The Morning After: macOS Big Sur arrived and we reviewed the HomePod mini

Engadget, Mat Smith and Richard Lawler
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Today you can finally get your hands on a next-generation console, the... just kidding. If you managed to bag a pre-order or limited stock yesterday, that part is finally over. If not, well, the wait begins.

macOS Big Sur
macOS Big Sur

This morning, it’s a handful of Apple things, including the shaky launch of its new macOS update, Big Sur, our review of the HomePod mini (an Apple speaker for the masses) and the appearance of AppleTV apps on pretty much every console out there, except the Nintendo Switch. Never say never, though, right?

— Mat

David Fincher signs a four-year exclusivity deal with Netflix

The director behind ‘House of Cards’ won't be switching to a new platform anytime soon.

 David Fincher's MANK is a scathing social critique of 1930s Hollywood through the eyes of alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles. Gary Oldman on the set of Mank. Cr. Nikolai Loveikis.
David Fincher's MANK is a scathing social critique of 1930s Hollywood through the eyes of alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles. Gary Oldman on the set of Mank. Cr. Nikolai Loveikis.

David Fincher is a Netflix man for another few years. According to Google Translate and French magazine Premiere, which interviewed the director, he’s signed an “exclusive contract with them for another four years.” It’s an obvious step in the pair’s growing relationship. Fincher was an executive producer on House of Cards, Netflix’s first breakout hit, and then moved on to the critically acclaimed Mindhunter. His next movie, a biopic called Mank, hits Netflix today, so it’s a good time to state his allegiance.
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Apple HomePod mini review: An acceptable Echo alternative

It’s a $100 HomePod.

HomePod mini and competition
HomePod mini and competition

Nathan Ingraham reviews Apple’s cute new tiny speaker. He says HomePod mini improves on the original HomePod in a lot of ways. Audio quality is very good for a $100 speaker, and Siri is a lot more capable than it was back in 2018, when the first HomePod landed. If you’re in Apple’s ecosystem and want a speaker that’s both tiny and sounds good, the HomePod mini could well be a solid option, but there’s a lot of competition from Amazon and Google.
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Apple TV app arrives on PS4 and PS5

It’s already on Xbox One,the Series S and Series X.

The PlayStation 5 is out now in a handful of territories and, as promised, the new console is launching with the Apple TV app. If you haven’t received your console yet — or are content using older hardware for now — then good news: The service has also arrived on PlayStation 4. Apple’s streaming software (which includes access to its service, Apple TV+, you just need to pay for) is available across several smart TVs, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices. The company is slowly catching up with the competition, but it’ll take even more expansion to reach the levels of Prime Video or Netflix. This, however, is a very good boost.
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Snapchat’s astrological profiles might be the pandemic escapism we need

Why depend on reality?

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Snapchat

It’s been a wobbly year. So let’s just avoid dealing with facts and dive into astrology. Snapchat is counting on it. With the new astrological profiles (which require your birthday, as well as exact birth time and location), you can get a Bitmoji-fueled breakdown of your personality based on Snapchat’s astrological analysis. And, if your friends also opt-in to the feature, you can see a “compatibility profile.”
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