If you’re running out of options to to keep yourself entertained during self-isolation, fret not — Apple is giving users free access to more content.
Customers in over 100 countries and regions can now watch free Apple Originals from Apple TV+ on the Apple TV app for a limited time. Simply head to apple.co/FreeForEveryone to stream the following series and movies for free:
The Elephant Queen
Embark on an epic journey of family, courage and coming home in “The Elephant Queen.” This genre-crossing wildlife documentary narrated by Chiwetel Eljiofor earned the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award and is the recipient of two prestigious Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards nominations, including Best Narration and Best Science / Nature Documentary. The uniquely crafted, character-driven narrative follows Athena, a majestic elephant matriarch, who leads her family across an unforgiving, yet cinematic natural landscape made up of grasslands and woodlands, dotted with seasonal waterholes.
For All Mankind
“For All Mankind” presents an aspirational world where NASA astronauts, engineers and their families find themselves in the center of extraordinary events seen through the prism of an alternate history timeline — a world in which the USSR beats the US to the moon.
From Lee Eisenberg and executive producers Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon and Alan Yang, “Little America” is an anthology series featuring funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising true stories of immigrants in America, when they’re more relevant now than ever.
A twist-filled, psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.
This acclaimed comedy series, starring Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld and created by Alena Smith, audaciously explores the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of rebellious young poet Emily Dickinson. Wiz Khalifa guest stars in the GLAAD Award-nominated comedy.
A new live-action pre-school series from the makers of “Sesame Street” that has been recognized with several accolades that mark the program’s integrity and quality, including Parents’ Choice Awards and Common Sense Media Awards. Join Cody and the Helpsters – a team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it’s planning a party, climbing a mountain or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out — because everything starts with a plan.
A re-imagining of Sesame Workshops’ 1992 series. Each episode story arc is grouped around literature, featuring classics and new works commissioned from popular authors like D.J. MacHale and Kwame Alexander. Since its premiere, “Ghostwriter” has earned several Parents’ Choice Awards and Common Sense Media Awards.
Snoopy In Space
Blast off with Snoopy in a series of 12 animated shorts featuring Charlie Brown and the beloved Peanuts gang. Snoopy fulfills his dreams and embarks on his next big adventure: becoming a NASA astronaut. Joined by Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, Snoopy takes command of the International Space Station and explores the moon and beyond. “Snoopy in Space” is a DGA and ANNIE Award-nominated series, and has earned several Parents’ Choice Awards and Common Sense Media Awards.
The Apple TV app is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, and Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices. You can see the full list of other supported devices here. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.
5 Memoji-inspired outfit ideas: His and Hers
Play dress up virtually with the public beta preview of iOS 15
Unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote are new customization options coming to Memoji on iMessage, including a much-awaited feature: outfit selection.
In 2019, Apple rolled out the most significant Memoji customization update. That year, users were able to apply makeup, change hair color, wear piercings and jewelry, and pick from different styles of headwear and glasses. The only thing missing was being able to choose clothing.
If you have the public beta of iOS 15 installed, you can now virtually play dress up and plan outfits for those trips you’ve been dreaming of and activities you’ve been deprived of after a year of quarantine.
#1 Romantic date night
Who doesn’t like dressing up for a romantic date that will take you from a dinner at a restaurant to a cocktail or two at a speakeasy? Changing out of pajamas can do wonders to your mood.
His: a crisp long sleeved button down and his favorite hat
Hers: a flirty dress and statement earrings
#2 Stroll at the botanical garden
Has your apartment turned into a mini greenhouse with all the indoor plants you’ve adopted? Driving to the nearest botanical garden will either make you feel zen and content, or convince you that your plant collection is insufficient.
His: a breezy shirt and a pair of sunglasses
Hers: a colorful sundress and a top bun
If there’s anything we learned about ourselves this past year, it’s that we all desire to be out in nature from time to time. A safari trip might not be realistic right now, but no one’s stopping you from imagining one.
His: a two pocket utility shirt and a cowboy hat
Hers: a loose tunic and a fedora
Sunny weekend at the beach
No summer is complete without a beach trip; and no beach trip is complete without some refreshing piña coladas, swimsuits that show off your summer bod, and copious amounts of sunscreen.
His: a linen top and a pair of polarized sunglasses
Hers: a long coverup, a pair of pearl earrings, and a straw hat
Hike in the fall
Not a beach person? Maybe the mountains and autumn foliage are more your jam. Just make sure to stay warm from top to toe without sacrificing style and comfort.
His: a cable knit sweater and a fisherman’s hat
Hers: a turtleneck sweater and a beanie
BONUS: Big business convention
There’s never a bad time to get a good blazer or a pantsuit. You might not be able to wear them out to trade shows yet, but looking your best for Zoom meetings is always appropriate.
His: an olive green knit blazer, a black oxford shirt, and a skinny tie
Hers: a beige blazer, a pair of cat-eye glasses, and a pair of gold earrings
Apart from more than 40 different outfits, multicolored headwear, and new options for glasses, iOS 15 offers nine new Memoji stickers that include a shaka, a hand wave, a light bulb moment, and more.
iOS 15 will be available this fall as a free software update. If you’re interested in trying new Memoji outfits now, you can sign up for the public beta here: https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/
Google is making its masked emoji happier
Update rolls out soon
Whenever an emoji update rolls out, it often brings an opportunity to update our zeitgeist of how the world has changed overtime. For example, last year focused on the coronavirus pandemic, bringing about new ways to depict ourselves with masks on. This year, the zeitgeist is shifting once again. And Google is updating some of its emojis to reflect that.
Announced through their blog, Google is making some of its emojis more inclusive and positive. However, despite how it sounds, the update doesn’t involve quite a major revision compared to how they added different skin colors in the past.
Instead, Google is making a few emojis more interpretable in other countries. For example, the company’s formerly American pie has been changed to reflect a more universal pie that other countries can easily see. Another example is removing the invisible woman supposedly wearing the bikini emoji. Instead of a busty bikini, the emoji now lays flat, making it more inclusive for other body types. Some food emojis have also been made more delectable.
Finally (and most importantly), Google is removing the sense of foreboding from its masked emoji. Instead of a face that’s clearly sick, the new emoji now has a more neutral (and possibly even happy) face. Now that the world is healing from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, Google is focusing on a world where mask-wearing remains a sign of kindness and care towards others.
Google is rolling out the updates starting with Android 12. However, it is also rolling the new emojis out to older phones that can support emojis.
Google launches feature to delete last 15 minutes of search history
Starting with iOS app
Let’s face it: our search histories can hide the filthiest of stuff. Sometimes, we get a little bit curious about certain things, whip up Google, indulge for 15 minutes, and end up with a less-than-savory search history. It can get tedious to delete your search history over and over. To help with that, Google is launching a new feature to delete the last 15 minutes of your search history.
First announced during I/O 2021, the feature has already started rolling out to the Google’s iOS app. The settings menu now has a convenient button to delete the last 15 minutes instantly. Meanwhile, the company’s bread and butter, Android, will receive the feature later this year.
Desktop users might have a longer time to wait for the feature, though. Currently, desktop Googlers can set their devices to automatically delete their history every 3, 18, or 36 months. Of course, they can also manually nuke their history whenever they want.
Of course, the immediate, top-of-mind use for the feature is to erase quick NSFW searches. However, the feature will also come in handy for super-extra-curious minds who are determined to search for every dubious term they find online. It can also work for those who borrow their phones from others for quick searches.
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