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Disney Plus is rolling out GroupWatch feature to all US subscribers

Disney Plus is rolling out its party watch feature, GroupWatch, to subscribers in the US after previous testing in other countries this month.

Similar to Amazon Prime Video’s watch party function, GroupWatch allows a certain number of Disney Plus subscribers to host a private viewing party with friends and family members. GroupWatch will allow up to seven people with Disney Plus subscriptions to watch a title at once, according to the company. The feature, which The Verge previously reported was being tested in Canada, will be available for web, mobile, smart TVs, and connected TV devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV users.

In an effort to make it as interactive as possible, GroupWatch will also give members the ability to react to scenes with six different emoji (funny, sad, surprised, etc.). People can also control playback controls (rewinding, fast-forwarding, pausing) for the entire group. Disney is far from the

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Ring’s Traffic Stop feature is about bringing more accountability to policing

On Thursday, Ring, the home security subsidiary of Amazon, released a new dashcam embedded with a novel feature called “Traffic Stop” that could help bring more accountability to policing. That could be a powerful thing, especially as tens of millions of people have poured onto the streets in cities across the country to demonstrate against systemic racism, white supremacy, and police brutality. It could also be a privacy nightmare.

The Ring Car Cam, which will cost $199, has two cameras: one pointed out the front windshield and one that points toward the car’s interior. The camera can send alerts whenever an event such as a break-in, towing, or accident is detected, and owners can tap into the cameras’ feeds to see what’s happening. The Car Cam relies on either Wi-Fi or LTE for connectivity.

But the most interesting feature is Traffic Stop. All a driver

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Facebook convinced Apple to drop App Store fee for paid events feature

  • Facebook said on Friday that businesses holding online paid events on the social platform will be able to avoid Apple’s 30% fee through the end of the year.
  • Previously, Facebook said it could not get Apple to budge on its policy, which stipulates that the iPhone maker takes up to a 30% cut on transactions made through the App Store.
  • Now, Apple will allow Facebook to use its own payment system called Facebook Pay, enabling businesses to avoid the commission rate.
  • Apple’s App Store fee has been at the center of antitrust concerns surrounding the tech giant.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Little more than a month after Facebook called out Apple for collecting its App Store fee on a new feature aimed at helping small businesses, the iPhone maker is changing course.

Facebook announced on Friday that businesses hosting paid events on the social platform will be

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Amazon Ring Car Cam has ‘traffic stop’ feature for recording police

  • Ring has announced a new security camera for the car called the Ring Car Cam, which can monitor vehicles while parked or in transit.
  • The camera has a feature called Traffic Stop, which prompts the camera to start recording and alerting designated contacts after hearing the trigger phrase “Alexa, I’m being pulled over.”
  • The launch comes as Ring’s partnerships with police departments across the US has drawn scrutiny from civil rights activists, lawmakers, and privacy advocates.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories and check out our list of everything Ring launched here.

Amazon-owned security camera maker Ring is launching a new device for the car that can monitor vehicles whether they’re parked or in transit, marking the company’s first major expansion outside of the home.

The $200 Ring Car Cam also includes a feature called Traffic Stop, which enables the device to record an interaction with police, alert designated

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Every new Alexa feature announced at Amazon’s Sept. 24 event

Amazon’s annual hardware event has come and gone, and with it we’ve seen a slew of new Alexa features for your Echo speakers, displays and other voice-driven devices. Alexa continues to expand its reach, connecting with over 140,000 smart home devices, and boasting more than 100 million Alexa-compatible devices installed across its user base. But the voice assistant’s power isn’t just in its rapidly growing scale.



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When I spoke to Daniel Rausch, Amazon’s vice president of smart home and Alexa mobile, before the hardware event, he said Alexa is becoming more independent too. Alexa will soon be able to act on Hunches without asking, to listen for and react to sounds other than a wake word, and to protect your home more actively with an upgrade to Alexa Guard.

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Every new Alexa feature announced so far at today’s Amazon event

Amazon’s annual hardware event has arrived, and with it comes a slew of new Alexa features for your Echo speakers, displays and other voice-driven devices. Alexa continues to expand its reach, connecting with over 140,000 smart home devices, and boasting more than 100 million Alexa-compatible devices installed across its user base. But the voice assistant’s power isn’t just in its rapidly growing scale.



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When I spoke to Daniel Rausch, Amazon’s vice president of Smart Home and Alexa Mobile, before the hardware event, he said Alexa is becoming more independent too. Alexa will soon be able to act on Hunches without asking, listen for and react to sounds other than a wake word, and protect your home more actively with an upgrade to Alexa Guard.

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All this will lead to what Rausch called “the ambient home,” in

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YouTube expands fact-checking feature for video searches to Europe

The logo of video-sharing website YouTube is displayed on a smartphone on November 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

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YouTube will start showing users in the U.K. and Germany fact-checking panels on some video searches, expanding on its efforts to tackle misinformation in Europe.

In the coming days, the Google-owned video-sharing service will start displaying information and links from third-party publishers on queries related to issues like elections and the coronavirus pandemic. The feature was first rolled out in Brazil and India last year, and later launched in the U.S. in April.

At the time of its launch in the U.S., YouTube and other platforms were coming under fire over the spread of false claims about Covid-19 online. Conspiracy theories linking the virus to next-generation 5G mobile networks, for example, led to cell towers being set ablaze in the U.K.

Meanwhile, a video containing

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Next iPad Pro will feature mini-LED displays, Apple analyst Kuo predicts

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The iPad Pro could soon sport mini-LED technology. 


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Apple could incorporate mini-LED displays in its iPad and MacBook products sooner than initially expected, according to a research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported by MacRumors. Kuo predicts the first set of displays that’ll be mass-produced at the end of this year will be for the next iPad Pro. 

Epistar was presumed to be the exclusive supplier of mini-LED chips for Apple products next year, Kuo said, but Sanan Optoelectronics has had “better than expected development on the technology and will also begin supplying Apple in 2021 rather than the previously estimated timeframe of 2022,” MacRumors notes.

That increased supply and competition between suppliers will reportedly lower Apple’s cost for mini-LED displays dies from $75-$85 to approximately $45. Therefore, Kuo

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Technical Discussion: The rest of this week will feature warm but dry weather! | News

WEDNESDAY RECAP…

After a chilly and frosty start to the week, warm weather returned to Connecticut today! Temperatures reached the upper 70s and lower 80s in many locations this afternoon thanks to plenty of sunshine and a dry northwesterly breeze. Even the shoreline was warm due to the land breeze.  In fact, Bridgeport was on of the warmest places in the state with a high of 82 degrees.  The fact there is very little moisture in the soil due to the ongoing drought probably gave temperatures an extra boost.

For the Greater Hartford Area, the average (normal) high for September 23rd is 72 degrees.

THIS EVENING & TONIGHT…

The sky will be mainly clear, and the northwest wind will diminish after sunset. Temperatures will fall back through the 70s then into the 60s this evening, and overnight lows will be in the upper 40s and 50s.

TOMORROW & FRIDAY…

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Sling TV launches Watch Party feature with text and video chat

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Sling customers can now co-watch programming. 


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Sling TV on Wednesday launched a co-watching feature in beta that lets customers tune into live programming with up to three other people. Watch Party also allows participants to connect via text and video chat. 

The feature is currently available to existing Sling TV customers via Google Chrome web browsers on laptop and desktop computers. As part of a beta preview, guests can also join a Sling Watch Party by creating a free Sling TV account through Sept. 30.

Customers can choose from live or on-demand content in Sling Orange, Sling Blue, Sling Latino and Sling International services, or any Sling TV Extra, depending on their subscription. Each participant can control their own camera and the volume of streamed content and video chat streams. Sling customers

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