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Apple prolongs Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X trials for 90 days

Everyone can learn video editing!

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A lot of people have started working from home due to Coronavirus, and Apple wants to use this as an opportunity to extend a helping hand as well as let users get a hands-on experience of its products. Keeping this in mind, free trials for Final Cut Pro X and, for the first time, Logic Pro X customers worldwide will now be able to enjoy for 90 days, free of cost.

The company previously only granted a 30-day trial for Final Cut Pro X. The same video editing package costs US$ 299 on a typical day, but now you can use it for up to 90 days. Even those who are currently on the 30-day trial will be given an extension.

The Logic Pro X trial is also stretched from 30 days to 90. It usually costs US$ 199 without the trial extension. However, Apple has clarified that trial extensions will expire once the Coronavirus relief initiative expires.

If you’re stuck home, give them a shot! Final Cut Pro X is lauded by pretty much all video editors, and this might be the best time for you to learn a new skill. Once the lockdowns or quarantine norms are relaxed, you could be out there in a completely new profession. In fact, hands-on learning is how most YouTubers have made their careers. And, if you don’t pursue it later diligently, having a new skill set can always come handy in tricky situations. 

The trial extension is available to all users across the globe.

To get a free trial of Final Cut Pro X version 10.4.8 for your Mac, all you need to do is enter your name and email address and then click download. Final Cut Pro X requires a Mac with macOS 10.14.6 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing), Metal-capable graphics card, 1GB of VRAM recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing, 3.8GB of available disk space.

Head to apple.com/logic-pro to get your 90-day free trial of Logic Pro X. It requires a Mac with macOS 10.13.6 or later, 4GB of RAM, OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM, 6GB of disk space for a minimum installation or up to 63GB of disk space for the full Sound Library installation.

 

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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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TikTok officially launches a dislike button

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Months ago, TikTok started experimenting with a dislike button for the platform’s comments. Much like other platforms, the company is creating a way to promote healthier discourse. However, the experiment never had a launch date all those months ago. Finally, after months in development, TikTok is finally ready to launch the dislike button.

Through the platform’s official Twitter account, TikTok is releasing the dislike button. This time, the platform has explained how the feature will work.

As detailed before, users will not see how many dislikes a comment has. Users will only have access to the button itself to dislike and retract dislikes. Only TikTok itself can see the number of dislikes. The platform will then use the information to filer through potential hate speech and harassment that they might have missed the first go-around.

By hiding the number of dislikes, TikTok hopes that users will not be tempted to abuse the dislike button to brigade against just simply unpopular opinions.

While moderation will help the platform with a persistent problem in social media, the company does have other issues. One current problem — that has plagued the platform for years now — is the issue of China’s potential access to data from users in other countries.

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Instagram can soon detect nude photos in your DMs

Currently testing

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One of the constant risks of online communication is the unexpected and unsolicited appearance of an unsightly growth emanating from a stranger’s pants. Unfortunately, not a lot of platforms offer anything preventative, outside of just blocking the offender. Testing a new tool, Instagram is finally implementing a way to automatically detect and block nudity from your DMs.

The upcoming feature was first spotted by app researcher Alessandro Paluzzi on Twitter. According to early screenshots, Instagram will hide any suspected nude photos behind a prompt. Users can then choose to access the photo despite the warning. Notably, users can turn this feature off entirely.

Shortly after the leak, Meta confirmed the feature’s development through a statement issued to The Verge. While the feature is still in development, Instagram is still working on ways to protect both the sender’s identity and the recipient’s privacy.

Though the screenshots look conclusive, the feature has yet to reveal how the app can detect genitalia. A portion of the warning says that “technology on your device” is responsible. If the feature is indeed using native technology, Instagram has some work to do to assure users that it can’t store or see anyone’s nude photos.

SEE ALSO: Instagram bans Pornhub

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Spotify adds over 300,000 audiobooks to library

Available for purchase and offline listening

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After a massive push into the world of podcasts, it’s only natural that Spotify would soon look at audiobooks with a hungry eye. In the United States, the streaming platform has added a huge helping of audiobooks available for purchase.

It’s been a long time coming, too. Last year, the platform added a variety of books from the public domain for free. Narrated by famous actors like Forest Whitaker and Hilary Swank, the content came to every user, free or paying.

Now, Spotify is adding over 300,000 titles to its library. Starting today, users in the United States will have access to a dedicated section for the format. Interested users will then be led to an external link where they can purchase the book for themselves.

For consumption, Spotify will enable users to save their audiobook for offline listening. It will also allow users to control the speed of the book’s playback.

Prior to the addition, Spotify already had a niche community for audiobook lovers. If you dig deep enough, you’ll find readings of popular titles outside of the platform’s public domain offerings. You might find them lurking as albums or as podcasts. Now, however, it’s official. If you want an actual audiobook to listen to, you can choose to skip over a subscription to other audiobook platforms like Audible.

Besides audiobooks, the platform has also expanded into other services related to audio entertainment. One recent example sees Spotify selling tickets to live events directly from the service.

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