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Apple Pulls Apple Pay Support From Websites Selling White Nationalist and Nazi Apparel

Apple has disabled Apple Pay support on websites selling white nationalist and hate group apparel and accessories, reports BuzzFeed.

While Apple did not provide a comment on its decision to pull Apple Pay from the websites, an Apple spokesperson pointed out Apple Pay guidelines that prevent the payments service from being used on sites promoting hate, intolerance, and violence based on race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

On Wednesday, Apple confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it had disabled Apple Pay support for a handful of websites that sold sweaters with Nazi logos, t-shirts emblazoned with the phrase "White Pride" and a bumper sticker showing a car plowing into stick figure demonstrators. [...]

Apple removed Apple Pay capabilities from little-known sites including AmericanVikings.com and VinlandClothing.com, the latter of which sells apparel with Nazi logos.
Apple's efforts to block Apple Pay from white nationalist websites comes following a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists and supremacists clashed with counterprotestors over the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue located in Emancipation Park. The event culminated in the death of one person and the injury of 19 others after a white nationalist drove a car into a crowd of people.

While Apple has not made an official statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared two tweets earlier this week calling the events "heartbreaking" and condemning violence and racism.


In addition to Apple, many other sites have been cracking down on white nationalist and white supremacist organizations. PayPal has also pulled payment support from some of the sites in question, while Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, and Airbnb have made efforts to quell white nationalist activity on their platforms.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.
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Taiwan’s Massive Power Outage Had No Material Impact on Production of New iPhones

A massive four-hour power outage that affected 17 cities and counties across Taiwan on Tuesday had no material impact on the production of new iPhones, according to industry analysts speaking with Nikkei Asian Review.

iPhone 8 dummy model sandwiched between an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Apple suppliers Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, PowerTech Technology, and ChipMOS Technologies said the power outage did affect some of their production facilities in Taiwan, although they saw little impact on overall operation and shipments, the report noted. All three companies have resumed regular operations.

Apple's contract manufacturer TSMC also said its operations were not affected, as did fellow iPhone assembler Pegatron, according to Reuters.

The power outage caused a massive blackout in Taiwan, affecting more than 668,000 homes and businesses across the island, according to the South China Morning Post. The incident was blamed on human error at the Datan Power Station in Taoyuan, south of capital Taipei. It was Taiwan's worst blackout since 1999.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said Apple will begin production verification tests for the so-called iPhone 8 in late August, followed by mass production in mid-September. The high-end device is expected to launch in extremely limited quantities in September alongside the so-called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
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How to Record iPad Screen Videos

Typically, people want record videos of their iPad’s screen so that they can use the footage to create video guides involving mobile apps or games, or to save online videos, video calls, and so on. The one problem with that is that it isn’t possible to directly record videos from the screen of any iOS device, so third-party workarounds need to be used.

Fortunately, there are several workarounds that you could pursue, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your preference, you should choose the one that suits your needs best.

Record iPad Screen Videos by…

Using a Video Camera

Although it may seem like a surprisingly low-tech solution, you’d be amazed how often people choose to record videos of their iPad’s screen by simply using a video camera. The reason for this is simple: It allows the recording to show your fingers as you touch and interact with elements on the screen, which can be helpful for certain types of videos.

Be aware that if you choose to record videos in this fashion, quality is normally a problem and issues such as out-of-focus footage and banding are pretty common. Measures can be taken to minimize these issues, such as using a tripod to keep the camera steady, and setting it on manual so that its focus and exposure doesn’t constantly shift.

Using External Hardware

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Over the years there have been several types of video capture devices that have been used to record videos from the screen of iPads such as the Elgato Game Capture HD60 or Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket. Most were designed to record footage from game consoles, and as such require the iPad to be connected using HDMI cables (which will require an adapter).

Generally, the video quality when recording in this fashion is good, and many of the devices themselves are standalone units that will record directly to a USB flash drive or hard drive. However the options when recording using these devices tend to be limited, and you will still need a PC or Mac if you want to edit the video afterwards.

Using a Screen Recorder

Arguably the most popular method nowadays is to use a screen recorder on a PC or Mac. To do so the iPad will have to be connected to the PC or Mac, but that can be done easily with the standard lightning-to-USB cable – though some solutions use AirPlay streaming or WiFi to achieve the same result.

Related: Record Your Mac Webcam With QuickTime and VLC

The only real requirement when using a screen recorder is that it has to be able to detect the iPad once it is connected.  Many screen recorders have that capability, and in fact, QuickTime itself can act as a screen recorder – albeit a very basic one.

Using iOS 11 (Not Yet Released)

While iOS 11 is not yet released, once it is it will be possible to enable screen recording directly. The option for it will be in ‘Settings’ under the ‘Control Center’, and once enabled you can record whatever is on your iPad’s screen.

As much as this option is a welcome and convenient addition to iOS, it is far from a universal solution. Even after iOS 11 is released, the fact of the matter is that it will only be available on certain devices – so older iPads will not be able to update to it and access the feature.

Because of that, for now, it may be best to carry out screen capture on iPad using a screen recorder. It is the most convenient method, especially if you use an intuitive screen recorder such as Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac.

With Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac, you can record videos from an iPad’s screen then use the built-in editor to edit it. It will afford you numerous features that you can use to trim out any parts you don’t need, combine video clips, enhance the video quality, insert animated transitions, add audio tracks, and insert customizable text fields as captions.

Due to how easy it is to use as well as the features it provides, you should certainly try out Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac. It shouldn’t take you long to familiarize yourself with it, and you could be recording your iPad’s screen in the next few minutes.

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Apple Sets Aside ‘$1 Billion War Chest’ for Hollywood Programming

Apple has earmarked $1 billion to acquire and produce original television content over the next year to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

The plans could see Apple procure and produce as many as 10 television shows, according to people familiar with the matter, thanks to a budget figure that is about half of what Time Warner's HBO spent on content last year and around the same amount as Amazon spent in 2013, after it announced its own move into original programming.


The budget will reportedly be controlled by Hollywood veterans Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who were hired by Apple in June from Sony to oversee content acquisition and video strategy. Apple also recently hired former WGN America President Matt Cherniss to oversee development of the company’s worldwide video unit. Cherniss previously worked with Erlicht and Van Amburg to bring the Sony shows "Underground" and "Outsiders" to WGN.
Mr. Van Amburg and Mr. Erlicht have begun meeting with Hollywood agents and holding discussions about shows Apple could acquire, the people familiar said. Mr. Matt Cherniss has movie experience, having worked as a production executive at Warner Bros.
WSJ notes that not only will Apple have a fight on its hands going up against rivals already heavily invested in original content, but it will also have to avoid jeopardizing its 15 percent cut of subscriptions from its App Store for services like Netflix and HBO GO.

As for the cost of programming, this can vary widely, from more than $2 million an episode for a comedy to more than $5 million for a drama, while high-end shows such as "Game of Thrones" can cost over $10 million per episode to produce.

For its video service to gain traction, Apple needs at least one hit, according to the people familiar with the plan who spoke to the newspaper. The company's initial video efforts include "Planet of the Apps", which was launched in June on Apple Music, and "Carpool Karaoke," which was launched last week. Apple has not revealed ratings for the shows but both have been criticized by reviewers.

Apple is hoping its efforts in original programming will bolster the appeal of iTunes movie rentals and other offerings through the store. Last year, iTunes generated an estimated $4.1 billion in revenue, but its share of the movie rental-and-sales market has declined to less than 35 percent from 50 percent in 2012, according to the report.
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