Apple re-releases HomePod update to avoid bricking speakers

Relax, HomePod owners — it’s now safe to update your speaker again. Apple has re-released the HomePod’s multi-user update (now 13.2.1) to fix the problem that bricked some users’ speakers, particularly after they tried to solve the issue by rebooting their device.

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Steam’s redesigned Library is available to everyone

Your Steam game collection is about to look decidedly different. Valve has released a Steam update that brings the redesigned Library to everyone, giving you a smarter (and hopefully easier) view of your catalog.

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Mark Zuckerberg still won’t ban ‘political’ ads from Facebook

For the better part of the past four years, Facebook just hasn’t been able to keep its name out of the bad news cycle. The latest backlash the company is facing has to do with its political ad policies, which essentially allow politicians to spread misinformation on the site.

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Slow iPhone sales didn’t stop Apple from its best Q4 revenue ever

Apple today reported its fiscal fourth quarter 2019 earnings, which saw the company earn a record $64 billion in revenue. The news reflects the general trend with Apple over the past year: iPhone sales are down, but service revenue hit an all-time high.

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Twitter will ban all political advertising starting in November

Twitter is banning all political ads globally, starting November 22nd, according to tweets by the company’s CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday. The changes will affect both candidate ads and issue ads, although ads encouraging voter registration will still be allowed, along with other exceptions.

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What DC Comics needs to learn from Joker’s success

Todd Phillips’ supervillain origin story Joker is well on its way to a probable billion-dollar gross at the global box office, which would make it the second-most successful DC Comics film of the post-Christopher Nolan era.

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Australia wants to verify porn users by scanning their faces

Australia has proposed another in a series of zany attempts to control the internet. This time, the government wants to do facial scans to confirm a user’s age before they can watch porn or gamble online, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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HBO announces new Game of Thrones spinoff, House of the Dragon

HBO has ordered a Game of Thrones spinoff series, House of the Dragon, straight to series. The new prequel is written by Ryan Condal (Colony), with George R.R. Martin set to co-executive produce.

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How to share your audio in iOS 13

Last year, when I was planning to fly to Japan with my fiancée, we downloaded movies to my iPhone so that we could watch them together on the plane. Shortly before we left, though, we realized we wouldn’t be able to use our AirPods on the same phone.

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The California fires show how unprepared we are for climate change

For days now, a cloud of acrid smoke has settled over the Bay Area, blown down from the Kincade Fire in the north. More than 200,000 people have been evacuated from that fire alone, while the lingering effects of a long drought and high winds have turned the region into a tinderbox.

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Happy Fountain Pen Day Sailor Pen Giveaway! — The Pen Addict

Fountain Pen Day is this Friday, November 1st, and to celebrate a little bit in advance, I have a great giveaway for you. During my trip to Dromgoole’s last weekend, I picked up a Sailor 1911 Standard 4 a.m. Fountain Pen with a Zoom nib to give away this week.

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Amazon Fresh deliveries are now free for Prime members

Amazon is ditching its $14.99 a month Amazon Fresh fee for Prime members, which means Prime subscribers in the 2,000 US cities where the fresh food delivery service is offered can use it for free — and take advantage of new one- and two-hour delivery windows.

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Amazon Fresh is now free for Prime members

Starting today, Amazon will no longer charge a $14.99 monthly fee for Amazon Fresh on top of your Prime subscription. Now, if you already pay $12.99 a month (or $119 a year) for Prime, you’ll also be able to get Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market grocery deliveries free of charge.

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Apple releases iOS 13.2 with support for AirPods Pro and iPhone 11 Deep Fusion

Apple’s iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2, and tvOS 13.2 are now available for download, bringing new features like the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro’s Deep Fusion camera mode as well as compatibility for the upcoming AirPods Pro and Beats Solo Pro. The company also released tvOS 13.2 as well.

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