MPs back votes on Brexit alternatives by 329 votes to 302

MPs have voted to take control of Commons business in an unprecedented move to try to find a majority for any Brexit option. The government was defeated by 329 votes to 302 on the cross-party amendment, a majority of 27. Business minister Richard Harrington resigned from the government to vote for the move, which will see votes on a series of alternatives to the PM’s Brexit deal. MPs are now voting on a call to be given a vote on requesting another Brexit extension if a deal has not been…

Fairground workers riot in French city of Le Mans

Clashes have erupted at a protest by fairground workers in the French city of Le Mans, who are demanding the right to set up stall in the town centre. Police pushed back hundreds of demonstrators as rioters targeted the city hall, where staff were evacuated. There are reports of injuries. Rioters pushed a burning caravan at police who fired rubber pellet grenades into the crowd, French media say. At one point protesters occupied the city’s railway station. Country profile French protester’s family sue over injury The violence broke out on…

Everybody’s missing how Apple’s ‘subtle’ approach could drive its stock higher, says Gene Munster

Apple’s big event may have failed to impress investors on Monday — but those investors are actually missing the point of the tech giant’s new services, tech investor Gene Munster told CNBC on Monday. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Shares of Apple closed down 1.2 percent after the highly anticipated event, which introduced its streaming video service Apple TV+, a paid news service Apple News+ , a credit card and a gaming service called Arcade. Apple did not announce many details about the services, including pricing for TV+ and…

Apple’s big services announcement was strangely lacking in critical details

Apple CEO Tim Cook began Monday’s highly anticipated event at the Steve Jobs Theater by defining the word « services. » The conceit was to lay out a new vision for how to think about Apple. div > div.group > p:first-child »> If Apple Version 1 was the Macintosh computer, and Apple Version 2 was mobile hardware from the iPod and iPhone through the Apple Watch, then Apple Version 3 would include a variety of subscription services with recurring revenue. That’s the vision Cook has been selling to investors on…

This is Apple News+, the new app that includes magazine and newspaper subscriptions for $10 a month

Apple on Monday introduced a slew of new services including Apple TV+, Apple Channels, a credit card and gaming service called Arcade, but only one is launching today: Apple News+. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Apple News+ provides bundled access to more than 300 magazines, as well as subscriptions to the Los Angeles Times and select content from The Wall Street Journal, for $9.99 per month. It also includes all of the stories that are already available in the standard Apple News app, like free access to CNBC and…

Apple could combine its expertise in health and fintech to get into medical billing, experts say

Apple is investing in health-technology and putting its hardware to use in doctor’s offices across the country. div > div.group > p:first-child »> It’s also making moves in financial services, with its Apple Pay service and a new credit card. So how about the intersection between health and financial services? Some experts in the space see a big opportunity for Apple to help consumers pay their medical bills, which is a notoriously challenging process. For Florian Otto, CEO of Cedar, a patient billing app, Monday’s big Apple event seemed like…

Apple spotlights services with TV, gaming and credit card offerings

CUPERTINO, Calif. (Reuters) – Apple Inc attempted to reintroduce itself on Monday as an entertainment and financial services company that also makes iPhones as it launched a streaming television service, a credit card and an online gaming arcade. Director Steven Spielberg speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamThe world’s second-most valuable technology company lifted the curtain on a television and movie service called Apple TV+ that will stream original television shows and movies to a television-watching app…

Apple News+ offers variety, but WSJ holds back on business stories

(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s Apple News+ service will consolidate content from 300 popular magazines and newspapers for $10 a month, but at least one source will offer only selected articles instead of its entire library. Roger Rosner, Vice President of Applications for Apple, speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamApple News+ readers will get a curated selection of general interest news from the Wall Street Journal, while Journal subscribers will continue to have exclusive access to its…

Factbox: Apple launches TV app, streaming and gaming service

(Reuters) – Apple Inc on Monday launched streaming and video game services, looking to tap into 1.4 billion users of its gadgets to counter slowing demand for its iPhones. Roger Rosner, Vice President of Applications for Apple, speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamAt a special event held at the Steve Jobs Theater at its Cupertino, California headquarters, the company also unveiled News Plus subscription service and a credit card. Television: ** Apple unveils ‘all New’ TV…

Factbox: Spielberg, Oprah to make shows for Apple’s new streaming service

(Reuters) – Apple Inc unveiled an all new Apple TV app and a streaming service called Apple TV+ at an event on Monday at its California headquarters. Director Steven Spielberg speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamA number of celebrities, including director Steven Spielberg and actors Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, took stage to announce their shows on Apple TV+. ** THE MORNING SHOW SERIES A drama series starring here Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston that looks…

Apple enters video streaming, updates news, game and payment apps

CUPERTINO, Calif. (Reuters) – Apple lifted the curtain on Monday on a television and movie streaming service that will allow users of its 1.4 billion gadgets worldwide to stream television shows and movies, both Apple originals and those from other creators, in a first step to challenge streaming video leaders Netflix and Amazon. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamThe launch was the centerpiece of an event at Apple’s Cupertino, California, headquarters…

Apple News+ is $10 per month. Is it time to dump your New Yorker subscription?

(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s new Apple News+ service consolidates popular newspaper and magazine subscriptions, which could appeal more to casual readers suffering from subscription fatigue than long-time fans of specific publications. Roger Rosner, Vice President of Applications for Apple, speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamAvid readers of magazines like The New Yorker or newspapers like the Wall Street Journal may still keep individual subscriptions for full access to archives or to show support for their favorite…

Apple launches ‘News Plus’, credit card services

Roger Rosner, Vice President of Applications for Apple, speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam(Reuters) – Apple Inc on Monday launched “News Plus” service and a credit card at a special event held at Steve Jobs Theater at its Cupertino, California headquarters. News Plus — To feature content from 300 publications, including the National Geographic, the People, the Popular Science, the Billboard and The New Yorker — Service to cost $9.99 per month Apple Card — Credit…

Apple launches game subscription service ‘Apple Arcade’

Roger Rosner, Vice President of Applications for Apple, speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam(Reuters) – Apple Inc launched Apple Arcade on Monday, the company’s game subscription service for mobile devices, desktop computers and “living room” devices. The iPhone maker said it was working with Walt Disney Co, Sega and Annapurna Interactive on the new game service, which will feature more than 100 new titles that can be accessed through a tab in the App Store and…

Apple updates news app, digital wallet; set to enter video streaming

CUPERTINO, Calif. (Reuters) – Apple prepared to lift the curtain on Monday on a television and movie streaming service that will allow users of its 1.4 billion gadgets to stream television shows and movies, both Apple originals and those from other creators, in a first step to challenge streaming video leaders Netflix and Amazon. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamChief Executive Tim Cook introduced Monday’s event at the glass-enclosed Steve Jobs…

Factbox: Apple launches ‘News Plus’ subscription service

Roger Rosner, Vice President of Applications for Apple, speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam(Reuters) – Apple Inc on Monday launched ‘Apple News Plus’, a subscription-based service that gives access to 300 publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, at a special event held at the Steve Jobs Theater at its Cupertino, California headquarters. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook started with announcements on Apple News: ** ‘Apple News Plus’ will feature content…

Apple just announced its streaming TV service, it’s called TV Channels

Apple announced its streaming TV service during a press conference at the Steve Jobs theater in Cupertino on Monday. It’s called Apple TV Channels. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « For some of us, the big bundle is more than we need, so we designed a new TV experience where you can pay for only the channels you want all in one app, » Apple’s Peter Stern said during Apple’s press conference. « Watch everything on-demand and ad-free. » All of the channels will be available inside the all-new…

Apple unveils new credit card: The Apple Card

Apple unveiled its new Goldman Sachs-linked credit card, the Apple Card. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Users can sign up through their iPhones and get access to the card in minutes, according to the tech giant’s Monday presentation. It pays 2 percent in cash back on Apple Pay transactions, 3 percent on purchases made directly through Apple, and 1 percent on purchases with a physical card. The card is a step into new territory for both companies. Apple, which announced new subscriptions for video and news services Monday, is…

Apple just announced its subscription news service — here’s how it will work

Apple just announced its subscription news service, called Apple News+, amid a broad push into services and recurring revenue streams. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The new service will live in Apple’s existing News app, which currently offers iOS users free access to publisher content. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday users read more than 5 billion articles each month on Apple News. The latest iteration of the app will integrate magazines, digital publications and newsletters, and more visual works of journalism. It’s all bundled in a paid tier…

Airbus close to signing aircraft deal with China: sources

FILE PHOTO: The Airbus logo is pictured at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Regis DuvignauPARIS (Reuters) – European planemaker Airbus is close to signing a deal worth billions of dollars with China following a delay of more than a year in the negotiations, industry sources said on Monday. The deal is part of a package of trade deals coinciding with a visit to Europe by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Airbus declined to comment. Boeing shares pared gains briefly on the news and were up about…

In boost for Netanyahu, Trump signs proclamation recognizing Golan Heights as Israeli territory

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory in an election boost for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as his chief political rival sought to appear as a better alternative to lead Israel. U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaDuring a White House visit by Netanyahu, Trump signed a proclamation officially granting U.S. recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, in…

Roku stock rises on anticipation of Apple deal

Roku stock jumped more than 6 percent Monday as speculation builds around a potential deal with Apple. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Roku’s jump added about $400 million to its market value, making it now worth $7.4 billion. For the last year, Roku’s shares are up 112 percent. Roku CEO Anthony Wood was spotted on Apple’s campus in Cupertino, Calif. Monday, where Apple is expected to unveil its new streaming TV service. On face value, the service seems like it could compete with Roku’s own business, which offers smart…

Apple invites Hollywood to Silicon Valley in television push

CUPERTINO, Calif. (Reuters) – Apple Inc is expected to lift the curtain on Monday on a secretive, years-long effort to build a television and movie offering designed to compete with big media companies and boost digital services revenue as sales of its iPhone taper. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Apple is seen at a store in Zurich, Switzerland January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann – RC1889786FE0/File PhotoHundreds of reporters and analysts waited early on Monday to enter the glass-enclosed Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters in overcast weather as…

Apple’s spring event starts soon — here’s what to expect

Apple is holding a press event at its campus in Cupertino, California, on Monday at 1 p.m. ET. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The iPhone maker is expected to announce a streaming video service anchored by original programming produced by Apple, in addition to streaming packages from providers like HBO and Starz, CNBC previously reported. It’s part of a new digital TV strategy in which Apple is looking to become a marketplace selling « channels » from existing providers. Each channel, such as Showtime or HBO, could cost $9.99,…

Google Maps begins letting users create public events

Google Maps is being updated to let you create public events. The feature, which was first spotted by Android Police, works through the app’s existing Contribute section where you could previously rate businesses and add crowdsourced information. You can set an event’s name, location, date and time, and assign various other tags and images to describe what’s taking place. Google hasn’t officially announced the feature beyond creating a support page for it, but events tie into the social functionality that the search giant announced for Maps at last year’s Google…

There’s a clever app that puts a battery indicator around the Galaxy S10’s hole-punch camera

Energy Ring is a customizable app that takes advantage of the Galaxy S10’s hole-punch camera to display your phone’s battery life. First spotted by Android Police, the app introduces a small ring around the lens, and you can customize the color, thickness, direction, and even 25 percent charging increments. It’s free, so I think you can definitely file this one under “fun and nifty” apps, as it’s both functional and visual. However, it might get annoying after a while since the S10’s hole-punch camera was originally supposed to be a…

‘Apparent suicide’ of Parkland student days after massacre survivor took her life

(Reuters) – A student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has died in “an apparent suicide,” police said on Sunday, less than a week after a 19-year-old survivor of the 2018 massacre at the school took her own life. The student’s death occurred on Saturday evening and is under investigation, said Coral Springs Police spokesman Tyler Reik. The student’s name, age and gender were not disclosed, he said. “We’re calling it an apparent suicide because we don’t have the exact results back from the medical examiner’s office,” Reik…

White House defers on release of Mueller’s report, Kremlin warms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday it was up to the U.S. Justice Department to decide if detailed findings from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation would be made public, a day after the attorney general said President Donald Trump had been cleared of any collusion. U.S. Attorney General William Barr leaves his house after Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 election in McClean, Virginia, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsMueller wrapped up…

UK prison guards smell a rat and find rodents stuffed with drugs

Items found inside dead rats at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset, Britain, are seen in this picture handout obtained March 25, 2019. Ministry of Justice via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) – Suspected organized criminals have been stuffing the bodies of dead rats with drugs, phones and cash and throwing them over the walls of a British prison to get contraband to inmates, the government said on Monday. Guards at Guys Marsh prison in Dorset, southwest England, grew suspicious when they found the bodies of three rats with long stitches along their stomachs,…

Swedish artist’s fizzy tablets join vinyl renaissance

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Nostalgic music-lovers are increasingly returning to old-style vinyl records to hear artists the same way they discovered them years ago – but they may be startled by a new experiment in Sweden. Instead of old crooners, artist Alexander Hoglund has put the sound of effervescent pain-killers on vinyl after a six-month creative experiment to find the perfect fizz. Hoglund ordered tablets from around the world, popping them into glasses and selecting a top ten whose sounds were put onto clear vinyl to represent water. The best sound?…