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    Apple's 'show time' event: Here are the big launches and their vital features

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    Apple's 'show time' event: Here are the big launches and their vital features

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    The Cupertino giant lifted the curtain on Monday on a television and movie streaming service that will allow users of its 1.4 billion gadgets worldwide to stream television shows and movies.

    In a bid to catch up with the latest technological changes that are happening in the tech world and looking to tap into 1.4 billion users of its gadgets to counter slowing demand for its iPhones, tech giant Apple on Monday launched/updated a series of new products.
    The Cupertino giant lifted the curtain on Monday on a television and movie streaming service that will allow users of its 1.4 billion gadgets worldwide to stream television shows and movies, both Apple originals and those from other creators, in a first step to challenge streaming video leaders Netflix and Amazon.
    Apple also introduced updates to its payment system, launched a games arcade, and added magazines to its news app.
    Here are the vital features of new products:
    Television:
    • Apple unveils 'all New' TV app.
    • App to include streaming services Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and PlayStation Vue.
    • Will feature shows from HBO, Showtime and Starz in "Apple TV Channels".
    • Users can buy or rent movies on Apple TV.
    • Apple TV app will be available as a software update in May, including Apple TV channels.
    • Apple TV app will be available on Macs as well as televisions from Sony, LG and Vizio and devices from Roku and Amazon FireTV.
    • Apple TV app to be available in more than 100 countries.
    • Gaming:
      • Launches "Apple Arcade" service with game developers.
      • "Apple Arcade" to work on mobile devices, desktop computers and TVs.
      • Apple working with Walt Disney Co, SEGA Games and Annapurna Interactive on new games.
      • Service to feature more than 100 new games exclusive to Apple's mobile platform and subscription service.
      • Games can be accessed through tab in App Store and will work on iPad, Mac and Apple TV, also available for offline play.
      • Apple Arcade will have no ads or additional purchases and will let parents manage screen time.
      • News Plus
        • To feature content from 300 publications, including the National Geographic, the People, the Popular Science, the Billboard and The New Yorker.
        • Service to cost $9.99 per month.
        • Starting with the US and Canada and the first month's subscription will be free.
        • Apple won't allow advertisers to track you so it is private and secure.
        • Apple Card
          • Credit card to be approved in minutes and to be used with Apple Pay.
          • No international fees, no penalties and no signup fees.
          • Goldman Sachs to be issuing bank for the card and Master Card to manage payment processing.
          • There will be a physical, titanium card too — but there’s no credit card number, CVV, expiration date, or signature, with all that authorization information stored directly in the Apple Wallet app, according to Verge.
          • Apple Card gives cash-back rewards in the form of “Daily Cash,”.
          • Apple Pay to be available in more than 40 countries by end of the year.
          • The credit service will come with new features in the Apple Wallet aimed at helping consumers track their spending with a breakdown of monthly purchasing trends.
          • -With inputs from agencies.
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