On Friday, the European Union took aim at one of America’s most iconic companies, Apple, with a multibillion-dollar antitrust lawsuit . The Europeans are hopelessly uncompetitive in the major tech industries , so they resort to lawsuits to slash at American supremacy. The Euro-socialists want to pilfer as much as 10 percent of Apple’s profit stream. This flimsy charge of “monopoly behavior” by the EU is becoming standard practice as Germany, France and others continue to fall technologically behind and their citizens become rapid purchasers of Silicon Valley products and services. The move by the EU is a classic shakedown — the money it wants is akin to imposing a foreign tariff on American products. This could cost U.S. shareholders hundreds of billions of dollars . Europe has similar suits against another trillion-dollar American company, Google. So the U.S. government is rushing to defend America’s crown-jewel companies that have added hundreds … [Read more...] about Why isn’t Washington defending American companies from foreign assaults?
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Danny McBride as Rick Mitchell and Abbi Jacobson as Katie Mitchell. Credit: ©2021 SPAI. All rights reserved. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson), the protagonist of the year’s best animated movie so far , The Mitchells vs. the Machines , loves movies. Her goal in life is to become a filmmaker, and she has spent her childhood making movies that are chock-full of references and homages to the pop culture she admires. So it should be no surprise that the Netflix film itself is absolutely full of Easter eggs and shout-outs to all sorts of genre flicks that inspired The Mitchells vs. the Machines in the first place. While Katie and the rest of the Mitchells — Rick (Danny McBride), Linda (Maya Rudolph), and Aaron ( Mike Rianda , who also directed the movie) — embarked on a cinematic journey to stop a potentially world-ending machine uprising, Vulture was on a quest to track down as many pop-culture references as we could find. Here, what to watch for. … [Read more...] about Every Pop-Culture Easter Egg in
HBO Max , the premium network's streaming service featuring all the channel's regular programming, also offers extra shows, movies and originals that you can't get on its regular channels. This year, HBO Max is streaming all of Warner Bros.' new, theatrically released movies at no extra charge the same day each film hits US cinemas. The latest: Mortal Kombat , which will stream until May 23. Today marks the last chance to stream Godzilla vs. Kong : The monster-battle blowout will be removed from Max late Friday at about midnight PT because Max's first-run flicks are available to stream for one month only. (See the next sections for full details about the Warner Bros. movie releases.) HBO Max has also killed its weeklong free trial . That means if you want to stream its originals or any of the Warner Bros. movies on its 2021 slate -- including In the Heights , Matrix 4 or Dune later this year -- you'll either need to pay directly for a Max subscription or … [Read more...] about HBO Max: Movies, watching ‘free,’ Godzilla vs. Kong’s end date and everything else
Here’s the question haunting Hollywood about the Oscar show: Why expect next year to be different? Anthony Hopkins’ no-show put a hole in the show last Sunday, but it was the slate of nominees that represented the biggest “hole.” Audience movies — films that register on some scale of awareness — were on the missing list. But will that change? The majors are clearly panting to unleash their wannabe blockbusters like Black Widow and A Quiet Place Part II – pricey projects that were pushed back this year. The indies (those that survived) also wait nervously for theater openings and confirmed festival dates. “The pipelines are bulging at the moment but the delivery systems are still iffy,” observes one seasoned distributor. Related Story Oscar Viewership Rises To 10.4M In Final Numbers; Remains Least Watched & Lowest Rated Ever Hollywood is trying to figure out what sort of product will define the majors in 2022, given their shifting hierarchies and … [Read more...] about Peter Bart: Like Anthony Hopkins, Most Of The Audience Skipped Awards Season; Will 2022 Be A Sequel?
Employees of all major firms are working from home to prevent themselves from catching Covid-19. While employees are getting more time in hand in WFH norms, employers on the other hand are saving big bucks that were normally spent in managing staff at physical offices. For instance, Google is likely to save more than $1 billion if WFH rituals continue in 2021. In its earnings report for the first quarter of 2020, Google’s parent firm Albhabet Inc. revealed that the company saved $268 million in expenses from company promotions, travel and entertainment when compared to its expenses in the same period last year. If the savings continue alike in the upcoming quarters then Alphabet can easily save $1 billion on an annualized basis. The tech giant had also stopped its several advertising and promotional expenses. Overall, the company’s expenses from these two departments plummeted by $1.4 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, Alphabet’s travel and entertainment expenses shrank by $371 … [Read more...] about Here’s how much money Google is saving with employees working from home
APPLE may be working on a new smartwatch with a built-in breathalyser for boozed up wearers. According to The Telegraph , the iPhone-maker is the largest customer of UK firm Rockley Photonics, which is developing "Doctor on a wrist" sensors. Those sensors beam infrared light through the skin to take readings of blood-related health metrics, including sugar and alcohol content. Currently, the only way to accurately take these measurements is through blood samples. Coupled with the pricey Apple Watch, the technology could allow users to track how sloshed they are in real-time. Existing sensors on Apple's wearable devices use infrared to measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels through the wrist. Rockley has previously said that its next-generation technology could make its way into smartwatches as early as 2022. That would line up with the release of the Apple Watch Series 8, which is slated for release next summer. As well as blood sugar and alcohol, Rockley … [Read more...] about New Apple Watch could track blood sugar and pressure – and even ALCOHOL content