Grind for March 31st, 2019
“The artistic vocation is to send light into the human heart.”
– George Sand
Apple joins the TV streaming market
Apple on Monday held a celebrities-only event to unveil its new TV streaming platform “Apple TV+” as well as a new gaming portal, enhanced news app, and credit card.
The news service, “Apple News+,” offers more than 360 magazine titles including National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal, and Vogue. The service costs $9.99 per month and will be available immediately.
The gaming platform, “Apple Arcade,” offers 100 exclusive games that can be played offline. The service will be available later this year.
Apple’s credit card, which looks similar to the closed top of a MacBook, is a white titanium rectangle without a card number or signature space. The card, which will also be available as an app, promises cashback incentives, no late fees, and no annual fee.
Apple’s new streaming platform was announced by Steven Spielberg, who has agreed to help create new material for the channel.
Apple TV+ will offer brand-new content as well as shows already available on HBO and Hulu. Unlike other Apple services, the streaming platform will be available on rival devices like LG, Samsung, Roku, and Firestick.
“The test for Apple will be, can new content separate them out from their competitors and can they commission and deliver on fresh new content that can reach audiences in the same way that Stranger Things has for Netflix for example?” says film expert Dr. Ed Braman.
The streaming service will be released sometime before the end of the year. The monthly subscription fee has not been announced.
Avocados recalled over listeria concerns
A recall announced Saturday affects six states receiving bulk shipments of avocados sold by the Henry Avocado Corporation: Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.
Consumers are encouraged to avoid avocados with stickers reading “Bravocado” and “California organic.”
The recall was issued “out of an abundance of caution due to positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection at its California packing facility,” said the company.
Test results suggested possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes – the bacterium that causes listeria.
Listeria is a foodborne illness associated with unpasteurized milk products and improperly processed deli meats. The infection causes flu-like symptoms including fever, muscle aches, nausea, confusion, and diarrhea. It can be easily treated with antibiotics.
Listeria can be life-threatening for newborns, the elderly, and individuals with impaired immune systems. For pregnant women, listeria can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature delivery.
So far, there have been no reported cases of listeria associated with Henry Avocado.
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