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Watch the full first episode of 'The Afterparty' on YouTube

Watch the full first episode of 'The Afterparty' on YouTube

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Excited for The Afterparty? Apple TV+'s new crime comedy, which Mashable's Adam Rosenberg described in his review as "a must-watch whodunit for movie nerds," is dropping today — but you can watch the first episode in full, for free, right now on YouTube.Set in the aftermath of a high school reunion, The Afterparty sees a cast of quirky characters being interrogated by two detectives following the death of a former classmate. The twist is that each episode is done in the genre style that best matches the character who's retelling their story at that time — the episode above is from the perspective of Aniq (Sam Richardson), for instance, and it comes in the form of a rom-com.Along with Richardson, the cast of The Afterparty also includes Tiffany Haddish, Ben Schwartz, Ilana Glazer, John Earl
Apple to finally let EU residents add COVID-19 certificates to Wallet app

Apple to finally let EU residents add COVID-19 certificates to Wallet app

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In the European Union, digital COVID-19 certificates are currently near-unavoidable, required for air travel, at border crossings, and often at events, restaurants, and sports venues. And while Apple's iPhone comes with a Wallet app which holds digital versions of credit cards, boarding passes, and various tickets, it currently doesn't support the EU COVID-19 certificate. This will change soon. According to MacRumors, the latest beta version of iOS 15.4 will give EU citizens the option to add a COVID-19 certificate to their Wallet app. The process of adding the certificate will be simple. Point your iPhone's camera to the certificate's QR code and tap the yellow notification that will add the certificate to your Wallet and Health apps. According to MacStories editor Federico Viticci, the f...
'The Legend of Vox Machina' puts a zany twist on fantasy — with killer results

'The Legend of Vox Machina' puts a zany twist on fantasy — with killer results

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Craving a new fantasy fix? Look no further than The Legend of Vox Machina.Based on the web series Critical Role's first Dungeons and Dragons campaign, this adult cartoon series introduces a party of mercenaries, who are as dysfunctional as they are fun to watch. Their name? Vox Machina. Their goal? To settle their considerable bar tab. (And also maybe save the kingdom of Tal'Dorei, who knows.)Our merry band includes Grog (Travis Willingham), a giant with a thirst for ale (and murder); Percy (Taliesin Jaffe), a gunslinger with a dark past; Keyleth (Marisha Ray), a druid on a quest to prove herself; twins ​​Vex'ahlia (Laura Bailey) and Vax'ildan (Liam O'Brien), who have always had each other's backs; Pike (Ashley Johnson), a cleric with a divine connection to the Everlight; and Scanlan (Sam
Netflix's spoof 'The Woman in the House…' gets lost in its own mystery

Netflix's spoof 'The Woman in the House…' gets lost in its own mystery

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If you're going to spoof a genre — particularly one as popular as murder mysteries and psychological thrillers — you have to commit to the bit. Netflix's The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window — a title that makes a lot more sense once you start watching — is an amalgamation. It draws on books like Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and The Woman in the Window, and their on-screen adaptations. But this spoof gets lost in those influences somewhere along the way. Kristen Bell plays Anna, the titular woman, who numbs her traumatic past with booze and pills and failed casseroles. She’s also afraid to go outside in the rain, which gives us the show’s creepy theme song cover of “Rain, Rain, Go Away.”  Things quite literally get too s
New emoji are coming to iOS, and they're a serious vibe

New emoji are coming to iOS, and they're a serious vibe

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Messaging friends about a dance party so good it'll melt their faces off is about to get a lot easier.On Thursday, Emojipedia highlighted all the new emoji included in iOS 15.4. While it's still in Beta (the current iOS is 15.3), when it's released, the next iOS will bring with it a host of additional emoji that are practically guaranteed to slide into your "frequently used."Say hello to melting face, mirror disco ball, and bubbles. And that fancy lip-biting mouth is definitely going to get some play. It's a disco party. Credit: Emojipedia Not to be overlooked are the Pregnant Man emoji, and the Face With Peeking Eye emoji.Non-developers anxious to get their hands on these new emoji will unfortunately have to wait just a bit long...
Intuitive eating is what anti-diet culture actually looks like

Intuitive eating is what anti-diet culture actually looks like

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Every January, many of us set the goal to start the year off right by eating better, the good intention leading us to one diet or another. Then, inevitably, we fall off said diet and right back into the same old (if not far worse) habits.But a program called intuitive eating is gaining popularity by offering a radically different perspective on healthy eating: What if the problem isn't failing to stick to diets, but rather a diet industry that profits off our unhealthy relationship to food? What if, instead of seeing food as an adversary or obstacle to staying healthy, we instead sought to redefine healthy eating as whatever gives us pleasure and satisfies our hunger?"Diet culture's goal is to try to shrink the body to make someone fit an external cultural ideal of thinness, which is not r...
The Prequel app is yassifying our selfies into hot cartoons

The Prequel app is yassifying our selfies into hot cartoons

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If you're in need of a massive ego boost, this is your sign to turn yourself into a cartoon. Twitter is currently full of people who are discovering the glorious effects of the Cartoon filter on the editing app Prequel. The free app takes any existing photo and turns it into a cartoon – simple, right? The cartoon animation effect isn't a new idea, but something about Prequel's version makes literally any photo a million times hotter. Tweet may have been deleted Tweet may have been deleted Tweet may have been deleted Is it the baby smooth skin? The you-but-better realism? The yassification of the cartoon? Whatever it is, people can't stop using it. The app also hosts plenty of other editing tools, video templates, and even more AI effects, but no one seems to care about th
Apple plans to turn iPhones into payment terminals, report claims

Apple plans to turn iPhones into payment terminals, report claims

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Another year, another piece of technology that may soon be absorbed into our iPhones.The devices, like other smartphones, have already sucked up cameras, gaming platforms, and a whole host of other tech that used to be solely separate offerings — and now it looks like payment terminals may be next on the list. According to Bloomberg, Apple will soon be rivalling the likes of Square by allowing small businesses to turn iPhones into payment terminals. The report cites "sources familiar with the matter." Sure, you can pay for things using Apple Pay on your iPhone already but this would reverse the situation, making tapped credit or debit card payments possible on the device itself.Currently, if a business wants to accept payment via an iPhone, they have to use another intermediary device (suc
Neil Young told Spotify to choose between him and Joe Rogan. Spotify chose Joe Rogan.

Neil Young told Spotify to choose between him and Joe Rogan. Spotify chose Joe Rogan.

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This may be your last chance to listen to "Heart of Gold" on Spotify, Neil Young fans.According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Spotify is obliging the legendary artist's request to be removed from the streaming service due to its distribution of the popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.On Jan. 26, Young posted an open letter on his website seeking to cut ties with Spotify due to the company's relationship with Joe Rogan.“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” Young wrote.“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” Young continued. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.”It appears Spotify