From: MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories - Amazon Wants ‘Acceptable Business Terms’ to Offer Prime Video on Apple TV

At Recode’s Code Conference today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was asked why the online retailer does not sell either the Apple TV or Google Chromecast. Bezos reiterated that Amazon chooses not to sell video streaming devices that do not include Prime Video capability and that the company wants “acceptable business terms” before bringing the the app to devices.


We sell Roku, we sell Xbox, we sell PlayStation. We’re happy to sell competitive products on Amazon and we do it all day. We sell Nest thermostats. When we sell those devices, we want our Prime Video player to be on the device and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms. We can always get the player on the device, the question is whether you can get it on with acceptable business terms. And if you can’t, we don’t want to sell it to our customers because they’re going to be buying it thinking you can watch Prime Video and then they’re going to be disappointed and then they’re going to return it.

When pressed by The Verge’s Nilay Patel on whether “acceptable business terms” meant paying Apple’s 30 percent cut on in-app purchases and subscriptions, Bezos declined to answer, only stating that he wanted to keep private business discussions private.

Amazon ceased selling the Apple TV and Google Chromecast last October, saying that it was important for Prime Video to interact with streaming devices it sells to avoid customer confusion. In November, Amazon confirmed to engineer Dan Bostonweeks that a Prime Video app was in development, with the company saying that it hoped to launch the app by the end of 2015.

While the app didn’t launch for Apple TV, Amazon did debut a standalone Prime Video streaming service for $8.99 a month, allowing users to subscribe to the service without signing up for the annual $99 Amazon Prime bundle, which includes free shipping from the company’s retail store, unlimited streaming music and more.

Amazon Prime Video for iOS is available in the App Store for free and accessible by Amazon Prime members. The service is also available on Android, Fire OS, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U, the web and select TVs and Blu-ray players from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.

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From: TechRadar: All latest feeds - Orange is the New Black creator’s new Netflix show is about women’s wrestling in the ’80s

Orange is the New Black creator's new Netflix show is about women's wrestling in the '80s

Back in the ‘80s, there was a syndicated television series called GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) which dealt with a very real, exclusively female Las Vegas wrestling organisation.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that GLOW is set to make a return, only this time, it will be a Netflix Original half hour comedy series inspired by real stories from the organisation’s history.

The new version of GLOW is from Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, who is joined by fellow Orange-alums Carly Mensch and Tara Herrmann, as well as Liz Flahive (Homeland).

The show will reportedly follow an out-of-work actress who joins the GLOW television series in a last-ditch attempt to become a star. It promises “big hair and body slams,” which is a winning combination in my book.

The original GLOW series ran for 104 episodes between 1986 and 1990. Get an idea of what the show was like by watching the incredible video below.

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From: MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories - BMO, Scotiabank, and TD Launching Apple Pay in Canada on Wednesday

BMO, Scotiabank, and TD Canada Trust, which make up three of the five largest banks in Canada, will roll out Apple Pay support on June 1, according to The Toronto Star. The launch will likely take place between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, at which time cardholders should be able to add eligible debit and credit cards.

Apple Pay is expected to work with MasterCard and Interac at BMO, Visa and Interac at Scotiabank, and Visa, MasterCard, and Interac at TD Canada Trust. Eligible cards can be scanned or added manually to Apple Pay by tapping the “Add Credit or Debit Card” option in the Wallet app on iOS 8.1 or later once support goes live.

All three banks have been listed as “coming soon” on the Apple Pay website in Canada since May. ATB Financial and Canadian Tire Bank will also reportedly add support for in-app purchases with Apple Pay on compatible iPhone and iPad models, expanding upon their existing support for in-store payments.

Apple Pay will now be available at all of Canada’s “Big Five” banks, which collectively cover more than 90 percent of Canadian banking customers, after CIBC and RBC began supporting the iPhone-based mobile payments service three weeks ago. All three banks serve over 50 million customers collectively worldwide.

It remains unclear if Scotiabank direct banking subsidiary Tangerine will also support Apple Pay starting Wednesday.

The next largest Canadian banks and credit unions that would be suitable Apple Pay candidates in the future include Desjardins and National Bank of Canada, the two largest financial institutions in Québec, along with Vancity and Meridian. None are currently listed as “coming soon” on the Apple Canada website.

Apple-Pay-accepted copyApple Pay can be used virtually anywhere contactless payments are already accepted in Canada, including at Apple Stores, Canadian Tire, Chapters, Coles, Indigo, London Drugs, Mark’s, McDonald’s, On The Go, Petro-Canada, Pizza Hut, Staples, Tim Hortons, and hundreds of other merchants nationwide.

Apple Pay support is also coming soon to Air Canada, Aldo, Domino’s, Pizza Pizza, Zulily, and the TTC transit system in Toronto. Additionally, the payments service can be used in apps such as Apple, Delta, Etsy, Fancy, Groupon, Kickstarter, Priceline, Starbucks, Ticketmaster, Uber, and Zara starting in June.

Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone SE, in addition to the Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone 5 or later, for in-store payments, while the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPad mini 3 support Apple Pay for in-app purchases only.

Apple Pay has also been available for non-bank-issued American Express cardholders in Canada since last November.

Apple Pay launched in the U.S. in October 2014 and expanded to the U.K. in July 2015. The service is also available in Australia, China, and Singapore. Apple is “working rapidly” to expand Apple Pay to additional regions, including Hong Kong and Spain and possibly France, Brazil, Japan, and elsewhere in Asia and Europe.

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From: GeekWire - Jeff Bezos on Peter Thiel vs. Gawker: ‘Seek revenge and you should dig two graves — one for yourself’

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday offered thoughtful insights about the saga between Peter Thiel and Gawker Media, showing his support for free speech and even quoting Confucius. Speaking at Recode’s Code Conference, Bezos was asked about Thiel, the well-known Silicon Valley venture capitalist who secretly funded Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker. Recode co-founder Walt Mossberg asked Bezos if he thought it’s legitimate for a billionaire to fund a series of lawsuits, regardless of merit, “whose real purpose is to put that company out of business and destroy them for personal reasons.” “I don’t,” Bezos quickly responded. Bezos said he didn’t know the details… Read More

From: Gizmodo - What Would Happen If Humans Disappeared from Earth?

What Would Happen If Humans Disappeared from Earth?

It’s an age old question that we love to entertain because we’re all obsessed with our own mortality and the future of the world: what would happen to the world if humans disappeared? With enough time, the Earth would be able to reset itself and erase any trace of our existence. Mind Warehouse goes deep into answering it by detailing the progression of what would happen when.

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