10 things in tech you need to know today
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
- Apple is making its own credit card that's all white and offers 2% cash back on every Pay purchase. Apple Card will have no annual, late, or international fees, and what Apple describes as a low interest rate.
- Apple finally unveiled its streaming TV service, Apple TV Plus. Apple also unveiled a major update to its Apple TV app alongside plans to bring the app to several new places - from Amazon's Fire service to Samsung smart TVs and even Roku.
- Apple announced a slew of original shows at its big event in Cupertino on Monday. The shows are part of its new initiative Apple TV+.
- Apple launched Apple News Plus, a news subscription service for $9.99 a month. The Apple News update, along with Apple's new subscription TV service, is a big part of the company's plan to drive new revenue growth with new subscription offerings.
- Apple also debuted a game subscription service called Apple Arcade. The company says the service will launch this fall with over 150 games.
- Huawei's CFO was carrying a whole bunch of Apple products when she was arrested. Meng Wanzhou had an iPhone 7 Plus, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro, as well as the luxury Huawei Mate 20 RS.
- Hewlett-Packard published tech investor Mike Lynch's foul-mouthed emails as part of a $5 billion fraud trial. Lynch, the former CEO of Autonomy, and another former exec are accused of cooking the firm's books before it sold to HP for $11 billion in 2011.
- Lyft drivers protested outside the San Francisco hotel where company executives were pitching investors for its $21 billion IPO. Protesters mobbed the Omni Hotel in San Francisco ahead of the scheduled meeting there.
- YouTube disputes reports it will stop creating "high end" original content and says a new slate of shows will be announced in weeks. According to a Bloomberg report on Sunday citing sources familiar with the matter, YouTube canceled its plans to develop "high-end" dramas and comedies and has stopped accepting pitches for expensive scripted programming.
- Nintendo is reportedly working on 2 new versions of the Switch, and they could arrive as soon as this summer. According to the Wall Street Journal one version will be more powerful than the current Switch, while the other will be focused on mobility.
- NASA, SpaceX postpone historic astronauts launch
- 5 persons test positive for COVID-19 in Manipur, total rises to 44
- 32 people test positive for COVID-19 in Jharkhand, total now 458
- With 68 fresh cases, Bihar's COVID-19 tally crosses 3000-mark
- Bihar's COVID-19 tally rises to 3,036 with 68 fresh cases