Thursday’s top tech news: an Apple ecosystem for all

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Apple works hard to give its products a premium aura, but at a certain point growing its business means making them available for more people. So it perhaps shouldn’t be surprising to see a report claiming that Apple is preparing to produce a more affordable $99 pair of AirPods for release as early as next year. That’s still not cheap per se, but coming in below the $100 emotional barrier could entice more people to buy Apple’s popular true wireless earbuds.

It’s a similar story over on the services side, where Apple is rolling out its Music and TV apps on Windows, ensuring users can still make the most of their subscriptions regardless of platform.

In space news, NASA and Russian space agency Roscosmos say they plan to send a new spacecraft to the International Space Station after a craft currently docked at the station started leaking coolant. It’s not a “rescue” mission as such. Instead the agencies are characterizing it as a replacement vehicle.

For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:

  • Jan 12, 2023, 8:06 PM UTCPatrick George

    The German automaker is considering getting rid of the naming convention on its EV lineup, including the EQS and EQE. The reasoning is that since everything’s already going electric at Mercedes, the branding may not be needed.


  • Jan 12, 2023, 7:00 PM UTCJustine Calma

    New research looks back on ExxonMobil’s undercover climate predictions over the decades — and finds that the company’s dire projections largely came true.


  • Jan 12, 2023, 6:46 PM UTCJay Peters

    For about 30 minutes, an issue prevented people from playing EA’s newest football title. The game has had a few frustrating problems as of late, including corrupted Franchise leagues.


  • Don’t fall prey to the text black hole.

    If you’re moving from Android to iOS, there’s One Weird Trick to keeping your texts flowing smoothly on your new device: turning off chat features before you switch. If you neglect this step, you might miss messages from your friends with Android phones, and that could get awkward.

    Here’s how to turn the feature off — and what to do if you forgot.


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    TikTok’s testing a new portal that lets talent managers set up deals for its stars.

    Reps can review offers, negotiate deals with brands, and view campaign feedback and metrics in the portal on behalf of TikTok celebrities.

    The company told TechCrunch that several agencies have signed up to use the new portal.


  • Jan 12, 2023, 4:36 PM UTCJay Peters

    Beginning Thursday, the cost of an ad-free HBO Max subscription is going up from $14.99 to $15.99 per month. The increase comes after HBO pulled hundreds of episodes of classic cartoons and shows like Westworld from the service.


  • Jan 12, 2023, 3:11 PM UTCRichard Lawler

    A Substack newsletter from the former exec accused of orchestrating a massive fraud makes extraordinary claims about what went on within FTX and Alameda Research.