Apple hires former WGN America chief to bolster video team

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Matt Cherniss will oversee Apple's new worldwide video unit.
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Apple has hired former WGN America and Tribune Studios chief Matt Cherniss as it looks to bolster its original video efforts.

Cherniss will reportedly oversee the company’s new worldwide video unit, serving under Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, the former presidents of Sony Pictures Television, who joined Apple back in June.

The Rock is ready for more chaos in new iPhone 7 ads

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The Rock and Siri make an unlikely super team.
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Apple and The Rock’s rampage of crazy ads continued today with two new commercials that pair the movie superstar with digital assistant Siri.

In the latest short ads, The Rock taps into his ability to speak Mandarin in order to showcase Siri’s support for more than 20 languages. The funny ads are a sequel of sorts to the short film Apple released last month starring the unlikely duo.

Check out both new ads below.

James Corden and Will Smith star in new Carpool Karaoke trailer

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Smith and Corden had too much fun making this episode.
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The official debut of Carpool Karaoke: The Series is just a few days away but music fans can get an early taste of episode one in the latest ad released by Apple.

Will Smith will be the first guest on the new show with creator James Corden singing along behind the wheel. Apple’s teaser for the episode shows The Fresh Prince busting out some of his classic songs along with getting down to other artists like R. Kelly.

Check it out:

Apple faces ugly lawsuit for breaking FaceTime

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A judge has ruled a lawsuit against Apple can proceed.

A judge has ruled that a lawsuit against Apple for breaking FaceTime in iOS 6 can continue.

It is alleged that the iPhone-maker purposely allowed the feature to be disabled on older devices in an effort to force users to update to iOS 7.

Get legit tools and lessons for screenwriting, coding, and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Get pro-level tools and guidance for screenwriting, graphic design, coding, and more.
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We’re right in the middle of the dog days of summer. But the hottest place you’ll find is at the Cult of Mac Store. We’ve been busy stacking up a bunch of new deals that are ideal for digital creatives. We’ve got a set of lessons in coding for the all new iOS 11, and Adobe’s suite of graphic design apps. There’s also the industry standard app for screenwriters, and a rugged phone tripod for mobile photography and video. Discounts range from 40 percent to 95 percent off, read on for more details:

Apple grows a forest in quirky new Earth Day 2017 video

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Earth Day 2017 has long since passed but Apple’s still not done busting out its quirky videos that celebrate the company’s green environmental protection initiatives.

In Apple’s latest hand-drawn ad published today, the company showcased its efforts to preserve forests so that the paper used in all of its packaging is done in a sustainable way. With a goal of preserving nearly 1 million acres of forest by 2020, Apple hopes 99% of the fibers and papers will come responsible sources and recycling.

Watch Lisa Jackson explain:

Apple Park goes green in latest drone video

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The spaceship is nearly ready for liftoff.
Photo: Duncan Sinfield

Apple Park is finally starting to look like a finished project in the latest drone flyover video. Landscaping work is in full swing as construction crews race to finish the final details on the Steve Jobs Theater and other buildings.

The new Apple campus is still weeks away from being move-in ready. Vehicle traffic on Tantau Ave. was shutdown for most of July as Apple rushes to finish the Visitor’s Center too.

Take a look at the progress:

WhatsApp will let you watch YouTube videos within chats

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WhatsApp got a major update this week.
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WhatsApp is working to add inline YouTube support to its app, allowing users to enjoy videos within their conversations. The feature will take advantage of the Picture in Picture feature in recent versions of iOS to prevent pulling you away from your conversation.

How to use your Mac’s screen as an Apple TV

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Beaming video from a 13-inch iPad to a 10-inch MacBook mightn't be smart, but it is possible.
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You have a big 27-inch iMac sitting on the desk in the corner of your living room office, and yet you’re over there on the couch watching a movies on your iPhone or iPad. Wouldn’t it be great if you could beam one to the other, like sending video from an iPhone to an Apple TV? The good news is that you totally can, just by installing an app on your Mac. There are several available, but today we’ll use my favorite, Reflector.