2021 MacBook Pro owners suffer kernel crashes when playing HDR video


2021 MacBook Pro
That's not fun.
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Some 2021 MacBook Pro owners are reporting that their new machines are susceptible to kernel crashes when playing HDR video on YouTube. The problem appears to be happening inside Safari and third-party web browsers.

It’s not yet clear what the root cause is — or if it will be fixed with the upcoming macOS 12.1 update, which is currently in beta testing ahead of its release.

Apple TV+ is the only streaming service that takes your privacy seriously


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Most streaming services are watching you while you watch them.
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Almost every video streaming service except Apple TV+ is selling your data to third-party companies and tracking your viewing habits for targeted ads. A new report from Common Sense Media exposes the loose privacy policies employed by most streaming providers, including Amazon and Netflix.

“Many viewers know that free streaming apps are most likely selling their personal information, but most viewers may not know that most paid sub‐ scription streaming apps are also selling users’ data,” warns the report.

Download videos straight from YouTube to your Mac with VideoDuke


Download videos from social media and YouTube.
With VideoDuke, easily download videos from YouTube and Vimeo straight to your Mac.
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One of the most frustrating things that can happen online is when a video you love disappears entirely. Maybe it’s a tutorial for fixing your car’s ignition, or a guide for taking good pictures, or a cat that’s just absolutely floored by the existence of a cucumber.

Whatever it was, it’s gone now — and you can’t find it anywhere. But you don’t have to lose your favorite videos. With VideoDuke for Mac, you can download videos straight from many of the most popular video sharing sites for life. And right now the software is on sale for just $29.99.

Picture-in-picture, video editing in your pocket, and another great email app [Awesome Apps of the Week]


Awesome Apps of the Week
YouTube finally gets a much requested feature, Clips can make you a short-form video star, and another email app is a contender.
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Maybe it’s the impending iOS, iPadOS and macOS updates, but in checking out the App Store this past week, everything seemed to be “bug fixes and stability improvements.” Those are great things to have, but they aren’t as cool or exciting as fresh features or hot new apps!

Fortunately, a long-awaited feature is finally coming to the YouTube masses. Plus, I found another email app worth checking out. And, if you’re hoping to become an influencer, we’ve got an app to help you level up your videos in this week’s Awesome Apps of the Week.

YouTube picture-in-picture video on the way to all US iPhone, iPad users


YouTube Picture in Picture is back. At least for now.
Picture-in-picture YouTube videos ... coming sometime to iPad.
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YouTube repeated an earlier promise to allow all iPhone users in the U.S. to watch video from its application in a small window while another app is open. And it expanded on the commitment by promising iPad will be included too.

But exactly when this will happen is a bit up the air.

YouTube lets you eliminate ads for less with ‘Premium Lite’ subscription


YouTube Premium Lite
Premium Lite costs just €6.99 a month, but it's tight on benefits.
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YouTube has begun piloting a “Premium Lite” subscription that lets you eliminate ads for a more affordable price. The new tier, currently available in some parts of Europe, costs just €6.99 a month. But it doesn’t include background playback or other benefits available with a full Premium plan.

YouTube relents, allows picture-in-picture video on iPhone


YouTube Picture in Picture is back. At least for now.
Picture-in-Picture video from YouTube will soon be back for everyone.
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YouTube will reportedly soon allow all iPhone users to watch video from its application in a small window while another app is open. This feature has come and gone several times since Picture in Picture support debuted in iOS 14. Now it’s apparently coming back to stay.

Today in Apple history: iTunes ditches movie trailer downloads


Apple's iTunes movie trailers go dark as streaming supplants downloads.
iTunes movie trailers go dark.
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May 24: Today in Apple history: iTunes ditches movie trailer downloads May 24, 2013: Apple begins phasing out the option for users to download movie trailers from its once enormously popular trailers.apple.com website.

The move signifies a major change taking place in the way customers consume digital content. Downloads will continue to decline as streaming services like YouTube and Netflix pick up steam.

How to watch Apple’s big Spring Loaded event almost anywhere


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Find out what Apple has in store for us in the coming months.
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Update: Now that Apple’s Spring Loaded event is history, you can watch (or rewatch) it at the YouTube link below.

Apple’s next big event is just hours away, and it promises to be a big one for fans of iPad, AirPods and more. It will be an online-only affair, like other recent Apple events, and you’ll be able to watch it live almost anywhere.

Find out how before the “Spring Loaded” event begins in just a few hours.