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Apple and Hollywood still discussing plans for early movie rentals

Movie studios are still considering plans to offer premium early access movie rentals via iTunes, Bloomberg reports. Despite objections from cinema chains, Hollywood wants to forge ahead in offering digital rentals of films only weeks after they arrive in theatres, according to people familiar with the matter. Discussions about possible studio agreements between Apple and the studios began late last year, and have been ongoing for months since, although the two sides have been struggling to arrive at a means for offering a $30–$50 premium movie-download solution that would be mutually beneficial.

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Daily Deal: CASA USB-C 6-Port Hub

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the CASA USB-C 6-Port Hub for only $79.99 — that’s 19% off the regular price. This small and sleek hub provides you with the ability to charge virtually any device, transfer files quickly, and display 4K video. Two USB-A 3.1 ports provide backward compatibility with any legacy USB devices, and the hub also packs in a USB 3.1 Type C port, HDMI port, Ethernet port, and SD card reader.

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Review: Nuvyyo Tablo Dual 64GB Over-the-Air Television DVR

We were pretty impressed with Nuvyyo's original Tablo OTA DVR when we looked at it last year — a simple "black box" capable of providing an over-the-air HD television signal wirelessly to an Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad. However, one of the key limitations of the first-generation Tablo was that unless you supplied your own hard drive, you were limited to using the device as a live tuner, without even providing features like the ability to pause live television. Nuvyyo has clearly seen the need to provide a more full-featured solution with this year's release of the Tablo Dual, an improvement on last year's model that reduces the footprint while also adding 64GB of internal storage, which the company promises is sufficient for recording up to 40 hours of live television.

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Despite cellular capabilities, next-gen Apple Watch unlikely to support phone calls

Although several recent reports have suggested that the next-generation Apple Watch will be adding cellular capabilities, a new note from reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that it’s unlikely that the new device will support direct cellular phone calls as Apple’s priority will be to improve the “user experience of data transmission.” Kuo’s note, however, suggests that support for traditional phone calls is likely still on the horizon, simply saying that the Apple Watch “probably” won’t provide the support “this year” but leaving the possibility open for future models.

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Daily Deal: iKlips Wizard Storage Expanding Card Reader

For Thursday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the iKlips Wizard Storage Expanding Card Reader for only $59 — that’s 14% off the regular price. This flexible, on-the-go file sharing solution is a three-in-one Lightning, microSD, and USB 3.1 interface that allows you to easily share files between iOS, Android, Mac, and PC devices. The durable braided leather flat cable means you can simultaneously connect your computer, iKlips, and iOS device while transferring data at extremely high speeds. The included app even lets you record 4K video directly to the iKlips, letting you conserve memory on your iPhone, and you can even manage your files and charge your iPhone or iPad simultaneously.

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iDevices adds Dimmer Switch to its lineup

In its first release since being acquired by Hubbell, iDevices has introduced its Dimmer Switch, featuring customizable dimming and LED night light functions. The device can operate without a hub and be controlled through its own app or with Siri, providing in-app dim range settings designed to prevent low-level bulb flicker and the ability to remember the setting from when the light was last turned off. The Dimmer Switch — available on iDevice’s website for $100 — can be installed like a traditional wall switch and is compatible with single pole, three- and four-way setups with no extra wiring needed.

Apple joins other companies in opposing warrantless use of location data

Apple joined more than a dozen other prominent technology companies in filing a brief with the Supreme Court opposing warrantless use of a cellphone’s location data, CNET reports. The case in question concerns armed robbery charges against Timothy Carpenter, who was convicted in 2011 based on his cellphone’s location data. In the friend-of-the-court brief, the companies argue “that users rely on technology companies to process their data for limited purposes does not mean that they expect their intimate data to be monitored by the government without a warrant.” Apple has made a habit of being uncompromising with regards to its preservation of user privacy, despite being sued by the Department of Justice and criticized by President Donald Trump for doing so.

ESPN tvOS app now streams 4 games at once; Walmart’s streaming service coming to Apple TV

ESPN’s Apple TV app has been upgraded to include a new MultiCast feature that allows users to view up to four streams at the same time, according to Variety. EPSN typically features 30 or more live events on a given day, all of which will be available for simultaneous viewing. The company has also released an update to its iOS app, adding a “Watch” tab that provides live streams of events and shows. In other tvOS app news from Variety, Walmart’s streaming service will be landing on Apple TV next week. While Apple TV users have previously been able to use AirPlay to play Vudu’s movies and TV shows, the dedicated Vudu app is expected to become “widely available” starting August 22.

Apple hires adds to video executive team, plans $1B investment in video content

Apple has hired former WGN America President Matt Chreniss to oversee a $1 billion investment in acquiring new video content, The Wall Street Journal reports. After hemming and hawing on the sidelines for years and dabbling in video projects to bolster its Apple Music product, Apple is ready to produce as many as 10 original TV shows, according to sources familiar with the matter. The $1 billion investment is about half of what HBO spent on its own content last year and roughly on par with what Amazon spent in 2013, the year after it moved into the video content business. Apple has been feeling out original content deals with Hollywood power players for months — if not years — but got serious in June when it hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two senior television executives from Sony Pictures Television. Erlicht and Van Amburg, hired to oversee all aspects of the company’s video programming efforts, have been holding meetings to see what types of shows are available for outright purchase and have brought on Chreniss to oversee development.

Daily Deal: Private Internet Access VPN, 2-yr subscription

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up a two-year subscription to Private Internet Access VPN for only $59.95 – 63% off the normal price. This industry-leading VPN solution allows you to surf the web securely and anonymously from your desktop or mobile device, allowing you to connect from coffee shop or airport Wi-Fi hotspots without worrying about exposing sensitive data. Encryption and IP cloaking allow you to also avoid digital advertising tracking and stream geographically restricted content no matter where you are, while server-grade filtering software also blocks unwanted connections, and you can use up to five devices simultaneously with no bandwidth limitations. You can even block ads, trackers, and malware with the service’s new MACE feature.

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