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Apple Music app for Samsung Smart TVs released

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Apple Music is coming to Samsung TVs, with the latest smart sets getting a new app for the streaming music service. It’s the first time that Apple Music has been available directly on a smart TV platform, with a three month free trial for new users signing up through their set.

Models launched between 2018 through 2020 will be able to load the Apple Music app, which will be released through Samsung’s Smart TV App Store. If you’ve already got an Apple ID, you’ll be able to sign in straight away and – assuming you’re an Apple Music subscriber – pick up with the same playlists as you’ve been listening to on other devices.

New users, meanwhile, will be able to sign up to an Apple account and start an Apple Music trial directly from the TV, too. There’ll be individual, family, and student subscriptions, all of which come with Apple’s three month trial period. That includes general access to the 60+ million tracks in the catalog, and to Apple’s curated playlists and the Beats 1 radio station.

It’s not the only streaming music option that Samsung offers on its smart TV range, mind. Samsung offers a Spotify app, for example, as well as an iHeartRadio app, among others like Napster, Deezer, and Sirius. It’s part of the company’s push to make its smart TVs a platform in their own right, rather than having buyers automatically hook up a set-top box – like an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV – for their content needs.

In fact it comes only days after Samsung added half a dozen new fitness apps to its TVs, as part of the Samsung Health platform. That included barre3, Calm, Echelon, Fitplan, Jillian Michaels Fitness, and obé Fitness. Altogether there’s more than 250 different instructional videos, including guided meditation, exercise routines, and more.

While Apple may have once seen its apps as a relatively closed garden, that’s been changing as more of the company’s income comes from services. The Apple TV app, for example, launched on Samsung Smart TVs in May 2019, offering access to the company’s TV channels, movies, and other content.

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The First Tesla Semi Has Been Delivered After Lengthy Delays

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There had long been suggestion Pepsi would be one of Tesla’s biggest customers — with a subsidiary spotted installing charging stations at one of its plants and test driving the trucks earlier this year. Tesla also placed an order for 100 of the high tech trucks shortly after they were announced in 2017. In October, Musk confirmed the company’s first truck was almost ready for delivery, and it would be going to the soft drink manufacturer.

Today, Tesla finally made it official and delivered its first production semis to Pepsi. Speaking at the handover, which took place at a Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, Musk described his motivation for designing the truck. The Tesla CEO claims that trucks make up less than 1% of vehicles in the United States, but are responsible for a large chunk of emissions. Musk said it will both help the environment and improve the health of individuals living near highways. At the end of the presentation, Musk thanked Pepsico and described them as a “great partner.” 

The trucks’ keycards were then handed over to Pepsi’s representatives, followed by several high fives. The trucks’ first cargo run involved “an enormous amount of Frito Lays” which were handed out to people in attendance. Pepsi’s Kirk Tanner then took the mic and said: “I want to thank the people who have spent countless hours to make this a reality.” before thanking Elon Musk and the other Tesla representatives. Other companies are also interested in Tesla’s electric semi. Budweiser, Walmart, and UPS are amongst those who have placed pre-orders — with Budweiser ordering at least 40 of the large electric vehicles.

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Kanye West Is No Longer Buying Twitter-Rival Parler

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It’s unclear whether West’s recent controversies have anything to do with the Parler deal falling apart. In a statement shared with CNBC, Parler’s owner notes that the “decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.” Parler says it will be on the lookout for the growth opportunities, without clarifying if it was looking for investors to scale up, or full-fledged buyers. The latter seems unlikely to happen, given the current state of layoffs in the tech industry and the looming fears of a recession.

Parlement Technologies reportedly had high hopes from its acquisition deal with Kanye West. Soon after the agreement press release went out, Parler sent out an email to its “VIP” users, offering them perks like a gold badge for being valuable personalities on the platform. Politico reports that the email campaign inadvertently revealed the personal contact information of nearly a dozen lawmakers and some well-known conservative personalities.

Citing an insider source, Axios reports that West’s unstable financial situation following the cancellation of lucrative deals with the likes of Adidas played a role in his Parler plans falling apart. In the meanwhile, West has returned to Twitter, after his account was restricted for a few weeks ago over sharing anti-Semitic remarks. West currently has a huge follower base of over 18 million on Twitter, which dwarfs the total number of users on Parler, as of December 2021.

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Elon Musk Says Twitter’s Potential Removal From iOS App Store Was ‘Misunderstanding’

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Barely two days after Elon Musk feuded with Apple publicly, he met with Tim Cook to settle the differences. “We resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Elon Musk tweeted last evening. This was a few hours after he shared a video of Apple’s HQ to disclose the location of the meeting.

However, Elon Musk didn’t reveal if Apple will continue advertising on Twitter. According to the Washington Post, Apple was the biggest ad spender on Twitter in Q1 2022. It spent an average of $4 million per week to run ads on Twitter between January to March this year — this added up to about 4% of Twitter’s revenue. However, Reuters reports that Apple reduced its weekly ad budget on Twitter to $131,600 a few weeks after Elon Musk bought the social media company. We also haven’t heard from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, about the agenda of his meeting with Elon Musk. 

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