Twitch Will End Watch Parties on April 2

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However, Twitch differed from other streaming service watch parties. It wasn't intended to view movies with people you know but as a way for streamers to connect with fans over a good movie or show. A Twitch streamer just had to connect to Amazon Prime, pick a Prime Video (not something purchased or rented), and then get streaming. It was a great alternative to watching someone play a game, and in some ways, allowed the streamers to focus more on chatting with fans. "Was" being the key word as Twitch Watch Parties are coming to an end.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/twitch-will-end-watch-parties-on-april-2

Canada to Ban Flipper Zero Devices Over Car Thefts

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Canada’s Minister Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne announced the ban on Thursday, explaining that “criminals have been using sophisticated tools to steal cars. And Canadians are rightfully worried.” “Today, I announced we are banning the importation, sale and use of consumer hacking devices, like flippers, used to commit these crimes,” he tweeted.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/canada-to-ban-flipper-zero-devices-over-car-thefts

Camera Companies Fight AI-Generated Images With ‘Verify’ Watermark Tech

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A group of news organizations, camera makers, and technology companies have joined together to create a web tool called Verify for checking the authenticity of images for free. If the image has a digital signature, the site will display the date, location, and other credentials for the image. The authentication technology is now adopted by Nikon, Sony, and Canon.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/camera-companies-are-working-on-technology-to-watermark-real-images

Get Ready to Remix: Mickey Mouse’s 1.0 Release Enters the Public Domain

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The oldest version of Mickey Mouse will become one of the youngest members of the public domain when the copyrights covering the cartoon rodent’s cinematic debuts expire in the last instant of 2023.  While the 1.0 release of Mickey that graced screens in 1928 will become collectively owned on Jan. 1, newer versions of the mouse remain Disney property. And Disney’s continuing trademark for Mickey means you can’t suggest your fanfic is a Disney production or otherwise endorsed by the company.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/get-ready-to-remix-mickey-mouses-10-release-enters-the-public-domain

Apple Store Employees Start Vision Pro Training

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Apple is now scheduling two-day classes to start sometime in January 2024. The pricey headset will reportedly only be available in stores so buyers can be guided through the setup process, which includes getting a custom fit on the device. The first-gen Vision Pro is being targeted at developers and enterprise customers, though anyone can purchase one. Those who spend that $3,499 will be able to tap into the "spatial video capture" that rolled out today via iOS 17.2 for iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, which have cameras powerful enough to record videos in three dimensions.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/apple-store-employees-start-vision-pro-training

Soon You’ll Be Able to Control Your Samsung Fridge With LG’s App

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In January, the alliance released its 1.0 spec to allow that connectivity using cloud-to-cloud communication between Wi-Fi-connected appliances, shortly after the launch of Matter, an "industry-unifying" standard from Amazon, Apple, Google, and others. Samsung and LG plan to roll out their implementations of the HCA spec during Q4 in eight countries: the US, United Kingdom, Korea, Italy, France, Spain, and Turkey.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/control-your-samsung-fridge-with-lg-app