and flooring inspired by the original Super Mario Bros., as well as furniture based on the Super Mushroom, Super Star, fire bar, and other iconic Mario items. There were also Mario clothing and accessories, including the plumber’s signature cap and mustache.

Given that Nintendo has been redesigning many of Animal Crossing’s older furniture sets for New Horizons, it’s possible the developer could take the same approach with the Mario line and redesign existing items or even introduce completely new ones. In either case, it seems likely that some of the aforementioned Mario items could be added as part of March’s update (the tease at the end of the game’s latest trailer featured the Super Mushroom and Super Star, so it seems safe to say furniture based on those power-ups will at the very least be added). How players will be able to obtain them remains to be seen, however; it’s possible that Nintendo could introduce the items as part of an in-game event, or implement them as DIY recipes and have players craft the items themselves.

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Author: Kevin Knezevic

Discord bans the r/WallStreetBets server

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Discord has banned the r/WallStreetBets server, the company confirmed to The Verge. Reddit’s WallStreetBets subreddit is the driver of an unprecedented rally of GameStop stock, and has received a great deal of attention in the press as the stock continues to soar.

Discord says it did not ban the server for financial fraud — rather, it was banned because it continued to allow “hateful and discriminatory content after repeated warnings.” The Verge gained access to the server and can confirm the claim that users of the channel were spamming hateful language, including racial slurs.

Here is Discord’s full statement:

The server has been on our Trust & Safety team’s radar for some time due to occasional content that violates our Community…

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Author: Jay Peters

Pokemon Go Team Rocket Celebration Event Kicks Off February 2, Adds New Shadow Pokemon

Pokemon Go is following its ongoing Johto Celebration with a Team Rocket-themed event. The Team Go Rocket Celebration kicks off next Tuesday, February 2, and it features new Shadow Pokemon to catch, special Team Go Rocket-themed Research tasks to complete, and other in-game bonuses.

The event begins at 10 AM local time and runs until 8 PM local time on February 7. Throughout that time, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild than usual:

  • Golbat
  • Koffing
  • Ariados
  • Qwilfish
  • Sneasel
  • Houndour
  • Nuzleaf
  • Stunky
  • Skorupi
  • Venipede

In addition, a variety of new Pokemon will be hatching from the recently added Team Go Rocket eggs. These Pokemon will be available even after the event ends:

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Author: Kevin Knezevic

Sling TV is raising prices and sweetening the deal with more free DVR space

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Sling TV, Dish’s live TV streaming service, announced that it’s raising the prices on its packages and add-ons for new customers starting today. Both the Orange and Blue channel packages from Sling will go up by $5 to $35 per month for new subscribers or $50 per month when bundled together. Because of Sling’s existing one-year price guarantee, current subscribers won’t have to deal with the new prices until August 2021.

Along with the changes to the packages, Sling TV add-ons are also getting a small price bump. The “Sports Extra” for live sports is going up by $1 to $11 per month for new customers who subscribe to either Sling Blue or Orange. Customers who bundle Blue and Orange together will still pay $15 per month for the sports…

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Author: Ian Carlos Campbell

New Animal Crossing Seasonal Items Available Soon

Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ free January update arrives tomorrow, January 28. In addition to adding the Festivale event to the game, the update will introduce a variety of new seasonal items, and Nintendo has now shared some screenshots of these on its Japanese website.

The items will appear in Nook Shopping’s Seasonal tab throughout February and include a football rug for the Super Bowl, a Mr. Resetti model for Groundhog Day, and a red envelope for the Lunar New Year. You will also be able to purchase a box of chocolates and a heart-shaped rose bouquet for Valentine’s Day. You can take a look at the items below.

Mr. Resetti model for Groundhog Day
Mr. Resetti model for Groundhog Day

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Author: Kevin Knezevic