BTLR; Twitter, Apple, And iOS 10.1

Twitter reportedly planning to cut hundreds of jobs.
Twitter is planning to cut hundreds of jobs, with an announcement possibly coming as soon as this week ahead of its third-quarter financial results, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Apple Replaces Support Profiles.
Apple recently removed Support Profiles from its website, redirecting the page to a new “Get Support” tool that similarly enables customers to check their technical support and service coverage status for iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple products they own. There is, however, one notable difference.

iOS 10.1 is now available with Portrait mode for iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple just released iOS 10.1, the first major update to the iPhone and iPad’s mobile operating system since iOS 10 launched in September.

BTLR; Apple Watch Series 2, Chinese Tech Security, And Hello Again

APPLE WATCH Series 2
Apple Watch Series 2 is launching this week with a built-in GPS chip and waterproof capabilities. There’s also an Apple Watch Series 1, exactly like the iPhone smartwatch we reviewed below, but with the faster processor of the Apple Watch 2. Here’s our updated take on the first Apple Watch, now with new software.

The military is concerned that Chinese computer products could pose a cyber security threat
The Pentagon’s Joint Staff recently warned against using equipment made by China’s Lenovo computer manufacturer amid concerns about cyber spying against Pentagon networks, according to defense officials.

New Apple 13-inch, 15-inch MacBooks coming Thursday
With just a few days left before Apple’s next product event, the rumors are swirling faster every day, but a new one related to the MacBook is particularly interesting.

BTLR; YouTube Director App, Netflix On The IPad, Deleting IOS10 Apps, And AppleTV Gaming

YouTube Director app helps business owners on a budget create DIY video ads.
YouTube today announced a new suite of tools to help business owners get started with creating video ads on a budget.

You can finally watch Netflix while doing other stuff on your iPad.
You can now watch Netflix videos while using other apps on your iPad. It’s about time.

Deleting Apple’s pre-installed apps in iOS 10 doesn’t actually ‘delete’ them
One of the most talked about features in Apple’s upcoming iOS 10 is the ability to delete many of the apps that come pre-loaded on your iPhone or iPad. But it turns out that deleting the apps doesn’t actually delete them.

The Apple TV finally has a chance to be a gaming platform
Immersive games require a serious controller and the Apple TV Siri Remote is not a serious controller. Yet until recently Apple required game developers to fully support the Siri Remote for all games, which is likely one of the reasons developers haven’t fully embraced the platform.

BTLR; Net Neutrality Win, Game Center, Batman, And Android Messenger

Net Neutrality upheld by appeals court.
An appeals court in Washington DC has upheld the FCC’s Open Internet Order, affirming that Net Neutrality can live to fight another day. While the appellate judges have had to rule in favor of telecoms companies in previous cases, the FCC’s law is now watertight and is acting within its powers. The decision is likely to stick in the craw of many networks, including AT&T and Verizon, which fought bitterly against provisions to maintain a free and fair market online. Unfortunately, Net Neutrality still has plenty of critics in high places, and several Republican politicians have attempted to gut the FCC in the hope of getting their own way.

Apple kills the Game Center app, but the service will continue.
With the introduction of iOS 10, Apple will finally allow users to delete the pre-installed apps – like Compass, Stocks, Tips, Maps, Watch, and more – from their smartphones and tablets. But there’s one app that you won’t need to remove: Game Center. Apple confirms that Game Center will continue as a service, but it will no longer be available as a standalone application on their devices.

Batman is coming to PlayStation headset this October.
The caped crusader is getting his VR on. Or is it the Joker?

Facebook Messenger now lets Android users send text messages.
Tired of switching back and forth between Facebook Messenger and SMS on your Android? On Tuesday, Facebook announced that the Messenger app now supports SMS messaging. That means Android users can set the app as their default texting client.

BTLR; Samsung And Ads, New Fraud Alert, Tinder For Insurance, And Paypal Kills Windows Phone

Samsung is adding new obtrusive ads to your old smart TV.
If you’re Samsung and you want to wring additional cash out of your television business, what do you do? Add annoying advertisements to TVs that people already have in their homes, apparently. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is readying the European expansion of an initiative it started in the United States last June: adding interactive advertisements to the menu bars of its high-end smart TVs. The impact isn’t going to be limited just to customers buying new Samsung televisions, either, as the company reportedly plans to use software updates to retroactively bring the ads to older models that people already have in their homes.

Fraud Alert: Scammers Get Victims to Pay With iTunes Gift Cards.
Everyone likes gift cards — even scammers.
A gift card is like cash — a quick, convenient and untraceable way for con artists to get money. And even if the victim realizes they’ve been scammed, there’s typically no way to reverse the transaction. Right now, the popular iTunes gift card is the payment method of choice for many swindlers.

Tinder for insurance lets you insure your electronics by swiping right
An American startup is hoping to overhaul the stuffy insurance industry with a couple of swipes.
On Monday, Trov launched its latest product in Australia: On-demand insurance for single items through its mobile app. Founded in 2012, the company’s free iOS and Android app previously allowed people to create a digital inventory of their possessions, but it’s now adding an extra level of service. The insurance offering is currently iOS-only.

PayPal drives another nail into the Windows Phone and BlackBerry coffins.
In February, PayPal launched a new version of its mobile app, 6.0, and it wants iPhone and Android users to upgrade to it until the end of June. Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Amazon Fire users, however, are getting a different message: Paypal is discontinuing the app on these platforms on June 30.

BTLR; Omen Gaming Hardware, Apple And TV Content, Jamming Cellphones, And Old Tech Worth Money

HP unveils a bunch of new Omen gaming hardware.
To be fair, an omen isn’t necessarily a portent of negative things. If it was, we wouldn’t feel obligated to qualify it using words like “bad.” Still, the word carries with it some fairly ominous overtones, surely not helped by the 1979 film that carried the title, centering around a young antichrist.

Apple considered buying Time Warner last year, will ramp spending on original TV content.
The Financial Times is reporting that Apple considered a buyout of Time Warner late last year, with Apple executive Eddy Cue raising the idea at a meeting with Time Warner’s head of corporate strategy, Olaf Olafsson.

Florida man fined $48k for jamming cellphones while driving.
A Florida man who stashed a high-powered phone jammer under the passenger seat of his Toyota Highlander has been fined a cool $48,000 for disrupting cellular service on his daily commute to Tampa.

A 2001 iPod worth £807.
Millennials’ nostalgia for ‘old-fashioned tech’ drives up prices,
Old iPods, VHS players and CD Walkmen have grown in value as millennials clamour for products which remind them of childhood, research has found.

BTLR; Google Offices Raided, Google Nexus Player, Twitters Character Limit, And Google Maps

Google offices raided in Paris as prosecutors announce fraud probe.
French investigators have raided Google’s Paris headquarters, saying the company is now under investigation for aggravated financial fraud and organised money laundering.

Google stops selling the Nexus Player.
The writing has been on the wall for a while, but it finally happened: Google has stopped selling the ASUS-made Nexus Player through its own store. Google hasn’t said what prompted the move, but it tells us that you’ll have to go to the handful of third-party retailers still stocking the Android TV box if you just have to get the official experience. Otherwise, you’ll have to either get a third-party device like the NVIDIA Shield or a TV set.

Twitter drops media and @name replies from 140-character limit.
Well, that was quick. A week after Bloomberg reported that Twitter was getting ready to relax its rules for what counts against your 140-character limit, the company is confirming the move today.

Google Maps is about to get a lot more ads .
Get a good look at Google Maps now, because it may soon start filling up with lots of company logos. In a blog post today, Google says it will start experimenting with showing logos for physical business locations on Google Maps, both in your desktop browser and on the mobile app.

BTLR; Apple’s Bricking Updates, Passwords, Oculus Rift Update, And Tim Cook

Apple pulls latest iOS update from iPads after bricking reports
Following complaints that the iOS 9.3.2 update has bricked newer iPads, Apple pulled the latest update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Soon, you might be able to unlock your MacBook with your iPhone
Passwords are a nuisance — especially in a world that constantly demands us to remember a dozen (or several dozen) different ones. One way to alleviate the issue is to use one unlocked device to automatically unlock other devices — for example, an Apple Watch can be set to automatically unlock when your iPhone in its vicinity.

Oculus Rift update accidentally makes piracy easier
Last Friday, Oculus released a software update blocking Revive — a piece of software that allowed users to port Rift games they’d bought from the Oculus store onto HTC’s Vive headset. However, it seems Oculus’s intervention may have backfired, with an update to Revive not only allowing users to port titles again, but also bypass the Rift’s DRM in the process, opening the door to easier VR piracy.

Tim Cook admits iPhone is too damn expensive
Buying an iPhone is a major financial decision for most people that pine for Apple’s pricey products, but according to CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone could soon see a price cuts in certain markets.

BTLR; ITunes, Walmart, Twitter And Google

Apple Releases iTunes 12.4 With Design Tweaks.
Apple today released iTunes 12.4, bringing some minor design tweaks and important bug fixes to its media software. iTunes 12.4 comes seven months after the launch of iTunes 12.3, which was released to the public in September, and nearly two months after the last minor iTunes update.

Apple Pay holdout Walmart brings its own digital wallet to over 500 stores.
While Walmart remains among the list of stores stubbornly resisting Apple Pay, the retail giant is slowly pushing forward with its own mobile payment service called Walmart Pay. An update to Walmart’s mobile app added support for the digital wallet last month, and today the retailer announced that over 500 stores across two states now support Walmart Pay at checkout.

Twitter to drop links, pics from 140-character limit.
Twitter users will soon have more space to craft updates on the social network.
According to a report from Bloomberg, citing an anonymous source, photos and links will no longer count against the 140-character limit used on tweets. The change could arrive in the next couple weeks.

Google’s new social app bakes YouTube, Chrome and search into group chats.
We may have more messaging apps than ever before, but sharing with small groups is still a problem — at least, according to Google.