Verizon’s new Just Kids plan has 5GB of LTE data and plenty of parental controls

Verizon’s new Just Kids plan has 5GB of LTE data and plenty of parental controls

Verizon has announced a new mobile data plan that it’s positioning as “the first smartphone plan designed for kids.” The Just Kids plan includes 5GB of monthly data and unlimited talk/text to 20 parent-approved contacts. It also bundles in Verizon’s Smart Family Premium suite of parental controls, which usually costs an extra $9.99 per month. The plan has “safety mode” enabled, meaning kids can keep using data (at reduced speeds) after hitting the 5GB LTE…

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New Apple ad romanticizes the beginnings of Apple’s circular pizza box

New Apple ad romanticizes the beginnings of Apple’s circular pizza box

Apple made a pizza box? Yes indeed, and it makes a cameo appearance in a new 3-minute Apple commercial that the company uploaded to YouTube today, dubbed “Apple at Work — The Underdogs.” An ad that — completely unrelated to the pizza box — is one of the funnier Apple ads we’ve seen in a while. As you might be aware, Apple has quite a reputation for clever, powerful, heartwarming and timely commercials, even if…

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Michael Brown was shot by Ferguson police. Now his mom may soon oversee them.

Michael Brown was shot by Ferguson police. Now his mom may soon oversee them.

Lesley McSpadden could be elected to the Ferguson City Council on Tuesday. It’s been nearly five years since Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. It was an event that reverberated around the country, driving increased national attention to the ways that police violence affects communities of color, fueling increased calls for police reform and accountability. On Tuesday, Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, could get the chance to…

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HR experts: We’d nip Biden’s behavior in the bud

HR experts: We’d nip Biden’s behavior in the bud

Workplace conduct standards are no longer just about illegal behavior, but also what makes others uncomfortable. Human resources experts say that if former Vice President Joe Biden were facing the same complaints at work that he’s dealing with in politics, he’d probably require a conversation with management. Biden’s habit of touching, embracing, and otherwise interacting in questionable ways with women in public has been on display for years at political events. Biden, who is mulling a…

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Justice Department says attempts to prevent Netflix from Oscars eligibility could violate antitrust law

Justice Department says attempts to prevent Netflix from Oscars eligibility could violate antitrust law

The US Department of Justice has sent a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences warning that any attempts to bar or limit Netflix and other streaming services from Oscars eligibility might violate antitrust law, considering the Academy’s membership includes studios and media conglomerates that compete with Netflix, Amazon, and others. The letter, the existence and contents of which Variety reported exclusively earlier today, suggests that federal authorities are keeping a close…

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Ford’s Mustang-inspired EV will travel more than 300 miles on a full battery

Ford’s Mustang-inspired EV will travel more than 300 miles on a full battery

Ford’s first long-range electric vehicle — an SUV inspired by the Mustang muscle car due out in 2020 — will likely travel more than 300 miles on a single charge, the company announced Tuesday. The car was first teased at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and has been in development under the codename “Mach 1.” Ford executives have often stated, as far back as 2017, that they hope to offer more than 300 miles in…

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Apple’s latest Clips update inches it closer to being a real video app

Apple’s latest Clips update inches it closer to being a real video app

The latest update for Apple’s Clips app adds a few new features that brings it closer to becoming a full-fledged mobile video-editing app. The most notable addition is the ability to add custom soundtracks directly to videos with songs created in GarageBand and other music apps. Previously, users were limited to built-in soundtracks and iTunes music tracks. Clips, which is only available on iOS, launched in 2017 as a kind of iMovie for a new…

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