Apple's first original TV show, Planet of the Apps, wasn't exactly a breakout hit. Now, one of the show's stars, Gary Vaynerchuk, is speaking out about why he believes it flopped. During a recent episode of his YouTube show #AskGaryVee, the outspoken CEO and founder of digital agency VaynerMedia said Apple's marketing efforts are to blame, as the folks over at Business Insider first reported. "I was on an Apple show, Planet of the Apps, Gwenyth [Paltrow], Will[.i.am], Jessica Alba, and me," he said. "And Apple didn't use me or Vayner to do the marketing and did everything wrong." Check out the video below to hear Vaynerchuk's comments about the show, which start at around 26:00. Vaynerchuk explained that he took a backseat during marketing meetings since he was on Apple's turf and wanted to show the Cupertino tech giant respect. "My cheeks were bleeding profusely out of every meeting, because I was biting them," he said. "My tongue completely fell out of my mouth." Vaynerchuk went on … [Read more...] about ‘Planet of the Apps’ Star: Apple Responsible for Show’s Failure
The number of views on video-game live-streaming service Twitch is a good barometer for how popular a game is at the current moment, and no game is enjoying more widespread popularity right now than Fortnite. According to Gamoloco, which aggregates viewership data on live-stream gaming platforms, Fortnite dwarfed the competition with a total of 126.47 million hours of viewed content in June 2018. The second most popular game was League of Legends with 72.25 million hours of Twitch streaming. Other popular games on Twitch in June included Dota 2, IRL, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). Fortnite's massive popularity even led the PUBG Corporation to file a (now withdrawn) lawsuit against Fortnite developer Epic Games alleging copyright infringement of its Battle Royale format. Fortnite broke PUBG's world record in back in February with 3.4 million players online at once and has generated around $1.3 billion in sales as of June with an estimated $200 million … [Read more...] about Fortnite is the King of Twitch Streaming
Most of us have been in the situation where we had to get a new iOS device, and all our photos, notes, and contacts went *poof,* never to be seen again. If you've felt that pain—or want to avoid it—iCloud is your friend. Apple's cloud storage services, including iCloud Drive, back up valuable information, documents, and images wirelessly to the internet. Once the information is stored on iCloud, it's easy to retrieve or download from any device. Apple automatically provides every user with 5GB of free iCloud storage. You can use this storage to back up apps, images, videos, or documents. But 5GB fills up fast; additional storage starts at $0.99 per month for 50GB in the US. What Does iCloud Backup Include? With Apple iCloud, you can back up: App data Apple Watch backups Call history Device settings HomeKit configuration Home screen and app organization iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages Photos and videos on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Purchase history from Apple … [Read more...] about How to Make Sure iCloud Is Backing Up, Syncing Your Data
California, home of many of the biggest names in technology, passed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) on June 28, 2018. The CCPA will go into effect on January 1, 2020, and is expected to affect businesses throughout not only this country but the entire world. The CCPA will impact the way that companies handle customer data, and has been called by many as the strictest data protection law in United States history. If you're feeling a sense a déjà vu, then you're not alone. Back in May, the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. The GDPR has been a hot topic here at PCMag. While the law was made across the Atlantic, the truth is, it's made a mark on businesses worldwide because it applies to all EU citizens regardless of where they live. Much like the GDPR, the impact of the new CCPA will have far-reaching implications beyond the scope of its origin state. We talked to a few experts to learn more about the CCPA and … [Read more...] about Are You Ready for the California Consumer Privacy Act?
ProtonVPN is from the same team that brought you ProtonMail, the encrypted email service famously housed in an underground bunker. Instead of safeguarding your email, however, ProtonVPN is a virtual private network, or VPN, meant to defend your web traffic. Even if you think that kind of extreme physical security is just marketing, this small company has brought a remarkable focus on privacy and security to ProtonVPN. It's a very good service with a slick client, but it needs to improve its performance. It's worth considering, but our top recommendations are our Editors' Choice winners, NordVPN, Private Internet Access, and TunnelBear. What Is a VPN? The internet wasn't built with security or privacy in mind, and HTTPS will only take you so far. To fully secure your traffic against snooping spies, nosy ne'er-do-wells, and aggressive advertisers, you need a VPN. When you activate your VPN, it creates an encrypted tunnel between your device and a server operated by the VPN company. By … [Read more...] about ProtonVPN