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Apple’s TV app is on Roku, Fire TV and Samsung, but only Apple devices get every feature

The future home of Apple TV Plus is slightly different on every device.

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Apple has its own app for streaming TV shows and movies, and in typical Apple fashion the name is dead simple: It’s called the TV app. Unfortunately, how it works can be surprisingly complex.

One basic thing about the app is pretty simple: You’ll need it to stream Apple TV Plus, Apple’s Netflix rival that debuts Nov. 1 with exclusive shows like See, the post-apocalyptic thriller starring Jason Momoa, and The Morning Show, starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. There’s no separate Apple TV Plus app — subscribers have to watch those shows within the Apple TV app itself. But the app offers more than just Apple TV Plus and its paltry nine launch-day shows. And that’s where things begin to get complex.

In addition to Apple devices — iPhonesiPads, Mac computers and the Apple TV streaming box — the Apple TV app is also available on Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices as cheap as $40. It’s also available on Samsung Smart TVs and, coming “in the future,” TVs from LG, Sony and Vizio.

All of these devices have the app’s basic features — namely the ability to stream shows from Apple TV Plus as well as iTunes TV shows and movies and Apple TV Channels like HBO and Showtime — but after that they differ. Fire TV users can’t actually buy anything through the app. Roku and Fire TV users don’t get access to AirPlay. And only Apple devices integrate shows from Hulu, ESPN, Prime video and other apps into the TV app. And only Apple has access to Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision streams.

 

These stunning iPhone 11 Pro photos prove its camera is a good DSLR substitute

Can phone photos actually compete with a professional DSLR? We took the iPhone 11 Pro on a road trip through the Scottish Highlands to find out.

PRESPLAY considers the iPhone 11 “the best $700 iPhone Apple has ever made.” This enthusiasm is largely driven by the phone’s camera upgrades and the iPhone 11 Pro‘s triple-camera array takes that further with the addition of the 2x telephoto lens. It’s why I was so excited to jump in a McLaren supercar, head for the wilds of Scotland and see what the iPhone 11 Pro camera can really do.

Phone cameras across the board have made exponential strides in recent years — Google’s Pixel 4 and the OnePlus 7 Pro come to mind — with quality surpassing what the average phone user even needs. But there’s been lots of particular chatter about the iPhone 11 Pro’s potential to compete with professional-grade cameras (for video, too). The sweeping roads and dramatic mountains I was heading for were an ideal scene to test out the phone’s new super-wide lens.

My car of choice was the McLaren 600LT Spider — a V8-powered monster, capable of doing 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds and with a roof that folds away to let all of that beautiful outside in. It also happened to be bright orange, which I knew would stand out on the road. My route would start in Inverness in the Highlands, heading northwest and following much of the famous North Coast 500 road trip route.

A quick note on my process for these shots before we begin. My plan for this trip was to see how close the iPhone 11 Pro’s images can get to my professional Canon EOS 5D MkIV DSLR. For the most part I shot in raw format using the Moment app and processed the images in Lightroom Mobile on the phone itself. As this is how I work with my pro equipment, it seemed the fairest comparison. Keep in mind that nothing you see here is “straight out of camera” (unless otherwise stated). Instead, I want to show what can be achieved with the phone’s camera when you take the time to craft an image.

The journey begins

I left Inverness underneath a vivid blue sky. It made for a tremendous backdrop and when I pulled up later at nearby Rogie waterfalls, the morning’s golden light gave a beautiful glow to the autumnal colors. The waterfalls were in shadow and didn’t make for a good photo, but a short walk to nearby footpaths held more suitable subject matter.

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Update your Google Home security settings to protect against eavesdroppers

It’s not just Google listening — security researchers have shown it’s possible to create third-party apps that can spy on you. Here’s how to stop them.

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Security researchers have recently discovered a vulnerability that allowed third-party apps to eavesdrop on households with certain smart speakers, including Google Home and Google Nest devices. The apps were installed on Google Home ($99 at Walmart) speakers and displays as Google Assistant Actions, some of which allow you to hail a rideshareorder pizza or play music from Pandora, Spotify or YouTube Music.

Unlike on Amazon Echo devices with Alexa, which require you to enable third-party skills before you can use them, most Google Assistant Actions are baked into the software, needing only a voice command to activate. That puts most of the responsibility for protecting users’ privacy on Google, which has already removed the offending apps. That said, there are still a few things you can do to shore up privacy and security on your own Google account.