Netflix hikes prices for U.S. subscribers

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Prepare to pay more for Netflix.
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Netflix has confirmed another price hike for subscribers in the United States — its biggest increase since it launched 12 years ago.

The company’s most popular plan, which offers high-definition streaming on up to two different devices simultaneously, will now cost $13 a month, up from $11 a month.

Netflix says it will use the cash to “continue investing in great entertainment.”

3 reasons Apple definitely shouldn’t buy a movie studio

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Some analysts think Apple should snap up a movie studio. Bad idea!
Analysts want Apple to snap up a movie studio. We disagree.
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How can Apple’s streaming video service battle established competitors like Netflix? Simple: Buy a movie studio.

That’s the battle cry from certain Wall Street analysts, who suggest that Apple use its Scrooge McDuck-style cash pile to buy everything from Sony Pictures to Disney.

As sexy as that idea might sound on paper, however, in reality it would be a terrible idea. Here are three reasons why.

Apple Music will be free to some Verizon customers

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Verizon customers could get a treat worth dancing about.
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According to a new report, Verizon is set to offer Apple Music as a freebie service to customers on two of its “unlimited” cell phone plans. This would, in essence, reduce Apple’s $9.99 per month subscription costs to zero — while boosting Apple’s subscriber numbers as well.

Kruptos 2 can encrypt every sensitive file on your Mac for just $13 [Deals]

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Keep your sensitive files safe with this 256-Bit encryption.
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Everybody knows web security is of primary importance at all times. So would it surprise you to learn that one of every 10 digital files is entirely unprotected? It should surprise you — especially because the real number is more than twice that. Yep, 21 percent of the world’s files have no security coverage at all.

German court rules against Qualcomm in ongoing Apple feud

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Qualcomm previously won an iPhone ban in the country.
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The recent court-appointed sales ban on certain iPhone models in Germany could be at risk. That’s thanks to a decision by a German court on Tuesday, who ruled against Qualcomm in its patent case against Apple.

The regional court in the city of Mannheim threw out the Qualcomm suit, claiming that the patent was not being violated due to Apple’s use of Qualcomm chips in its older iPhones. Qualcomm has said it plans to appeal.

Today in Apple history: MacBook Air becomes ‘world’s thinnest notebook’

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A plain manila envelope became a key stage prop for selling the MacBook Air.
A plain manila envelope became a key prop for selling the MacBook Air.
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January 15: Today in Apple history: MacBook Air becomes 'world's thinnest notebook' January 15, 2008: Steve Jobs shows off the first MacBook Air at the Macworld conference, calling the revolutionary computer the “world’s thinnest notebook.”

The 13.3-inch laptop measures only 0.76 inches at its thickest point and 0.16 inches at its tapered thinnest. It also boasts a unibody aluminum design: An Apple engineering breakthrough allows the crafting of a complicated computer case from a single block of finely machined metal.

In a brilliant piece of showmanship, Jobs pulls the super-slim laptop out of a standard interoffice envelope during his keynote. (You can watch his introduction of the MacBook Air below).