The first iOS 12.1 beta is already here

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iOS 12 just got a new beta.
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Apple is not wasting any time making improvements to the huge iOS 12 update that was just released to the public yesterday.

Developers received the first beta for iOS 12.1 this morning along with new betas for watchOS 5 and tvOS 12, bring a host of changes to the software update that already made iOS devices faster and more efficient.

How to watch Apple’s big ‘Gather Round’ keynote live on Sept. 12

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Are you ready for Apple's September 12 event?
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Apple’s biggest event of 2018 is just a day away. We’re expecting a long list of exciting announcements, including a new iPhone lineup, upgrades for the iPad Pro, and an Apple Watch Series 4. Apple could have other surprises up its sleeve, too.

If you’re an Apple fan, you certainly won’t want to miss it. And you don’t have to! Apple is streaming the entire keynote live from 10 a.m. PT on September 12, so you can watch it unfold from the comfort of your couch.

Here’s how to tune in on whatever device you’re using.

Carpool Karaoke lands Apple a big win at Emmy Awards

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Carpool Karaoke was a winner at Sunday's Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
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Apple’s foray into original television programming has paid off with an Emmy Award.

Carpool Karaoke, a series spinoff of a segment done by James Corden on the Late Late Show, beat out Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show and the Tonight Show, to win the Emmy in the category of short-form variety series.

The Emmy was awarded Sunday night at the Creative Arts Emmys.

How to stream NFL games on Apple devices in 2018

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It's never been easier to stream NFL games.
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With the football season heating up, it’s time to make sure you have a way to catch all the biggest matchups. Luckily, watching NFL games no longer requires you to pay for an overpriced cable subscription. And Apple users have a plethora of options to stream pro football without cable this season.

No matter which Apple device you use, you’ll find a wide range of apps to let you watch NFL football. Here’s a rundown of some of the best options for streaming NFL games this season.

Apple’s video empire could rival Netflix by 2025

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Apple might combine video and music into one subscription.
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Apple’s video offerings could soon rival the biggest streaming service in the game, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley.

Katy Huberty, who has a reputation as one of the best Apple analysts in the industry, thinks video services will be a huge driver of growth for Apple over the next few years. The company’s potential is so huge that Huberty predicts it will rival Netflix by 2025.

Apple’s original TV shows will have to abide by EU quotas

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Apple needs to source a percentage of its shows from Europe.
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As Apple makes moves to become a provider of streaming video content, it will be among the companies bound by new EU laws, stating that companies dedicate at least 30 percent of their on-demand catalogs to local content.

Roberto Viola, head of the European Commission department which regulates this area, says that the laws are on track to be enshrined in December. “We just need the final vote, but it’s a mere formality,” he recently told trade publication Variety.

Former Apple video exec helps connect authors with filmmakers

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New startup shows the crossover of tech and Hollywood.
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A former Apple executive who left to join Netflix has launched a new startup, aimed at producing a searchable library of content which can be adapted for movies or TV.

George Berry worked at Apple for almost six years, first as its Senior Manager of Video Operations and then of Global Media Services. He then jumped ship to Netflix, before teaming up with producer Uri Singer to launch TaleFlick as its COO.

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation sci-fi epic definitely headed for Apple TV

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Foundation was a major influence on Star Wars, and now it's coming to Apple TV.
Foundation was a major influence on Star Wars, and now it's coming to Apple TV.
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A few months ago, we heard that Apple was developing Isaac Asimov’s Foundation book series for TV. Today, came word that Apple has committed to turning the sprawling sci-fi epic into a show.

Foundation follows the fall of a galactic empire, and centers on a group of scientists trying to save civilization from chaos.

Apple TV veteran leaves the company to join ‘social broadcasting’ startup

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Jen Folse presenting at an Apple event in September 2015.
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Jen Folse, the former Apple TV executive who is best known to Apple followers for her on-stage presentations at Apple events, has left the company for the startup Caffeine.

Caffeine is a social broadcasting platform for gaming, entertainment, and other artistic content. Folse will take the role as new Vice President of Product, helping to company to create its product roadmap, among other things.

Epic denies that Fortnite is coming to Apple TV [Update]

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Fortnite will expand its reach even further.
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Updated 3:20 p.m. August 21: Epic Games says it does not plan to bring Fortnite to Apple TV after all. “References to tvOS in the Fortnite files are the result of general Unreal Engine support for the Apple TV platform,” the company said in a statement sent to CNet.

The original report follows….

Fortnite Battle Royale already supports more platforms than most games, but it seems it hasn’t finished expanding its reach. New evidence suggests the biggest game on the planet will soon be available on Apple TV.